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Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good
1,202 Reviews
Levitation AleLevitation Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,202
Ratings:
3,885
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
484
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,202 | Ratings: 3,885
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is an orangish-brown color, with a thin yellowish-brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malt and tea.

T: The well-balanced and straight-forward flavors of hops and caramelized malt compliment each other the way through as you drink it. There’s a little bit of sweetness in there, but as Stone does so well, it’s only enough enhance the beer rather than mask anything.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, easy-drinking, not filling, this one is a good basic beer. I found this beer to be good for its simplicity. Stone knows how to knock you over with their big beers, but with this one they show that they know how to give you something easy. It’s yet another excellent beer from Stone.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-amber body with a smallish, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malt aroma and meager hint of dark caramel ushers in a pervasively earthy hop scents of citrus and even pine.

Taste: Brief, fleeting upfront maltiness tasting of toast and dark caramel. Of note is the high attenuation, leaving essentially no sweetness remaining in the beer. Earthy hop profile along with tastes of citrusy grapefruit and pine (though only lightly). Medium-plus bitterness. We meet back up with the toast after the initial burst of bitterness as well as a vague nuttiness. Finishes expectantly dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, it's definitely a hop-forward West Coast amber. Personally, I'd have preferred more (well, any) malt sweetness to temper the hop character. However, the 4.4% ABV is most appreciated!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusky orange-copper that becomes bright, blood orange when viewed through the rays of the morning sun. Up top is a lovely looking crown of light buttery orange that complements the beer beneath in an engaging fashion. An uneven descent is accompanied by an acceptable amount of chunky lace. Not one of Stone's best, but it's still a nice look.

This may be the single hoppiest nose of any amber ale on the planet. I love it. There's an underlying hint of mini-roastedness that is more reminiscent of oven-toasted pecans than anything else. I can also appreciate a spiciness that is probably hop-related (Chinook?). Levitation smells like a brown ale-amber ale hybrid.

Upon tasting... this is as hoppy as it gets for the style. The flavor isn't quite as complex or as wonderful as the nose, but Levitation is still wonderful beer. Even though the amount of malt is sufficient and delivers a firm caramel presence, I'd like to see even more flavor and more body. I'm sure the idea was for the brewery to have at least one session ale though, so I'll shut up now.

The beer is balanced (as far as your average hophead is concerned), but many will probably find it to be too hoppy and not to style. Screw style. This is Stone, and if you don't like hops, then don't crack the top! Each mouthful is citrusy and spicy and piney and tongue tweakingly bitter. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light (given the brewery), but some conciliatory gestures must be made to the style Nazis.

Levitation Ale is the only Stone beer to come (exclusively) in 12 ounce bottles and is the only regular offering to score less than 4.0 on this site. Don't be misled, however; this is excellent beer. Doubly so if you love hops. Beefing up the body would do wonders, but then the Stone gargoyle would have a more difficult time levitating on the front of the classy, silk-screened bottle. Lean and mean and hoppy as hell. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amazingly enough i have never had this one before, lol. decided to order up a pint at mezzaluna last night and roll with it. served cold and into a stone pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/09/2010.

really a very rich and very well done look here, deep garnet color with a huge head of white foam on top that reached a height of around three inches before settling down and coating the entire inside of the glass, very well done indeed.

aroma is rich and sweet malts right up front followed by a light and well done earthy hop note that seemed to balance it very well without taking over from the sweet caramel notes. really full bodied, this is what a red ale should feel and taste like. medium to full creamy feel with sweet malts cut by light piney hops. its stone and they do what they do damn, damn well. drinkability is off he charts and it goes down smooth and clean.

dont know why i have missed this one in the past but it was stellar no doubt.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear medium reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a hint of copper highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops and slightly lesser aromas of pine hops. There are light hints of caramel malts as well underneath the hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops and light notes of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present but does not linger for long.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very flavorful with a really nice hop presence and quite sessionable due to the low ABV. Definitely one I would grab again and I can't believe this is the first time I have tried it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a goblet.
A - A hazed dark amber w/ a 1 inch cream colored head. The lace is formed in fluffy rings.

S - Sweet and tea-like w/ herbal hop scents.

M - Lighter-medium bodied resinous and lightly carbonated w/ a slightly bitter finish.

T - A nice lighter tasting ale, woody, earthy and a little tea-like in flavor. There is a subtle stone fruit flavor like cherry in the maltiness. A fine hop taste w/ a piney essence. Slightly dry and tobacco tinged. Overall an ok low gravity beer.

D - Taste is decent and full, but not excellent. This is one I would probably resist buying again. It is just not as intense as most of their portfolio. It is a tasty ale, though and very drinkable, definitely sessionable, just not my taste I guess. This went well w/ my teriyaki salmon.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber/copper color with a thin whitish head.

S: Light grapefruit and caramel malts.

T: Initially a decent citrus flavor followed by caramel maltiness and a floral and bitter finish.

M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

D: The lightest of all the Stone brews, but not my favorite taste-wise.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel/red with a 3 fingers+ sand colred head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Great piney hops nose up front, followed by fruiityness as it warms

Taste: Nice piney/floral hop kick up front then fruittyness. peppery hops dominate the quenching finish

MF: Very full for its abv, medium body with good balance & carbonation

Drinks quite well, I enjoy this as much as some of their hi powered ales. I think this a nice one to enjoy while listening to/watching a storm blowing off the rockies

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thick dense head, a head to be proud of. Color talks of tawny and is very clear. Delicate but pronounced citric piney hop aroma, bit of caramel and breadiness as well. Smooth, bit of crispness and a bit creamy. Caramel is quick, more of a toasted brown bread flavor. Clean citric hoppiness drops ample bitterness and a flavor that lingers for a long time ... caramel tone stays around as well but not as long as the hops.

A great session brew, amped up flavor. Good drinking for sure.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modest, but lasting head; leaves a ring after each sip. Color is orange-amber with a light haze.

Good fresh hop bitterness to the nose.

Stark hop bitterness but it is not overwhelming. Thin body with a high level of carbonation--it feels like a seltzer. Smooth crystal malt flavor on the initial sip. Quite dry.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

"How 'bout the power of flight? That do anything for ya? That's levitation, homes." It pours a clear sunrise russet topped by a finger of staunch light cream foam. The nose comprises pine, oregano, grapefruit peel, light toffee, and red pepper. The taste holds notes of pine, grapefruit, light caramel, honeydew, and a small pinch of pepper. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a very nice hoppy red, one that pleasantly runs the gamut from spicy to piny in terms of the hops involved. Good times. Now they need to make a new one called Telekinesis (something about mind bullet killing a yak from long distances is floating around in my head for some reason)...

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber/brown color with a nice two finger head. The head remains throughout the pint with impressive lacing down the side.

S: A malty smell upfront with a hop smell on the backend, which isn't surprising from a Stone offering. I also get pear in there which was a surprise.

T: This beer has a caramel flavor and then some hops kick in to give it a subdued citrus/hop finish that leaves a bitterness on your tongue.

M/D: This beer is pretty thick with nice carbonation and a lot of small bubbles. It is a really nice beer for a such a low abv, and is a little brother to some of the other Stone beers. It is a great choice when you need a beer to unwind with.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with off-white head. Smells mostly like some herbal hops with a slight malty undertone. Taste starts with some caramel and continues with the same herbal hops note from the aroma. Quite bitter up-front and gets intensely bitter to the finish and follows in the aftertaste. Body is quite light and well carbonated. Overall this is a really aggressive amber ale with a lot of bitterness.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown colored body with a nice two finger deep cream fluffy head leaves a web of evenly strung lacing, can't beat the appearance here. Aroma: Awesome piney hop character with sweet caramel and fruity ale like characteristics, nice mild abv for a Stone brew but the aromatics come together for this one. Taste: Wonderful American style pale ale with Stone signature bitterness but more of a session Arrogant Bastard ale. Very creamy tone applied to the bouquet of hoppiness that this beer has malts are nice toasted to perfection with hints of caramel and fruit good combonation for this beer. Stone doesn't disappoint and this milder beer that they produce is no exception still extremely flavorful wish it was more available to me. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied packs a slippery oily hop resin tone that glides right down the palate. Drinkability: Wow, nice beer not the most balanced of pale ales but for Stone this is a great beer that I can get down with because it's not shy on flavor or aromatics good stuff. I owe one to beergeek279 and cupbeerman for this sample.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown with a thick creme head. Nose is wood, sawdust, and citrus. Flavor is a tight citrus with wood. Thick malty tone, but bringing muted hop character. Interestingly subdued. Feel is thick enough on liquid. Carbonation is a bit boisterous. A nice ale. A bit tight, like mentioned before, but still worthy of going for.

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Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark, red amber with a /4" head that thins out nicely. Smells of citrus hops and sweet malt. Taste is mild caramel malt and citrus hops. Well blended, very delicate bitterness. Medium bodied with a mild carbonation.

I love stone, and I love this beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

Pours hazed copperish amber with a thin lasting head that leaves webs of lacing.

The smell has a "Stone" house character with flroral and citric notes.

The taste is of light caramel, the "Stone" house character (probably from the yeast strain) and a bitterish citric/herbal touch in the finish.

It is almost too aggressively carbonated, but has a nice, quaffable lightness to it and a pleasantly dry aftertaste stays on the palate.

A solid choice for a more modest brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice amber and cherry deep red body, with an off caramel to tan head. Head forms a solid two fingers and manages to retain its shape pretty well. Really enjoy this color. Head size does not give too much stickiness, but there is some slight lacing.

Nose is malt grain.and slight berry hop fruit. Quite noticeable and very present. Feels balanced and at play with all taking a turn. I get a sense of strawberry off of this which is quite unique.

Taste is a good pine hop, matching a slight ripping grain. Finish brings a berry aftertaste of strawberry or even cherries. Texture is slightly wet but for such a low abv it is really not that watery. I can't get over this wonderful red berry/cheery fruity finish in the aftertaste, then a great mixture of cinnamon and dry brown spices like clove.

Wow this is one light abv beer packed with flavor. This is a living breathing example of a very solid sessionable "like" beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With a name like this, I'd expected a lighter-than-air quality, a wheat beer or a kolsch. But I must have forgotten that I was deaing with
stone, who will dash any expectation.
Pours a dark, rustic brown, more a light crimson around the foot and sides.
Head is thick, fluffy, creamy.
Aroma: sweet and malty at the fore,deep, spicy, rich, a little vinous, with a good batch of hops. Taste is the very peg of a red ale, or an Irish, done right.
Greets the tongue mildly, though loaded with flavor. Lacks thee extremeness of the big Stone brews, and is quite accessible, not so scary at all.
Medium body, nice, malty, toasty finish, very pleasant and tasty overall.
If this were available in this market, Levitation would have a regular spot reserved in my fridge.
Big thanks to xlperro for this "extra"

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light maple syrup.

S - Bright citrus, grapefruit, orange zest. Touch of pine.

T - Cedar, pine. Light malt. Touch of sweetness. White sugar.

M - Light. Touch watery. Pleasant carbonation.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Levitation Ale is a very good amber/red ale. a great balance of malt and hops. The beer got docked a 0.5pt due to floaties....I hate floaties. I even cut the beer off early. The color is a nice rich red with good off-white head that is lacing. The smell includes some spice and bitter citrus. The taste is a great blend of malt with hops that cleans and tingle the pallate. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and good balance. Overall it is decent...could session this one, especially with the lower ABV.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass, the beer is a light cloudy brown color with no head. The beer has a nutty-malt nose; very aromatic. First sip gives a malty-hop punch in the face of flavor, which is unexpected, but very welcome. There are nutty undertones to the flavor, as well. The beer's flavors are very well balanced. The beer is smooth and crisp in mouth, and there is a hops aftertaste to the finish. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at the Blind Tiger NYC. Pours a healthy dark amber. Tiny bubble film was all the head I got. Medium hoppy nose. Notes of solid malt base, grainy hops very present from start to finish. Sort of like "Arrogant Bastard light" As close to a session brew as I've sampled from stone. Good ale, worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is amber to brown and clear. Forms a thin white head of small bubbles that breaks up into a diffused head that fails to cover the top of the beer. Carbonation is moderate to low and the head leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strongly hoppy. Good citrus hop aroma and a slight sweetness. Smells really really good.

Beer is medium bodied and has a good hop character to it. There is a lot of bitterness at the back end. I love session beers, I truly and seriously do. This is one of the best session beers available. Its cheap and wonderful. Second taste, some sweetness up front, mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/11/05- Received via BA member RKhaze from a trip down to SoCal.

Presentation- Elegant etched 12oz bottle, undated. Poured into my Stone Levitation glass.

Appearance- Watery looking red/amber pour. The head makes of for it as does the great lacing.

Smell- Hefty caramel malt and bitter hops.

Taste- Very bitter hops and a big caramel malt backed flavor. Can't taste a true brown ale here.

Mouthfeel- Overly carbonated, and a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one kinda tastes more like an ESB to me. Especially with the hops in this one. Not a bad brew considering though. Good job by Stone regardless of the style.

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Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,885 ratings.
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