Levitation Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,888 Ratings
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
Ratings:
3,888
Reviews:
1,204
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
484
For Trade:
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful looking beer. Clear amber color with a three-finger, tan head of thick foam that slowly receded. It took me several pours to empty the 12oz bottle into my pint glass. It left behind sheets of intricate lace patterns on the sides of the glass.

S - Is this an IPA? It smelled of pine and citrus. Very little maltiness or caramel that you would expect in an amber ale.

T - Spicy upon first sip with bready malt flavors. The bitterness is tame compared to the hoppy aroma but still pack a good bite with some citrus flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finish very dry. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - The perfect session beer and possibly the best amber that I've ever had.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of largadeer
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent amber-red; has a sort of glow to it when struck by the light. Minimal but long-lasting head that sticks all over the walls of the glass. Nice looking stuff.

Smell: Caramel malts and floral hops, slightly grassy. The aroma is pretty light, and only hints at the flavor.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramelly, bready, even slightly roasty malts eventually give way to a floral, mildly tangy hop finish with a very mellow but long-lasting aftertaste. This is like Arrogant Bastard Jr - it's hard to believe this is only 4.4% ABV; it's rich in flavor and surprisingly complex for such a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is Stone's most sessionable brew. Easily one of the most drinkable and sessionable beers I've had, and probably the most overlooked and underrated beer in the Stone repertoire.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 7/9/2012. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice rings spotty lacing cling to the glass as you drink. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, mango, floral, pine, herbal, pineapple, and toast. Pretty nice and well balanced aromas; but a bit muted. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, caramel, pine, herbal, floral, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, caramel, and toast on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop flavors with caramel malt sweetness; almost perfect contrast. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is not really noticed at all, as expected for 4.4%. Overall this is a very nice amber ale! Very flavorful and balanced; and extremely easy drinking of course. If I am looking for a nice session beer I would not pass this up.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with a not-bad white head and pretty good lacing.

S: Somewhat of an amber malt smell, but mostly overridden by floral hops. Really don't find many low-alcohol beers with this much of a hop profile--I'm loving it.

T: Much like the smell. This is loaded with fresh floral hops and really packs a taste punch for a session bear like this.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: A destined-to-be-classic session beer for me.

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

A - One finger of light brown head on a slightly hazy reddish-brown body. Good retention and lace.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma, particularly of lemons. Some malt in the background and a hint of caramel.

T - Big hoppy flavor up front with lots of lemon and orange. Malt in the middle, caramel and toast. More citrus hops in the finish with increasingly dark malt character that begins to show a bit of roast and carbon.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A drinkable, hoppy example of the style. The lemony hops are kind of sharp, but that seems to be typical of stone beers. I think drinkability and balance would improve if the finish was a bit sweeter, but there is a lot of character here for a low ABV session beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit surprised to see the classification of this beer, which was ordered and served with no description to this ignorant customer who, upon consuming this, would have thought it to be an Imperial Red, an IPA or and Amer. PA.

A- Clear, dark brownish-amber body with a generous, durable creamy head.

Aroma - hoppy with what smelled like some marijuana buds (this one is from California, yes, but I'm sure that's not actually an ingredient).

Flavor - Remarkably hoppy flavor given the lack of bitterness or obvious off-setting sweetness. And again the weed.

M - crisp; ample carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Great strong taste of hops; long finish; and entirely pleasant to consume.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to buying this ale,it had been long enough.Poured into a standard pint glass a lighter shade of amber with a thinner but well retained clingy white head.Almost all pine and grapefruit rind in the nose wich is fine by me,just a faint whif of sweet caramel is there as well.Lighter mouthfeel with hop dominated flavors,quite citric with some lighter pine notes,the caramel base gives off some blancing sweetness.A easy drinking hopped up amber ale,nice.

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

When I told Greg back in 2002 that I wasn't fond of the Levitation Ale, he told me to try it again because it had just been reformulated. Well, I'm finally getting around to it now!!!

As I remember it (but it has been close to 3 years), it's pretty much the same beer with the IBU's dropped a bit; a little less citrusy hops in the flavor; and some added chocoate notes in the malt.... and it's improved!

It still has a great appearance with it's chestnut-brown and ruby-cast body topped by a creamy dollop of ivory foam. There's still a very nice caramel maltiness with an added, delicate touch of chocolate to the malt; and its bristling touches of hops spice it up. It still finishes dry to be sure, but the bitterness doesn't linger quite as strong as it used to.

For fans of brown ale (such as myself), and mild beers (such as myself), this is a really interesting and enjoyable take on the brown ale style. Very nice!

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, re-review time. Got a fresh bottle that states to drink by 05-09-10 so I'm in time this time.

A: The head is so large in my tulip glass I have to stop pouring about 3/4 of the way through. It's rich and creamy lookin and fades slowly. A hazy dark reddish brown color like caramel.

N: Lots of fresh hop aromas, some citrus, touch of pine, little musty, touch of grassy and spicy even. Not really any malts that I can get through all the hops.

T: Fresh hops again, lots of orange and tangerine, citrus hops with a touch of pine and spicy hops. Again no real malt to find. A slight earthy chewy hops comes through with more fresh musty hop flavors. Juicy and refreshing, very drinkable.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry but leaves a slight juiciness. Semi bitter as the hops climax on the finish but not over bearing. SOme lingering citrus, a little pine, earthy and fresh musty hops start to come through more and more. A touch of tangerine and orange too.

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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 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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with a 1/2 finger of creamy froth, which just slathers the sides of the glass with thick lace. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with hints of light spice and citrus. Some bready pale activity adds some sweetness to this. I liked the fresh crispness here but it seems to lack just a bit of depth.

The taste starts with a prickly feeling spicy hop character, which is backed by the tang of fruity citrus and toasted caramel. This profile is really about the hops though, which are surprisingly aggressive here, putting out an even spicy and drying bitterness that lasts past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the most part, with an almost bubbly feel to the carbonation that makes this maybe a little too easy in the mouth. It definitely helps make things go down smoothly but I think that a bit more presence would have been helpful here.

Better than average Amber Ale from Stone here. Shore up the nose and body a bit and this would be damn good.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark amber color in the tall Weissbier glass with ample foam and nice lacing. Quite sudsy in the mouth, a real pleasure for drinkability.

Some caramel notes and a pleasant malty tang. Toasty, resiny, some pine notes. A little back of the throat darkness with a zingy tang. Watery mouthfeel but quite refreshing. Totally quaffable. A nice balance between the light weight and the hop flavors. Just enough aromatics and a moderately bitter finish.

Somehow I've avoided this, but it's a nice change from the usual Stone blunt hop instruments. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Von's supermarket in San Clemente, a decent place for single beers.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 billab914
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Levitation Ale from Stone Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 3,888 ratings.
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