Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mondial 07
Light brown, clean ale, fine thick crown displayed.
Clean hoppy, citric – fruity aroma. Refreshing, pleasant nose.
From first sip you will notice very clean work. Frontal mineral hops, smooth body. Session bitter ale, very drinkable and refreshing. Neatly balanced. This is one of few excellent examples of lighter (alcohol wise) examples from USA proving that more is not always better. Highly recommended!
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours an amber color w/ a pretty thick white head and some nice lacing. Aroma is some citrus almost grapefruit skins with a light carmel and almost a floral part. Palate is pretty avg. Flavor is fairly light some carmels and basic citrus.. like a real light ipa w/ some over grains.. not bad, not stellar.
Quevillon (2609) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bu au Mondial 07. Couleur terre-cuite, très peu de collet. Arome d’houblon très sucré. Goût d’houblon liquide et amère. Passable!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice dark copper color. malty grapefruit nose. huge clean grapefruit flavor remains for a nice mouthfeel. light caramel and hop balance make this a very good amber. a change from stone’s usually aggressive beers...
chadje (186) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2010 Bottle and on Tap. Pours a a light amber color and smellls sweet and hoppy. It tastes sweet and fruity with some hops and malt. This is one of the best amber ales I have had and one of my favorite beers.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Clear amber pour with a squatty tan head. Floral aroma with pine and malt. Subtle malt and hop blend with a roasty end. A nice change from Stone.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice piney hop aroma. Pours a brown with a red hue and a one finger thick tannish head that hangs out throughout the drink. Flavor is initial piney flavor, Pretty intense for the style actually. Some nice roasty malt, some chocolate flavor also, comes in at the end. The body is pretty damn light actually. This is obviously Stone’s session ale. Pretty good really.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color in the glass with a very thick, frothy, off-white head that leaves thick lacing down the glass. Hoppy yet sweet aroma with a malt background. Nice malt and hop mix in the flavor. Light body and slightly watery. Mild bitterness throughout. One of the better amber ales I’ve had.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for the opportunity. Poured a slightly hazed amber into my pint glass. Orange highlights appear when held to the light. A 1 finger white head sits on top but fades to just a top coating fairly quickly.
The smell is mostly malts. There is a caramel sweetness along with a raw doughiness that definately smells inviting. A little floral and citrus hop scents come through toward the end. Nice.
The taste is similiar to the smell. Malt up front in the form of dough and a small touch of the caramel. The hops come through a little more in the taste than in the nose. There is a decent bitterness in the swallow that lingers around for a little bit. The hops seem to awaken my mouth when they come forward. The flavors are a little on the weak side.
Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied but smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation.
This is a very sessionable beer from Stone. Easily the most sessionable of their beers if encountered.
Overall Levitation is a good beer, especially if you want to sit down and drink a six pack or so. I wish I could find it around here.
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brown color, medium tan head that falls quickly but leaves some lacing. Aroma is of light citrus hops with sweet, almost roasted malt background. Taste is dry for an amber, moderate hop bitterness. The flavor is a little deeper than others I’ve had in this style, almost with lighter versions of porter flavors. The texture is a little thin and the finish is a bit rough. Not my favorite Stone, but a decent choice for a session beer.