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 (127) - 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.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a suprisngly decent beer that I tried on tap during the Stone tour. Yummy taste with a nice waft to it. Not one of stones bigger and bolder offerings, but good nonetheless.
jason (1732) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to cbkschubert. Pours a deep amber body with nice head. Aroma is caramel, lots of hops. Flavor is on the sweet side, slightly bitter, nutty, with a nice malty backbone. Very smooth, nice mouthfeel. A great session beer. Thanks again Craig!
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
good beer, excellent hoppy aroma, excellent taste, you would think an ale that tastes as good and smells as good as this one would have a slightly higher ABV, it could be mistaken for an IPA except for its lack in alcohol, low ABV is the beers only downfall, oh and its name.....one CAN NOT levitate from only 4.4% alcohol (only .2 higher than bud-light....WTF!!!!!)
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At 4.4% it is not a strong as the label would insinuate. Levitation smelled mildly of peach and tasted of caramel. It had good balance between hop and malt. A nice mid-range amber ale.
lukevinyl (4) - Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2007 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good beer, very hoppy-- both in aroma and taste. Finishes with quite a bitter taste, but still very drinkable (though a bit low on alcohol).
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Double dry hopped version on tap at Stone. Big hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel taste with bitter hoppy pine and citrus notes and a lingering floral finish.