IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an effervescent dark amber with a large semi-creamy off-white head. Very refreshing aroma of hops and molasses, like a good IPA. Taste is light but rather complex and quite agreeable... lemony citrus flavors, a touch of roasted caramel and a dry toffee finish. Very soft, even slippery palate. Light, easy-drinking beer. I wish this and the pale ale were more readily available on the east coast.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper red with a medium layer of light tan head that settles fairly quickly. Orange peel and floral hops, lightly fruity and a nice background of warm malt. Much more resiny-piney hop character than the aroma would indicate, making it a bit astringent. Just a faint toasty malt in the finish. Nice full mouthfeel for the ABV. A very solid beer. Not really what I think of as an amber, but more interesting than most in the style. The aroma promises more than the tasting delivers, but still a good beer.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark and inviting rich amber color citrusy aroma taste like orange or orange peel or something just hoppy enough to be a stone brew.
MpPierce (3) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle art is great on this beer; great way to start. I love the silk screen label. Nice malty flavor with a late, hoppy finish. Nothing outstanding or unusual, just a good, solid beer.
sirphobos (32) - 29 Palms, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
awesome amber ale finally found a hoppy beer by stone that i coould drink alot of and not be confused the next day of where the hell i am or why i tried to steal a truck.
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - AUG 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was expecting something like a pale ale, but I believe Levitation more closely resembles an ESB. Nice red-bronze color and spicy aroma. It is actually quite strong, spicy and hoppy tasting. This surprised me, since so many Stone offerings have intense hop characteristics, I thought this one they’d develop and market a bit differently. Not my favorite Stone beer, but still something you can be proud to offer your friends.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber in color with a thin tan head that lasts. Leaves a little lacing. Fruity and toasted marshmellow aroma. Flavor is earthy, nutty, caramel. Bitter finish from the hops, I don’t expect anything less from Stone. Thin and astringent mouthfeel. Not my favorite style, but this is a good showing.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty, nutty aroma with a bit of cookie dough sweetness. Nice amber color with a frothy pinky size head. Pretty looking amber. Not asmurderously hopped as many of Stone’s beers. There is some subtetly here that makes me think they really tried hard on this beer. Malt and hop profile are very well balanced and this manages to almost be ont he sweet side just before the hops kick in and balance it out. Damn fine Amber Ale.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick looking orange/brown body with a small off-white lace. Malty nose with some carmel and a little bread. Flavors are strong carmel malts with a little toffe and a grassy hop kick late in the finish. Very drinkable.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thick brownish/amber body with a nice creamy head.nutty malt aroma.nice malt backbone and good hop bite.this is pretty damn good for an amber ale.