HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Bottle (12oz). Poured clear bright ruby-amber with a decent plug of straw-coloured foamy-rocky head. Ah, there’s that signature Stone aroma - plenty of yeast, juicy citrusy light roasted malt, and a wave of fresh, sprucey hops - did I mention the yeast? Taste is primarily the mild roast malt and the strong fresh citrus hops, fairly even at first, but the pine-resiny hop bitterness dominates at the end of an average, pleasant linger - some nice sour musty notes come in with warming too. Mouthfeel is decent bodied for the type, a little astringent, lively (not carbonated, lively). Another eminently drinkable Stone - good lord they’ve got brew in SoCal!!
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome color. lots of caramel and malt in aroma. Nice malty/roasty flavor. Very full for an amber. I was surprised by this beer. Semi bitter finish is nice. Will definitely buy this one again soon.
ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweaty socks aroma. With a deep inhale, I pick up some sweet malt, but there is an annoying off note in there. Wonderful deep reddish amber body. Off-white head that quickly and almost fully diminishes. Slow but plentiful carbonation. A very nice mouthfeel. Has the essence of a Stone IPA or Ruination, but with much fewer hops. Still pretty bitter, but about at the East Coast IPA level. Not sure how many calories this one packs, but at 4.4%, it has to be lower than Stone’s other beers. As such, this sort of qualifies as their "light" beer, which they subtly refer to with the "Levitation" name. Could use a little more sweetness, but sugar=calories. This is 2 Amber beers I’ve consumed in two nights by two heavyweight brewers, the other being Bells Amber. That brew definitely has more to offer, but Stone’s offering has nothing to be ashamed of either.
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nice dark amber color with much fizzyness. Good head that doesn’t recede quickly. The taste is a balance of malt and hops, but the aftertaste is extremelly hoppy; no wonder its called Levitation ale.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome amber appearance....alliteration must end though. Nice tan froth and delicious malt character. Battling forth is the fresh fruit and citrus hops but in the end it remains the caramel that prevails. Until you finish a quenhcing mouthful and the citrus is the last mouth-coating flavour you encounter. Very nice.
Ratman197 (10546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bpttle poured a clear anber with an amber head. Aromas of carmel and a little fruitiness. Palate is crisp. Flavors of carmel, toffee and a touch of fruitiness with a dry slightly sweet finish.
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I definitley like this one better than the Pale. I think it gets a generally lower rating due to the lower alcohol. Great deep amber color with a nice head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas of sweet malts and some citrus. Hoppy flavors with the grapefruit and orage that goes with it. Excellent finish and an overall tasty brew.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 Absolutely gorgeous beer. Starts out bold, but finishes a little light. I’d probably rate it higher if it was brewed by someone else, but compared to Stone’s other fantastic beers, this one seems average.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - 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.