maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Bottle on 02/20/2010. Clear dark amber body with a large rocky off-white head. Sweet fruity and caramel aroma. Sweet floral and citrus hop flavor on a caramel background. Medium body with moderate carbonaton. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5
11/19/2005 - Frothy off white head, with a dark amber color. Very mild sweet aroma. Lightly bitter with a grainy aftertaste.This beer is only distributed on the west coast, so it may take some work to find it.elsewhere. 6/4/7/3/15 - 3.5
alobar (3059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with a strong hoppy aroma. Wonderful combination of citrus, malts, and hops in the taste. Very smooth drinking beer. IPA-like hoppiness, but smoother.
BeerandBlues2 (10713) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a foamy light tan head and lined spotty lacing. Caramel malt fruity hop aroma with notes of vanilla and coconut, brown sugar. Acidic bitter sour hop metallic caramel malt flavor with a grapefruit bitterness. Medium bodied and metallic dry palate.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good smooth beer. Nice perfect amount of hops. I smell a little bit of fruit in the mix. Pours dark copper with an orange-white head. Almost tastes like a weak IPA. I dont really see the amber too much in it. Maybe a hybrid of the two. Maybe a little bit too watery
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful balance between citrus, grapefruit, orange, herbal hops and toasty, bready malts in the inviting aroma. Clear, deep amber-copper coloured body with large and lasting, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to a generous cover with fantastic lacing. Strong minty, herbal, citrus hops over biscuity, toasty malts in the very well balanced flacvour with moderate bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Liquor Mart, Boulder, CO, Oct-05).
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean and clear copper ale sporting a loose tan head. Gassy CO2 aroma with light floral hops. Toffee and spicy hop fruity flavor finishing bitter and clean. Seems more like a British Pale Ale than an Amber. Well balanced and easy to drink.
HogTownHarry (6201) - 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 (2299) - 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.