JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber/brown color with thin foamy off white head. Aroma has resiny citrusy hops, strong but not at all overpowering, a touch of maltiness and hint of caramel. Flavor is malty with a good dose of caramel, largely lacking the hoppiness and bitterness that is present in the aroma.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle obtained from Trader Joe’s in Phoenix. What a deal, only $1 for a 330mL. Pours a deep copper colour with a small white head. citrus hop aroma. hoppy but very well balanced. easy drinking especially with it’s low alcohol content of only 4.4%. I’d definitely drink this again.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a big fan of the Levitation in terms of it being a Stone brew. Of course, as one of my top 5 breweries, I hold Stone to a very high level of expectation. Nevertheless, this is a good beer, reddish-brown with a slightly light, off-white head. Aromas of malt and some citrussy hoppiness. Surprisingly sweet for such a low alcohol brew. The high IBU/malt ratio gives the impression of a quite hoppy beer, which it is, though not relative to other Stone brews.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a mahogany/red color with a tawny head. Medium co2 with a sticky lace. Aroma is of malt and caramel with a grassy hop presence. Tastes lightly sweet at the start and middle with a dominant hop finish that is downright numbing. Palate is medium bodied with light effervescence.
IMHO: an OD on the hops.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color, light head. Nose of light hops, clean malts & caramel. The flavor is fairly bitter & unbalanced but easy to drink. Dry cinnamon that gets very bitter towards the end. Not quite up to Stone’s regular beers. Thanks Eric for the beer!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour with mahogany highlights. Light head. Flowery citrus hops with some pine. A good malt backing with hints of caramel and roast. Biscuity aromas with a slight touch of pepper. Bitter comes out in the flavor with some roast and caramel malts. Spicy hops show up with the bitterness and some more of that pepper. Again there is a warm biscuit flavor or maybe toasted flavors. Tangy palate with a lingering malt and bitter tail.
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is this first Stone that I have not had on tap so my overall experience is limited to the bigger bottle. If I had not ever had any other Stone, I would rate this as outstanding. However it is not quite up to their other ales, such as IPA, Ruination IPA, and Arrogant Bastard.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby dark amber. Long-lasting 1/2 -cm beige head. Very light nose. Citrus, almondy. Hoppy from the beginning although not agressive. Dry woody and earthy flavors. Sharp bitterness with pencil shavings and leafy edges. Thin-medium body, moderately high carbonation. Mineralic aftertaste, ironoxide like. Alright low gravity ale with a hop oriented flavor balance. I would prefer it with a more defined malt crunch, more biscuity and firm, but it serves its purpose.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The mildest and most ordinary of Stones beers. Saying that, it really shows the high quality of Stones products! Pours a tall fluffy off-white head on a amber colored body. Sweet roasted malt dominates the aroma with hop and toffee tones. Flavor is mild malty with a fine roasted tone and bitter hops. The sweetness hides behind the bitterness but there is a good balance between the two. Little thin on the palate but nice and tasty.
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Levitation pours a copper-red with a creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film and collar.
Its aroma is a nice mix of spicy, piney hops and sweet caramel malts and some subtle notes of fruitiness.
The flavor is bready, sweet caramel malts initially, a little fruitiness and then a nice bitter piney hop finish. It is medium bodied and pretty smooth. It has a watery finish though that washes out a lot of the flavor.
Overall, I was let down a bit. I like how the sweet and hoppiness blended. But it seemed a little off. It’s very close to being an excellent brew, but not quite there.