VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looking forward to this one. Levitation pours a dark copper tinged with ruby red. Light tan head starts out strong but fades fast, ending up with about a half to 3/4th of a finger worth of head. I’m using a tulip pint glass for this one.
The aroma is strong with this one. Huge notes of pine hit the nose first, with more citrus and floral hop character in the background. Along with the hops there is a nice caramel malt undertone to this whole thing.
Likewise, piney hops hit the mouth first, splitting the tongue and washing to the sides of the mouth. The first couple sips are all hops, and like the aroma. It’s earthy pine, followed by tropical fruit and some light floral characteristics. This has that nice West-Coast style dank hop character that so many other great beers have. Unlike its other West-Coast brethren, however, what it doesn’t have is a lot of alcohol – the ABV on this is only 4.4%. More on that later. As the palate acclimates the malt profile really begins to shine through. The easy comparison is caramel, but for me this is more like toffee. Still there’s no question that hops are the star of this beer, and hops are what will bring you back to this beer again and again.
Lingering moderate bitterness is present after you take a drink, though at no point is it unbearable or uncomfortable. The lightly creamy mouth feel is somewhat thin, though not watery or inappropriate. Carbonation is light to medium. The beer finishes crisp and dry, though there’s a nice level of malt sweetness that comes out the more that you drink it.
Honestly, everything about this, from the aroma, to the taste, to the mouth feel, screams big beer. It’s truly amazing that Stone packed this much flavor into this type of package. Most of the time session beers can come across as bland, watery, and without much in the way of flavor. With Levitation, Stone has turned that assumption on its ear, creating a full-flavored Pale Ale / IPA / Red Ale beer that doesn’t have that huge ABV punch. Over the years the boys in Escondido have produced a number of extraordinary beers that I’ve enjoyed, but quite honestly Levitation may be the best of the bunch.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Nose is full of sweet floral hops. Pours deep amber with a pale and foamy white head. A mixture of sweetness and some bitterness, and a full mouthfeel. Not a bad offering. All the signs of a good ale, if just a little boring.
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is malty with a hint of citrus fruit and smoke. In the mouth it has a lovely balance citrus hop character rounded off by a rich toasty malt. Impressive and very drinkable. Shows what can be done without maxing out the malt bill in a beer.
morri (189) - NORWAY - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Ølhandleriet. Tiny white head. Clear, but slightly cloudy amber body. Aroma of light hops, citrus, yeast and butter. Quite sweet on the tongue, bitter long lasting taste.
jpkeskinen (186) - FINLAND - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank from a bottle at home. Good beer with a strong taste. The taste is bitter and sweet in a malty way.
Tomy63 (185) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - DEC 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ambrée houblonnée, très fruitée (pamplemousse, litchi), amère, épicée.
hair-old (183) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Second run of their oaked arrogant bastard,sierra nevada calls this a small beer.2007 gold medal lol,what else were the judges drinking?
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweaty socks, bleu cheese, sour milk, old coffee, and an earthy hop smell strike you in a cacophony of aromas. This pours with a tan-beige head that lightly laces the side of the glass as it slowly sinks into a deep reddish copper pond, clear as bell. A strange yeasty twang is the first thing to your taste buds, followed up by a big in your face symphony of hops, which clings to the roof of your mouth and never leaves. The yeasty thing! The yeasty thing! It’s real isn’t it? It turns into quite a biting cheese taste. Although I don’t particularly care for the flavor of this, it is definitely quite different than anything else around. It may be light in alcohol, but originality in taste abounds.
peter48er (180) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle. Poured a rich amber colour with a very small white head that soon disappeared. Malt & citrus on the aroma and taste was quite bitter and hoppy with some malt notes. I found this an easy drinking beer with the bitterness I wanted. On this occasion the fairly low abv just suited my palate & needs.
xs2500 (180) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy dark amber. Flavor is nice, citrus hopy bitterness. Kinda reminds me of a less intense IPA. Overall a good brew, exactly what you should expect from a Stone beer.