SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Etched 07/07/09 around bottom.
Appearance: Rough pour turns up 1.5 fingers of tan creamy head that recedes at a moderate rate leaving substantial lacing. Slightly hazy amber color.
Nose: Big hop nose: citrus rules this beer and some fresh cut pine and green pine nettles.
Palate: Light- to medium-light-bodied. Turns somewhat watery quickly. Some light biscuit malt and some "flash-in-the-pan" citrus hop notes. Beer is light and quick, but packed with those oh-so-awesome Stone flavors.
Notes: A great sessionable beer. Best way Iíve heard it described is an "extreme session" beer. Light, but packed with good flavors and layers.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a big fan of ambers but this is a nice lil brew. Until now itís been a couple years since I had a Levitation but it is exactly as I remember it. Pours a nice cloudy medium brown, smells sweet and a bit nutty. Pretty robust flavor for something this weak, tastes good but the end is sort of bitter. Overall very drinkable, a prime brew to crack at 11am in january in the balmy San Diego winters.
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a wonderfully dark amber with an off white foamy head that sticks around. Malt and Cascade hop aromas. A balanced attack which fades to a slightly bitter hoppy finish with a caramel malt aftertaste. Very nice.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy as is the flavor. Iím not picking up much in the way of caramel malts. Very hoppy and bitter, through and through. A very good ale, just not my favorite Amber (it seems more like a hefty pale ale, except for the dark body).
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 23, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
You have to like hops for the sake of hops to appreciate this one. Great floral hop aroma that just smacks of a tongue-shock. The color is a perfect deep brown like that of Dutch Chocolate. The flavor and palate are extrememly low on the malt end, which is due to the lower alcohol content, so this is not necessarily a beer for the heavy ale fans. Comes off dry and a bit acidic. Bitter, Bitter, Bitter! Overall, given what it is supposed to be, not a bad brew at all!
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Dark orange/amber color. Medium white head, nice lacing. Very pleasant hoppy aroma, medium bodied flavor with hints of caramel. Medium to high bitterness, with a nice hoppy finish.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour.Aroma was citrusy and hops.Amber color with a decent head.Flavor was hops and a citrus finish.OK beer doubt Iíll try it again.
ReverendMoon (128) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
For me it just wasnít what I wanted in an amber. I do love a hoppy beer, but I didnít drink this expecting to get the hops if an IPA, which is what happened. Still, though, certainly this is not a bad beer. Just a little disagreeable to my hankering at the time.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours nice cooper-orange (amber) color but with thin white head that dwindles to nearly nothing. Aroma is weak with no distinct tones, mild sweet, very light hop. Taste is fair medium hops but again with no other distinct flavors. The light-body leaves the palate with a short hops burst, but as would be expected from something that has had little nose, no distint flavors and light body thereís not much else. Itís drinkable but I guess I was expecting more. No complexity at all.
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber brown color, medium tan head that falls quickly but leaves some lacing. Aroma is of light citrus hops with sweet, almost roasted malt background. Taste is dry for an amber, moderate hop bitterness. The flavor is a little deeper than others Iíve had in this style, almost with lighter versions of porter flavors. The texture is a little thin and the finish is a bit rough. Not my favorite Stone, but a decent choice for a session beer.