MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617, we picked it up as part of a pic six. Umm, well, all I can say about it is that as a beer from Stone, I am not all too impressed. I think they do a great job with IPAís, but as an Amber Ale, I think they tried really hard to be something they werenít. It looked great, nice amber red color with a white head. Aroma was a bit towards the IPA side, pretty hoppy. I didnít feel like this had a lot going for it outside of wanting to be an IPA. As a Stone beer, it was ok, but as a beer I would want to buy regularly, not so much.
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, 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.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, 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. Iím 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. Itís 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 doesnít have is a lot of alcohol Ė 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 thereís 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 thereís 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. Itís 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 doesnít have that huge ABV punch. Over the years the boys in Escondido have produced a number of extraordinary beers that Iíve enjoyed, but quite honestly Levitation may be the best of the bunch.
klaing (192) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dull medium brown with a filmy and persistent head. Lovely nutty aroma, and a lovely taste. Hazelnuts with lemon zest followed by a generous hopping. Depth of flavor in the aftertaste. Is this really only 4.4%?
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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.
hair-old (191) - 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?
xs2500 (187) - 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.
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! Itís real isnít it? It turns into quite a biting cheese taste. Although I donít 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 (182) - 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.
Wolfenkopf (181) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is sweet and light with mild hoppiness. It has a light almond head, calming quickly. The brew is medium brown with enticing floatations. This has a crisp, clean flavor, a bit on the sweet side. Considering the appearance and aroma, I expected much more to the taste, but was dissappointed in its lack of dynamics. On the palate it is as carbonized as soda. The bitterness lingers but does not take away from your enjoyment. I liked this, but wished there was more to it.