grunx (367) - - JUN 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Increible la textura que té amb només 4,4% vol. Molt aromàtica i refrescant. Com sempre Stone no decepciona. Gran.
dhunter151 (467) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty with a hoppy finish. Easy to drink. True session beer. One of the better Amber Ales.
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bloodnok (8) - USA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
initial reaction was it was way too fruity but the aftertaste was wonderfully bitter and the overall experience was good. this won’t be a beer i seek out but it was nice enough.
Hanan (70) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesomeness. Great great balance of hoppy and a little citrus. Goes down so easy. Superb session beer. Bring it!
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imeshuggahi (31) - golden, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of stone’s least drank beers, yet does not deserve to be. Although low in alcohol, this beer will shock you with its intense flavor and intriguing aroma. I typically drink dark heavy beers, or extremely hoppy IPAs, so this beer provides a wonderful departure from the norm. Outstanding beer.
DarkSong (277) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a medium sized long lasting off white head. It has a absolutely wonderful floral grapefruit hop aroma. This is an absolutely wonderful beer. It is very complex, refreshing and easy to drink. The hop character really stands out but is not overpowering. There is some grapefruit taste along with pine and resin taste. I really enjoyed this beer.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a very dark amber with superb clarity. Head is a cherry-white. Lacing is fair and head remains throughout pretty well. Nose is sticky, with roasted, well balanced malts and pine hops. A Sugar sweet aroma covers over a humidor-esque vintage quality. Taste is a redistribution of the nose, with a bigger malt and hop heavy hitter. Well balanced with a smooth, yet bitter aftertaste. I think this is Stone’s best offering thus far.
keith0718 (340) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
With a subtle roasty & fruit flavor underneath a lemony hop presence, this beer is unique. Eminently drinkable.
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Nice hop smell, much like a traditional pale ale. There are some notes of sweet yeast in there, and also some caramel. Pours a nice dark brown with a head that dissipated quickly. Sediment apparent. On the taste getting a good amount of hops, but also with honey unique toasted flavor. Must have been the English yeast. Good amount of caramel backbone. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter. Lots of bitterness come through, more hop bark (aroma) than bite (flavor) Plenty of robust flavor for 4.4 abv. Enjoyability 4.5/5
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.