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. 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.
Don2711 (309) - - JAN 18, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Citrus aroma and flavour. Nice brown appearance and quite bitter on palate. Overall strength poor and lasting taste quite chemical unfortunately.
undercurrent25 (1782) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brown colour. Taste and aroma is initially hoppy followed by some nice malt. Well balanced
weihenweizen (2628) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Translucent light brown with small off-white head. Aroma is big herbal hops, medium body, low carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is herbal hops with some caramel malt.
willisread (1597) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlogged rating. Bottle from Old Town. Deep amber with a small off-white head. Lots of citrus and pine in the nose with some biscuity malts. Well-balanced with sweet malt and bitter hops. Not bad.
ciocanelu (598) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with off-white head. Smells mostly like some herbal hops with a slight malty undertone. Taste starts with some caramel and continues with the same herbal hops note from the aroma. Quite bitter up-front and gets intensely bitter to the finish and follows in the aftertaste. Body is quite light and well carbonated. Overall this is a really aggressive amber ale with a lot of bitterness.
Dr_Fellini (1018) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a decent light amber color with an off white head. Nice citrus hop character. Amber malts. Pretty drinkable.
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good hop aroma. Amber color with a solid head. Medium to light body. Hoppy amber with the right touch of malt to avoid being thrown into the vast sea of Stone IPA’s.
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated based on notes taken 29 Sep 2012 -- Yummy. Brew drinks super easy, and its satisfying. Drink more?
bpreo (2266) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I wanted to like it, as I do most of Stone’s beer, but I could not get over the lack of alcohol content that doesn’t help the taste.
Savage_Night (305) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2015
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours dark red with a khaki head. Head retention is poor. AROMA:, caramel, citrus, light herbs, spice and malty. Taste: caramel, hop bitterness, malty, citrus, spice and pine. AFTER TASTE: hop bitterness, caramel and spices with an oily finish.