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RATINGS: 1720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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This deep amber ale has rich & roasty malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and our special brewers yeast) and modest alcohol.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2011
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dervock (560) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle - pours amber with beige head. Piney, nutty, cereal aroma. Hop comes through in taste. Oily palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - MAY 4, 2015
Look: pours a dark Amber. Slight cloudy cold have. White head. Smell: caramel. Sweet malts. Sweet hops. Sweet oranges. Pineapple Taste: sweet caramel. Slight pine. Feel: thin mouth feel. Slightly dry. Very smooth. Overall: nice beer. Like the sweetness. First drank: home 5/4/15 Vintage: 2015

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3573) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
Clear amber of color with an off white head. An aoma of malt, bisquit, hops, citrus and weak toffee. A flavor of hops, citrus, bisquit, malty, grapefruit and weak toffee.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
Garbage beer, Stone said no more a few weeks ago, thank goodness, this beer is as lame as a republican convention in Utah..

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
JMCtime (70) - Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Like most Stone brews that Iíve tried this has a strong, overpowering bitterness. It is barely discernible as an amber and has none of the the well rounded or creamy notes I expect from a good amber. It has a touch of citrus but mostly bitter. Not good at all.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3097) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle: Mild gush. Toasted amber & chestnut color with a lazy beige & grey tinted foam on top. Aroma of burnt tree bark, dank pines, caramel malt sweetness, citrus peel, & herbal ash. Flavor is pretty herbaceous, too, along with notes of caramel, toasted biscuits & bread, pine needles, grapefruit rind, mild toffee, & moderate hemp oil. Semi-dank in the finish with some residual malt stickiness. Decent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhp40219 (355) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 27, 2015
12 oz bottle. Saying goodbye to an old friend now that Stone will be discontinuing this. What a bummer. Anyway, pours a lovely rich amber with a nice big white head that leaves a ton of sticky lacing. Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine, biscuits, wheat. Taste is equal parts malty and hoppy. Caramel, citrus and pine up front with the wheat and biscuit coming in behind it. Long, slightly dry finish. Medium bodied, sticky and smooth texture, average to lightly high carbonation. Very crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink. One of the best amber ales out there and a hell of a great session beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1499) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2015
This was actually the first Stone beer I ever tried about 7 years ago, but itís been a long time and I decided to revisit it. Reminds me of a session IPA, solid hop characters (especially pine) and a solid enough malt backbone. Nothing amazing, but still good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weordie (242) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Pours Dark copper with thick white foamy head. Aroma is malt and honey. Now my bottle from Rehils in Jesmond was quite a few months out of date, didnít notice till after I poured it, so taste had maybe dimmed but was sweet, malty and a bit watery. Very nice but not fantastic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1243) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Pours a dark, reddish brown with an off white head. Quite a hoppy aroma. Upfront and lasting bitterness.


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