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RATINGS: 1678   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) - , Kansas, 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobsch (485) - Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
From keg at Brewdog Shoreditch. Pours clear amber brown with off white head. Aroma is malty, citrus, hops, some fruitiness. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, dry, hoppy, some citrus, bit sour, roasted malt hints. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with medium carbonation. Ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1110) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Another winner from Stone. They should brew more lower gravity stuff because they are so good at it. Deep amber in color. Medium head. Aroma is really well balanced as is the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonnyConga (87) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from red elephant truro uk. Aroma is floral, citrus, piney hops and malt. Taste is lovely - citrus and piney hops with a nice balanced maltiness and smooth bitter aftertaste. A great beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1022) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear deep amber, with a medium off-white head, which lasts well and leaves very good lacing. Toffee malt provides a base for floral, pine and leafy hops notes, which make for a very pleasant aroma. Lemon and floral hops and almost tonic water flavour up front lead into rich toffee and rye bread malt in the mid-palate. Rye bread persists into the finish, where it is joined by pine hops. A very well-balanced and flavoursome amber ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RafeAU (108) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
bitter amber ale. hop aroma. Little head, quickly fades. decent but nothing exceptional.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lightbias (92) - USA - AUG 24, 2014
This liquid poured a dark red-amber with a light, soapy, white head. The aroma is dusty, peppery, rye with no body. Small amounts of lacing on the glass, and very sticky. The palate is thin as well, no body and the taste is bitter, unpleasant and a little salty. Iím am really disappointed in this offering from Stone; it is only disagreeable with no redeeming qualities at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Cask at Churchkey. Labeled as dry-hopped with Simcoe. Clear copper, big-bubble edge head. Aroma of fresh hops. Flavor has caramel candy with a smoke edge. Very smooth. Bitter throughout. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peterschreurs (49) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured. Deep copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is hops, pine, hint of citrus and hint of caramel/malt. Taste is hoppy, hint of citrus and caramel with a nice ending bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (1318) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle from Beer Central, Sheffield. Clear amber. Untidy, off white, foamy head. Fruity sweet. Grassy hop. Taste is slightly, spicy dry. Some bitterness follows. Palate is a little watery. Finishes light bitter. Good session beer, albeit a bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2014
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines, cheers Ash! Pours clear red-brown, thick off-white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, fruity hops. Taste brings malt character, near toffee, and more orange citrus. Light body, a tad thin perhaps, but a nice, long bitter finish. Good.


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