Bill Becker (2008) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017 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.
From Jul 2007
Purchased as part of a mixed 6pack at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.
This pours from 12oz bottle a nice clear deep amber with a large head of foam that recedes slowly leaving a few small islands near the center and it has some lacing.
The smell is hoppy. I get a lot of grapefruit but I also get some caramel malt.
The taste on first sip is kind of strange. The initial flavour is rather empty of flavour, kind of watery but then, thankfully, the grapefruit hoppy goodness moves in near and through the finish though it's at a subdued level. Hey, this is only 4.4%abv so I expected some kind of reduction in what was going to hit my taste buds and it sure makes this Ale a good for sessioning candidate *if* the flavour that's there is enough to please. Imho, it passes that test. I'd buy it again. ads135 (5213) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 30, 2017
A very solid amber ale. Plenty of malty body, typical of an easy drinking amber, but it has a nice grassy hop punch as well. john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Draft Third of a Pint at GBBF 2009 (Day 1), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2009 - And Bottle - Deep Amber in colour. Malty base/backbone; roasty malts, caramel. Hoppy; big grapefruit citrus hop flavours; grassy hops. Nice malt/hops balance. Dry hoppy finish. Much hoppier than expected. Surprisingly flavoursome for a low-ABV beer. Very drinkable. Nice beer! (2009-08)
mice (1102) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Punaisenruskea kirkas olut paksulla, höttöisellä ja pitsiä jättävällä vaahdolla. Kaunis olut. Tuoksu humalaa ja hedelmää. Maku hieman greippinen, mutta varsinkin jälkimaultaan enemmänkin greippisen katkera. Ulkonäkö tässä oluessa toimii ja maitokauppavahvuiseksi tietysti hieno tekele, mutta omaan makuuni turhan greippinen. Lore (2991) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 17, 2016
darker amber colour, moderate sized yellowish head; aroma of toast, resins, floral and biscuity notes, some roasted nuts, too. taste is the same- mild roasted toasty and malty; easily drinkable good amber ale
kapusil (1563) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 16, 2016
0.355l bottle. Clear amber body, lasting off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toast, reisins and citruses. Taste of caramel, toast, citruses and even some roasted malts. Light medium bodied. Easy to drink. Quite nice. Cristobal37 (1287) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 16, 2016 Thanks Lagzibacsi! Light brown. Very sweet flaky malty aroma. Sweet syrup on the nose. Long sweet malts and mild bitterness. Really sessionable. Balanced nice a bit sweet for me, but a good 12 pack beer. Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, dégustée au Mondial de la Bière 2007.
andrepintado (3752) - Porto, PORTUGAL - FEB 21, 2016
Couleur : ambrée foncée.
Apparence : claire.
Houblon résineux, citrique, légèrement floral et fruité (agrumes, abricots), caramel sucré.
Entrée de bouche : Moyenne amertume de houblon floral, moyennement citrique, fruitée (agrumes, notes d’abricots) et aux notes herbeuse, présente toute la gorgée.
Un support malté de caramel sucré aux notes rôties est également présent des notes de pain.
En bouche :
Corps : moyen.
Effervescence : moyen.
Texture : légèrement crémeuse.
Finale : moyenne-longue et un peu sèche, moyennement amère de houblon résineux, légèrement herbeux et citrique aux notes florales et terreuses.
Bottle. Dark copper color. Thin to medium beige head. Medium bitterness. Soft sweetness coming from the malt. Aroma is malty, hops, resin. Well done. Don2711 (496) - - JAN 18, 2016
Citrus aroma and flavour. Nice brown appearance and quite bitter on palate. Overall strength poor and lasting taste quite chemical unfortunately.