Review: Levitation Ale, Stone Brewing Co.


Stone Levitation Ale
Stone Brewing Co. — Escondido, California

Stats:
  • Style:  Amber Ale
  • Bitterness:  45 IBU
  • ABV: 4.4%
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Columbus, Simcoe, Crystal, and Amarillo
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "It's been said that 'Gravity Sucks.'  Simple enough. Well, we at Stone have identified gravitational forces in the beer world. And we have come to the conclusion that they, well, see above. So we avoid these less-than-desirable gravitational forces. We avoid dumbed-down flavor profiles and the vigorous pursuit of the lowest common denominator. We avoid big dollar marketing mentalities. We avoid additives, cheap adjuncts, stabilizers and chemical preservatives. So in the defiance of gravity we bring you Stone Levitation Ale. This deep amber ale has rich malt flavors, a big hoppy character, citrus overtones (courtesy of the hops and our special brewers yeast) and modest alcohol."
 — Stone Brewing Co.


The tasting:   Deep reddish gold / garnet in color. It's clear and has a white head that dissipated slowly leaving lacing on the glass.  It looks stunning (OK, I just happen to love this color)!  Aroma of grapefruit hops and caramel malt.  Flavor similar to aroma.  While it leans toward the hoppy side, it has a nice caramel backbone.  It's light bodied, has a smooth mouth feel, and is very drinkable.  For a 4.4% ABV brew, the aptly named Levitation packs in a lot of flavor and makes for a very sessionable beer. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!   I thought Stone only made heavy, big ABV beers.  I was mistaken.  Levitation will be high on my go-to list on days when I want a lower ABV beer with a lot of flavor.

Have you tried Levitation or any other Stone beers?


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4 comments:

JayZeis said...

I think Levitation is a great beer to have around all of the time. Sometimes you might just want to drink a few great tasting beers, but not worry about being drunk/hungover- and this one fits that profile perfectly

Sanjay said...

I agree Jay. Have you tried 21st Amendment's Bitter American? It's their new seasonal. It's an amazing session beer. Big malt and hop flavors but only 4.4% ABV. I wrote about it on 2/1.

Made in Sonoma said...

I've looked and looked for this beer, and I've still yet to find it. I'd love to try it!

Sanjay R. said...

Levitation is hard to find. I rarely see it in stores anymore.

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