Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stone Levitation Ale

Small is beautiful.

Less is more.

Who would have thought I'd ever be using phrases like that to describe a beer from Stone, the people best known for Arrogant Bastard (7.2%), Ruination IPA (7.7%), Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (9.5-11.25%), and Double Bastard (10.5%)? Hell, who'd ever have thought I'd be reviewing a Stone beer on the SBP blog? Yet here it is: Stone Levitation Ale, at a lovely and quaffable 4.4%

And it's good. If you're looking for a real California-style pale/amber/red ale, with that pine/citrus wash of hop flavor and tingly hop nose, that you can drink all it is. I cannot fault this beer; it's clean, it's tasty, it's balanced -- on the hop side, but balanced -- and it passes the quaff test. Hats off, Stone: nice job!


  1. That indeed sounds good, hope it has made its way to Virginia!

  2. No s**t? I'd seen all the posts at BA about Levitation, but I have to admit that I saw *Stone* and immediately moved to another thread. Good to know, I'll keep my eyes open for it.

  3. I can't stand the stuff. The malts are laid out similar to Deschutes Inversion IPA. Way too roasty, and burnt. Tastes like they mashed at 165F.

  4. That must be 20 bux for that 6 pk. All their stuff is expensive. I like taste but also just like beer and spending a bunch of dough just for a drink isn't my thing. My favorite beer, the only one I've ever can can actually liked is Leinie's Sunset Wheat. Damn that's good. And I don't even do berry flavored stuff. Just a good brew. I try and buy it for $6.99 when it's on sale.

  5. Just saw Stone Levitation for $7.99 in Kentucky.


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