Stone – Levitation

Tasting: October 26, 2011
Style: Ale

“Gravity Sucks.” – Stone Brewing.

Stone Brewing has never been shy when it comes to brewing “larger than life beer” and even less shy when it comes to taking shots at the big mega-commercial breweries. Even though Levitation was first brewed nine years ago, the message still rings with Stone. According to their own promotional copy for Levitation, Stone feel that these mega-breweries are slaves to less desirable gravities –“using additives, cheap adjuncts, stabilizers and chemical preservatives. So in the defiance of gravity we bring you Stone Levitation Ale”.

obama

Speaking of undesirable, here’s a photo of President Obama enjoying a Budweiser…which one contains more cheap adjuncts?

FIRST RELEASE DATE:
September 2002
HOP VARIETY:
Columbus, Simcoe, Crystal & Amarillo
STATS:
ALC/VOL 4.4%, 45 IBUs

I’ve never had a Levitation before – the vitals are odd for Stone – 4.4% ABV with an IBU of around 45. IBU of 45 — even though they use some big alpha hops like Simcoe, Crystal and Amarillo?? Of course, being nine years old in this industry is a dinosaur and it could have been ground-breaking at one time. Even though I like to share my thoughts before I drink a beer – I shouldn’t jump to any conclusions without having one.

Pours a very dark reddish brown. Definitely a pine and citrus nose. Seems a little thin at first but tucked behind the thinness – a nicely balanced ale lurks. A mellow hop aftertaste lingers on and on with flavors of black tea, lemon and pepper . Reminds me of a watered down Ruination. Sorry, but if we’re speaking of gravity, Stone may need to let out the tether a little bit. Seems a bit timid. I guess, you could call this a “gateway” brew. An opening trial to detox off of mass produced junk. I’ll give it 82.

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