Monday, August 12, 2013

Review: Stone Levitation Ale

Stone Levitation Ale
4.4% ABV
The Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, San Diego County, CA
12 oz btl
Served in Duvel tulip glass
Date on bottle: Enjoy by 9/25/13
Reviewed on 7/29/13

This amber ale pours a solid amber color with a good bubbly off-white head that has decent retention.  Good lacing.

Smell has hops, malt, some spice, floral, candy, some cherry, citrus, pepper.

Taste has malt, dry pepperiness, some bitter hops, floral, herbal, citrus, touch of dark fruit, spicy candy, bready.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry and bitter on the palate.  Solid consistent flavor that coats the tongue.

Overall, this is a quite complex tasting amber ale that is quite sessionable yet sacrifices little in flavor.  Flavor profile has hops, malt, and spices, along with citrus and some dark fruit.  It hits the palate with some fairly strong dryness and bitterness.  This feels much bigger than what the ABV would suggest.

My score: 92

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