Welcome to the inaugural “Beer of the Week” post! We polled you, the readers, and you stated quite emphatically that this was something you would like to see. Well The DC Sports Dudes are men of the people, so ask and you shall receive.
Our first beer is Stone’s Levitation Ale. Before I go into my review of the beer, I will let you read a bit of what Stone has to say about this particular brew:
“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.”
First release date: September 2002
Alcohol/volume: 4.4%, 45 IBU’s
Awards: 2007 Gold Medal Winner at The Great American Beer Festival
I’ve had a few of Stone’s brews and I have to say, they are really underrated and under-publicized. The brewery as a whole really produces a lot of high quality beers that are both potent and fantastically easy to drink. However, in terms of the Stone pecking order, I wouldn’t put the Levitation Ale at the top. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid brew, but Stone’s prices make it less than a great bang for your buck.
It’s a solid ale with a good hop level. You definitely get a bit of the citrus overtones that they describe in the blurb above. I was a little disappointed in its potency, having only 4.4% alcohol by volume (a lot of Stone’s brews are higher). However, the lower alcohol content does make the beer a bit more drinkable. Overall, it’s a solid brew, but like I said, for the money you could do better.
I would certainly endorse the Stone brewery as a whole. They’ve got a lot of top-notch beers with a good potency level and excellent taste and drinkability. They also make a lot of their beers for sale in 22 oz bottles which makes for excellent tasting with a buddy. However, in terms of this particular beer, unless you are really into red/amber ales, I would suggest skipping this one.
Conclusion: What else do you have on tap?