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Stone Levitation

May 31, 2013

The Levitation is the first beer I had from Stone that I didn’t have an instant aversion to, since before then all anyone had tried to pour down my throat were some of their most outrageously hoppy beers or the Arrogant Bastard. I had it at a sprawling Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival at the National Harbor. It was a very hot day, and we were drinking everything in sight. I would have skipped the beer, being suspicious of Stone at the time, but we had all agreed to taste everything, and for one brief glass I was very pleased with that decision. Then someone handed me a Ruination and I was suspicious of Stone all over again.

Just the other week though I was finally able to taste the Levitation again. It was a slightly darker amber color than I remember, but it still had the same fluffy white head. The scent was a nice light mixture of citrus hops, nothing too overpowering. The beer slides down your mouth easily, it’s light in body, very smooth, and the hops lend it a clean mouthfeel.

The citrus hops promised by the nose wind their way throughout the beer with a particular lemony flavor that is pleasant (especially on a warm day). Combined with this are hints of sweet malt that help lend a slight sweet bready flavor to the beer that balances out the tart and bitterness from the citrus hops. It comes to a close with a taste of fresh hops that leaves your mouth feeling wonderful.

This beer is exactly as good as I remembered. If you’re looking for a good beer to have at a barbecue or the like, this is right up your alley. Otherwise, it’s just great for drinking pint after pint of, whether it’s raining or the sun is beating down.

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