Friday, May 29, 2009

Stone Levitation Ale

Helluva day! I arrived at my office this morning to 4 TV News vans with their giant antennas up and a bunch of film crew and reporters mulling around the parking lot. Had no idea what was up. But I later found out that there was a double murder in the middle of the night at the gas station right next to my office building. Unbelievable and a little scary to say the least. I go into that gas station convenience store at least 2 or 3 times a week (and I went today too, so I'm not freaking out, but jeez). Then I get a call from my 3 year old's school mid afternoon saying his ear is super swollen, and to come pick him up. So I quick made a doctor appointment, got the kid and saw the doctor. Five minute appointment and $20 later, the balloon on his head was because of an insect bite. Nothing Benadryl wouldn't take care of, so off to the pharmacy. Then finally some miscommunication with my wife on who was picking up the older kid from school. We were both home minus one child. Anyway, all resolved, and here I am.

I am drinking another beer from Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. That would be Stone Levitation Ale, which according to the bottle won the 2007 Gold Medal in the American Style Red/Amber Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival. The bottle also has the usual gargoyle and a long story on the back about the relevance of the name of the beer and how supernatural it is and what awesomeness I'm about to experience. Very humble bottle.

Stone Levitation Ale has an interesting earthy and floral sweet aroma. The first thing I tasted were bold grapefruit and citrus flavors all over the place. Then there was a hint of caramel and a nice bitter and hoppy bite that came along. Lots of pine throughout as well. The finish is nice and lasts, dry and hoppy. Alcohol was not a factor in this one at only 4.4% content, and was not noticeable at all. I thought the beer was not complex yet still was very unique in its flavors. Refreshing and crisp, I'd have it again in a heartbeat. If I am worthy of even looking at the bottle, that is.

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