Lug Nut Lager | Skyscraper Brewing Company

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Skyscraper Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jackorain on 06-27-2007

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a short one finger head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: no real aroma here, only a hint of sweetness comes through.

Taste: very mild malt, some light fruit sweetness, and a mellow bitterness makes up a pretty dull flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Very short aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: you could quaff a few of these but boredom will set in after one or two.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to start tonight off with a local brew. From a single 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Pours with some foam. In the glass, the beer has a pleasant apricot orange glow to it, with a thick sturdy head on top which holds up well initially before falling to a thin bubbly lace. I'm not sure what to make of the aroma. There is some fresh cut grass, along with some cooked cereals and lime skins. Decent I guess. Moving on....

It's not bad at first. Somewhat clean, plus bitter extract. A touch of diacetyl liven things up. As that happens, lime emerges. It has a mild citrus bitter towards the tail-end of the sip.

Hmmm...I can dig this. It's better than their Power Tool Pilsner, and better than most macro lagers.

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Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a decent tan colored head.

Smell is fruity with a fair herbal hop scent. Mildly malty with a trace of caramel and toasted barley.

The taste starts out dry and woody with a little malt and a solid bitterness. Mildly fruity like an Anchor Steam but not quite the same thing.

Decent mouthfeel.

Well this is no Anchor Steam. It is unfortunate that any brewery trying to make this beer style in California must be compared to possibly the best one, and the beer that restarted good beer in America. This is a decent beer that I could see buying when Anchor Steam cost $11 a six pack and this coasts $7.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very insipid pale amber, with little head after the first few seconds.

S: Light smell, but fragrant with floral hops and some malt.

T: Pretty much all bread malt upfront, but the malt has a weird character to it, tastes funny in my opinion, the hops don't really balance it out.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, good heft.

D: One of the very few California Common's that I have ever had, but really, not very good, Anchor Steam is a much better choice.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Mainstream media has commented on LA county as being beer desolate, but perhaps they are just comparing it to the rest of California. I guess they need to look at other states to see that they are not that bad off.

Reddish-copper color with a fine clarity, the head jumps up quick and it drops quickly as well down to a thin ring of lace. Big aroma of citric hop, biscuity and caramel malt with a hint of alcohol. Very smooth with a creamy medium body and a moderate carbonation. The malt character drops a sweetness with hints of caramel and biscuit to start. Hops are right in our face with a bit of sharp bitterness and then a long lingering pungent hop flavor of faint citrus rind and tobacco. Hint of alcohol in the middle. After the shelling of hops the maltiness comes back with some more play on the caramel and biscuit flavor. The finish shows more of balance after the hops and malt are done battling it out.

Balance. This beer has balance, and not just balance but old school '90s-style microbrewery balance where the malt and hops come flailing out with an abundance of flavor yet it all works out in the end. Aside from the head dropping out quicker than we wanted it to (small peanuts) this is an all around great beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
2.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed amber orange with a frothy mountain of beige head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet and herbal with a touch of green apple and medicinal notes.

The taste is also sweet and herbal with lemon, some bready malts, and a bitter finish.

Light bodied, crisp, and quite carbonated.

There are many, many better options out there. An average brew from Skyscraper.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz single bottle copped for $1.99 from Gary's in Madison...
First time I've ever heard of this beer or brewery, so I decided to give it a shot...
An aggressive pour resulted in a dark-copper, deep amber-colored hue with a very minimal frothy head that left no lacing at all...
honey and caramel aroma, not too thick or strong, and very subtle and unappealing...
taste was warped, and very light, unassuming, weak, and flaccid... a faint sense of light hops and a tinge of vanilla and honey was noticeable in the taste, but not much more going on besides that... I saw a six-pack going in the store for $10.99 and for the life of me I cannot understand why after sampling this un-exciting brew...
Poor, light, watered-down mouthfeel resulted in a weak level of drinkability due to not much going on...
Not recommended...

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Photo of Vancer
2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Second style from this brewery - honeyweizen didn't do much for me, let's see on this one. Again, no dating on the 12oz bottle.

Pours a surprising amber orange with a fairly thick ivory head. Bit of ring lace, but does not hold well.

Hints of orange in a malty froth, quaff turns grainy with an underlying veggie note. Again, finishing a bit harsh for a lager, even with that weird orange kick trying to smooth 'er out.

A new brewery for me, I think I'll pass on any other offerings.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a pils glass it forms an eggshell white head. Fizzes down to an outer ring and leaves behind sporatic sliding lace. Copper body with minimal visible carbonation.

This one caught my attention because it has a nice hop snap to compliment a decent malt bill. Slightly toasted bread type malt flavor. A bit of a floral hop aroma and flavor and a slight citrus angle rounds it out. Medium bodied. Finishing mostly clean with a bit of lingering hop bitterness. Solid.

Notes: This was much better than the honeyweizen and restored faith that these guys can brew a decent beer. Appearance is boring and sets the bar pretty low. Both offerings I've had from this brewer have looked like cider. Limp. And its not a bottling issue as they were both fresh and unharmed in any way.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a darkish butterscotch color with some haze to it. Miniscule bubbles this size of the head of a pin slowly drift to the top of the glass where a below average off white head greets them.

S: Freshly toasted bread, minor caramel, yellow apple and honeycomb cereal.

T: Flavor starts with some nut brown characteristics with watery caramel, red apple and dry biscuits. This beer tastes a lot like it smells. Some gravely earth/mineral flavors, no doubt from the hop profile. Finishes with a weird balance between bready malts on bitter hops. Not a lot going on in this beer, and what’s here isn’t that impressive. Finishes with an aftertaste that I’d really prefer to forget.

M: Thin body and hard.

D: Newly opened brewery here in LA, so I had high hopes. Shot down.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy reddish orange with thin off white head that lingers well into the glass as a thin ring atop. Nose is hoppy citrus fruit and apples, and the mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly tingly. Flavor pisks up the hoppy fruit of the nose and the finish is tart and dry, yet a little short.

I apparently think more of this beer than most raters, but I think it would make a good session beer.

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Photo of jackorain
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a guest beer at BJ's Brewhouse in Burbank, CA

A-Amber to brown color, 1/2 inch head of white fell to nothing but a collar i no time, no lace whatsoever.

S-Has a fruity, southern comfort-like aroma, some simple syrup like carmel malt aroma as well, floral hops come through in the nose as well.

T-much the same as the nose, there is an odd, artificial fruit taste, again reminds me of souther comfort. There is a floral hop bitterness in the middle with a citrus hop finish with mild bitterness.

M-Light to medium body with fizzy carbonation I would expect from a lager.

D-I really didn't love this one and had to move on to something else after one.

Overall- I hate to give a less than stellar review to a small producer but I don't think this even close to the benchmark Anchor Steam for this category. Th off fruitiness really turned me off, I hope I can re-review more postively in the future

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Photo of 12owls
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finaly a local beer...lots of luck with the new move, welcome to the neighborhood...appereance was hazy dark copper. since i rolled the bottle to get tht lovely lava lamp like sediment. brownish creamy foam settle for a bit, then kinda went way. left some lace bubbles behind. smell is hoppy with some yeast and spice undertones, some lighty possibly toasted malts, mouthfeel is supisingly crisp, good carbonation. taste hits hoppy before its moves to spice. theres a slight citrusy/orange arouma as it opens up..plays well with the hopps. overall a nice cali-common. see you guys in industry

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Photo of big2112
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Lug Nut Lager from Skyscraper Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 15 ratings