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Kill Ugly Radio - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Kill Ugly RadioKill Ugly Radio

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very good

242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: unklesyd on 08-17-2007)
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Photo of Jerzy86


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice rich amber color with a decent head.

S: Strong malts balanced with a nice amount of hops.

T: IPA, bitterness is controlled by the nice malt flavors.

M: Slight bite at start, but goes down smooth.

D: I could see myself drinking 1-2 of these, but more than that would be a lot of strong flavor.

Overall I liked this beer, and am looking forward to trying the other Zappa beers

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2008 15:39:36 | More by Jerzy86
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's so nice to see Laganitas available on the East Coast. They've come a long way since their days of "eye of the hairball," hair of the eyeball," etc.

The beer pours the protypical light orange peach IPA/DIPA color with very good head retention and outstanding lacing. On the nose... just gorgeous. The beer has aromas of citrus, rose petals and pine. It smells just superb. On the palate the beer is so light and soft, one would guess this is a 5% or 6% abv., the abv. is so well disguised. As noted above, the mouthfeel is very light and creamy, and the beer comes across as very drinkable with the abv. not the least bit obtrusive. The malt profile on this beer is really dialed down, making the beer all the more drinkable, with a pretty dry and light finish. There is almost a slight butterscoth flavor at the very end, which adds to the uniqueness of this excellent beer.

Sure, there are better IPA/ DIPA's out there, but this is pretty impressive. It's the sort of DIPA that teases you into believing it's not a very big beer at all... but at 7.8%, yeah you could hurt yourself if you drank too much of this. A very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2008 02:13:36 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of pershan


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Light amber color with thin, white head.

S: Slight citrusy hop aroma - fairly subdued.

T: Big initial hop flavor hit, dissipating into a wonderfully tart, citrusy finish. Not cloying or overpowering - well done.

M: Lots of hop bite, with the aforementioned tart, citrusy finish. Really makes the taste buds on your tongue come alive.

D: Very, very drinkable. I especially like the initial hop flavor blast followed by the surprising smooth finish. I've got to say, the CA breweries really know how to use hops in their IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 18:21:26 | More by pershan
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a delightful, very light copper color with a great white head that lingers for a while. Great lacing.

S- beautiful hops immediately, almost reminds me of christmas. Clean hop aroma.

T- Initial taste is almost fruity, very citrusy, very grapefruit. The hops are obviously present, and are balanced perfectly.

M- hits the palate dead on, yet slightly confusing my tastebuds at first, but finishes very smooth. Leaves the mouth feeling a little dry, but very warming.

D- If you love IIPAs, get this while you can, I was lucky to get a keg of it for my bar. Pint after pint it never gets old.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2007 20:37:59 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a white head. Still surprisingly hoppy. Good citrus notes, mostly citrus peel, as well as some pine and floral hop aromas. A bit of sweet and bready malt. The flavor is moderately sweet, but some of that is sweet citrus hop flavor. A bit of orange peel and some pine bitterness. Light floral and grass flavors as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:36:03 | More by womencantsail
Photo of JayS2629


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a friend's house. It was 3 years old, so that might not be a great thing for an IPA. It wasn't gross. It was actually very mellow and easy drinking. Nothing off-putting.

Poured an amber with good clarity, a nice two finger white head that faded slow and left nice lacing.

The aroma was of biscuit, caramel and apricots. Some floral notes and hints of citrus. Grapefruit and pine notes.

The flavor is simple, clean and mellow. Nice balance of a nutty/caramel, toasty, bready backbone with floral, herbal, and citrus hops. Fruity notes of apricot and vanilla.

Very smooth, medium body

Easy drinking, smooth, nicely balanced drink

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:32:54 | More by JayS2629
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2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip on 3/18/11
Split with MbpBugeye

Though it looks murky while poured, it manages to look something of a pleasant, dirty amber tinged color. Hazy pineapple juice. The two finger head might be smaller in a less tapered glass, but no matter. The head is slow thin and lacing is pretty good.

Smells like dead hops. At best Kill Ugly Radio has shimmied its way into that oh-so-awkward category of DIPA walking the line of barleywine. That's a generous assessment, though. Caramel, butter toffee, candied fruits. Toasty sugar, but not terribly sweet. Thin ghosts of earthy hops and some papery notes. I picked out a timid Orange Crush citric remnant.

This certainly tastes like a dead IPA. Dry and papery. Spritzes of orange zest and residual bitterness. A little earthy, but mostly bitter; kind of astringent at this time. Toasted malts with an underlying candied notion. Faded orange pith and peel as it warms. At least it doesn't taste like a barleywine.

The medium weighted beer is riddled with a weird feel comprised of carbonation, paper, dried resin and, well, paper. Bitter finish is surprisingly devoid of dirtiness.

Drinkable but not really enjoyable. Smeat'll do that to you, I suppose. Tastes better than it smells if only because it was far from sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 03:54:40 | More by Ryan011235
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2.53/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Ryan011235 on a night of libation, trepidation and oxidation.

Visual oxidation
This beer didn't look too bad. Its a clouded, bright orange with a pure white head. Retention was fair and lace was sporadic and spotty. The first pours were much clearer but our glasses quickly became clouded. All's well with that though.

Oxidized aromas
Yeah, this is a case study in faded hops and oxidation more than a review or evening drink. There is lots of cereal grains, but some candied malts and hops are still there. I'm pleasantly surprised to find the sweet smells of orange pith. Salty water and lots of dry cardboard dust. Aromas of hot attic, stacks of paper and Boulevard Carry-out.

The flavors of beers past
It really does start out ok. Light hints of orange zest can be found. There is lots of oxidation though, and the hops are well faded. Dry flavors that are really a melange of stationery stores and dusty warehouses. Plenty of grains, some caramel malt here and there and some toasty malts interspersed. The strange thing I've noticed before is that even though hops fade and lose most of their flavor, their bitterness still remains, especially on the finish. This is a more of a "dead" worthless bitterness with out the nice hop flavors to make it worth while.

Can I get a glass of water?
Dry, but not good dry. I suspect that the bottle conditioning thats presumably been going in this DIPA for some odd 3 years how has REALLY dried this beer out. Its a dusty, papery dryness that really takes its toll on the palate, tongue and throat.

Its MY tick and MY opinion
This stuff has suffered the hardship of years. In all though, I think it held up fairly well. At times it was even barleywine-ish, almost, kinda. Oxidation has stormed the beaches of Kill Ugly Radio and striped its shores bare with shock and awe. Its left a shattered, skeleton of a beer.

I don't even listen to Frank Zappa.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 20:24:07 | More by MbpBugeye
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle: Been saving this, hope not too long.

Pour: Orange-gold with a rich off-white cap, great retention and lacing.

Aroma: Peaches and biscuit malt some floral-citrus notes.

Good body, rich caramel malts in the front balanced with peachy esters and citrus-pine hop bite which goes bitter in the finish.

A great IPA and a tribute to a great man.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 00:39:30 | More by pootz
Photo of corpulent


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy orange, with minimal head. Pine and citrus in the nose. Tastes crisp; citrusy hops throughout. Doesn't really taste like a Double/Imperial in my opinion; not to say that it isn't tasty. Pleasant hop aftertaste. Well-hidden alcohol.

Bonus for having a Zappa label. I'd probably give high marks to Hamm's if it had Frank on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 19:03:12 | More by corpulent
Photo of hophead247


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium to darkish gold, nice head fades to a thin coat, good lacing. Aroma is hops all the way, with grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of pine, and faint earth and floral. Complex and inviting. Flavor is also highly hop oriented, with more of an emphasis on pine, a bit of earth and grapefruit, and a touch of floral on the finish. Dry biscuit malts, enough to keep it held together. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:34:21 | More by hophead247
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed rich amber color with about two fingers of lingering, bone white foam. A thin lace is left on my glass with each sip. Nose and flavor are dominated by notes of sticky, resinous pine, followed by grapefruit pith, orange, toasted bread grains and sweet malt. A notch better than medium bodied, dry and bitter, with adequate carbonation. Glad I was able to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 14:40:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of bort11


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mikesgroove sent this as part of Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF. He kicked my ass.

22 oz bottle with a image of that righteous dude, Frank Zappa. Poured into the new Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Thin white head with a few flecks sticking to the glass. Color is a hazy apricot/orange.

Smell is Light and citrus with a hint of pine. Malt flavor makes an honest attempt to keep the hops in check. Still the citrus hops are dominant. It's sweet like white grapefruit juice. I think there might be a little oxidation, but it's not a distraction.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, solid medium body. I think this is a good enough beer to honor a compilation album.

Blipped Cosmik Debris by Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 13:49:57 | More by bort11
Photo of dankbrew21


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 4/15/2009.

A- Burnt orange. Thin bubble, two finger head. As it settles, it reminds me of an amateur Orval the way it shapes itself all choppy and at different levels!

S- Piny, super hoppy. Smells like an average Imperial IPA.

T- Piny, bitter on the tongue. Tastes like your standard Imperial IPA. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 7.8% ABV.

D- Medium.

Notes: Overall this is a tasty, by the book, Imperial IPA. Very good, but you can find this taste in many, year round, Imperial IPA's. No reason to go out of your way to have this one unless you are a bottle collecter. But if it's a short beer run away then give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 11:44:43 | More by dankbrew21
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden-orangish color with some good carbonation, great white fluffy head that stuck around. Nose is some malts, piney hops and smelled dry. Taste was disappointing. It was very bitter and hoppy on the taste and the finsih was the same. A little citrus on the finish too. I have had better Imperials for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:37:05 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of scootny

New York

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my second bottle, my first was consumed fresh back in the summer and was a hoppier citrusy experience. Now the hops are drier and the light malt backbone has a more featured role. Still a good beer though I prefer it fresher.

Big head with an off white color and very good retention and lacing all the way down as I drink. Modest carbonation in the hazy amber liquid.

Smell is piney grapefruit and caramel.

Taste is grapefruits and herbal, earthy hops. Malt is still in the back and balances it nicely with light biscuit and faint caramel. Light hop oil in the finish with more light biscuit.

Mouthfeel is basically the same as it was slightly grainy to begin with. It still is. Light in weight. Good carbonation cleans the mouth and scrubs the oil away.

Drinkability is quite good for an older bottle. It seemed to go down a little better when fresh. Still better than average.

A beer you want to get to if you have any in your cellar. The profile is more of an IPA that an imperial one. A very good one ate that. I wish I had my notebook when I had it in July. It still is a better than average IPA months later and had this been my first one, I would recommend it. I still do.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:47:23 | More by scootny
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear light gold with a frothy white head. Floral aroma of grassy hops with some lemon and apricots. Light mouthfeel. Hoppy and fruity tastes, some pine and grass mixed with grapefruit and mangos. Kind of a grainy finish. Refreshing, almost like an IPA-lite.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 17:54:15 | More by magictrokini
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bomber is for sharing and was aged about a year in my cellar. A very hoppy beer, hoppy but balanced aroma, great head with lace. This doubles up to soften the mouthfeel and the hop lead bitterness and mintiness stays on the palate in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 03:29:55 | More by Sammy
Photo of TerjUGA


4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich golden color, small head, little lacing, beautiful color.

S- great smell, smells of citrus, pine, very hoppy, very strong aroma.

T- Taste really resembles smell. Great strong taste of citrus, strong grapefruit flavor, hints of pine.

M- Good, slight tingle.

D- Very easy to drink and enjoy. The grapefruit flavor makes it go down very well. One of my favorites, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 03:38:10 | More by TerjUGA
Photo of briman


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a golden amber color, hazy, with about a 1 inch fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention, settling into abundant lace.

Aroma contains light sweet malt, with a light to moderate citrus presence. Hop aroma is not intense.

Flavor has light malt and is moderately hoppy, with some citrus notes. Moderate hop bitterness at best into the finish, and only lingers for a moment.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth, with mild alcohol warming but without any clear evidence of alcohol in aroma or taste. Overall seems to lack punch for an Imperial IPA, might be better charactized as a basic American IPA. It's a good beer, and I would drink it again, but judging it as an Imperial IPA causes it to lose points due to overall lack of intensity.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 01:29:08 | More by briman
Photo of WVbeergeek


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bright penny sunshine bright penny copper hue with a slight haze about it, large foaming white head bright. Aromatics are big on citric hops and light clean biscuit malts, pretty simple but definitely a hopped up brew. Flavor is up front with citrus and floral hop highlights, awesome stuff flows evenly very crisp and refreshing mellow pale malt biscuit sweetness detectable. Alcohol takes a mild effect on the overall flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with oily hop textures making it nice and slick. Drinkability is absolutely effortless and from what I hear they are reformulating one of the standard beers with a similar hop profile to this one, not so much a DIPA for me but definitely a great zesty hop filled brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 16:32:58 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very nice head that caps the beer all the way down the pint glass while splashing a variety of lace patterns

Smell: Lemons and grapefruit but also an earthy element

Taste: Opens with plenty of hops as the malt element of this beer is low; citrusy and earthy (although I suspect the latter character has to do with the beer's age); after the swallow, it mellows out but retains its hoppy character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: DIPA? Hardly. More like a lite IPA; but still enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 23:28:25 | More by brentk56
Photo of IPAcraig


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer for a while now. I procured it last year in either Gainesville or Atlanta. Opening this one in celebration of being let out of the stairwell of death.

Pungent, musty hops. Sweet grapefruit. Very nice.

Nice taste, but somewhat watery. Ipa strength hop flavor, but with a double IPA bite. Somewhat grassy with a hint of caramel.

A fairly robust medium bodied DIPA.

If they ever re-release this I am buying more. I have loved every Zappa beer thus far.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:43:31 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of Crosling


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light golden in color, with an excellent, quite large froth that forms great shapes. Bright grapefruit and lemon hop aroma. Flavor has an excellent bright hoppiness, with hints of grapefruit, herbs, lemon and spruce. Very "Lagunitas" in style, excellent hop character with very little malt contribution. They seem to do a lot of bombers like this, and I think it's great.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 00:40:14 | More by Crosling
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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour produced a big, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. The color was a lightly hazy golden-yellow. The nose had a Lagunitas-characteristic bitterness. They must have a lock on that particular hops strain. I really dug the intense bitterness on the tongue. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full. The finish remained hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. This was a really good beer for a limited release. I could drink all of the Lagunitas beers on a routine basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:02:35 | More by woodychandler
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Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.