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Kill Ugly Radio - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Ryan011235

Ohio

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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MbpBugeye

Ohio

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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pootz

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
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corpulent

Nevada

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
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hophead247

California

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
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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
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bort11

Missouri

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
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dankbrew21

Missouri

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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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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magictrokini

California

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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Sammy

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
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TerjUGA

Georgia

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
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briman

Texas

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
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
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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
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

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
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Crosling

Colorado

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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my European pint glass. When I bought this, I did not realize it was a limited bottling or I would have gotten more.

A: A golden hazy deep golden color with a creamy tight head. Very nice glass lacing.

S: A nice citrus hops smell with a nice balance of malt under the hops. Make no mistake about it, this beer is hops.

T: Wow, very nice. Citrus hops with grapefruit and a deeper pine flavor. Behind the hops is the big malty back that never quite takes over, but still sits lingering in the backround. Finish is all hops bitterness that lingers on. Very nice.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Their is some oily resiny feel to it and a hint of the alcohol comes through, but the carbonation is just right and it feels great in the mouth.

D: High enough for this high ABV. I could have easily had another one even after finishing the 22 ounces. A very easy drinking DIPA.

Hats of to Laganutis. I thought their IPA was ordinary but this beer is very good. I think I actually liked it better than the Maximus their normal DIPA. Cheers to them.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 14:41:06 | More by Kadonny
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bcm119

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep straw in color, with a chunky froth. Nice herbal tea/desert plant aroma, with a definite bread-like malt presence. Starts off soft and malty, with an ESB-like English malt quality: fresh and doughy with a low level of toasting. Bitterness comes on gently and provides a nice touch of citrus in the finish. Some really nice, fresh flavors here. Bitterness is very soft, but grassy and herbal with hints of hay and alfalfa. The malt profile is dry and bread-like, but very fine with a pleasing lack of coarse graininess. Condition of the beer is almost perfect; the carbonation is smooth and creamy making for a lively mouthfeel. Overall a very nice beer, with a lot of subtle finesse and perfect balance. If this was intended to be a double IPA, the bitterness is a bit low, but I doubt it really was. Its a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 02:28:08 | More by bcm119
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edmedina

Virginia

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

The pour was a nice golden almost amber color. The head was really good on this one, almost 3 fingers here. The aroma is very much a hoppy almost piney smell. It is very enjoyable just to smell it. The first taste and you are suddenly hit with alot of hops. I really don't much else in terms of taste or smell. I would have to say it is refreshing as it is very basic and nothing else to figure out. Now the alcohol content though will sneak up on if you don't watch yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 14:40:10 | More by edmedina
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem at the bottom of the racks in Total Wine all the way in the back, last bottle. Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy golden coloration with a slight amber hue near the head, which was nice and fluffy. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Outstanding grapefruit aroma, took this one in for several moments.

T - Pine hop body with a decent malt backbone. There are some nice citrus undertones and overall I must say for the abv this was perfectly balanced, I was pretty impressed. Not as hoppy as I would've liked, but certainly not bad.

M - Sticky medium body, coats the palate, medium carbonation level gives this brew just the right amount of bite.

D - Excellent. A well crafted DIPA in a sea of unbalanced bombs. If you can find one of these do not hesitate, it is a tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 16:19:40 | More by PhageLab
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Norsebrew

Colorado

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

Sometimes cheaper bombers doesn't mean subpar beer. That's the case with this gem. I think I paid $3 for a bomber of this double IPA and it was very very good.

A-Yellow clear pour with a 2+ head with a good retention
S-citrus and floural hops. Fresh grass smell
T-Fresh citrus and hops with a great lasting bitterness
M-light and carbonated
D-Very drinkable and a great all around IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 22:21:47 | More by Norsebrew
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is a good balance of malts/hops, some citrus going on, and some caramel. The taste is slight malt and some hoppyness, nice touch of citrus/caramel. Medium body, nice balance between malts/hops, with some nice bitterness/dry in the finish. Drinkable, another very nice affordable brew from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:07:37 | More by Wasatch
Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.