Kill Ugly Radio | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 243
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this offering from Lagunitas, I find it more balanced than some of their beers but still quite big. Pours golden with a decent head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some okay lacing. The smell is beautiful piney/citrusy hops and bready malt. Nice. The taste is similar to the nose. Very nicely balanced with fruity hops up front. Cherry, citrus, and dry bready malt on the finish. Nice bitterness just edging out the malt. Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Very rich but balanced, maybe a tiny bit fuller than I'd like. Other than that, this brew is excellent and delicious. Nice job.

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Photo of bcm119
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.

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Photo of Mark
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why does a Imperial IPA have to be sludge thick? Mouth feel was fine to me and so was the drinkability. Any time I can drink a beer this strong and not have it be too heavy, fine with me. Color is a bit shockingly light, gold. Head is nice, some lacing is evident. Smell and taste is where this baby shines. Nice piney aroma, crisp piney taste, with good balancing malt. Noted some grapefruit as well. I liked it.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper. Thick head of pure white froth. Retention is all encompassing.Great aroma. Nice grapefruit pungency and oily bitterness. Resiny and canabis like. And quite spicy. Flavor is quite agreeable with my palate. The hop tones, not the bitterness, really stand out. And in this DIPA, it works. The bitterness that is there is quite clean and refreshing. The hop notes stem from the pink grapefruit juiciness. Maybe even some tangerine in this one, which I really like in my IPAs/DIPAs. Malt backing is sufficient and caramel/crystal malt derived it seems. The body of the beer is medium to medium full. Lightly carbonated, yet enough to serve as a palate cleanser if need be. Quite a refined and enjoyable ImpIPA. The $4/bomber price tag doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never know who' ll show up a beer label dedication. Last year I found Lenny Bruce, this year Frank Zappa.

Bright powerful gold body, outstanding clarity,little bubbles of carbonation, topped by a level three finger slab of dense white micro bubbles. Vaery nice sticky lacing.

Aroma bursts into nose with clean juicy citrus and pine. Its a grove amidst the trees.

A riverlet of sweet malt slides down the tongue but never really sets a foundation. Bitterness builds, and there's a nice burst of juicy citrus fruit right at the swallow, which lingers, drifts, and fades through the aftertaste.

Nice mouthfeel, some substance but glides on down. Good drinkability, paticular for style. Well hidden alcohol and not too extreme in any characteristic.

Definitely hurt by a lack of malt foundation, but not a bad DIPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be hones Iam really not all that familiar with Frank Zappas music a friend of mine back in the day had some of his stuff I only remember the "workin in a gas stations" song and found it a bit odd well anyways enough of that.This new DIPA from one of my favorite breweries pours a clear light to medium golden with a thinner white head leaving no lace as it settled very quickly,fresh hop aromas somewhat piney and resiny with a bit of caramel ,biscuity sweetness as well.Big hop profile obviously on the palate quite resiny and piney with a bit herb there is a hefty caramel doughy malt sweetness underneath that holds up well to the hops (not sure if thats a good thing) but the hops when out in the lingering finish.Another hoppy gem from Lagunitas I wanna get their whole line here in the Buffalo area.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear golden color with tiny rising bubbles and a thick and fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Lots of grapefruit in the aroma, along with some hops and caramel malt. Medium-bodied with a strong citrus character, mostly grapefruit. Touches of piney hops and malt as well. The finish is lemony hops with a touch of sweetness. An interesting beer that tastes like a cross between an IPA and an Imperial Pilsener. I would try this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect from Lagunitas' "Kill Ugly Radio", but I wasn't expecting much based on the last Zappa beer that I had from them (I have no idea how many they've made). The label was great though. It actually reminded me of the cover of "The Essential Jimi Hendrix", but it still did the job in conveying a sense of time and period.

Upon pouring the beer I was surprised to see that it was light colored and golden. I was expecting something darker and "bigger". In the glass it was clear, and amber in color beneath a short head of frothy white foam. The head retention was fair, and it left some nice splatters, smears, and splashes behind.

The aroma is what changed my conceptions of the beer, flicking on a light bulb above my head that said "It's hoppy! Oh, yes, Lagu-fuckin-itas ... of course, that makes sense". It was pungent, piney, and "herbal" (how do they get that? I found the same thing in The Kronic).

I was prepared for the first sip to be a bit lighter in the mouth than I'd originally expected based on the color, and I thought it was a decent I.P.A. backed by a firm, biscuity maltiness. I didn't notice the strength at all until I was about 4 ounces into it - partially because it's well hidden, partially because it's only 7.8%, and partially because the beer needed to warm up a bit. I also found a nice touch of grassiness to it, along with the piney, herbaceous, and resiny hops. And even a little bit of yeast fruitiness! It was crisp and bright, and easily drinkable and refreshing.

So getting back to the Zappa thing, I think that Frank would have been proud of this one. It's got an edge to it, and there's clearly strength behind it. It's clear and concise with confidence. It's not flabby at all. It hits you straight up-front with guts, undulates and sways a little bit, and then smoothly fades into a lingering finish that wavers in-and-out without ever really going anywhere until you're left with just a snap of bitter resin at the back of the throat.

Nicely done! Somewhat abrassive but kind of conservative - kind of like Frank himself. Very drinkable. Beautiful hop presentation. I can easily imagine sitting on a deck overlooking the ocean with a few good friends, a few bottles of this, and some great conversation until everyone gets so f'd up that you just crash and worry about the rest of your life in the morning. Kind of like Zappa himself? Maybe, maybe not... he was kind of stiff despite how loose he seemed to be. Kind of like listening to Zappa? Right on!

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BA has this beer listed as a Double IPA, and I'm certain it is not that. However it does seem to have that home brew IPA taste, which would make it slightly above your typical IPA.

Anyway, beer pours with an awesome head that decorated my glass very nicely from top to bottom. Flavor has plenty of citrus overtones that reminds me of the way my friends and I used to brew our "Moon your Mom" IPA.

Overall, KUR is a nice follow up to Lagunitas latest Undercover seasonal.

/A+, would drink again!

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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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour from the 22 ounce bottle is a crystalline gold, portly bright white creamy head settles slowly, leaving a tight coating upon the glass. Nose has a grassy, piney, aroma, chased by the sweet malt, citrus like crispness, fresh as they come. Start has a decent malt profile, with a lip smacking hop bite, top is medium in feel. Finish has a delightful acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, very dry lingering aftertaste, a fine drinking beer, seems a bit different than most Lagunitas brews, but you just don’t know about them till you pour it, and take a gulp, one thing I know for sure, it will be good.

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Photo of pootz
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Biright orange, huge white head.

Loud aromatics, spills out all over, vibrant, bright, shining out the full force of a pure, unadulterated hop attack. Pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and all the needles on the pine forest floor.

There it is again in the taste, a sheer blast of bitterness. Pelting the palate with bitter hops, but also juicy fruit,...just enough malt to make it bearably, but this is an unabashed double IPA, a no-holds-barred, ball bruiser.
Apart from the bitter blast, fairly smooth and creamy, not so far from drinkable, either.

There's something that creeps into the back of the throat that's a bit unpleasant, a litter after-...something. A little drawback, that, I little drag away from delicious.

But the big hop flavor I do enjoy, I do, I do. I'm really liking this...not as raw as the Hopslam I had earlier, less punishing.

Cheers, to LAgunitas!

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

Slightly hazy orange color at first. Has settled and warmed to a brilliant deep golden color. Big hoppy and grassy aroma. Grapefruit hop blast. Quite puckering. Some malt sweetness. Body could use a slight kick in the pants. A bit more resiny and full for me. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I would again.

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Photo of oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown 1pint 6oz glass bottle.
Clear copper body with good carbonation. Huge white creamy buttes head that leaves beautiful clumpy lace and has good retention.
Great caramel hoppy scent, spiked and spiced.
Delicious hoppy harsh caramel taste. Long and strong aftertaste of piney hops.
Medium-full body. Good coating and slick sensation.
Very high drinkability, very tasty.


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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.29 for a 22oz bottle...wound up purchasing this at a gas station when I was pumpin' some gas. Brewed in celebration of the 40th anniversary of FZ & the Mothers album 'Absolutely Free'. 7.8% ABV.

Pours to a sparkling light amber, forming a rocky and tall white head that can only be described as if someone punched an eclair. Excellent retention and solid sheets of lace that hang like the quivering fringe of a doily draped across a piano.. The nose is full of hops, and they have a pleasantly spicy, pungent and sweet character. The mouthfeel is smooth and as soft as a Sears Poncho with a medium body. The taste begins nicely with the hops and fades into a soft malt middle. Fruity, then followed by a moderately strong herbal bitterness and dry finish. The bitternes tastes a little chemical in nature and the finishing mouthfeel is a little watery.

Mmmmm tasty. After a coupla quartsa this stuff everything becomes a symphony. Me likey!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surprised to see another Zappa beer from Lagunitas! Album cover, Zappas glowering face stares out. Bright orange beer,largeish thick off white head. Very citric hoppy aromas, some almost rose scented aspect to it. Very hoppy taste, its all grapefruit/lemon, coating, but the refreshinhly thin palate helps in drinkability. I found this to be a very drinkable IPA ( IMO)quite a summer quaffer if not for the alcohol volume ( which is never noticed).

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Photo of cbl2
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/26/2007 $3.99 22 oz. 7.80% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear amber that looks like liquified honey. Moderate carbonation, though little to no white head that quickly dissipates.


Nose is dominated by ripe juicy grapefruit, with very little else to compete with it.


Chewy and oily mouthfeel (from the hop oil) lead off this initially flavorful DIPA. Intense grapefruit and pine flavors dominate the palate to begin, but fade by midsip, leaving somewhat of a medicinal aftertaste behind.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Cool Zappa quotes, but no info on the beer.

Aroma: Dirty hoppy nose with a twang that should be wrong, but smells so right. Hops are green and fresh.

Appearance: Clear deep gold glass holds a full finger of bright white froth that clings to the sides like marshmallow lather leaving very obvious tidemarks.

Flavor: Hop flavor is full on, resin filled pine, grapefruit rind, floral, name a hop characteristic, and it’s in there somewhere. The bitter finish is tempered with a pale malt earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation is on the edge of fizzy, body is a bit light, and the finish is oily.

Overall Impression: Somewhere in the IPA zone. It’s a hop monster gone mad, MAD I tells ya! It drinks great though.
Recommended for the vast minority.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish orange color with a fluffy one finger head. Mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: floral bitterness and some grapefruit slices are easily detectable.

Taste: loads of caramel along with some grapefruit, lemon zest, tart apples, and a strong and dry bitterness level. Well balanced and a bit hearty.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp and dry throughout. Relatively short aftertaste despite the strong flavor profile.

Drinkability: one bomber bottle was more than enough in one session for me. Very tasty and worth picking up if you see it.

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

22oz. bomber: I saw the label on this and has to buy it! It could have been goat piss, but how often do you see a tribute to Frank on a beer bottle? Anyway, it pours a slightly hazy, darker orangish-golden color. There was a good 1/2" of head that leaves some lacing. Citrus and a hint of pineapple to the nose. Medium bodied, with a good hop bite to it. A light sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful pale malt and hop aroma. The hops are explosive with loads of citrus scents. The malt aroma is primarily derived from pale and Carapils malts. It's light and simplistic which really showcases the hop content. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with a very bitter hop blast. It goes down smooth with some bisquity notes, but the hops really take center stage. It's a bit lopsided. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but it could be so much better. First it lacks malt complexity. Second, it lacks body. It seems a bit light for this type of beer. I love the hops, but I need more balance, IMO. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle. The beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a creamy and fluffy head with sticky lacing.
The aroma is big and bold with notes of pine, grapefruit, and tangerine. The flavor comes through with pine and citrus and nice balanced hop bitterness the is not overwhelming. The malt works well the overall flavor profile as well.
This is a well made beer.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.39. Looking at Frank's photo, I wonder if I've been subconsciously basing my facial hair on his.

Poured a golden-amber color that takes on a more orange shade when held up to the light. Big, white head. Lots of lace left in rings on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer.

More citrusy in the nose than anything else, though there's some piney notes that managed to cut through.

The flavor starts out with a grapefruit-like sharp citrus shot to the tastebuds. A piney zing follows hard upon. In the background is a faint, caramel sweetness from the malts. A little dry at the swallow, but not so much as many IPAs I've drank.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick, oily mouthfeel.

A pretty tasty IPA, one that hit the spot after a long evening at work in snowy Spokane. Not everyone seems to like this one, but I'd be happy to pick it up again. Plus it's cool to see a brewery shouting out to cool music.

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Photo of arizcards
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in late September for $3.99.

Beer poured a light orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a blast of those wonderful citrus hops that I suspect are about to blast my palate. As predicted there is a blast of those northwest hops that greet the palate heavily. True to the style there is a nice compliment of malts to help balance things out. Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and satisfying as it glides across the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. At 7.8 abv this is definitely not sessionable but I suspect I could easily enjoy another bomber tonight! Give this a shot if you have the opportunity!

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Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 243 ratings