Kill Ugly Radio | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Kill Ugly RadioKill Ugly Radio

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by unklesyd on 08-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 219
Reviews by Gratefullawyer:
Photo of Gratefullawyer
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off
I poured this beautiful bottle into my stone imperial stout sifter
enjoyed watching the pour and the head and as it was settling
I put my bose headphones on and turn my ipod to Apostrophe/overnight sensation and cranked it

then i raised the glass and the smell was great
fruity with a bite a nice grapefruit order hit
then i tasted for the color the bite was great the taste was
yes i can tell there is a nice taste of grapefruit
it flowed nicely with the music
like Zappa himself this is a classic beer mixed with a bit of a twist one you dont expect

drinkability was high
my only complaint was i bought the last one in the store and didnt have a second one to throw down while watchin 200 motel

we miss you frank

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More User Reviews:
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 RoyalT
2.14/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – This DIPA poured a beautiful, thick but clear orange in color with a gorgeous white head.

Smell – The hops here are very light. I think this is Amarillo that I’m smelling. I can’t find the malt base to save my life.

Taste – WTF? I am a fan of Lagunitas and a huge aficionado of double IPAs, but I don’t have any idea what this is. The Amarillo from the nose is all that made it to the taste and, as noted earlier, the big malt base is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel – A double IPA? This is just a bit bigger than light-bodied. The carbonation is spot on though and the texture of the beer is quite pleasing, so it’s not a total loss.

Sinkability – I’ve had a couple not-so-stellar beers from Lagunitas but in general I appreciate the brewery. I have no idea what happened here but this was an insult. I want my 2.99 back.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber recently purchased. Pours into my glass a tangerine hue with wonderful clarity and lots of active carbonation. A half inch of creamy white head sticks to the top. Aromas burst clean out of the glass with massive tropical fruit tones, pineapple, mango and citrus hops with a somewhat piney background. A light toasty caramel sits in the background. The bright, vibrant hop oils really burst out of this one, like rubbing a fresh hop cone between your fingers.

First sip brings a rush of tropical, citric hops right off the bat. It follows through with some herbal pine flavors as well. A somewhat toasty malt backbone with some caramel accents fills it out. Flows down with a nice twang of bitterness. A tasty double IPA with a nice hop combo. The lower viscosity makes it easy to drink as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with steady carbonation. It really brings out the drinkability since the beer isn't all too heavy. Same goes for the abv, which is on the lower side for double IPA's, but is nice since it makes it easy to finish off the bomber. Overall, I enjoyed this one and I'm glad I picked it up. This is a tasty tribute to Frank Zappa from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a thin creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is dirty peppery, piney hops with some doughy malts.

The flavor is floral hops that are kind of medicinal and metallic. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment. Normally I like Lagunitas, but this one didn't do it for me.

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

Bomber bottle, pours clear mediu/lighter amber, just a few lazy bubbles rising to the top, off white head, showing a nice loose and retentive head. Everything dissolves to a medium film and keeps leaving stringy late lacing. Nose is all grapefruit. NIce well hopped ale, more citric hops, more grapefruit notes...some malty sweetness just adds to the easy drinking pleasure going on here. Nice offering from Lag. A very approachable DIPA.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden amber with heavy concentration of carbonation. A creamy head which maintains throughout.

S- Light citrus notes with some bubble gum.

T- Not something I would think would classified as a dipa. The citrus is light with a big malty finish.

M/D- The carbonation that is evident in the bubbles gives the mouth a good bit bite. The malt gives a nice smooth finish which makes this a very drinkable beer. I had no problem finishing off the bomber. Still wouldn't consider this to be a dipa but a great beer overall.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This refreshing brew, Kill Ugly Radio, by Lagunitas Brewing is a very pleasant treat. It pours a nice golden color, with plenty of white foamy head. The smell is hoppy, floral, with distinct grapefruit coming through. The first taste to come through is indeed grapefruit, accompanied by a nice bittering, with just a hint of a metallic bite. A very nice and tasty brew. Seek out and enjoy!

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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 ByTor2112
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**This was my 9:00 EST Home-Toast to the Beer Hunter-M.J.**
I received this in a trade with tpd975, Big Thanks from Joe's Garage!
Pours a very pale yellow not quite Amber. A good head formed but was gone very quickly with some thin foamy islands remaining.
Aroma-Piney hops are dominating with a faint tangerine citrus aroma. Almost like sniffing a freshly cut piece of pine board.
Mouthfeel- An assertive hop bitterness hits immediately on the palate and finishes with some astringency. A froth on the palate gets the sweeter malt flavors to reveal themselves. Good solid offering, excellent photo on the label. I was hoping for a little thicker malt body or mouthfeel- but NO disappointments here! Thanks to Frank Zappa for inspiration and Cheers to Michael Jackson THE Beer Hunter!

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow body with a rocky snow-white bubbly film of head. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles that support the head for a brief bit.

S- The smell of big green grassy hops is followed by a soft note of sweet ripe pineapple. The hops get greener and more pungent as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a big musty green bitter hops with the taste of cat pee. There is a very light sweetness of pale malt that can only be tasted after the hops numb the taste buds. There are notes of iced tea and club soda in the hops flavor and the big grassy flavor comes back to finish the beer. The bitterness lingers after each sip for a good while.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

D- This is a big bitter hop monster with everything else buried underneath. I liked the big taste but it is not a beer I could drink more than one of in a session.

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Photo of pwoods
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Crystal clear golden orange pour. Nice big fluffy white head forms and turns a bit rocky. Decent retention especially for how big the bubbles are. Nice chunks of lacing from the large head but cease after that.

S: Hops galore! Floral and citrus hops dominate with a nice touch of earthy pine in the back. Sweet and slightly doughy malts bring up the rear.

T/M: Bitterness at a nice level... a nice balancing malt backbone helps with that. Hops are big grapefruit resin with a bit of a spice pepper bite. Malts are nice and sweet adding to the hops citrus... almost blending to a lemon jolly ranger but not extremely sugary. Body is a tad bit weaker than I had hoped probably from a lack of malt creaminess. Carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: Nice tasty brew. If it was more widely available I'd try it again.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mbunje
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a weizen glass.

Light copper color with a small-medium head. Head shrinks to a small film. moderate lacing. not much bubbles from carbonation.

Smell is hoppy but also bready. Unique smell. There is good balanced promised by the smell.

Taste is good. Hoppy to start, then balances with a good malt and finishes a bit bitter and dry. I like the complexity. Not a straight hop bomb. Well done here. Just a bit dry at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not much carbonation. A nice bite at the end.

Drinkability is good. At this ABV, a couple bombers is about all you should go.

Great effort. Unique flavor and experience. Must try this one.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a large white foamy head. The head lasts and leaves very good lacing. The smell is pungent with a nice mixture of grapefruit citrus hops and a "bready" yeast aroma. The taste is like the smell,full of grapefruit citrus hops,bread yeast,and sweet malt. A very nice tasting beer,but I'm not sure if this is a Double. This tastes like a good IPA to me. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A very good beer,but it's mislabled, this is really a strong American style IPA.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bonus surprise in a recent trade with the mighty msubulldog25, thanks Brian! I had this on one other occasion, on Brian's home turf of Portland, at Hot Lips pizza. Thought it was good, but being in the middle of a week-long NW hops exploration, it didn't stand out. Let's see how it does in this calmer domestic setting...

Pours a mildly hop-hazed gold/copper color, and the head is a big gorgeous fluffy thing, reducing in a few minutes to a thin layer, leaving cloudy lace forms in its wake. A lovely thing.

Hops are light, springy and aromatic...they stick firmly on the fruity/sweet side, leaning just a smidge toward grapefruity goodness. Hard to dislike this nice bright smell, alive with the sacred flower.

Flavor is sweet and hoppy at and citrus rind take center stage. They battle against a toasty, nearly burnt malt character that provides sharpness on the bready end. This results in a overly toasted finish, detracting a little from the hops, but still an interesting, even enjoyable take on the style (I'd consider this more an IPA than a Double IPA, but who asked me?).

Mouth is springy and punctuated by carbonation, with buttery thinness that prevents it from feeling too prickly. All in all, an enjoyable IPA with a leafy roughness I kind of enjoyed but wouldn't hold up as an ultimate example of the style. And who can resist the Frank Zappa theme? Not me. Since we're on the subject, the best Zappa album is still 'Apostrophe'. Who disagrees? Would love to hear from you.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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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 cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a light golden amber color with a nice creamy white head that sticks all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet malt with a good dose of juicy hops. The taste is pretty much all hops with a thin layer of malt in the background. The hops are spot on for the style but I would like to see some more malt as I prefer my DIPA's to be a little more balanced. Overall, this is another solid brew from Lagunitas. Recommended.

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

Appearance: It's a clear, golden color. Head is a pretty generous finger and a half. Very good retention and nice coat of lace was left behind.

Smell: Nice citrus aroma is sweet (some orange, grapefruit, and perhaps pineapple). Nice and hoppy. It's got a nice blend of malts in there (caramel). Very nice smelling brew.

Taste: It's sweet. Initial sweetness is citrusy. Caramel malts only add to the mix. Hops are piney and bitter. Nicely balanced. Very good beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Very drinkable. At 7.8%, it's strong, but not overly so. I could drink two or three of these bombers. Overall, very nice offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great with thick lacing running all the way down my pint glass, There's a big, killer aroma too with big tropical fruit hops with a harsh citrus rind ground into it. Sadly, the flavor doesn't match. There's a decent finishing bitterness, but it feels thin and neither big hops or malt flavors come up in here. It might be more appropriate it call it and Imperial Extra Pale Ale... No, that'd just be silly.

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with 4+ fingers of meringue-like pearl colored head. Sheets & sheets of lacing & insane head retention

S: Citrus hops. honey malt & breadyness (once this warms)

T: Grapefruitty & piney hops, plus honey malt up front. Bready notes along with lemony & grapefruitty hops as this warms, plus just a touch of nectarine. Finishes so juicy & so crisp & lemony with great bready/crackery notes & a bit of boozey warmth

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, some oily slickness & great balance & very crisp for the ABV

Drinks too damn easy, this hit all the right notes for me, even though I'd say this is more an IPA than a DIPA. Probably would've been across the board 5 or damn near as an IPA to me.

I guess Frank would've approved, but a could've swore I heard him state he was a teetotaler. Hard to believe that from someone who gave us "tittys & beer"!

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

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear yellowish amber with a medium sized white head that left some nice lacing. Aroma is straight up citrus, more specifically grapfruit, and hops in your face with a very light tinge of bready malt in the background.

Taste is more of the same. Overpowering floral grapefruit and sticky, resinous hops that lingers the whole way through. The citrus and hops definitely overpowers and leaves very little room for it's sweet, malty backbone but it's still there. Mouthfull seems somewhat thin for a DIPA but that nearly 8% ABV is ridiculously hidden.

This is another solid hoppy beer experience from Lagunitas. The grapefruit and hop overload and easily drinkable nature of this guy definitely sets it apart and will have you coming back for more.

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