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 Double / 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
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of 68a869
4.92/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review; seems hard to get to 250 characters. The beer is awesome. It has high alcohol, but the bold hoppiness matches it so there isn't an overpowering alcohol taste like in some 10% ABV's. Pours nice and clean, good head. Very hoppy, but not extremely bitter. Relatively mild aftertaste. Can easily be quaffed -- sipping not recommended!

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Photo of doubleipa
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Heavy hops and way big grapefruit aroma. Frothy, off-white head with good lacing. Yellow, clear. This is a very smooth and not very bitter double IPA. Texture was quite dry. Was a bit different that most of the other Lagunitas hoppy beers. Unfortunately I think this is a limited edition.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of Gratefullawyer
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Photo of TerjUGA
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dirty blond pour with a frothy white head.

Huge passion fruit aromas dominate. Absolutely fantastic. Just clean passion fruit goodness.

A lot of bright, tropical fruit on the front of the tongue. Some biscuit malts mid tongue. Very clean, light and balanced bitterness.

Medium bodied, the incredible clean fruitiness of the hops makes this beer refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of ralree
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden cloudy honey-colored with a nice 2-finger head and good lacing.

S: VERY tart fruit - smells really good, like candy. Apples, peaches, grapes. This is awesome! Slight hop undertones.

T: Tastes as good as it smells! Hops are much stronger in the taste than the fruit. Wonderful flowering pine hops with great bitterness backed up by a nice sweet malt and some fruit notes. Absolutely delightful to drink. Ends on some bready notes with some bitterness tagging along.

M: Medium-light bodied, very astringent (which is good for this style), pretty highly carbonated (which is also OK in this style), and a slight oily finish.

D: This drinks great. I will be buying again.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First review on BA, I've only been a lurker before this. This beer compelled me to review it though, especially since it only has a few reviews so far. Picked this up a few days ago at the local BevMo here in Sunnyvale.

A - 22oz Bomber Served into a pint glass. Really nice appearance, sticky white foam with small bubbles that is fairly smooth for an IPA. A lighter color than most double IPAs, which accurately portrays the details to come...

S - Smells absolutely ridiculous, pungeant hops with a very leafy floral character. Smells like it's just going to smack you in the jaw...

T - At first it shocks the mouth with a nice slam of citrus and grapefruit, with remnants of pine in the rather surprisingly smooth aftertaste. You can actually pick out a little bit of pear and apple characteristics at the front end of the tongue if you are paying good enough attention, and you should be.

M - It's a smooth mouthfeel, as I said before the bubbles in the head are small, so this was expected. It's not nearly as heavy as a regular DIPA, which is a nice change of pace.

D - Excellent drinkability. The most quaffable IPA let alone DIPA I've had to date... I'd say it has to be one of the most sessionable DIPAs to date if not the most. Let's face it, 7.8% ABV is pretty low for a DIPA, and that's not a bad thing. It's just delicious and you won't feel guilty after you've demolished the bomber by yourself.

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Photo of jwc215
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with nice clarity and a white head that thins and hangs around.

The smell is citric - grapefruity, lemon, orange, with slight pine and some tea-like leafiness. Sweet malt way in the back. Awesomely complex aroma.

The taste follows the nose - hoppy - citric and piney. Bitter with a sweet carmelized undertone. Alcohol very well-hidden. Slightly understated compared to the aroma, but not by much. A wallop of juicy hops with some sweetness in the background.

Full-bodied and pretty chewy. Rich and smooth.

Dangerously drinkable. Slightly imbalanced? Perhaps - but isn't that a fitting tribute? A tasty, complex brew!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into several Pint Glasses

A – Poured a very nice and light bright amber with a good three finger towering head of foamy and sticky white lace across the top. Nice slow fade left behind lots of concentric side glass rings. There was a good deal of carbonation that was present and kept replenishing the layer of lace that formed on the top. Very nice overall color and clarity on this one.

S – The smell was very fresh and highly hopped with a good deal of citrus flare to it. It was a very bright citrus, sharp with a big cutoff of grapefruit or even lemon. Really could clear the senses, but it laced that big sugar pushes you usually see associated with these. This was more of a big fresh bitter west coast IPA type of smell, very nice.

T – The flavor was very light which was actually quite surprising and it had a really nice long lasting finish. The big players here again were defiantly the grapefruit and a touch of lemon on the finish that made you pucker up just a touch. Not a lot of depth as this was straightforward hop assault. Well I can take that back there was depth just not a lot of balance. What else was there was a nice light grain that seemed to just mix itself into the foreground enough to let you know it was there then go back into hiding. This was just up my alley, love the hops and this was all about them.

M – The feel was nice and light, nothing really big and filling about this as the nice bright flavor profile really lended itself well to the overall feel. Great carbonation really kept it up and let the flavor speak for itself. This was almost refreshing it was so light. Very well done.

D – This was perfect here. I could have had this forever it seemed like. Very light feel and great carbonation combined with a really nice bright hop character and just the right amount of bitter in the finish lended this to be session ale, well at least to me. No hint of the BAV at all which could sneak up on you I suppose, but this was nice.

Overall I was not sure what to expect when I started this but was very happy to find a nice west coast hop monster. It was refreshing and light with a big enough palate to keep me satisfied. Really a fine job here and to be honest of the best I have had from them. I was glad I picked up a few as I will be enjoying this one again for sure.

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Photo of Pointman
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice pour - I always pour for a big head to see how long it holds up and how much lacing there is with a beer. Nice head nice lacing. great reddish gold color. Some grapefruit and ni e holly bite. No alcohol bite. Nice finish. I have enjoyed many of the Languanita beers. Hail FZ!!

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Photo of oelergud
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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 woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
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 kimcgolf
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ya gotta love a beer with Frank Zappa’s picture on the label.

Besides that, this was still a very good beer. Pours to a rich orange-red color with thick off-white head that lingers thru the entire glass and leaves excellent lacing. Nose of tart citrusy grapefruit hops hits you immediately upon opening.The mouthfeel is full, tingly and only slightly bitter, leading to a taste that accentuates the grapefruit hop aroma. As the beer warms, the 7.8% abv makes itself slightly known, serving only to add to the flavor.

This all leads to a nice, long, slightly dry, slightly bitter finish, with just the right hint of alcohol.

Another fine offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 RichardWalter
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great big head. Clear light gold in the glass, a few bubbles. Pours a little foamy but fills up the glass nicely. Taste first of citrus and grapfruit. Can definitely leave a taste in the mouth? Mug of Zappa on the label certainly stands out on the shelf.

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Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of franksnbeans
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden with a hint of amber. A big full head that dies quick and laces beautifully. Smells of big juicy hops, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Starts out with a sting of citrus followed by grapefruit and a bang of piney hops. Finishes crisp with a hint of bitterness. Feels light in the mouth with the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is way up there, this is refreshing and light for all the flavors it packs in. A tasty brew indeed and definitly worth seeking out.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $4.99...
Simply put, one of the best American IPA's out there on the market, and one of the best beers from Lagunitas, which is a strong statement considering the fact that most of their brews are top-notch...
Cloudy, hazy, golden, apricot-appearance with a decent-sized frothy and foamy head that soon receded, leaving generous amounts of lacing...
Smell was literally bursting with pines, grapefruit, and lemons...
Taste was above-and-beyond for the style, combining strong essences of fresh grapefruit, thick, rich , citrus, fresh florals, lemon, pines, and noticeable hops... Excellent depiction of the style with a bitter-sweet, non-evasive mouthfeel and an excellent level of drinkability, whereas I could drink this one all night...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Douglas14
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer out of a completely random act based on the label. Not until I was about to open it did I realize that it was from Lagunitas (I had no idea, haha). It pours a rich golden IPA color with a great aroma (also, I had no idea what style this was going to be...I came int this beer blind on purpose...just for fun). It had a nice fluffy head that left a little bit of webbing. I immediately knew it was a strong IPA. I was actually shocked at how flavorful it was (mainly based on my judgment of the appearance). The taste is absolutely amazing...very hoppy, fruity, spicy - everything that I look for in an DIPA. This beer is amazing and everyone should not only try it but drink it whenever they can get their hands on it.

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Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear, gold color, with a big fluffy white head. Looks almost perfect.

Aromas are pungent and powerful. Strong pine, resin, and fresh floral hop smells.

There is a real dry character to this one. It has a floral sticky resin hop bite on the finish. There is a bit of caramel malt creaminess, without much in the way of sweetness. This is a fine ale.

Mouthfeel is good. Maybe a touch lean for my tastes, but still nice.

Drinkability is great. This another excellent beer from Lagunitas. Reminds me a bit like Hop Stoopid, but just a bit more refined. Better than the last Zappa beer, "Freak Out" in my opinion. And at $2.99 a bomber? It's a steal!

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Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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