Kill Ugly Radio | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Kill Ugly RadioKill Ugly Radio
243 Ratings
Kill Ugly RadioKill Ugly Radio

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by unklesyd on 08-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 243 |  Reviews: 219
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.

 250 characters

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of 22 oz bottles of this stuff at a safeway in northern Ca and have been enjoying them.

It pours a very typical IPA color (not that its a bad thing). The head was fairly thick but didn't stick around long. It smelled nice and hoppy and a tiny bit fruity. It tasted like a mild american IPA but was bitter like a stronger IPA.

The combination of the carbonation and bitterness almost gave it an artificial mouthfeel but once the CO2 bubbled out it was fairly thin. Defenitely drinkable but more as a light beer with a kick.

Overall, a good beer just not quite what I was expecting.

 603 characters

Photo of brentk56
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

 569 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium foamy head with minimal lacing. Aroma of cascade hops with some medium bitterness. Taste consists of medium caramel malt with some traces of c-hops bitterness and light floral notes. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Very average overall.

 331 characters

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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!

 2,525 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma hits with a strong burst of citrus, along with a good amount of piney hops and a little caramelized malt.

T: The taste is pretty much consists of a strong and fruity citrus sweetness and a floral hops bitterness that compliment each other very well. There's a little bit of caramel in the background and the malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, definitely one of your prototype West Coast IPA's, this is a good beer that I could drink for a very long time.

 848 characters

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.

 808 characters

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.

 791 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Impressive three finger head with some real lasting power--rocky remnants after four minutes. Dark gold color with a touch of haze.

Raw grapefruit smelling hop bitterness--reminiscent of pine needles.

This is a very thin beer for the style. This is a heavily hopped beer with a strong bitterness that lasts long after the swallow. Strong sour citrus flavors from the hop. Great hop aftertaste.

This beer tastes good, but does not have the mouthfeel of a superior IPA. For hop heads, this is an easy drinking beer.

 516 characters

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"!

 898 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Perfumy aroma of wet, leafy hops with notes of sugar-crusted grapefruit.

Taste: Light maltiness upfront, with a taste of toasted grains and only a hint of sweetness. Strong grapefruit rind flavor. Plenty of bitterness, but never too much to stray far from the light malt base. Finishes dry, with a lightly lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a decent brew that walks the line between IPA and Double IPA.

 539 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

 469 characters

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

"The computer can't tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what's missing is the eyebrows."

--Frank Zappa

Sun-splashed golden orange with bumblebee yellow trim. It looks like the brewery decided to favor the pale side of the spectrum when it came time to design the malt bill. Good. The aged parchment colored cap isn't spectacular, but it gets the job done. It's also sticky enough to grace the glass with a fair amount of sudsy lace.

Like the color, the aroma is impressively bright. It's full of citrusy top notes of lemon peel and grapefruit zest. Maybe even a little herbal-earthy ganja. Nothing else reaches my nose (malt for instance), but then an American IPA doesn't need anything other than hops to get the job done. I'm pretty sure this is going to be better beer than Freak Out.

Kill Ugly Radio is an IPA just like I like 'em. It's pale malt dominant (sugar cookies), with just enough heft to barely support the hops and no more. Ain't no way this beer is a double IPA. The stars of the show, just as it should be, are a trio of citric hops that taste great together. Two high alpha acid varieties (Summit and Horizon) and good ol' Cascade.

The flavor profile is a near equal mix of lemon, tangerine and white grapefruit. If you love straightforward American citric hops that don't have to fight through a caramel onslaught to be appreciated, then KUR should be right up your alley. The finish is incredibly clean, crisp and drying. Who says that all beer needs to be complex to be good?

Thanks to the relative scarcity of malt, the body/mouthfeel is on the light side (for an IPA). I've rewarded it, though, because it doesn't come close to deteriorating on the swallow, because it matches the flavor profile very well and because it makes the beer a cinch to drink.

I like what Lagunitas has done with Kill Ugly Radio. They've hit all the right notes in what has turned out to be a classic, immensely drinkable, Left Coast IPA. Zappa was an impressively prolific musician, so there should be plenty of inspiration for the future. Here's hoping that every one of the forthcoming tribute beers is as good as this one.

 2,178 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

 2,342 characters

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

Decanted cool into a La Fin Du Monde Tulip. Picked this bottle up at Capone's in Norristown, Pa.
A - A golden color more on the side of amber w/ a 3 finger soap sud head that has good stickage. The bead is of medium size.

S - Citrusy aroma hops that are Amarillo most likely. Very sweet and floral w/ an almost orange rind-like aroma. Subtle malt notes w/ a gentle woody note.

M - A nice tangy and hoppy mixture of sweet and bitter w/ moderate carbonation. The feel is slick and resnious w/ a round smooth texture at the finish.

T - The taste of hops w/ slight bitter and slightly sweet flavors. There is a light malt sweetness backing up the citrusy oily hop dominant flavor. A fresh and green taste that maintains a low roar as the bomber makes its way from the glass to stomach in 3 easy steps. Herbal and fruity ale flavors w/ mild sweetness and gently bitter finish.

D - A fine full hop flavored ale in the west coast tradition of IPA's. A fitting tribute to FZ w/ a fresh and flavorful blend of sweet and bitter. Not too intense, yet plenty of vigor. A very good choice, I will look forward to tasting this again.

 1,123 characters

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.

 357 characters

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.

 733 characters

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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.

 438 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a heavy orange hue to it. Off white/crème head with some pretty good staying power. Nose is oh so piney with that sticky sweet tar kind of residue just jumping out at my nose. Flavor is almost of two sides. One side of my mouth (literally) gets the double IPA action, and the other side almost feels like soda water. It mellows out a bit with a few more sips, but still isn't meshing all that well. Just falls off a bit too quickly. Feel is decent on the liquid and the carbonation is good. I feel like the liquid could have a bit more body though. The verdict on this one is just an okay DIPA. There are much better examples out there, and I certainly expected more coming from Lagunitas.

 715 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

 638 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 243 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.