Kill Ugly Radio | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +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 ohoove
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

into a pint glass she goes, it fills awith a light golden / clear and clean look to her . Medium size head with small bubbles of carb and white color , not much to see clinging to the side of the glass. nose hit was undeniably pine and big , big ,citrus- grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium to light with a tingle on the tongue. Taste , to me, was dominated by grapefruit and not much else, I think this could have been balanced a little better with the malts so that it didn't seen so one dimensional, but hence, Double IPA. This is only the 3rd DIPA I've had and found this to be the most drinkable and even though it is a fairly low ABV i'd have to do this in moderation. I liked it but didn't love it.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger tan head that has good retention, and there is some spotty lacing. Body is an orange tinted gold.

Smell - pine resin, some grapefruit, and yet more pine resin. Where's the malt ?

Taste - much like the smell. Big taste of bitter pine resin, and more bitter pine resin. This is all hops, no malt backbone - it is totally unbalanced, but good.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very slick from hop oils, and very dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, it is definitely one for hopheads. But, it being rather one dimensional, I do not think it is sessionable.

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Photo of cbl2
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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 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 willjschmidt
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and pale golden color with a quickly receding 1/2" head.

S: The pleasant aroma of grapefruit and quite a bit of pine. There are some light sweet malt aromas as well.

T: Slightly sweet pale malts, lots of grapefruit, and it's all followed by a big dose of pine and other earthy flavors. The hop taste at the end is unique; instead of a long lasting bitter aftertaste this beer hits you with one big bitter hop bite at the end.

M: Medium bodied and quite slick from the hops.

D: This is a very drinkable DIPA. It's smooth and it goes down easy. Something is a bit off with this one though. Not one of my favorite DIPA's. It's not very complex and actually rather light for the style.

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear copper colored beer with a good white colored head.

The smell is light and a little sweet with a very fresh hop scent. Medium strong C type hop aroma doesn't completely overwhelm the malt component; this has a bit of honey smell. Grapefruit, pine, eucalyptus, menthol, mint and some bitter willow tree scent are all components of the Hops but this really smells like a fresh crushed hop bud shoved up your nose.

The taste begins neutral to bitter and dry in the mouth. Medium bitter at first this is somewhere in the gray area between AIPA and IIPA in hop power. Not real complex this is all strong clean hop flavor without any nuance.

The mouthfeel is good.

Always a subjective topic but I find this to be very drinkable. Not very complex at all this is like Metallica music, loud and simple without trying to make any profound statement. This will be enjoyed by anyone who like a strong flavored hoppy beer at the upper limits of the regular AIPA spectrum.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale ambery with a blast of floral/Hops smell coming at ya. A healthy dose of hops up front with a little malt backbone. I know it's labeled double IPA, but I would put this in the Pale Ale/IPA category. Maybe it's just because everyone is dumping lots of hops/malt and alcohol in their beers.For me it lacks the kick in the crotch a double IPA gives you. Maybe that's the point though. A more refined dipa?

That being said. It is a great tasting beer no matter what the classification. With every sip you get a great floral smell in your face, awesome hop taste at the beginning with a dry hoppy/resin, subtle malt aftertaste. The alcohol is not very detectable but creeps up on you. I liked the freak out a little better but this is a great beer, one you should try if you like lagunitas or any variation of pale ales.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again using Frank Zappa as an advertising tool...
Go Lagunitas!
Looks a little bit pale for an IPA but color, clarity, head and lacing all fit quite nicely and work well. The bottle is pretty cool, too.
Odors are not hiding anywhere. While clearly hoppy, there is a sense of fresh baked bread in there too. It pleases me. Falls in the sweeter end of the spectrum as far as scents go. Nose tickling sharp hop spikes.
As a double IPA, this is lacking that second dose of IPA... but as a regular IPA this is really good stuff. I'd score it even higher if it was a regular IPA.
Very refreshing, light on the palate, well balanced... an excellent hopped up summer brew. Fresh baked sour dough/ hop bread is what this is. THIS is what I was hoping last years Freak Out ale would be like. I hope Lagunitas keeps this recipe handy.

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Photo of calir1
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer smells good, but without knowing what it was when i opened it, I figured it was a pale ale. The aroma is not what a double should be.

The flavor is just not there agagin. It tasted like an IPA but still good.

I think I am, just spoiled by Russian River's Pliny the Elder.

For those of you who think this is a huge aroma and flavorful DIPA, think again.

It is a good beer, but if I am going to drink something that is 8%abv, I want that Pliny

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Photo of illidurit
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a huge fan of Frank Zappa, I was excited to learn that Lagunitas is continuing their series of commemorative beers for the 40th anniversaries of his groundbreaking albums. Freak Out Ale was good, and I have high expectations for this tribute to Absolutely Free.

Poured into a flared pint glass. Apple juice colored body with a perfect 2-3 finger head of just barely off-white color. Lacing is insane, really sticky and resiny with stupendous retention.

Aroma evokes memories of Alesmith IPA, very juicy and sweet while still strongly hoppy. I get lots of citrus zest and sweet grapefruit.

Taste isn't as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Piney and grapefruity hops dominate and leave only a little room for maple syrup maltiness. Finish is bitter but pleasantly so, as it lends a crispness to the mouthfeel.

Really smooth drinkin' here, however the body is a bit thin for such a hoppy and bold beer. Carbonation is perfect and with the relatively low ABV for a DIPA, booziness doesn't come through at all.

The smoothness and the nice finish really enhance the drinkability. I'd say this is far better than Freak Out Ale which was a single IPA, and far better than Maximus, Lagunitas' popular DIPA. A worthy successor in the Zappa series, and a great beer to match a great album.

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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 sinistersteve
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
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 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 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 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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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool label on the Kill Ugly Radio of Mr. Zappa.

This double IPA came to the glass in a clear orangish hue. The carbonation was low as the head disappeared and left a web of sea foam on the side of the glass.

The smell was up front and in your face the moment you put your nose to the glass. I got a good whiff of hoppy dankness. Reminded me of times ago.

The taste came through really malty with a good hop flavor. You can taste the higher alcohol volume in relation to a regular IPA. It is unique to me since I am pretty new to the style. I want to say it had a nut flavor to me.

Mouthfeel was a lingering all around for some time.

I will have another Kill Ugly Radio next year as I believe it is a seasonal and I am probably not tough enough to drink 2 or 3 of these 22oz in a row. It is a robust and complex beer.

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

Second in the Zappa Line. Really cool bottle with the label of the FZ record named and a quote.

Stoked to see this, expecting it would be a big IPA/DIPA, and was not disappointed.

Pours a gorgeous deep gold with a nice big white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Very nice, pungent piney/grapefruit combo in the nose, skewed toward the grapefruit as the beer settles and near the end of the glass.

Initially high bitterness, which smoothes out after your tongue has acclimatized itself. Same hops as aroma use. Interestingly enough, early in the tasting, I got what I would describe as a chicken fat flavor up front, which dissipated and did not recur after a few sips. Very odd.

Higher bitterness lends a bracing, medium-dry mouthfeel. Nice beer all the way to the end!

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Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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