Kill Ugly Radio | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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)

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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 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 foggymountainman
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served in out of a 22oz bottle. not much of a head. strong citrusy flavor, a bit sweet for my taste. it falls short of my expectations of an Imperial IPA not being very bitter. the smell is ful of malt and citrus, it is sharp and crisp. a good beer, but not exactly what i was hoping for. With Zappa on there it is hard to be disappointed bu tyou know how some Mothers of Invention songs are a bit off... this beer reflects that. best in small doses, rather not jazz it up all night with this one, but a solid choice.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass, the liquid is a apricot color with ok carbonation. The head is small white and leave little lace.

The smell is hoppy, lots of citrus fruit, grape fruit, and orange peal.

The taste follows, lots of nice bitter citrus, well balanced with light malt. I really like this one.

The mouthfeel is good, better then medium body and good carbonation in the bite.

The drinkability is good, I would be happy to try this again.
Prosit, MK

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazed peach color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Sweet bouquet of citrusy hops with a slight peach/nectarine smell. Very inviting.

Lots of citrusy hop flavors upfront with a detectable caramel malt base. IBUs are rather held in check, as the bitterness is very mild compared to the flavor. Finishes quite dry and clean with a pleasant lingering citrus taste.

Body is very thin for a DIPA, medium carbonation.

Very flavorful DIPA, and it slides down fast with such a light body. Could easily blow through 2 bombers without trying.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear golden under a foamy white head. Excellent lace and excellent retention.

S: Smells of nice mild citrus and piney hops, maintains a sweet maltbone in the background.

T: Very mild tasting. Bitterness is not huge, good fruitiness, a little citrus like and also a bit like concord grapes. A bit piney as well. Not a real punch you in the face DIPA, but this bottle is few months old. Good taste though.

M/D: Medium bodied but maybe a bit thin, carbonation is felt on the tongue a little, but isn't overdone. Drinkability is good too. A pretty solid DIPA, will be happy when Lagunitas starts popping up here in NC.

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Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled, consumed on 11/22/07.

Clear golden with energetic carbonation. A fine rocky white head a finger thick formed and stayed for a while in the glass before subsiding to a thin white skin. Aroma is resiny, grapefruity hops. Mouth feel is smooth, though not quite creamy. Hoppy on the tongue initially although a thin malt flavor peeks through briefly. The finish is pretty well-balanced (60/40 hop/malt), but the malt disappears quickly, leaving a long, lingering hop bitterness.

Nothing too special unless you're a hophead.

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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 Jerzy86
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice rich amber color with a decent head.

S: Strong malts balanced with a nice amount of hops.

T: IPA, bitterness is controlled by the nice malt flavors.

M: Slight bite at start, but goes down smooth.

D: I could see myself drinking 1-2 of these, but more than that would be a lot of strong flavor.

Overall I liked this beer, and am looking forward to trying the other Zappa beers

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Photo of claytri
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a wonderful gold with a nice white head. The aroma was of floral hops with a fruity sweetness behind. The taste started out as floral then moved to bitter hops with a bit of fruit between. The feel was medium wet. I picked this up because it had Frank Zappa on the label, and was very pleasantly surprised by a well balanced and drinkable beer that used hop and molt in combination to give a real enjoyable taste experience.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden straw with 1 finger of thin white foam, decent retent

S- citrus rind, citrus, fruity esters

T- citrus throughout with a zesty citrus aftertaste. Sweet citrus to start, some soapy flavors, grainy, like fermented sprite

M- dry and carbonated medium body

D- not bad but nothing outstanding, seriously if you like sprite you'll like this brew, citrus like crazy here. worth a shot

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Photo of JDV
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light honey orange smell with a nicely lasting head in a tulip. Smell was big and of piney , citrusy hops with a nice sweetnes poking out as well. Nice crisp hop flavor, and I thought very smooth for an IPA. Mildly bitter, but not overly harsh, or acidic. Overall I thought this was a quality IPA and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light golden-orange color.

S: Big citrusy and dry pine aroma typical of lagunitas with some sweet pink grapefruit nose. There is a slight touch of dry grassiness as well.

F: Flavor is grassy, with some dry pine. Pungent grapefruit notes and a very dry citrus grind hopping start the beer out. The hopping is dominant and dry leaving a very flowery fade. Definitly grassy with a very dry and spicy floral bite in the end.

M: Mouthful and body is very light.

D: Would definitely recommend to hopheads. Probably one of the driest finishes ive ever experienced in a beer.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light golden brown with an aggressive head that dissolves quickly down to a thin bubbly coating. Some bubbly lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

S: The scent reminds the most of a fresh uncut peach. Smells more appetizing than almost any beer I can remember.

T: The taste isn't complex at all. The main thing I keep thinking is its a slightly better than average beer. It is very light bodied with a dry aftertaste. I don't pick up any particular tastes. Since its overall a pleasing taste I give it slightly better than average marks.

M: The beer is very thin and there is almost no in mouth carbonation. There isn't anything with this one that makes you want to roll it around in your mouth.

D: Since there is no dominating harsh flavor or alcohol burn you can really knock this one back. Its uninteresting mouthfeel makes you want to drink it faster to get the the nice dry aftertaste.

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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 kwakwhore
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice light gold pour with a smallish head which leaves lace on the glass.
Some grapefruit scents but not overwhelming.
Some hop bitterness in the flavor but not really enough for the style. Not much going on in the malt profile either, some biscuit malt in the finish. More like a pale ale than a DIPA, a little watery.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side as well, for the style.
Easy to drink, probably the best feature of this beer except for the art work which totally kicks ass.
If this beer were a pale ale, I would give it a little higher score, but for a DIPA it just doesn't measure up to the standard.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with a great head that lasted a bit and left a good lace. Lighter orange amber with a fine particulate floating with minimal carbs. Flowery strong grapefruit smell bordering a little on the sweet. Almost juice? Mouth was bitter, to be expected, but not a strong bitter, washed about like any other average beer. Watery. Taste made this brew, kinda nice for a beverage with Zappa on the label. It's very tasty. Grapefruit hops, raisin overtone, bready malt stopping the alcohol from being too much.

I'm impressed with the balance with this brew. One time only but sure would be good in place of Lagunitas's other IPA's.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Kind of a dark straw color; a little too light for a DIPA if you ask me. Small white head of about one finger in size, leaves quickly and turns into a steamed milk type foam that lightly coats the top. Small amount of lacing.

Aroma is fruity hoppy with a lot of caramel malt to slightly balance things out. Hops are fruity and citrusy, mainly sweet grapefruit. Sweet malts and a slight caramel maltiness as well. Slightly off kilter but not bad.

Plenty of hop flavor but hardly any hop bitterness. I just imagine this one being a DIPA. Oddly enough, there isnt any real sweetness to this so what hops were used balance things out quite nicely. More along the lines of a dry hopped Pale Ale leaning toward AIPA, but a DIPA this is not.

Average at best for the style. Nice flavors and farely well balanced. Slightly watery and thin on the mouthfeel and slightly dry, but a somewhat slick feeling is left (kind of odd). Average overall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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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 woemad
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Iceman77
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color that is quite translucent for a double IPA, nice fluffy head that recedes slowly throughout the glass. The nose is fairly hoppy but not overpowering, with a soft citrus aroma, like tangerine. Did not find the taste to be very complex, mostly consisting of crisp hops with a little piney aftertaste. It is a bit dry on the tongue, with a decent bite of carbonation. A nice double IPA, could def throw down a couple of these but nothing special. I do enjoy the tribute to Zappa for sure though...

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Kill Ugly Radio from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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