Lagunitas Kill Ugly Radio

Beautiful Frank Freakin’ Zappa. You’d wish anyway, staring at that mug on the bottle, trying to figure out what the heck you’re going to get when you open it. Well, you don’t have to step too far onto a limb…those Petaluma brewers are pretty consistent at putting something together that’s in your face, but well integrated. The Kill Ugly Radio does not stray. Very fruity in its aroma, stinking pleasantly of apricot, this IPA (I think) guides you through the whole drinking process. BAM! I smell good! BAM! There’s a lot of flavor! Bam! oops, more flavor! BAM! I’m stickin’ around for awhile after you swallow…make your mouth water, boy! The aromatic and bittering hops both lean towards the heavy side. The body is a bit lighter than comparable Lagunitas beers, resembling a pale ale in presentation.

Kill Ugly Radio isn’t ground-breaking, it’s not, astounding, it’s not even a huge shift for Lagunitas (or me, for that matter), but it is a tasty freakin’ beer that is serious about being a beer. cheers.

UPDATE: Well, it looks like this is the second in the Zappa series, the first was Freak Out. This one is commemorating the album “Absolutely Free,” and the artwork is the stuff from the inside jacket.

  • dieselboi

    That is one tasty beer. I’ve had a few since I first eyed it a month or so ago. Great review!

  • Dave

    Any idea why Zappa? I mean, besides because he’s cool. Is there a story behind the beer? Is Dweezil or Moon Unit involved?

  • Leopold Porkstacker

    I am actually drinking one of them right now. Bought two of them at my local stupidmarket (Safeway) on Friday and am going to stash away one of them along with the Zappa tribute beer I purcahsed last year. Overall I like the hoppiness–Lagunitas never disappoints in the hoppiness department, and I’ve always loved Frank Zappa. Cheers to you, Frank!!!

    -he who stacks pork

  • CM

    Can you buy this outside of CA??

  • rick

    yeah, I picked it up in Portland, OR.

  • CM

    Cool, getting closer. i’m in washington.

  • Matt W

    I’m sure glad I picked this one up at the store. There is no style given on the outside of the bottle, but definitely in the PA/IPA range. Lagunitas is very consistent with brewing and bottling great beers that aren’t dumbed down for the consumer. Hmmm, now I’m thirsty and it is after noon…

  • Carissa

    mmmm…if you like this in the bottle, you should try it on tap. Yummy! Oaks Bottom Public House has it on right now—might not last long…I saw two guys at the bar yesterday down three pints a piece and plan to go back today and have more…get it while you can.

  • Pete

    In Redmond, Washington – you can find this at a local Beer/Wine specialty store called Malt and Vine:

    I picked up a case of this yesterday, because the first 22 ouncer was so good. Great refreshing hoppiness, lighter ‘golden’ body, and the high alcohol content is an added bonus!

  • Dr Dark

    I like this beer better than the freak out ale, not sweet but slightly bitter, very hoppy,great aroma. The West End Brewery in Manhattan NYC had this on tap before the Zappa plays Zappa gig on Halloween.Wowie zowie fresh from the keg,and brought by young ladies in skimpy costumes………………….DD

  • John Rice

    Got it all the way in Virginia…tasty!

  • alcohol rehab

    This is a non-alcoholic right? :D