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Letters: Lagunitas Ode to Frank Zappa

By William Brand
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at 7:36 pm in Uncategorized.

Lagunitas Kill Ugly Radio
Hello William,
I really enjoy your column on beer every week. I haven’t been getting your articles in our paper (West County Times) for that long, so I’m not sure if you wrote about the first ale they brewed for the 40th anniversary of the release “Freak Out”, by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

I just got the latest celebration selection from them called “Kill Ugly Radio”. It is quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted; being Sierra Nevada Pale ale & Red tail are 2 of my favorites. Anyhow I hope you get a chance to review that beer & give your opinion. Thanks also for all of your great news & recommendations on the malted beverage scene.
Bill T.

Hi William,
I don’t recall if you reviewed Lagunitas’s Kill Ugly Radio, but I had a bottle of this double IPA over the weekend. It tastes like Racer 5, always a good thing.

Yes, I’m writing about it in my column Wednesday (Aug. 29, 2007). Very unusual for Lagunitas, hoppy and dry. Lagunitas’ Tony Magee calls it a “pale ale.” With 60 IBU and 7.5 percent ABV, it’s an Amerian pale ale on steroids.
And yes, I wrote about Lagunitas first ode to Frank Zappa. I posted it here in my other blog: The California Beer Newsletter.
Lagunitas Kill Ugly Radio

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  • Stu

    I also found this beer to be excellent. I thought it had a lot more body than Racer 5, and it certainly has more alcohol. The nearest comparison I have is with Stone’s 10th Anniversary IPA, although I’ll have to taste them side by side to see. What I really like about it is the fruity aroma.