Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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2,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,337
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 63
Gots: 137 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.83% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flexabull on 03-06-2010

"Imperial Brown Ale" (not a style on BA).
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Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always jump at the next Lagunitas "Limited" beer I can get my hands on,aging this oen did not dissapoint.Poured into a imperial pint glass a mix of russett brown and amber,a 1 1/2 finger creamy mass atop that never fully settled.A lighter mix of piney hop and caramel malt,a bit of sweetish alcohol as well.Wow what great balance on the palate,starting out big and caramelly,with some juicy fruit malt notes,then comes a hefty mix of hop oils and pine resin,not to mention big citric qualities.A full creamy feel coats the mouth,making it lush.I may rate it higher than others because I love the big hopped up,uber malty American strong ales,I love it.

Photo of RoyalT
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This one poured a rather boring, shiny brown in color with a mediocre head.

Smell - The malt seems rather thin and phony, contrary to the promise on the label, and a bit stale.

Taste - Again the malts disappoint. It's more like a weak bitter or American brown ale than a strong ale. The malt flavor lacks depth and distinction.

Mouthfeel - This is way too thin for the style. It's not even medium-bodied by my count and is clumsy in the cheeks.

Sinkability - I think this is the first ASA that I've dumped, and this from a well-regarded brewery. Oh the shame of it.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 9/10/10.

A: Pours a brownish-black with a red tint. The head is stuck somewhere between khaki and white, and burns off quickly to leave an odd, sparkly retention. The lacing is light and not very sticky, but it does leave some visually fun patterns.

S: Mal-ty. I smell loads of brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla, with a touch of milk chocolate. I swear I can also smell some trademark Lagunitas piney hops in the background, along with a touch of alcoholic heat.

T: There is a little bit of coffee bitterness gracing the sides of my mouth, along with a nice frothy blend of mocha, brown sugar, caramel, and mild chocolate that disperses over the middle of my palate. But what makes the beer is the piney hoppiness that tickles the end of my tongue in the middle to end of each sip.

M: For such a big flavor, the MF is a little thin. It is on the light side of light-medium.

D: This was quite an interesting brown ale - very malty, yet with a gracious note of hops throughout. I will try it again, fo' sho'!

Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this brownish-red, jobless recovery ale into an imperial English pint glass.

It's Lagunitas, so WTF?, it's going to be hoppy. Fragrant American hops lean more toward orange and citrus with hints of evergreen, pine, and alcohol. The malt isn't absent either; cocoa and brown sugar are also out and about. I'm going to let this warm up a bit and get back in there.

The taste is pretty bitter from start to finish. Not only from the hops, but it's seems the malts are more akin to bitter baking cocoa. It's a very tasty and filling beer, Pretty rich body. Everything softens just a touch as you go on.

What else could you expect from a Lag Brown Ale?

Photo of txbrewer
1.87/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From their site = "A big Ol' Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey."

1 - Way to hoppy compared to other brown ales that I have tasted (and this was just after trying Mighty Arrow!)

2 - Rich - sure, smooth - not really, dangerous - eh, chocolatley - if you can find that through all those hops.

I had finally found some Mighty Arrow and that was all hops and not so bad. This was just not what I expected after tasting other brown ales. I need to find out which hops they used and avoid anything using the same hops in the same quantity.

Drinkable - not really, would I spend any more money on it - no.

Photo of steelerguy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear mahogany color with ruby highlight. Nice head on pour that fades pretty quickly becoming a lacing on top.

S - Caramel malts, malt sweet, with a good balance of aromatic citrus hops.

T - Very malt forward, lots of caramel malt with some roasted notes. The hops are definitely present but with all the malt they are in the passenger seat and not driving this brew.

M - Almost a creamy feel with a bit of a alcohol bite.

D - Very enjoyable, not too overwhelming and can be enjoyed in greater quantities than most American Strongs.

Photo of Aaron420
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: It poured a deep amber almost a mahogany color, with a rather dark tan head that left great lacing down the glass.

S: Very malty aroma with a slight hint of hop but mostly dark chocolaty malts.

T: It had a very rich chocolaty, malty, and nutty flavor. With nice earthy hoppy flavor to bring up the tall end.

M: A medium bodied beer with a good bit of carbonation that slides through the mouth quite easily

O: This was a pretty good easy drinking beer I enjoyed it but will not be rushing to the beer store to buy the rest of them on the shelf

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a dark brown color with a rather small tan head.

The aroma was sweet caramel and dark fruit.

It had a caramel and brown sugar taste. Also some raisin and a sweeter fruit.

This was a medium-bodied, malt-forward beer.

Good beer, would buy this again.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful deep reddish brown, short creamy beige head that lingered and laced nicely. Nicely balanced aroma, complex bouquet of hops and sweet malt. Could definitely pick this out of a lineup as a lagunitas beer. It's by no means light, but it is lighter than I expected given the color and abv. WTF a limited release, and I plan do my part in consuming this batch's inventory.

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby brown with a big creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is piney resiny hops with some fruit and roasted malts.

The flavor is roasted chocolate/caramel malts with some fruit and a good sized piney, resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid hoppy brown.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a clear dark amber body with a medium beige head. Attractive island chain lacing on the glass.

Aroma has pine hops, toffee, and ripe pears and Mcintosh apples.

Medium body and carbonation with a satiny smoothness.

Taste has fruity pears and ripe red apples, toffee and caramel, and a solid earthy and pine hop presence that balances nicely. Alcohol is not detected. Extremely well balanced with a very clean finish.

This one was a pleasant surprise with its high drinkability and pleasantly balanced taste. Lagunitas should be saluted for brewing such reasonably priced, high quality ales.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness info available. Pours darker auburn/mahogony brown, typical darker tan head, tightly knit, leaves better then average sheeting and extensive stands of lace. Bolder nose of sweet, maple malts buffeted by floral hop notes. Enjoyable ale, seems more like a bold brown ale, then a strong, but whatever, style guidelines be damned. Balanced and bold, dark bready waves of flavor, solid, but not overpowering hops fulling in effect. Another real nicely crafted brew from Lagunitas.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark, reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel malt. The flavor is big time orange citrus and pine hops with a strong caramel malt
backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall bottle purchased at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo, shared at a beer tasting with friends.

Poured into a sampler glass. Amber-copper brew, nice colour, good frothy head, circlets of lacing sheets grace the sides of the glass.

Cracking the bottle yielded an initial hop blast, but as the brew sat in the glass for a few moments it mellowed out considerably, offering a pleasantly malty aroma with notes of bread, grain, fruit and mild citrus hop bitterness. Smells like an APA.

Tastes like a balanced APA - where that extra alcohol is, I haven't the faintest idea. The hops are mercifully milder than initially anticipated - what is left is a malty, fruity affair with notes of fresh bread. The finish was surprisingly long and bitter, however. Nice, flavorful brew.

For a brew designed for these tough times, WTF is exactly what we need right now - a flavorful pale ale with extra booze that isn't a chore to work through.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Julian bottling date of 054 (2/23/11).

Appearance: Somewhat dark reddish-brown with thin cream-colored head and light lacing lines.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit and sugary caramel. Simple but effective.

Taste: Initial citrusy hop assault of orange and grapefruit (expected Lagunitas taste). Some semi-sweet caramel and cherry provide a malt backbone. Ends spicy, bitter and with some pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Nice balance of hops and malts, and a very good example of a maltier American Strong Ale. Of course, being Lagunitas, they did not go light on the hops either. Tasty and well recommended.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” cream to light tan clingy foam collar.
S: Light toast, fruit, hint of anise
T: Light toast sweetens to rich malt then the hops come forward with citrus and light resin followed by cola flavors.
F: Creamy, medium carbonation and medium to medium full body.
O: A big beer that achieves an excellent, layered balance between sweet and bitter.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a clear dark brown, as someone already mentioned, pretty much the same color as the bottle. a 2 finger off white head that fades somewhat quickly to a nice layer. some nice sticky lacing and pretty decent retention. looks quite delicious!

somewhat of a subdued aroma, nothing too big detectable. some nice citrus, pine, tropical fruity hop aromas. maybe some woody and semi sweet malts, but mostly a hop dominant aroma.

hops rule the taste as well which is not a bad thing. again with the citrus and pine. some tropical fruit hop flavors come in at the finish.
some sweet malts, slightly caramel like, attempt to balance things out. maybe a touch of a chalky kind of chocolaty taste and even a tad bit of brown sugar. finishs with a lingering bitterness and flavors of tropical fruity hops and chocolaty malt.
this has a similar hoppy taste to some stone beers ive had. ie levitation ale, sublimely self rightous ale.

not the best mouthfeel. medium body, almost a little heavy. a little astringent and cloying as well. maybe a tad resiness from the hops. has a little chalkiness to it.

this one drinks relativly easy, nothing to strong in here to slow you down. no alcohol really detectable. one is enough in my opinion however. i prolly wont seek this out again, i wouldnt really recommend it either unless you got a thing for lagunitas. but theyve never really wowed me with a beer yet.

Photo of ehammond1
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark brown with ruby edges. Thick, persistent khaki colored head which leaves sheets and lines of lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous.

Incredibly sweet aroma. There's a lot of toffee and caramel, some simple sugar syrup, as well as a mild punch of citrus orange.

More sweetness in the flavor. This is a sweet, syrupy, toffee candy of a beer.

Medium mouthfeel. Appropriate.

A very, very sweet strong ale. In a lot of ways, its reminded me of Lagunitas Maximus DIPA, which isn't at all one of my favorite beers. I'll pass on this next year.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head which slowly fades into a smaller creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Deep bready malts with a nice sharp spicy hop presence. Hoppy upfront with nice hints of spicy pine resin, earthy grassy hops, and a little citrus orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Big bready malt presence with hints of baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, roast chocolate, toast, grains, yeast, nuts, and a slight hint of rye. Some brown sugar sweetness in the mix as well. A very solid big hopped up brown ale smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hearty mix of earthy hops with a big taste of toasty malts. Starts out hoppy with some good notes of piney hop spice and earthy and floral notes of grass. A little citrus in the hop mix with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Big bready toasted malt taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, roast, chocolate, dark rye bread, grains, nuts, and yeast. Some sweet brown sugar. A very good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and chewy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good and interesting brew. Its like an imperial brown ale that is given a big kick of hops.

Photo of far333
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Military speak for WTF

Semi clear caramel colored with a fine cap of even and firm foam. Aroma of fresh and bright hops and some understated smokey malt.

Initial flavor of citrus and floral hops, followed by some piney bitter and a mellow roasty malt flavor. Hints of smoke and leather, some cocoa and woody notes. Caramel and tofee round it out, and grapfruit and orange rind continuing to rise to the top. Some brown sugar and light molasses lingers, just a teeny ABV warming in the back of the throat.

Full mouthfeel, finishes a little puckery, but this is a tasty beer and I could wreck several bombers in a sitting.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug; dark brown, clear, showing ruby in the light with a thick rocky off-white head that leaves chunky lacing as it dissipates. Smell is hoppy and citrusey, sweet and thick-smelling. Taste is very smooth up front, very clean for the amount of maltiness, with just the right amount of hop bitterness finishing it out with an aftertaste that makes you want to take another sip. Mouthfeel is relatively full, but clean and smooth without being spiky. This is the most drinkable American Strong Ale I've had so far, delicious.

Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot is another beer from the Southern California brewery that defies conventional categorization. They call it an Imperial Brown, which at almost 8% alcohol and brown in color, would be an apt description. The beer is a limited release available in 22 oz. bombers. I've had the beer fresh in bottles and on tap and I'd say that the examples from each service are very comparable, though the draft version seemed to be slightly hoppier.

The Beer poured a dark brown color that let just enough light through to let you see through it. The khaki colored head left generous lacing in the glass and gave off a caramel and toasted aroma with hits of herbal and lemony west coast hops. The taste was dominated by the highly caramelized malts that provided malty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, and nutty flavors. The hops provided a nice punch of citrus bitterness that kept the beer from tasting too sweet.

Another well balanced and highly drinkable beer from Lagunitas

Photo of rringler
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A very clear, light cola color, with very little particulates in suspension. Pours with about two fingers of creamy, beige head, made up of fine to medium sized bubbles. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The label does not lie; it's malty from the start, though you can smell some nice flowery hops to balance.

T: Sweet, caramely malts dominate, with later hints of coffee and maybe dark chocolate. Finishes with medium to medium- hops that do a decent job to balance the taste. Covers the 7.85% abv well, without tasting boozy at all.

M: Medium to medium+ body; a bit bigger and bolder than their IPAs. Big, thick, and a bit oily; the carbonation is medium to medium+ and feels pleasant.

O: Very good beer. This is a full-flavor beer that doesn't assault your tongue with hops. If you're someone that wants more flavor, but doesn't enjoy being mugged by hops, this is an excellent choice. Similar to Lagunitas Censored beer, only exaggerated a bit. Very good.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, big head. Great aroma. Smells of big citrus dry hopping, like I've never experienced in something this dark.

Taste, hoppy and malty, this is much like something around Arrogant Bastard Ale and SN Harvest Ale. Which is to say its fabulous. A little more citrusy than those. Alcohol less pronounced.

Thins a tad down bottle, in a nice way. This stuff just flows. Great pricing, 4.5 a 22.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass dark brown with a thin off white head. The smell is strong of hops and floral scents from the hops. Going into it, I'm thinking this might be better classified as a black IPA. The taste supports that, hops are very strong with this beer. The hop warmth mellows out to carmel flavors on the back end. Very interesting beer. The appearance of the beer doesn't really jive with the taste. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but there is no alcohol presence. I really do like the complexity of this beer.

On a side note: Their label cracks me up, again. I'm loving their "current events" theme they've had going with other seasonal releases.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,337 ratings.