Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

795 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 795
Hads: 2,364
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 66
Gots: 143 | 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).
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 795 | Hads: 2,364
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A large frothy head atop a reddish brown brew.

S - Strong grapefruit hops presence. Slight caramel malt backbone.

T - Great. Nice grapefruit hops with a hint of pine. A nice malty backbone of caramel and biscuits. Aftertaste is of linger pine, malty flavors and faint peppery bitterness. Good all around in flavor.

M - Medium body, smooth, very refreshing.

D - Holy crap, I practically chugged this brew... unintentionally. Seriously, a 22 oz bottle and then I suddenly realized with only a quarter of this review finished that only had a few ounces left. This is a fantastic quaffable beer. It's not too often that I feel as sad that as I am that this is a limited edition - potentially because it is local and I have found it on tap. I hope it will at least last through the recession. (796 characters)

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark, clear brown that glows bright orange/red when help up to the light. One finger of off white head which quickly subsides to a thin layer on top.

S: Sweet grapefruit and pineapple and sweet, biscuity malts. Caramel and toffee are running rampant as well. Smells very much like an an IPA, very clean and sweet.

T: Up front, I'm greeted by some citrusy hop bitterness, which quickly takes a backseat to the ales robust maltiness. Finishes clean with a nice lingering bitterness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M: Medium bodies with decent carbonation. Extremely smooth and pleasing. (632 characters)

Photo of LBBeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A--Deep Red/Amber brew with a nince amber head and solid lacing.

S--I smell hops, hops, hops, hops and more hops!

T--A nice roasty malt profile makes an early appearance before the hops takeover--admirable that it was there at all.

M--Big dry strong ale a style unto its own.

O--WTF? There is nothing more to say--a very good brew that defies style (something Lagunitas excels at)! (437 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this one after reading about it on Lagunitas website. Chilled down in a 22 oz bomber and served it up in a glass pint.

A: Pours a rich red/brown strong dark ale color. Produced only a very trace amount of micro-head without much in the way of lacing or cling. Color was opaque, no obvious yeasts specks or bottle-marmite.

S: Smells of fragrant sugars and fruits, even at two feet from my nose. Typical to other big beers and strong ales, plenty of dried fig, apricot and toffee notes from the combination of sugars and hops.

T: Taste is almost a contradiction. I was expecting a very dense, rich beer and it's surprisingly light. Some initial bite from citrus hops melts away to balanced caramels with a light, clean finish.

M: Alcohol contributes to the dryness yet is well balanced. No resistance from the carbonation or hops. Aftertastes of pear, fig and banana mango.

O: I liked this one. It's halfway to a big beer, making it not quite as strong as some others of it's ilk yet no wimp, either. It reminds me more of a strong pale ale that's been stained dark and confused with brown sugar into thinking it's a strong dark ale. Kinda like when a prize fighter moves up in weight class for a challenge it isn't currently getting. This is a dark beer for people that don't like darks and is completely drinkable in the warm spring and summer months. (1,367 characters)

Photo of goldennectar
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Sam Adams tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with thin fluffy head that laced the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mostly malts with a hint of hops. Sweet caramel, fragrant and fresh.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Malts come through strong with a slight hoppiness, a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fresh.

Overall: Another great beer from Lagunitas and one I will enjoy again as soon as I can find more or they brew it again.

And how can you not enjoy the name! WTF! (505 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear deep brown with an almost imperceptable red hue topped with a thin umber foam. A sweet, meaty aroma is intoxicating by itself. Initial flavors are of caramel malt and sweet alcohol with a nutty infusion. It is very balanced with a nice underpinning of fruity hops. WTF has a very confusing and dark spectrum that makes you feel like something is wrong but it doesn't matter because it tastes so right. It's like they took the best of Brown Shugga and Hairy Eyeball to make WTF. A unique brew to challenge the taste buds and sip after a long day at work, or looking for work as the bottle goes. (610 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am definitely a Lagunitas fanbois and cheerleader. Their stuff usually tends to be at least a little unique and almost always very tastey. This is definitely a good one. To me it sort of defied classification until I saw what it was called here, and if it's an American strong ale, then it is one of the best of breed.

The color is beautiful, the head slightly thin. The aroma is delicate but delectable. The taste is malty, as advertised and somewhat complex, without being overbearing. It is extremely drinkable.

I intend to buy it again. I wish they made it all the time and I would like to get it in regular bottles. (625 characters)

Photo of capaneus
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed after consuming said beer on an empty stomach - giggidy.

A. Poured a dark chestnut color with good clarity. A nice tan colored, two-finger head with fantastic lacing ensues.

S. I'm not usually a big "aroma" guy. I don't have a great sense of smell, and I generally I just prefer drinking beer to sniffing it. That being said, this is a fantastic smelling beer. Pineapple upside down cake all the way, with huge sweet bready notes, caramel, tart cherries, some raisin, and, implausibly, tropical fruit. Hop aroma is practically non-existent as far as I can tell...just pure, potent malt.

T. Substantially less sweet than the nose implies which improves drinkability but I might prefer a touch sweeter. Great sweet dough taste with dark fruits. The finish is dry caramel with the slightest touch of bittering hops.

M. Quite substantial with medium-low carbonation and a somewhat thick, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol burn is not noticeable, but I don't tend to notice alcohol burn when I've got a buzz on.

O. Overall, I'll definitely pick this one up. The aroma really impressed me and I love bready beers. Another good value from Lagunitas. (1,148 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Wilco Tango Foxtrot poured a brown color with a 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing.

The smell was citrusy and lovely. Definitely a hop that I enjoy. The taste was malty and had delicious caramel backbone to it. I found it to be a money brew that went down smooth. I would definitely get it again. (308 characters)

Photo of MAB
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sip and type--wow, this is a great idea. Yum.

Poured (cold) into the glass. Nice dark color, tight brown-tinged white head. The head dies down quickly.
Aroma is fabulous, even at this temperature. Hop forward, which I wasn't expecting (although now that I think about it, why wouldn't Lagunitas have a nice hoppy beer?).
I let it warm up as I sip slowly. Malt and grains come through strongly. Getting a nice lace pattern down the glass.

Now that I'm at the keyboard, it's the perfect temperature (but half gone), which means the bitterness is intensified (more so than when cold) and the aromas are out-of-this-world.

Delicious. Well worth the $6 Canadian that I paid for it. (679 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with off-white foam atop, with the two pillowy fingers settling nicely into a dollop bearing a striking resemblance to a thin but durable scoop of vanilla ice cream atop it. Rich smells of citrus hops, spices, and caramel and biscuit malt, with more citrus than I expected, for since the label terms this an "Imperial Brown," I figured it would be more malt-forward.

Thick allotment of hops, with lots of fruit such as apricot and orange, bittersweet and a bit resiny; very nice. Good caramel, biscuit malt, and hazelnut. Delicious, a bit strong but surprisingly smooth given the hopped-up taste.

Very good beer. We can debate elsewhere to what degree a "Jobless Recovery," to which this beer is dedicated on the label, has occurred. The former surely persists and, while the latter remains elusive, perhaps another way to consider this beer is as inducing benevolent haze for our current malaise. This fits the bill and is worth enjoying a few. Very good, yet again, from Lagunitas. (1,002 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: The beer is a dark but clear amber brown color. There is a bubbly off-white head of 1.5 fingers with moderate retention.

S: Smells sweet and fruity. Some tropical fruit like pineapple comes to the nose, along with brown and caramel malts. There is just a hint of pine in the background.

T: Warm brown malt is center here. Toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. Still fairly fruity. Less pineapple and more of a wider range of tropical fruits including some citrus. Finish is an earthy pine flavor with a hint of alcohol heat.

M: Medium bodied but lighter than I expected an "Imperial Brown Ale" to feel. The carbonation is moderate to light and fairly soft. Alcohol heat is present but mild, even at warmer temperatures.

O: An excellent purchase for $4.50 a bomber. Fruitier and lighter than anticipated, with good drinkability. A well balanced and sweetly fruity beer. (913 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, almost like an IPA, with woody and malty tones and a hint of citrus. It pours a lovely, slightly hazy mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor is hoppy and woody with a malty undertone and a dash of sour citrus. There is also a subtle alcohol bite. Texture is fairly smooth, edgy and tingly. Chalk up another win to Lagunitas! (360 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch off-white head. Had retention is OK, lacing is good. Nice aroma, the beer smells like chocolate, caramel, toffee, and pine and citrusy hops. The brew tastes like caramel malt, citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops, bready malt, and some chocolate and brown sugar. Great balance between the hops and malt in the flavor of this brew, although I think the hops flavors are stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew. I'll definitely buy this again, especially considering the low price (I think it was just $4.99 a bomber). That's another reason I like Lagunitas a lot, they have great beer at affordable prices. (834 characters)

Photo of caddyshack199
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas WTF

22oz Bottle

Good looking beer, pours a dark brown and has a very nice creamy head. The head is long and lingering and has good lacing.

Notes of caramel and flowers(hops) on the nose.

Creamy mouth-feel and good hop character not overpowering.

Great drinkablity would say 8 out of 10.

Its limited so don't delay!!
Purchased at
Staples Corner Liquors
Crofton Md (380 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark golden brown with a thumb of frothy beige head which dissipates leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Sweet floral and citrus hops are the first hit, followed by a mellow chocolate maltiness. Mild vanilla and pineapple also present.

T - Bit of a hop bomb off the get go which a citrus and pine, followed by the chocolate malts on the finish. Also noticeable is a bit of a sweet pineapple flavour. Nicely balanced flavour for sure, complex yet not too much to handle.

M - Floats nicely on the tongue and surprisingly does not finish overly dry or bitter. The malts power through the bitter hops to make a deliciously crafted beer.

D - This is one delicious beer, and the high ABV goes nearly unnoticed! Goes down dangerously smooth and the balance between the hops and malts is finely tuned to make for the perfect taste and finish. (866 characters)

Photo of DM1293
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste - This is amazing. Its hoppy and malty and a really smooth, balanced bitterness on the finish. The malt and hops, despite being balanced, are both trying to catch your attention. In the background, I definitely catch a bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - This is what gives the beer a unique characteristic. I think this is the best mouthfeel I've had in a beer...its hard to describe it, its creamy and smooth.

Overall - If you like your brews strong, Lagunitas is on to something here. Strong yet refined in taste, a creamy texture; combined makes for an ale you won't forget. Even if its a little disjointed in what it wants to be, I actually kind of think its akin to a Red Ale, more than Brown anyway. (716 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of xensure
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 220z bomber in to a snifter.

It pours a deep amber. As the label states it is somewhere between a red and a black. There is a very little head. Maybe an 1/8in just after the pour. The small head quickly subsides and leaves no lacing on the glass.

The nose is all malt in this beer. The malt is so robust you can almost smell the sweetness. The dark malts really shine through giving and almost earthy smell as well. Very slight hop aromas linger in the background, but are dominated by the malt.

It drinks almost syrupy because of how much malt there is, but the hop blend that comes through in the finish cuts right through that and leave you with a cleaned palate. That is a great finish because one would expect a syrupy after taste with this robust of a malt blend. You also get a bit of a kick from the booze, but just enough to let you know you are drinking a bigger beer.

I am thoroughly enjoying this brew right now. I am reviewing during the second glass because I liked it so much. I would recommend this beer. It was like $6 in eastern MA and certainly worth it. (1,091 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber of this after a long day, Lagunitas has yet to let me down. Pours a nice dark brown, nice fluffy head to it.. nice looking beer. Nice floral hop aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, huge malty backbone to it and pretty sweet. Hops come through mid swallow, add a very nice touch to the beer. Hint of alcohol as well, as this is a stronger beer but it adds a good touch. A nice version of a strong ale, sweet and good tasting, different.. way too drinkable and goes down smooth. For $3.99? you can't go wrong. (524 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown, it looks black near the top, with a fluffy 1.5 finger head and good lacing which stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is strong roasted and sweet malts followed immediately by a grapefruit and pine hop smell.

The taste hits with strong sweet and roasted malts followed quickly by grapefruit and pine hops. Berries and carmel appear to be present on the back end as well as a pine oil residue which stays on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is not thick or bready like I expected but thin and oily. The beer goes down smoothly with a pine aftertaste.

Overall this is better than I expected. Lagunitas has pleasantly surprised me with their Pilsner and now with this. This is a complex brown/strong ale with a good mix of malts, hops and other flavors. I would recommend you try it. (828 characters)

Photo of Sipchue
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label got me - "A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale". 7.85%ABV, O.G. 1.072, and 59 IBU's, this is a wonderfully drinkable ale.

Poured into a brandy snifter, I enjoyed watching the bubbles form a 3/8" top border of bubbles. Looking at my empty glass, the lacing is nice but not extravagant.

I really like this beer, enough to seek out other Imperial Browns, a new-to-me style. I'm a fan of Dogfish Head Indian Brown, and me thinks I like this one even more! (466 characters)

Photo of DousedInStout
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear, medium-toned brown with red highlights. The head is off-white, and fairly stable - lasting most of the session.

The aroma is fantastic and enjoyably complex. Molasses, orange rind, brown sugar, lemon zest, tree sap, and carraway seed - yes, it's all over the place. To sum it up - it smells like a spicy, heavily hopped american brown ale.

The taste that follows is similar. Citrus hops and caramel malts dueling for supremacy. With these contrasting flavors, one would think the taste would be muddled with too much going on - however, Lagunitas makes this work incredibly well.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich from some unfermented sugars, and the carbonation is appropriate. Combined with no heat from the alcohol, this beer is impressively drinkable.

I really like what Lagunitas did here, and I love this style. I would definitely recommend not cellaring this beer and drinking it fresh. If it were up to me, there would be many, many more hoppy, american brown ales - well done! (1,010 characters)

Photo of Crundy
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: it poured a beautiful copper root beer like color. Very clear and well carbonated. Had a foamy off white head.

S: The smell was complex with a nice toffee malt, some dark fruits fig or raisin. Earthy hops as well. It smelled great.

T: toasted nuts and toffee malt. The hop flavor was a bit more pronounced. Had a bitter soy-like aftertaste.

M: medium bodied, dry mouth feel leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

O: I'd say this was a good beer. Quite enjoyable the smell was heavenly and the taste was good but didn't line up with the pleasant aroma. I've not yet had a bad Lagunitas beer. (594 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark mahogany body, looks like a cross between an amber and a brown ale. Creamy light tan head with good lacing.

S- Hops come through right off the bat; citrus, pine, may be cascade hops. Once you get beyond the hops there is a toasted malt aroma. Reminds me of a really hoppy Barleywine.

T- Strong hops and strong toasted malts. Almost tastes like a black IPA and Barleywine mix. Really great hop note with a strong malt backbone.

M- Full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O- It's hard to pin point exactly what this beer is, but maybe that's the point. Whatever it is, it is interesting, unique and very tasty. (626 characters)

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.