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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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Ratings: 2147
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.83% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Imperial Brown Ale" (not a style on BA).

(Beer added by: flexabull on 03-06-2010)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-nice caramel malt, pine, hints of citrus

T-dominant caramel malt followed by some hoppy flavors of citrus and pine, slightly but not overly sweet, decent bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-interesting beer with features of and IPA and strong dark ale

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 11:06:20 | More by MDDMD
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4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/19.2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Wilco Tango Foxtrot
brewery: Lagunitas
brewery location: Petaluma California
type: Ale
style: Imperial Brown Ale
abv: 7.8
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: head pours long and strong, waits patiently for the first sip, apparently it wants to give me a mustache. Color is a beautiful rich old amber, like the kind of amber you find mosquitos with dinosaur DNA in.

Smell: piney-fresh, hops are prevalent, the rich heavy malt sits in the background kinda bein lazy on the couch while the hops are ready to out and party.

Taste: thick, heavy hops. Starts off somewhat hoppy like the party has seriously begun, then the caramell-y malt sees the hops dancin with another dude and is like woah no way,it then gets off it’s lazy ass and starts dancing with the hops and even outdances the hops for a minute. The finish is a beautiful marriage, the hops become more floral and the malt mutes the bitterness just enough to really make it extremely easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, mild carbonation feels like drinking a warm slightly flat root beer float

Overall Impression: love it. It really was fun going through the paces with this beer. I could see myself drinking this out on the patio on a warm Spring day.

Food Pairings: burger with sharp cheddar cheese, blueberry pie, pulled pork and beans, a steak burrito, fried chicken

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 03:16:48 | More by dpianka
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a ruby, brown clearish.

It has a bit of hop, but some nutty notes.

It has a good hop forward kick with some citrus kick and a malt finish with caramel. There is a big amount of crystal malt with even a middle hop pop.

This reminds me of an amber ale with its brown ale characteristics. I would argue that this is better than Troegs Nugget Nectar. It's extremely well rounded. Nugget has this issue of hop and then calm crystal malt cloying. This is quite well rounded and drinkable with its flavors.

Highly recommended being a beer that is hard to categorize.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 08:03:20 | More by dar482
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: slight white head over brown liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Lennon, floral and grapefruit hops.

T: Lemon, caramel malt, grapefruit, grass and floral hops.

M: very smooth. Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: definitely one of the better representations of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 00:07:18 | More by DaftCaskBC
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North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Local Miami in a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch head that soon morphs into a thin ring around the glass and various surface foam patterns that are quite nice. Drippy non-resilient lacing.

S- A fruity hop punch in the nose with some toasty malt surrounding.

T- Smooth combo of mildly bitter hops and some toasted malt. Slight caramel aftertaste. Alcohol is very subdued. Overall it's more hop forward but the malt brings a slight sweetness that balances everything very well.

M- Pretty tight bite from the hops, moderate carbonation and a medium body.

O- Drinkability is high on this one. A well-executed strong ale for sure and it doesn't skimp on the bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 04:12:58 | More by Immortale25
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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a tulip

A - Dark with mahogany highlights with a small tan head.

S - Big floral hop character with citrus notes riding over a prominent toasted malty sweetness.

T - The hop character hides the best of the malt. Both are good, but they don't blend smoothly.

M - Drying character of the hops on the finish with a surprisingly high level of carbonation.

O - It seems like the hops are a bit too aggressive because they compete with the malt bill in a way that is unbalanced. I know that's a stylistic choice for Lagunita's but it seems to have gone a bit too far in this case.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 02:23:55 | More by smalenberg
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Met a friend for lunch down at First Street Draught House, and saw this one on-tap. Full nonic-pint. A thick finger-width beige head on top. Excellent rings of lace left behind after each sip.

The nose is hoppy and full of citrus goodness - orange slices, grapefruit, pomegranate. A little dry scent in there like sawdust. Clean body, though erring on the thinner side. Finish is a little more slick than I'd like on a Strong Ale.

Grapefruit smacks me right away. Semi-sweet candied malts, honey, syrup, lime. Alcohol is barely detectable as far as flavor, but I can feel it after awhile.

This was a good beer, and a treat to sip on while watching the first few games of the tourney and waiting for my food to arrive. Another win for Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 18:36:50 | More by Onenote81
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3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the greatest beer bar on planet earth; The Porter in Atlanta. They served it up in a Lagunitas pint glass that looked a lot like a big mouthed jelly jar. The body is dark brown, deep and rich with a creamy off white head that never lets go.
The aroma is strong and malty with molasses, raisins, maybe a hint of booze and spicy hops.
The flavor is all grapefruit and citrus sizzle and not much malt whatsoever. The nose apparently told a fib. There's not much balance here at all.
The body is light and the carbonation high.
Overall I found it rather underwhelming, considering the brewery it came from, I expected a lot better. I won't be trying this again but it won't stop me from enthusiastically consuming any other Lagunitas brews.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 00:02:08 | More by godlessape
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4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

Wow. This one is hard to describe. There are some bitterish hops in the end, but certainly nothing like a strong IPA... there are some great malts and caramels up front, but nothing overpowering...

This is just a great beer in my opinion. Super easy to drink... I didn't notice any alcohol even though it is almost 8 percent.

I will be revisiting this one again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 01:00:16 | More by Ford
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear, slightly hazy, dark brown. 1 inch head. Inconsistent streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like herbal hops (marijuana, grass, perfume) alongside caramel and brown sugar malts.

Herbal hop aromas are on the front of this one, alongside some pine, which lends a strong, lingering bitterness. The malts are pretty strong here too, caramel and toffee, with a nutty finish. Great mix of brown ale and IPA here.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, dry finish.

I shouldn't be surprised that Lagunitas did another great hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 22:53:23 | More by GreesyFizeek
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4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 16oz pint glass. Beautiful translucent brown color topped with a 3/4" head. Good looking, persistent lacing. Aroma is crisp, with spicy undertones and a alcohol heat. The flavor is classic brown ale, and also classic Lagunitas - this is a beer that gives you exactly what you expect when you order it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 01:02:08 | More by Crash_the_Dog
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3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour with sticky thick head. Very deep red in color, like mahogany. Smell is odd in my opinion, lots of malt, but too bready and yeasty, slightly boozey, and slightly nutty. Flavor is mostly malts, like a heavy duty brown ale. To me it also had hints of soy and is mildly salty. Slightly sweet, like brown sugar. Overall, drinkable but a little odd for me to want to recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 05:27:31 | More by Samuel906
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber color. Minimal head. Dark but more clear than cloudy.

S-Rich sweetness. Has that Lagunitas aroma that comes out in most of there beers but the hoppiness is pulled back a bit. The hops are still there however. Hops are quite floral and perfumey and intertwine with the rich sweetness.

T-The hops really shine in the flavor. This is still a malty brew however. Tons of rich caramel. The malt is stressed and concentrated. Good balance but the malt wins out.

M-Full bodied thanks to the malt. Rich and pure. Lighter carbonation. Boozy at some points. A sipper.

O/D-I really liked this brew. I enjoyed the fact that its malt-stressed but there is still a good dosage of hops. Rich, sweet and perfumey. Always happy with my Lagunitas purchases.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 16:00:11 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a standard pint glass, color is darker amber with some nice copper accents; head is tan with nice lacing.

Smell is definitely on the bitter side of things, there are some hints at breadiness and malt sweetness but the hoppiness overcomes.

Taste is more bitter from start to finish than any semblance of malt sweetness, the lingering flavors are some muddled hop flavors, slightly grassy. Don't get me wrong this is a good tasting brew, nice malt backbone but the bitterness is strong.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, lingering hop bitterness more so than sweetness.

Overall, a good tasting brew but a little harsh on the bitter side.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 20:49:22 | More by mvanaskie13
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, khaki head. Looks like it should.
What are these hops I smell? I would assume an imperial brown would be sweat, toffee, nutty, etc. Hops rein supreme. Toasted bread. Medicinal piney hops. Malty sweetness.
An imperial brown IPA? Yes. Lagunitas again defies style. A delicious offering.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 06:54:11 | More by dbmernin83
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company on March 16, 2012. Color was toffee red and mahogany. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Cloudy white lacing. Even amount of frothy wet film on the sides.

Smelled like the Lagunitas IPA. Sweet citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit heavy. Some floral notes in there, too.

The taste was more smooth than anything, not too hoppy. Had kind of an orange peel feel. Some light roasty caramel notes as well.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Bitter finish.

Not a surprise that I liked this beer. I haven’t met a Lagunitas that I haven’t disliked yet. Very similar to the IPA, just a tad bit darker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 06:44:31 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flanny's in Tempe, AZ.

A: Deep amber in color with no head or retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt up front. Hops come through in a great way midway through. Then booze shows up in the finish, in a pleasant way. Fruity hops are the star. Roasted malt complements. Very balanced. Boozy enough to remind you of its style.

M: Dry, citrusy hops are great. Smooth and easy drinking, especially for the style.

O: Very enjoyable strong ale. The hops make the beer. Everything else adds to its depth. After seeing the style in the "Notes" section, "Imperial Brown Ale," it makes complete sense and I wonder why this style isn't more common.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 07:10:40 | More by Gatch
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at my local watering hole.

A: Poured a reddish brown with a thin white head. Some minor lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruit tones, mixed with caramel and toffee, and some hops. Some alcohol present in nose.

T: The dark fruit, and sweet caramel flavors are full circle. Some syrupy sweetness mixed in with bitter notes and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with good mouth coating. Fairly powerful carbonation and warming effect.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 05:52:57 | More by cagocubs
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-03-08 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Dark but clear brown with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Big hop floral, sweet and spicy roasted malt.

T - Sweet, lightly roasted malt followed quickly by a big hop bud flavor including some cat. Then some citrus juice and light citrus rind. There's a pleasant nutty, slightly sour and bitter finish that doesn't linger long.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Scrubs the mouth nicely and sets you up for the next sip.

O - An enjoyable brew. Loved the use of lots of hops with this brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 18:28:59 | More by Tucquan
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very dark ruby with a baby, tan-colored head that lasts quite a while. Leaves decent lacing.

S- Ripe fruits and sweet malt. Perhaps pineapple and cherry with a little toffee and vanilla. Smells very hoppy with a hint of malt. Nice.

T- Taste follows the aroma. Dark fruits like plum and cherry and a touch of lemon or grapefruit rind. The middle is malt and it finishes with a lingering mix of the two. Tastes like a robust, hoppy red ale.

M- Creamy with moderate carbonation and a sticky feel.

O- Not sure how i would classify this. I know Lagunitas offers an Imperial Red Ale, but this seems similar to me. Big hops, a touch of sweet malt, and a nice, balanced finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 16:22:40 | More by znichols
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

A - Clear dark amber with one finger eggshell head, moderate head retention and minimal lacing.

S - Spicy hoppiness with hints of pine and big malt tones.

T - Nice robust hoppy flavors with a malty balance. Not too strong but a nice EtOH touch as well.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation with a dry finish

O - Nice balance bear, I would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 20:55:53 | More by williamjbauer
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Hideaway Bar, Orlando FL.

A: Dark, dark red with a darkish tan head, real foamy, hung around for a nice long while. Impossible to see through this one, even when held up to the sun.

S: Huge hints of caramel, roasted malt, corn, pine, citrus, pretty much a big mix goin on there. I can't quite wrap my head around it, but I like it.

T: Hardly an alcohol burn for a beer of this ABV. Goes down smooooth. I like the maltiness, comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell. The hops took the backseat for me here. Although there is a big blast of piney hops in the finish.

M: Full bodied would be how I'd describe this one.

Overall the name WTF sums it up...and I like that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 01:33:33 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Flying Saucer in San Antonio

Appearance: Deep mahogany with light red hues and a thin white head that recedes to a ring around the glass and clings to the sides leaving a ribbing.

Aroma: a nice combination of piney and citrus aroma with a sweet malty kick. The malty background adds a nice earthly combination.

Taste: Reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard without being as aggressive and slightly sweeter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, not in the way of a barleywine, but thicker than a DIPA would be, that is kind of sweet with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall: Can’t go wrong with a Lagunitus.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 16:59:41 | More by jamescain
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, on tap.
A. Deep dark amber. 2 finger white fluffy head
S. Unexpectedly floral hop smell, and lots of it. More akin to what I expect from an Imperial IPA in a nose.
T. Zingy and complicated. Very complicated. 1st comes the floral hop strike, 2nd a dark malt / vienna malt cacophony. Last a strong bitter / smoked aftertaste that lasts and lasts.
M. No complaints here. Nice full body that is capable of backing up the taste.

If I happen to see some bombers of this I'll be picking it up for cellaring experiments.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 19:57:15 | More by WastingFreetime
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2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mostly brown in the glass, kind of like cola. Head is thin and only there for a short period of time.

Smells like a combination of cola and licorice.

I'm a bit undecided on the taste. It's got some cola notes and some woodiness before the flowery hops take over and a resinous pine flavor finishes.

The beer was a bit strong on the palate. It seemed a bit rough around the edges and lacked character. It's not a delicate beer at all, and reminded me of an IPA.

I had this while on vacation and probably won't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 03:39:43 | More by RickS95
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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.