Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 795
Hads: 2,363
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 66
Gots: 143 | FT: 1
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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 Auraan
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a reddish brown clear body, with one finger of off-white head that quickly gave way to a cap of lace. Overall impression of appearance is of a good strong ale. Scents of sweet malt with a caramel, nutty and bready quality upfront, leading into notes of brown sugar and molasses, alongside a bit of roasted malt. There is a noticeable hop presence as well taking the form of pine resin and citrus at moderate levels. A light warming alcohol is also noticeable. Overall this is an interesting ale. Malt-forward, but showcasing the malt aromas of a brown ale, a porter and an old ale lending a great deal of complexity to the malt character. This combines with the hop presence of a lighter IPA to create a very interesting aroma profile that is quite appealing, yet defies style. Flavor begins both robustly malty, yet also bitter. The malt character is of brown sugar, nutty and bready malt and light caramel balanced by an equal level of bitter hop flavors of pine resin and grapefruit peel. Middle gains a slight touch in bitterness, with the same flavors on display, balanced by a malt character of caramel, roast malt and bready malt. Finish is bittersweet with notes of caramel, molasses, bready and roast malt mingling with moderate hoppy flavors of pine resin and grapefruit peel with a light alcohol presence. Aftertaste is initially pine resin and grapefruit peel, quickly giving way to rich bready malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a very interesting beer. It has a rich maltiness, but is also rather hoppy, though not to the level of an IPA or double IPA. It is quite appealing and a rather nice strong ale. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation and a sticky, resinous and malty feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a rich beer, both in malt and hops. Overall this is a very good American Strong Ale. It has a good balance of flavors and aromas, going between malty and hoppy, and an excellent mouthfeel that is light enough to avoid being overwhelming yet strong enough to be a sipper. Another excellent ale from Lagunitas. (2,078 characters)

Photo of Thomas13Lee
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A malty work of art. I could taste the grain in every sip. Well enough balanced and eminitely drinkable. Roasty, dark, almost bready, it was scrumptious in most respects. Definitely good enough to make it into my regular rotation. Cloying to the palate, you bet, but so very drinkable for however many you can put away. Oh Langunitas how I adore thee. (351 characters)

Photo of J-Rye
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Super dark brown, like a chocolate twizzler. Good 1.5-2 inches of head. Good, sticky lacing.

Smell/Taste: nice rich malt. Very balanced. It has a hint of the bitterness of a porter, but the malt is roasted so that this is a mellow bitterness that still allows the caramel/toasted tones to come through. It's right at the edge of the brown/black border.

Feel: Lagunitas has this pretty down for most of their beers. Feel is very similar to Sucks. (461 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear brown with a nice ruby tint to it. The head is thick creamy white that settles down to a thin disc that leaves some nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is not quite "imperial" or strong, but does have some nice malt notes with a hint of pine hops. The taste is bready with a hint of hops. The body is a little thinner than I think the style should be and there's a little bit of a tingle on the tongue. (421 characters)

Photo of EdwardK77
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality sub $5 bomber from Lagunitas. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting and I appreciated it even more for that reason. Well rounded flavor profile. (160 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Lagunitas Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary

A: Pours dark amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Toasty, sweet caramel malt, pine, light citrus, and a touch of spice.

T: Strong pine, a little peppery spice, light citrus, grapefruit and orange, toasty malt, maybe a hint of dark fruit and some caramel toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Dangerously drinkable. When I tried it the hops were leading the way, but I'd love to see what a little age would do to it, let the malt come out a little more. (581 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"We're not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we're in the Brown?!" Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Brown Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, creamy froth head of an ecru beige complexion over a deep maple brown body with thin sediment, moderate clarity and light carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Simple aroma of lightly toasted malts, some caramel bread, very mild roasted malt, very clean and simple. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Delicate caramel bread and brown malt body with soft toasted grains, undertones of chocolate and toffee, finishing on a smooth note of toasted bread crusts with a pinch of cococa, very smooth and easy to drink and yet very simple in its execution. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly residual, lightly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a light frothiness and a brisk, moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately sweet over earthy or hoppy bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no distinctive off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Lagunitas' take on the Imperial Brown ale doesn't necessarily amplify the flavor potential of a beer, as the flavor profile of this ale in particular is simple and smooth, and the alcohol profile is deliberately in check. This is an enjoyable, if not too predictable Brown Ale for traditional fans of the style. 3.75

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot
3.62/5.00 (1,626 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Murky brown with a two finger off white foamy head medium lacing.
S - Really wild, apricot, brandy, dark cherry, toffee, some grape, a little roasted malt.
T - Sweetness up front with some dried cherries and apricots, then comes the malt, toffee, slightly nutty, and definitely sweet, finishes with some mild earthy hop bitterness, even a little white grape and citrus tartness.
M - Definitely chewy, but not a lingering stickiness as compared to some other strong ales.
O - Complex with variety in flavor and unique. Not something I'd reach for often, but once on a rare occasion. (606 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed 5/13/14

Amber color with an large off-white head.
Some citrus and peach on the nose along with roasted malt.
Flavor is a more caramel malt with some hops adding balance.
Moderate to full body.

Overall, another good beer from Lagunitus. (287 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip glass.

The color is a dark black with maroon and dark brown highlights. There is about two fingers of brownish/tan head and small amount of lacing.

The smell has a citrus hop aroma that is surprising since the color was pretty dark. There is touches of grapes and figs here that do come out among teases of dark malt.

The taste is citrus at first with a big tangerine or grapefruit flavor. There is a flavor of caramel malt that tries to sneak past the hoppy fruit flavor but is pushed back by the return of the hop bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable but does not seem to be as balanced as intended. It goes down pretty well little effort. With a little age this beer would even out and could be really fantastic. The hops would mellow a little and the malts would be showcased better. (901 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep caramel in color. Clear. A lager three finger head develops with a heavy pour. Moderate lacing

S- Bitter hops and roasted malts, vanilla bean, brown sugar. A sweet bready aroma comes through.

T- Sweet bready malts but not as much hop as the nose. Well balanced with a warming aftertaste.

M- Surprisingly light bodied for an imperial brown. Goes down easy.

O- Good not great but it may just be be. While well built and drinkable, to me the flavor seems a little off. This was my first taste of WTF and with no apparent date on the bottle, I don't know if its me or the brew. I'll have to give it another go. (620 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear copper brown wit a two finger frothy dull white head that dissipated slowly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of malt and hops with hints of caramel.

Taste of barley malt and hops up front with a slight sweetness of brown sugar and vanilla.

Mouth Feel was medium body with light carbonation, smooth with a slight stickiness. The ending dry with a slight bitter after taste.

Over all this is a nice strong brown ale, a little more bitter than most brown ales that I have had. However, this beer has a nice balance and I would recommend it for a football game beverage. (596 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, almost mohagony. No clarity. Little lace or head.

S - Huge piny hop aroma with brown sugar. Smells delicious

T - Huge malty backbone, with a good amount of sweetness. Not as hoppy as the aroma. But very smooth. ABV is hidden.

M - Oily, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

O - A damn good imperial brown. Well balanced, smooth, not too sweet. Another brew well done by Lagunitas (398 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label-" We’re not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we’re in the Brown?"

Time for a beer:)

An imperial brown ale. Pours a dark copper caramel color with a 3F head which resolves itself within a few minutes.

The aroma is slightly sweet, malty, and with a hint of vanilla. Most brown ales have a lackluster or malty aroma. In this beer, the pleasant aroma is not prominent, but it is different than other brown ales I have tasted.

Mouth feel: moderately carbonated.

Taste- quite interesting for a brown ale. Some grapefruit, light vanilla, slightly sweet, and malty.

Crisp finish with some sweetness.

Overall, an excellent brown ale- different than the typical malty brew- grapefruit, sweetness, and vanilla combine together for an excellent beer. (783 characters)

Photo of Biffster
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a crystal clear medium brown with mahogany, copper, and amber highlights. There is a persistent rocky tawny head.

The aroma has a big toffee and caramel start, with lots of dark fruit and dark toasty rye bread notes. Lots of chocolate and a moderate hop presence, which mostly presents as mostly earthy and spicy, along with a little lemony grassy aroma. There is a touch of diacetyl in this sample, but otherwise it is estery and clean.

The flavor is big and malty and sweet. Toasty and just a touch of roast, although no coffee or burnt notes. It is toffee like and sweet at the sip, but there is a substantial hop bitterness to take over, which seems to be slightly amplified by the judicious use of dark malt. The swallow is balanced just slightly to malt, but there is a substantial lingering hop bitterness. The finish is just to the malty side, but not sweet or cloying.

It has a substantial rich creamy mouthfeel, with a moderately full body and a subdued and creamy carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice sipper, balanced and pleasant. It'd be good with roast beef or pork tenderloin, ham, sausage, or maybe even some rich deserts like creme brulee with berries. (1,188 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: Lagunitas says it’s a Brown Ale, but in pure Lagunitas style they ratchet up the hops to a level that thoroughly blurs that line. It poured a copper brown with a malty sweetness on the aroma with a hint of hops. The taste was like a mixture of a brown ale and an IPA. There was the sweet nuttiness of the malt balanced by the signature Lagunitas hop bitterness that created another great brew. The body was full and helped weigh down the hoppy profile while maintaining its high drinkability. The WTF was another fine beer from Lagunitas! (563 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Innis & Gunn flute from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: A nearly clear dark reddish amber with an inch tall off-white head dissipated slowly to surface foam and some lacing.

s: Balance of malt and hops.

t: Hops dominate forward but the malt lingers. Very tasty with slight dark fruit tinge.

m: Moderate, carbonation blasts tha palate. Higher ABV is well covered.

o: A wonderfully balanced ale. Great taste only improves as it warms. (443 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of WTF split into snifters.

Pours mahogany in color with ruby hues where the light pushes through. An inch of fluffy white head develops, and lingers for a few minutes. Upon settling, a hearty ring of bubbles surrounds the surface while a solid dusting covers it. The aroma is of caramel malt, earthy hops, a bit of spice, and a solid dose of orange/lemon citrus. Some nuts (cashews, most predominantly), toast, and ubiquitous "dark fruit" is buried in there as well. It tastes of citrus, a suite of hops (bitter, earthen, and spicy all appear), and some grass up front. Quickly, the more robust malts push through, and caramel, toast, nuts, plum, and a bit of toffee come through. The mouthfeel is initially lightened by the carbonation, but becomes viscous, sticky, and resinous before too long. Finish is dry. Overall, this is a good strong ale that I'd happily drink again. Like many things (everything?) from Lagunitas, there are a ton of hops here, and they play nicely with the maltier base. (1,008 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. The label assures us that this beer is "a malty, robust, jobless recovery ale". A hint as to style is provided by the statement that "we're not quite in the red, or in the black. Does that mean we're in the brown?".

A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of billowy, off-white head. This dissipates slowly and sticks to the sides of the glass, with a head of foam all the way down. A second pour, of a more aggressive character, produces about 2 inches of everlasting head that sticks so hard that it will have to be washed from the sides by frequent sips.... The color is a medium-dark, yellowish brown with the barest hint of ruby.

You can really smell and taste the malt in this one, in spite of the general hoppiness. There's definitely some caramel and chocolate flavor with coffee-toffee undertones, with a slight fruitiness which, counterposed with the grapefruit flavors of the hops, produces flavors suggestive of the bittersweet ambiance of rose hips. The aftertaste lingers in the nose and on the palate, beckoning more sipping-savoring. Warming alcohol sensations as the glass is steadily drained....

I don't consider myself a hophead, as I sometimes think that hops are used to such an excessive degree as to mask the lovely malt flavors. However, I think the brewer has achieved an excellent balance with this beer, which is similar, but superior to, their "brown shugga" ale that I sampled last winter. (1,460 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Giant Beer Garden & Eatery, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is deep brown with crimson highlights with a thick sandstone cap with thick lace clinging to the glass. The bead is fine and clarity is translucent. The smell is very good with deep woody and fruity notes with mild spice and slight sweet malt ester with a mild hop aroma which is slightly piney. The malt aroma comes off as dark caramel with a dark sugar type smell.
The feel is very good with subtle bitterness and balance with malty feel in the middle, moderately high carbonation and light alcohol in the feel with semi-dry finish.

This ale tastes full with malt presence and yeast fruitiness with some dried fruit and light caramel elements with mild woody accent and gentle hops in the background. I like how the mild raisiny flavor from the dark caramel comes through with some rum like molasses character too.The taste has some citrus flavor from the hops too which are almost tropical like a ruby red grapefruit near the last taste. Overall this is a really flavorful beer which I was pleased to try ...I wish I had had one sooner since I passed by it before. This is a drinkable beer with great balance of hop and malt flavor. (1,224 characters)

Photo of SeanDonahue
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The appearance on this beer is very inviting and enjoyable for any time of the beer. The color is mahogany with a tint of red when shown through the light. When poured into a tulip glass, there was about a two finger head that produced.

The aroma is what attracts me the most to this beer. I get big notes of malted barley in there as if I'm holding the barley seeds in my hand. I also get some raisin notes in there that follow the barley.

The taste on this beer is interesting. There is not much of a hop presence at all. This beer is very smooth and malty as its label describes. It sits in your mouth very well and is delicious going down.

Overall, I would recommend this beer during the autumn season. You're not sitting by the pool wanting a nice crisp IPA but you're also not sitting at home in your Christmas sweater wanting a winter warmer or a stout. Excellent beer though. Pick it up if you see it. (912 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A slightly late to develop cascading pour yields close to three fingers worth dense tightly packed light khaki colored froth with a bit of a rocky batter like top... Rock solid retention and then some that lasts for most of the session... The color is a deep brooding ruby red... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation which can be clearly seen along the sides of the glass towards the top... Rich rings of lacing cling to the glass...

S - A brief whiff of piney and resinous goodness... Next is a massive load of malty goodness... Uber amounts of caramel and toffee... Candied sugar... Lollipops... A moderate fruit presence... Candied sweet citrus... A very light woody presence... Each time the glass is brought close to my nose it yields a new layer of depth and complexity...

T - The palate is a near perfect continuation of the nose... The slightly pungent hop presence and over the top malty goodness work in near perfect harmony... There is also the added presence of dark brown sugar...

M - Limited carbonation... Dense... Sleek and sticky... Seems to run the gambit from light to full bodied and everywhere in between... The finish is a bit dry... The mouthfeel proves to be a bit challenging...

D - A rather interesting brew with lots of pluses and a couple of minuses... The mouthfeel proves challenging and some what unappealing... This one lingers in the no man's land between American Strong Ale and American Black Ale... The end result is nothing more than an interesting merely more the slightly interesting brew... (1,548 characters)

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

Enjoyed this big hoppy brown ale–WTF?, indeed–on a cool spring night. 22 oz. brown bottle poured in my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass. Delicious stuff...review details follow below.

Appearance (4/5): This dark brown ale is topped with a huge, billowy off-white head. The big head tells us this is one active, well-carbonated beer. Red highlights can be seen when the beer is held up to the light. This is a very good looking brown ale.

Smell (4/5): Sweet caramel malt and floral hops (Amarillo?) compete for dominance in this one, but not to the beer's detriment. Instead, they compliment one another well. Some people don't like the idea of hoppy brown ales, but let the doubters give this one a smell and maybe they would change their tune. Very interesting mixture of the light, nutty sweetness of traditional brown ales and the green, floral hops of a pale ale or IPA.

Taste (4/5): At the front of the mouth you get smacked with some light, oily hop bitterness, but towards the back, brown ale characteristics come through. The brown characteristics consist of some powdery cocoa, light coffee bean, and dark chocolate. As with the aroma, the beer's brown and IPA characteristics work well together to make a very interesting and fairly unique beer. Good tasting stuff.

Mouthfeel (4/5): This beer definitely has a solid brown's mouthfeel: it's nice and creamy and the finish is dry (not to say chalky). A smooth, clean ale that is very drinkable. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall (4/5): Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot is one of those weird beers that exceeds expectations and is more than just a novelty beer. The hoppy imperial brown ale idea really does work in practice, despite the doubts of narrow-minded purists. Excellent stuff by a brewery that's never afraid to step outside the box and get weird with it. (1,840 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 3/23/13 22oz bomber in LFDM tulip

A - Pours a clear brownish red with a two finger light tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Citrusy hops upfront with flower and pine. Notes of spice, malt, brown and burnt sugar in the background.

T - Light citrus hops upfront, sweet malty, molasses, medium bitterness. Smooth. Burnt sugar notes.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Lighter than the abv would indicate. Dry.

O - Tasty beer, I really liked the aroma and enjoyed the beer overall. Would definitely buy again. (514 characters)

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