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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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Photo of bdupree

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this at Lagunitas on 6/13/2010 served as "English Style WTF" from a cask. First of all, this came on a very hot day in Petaluma. The beer was served in something like a Mason jar, and it was literally warm. I've been to England and had a bunch of true Ales over there served just cool... but this just was not right. I believe the cask got to warm, so it was unfortunate for my review here.

A: Cloudy, hazy brown... looked like chocolate milk. From the temperature of serving, I think this actually started to separate and go bad.

S: Caramel, roasted malts, some hops and a hint of alcohol. Casking cranked up the ABV quite a bit on this one.

T: Sour, sour, sour. Somewhere in there I detected a nutty taste, and there was quite a lot of hop still present. Alcohol was almost overpowering as well.

M: Warm and heavy, not the best on a 90 degree day. Not the easiest thing to choke down.

D: WTF in bottle is really not bad, but in this method of cask serving I would never order another. Lagunitas might want to check out the casks on warm days out there. This was the ONLY bad beer we had at the brewery, though!

Serving type: cask

07-02-2010 23:27:12 | More by bdupree
Photo of Lldeegan


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at rattle n hum
Dark brown with kahaki head, stick lace
It gives off the smell of wood, earth, some malt and dark raisin
The taste is similar very strong alcohol plays with a dark woody and earthy character. Nice dark full bodied beer and the cask lends to a great mouthfeel
Alcohol burn on the back
Really great flavors.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2010 17:13:33 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking brown color with OK head retention and lots of sticky lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but there is some noticeable citrusy bitterness, which gives one a hint of what's to come. After the beer warmed a bit, there was a bit more brown sugar aroma, intermingled with the perfumy hoppy nose. I really liked the flavor profile, and I'm kind of surprised no one (that I know of) has done this previously. This beer comes across as a brown ale, but one that is very much on the dry side and completely dominated by some pretty serious hoppy bitterness. Initially, I get the sort of baked apple and brown sugar I expect in a brown ale, but then there's this wonderful wave of Laganitas' signature perfumy, hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and is dominated by the hoppy bitterness on the finish. Drinkability is pretty decent, though I'm not sure I could drink a lot of this.

Very nice beer. Not sure I'll ever drink this in place of Hop Stoopid, but it ain't bad.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2010 21:21:38 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Rhode Island

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

Had this one on-cask at the Pony Bar. Served in a standard pint. Poured the color of dark iced tea with a bubbly, frothy, off-white cap. Nose was malty and reveals brown sugar and perhaps a hint of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose - a whole lot of malty goodness with some hops bittering that comes out at the finish to keep it from being cloying. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Texture is not really creamy, but there is some viscosity or oiliness to the mouthfeel. Really tasty and easy drinking. I'd love to see how this compares in the bottle or on draught.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2010 22:55:57 | More by Jwale73
Photo of DefenCorps


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Pony Bar in NYC last night

The pour is gorgeous. Deep reddish brown with amber highlights, there's a thick cap of off-white head that lasts for as long as the beer is in the glass. Lacing is great too. The nose is solid. I get a very fresh pine hop aroma, quite juicy with some toasted bread, brown sugar and caramel. The palate opens with a moderate hop bite, quite pine like, along with a blend of caramel, brown sugar and toasted malt. Maybe a touch of chocolate? Sweetness is moderate, and it doesn't feel like all the flavors have come together very well. Mildly hoppy on the finish with lingering pine and some moderate sweetness, this beer has a moderate level of carbonation. Solid stuff, I drank my pour rather quick and quite enjoyed it. However, this is far from earth-shattering.

Serving type: cask

04-08-2010 15:46:43 | More by DefenCorps
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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:17:29 | More by Emnmarko
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West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 16:16:11 | More by dtivp
Photo of BeerDawgs


4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 02:58:38 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of brureview


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:22:42 | More by brureview
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 20:11:02 | More by Biffster
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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanx Lynn:

Hmmm... perhaps a bit late on this one, but looking at style and ABV, I'm gonna go through with it:

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body, yet slightly transparent, two finger white foamy head that lasts a good full three minutes and gently slides in the middle, decent amount of foamy clingy lacing

S: strong caramel malty yet combined very nicely with the hops, for coming out in the Spring this one holds up

T: bittersweetness through the malts and hops leads to a smooth bitter caramel aftertaste, still a quick dry finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems pretty good for the style - not too harsh, but still packs it to ya - still its mainly smooth

O: hey good American Strong Ale - Lagunitas even if it did come out this past Spring, I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 06:49:56 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of brurevu


4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 17:37:42 | More by brurevu
Photo of scotorum


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 05:06:22 | More by scotorum
Photo of eclipse54


3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 21:19:34 | More by eclipse54
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 03:37:33 | More by archyquaffer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:36:18 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:12:31 | More by SeanDonahue
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:42:39 | More by philbe311
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 15:27:36 | More by hagbergl
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:30:36 | More by Profchaos20
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this outstanding beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was auburn colored and poured a really big head. The head was nice and creamy. The beer smelled a little hoppy but did not taste too hoppy. It was a really nice beer from them and received a GREAT rating in my book. I would certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:20:44 | More by Minkybut
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours ruby brown with a decent head that fell off to some sticky lace. Crystal clear and very attractive. Nose is Lagunitas hop profile all the way. Spicy rye, ripe fruits behind that and pine. Big caramel malt, some bread and a nice touch of chocolate to tempt the palate. As it warms you can notice a little soy quality that ultimately detracts. Taste upfront is big sweet malt , the rye spiciness and some toasted bread. The chocolate is very nice on top of that. Delicate and fruity hops come in with some bitter and oily resin to coat the mouth and it goes down easy and a little nutty. Finishes a little sticky and slightly dry. It’s a plucky little ale that I would have rated higher had it not become salty after a while and had it not tasted so very similar to all the other lagunitas beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 09:19:47 | More by utopiajane
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This actually one of my all time favorite beers. I think Lagunitas does a great job in general with all their beers and this one is right up there. I especially like how they got this to taste fresh and have the body of a aged beer. I'm going to just kick back now and enjoy this puppy. I suggest you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:26:08 | More by sporr
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass showed a beautiful clear copper color and a nice 2 1/2 finger head that stayed a long time. The aroma was tell tale Lagunitas with spicy hops front and center, taste flashed the hops and took it to citrus/pit fruit tang that I love from the brand. This Strong Ale has all the good points of a IPA and the ABV of a Barley Wine, solid mouthfeel that lets you know you are drinking something. Overall I'm glad I tried this and always grab new stuff from this brand.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 22:16:35 | More by Bear1964
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas Brewing 'Wilco Tango Foxtrot' @ 7.8% an American Strong Ale served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8

A-pour is a dark golden amber , with a medium size off white head that is leaving a streaky lace along the pint glass

S-smells similar to a Cascadian Dark Ale/American Black Ale

T-again similar to a Cascadian Dark Ale/American Black Ale

MF-ok carbonation , full bodied , bitterness lingers on the palate

Ov-big beer , too much like a CDA/ABA for me to enjoy , another lesson learned

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 05:22:36 | More by LampertLand
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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.