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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 125 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.83% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

"Imperial Brown Ale" (not a style on BA).
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Ratings: 2,312 | Reviews: 790
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden body with a lot of white foamy head that leaves sticky thick lace. Overshadowing appearance and experience were several black dots appearing from the bottle - dirt? I fished them out and continued into a good IPA experience. A nice balanced juicy hoppy beer.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite malty with some caramel and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of brown sugar, caramel, and herbal hop flavors up front with a very malty backbone. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that to me seems like a hybrid between a barleywine and an IPA. Good stuff.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a dark copper color with a good white head and some spotty lacing. The nose is mildly sweet and also has a bit of a hop presence. Lightly flora, perhaps. The taste is moderately sweet and has some nice pine and floral hop characteristics. The body is medium with a touch of bitterness, but also some sweetness to balance. Good body; my favorite part of the beer. Pretty good overall. Nothing complex, but well made and has a nice feel.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no evidence of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is well balanced between flavors of caramel malts and citrus hops. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly because the taste is well balanced between the hops and malts and does not have any traces of alcohol.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger off white frothy head with good retention and lacing on a deep amber hazy body with garnet hues.

S: sweet caramel malt with toffee and mild dark fruit note.

T: mild dark fruit and floral notes up front on a caramel and bread malt background.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the sharpness effects the drinkablity but the aroma and flavor are very good and unique.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Caramel elements dominate, but there is also a fruit aspect that ranges from dark fruit to stone fruit to hints of citrus

Taste: After a brief taste of caramel malt and dark fruit, a blast of citrusy pith and pine comes to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor profile remains hoppy, though there is a range of fruit flavors that add complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lagunitas has hit it out of the ballpark with this one; tremendously complex malt profile matches up with the hoppiness you expect from this brewery

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus hops notes with huge caramel malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some huge malt caramel notes with balanced sweetness which is mix with some citrus and resin hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. This brewery keeps putting out great beers. I wish I would have more access to them.

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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a deep brown color with some light tan colored suds on top. The lacing was light and just barely clings to the glass. The smell of the beer was slightly sweet with some malts and just a bit of hops in there too. The taste of the beer is malty upfront and leaves you with a nice tingling hop sensation in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and has a good amount of body to it. Overall this beer, despite the WTF name it's actually a pretty good brew. I would drink it again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Life is like the tango... sad, sensual, sexy, violent and quiet."


Dark burnt orange with blazing bonfire borders and a lovely looking head of khaki colored foam that reached three fingers on the initial pour. The foam is lumpy and bumpy, melts in an unhurried fashion, and is painting the glass with scattered splotches of suds.

So, far WTF reminds me of another Lagunitas Imperial brown ale (in the Zappa series) called Lumpy Gravy. Neither one have/had a ton of brown ale character and this one smells hoppier than the earlier offering. It also smells like mucho enjoyable beer.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot is tasty stuff, even if it doesn't fit my prefered 'big brown' profile. It ventures closer to the toasted-earthy flavor of a bock than the darker, more chocolate-like notes of a stout. Generous hops more than make up for any shortcoming in the malt bill.

Specifics include well-toasted brown bread, roasted peanuts, an apricot and citrus zest fruitiness, bitter tea leaves and a peppery spiciness that adds yet another flavor facet. Although the score won't be higher, this is better beer than Lumpy Gravy.

The mouthfeel is the highlight because it strikes the perfect balance between big beer full chewiness and 'built for speed' light creaminess. Kudos to the boys from Petaluma.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot is billed as 'A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale'. The first two are true and the third is both moronic and oxymoronic. Since the brewery is being ironic and poking fun, I'll let it slide. Given what's going on in this country these days, I feel like drinking half a dozen bombers of Wilco Tango Foxtrot daily.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

I liked this a lot, id call it a hoppy American brown ale before I call it a strong ale, but I suppose that's inconsequential here. this beer pours a nice clear lighter brown, indian red maybe, with a pillowy tan head with outstanding retention. the nose is way hoppy for a brown, it crowds out any malt sweetness and plays off the bitter cocoa powder element perfectly. the flavor is also quite hopped up, and for once in a lagunitas beer, that same old yeast strain actually works here! at least it doesn't detract from the feature elements I should say, its a non-issue, which is nice for a change. love the roasty malts with the hop bitter, its an underutilized combination of flavors. great carbonation and soft texture to a bigger beer. the finish is complex and chocolate forward, but there is also a little residual sugar that challenges the hops. this is a great beer, totally unique, and one I will absolutely be buying again. outstanding stuff.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to try it on tap as I did not want to shell out the money for a bottle right away. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/17/2010.

Rich pour, dark caramel in color with an off-white head that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light lacing coating the side of the glass. Aroma is hops, piney with light citrus notes but a load of cinnamon and spice as well. Seems as though I have run into this before with another of their one off's, just seems really familiar. Letting it open up gives me nice touches of caramel and bready malts, a rich and well balanced hoppiness that seems to fade in and out during the session. Nice feel, hearty with great carbonation that still allows it to have some pop to it. Whatever the ABV was it was well hidden and I was able to enjoy this one thoroughly without issue and leaving that nice dry, lightly bitter finish capped it wonderfully.

Overall it was better then I expected. Nice and rich and very drinkable. I would have no trouble enjoying this one again any day.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color, nearing brown/mahogany with a finger's worth of off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: The first thing I pick up are some piney and floral hop aromas. A fair amount of nuttiness along with a subdued caramel sweetness in the background.

T: I was surprised by the amount of nuttiness to this beer, but found it enjoyable and seemed to work well with the somewhat resinous character of the hops. Still a nice sweetness, but not overwhelming.

M: The body was probably a bit on the watery side, especially for a bigger beer. Nice carbonation, however.

D: A pretty good beer from Lagunitas. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it after the first few sips, but it certainly grew on me.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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