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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 46
Gots: 102 | 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:
"Imperial Brown Ale" (not a style on BA).

(Beer added by: flexabull on 03-06-2010)
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Photo of Halcyondays


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark amber red with a soft white head, lots of soapy lace.

S: Quite hoppy which caught me offguard. Cantaloupe rind, white grapefruit and cedar. Malt characteristics are very light.

T: Taste is still very hoppy, though the malt does come out more than in the nose. Interesting since they described it as malty on the label, but this is pretty malty for CA at any rate. Light molasses with grapefruit, brown sugar and a spearmint like character in there. Nice note of sweet milk chocolate at the very end.

M: It is robust as the label state, medium/full body, creamy, resiny, some biting carbonation.

D: A solid beer right now. I would like to see where this is in 6 months to a year where the hops die down a bit and the malt can come out. The malt I tasted I really liked, and I feel should have been more of focal point of this beer. With some aging it could be a 4-4.5 in taste IMO, so it's a beer to keep an eye on.

03-24-2010 06:34:26 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: pours a clear brownish amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: grapefruits and malt sweetness rise from the glass and are easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel flavors with loads of grapefruit, a hint of pine, dark sweet fruits, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Bitterness nicely balances this one out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout which is a bit of a turnoff for the style.

Drinkability: flavor wise this one was quite nice, but the crispness brings this one down a notch.

11-05-2010 12:13:02 | More by Gavage
Photo of MarkyMOD


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-22-2012 03:06:15 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of beernads


4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-22-2013 14:36:35 | More by beernads
Photo of kojevergas


2.95/5  rDev -24.9%

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'ice Chouffe stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $4.49 USD plus tax. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and awful retention (seven seconds max). Colour is a very dark semitransparent copper.

Sm: Chocolate, caramelized malt, cream, maybe dark plums, and yeast. The plums - or whatever fruit ester that is - are fantastic. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, vanilla, dark malts, hops (unexpected), caramelized malt, and a vague hint of a fruit ester - not plums but something else. Decently balanced, but still something's off. It's built strangely, but it's still enjoyable. Very scattershot and at times seemingly arbitrary.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen thin for the flavours. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable, but largely unremarkable. I'd maybe try it on draught, but otherwise it's forgettable. A disappointment from Lagunitas.


02-25-2012 23:18:28 | More by kojevergas
Photo of GClarkage


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-02-2014 23:54:59 | More by GClarkage
Photo of imperialking


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-18-2012 04:02:19 | More by imperialking
Photo of corby112


3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

Draft at Capone's.

Pours a deep golden ruby color with copper/mahogany edges and a thin lasting ring that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with hints of oily, resinous hops, pine needle and very faint citrus peel. Slight bread/yeast presence with hints of sweet caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied with some slightly smokey, sweet malt flavor balanced out by earthy bitter hops. Hints of rye, toffee and hazelnut along with some earthy pine needle and subtle citrus.

04-18-2011 05:14:51 | More by corby112
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.4/5  rDev +12%

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.

05-26-2010 23:23:26 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Cracked open with @LaitueGonflable after it travelled back to Australia from San Francisco in my luggage.

Pours a deep dark, coppery colour with twinges of red to it. Head is initially frothy, but coarse bubbled, and made up of slightly yellowish foam. Lacing is good however, even if the head doesn't stick around. Not a lot of thickness in the body, which is a bit of a surprise. Looks pretty decent though.

Very West Coast nose - I think there's Chinook there, but with deeper and sweeter roasted malt notes coming through as well. Definitely some roasty notes, and a fragrant but muted hop character, almost like "aged" hop, whatever that means. Pretty nice.

Taste is very nicely done. Again, there's a lot of malt to it, and the hop character, while so classically American, is muted to allow the malt dominance. Big roasted, heavy brown bread characters on the back, with a decent amount of sweetness throughout. Hops provide a clean, cleansing note through the centre -- something to anchor the rest of the body. Lovely

It's really nice; if it were slightly hoppier I'd say it was a classic example of a really well-made black IPA, but as it is, it's just a strong, lightly roasted American ale: one that's hard to categorise beyond that.

09-04-2010 06:56:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of tempest


3.2/5  rDev -18.6%

I picked up a bottle for $8 from Abe's Cold Beer. So this is basically an imperial brown of sorts, right? How about that's what the label is hinting at. I thought I'd like this beer, but it just couldn't catch on. I got very little malt character and while the cirtus fruit punch hops were delicious, the only other thing I tasted was a medicinal candy taste that was more odd than unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend this beer, while Lagunitas gets the hops right, there's little balance from barley.

03-22-2010 15:03:31 | More by tempest
Photo of orangesol


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-07-2013 20:06:33 | More by orangesol
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-28-2013 16:45:15 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness info available. Pours darker auburn/mahogony brown, typical darker tan head, tightly knit, leaves better then average sheeting and extensive stands of lace. Bolder nose of sweet, maple malts buffeted by floral hop notes. Enjoyable ale, seems more like a bold brown ale, then a strong, but whatever, style guidelines be damned. Balanced and bold, dark bready waves of flavor, solid, but not overpowering hops fulling in effect. Another real nicely crafted brew from Lagunitas.

04-11-2010 16:38:04 | More by Billolick
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

One of the better beers from Lagunitas, and as usual, it's well priced. Pours walnut brown with a garnet tinge. Decent head to start, but it fades a little too quickly. Smells malty, and a bit sweet, but there are some earthy hops and a vinous note that helps it from being cloying. Very nice flavors. This is a bold beer, but surprisingly malty for lagunitas. Nice breadiness with a touch of citrus and molasses as well as some spicy, earthy hops. Nice body without being overwhelming or too sweet. Creamy but firm. The alcohol is noticeable, but reasonably well hidden as well. Overall a very balanced delicious beer.

04-28-2010 02:23:04 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and significant garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with some hints of rye spiciness. Over the top of the malts is a moderate to strong aroma of citrusy and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine and citrusy hops and just a hint of rye spiciness. Very light amounts of bitterness are present and they fade almost immediately.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Well balanced and with a pleasant amount of complexity to the smell and taste. I like the easy drinking nature of this beer and the fact that the alcohol is well hidden. Really enjoyable.

03-15-2013 23:40:50 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a dense bug clear reddish-brown body with a creamy thin beige head.
S- This beer has a green pungent earthy hops aroma with a green cinnamon note and a dark herbal finish in the finish.
T- The dry dark toasted malt has a faint dark roasted notes. There is a sweet maltiness compliments the herbal hop flavor with pine qualities that grow as it warms. The soft green hop notes lingers after the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a soft sweetness but no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice malts of a red ale and some darker roasted malts that support them. The good balance between full hop flavor and rich malty flavor. The hops are mostly flavor without bitterness. It was refreshing to have a good quality beer over 7% ABV that is under five dollars.

04-21-2010 22:08:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of drewone


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-30-2013 05:24:12 | More by drewone
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a thick three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a chunky lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Clear very dark amber color. Nose is strong hops and malt. Flavor has a lot of hops but there is a lot of malt - balanced. Decent imp brown. $4.49 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

10-03-2010 22:19:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Deep brown colored ale with a thick tan colored head.

Scents of malt, clove, and pine. Actually it has a very low aroma level.

Starts out malty and dry with a solid hop bitterness. After your tongue adjusts to the bitterness chocolate comes out. There is a slightly sour citrus flavor in front of the bitterness, mostly it tastes like lemon. After about 1/2 a glass the flavor really mellows out.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is quite mellow but I have to take away some points because of taste. All the flavor is up front. As you near the bottom of the glass the flavors just fade out on you. Best sampled as a single glass full.

03-15-2010 00:13:56 | More by Zorro
Photo of DoubleJ


2.45/5  rDev -37.7%

Fun times await beneath the crown. Pop the top of the 22 ounce bottle, and on to the beer:

Clean copper colored, the lighter side of dark. Sturdy and retaining is the head, which kicks up threads of lace to the glass. There's a fruitiness in the nose, but it appears to be from the hops. "Hop nugget juice", resin, a little metallic and faint brown sugar. Not a beer whose aromas are melded together well.

Malty and robust? Not here. In the beer world, the opposite of malty is hoppy, and hoppy is where it's at. However, the hoppy characteristics are unbalanced and not pleasant to handle. Bitter tea at the start with some metallic flavor. Resin creeps in, but otherwise the flavor repeats itself, and it is not pleasant. Maltiness is very light on the palate; we're gonna need a lot more to save this beer. Medium bodied, alcohol is hidden well (thank goodness), but that's squinting for a good quality in the context of it all.

"A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale". If this is supposed to be the antidote to those whom are suffering in this current climate, then they're going to be in recovery mode for a long time.

10-17-2011 04:58:34 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of duceswild


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-03-2013 01:44:41 | More by duceswild
Photo of Wasatch


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some big islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop bite, and a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Lagunitas, well done.

06-19-2010 23:10:23 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-04-2012 00:26:28 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BARFLYB


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

22oz bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound. Poured into some pint glasses. Wilco looks bubbly from the bottle.

Foxtrot, a brownish type red with some maroon underneath a tannish cream colored head. A huge bulky head about an inch with frothy bubbles and a fat capped spraycan streak.

This smells great and it smells like lagunitas, a lot of similarities between many of their beers citrus with grapefruit backed by a layer of sweet malt and pine.the malt reminds me of a brown ale but hopped a bunch more.

Not much on first sips, but this opens up quite nicely in about ten minutes. Malty with toffee, hoppy with tropic juices, a toasted nutty character and slight butter on the backend. A bit of the 7.8 seeps out in this strong ale, yet I don't consider it all that strong at that number, this is more like a hoppy brown.

The hops or pelletts if you will show up on the tounge ever so slightly, I would not call it bitter just tasty. Malts smooth this out but there is a slight buttery feel going on over time. Medium bodied and highly carbed.

Will have to look for this on draft, while the bottle was interesting, this just felt like another lagunitas seasonal. I love their beer, they just seem so similiar. Pretty drinkable, I finished my glass with ease but was not tempted for more. Maybe some tap action will liven things up a bit.

04-02-2010 22:36:20 | More by BARFLYB
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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