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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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2,146 Ratings
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Ratings: 2146
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:36:18 | More by Slatetank
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the COOP today.. foamy lite tan head.. great lacing atop a brown/deep amber brew.. very clear.

Nose has a pretty resinous assault when cooler.. but some toasty malts battle back with warmth..

Nice malty backbone that still has plenty of oily hoppiness.. pine and pineapple.. fruity with some pithy grapefruit zest... definitely has some toasty nutty maltiness... I can pull dry cocoa if I try.. some zesty spiciness shows as it really warms up.. nice medium body and a good carbonation that is everpresent yet very smooth.. the finish has the slight brown malt flavor with some heavy toast and plenty of citrus hops that lingers for a long while.

Tastes very fresh.. but it also seems a bit discombobulated.... but I guess I like the mash-up of flavors.

This really is a "WTF" beer.. all the makings of a Black IPA, big Brown, American Strong... etc... Pretty nice, but it has a hop profile that I am finding in many of the Lagunitas brews lately.. too similar... but the malts really do play with it nicely.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 06:40:39 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A large four finger light brown head with uniform appearance out of the bottle on the pour is made. Body displays a really nice dark amber borderline almost all clear red color. Some good retention here for the head too. I really like this color and appearance. Some sticky lacing in pock marks along glass ring like icicles

Bouquet is a muted malt with faint soft hops. Feels like a typical amber ale profile, not very big. Pleasant though nonetheless, seems alright.

Taste is a borderline wet feel, with some muted grass like hop. Malt profile seems very hidden amongst the hops on this one. On the swallow there is just a hint of some clove and sugar sweetness. It's got a real strange aftertaste that is a tad mediciny also.

I was expecting a bigger profile of this beer for this category and it didn't quite deliver. Overall this is sort of an in between Amber and then Strong Ale with a kind of training wheels Strong Ale profile. I could see this an introductory style beer for this style, but I guess I like them bolder. Easy drinking got to admit though.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:47:42 | More by smakawhat
Photo of superspak


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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 2/23/2012. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, orange, herbal, pine, and nuttiness. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of big pine, caramel, biscuit, toast, herbal, orange, grapefruit, nuttiness, and a bit of molasses. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, citrus, biscuit, nut, and toast on the finish for a good period. Some nice malt balance, but this is still a very hop forward beer as would be expected from these guys. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Definitely a beer that should be sipped on. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable hoppy brown ale. Good amount of balance and complexity. I would like to see what age brings this one; this was a very fresh bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:55:51 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber brown with an off-white head, very thin ring of retention has a little leg.

S: Plenty of American hops in the aroma: very leafy, ganga, slightly catty, nectarine, tangerine; burnt toffee; roasted nut; field berries.

T: Tangerine, nectarine & piny resin, burnt caramel, roasted nut, black raspberry, good bitterness, slight oxidation.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness, some hop acidity.

D: A decent drinker overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:10:29 | More by Derek
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip july2 2010

A clear deep amber with a massive light beige head that has great retention eventually forming a brain like island leaving plenty of lace all the way down the glass

S big grapefruit hops with a fair bit of sweet malt

T again loads of hops but with an unexpected mild nutty chocolate a little different but pretty good

M slightly sticky with enough carbonation to give it a slightly creamy feel

D a 4.25 option would have come in to play once or twice with this one so I drop the 4.5 here, for a strong ale it's very drinkable and I would drink it again without thinking twice

unique beer with no doubt, nice flavors from the hops and lots of malt character. WTF came to mind once or twice while drinking it and I rather like being confused while sipping a brew

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 05:27:33 | More by wordemupg
Photo of ccrida


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint, WTF is a chestnut brown with a very tight light tan head with long last, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is nice spicy, herbal hops, a hint of brown sugar.

Taste is robust, a firm bitterness and nice hop bite on top of a clean, malty brown ale base.

Mouthfeel is on the oily, dry side, medium bodied.

Drinkability is good, a robust hoppy brown that's smooth and satisfying. I bet this will age well, and at Lagunitas's usual great price, there's no reason not to try!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 02:39:24 | More by ccrida
Photo of beertunes


3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. The bar called this a brown ale. Poured a clean, clear brown with a half-inch of off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of sweetness and hops. The flavors were very hoppy up front, sweet in the middle and balanced on the finish.

The body was good, even, clean and balanced. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple in a row, but maybe not more than that. Overall, a solidly decent beer that has taken a step in restoring my opinion of this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 20:29:39 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color on top and a clear, dark gold along the bottom of the glass. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, slight roasted malt, dark citrus, slight orange, slight sweet malt, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, floral hops, slight citrus, slight sweet malt, and some herbal/spiciness. Overall, a great aroma, good blend, and good body.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 18:58:42 | More by Tone
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. I had tried this offering at a local beer festival on tap and was quite impressed. Out of the bottle didn't disappoint either. Poured a light brown with a one finger off-white head. Lacing was slight throughout. The aroma had hints of nuts upon first inspection. This brew has a medium body on the palate with average carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew from Lagunitas. I just hope that they come up with more offerings like this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 15:06:41 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:15:08 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of tavernjef


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark rusty mahogany color with a slim firm capping of dark ivory foam. Super skinny lacing in lightning strings fling across the glass.

Aroma is clean with a deep malpley roasted sweet maltyness lapped over with a slender bite of orangish hoppy oilyness. Caramel, dark toffee, vanilla, and fig boost some nice malty notings amounst bigger wiffs. Alcoholic malty barleywine-esk warmth also stands out after its been sitting.

Taste is firmly smooth of dark, but softened sweetness of molasses, caramel, toffee, and maple with nice nuances to some cocoa and vanilla. Semi chewy, malt girthed overall with a delicate slip into a hoppy orange oiled bath of cirus bitterness just after the start once the malts reside for a nitch. The malt body regains another late burst of deep dark tangyness and fades gradually with maple and warming with a slight fig enfused rummyness. Much like a toned down English Barleywine is what I keep thinking as I continue to sip.

The body is a smooth faction of malty goodness flared with a finer complexity of tones that gradually change with peaks and valleys. I quite liked its character as its balance is quite the trick with where the malts hide the hops just enough to say hi and leave an iompression while still maintaining its complex malty smooth tone.

Another solid brew by Lagunitas, similar to a few others I've encountered by them and quite likeable by me even if they seem to keep within the same flavor profile. This is a solid Strong ale that has some nice malty complexity and Barleywine-like features that make for a bomber full of goodness and decent drinkablitiy.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:18:44 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, almost like an IPA, with woody and malty tones and a hint of citrus. It pours a lovely, slightly hazy mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor is hoppy and woody with a malty undertone and a dash of sour citrus. There is also a subtle alcohol bite. Texture is fairly smooth, edgy and tingly. Chalk up another win to Lagunitas!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 20:51:34 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a clear texture. There was a quarter inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, grains, sweets, and malt.

T: Tasted mainly of hops, with appearances by malt, a little caramel, and a graininess. A solidly flavorful beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, generally drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 12:05:51 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- it pours a deep mahogany with a 2 finger head of foam, a long lasting head of foam. Nice lacing.

S- isn't very aromatic. I get some malt that's on the sweet side, a bit of ...nothing else. As drab a smell in may a brew I've had over the years.

T- the malt does a fine job here. Nice caramel sweetness, some notes of bread..err..could be toasted malt, and as it's warming, some pretty good citrus flavours. Grapefruit, some pinyness.
After tasting, I went back and took a few more whiffs..yeah, now I'm getting what I'm mentioning in the taste.

M- Medium body, same for the carbonation.

O- an enjoyable 7.85 %abv brew. At the less than $5(pre tax) it's good value for the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 23:36:35 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber released maybe a month ago pours a very clear, deep copper/light brown color. A 2-finger, creamy tan foam displays pretty nice retention and excellent lacing. Good looking brew.

For "A malty, robust, jobless recovery ale" this smells pretty damn hoppy. Very citrusy grapefruit and orange peel outshine the few malt aromas I do get. A hint of chocolate and toffee as it warms up a bit with a definite sweet edge to it.

Taste does tone it down a bit on the hops for a Lagunitas brew, although they are still there aplenty. Loads of citrus peel and pine resin. Lots of hop flavor without being overly bitter though, which is cool. Malts are like chocolate biscuits with a toasty, almost burnt aspect. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but that said, it has a silky texture that glides down the throat with more ease than a 7.8% beer should. I really like it, I will definitely go out and buy a couple more bombers at least. Well done Petaluma crew!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 23:48:41 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of RoyalT


2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This one poured a rather boring, shiny brown in color with a mediocre head.

Smell - The malt seems rather thin and phony, contrary to the promise on the label, and a bit stale.

Taste - Again the malts disappoint. It's more like a weak bitter or American brown ale than a strong ale. The malt flavor lacks depth and distinction.

Mouthfeel - This is way too thin for the style. It's not even medium-bodied by my count and is clumsy in the cheeks.

Sinkability - I think this is the first ASA that I've dumped, and this from a well-regarded brewery. Oh the shame of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:37:38 | More by RoyalT
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber. Beer pours very smoothly, with a dark-copper color, and an extremely dense yet light head. Head came to about 1/2" in a beer mug. There is an aroma of oak and malt that is light, and the lightness is actually very pleasant. The initial tastes are malt and caramel, with a sour/bitter undertone. The bitterness is residual through the aftertaste, and also balances well with the rest of the beer. The beer is very smooth and light in mouth, and leaves a light film/residue. For a strong ale, it is extremely easy to drink, and I would absolutely purchase this beer again. I'd be very intrigued to taste it on draught...

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 05:33:37 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of bluejacket74


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch off-white head. Had retention is OK, lacing is good. Nice aroma, the beer smells like chocolate, caramel, toffee, and pine and citrusy hops. The brew tastes like caramel malt, citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops, bready malt, and some chocolate and brown sugar. Great balance between the hops and malt in the flavor of this brew, although I think the hops flavors are stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew. I'll definitely buy this again, especially considering the low price (I think it was just $4.99 a bomber). That's another reason I like Lagunitas a lot, they have great beer at affordable prices.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:29:50 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of DrDemento456


4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bomber at 3 sons for 6.50 what a bargain!

A - A light pour produced a Almost pitch black amber liquid with a bit of head and slight glass lacing stick
S - I set it about a foot away and I can still smell the hops. As I bring it to my nose a malt backbone is predominate. Smells complex.
T - Kind of nutty like a brown ale but hops and malt play to provide a bit of a bitter finish. Tasty.
M - Not as bitter as expected so the drink is sort of heavy but thin.
D - Well I missed out in getting another bottle of the Cappuccino stout before it so WTF? I better get me another one before it's gone! Since I never heard of an imperial brown this would have to be a good rep of one!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 05:30:50 | More by DrDemento456
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
Photo of scruffwhor


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium cola ruby and copper highlighted coper. The head is a craggy beige of two fingers, but recedes to nothing after two sips. Pretty good bubbling.

You get an orange peel with a little brown sugar backdrop that makes this a tantilizing sniff of sweet and hoppy goodness.

The taste has the same dichotomy of bitter orange peel caramelized in brown sugar for sme awesome sweet bready flavors. The alcohol adds a litte more depth to the flavor profile.

A little syrupy as well as warm for texture, but still very good and worth trying and picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 05:30:16 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of flagmantho


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber brown color with hints of ruby. Head is a finger of nice tan foam. The body itself is quite clear. A nice looking brew.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with plenty of citrus-and-funky hops. The hops also have a slight touch of evergreen to them. It smells like a slightly light version of a standard strong American ale.

Taste: the flavor is good, but it doesn't exactly blow me away. Whereas I liked the slightly lighter-intensity aroma, the lightness doesn't work so well with the taste. The malt is sweet and caramelly in nature, and the hops present here trend more toward the citrus than the funk. Not bad, but could be better.

Mouthfeel: quite nice. Body is rather light for the style, but is medium in the grander scheme of things. Carbonation is very well integrated, so there's a very nice creaminess present. I like it.

Drinkability: well, I like it well enough, but I think I'll have to peg the drinkability to the flavor. As the hop flavor accumulates on my palate, it becomes rather spent and vegetabley; not a great complement to some of this beer's better aspects.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:12:55 | More by flagmantho
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,146 ratings.