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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

2,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,304
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 56
Gots: 123 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a standard pint glass, color is darker amber with some nice copper accents; head is tan with nice lacing.

Smell is definitely on the bitter side of things, there are some hints at breadiness and malt sweetness but the hoppiness overcomes.

Taste is more bitter from start to finish than any semblance of malt sweetness, the lingering flavors are some muddled hop flavors, slightly grassy. Don't get me wrong this is a good tasting brew, nice malt backbone but the bitterness is strong.

Mouthfeel is a bit cloying, lingering hop bitterness more so than sweetness.

Overall, a good tasting brew but a little harsh on the bitter side.

Photo of GarretD
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ADemshar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK, I got this today on a whim. The major factor in my decision to purchase was it was fairly cheap, $4. Next, I really liked little sumpin Sumpin Ale. This beer pours a deep amber with a nice head on top. There is lacing but it fades fast. The smell is a bouquet of citrus. I don't really know what an imperial brown ale is supposed to smell like. The smell is decent, but its nothing amazing. Upon tasting this beer you can defiantly detect a hop not followed off by some kind of malt backbone. The beer feels fairly smooth in the mouth. This beer is decent, but its nothing to write home about. I give it a 7 out of 10

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like red velvet cake--3 fingers of thick batter-like cream-colored head off the pour, with a glowing burgundy body. Champagne bubbles grip the glass and are ceaseless. Prominent lacing.

S: Grassy hops and a light malt backbone. Pedestrian.

T: Definitely a hopped up red. Lot's of rounded, moist, grassy hops tones. Throw in some sweet mild malts and you've got this wonderfully balanced beer. Nothing spectacularly big, just great sipping.

M: Creamy feel. Coating and mildly dry. No booze.

Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, date code 04031607 (bottled 2/9/12)and well stored.

Poured into a Corsendunk Signature Tulip.

Pours a nice medium, creamy, ¼” head, lasts well enough and is easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A very lively ale.
Deep brown color with a hint of amber. Nice!

The aroma is rather light with just a hint of hops followed by light/medium malt that has just enough roasted/biscuit richness with a hint of caramel to let you know it’s there.
Typical Lagunitas yeast but not nearly as distinct as usual.

Crisp entry on the palate of light hops with a hint of citrus followed by medium biscuity malt. Some light yeast comes and goes.
The acidity is crisp and distinct with a full mouth feel and distinct carbonation, pleasantly off dry in sweetness.

An acceptable finish, medium length with some rather nondescript malt and faint lingering bitterness.

Well this was a bit of a let down considering the many excellent brews I have had from Lagunitas, not that it was bad, just very average.
I wouldn’t buy this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tastybeer
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:This is an attractive beer. At first I thought I saw little specks floating all around but upon further inspection, to the contrary, this beer appears very clear. Ruby-amber color and big welcome soap-bubbly head. Lace is all over and changing, but never completely disappears. Good retention.

S: Sweet bread grain, apple cobbler, green grapes, and mild floral notes all blended together in a clean, crisp fashion. Pleasant, simple aromas. Very delicate, fun to smell mix.

T: Again, lightly sweet and clean. Softly malty with brisk hop flavors. Tastes as if this were made with extremely clean spring water. The flavors are warm, a little dessert-like, and reminiscent of the Fall season yet this has the refreshing crispness of a Spring/Summer brew. This is confusing me. Not sure what I'm drinking here. I do like it though.

M: Very soft texture to this beer. Very fluid, and still some sense of viscosity. Again this beer is pulling in two different directions but still somehow feels singular.

This is a pretty good beer after all. Not big in malts or hops but everything comes together in a well defined and pleasing way. I'm used to more intense brews from Lagunitas, but this is a nice change of pace. Interesting too...

Photo of wedge
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark chestnut color with a slender head quickly fading to a patchy covering. Juicy, fruity hop bouquet...sweet, oily, and floral primarily with some citrus and a surprisingly mild caramel note. More juicy, dank hop oils hit the tongue in typical Lagunitas fashion. It's not a particularly intense beer in any aspect - well done in the hop department, though the flavor tends to vanish as quickly as it comes. If you chew on it a bit, the hop character is nice...dried fruity, resinous, citrusy. Increasingly malty as it warms, but it never comes all that close to what I would venture to call an "Imperial Brown Ale". Some caramel, brown sugar, and nuts. Medium bodied with a creamy slickness. The ambiguous hoppy strong ale style is something these guys do a lot of and they typically do a good job. While this doesn't stand out in any way, it is well crafted as usual.

Photo of Sipchue
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label got me - "A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale". 7.85%ABV, O.G. 1.072, and 59 IBU's, this is a wonderfully drinkable ale.

Poured into a brandy snifter, I enjoyed watching the bubbles form a 3/8" top border of bubbles. Looking at my empty glass, the lacing is nice but not extravagant.

I really like this beer, enough to seek out other Imperial Browns, a new-to-me style. I'm a fan of Dogfish Head Indian Brown, and me thinks I like this one even more!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of 6footpete
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought 4/3/12. Poured 4/6/12.

Poured red/brown with nice head that stuck around for about 10 min and left some nice lacing.

Nose is all malt. I get none of the hop that other reviewers have mentioned. Smells like a fresh wort.

First taste is all malt. No hop at all. Carbonation was spot on for the sweetness of the malt though.

Sweet Carmel and light molasses/malt extract. Nothing significant in the overall taste of this beer.

Even after allowing it to air out and warm up I'm a little underwhelmed. Interesting adventure in sweet malty beer but nothing spectacular.

I ended up mixing the last couple ozs with a raspberry framboise that em parted enough tartness to make the warmish wort palatable.

I would have liked to taste this beer in its heyday. My local shop only got it this week so I assumed it was relatively new, or else the reviews I read were of a different version of this beer. Either way, at $4 for a bomber I would get it again for a nice warming change up to spring/summer beers.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,304 ratings.