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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,254 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,254
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 51
Gots: 110 | 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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Ratings: 2,254 | Reviews: 787 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ceraphin, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

redfacedshooter, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

yokken, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

harris4, Mar 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Calculat0r, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

MrBillyMac, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

bentonquest, Mar 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Steimie, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

dino821235, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-murky brown with a thin tan head

S-caramel and grassy hops. some peppercorn, decent strength

T-comes in with a good and bitter taste of grassy caramel. its a good smooth beer with a really good lasting bitterness and a matching after-taste.

M-smooth creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-once again, Lagunitas makes an affordable and great beer with a good hoppy twist to it. this is a great beer. i wish i didn't i have to share the bottle! definitely a unique brown ale, and not something i'd mind having again some time.

AdamBear, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

troysoy2, Mar 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Hanzo, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Chrixsus, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

therope, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

AWS2111, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Durtdiggler
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter style glass.

Brown light hue with impressive head. Lacing sticks to glass, solid retention. Like a lighter color brown ale with a huge off white colored top head.

Smells a lot like an ipa with big citrus and pine balanced by a bit more sweetness with a bit of nuttiness and slight roast.

Taste has bitterness beholden to an American IPA upfront. sweet and some fruit overtones. Everything balances very well with enough IBUs for IPA palettes. I was hoping the taste would be as powerful as the aroma. This beer drinks much more easily than it's nearly 8% ABV. Maybe that's what they were going for.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth very soft, clean finish. Impressive.

Reminds me of kind of a black ipa but with less roast and more sweetness. It balances the hop profile more though instead of fighting the roastiness. It's not an official style but I really enjoy it. Laguinitas can easily charge $10 for this bomber. If you're a hop head you'll love it, albeit a different approach. Challenged to find more complexity in the flavor though.

Durtdiggler, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Brown120, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of teromous
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color, looks a lot like bourbon. It has a thin strip of eggshell-white head and leaves some mild lacing. It appears very transparent and has great color.

S: Interesting scent. It has a nutty scent, kind of like roasted peanuts. A bit catty.

T: Flavor is very earthy and catty, with some round bitterness that isn't harsh. It's an interesting tasting beer for sure.

M: Mouthfeel is good, with just the right bitterness and carbonation. It blends together with near perfection.

O: Overall the beer had a very unique presence, and I won't fault it for what it is. On a personal note, I wasn't too fond of it and wouldn't buy it again.

teromous, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Chugs13, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

ALLISON01, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flanny's in Tempe, AZ.

A: Deep amber in color with no head or retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt up front. Hops come through in a great way midway through. Then booze shows up in the finish, in a pleasant way. Fruity hops are the star. Roasted malt complements. Very balanced. Boozy enough to remind you of its style.

M: Dry, citrusy hops are great. Smooth and easy drinking, especially for the style.

O: Very enjoyable strong ale. The hops make the beer. Everything else adds to its depth. After seeing the style in the "Notes" section, "Imperial Brown Ale," it makes complete sense and I wonder why this style isn't more common.

Gatch, Mar 10, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at my local watering hole.

A: Poured a reddish brown with a thin white head. Some minor lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruit tones, mixed with caramel and toffee, and some hops. Some alcohol present in nose.

T: The dark fruit, and sweet caramel flavors are full circle. Some syrupy sweetness mixed in with bitter notes and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with good mouth coating. Fairly powerful carbonation and warming effect.

cagocubs, Mar 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Tpsauer, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

creez, Mar 09, 2012
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.