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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 54
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of AllenJasper
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to mug suited for an inferior beer.

A: Supremely dark red, with one finger of tan/white head (graceful pour).

S: Caramel, Malts, hint of hops

T: Very malty, with a rather unique (to my knowledge) floral quality to it, certainly hoppy for a brown ale... medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall this beer drinking experience has been a success, I enjoy the beer, and it didn't cost a lot. This is a rather strange brew, It's supposedly an Imperial Brown Ale, but it reminds me more of a german doppelbock or something... I donno... But I recommend trying this one out.

Photo of Swim424
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into Snifter.

A-Appears brown, sort of reddish when put up to a light. small head forms after I finished pouring.

S-thick malty. a nice floral aroma as well. smells very crisp also.

T-very malty. nice caramel maltiness with a piney hop taste through out. Starts very malty, mixes in the middle and finishes mostly hops.

MF-fairly thick. a bit creamy. good balanced carbonation. Nice hoppy sweet aftertaste.

O-this is a pretty good beer. Much hoppier than expected, but can't complain about that. Nice malty flavor. Mixes well, I think this was a nice surprise and wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jdougherty
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DM1293
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste - This is amazing. Its hoppy and malty and a really smooth, balanced bitterness on the finish. The malt and hops, despite being balanced, are both trying to catch your attention. In the background, I definitely catch a bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - This is what gives the beer a unique characteristic. I think this is the best mouthfeel I've had in a beer...its hard to describe it, its creamy and smooth.

Overall - If you like your brews strong, Lagunitas is on to something here. Strong yet refined in taste, a creamy texture; combined makes for an ale you won't forget. Even if its a little disjointed in what it wants to be, I actually kind of think its akin to a Red Ale, more than Brown anyway.

Photo of Giovacchini
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- clear dark brown appearance, reddish tint, with a thin off white head.

S- caramel, raisens, cherries, toffee, hops.

T- roasted malt, cherries, caramel, subtle notes of chocolate, maple.

M- mild carbonation with a slight bitterness, silky mouthfeel, and well masked alcohol.

O- This is another very drinkable beer from Lagunitas. I enjoy all their sessional beers. I also the like the political nature of this beer because it's a WTF? To Obama and all the promises he didn't keep.

Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bootsdomino
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rmcnealy
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark, opaque copper that appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a very small, tighly laced bone white head that was reduced to a mere inconsistent ring around the glass. There is a slight hoppiness smell with little else. The tastes are very blan with a slight bitter hop forward taste, an even slighter malt finish. The buds are left tasteless. Not really sure whats going on with this. I'm as confused as the bottle for the label reads "We're not quite in the Red, or in the black... Does that mean we're in the Brown?" This beer left a lot to be desired regardless of what style it was aiming for. The price was cheap and this is definitely a case of getting what you paid for.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Brownish tan/ dark ruby red tint. Creamy 1/2 head and some minimal lacing.

Smell - Hops, Fruity aroma with grape, cherry, orange and pineapple. Some malts, added sugars and spices.

Taste - Hop fruity bite at first sip, then malts and a nutty flavor comes in at the finish. Earthy, with a grassy feel from the hops. Added sugars give it some sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, pretty bold on the tounge. Lots of hops, malts and spices coat tounge and mouth. Palette gets more hops and malts, and some nut and spices. Aftertaste is dry, malty and long lasting.

Overall - Its solid but slighty off in balance. Kind of feel like its two different styles trying fighting with eachother trying to be the featured beer. Decent, great price but forgetable with all the other great beers out there. Worth a drink one time or so.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.


Photo of kornkid8600
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Humulus85
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a very deep red, with beautiful ruby tones when held to light. Produced a two finger, cream colored head that had decent retention and left a bit of lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell is very much hoppy. Pine and spice notes upfront, with a complex malt profile to back it up. Interesting nose, in a very good way.

The malts come through here more than in the smell. Toffee, caramel, bread flavors dominate, yet somehow the crisp piney/tropical hops stay with you the whole way through. A touch of booze, but barely. Very well balanced for the style.

Smooth. It is a bit heavy, but some great carbonation lightens it up a bit. Not to sweet, even a bit dry in the finish. Very drinkable for an ASA, but it is on the lower end of the ABV range.

Overall WTF is very good beer. WTF is just a really good, stronger, deep flavored ale, that is damn cheap ($4.75 a bomber). More hops than I expected (I never argue with that) but still very well balanced in all areas. I wonder what a year or even two would do to this one...Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,299 ratings.