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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,250
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 50
Gots: 108 | 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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4/5  rDev +2%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

adrian21, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of timtwoface
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am normally not a fan of anything with brown ales, but the fact I am normally a fan of the wonderful Lagunitas made me check this out. While I was far from disappointed - it almost had a coffee-ish tinge to it, which I likened to a porter/stout. I really noticed the alcohol though, compared to the hop-bombs I've tried from Lagunitas (ie, Hop Stoopid) and while it wasn't offputting, it wasn't really enticing either.

I love this brewery but honestly, this is one particular flavour of theirs I wouldn't go searching for any time soon.

timtwoface, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

loupap, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

JupiterJesus, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

rrock44, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

BuffaloBill12, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

throwback, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

RandyJ, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

trixdout, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1 1/2" off-white head which lasted pretty long. Clear burnt umber brown body with a touch of red when backlit. Smells nice but it's mainly malt and a little hint of hops. Taste mirrors the smell with sweet malt and medium hops in the finish. Enjoyable but not a big standout, other than the fine economic well-wishes on the labelling.

MoreThanWine, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, copper color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Mellow, sweet malt. Nice, but a little timid.

T: Light, sweet caramel with spicy hops floating over the top. Faint dark fruits and sweet tea. Tasty for sure, and quite mellow. Sugar and spice compete on the long finish, with the sweetness barely outlasting the spice.

M: On the light side of medium, well carbonated with some soda qualities as well as a little oil on the finish.

O: I like this. Overall, it reminds me of a super-mellow Bigfoot. Not available locally, but if it's still in stock the next time I'm in Illinois, I would probably buy another.

AmericanGothic, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a pint glass.

a - pours a deep copper color and gives me a thin cap of tan head. retention is pretty good for only being a thin cap. spotty lacing.

s - grassy hops, notes of honey, citrus, dark fruits, toffee.

t - toasty malt with a honey sweetness. notes of grapefruit, raisin, pine resin, and maybe some cherry. really big hop character. bitterness hangs on the tongue for a bit. faint alcohol taste. not as malt forward as the label leads me to believe.

m - heavier side of medium with medium carbonation. a little prickle on the tongue contributes a slightly spicy feel. has a slight alcohol warming even though it's only 7.8%.

o - an interesting brew and highly enjoyable. i guess this is their take on a black ipa? whatever style it is, it's worth seeking out, especially at $5.50 a bottle.

divineaudio, Nov 12, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Reddish bronze. Very healthy two-finger beige head of closely packed bubbles. Scratchy lacing.

Strong candy malt sweetness and Simcoe hop notes straight off the bat. Lots of baked toffee, fruitcake and raisins. Mild resiny pine presence is about the only aspect that isn't sweet. Very appetising nonetheless.

Flavours are somewhat amorphous and hard to differentiate. Tonnes of caramel and brown sugar offset by a pleasing pine and tea-like bitterness.

Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Noticeable booze presence on the rear, which isn't cool given the ABV. Moderately dry finish.

Interesting and perfectly drinkable but doesn't particularly grab me. Flirts with a few different styles without landing anywhere definitive.

spicelab, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Ricochet
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Powerful smell starts off from the pour. Rye bread, raisin, caramel. All malt, like a good brown. Poured with little lace and small head that went away and is brown like a cola. Mouth is full with mostly the raisin/prune aftertaste. Just a touch of bite at the end and in a bit of foaming. Taste is all of the above. Mostly fruity on top of huge malt with a caramel sweetness at the bottom. Strong ale indeed. This one hits everything. Very complex and tasty. I'd get this again.

Ricochet, Nov 10, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Chestnut brown with some highlights and clarity revealed by backlight. Modest tan head hangs on briefly then falls. Spots of lacing only. Quite active.

Light malty sweetness, mild roast and maybe just a wee nip of caramel? A bit of boozy esters emerge later. Not very strong or complex, but nice.

Follows the nose with modest malty sweetness and roasty flavors. I get some dark fruit, and mild bitterness. I sense more than I taste the hops. Some fruity/flowery hop like influence struggles for attention, with the roast being the dominant flavor. Smooth and balanced. Interesting.

Assertive carbonation, med/full body, bit of viscosity, modest warming, and some drying in the finish.

Pretty good, well balanced brown ale. It took some skill and finesse to get these flavors to meld so well.

sprucetip, Oct 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of many months old with Phil during a marathon tasting week. Drunken review.

Caramel malts, with a nice hop presence in my schnoz.

Taste is a little more of the same. Caramel, sweet malt, with a nice hop profile both bitter and aroma/flavor.

Typical mouthfeel of a Lagunitas beer: clean and crisp. Probably fermented with WLP001, which lets the hops and malts shine.

Overall a good beer. I find Lagunitas' regular offerings to be a little tame and stale, but their limited releases are something to be sought after.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Oct 25, 2011
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.