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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,232 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 49
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is very dark brown with some reddish hints in it, and is topped with a large amount of frothy, slightly off-white head.

Scent is malty and somewhat fruity. Caramel, toffee, raisins and a noticeable floral scent. Hops are quite pronounced. Smells like an exceptionally well balanced beer. Really very nice.

Taste is nice, but a letdown after the nose. The malt take over from the hops that were present in the scent, and the caramel stands out more than anything else. Quite sweet. Some piney hops are present near the end. Not as complex as the nose suggested it may be, but quite good.

Mouthfeel is fine, but thinner than I would have expected (or liked). Surprisingly low carbonation, especially considering the amount of head that the beer had.

Overall, I liked this beer a fair bit. The smell is the standout- if it could be fully replicated in the nose, this would be a remarkable beer! As it is, still very enjoyable. Remarkably balanced. I initially felt that the taste was a '4', but as things went on, I just didn't think it was quite up to that level.

jrenihan, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

Appearance: red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty floral hops, slight caramel, and slight citrus.

Taste: hops, lightly roasted malts, and a very faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is more complex than it seems. The balance of flavor is nicely done and gives a full flavored brew.

megahurts4, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of 1after909
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was disapointed in this brew as I looked high & low to find it after hearing all the urban legends about it.

Not much of a head. Taste was did nothing for me.

Not surprised to read the reviews being mixed here.

Other much better offerings to try from Lagunitas.

1after909, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into english pint glass

Pours a deep copper color with about a one finger head.

Smells like thick malt with a slight sweet aroma. Also has a lingering earthy, floral hop aroma in the background.

Was expecting more a spicy, floral hop bite to this one, but the hop bite is only very slight that hits you when you first take a sip. It quickly fades and gives way to the robust maltiness. A little sweet, but nothing too overwhelming. Reminds me a little of soft bread that is sweetened with brown sugar. Slight alcohol burn in the throat a few sips in.

Had a slightly creamy texture to it, that was more evident after it went down. Carbonation was moderate, which seemed right on for the beer. Taste stuck to the sides of my mouth for awhile.

Was a good overall beer, just nothing that really stood out. Malt dominates this beer for sure, with a mild hop presence. Would gladly have another, but would also gladly order a bunch of different beers over this one.

ahq514, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of harpo111
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a reddish brown, with an ok head that leaves some lace.

S: Caramelized malts, brown sugar, coffee, hops.

T: Neat taste...roasty malts, carmels, some coffee flavor

M: Not a lot of carbonation but filling. Hoppyness, with all the roasted flavors and a crisp finish...

O: Smooth...complex...I like this one just to sip on...A great beer...full bodied, but not bitter...

harpo111, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much of a head to report on this one, less than a finger, but lovely color. Matches a 23 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is full and lots of aromas, with that of caramel, molasses, malt, coco, and lime. The taste is plenty of hops and mild sweetness with flavors of molasses, caramel, black coffee, vanilla, raisins, and lots of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but has a good smoothness and some creaminess, nice tingle on the back of my tongue. Good enough taste, and body to have a couple over a span of time.

beerprovedwright, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - dark brown in color with a fluffy tan head. Not a lot of obvious carbonation.

S - nicely hoppy nose (pine notes) mixed with a caramel backbone.

T - sharp resinous hops that linger for a while and melt into the caramel hops undertones. Almost seems like a mutant Black IPA!

M - lightly carbonated and medium bodied.

D - Good drinkability on this one, though the interesting mix of flavors takes a touch getting used to.

An interesting take in the American Strong Ale that veers a little into Black IPA territory and then swerves back. Definitely worth a try!

DoktorZee, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of capaneus
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed after consuming said beer on an empty stomach - giggidy.

A. Poured a dark chestnut color with good clarity. A nice tan colored, two-finger head with fantastic lacing ensues.

S. I'm not usually a big "aroma" guy. I don't have a great sense of smell, and I generally I just prefer drinking beer to sniffing it. That being said, this is a fantastic smelling beer. Pineapple upside down cake all the way, with huge sweet bready notes, caramel, tart cherries, some raisin, and, implausibly, tropical fruit. Hop aroma is practically non-existent as far as I can tell...just pure, potent malt.

T. Substantially less sweet than the nose implies which improves drinkability but I might prefer a touch sweeter. Great sweet dough taste with dark fruits. The finish is dry caramel with the slightest touch of bittering hops.

M. Quite substantial with medium-low carbonation and a somewhat thick, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol burn is not noticeable, but I don't tend to notice alcohol burn when I've got a buzz on.

O. Overall, I'll definitely pick this one up. The aroma really impressed me and I love bready beers. Another good value from Lagunitas.

capaneus, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit up front. Then a hearty malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is significant but far from powerful and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a well-rounded and fairly complex beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Flying Saucer in San Antonio

Appearance: Deep mahogany with light red hues and a thin white head that recedes to a ring around the glass and clings to the sides leaving a ribbing.

Aroma: a nice combination of piney and citrus aroma with a sweet malty kick. The malty background adds a nice earthly combination.

Taste: Reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard without being as aggressive and slightly sweeter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, not in the way of a barleywine, but thicker than a DIPA would be, that is kind of sweet with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall: Can’t go wrong with a Lagunitus.

jamescain, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no evidence of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is well balanced between flavors of caramel malts and citrus hops. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly because the taste is well balanced between the hops and malts and does not have any traces of alcohol.

metter98, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of beerman21
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Don't know what it is about Lagunitas Brewing Co. But all there beer just taste so damn similar, reflecting flavors from previous batchs even styles of other beers they make. Maybe its the yeast strains they use, or the malts who knows. Bought this beer and you know it taste like a lagunitas, a lighter version of brown shugga if you will. If you want to have a lagunitas try there IPA and Brown Shugga and maybe there barlywine. Other then that they all taste the same! and I've had near 80% of all there beers.

beerman21, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - brown, purple color, decent head

Smell - crazy malts, seems like they use many different kinds, light and dark, dark fruits

Taste - too much going on, age this one? I don't know but just too much to sort

Mouthfeel - not bad, smooth, a bit puckeringt

claytong, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of jsanford
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark chestnut with a thin ivory head that settles to a thick cap.
S - Muted aromas of sweet caramel and chocolate with a slightly bitter grapefruit and pine finish.
T - Very sweet and malty, with big flavors of caramel and chocolate and more of that bitter grapefruit finish. Almost candy-like in it's sweetness, reminds me of a caramel-chocolate confection. Too sweet, not for me.
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and low carbonation.
O - Too sweet, no thanks.

jsanford, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown to amber in color and clear, head and lacing were ok but not impressive.

Everything about this beer screamed malt bomb from the smell to the taste. Heavy malts dominate every sip, although there were some brown sugar, molasses, caramel and fruit notes, with just a touch of hops.

Feel was medium bodied and fairly dry.

Overall I wasn't that impressed, but it's fine if you're looking for a pungent malt bomb of a beer.

EDIT 28Sept11 - after trying again, I upped the taste a half point. It's odd, but certainly worthy.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Franz4
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Burgundy color, slightly translucent, nice head settles to a thin ring.

S- slight sniff of cherries, mingled with a wine-like grape characteristic as well. Some other dark fruits, maybe with a touch of apricot present as well.

T- Taste is similar to the nose, a slight sourness is present as well, it adds to the complexity of the beer and makes it more enjoyable. ABV is barely noticeable.

M- Slightly dry finish, feels really refreshing actually. Moderate carbonation.

O- Nice offering, definitely above average and worth trying. Relatively complex and the sourness adds just that little something extra to it.

Franz4, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber color into a pint glass.

Aromas are sweet, dark malt, and hops.

The taste is a fine mixture of hops and malt. A nice bitter hop aftertaste.

A medium body, and quite drinkable.

Overall, this reminds me of a slightly less hoppy Arrogant Bastard. Not quite the beer that Arrogant bastard is, but extremely tasty, and for the price, its a keeper.

ebby82, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Long813
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper body boasting a healthy two fingers of dirty white foamy head. Retention is decent with think rings of lacing.

S: A nice sour/citrus mixed in with strong pine hops and leaves with some malty goodness.

T: Tasty mixture of caramel malts and pine hops. There is some nice citrus which mixed well. Very good bitterness.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Texture is very full with a great aftertaste of malts and pine. Alcohol is not quite evident.

D: Very pleasing brew again. I like this a lot more than the shutdown ale, more bitter, less barleywine ish. Great job!

Long813, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- reddish-brown body, off-white foamy head

S- fruity malts, some pale malts too. Citrusy hops in there as well

T- toasted caramel malts, citrusy hops that make this finish bitter and there are some tea notes in there too

M- medium-body, a little syrupy. Moderate carbonation.

aepb1, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of DanThomas
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up on 6/5. No bottling date!

A- A nice deep, clear copper. Orange shines through in light. Thin rim of a head with significant lacing.

S- Pine and citrus rind, a hint of alcohol. There is also a slight smokiness, a peat type smoke that you might find in a scotch.

T- A lot of hops up front, generally very piney, but there are also some floral notes. As the beer moves through, the malt takes over, and there is a satisfying sweetness to go along with the smokiness of the malt. This beer is hard to describe, but it is delicious. The hops become less noticeable as the beer warms.

M- I would have liked a fuller malt body, but as it is this beer has a thin/medium body and a rather soft carbonation that suits it well.

O- This beer is pretty unique and I really enjoyed it. It combines a lot of different tastes and styles, and if you have a chance to drink it, definitely do. This beer is nearly 8%, but you wouldn't know it.

DanThomas, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ElCommodoro
2.2/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The appearance was good. It was a translucent dark brown colour with a thin tan head. The positive comments stop there.

It smelled like a bush. Maybe a juniper bush or a small pine tree... gross.

The taste was the same. It tastes like an evergreen bush. It covers up all the other flavour. I want to at least be warned if the hops are going to take over the flavour of a beer. This beer was described as "malty and robust." It was neither. It just tasted like hops. That's it. I love maltiness and was excited about this beer, but I can't taste anything under this intense leafy flavour. I'm so against misleading descriptions on a beer bottle. And this was the worst. Bleh. I wouldn't have bothered buying it and writing a poor review if I knew it would be a beer that I wouldn't enjoy. But the description made it sound like it was right up my alley.

ElCommodoro, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this from baycat in the N00B Bif round 4

A - Clear, deep copper/ruby body, nice frothy tan head with good retention.

S - bitter citrus hops, smoked meats, rawhide, dark toasty malts. Nice smell

T - Malt forward, dry smoky flavor moving to a dry hop finish. Not bad at all, but I was expecting more of a hop presence in the taste. Not sure if this because of what I know about Lagunitas, or because of the nose. Either way, its only the slightest bit disappointing.

M - Robust, medium-big body, touch dry.

O (D) - a fine beer for sure. Not exactly what I like in an "American Strong Ale" but it's tasty and complex.

ColdPoncho, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of aristeros
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber at the local Class VI on post, military parlance for "basically a liquor store." 'WTF' would properly be 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,' but Lagunitas routinely gets beer right, so I'm not going to dwell upon this fact. This one was worth a try at under five bucks, and I'm a brown ale fiend (this is billed as an 'imperial brown'), so here goes. Poured into a British pint glass.

Pours a red-brown, like a cola, with less than a half finder of head. Good clarity and almost no carbonation visible. Hoppy nose for a brown, with moderate citrus and light pine over biscuits and honey.

There is a fair bit of hops up front, which yields to sweet malts, with a bittersweet coffee and caramel finish. It's like a double APA was combined with a brown ale and a pinch of stout by a mad scientist. Delightfully complex.

This wasn't quite what I was after, but it did meet my expectations in terms of quality; I would have another, and enjoy how it stomped all over established beer styles and still exceeded my expectations.

aristeros, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into a pint glass. just picked it up at the local store, for 4.99 it was worth a try.

a- pours dark brown but fairly transluscent. white head rises and falls fairly quickly without much lacing. the look reminds me of a nut brown ale.

s-nose is very interesting, sort of like a dipa with some hops and malt, but not quite the intensity. some more caramel and nuttiness

t-taste seems to be on the same lines as the nose. it doesnt know if it wants to be a dipa or a black ale. there are a lot of good flavors though. bitter hops, some malty biscuit sweetness but with something darker on the finish like roasted coffee. finishes a bit towards a stout.

m-nice body with a creaminess to it. alcohal is not present and its extremely drinkable.

overall, this is a very tasty beer. I dont know quite how to classify it, but its complexity is what i enjoy. I would love to try this again, especially at this price.

crewfan16, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dirty buby brown with thin layer of tan film that floats around for a while with spotty, soapy lace. The aroma is of faint citrus, soapy floral notes on top of a rich caramel and toffee backbone with hints of polished leather. The taste is hop forward with citrus, grapefruit rind and a touch of lemon up front with notes of cocoa, roasted nuts, caramel and tofee in the back. A slight herbal aftertaste on this malty, bull bodied creamy drink. Juicy, fruity, and sweet with a nice hop presense up front and especially in the aroma. Full, rich, creamy body. Interestingly balanced tipping towards malt but with a good hop kick in the front.

JayS2629, Jun 04, 2011
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.