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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,223 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,223
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 46
Gots: 102 | 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 Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is transparent and dark amber, with a half inch of off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a bit weak, with faint scents of sweet malt. The flavor is brings some light notes of toffee and caramels, with alcohol and sweet malt. The body is on the thin side. Overall, an ok beer. Worth a try, especially if you prefer sweeter, malt forward brews.

04-23-2011 18:31:03 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Charlotte09

South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Pours a deep brown color with some reddish character. Head is about a finger width thick and creamy tan in color.

S: Can smell a lot of citrus hops, pretty sweet and some caramel malt notes.

T: Very hoppy taste for a strong ale, Agree with the Imperial Brown Ale. Upfront hops, some citrus notes, sweet and malty finish carried through with some caramel and roasted character.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, slightly carbonated. Slightly bitter surprise with the citrus and pine notes followed by a pretty sweet and light ending.

O: Very drinkable beer over all. Very well balanced, no strong alcohol. Has a great Mouthfeel, Body and Flavor.

04-22-2011 01:26:05 | More by Charlotte09
Photo of TheBrewViking


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Appearance is about the same color as the bottle with a ruby color when held up to the light. Good lacing down the glass.
Smell is caramel maltyness first then a little hops.
Taste is flipped from the smell, first comes the piney hops followed by caramel malts, very well balanced for my tastes.
Mouth feel is nice and coats the tongue profusely which I enjoy
Overall a very well balanced brown ale, it's no Palo Santo but for the price it's very enjoyable.

04-21-2011 01:48:16 | More by TheBrewViking
Photo of hiku7


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Bomber poured in a beer mug, split with my brother-in-law.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a beer called an "imperial brown ale," but I really liked this brew, mostly because the hop aroma charmed me from the start and never let go. The "malty" beer described on the bottle it definitely is not, so beware that this beer is more for hopheads than advertised.

Pours a deep rust brown that reveals some ruby hues when held up in the light. Moderate tan head and moderate lacing.

I love the hoppy smell of this beer. Serious piney and grassy smell and just plain old hop oils coming through in spades. It overpowers the malt, but it worked for me.

The beer tastes of caramel malt with some nuttiness and with a heavy dose of woody hops. Grainy and chewy mouthfeel that works well, though medium bodied overall. Alcohol is slightly warming, but well masked by the hops. Somewhat dry finish.

Side note: I love the name. Took me a while to get the joke, but I should have figured it out quicker considering that it is subtitled "A jobless recovery ale."

04-20-2011 23:31:00 | More by hiku7
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

Rich coppery colour, with a nice white head. Very wierd scent: bread, toffee, cut grass and zesty citrus. Faint metallic hint to it. Wierd, sour bread taste with a definite citrus hop flavour to it. Weird, off-balanced sourness, not quite what I expected. The maltiness is somewhat suppressed and muddled, lurking in the background. Thin, somewhat watery. Too much carbonation, but it dies off quickly. Not a bad beer, but it needs some fine tuning.

04-20-2011 05:03:13 | More by BDTyre
Photo of number1bum


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a medium dark brown, slightly reddish, with two fingers of beige head. Settles to a thin but full lace with minimal stick on the sides.

Smell consists of some caramel malt, some citrusy hops, and nuts. It's a bit on the weak side, although pleasant enough.

Taste is more robust than the nose. It has some nice malt qualities, some sweet caramel, a touch of chocolate, and some nuts. Has some fruity flavor, some citrus and apricots, and a hint of some darker fruit as well. Moderate bitterness in the finish. It's flavorful and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean and smooth. It's nicely balanced and appropriately carbonated; drinks quite nicely.

This is pretty tasty stuff. Not off the charts but drinkable and nicely balanced. Lagunitas is consistently good in my book and this one is another solid beer in their lineup.

04-20-2011 01:34:08 | More by number1bum
Photo of Panka16


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

From a bomber. Appearance is awesome, dark with a coppery red hue and thin, refined head. A bit yeasty on the nose, but I dig it. Mouthfeel is mid to heavy with a carmely coating effect. Hops come through mid palate and through the finish, but balanced nicely. Once again, a solid offering from Lagunitas.

04-20-2011 00:52:54 | More by Panka16
Photo of PorterLambic


1.93/5  rDev -50.9%

Pours a deep red with brown throughout, clear and bright. A copious light tan head develops and leaves a lot of wonderful lacing behind.
Smell is hops. Just hops. I expect quite a bit of hop from Lagunitas but thought there might be something with it considering the label stating it is a "malty, robust" ale. Nope.
Taste is more of the same with a distinct grapefruit note added to the hops. No malt, nothing else. Disappointing.
A medium/full body with a tangy, medium effervescence up front. Slightly warming middle through finish. Hop note fades quite a bit, thankfully, in the aftertaste. Some malt almost makes it to the fore well into the aftertaste. By all my experience, this is an IPA, though a fairly dark one, not a strong ale. Scores reflect that. They would be quite a bit higher if this was labeled the IPA it so obviously resembles.

04-20-2011 00:37:34 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of chicagoabbot


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

22 oz into a snifter...pours a deep but clean brown with a generous head...I like it already as I catch a hint of the hop profile as it's poured. Retention is good.

The hop aroma is similar to a few of their other beers and is quite hoppy. It's a winner of an aroma though, so I'm happy with it. Decently complex malt profile too, with a bready dryness that is enjoyable.

Good malt on the tongue and it's decently bitter too. Alcohol is barely noticeable, although this is quite a strong brew.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very clean.

This beer is a winner. I'll definitely grab another bottle next time I'm at the liquors store if they haven't sold out yet, as the label says it's a limited release. Was a good value compared to chugs from most other breweries. I mean, I'm not sure how it costs Sierra Nevada (or 3F's for that matter) $9 bucks to get a chug into a fans hands but Lagunitas can do it for $3.89...hmmm..

04-19-2011 02:10:37 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of corby112


3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

Draft at Capone's.

Pours a deep golden ruby color with copper/mahogany edges and a thin lasting ring that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with hints of oily, resinous hops, pine needle and very faint citrus peel. Slight bread/yeast presence with hints of sweet caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied with some slightly smokey, sweet malt flavor balanced out by earthy bitter hops. Hints of rye, toffee and hazelnut along with some earthy pine needle and subtle citrus.

04-18-2011 05:14:51 | More by corby112
Photo of theboozecruise


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass... it's a clear copper color with about an inch of slightly off-white head. It has great retention with a little lacing.

The first hint on the aroma is mild hops, then a warmth of caramel malts and booze... very nice.

The taste is more of the same... maybe a little less hoppy than the aroma but the malts aren't on top either. The booze doesn't come through as much as on the nose.

Feels good... pretty damn drinkable for a relatively high abv beer. It's not the best beer ever, but still a tasty beer.

04-18-2011 02:28:23 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of jayhawk73


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

A- Pours a dark red/brown w/ a two finger cocoa head that sticks around for a while. Not seeing a lot of carbonation w/ this beer. Lacing is average. A good looking beer.

S- Hops, fruit, yeast, malt all hit the nose. This beer smells sweet, but not too sweet- big points there. Very crisp as well, but the sweetness prevails in the end. Nice smelling beer- hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- Well now, that's not the same as the smell profile. The hops take over on the taste. You do catch some of the sweetness on the taste and aftertaste, but the biting, crisp hops are definitely in the foreground here. As it warms, the flavor becomes more complex, and it evens out a little more. Ahh- that's more like it. This beer should definitely be warmed to take full advantage of it's taste.

M- The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, w/ some bite on the aftertaste- a nice contrast to the taste of the beer. Still, you can tell this one's been loaded for bear in the hops department. Very syrup like in the feel. Nice.

O- Overall, this is a good solid beer. I enjoyed trying and reviewing it, especially after it warmed a smidge. Definitely worth trying for anybody who likes this style. Cheers.

04-18-2011 00:20:00 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of SDtastentune


4.83/5  rDev +22.9%

A - BIG creamy like head, dark brown & some red tints while in light, lacing is there but mainly from the HUGE head.

S - Hops.. Mainly Chinook, not like an ipa but more of that bread/wood kinda thing, some funk but good funk.

T - Taste is big, has that woody/bread deep caramel malty thing going on, with a strong Chinook hop taste.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation but not too low, aftertaste is strong but balanced. Not overly hot with alcohol, very balanced.

O - Great limited edition beer, very tasty and very similar to arrogant bastard but a little different, probably the closest to it I have tasted. Great beer, Lagunitas is my favorite... too many great beers and complex tastes. THUMBS UP!

04-16-2011 22:04:28 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of zaphodchak


3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

One finger off-white head, reddish-brown body. Decent head retention and lacing.

Nose is nothing but hops.

Taste, fortunately, is more complex. Decent dose of hops, but mixed in with some sweet brown malt (which balances it) out, almost a bitter caramel.

Mouthfeel is enough carbonation to keep it from being syrup, which is good.

I'm not a huge fan, but Lagunitas is hoppier than I tend to prefer.

04-16-2011 02:03:09 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

A-deep dark amber-ruby with a bit of lacing around the top

S-huge amount of hops and a hint of sweet caramel and malts

T-a mix of hops and malt, tastes include roasted coffee, caramel, and bitter grapefruit citrus

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy, and a bitter finish

The bitter hops took some getting used to but in the end I enjoyed the complexity of the beer

04-15-2011 21:37:55 | More by ksimons
Photo of Pellinore1


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours warm reddish brown, producing a finger of just barely off-white foam. As this fades, it leaves just a bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

I smell dark malt, fruit, and a bit of spice. Sweetness is evident but not overwhelming.

This beer is tasty, but doesn't seem to live up to the promise of the aroma. It starts with sweet malt and spice, and this is followed by bitter hops and and a touch of roastiness.

Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, this is quite nice on the tongue.

I'm glad I tried this one, but I won't necessarily seek it out again.

04-15-2011 02:35:50 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of vandemonian


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

A: Clear brown colour and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Malty. Hints of grain. 3.5

T: Malty with a little hops to begin with. The aftertaste is fresh with some bitterness. The bitterness builds. 4

M: Foamy and very good. 4.5

O: Far from my favourite strong ale. 3.5

04-15-2011 01:43:28 | More by vandemonian
Photo of rdilauro


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured a nice amber dark with a nice creamy white head, that lasted for quite some time. No question about the hop in this one, it was easy to distinguish. The actual taste did not have as much hop as I anticipated, it was countered with a good amount of malt. and what I detected a slight clove

The finish was nice, but to me not one of the best brews from

04-15-2011 01:16:37 | More by rdilauro
Photo of IIKaRuII


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

A- I have to say that the bottle on all of Lagunitas' brews are rather unique. The cap is the clever dog on the label, and makes for a wonderful addition to a collection.
Pours a amber brown, that is completely see thru. Khaki color finger and a half sized frothy head. Heavy lacing. Seems slightly bubbly. The color is actually kinda pretty the more i look at it.

S- spicy sweetness. heavy grapefruit from the hops. low maltyness that makes an appearance in the background. pleasant to smell. its almost nose candy. i know that is ridiculous to say, but its very heavenly...

T- Sweet on the first sip, that quickly turns bitter. The roasted malts appear at the end as the flavor is running past the back of your palate. Notes of caramel, spices, and slightly nutty. little disappointing in the taste, the smell was misleading i guess. the bitterness in this one is a little overpowering. The Ibu is high, but it seems more then the 64.2 it described it.

M/O/D- overall pleasant... carbonation is overall moderate which helps the sweetness pull through what little it does though... i would say this is a medium bodied that is not oily or sticky as i was assuming it was going to be. Being an imperial "brown" ale i was thinking the ABv was going to render this one boozy. It drinks suprisingly well. if they could have mirrored the taste with the smell, this would be an top 20 beer IMO. That being said it was very much enjoyable

04-14-2011 07:18:19 | More by IIKaRuII
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Chestnut brown and dark, but crystal clear. There's a shock of off-white foam reminiscent of the foam you get on top of your half-caf, soy, mocha latte...you, not me. I drink coffee...and beer...just not at the same time...unless it's a coffee stout. Patches of film act as lace.

The smell is awesome. This hop aroma is one of the most enjoyable I've ever experienced. The requisite bitterness abounds but is balanced by sweetness from the malts that turn the grapefruit to tangerine. Loving this!

Love can be such a strong word, especially after the lights in the bar come up after last call and you get your first real good look. This is somewhat the case here. As with a lot of beers I fell in love with at first sniff, the taste doesn't follow suit. It's still good, but the malts don't do as admirable a job at balancing the hop bitterness. Tangerine is a dim memory as the resiny pine sets in and bitterness attack further up the tongue than I'm used to, pushes its way back and settles into its usual home at the back of the throat for a decent stay.

The beer runs medium, but does a nice job of filling the mouth with a smooth feel despite the ample carbonation.

I had this on tap but didn't take notes. What I do remember is that it tasted better, but I had a few beers before that I may have been beer-goggling the taste. But most beers taste better off the tap and this one seemed to have better balance in the taste when I first had it. The tangerine flavor had not left in the harsh light of morning. I felt no need to chew my arm off. Still, the bottled version is pretty good and carries the aroma that I remembered and still pine for.

04-13-2011 03:06:19 | More by Naugros
Photo of swthomas55


3.85/5  rDev -2%

On tap at Papago Brewing 4/12/11. Serving temp too cold.

Clear and brown with a small tan head. Retention suffers at this alcohol level, but there is nice lacing on the glass.

The flavor is a pleasant melding of malt and hops, not sweet, with balancing bitterness and some citrusy hops. A nice fruity ale character underlies everything. This is not a wimpy beer, while remaining well balanced and drinkable.

After it warms ip a bit, the aroma is sweet/sugary, blended with hops.

It is full in the mouth, with some alcohol warmth.

Nicely drinkable in spite of it's strength, with an excellent balance of malt, bitter, fruit, and hops. I recommend this beer.

04-13-2011 01:26:32 | More by swthomas55
Photo of BeerLover99


3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

A: dark brown, cardinal red shimmering hues, 2 finger head, AMAZING lacing!

S: muted malt flavor, sweet, slight citrus.

T: sweet big malt, hint of spices, hint of caramel, nutty, slight boozy drawn out finish

M: medium body, average carbonation, hint of dry

O: Slightly disappointed. I usually like-love everything Lagunitas brews, but this is not a strong ale I love. It's ok, but a weak strong ale and kind of a chaotic beer.

Not a must have, but not terrible.

04-12-2011 18:40:59 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Haybeerman


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Clear crimson/brown color. Poured a 2 finger creamy tan head with fair retention. Decanted lightly. Lacing sheeted down the glass.

S: Pine and citrus up front. After the onslaught, caramel and burnt toast.

T: Big resiny piney hops up front followed quickly by dark-colored fruit. Caramel and burnt toast lead into a warm, dry finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny in the mouth. Dry and warming in the finish.

D: Flavorful hop and malt characters. Dry.

04-12-2011 17:10:58 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of dedrinker


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Deep copper brew with an off white head.

Aromas of caramel malt and floral citrusy hops.

Flavor...like a hoppy brown ale I guess. There was some sweet caramel malt (not too sweet) and a nice refined Lagunitas hop character that switches from floral and sweet to resinous to citrusy, but the malts kept the hops in check. Yet there were enough hops to say "yes, this is a Lagunitas."
Medium-full body with a post modern west coast balanced finish (that means you can actually taste malt along side the hops).

04-12-2011 04:14:03 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Magpie14


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

A: husky brown and red, something of a maroon in color. The cap is dirty white. Now that I notice, some hefty globs of gunk are hanging at the rim of the glass. Visually appetizing to say the least

S: nose is rich, fruity, chocolatey and malty. Yum. Nothing really in the way of a brown ale though, which doesn't bother me at all

T: toasted malts, brown sugar, light yeast notes, caramel and a smattering of dark fruit. I would venture to say some calm Belgian notes are showing through. Plenty of strong hop characters moving around with crisp citrus notes at the forefront. Very pleasing and well rounded

M: slick with a bit of weight. Very good feel

O: keep these coming. Great beer

04-11-2011 21:28:05 | More by Magpie14
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,223 ratings.