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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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2,224 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 47
Gots: 105 | 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 jmdrpi


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

serving on-tap in a 10oz glass. medium brown in color, with nice light tan colored thick head. good head retention and some lacing.

aroma is sugary and malty but with some light hop aroma in there as well. as for the taste, I think the description of an imperial brown ale is a good one. some biscuity malt balanced with hops in the end of the taste.

good mouthfeel, moderate carbonate and creamy head. easy to drink.

01-22-2011 14:49:23 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of weizenbob


2.98/5  rDev -24.2%

22 ounce bottle (dated 4/22) partially poured to a pint glass. We're looking at 7.83% alcohol in a beer that was purchased from a refrigerated case, so hopefully this isn't too far past its prime. An aggressive pour yields two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent. Sticky lacing looks fantastic all the way down the glass. The beer is a nice walnut hue. It's surprisingly crystal clear with only a small amount of visible carbonation (the second pour consisting of the remainder of the bottle revealed a lot of suspended sediment and was not clear at all).

The label would have me believe that this is a brown ale but my nose tells me that I'm smelling pale ale. Light hoppy notes waft off the pint. There's a molasses-type sweetness as some brown ale traits begin emerging. Alcohol is noticeable. Caramelized malts are subtly noticeable. The more I smell it though, the more I notice that it's giving off a strong paint thinner type vibe.

I've sought out a few of the different "imperial" brown ales that have popped up recently, and all of them have had similar flavor traits that I am just not digging. Browns typically have a pleasant sweetness to them that I find delightful. These doubled versions seem to blow everything out of proportion. As far as W.T.F. goes, sweet malts are the first flavor to greet the tongue. Then I pick up the taste of vegetables: snap peas and cabbage. To each his own, but in my opinion, these flavors do not belong in beer. The alcohol is very noticeable, although not quite boozy; but the alcohol does combine with the overly sweet nature of this beer to give the impression of cough syrup. There is a bitter hop finish which would be right at home in a pale ale but feels over the top and out of place in a beer of this style.

This is a medium bodied beer but there is actually quite a bit of carbonation which makes the mouthfeel seem lighter than it is. That certainly helps the drinkability of this beer: +1 for the mouthfeel, -1 for the taste and -1 for the 7.83% ABV. It's not sessionable, but it is drinkable. If it's any consolation, this is one of the better imperial browns I've purchased. I finished the bomber because I paid for it, but I won't be buying another. WTF is right.


The Two Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
WTF!? I don't give a Schlitz for this.

01-17-2011 03:40:42 | More by weizenbob
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

A- Slow receeding off white head leaves a fair amount of lace behind. Below is a deep amber colored elixir.

S- Pine and citrus hops, brown sugar, fruity, and caramel aromas. None of these overpower the others. Very pleasant.

T- This has a very nice malt backbone. Rich sweet malts and a bit fruity up until the finish when you get a burst of bittering hops along with a herbal/medicinal taste.

M- Medium-full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Slides down awfully smooth.

D- Another nice drinking limited release from Lagunitas. I haven't had a bad beer from them yet, always reliable!

01-17-2011 02:55:44 | More by Dawkfan
Photo of scottfrie


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

I just came across these notes, no idea when I wrote them but I believe it was the in the first quarter of 2010. Here it goes:

A: Pours a deep ruby-honey brown with a large, thick, light-tan head that left pretty good lacing. Great head retention, with a nice thick layer lasting the whole beer through.
S: Very hoppy. I get sweet floral notes from floral and grassy hops.
T: Big hop punch right off the bat that fades to bitterness. Finish is pleasantly rich with honey sweet malts that coast my mouth. Some warm strong alcohol notes rounds up the aftertaste.
M: Very creamy and smooth. Mouthfeel is slick as the hop oils coat my mouth.
D: From what my notes say it looks like I really enjoyed this beer, and from what I can remember I believe this to be true. Tasted like a slightly malt forward DIPA. Maybe I'll pick one up this year.

01-15-2011 20:02:53 | More by scottfrie
Photo of JxDuff


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

A: Pours a dark red and brown body with a nice brown head.

S: Hops, caramel and malt.

T: Malt and caramel tastes the the palate first followed by the crisp taste of the hops.

M: Medium body, not too heavy. Perfect carbonation.

D: This beer is very drinkable and very delicious. I found myself done with the bottle before I realized it.

Served in: Tulip

01-11-2011 14:28:46 | More by JxDuff
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Hooo boy this one's a beaut. Into a Dulip a dark murky amber with a big tan head that slowly recedes with great lacing. Leaves that nice mound at the end. Strong smell of caramel and dark dried fruits. Taste is the same with good balancing hops with a nice dry finish. Full-bodied with enough carbonation to keep it...not cloying. It's great. Good beer. Not bad for a five buck bomber.

01-06-2011 18:30:22 | More by wcintula
Photo of Swimsum


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Consumed on 10/24/10

Pours out a murky reddish brown color. A good aggressive pour yields a nice head that is white in color. When held to the light the liquid becomes a rustic red color. Body isn't as cloudy as I thought it would be, actually quite clear. Head is very loose and stays around for the whole session. Foamy lacing is drug down the glass as the liquid level goes down.

Smells of hops, caramel, and some other malt characteristics. Almost barleywine-ish.

A sweetness is first to present itself upon tasting it. This is followed up by some caramel malt and then the classic Lagunitas hop finish (red berry like). I find this to be pretty well balanced overall. I'd like a bit more nuttiness from it since this is supposedly an "Imperial Brown" according the to label.

Medium bodied that may be a bit toward the thicker side of things. This isn't chewy by any means but I don't know how else to describe it other than slightly thick. The beer goes down smooth and alcohol well hidden.

I wasn't sure what to think of this beer when I first started off. I ended up liking this beer but it wasn't anything amazing. I like Lagunitas but there are other beers I'd buy from them before I bought this one again.

01-04-2011 21:11:34 | More by Swimsum
Photo of youradhere


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle from the cellar, pours crystal clear ruby-amber color, off white head. Aromas of chocolate cherries, sweet maltiness, dates and prunes. Tastes of complexity, not as sweet as it smells, chocolate, cherry, floral and spicy hops, chewy bread with a lighter mouthfeel. The hops are still strong on the nose, slight hop bitterness on the palate. Carbonation is good, this beer is better than i thought it would be. Really complex and light, glad I have a few more aged to sample.

12-28-2010 04:11:20 | More by youradhere
Photo of Reidrover


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

22 oz bomber from Roths, Sunnyside Market, Salem Nice dark amber/reddish ale with a good tan head. Plenty lace to go around. Strong aromas, of caramel, ,toasted biscuit malts and a good spicy ,peppery hop. Taste is pretty much the same with a emphasis on the chewy,robust toffeeish malts, the hops balance it out so it isnt really a sweet beer and take over a bit at the end. Great mouthfeel on this, very luxuriant. Overall yet another solid offering from lagunitas..more malt driven than their usual.

12-09-2010 00:08:31 | More by Reidrover
Photo of CASK1


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Served in a tulip glass. Kicked the last keg at Kickbacks - got about a 3 ounce sample, gratis!

Appearance is a luminous medium brown, with a thick, long-lasting light tan head. (Head size and retention may have been exaggerated as a result of draining the keg.) Aroma features sweet malt, light caramel/toffee notes, and a hint of vanilla. No hops to speak of. Flavor mirrors the aroma, with a rich toffee malt flavor and a low earthy hop flavor. There is just enough hop bitterness to offset the sweetness of the malt. Medium-light body and medium-low carbonation. Low alcohol warmth.

I wish I had gotten more that the last few ounces of this keg. Not quite what I expected for a Strong Ale, but very enjoyable.

12-05-2010 21:13:02 | More by CASK1
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

A - A large frothy head atop a reddish brown brew.

S - Strong grapefruit hops presence. Slight caramel malt backbone.

T - Great. Nice grapefruit hops with a hint of pine. A nice malty backbone of caramel and biscuits. Aftertaste is of linger pine, malty flavors and faint peppery bitterness. Good all around in flavor.

M - Medium body, smooth, very refreshing.

D - Holy crap, I practically chugged this brew... unintentionally. Seriously, a 22 oz bottle and then I suddenly realized with only a quarter of this review finished that only had a few ounces left. This is a fantastic quaffable beer. It's not too often that I feel as sad that as I am that this is a limited edition - potentially because it is local and I have found it on tap. I hope it will at least last through the recession.

12-05-2010 06:12:21 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Served from a 22oz bomber. Beer pours very smoothly, with a dark-copper color, and an extremely dense yet light head. Head came to about 1/2" in a beer mug. There is an aroma of oak and malt that is light, and the lightness is actually very pleasant. The initial tastes are malt and caramel, with a sour/bitter undertone. The bitterness is residual through the aftertaste, and also balances well with the rest of the beer. The beer is very smooth and light in mouth, and leaves a light film/residue. For a strong ale, it is extremely easy to drink, and I would absolutely purchase this beer again. I'd be very intrigued to taste it on draught...

12-03-2010 05:33:37 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of rickdiaz


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

I was very impressed with this one.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a creamy head about 2 fingers thick in a SA pint glass.

S: The aroma gave off a robust roasted malts, carmel, alongside citrusy hops.

T: The taste starts off malty and sweet but soon afterwards, the hoppy aftertones kick in. Very well balanced.

M: Very smooth and velvety with slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Very good imperial brown ale that I wouldn't mind drinking on a regular basis with a steak dinner.

11-20-2010 00:48:23 | More by rickdiaz
Photo of WanderingFool


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

WTF pours a clear, dark brown color into the glass with a medium sized frothy off white head on top. As the foam dissolves, lots of patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is hoppy with notes of grapefruit and orange citrus. Some caramel and toasty pale malt notes are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with fizzy carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between caramel malt and citrus hops. It begins malty with notes of caramel and toffee, plus a touch of bready yeast. Brown sugar flavors are also present. In the middle orange citrus and piney hop notes move in. It finishes bitter with a grassy hop taste. Once gone The dark sugar and grassy hops linger on the palate.

This is an easy drinking well balanced beer. However, it's got a bit of a 'twang' to it that I seem to find in all Lagunitas beers.

11-14-2010 19:47:57 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of ruckus232


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Semi-transparent brown color with a little bit of sticky head that leaves a little bit of lacing on the top of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malty scent with a slight bitterness that will come with roasted smell.

Taste: Even though it smelled like there would be a bitterness (similar to a coffee), there was surprisingly little. It has a slight bitterness in the beginning that fades quickly. There is not a lot of sweetness and the roasted taste remains but without that bite. Pretty good flavor but it lacks anything complex.

11-07-2010 22:44:10 | More by ruckus232
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: pours a clear brownish amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: grapefruits and malt sweetness rise from the glass and are easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel flavors with loads of grapefruit, a hint of pine, dark sweet fruits, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Bitterness nicely balances this one out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout which is a bit of a turnoff for the style.

Drinkability: flavor wise this one was quite nice, but the crispness brings this one down a notch.

11-05-2010 12:13:02 | More by Gavage
Photo of Brez07


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Reviewing from notes. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Brownish copper hue. Leaves a 1 finger off white head. There is minimal lacing at the top of the glass

S: Overall, this reminded me a little of a barleywine. Some caramel malt, some sweetness (almost coconut like) and piney hops

T: The barleywine comparisons continue. All the characteristics from the nose are present, but not quite as strong. Hops seem faded. There are traces of nutmeg I think

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Some residual bitterness after each sip

D: A solid beer if you ask me. I had it on draft a few months back and it seemed a little better. Worth a shot considering the price of Lagunitas bombers are lower comparatively

11-04-2010 20:51:45 | More by Brez07
Photo of horshack7


4/5  rDev +1.8%

Apperance: Crowned with a frothy off white head that is about two fingers thick. Beneath that is a very dark brown almost black with red garnet hues around the edges.

Aroma: Huge notes of very dark caramalized sugar and or very dark brown sugar. Sweet fruits with notes grapefruit coming form the hops. The malts dominate this one with bits of brown bread. Caramel malts with very dark roasted hops.

Taste: Dam this one is a mean malt bomb. Lots of dark roasted hopiness with malts that are roasted even more than the hops. Tons of dark ripe fruits along with minor notes of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is mostly on the smooth side.

Notes: A well put together beer. Cheers.

10-28-2010 01:58:23 | More by horshack7
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, almost burnt amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, ruby-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells spicy at first but quickly a mix of herbaceous and fruity hop characteristics. The hop character is dominant with aromas of dank herbal notes, menthol, lychee, tangelo zest, candied orange zest and something that really reminds me of tincture of orange zest. The herbal hop notes mix interestingly with dark malt aromatics to give the nose a bit of a harder edge at times. The malt is clearly a supporting character here, but does contribute notes of toasted grain, a touch caramelized character and even a touch of nuttiness.

My first taste is sweet tasting up front which accentuates the citrusy / fruity hop character. The beer is actually quite smooth and creamy feeling, though there is a touch of prickly carbonation present, but the beer is quite a bit lighter feeling than I was expecting. As in the nose, the herbal hop character mixes with dark, roast-leaning malt character in the finish to add a sharpness and even to accentuate the menthol and herbaceous quality of the hops. Fruit flavors of lychee, tangelo zest and essential citrus oil seem to be the most noticeable and these are backed by notes of pine, some tongue numbing menthol and an almost astringent green hop character (this last is kept fairly well in check, such that it just adds to the hop complexity). The dark malt character here is fairly subtle under the expressive hops, but it provides an interesting twist to the usually pale, hop focused beer. Flavors of richly toasted grain, a touch of roast character and some spicy whole grain like character boost the supporting complexity and just work.

The interest gained from the dark malt character balances out the fact that the hops are being purely cleanly supported by the malt. This is a really easy drinking beer given the strength of this brew and a 22oz bottle is dangerously quaffable.

10-17-2010 02:10:11 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

750ml Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/brown colour with a large soapy beige head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, malts, caramel, reminded me slightly of a glass of cola as well

Taste & Mouth - A near perfect mouth feel, an average amount of carbonation eaves it feeling light, but creamy at the same time. Hops are the most noticeable flavour, also some toasted malts and some caramel. It has a really great balance of sweet and sour. It's full bodied but not too overpowering. It finishes with a nice bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - A fantastic beer that I would be happy to drink again.

10-11-2010 23:27:13 | More by spinrsx
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy light tan head. Slightly below average retention and moderate lacing.

4.5 S: Smells like a barleywine. Deep caramel and toffee notes. Plum and raisin fruitiness. Some brown sugar as well. Piney and flowery hops.

3.0 T: The taste is a lot like the nose, only weaker. Hop presence is a lot stronger. Pine and citrus hops fill the taste. Caramel and toffee are there, but weaker as is the brown sugar. Good, but nothing special.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Fairly active carbonation and perhaps a bit too high. Could be creamier. Bitter aftertaste.

3.5 D: The smell is great, but everything else is just alright. Lagunitas makes some great stuff and this is a decent addition to their lineup.

10-11-2010 00:26:08 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Reviewed from notes on 9/10/10.

A: Pours a brownish-black with a red tint. The head is stuck somewhere between khaki and white, and burns off quickly to leave an odd, sparkly retention. The lacing is light and not very sticky, but it does leave some visually fun patterns.

S: Mal-ty. I smell loads of brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla, with a touch of milk chocolate. I swear I can also smell some trademark Lagunitas piney hops in the background, along with a touch of alcoholic heat.

T: There is a little bit of coffee bitterness gracing the sides of my mouth, along with a nice frothy blend of mocha, brown sugar, caramel, and mild chocolate that disperses over the middle of my palate. But what makes the beer is the piney hoppiness that tickles the end of my tongue in the middle to end of each sip.

M: For such a big flavor, the MF is a little thin. It is on the light side of light-medium.

D: This was quite an interesting brown ale - very malty, yet with a gracious note of hops throughout. I will try it again, fo' sho'!

10-04-2010 23:19:06 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a thick three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a chunky lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Clear very dark amber color. Nose is strong hops and malt. Flavor has a lot of hops but there is a lot of malt - balanced. Decent imp brown. $4.49 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

10-03-2010 22:19:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zebus0


3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Impulse buy today for a pint.

A- Good. Looks like a brown ale. Nice amber/brown color. Almost no head on it, not a lot of carbonation. I'm cool with that.

S- It's alright. Nutty aroma to it, just a tad of spice but not much. Toasty smell.

T- Pretty good. Malty! A lot of hops too. Doin it's thing on being a strong ale. I like the bite. Malt finish.

M- Average, Like I said, not a lot of carbonation, relatively smooth.

D- About halfway through really started to grow on me. I really like stouts and strong beers so I felt right at home. Oddly I'm not a big fan of too much hops, and it had just a bit too much for me. Probably not something I would drink more than a pint or two of comfortably.

09-30-2010 00:32:40 | More by Zebus0
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color with a deep foam head that settles after about a minute into a very thin layer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Hops and malt. Not a lot of citrus, almost has a little bit of what seems like cocoa mixed in there somewhere. Almost has a bit of a toasted coffee scent as well.

Taste - Abundance of hop in the flavor that settles into a very malty finish. Again, it seems almost as if there's a burnt flavor in there somewhere. Not fruity at all, mainly hops.

Mouth - It's a very heavy brew. May be a bit bitter for some people, especially since it has an undertone that I can't quiet put my finger on.

Drinkability - This is a good beer, but it's very heavy and hoppy. Which can be a bad mixture for some. It takes a while to go down. By time you finish the bomber, it will more than likely be warm. Had this on tap as well once though, amazing if you can find a place that serves it.

09-23-2010 01:17:08 | More by wikk3d
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.