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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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2,191 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 46
Gots: 94 | 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 womencantsail


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark amber color, nearing brown/mahogany with a finger's worth of off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: The first thing I pick up are some piney and floral hop aromas. A fair amount of nuttiness along with a subdued caramel sweetness in the background.

T: I was surprised by the amount of nuttiness to this beer, but found it enjoyable and seemed to work well with the somewhat resinous character of the hops. Still a nice sweetness, but not overwhelming.

M: The body was probably a bit on the watery side, especially for a bigger beer. Nice carbonation, however.

D: A pretty good beer from Lagunitas. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it after the first few sips, but it certainly grew on me.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 22:08:02 | More by womencantsail
Photo of cpetrone84


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice clear ruby red with dirty orange edges. the head is off white to light tan, quite dense and creamy with a good lace left on the side of the glass.

S-nose is quite hoppy, nut and toasted caramel, lots of sugar, hoppy, pine, lots of oily resignous hops, tangerine and citrusy hops last.

T-the taste is a little thin, nutty up front, caramel malts, slightly burnt brown sugar, citrus hops, a little oily with a touch of pine and very light bitterness in the back.

M-medium body but a little thin in the back, seems like it has the carbonation but the body just falls off. it is very smooth on the palate and goes down easy.

D-pretty tasty and quite an interesting balance between big hop profile and a nice malt base. a little thin on body and the flavor falls off in the back slightly as well but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 22:03:25 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, reddish brown color with nice clarity and a two-finger head of tan foam. Good looking lace and some pretty garnet highlights.

S: Smells fairly roasted, with a nutty, caramel malt nose and a clear hop leaf aroma. Slightly spiced and inviting.

T: Flavor has a nice, semisweet chocolate and caramel malt taste initially. A little licorice and hazelnut creeps in before the herbal, earthy hop resins kick in. This is a substantially hopped ale for what is billed as a brown. The malt sweetness goes out the window and instead is replaced with an IPA bitterness. A little jarring.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty clean and a little bitterly resinous in the finish.

D: All around, a pretty weird ale. Maybe my impression or the bottle or something, but I didn't find this brew to be balanced at all, or even in the realm of a brown ale, for that matter. The 7.83 % ABV isn't really masked, as the brew tastes a little hot. Could just be the aggressive hop profile also. Not a bad ale, just not what I was hoping for. I'd get another bottle just to see if my palate changed for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 05:12:37 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Mitchster


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.79 for a 22oz bomber at Jacks. Called an Imperial Brown Ale on Lagunitas web site, listed at 7.83% ABV.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a light tan head with superior retention and excellent lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of green resinous piney hops, mango and grapefruit, with a faint undercurrent of grain husk when swirled. The mouthfeel is initially smooth, lightly acidic later, and with a deceptively medium body. The taste is a boatload of green hops up front and that is pretty much it. Maybe some wood in the finish. Not much chocolate or amber malts like I would expect with an imperial brown and certainly not malty like it reads on the bottle. Medium strong bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste. If anybody tasted this blind, it would constitute an IPA...and a nice IPA at that.

This is a good beer, but it's a little deceptive regarding it's maltiness as labeled. I probably wouldn't buy this again. Lagunitas make better beers, but this is still better than a lot of others considering the nice price point.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 01:21:58 | More by Mitchster
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish, deepish brown, with crimson highlights, big, booming, cocoa-tan head, lace-leaving.

Caramel and cream aroma, smooth, and slightly sweet. a little nutty.

Taste: sweet, malty, nutty, caramel and toffee over all, nicely hopped, just keeps on top of the malt....actually, quite delicious. Well-rounded, nicely balanced, ...I'd like a fuller body, but, you can't win 'em all.

For a strong, smooth, and tasty brown ale, this hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 08:38:28 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark translucent brown with an ample head that lasts, leaving lots of lacing.

Smells of malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and hops. Smells like a beer perfume should.

Taste is sweet malt up front, then some bitters with a long taste of caramelized sugar, milk chocolate, ending with a nice resinous hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is light and lightly carbonated.

A malty, nicely hopped american ale that satisfies. A nice job, I am liking it. At 7.8%, I want another bottle but that means I have to drag my butt to the store. It's a jobless recovery ale, and priced at $4.49 a bottle at Bevmo, I am buying a case.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:48:12 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot is a clear brown ale with a bunch of sea monkeys in it. It's topped with a thick, fluffy, frothy, mocha colored head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a piny-- almost sprucy-- aroma with notes of roast and chocolate. It has a pretty full body that's very smooth with a slick finish. Pine, citrus, roast and chocolate combine to make a nice, full flavor. It has a long, bitter, resiny finish. This is a bold brown ale that is very distinctly from the Western US. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:29:48 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden body with a lot of white foamy head that leaves sticky thick lace. Overshadowing appearance and experience were several black dots appearing from the bottle - dirt? I fished them out and continued into a good IPA experience. A nice balanced juicy hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 03:05:23 | More by Sammy
Photo of Wasatch


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some big islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop bite, and a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Lagunitas, well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 23:10:23 | More by Wasatch
Photo of zeff80


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a murky burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. not much lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled quite malty with sweet caramel notes. It had floral and piney hops in the nose.

T - Rich malts and bitter hops to bite back. This tastes like a cross between an American Barleywine and an American Imperial IPA. Good piney hops and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that is fairly dry.

D - This is a great tasting beer. Lagunitas knocked another one out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 00:44:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of robwestcott


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to HopeinHop for sending this one along.

poured from the bottle a deep dark chocolate brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a thin toffee head leaving a slight bit of lace.

aroma of toffee, dark caramel, and uhm, i can't really tell..., no, wait, cherries (?). yeah, it's black cherries.

a very interesting taste - not quite a brown, not quite an ale - and the cherries indeed are in the way back. i'm drinking this one cold and it's going down fairly fast. the next bottle, i'll let warm a bit.

slightly stinging alcohol on the tongue, but its fairly short lived, leaving a feel of light carbonation and heat.

pretty drinkable, though you're probably not going to put back more than a couple bombers. a nice brown-type ale to finish up with after a couple summer seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 01:18:03 | More by robwestcott
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a finger of "dirty" white foam.

Smell: Malt, toffee, caramel, subtle hint of hops.

Taste: Caramel malts, toffee, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer by Lagunitas, could definitely drink more of this (and it is a very affordable beer to boot!).

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 03:20:27 | More by Axic10
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 4/17/10

Poured a deep red/brown, nice and clear, with a decently formed light maplewood head. I get a large dose of citrusy and grassy hops in the nose, not what I expected from a "robust, malty" beer, but ok, it smells good. Sweet caramel, currants, and candy with a faint cocoa finish. Decently hoppy as well with a healthy dose of grapefruit and bitters. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation. Not bad though. WTF, mate!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 16:16:21 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of jzeilinger


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep copper, brownish red color with extremely thin lacing across the top. Mild to no carbonation.

S - Nutty, grassy, a little earthy, and sweet caramel malt. Light amounts of citric hoppiness.

T - Very interesting flavor. Lots of sweet malt up front with a touch of grassiness and has a small amount of nuttiness. The hops don't surface until after the sip. As the aftertaste lingers on the tongue, only then does the hop bitterness surface. Also has some bittersweet chocolate interlaced with piny hop bittering, some smokiness. Mildly solvent-like and thick like syrup. There's a moderate amount of ABV warming and leaves the mouth coated with molasses and bitter chocolate. The flavor is very rich and eventually the aftertaste yields an orange citrus flavor in the background that lingers for a few minutes.

M - Thick, sticky, and a heavy body.

D - Couldn't do more than one of these. Not my preferred style of beer but I did enjoy it. If I didn't know any better, I would classify this as a hopped up American style Brown Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 01:10:29 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Clear mahogany with deep ruddy amber highlights when held to light. Creamy eggshell head that laces nicely. Very appealing.

S-A well balanced mix of pine, citrus and resinous hops combined with burnt sugar sweet caramel malt.

T-Rich sweet malts give way immediately to slighty citrus astringent peppery pine hops. I expected this to be far more malt biased than it is, but this is a bit of a hop bomb, and that is not a bad thing. Tastes way higher than the stated 64.20 IBU's.

M-Medium well balanced with a nice creamy touch.

D-I have never met a Lagunitas beer that I did not like, but I prefer the malt forward versions of their brews. That said, this is a very nice one off, definately worth a try, but probably not a "must have" buy it again keeper like Mondo 13.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 00:44:32 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of TommyW


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very clear but dark brown with a dense, white head.

S- Piney hops over a bit of toasted bread.

T- Piney hops dominate the taste, notes of citrus and pineapple come in toward the middle and there is a slight roasted and bready malt component.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Definitely hop forward for a brown ale; I would have like to have a little bit more malt presence and a little more sweetness. Still a good beer overall though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 13:17:34 | More by TommyW
Photo of far333


4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Military speak for WTF

Semi clear caramel colored with a fine cap of even and firm foam. Aroma of fresh and bright hops and some understated smokey malt.

Initial flavor of citrus and floral hops, followed by some piney bitter and a mellow roasty malt flavor. Hints of smoke and leather, some cocoa and woody notes. Caramel and tofee round it out, and grapfruit and orange rind continuing to rise to the top. Some brown sugar and light molasses lingers, just a teeny ABV warming in the back of the throat.

Full mouthfeel, finishes a little puckery, but this is a tasty beer and I could wreck several bombers in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:37:55 | More by far333
Photo of NEhophead


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Deep, burnt tea color with a burgundy hue in a certain light. Creamy white head that leaves a thick, half-inch of lacing around the sides with an intact creamy sheet.

Sweet caramel, molasses, and mild notes of brown sugar. Hints of licorice and other earthen, medicinal spices. Some flattering aromas; however, they are far too tame.

Notes of sweetness up front, most notably brown sugar, that are dominated by floral hop spices. Although the primary flavors are dark, earthen, and medicinal, mild citrus hops do a decent job of balancing things. Active, spicy hops at mid-sip cause a hefty bitterness with notes of lemon and toasted malts in the aftertaste.

Almost full bodied. Active, spicy, and almost aggressive on the palate. A strong mouthfeel that stands up to the somewhat intense flavors.

Some good flavors in spots; however, nothing too exciting. For the most part, a pretty bland offering; nothing all that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 01:21:58 | More by NEhophead
Photo of MenloBeer


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A- Dark brown, but not opaque. Medium head died down after awhile, leaving some good lacing.

S- Malty, but with definite hop bitterness, too. Caramel, some chocolate hints.

T- Sort of toasty, with a malt finish. Sweetness drowned out by bitter hops in the back. The alcohol kick doesn't come across immediately.

M- Medium, well rounded. The sweetness of the malt is carried well, the unattenuated sugars balance the beer nicely.

D- If you like American strong beer, this is a pretty good example to have. It's just barely over the 7% mark, so with some practice you should be able to kill more than a pint in a night.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 05:02:19 | More by MenloBeer
Photo of srandycarter


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark raw honey, near white head, leaves fast to ring. Some spot lacing.

S - Fresh. Nice deep malt.

T - Overall experience lighter than hoped. Light malt, light hops.

M - Medium body, good carb and balance.

D - I dunno. Good. But, big drinkability?

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 03:28:07 | More by srandycarter
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a gorgeous chestnut hue with impressive clarity, cola highlights when held to direct light, tall tight chunky off-white head with great retention. Sticky ringlets of lacing.

Citrus hops immediately in the aroma, grapefruit and orange rind, brown sugar, light sweet boozy malt. Preserved cherry as it warms.

Bright citrus hops jump out in the flavour, rounding out in the middle with sweet musty malt, finishing with citrus hop and alcohol, with brown sugar and orange lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, assertive carbonation which is surprising for the style, smooth at first with a crisp finish.

I'm enjoying the hops in this, however it doesn't really deliver on the malt promised on the label, or the robustness. Enjoyable, but I'd rather have a Lucky 13 for bang for the buck.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 01:48:20 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber purchased locally..here we go

a-ruddy brown color...two finger khaki head...good lacing...nice bubbles

s-smells of sweet chocolate malt some brown sugar and some pine..gets a little grassy towards the end

t-brown sugar and a little raisin start off...is a little sweet and chocolaty...the pine and grass dominate the middle before it finishes on a dry bitter note

m-very thin...too thin for me...like a watery chocolate piney mess...the carbonation saves this from being a huge let down

d-its a good beer but the body could use some beefing up...other than that i have no problem getting through them

overall another solid beer from these guys....hope to see many more

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:22:04 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of loren01


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red color, nice head slight lacing down the glass
S: Strong citrusy hop scent. Caramel malt sweetness
T: Roasted malts, nuttiness...followed by nice citrusy hop flavor
M: Medium bodied beer decent amount of carbonation.
D: Like a hopped up brown ale. Pretty interesting beer I would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 23:27:39 | More by loren01
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Does that mean that we're in the Brown?!"

"...Yuan-flavoured TARP dollars"


" W... T... F..."

Even if I didn't already have a well-earned sneaking suspicion that the beer inside this clever packaging would be worthwhile, these bons mots sealed the deal...

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish copper hue, with two fingers of chunky, foamy beige head, which leaves fractal lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of strong caramel malt, a bit of breadiness, and evenly spaced leafy, grapefruit and orange hops. The taste is dense caramel malt, toffee, a bit of biscuit, a slight buttery nuttiness, some mild warming alcohol, and fairly redoubtable citrus hops. The carbonation is mostly sedate, the body north of middleweight, smooth, creamy - with a little moderating zip - and it finishes nice and evenly with some swift doses of sweet bready malt and bitter citrus hops.

Even though the only thing that I am recovering from is a mild, but annoyingly debilitating common cold, I appreciate the assault on the funny bone/current events/strong beer jonesin' fronts. A nicely balanced big boy beer from the usual Yankee suspects on this side of the northern border.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:40:33 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Florida9


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear brown (maybe mahogany) in color. Pours with a good 1/2" of thick tan foamy head. Good retention. Okay lacing.

S: A nice blend of rich caramel malt and citrus hops.

T: Sweet caramel malt on the front end followed by a mild grapefruit bitterness then moving back to the malty sweetness. Long faint woodsy, earthy finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium with heavier carbonation. Slides over the tongue.

D: A very flavorful beer offering an excellent balance of malt and hops. And quite the bargain at less than $5 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 19:53:31 | More by Florida9
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,191 ratings.