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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,225 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,225
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 JayQue


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

Another tasty brew from Lagunitas. Pours a clear dark amber color with a big cream color head and thick bubbly lacing on the glass. Smell is fairly pronounced and hoppy with a hint of dark fruit and sweet malts. The taste emphasizes the sweet malts with some bitterness thrown in for balance. Great flavor, well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. The malts really smooth this beer out.

Drinkability is good, very little alcohol presence, smooth and seemingly light. The balancing hops add a little bite and cut the sweetness. This is a sipping beer that says "have another!!!"
Would be dangerous on tap in good company. You would probably drink more than is warranted.

06-27-2010 01:36:12 | More by JayQue
Photo of merlin48


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Bomber pours a clear dark amber body with a medium beige head. Attractive island chain lacing on the glass.

Aroma has pine hops, toffee, and ripe pears and Mcintosh apples.

Medium body and carbonation with a satiny smoothness.

Taste has fruity pears and ripe red apples, toffee and caramel, and a solid earthy and pine hop presence that balances nicely. Alcohol is not detected. Extremely well balanced with a very clean finish.

This one was a pleasant surprise with its high drinkability and pleasantly balanced taste. Lagunitas should be saluted for brewing such reasonably priced, high quality ales.

06-26-2010 17:03:40 | More by merlin48
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark golden brown with a thumb of frothy beige head which dissipates leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Sweet floral and citrus hops are the first hit, followed by a mellow chocolate maltiness. Mild vanilla and pineapple also present.

T - Bit of a hop bomb off the get go which a citrus and pine, followed by the chocolate malts on the finish. Also noticeable is a bit of a sweet pineapple flavour. Nicely balanced flavour for sure, complex yet not too much to handle.

M - Floats nicely on the tongue and surprisingly does not finish overly dry or bitter. The malts power through the bitter hops to make a deliciously crafted beer.

D - This is one delicious beer, and the high ABV goes nearly unnoticed! Goes down dangerously smooth and the balance between the hops and malts is finely tuned to make for the perfect taste and finish.

06-26-2010 00:52:12 | More by andrenaline
Photo of cpone

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Three finger foamy off white head, settles to a finger with webby lacing. Ruby, caramel clear body.

S: Sweet, roasted malts - a little spicy. Slight piney hop presence.

T: Fairly true to the nose - mostly sweet, but not too sweet toasty brown sugar malts dominate throughout. I get mild piney hop after the first exhale.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Not being a lover of brown ale, i think it's rather drinkable given the style and adv.

06-26-2010 00:32:31 | More by cpone
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

22oz bomber, $4.99 from Hoosick Beverages in Troy NY. Served half cold in a chilled pint glass.

Dark brown brew turns dark cherry red against a light. Frothy tan head settles from 1.5" to a stable 1/4" layer and leaves a bunch of sticky bubbly lace behind. Hugely aromatic, massive thick roasted malt body, candy sugar, there's a ton going on in here, just about everything... citrus, berries, dark fruits, banana, pine, grass, earthy tones, oak, spices, etc. Amazing. Taste starts with a good pine and lemon rind hop bite, then thick roasted malts and brown sugar, clove, licorice, some fruity esters, then finishes with grapefruit, pine, burnt sugar, and a healthy alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, thick and smooth, finishes with a dry hop bite. Quite filling and very enjoyable.

06-25-2010 00:28:49 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Lldeegan


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

On cask at rattle n hum
Dark brown with kahaki head, stick lace
It gives off the smell of wood, earth, some malt and dark raisin
The taste is similar very strong alcohol plays with a dark woody and earthy character. Nice dark full bodied beer and the cask lends to a great mouthfeel
Alcohol burn on the back
Really great flavors.

06-24-2010 17:13:33 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of Bendurgin


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured this into a pint glass. Musky brown color with about a finger of off white head. Lots of carbonation bubble sticking to the side of the glass. I smell lots of grain in this. Reminds me of horse feed actually. After that I get a little bit of cocoa a bit of nuttiness. I get some nuttiness and bitter hops in the taste. Something in there is actually really bitter. Rich malts finish on the pallet. Mouth fell is good; I love all those crazy bubbles! And for the abv this drinks nicely.

06-23-2010 23:42:11 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of vkv822


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

22oz bottle into snifter.

It pours a dark amber brown color with a quickly dissipating tan head. The aroma is of strong citrus hops with a nice light bready, caramel malt backing. The flavor at first is of strong citrus hops, but is soon balanced out by rich bready malts. As the beer warms the malt character really takes off, and notes of bread and caramel become very present, as well as some very pleasant nutty and roasted notes as well.
The body is a fair medium body with decent carbonation, but finishes a bit watery for my liking, especially for a strong ale.
Overall this is a nicely well done beer, and while I very much enjoyed the flavors, I would like to have seen them be a bit more prominent. And I do wish the mouthfeel was a bit heavier and long-lasting.

06-23-2010 02:56:32 | More by vkv822
Photo of ShadesOfGray


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Picked up while out it New Jersey a couple weeks ago. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Allagash tall snifter/chalice glass. Pours a clear amber color, with a slight golden tinge. Although once the glass is full, the color is a lot deeper/darker. Not hazy or cloudy, just a darker shade then the pour with a brown/reddish color. A very nice creamy tan head forms relatively quick and has wonderful retention. Even after a few minutes, the head is still hanging on as a surface of cream. With that said, lacing is decent, but quick sliding.

Aroma is just ok, pretty average. Not strong, and nothing special...pretty much like a basic american strong ale. No perticular interesting fruit notes or malty notes. Just a little hops and yeasts. Resembles a pale ale infact.

Flavor is pleasantly better than I expected. Robust, malty, sharp. Carbonation is high, mouthfeel is medium, a decent drinker. Flavors of malts, hops, burnt tobacco, vanilla. Interestingly, for a medium ABV, there's a decent heat/burn from this beer. Overall though, a nice beer!

06-23-2010 00:19:04 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of womencantsail


3.85/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

$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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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

New York

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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!).

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


3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

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!

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


4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

06-12-2010 13:17:34 | More by TommyW
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,225 ratings.