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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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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: 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 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.

zeff80, Jun 18, 2010
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.

robwestcott, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Axic10
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!).

Axic10, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
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!

DmanGTR, Jun 14, 2010
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.

jzeilinger, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of caddybuyer
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.

caddybuyer, Jun 13, 2010
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.

TommyW, Jun 12, 2010
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.

far333, Jun 11, 2010
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.

NEhophead, Jun 11, 2010
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.

MenloBeer, Jun 10, 2010
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?

srandycarter, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
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.

IronDjinn, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of stoutfiend27
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

stoutfiend27, Jun 09, 2010
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.

loren01, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Jun 06, 2010
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.

Florida9, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty brown ale with a nice hoppy side.

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Simple and almost perfunctory Lagunitas design for their limited releases, with the name of the brew around a bit of a retro range of fonts with the mascot logo at the center. Tongue in cheek side narrative going over recent events and the ironies of economic recovery and equality thanking those who drink the brew. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs (64.20), gravity at 1.072, and Alc. by Vol. (7.83%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Ruby brown pour with a generous frothy head, average retention, with a nice surface memory, and rich lacing.

S - Malty and sugary nose woven with a fruity hoppy touch.

T - Taste in tune with the nose with a nice caramel profile followed by hoppy touches with pineapple and citrus.

M - Medium body with adequate and fading carbonation held by a fair sticky touch that lingers on a slightly dry finish that feels a touch too thin.

D - All things considered this works rather well and is a solid brew.

Notes: Another solid offering from Lagunitas. It is not my favorite from their seasonal brews to date, I believe they can and do much better than this. But this remains solid, tasty and rather pleasing with a distinct Lagunitas profile.

Daniellobo, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. A good value at $3.79.

A-pours a beautiful copper red brown with two finger cream-colored head with good retention. Light lacing is even all the way down the glass.

S-Malts dominate the aroma with caramel and bread pudding with raisins. Lemony and grassy hops are also present.

T-A rich creamy malt forward flavor of the brown ale style, this being considered an IBA by the brewer. Caramel, biscuity malts with some dark dried fruit are most prominent, and a hint of grapefruit zest in the finish. Taste is more balanced as it warms.

M-Very smooth and creamy without being oily or buttery. Nice, but may be a tad light.

D-At 7.83% ABV (the only brewer I have noticed showing two digits right of the decimal) is very well masked. I don't notice it in the taste. Very drinkable. A very good, but not great beer. Not quite on par with Hop Stoopid or Lucky 13 Mondo, but a good value at over a $1 less than most other bombers.

velosuds, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an appealing crystal clear coppery brown, with a nice two finger head that laces well.
the aroma is remeniscent of a brown ale with a nice well defined caramel and slight biscuity smell. it's also got a hoppiness, that leans in the grassy and floral direction
the flavor is also of a nice rich brown ale. lots of caramel maltiness and biscuity qualities. in addition i you also find the slightest hint of a darker coffe-like roastiness, just a hint though. there's also a just bit of yeast driven fruitiness, that can be defined by raisin mostly. as in the aroma, there is also a healthy amount of hoppage, mostly grassy and a bit piney. a touch of aricot or mango as well.
the mouthfeel is slick and smooth with approriately fine carbonation.
drinkability is good it's big and robust, but keeps itself it in check at all the right times. very good.

kmo1030, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean amber with bright ruby highlights. A big thick and fluffy head.

The smell has a fresh green leafy hop aroma and a bit of bready malts.

The taste follows the nose perfectly only with everything bigger and stronger. Great Bready and toasty malt backbone with a touch of pepper along with a great fresh and leafy green and bitter piney hops. Great balance for the size and style. Love the fresh bready malts.

The mouthfeel is thick and full with a long lingering oily tongue coating.

Very solid and drinkable, another winner from Lagunatis.

bashiba, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny tan/brown with orange-ish highlights...head is thinnish at about a quarter-inch, though it retains very well.

Aroma is hop-laden, and very much West Coast hops at that--vibrant, even what I'd call "electric" hops...they dance and sizzle all up in your nostrils. "Dryer sheet" also works. Little bit of roasted/toasted grains here. The label describes this as "malty" and "robust," and the truth will come out in the tasting, but aroma-wise it's pretty much mostly hops.

The hops keep sizzling and buzzing on the tongue...they're very much up front and bright, although the roasted characteristics of the malt provide some needed earthy balance. The alcohol and hops seems to conspire to give a pretty strong pepper-meets-cinnamon kick, further shoving any malty sweetness and robustness down a few more notches. Lightly astringent in the finish, like strong herbal tea.

Sizzles pretty good on the tongue too, so there's some very healthy carbonation here. Medium-bodied, light stick, pretty nice feel overall.

W.T.F. is not what I was expecting, so the acronym is appropriate. The label made me think malt-bomb for some reason ("malty," "robust," "brown"), but really, this is like the dark West Coast answer to Troeg's Nugget Nectar maybe. Maybe. Or perhaps a Brown IPA (like a Black IPA only, uh, brown). Perhaps. I imagine this is one of those beers that takes some time and multiple visits to decipher properly...

[No points docked for this, of course, but what an incredibly silly name...acronym or no...]

Metalmonk, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of adamette
2.38/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor last week for $4.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. 06053911 stamped on the neck of the bottle but I found no other indication of any "best by" date anywhere else on the bottle or the label.

A Dark caramel but translucent body with some sediment floating about under a meringue like creamy, very light brown head. Look is just o.k. but I like the sediment floating around. 3.5

S Floral hops, some malt. Not that inspiring from one of my favorite California micro breweries. 3.0

T Organic, earthy, floral hops taste with a dissapointing amount of malt backdrop (the label mentions "A malty, robust jobless recovery ale" after all) and then the taste just dissapears almost with the last drop going down (almost no aftertaste!). There is a lingering hops bitterness but really this is a thin, slightly hoppy really basic tasting beer. 2.0

M Too thin for me (especially when the label mentions "robust"). Again there is not enough malt for it to be considered "malty" and the hops bitterness really isn't enough to make up for that. 2.0

D Less than fair because the taste and feel are so uninspiring. I do not think that I will buy this again. 2.5

Notes: I am a huge fan of Wilco and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (the album) but this beer leaves a lot for me to desire. Namely, a beer that meets the description on the front of the label would have been nice. I will stick to my Hairy Eyeball, Brown Shugga' and the great "We're only in it for the money" from Lagunitas.

adamette, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WTF bomber into snifters, shared with the wife

Deep brown with ruby read highlights and a fluffy head with big league lacing

Quite nutty on the sniffer, very much brown ale and a bubble gum hoppiness

Drinks like a hoppy brown ale...which is heartening knowing I failed spectacularly in trying to homebrew something similar. There's a dry, woody quality to this in addition to the rich malt presence. Tough to rate this because it's good, but if rated to what I believe it to be (a brown) it's very good, since I don't dig much on Browntown.

Mouthfeel is also a conundrum. If based on a strong....kinda weak. If rated as a brown, just about right. I'll split the difference.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, that despite its heavy malt presence, still managed to confound and please. Drinks well for nearly 8%. I'll also applaud Lagunitas for again brewing another solid, affordable beer.

BarrytheBear, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear mahogany color with ruby highlight. Nice head on pour that fades pretty quickly becoming a lacing on top.

S - Caramel malts, malt sweet, with a good balance of aromatic citrus hops.

T - Very malt forward, lots of caramel malt with some roasted notes. The hops are definitely present but with all the malt they are in the passenger seat and not driving this brew.

M - Almost a creamy feel with a bit of a alcohol bite.

D - Very enjoyable, not too overwhelming and can be enjoyed in greater quantities than most American Strongs.

steelerguy, May 31, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish hearty brown with lace patches on a fat head and has a sweet caramel malt aroma along with some roasted malt smells and tea-like hops. Chewy, malty, very bready, some sticky sweet caramel along with dark cocoa and coffee. Has a dry, crisp finish thanks to carbonation and hops as well as a hint of spice (nutmeg??). Another quality Lagunitas brew that is worth trying.

clayrock81, May 31, 2010
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.