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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,304 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,304
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 56
Gots: 122 | 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:
Beer added by: flexabull on 03-06-2010

"Imperial Brown Ale" (not a style on BA).
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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a slightly transparent brown with a thin white head with slippery lacing.

S - WOW! Sweetness followed by nutmeg, grapejuice, apples, pears.

T - Citric notes, hops, with a brown ale flavor.

M - Nice and balanced. Not really bitter at all and the hops are soft. Rich and full.

D - Great beer. Pretty impressive and much better than I had expected.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a clear dark brown-red color with a good off-white head which soon turns to a film. Mild aroma of malts and hop spicyness. Taste of toasted malts, hops, spices, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied with a slightly bitter aftertaste. An enjoyable beer... strong for a brown ale, but drinks nice. I'd certainly get this again.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful deep reddish brown, short creamy beige head that lingered and laced nicely. Nicely balanced aroma, complex bouquet of hops and sweet malt. Could definitely pick this out of a lineup as a lagunitas beer. It's by no means light, but it is lighter than I expected given the color and abv. WTF a limited release, and I plan do my part in consuming this batch's inventory.

Photo of BostonBrewins
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear tawny brown with decent head retention. Looks very nice in the light.

S - Fresh oranges, grapefruits, and floral spices in the nose.

T - Citrussy hop overtones comprise the predominant flavor. There is some underlying sweet caramel maltiness which provide a nice contrast, but it would be nice if it was a little stronger. A bit of spicy herbal tones as well. Finishes dry.

M - Body is lighter than I expected. The low carbonation level works well with this. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D - Overall a fairly light, easy drinking, flavorful beer. Too bad its a limited release; Lagunitas is trying to break our hearts.

Photo of MarkFy
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent value beer. Copper brown color, smell is pine and citrus, taste follows the nose and is quite smooth with a malty and hoppy finish.

I could and will drink several of these in a setting, very good beer by Lagunitas, especially for the value!

Photo of Clydesdale
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown color. The ample head has a bit of a light brown hue and a dense, foamy and frothy texture. Retention is strong, with persistent sticky lacing.

S: Caramel and brown sugar in the nose. Some fruity notes, with spicy and citric hop aromas. A faint whiff of alcohol, but it seems pretty well masked for close to 8% abv.

T: Definite brown sugary malt flavor, with lesser hints of caramel. Hops are fairly flavorful, with fruity/citric and lightly piney notes. Bitterness is surprisingly restrained, especially for a strong ale from Lagunitas.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and fine - a bit too much so. A measured alcoholic heat into the finish.

D: This has some nice maltiness, but sort of a half-hearted overall flavor. I keep waiting for it to open up and start to wow me a little, but it isn't really happening. Not bad, but not really recommended.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This finally showed up in Colorado and for my money I really feel like I get a good value out of Lagunitas beers. This was brown but almost chestnut, light brown. It smelled like a brown ale and nothing special at that but the taste was a real departure. The flavor was super hoppy to me, almost like an IPA or something, very cool.

Photo of ryanonline
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with Ruby tinges and a big off white head that disappears quick. Good sheet like lacing.

Hoppy smell with a light caramel malt on the nose. A light spicey nose too.

Taste is almost completely devoid of malt flavor but retains the piney flavor present in the scent. In a word bitter.

Kind of dry mouthfeel and little thin body. Lots of carbonation.

Moderate drinkability, a little foamy though.

Unimpressed. Come on lagunitas I expect more.

Photo of mrstevens
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was brown with decent sized cream colored head leaving behind spotted lacing.

Smell was of sweet malts dark fruits and pine, hops.

Taste was sweet malts at first then the hops really hit the tongue leaving an aftertaste of hops.

Drinkability was pretty good, no real alcohol flavor to it so it would be easy to drink quite a few glasses.

Photo of beertunes
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. The bar called this a brown ale. Poured a clean, clear brown with a half-inch of off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of sweetness and hops. The flavors were very hoppy up front, sweet in the middle and balanced on the finish.

The body was good, even, clean and balanced. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple in a row, but maybe not more than that. Overall, a solidly decent beer that has taken a step in restoring my opinion of this brewery.

Photo of claminat420
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured an extremely dark amber color (almost brown) with a frothy off-white tan colored head. medium lacing. slightly transparent.

S- a subtle bouquet of earthy hops nestled in with some light carmel malt.

T- just like the smell but more watered down.

M- light to medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- this is going down like water.

Overall- this brew is one for an all around picky person. it's got such a light hop scent mixed with light malt presence. i was expecting alil more of a showcase of malt but still highly drinkable. this would be a good one to have on a hot summer day.

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Caramel elements dominate, but there is also a fruit aspect that ranges from dark fruit to stone fruit to hints of citrus

Taste: After a brief taste of caramel malt and dark fruit, a blast of citrusy pith and pine comes to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor profile remains hoppy, though there is a range of fruit flavors that add complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lagunitas has hit it out of the ballpark with this one; tremendously complex malt profile matches up with the hoppiness you expect from this brewery

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better beers from Lagunitas, and as usual, it's well priced. Pours walnut brown with a garnet tinge. Decent head to start, but it fades a little too quickly. Smells malty, and a bit sweet, but there are some earthy hops and a vinous note that helps it from being cloying. Very nice flavors. This is a bold beer, but surprisingly malty for lagunitas. Nice breadiness with a touch of citrus and molasses as well as some spicy, earthy hops. Nice body without being overwhelming or too sweet. Creamy but firm. The alcohol is noticeable, but reasonably well hidden as well. Overall a very balanced delicious beer.

Photo of geokills
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unleashing this translucent deep mahogany liquid from bottle unto glass, imbibers will be presented with an ample eruption of lightly tan head subsiding with some hustle yet retaining a nice cap for mild lacing. Strong aroma full of citrus foretells the hoppy flavor of this brew with malt flavors present though taking a backseat. Alcohol apparent, somewhat sweet and sticky with a tart finish and lingering bitterness. Astringent.

Photo of aubuc1
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear, reddish brown with a thinnish tan head.

Smell is a citrusy and roasty brown delight.

Taste is a dry, hoppy, and balanced with some nice bready roasty malt finish. Great hoppy presence but an interesting balance.

Very drinkable beer and nice mouthfeel. Another very good beer from lagunitas.

Photo of washburnkid
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Under a finger of head dissipates quickly over a beautiful copper and red. Nice cap of retention and some lacing. Aromas are toasted biscuit and dark fruits with fig and prune. The initial taste reveals toasted biscuit malts, which are pretty huge. Is that the "robust" the label promises? There's a bit of bitter bite and some significant notes of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. All in all nice and warming.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with shades of red and a finger's worth of pillowy, sticky laced tan head (which fades in short time).

Very enticing aroma of grapefruit zest and freshly cut roses (snobbish enough?). Pine plays a supporting role in the aroma along with some sweet grain. Some toasted malt as the beer warms is noticeable.

Working from the back, there is some chocolate on the finish that fades into a light pine lingering; very long finish. Sweet grain upfront,caramel/buttery and bready, and citrus/pine hops (cascade/centennial extract?) add some nice balance to malt profile.

Creamy, velvety and oily along with a medium body which complements the taste and is very nice for the style. The med/high carbonation is very nice as well.

Very drinkable and well crafted. Hops flavor surprisingly has a larger role than expected and helps to amplify the taste by keeping the malt from becoming cloyingly sweet. Barely any alcohol heat on the swallow. Another nice offering .

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a beautiful reddish-brown with a tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S. Nutmeg, honey, brown sugar, pine, earthy peat; a lot of flavors that seem to compliment, rather than compete, with each other

T. A wonderful balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. This nose is a good indication of what to expect from the brew.

M. Thick and silky smooth; a wonderful combination of body and carbonation

D. Very drinkable. Complex yet perfectly balanced.

A wonderfully crafted beer. I'd definitely recommend. This would easily become a go-to beer for me if it was available as such.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours walnut brown with ruby hues and a generous tan head that takes its time giving way to the sticky yet varied lacing that clings to the glass.

There is an immediate presence of funky, earthy hops, and sweet malt with hints of caramel as well as possibly some brown sugar.

The flavor is quite good with initial sweet caramel malt greeting the tongue, followed by deep hop bitterness, and finishing with a sweetness resembling brown sugar, but also biscuit. The characteristics of this beer are much more apparent in the palate versus the nose.

WTF is medium to full in body and medium in carbonation, yet creamy and smooth.

This is one of the better drinking beers I have had in a while. The generous character leaves you craving more, yet nothing punishing to the palate, and easy to consume.

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper colored brew with a thick light oatmeal colored head and stifling amounts of lacing. The aroma offers sweet malt vinegar and some cat piss hops with earthy malt. Pretty intense with a slight bubblegum overtone, nice. The flavor comes on with a malty blend of grapefruit hop and fruit nougat. It's a medium-plus bodied brew with fairly low carbonation and a silky feel. Quite drinkable for the style but you can sense some alcohol. This comes close to some outstanding DIPA's, it's very good just a hair off the best I think. There's some nutty champagne qualities. A very nice beer.

Photo of johnwarne
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"American ale--
A nice representative
LBC is proud".

First pass at WTF, which I assumed was a novelty given the initials on the tap. Pleasant surprise, and nothing to be ashamed of at all--worth consideration by strong ale friends everywhere.

Cheers!

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is my favorite American Strong since Stone Arrogant Bastard. The color is a dark brown with a good head but not too big. Foam color is much lighter than the beer. Flavor is mellower than the Arrogant Bastard but very good and a great balance of malt, hops and alcohol. Would recommend.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 12 Apr 2010.

Poured in a Lakefront shaker pint glas. Medium sized foamy tan head. Lightly carbonated. Clear chestnut brown color. Aroma is strong, lots of resin, some soapiness. Beer starts very piney but not terribly bitter. Sweet roasted malts, brown sugar and hazelnuts. Finish and aftertaste is floral and fruity, plummy. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel.

Another good offering from Lagunitas.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sitting up listening to Wilco while drinking Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot, a nice hybrid hoppy brown ale after putting the babies down for slumber. Pours a deep mahogany brown hue with a nice fulfilling two finger gap of light khaki head floating above the body of this brew. Minimal amounts of speckled lacing cling to my imperial pint glass I'm imbibing from. Aromatics bring out some nice hops with herbal tea leaf and citric qualities going down. A spearmint herbal tone really interweaves with the dark roasted malty layers as well brings out some cookie dough and creamy malt notes as well. Flavors include a nice biscuit dark roasty brown malt backbone kicking up the dust with a few scraps of herbal/citric/and minty hop bursts flying across the palate, quite the excellent experience. As it warms the hops brighten in the best possible way, I will call this an IBA, quite possibly the best example I have had of the India Brown Ale thus far competing closely between DFH and Terrapin versions that I've enjoyed. Like a nice hop tea joined with some Italian Biscotti, those brown malts make this a warm and inviting experience. Mouthfeel is soft carbonation is sturdy yet restrained enough to let the beer do the talking excellent finish on the palate with occasional citric hop burps arising in the back of the throat this is one kick ass drinking beer. No worries find this one and give it a shot what does the title refer to or mean? I have no clue but I know good beer when I see it. I'm glad it made me tune into Wilco's Yanke Hotel Foxtrot, fuckin' classic listening jewel to go along with this great drinking IBA.

Photo of diabecktic
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
This is a translucent, dark, reddish-brown beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. Upon pouring, ~2 fingers of airy, tan head form; it quickly yields a thin rim which laces quite well.

Smell:
I find the aroma to be both nutty and sweet. It's hard to describe but it seems pretty complex. Almond seems to be the core scent, but it's complimented by a vanilla and caramel notes which are topped off with a bit of spice (cinnamon or nutmeg?).

Taste:
The flavor largely matches the nose, with malty notes hitting first. I taste quite a bit of caramel and buttery nuttiness up front, but towards the end of the tasting I find subtle kick from hops, a bit of alcohol, and what is likely cinnamon or some other "autumn-like" spice. Much like the nose, it's fairly complex.

Mouthfeel:
While not entirely dense, I think that the body is best described as medium-heavy. The alcohol is fairly well-hidden for a 7.83% ABV brew and the sweetness doesn't yield a "sticky" feeling. All of this leads to a relatively pleasant sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability:
Drinking this beer is an enjoyable experience. Though a bit on the sweeter, heavier side, there's enough balance to keep you interested and the alcohol is hidden well enough to render it relatively inoffensive. You'll definately want to take your time and enjoy this.

Summary:
Getting something that's essentially called "WTF" on the shelf is a testament to some clever marketing by the folks at Lagunitas. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from past experiences with this company, but I was pleased with this beer. Though not quite in the realm of Arrogant Bastard with respect to American Strong Ales, WTF has a unique complexity of its own that is very enjoyable. This brew is a limited release, so I recommend trying it on account of its balance, flavor, and price (~$3.50 for a 22 oz. bomber).

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,304 ratings.