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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,310 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,310
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 56
Gots: 125 | 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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Ratings: 2,310 | Reviews: 790
Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a black body. The foam settles slowly and the lace it leaves behind coats the glass nicely.

S - An aroma of caramel with a little molasses and some toffee.

T - Toffee notes up front with rich caramel. A little bit of smoke to the malt character in the middle as well as more of the toffee character and a bit of molasses. Some bready notes in the finish with moderate hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a beer that is very typical of what I have come to expect of Lagunitas. The combination of rich, caramel and toffee malt with aggressive hoppiness reminds me of several of their beers that I have had in the past. This is even more unusual than the rest of their catalogue with the dark malt having an intense bready caramel and molasses character, complimented by odd notes of smoke. Worth trying, though I don't know that I will have another one.

Photo of samie85
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a dark reddish amber with 2.5 finer white head. Leaves nice, thick lacing.

S-Fresh, juicy pineapple, caramel and vanillla, pine and some grapefruit. It's making me salivate.

T-Pine, burnt sugar/caramel, pineapple, some orange and a bitter, spicy, dry pine finish. With everything that's going on here it remains very well balanced.

M-Medium bodied and well carbonated although it's very, very smooth.

D-This one is delicious and drinkable. For just shy of 8%, it has no trace of the ABV in the taste or mouthfeel.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt cocacola. thick beige head. nice tight lacing.

Pine sap, citrus, floral, pineapple/peach. Toasty caramel, cocacola, vanilla.

Cola, burnt marshmellow, caramel, brown sugar. slightly buttery. a rush of bitter pine and citrus flows through this. Not quite the hop bill you'd expect to pair with the malt flavors, but this is a WTF ale.

Somewhat fizzy like a soda. rich and smooth, sticky and semi-dry finish.

Pretty drinkable. Def a WTF of a beer. very interesting, unconventional, and tasty.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. I had tried this offering at a local beer festival on tap and was quite impressed. Out of the bottle didn't disappoint either. Poured a light brown with a one finger off-white head. Lacing was slight throughout. The aroma had hints of nuts upon first inspection. This brew has a medium body on the palate with average carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew from Lagunitas. I just hope that they come up with more offerings like this one.

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

L: Pours a nice darker amber-brown color with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, caramelized malts, then tangy citrus aromas followed by some more earthy hop aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramel flavors, then huge citrus-y flavors that are the dominant taste - big grapefruit, orange, and a hint of lemon followed by a nice bitter earthy, floral hop finish.
M: Smooth, complex, medium to heavier feeling, perfect amount of carbonation, warming.
D: Very drinkable, good mix of flavors and feel for a really interesting beer.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bomber at 3 sons for 6.50 what a bargain!

A - A light pour produced a Almost pitch black amber liquid with a bit of head and slight glass lacing stick
S - I set it about a foot away and I can still smell the hops. As I bring it to my nose a malt backbone is predominate. Smells complex.
T - Kind of nutty like a brown ale but hops and malt play to provide a bit of a bitter finish. Tasty.
M - Not as bitter as expected so the drink is sort of heavy but thin.
D - Well I missed out in getting another bottle of the Cappuccino stout before it so WTF? I better get me another one before it's gone! Since I never heard of an imperial brown this would have to be a good rep of one!

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.

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