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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 58
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: 2,312 | Reviews: 790
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.


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

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.

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?).

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.

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.

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.

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).

Photo of dogfishandi
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a clear dark brown, as someone already mentioned, pretty much the same color as the bottle. a 2 finger off white head that fades somewhat quickly to a nice layer. some nice sticky lacing and pretty decent retention. looks quite delicious!

somewhat of a subdued aroma, nothing too big detectable. some nice citrus, pine, tropical fruity hop aromas. maybe some woody and semi sweet malts, but mostly a hop dominant aroma.

hops rule the taste as well which is not a bad thing. again with the citrus and pine. some tropical fruit hop flavors come in at the finish.
some sweet malts, slightly caramel like, attempt to balance things out. maybe a touch of a chalky kind of chocolaty taste and even a tad bit of brown sugar. finishs with a lingering bitterness and flavors of tropical fruity hops and chocolaty malt.
this has a similar hoppy taste to some stone beers ive had. ie levitation ale, sublimely self rightous ale.

not the best mouthfeel. medium body, almost a little heavy. a little astringent and cloying as well. maybe a tad resiness from the hops. has a little chalkiness to it.

this one drinks relativly easy, nothing to strong in here to slow you down. no alcohol really detectable. one is enough in my opinion however. i prolly wont seek this out again, i wouldnt really recommend it either unless you got a thing for lagunitas. but theyve never really wowed me with a beer yet.

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a mostly clear brown, thick, little head, which sticks to the side a little bit for some sparse lacing. Smell is sweet and grassy.

Taste is very sweet with a nice bitterness to balance it out -- doesn't seem super hoppy (but it is a little hoppy), it's a different kind of bitterness that I never know how to describe. A little soapy flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft but gritty, thick and pleasant. Nice, drinkable beer, good in the summer.

10 May 2013

I don't think I've had this in the intervening three years. Still looks the same as I described, smell could be about the same. I get more dark fruity flavor now, and no soap. Mouthfeel is still soft, but I'd go with plush instead of gritty now.

Photo of chefkevlar
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my favorite pint glass

A: The color of the beer is similar to the color of the bottle. Someone mentioned cream soda, I would say the color is like cream soda and root beer mixed together. About 1/2 in of dense foamy head

S: Citus and wood, with some sweetness and vanilla

T: Very interesting and complex, the one unique flavor I pick out is that of an almond toated almost to the point of being burnt. There is also a distinct cocoa nib flavor to it

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body

D: I enjoy it, but I don't know that I could drink two of them back to back (good this the bottle is about 1.5 then)

Photo of focusin
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the other reviewers have mentioned, W.T.F. borders on dangerously drinkable for a 7.8% abv brew.
(A) pours just a little darker than cream soda with a quickly dissipating head
(S) rich, sweet smell that gives away the beer's alcohol content
(T) sweetness up front- caramel, currants, malt, with just a slight alcoholic & hoppy burn in the end.
(M) smooth and rich.

A very tasty and drinkable brew with some of Lagunitas' trademark whimsical branding.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a dense bug clear reddish-brown body with a creamy thin beige head.
S- This beer has a green pungent earthy hops aroma with a green cinnamon note and a dark herbal finish in the finish.
T- The dry dark toasted malt has a faint dark roasted notes. There is a sweet maltiness compliments the herbal hop flavor with pine qualities that grow as it warms. The soft green hop notes lingers after the finish.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a soft sweetness but no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice malts of a red ale and some darker roasted malts that support them. The good balance between full hop flavor and rich malty flavor. The hops are mostly flavor without bitterness. It was refreshing to have a good quality beer over 7% ABV that is under five dollars.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a one finger off white head that doesn't last very long, but it leaves great lace. There is a lot of micro active carbonation going on, which is easy to see in the crystal clear body of this beer. Really nice. The beer is light brown to amber with hints or red and orange coming through the beer.

S: The Aroma is strong on the citrus hops with the faintest malty undertones. It's a very full bodied smell, but nothing more than that. I want more complexity if it's going to be more than an IPA, especially one with a name like WTF.

T: The taste is far more interesting. Hops up front at first, it's the #1 thing my tongue gets. Then the malt develops. Sweet? Spicy cinnamon? Bready? It's very interesting especially because the malt is what I get in the finish and what comes up in the burp, normally the realm of hops. Very nice, extremely intriguing.

M: Light and crisp, an excellent summer strong ale actually, though it would warm you in winter as well.

D: Dangerous.

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear crimson. Bubbly beige head. Rings of sustaining lace....

Aroma: citrus, mango, pineapple, sweet caramel apple, bready sweetness....

Taste/MF: This is one of those rare occasions that the taste doesn't live up to the aroma. Oh it tastes good, just not as complex as the aroma led me to believe....or citrusy... It's got a sweet cinnamon bread malt backbone speckled with some citrus and fruitiness. Medium-full body. Rounded mouthfeel and easy going.

DK: This beer is flavorful and downable. Especially for a strong ale. This is good stuff. Alcohol flavor is neglible.

Photo of Ego
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

audible 2 fingers of off white head crackles in the glass, dark ruby tone with ample carbonation launching itself to the top, calms down quicker than the kid on the airplane who screams the whole time you are flying... lacing and legs are ok, this seems pretty average.

mild bourbon, a touch of white pepper, nothing too upfront, mild mannered stuff.

taste etc...
sharp taste right off the boot, kind of astringent-y, bitter malt flavor is the best way I can describe it, light bodied with almost enough carbonation, the aftertaste sort of reminds me of jack daniels... but not as strong, this is just not working for me this evening

odd taste combos abound, hard to place and hard to take, don't smear the brand though, they have lots of good beers (just not this one)

Photo of Bung
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Mohoghanny pour with a cream colored fine bubbled head, nice one finger that retains very well and laces the glass equally as well.

Caramel, raisin and bready aroma accompanied by a bit of herbal pine.

Taste is a more interesting than the aroma. Almost pumpernickel like with some bakers chocolate and toasted malt. Some tart fruit, roast and hint of mild coffee, tobacco and the hop pine. The tea/tobacco lingers nicely throug the finish.

Light side of medium body, a good amount of carbonation, would have preferred slightly less. Still, alcohol is hidden well and drinks equally well.

Very interesting and well done by a brewer that I consider significantly one sided in their brews(mostly unbalanced hop bombs or derivatives of). A good price as always as well.

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

22 oz bomber.

Cola colored with a thin, lacing white head. Toffee and alcohol in the nose. Warm and bold, with a big malt profile and strong alcohol flavor, with just a kiss of hops. Slightly nutty, too.

Strong flavor, big malts, but still crisp. Very enjoyable.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to try it on tap as I did not want to shell out the money for a bottle right away. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/17/2010.

Rich pour, dark caramel in color with an off-white head that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light lacing coating the side of the glass. Aroma is hops, piney with light citrus notes but a load of cinnamon and spice as well. Seems as though I have run into this before with another of their one off's, just seems really familiar. Letting it open up gives me nice touches of caramel and bready malts, a rich and well balanced hoppiness that seems to fade in and out during the session. Nice feel, hearty with great carbonation that still allows it to have some pop to it. Whatever the ABV was it was well hidden and I was able to enjoy this one thoroughly without issue and leaving that nice dry, lightly bitter finish capped it wonderfully.

Overall it was better then I expected. Nice and rich and very drinkable. I would have no trouble enjoying this one again any day.

Photo of Portertime
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A new seasonal....WTF? Pours a rather clear, tea color with a very little head and many bubbles. Smells of big citrus and piney hoppiness with a little wheat bread. With each sip it clings to the side of the glass leaving a white curtain. Tastes mingle on my tongue. The hops are there with some spicyness then the malt perks up but gets slammed down again in the finish. Cofffe comes into play then quickly vanishes as well. Not much of a strong ale but more of a young barley wine/IPA combo.

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass and manifests a translucent brown ale, minimal off white head. Some pine, grapefruit and medium roasted malts. Brown Pale Ale seems to be an appropriate descriptor. The malt character is pretty robust but there is a bizarre clash between the grapefruit and the malt that creates an off aroma and taste. This brew cannot really seem to reconcile the malt and hop element thought both would be superb on their own. The carbonation is medium and feels appropriate for this hybrid and there is a real sweet aftertaste that masks the 7.8%. Overall a very interesting beverage but I don't really think the citrus hops belong here.

Photo of alexgash
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Chestnut ruby body. Clear and clean. Tall, two fingers of creamy, light khaki-sand head. Good lacing and great retention. Nice bouquet of singed caramel malts, cookie dough, light molasses, spiced pears, and some earthy herbal hops.

Taste starts off with some nutty, toasted malts. Woody, herbal hop bitterness comes on quick. Caramel-sweet malt base provides some balance. Bitter dark chocolate and city-roast Kenyan coffee takes over. A little fruitiness peeks in, but gets scared off by the bitterness. Finish is hoppy and dry with lingering notes of weed. Hoppier than it smells, with a medium body and a creamy feel. Good use a little more balance and a little less astringency. Still, not bad.

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

I really enjoyed this beer, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. It definitely had a very Lagunitas character to it while still being a very different beer than others that I have had by this brewer. I would definitely recommend it to those who are not really "into" beer but like to try new things that they will like.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark, reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel malt. The flavor is big time orange citrus and pine hops with a strong caramel malt
backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mkomalley
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first time we've ranked ANY beer this high. It pours a dark ruby clear color into the glass--well carbonated. Unexpected beautifully floral hops in the nose for what appears to be a brown ale. On the palate--brown sugar, maple syrup, a bit of smoke and raisins. Dark fruit, dates, fig.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.