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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,297 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 54
Gots: 120 | 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 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.

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

Thought this was a brown ale. Huh?

Pours a slightly ruddy brown. Light tan head. Maybe an inch of it.

Smells strangely of pine and grapefruit hops. What? Some sugary malt underneath. Sugary is about the best adjective I can think of.

Taste adds just a splash of caramel malt and ... chocolate/molasses?.... to a resiny, sugary backbone that's offset by a surprising amount of fresh hops. What? What the hell type of beer is this? Oddly enough, I think it reminded me more of Arrogant Bastard than anything else.

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is clear brown with coppery/mahogany hues when backlit. Small, half-finger light-khaki head recedes to leave some rings of lace.

S: Not too strong in the nose at all. I get piney hops over toffee-like caramel malt sweetness.

T: Piney hops over a toasty caramel malt foundation. Early on I think this tastes like an Imperial Red Ale, though it clearly looks more like an American Strong Ale. Nice balance between malt and piney hops. Some peppery spice at the back end, with some heat felt on the way down. Lingering bitterness -- think grass or pine needles.

M: Slightly heavier than medium in heft, with a good carbonation bite. Somewhat creamy.

D: Good. Reminds me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard at times, which I like a lot, so that's a compliment.

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

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking brown color with OK head retention and lots of sticky lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but there is some noticeable citrusy bitterness, which gives one a hint of what's to come. After the beer warmed a bit, there was a bit more brown sugar aroma, intermingled with the perfumy hoppy nose. I really liked the flavor profile, and I'm kind of surprised no one (that I know of) has done this previously. This beer comes across as a brown ale, but one that is very much on the dry side and completely dominated by some pretty serious hoppy bitterness. Initially, I get the sort of baked apple and brown sugar I expect in a brown ale, but then there's this wonderful wave of Laganitas' signature perfumy, hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and is dominated by the hoppy bitterness on the finish. Drinkability is pretty decent, though I'm not sure I could drink a lot of this.

Very nice beer. Not sure I'll ever drink this in place of Hop Stoopid, but it ain't bad.

Photo of keithmurray
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22.9oz bottle poured into a chalice

appearance - beer pours a mahogany color with nice tan head that lingers for a long time

smell - floral, citrus, grapefruit, lots of hops

taste - hops upfront, caramel, hops again in the finish, not balanced enough for my liking

mouthfeel - good carbonation, bitter hops afterkick

drinkability - ehh, this was a decent brew but one glass was enough for me

*note - this has characteristics like an IPA than anything else

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice syrup brown color with some dense eggshell head that laces nicely and sticks around for a while. Smell is good, though not what I was expecting, big citrusy and piney hops dominate. Little or no maltiness there, at least to me. I thought this was supposed to be "robust" and "malty." Hmm. Taste isn't bad, but it's pretty much just hops--citrus and pine. For some reason the malt isn't shining through this at all. Just a slightly darker IPA. Imperial Brown Ale? Seems to be more like a "Brown IPA", if I may coin a new term. MF is a bit thin for my liking, but it's a nice drinker. I was happy to try this one, though I am not sure if this is a win from Lagunitas. This is definitely a beer that strikes me as confused about what it wants to be. Good to try, would rather have Hop Stoopid or Olde Gnarleywine any day.

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

22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX, poured into pint glass 4.17.10 over.

One finger light tan head, pretty quick dissipation with good trail of lacing over. Amber body a bit cloudy chill haze with a bit of visible carbonation over. Nose is very malty, caramel, some roast, hops are not very odor present over. Taste is malty with some floral hops for balance over. Full mouthfeel decent effervescence over. Alcohol is pretty noticeable cuts into drinkability though it is pretty good for style, but another nice offering from Lagunitas out.

Photo of prg1976
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown pour, with slight head. Some lacing.

Smells mainly malty. Not much of a hop presence in the aroma.

Taste is caramel malt, some brown sugar maybe.

Mouthfeel is good, drinkability is good. Not a whole lot going on, lots of malts. It was good, just nothing to seek out.

Photo of Aenema
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, maple syrup brown with nice lacing.
Smell - Nutty, caramel malts, resin.
Taste - Caramel malts, piney hops, nutty finish.
Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Very enjoyable, well-balanced brown with no noticeable alcohol presence.
Overall - Enjoyed this one a lot and look forward to having it again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic

A - Solid brown color with a ruby glow when held up to the light, a tiny slightly off white head rests at the top

S - Piney hops dominate with a hint of citrusy hops, a possible alcohol smell is at the end of my wiff. A bit of a sweet malt smells lays in the background but it is hard to dig out.

T - Solid malty flavorings mix with the hops to give this a balanced taste. Caramel malts which get sent away by the bittering piney hop finish. Strange mix of flavors that I'm not sure if I enjoy

M - fairly well carbonated with a medium body. A little bit of syrupy characteristics.

D - Not difficult to drink but not easy. This beer seems confused by what it wants to be and I don't think that is a good thing. I don't really plan on seeking this one out again.

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

A: Against a back lighting revealed a coppery-chestnut brown coloring with a slight misty haze of loosely packed particulate matter. A short retaining head, dirty-bone in color, leaves only a slight sticky ring for a lacing. Visible effervesce was scarce.

S: Typical lagunita's nose with a abundance of fresh wet citrus and pine needles upfront, easily distinguishable at arms reach. Slight suggestions of scotch ale character come through with a malty caramel presence, a bit both sweet and dry, along with some alcohol. The nose after several minutes mellows a bit but is still of appreciable strength.

T: A malty start with a mixture of pine needles, sharp citrus tones and toasted caramel all suggest this is going to be a good experience. Medium strength hop character that turns dry midway through the palate makes you aware of its intentions. Piney with dry toasted caramel closes things out with a spicy bite of grapefruit. Overall a good deal of maltiness paired with their usual hoppy citrus character makes this a solid example per style and one worthy of taking my mind of the recession.

M: A good bite of carbonation despite its calm demeanor produces a rather sharp feel in the mouthful. Dry toasted caramel and citrus fade ensures upon the swallow leaving just enough of a reminder to make you hastily take the next sip.

D: Good drinkability as well good enjoyment. Toasted dry caramel and grapefruit citrus of moderate proportions inline with typical Lagunitas character makes this another solid and steady production drink that will no doubt satisfy fans.

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

Served from on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Maryland into a 20oz. Imperial Nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (04/10/10).

A: Pours a murky rusty brown capped with 2 fingers of an off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Hoppy aroma that has a lot of citrus and pine along with a nice mild sweet malt in there as well.

T: The citrus hops continue and dominate the initial taste, but they are quickly followed by pine and a somewhat caramel-like malt. The malt is also quite bready and it works nicely with the hops.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of creaminess.

D: Great drinkability and the 7.83% abv is completely hidden. I really enjoyed all 20oz. of this.

Overall I had no idea what to expect from this beer as it falls under the less than specific style of "American Strong Ale". Having always enjoyed beers for Lagunitas, I decided to give this one a try and I am glad that I did. Recommended.

Photo of colts9016
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up in Jackson Wyoming. I poured into a pint glass at 42 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger creamy ivory head that has some retention. The color of the beer is a dark amber with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. The head is leaving some lacing.

Nose: A rich hop character that has floral esters, grapefruit and pine. The malt has some toasty and yeasty notes.

Taste: A good malty flavor with caramel, yeast, and bread notes. The hops has a nice pine, grapefruit, and floral esters.

The mouth feel is carbonated, astringent, and crisp.

Overall: This a well balanced very flavorful beer. I really like it. I should have pick up a couple more bottles.

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

No date on bottle, poured into a glass. Beer is brown and clear. Forms a thin off white head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine.

Aroma is hoppy with a nice malty sweet backbone. Smells good.

Sweet and nice. There is some great bitterness with this beer and its surprisingly drinkable. I'm really feeling this beer. Carbonation on the palate is great and there is nice connectivity throughout. I would recommend it and drink it again.

Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown, with fluffy offwhite head, clumps of lace here and there. Smell: it's like a slightly toned down Hop Stoopid: pineapple, tangerine, and spicy. Backdrop of dark brown sugar. Taste: leafy, pineapple, prickly, a little citrus peel, lots of caramel. There's a very light roasty taste left at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little syrupy but with an uplifting fluffy feel (is wheat for body a new trend for Lagunitas?). Doesn't scream impy brown to me... but Brown IPA, for sure. Very nice.

Photo of Haus
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to Lagunitas this beer is "A big Ol' Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey".

It's a good brew.
A - Rich, deep, opaque brown color with tan frothy head that lasted only few minutes.

S - A rather mild aroma hints of caramel malts and citrus hoppiness...pleasant aroma. I didn't really get any chocolate though.

T - Tastes like it smells... Caramel comes through nicely, citrus hoppiness...faint chocolate. Something kinda spicy at the end...nice though.

M - medium in body

D - refreshing and damn drinkable...especially at $4.50/pint

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,297 ratings.