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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,230 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 49
Gots: 106 | 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 therica
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A= dark chestnut with a nice white head, dissipating quickly to a decent rim and some lacing. Very clear, slight carbonation bubbles rising.

S= not overly strong but very evident of mixed hops florals, toasted sweet malts, hints of citrus and then slight liquor as it warms.

T= comes off dry up-front and nice caramel malts with blended piney and citrus hops and enough carbonation to make this beer very nicely balanced.

M= dry, slightly grassy, caramel malts, light liquor undertones.

D= very drinkable for someone who can appreciate a nicely balanced hoppy yet not over-bitter APA. Definitely recommended.

For someone who loves their Lagunitas Red, this is a definite winner. For fans of Lagunitas Racer 5 but who becomes occasionally overwhelmed by the over-the-top tangerine citrus and sweeter aftertaste of Racer 5, this is your next choice.

therica, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Dark copper color with an off white one finger head. Has nice retention and good lacing. Looks beautiful in the glass. Smells of pine and citrus hops with caramel malt. The aroma is sweeter than I expected.

Sweet caramel malt combines with pine and grapefruit hop flavors to make a nicely balanced beer.

Smooth, full bodied, and properly carbonated. The feel and the appearance are both excellent. This should age nicely. I could see myself drinking this again.

hardy008, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of KhourysBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

The boss got to this one before me... I'm still gonna review it though.

A - Deep brown caramel color with a thin, lingering head and moderate lacing.

S - Pine, soy sauce, ginger, citrus. Everything a hoppy beer should be, but it feels like it's just not turned up loud enough. Had a hard time pinpointing a lot of things.

T - i can't do a better job describing this than saying it's a smoother, easier drinking Arrogant Bastard. Great maltiness but still a big punch of hops. Not as over-the-top as AB though.

M - Filling, with the perfect amount of carbonation to compliment the flavors. Gets creamier as it warms.

D - Very high for this style. Not a real session beer though.

Overall, this is a fantastic offering. At $4 for a bomber, I think it's one not to be passed up.

KhourysBeerGuy, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot.
Ha ha WTF? In the murky realm of things that make you go 'Hmmm'.
appearance: Beautiful mahogany with a thick creamy head.
smell: Dipa? Imperial Brown? Strong Ale? Malty, hoppy, fruity, de-lish.
taste: Maybe it's a stab at WTF but this is has arrived. Balanced and tasty.
mouthfeel: medium creamy.
drinkability: Oh this is nice. WTF indeed.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear dark amber color with a thin, off-white head that did manage to leave a few trails of lacing.
S - citrus hops with caramel malt in the background.
T - good balance with a citrus hop bite upfront before the smooth and sweeter malty flavors bring up the rear.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
D - goes down very easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of stricklandia
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%

This was quite a disappointment. I've always been impressed by Lagunitas' creative releases, and was excited to try this one. But there was really nothing there.

Not much aroma to speak of. The initial taste seemed like there could be some complexities there, but then on the follow-through and finish, there was nothing. Really strange, and kind of hard to articulate. The slightly earthy and nutty tones when it first hit the tongue just disappeared, leaving a really bland mouthfeel and finish.

The beer didn't taste "off," at least in terms of being undrinkable and skunked out. It just seemed like a bland and unimpressive brew.

stricklandia, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Radley521
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

An unique brown ale that is sweet and robust at the same time.

Appearance: One-finger head that is tinged with tan. Reddish-brown in color. Moderation carbonation.

Aroma: This may be a bit esoteric, but I was reminded of ponderosa pine - piney with hints of vanilla and floral.

Taste: The piney hoppiness attacks at first. The malts had caramel sweetness, which I find enjoyable in brown ales.

Mouthfeel: Surprising light and crisp on the palette.

Overall: I really enjoyed this brew, then again I have been a fan of all of Lagunitas seasonal releases.

Radley521, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

appearance: dark brown with some red dapple glows

smell: that typical lagunitas smell with the similar citrus hops

taste: not as hoppy as i would have thought, but pretty damn good beer. citrus from the hops and mixed with a solid brown ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little creamy mouthfeel

drinkability: nice beer, alot of their beers are starting to tase similar to me. but hey I like them

CampusCrew, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of fairdinkum2
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

Nice red brown beer with a generous, light tan head. Lots of lacing and good retention.

Piney, hoppy nose, followed by an unusual combination of malt and herbal tones. Mint comes to mind. Has a very long, dry finish. Not too hoppy at the end. Some bitterness, but not overpowering.

Not a favorrite style, but never the less a good effort.

fairdinkum2, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Dark brown, slight red hue, cream head, good retention.

S: Hops up front in the nose; I expected this from Lagunitas. Theres some evident sweetness, some bready malts. Im not sure what to expect from the taste at this point.

T: Initial juicy hop bite followed by toffee like malts. This really opens up nicely. Here comes my favorite part... For me this thing finished with a bunch of brown sugar and chocolate, and some nuttiness. I thought the taste was dynamic - it opened up with something bright and cutting and ended with something buttery and dark.

M/D: Medium bodied but slick, Prickly carbonation. Despite some apparent sweetness, drinkability is great - drank a 22oz myself before I knew it. Theres really no alcohol heat, especially for an 8% beer. Its also worth mentioning that I picked this up for like 4 bucks or something, nice! Thanks Lagunitas.

zoolzoo, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of misinformed
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

From last night's notes(4/2).

A- Dark, dark brown with hints of dark red toward the bottom of the glass. Small brownish-white head, not even a finger high. Did leave behind some nice blobby lacing.

S- Faint smell. I did get some fruity sweetness and malts. Later I could smell more citrus.

T- Nice malty sweetness balanced out with a hoppy finish. The hops dominated the aftertaste as well. Some citrus and grapefruit flavor as the beer warms up. This beer has a nice range of flavor that is balanced nicely.

M- Medium bodied and no carbonation at all. As I drank it I started to notice a nice creamy consistency which I really liked.

D- Very smooth and easy to drink. No trace of the alcohol at all. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Lagunitas Brewing. As I said, I liked the smooth creaminess of this beer as well as the sweet then hop flavor. Nice on a cooler day.

misinformed, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of IKHOURY
4.6/5  rDev +17%

Pours out a reddish brown with about a inch head on it, that doesn't seem to want to go away. The smell reminds me of what a forrest would smell like after heavy rain (think pine and wet bark). The flavor has plenty of sweet caramel and maltiness to balance out the hops. The pine smell comes though on the flavor as well, with a little grapefruit thrown in. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with the alcohol very well balanced.

IKHOURY, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a clear mahogany color with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of pine resin and some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of the caramel malt with a layer of hops on top. Caramel malt has a decent amount of sweetness, but it feels fairly light. The same can be said of the hops. It offers floral and pine notes, but little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a nice deep ruby red/brown color in the glass, with some nice ecru colored head. Aromas of nuts, brown sugar and earthy hops. On the palate, I get more nuttiness, braced with oranges and a bit of chocolate. Another great effort from Lagunitas--Alcohol is well hidden, leaving a nice, sneakily drinkable beer behind.

emmasdad, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured a bomber into two pint glasses at Cafe Apropos in Columbus, Ohio.
A: Deep reddish brown. It poured with a big, dense cream head that stuck.
S: Strawberry, grapefruit, piney and earthy hops. Only hops.
T: Grapefruit hops with strawberry shortcake and caramel. The hops aren't really biting, but they do make for a crisp finish.
M: Frothy but thin and crisp.
D: Definitely.

ne0m00re, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of degerbah
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Got this as a total surprise from a friend during the final four. I was previously drinking a glass of coke zero when this was served to me in a clean pint glass. The only way I can tell the difference between it and the coke zero is the coke has ice in it. The smell is nondescript. Slightly malty, not much hop aroma at all. The taste is much hoppier than I expected. Earthy flavored hops and a malty taste give the beer a full almost biscuity taste that reminds me of a super strength irish red. A moderately easy drinker, I feel that it doesn't really do any one thing particularly well, a solid beer, but not really worth seeking out in my opinion.

degerbah, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a light ruby with a darker cola brown over tone.
Smell is earthy-strong with yeast strains and grassy-earthy hops.
Taste starts with earthy hops flavor-malt crystals keep it smooth finishing with grassy notes.
Finish is dry-strong hop balanced with a light crystal malt that keeps it neat.
Drinks well- a lot of hops with a smooth ending.
Nearly an Arrogant Bastard clone.

ThaBobfather, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of cavedave
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Somewhere between a black IPA and Amber Ale, you decide.

Pours a brown with amber highlights topped by a dark beige one inch head that settles to a lasting half inch. Plentiful lace sheets the glass.

It has a light/medium aroma, a sweet malt and dark caramel canvas overlaid with light yeasty tang, light notes of citrus, some earthy bitter, even some chocolate in the background, and just a hint of pine.

The taste didn't click with me right away. The maltiness in the first few sips wasn't the expected roasty/caramely/chocolaty, and the yeast flavor seemed strange. As it warms, though, it begins to resemble what the nose and appearance predicted. Suddenly the roasty notes appear, almost burnt now, nice, followed by an earthy bitter, chocolate, some herbosity, and ends with a flush of earthy bitter, citrus, pine, and spicy alcohol. Half way through the bottle I am starting to enjoy this taste much more than the first sips. Not a beer to rave about, but a nice take on a new style, lighter, but roastier than the others I've tried.

Mouthfeel is med. carb., pleasantly viscous, but with a slightly medicinal feel to the finish. Worst aspect of this.

Drinkability is good to very good, nice taste, refreshing, interesting.

Another tasty offering from Lah Goo Knee Tuss, though hardly the caliber of some of their others. Won't get again.

cavedave, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours a solid brown color, hazy, wtih a wispy tan colored head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of citrus hops, light honey and lemon. Not very strong in aroma and what is there is pretty much all hops. The taste is of muted caramel malt, dried citrus hops, light pine, and some tea like bitterness. Tastes like a dull hoppy amber ale I guess I was figuring there might be more of a toasty "brown ale" malt presence to this thing. Moderate to fully bodied, with active carbonation, finishes with a tropical fruit hoppy bitterness. An average hoppy amber ale with a higher abv. Was hoping for more of a malty presence with this one. No off flavors but nothing spectacular.

Gmann, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.49.

A: Super dark, inky brown with 1-finger beige head with reasonable retention and scattered lace spots.

S: Brown sugary and caramel malts with light char mix with citrusy and piney hops

T: Reminds me of a sweeter, less powerful Arrogant Bastard with its brown sugar and toffee touches fit with medium-high doses of citrus, spicy, and pine flavors. It doesn't quite come together in the finish with a little bit of stray bitterness.

M: Medium-body with low-medium carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Aftertaste is long and caramelly.

D: A decent beer with some strong ale tendencies but it is not cohesive enough to make the top tier. Lagunitas has other better ales.

Update: Bumped up the flavor score and mouthfeel after giving this another try. More of the malt complexity was apparent and the Am Strong Ale hoppiness busted through more abundantly this time. I like others in their lineup, but this is solid stuff.

argock, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a dark ruby brown with minimal head. The little head that appears has larger than normal bubbles but quickly disappears.

The first scent is very hop strong, especially for most strong ales I've had. There is a dose of pineapple and banana as well.

The taste is very hop heavy and is balanced by a good malt backbone. As it warms, the banana really comes through and finishes with a sharp citrus hop twinge.

This has a medium mouthfeel that lies soft in the mouth. Nothing too crazy but nothing too little.

This is a very drinkable strong ale. While it isn't overly complex, it is an easy drinker for nearly 8%.

TCgoalie, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of happilysurly
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a deep clear brown with a finger of lasting head. Real sense of hops with the first whiff, so much so that I cannot get past that aroma. Until I smell the grapefruit that is. Very nice.

The taste is more bitter than I would have imagined. More grapefruit and dulled citrus flavors. Wow, that last sip tasted so much like pineapple that I though I was drinking pineapple juice, seriously. I WILL go buy another one of these. I really liked it.

happilysurly, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

Bottle split with my boy barry. Thanks bud.
A- pours with a nice two fingers of head that settles to a thin foam on top. Small drizzels of lace. Copper brown and very clear.

S- lots of west coast hops, citrus and pine Slightly sweet with some caramel.

T- lots pine resin, grapefruit but to lesser extent. Nice malt backbone that helps the hops a lot. Caramel, brown sugar and a bit of breadiness. A taste of alcohol that brightens up the flavor nicely.

M- medium bodied with a mild carb that allows the brew to take its time on the tongue.

D- didn't think this one was as high abv as its was very well hidden to say the least. Not to big not to bold maybe a bit different then other strong ale I've had but it was real nice.

oglmcdgl, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

22oz bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound. Poured into some pint glasses. Wilco looks bubbly from the bottle.

Foxtrot, a brownish type red with some maroon underneath a tannish cream colored head. A huge bulky head about an inch with frothy bubbles and a fat capped spraycan streak.

This smells great and it smells like lagunitas, a lot of similarities between many of their beers citrus with grapefruit backed by a layer of sweet malt and pine.the malt reminds me of a brown ale but hopped a bunch more.

Not much on first sips, but this opens up quite nicely in about ten minutes. Malty with toffee, hoppy with tropic juices, a toasted nutty character and slight butter on the backend. A bit of the 7.8 seeps out in this strong ale, yet I don't consider it all that strong at that number, this is more like a hoppy brown.

The hops or pelletts if you will show up on the tounge ever so slightly, I would not call it bitter just tasty. Malts smooth this out but there is a slight buttery feel going on over time. Medium bodied and highly carbed.

Will have to look for this on draft, while the bottle was interesting, this just felt like another lagunitas seasonal. I love their beer, they just seem so similiar. Pretty drinkable, I finished my glass with ease but was not tempted for more. Maybe some tap action will liven things up a bit.

BARFLYB, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, almost like an IPA, with woody and malty tones and a hint of citrus. It pours a lovely, slightly hazy mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor is hoppy and woody with a malty undertone and a dash of sour citrus. There is also a subtle alcohol bite. Texture is fairly smooth, edgy and tingly. Chalk up another win to Lagunitas!

Cyberkedi, Apr 02, 2010
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.