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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,299
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 jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber drank out of a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent cola like brown colored body with a cream colored head made up of tightly knit bubbles. ruby red highlights can be seen along the edges when held up to a light. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind solid rings of lacing.

S- sweet toffee and caramel notes upfront, and then a generous dose of citrus hops. lots of grapefruit.

T- the grapefruit like hops come on strong. the sweet malts seem to be an afterthought here and come across as toffee and caramel. the alcohol is well hidden.

M- a little on the thin side of medium bodied which is a little too light for my liking. a nice bitter and dry aftertaste.

D- easy enough to finish and at a fantastic price, this is something ill look for more of before its all gone. an especially great bargain when found on sale. its less than 4$!

Photo of AleWatcher
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium Globe glass while listening to Yankee Foxtrot Hotel by Wilco.

Coppery brown with a creamy looking tan head. It dissolves down to nice cap of bubbles leaving spotty lacing, like the way the last 100 or so pieces of brown rice look on your plate when you're eating with chopsticks.

I smell sweet malts. Little roasty, little deep dark flavors in scent. But also a huge amount of hop presence for a brown ale. Smells pretty damn good.

Very nice taste. Certainly malty and hoppy have found a nice little yin and yang style balance in this one. The hops seem to be the hops of choice for Lagunitas, providing that citrusy/grapefruit vibe.

2nd pour from bomber--- head looks huge and fluffy and lacing is muuuuch thicker this time out. looks jumped from a 3.5 to a 4.5 due to this pour.

This is on the lighter side of medium bodied, but those hop oils coat your teeth and linger. Nice carbonation level makes this a real pleasure to drink.

I'm not the biggest fan of brown ales, but the massive hop addition to this one make it a great "crossover" beer for hopheads that want to give their palate a rest (too many DIPAs leads to that palate fatugue). This has enough hop kick to prevent the withdrawl symptoms, but only 65 ibus keep it in control and allow the beer to be nicely balanced.

Photo of zsk
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful! That's what good beer should look like.
Smell: Hops...Grapefruit.
Taste: Hops...Oh wait sweet malt! Hops again...Malt.
Mouthfeel: Full rich and smooth. Still getting hops, but malt is coming thru.
Drinkability: Second half of bomber better than first!
This beer is typical of Lagunitas...Slightly different than you expected. I like Lagunitas.
WTF. (not what the fuck,) is good beer. It is a beer that looks as good as it tastes. Not many do that.

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

A very delicious beer! Not the least bit bitter, with a subtle aroma.
Appearance: Mahogony. Adequate lacing.
Smell: Hops, some citrus, but not dominating, letting the sweet maltiness share the stage
Taste: Smooth, slightly bitter hops, sweetness coming through. Little to no alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but coats the mouth with hop oils. Smooth.
Drinkability: Rarely do I drink the same beer twice, but I will be buying more of this beer.

Photo of PDXHops
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-pint on tap. See-thru brownish amber with a small off white that manages to leave some impressive crackly lacing.

The utilitarian glassware blunts the aromas at first, but as it warms up and I cup my hands around it, there's some nice stuff going on here. Piny/grassy bitterness, some caramel, a little fruitiness, a little toasted and dark roasted malt.

Tastes pretty good, too. There's a moderate amount of grassy/leafy bitterness with a touch of pine in there. Restrained malty sweetness that slowly dries out a toasty finish. The alcohol is quite well hidden. A bit of tangy tobacco leaf in the swallow. Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a bit of a generic 'Lagunitas' taste that some of their brews seem to share. Wonder if they use the same yeast for several different beers?

Pretty solid brew.

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

Clear mahogany with a large light tan head. Lacing is much better than average. Aroma is just O.K. due to somewhat stuffed nasal passages at this time. Taste is piney hops with a large malt and maybe brown sugar component. Very well balanced. Quite similar to some of the better "winter warmers". Very tasty though somewhat sweet finish. I would rate the drinkability higher if not for the 7.8% abv.

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

A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with a 1.5 finger tan head which sticks around for a while.

S- Hops, hops and more hops. Grapefruit with hints of caramel.

T- Deep malty goodness runs through followed by a wall of grapefruity hops.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- An extremely drinkable brew, especially for the price. Lagunitas rarely disappoints and this is no exception.

Photo of boogyman
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my tulip glass. Color is a deep dark copper and the head is a off white. About 1-2 fingers of head depending on the pour and fat bubbles just sit in the middle of the head on the top. You can see small bubbles working their way up the glass from the bottom. Extremely sticky lacing. Amazing looking beer.

S- Absolutely fantastic smell. Smells like fresh squeezed fruit of the citrus variety. Loads of pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel but also some darker fruits like plums.

T/M- A lot of the nose in the taste. Definitely a lot of citric hoppy notes to it but also a decent malt backbone. A bit of roastyness and almost caramel malt like flavors. It has a decent bite going down which gets your attention. Overall, very flavorful beer I would love to get again.

D- Goes down without any issues and leaves nothing but a smile on my face after every sip. Lagunitas delivers again. Cannot wait to see what they come out with next.

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

"A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale" with 64.2 IBU it says on the label.

Poured into a tumbler it produces a finger of head that leaves moderate lacing. The appearance is brown and clear with amber highlights. The aroma is of citrus and piney hops and some toasted malt. The taste is moderately bitter and roasted malty with a hint of caramel. The feel is medium bodied with a clean and bitter finish.

WTF? This is a delicious and refreshing strong ale! Just the thing to prepare for yet another job interview.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Surly stein. Bright, opaque copper with a thick 3 fingeres of manilla folder yellow head.

Aromas of toffee, cigar tobacco, citrus.

Sweet malty up front then a subtle dose of piney hops. Bitter and with a nice hint of chocolate. Finishes bitter and dry.

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

On cask at the Pony Bar in NYC last night

The pour is gorgeous. Deep reddish brown with amber highlights, there's a thick cap of off-white head that lasts for as long as the beer is in the glass. Lacing is great too. The nose is solid. I get a very fresh pine hop aroma, quite juicy with some toasted bread, brown sugar and caramel. The palate opens with a moderate hop bite, quite pine like, along with a blend of caramel, brown sugar and toasted malt. Maybe a touch of chocolate? Sweetness is moderate, and it doesn't feel like all the flavors have come together very well. Mildly hoppy on the finish with lingering pine and some moderate sweetness, this beer has a moderate level of carbonation. Solid stuff, I drank my pour rather quick and quite enjoyed it. However, this is far from earth-shattering.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My fiance bought this for me while I was out of town.

Appearance- reddish brown color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- wonderful piney hop aroma

Taste- malt, some piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. I loved it and would love more.

Photo of bruachan
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i haven't sampled a new lagunitas brew in some time now. let's rock!

very attractive brownish ruby color. the head starts super frothy and only recedes as far as a finger's width. fun geologic lacing

the foam elicits a siren's call of NW hop aromas. sweet simcoe, and something else a little more piney. fruit malt comes to nose as well (mostly something of a cherry description)

it's got a robust body to carry the hop load and i suppose that is what differentiates the style from an DIPA, right? strong citrus and mint and currant hop character. the malt has its own fruity thing going on but i'm mostly getting brown sugar and molasses. good bready-type flavors, particularly a touch of breadcrust at the finish.

Photo of hrmhrm
2.59/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Rich red brown, nice foamy tan head.
S - Not bad
T - Tastes like they mixed their brown sugar beer, which I don't like, with something weaker.
M - Don't like that sugar taste
D - I'm not sure what drinkability means. Bud Light lost big on an advertising campaign that trumpeted its "drinkability." Would you rank a food on "eatability?" Either you can get it down the hatch, or you can't. This one went down the hatch.

Photo of drummstikk
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wilco Tango Foxtrot is rough-hewn with the unemployed in mind. Stiff alcohol, stiff hops, and just enough roasted barley to make things interesting. I'm in a rough mood, so this beer is good for me.

WTF pours dark amber with a giant and lingering head. The first smell is alcohol and woody hops aroma. The first taste is of winey, sour alcohol and resinous herbaceous hops. Not much caramel is present, but dark fruit flavors are moderate, and a roasty flavor pervades the end of the taste, leading me to believe the color comes primarily from dark crystal and a touch of roasted barley. I can't say I taste the chocolate, as the website claims I should. WTF finishes remarkably dry for a 1.072 OG beer and the body is light. Paired with the dry woody hops, this light dry finish will help you to forget your last gulp as you forget your worries for another day.

Hops are not for the faint-of-palate, nor for the imprecise, at 64.20 IBU. Four significant digits here implies that Lagunitas controls isomerized alpha acids in each bottle to within 7 nanograms (.01 mg / L * .65 L). Of course, this is just the number they measured in a test batch, but why even print the hudredths of an IBU? We can't taste differences less than 3-5 IBUs, so what is anyone going to do with this information? This should piss off anyone who payed attention in high-school chemistry.

Anyway, despite the sig-fig abuse, the beer's good.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this baby up on a trip to DC...pours a mahogany color with a nice tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is really nice on this one, with a big hoppy presence upfront with notes of grapefruit, pine and orange zest, as well as some caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread and some dark fruits (fig, plum, raisin). The taste starts off with a hoppy blast of orange peel, grapefruit and a little pine, followed by brown sugar and caramel, fig and plum, some toasted bread and a slight hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is pretty good. This is a really good beer, an india brown ale on steroids but well executed. Another winner from Lagunitas.

Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish-brown beer with a small head, little lacing. Nice aroma with plenty of resinous, citrus hops, and some sweet underlying malt scent as well. The flavor offers a lot of piney hop notes, but is also almost harsh with the roasted malt, together with some notes of alcohol, unusual in a beer that's not all that high in alcohol. Once that is past, it has a moderately bitter finish. Good mouthfeel.

Cute name, but this beer is mostly a miss.

Photo of txbrewer
1.87/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From their site = "A big Ol' Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey."

1 - Way to hoppy compared to other brown ales that I have tasted (and this was just after trying Mighty Arrow!)

2 - Rich - sure, smooth - not really, dangerous - eh, chocolatley - if you can find that through all those hops.

I had finally found some Mighty Arrow and that was all hops and not so bad. This was just not what I expected after tasting other brown ales. I need to find out which hops they used and avoid anything using the same hops in the same quantity.

Drinkable - not really, would I spend any more money on it - no.

Photo of blackc5
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz'er at 49F served in a tulip.

A - Pours a quite dark brown with reddish copper tint. Clear, with a two-finger head and a moderate amount of fine lacing.

S - Mild nose overall. Caramel malts and herbal hop notes.

T - An interesting beer - this wants to be a malty brown ale perhaps but has the hoppiness of an IPA. As the label describes, it is indeed quite malty, with nice toffee and caramel flavors, especially after it warms. The hops are strong in this one though - mostly herbal with some citrus as well. Not too bitter on the finish, and overall it is well-balanced. Compared to some of their other limited releases that I haven't been all that impressed with, this one generally delivers on taste.

M - Medium to full body with above average carbonation. A bit syrupy after it warms.

D - Alcohol is fairly well hidden for the 8%. Very drinkable. Better than some of their other efforts, yet faintly similar,

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

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.

Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KhourysBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of stricklandia
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,299 ratings.