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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,290
Reviews: 788
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 50
Gots: 115 | 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 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
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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
1.85/5  rDev -52.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of Radley521
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

Photo of fairdinkum2
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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

Photo of misinformed
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of IKHOURY
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,290 ratings.