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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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2,232 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 49
Gots: 105 | 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 KickbacksSteve
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Big fluffy, off-white head, bursting with juicy aromas. Grapefruit dominates the smell, some malt sweetness, stunning, just stunning. Taste follows suit with bitter hop goodness with a nice malt balance, leaning towards the bitter. Awesome. Delicious if your in the mood for hops, delicious if your in the mood for malt. Tastes great, looks great, feels great, smells great and if it could speak, I'm sure it would have the voice of an angel.

KickbacksSteve, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Ruby-chestnut with one finger of sticky taupe foam.

S - Caramel, toffee, praline, orange peel, pine.

T - Plenty of both malt and hops, with a chewy caramel backbone, some fruit - orange, dried apricot - and citrus and pine hop flavor. Hops also attack the palate with some pithy bitterness, drying out the beer a bit and balancing the malt.

M - Full and smooth, with some peppery carbonation.

D - Makes a good sipper. Worth checking out, and with Lagunitas pricing, it's a pretty good value. I'd be interested to see how this one ages.

trbergman, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I unknowingly picked this up JUST after they recieved it. The Specs I was at said they only got 2 cases. Well, I have to say VERY happy reading this bottle and seeing people that aren't scared to speak the truth. I have never seen anything mention WTC bldg. 7. Especially on a beer. Besides that, I just want to say first off as soon as I popped the cap and smelled it, I had instant love for this brew.

Single finger of fairly dense, creamy sandy tan head. Seems to be thick, and lasting. Good retention. Dark cherry red. Clear, but not crystal clear, some floating particles. Orange/golden amber highlights.

Somewhat piney and lots of CITRUS. Lots of sweet citrusy hops, a fruity character with delicious caramel malt that is just absolutely fantastic. Sweet papaya, or maybe mango and possibly pineapple. There is also a sweet molasses after a bit of warming. Whatever the exact fruits I'm not positive but it smells delicious. Its about as hoppy as the first Hop Stoopid I tried last night.

This is a mixture of a lot of different beers I've had before mingled perfectly into a great tasting offering. At least that's what I thought as soon as I took my first sip. It has a lot of similar qualities that's giving me beer flashbacks. First, it has a very nice malty caramel quality that somewhat reminds me of a tamed 90 minute. A delicious lightly bitter hoppy backdrop that carries unto the finish. Also, Gnarly wine is coming to mind. Just with their others, this is just another delicious beer released.

The mouthfeel is great. Just as awesome as any of the other Lagunitas. Medium bodied and lightly syrupy like a BW. Good carbonation that goes down super smooth and besides just the taste, makes this beer really drinkable.

In conclusion I am pretty confused to what I would classify this beer. It is similar to a DIPA or barleywine( well not quite barley wine but a lighter version). I heard its a "brown ale" but I don't think I ever had a brown ale like this. Solid, and really recommended.

MOB210SA, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Drone53
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice tawny amber, and pours with a nice head lace which lasts for a bit.

Smell: Smells of nice citrusy hop aroma, with a little bit of carmel as well. Quite pleasant really.

Taste: Ahh....the best part! Starts with a nice carmel flavor, followed by a rush of citrusy hop flavor. A nice hearty malt though balances this beer out a bit. However, hops seem to be the dominate flavor.

Mouthfell: Though this beer has a nice maltiness to it, hops are still the dominate flavor. The firm malt backbone balances it out a bit, but the dry hop flavor still dominate.

Drinkability: You don't taste the alcohol at all in this beer, however you feel it a bit. A bit drying due to the hops as well.

Overall, an very nice beer for this style. I was originally drawn to this beer due to the name (I love Wilco!), but the beer is definitely very good! A nice innovative beer from a great brewery.

Drone53, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown almost non-see-through unless held up to light. Nice little head that lasts for a few moments.
Smells of hops and floral. Very cool, not surprising considering the IBU's are over 60.
Taste bitter, hoppy but somehow different. Great! It has a lot of malt to it, but not enough to balance out the beer completely allowing the bittering hops to come through.

Great beer will buy again!

Spineypanda, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of neorunner
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to J for sharing this bomber with me.

A - Dark cherry brown color somewhere between red and black... Not much for head or retention. A light lattice of head remains on the sides of the glass.

S - Mild hop note and a sweet aroma similar to those candy cigarettes you used to get as a kid.

T - Bittering hops and malt flavors blend nicely. Finish has a lingering bitterness but this helps to cover the slightly apparent heat of a near 8% beer.

M - Mildly dry, but easily session-able.

D - For the price the Petaluma crew has done a great job with this beer.

neorunner, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightish brown tone as it's poured, darker in the glass, glinting ruby in the light. Second pour yields a thick foamy crest that threatens to overflow. As it slides down the glass, puffy rings of lace are left in its wake. Real purty like.

Toasty malty notes of a strong brown ale are intertwined with juicy tropical fruits, a unique combo for sure. Seriously malty flavors, toasty and somewhat rich, fading into some herbal bitterness and sweetish citrus fruits. Malt seems to dominate though the hop bitterness holds its ground. Low and even carbonation levels, full and round feel. Easy to drink a bomber, certainly worth a try.

emerge077, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Thegreatnate
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the best "Limited Release" I have tried from Lagunitas. Believe me... they are all delicious! I love brown ales and this beer takes the "brown" to a whole new level!

Pours a rustic, copper color that is dark, but has transparency. A one finger head was the perfect lid for this near perfect beer. The creamy head compliments what lay beneath....

Ahhh... the smell of hops! You just don't find a fresh, floral hop aroma in most browns. This one raises the eyebrows for sure! Right away, I knew this brown would be special... in a good way!

The taste... where do I start?! The hops hit first, intriguing the taste buds, and then the malts instantly balance the hops. The two bond together to create the flavor of a raised cinnamon crumb doughnut. However, this brown is not overly sweet like some browns can be. Just a whisper of sweetness. The carbonation is crisp and adds just the right bite.

The finish lingers and is so well balanced, that it is hard to tell where one sip ends and the next one begins. Maybe it's just hard to tell because I can't stop sipping it!! I give this beer an "A" only because I have a hard time saying anything is 100% perfect... except for my wife.


Thegreatnate, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of excal
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark and slightly reddish brown that turns bright red when held up to the light. A finger of beige/off-white lacing disappears in about 30 seconds or so, leaving a thin layer on top. Thick lacing.

Smell is all citrus and pine, not too dissimilar from Lagunitas' IPAs and DIPAs.

The hoppiness is mostly pine with hints of citrus. The bitter forward is followed with (wiped out by, really) a solid, rich malty backing. A slightly roasty flavor with cocoa hints are the last thing tasted.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy at first, then fades to an odd thinness. The taste really fades from your mouth very quickly. Within a second or two after swallowing, you're only tasting the faintest hint of lingering bitterness. Solid drinkability.

Overall, it's not a bad offering, but I can't say I'm a big fan. It's not aggressively hoppy enough to be a West Coast hop bomb, the malt isn't really sweet enough to make this a typical brown ale, and the combination of the two comes out more conflicted than balanced.

excal, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber/brown color with a decent amount of off white head and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

Alot more hops in the nose than I expected. Very cirtusy and sweet, as the beer warms you start to get some more malty overtones coming through.

The taste is big and malty with a fair amount of citrusy hops to balance it out. Nice caramel notes seem to pop out as the beer warms. Medium to Medium/Light bodied. Carbination seems to be about right. Easy to drink. A little warm alcohol in the taste is well done, not too much, but enough to let you know its there.

CBlack85, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of supermetroid
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. (I feel like a little kid--though the bomber has lost its function, I'm reading the hell out of the label all the way through this beer. you've gotta love Lagunitas.)

Absolutely remarkable beer. The label claims its a "Malty, Robust Jobless Recovery Ale"--and it is, but it's so much more.

Pours a very, very dark amber with half a finger of head. Gorgeous color. Carbonation meanders its way to the top, though the head is maintained for the entire pint.

Sweet pine smell. The cascade hops aren't afraid to shine though in this beer, though they share the stage with a deep, molasses aroma.

Begins creamy as all hell. Seems very syrupy at first, but the carbonation makes its presence known just in time.. A wonderful, IPA-comparable hoppyness follows, finishes, and persists. Knocks you off your ass--each sip, with its subtle (yet significant) flipflop from malty to hoppy simply begs for another. An airy, yet substantial body, the whole way through. This is a beer with an identity crisis, and the drinker is all the better for it.

Carbonation gives this beer a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Each drink is a pleasure.

Not a session beer my any means--a couple of these will make your night shorter than expected. It's hop-shielded maltyness weighs heavy.

All in all, an absolutely fantastic beer. The first of its kind I've tried, outside of possibly Flying Dog's Imperial Pale Ale (which, in my opinion, tasted too boozey). If anyone has recommendations for similar beers, please send them my way.

(Side note: I've also had this on tap at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. They taste almost identical, though the hops were just slightly more obvious on tap.]

supermetroid, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Wilco Tango Foxtrot poured a brown color with a 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing.

The smell was citrusy and lovely. Definitely a hop that I enjoy. The taste was malty and had delicious caramel backbone to it. I found it to be a money brew that went down smooth. I would definitely get it again.

cswhitehorse, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of deereless
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid mass of thick sticky head that clings to the side of the glass, medium brown in color - 4.50, S: The aroma has a very smooth and tropical fruit-like sweetness, some pineapple and possibly tangerine, just the faintest hint of something medicinal, heavy caramel and molasses, one of the most inviting aromas I've experienced in some time - 4.75, D: Nice effortless hop bite that avoids being harsh, well balanced though teetering on the side of hops, caramel sweetness, lots of grapefruit and a hint of pine, if I had to guess I would say Centennial hops were involved in this beer - 4.75, S: Very smooth - 5.00, D: A very nicely crafted ale, wonderfully balanced but with a strong hop presence, tropical sweetness is very enticing, I would buy this beer if it was seasonal - 4.50

deereless, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of NorCalYeti
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops with a malt backbone

color- brown with amber hues

clarity- clear

smell- floral, sweet hop character, belgian yeast notes, caramelized malt, chocolate in the end

body- well balanced, nice clingy hoppy bite at the front of the mouth and a malt finish, medium-body and length finish

appearance- nice brown color with light lace, nice carbonation when agitated

overall impression- a well balanced, above average tasting beer. great body, mouthfeel, and flavor, very easy drinker.

notes and comments- not sure i would call this a strong ale...maybe a brown

glassware: tulip

NorCalYeti, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a light brown with two fingers of off white head. Citrusy hops and sweet malt in the aroma. Deeply malty, medium to full bodied. Solid amount of hop bitterness. Lingering chocolate malt in the finish. I got a bit of a raw green pepper flavor that dinged the rating for me.

homebrewhawk, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear burgundy with a small tan head, and some lacing.

smell is floral, citrus, malt, and a touch of cocoa.

taste is of a little cherry, caramel, malt, some citrus, a touch of cocoa, nuts, and some hops, end is a little dry and a little bitter.

froghop, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown colored ale with a thick tan colored head.

Scents of malt, clove, and pine. Actually it has a very low aroma level.

Starts out malty and dry with a solid hop bitterness. After your tongue adjusts to the bitterness chocolate comes out. There is a slightly sour citrus flavor in front of the bitterness, mostly it tastes like lemon. After about 1/2 a glass the flavor really mellows out.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is quite mellow but I have to take away some points because of taste. All the flavor is up front. As you near the bottom of the glass the flavors just fade out on you. Best sampled as a single glass full.

Zorro, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of rayjay
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another exceptional one-off from Lagunitas. Light brown and slightly hazy with powerful head retention. Smells of lots of fresh dry and aroma hops, Simcoe and the like. Much like and IPA. Has a pleasant bitterness which is never harsh. Deep malts finish relatively dry and compliment the impressive hops. A very drinkable imperial brown, not a malt bomb at all. Highly recommended!

rayjay, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of bort11
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this with my best friend on Snake Saturday

22 oz bottle standard pint glass. Mild half inch head with an egg cream colored foam. Recedes rather quickly but leaves a solid lace across the surface. Spotty lacing sticks to the glass. The color is a warm molasses, dark brown with a ruddy tint. Still a dark clarity shines through when held to the light.

Smell has a warm sweet maltiness. Spicy hops mix in with a ginger snap bite. Taste is a lot more hops. A good bitter bite with a slight alcohol burn. Not too unbalanced, just a little wild.

Mouthfeel is warm and filling. Nice coating texture that warms and grows as you sip. WTF indeed.

bort11, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of caddyshack199
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas WTF

22oz Bottle

Good looking beer, pours a dark brown and has a very nice creamy head. The head is long and lingering and has good lacing.

Notes of caramel and flowers(hops) on the nose.

Creamy mouth-feel and good hop character not overpowering.

Great drinkablity would say 8 out of 10.

Its limited so don't delay!!
Purchased at
Staples Corner Liquors
Crofton Md

caddyshack199, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I've got the first review of this beer on-tap.

Served on-tap into a tulip @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO

Pours a ruby-inflected shade of brown. It is too dark to see through but there is enough clarity when held to light to suggest that this isn't a hazy beer. The cappuccino colored head sits at 1.5 fingers with tight, wall-like lacing. This is a very pretty beer.

You can tell before you even get your nose up to the glass that this is one of those hoppy strong ales. The nose is very hop-forward. Cascade hops is what it smells like (though I could easily be incorrect on that). Lots of grapefruit. Underneath the hops there is some roasted malt character and mild sort of milk chocolate aroma.

Big hit of grapefruit right as the beer first hits your tongue. It has you thinking IPA as you swish it around your palate and then, on the back end, a decidedly chocolate/coffee malt flavor combination develops. It isn't super-roasty but it is there; it is roughly akin to the roast quality of a nice brown ale. The finish makes this seem more like a hoppy imperial brown ale than anything. As the beer warms the hops take on a more grassy note, which muddles the flavors a bit.

WTF feels very light on the tongue. It feels like an IPA, frankly. Normally this lightness would be utterly insubstantial for the kind of roasted malt character it has but the bountiful presence of hops helps to turn that detriment into a positive. Medium carbonation; I wish it was more active. The crisp flavors and smooth finish lend the beer to big, continued gulps.

This was a very nice experiment on the part of Lagunitas. Strong ale? Brown ale? Whatever it is, WTF is a good beer. Look for it if you can.

Reaper16, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the COOP today.. foamy lite tan head.. great lacing atop a brown/deep amber brew.. very clear.

Nose has a pretty resinous assault when cooler.. but some toasty malts battle back with warmth..

Nice malty backbone that still has plenty of oily hoppiness.. pine and pineapple.. fruity with some pithy grapefruit zest... definitely has some toasty nutty maltiness... I can pull dry cocoa if I try.. some zesty spiciness shows as it really warms up.. nice medium body and a good carbonation that is everpresent yet very smooth.. the finish has the slight brown malt flavor with some heavy toast and plenty of citrus hops that lingers for a long while.

Tastes very fresh.. but it also seems a bit discombobulated.... but I guess I like the mash-up of flavors.

This really is a "WTF" beer.. all the makings of a Black IPA, big Brown, American Strong... etc... Pretty nice, but it has a hop profile that I am finding in many of the Lagunitas brews lately.. too similar... but the malts really do play with it nicely.


JohnGalt1, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always jump at the next Lagunitas "Limited" beer I can get my hands on,aging this oen did not dissapoint.Poured into a imperial pint glass a mix of russett brown and amber,a 1 1/2 finger creamy mass atop that never fully settled.A lighter mix of piney hop and caramel malt,a bit of sweetish alcohol as well.Wow what great balance on the palate,starting out big and caramelly,with some juicy fruit malt notes,then comes a hefty mix of hop oils and pine resin,not to mention big citric qualities.A full creamy feel coats the mouth,making it lush.I may rate it higher than others because I love the big hopped up,uber malty American strong ales,I love it.

oberon, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of jsapunor
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas has a penchant for catchy names and this one is certainly an attention getter.

The beer is a pleasing dark reddish brown. The head is decent and slightly off white. The nose is hops mostly with some hints of malt and maybe a little alcohol but I can't be certain about that.
Great taste. Malt dominates at the beginning and then some sweet dark fruits ending with an excellent dose of hops. The tart finish is very nice and invites you to drink faster than you normally would. A hint of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but delivers the flavors very well.
This is a great beer and at $4.49 for a bomber it's a steal. Lagunitas has scored again.

jsapunor, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Blissfullbrew
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I opened this beer and took a few sips before I could actually get into diagnosing it (My mom called, but I put it in the fridge for safe keeping)
It poured with an off white thick head that has proper lacing and a sturdy outer rim with one big lilly pad in the middle. The body is amber to brown with a hint of gold. The taste is malty and lightly fruity with very few hint of alcohol for such a big beer. It does have that barley wine nose to it though. The strong malt nose drapes off into fresh cherries.
Great taste with a cold malty and smoked flavor which is well balanced by the carbonation hidden within. The taste lingers for a bit but is not astringency and leaves you wanting more. Over all, another great from la-goo-knee-tas.

Blissfullbrew, Mar 12, 2010
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.