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Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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2,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 2147
Reviews: 786
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%

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 MonkeyboyATL


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't really add much more to what's already been said. It's a delicious brown ale on steroids. You get the nice malt and brown sugar that you expect from a brown, with an extra hop punch. You also get a hint of booziness and a great full bodied mouthfeel. Love this beer and look forward to picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:55:47 | More by MonkeyboyATL
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-chestnut color with a thick cream colored head of two fingers. The head has a fantastic level of retention very slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of clingy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit hop smell. Mixed with these are some nice lightly roasted bready smells mixed with some caramel and toffee sugary smells. There is a light dark fruit aroma of plum and raisin as well producing a somewhat muddled smell.

Taste – While the nose was somewhat confusing, the flavor, which contained all the flavors that were in the nose was actually nicely constructed. The taste begins with a smooth lightly roasted malt and bready flavor and a good level of caramel sweetness. Right from the start there is a grapefruit hop taste as well. The hop starts out weaker and grows stronger as the taste advances. Mixed with these in the middle of the taste are some darker fruit tastes as well as more hop flavors of a light pine and earthy nature. In the end the hop grapefruit bitterness dwindles a bit as more sour and slightly tangy flavors of a more fruity nature, with hints of cherry and plum, come to the tongue. While the grapefruit fades the earthy flavors get a bit stronger, and when combined with the rest and a light alcohol taste, produces a very interesting lightly sour and lightly bittered, sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is lower than average. The chewier body is very nice for the roasted malt flavors and when mixed with the lower carbonation make for a nice liquid medium to allow the complex mix of flavors (roasted, bitter, sour, sweet) to be sensed and distinguished by the tongue.

Overall – This is a rather interesting brew with a rather complex flavor profile, yet it still maintains a great ,somewhat nice complimentarily between the mix of flavors. An interesting and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:43:28 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of IronLover


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown with a reddish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, dense foam that slowly dissipated and left random sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent, fresh, citrus hop aromas with pine hops, toffee and sweet caramel malt beneath. Thick, syrupy feel despite the agressive, slightly fizzy carbonation. Pungent grapefruit and citrus hops up front followed by a tangy and brown sugary sweetness through the middle - a signature taste for Lagunitas brews. Citrus hop bitterness trends to pine hop flavors to the end. A strong sweet caramel malt backbone flavor throughout. Finished with a malty and pine bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:39:26 | More by IronLover
Photo of timc100


4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber/brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Really nice light beige head - good sticky lacing and retention.

S: Sticky grapefruit, caramel and toffee. Very fresh - big citrus hops and some resinous pine.

T: Very tasty - follows the nose with big caramel and citrus. Bitter and more astringency from the hops than expected. Chocolate comes out with the toffee and caramel. Sticky resin throughout

P: Medium bodied, and again, sticky and slightly chewy. Feels bigger than 7.8abv. Lingers a good while

O: A great hoppy brown ale, a style that continues to surprise me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 19:43:20 | More by timc100
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Pours a crystal-clear dark copper with nearly no head. Citrus and wet grass in the nose initially but gives way to caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate. Malt dominates the flavor (as promised on the label, with dark chocolate and toffee, but a good note of grapefruit, wet grass, and mint to support it. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Excellent. Especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:59:53 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug; dark brown, clear, showing ruby in the light with a thick rocky off-white head that leaves chunky lacing as it dissipates. Smell is hoppy and citrusey, sweet and thick-smelling. Taste is very smooth up front, very clean for the amount of maltiness, with just the right amount of hop bitterness finishing it out with an aftertaste that makes you want to take another sip. Mouthfeel is relatively full, but clean and smooth without being spiky. This is the most drinkable American Strong Ale I've had so far, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 03:03:57 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of FlyingBull


4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up to enjoy while doing a home brew. 22 oz bomber from a local "convenient" store that has a pretty good selection of craft beers...for my little town.

This beer poured a nice clear ruby brown with a 1" persistent tan head and plenty of lacing on the sides as I enjoyed. I can pick up strong caramel malts with a resinous spicy hop aroma. The carbonation is medium and seems appropriate for the beer. The mouth feel is full bodied. Lots of sweet caramel malt up front followed immediately by resinous spicy hop flavor, with a lingering pleasant bitterness. I wish the alcohol were a little lower, but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor or aroma.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely get it again while available.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:48:34 | More by FlyingBull
Photo of Oakenator


4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker brown with some amber and light showing through the glass. Some head at pour lingers nicely and some lacing is present. Aroma is malty - caramel and/or brown sugar - with a hint of hops. Good quality flavor - nice brew for a snowy day. Bitter up front but then sweet to the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:29:26 | More by Oakenator
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: center-pour into a nonic pint kicked up a massive head of tan foam; body of beer was a ruby brown; as head dimished, plenty of lace

S: rich chewy malt and hoppy pine and resin

T: sweet dark and chocolate malts, semi-bitter; spice, pine resin and earthy hop flavors, dark tangy finish

M: medium body, ample carbonation, smooth but lively

O: a very nice American strong brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 17:22:30 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of smalenberg


3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a tulip

A - Dark with mahogany highlights with a small tan head.

S - Big floral hop character with citrus notes riding over a prominent toasted malty sweetness.

T - The hop character hides the best of the malt. Both are good, but they don't blend smoothly.

M - Drying character of the hops on the finish with a surprisingly high level of carbonation.

O - It seems like the hops are a bit too aggressive because they compete with the malt bill in a way that is unbalanced. I know that's a stylistic choice for Lagunita's but it seems to have gone a bit too far in this case.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 02:23:55 | More by smalenberg
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a 22oz bottle. wtf....this is a good beer. but i have liked all the beers i have had from laguntias. the smell is very hoppy. the taste is bitter with a little citrus. the finish is not quite as bitter as the smell would lead you to believe. over all this is a pretty drinkable full flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:54:34 | More by mattkoon
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades to a cap within a minute or two

S: Bready malts and citrus and earthy hops come through the most, with a hint of roast and caramel/chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off earthy and citrusy with a caramel sweetness that is complimented by a hint of chocolate. Lightly roasty and bitter into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice hybrid beer with great balance and decent complexity. Easy to drink for a strong ale with a great price point. Definitely worth picking up, especially if you're a fan of the brewery

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:25:46 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Thurgoft


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber split with a friend into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a clear deep ruby amber with a creamy 1" off white head. Just a bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is very hoppy; orange and lemon with a bit of bready malt. A little tart smell with just a slight suggestion of alcohol. Taste follows the nose: strong hop presence in the nose with a nice caramelly malt backbone. Really great balance between the hops and the malt on this one. Just enough carbonation to lighten up the beer and keep it super refreshing. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Very refreshing and not heavy at all for a beer that clocks in just under 8%. Would definitely buy this brew again and definitely won't split it next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 21:27:46 | More by Thurgoft
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Met a friend for lunch down at First Street Draught House, and saw this one on-tap. Full nonic-pint. A thick finger-width beige head on top. Excellent rings of lace left behind after each sip.

The nose is hoppy and full of citrus goodness - orange slices, grapefruit, pomegranate. A little dry scent in there like sawdust. Clean body, though erring on the thinner side. Finish is a little more slick than I'd like on a Strong Ale.

Grapefruit smacks me right away. Semi-sweet candied malts, honey, syrup, lime. Alcohol is barely detectable as far as flavor, but I can feel it after awhile.

This was a good beer, and a treat to sip on while watching the first few games of the tourney and waiting for my food to arrive. Another win for Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 18:36:50 | More by Onenote81
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange brown with a tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy on citrus and pine hops, like an IPA, grapefruit, lemon, caramel

T: odd, bitterness up front from the hops fades quickly into raisins, figs, dark fruits, kind of an odd flavor transition, malty in the middle and finish with nutty brown ale caramel flavors

M: medium with medium carbonation, aftertaste doesn't hang around too long

O: the hop smell of this strong brown ale is reminiscent of an IPA, the flavor profile is a little muddled, good but not great

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 22:41:13 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of godlessape


3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the greatest beer bar on planet earth; The Porter in Atlanta. They served it up in a Lagunitas pint glass that looked a lot like a big mouthed jelly jar. The body is dark brown, deep and rich with a creamy off white head that never lets go.
The aroma is strong and malty with molasses, raisins, maybe a hint of booze and spicy hops.
The flavor is all grapefruit and citrus sizzle and not much malt whatsoever. The nose apparently told a fib. There's not much balance here at all.
The body is light and the carbonation high.
Overall I found it rather underwhelming, considering the brewery it came from, I expected a lot better. I won't be trying this again but it won't stop me from enthusiastically consuming any other Lagunitas brews.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 00:02:08 | More by godlessape
Photo of mnrider


4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Brown Bomber.

A: Pours dark amber, clear, large off white head. Very nice lacing and good retention.

S: Piney west coast hops, creamy caramel, sweet fruits. Very nice but kind of subdued.

T/M: Hops, Pine, citrus, smooth malts, caramel and some faint sweet fruits. Full bodied
with a good amount if carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers and the higher ABV% is only
slightly noticeable. Excellent mouth feel.

O: I'm not really sure what a Strong Ale is supposed to be, but I would guess that WTF
fits right in. It actually resembles a Brown Ale, just with more hops. Great taste, solid
malt feel and easy drinkability makes this one a winner.


Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:01:20 | More by mnrider
Photo of Beaver13


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby brown with a big creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is piney resiny hops with some fruit and roasted malts.

The flavor is roasted chocolate/caramel malts with some fruit and a good sized piney, resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid hoppy brown.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 05:54:50 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Ford


4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

Wow. This one is hard to describe. There are some bitterish hops in the end, but certainly nothing like a strong IPA... there are some great malts and caramels up front, but nothing overpowering...

This is just a great beer in my opinion. Super easy to drink... I didn't notice any alcohol even though it is almost 8 percent.

I will be revisiting this one again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 01:00:16 | More by Ford
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and significant garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with some hints of rye spiciness. Over the top of the malts is a moderate to strong aroma of citrusy and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine and citrusy hops and just a hint of rye spiciness. Very light amounts of bitterness are present and they fade almost immediately.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Well balanced and with a pleasant amount of complexity to the smell and taste. I like the easy drinking nature of this beer and the fact that the alcohol is well hidden. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:40:50 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of SerialHiker


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany to brown color…it’s dark in color, but fairly transparent…a nice thick layer of light khaki color head did form and remained…a good lookin’ brew…(4/5)

Smell: Very malt heavy up front with touches of rye and it’s peppery bite…not overly sweet, I’m getting woodsy/piney (and the lightest citrus) hops notes in there as well…tons of earthiness, I’m not sure if it’s the malt or hops doing this…musty and mildly robust…nice…(4/5)

Taste: Much like the nose, there’s really one distinct flavor from beginning to end, piney/earthy/woodsy hops blended with earthy/rye malts…a faint citrusy lightness does show up late in the taste and takes a bit of the robust punch out of the finish…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation…doesn’t fluff up much, but does bring some of that peppery rye bite to the fore…fairly wet and straight forward…tons of robust earthy/musty/woodsy hops bitterness lingering in the after taste…it could be a touch fuller…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good beer…I’ve been trying to drink more seasonably lately and when I saw this hit the store’s shelves earlier this week, I happily took the plunge…Lagunitas is turning out to be one of my favorite breweries, their beer has tons of flavor and hops and I haven’t had anything that has disappointed…I wasn’t expecting a rye kick before tasting, but fell in love as soon as I did…rye ales have been all over my radar as of lately and this one continues on that trend…I would consider this the malty version of the Bell’s Smitten…could it be more, sure, but what they have here is a solid brew that is worth picking up and enjoying…it goes well with a Tiger Woods sunday performance…(4/5)


Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:35:45 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear, slightly hazy, dark brown. 1 inch head. Inconsistent streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like herbal hops (marijuana, grass, perfume) alongside caramel and brown sugar malts.

Herbal hop aromas are on the front of this one, alongside some pine, which lends a strong, lingering bitterness. The malts are pretty strong here too, caramel and toffee, with a nutty finish. Great mix of brown ale and IPA here.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, dry finish.

I shouldn't be surprised that Lagunitas did another great hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 22:53:23 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas - Wilco Tango Foxtrot - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours brown and full bodied with a full, foamy head. Good lacing. Minimal carbonation. Nice dark amber/red hue.

Smell - Sweet malt with a pinch of hops. Roast nuts (walnuts?).

Taste - Bitey malt with a light hop influence. Caramel and sweet dates or figs.

Mouthfeel - Malt rests a bit strong but not sticky or overly sweet. Decent drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew, nice change of pace from hoppier brews. Lagunitas knows what's up and continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 11:56:20 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of rringler


4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A very clear, light cola color, with very little particulates in suspension. Pours with about two fingers of creamy, beige head, made up of fine to medium sized bubbles. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The label does not lie; it's malty from the start, though you can smell some nice flowery hops to balance.

T: Sweet, caramely malts dominate, with later hints of coffee and maybe dark chocolate. Finishes with medium to medium- hops that do a decent job to balance the taste. Covers the 7.85% abv well, without tasting boozy at all.

M: Medium to medium+ body; a bit bigger and bolder than their IPAs. Big, thick, and a bit oily; the carbonation is medium to medium+ and feels pleasant.

O: Very good beer. This is a full-flavor beer that doesn't assault your tongue with hops. If you're someone that wants more flavor, but doesn't enjoy being mugged by hops, this is an excellent choice. Similar to Lagunitas Censored beer, only exaggerated a bit. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 05:16:51 | More by rringler
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours brown with a slight golden hue. Head builds beautifully to a little over finger width, then works it's way down to a fine sheet of ever-present microbubbles on the surface. Lacing is spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Distinct citrus hops. Sweet red grapefruit and hints of sugared orange pieces. Mildly spicy. Fruity esters. Touches on bread.

Taste - Big ruby red grapefruit note upfront and resonates through to the finish. Bready malts and subtle dried fruit notes mid-taste, then faint brown sugar sweetness and earthy nuttiness toward the finish. More sweet than bitter, but fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with a bit of creamy carbonation. Smooth. Goes down rather nicely.

Overall - Reminiscent of many of the Lagunitas releases, but less aggressively hopped. Fairly mellow all-around, though not for lack of flavor. Definitely opens up as the beer warms. A solid example of what I feel should be a recognized style, an Imperial Brown.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:42:40 | More by TheSixthRing
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.