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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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Photo of KFBR392


4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer looks awesome. A wonderful creamy head which came out to about 2 fingers. Carbonation was huge throughout. Such a dark red color. Really beautiful, so clear but at the same time such a rich color.

Smell: This is all Lagunitas right here. The spicy crisp hops are all over the aroma. Very similar to most of their brews. There is some very smokey malt and bitter chocolate on the undertones.

Taste: Complexity. The really exotic malt hits right away. Spicy hops carry this beer throughout the body. But the malt blast through again on the aftertaste and create a very wonderful touch. Beyond the major players there is so much going on here. Bitter chocolate, caramel, and citrus hops. The flavors mix together here very well. This beer comes together nicely for a very easy drinker.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Heavy mouthfeel but has wonderful qualities of a hoppy beer.

Overall: Lagunitas does it again. Something off the beaten path here but has that feel of one of their beers for sure. At $3.99 a bomber, you cannot do much better dollar wise.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 21:19:10 | More by KFBR392
Photo of MetalMountainMastiff


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz in to a snifter.

A- Pours a nice reddish brown, with a inch or so head that went down rather fast. A very nice looking beer!!! Like something some ridiculous rich caricature would drink in front of a fire.

S- A good smell of piney hops, on the mild side. Earthy and malty.

T-sweet malt that goes right into mild hops. Hops seem to come out more after the swallow. Well blended taste nothing to over powering.

M- Smooth. Mildly carbonated , with medium body.

O-Very drinkable beer. well blended flavors, great taste. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but nonetheless great!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:13:18 | More by MetalMountainMastiff
Photo of Somebody_Else


4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a 24oz glass -- slow down the side for the first half, then slow right down the middle for a little head.

Appearance is Coca Cola brown. This could be a stealth trick! I got a thumb of creamy tan head that dissolved fairly quickly and left soap-scum rings around the glass where I paused my drinking.

The predominant smell was the Lagunitas hops note with the added malty almost sulfur undertones similar to Sucks. There is pine in the smell but less citrus and almost none of the floral notes. A vanilla smell comes out as the beer warms a bit. The smell is good but hardly remarkable.

The taste is very good. It's got the big hops bite that I like. It's kind of disturbing that most Lagunitas beers share a significant portion of the same flavors -- which is that predominant hops profile. On the good side, I LOVE that hops profile and it's what keep bringing me back. The malt aspects are pretty minor and only stand out when compared to a lighter ale like Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

I don't know what mouthfeel is, but the dank hops linger on the tongue after I swallow and I like it when this happens.

Would Drink Again. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 01:01:28 | More by Somebody_Else
Photo of rangerred


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear deep brown with a rocky white head. The head absolutely lasts forever and when it finally begins to settle, tons of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is a little bit on the one dimensional side with lots of tropical citrus hops. There is a little bit of cocoa in the background giving this almost a bit of an American Black Ale character.

The flavor really has a lot more going on than the aroma. Tropical hops with a little bit of pine is quite prominent once again but there is much more in the way of cocoa and dark toasted malt. Some brown sugar along with a little bit of raisin and other dark fruits as well. There is a light tartness throughout but it doesn't really distract too much overall. Bitterness is moderate to high and lasts for awhile after the finish. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side but stickyness is very light.

Overall, a pretty nice Strong Ale but i feel it could be better. A little more roast to add to the hops would be wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:50:15 | More by rangerred
Photo of mwilbur


3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear amber-brown with just a faint hint of a head.
S: Nice balanced nose of clear caramel malt and crisp grainy hops. Hint of fig, toast, and cinnamon.
T: Toasted caramel malt, sweet spice, and a hint of muted hops. Not quite up to what the aroma was promising. A note of honey emerges with warming.
M: Light-medium body. Clear, fairly crisp, and a hint of sticky sweetness. Finish is dry with a hint of bitterness.
D: A decent brew, just not outstanding. Would be best enjoyed with a meat-based meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:40:12 | More by mwilbur
Photo of Crundy


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: it poured a beautiful copper root beer like color. Very clear and well carbonated. Had a foamy off white head.

S: The smell was complex with a nice toffee malt, some dark fruits fig or raisin. Earthy hops as well. It smelled great.

T: toasted nuts and toffee malt. The hop flavor was a bit more pronounced. Had a bitter soy-like aftertaste.

M: medium bodied, dry mouth feel leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

O: I'd say this was a good beer. Quite enjoyable the smell was heavenly and the taste was good but didn't line up with the pleasant aroma. I've not yet had a bad Lagunitas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 07:34:49 | More by Crundy
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a half finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Sweet malts, hops, sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Very inviting.

T: Nutty, earthy, roasted malts, some hops, and a little alcohol. Not as complex as the Bastards, my favorite Strong Ales, but pretty good.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. I wish it was a little heavier.

O: This is a pretty good Strong Ale, but is lacking in places. It's tasty, easy to drink, and hides the alcohol well. I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 22:05:33 | More by nUgZ
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no date listed on it.

A - Color is a nice reddish copper color. Looks very similar to an IPA.

S - The nose has malts and hops to offer, but little more. It is pretty generic smelling. There is maybe a slight hint of booze smell.

T - It has a nice nutty flavor to it up front. Definitely some malt.

M - The mouth feels nice. The malt and hop presence sticks around. Definitely has some nice flavors to it.

Overall, a good beer, with the 7.2% alcohol masked pretty nicely. It isn't perfect, but it is pretty fine.

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:28:15 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of warrenout330


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

Poured from a 22oz bomber in a duvel glass

A- pours reddish brown color, Ruby hues to the light and sides... 1 finger of off white head... diminishes to a thin slurry over the beer, beautiful lacing to the glass

S- sweet candied sugar, slight raisins and figgy fruit. Earthy hops... screams American strong ale...

T- burnt brown sugar.. caramel malts, caramelized raisins.. earthy hop balance

M- sweet like candy, medium bodied.. almost slick and oily in the back... good balance of hop... spicey prickly carbonation. Smooth and buttery

O- this reminds of brown sugga... not as sugary and delicious of it bit maybe the base of the actual ale... this is delicious as it is and a fine example of American strong ale... I know nothing of this brewery but I"m liking them beer by beer....

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:24:48 | More by warrenout330
Photo of MRclean


3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vessel: Purchased in a 22oz. glass bottle, poured into a teardrop glass

Appearance: Deep brownish red, good clarity with almost no head

Smell: Rich and malty. You can distinctly smell the alcohol in this beer.

Taste: You can tell right away this is a big beer. There is a strong malt character and a noticeable alcohol taste. The hop bitterness is not underplayed though, it comes through quite strong as well.

Mouthfeel: For a big beer, and as intense as it is, it dissipates quickly and doesn't leave any noticeable after taste.

Overall: This is not a beer for the masses. It is very malty and very hoppy which is not a combination you find to often. You have to be looking for a beer like this to enjoy it, but I did.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:11:45 | More by MRclean
Photo of Dodt


2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

final of the beer trip bombers , poured from the bomber into a pint glass. nice fluffy head a deep amber color. aroma is hoppy with a bit of carmel . bit sweet in flavor with a nice crisp finish and some roasted flavors. pleasantly surprised with this beer can't wait to try other beers from lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 02:50:07 | More by Dodt
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.