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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 jmdrpi


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving on-tap in a 10oz glass. medium brown in color, with nice light tan colored thick head. good head retention and some lacing.

aroma is sugary and malty but with some light hop aroma in there as well. as for the taste, I think the description of an imperial brown ale is a good one. some biscuity malt balanced with hops in the end of the taste.

good mouthfeel, moderate carbonate and creamy head. easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 14:49:23 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of CASK1


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

Served in a tulip glass. Kicked the last keg at Kickbacks - got about a 3 ounce sample, gratis!

Appearance is a luminous medium brown, with a thick, long-lasting light tan head. (Head size and retention may have been exaggerated as a result of draining the keg.) Aroma features sweet malt, light caramel/toffee notes, and a hint of vanilla. No hops to speak of. Flavor mirrors the aroma, with a rich toffee malt flavor and a low earthy hop flavor. There is just enough hop bitterness to offset the sweetness of the malt. Medium-light body and medium-low carbonation. Low alcohol warmth.

I wish I had gotten more that the last few ounces of this keg. Not quite what I expected for a Strong Ale, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 21:13:02 | More by CASK1
Photo of bdupree

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this at Lagunitas on 6/13/2010 served as "English Style WTF" from a cask. First of all, this came on a very hot day in Petaluma. The beer was served in something like a Mason jar, and it was literally warm. I've been to England and had a bunch of true Ales over there served just cool... but this just was not right. I believe the cask got to warm, so it was unfortunate for my review here.

A: Cloudy, hazy brown... looked like chocolate milk. From the temperature of serving, I think this actually started to separate and go bad.

S: Caramel, roasted malts, some hops and a hint of alcohol. Casking cranked up the ABV quite a bit on this one.

T: Sour, sour, sour. Somewhere in there I detected a nutty taste, and there was quite a lot of hop still present. Alcohol was almost overpowering as well.

M: Warm and heavy, not the best on a 90 degree day. Not the easiest thing to choke down.

D: WTF in bottle is really not bad, but in this method of cask serving I would never order another. Lagunitas might want to check out the casks on warm days out there. This was the ONLY bad beer we had at the brewery, though!

Serving type: cask

07-02-2010 23:27:12 | More by bdupree
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ the Indie, Somerville MA

Oh, I get it, WTF. As much as I like Lagunitas, their sense of humor irks me (i.e. the Kronic--with a K). Clear, deep chestnut color with a thin, white head. Persistent retention rides down the glass and foam along the way. A sexy lookin' beer.

Aroma is intense orange citrus and soft pine hops thrown up my nose by intense alcoholic heat. That wouldn't be bad in and of itself but the hops clash with chocolate and brown sugar malt. WTF indeed. Those are just 2 things that don't go together in my mind.

Taste is again intense orange citrus hops with a chocolate, brown sugar, and raisiny molasses iconoclast. My sister didn't like it.

I liked it enough to order another but it was too sweet for me to finish the second.

Full disclosure: I have a pet peeve of citrus hops in dark beers. If that's your thing then perhaps this beer is better suited you.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 11:26:03 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Lldeegan


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at rattle n hum
Dark brown with kahaki head, stick lace
It gives off the smell of wood, earth, some malt and dark raisin
The taste is similar very strong alcohol plays with a dark woody and earthy character. Nice dark full bodied beer and the cask lends to a great mouthfeel
Alcohol burn on the back
Really great flavors.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2010 17:13:33 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

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

On tap in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a finger of "dirty" white foam.

Smell: Malt, toffee, caramel, subtle hint of hops.

Taste: Caramel malts, toffee, chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer by Lagunitas, could definitely drink more of this (and it is a very affordable beer to boot!).

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 03:20:27 | More by Axic10
Photo of jzeilinger


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

A - Pours a very deep copper, brownish red color with extremely thin lacing across the top. Mild to no carbonation.

S - Nutty, grassy, a little earthy, and sweet caramel malt. Light amounts of citric hoppiness.

T - Very interesting flavor. Lots of sweet malt up front with a touch of grassiness and has a small amount of nuttiness. The hops don't surface until after the sip. As the aftertaste lingers on the tongue, only then does the hop bitterness surface. Also has some bittersweet chocolate interlaced with piny hop bittering, some smokiness. Mildly solvent-like and thick like syrup. There's a moderate amount of ABV warming and leaves the mouth coated with molasses and bitter chocolate. The flavor is very rich and eventually the aftertaste yields an orange citrus flavor in the background that lingers for a few minutes.

M - Thick, sticky, and a heavy body.

D - Couldn't do more than one of these. Not my preferred style of beer but I did enjoy it. If I didn't know any better, I would classify this as a hopped up American style Brown Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 01:10:29 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of TommyW


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very clear but dark brown with a dense, white head.

S- Piney hops over a bit of toasted bread.

T- Piney hops dominate the taste, notes of citrus and pineapple come in toward the middle and there is a slight roasted and bready malt component.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Definitely hop forward for a brown ale; I would have like to have a little bit more malt presence and a little more sweetness. Still a good beer overall though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 13:17:34 | More by TommyW
Photo of exonthebottle


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this on-tap @ ed's. 4.50 for a pint. nice deal.

a 4
brown color nice head looks good.

s 4
hops acidity with a hint of alcohol.

t 4
dry malty taste with hops.

m 4
light medium carbonation with a
dry bitter aftertaste from the hops

d 3.5
good drinkable but I had to order water to finish my second one because of the dryness limping my tongue. other that a fine beer

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2010 20:20:17 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of CHickman

New York

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

Pours clear reddish brown in color with a creamy/cloudy 2 finger tan head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of flowers, sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops, grass, lemon and perfume or incense. This literally smells like a bouquet of flowers, but somehow manages to maintain that beer essence even with the potent floral aroma. Quite a unique and pleasing odor.

Tastes very hoppy, with strong floral hops that give off a spicy taste, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, grass, flowers, orange peel, grapefruit, apple, brown sugar, pepper and spices. Very complex and very much like an IPA with a lot of floral accents going on which don't overpower the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with very little carbontion and a light feel even though it has some body. Alcohol was very well hidden.

Highly drinkable for any hophead and a beer which I thought was great and will seek out. This is labeled a strong ale, but I found it easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 02:01:44 | More by CHickman
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Brown color with ruby-orange highlighting. Tanned foam sticks super hard to the glass. Nose is hard to get through the head, but lots of hopping - citric with a bit of pine.

Bitter hop flavors run amok on the tongue, along with a boozy dark fruit malt contribution. Unbalanced, but who's counting? Hops are the star here: tropical fruit, citrus, and herbs.

Finishes with the malt components of caramel and butter toffee. Aftertastes of resin and brown sugar. I get a slight astringency as well, along with the faintest note of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is solid, with lots of carbonation belying the high abv and viscosity. A well-played take on the Arrogant Bastard prototype, I enjoyed this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 04:28:30 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of ChopperSmith


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of the band Wilco, this caught my eye. Also love the 'WTF' initials.

On tap in a pint glass from the Washington Square bar in White Bear Lake, MN

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with white
foamy head that receded to a nice frothy cap. Left a little lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus hops with a little spice and malt behind it. Inviting.

Taste: Pine and citrus hops up front with a hint of grapefruit, followed by smooth malts and a little spice.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied and well carbonated,

Drinkability: Another winner from Lagunitas. Could easily session this one. I like a higher ABV beer, and this one fits that bill nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 21:36:30 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of jrallen34


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

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a tulip.

The beer is a dark medium tan, much lighter in the light, almost clear. The head is a nice creamy light tan with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty light but dominated by fresh hops. Its not bad just unexpected and a little one noted.

The taste is similar to the aroma, just a lot of fresh bitter hops, not much of the taste of nuttiness you expect in a brown. The taste is good, not great, an ipa.

Overall, decent just don't get it expecting a brown.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 20:42:00 | More by jrallen34
Photo of nickfl


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a black body. The foam settles slowly and the lace it leaves behind coats the glass nicely.

S - An aroma of caramel with a little molasses and some toffee.

T - Toffee notes up front with rich caramel. A little bit of smoke to the malt character in the middle as well as more of the toffee character and a bit of molasses. Some bready notes in the finish with moderate hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a beer that is very typical of what I have come to expect of Lagunitas. The combination of rich, caramel and toffee malt with aggressive hoppiness reminds me of several of their beers that I have had in the past. This is even more unusual than the rest of their catalogue with the dark malt having an intense bready caramel and molasses character, complimented by odd notes of smoke. Worth trying, though I don't know that I will have another one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 05:27:11 | More by nickfl
Photo of mithrascruor


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a clear dark brown-red color with a good off-white head which soon turns to a film. Mild aroma of malts and hop spicyness. Taste of toasted malts, hops, spices, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied with a slightly bitter aftertaste. An enjoyable beer... strong for a brown ale, but drinks nice. I'd certainly get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 22:04:41 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of beertunes


3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. The bar called this a brown ale. Poured a clean, clear brown with a half-inch of off-white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of sweetness and hops. The flavors were very hoppy up front, sweet in the middle and balanced on the finish.

The body was good, even, clean and balanced. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple in a row, but maybe not more than that. Overall, a solidly decent beer that has taken a step in restoring my opinion of this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 20:29:39 | More by beertunes
Photo of johnwarne


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"American ale--
A nice representative
LBC is proud".

First pass at WTF, which I assumed was a novelty given the initials on the tap. Pleasant surprise, and nothing to be ashamed of at all--worth consideration by strong ale friends everywhere.


Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2010 23:55:42 | More by johnwarne
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to try it on tap as I did not want to shell out the money for a bottle right away. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/17/2010.

Rich pour, dark caramel in color with an off-white head that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light lacing coating the side of the glass. Aroma is hops, piney with light citrus notes but a load of cinnamon and spice as well. Seems as though I have run into this before with another of their one off's, just seems really familiar. Letting it open up gives me nice touches of caramel and bready malts, a rich and well balanced hoppiness that seems to fade in and out during the session. Nice feel, hearty with great carbonation that still allows it to have some pop to it. Whatever the ABV was it was well hidden and I was able to enjoy this one thoroughly without issue and leaving that nice dry, lightly bitter finish capped it wonderfully.

Overall it was better then I expected. Nice and rich and very drinkable. I would have no trouble enjoying this one again any day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 23:28:08 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Overlord


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thought this was a brown ale. Huh?

Pours a slightly ruddy brown. Light tan head. Maybe an inch of it.

Smells strangely of pine and grapefruit hops. What? Some sugary malt underneath. Sugary is about the best adjective I can think of.

Taste adds just a splash of caramel malt and ... chocolate/molasses?.... to a resiny, sugary backbone that's offset by a surprising amount of fresh hops. What? What the hell type of beer is this? Oddly enough, I think it reminded me more of Arrogant Bastard than anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 06:08:07 | More by Overlord
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking brown color with OK head retention and lots of sticky lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but there is some noticeable citrusy bitterness, which gives one a hint of what's to come. After the beer warmed a bit, there was a bit more brown sugar aroma, intermingled with the perfumy hoppy nose. I really liked the flavor profile, and I'm kind of surprised no one (that I know of) has done this previously. This beer comes across as a brown ale, but one that is very much on the dry side and completely dominated by some pretty serious hoppy bitterness. Initially, I get the sort of baked apple and brown sugar I expect in a brown ale, but then there's this wonderful wave of Laganitas' signature perfumy, hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and is dominated by the hoppy bitterness on the finish. Drinkability is pretty decent, though I'm not sure I could drink a lot of this.

Very nice beer. Not sure I'll ever drink this in place of Hop Stoopid, but it ain't bad.

Serving type: cask

04-17-2010 21:21:38 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Aenema


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, maple syrup brown with nice lacing.
Smell - Nutty, caramel malts, resin.
Taste - Caramel malts, piney hops, nutty finish.
Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Very enjoyable, well-balanced brown with no noticeable alcohol presence.
Overall - Enjoyed this one a lot and look forward to having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 03:40:50 | More by Aenema
Photo of Lunch


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

Served from on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Maryland into a 20oz. Imperial Nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (04/10/10).

A: Pours a murky rusty brown capped with 2 fingers of an off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Hoppy aroma that has a lot of citrus and pine along with a nice mild sweet malt in there as well.

T: The citrus hops continue and dominate the initial taste, but they are quickly followed by pine and a somewhat caramel-like malt. The malt is also quite bready and it works nicely with the hops.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a bit of creaminess.

D: Great drinkability and the 7.83% abv is completely hidden. I really enjoyed all 20oz. of this.

Overall I had no idea what to expect from this beer as it falls under the less than specific style of "American Strong Ale". Having always enjoyed beers for Lagunitas, I decided to give this one a try and I am glad that I did. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 18:56:31 | More by Lunch
Photo of Haus


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to Lagunitas this beer is "A big Ol' Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey".

It's a good brew.
A - Rich, deep, opaque brown color with tan frothy head that lasted only few minutes.

S - A rather mild aroma hints of caramel malts and citrus hoppiness...pleasant aroma. I didn't really get any chocolate though.

T - Tastes like it smells... Caramel comes through nicely, citrus hoppiness...faint chocolate. Something kinda spicy at the end...nice though.

M - medium in body

D - refreshing and damn drinkable...especially at $4.50/pint

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 17:33:18 | More by Haus
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at hopcat and mellow mushroom. I love lauganitas. Awesome beer insane prices.

A: pours a dark shade of amber with dark brown highlights. Tall offwhite head with insane sheets of lace.

S: rather mild aromas hints of caramel malts and citrus hops. Too mild.

T: mmm tasty. Lots and lots of citrus hops. Enough caramel malt to push through. Hints of sweet pine...and spicy rye?

M; medium in body nice and smooth.

D: tasty and damn drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 17:00:59 | More by tpd975
Photo of homebrew311


3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Sugar Maple.

A: brown, auburn, some clarity, not very dark for a brown ale, some white head that doesn't have good retention

S: very subtle malts, cereal grains, bread, roasty notes, light earthy hops on the finish... I had to search for these aromas as the beer warms, at serving temperature, the aroma was next to nothing

T: very mild flavors, the ABV is non existent, a great balance makes for an easy drinking beer but this is so mild and subtle, I wish there was more character

mf: thin, slightly watery, medium carbonation

D: very easy drinking but not a whole lot of flavor, considering this is an imperial brown...I've had brown ales with loads more of flavor (aka Bender), not bad but will not seek out again

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 03:30:36 | More by homebrew311
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.