Wilco Tango Foxtrot
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot
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From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #92
ABV:
7.85%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,089
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 10.71%
Reviews:
875
Ratings:
1,821
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 26, 2022
Added:
Mar 06, 2010
Wants:
  87
Gots:
  262
SCORE
88
Very Good
Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot
Notes: Rich, smooth, dangerous, and chocolatey. It's a big ol' hoppy Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slippery slide on into the heat of the night.
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Rated: 3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by mikerieder from South Dakota

Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Shared 650 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård. ABV is 7.85%. Fairly dark brown colour, moderate off-white head. Intense aroma of brown malts, caramel, oak and dark dried fruits. Very malty flavour, same elements as in the aroma, followed by decent hops (but not as bitter as 64 IBU?). A well made imperial brown ale.
Apr 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a large bottle into a nonic pint.

Pours crystal clear amber with excellent foamy head that endures well and gives way to nice lacing.

Aromas of caramel malt, orange, and faint resin hops.

The flavors follow the nose, but with a bit more complexity and overall sweetness. Caramel malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Orange zest and pith present along with unsweetened cocoa and mild pine bittering. Leather, tobacco, and other darker notes. The finish is earthy and slightly bitter.

The brew has medium full body. Well carbonated and decently drinkable for the style and ABV.

Of two minds on this one. Plenty of solid and interesting notes, but some clashing ones too.
Jun 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
$ 5.00 (Including tax)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.592/oz). Purchased from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 1/25/20.
Stamped on neck in tiny black characters on a brown bottle “263 ? ? 1” above “11261 1921”. On shelf at distributor. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to direct light, distinctly red-amber and clear.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), light tan, high density, average retention, diminishing to an eight to twelve mm crown and a complete cap with some rocks.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide, tight band of extremely tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 3.5 – Mildly hoppy with ground pine and earth predominating.
Flavor – 3 - Mildly hoppy with no discernable malt character. Ends with a mildly bitter aftertaste. No alcohol (8.1 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25. This seems about as much a brown ale as does the home brewed batch of rye double IPA I’m currently polishing off. If I use my imagination, I can discern a bit of malt in the aftertaste bitterness. Otherwise, no malt, caramel, or chocolate – just hops. However, it has both a pleasing appearance and a delicious hoppy aroma. One and done.
Jan 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.61 by StArnoldFan from Texas

Jan 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.69 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas

Jan 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a clear brown color with a big tan foam head that is well retaining. Sticky rings of lacing throughout; an elegant and appealing looking drink.

Aromas signal the rich malty flavors to come. Notes of brown bread, biscuity malt, chocolate, honey and lots of caramel. Just as importantly, the nose reveals that this is a well hopped beer. Strong notes of pine, earthy spices and fruity hops.

Complex and full flavored, with a full bodied and mouth coating feel. Smooth mouthfeel with a moderately gentle carbonation. Robust malts with a caramel wetness, chocolate, doughy and biscuity and brown bread make for a drink that opens with sweet flavors. Seemingly too sweet, yet, this drink grows on me as a subtle hops bitterness increases, yielding notes of pine, bright fruity and citrusy hops and earthy spices. Midway through, the drink has achieved a fine balance of malt and hops, while the finish becomes drier, more bitter and lending itself to better drinkability.

As stated, this grew on me and ended up being enjoyable. A nice imperial brown ale.
Dec 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.7 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Dec 18, 2019
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Reviewed by cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my big Fosters glass.

Look - A rich burgundy that isn't quite crystal clear. The head refuses to go away, formed of some large sandy colored bubbles. The lacing is extreme with this one.

Smell - Sweet and nutty with a slightly sour citrus tinge to it that I was not expecting.

Taste - Woody, nutty, bready, chocolatey, earthy, and boozy. Big and bombastic, yet backs off just quick enough to not overpower.

Feel - Medium-thick with just enough life. Kinda chewy, kinda silky. Works very well.

Overall - Almost on the verge of too extreme, but it's perfectly restrained. I wish this wasn't just a limited release thing, I'd drink it year round.
Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
(22 oz bottle, split between two fat tulips)

Barely an 'imperial' brown - an opinion strictly based on lack of imperial-grade ethanol presence... sort of an 'oh... aha!... hmm, yeah...' impression when sipping it for the first time and realizing it definitely has that Lagunitas hop profile, and it's merely a brown ale hopped to standard Lagunitas proportions... it has a solid, relatively punchy flavor - not too hoppy, not too malty (sweet); its hard-cut dryness accentuated by the earthy, piney, mellow herbal-spicy hopping... I would very much enjoy having the option to buy a six-pack (and I'd also certainly order an imperial pint of it, if ever found), but this bomber business is just silly - y'all put that crap 'Scotch ale' in 12 oz'ers - why not this? (1610)
Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Big, creamy, almost creamed-coffee-colored head rests atop a light brown/dark red brew. Smells very toasty, like toasted rye bread. Also has the hop presence that all Lagunitas beers, regardless of style, seem to have. Also, also has a honey-like sweetness on the nose as well. Taste follows, to some degree, just doesn't deliver on the complexity of the nose. Very, very toasty (but not terribly roasty, if you know what I mean) with perhaps too much of a hop presence on the back end. Smooth and very drinkable and would probably age well (to a point). Would probably hold up well to some barrel-aging, too, if they were inclined to go that route.
Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by MattSn from Oregon

Oct 31, 2019
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Reviewed by RichardWeed from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed the hoppiness of this fine brew. Very interesting flavor palette. I like a brew with a nice, grassy feel and taste and this one had just that. I will definetly be spending more on this the next time i make the run.
Aug 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by james_keogh from Massachusetts

Aug 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by heymikew from California

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by DarrellK from Florida

May 25, 2019
 
Rated: 2.59 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Lefty_P_Hand from Maine

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by DKGreen from California

Feb 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.47 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.74 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2018
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Rated by Warmonster from Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Out of the hundreds of beers I've tried, this is def in the top ten, the smoothness, taste, and mouthfeel are amazing.
Nov 01, 2018
 
Rated: 2.2 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Oct 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Oct 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.97 by Jebadiahfreeman from Minnesota

Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by chiefz1 from New York

Jun 24, 2018
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Reviewed by KevinReddirt from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another 22 oz bomber from HEB, poured into a glass stein. I like the color, sort of a reddish brown. Ivory foam, laces nicely as I drink it down. Tasty with a slight pine, nutty maybe. I prefer a hoppy IPA or a Belgian but this is quite pleasant. Definitely worth a return trip.
Jun 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by hophugger from Virginia

Feb 05, 2018
 
Rated: 2.95 by Walleybeer from New Jersey

Jan 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.64 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Jan 19, 2018
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Reviewed by GStone899 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This is a nutty brown ale, medium bodied that I had at cellar temp. Has a toasty taste along with molasses. Medium head. Very easy drinker. Doesn't wow but it's really solid. Packs a underrated punch at almost 8%.
Jan 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jan 05, 2018
 
Rated: 2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2696 ratings