Wilco Tango Foxtrot
Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #84
ABV:
7.85%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,064
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Reviews:
874
Ratings:
2,692
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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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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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
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
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Gajo74 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +2%
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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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
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RichardWeed from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
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
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KevinReddirt from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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
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GStone899 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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
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Ahypercube from California

4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is phenomenal. I wish they would put it in six packs. Reminds me a bit of the Hairy Eyeball Ale, which was the first beer I had from these guys, as well as the beer that got me into craft beer forever. I find it almost infuriating how uncommon brown ales are, honestly. Whole bomber served into a big tulip glass at 50°F...

L: Lovely transparent reddish brown body, like a super dark cola. Frothy tan head left thick lacing on the glass and a persistent film across the surface. Beautiful glowing mahogany color when held up to the light.

S: Toasty wheat bread, molasses, almonds and macadamia nuts, chocolate, roast, and a touch of pine as well as lemon and orange rind on the end. No real coffee notes except the roast itself. Smells rather sweet, very malt-forward.

T: Absolutely perfect: rich, smooth and dangerous. Creamy from start to finish, like semi-sweet chocolate spread smeared across toast, but then you notice the toast got a little burnt. Also the chocolate spread had nuts in it. And toffee bits. Also, the bread was actually sourdough. You don't know why it left a perfumey astringent bitterness on your tongue, but another taste only reminds you how delicious it is, and after a while you don't notice the bitterness at all... just a piney, citrusy aroma lingering in the air...

F: Incredibly light for the abv. Barely sweet, when compared to most stouts. Borderline crushable: only too delicious not to savor. I'd guess from the body it were more like 6.5%, but this bottle says 8.1%. Again. Dangerous.

O: If I homebrewed, this would be the first style I would try. I'd also love to taste that Hairy Eyeball Ale again. It has literally been four and a half years. I think I like this even better though. Reminds me of Founders Porter, minus coffee. Does not remind me of Dogfish Head IBA. This is way better balanced.

Dec 26, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Stamped on neck of bottle is '233 7 2 2156 1404' (two lines). Is this August of 2017?
Clear, dark brown body, with reddish highlights. Persistent beige, thin head. Good coverage of lacing.
Smell of dark roast, caramel, and piney hops. Also a little molasses and bread.
Taste of caramel malt, with the bitterness of piney hops, a little dark fruit and molasses. Tingly on the tongue. Some sweetness throughout, but abruptly dry at the end.
Fuller, creamier mouth feel.
A very well done higher ABV brown ale. Has a solid taste profile and some zing

Dec 02, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Ale is meant to be imperial, this is my favorite. On Rattle N Hum tap NYC.
a) finger of tight, tan frothy head with plenty retention and lacing on a deep brown hazed body. Serious.
s) Dark fruit over caramel malt with unsweetened coffee and toffee notes.
t) Follows smell with more dark fruit and hoppy, floral notes.
f) Fine feel, pungent and perfect weighted: medium body and moderate carbonation.
o) Nice hoppy kick, amplified by the heavier body and ABV and power. Loved it. Try 24.

Nov 10, 2017
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

24oz bottle poured into glass. This beer is dark brown, with a thick beige head. The smell is pine, brown sugar, biscuits, and bread. The taste is like a roller coaster. Bitter, then sweet and finally sour. It tastes like it smells. The feel is a little heavy due to the abv, but more middle of the road. Overall, this is another awesome beer by Lagunitas.

Oct 12, 2017
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vladdswrath from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown, clear with a delicate head that dissipates quickly. Heavy malt and a little bit sour, but a pleasant aroma overall. Taste is less balanced, sort of a cacophony of flavors. Carmel quickly overpowered by citrus hops that immediately fade into a lingering burnt roast malt. It's not a bad thing by any stretch, just a bit unexpected after the smoothness of the nose and it took me by surprise. Mouth feels is fairly creamy, but sort of dry and sharp at the same time, again. less a blend of sensations and more like a couple of loud claps. Not bad by any stretch, but not one I will really seek out again.

Oct 07, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This imperial brown ale pours a rich chocolate brown color with a hint of red and a medium off white head. The smell is of course malt heavy with notes of dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. It is a fairly sweet smelling beer. The taste is much the same with some hints of date and a mild bitterness to the finish. It isn't too sweet though as molasses and dark bread flavors predominate. The body is pretty heavy, not quite at the level of a stout, but heavier then most anything else. This is a nice, bold brown ale. I recognize that I have a soft spot for Lagunitas, but even so I think that this is definitely underrated.

Oct 03, 2017
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hreb from Washington

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in a curved glass. This release (2017) is 8.1% ABV (O.G. 1.072, 64.20 IBU). Beer is deep brown tinged with mahogany and tops itself with a very pleasing chestnut head. Faint sour aroma reminds me of Oud Bruin. Flavor has a distinct funky astringency too it as well. It's not at all heavy, and in fact I'm finding it a little bit thin, flavor-wise. It's got some bitterness, but it's not overly hoppy, nor does it have a lot of malt flavor. Maybe it really is meant to be a _Spring_ Imperial Brown Ale? It's drinkable... but without chocolate or toast or nuts I'm underwhelmed.

Sep 20, 2017
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ALHOPLOVER from Alabama

4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You know you have a great friend when he gives you a fresh bomber! Thanks BC!
L: Somewhere in between red and black. Looks dark in the cup but hold it up to the light and it's a beautiful ruby red. Big sticky dark tan head.
S: Initially smelled like hoppy caramel, what a great combo! My mind kept swapping back and forth between malt and hop. I also picked up some fruity IPA aromas here and there along with faint smells of roasted coffee infused with chocolate and caramel and a little booze. Very good, wish it were a little louder.
T: Flavorful. I would call it a hoppy imperial brown ale. Or a brown IPA. It has a hoppy presence with a little IPA bitterness but it also has a creamy malty nuttiness. It plays both sides very well.
F: Just right. Medium bodied. Unique to me because it's crisp with a touch of creaminess. Strong, smooth and rich finish.
O: A very good beer, unique, complex and worth trying. It's got some character. Very drinkable and as a matter of fact,,, BC,,, right now I'm wishing I had another one "in the cradle".

Sep 16, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear and transparent brown with an off white head. Smells of hops, slightly roasted malts, and caramel. Tastes of slightly sweet malts, stong and bitter hops, caramel, and toffee. Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Overall it's a good beer, but I don't see how this is a Brown Ale.

Sep 13, 2017
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber bought at The Wine and Cheese Place - Clayton. $3.59.

Writing this a few weeks after having had it.

I was a little disappointed this this beer, because it's NOT what I would call a brown ale; it seems to be more of a American strong ale.

Having said that, although the beer is not well balanced, the signature Lagunitas hops come through very well in the aroma and the flavor; Lagunitas certainly does hops very well.

Sep 05, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Partaken from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent brown pours a clear
orange tinged brown color with a very nice head of off white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin pool, and showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of pine, tropical
mango and pineapple notes, and a medium malty background. Flavors lightly exceed
the nose but feature the same characters as in most of the Lagunitas brews. Citrus hop
and subtle pine overtake the malty notes of caramel and beat them into submission. Sadly
it is like I have had this one before from this company under a myriad of different names with
a touch different malt profile. Much like the Censored or even the Scottish but also close to the
Brown Shugga. Malts show themselves but take a back seat to the hop profile they are known
for. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium high carbonation, and a lightly sweet citrus and pine
laden hop finish.

Overall, a good ale, but it is hard to distinguish one from another with the addition of the
hops. I like their ales, but even the brown has the same notes as many of the others that are
too numerous to mention. Good but sadly it is becoming apparent that they are choosing to
be a one trick pony missing out on balance and light singular additions of hops. It would
be refreshing to see a SMASH ale from them.

Cheers

Aug 23, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful orange amber when held up to light. The looks is a bit darker bordering on brown when just sitting on the table. The head is two fingers and khaki colored with excellent retention and lots of whisps and spots of lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Tangerine, grapefruit dominate with a healthy dose of pine. There is also some roasted and sweet caramel malts, but they don't hold up to the hops.

Taste is the same with the malt flavors even a touch more hidden. The finish is moderately bitter.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth, but the prickliness from the hop bitterness seems out of place.

Overall this beer is decent. The dominating hop flavors are very out of place for the style. If I wanted a hoppy beer I'd have gotten an IPA, but I wanted a smooth, malty, nutty, roasted brown ale and feel slightly mislead on this one. Good flavors, but way off for the style.

Aug 17, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a ruby, mahogany, brown color with an off white head, no retention, no lacing, looks thin.

A: Lots of hoppy aromas, orange peel, sweet caramel, toasted toffee, roasted caramel, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Classic brown american ale notes, burnt caramel, roasted malts, slight coffee, moderate bitterness in the middle, finish has some orange, citrusy hoppy notes along with lightly toasted coffee, it's heavy on the citrus and light on the roasted notes.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: It's sweet, citrusy, hoppy, but it doesn't blend well, if the hops were toned down a bit, it might balance more but for its just too hoppy.

Aug 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

The appearance had a dark brown colored body, yet slightly transparent, two finger white foamy head that lasts a good full three minutes and gently slides in the middle, decent amount of foamy clingy lacing. The smell had a strong caramel malty yet combined very nicely with the hops. The taste had a bittersweetness through the malts and hops leads to a smooth bitter caramel aftertaste, still a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat about at a medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems pretty good for the style - not too harsh, but still packs it to ya - still its mainly smooth. Overall, good beer that I’ll be sure to look for again.

Jun 27, 2017
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DaveinFF from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really nice clear mahogany color with a medium thick off white head that laces the glass as you drink. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple, coffee some black cherry. Taste is roasted malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness, but more on the malty side overall. Toffee, caramel, burnt sugar and dark fruit/dried fruit notes. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter. Comes across a bit more boozy than the 7.8% and becomes more pronounced as the temp goes up. More like a 3.85 score.

Mar 11, 2017
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Monkey-D-Luffy from Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L - Pours a beautiful mahogany color, hard foam head that sits around, thick lacing as it goes down

S - Malty, a whiff of hops and a backbone of dark fruits and brown sugar

T - Honestly rather off putting, reminiscent of dates and figs, slight hop bite, and a bitter funky malt on the aftertaste

F - Mouthfeel is quite thin, very lightly carbonated

O - Wow, I'm deeply saddened to say this is the first Lagunitas beer I haven't enjoyed in the least. It reminds me of a bad barleywine ale (I'm looking at you dog fish head). Not a gagger, but certainly not what you'd expect from Lagunitas. Disappointing.

Feb 19, 2017
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