Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown Ale

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Photo of mkomalley
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first time we've ranked ANY beer this high. It pours a dark ruby clear color into the glass--well carbonated. Unexpected beautifully floral hops in the nose for what appears to be a brown ale. On the palate--brown sugar, maple syrup, a bit of smoke and raisins. Dark fruit, dates, fig.

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was bought at Safeway in Fremont, CA.

I like Lagunitas IPA so the name grabbed me.

"A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale" well I have a good friend and Army Reservist out of work, so people keep talking recovery and I have plenty of friends out of work.

So heres to you oh tall and bald.

This beer is a very hoppy brown ale.

The malt comes through with the hops and it is no disappointment.

Well ballanced but NOT overpowering.

the 7.83A% ABV is enough that 2-3 of the 1 pint 6 oz bottles will put you over the legal driving limit so it is no light weight.

the 64.20 I.B.U. is enough to please most hop heads.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.91/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sooo stoked I found this, errr or BA Reviewer Kahlyle found it for me....

Appearance>Dark ruby in color, medium liveliness. Crystal clear, vanilla head which has decent retention. Lacy.

Smell> Brown sugar and malt, subtle notes of fresh hops

Tasty>Tangy, but surprisingly toasty start! Unusual, but lovely. Nice complexity. Hop burst that slowly creeps to the back of the mouf, leaving behind a resiny hang with a soft toastiness returning at the finish. Super.

Mouf>Perfect mix of silkiness and frothiness

Drinkability> Um.. Hello?!
I'd probably, just drink it for the name! The fact that it's delicious makes it even easier!

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my 1st review here on BA after about 3 months of trying new styles of REAL BEER and after doing my 1st home brew this morning (Dunkel Weisen). Right or wrong this is my take on this brew. Poured this bad boy into my Chicago Cubs mug for ole #10 Ron Santo, rest in peace; you were a Cubbie till the very end ! This brew pours a dark Pepsi Cola brown with red tint and 1 finger off white head which dwindles down to a frothy layer atop the brew. There are 40 umpteen tiny bubbles surfacing from the bottom, it looks more like a soda than a beer. Smell is fairly astingent, alcohol, dark fruit, dark roast coffee, piney hops. Wow, I figured the hops would blow me away, but that's not the case at all. Alcohol and hops are well hidden with the roasted malts taking front and center. Semi dry on the tongue and mouth. Can taste the hops half way through the mug, but still not overly bitter. Dark roasted coffee becoming more prominent. As it warms more the piney hops continue to come forward, still not offputting. Becoming semi clowey in the throat. (2nd pour) Head hangs around somewhat longer than the 1st pour, dark malts dominate the smell now, followed by dark roast coffee. The lacing is a stringy patchy impression that weeps downward. Back to the dark roast coffee and dark malts on the tongue with bittering hops coming forward half way through the mug. I like this, how it moves from dark coffee/malts forward to bittering hops forward as you move from the top towards the bottom of the mug. Spider web layers of off white lacing as you move 3/4's of the way through the mug. I've never experienced a brew like this that is so multi faceted as you move from the top to the bottom of the mug. Starting to pick up some sweet crystal malts near 80% through the mug. This is an amazing brew, multifaceted to the Nth degree. Reminds me of the days of Or, when chemicals were used to expand the mind. I'm gonna have to say AfrigginMazing. Thanks Lagunitas for a step back into my sorid past, some 30+ years ago.The only thing that would have made this better would have been to be listening to Jimmy Hendrix blarring Purple Haze. DUH, just figured out the WTF, similar to playing Beatle recordings backwards. Cool beans

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - BIG creamy like head, dark brown & some red tints while in light, lacing is there but mainly from the HUGE head.

S - Hops.. Mainly Chinook, not like an ipa but more of that bread/wood kinda thing, some funk but good funk.

T - Taste is big, has that woody/bread deep caramel malty thing going on, with a strong Chinook hop taste.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation but not too low, aftertaste is strong but balanced. Not overly hot with alcohol, very balanced.

O - Great limited edition beer, very tasty and very similar to arrogant bastard but a little different, probably the closest to it I have tasted. Great beer, Lagunitas is my favorite... too many great beers and complex tastes. THUMBS UP!

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Photo of mwa423
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with a half finger of tan head that quickly disappeared to nothing.

S - Rich malty and chocolaty backbone with a strong citrus hop aroma.

T - Strong malt backbone with chocolate, caramel sweetness followed by a strong pine and citrusy IIPA like hop hit. Very enjoyable combination.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and filling, leaves a slight steely hop flavor on the back of the tongue. This is very drinkable, on my second bottle! What a great deal for $5!

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Photo of kone
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at a place called Dive Bar and Grille in Wexford PA. Great beer, goes with whatever you are eating. Liked it so much I stopped by Wexford Beer and put in an order for a case. Enjoy boys, there is life beyond Miller Lite!!! Orginally started with a Dale's Pale Ale, which is good in it's own right. But the Launitas WTF hit the spot and left me wanting more.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great beer from a great brewery. Lagunitas never disappoints and has made another fine beer. The beer has a nice aroma and a great taste. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Celt44
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up on a recommendation from my local craft store owner. Do not regret it. The price was right for a 750ml or so bottle - $4.99.

Appearance - Pours an amberish-brown with a white creamy head. Lacing lasts throughout. Nice.

Aroma - Strong floral hops balanced with heavy malt. Reveals it's balance. I expected more bitterness from the aroma.

Taste - Beautifully balanced hop and malt. ABV is masked nicely. Cherry citrus mixed with warm bread.

Mouthfeel - Nice and only slight burn from relatively high ABV. Wakes you up.

Overall an excellent brew - one of the best Strong Ales I've had in quite a while. Definitely expected more bitterness, especially after running it under my nose. One of the best balanced beers I've ever had. Excellent work by Lagunitas!

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Photo of Rhixso
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep, rich dark brown with slightly hazy dark ruby highlights if held to a light source. Has a light tan head that disappears after a few sips.

S: Slightly floral hop aroma comes first (Hallertau or Willamette?) - a very pleasant surprise for such a dark brown ale - followed by sweet dark malts and finally a crisp dry bitterness that blends into a well rounded dark roasted coffee-like malt punch that remind you you're drinking an Imperial Brown Ale.

T: Dark malty, coffee-like goodness with a dry finish, perfectly balanced hop bitterness, that lingers lightly. Tones of dark caramel, dark chocolate, slight hints of dried fruits.

F: Medium bodied yet just heavy enough to linger over and spend some time with contemplating the complexity. Light carbonation. Beautiful.

O: A new favorite seasonal. Loved and savored each and every sip. This one is a harmonious blend of the best of a delicious deeply malty brown ale without being cloying with the addition of a wonderful hop aroma. Well worth every penny.

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Photo of aty11b
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a Tulip glass.

A- pours a beautiful ruby red body with not much head retention.

S- Dark fruits, Fig, and hops

T- A combination of Grapefruit, Fig, Raisins, hops, and slight notes of orange and caramel. The hops are not to overwhelming leaving a satisfying bitter after taste in your mouth.

O- One of my new favorites from Lagunitas. A nice ruby body with fresh ingredients that do not overwhelm each other. Its a definite must have.

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Photo of MrYoungblood
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet.

Appearance: Definitely a darker brown beer.

Smell: I can smell the hops right away and know that this is going to be a crisp piece of heaven. It has a pleasant "roasty" smell to it as well.

Taste: DELICIOUS! Hoppy, but not over done.

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue at first with perfect carbonation and a great lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'm glad I bought more than one!

Serving type: bottle/stein

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Photo of Papi
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep brown red with a quickly dissipating off white head.

Smells amazing. Sweetness hits you first with hints of dates, caramel, and a little lime.

WTF tastes amazing too. Full malty toffee up front, then fruity, then a slight citrus. This is probably the most well balanced ale I've tried.

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Photo of ToadManA1A37651
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my san miguel snifter with etched bottom I scarfed from Wimbeldon while in London last year, this beer pours excellent with a finger and a half malty head, very dark but not opaque some orange hints. The smell is wonderfully pungent with the back of my jaw aching to taste what comes to be a rich somewhat heavily roll around my tongue. The taste is surprisingly hopped up with with a corriander burnt approach. The aftertaste is sweet and sticks around. Over all I give this CA bomber high marks and worthy of Lagunitas lofty reputation - Well Done!

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Photo of deereless
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid mass of thick sticky head that clings to the side of the glass, medium brown in color - 4.50, S: The aroma has a very smooth and tropical fruit-like sweetness, some pineapple and possibly tangerine, just the faintest hint of something medicinal, heavy caramel and molasses, one of the most inviting aromas I've experienced in some time - 4.75, D: Nice effortless hop bite that avoids being harsh, well balanced though teetering on the side of hops, caramel sweetness, lots of grapefruit and a hint of pine, if I had to guess I would say Centennial hops were involved in this beer - 4.75, S: Very smooth - 5.00, D: A very nicely crafted ale, wonderfully balanced but with a strong hop presence, tropical sweetness is very enticing, I would buy this beer if it was seasonal - 4.50

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Photo of aristeros
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber at the local Class VI on post, military parlance for "basically a liquor store." 'WTF' would properly be 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,' but Lagunitas routinely gets beer right, so I'm not going to dwell upon this fact. This one was worth a try at under five bucks, and I'm a brown ale fiend (this is billed as an 'imperial brown'), so here goes. Poured into a British pint glass.

Pours a red-brown, like a cola, with less than a half finder of head. Good clarity and almost no carbonation visible. Hoppy nose for a brown, with moderate citrus and light pine over biscuits and honey.

There is a fair bit of hops up front, which yields to sweet malts, with a bittersweet coffee and caramel finish. It's like a double APA was combined with a brown ale and a pinch of stout by a mad scientist. Delightfully complex.

This wasn't quite what I was after, but it did meet my expectations in terms of quality; I would have another, and enjoy how it stomped all over established beer styles and still exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bomber at 3 sons for 6.50 what a bargain!

A - A light pour produced a Almost pitch black amber liquid with a bit of head and slight glass lacing stick
S - I set it about a foot away and I can still smell the hops. As I bring it to my nose a malt backbone is predominate. Smells complex.
T - Kind of nutty like a brown ale but hops and malt play to provide a bit of a bitter finish. Tasty.
M - Not as bitter as expected so the drink is sort of heavy but thin.
D - Well I missed out in getting another bottle of the Cappuccino stout before it so WTF? I better get me another one before it's gone! Since I never heard of an imperial brown this would have to be a good rep of one!

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Photo of jpittman80
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice chocolaty brown with red highlights when held to the light. About one finger of offwhite head with nice lacing.

S - Nice lightly roasted malt flavor mingles perfectly with the strong hop presence. Can't wait to dive right in!

T - Oh man. This is how you balance a beer people. Amazing sweet/roasty malt profile with abundant hop flavor. I'm really glad the restrained on the bitterness. It's definitely there, but this beer benefits from the strong roasty malt backbone as the focus. The hop flavor is a huge plus.

M - Silky smooth and medium bodied. Nice moderate carbonation.

D - I would love to drink this one after the other, but the near 8% abv may prevent that.

I bought this as a suggestion from a friend, and I am not disappointed. Since this is apparently a limited release, I'm thinking of grabbing a case to hold me through the summer.

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Photo of dpianka
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/19.2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Wilco Tango Foxtrot
brewery: Lagunitas
brewery location: Petaluma California
type: Ale
style: Imperial Brown Ale
abv: 7.8
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: head pours long and strong, waits patiently for the first sip, apparently it wants to give me a mustache. Color is a beautiful rich old amber, like the kind of amber you find mosquitos with dinosaur DNA in.

Smell: piney-fresh, hops are prevalent, the rich heavy malt sits in the background kinda bein lazy on the couch while the hops are ready to out and party.

Taste: thick, heavy hops. Starts off somewhat hoppy like the party has seriously begun, then the caramell-y malt sees the hops dancin with another dude and is like woah no way,it then gets off it’s lazy ass and starts dancing with the hops and even outdances the hops for a minute. The finish is a beautiful marriage, the hops become more floral and the malt mutes the bitterness just enough to really make it extremely easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, mild carbonation feels like drinking a warm slightly flat root beer float

Overall Impression: love it. It really was fun going through the paces with this beer. I could see myself drinking this out on the patio on a warm Spring day.

Food Pairings: burger with sharp cheddar cheese, blueberry pie, pulled pork and beans, a steak burrito, fried chicken

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a clear deep amber, decent white head, retention was average but laces well
S - complex! Berries, citrus, spices, floral hops, and earthy malt
T - a very berry fruitiness, a ginger or nutmeg like spiciness, earthy roasty malts, and just a little floral hops on the finish. So many flavours that equal a great overall taste
M - bubbly sweetness gives way to tartness, then a warm spicy feel with just a little bitterness
D - this is just an amazing beverage. The rich malts balance perfectly with the sweet and spicy flavours. Rich, bubbly, and bitter feels all work. You would never guess it is a higher ABV at 7.83%. I could drink this all day!

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas outdid themselves with this limited release. I purchased only one 22 oz bottle and wished I would have purchased more, considering the $6 price. The appearance was a clear mahoganey brown with about a 1 finger tan head. The foam slowly settled leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface. There is a strong roasted malt aroma. The flavor is very balanced between the roasted malt and the hops. At 64.2 IBUs it satisfies the cravings for bitterness but provides the maltiness of a lager. The bitterness also lingers long on the palate. The mouthfeel is rather even, not very sharp on the tongue. Medium bodied, in that you get a full flavor profile throughout. As opposed to thinner beers that you don't know you're even drinking. As far as drinkability, I could go back to this beer again and again. I'll have to see where it may be on draft.

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Photo of orock25
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -A dark brown. Probably clear but can't tell because it's so dark. looks nice though. Although, not much head retention. extra points for cool name and label.

Smell - Sweet malts right of the bat. not much in the way of hops to the nose. That's ok because the sweat malts work well.

Taste - The sweet malts and bittering hops complement here. This is where the bear excels. It's more complex than given credit for. I'm a fan of the taste most of all.

Mouthfeel - average here.

Overall -I'm a fan of this beer and usually enjoy when available. It's nice for most occasions and doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of IKHOURY
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a reddish brown with about a inch head on it, that doesn't seem to want to go away. The smell reminds me of what a forrest would smell like after heavy rain (think pine and wet bark). The flavor has plenty of sweet caramel and maltiness to balance out the hops. The pine smell comes though on the flavor as well, with a little grapefruit thrown in. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with the alcohol very well balanced.

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Photo of Fentonious
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a rich, deep dark brown color with tones of amber/copper

S - Hops come through, but only moderately so.

T - A burst of hops balanced by the roasted malts. Tastes hoppier than 64 IBUs, but then the malt comes through to bring you back down. Has that unique taste that only Lagunitas provides, almost like an IPA.

M - Deep body. Perfect feel. Not too heavy.

O - A great ale by a fantastic company. I was pleasantly surprised by the WTF. I like it better than the Maximus. Might be my favorite Lagunitas.

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Photo of supermetroid
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. (I feel like a little kid--though the bomber has lost its function, I'm reading the hell out of the label all the way through this beer. you've gotta love Lagunitas.)

Absolutely remarkable beer. The label claims its a "Malty, Robust Jobless Recovery Ale"--and it is, but it's so much more.

Pours a very, very dark amber with half a finger of head. Gorgeous color. Carbonation meanders its way to the top, though the head is maintained for the entire pint.

Sweet pine smell. The cascade hops aren't afraid to shine though in this beer, though they share the stage with a deep, molasses aroma.

Begins creamy as all hell. Seems very syrupy at first, but the carbonation makes its presence known just in time.. A wonderful, IPA-comparable hoppyness follows, finishes, and persists. Knocks you off your ass--each sip, with its subtle (yet significant) flipflop from malty to hoppy simply begs for another. An airy, yet substantial body, the whole way through. This is a beer with an identity crisis, and the drinker is all the better for it.

Carbonation gives this beer a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Each drink is a pleasure.

Not a session beer my any means--a couple of these will make your night shorter than expected. It's hop-shielded maltyness weighs heavy.

All in all, an absolutely fantastic beer. The first of its kind I've tried, outside of possibly Flying Dog's Imperial Pale Ale (which, in my opinion, tasted too boozey). If anyone has recommendations for similar beers, please send them my way.

(Side note: I've also had this on tap at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. They taste almost identical, though the hops were just slightly more obvious on tap.]

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