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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot.
Ha ha WTF? In the murky realm of things that make you go 'Hmmm'.
appearance: Beautiful mahogany with a thick creamy head.
smell: Dipa? Imperial Brown? Strong Ale? Malty, hoppy, fruity, de-lish.
taste: Maybe it's a stab at WTF but this is has arrived. Balanced and tasty.
mouthfeel: medium creamy.
drinkability: Oh this is nice. WTF indeed.

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Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WTF, this IS a great beer! Poured with a lovely tan foamy frothy head that soon settles down a bit and some lace. Color is a nice clear red brown. Aroma is fresh beer hop roast malt. Flavor is like aroma with sweetness standing out. Very good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has sweetness changing to a tapering bitter and then malted grain of some length. Very well done. Session beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red pour with strong hints of brown. Very rich, clear color. Active carbonation. 2 finger head with very nice retention. Laces well, too.

Citrus and floral hops are very dominant. Strong underlying malts (caramel and fig/apricot)back up and compliment the hops well.

Hits sweet. Instensity builds quickly though and a nice dry hop flavor kicks in. Finishes with a very nice hop burn. In between, caramel malt with touches of dried fruit lend complexity. A hint of brown ale with overbearing hop character.

Feel is only slightly lighter than I would like. Nice balance of cream body and dry finish.

For the price, this is one of the really good finds for me this year.

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Photo of FlyingBull
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A large frothy head atop a reddish brown brew.

S - Strong grapefruit hops presence. Slight caramel malt backbone.

T - Great. Nice grapefruit hops with a hint of pine. A nice malty backbone of caramel and biscuits. Aftertaste is of linger pine, malty flavors and faint peppery bitterness. Good all around in flavor.

M - Medium body, smooth, very refreshing.

D - Holy crap, I practically chugged this brew... unintentionally. Seriously, a 22 oz bottle and then I suddenly realized with only a quarter of this review finished that only had a few ounces left. This is a fantastic quaffable beer. It's not too often that I feel as sad that as I am that this is a limited edition - potentially because it is local and I have found it on tap. I hope it will at least last through the recession.

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Photo of SeaOfShells
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark, clear brown that glows bright orange/red when help up to the light. One finger of off white head which quickly subsides to a thin layer on top.

S: Sweet grapefruit and pineapple and sweet, biscuity malts. Caramel and toffee are running rampant as well. Smells very much like an an IPA, very clean and sweet.

T: Up front, I'm greeted by some citrusy hop bitterness, which quickly takes a backseat to the ales robust maltiness. Finishes clean with a nice lingering bitterness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M: Medium bodies with decent carbonation. Extremely smooth and pleasing.

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Photo of LBBeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A--Deep Red/Amber brew with a nince amber head and solid lacing.

S--I smell hops, hops, hops, hops and more hops!

T--A nice roasty malt profile makes an early appearance before the hops takeover--admirable that it was there at all.

M--Big dry strong ale a style unto its own.

O--WTF? There is nothing more to say--a very good brew that defies style (something Lagunitas excels at)!

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this one after reading about it on Lagunitas website. Chilled down in a 22 oz bomber and served it up in a glass pint.

A: Pours a rich red/brown strong dark ale color. Produced only a very trace amount of micro-head without much in the way of lacing or cling. Color was opaque, no obvious yeasts specks or bottle-marmite.

S: Smells of fragrant sugars and fruits, even at two feet from my nose. Typical to other big beers and strong ales, plenty of dried fig, apricot and toffee notes from the combination of sugars and hops.

T: Taste is almost a contradiction. I was expecting a very dense, rich beer and it's surprisingly light. Some initial bite from citrus hops melts away to balanced caramels with a light, clean finish.

M: Alcohol contributes to the dryness yet is well balanced. No resistance from the carbonation or hops. Aftertastes of pear, fig and banana mango.

O: I liked this one. It's halfway to a big beer, making it not quite as strong as some others of it's ilk yet no wimp, either. It reminds me more of a strong pale ale that's been stained dark and confused with brown sugar into thinking it's a strong dark ale. Kinda like when a prize fighter moves up in weight class for a challenge it isn't currently getting. This is a dark beer for people that don't like darks and is completely drinkable in the warm spring and summer months.

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Photo of goldennectar
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Sam Adams tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color with thin fluffy head that laced the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mostly malts with a hint of hops. Sweet caramel, fragrant and fresh.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Malts come through strong with a slight hoppiness, a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fresh.

Overall: Another great beer from Lagunitas and one I will enjoy again as soon as I can find more or they brew it again.

And how can you not enjoy the name! WTF!

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Photo of Briken
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear deep brown with an almost imperceptable red hue topped with a thin umber foam. A sweet, meaty aroma is intoxicating by itself. Initial flavors are of caramel malt and sweet alcohol with a nutty infusion. It is very balanced with a nice underpinning of fruity hops. WTF has a very confusing and dark spectrum that makes you feel like something is wrong but it doesn't matter because it tastes so right. It's like they took the best of Brown Shugga and Hairy Eyeball to make WTF. A unique brew to challenge the taste buds and sip after a long day at work, or looking for work as the bottle goes.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am definitely a Lagunitas fanbois and cheerleader. Their stuff usually tends to be at least a little unique and almost always very tastey. This is definitely a good one. To me it sort of defied classification until I saw what it was called here, and if it's an American strong ale, then it is one of the best of breed.

The color is beautiful, the head slightly thin. The aroma is delicate but delectable. The taste is malty, as advertised and somewhat complex, without being overbearing. It is extremely drinkable.

I intend to buy it again. I wish they made it all the time and I would like to get it in regular bottles.

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Photo of capaneus
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed after consuming said beer on an empty stomach - giggidy.

A. Poured a dark chestnut color with good clarity. A nice tan colored, two-finger head with fantastic lacing ensues.

S. I'm not usually a big "aroma" guy. I don't have a great sense of smell, and I generally I just prefer drinking beer to sniffing it. That being said, this is a fantastic smelling beer. Pineapple upside down cake all the way, with huge sweet bready notes, caramel, tart cherries, some raisin, and, implausibly, tropical fruit. Hop aroma is practically non-existent as far as I can tell...just pure, potent malt.

T. Substantially less sweet than the nose implies which improves drinkability but I might prefer a touch sweeter. Great sweet dough taste with dark fruits. The finish is dry caramel with the slightest touch of bittering hops.

M. Quite substantial with medium-low carbonation and a somewhat thick, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol burn is not noticeable, but I don't tend to notice alcohol burn when I've got a buzz on.

O. Overall, I'll definitely pick this one up. The aroma really impressed me and I love bready beers. Another good value from Lagunitas.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Wilco Tango Foxtrot poured a brown color with a 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing.

The smell was citrusy and lovely. Definitely a hop that I enjoy. The taste was malty and had delicious caramel backbone to it. I found it to be a money brew that went down smooth. I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of MAB
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sip and type--wow, this is a great idea. Yum.

Poured (cold) into the glass. Nice dark color, tight brown-tinged white head. The head dies down quickly.
Aroma is fabulous, even at this temperature. Hop forward, which I wasn't expecting (although now that I think about it, why wouldn't Lagunitas have a nice hoppy beer?).
I let it warm up as I sip slowly. Malt and grains come through strongly. Getting a nice lace pattern down the glass.

Now that I'm at the keyboard, it's the perfect temperature (but half gone), which means the bitterness is intensified (more so than when cold) and the aromas are out-of-this-world.

Delicious. Well worth the $6 Canadian that I paid for it.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with off-white foam atop, with the two pillowy fingers settling nicely into a dollop bearing a striking resemblance to a thin but durable scoop of vanilla ice cream atop it. Rich smells of citrus hops, spices, and caramel and biscuit malt, with more citrus than I expected, for since the label terms this an "Imperial Brown," I figured it would be more malt-forward.

Thick allotment of hops, with lots of fruit such as apricot and orange, bittersweet and a bit resiny; very nice. Good caramel, biscuit malt, and hazelnut. Delicious, a bit strong but surprisingly smooth given the hopped-up taste.

Very good beer. We can debate elsewhere to what degree a "Jobless Recovery," to which this beer is dedicated on the label, has occurred. The former surely persists and, while the latter remains elusive, perhaps another way to consider this beer is as inducing benevolent haze for our current malaise. This fits the bill and is worth enjoying a few. Very good, yet again, from Lagunitas.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: The beer is a dark but clear amber brown color. There is a bubbly off-white head of 1.5 fingers with moderate retention.

S: Smells sweet and fruity. Some tropical fruit like pineapple comes to the nose, along with brown and caramel malts. There is just a hint of pine in the background.

T: Warm brown malt is center here. Toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. Still fairly fruity. Less pineapple and more of a wider range of tropical fruits including some citrus. Finish is an earthy pine flavor with a hint of alcohol heat.

M: Medium bodied but lighter than I expected an "Imperial Brown Ale" to feel. The carbonation is moderate to light and fairly soft. Alcohol heat is present but mild, even at warmer temperatures.

O: An excellent purchase for $4.50 a bomber. Fruitier and lighter than anticipated, with good drinkability. A well balanced and sweetly fruity beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, almost like an IPA, with woody and malty tones and a hint of citrus. It pours a lovely, slightly hazy mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor is hoppy and woody with a malty undertone and a dash of sour citrus. There is also a subtle alcohol bite. Texture is fairly smooth, edgy and tingly. Chalk up another win to Lagunitas!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch off-white head. Had retention is OK, lacing is good. Nice aroma, the beer smells like chocolate, caramel, toffee, and pine and citrusy hops. The brew tastes like caramel malt, citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops, bready malt, and some chocolate and brown sugar. Great balance between the hops and malt in the flavor of this brew, although I think the hops flavors are stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew. I'll definitely buy this again, especially considering the low price (I think it was just $4.99 a bomber). That's another reason I like Lagunitas a lot, they have great beer at affordable prices.

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Photo of caddyshack199
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas WTF

22oz Bottle

Good looking beer, pours a dark brown and has a very nice creamy head. The head is long and lingering and has good lacing.

Notes of caramel and flowers(hops) on the nose.

Creamy mouth-feel and good hop character not overpowering.

Great drinkablity would say 8 out of 10.

Its limited so don't delay!!
Purchased at
Staples Corner Liquors
Crofton Md

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Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark golden brown with a thumb of frothy beige head which dissipates leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Sweet floral and citrus hops are the first hit, followed by a mellow chocolate maltiness. Mild vanilla and pineapple also present.

T - Bit of a hop bomb off the get go which a citrus and pine, followed by the chocolate malts on the finish. Also noticeable is a bit of a sweet pineapple flavour. Nicely balanced flavour for sure, complex yet not too much to handle.

M - Floats nicely on the tongue and surprisingly does not finish overly dry or bitter. The malts power through the bitter hops to make a deliciously crafted beer.

D - This is one delicious beer, and the high ABV goes nearly unnoticed! Goes down dangerously smooth and the balance between the hops and malts is finely tuned to make for the perfect taste and finish.

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Photo of DM1293
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste - This is amazing. Its hoppy and malty and a really smooth, balanced bitterness on the finish. The malt and hops, despite being balanced, are both trying to catch your attention. In the background, I definitely catch a bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - This is what gives the beer a unique characteristic. I think this is the best mouthfeel I've had in a beer...its hard to describe it, its creamy and smooth.

Overall - If you like your brews strong, Lagunitas is on to something here. Strong yet refined in taste, a creamy texture; combined makes for an ale you won't forget. Even if its a little disjointed in what it wants to be, I actually kind of think its akin to a Red Ale, more than Brown anyway.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass dark brown with a thin off white head. The smell is strong of hops and floral scents from the hops. Going into it, I'm thinking this might be better classified as a black IPA. The taste supports that, hops are very strong with this beer. The hop warmth mellows out to carmel flavors on the back end. Very interesting beer. The appearance of the beer doesn't really jive with the taste. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but there is no alcohol presence. I really do like the complexity of this beer.

On a side note: Their label cracks me up, again. I'm loving their "current events" theme they've had going with other seasonal releases.

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Photo of xensure
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 220z bomber in to a snifter.

It pours a deep amber. As the label states it is somewhere between a red and a black. There is a very little head. Maybe an 1/8in just after the pour. The small head quickly subsides and leaves no lacing on the glass.

The nose is all malt in this beer. The malt is so robust you can almost smell the sweetness. The dark malts really shine through giving and almost earthy smell as well. Very slight hop aromas linger in the background, but are dominated by the malt.

It drinks almost syrupy because of how much malt there is, but the hop blend that comes through in the finish cuts right through that and leave you with a cleaned palate. That is a great finish because one would expect a syrupy after taste with this robust of a malt blend. You also get a bit of a kick from the booze, but just enough to let you know you are drinking a bigger beer.

I am thoroughly enjoying this brew right now. I am reviewing during the second glass because I liked it so much. I would recommend this beer. It was like $6 in eastern MA and certainly worth it.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wilco Tango Foxtrot brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.85% This brew pours out a nice deep brown color with a nice off white head. I really like the color of this brown ale. The smell of Wilco Tango Foxtrot is rich with hops at first then roasted grians and malts. I like how this brown ale has hops in the beginning then the roasted grians and malts. This is a very unique brew for it's style. Now for the taste, it is rich with flavors. You first pick up on the bitterness of hops. Then you pick up on the rich smoothness of roasted grians and malts. There is a lot going on in Wilco Tango Foxtrot. This is a great fine drinking brew. The mouth feel of Wilco Tango Foxtrot, is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Smooth and Refreshing. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.85% ABV in this Brown Ale, it is just that smooth. Overall I'm giving Wilco Tango Foxtrot a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this American Brow Ale again. Lagunitas Brewing Company, did a great job with this one. If you are looking for good darker brew , look this one up.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber of this after a long day, Lagunitas has yet to let me down. Pours a nice dark brown, nice fluffy head to it.. nice looking beer. Nice floral hop aroma to it. Taste is medium bodied, huge malty backbone to it and pretty sweet. Hops come through mid swallow, add a very nice touch to the beer. Hint of alcohol as well, as this is a stronger beer but it adds a good touch. A nice version of a strong ale, sweet and good tasting, different.. way too drinkable and goes down smooth. For $3.99? you can't go wrong.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,598 ratings.
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