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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Reviews: 834 | Ratings: 2,535
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark clear dark brown body, with orange highlights, a middle tan head, with lots of lacing, full and sticky.

S - Lots of strong hop notes, pine and grapefruit, with a hint of pith.

T - Follows the nose, with full hop front, pine and citrus, a middle of strong malty character, caramel, and a grapefruit pith close.

M - Good carbonation, bright, very mild close.

O - Superb brown, with full hops, lovely malt notes. Too light to be a black ale, this still reflects most of the same elements, combining the hop and malt nicely.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company. Split with @nicholas2121 and poured into a pint glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a clear, deep brownish amber body.

I smell quite a bit of hops. Along with caramelized malts and hearty grains.

Tastes like those hops, which aren't normally this pronounced in brown ale. This added bitterness mixes really well with the brown ale elements going on in this beer and makes it very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

I'll give Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company an overall 4.5. Pick this up when you're in the mood for a hoppy brown ale.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, brownish amber with a thick, fluffy khaki head.

S: Mild aromas of caramel, cocoa, cream, biscuit, and citrus are present on the nose.

T: Turbulent notes of coffee, cream, cocoa, biscuit, caramel, and vanilla bean mingle with notes of orange, lemon, lime, pine, and herbs on the entry. The finish is slick, resinous, and bitter, offering lingering traces of cream, cocoa, coffee, herbs, and citrus.

M: Much slighter in body than i was expecting, the feeling in the mouth is simultaneously slick and airy. Carbonation is active, but very delicate. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but not particularly distracting. This ale does not feel quite as heavy as it actually is.

O: I rather like this ale. It is very good, yet with a few minor tweaks it could be great. If the body were slightly heavier and more solid, this beer would feel tighter and more substantial in the mouth.

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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 BrennenTallman
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

dont really like malty beers but this one was good. i gave it a low rating on smell based upon i hate the malt forward smell. but liked this beer. tried it because it was a limited release and i was not disappointed.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large sniffer.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson brown color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, nutty, caramel, biscuity, toasted, doughy, slightly chocolate, and some citrus in there too.

Taste: More malt forward than hop flavor, but that is expected. Some citrus and orange notes in there. Some chewiness and light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: Another enjoyable Imperial brown ale. Tasty and little hint of alcohol too. Great for a September night of baseball.

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Photo of zac16125
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Pours a dark amber with ruby hues when help to light. A large slightly off white head builds then dissipates very slowing tons of lacing. 4.5

S: Its quite malty, almost smoky/ashy, fairly big sweetness with burnt sugar and caramel/toffee, subtle green apple, an almost floral hop character. Very nice. 4.25

T: Taste follows the nose, some bitterness up front followed by a big sweetness on the back end. Burnt candied sugar, caramel/toffee, fair amount of bitterness. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the higher end, ABV is well masked, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: A really nice beer, Lagunitas is remarkable consistent, never disappoints. Also, this is definitely more to style of an American Barleywine, not a brown ale. 4.25

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/12/2016. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color, with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate/coffee, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malts; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light nuttiness/chocolate/coffee, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy and light roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malts; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Very well hidden alcohol with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great American brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malts; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has some almost barleywine characteristics, so I find it a bit odd comparing it to standard browns. But if that's the proper characterization, this is a fantastic brown. Dark and viscious with lots of carbonation and a moderate off-white head that lingers but didn't really lace. Smell is malt, malt, wood, peet, malt, and licorice, with hardly any trace of hops. But the flavor presents some hop bitterness and a wee bit of sharp citrus, at least putting up a slight fight against the dark malt, biscuit , oak, and char. Very rich. Feel is medium-thick and silky. Really like this beer.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours clear, dark mahogny colored with a beige, two finger high head.

Nose: Caramel malt, hops and a little bit of coffee.
Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, raisin, citrus, coffee, malt, hops and chocolate.
Mouth: Full, dry body. Bitter ending.

Very well hidden ABV! Great, full body. Very malty and tasty.

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Photo of EMV
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Pour is reddish mahogany in color... Two fingers of thick off white head with sticky lacing.

S: Malts and old time candies... sugar and spice and hops that are nice.

T/F: Malty and rich... caramel and toffee. Slightly nutty and earthy... mild hop profile for a Lagunitas beer but still with a good bitter finish. Sticky in mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: A hop forward brown ale and always a favorite seasonal release from Lagunitas. Maybe my tastebuds have changed but I recall enjoying years past a bit more than the current specimen. Either way a very solid beer.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brown with a bit of clarity to it. Great lacing

Aroma: malt, some hops, spice?

Taste: slightly sweet with some good hop bite. Earthy finish.

Feel: thin, i was hoping for a bit more body, lightly carbonated.

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Photo of ricke49
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anyone expecting an "American Brown Ale" is going to be surprised. I had just had a Sierra Nevada Tumbler the day before. This beer and Tumbler don't belong in the same category. This is more like a moderately boozy American strong ale. And it's a great creation at its attractive price, as Lagunitas is well known for. Malty, strong, memorable aftertaste (sweet, with a definite hop bite, and boozy). Great $4-$5 drunk.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, Garnet Red with a two-finger, fluffy, off-white head. A very nice lacing.
Smells of chocolate cherries and malt. Hop funk also present.
Taste of robust malt with bitter hop. The hop continues to resonate up the nose and down the throat. Also a slight funk.
The feel is a very aggressive and active feel. Just enough malt to also bring in that smoothing effect. Actually getting better with slight warming.
Nice job Lagunitas.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with tan head that clings and lasts. Aroma is pungent - more so than expected for the style with a hop presence that's more like a strong ale. Flavor is similarly hoppy. Not bad, and pretty smooth as is usually the case with this brewer, but not what I want for this style. The malts are there in the background, just unbalanced. Finish is lingering bitter.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber. Aroma is a balance of sweet caramel malts and citrusy hops. Taste is pretty much the same. There's a bit of toffee and brown sugar, though the finish is pretty dry despite the sweetness of the malt. Medium body. Darn good brown ale that tastes to me more like a strong ale. Great fall beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beautiful beer. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Rich dark copper color with a great thick foamy head and nice lacing. Pungent fruit smell, pears and citrus with a bit of earth. The taste is sweet and fruity, with strong roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and toast. Overall a great beer!

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. 2016 edition.

Pours a dark amber, ruby in the light, hazy, with a one and a half inch head and a good amount of soapy lacing. The smell is resiny and citrus hops- orange, caramel, malt, toffee. Hops are more prominent when it's colder, the caramel and malt are as it warms. Taste leads with the caramel and malt, pine, grapefruit, orange, light chocolate. Moderately sweet, with a medium amount of hop bitterness midway through the finish. Smooth, good body, well carbonated, the bitterness lingers.

A pretty standard Lagunitas issue- good flavor, lots of hops and malt. Very enjoyable. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy, garnet mahogany with a medium head that hangs around. nose; sweet bun, toffee, roasted peanuts, & citrus hops. taste; caramel malt, graham cracker, citrus rind/zest (grapefruit/orange), piney hops, light cashew, & toffee. aftertaste is nutty with sweet bread notes. medium+ carbonation and a slightly heavy mouthfeel. the 7.85%abv is well-tamed with most of the ethanol gently appearing on the far back end. brown ales pull off the "liquid bread" concept the best and that's what you get here; a lightly sweet, rich grainy & toasted malt base dashed with enough citrus hops to keep it balanced & drinkable. among the better brown ales out there. cheers!

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - Deep dark copper colors. Kinda murky, kinda clear. Pretty good in this regard, and all topped with a light tan colored foamy head
S (4.25) - Not a lot of hop aromas, much more of the caramel malts. Not much coffee and chocolate to me.
T (4.5) - Tastes just like it smells. This bottle was a little old, so some of the hop faded off, but it was a delicious caramel and almost raisin tasting beer.
F (4.25) - Medium bodied beer. A little more carb than I expected, but very easy to drink.
O (4.25) - I got this one cheap at a clearance section in the store. Admittedly a little old, but very tasty. I like this type of malt forward beer. And I'll go back to the store and see if they have any more!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a bright and clear ruby with a moderate head. The aroma present chocolate, roasty malt, sweet bread, brown sugar, lemon oil, and raisin. The flavor again leads with soft milk chocolate, a flavor that I can only describe as raisin bran cereal, brown sugar, and oatmeal, with background notes of lemon oil and resin, and some grain bitterness. The mouthfeel provides a medium body with a good deal of creaminess, and soft carbonation. Overall this is a a very balanced layered beer. Just really enjoyable all the way through.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those who like their hops with a little balance, complexity and dark intrigue, Lagunitas has your beer. A drier, crisper, strong and more hop forward "Americanized" brown ale brings another level of depth to their portfolio and to your drinking repertoire.

Burnt gold yet solid brown and hazy through the center, the beer caps with a creamy off-white froth. Citrus, caramel and chocolate spill into the nose while its taste is sweet with light toffee, mild butterscotch, brown sugar and milk chocolate.

Hints of coffee, pecan and chocolate leach onto the middle palate. As the sweetness begins to dissolve, the hops step in and deliver the bold orange, grapefruit and leafy balance to the robust malts as the beer trends dry, toasty and piney-bitter in closure.

Full but with a high sense of drinkability, the beer's lingering sweetness doesn't impede its drinkability. Its hops keep the session bright, crisp and with a great sense of refreshment despite the chocolate, toast and trickling sweetness that remains. Tightening into a resinous bitter finish, peppery alcohol suggests a taste that's nearing imperial status.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated 175 6 into a chalice. Pours a mahogany brown with 1+ fingers of medium-low density tan head that left minimal sporadic lacing. Nose is sweet and boozy, lots of caramel malt and molasses. Much sweeter than I typically care for in general. Taste (thankfully) doesn't have near the sweetness of the nose. Picking up some piney hop character, with some lingering alcohol burn on the finish. Mouthfeel has good body, fairly drinkable, and carbonation is medium. In a year where I've been privy to some great American Brown Ales, this one is tiers below the better ones I've tried in 2016. Middle of the road, won't revisit.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium brown, with a very nice foamy off-white head. Smells of caramel malts and spiced-up citrus hops. Tastes of sweet caramel malt, with quite a bit of hopped bitterness, and a little spicy citrus twang from front to back. I didn't get much of the chocolate goodness, but I had just eaten a Milky Way bar, so that could've had my chocolate taste buds confused. The feel was was a little carbonated, but balanced.

I was surprised how much I liked this beer. It was very close to WOW, and I will definitely get back to the store and grab a couple more of them before they are gone.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear and dark caramel brown but still lets light through. The aroma is malty and fruity with a caramel and citrus scents as the main components. The taste is sweet malt and citrus with a little bit of chocolate and a great hop bite. This is an interesting brown ale for sure and well worth drinking.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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