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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

Added by flexabull on 03-06-2010

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Ratings: 2,657 |  Reviews: 864
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured in tall ale glass, basement temp

A: dark reddish brow; inert with a little bit of head
S: floral, hoppy; the smell is delicious, and full of hopped roses
T: bitter; very bitter rye(?) profile; not sweet; it's just a pile of unrelenting bitterness, without much fragrance

I'm a big Lagunitas fan, but I was disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark chestnut with a thin ivory head that settles to a thick cap.
S - Muted aromas of sweet caramel and chocolate with a slightly bitter grapefruit and pine finish.
T - Very sweet and malty, with big flavors of caramel and chocolate and more of that bitter grapefruit finish. Almost candy-like in it's sweetness, reminds me of a caramel-chocolate confection. Too sweet, not for me.
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and low carbonation.
O - Too sweet, no thanks.

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Photo of bendukes86
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Clydesdale
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown color. The ample head has a bit of a light brown hue and a dense, foamy and frothy texture. Retention is strong, with persistent sticky lacing.

S: Caramel and brown sugar in the nose. Some fruity notes, with spicy and citric hop aromas. A faint whiff of alcohol, but it seems pretty well masked for close to 8% abv.

T: Definite brown sugary malt flavor, with lesser hints of caramel. Hops are fairly flavorful, with fruity/citric and lightly piney notes. Bitterness is surprisingly restrained, especially for a strong ale from Lagunitas.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and fine - a bit too much so. A measured alcoholic heat into the finish.

D: This has some nice maltiness, but sort of a half-hearted overall flavor. I keep waiting for it to open up and start to wow me a little, but it isn't really happening. Not bad, but not really recommended.

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Photo of RickS95
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mostly brown in the glass, kind of like cola. Head is thin and only there for a short period of time.

Smells like a combination of cola and licorice.

I'm a bit undecided on the taste. It's got some cola notes and some woodiness before the flowery hops take over and a resinous pine flavor finishes.

The beer was a bit strong on the palate. It seemed a bit rough around the edges and lacked character. It's not a delicate beer at all, and reminded me of an IPA.

I had this while on vacation and probably won't have it again.

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Photo of KeefD
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Listening to/watching a live version of Impossible Germany from the Sky Blue Sky DVD as I drink this. Pours a dark amber color, was hoping for a little more brown, but this'll do, no head or lacing. Aroma is mostly hops off the bat. Getting some brown malts as it warms, but still hoppy. Taste is the same. Too much hops for me. The label says "malty (and) robust," but I'm not getting a whole lot of malts, and certainly not much robustness. This is hoppy, and one-dimensional in it's malt character. There is some nice balance in there as it warms up, some sweetness starts to show through, light caramel and breadiness with maybe (just maybe) a hint of chocolate. Overall, not digging it too much. This falls under the category of the so-called "India Brown Ale" but this misses the mark when comparing to what others have done. It tastes like a typical West Coast IPA with a little chocolate malt thrown in. I really felt this was one-dimensional and unimpressive. I thought jamming to some Wilco would save the experience, but even one of my favorite bands in the world could do this beer no justice.

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Photo of Dodt
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

final of the beer trip bombers , poured from the bomber into a pint glass. nice fluffy head a deep amber color. aroma is hoppy with a bit of carmel . bit sweet in flavor with a nice crisp finish and some roasted flavors. pleasantly surprised with this beer can't wait to try other beers from lagunitas.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'ice Chouffe stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at Wades Wine in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $4.49 USD plus tax. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and awful retention (seven seconds max). Colour is a very dark semitransparent copper.

Sm: Chocolate, caramelized malt, cream, maybe dark plums, and yeast. The plums - or whatever fruit ester that is - are fantastic. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, vanilla, dark malts, hops (unexpected), caramelized malt, and a vague hint of a fruit ester - not plums but something else. Decently balanced, but still something's off. It's built strangely, but it's still enjoyable. Very scattershot and at times seemingly arbitrary.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen thin for the flavours. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable, but largely unremarkable. I'd maybe try it on draught, but otherwise it's forgettable. A disappointment from Lagunitas.


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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Transparent brown, 1 1/2 finger head, minimal lacing.

S - Unexpected hoppiness, brown sugar.

T - Piney hops upfront, brown sugar and raisons in the mid sip, ends with a malty taste.

M - Slightly over carbonated, decent mouthfeel.

D - After a 22oz. I was not really yearning for more.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,657 ratings
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