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 Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden body with a lot of white foamy head that leaves sticky thick lace. Overshadowing appearance and experience were several black dots appearing from the bottle - dirt? I fished them out and continued into a good IPA experience. A nice balanced juicy hoppy beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger off white frothy head with good retention and lacing on a deep amber hazy body with garnet hues.

S: sweet caramel malt with toffee and mild dark fruit note.

T: mild dark fruit and floral notes up front on a caramel and bread malt background.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the sharpness effects the drinkablity but the aroma and flavor are very good and unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite malty with some caramel and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of brown sugar, caramel, and herbal hop flavors up front with a very malty backbone. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that to me seems like a hybrid between a barleywine and an IPA. Good stuff.

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

I liked this a lot, id call it a hoppy American brown ale before I call it a strong ale, but I suppose that's inconsequential here. this beer pours a nice clear lighter brown, indian red maybe, with a pillowy tan head with outstanding retention. the nose is way hoppy for a brown, it crowds out any malt sweetness and plays off the bitter cocoa powder element perfectly. the flavor is also quite hopped up, and for once in a lagunitas beer, that same old yeast strain actually works here! at least it doesn't detract from the feature elements I should say, its a non-issue, which is nice for a change. love the roasty malts with the hop bitter, its an underutilized combination of flavors. great carbonation and soft texture to a bigger beer. the finish is complex and chocolate forward, but there is also a little residual sugar that challenges the hops. this is a great beer, totally unique, and one I will absolutely be buying again. outstanding stuff.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a deep brown color with some light tan colored suds on top. The lacing was light and just barely clings to the glass. The smell of the beer was slightly sweet with some malts and just a bit of hops in there too. The taste of the beer is malty upfront and leaves you with a nice tingling hop sensation in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and has a good amount of body to it. Overall this beer, despite the WTF name it's actually a pretty good brew. I would drink it again.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no evidence of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is well balanced between flavors of caramel malts and citrus hops. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly because the taste is well balanced between the hops and malts and does not have any traces of alcohol.

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

"Does that mean that we're in the Brown?!"

"...Yuan-flavoured TARP dollars"


" W... T... F..."

Even if I didn't already have a well-earned sneaking suspicion that the beer inside this clever packaging would be worthwhile, these bons mots sealed the deal...

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish copper hue, with two fingers of chunky, foamy beige head, which leaves fractal lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of strong caramel malt, a bit of breadiness, and evenly spaced leafy, grapefruit and orange hops. The taste is dense caramel malt, toffee, a bit of biscuit, a slight buttery nuttiness, some mild warming alcohol, and fairly redoubtable citrus hops. The carbonation is mostly sedate, the body north of middleweight, smooth, creamy - with a little moderating zip - and it finishes nice and evenly with some swift doses of sweet bready malt and bitter citrus hops.

Even though the only thing that I am recovering from is a mild, but annoyingly debilitating common cold, I appreciate the assault on the funny bone/current events/strong beer jonesin' fronts. A nicely balanced big boy beer from the usual Yankee suspects on this side of the northern border.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Caramel elements dominate, but there is also a fruit aspect that ranges from dark fruit to stone fruit to hints of citrus

Taste: After a brief taste of caramel malt and dark fruit, a blast of citrusy pith and pine comes to dominate by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor profile remains hoppy, though there is a range of fruit flavors that add complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lagunitas has hit it out of the ballpark with this one; tremendously complex malt profile matches up with the hoppiness you expect from this brewery

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus hops notes with huge caramel malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some huge malt caramel notes with balanced sweetness which is mix with some citrus and resin hops. Body is quite full with good carbonation. This brewery keeps putting out great beers. I wish I would have more access to them.

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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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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightish brown tone as it's poured, darker in the glass, glinting ruby in the light. Second pour yields a thick foamy crest that threatens to overflow. As it slides down the glass, puffy rings of lace are left in its wake. Real purty like.

Toasty malty notes of a strong brown ale are intertwined with juicy tropical fruits, a unique combo for sure. Seriously malty flavors, toasty and somewhat rich, fading into some herbal bitterness and sweetish citrus fruits. Malt seems to dominate though the hop bitterness holds its ground. Low and even carbonation levels, full and round feel. Easy to drink a bomber, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a murky burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. not much lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled quite malty with sweet caramel notes. It had floral and piney hops in the nose.

T - Rich malts and bitter hops to bite back. This tastes like a cross between an American Barleywine and an American Imperial IPA. Good piney hops and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that is fairly dry.

D - This is a great tasting beer. Lagunitas knocked another one out of the park.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a dark copper color with a good white head and some spotty lacing. The nose is mildly sweet and also has a bit of a hop presence. Lightly flora, perhaps. The taste is moderately sweet and has some nice pine and floral hop characteristics. The body is medium with a touch of bitterness, but also some sweetness to balance. Good body; my favorite part of the beer. Pretty good overall. Nothing complex, but well made and has a nice feel.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white head that rests on top of a black body. The foam settles slowly and the lace it leaves behind coats the glass nicely.

S - An aroma of caramel with a little molasses and some toffee.

T - Toffee notes up front with rich caramel. A little bit of smoke to the malt character in the middle as well as more of the toffee character and a bit of molasses. Some bready notes in the finish with moderate hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a beer that is very typical of what I have come to expect of Lagunitas. The combination of rich, caramel and toffee malt with aggressive hoppiness reminds me of several of their beers that I have had in the past. This is even more unusual than the rest of their catalogue with the dark malt having an intense bready caramel and molasses character, complimented by odd notes of smoke. Worth trying, though I don't know that I will have another one.

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Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always jump at the next Lagunitas "Limited" beer I can get my hands on,aging this oen did not dissapoint.Poured into a imperial pint glass a mix of russett brown and amber,a 1 1/2 finger creamy mass atop that never fully settled.A lighter mix of piney hop and caramel malt,a bit of sweetish alcohol as well.Wow what great balance on the palate,starting out big and caramelly,with some juicy fruit malt notes,then comes a hefty mix of hop oils and pine resin,not to mention big citric qualities.A full creamy feel coats the mouth,making it lush.I may rate it higher than others because I love the big hopped up,uber malty American strong ales,I love it.

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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 jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't found a Lagunitas I don't like yet, and love most of em, so here's the next in line.

A: A nice 1 finger fluffy head rises up and fades slowly with a nice lacing over very clear molasses brown auburn color.

N: Nice chewy hops start, with a touch of musty fresh hops, some pine, spicy hops. And with all that is a nice rustic malt ale, with some dark malts, crystal, caramel, toasty.

T: Starts with a creamy ale flavor. Some nice roasty and toasty malts, crystal malts, little coffee roasted flavor, some slight sweet caramel and toasty malts. WIth that is a nice bitterness, with a little hop flavor, spicy, chewy, and little piny resinous hop flavors. A touch of grassy hops as well. Some sweet brown sugar comes out as it warms with a little honey and more caramel. A nice blend of hops and malts in this, surprised to see it coming from the west coast too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Bitterness builds up and apexes at the beginning of the finish. More pine and resinous hops shine through at first. Then it turns to the malts, with lots of dark malts, roast and some coffee flavors come through, then more caramel, some toffee, a little sweet stickiness, and lots of brown sugar. A surprising blend of heavy malts and roast with nice spicy and piny hops. Normally I would think the amounts of each would not contrast well, but Lagunitas pulls it off again. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with an off-white head that has moderate size and retention. Numerous spots of lacing are left on the glass.

Smell: Clearly loaded with both roasted malts and hops, with piney-fruity-herbal hops dominate. Slight booziness apropos the ABV.

Taste: A good bit of sweetness from the malts hits the tongue first, but this quickly turns mildly bitter and remains so all through the aftertaste. Some sweetness lasting into the finish, nonetheless. Slight earthy, but a bit more fruity with hints of dried apricots. Overall, a nice, rich and complex flavor. [4.25]

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish. The aroma (more than a bit similar to an aged Hopslam) led me to expect a solid hop/alcohol bite on my tongue, but this was not the case with this rather easy-to-drink brew.

Overall: A satisfying and tasty brew. If you think you'd like a brown or red ale/IPA crossover, you'll probably like this beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit up front. Then a hearty malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is significant but far from powerful and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a well-rounded and fairly complex beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong, spicy, hoppy ale.

Color is exactly chestnut in the snifter. Head is fine, even after reopening for a second go at the 22 oz bottle. Nice nose of roasted malt. A pretty sharp attack of acidic tastes, some woodiness, with a wealth of malt. Rich and deep in flavor. Not so fruity. Lots of hops come on strong, but on the whole it's pretty well balanced. Aftertaste is bitter hops with the residual spiciness.

A classic Lagunitas beer-- big hops, big malt, big alcohol.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Good Dog Bar, Philly, PA

Poured a mostly clear dark chestnut brown with a small whitish head. Roasty malts in the nose. Malty flavor with lots of nuttiness, some fruit, and backed up by an almost IPA bitterness. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable if you're into beers on the slightly strong/bitter side. Resembled a strong ale much more than a brown ale, which is why I liked it, I suppose.

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

22 ounce bottle - $4.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep mahogany-hued body with a wispy, modestly sized (at best) head that tapers off pretty quickly.

Smell: Faintly earthy, faintly woodsy traces to the nose, with the malts hardly coming across at all, saving themselves for the taste, perhaps. Light citrus, minor fruitiness, and a small hint of chocolate toast. I'm swirling, I'm sitting, I'm waiting patiently, but an emboldened aroma never comes.

Taste: Malts are somewhat bready, hinting at toasted grains and with sweetness imparting dark caramel and brown sugar clumps. Light touches of dried apricots and golden raisins. Adequate hop character of resiny pine and fruity citrus. Medium bitterness. Small suggestion of chocolate powder. Malty, sweetish finish, though there's a bit of bitterness that outlasts the sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess felt on the tongue.

Overall: Tasty and reasonably quaffable throughout for all its sweetness and slightly bumped up alcohol presence.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and significant garnet red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with some hints of rye spiciness. Over the top of the malts is a moderate to strong aroma of citrusy and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine and citrusy hops and just a hint of rye spiciness. Very light amounts of bitterness are present and they fade almost immediately.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Well balanced and with a pleasant amount of complexity to the smell and taste. I like the easy drinking nature of this beer and the fact that the alcohol is well hidden. Really enjoyable.

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