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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: 850 | Ratings: 2,602
Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear brownish amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: grapefruits and malt sweetness rise from the glass and are easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel flavors with loads of grapefruit, a hint of pine, dark sweet fruits, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Bitterness nicely balances this one out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout which is a bit of a turnoff for the style.

Drinkability: flavor wise this one was quite nice, but the crispness brings this one down a notch.

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

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some big islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop bite, and a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Lagunitas, well done.

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Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle for $8 from Abe's Cold Beer. So this is basically an imperial brown of sorts, right? How about that's what the label is hinting at. I thought I'd like this beer, but it just couldn't catch on. I got very little malt character and while the cirtus fruit punch hops were delicious, the only other thing I tasted was a medicinal candy taste that was more odd than unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend this beer, while Lagunitas gets the hops right, there's little balance from barley.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with some dry, roasted malts and a bit of bitter hops. The taste is decent. It has a stiff bitterness up front with a solid malt base and a dry roasted finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, especially for a strong ale. It's seems more like an American brown to me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fun times await beneath the crown. Pop the top of the 22 ounce bottle, and on to the beer:

Clean copper colored, the lighter side of dark. Sturdy and retaining is the head, which kicks up threads of lace to the glass. There's a fruitiness in the nose, but it appears to be from the hops. "Hop nugget juice", resin, a little metallic and faint brown sugar. Not a beer whose aromas are melded together well.

Malty and robust? Not here. In the beer world, the opposite of malty is hoppy, and hoppy is where it's at. However, the hoppy characteristics are unbalanced and not pleasant to handle. Bitter tea at the start with some metallic flavor. Resin creeps in, but otherwise the flavor repeats itself, and it is not pleasant. Maltiness is very light on the palate; we're gonna need a lot more to save this beer. Medium bodied, alcohol is hidden well (thank goodness), but that's squinting for a good quality in the context of it all.

"A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale". If this is supposed to be the antidote to those whom are suffering in this current climate, then they're going to be in recovery mode for a long time.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark, reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a nice mix of piney hops and caramel malt. The flavor is big time orange citrus and pine hops with a strong caramel malt
backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a ruby, brown clearish.

It has a bit of hop, but some nutty notes.

It has a good hop forward kick with some citrus kick and a malt finish with caramel. There is a big amount of crystal malt with even a middle hop pop.

This reminds me of an amber ale with its brown ale characteristics. I would argue that this is better than Troegs Nugget Nectar. It's extremely well rounded. Nugget has this issue of hop and then calm crystal malt cloying. This is quite well rounded and drinkable with its flavors.

Highly recommended being a beer that is hard to categorize.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better beers from Lagunitas, and as usual, it's well priced. Pours walnut brown with a garnet tinge. Decent head to start, but it fades a little too quickly. Smells malty, and a bit sweet, but there are some earthy hops and a vinous note that helps it from being cloying. Very nice flavors. This is a bold beer, but surprisingly malty for lagunitas. Nice breadiness with a touch of citrus and molasses as well as some spicy, earthy hops. Nice body without being overwhelming or too sweet. Creamy but firm. The alcohol is noticeable, but reasonably well hidden as well. Overall a very balanced delicious beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mr. Beery, Bethpage, NY.

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was very good tetention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a juicy citrus hop with a touch of pine.

The taste consisted of a full potent balmy citrus hop with a nice caramel backbone.

The mouthfeel was full and typical of the style.

Overall a superior ale.

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

22oz bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound. Poured into some pint glasses. Wilco looks bubbly from the bottle.

Foxtrot, a brownish type red with some maroon underneath a tannish cream colored head. A huge bulky head about an inch with frothy bubbles and a fat capped spraycan streak.

This smells great and it smells like lagunitas, a lot of similarities between many of their beers citrus with grapefruit backed by a layer of sweet malt and pine.the malt reminds me of a brown ale but hopped a bunch more.

Not much on first sips, but this opens up quite nicely in about ten minutes. Malty with toffee, hoppy with tropic juices, a toasted nutty character and slight butter on the backend. A bit of the 7.8 seeps out in this strong ale, yet I don't consider it all that strong at that number, this is more like a hoppy brown.

The hops or pelletts if you will show up on the tounge ever so slightly, I would not call it bitter just tasty. Malts smooth this out but there is a slight buttery feel going on over time. Medium bodied and highly carbed.

Will have to look for this on draft, while the bottle was interesting, this just felt like another lagunitas seasonal. I love their beer, they just seem so similiar. Pretty drinkable, I finished my glass with ease but was not tempted for more. Maybe some tap action will liven things up a bit.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber brown color with hints of ruby. Head is a finger of nice tan foam. The body itself is quite clear. A nice looking brew.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with plenty of citrus-and-funky hops. The hops also have a slight touch of evergreen to them. It smells like a slightly light version of a standard strong American ale.

Taste: the flavor is good, but it doesn't exactly blow me away. Whereas I liked the slightly lighter-intensity aroma, the lightness doesn't work so well with the taste. The malt is sweet and caramelly in nature, and the hops present here trend more toward the citrus than the funk. Not bad, but could be better.

Mouthfeel: quite nice. Body is rather light for the style, but is medium in the grander scheme of things. Carbonation is very well integrated, so there's a very nice creaminess present. I like it.

Drinkability: well, I like it well enough, but I think I'll have to peg the drinkability to the flavor. As the hop flavor accumulates on my palate, it becomes rather spent and vegetabley; not a great complement to some of this beer's better aspects.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, almost burnt amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, ruby-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells spicy at first but quickly a mix of herbaceous and fruity hop characteristics. The hop character is dominant with aromas of dank herbal notes, menthol, lychee, tangelo zest, candied orange zest and something that really reminds me of tincture of orange zest. The herbal hop notes mix interestingly with dark malt aromatics to give the nose a bit of a harder edge at times. The malt is clearly a supporting character here, but does contribute notes of toasted grain, a touch caramelized character and even a touch of nuttiness.

My first taste is sweet tasting up front which accentuates the citrusy / fruity hop character. The beer is actually quite smooth and creamy feeling, though there is a touch of prickly carbonation present, but the beer is quite a bit lighter feeling than I was expecting. As in the nose, the herbal hop character mixes with dark, roast-leaning malt character in the finish to add a sharpness and even to accentuate the menthol and herbaceous quality of the hops. Fruit flavors of lychee, tangelo zest and essential citrus oil seem to be the most noticeable and these are backed by notes of pine, some tongue numbing menthol and an almost astringent green hop character (this last is kept fairly well in check, such that it just adds to the hop complexity). The dark malt character here is fairly subtle under the expressive hops, but it provides an interesting twist to the usually pale, hop focused beer. Flavors of richly toasted grain, a touch of roast character and some spicy whole grain like character boost the supporting complexity and just work.

The interest gained from the dark malt character balances out the fact that the hops are being purely cleanly supported by the malt. This is a really easy drinking beer given the strength of this brew and a 22oz bottle is dangerously quaffable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the COOP today.. foamy lite tan head.. great lacing atop a brown/deep amber brew.. very clear.

Nose has a pretty resinous assault when cooler.. but some toasty malts battle back with warmth..

Nice malty backbone that still has plenty of oily hoppiness.. pine and pineapple.. fruity with some pithy grapefruit zest... definitely has some toasty nutty maltiness... I can pull dry cocoa if I try.. some zesty spiciness shows as it really warms up.. nice medium body and a good carbonation that is everpresent yet very smooth.. the finish has the slight brown malt flavor with some heavy toast and plenty of citrus hops that lingers for a long while.

Tastes very fresh.. but it also seems a bit discombobulated.... but I guess I like the mash-up of flavors.

This really is a "WTF" beer.. all the makings of a Black IPA, big Brown, American Strong... etc... Pretty nice, but it has a hop profile that I am finding in many of the Lagunitas brews lately.. too similar... but the malts really do play with it nicely.


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

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a striking brown color with OK head retention and lots of sticky lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but there is some noticeable citrusy bitterness, which gives one a hint of what's to come. After the beer warmed a bit, there was a bit more brown sugar aroma, intermingled with the perfumy hoppy nose. I really liked the flavor profile, and I'm kind of surprised no one (that I know of) has done this previously. This beer comes across as a brown ale, but one that is very much on the dry side and completely dominated by some pretty serious hoppy bitterness. Initially, I get the sort of baked apple and brown sugar I expect in a brown ale, but then there's this wonderful wave of Laganitas' signature perfumy, hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and is dominated by the hoppy bitterness on the finish. Drinkability is pretty decent, though I'm not sure I could drink a lot of this.

Very nice beer. Not sure I'll ever drink this in place of Hop Stoopid, but it ain't bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown colored ale with a thick tan colored head.

Scents of malt, clove, and pine. Actually it has a very low aroma level.

Starts out malty and dry with a solid hop bitterness. After your tongue adjusts to the bitterness chocolate comes out. There is a slightly sour citrus flavor in front of the bitterness, mostly it tastes like lemon. After about 1/2 a glass the flavor really mellows out.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is quite mellow but I have to take away some points because of taste. All the flavor is up front. As you near the bottom of the glass the flavors just fade out on you. Best sampled as a single glass full.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark amber red with a soft white head, lots of soapy lace.

S: Quite hoppy which caught me offguard. Cantaloupe rind, white grapefruit and cedar. Malt characteristics are very light.

T: Taste is still very hoppy, though the malt does come out more than in the nose. Interesting since they described it as malty on the label, but this is pretty malty for CA at any rate. Light molasses with grapefruit, brown sugar and a spearmint like character in there. Nice note of sweet milk chocolate at the very end.

M: It is robust as the label state, medium/full body, creamy, resiny, some biting carbonation.

D: A solid beer right now. I would like to see where this is in 6 months to a year where the hops die down a bit and the malt can come out. The malt I tasted I really liked, and I feel should have been more of focal point of this beer. With some aging it could be a 4-4.5 in taste IMO, so it's a beer to keep an eye on.

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Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber brown with an off-white head, very thin ring of retention has a little leg.

S: Plenty of American hops in the aroma: very leafy, ganga, slightly catty, nectarine, tangerine; burnt toffee; roasted nut; field berries.

T: Tangerine, nectarine & piny resin, burnt caramel, roasted nut, black raspberry, good bitterness, slight oxidation.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness, some hop acidity.

D: A decent drinker overall.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish hearty brown with lace patches on a fat head and has a sweet caramel malt aroma along with some roasted malt smells and tea-like hops. Chewy, malty, very bready, some sticky sweet caramel along with dark cocoa and coffee. Has a dry, crisp finish thanks to carbonation and hops as well as a hint of spice (nutmeg??). Another quality Lagunitas brew that is worth trying.

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

A - Pours a very deep copper, brownish red color with extremely thin lacing across the top. Mild to no carbonation.

S - Nutty, grassy, a little earthy, and sweet caramel malt. Light amounts of citric hoppiness.

T - Very interesting flavor. Lots of sweet malt up front with a touch of grassiness and has a small amount of nuttiness. The hops don't surface until after the sip. As the aftertaste lingers on the tongue, only then does the hop bitterness surface. Also has some bittersweet chocolate interlaced with piny hop bittering, some smokiness. Mildly solvent-like and thick like syrup. There's a moderate amount of ABV warming and leaves the mouth coated with molasses and bitter chocolate. The flavor is very rich and eventually the aftertaste yields an orange citrus flavor in the background that lingers for a few minutes.

M - Thick, sticky, and a heavy body.

D - Couldn't do more than one of these. Not my preferred style of beer but I did enjoy it. If I didn't know any better, I would classify this as a hopped up American style Brown Ale.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/brown colour with a large soapy beige head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head stuck around for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, malts, caramel, reminded me slightly of a glass of cola as well

Taste & Mouth - A near perfect mouth feel, an average amount of carbonation eaves it feeling light, but creamy at the same time. Hops are the most noticeable flavour, also some toasted malts and some caramel. It has a really great balance of sweet and sour. It's full bodied but not too overpowering. It finishes with a nice bittersweet aftertaste.

Drink - A fantastic beer that I would be happy to drink again.

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

Pours a thick three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a chunky lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Clear very dark amber color. Nose is strong hops and malt. Flavor has a lot of hops but there is a lot of malt - balanced. Decent imp brown. $4.49 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with a good dose of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has a nice malty base with a touch of caramel and a perfect amount of btterness from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this delicios offering from Lagunitas. It's a very tasty brew for a very reasonable price (purchased 22oz bottle for $3.75). Highly recommended!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- it pours a deep mahogany with a 2 finger head of foam, a long lasting head of foam. Nice lacing.

S- isn't very aromatic. I get some malt that's on the sweet side, a bit of ...nothing else. As drab a smell in may a brew I've had over the years.

T- the malt does a fine job here. Nice caramel sweetness, some notes of bread..err..could be toasted malt, and as it's warming, some pretty good citrus flavours. Grapefruit, some pinyness.
After tasting, I went back and took a few more whiffs..yeah, now I'm getting what I'm mentioning in the taste.

M- Medium body, same for the carbonation.

O- an enjoyable 7.85 %abv brew. At the less than $5(pre tax) it's good value for the money.

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

A: Against a back lighting revealed a coppery-chestnut brown coloring with a slight misty haze of loosely packed particulate matter. A short retaining head, dirty-bone in color, leaves only a slight sticky ring for a lacing. Visible effervesce was scarce.

S: Typical lagunita's nose with a abundance of fresh wet citrus and pine needles upfront, easily distinguishable at arms reach. Slight suggestions of scotch ale character come through with a malty caramel presence, a bit both sweet and dry, along with some alcohol. The nose after several minutes mellows a bit but is still of appreciable strength.

T: A malty start with a mixture of pine needles, sharp citrus tones and toasted caramel all suggest this is going to be a good experience. Medium strength hop character that turns dry midway through the palate makes you aware of its intentions. Piney with dry toasted caramel closes things out with a spicy bite of grapefruit. Overall a good deal of maltiness paired with their usual hoppy citrus character makes this a solid example per style and one worthy of taking my mind of the recession.

M: A good bite of carbonation despite its calm demeanor produces a rather sharp feel in the mouthful. Dry toasted caramel and citrus fade ensures upon the swallow leaving just enough of a reminder to make you hastily take the next sip.

D: Good drinkability as well good enjoyment. Toasted dry caramel and grapefruit citrus of moderate proportions inline with typical Lagunitas character makes this another solid and steady production drink that will no doubt satisfy fans.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open with @LaitueGonflable after it travelled back to Australia from San Francisco in my luggage.

Pours a deep dark, coppery colour with twinges of red to it. Head is initially frothy, but coarse bubbled, and made up of slightly yellowish foam. Lacing is good however, even if the head doesn't stick around. Not a lot of thickness in the body, which is a bit of a surprise. Looks pretty decent though.

Very West Coast nose - I think there's Chinook there, but with deeper and sweeter roasted malt notes coming through as well. Definitely some roasty notes, and a fragrant but muted hop character, almost like "aged" hop, whatever that means. Pretty nice.

Taste is very nicely done. Again, there's a lot of malt to it, and the hop character, while so classically American, is muted to allow the malt dominance. Big roasted, heavy brown bread characters on the back, with a decent amount of sweetness throughout. Hops provide a clean, cleansing note through the centre -- something to anchor the rest of the body. Lovely

It's really nice; if it were slightly hoppier I'd say it was a classic example of a really well-made black IPA, but as it is, it's just a strong, lightly roasted American ale: one that's hard to categorise beyond that.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,602 ratings.
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