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 DaveinFF
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really nice clear mahogany color with a medium thick off white head that laces the glass as you drink. Aroma is caramel, toffee, maple, coffee some black cherry. Taste is roasted malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness, but more on the malty side overall. Toffee, caramel, burnt sugar and dark fruit/dried fruit notes. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter. Comes across a bit more boozy than the 7.8% and becomes more pronounced as the temp goes up. More like a 3.85 score.

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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 omahawk
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very malty profile. Nice hop nose, but seems a little heavy and almost cloying. Needs more attenuation and bitterness for me to be a fan. It's a decent big beer.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has that classic Lagunitas hop nose and taste. Citrusy, piney, and tropical fruits all over the place. It seems most folks either dig that or hate it. I like it, but it makes for a tough classification for this beer.

It is certainly not a typical brown ale. Sure, there are some malty notes in there that are brown ale-ish. But the hop profile dominates this beer like most of Lagunitas stuff. This is like a brown ipa, honestly.

If you like Lagunitas other offerings, then don't miss this one. If you tend to be disappointed with Lagunitas stuff, then I'd say pass on this one.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown in color with an inch of creamy and dense brown head. The head subsides as you drink it and relatively quick, but there's some nice heavy lacing left behind. I smell caramel malt and piney hops. The taste is very malt forward with notes of caramel and dark bread. I'm getting that signature piney hop note at the back of the palate. It finishes with that signature sweet Lagunitas yeast. The mouth is dry and smooth.

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Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice enough but nothing extraordinary, Nice touch of cocoa on top of the brown ale base....a little bit of nuts...a little too much citrus.....does everything have to be hopped to the tilt?

Bought this because the price was reasonable and this is a reasonable beer. Won't buy again but nothing terrible about it other than being overhopped for the style....I love IPA's but when I buy something based off a brown ale described as a malty robust ale I expect more malt impression than hop impression. At best this is 50-50 with a lean toward the hops..

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Photo of zshaft
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark Amber with thin head that lingers. very clean with no floaties. nose seems to be light floral and perfume with light caramel or toffee. up front some grapefruit and floral but somewhat astringent. maybe. followed quickly by nice sweetness and some earthy hops but also getting caramel and light nutty tones in the background. this is followed by citrus flavors quickly and finishes rather dry. overall this beer does not resemble a brown ale to me but rather more on par with a strong ale. the mid palate floats around with hops and malt giving this beer that nice complexity I get with strong ales. the hoppy punch at the end is nice and one again lagunitas does it right. brown ale maybe not. but for me a good solid beer.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma was hard to detect - a mix of bitter malty peppery aroma. Pours a very deep brown red. Minimal head, some appropriate carbonation. Taste is hard to pin down. When I had this beer I didn't know it was an imperial brown ale. After I read up on what this beer actually it made more sense. It has a nice balance of malt and dank hops. Not a session brown ale by any means but a nice beer. I've never had an imperial brown ale so this was a nice introduction to this style. I would buy it again.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with exceptional fluffy head. Classic Lagunitas hop aroma with underpinnings of chocolate malts. Lots of roasted nut & amber malt on the upfront portion followed by a nice kiss of hop bitterness at the end. Little oily on the mouthfeel. No frill, low key beer that hits all the right spots

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Tamuras $4.79 22oz bottle
Dark brown color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Caramel, malt taste, some bitterness in the finish, hides alcohol well
Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Rhixso
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep, rich dark brown with slightly hazy dark ruby highlights if held to a light source. Has a light tan head that disappears after a few sips.

S: Slightly floral hop aroma comes first (Hallertau or Willamette?) - a very pleasant surprise for such a dark brown ale - followed by sweet dark malts and finally a crisp dry bitterness that blends into a well rounded dark roasted coffee-like malt punch that remind you you're drinking an Imperial Brown Ale.

T: Dark malty, coffee-like goodness with a dry finish, perfectly balanced hop bitterness, that lingers lightly. Tones of dark caramel, dark chocolate, slight hints of dried fruits.

F: Medium bodied yet just heavy enough to linger over and spend some time with contemplating the complexity. Light carbonation. Beautiful.

O: A new favorite seasonal. Loved and savored each and every sip. This one is a harmonious blend of the best of a delicious deeply malty brown ale without being cloying with the addition of a wonderful hop aroma. Well worth every penny.

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Photo of tlema1
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: mahogany color, very thin head, not much lacing
S: malts, raisins and earthy hops
T: malt, good balance with the hops
F: lots of upfront mouthfeel, boozy for an under 8%-er
O: I'm a little disappointed

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz. Bottle
Bottled on July 7th, 2015
Reviewed on October 15th, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Poured a mahogany colored body capped off by a thick light-tan head. Nice amber glow.

Mild hints of hops (grapefruit and pine) sat on top of a caramel-heavy malt backbone. Malts were generally sweet in aroma (caramel and cocoa).

Hops hit the tongue first. Citric... mainly grapefruit. Malts were very prominent. Raisin, date, general dark fruit. Caramel. Slight cocoa bitterness. Strong hop presence kept this from being too chewy.

Medium/full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

A brown ale with a definite Laguintas twang. Well done!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - deep red-brown ale with a sticky ivory head
S - citric nose with plenty of caramel and rye possibly
T - huge flavors here: burnt caramel, rye, faint chocolate, sticky pungent hops that are piney and citric
M - very resinous full body; hop oils stick to the palate, finishes bitter with some residual sweetness from the heavy malt backbone
O - way better than I remember in comparison to the first time I had it. Reminds me a bit of Lucky 13. Excellent!

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Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with about a finger of head. There are both malty and hoppy notes on the nose. The flavor profile is a solid blend of chocolate malt and earthy hops. The body is right-on for the style.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark brown with a three finger foamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, pine and resinous hops.

T - The taste starts with brown sugar, caramel and toffee before giving way to the grapefruit and piney hops. The finish has a light hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Definetly an interesting take on a brown ale. The flavors are remind me more of a Barleywine than brown. Nevertheless another solid Lagunitas beer.

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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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