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 gabrielsyme
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Whole Foods poured into a pint glass. Deep, dark amber color with minimal carbonation/lacing. Taste is quite something, woody bitter pine hops with hints of cinnamon, caramel and clove in the finish. Stays complex and is fairly drinkable considering the ABV. Body could use some more carbonation, not sure if that's due to the serving type. Worth seeking out.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a bourbon glass (by a friend).

A=Rich, dark brown but with very faint white head...looked more like Coca-Cola than a beer.

S=Maltiness present.

T=Rather unexpectedly sour, with some maltiness and some hops. Paired with cheap pepperoni pizza, and it actually complimented it rather well as a good contrast to bring out the saltiness of the pizza. It seemed to get less sour near the bottom.

M=Rather light bodied...little carbonation. Not really a session candidate due to the sourness.

O=For the style, this was a bit more sour than the few others I've tried. It seemed like it would be great if you were expecting and wanted a sour beer, but this one was okay...probably would not buy again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head which slowly fades into a smaller creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Deep bready malts with a nice sharp spicy hop presence. Hoppy upfront with nice hints of spicy pine resin, earthy grassy hops, and a little citrus orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Big bready malt presence with hints of baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, roast chocolate, toast, grains, yeast, nuts, and a slight hint of rye. Some brown sugar sweetness in the mix as well. A very solid big hopped up brown ale smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hearty mix of earthy hops with a big taste of toasty malts. Starts out hoppy with some good notes of piney hop spice and earthy and floral notes of grass. A little citrus in the hop mix with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Big bready toasted malt taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, roast, chocolate, dark rye bread, grains, nuts, and yeast. Some sweet brown sugar. A very good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and chewy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good and interesting brew. Its like an imperial brown ale that is given a big kick of hops.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in an imperial nonic glass

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with almost full clarity. Starts to get dense towards the core, obscuring the light. Produces a good two fingers of thick khaki foam cake with ample retention. There are sheets of lace upon each sip that leave behind a nice tracking of stick down the glass. Looks quite lovely.

S: Hop forward aromas boast loads of pine and herbal spice with a light dusting of citrus fruits. I get some caramel toffee malt richness and a little stinging alcohol vapor. There is a notion of dried fruit/raisin coming through as the beer warms up a bit as well. Decent nose overall with a nice pungent hop presence.

T: Big pine and citrus notes up front with a little bit of herbals mixed in. The beer is super hoppy although not particularly bitter on the palate. Hops really overshadow the other components of the brew however a toffee malt sweetness does eventually surface. I get some raisin spiced bread and a dash of nutty milk chocolate in there as well. Alcohol is prevalent but not overly so. Pretty nice flavors with much going on it seems.

M: A touch on the thinner side with a moderate body overall. Nice creamy smooth texture aided by perfect carbonation levels. Watery but with a nice drying finish. This one lands pretty light on its feet with a slight resinous linger from the hops.

D: Hard to pin this one categorically. I wouldn’t really call it an Imperial Brown in the traditional sense of Browns. American Strong does seem more fitting...it is on the bigger side with the higher ABV’s albeit balanced rightly so. Has some intense hop flavors and subtle complexity to the malts. A little disjointed at times but in the end a delicious brew.

Dollar for dollar, another winner from Lagunitas.

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Photo of dpianka
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/19.2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Wilco Tango Foxtrot
brewery: Lagunitas
brewery location: Petaluma California
type: Ale
style: Imperial Brown Ale
abv: 7.8
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: head pours long and strong, waits patiently for the first sip, apparently it wants to give me a mustache. Color is a beautiful rich old amber, like the kind of amber you find mosquitos with dinosaur DNA in.

Smell: piney-fresh, hops are prevalent, the rich heavy malt sits in the background kinda bein lazy on the couch while the hops are ready to out and party.

Taste: thick, heavy hops. Starts off somewhat hoppy like the party has seriously begun, then the caramell-y malt sees the hops dancin with another dude and is like woah no way,it then gets off it’s lazy ass and starts dancing with the hops and even outdances the hops for a minute. The finish is a beautiful marriage, the hops become more floral and the malt mutes the bitterness just enough to really make it extremely easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, mild carbonation feels like drinking a warm slightly flat root beer float

Overall Impression: love it. It really was fun going through the paces with this beer. I could see myself drinking this out on the patio on a warm Spring day.

Food Pairings: burger with sharp cheddar cheese, blueberry pie, pulled pork and beans, a steak burrito, fried chicken

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Photo of riored4v
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, ruby red colored with a tan head. Decent lacing.

Aroma was malty and burnt caramel. A bit bready with some citrusy hop notes. Mildly bitter in the finish.

Flavor mirrored the aroma pretty closely. Malty sweetness with some dark caramel notes. A bit bready along with some flavors of chocolate. Citrusy and floral hop flavors with a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium carb. Dry finish. No signs of ABV.

Pretty good beer although it lacked a bit of richness I like in a strong ale.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle (split) into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a beautiful brown mohogeny color with a thin white head which thins out rather quickly, leaving a very thing film on top. Minimal lacing.

Smell is unspectacular, definitely robust with malt

Taste is similar but with a bit more nuance. It's bitter and sweet, and backed up by a strong malt presence, just like the bottle says.

Feel is feels relatively smooth with the 59 ibus, very drinkable.

Overall this is not what I am used to from Lagunitas, where I really enjoy the IPAs. Could not drink this all the time, despite drinkability, but good.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: brownish with a hint of red. almost opaque but can see logo on opposite side through the light. big foamy head three fingers that fades at a decent rate. leaves a lacing behind.

Smell: stronger hops but with a noticeable caramel malt backbone.

Taste: the hops take the backseat in this one. strong sweet malts, with a slight balance of hop bitterness, mostly floral hops but some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lots of warmth, creamy mouthfeel and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Another good strong beer from Lagunitas. This one is one of the better ones from me. The hoppiness isn't enough to steal the show but definitely present. The creamy and sweet malts are spot in for a big tasty beer

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

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: slight white head over brown liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Lennon, floral and grapefruit hops.

T: Lemon, caramel malt, grapefruit, grass and floral hops.

M: very smooth. Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: definitely one of the better representations of the style.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Red tinted brown opaque body with streaming bubbles. Almost a full finger of frothy tan head that settles to a choppy wake and leaves bubbly lacing draped on the edge.

S: Lime, grapefruit, roasty notes, rye bread, chopped nuts, hints of cocoa powder, cinnamon and dirty earthy yeast.

T/M: Taste follows the nose with the same roasted malts, citrus hops and pine oil. Oily feel with an aggressive sting of carbonation. Woody spiced alcohol sting in the back of the throat once warmed. Finishes dry with an aftermath of citrus hops and toasted dark bread.

O: A great hopped up brown ale with divinely balanced flavors. I love roasty bready malt with citrus hops. This is a beer that I would regularly drink. Doggone good!

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Photo of AdamMY
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is nice and dark with a wonderful head that laces as it receeds down the glass.

Aroma has hints of milk chocolate and dark rye bread, and perhaps a touch of pumpernickle bread as well.

Taste is where this really shines, malty, with a touch of hops, giving interesting flavors of the aformentioned breads and a touch of semi sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak, while it coats well, it just seems thin for such a high quality beer.

Overall very nice, and very drinkable. I will definitely look into getting more of this one.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown, it looks black near the top, with a fluffy 1.5 finger head and good lacing which stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is strong roasted and sweet malts followed immediately by a grapefruit and pine hop smell.

The taste hits with strong sweet and roasted malts followed quickly by grapefruit and pine hops. Berries and carmel appear to be present on the back end as well as a pine oil residue which stays on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is not thick or bready like I expected but thin and oily. The beer goes down smoothly with a pine aftertaste.

Overall this is better than I expected. Lagunitas has pleasantly surprised me with their Pilsner and now with this. This is a complex brown/strong ale with a good mix of malts, hops and other flavors. I would recommend you try it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Local Miami in a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch head that soon morphs into a thin ring around the glass and various surface foam patterns that are quite nice. Drippy non-resilient lacing.

S- A fruity hop punch in the nose with some toasty malt surrounding.

T- Smooth combo of mildly bitter hops and some toasted malt. Slight caramel aftertaste. Alcohol is very subdued. Overall it's more hop forward but the malt brings a slight sweetness that balances everything very well.

M- Pretty tight bite from the hops, moderate carbonation and a medium body.

O- Drinkability is high on this one. A well-executed strong ale for sure and it doesn't skimp on the bitterness.

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

Can't really add much more to what's already been said. It's a delicious brown ale on steroids. You get the nice malt and brown sugar that you expect from a brown, with an extra hop punch. You also get a hint of booziness and a great full bodied mouthfeel. Love this beer and look forward to picking up some more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-chestnut color with a thick cream colored head of two fingers. The head has a fantastic level of retention very slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of clingy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit hop smell. Mixed with these are some nice lightly roasted bready smells mixed with some caramel and toffee sugary smells. There is a light dark fruit aroma of plum and raisin as well producing a somewhat muddled smell.

Taste – While the nose was somewhat confusing, the flavor, which contained all the flavors that were in the nose was actually nicely constructed. The taste begins with a smooth lightly roasted malt and bready flavor and a good level of caramel sweetness. Right from the start there is a grapefruit hop taste as well. The hop starts out weaker and grows stronger as the taste advances. Mixed with these in the middle of the taste are some darker fruit tastes as well as more hop flavors of a light pine and earthy nature. In the end the hop grapefruit bitterness dwindles a bit as more sour and slightly tangy flavors of a more fruity nature, with hints of cherry and plum, come to the tongue. While the grapefruit fades the earthy flavors get a bit stronger, and when combined with the rest and a light alcohol taste, produces a very interesting lightly sour and lightly bittered, sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is lower than average. The chewier body is very nice for the roasted malt flavors and when mixed with the lower carbonation make for a nice liquid medium to allow the complex mix of flavors (roasted, bitter, sour, sweet) to be sensed and distinguished by the tongue.

Overall – This is a rather interesting brew with a rather complex flavor profile, yet it still maintains a great ,somewhat nice complimentarily between the mix of flavors. An interesting and tasty brew.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown with a reddish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, dense foam that slowly dissipated and left random sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent, fresh, citrus hop aromas with pine hops, toffee and sweet caramel malt beneath. Thick, syrupy feel despite the agressive, slightly fizzy carbonation. Pungent grapefruit and citrus hops up front followed by a tangy and brown sugary sweetness through the middle - a signature taste for Lagunitas brews. Citrus hop bitterness trends to pine hop flavors to the end. A strong sweet caramel malt backbone flavor throughout. Finished with a malty and pine bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of timc100
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber/brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Really nice light beige head - good sticky lacing and retention.

S: Sticky grapefruit, caramel and toffee. Very fresh - big citrus hops and some resinous pine.

T: Very tasty - follows the nose with big caramel and citrus. Bitter and more astringency from the hops than expected. Chocolate comes out with the toffee and caramel. Sticky resin throughout

P: Medium bodied, and again, sticky and slightly chewy. Feels bigger than 7.8abv. Lingers a good while

O: A great hoppy brown ale, a style that continues to surprise me.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Pours a crystal-clear dark copper with nearly no head. Citrus and wet grass in the nose initially but gives way to caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate. Malt dominates the flavor (as promised on the label, with dark chocolate and toffee, but a good note of grapefruit, wet grass, and mint to support it. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Excellent. Especially for the price.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug; dark brown, clear, showing ruby in the light with a thick rocky off-white head that leaves chunky lacing as it dissipates. Smell is hoppy and citrusey, sweet and thick-smelling. Taste is very smooth up front, very clean for the amount of maltiness, with just the right amount of hop bitterness finishing it out with an aftertaste that makes you want to take another sip. Mouthfeel is relatively full, but clean and smooth without being spiky. This is the most drinkable American Strong Ale I've had so far, delicious.

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Photo of FlyingBull
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up to enjoy while doing a home brew. 22 oz bomber from a local "convenient" store that has a pretty good selection of craft beers...for my little town.

This beer poured a nice clear ruby brown with a 1" persistent tan head and plenty of lacing on the sides as I enjoyed. I can pick up strong caramel malts with a resinous spicy hop aroma. The carbonation is medium and seems appropriate for the beer. The mouth feel is full bodied. Lots of sweet caramel malt up front followed immediately by resinous spicy hop flavor, with a lingering pleasant bitterness. I wish the alcohol were a little lower, but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor or aroma.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely get it again while available.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker brown with some amber and light showing through the glass. Some head at pour lingers nicely and some lacing is present. Aroma is malty - caramel and/or brown sugar - with a hint of hops. Good quality flavor - nice brew for a snowy day. Bitter up front but then sweet to the finish.

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

A: center-pour into a nonic pint kicked up a massive head of tan foam; body of beer was a ruby brown; as head dimished, plenty of lace

S: rich chewy malt and hoppy pine and resin

T: sweet dark and chocolate malts, semi-bitter; spice, pine resin and earthy hop flavors, dark tangy finish

M: medium body, ample carbonation, smooth but lively

O: a very nice American strong brown ale.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a tulip

A - Dark with mahogany highlights with a small tan head.

S - Big floral hop character with citrus notes riding over a prominent toasted malty sweetness.

T - The hop character hides the best of the malt. Both are good, but they don't blend smoothly.

M - Drying character of the hops on the finish with a surprisingly high level of carbonation.

O - It seems like the hops are a bit too aggressive because they compete with the malt bill in a way that is unbalanced. I know that's a stylistic choice for Lagunita's but it seems to have gone a bit too far in this case.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,594 ratings.
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