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 RyanSBrennan
4/5  rDev +2%

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

The last time I had Lagunitas' WTF was about two years ago, if I remember correctly. It was a hot day then too, though it didn't get to the hellish temperature that it did today in Texas (100+), but WTF impressed me a lot when I had it for my last, and first, time. And it's a bit suitable as a beer to have, a "jobless recovery ale", because I've yet to find my teaching job I want. Anyway, I'll see if I am as impressed with this as I was the last time.

I poured my WTF into - what else? - my Lagunitas jar! The head formed slowly and looked awesome doing so, eventually leading to a two finger high, off-white, and deliciously frothy head. The brew is clear and straight copper. The beautiful head leaves some great, almost thick, lacing. This looks too damn good.

Grainy, earthy, and a tad spicy malts come through here with a bit of floral and fruity hops like peach/mango. Piney, with some sugary sweetness, maybe light brown sugar. I get a little bit of booze burn too with a full inhalation.

This is what I expect from a Lagunitas-style American strong ale. This is like drinking a pine tree, like most Lagunitas beers, except there's not the strong presence of pine resin-strong, citrusy, and floral hops that Lagunitas is known so well for and I love. That's not an insult to this beer, though. This is much more earthy, evidently from the malts, has a mild spice to it, and there's a lingering mild caramel sweetness to it. Wait, I'd say it's more like toffee. Yes, that's it. I'd say this is perfectly balanced. There's just enough hops to tingle the tongue too. I can't taste any booziness. Sweet yet spicy at the end. Now I remember why I liked this beer so much. I imagine I'm drinking the forest floor of a Texas pine forest. Is that weird?

This is an easy to drink, medium-bodied beer with a good medium carbonation to keep it lively. It goes down smooth but the bubbles keep it interesting. The end is a little slick from the sweetness but the beer's spiciness balances in being dry.

I love this beer a lot for some reason. Usually I love beers that are very robust and hit me in the face with their qualities, but Lagunitas' WTF is a beer I'd say is perfectly balanced with flavors I enjoy. It helps when it looks so damn good too. I'll need to remember to pick this one up more often.

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Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rxbandit1980
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A dark but still transparent amber, off white head with a descent frame rising to about 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Smells delicious, sells of caramel, rich in malts it isn't the best smell but it is beyond satisfying.

Taste: This beer is rich in flavor, a little sweet a notch bitter with complimenting hops. Notes of caramel that you will not forget.

Mouth: Can you say sticky, i put the glass down watching just a little bit of MMA and the after-taste is still there.

Overall: Money well spent and deserved, I truly love this beer...though not perfect it is damn close. Salud!

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Photo of twkirkby
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CervezaPorFavor
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dmueller
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CamM
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tziggy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Punkrckr281
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Czar_chasm
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of diehl07
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CruznBrewin
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

A - Dark copper color with a medium sized, creamy, smooth, beige-ecru head. Average retention leaving minimal lace.

S - Sweet caramel latte, candied nuts (cashew) and sweet bready malt. Floral, herbal, and slightly woody hop aroma. Touches of citrus as well.

T - Plenty of nutty and caramel flavors. Some sweet bread as well. A smattering of hops (citrus, floral mostly) but nothing too hoppy although it gets a bit hoppy at the end. Roasted nutty flavor is strongest. Whisper of alcohol.

M - Medium body. Average carbonation. Fairly creamy.

D - Nice drinkable beer. Nothing too exciting. Sweet but not cloying.

Notes: Drinks like an Imperial Brown. Good amount of nutty flavor along with caramel malt. The hops start showing up on the finish to ensure it's not too sweet. I liked it, but didn't love it.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark mahogany body, looks like a cross between an amber and a brown ale. Creamy light tan head with good lacing.

S- Hops come through right off the bat; citrus, pine, may be cascade hops. Once you get beyond the hops there is a toasted malt aroma. Reminds me of a really hoppy Barleywine.

T- Strong hops and strong toasted malts. Almost tastes like a black IPA and Barleywine mix. Really great hop note with a strong malt backbone.

M- Full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

O- It's hard to pin point exactly what this beer is, but maybe that's the point. Whatever it is, it is interesting, unique and very tasty.

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

Appearance: Pours a carameled brown, with a nice thick yellow white head and a healthy lattice work of laving over the sides with a thick outward protrudence.

Smell: Sells of a good piney hop with some nice malty backing. Cascade hops seem to be present in the beer. Light back tinglings in the smell suggest caramel malts and a sweet fruit smell.

Taste: Tastes of caramelized hops a slightly smokey taste can be found in the back of the beers. Hops still seem to be cascade to me, with a good piney tinge, but there is definitely a fruity tinge to the sides of the beer suggesting citrus.

Mouthfeel: This is a dry beer on the tongue. The hops and malts rush through to leave a sticky ilked feeling. The beer is smooth going down though, while still carrying some malty substance.

Overall: This beer sits between a brown ale and something else, and it does it well. The hops are strong but the malt is wholly lacking either, and overall taste is strangely familiar in its bizzarity.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bmwats
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Very dark brown. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a blanket of foam, and a nice beer ring. Sporadic spiderweb lacing.

S: Thick syrupy malt, molasses, caramel, and fresh tea.

T: Woody malt character with unsweetened dark chocolate and butterscotch.

M: Full and hearty. Slightly dry, and slightly pungent finish. High alcohol content dows not come out in the experience.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really good. Dark brown body, with a light foamy head and a bit of spotty lacing. Nose is a great combination of hefty malt with sweet tones and tea leaves. Flavor is full bodied, thick and hearty combination of woody malt and subtle sweetness. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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