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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4/5  rDev +2%

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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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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- poured a reddish amber brown color, two finger off-white pillow top head, small bubbles at the base, and forming off the bottom of the glass. Head slowly dissipated, leaving lacing on the glass.

S- strong hops and citrus flavors, offset with bread and toasted malts.

T- immediately taste the dark roasted malts, pine resin, followed by a lighter citrus and the hops.

M- medium body beer, moderate carbonation, good carbonation for the body.

O- I've had this been on several occasions, especially when craving a beer that's more malty in nature, with a balance of hops. There is a sweetness to the beer, but isn't too sweet.

Based on the comments of other reviewers, I'm going to pick up a couple of bottles to age to see how they compare.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A dark, crystallized amber with a nice thick off-white head. Crisp hue which I would characterize as a rich amber.

S - Hops, sugar-infused malts and citrus.

T - Interesting balance for sure. There is a big hop presence that is subdued by malt sweetness. The ABV warms up the sweetness but makes no other appearance. To me, the progression is too quick. The hops erupt on your palette and almost instantly recedes into a sweet malt. I simply cannot appreciate complexity when it is so short lived.

M - Again, i find this strange with the sharp contrast of tastes. I feel that the hops linger but feel relatively smooth due to the malts. I prefer a more straightforward approach.

O -An interesting beer for sure, I simply cannot get behind this hybrid style.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

We pour a dark tawny brew with a half finger tall tannish head. This dissipates quickly, but comes back with a quick swirl. Patterned lacing is found around the glass, with a thick haze and average carbonation to the beer itself. The aroma shows huge caramel malts, toffee, buttery diacetyls, and immensely sweet brown sugar. The nose is very sweet. Otherwise it is a malt bomb, with pumpernickel bread and fusel booze with warmth. Our first impression is that this is, indeed, a sweet malt bomb. As we sip, sun tea and lemon come through, barely hiding a sweet citric hop component. Floral and nectary sweetness, independent of the hops, adds even more sweetness. The middle peaks with honey and booze. Woody musk and more lemon and iced-tea tannins come in to serious up the brew. Earthy hops continue, both softening and bittering the flavoring. The finish is with a caramel wash and cooked brown sugar. There is actually a faint smokiness to the malts here, and of course, more of that sweet tea quality. The aftertaste breathes of woody, booze, buttery diacetyls, and a fishy saltiness. The body is on the fuller side, while the carbonation remains medium, but soft and bubbly. An oaky astringency is felt around the mouth, and the tongue is left bone dry. The abv helps to warm the drinker, with each sip having beautiful cream, slurp, and froth. This beer drinks easily for the style.

Overall, what we found to be the most enjoyable thing about this brew was the sweet nose, and huge mix of malts throughout. The flavoring was simple, but expertly crafted, with honey and sweet hops adding to an already sweet beer, without causing it to become overpoweringly sugary. As for the style, it seemed to exhibit characteristics from both the scotch ale side of life, as well as the American barleywine world, making for a very interesting and robustly flavored brew throughout.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,614 ratings.
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