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 Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jimmah120
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with no date

Pours a dark-brown/amber with a 2cm mocha head. Smell is sweet malts, gingerbread, dark chocolate, with a earthy hop background that works surprisingly well with the aforementioned scents. The taste goes big on the malt, more gingerbread, cinnamon, toasted pumpernickel bread. Grassy hops show up in the middle and finish. Very tasty, but not as deep as I had expected. Mouthfeel is a little on the watery side, maybe under-carbonated? The alcohol isn't hidden as well as it could be either.

Not being a big fan of malty beer, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Good stuff.

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Photo of marct
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Forb
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber; 7.85% ABV...

Appearance: Pours a unique reddish / brown translucent color with a quickly dissipating off-white finger head.

Smell: Oily, grassy, earthy hop scents float out most pronouncedly with the malt backbone then coming in with vigor.

Taste: Starts off more like an amber with its nutty sweet malt character coming upfront quickly transitioning into the fresh cut grass hop bitterness that resonates with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Starts with a medium body feel and finishes with a smooth, crisp, light body.

Overall: Unique in so many ways. Definitely not what I was anticipating. Well worth the $3.99!

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Photo of jgasparine
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber

Appearance- Poured with a well-retained, 1.5 finger high, light tan head, which produced some decent lacing down the sides of the glass. The body was an optically clear medium brown color, with some sparse tiny bubble trains trickling up the sides of the glass.

Aroma- A wonderfully inviting aroma of husky malts and earthy hops in perfect balance with each other. Impressions of nuts, fresh-cut greens, and oatmeal round out a rich and impressive nose.

Flavor- Starts out on the palate as expected- big husky malts balanced with a dose of earthy hop flavor. Some substantial hop bitterness cuts-in midway, with impressions similar to quinine, and begin to dominate the palate through the finish. The hop bitterness lingers on the tongue long after each sip. Unfortunately, some of the complexities detected on the nose were lost to the strength of the hops on the palate.

Mouthfeel- A nice big body, textured with unattenuated sugar and a pleasantly soft carbonation. A slight astringency is imparted by the heavy dose of hops. No EtOH burn.

Overall- This beer does what it says on the label- "A malty, robust, jobless recovery ale". I love drinking one of these after a long run... and I will purchase again...

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Photo of Dcincotta
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of JesteR14
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, faint details of red when you but it up to a light. Creamy foamy head.

S malty, bready. Smells nice but nothing strong or impressive

T This is tasty! Very easy drinking beer. Strong malts but stays really clean and refreshing on the pallet.

Good beer for sure. Tho not my style but still enjoyed it none the less.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a nice mahogany with some rich caramel notes and some ruby notes. There is a nice off-white head that is about 1 inch tall.

Roasty malt notes with some nice hop backed aromas. Some grassy notes and some earthy herbal tones. Slight caramel notes can be perceived as well.

Taste is of roasted malts like a traditional American Brown Ale. There is definitely a more hop centric note to it. Grassy herbal notes and nice hop backed notes. Slight caramel notes and some bready notes are present as well. Mouthfeel is definitely fuller than a typical American Brown Ale. Nice and rich.

Pretty good brew. But nothing impressive.

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Photo of xensure
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 220z bomber in to a snifter.

It pours a deep amber. As the label states it is somewhere between a red and a black. There is a very little head. Maybe an 1/8in just after the pour. The small head quickly subsides and leaves no lacing on the glass.

The nose is all malt in this beer. The malt is so robust you can almost smell the sweetness. The dark malts really shine through giving and almost earthy smell as well. Very slight hop aromas linger in the background, but are dominated by the malt.

It drinks almost syrupy because of how much malt there is, but the hop blend that comes through in the finish cuts right through that and leave you with a cleaned palate. That is a great finish because one would expect a syrupy after taste with this robust of a malt blend. You also get a bit of a kick from the booze, but just enough to let you know you are drinking a bigger beer.

I am thoroughly enjoying this brew right now. I am reviewing during the second glass because I liked it so much. I would recommend this beer. It was like $6 in eastern MA and certainly worth it.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ToadManA1A37651
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my san miguel snifter with etched bottom I scarfed from Wimbeldon while in London last year, this beer pours excellent with a finger and a half malty head, very dark but not opaque some orange hints. The smell is wonderfully pungent with the back of my jaw aching to taste what comes to be a rich somewhat heavily roll around my tongue. The taste is surprisingly hopped up with with a corriander burnt approach. The aftertaste is sweet and sticks around. Over all I give this CA bomber high marks and worthy of Lagunitas lofty reputation - Well Done!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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