Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot
2,647 Ratings
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

Added by flexabull on 03-06-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

This is their February limited release which might explain why I got it for $3.50. I've been wanting to try this based on the label alone. I wonder who does their copy writing? Whoever it is they must have a good time doing it. Jobless recovery ale, not quite in the red or in the black so WTF is it? And then there's this mash up of movie quotes from The Grapes of Wrath, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Casablanca. Is this a mash up ale? Here goes...

A- A vigorous pour produced a one finger head with decent retention and coats the glass nicely. Clear mahogany color with some intermittent bubbles rising to the surface.

S- Typical Lagunitas hop blast. Heavy citrus that gives way to brown sugar malt sweetness and alcohol.

T- Tart grapefruit hops up front with some malty sweetness coming through in the finish. Well balanced.

M- The body is to the light side of medium. Appropriate for the style and alcohol content. Pleasantly carbonated and smooth.

O- WTF is it? A dark IPA or a hoppy brown ale? Whatever it is, it's good. These guys like to play and seem to love what they do and it shows in the quality of the product.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice redish amber color with a small amount of head

S - candy sugar , brown sugar , oatmeal and slight hop presnces

T - very sweet with hints of brown sugar and a slight hop finish

M - Smooth medium body

Over all
Lagunitas is staring to surprises me ! Wilco Tango Foxtrot laurd me in with promises of malty goodness. This promise was fulfilled ! and completely satisfying my craving for malt ! Now don't get me wrong I love hops too and there are plenty of hops here but they were simply there to support the malt. A bit of hops in the foreground and a bit at the finish make this maltly brew refreshing and very drinkable . If your looking for a sweet refreshing brew this is it ! To bad its only a limited release .

Notes - This brew tastes very similar to a brown ale

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

Lagunitas' Recovery Ale is an interesting and enjoyable big brown ale that has interesting dried fruit, sugar sweetness, and hop usage at the forefront. I've had this twice now, once fresh and once with several months of age. Both were interesting, but I appreciated the one with age more, as I feel it let the malt in this "imperial brown ale" shine through and add more interest than when hops were more present in the fresh.

A modest pour produces a head of about 2cm, tan in color, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Head lasts for a few minutes, descending to a ring around the glass and a few islands of risidual foam atop the body. Lacing is modest, though present. Body is a transparent amber brown color, carbonation visible and streaming from the bottom.

Aroma is of pine resin and grapefruit rind with a bit of dark bread and toasted malt. The malts, sweetness, and dried fruits (raisins) become more evident with the age of the beer.

Taste opens with toasted and breadlike malt flavors that are quickly balanced out by pine resin and grapefruit rind hops. Some elements of malt fruitiness and yeast esters permeate until mid-palate, when noticeable hop bitterness imposes itself and continues through to the close. With age, I felt that the malt attributes continued to be further present, including raisins, brown sugar, and assorted other dark, dried fruit esters.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, seems just right for the intended style. Carbonation is mid-level, which allows for a gentle foaming on the palate and an easy sipping experience. Ethanol is a bit noticeable, in feel, which detracts somewhat from enjoying this as much as possible. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat creamy, but with a bit of harshness and heat from ethanol.

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a coppery brown with a finger width of bubbly off-white head.

Smell - Earthy hops upfront, citrus and tropical fruits, very mild malts.

Taste - Earthy piney hops followed by a light tropical fruitiness and malts. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate level of carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - For my first Imperial brown ale, I was pleasantly surprised by the initial hop aromas - I knew I was in for a real treat with this style. Malts play a significant supporting role, helping in the brew's balance. Very enjoyable and worth a go.

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3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, no dating apparent. Light brown body with a bit of red tint and slightly hazy. About a one-finger tan head and a small amount of lacing.

I like the aroma. Some pine and citrus hop notes that are pleasing and are balanced nearly equally by solid caramel malt.

The flavor is a near approximation of the aroma. The citrus and pine notes come across the palate cleanly. The maltiness is strong in this one and provides a very solid base for the flavors.

The mouthfeel is a little thin in texture. A very decent brew overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,647 ratings
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