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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Ratings: 2,605 |  Reviews: 850
Photo of Sipchue
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label got me - "A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale". 7.85%ABV, O.G. 1.072, and 59 IBU's, this is a wonderfully drinkable ale.

Poured into a brandy snifter, I enjoyed watching the bubbles form a 3/8" top border of bubbles. Looking at my empty glass, the lacing is nice but not extravagant.

I really like this beer, enough to seek out other Imperial Browns, a new-to-me style. I'm a fan of Dogfish Head Indian Brown, and me thinks I like this one even more!

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of 6footpete
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought 4/3/12. Poured 4/6/12.

Poured red/brown with nice head that stuck around for about 10 min and left some nice lacing.

Nose is all malt. I get none of the hop that other reviewers have mentioned. Smells like a fresh wort.

First taste is all malt. No hop at all. Carbonation was spot on for the sweetness of the malt though.

Sweet Carmel and light molasses/malt extract. Nothing significant in the overall taste of this beer.

Even after allowing it to air out and warm up I'm a little underwhelmed. Interesting adventure in sweet malty beer but nothing spectacular.

I ended up mixing the last couple ozs with a raspberry framboise that em parted enough tartness to make the warmish wort palatable.

I would have liked to taste this beer in its heyday. My local shop only got it this week so I assumed it was relatively new, or else the reviews I read were of a different version of this beer. Either way, at $4 for a bomber I would get it again for a nice warming change up to spring/summer beers.

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Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of frank12
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of raythealeman
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Cluker
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of The22Lou
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dac0152
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Pugs78
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of martyl1000
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a slightly red tint. Despite very aggressive pour only half a finger of cream colored head that became a bubbely ring around the outside. Decent lacing.

S: Citrusy hops right away on the nose. Not getting much else off of it even after a swirl.

T: Hops again just like the nose. Like iced hop tea. Not even getting the malt through on this one. Not bad but not much there.

M: medium bodied, not really heavy (expected from lack of malt flavor it must be lightly malted) and kinda wet. Yes I know it is 92.17% water so it will in fact be wet. This as it warms in the mouth so it finishes light.

O: If you like super hoppy beers like IPA then this strong ale is for you. Not my cup of tea (or glass of beer as it were) but all in all it is a decent beer. Nothing offensive and bad about it, not super complex but not boring. The hop character of it reminds me of A Lil' Sumptin Sumptin also from Lagunitas.

Edit: I was drinking it over a a long period while playing video games. As it warmed the hoppyness became less overpowering and the unique flavors of the brown malt come through. The claim on the bottle "robust" and "malty" are realized closer to room temp. Should be served warm, not sure what I was thinking drinking a double at fridge temp. Changed taste and mouthfeel from 3.0 to 3.5 because it thickened up a touch and got roastier.

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Photo of cates1tg
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with copper red highlights. A large dirty light tan head leaves plenty of lacing and stays still the finish.

Smell is of deep warm caramel malts, piney hops, and a hint of sweetness.

Taste is roasted sweet malt up front, changing over to some pine and pith on the finish. Good balance.

The beer is medium bodied, yet quite drinkable and smooth. Carbonation is fine, nothing special or bad...

A darn fine beer, kind of like ABA, but not quite as bold.


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Photo of TTAmod
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Clear reddish-tinged brown with a sizable offwhite head. Good retention..lots of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts and piney-hops are prevalent here.

T: A bit less hoppy than the smell would lead you to believe, but still standard Lagunitas fare. Most of the taste profile is dominated by a rich, malty caramel and hints of plum, raisin, and other dark fruit. The hops make their way in toward the end, focusing more on the pine aspect. A bit of grapefruit lends some depth.

M: Surprisingly drinkable. It's medium, almost light, bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Very wet. Appropriate for a spring release.

O: $4.99 for this amount of depth and hoppy goodness. Enough said.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TimCasby
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber into a pint glass. A very clear beer.

The smell is a lot more hoppy then I had thought it would be. I get some fruit, grapefruit, passion fruit and a decent amount of malt.

The taste is classic Lagunitas. Nice hope bite but that does not steal the show, nice tropical fruits, toffee, caramel, tea, honey and a touch of something else I can not identify...

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and over carbonated for my palate...

Well at 3.99 a bomber this is a steal like most Lagunitas beers. If you are not drinking beers from this brewery there is something wrong with you.

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Photo of jackrodgers77
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber copper with a foamy light tan head. The head dissipates quickly, but laces the glass as the beer is consumed. The aromatics are pleasant and tantalizing with a sweet grapefruit and brewed tea bouquet that also yields mild notes of pine needles. The pine shows up more on the palate. The scrubbiness on the tongue could be less. A slicker, wetter mouthfeel could have improved the experience on the palate. Sweet grapefruit makes an appearance. Finishes quite bitter. A good beer, but not fantastic.

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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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