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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

Added by flexabull on 03-06-2010

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at my local watering hole.

A: Poured a reddish brown with a thin white head. Some minor lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruit tones, mixed with caramel and toffee, and some hops. Some alcohol present in nose.

T: The dark fruit, and sweet caramel flavors are full circle. Some syrupy sweetness mixed in with bitter notes and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with good mouth coating. Fairly powerful carbonation and warming effect.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Had this on 2012-03-08 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Dark but clear brown with a 1-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Big hop floral, sweet and spicy roasted malt.

T - Sweet, lightly roasted malt followed quickly by a big hop bud flavor including some cat. Then some citrus juice and light citrus rind. There's a pleasant nutty, slightly sour and bitter finish that doesn't linger long.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Scrubs the mouth nicely and sets you up for the next sip.

O - An enjoyable brew. Loved the use of lots of hops with this brown ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a ruby garnet color with a finger and a half of light tan head. Decent head retention with a bit of lacing.

S- aromas of of toasty brown bread like malt and leafy piney hops blend together. Slightly nutty character on the finish with more hop character.

T- starts off with some malty sweetness with notes of toasty brown bread and nut. Leafy pine hop flavor balances out the brew with some bitterness. Finishes with more hop flavor and a lingering malt sweetness with a touch of chocolate.

MF- slick smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- good drinkability

Overall a solid brew that begs for more hops to put it over the edge.

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

A-Very dark ruby with a baby, tan-colored head that lasts quite a while. Leaves decent lacing.

S- Ripe fruits and sweet malt. Perhaps pineapple and cherry with a little toffee and vanilla. Smells very hoppy with a hint of malt. Nice.

T- Taste follows the aroma. Dark fruits like plum and cherry and a touch of lemon or grapefruit rind. The middle is malt and it finishes with a lingering mix of the two. Tastes like a robust, hoppy red ale.

M- Creamy with moderate carbonation and a sticky feel.

O- Not sure how i would classify this. I know Lagunitas offers an Imperial Red Ale, but this seems similar to me. Big hops, a touch of sweet malt, and a nice, balanced finish.

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

Bottle to mug suited for an inferior beer.

A: Supremely dark red, with one finger of tan/white head (graceful pour).

S: Caramel, Malts, hint of hops

T: Very malty, with a rather unique (to my knowledge) floral quality to it, certainly hoppy for a brown ale... medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall this beer drinking experience has been a success, I enjoy the beer, and it didn't cost a lot. This is a rather strange brew, It's supposedly an Imperial Brown Ale, but it reminds me more of a german doppelbock or something... I donno... But I recommend trying this one out.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bomber into Snifter.

A-Appears brown, sort of reddish when put up to a light. small head forms after I finished pouring.

S-thick malty. a nice floral aroma as well. smells very crisp also.

T-very malty. nice caramel maltiness with a piney hop taste through out. Starts very malty, mixes in the middle and finishes mostly hops.

MF-fairly thick. a bit creamy. good balanced carbonation. Nice hoppy sweet aftertaste.

O-this is a pretty good beer. Much hoppier than expected, but can't complain about that. Nice malty flavor. Mixes well, I think this was a nice surprise and wouldn't mind having this again.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

4/5  rDev +2%

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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taste - This is amazing. Its hoppy and malty and a really smooth, balanced bitterness on the finish. The malt and hops, despite being balanced, are both trying to catch your attention. In the background, I definitely catch a bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - This is what gives the beer a unique characteristic. I think this is the best mouthfeel I've had in a beer...its hard to describe it, its creamy and smooth.

Overall - If you like your brews strong, Lagunitas is on to something here. Strong yet refined in taste, a creamy texture; combined makes for an ale you won't forget. Even if its a little disjointed in what it wants to be, I actually kind of think its akin to a Red Ale, more than Brown anyway.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- clear dark brown appearance, reddish tint, with a thin off white head.

S- caramel, raisens, cherries, toffee, hops.

T- roasted malt, cherries, caramel, subtle notes of chocolate, maple.

M- mild carbonation with a slight bitterness, silky mouthfeel, and well masked alcohol.

O- This is another very drinkable beer from Lagunitas. I enjoy all their sessional beers. I also the like the political nature of this beer because it's a WTF? To Obama and all the promises he didn't keep.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rmcnealy
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark, opaque copper that appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a very small, tighly laced bone white head that was reduced to a mere inconsistent ring around the glass. There is a slight hoppiness smell with little else. The tastes are very blan with a slight bitter hop forward taste, an even slighter malt finish. The buds are left tasteless. Not really sure whats going on with this. I'm as confused as the bottle for the label reads "We're not quite in the Red, or in the black... Does that mean we're in the Brown?" This beer left a lot to be desired regardless of what style it was aiming for. The price was cheap and this is definitely a case of getting what you paid for.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Brownish tan/ dark ruby red tint. Creamy 1/2 head and some minimal lacing.

Smell - Hops, Fruity aroma with grape, cherry, orange and pineapple. Some malts, added sugars and spices.

Taste - Hop fruity bite at first sip, then malts and a nutty flavor comes in at the finish. Earthy, with a grassy feel from the hops. Added sugars give it some sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, pretty bold on the tounge. Lots of hops, malts and spices coat tounge and mouth. Palette gets more hops and malts, and some nut and spices. Aftertaste is dry, malty and long lasting.

Overall - Its solid but slighty off in balance. Kind of feel like its two different styles trying fighting with eachother trying to be the featured beer. Decent, great price but forgetable with all the other great beers out there. Worth a drink one time or so.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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