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

A-pours a deep burgundy. Prominent foamy white head.

S-Caramel malty notes with a tangy tick.

T-Very sweet caramel, nutty notes in the beginning with a nice hoppy bite.

M-Sits pretty light for the style. Light carbonation.

O-Very good beer. Not the best of the style but for 3.99 for a 22 oz bomber you cannot go wrong. Great solid beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with 1/2" of foamy head that lasts. The nose has caramel notes, citrus hops, and alcohol esters. The taste is rich caramel and chocolaty, roasted malts. There's a citrus hoppiness which blends surprisingly well with the malt character. This beer is rich, smooth, and incredibly drinkable.

It could be a brown, it could be a black IPA. No matter what you call it, it's impressive and delicious.

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

Tall bottle purchased at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo, shared at a beer tasting with friends.

Poured into a sampler glass. Amber-copper brew, nice colour, good frothy head, circlets of lacing sheets grace the sides of the glass.

Cracking the bottle yielded an initial hop blast, but as the brew sat in the glass for a few moments it mellowed out considerably, offering a pleasantly malty aroma with notes of bread, grain, fruit and mild citrus hop bitterness. Smells like an APA.

Tastes like a balanced APA - where that extra alcohol is, I haven't the faintest idea. The hops are mercifully milder than initially anticipated - what is left is a malty, fruity affair with notes of fresh bread. The finish was surprisingly long and bitter, however. Nice, flavorful brew.

For a brew designed for these tough times, WTF is exactly what we need right now - a flavorful pale ale with extra booze that isn't a chore to work through.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance has a dark ruby red color with a healthy thick head leaving fair lace. Smell of prunes with the rich malt, nill alchohol and mild hops. Taste of rich dark prunes and very mild alchohol makes it go down easy with the mild hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. considering the alchohol content this beer goes down way easy, very tasty and enjoyable.

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

Poured form a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a nice reddish/brown color with a good mocha head which has great retention. For the smell I get caramel / brown sugar / malty and a little alcohol. The body is medium. The taste is of caramel and toast malts with a bitter aftertaste and a little alcohol burn on the way down, overall the alcohol is pretty well hidden though.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear reddish brown/mahogany color topped with a one finger light tan head. Light lacing throughout.

S- Malty but not sweet. Slightly hoppy. Hint of wet metal.

T- Difficult to say. Malty. Some pine. Definitely a slightly bitter finish.

M- Light carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O- Drinkable. Not bad. Not memorable either. Only slightly boozy.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Pours with a nice finger of fine head. The beer is clear and extraordinarily red with any backlighting. Otherwise dark mahogany. Fantastically pretty beer. Scattered lacing.

S: Malty-fruity. Touch of dryness has a metallish edge that fades.

T: Big and dark, with a touch of cacao preceding the indelible brown ale mainbody. Some fruit is present, but takes back seat to the dry, nutty character. The aftertaste is malty and tangy, with a lingering chalkiness. Good beer.

M: No complaints here. Decent carbonation, dryness, and robust malt. Doesn't feel as strong as it is.

O: A very interesting, very worthwhile beer. Very much an imperial brown ale. Would drink again. It really hit the stop with what I was looking for.

ABV: 7.8%
OG: 1.072
IBU: 64.20

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Photo of Mississipping
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been aging this for a little under two years; started out as a mediocre beer, but has aged fairly well.  Poured into a Jackie O's snifter: 

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with amber highlights when held to light.  A medium khaki colored, slightly rocky head billows out of the body and settles slowly to a patchy film, thick ring, and impressive lacing.  

S: Quite potent smell.  I opened this, poured a glass, and then began writing the review.  During that time, it has subtly filled the room that I sit, tempting me to prematurely jump to the "Taste" section.  Really big malt profile that provides a really nice bready aroma.  Caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar are masked slightly by the maltiness.  Hints of dark fruit (plum, fig, and cherry) and hops linger in the background as well.  

T: Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite match the complexity of the smell.  Starts out bready with a touch of caramel, but the caramel is subtler than the aroma suggests.  Maybe just a hint of dark fruit, but it's very hard to distinguish.  The finish is quite hoppy and grassy, with a bit of booze, despite a little extra age.  It's interesting that the aroma and flavor almost have an inverse relationship.  

M: The feel is great.  Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.  Very smooth and creamy on the palate.  Slightly drying at the finish, and a subtle booziness in the mouth and throat that provides a nice warmth, rather than an off-putting burn.

D: I liked this much better than when I had tried it fresh.  The aroma is warm, complex, and inviting (though somewhat misleading).  The flavor is good, but less impressive than the aroma would lead you to believe.  What is there, though, is pretty enjoyable.  A bit of heat toward the end that goes fairly well with the warmth of the aroma and flavor, however, is just a bit to strong for me.  A pretty well done brown. 

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Photo of garymuchow
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma. First nice hops then goes to sweet fruity aroma with strawberry (never had that one before in a beer that I can remember).
Clear dark copper with small dark head that settles to a thin layer.
Nice flavors with malt forward, at first (some nice fruit again) and then a solid layer of hops, with no excess, just nice juicy hop flavor and then a final moderately soft layer of bitterness. Boy, that's some good stuff. Long drying finish.
As drink warms more traditional malt flavors of toast and caramel, but I really like the sweet fruit flavors when it was colder (that's not typical) and the cherry that shows occasionally through the drink.
Moderate body with adequate carbonation.
This beer started off exceptionally and settles into merely a very solid beer. I'll buy again. Drinks a little big with nearly 8%, but goes down nicely.
This is truly a one of the best breweries for flavor, interest, variety and value.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- mahogany body with cranberry highlight. Bone white head, low head retention with mediocre lace. Decenty fine bubble structure.

S- brown sugar, oak, and prune notes dominate. Slight bitterness on the back end, also tart grapes can be detected.

T- opens up with an oaky taste, slightly watery. Dark bread malt flavors. Middle opens up to a slightly fruity taste that develops into a bitterness. Finish is dry, ashy and herbal with hints of bitterness.

M- light body, slightly watery. Decent carbonation, slightly low but pleasant with taste. The dry finish does not diminish from the coating mouthfeel.

O- char is slightly aggressive but finish is nice. Over all it is not bad, drinkability is not amazing but overall it is a nice beer.

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Photo of bogus564
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz, poured into a tulip glass.

I just made some really good pork chops (no applesauce, just rice) to drink this with. So here we go...

A: Nice dark amber color, with a wheat-colored head about 3 cm high that lasts around two minutes before dissolving into lace. Looks pretty darn good to me.

S: Malty, then hoppy, vine fruit like raisins, also orange, even English muffin. Very interesting.

T: Confirmation of what I smelled, plus it's really bready. Also some grapefruit, and is that pepper? Hmm, it's nice.

M: Good, not great. The alcohol is noticeable, it's medium in body, the carbonation is good, and there's a wee bit of a piny finish.

O: Reasonably good drinking beer; I've had better, but that doesn't diminish this offering from Lagunitas. Plus, it went well with the pork chop. Yum!

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Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on February 23, 2011 per Julian dating code printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby red highlights and a 2-3 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops and pineapple with just a touch of malt creeping through.

Taste: Citrus and pine up front followed by bready malt in the middle before ending with strong hoppy bitterness and burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly smoky and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The alcohol is masked very well so this goes down pretty easy.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I'm not sure how I'd classify it. It's too hoppy and not malty enough to be a brown ale so I guess American Strong Ale is a decent fit. Another solid offering by Lagunitas. If you can still find it, give it a shot.

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Photo of Hayward
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a walnut brown with some descent lacing that follows all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Slight dark ruby color when held up to light.

Aroma begins with a sweet caramel followed by a faint fruitiness. Tiny bit of hops on the nose as well.

Taste is more complex than the nose. A good balance of malt caramel sweetness, hop oil fruitiness and some bitter hop finishing. A little bit of alcohol present on the pallette (it is 7.8% afterall), but it comes off in a noble way, a little more dark cherry than what some like to call "booziness".

Mouthfeel is with descent carbonation, perhaps a little more effervescent than a typical "strongly hopped amber" (I don't think American Strong Ale is a great classification for this beer).

Overall a very nice ale from Lagunitas, definitely a regular return to beer.

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

A good looking 22oz bomber poured into pint glass. Love the Lagunitas label work! Pours a deep dark copper redish brown transluscent, with a nice light khaki pillow head. Lacing is thick on the glass throughout.

In the nose is caramel bready malts & a ton of earthy floral hop aroma.

I swear, everything Lagunitas puts out has a distinct hop character to it that is unique only to their brews. Like little hop bombs burst on the way down your throat and cloud your esophagus & mouth with hop aromas & taste. When I burp, I taste beautiful floral hops - love it.

Sweet caramel up front with a very bready character throughout the mouth. On the back end is a bittering hop tea feel & taste. The hop presence is consistent throughout the mouth, but on the endtaste is where it really digs in and dries out a bit.

Body here is medium, I would say about a 6/10. Carbonation is fine with me, no complaints there.

Overall, solid beer & for $4.49 a bomber - its one of the best brews/$$$ you could imagine.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark garnet color with a nice off white head. Head has really solid retention and leaves some really nice lacing too.

S- Picking up some caramel and chocolate. Balanced by a very strong hop bill.

T- The taste is very similar to the nose. It starts out with a nice caramel and chocolatey presence form the malts, and is followed by a subtle hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was pretty solid.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this brew quite a bit. I recommend this brew for sure.

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

Neighbor bought a bottle of WTF down state to share...and it was tasty!!! The appearance was a rich amber, almost brown ale, clear, with a nice white head that laced throught the drink. The smell included hops and malt. The hops gave a slight piny scent that was quite nice. The taste was very good. Had nice malt character that fought to balance against the hops which helped provide a clean pallet at teh end of each drink. Mouthfeel was quite good and could session this one. absolutely worth a try!!!!

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Photo of bayougutter
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a darkist clear brown with a small off white head which quickly settled to a film, decent lacing.

Sweet malts, dark fruits dominate, with toffee and some hoppiness coming thru at the end

Taste wasn't bad, just not good. taste followed the aroma with more alcohol and bitterness at the end.

A little under carbed for me, but just a little.

Overall, Not bad just not good.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a darkish brown, kinda amber if held up to the light, pretty thick head, good retention and some decent lacing

hops are very strong in the aroma, almost all i can smell, little bits of sweet ness and apple are the only other things I can pick out

Lighter in flavor than the smell first indicated, light malt flavors and a good burst of citrusy hops, overall pretty good

light in body, pretty refreshing

Overall WTF? Smells hoppy, taste not so much, says its around 7.8% and the alcohol is no where to be found, certainly a weird beer, cant say as im a fan but it was great to try

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

ST: A pint poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not have a fresh by date.

A: Clear chestnut brown with slight red tints. It has a thick rocky dingy, off-color white head with high retention that sits on top like marshmallow. It leaves thick lacing. Yet, it does not have lots of carbonation.

S: Smoke,maple syrup, nuts, slight grapefruit hops.

T: Slightly smokey malts, syrup, nuts, with grapefruit near the finish, warming alcohol and bitterness carries the finish.

M: Medium and semi-dry.

O: A nice flavored ale with a bitter finish, Foxtrot is pleasant to drink and is pretty balanced. It is not amazingly complex, but it is not simple either. It has wonderful appearance. It is certainly worth a try, though it might not be an every year buy.

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Photo of Francepants06
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown in color beer with a white head that dissipated fast. i smelled some prunes, burnt caramel, brown sugar, some citrus. It tasted definitely slightly sweet at first with a bit of caramel and finished with a lemon juice that was not overally acidic. They make some great beers can't wait to taste more, specially for the price.

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Photo of weazal
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SMELL: Sweet, gentle caramel with a pulpy nectarine aroma. Nice strong nose that's pleasant and really great to smell. There's a sweet whiskey note on the back.

TASTE: Starts boozy strong, not as sweet as the aroma - but perhaps that's because it hadn't opened up enough yet. Flavor drops a little after the big entry, yet remains impeccably balanced and leaves a long, lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. It's not too bitter, just a nice flavorful continuation.

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Half Acre glass. It poured a deep and dark caramel brown color with a frothy head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention with some great lacing.

The aroma has a pretty nice mix of hoppy and malty. I get notes of pine and grapefruit with a little bit of a herbal flavor to the hops. The malt comes through with a sweeter, caramel, almost candy like flavor to it.

The taste shows more of the sweet malty, caramel flavors to it up front. Towards the finish I start to get a little of the herbal, resiny,citrusy hops adding some bitterness to it. The sweet, almost sugary flavors linger after the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It fell a little on the sweet side for me though personally. Not a bad beer at all but not one of my favorites from Lagunitas. Pretty decent though overall.

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

Memo to brewers who enliven the bottle label with lengthy discourses regarding the beer, as on this particular bottle (although Stone seems to be the poster-child for this) - if you are going to use microscopic type, please include a cheap plastic magnifying glass (like the plastic goat on Celebrator) so that we slightly more "mature" beer geeks can actually read them. On to the beer . . .

Sort of a style-bender here, but quite nice. Deep chestnut, a touch turbid. Assertive hops at the front, with a sturdy caramel malt undercurrent, leaning toward sweet. Strong ale seems a reasonable category, unless we want to talk about imperial browns and other hybridization fads.

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

Pours a beautiful deep brown red with a quickly dissipating off white head.

Smells amazing. Sweetness hits you first with hints of dates, caramel, and a little lime.

WTF tastes amazing too. Full malty toffee up front, then fruity, then a slight citrus. This is probably the most well balanced ale I've tried.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is very dark brown with some reddish hints in it, and is topped with a large amount of frothy, slightly off-white head.

Scent is malty and somewhat fruity. Caramel, toffee, raisins and a noticeable floral scent. Hops are quite pronounced. Smells like an exceptionally well balanced beer. Really very nice.

Taste is nice, but a letdown after the nose. The malt take over from the hops that were present in the scent, and the caramel stands out more than anything else. Quite sweet. Some piney hops are present near the end. Not as complex as the nose suggested it may be, but quite good.

Mouthfeel is fine, but thinner than I would have expected (or liked). Surprisingly low carbonation, especially considering the amount of head that the beer had.

Overall, I liked this beer a fair bit. The smell is the standout- if it could be fully replicated in the nose, this would be a remarkable beer! As it is, still very enjoyable. Remarkably balanced. I initially felt that the taste was a '4', but as things went on, I just didn't think it was quite up to that level.

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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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