Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot
Very Good
2,670 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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,670 |  Reviews: 867
Photo of timtwoface
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am normally not a fan of anything with brown ales, but the fact I am normally a fan of the wonderful Lagunitas made me check this out. While I was far from disappointed - it almost had a coffee-ish tinge to it, which I likened to a porter/stout. I really noticed the alcohol though, compared to the hop-bombs I've tried from Lagunitas (ie, Hop Stoopid) and while it wasn't offputting, it wasn't really enticing either.

I love this brewery but honestly, this is one particular flavour of theirs I wouldn't go searching for any time soon.

 539 characters

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JupiterJesus
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of rrock44
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of BuffaloBill12
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RandyJ
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BelgianDip
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of trixdout
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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

Poured a 1 1/2" off-white head which lasted pretty long. Clear burnt umber brown body with a touch of red when backlit. Smells nice but it's mainly malt and a little hint of hops. Taste mirrors the smell with sweet malt and medium hops in the finish. Enjoyable but not a big standout, other than the fine economic well-wishes on the labelling.

 343 characters

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, copper color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Mellow, sweet malt. Nice, but a little timid.

T: Light, sweet caramel with spicy hops floating over the top. Faint dark fruits and sweet tea. Tasty for sure, and quite mellow. Sugar and spice compete on the long finish, with the sweetness barely outlasting the spice.

M: On the light side of medium, well carbonated with some soda qualities as well as a little oil on the finish.

O: I like this. Overall, it reminds me of a super-mellow Bigfoot. Not available locally, but if it's still in stock the next time I'm in Illinois, I would probably buy another.

 698 characters

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

bomber into a pint glass.

a - pours a deep copper color and gives me a thin cap of tan head. retention is pretty good for only being a thin cap. spotty lacing.

s - grassy hops, notes of honey, citrus, dark fruits, toffee.

t - toasty malt with a honey sweetness. notes of grapefruit, raisin, pine resin, and maybe some cherry. really big hop character. bitterness hangs on the tongue for a bit. faint alcohol taste. not as malt forward as the label leads me to believe.

m - heavier side of medium with medium carbonation. a little prickle on the tongue contributes a slightly spicy feel. has a slight alcohol warming even though it's only 7.8%.

o - an interesting brew and highly enjoyable. i guess this is their take on a black ipa? whatever style it is, it's worth seeking out, especially at $5.50 a bottle.

 813 characters

Photo of spicelab
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to [email protected] Liquor. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Reddish bronze. Very healthy two-finger beige head of closely packed bubbles. Scratchy lacing.

Strong candy malt sweetness and Simcoe hop notes straight off the bat. Lots of baked toffee, fruitcake and raisins. Mild resiny pine presence is about the only aspect that isn't sweet. Very appetising nonetheless.

Flavours are somewhat amorphous and hard to differentiate. Tonnes of caramel and brown sugar offset by a pleasing pine and tea-like bitterness.

Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Noticeable booze presence on the rear, which isn't cool given the ABV. Moderately dry finish.

Interesting and perfectly drinkable but doesn't particularly grab me. Flirts with a few different styles without landing anywhere definitive.

 789 characters

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

Powerful smell starts off from the pour. Rye bread, raisin, caramel. All malt, like a good brown. Poured with little lace and small head that went away and is brown like a cola. Mouth is full with mostly the raisin/prune aftertaste. Just a touch of bite at the end and in a bit of foaming. Taste is all of the above. Mostly fruity on top of huge malt with a caramel sweetness at the bottom. Strong ale indeed. This one hits everything. Very complex and tasty. I'd get this again.

 479 characters

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

From notes. Chestnut brown with some highlights and clarity revealed by backlight. Modest tan head hangs on briefly then falls. Spots of lacing only. Quite active.

Light malty sweetness, mild roast and maybe just a wee nip of caramel? A bit of boozy esters emerge later. Not very strong or complex, but nice.

Follows the nose with modest malty sweetness and roasty flavors. I get some dark fruit, and mild bitterness. I sense more than I taste the hops. Some fruity/flowery hop like influence struggles for attention, with the roast being the dominant flavor. Smooth and balanced. Interesting.

Assertive carbonation, med/full body, bit of viscosity, modest warming, and some drying in the finish.

Pretty good, well balanced brown ale. It took some skill and finesse to get these flavors to meld so well.

 808 characters

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

Split a bomber of many months old with Phil during a marathon tasting week. Drunken review.

Caramel malts, with a nice hop presence in my schnoz.

Taste is a little more of the same. Caramel, sweet malt, with a nice hop profile both bitter and aroma/flavor.

Typical mouthfeel of a Lagunitas beer: clean and crisp. Probably fermented with WLP001, which lets the hops and malts shine.

Overall a good beer. I find Lagunitas' regular offerings to be a little tame and stale, but their limited releases are something to be sought after.

 534 characters

Photo of Rschis16
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small half-finger head off a medium pour, but decent retention. Nearly opaquely ruby in color, with bright ruby edges. Pretty beer. Barley wine-like in the nose, with big notes of fruity esters and caramel malt. Stone fruits like cherries come to mind, as does apricot and a soft citrus. Hint of booze in the aroma. Very nice smelling beer.

The fruit comes to mind again in the taste, but not as in your face as it was with the aroma. The caramel malts actually take over, with a hint of milk chocolate and booze. Light in body despite the high ABV and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, making it dangerously refreshing. A nice bitterness subtly envelops the mouth in the back of the palate and all over in the linger. Also in the aftertaste is the light fruitiness of dried sour cherries and apricot. The bitterness rounds out the flavors in a tight fashion, giving a very nice balance that works exceedingly well here. There is a prickly side to the mouthfeel in addition to the light creaminess that gives it a pretty dry finish.

All around this is a really solid brew. Was expecting more of a barley wine style beer, but this is not quite as extreme as that, in its favor. Really good beer, I will be buying again.

 1,215 characters

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

A brown and ruby red blend with an inch of foamy, off white head. It leaves a thick ring around the edges. Malty sweet aroma. Brown sugar and caramel. Some cherry and faint amount of raisin. Fruity malt flavor upfront. Bready caramel backbone with cherries and raisins. The middle is slightly sweet with more of a grape twist than raisin. Finishes dry. I was expecting a tangy sweet end but this dryness was surprising. In a good way. As the beer warms the 8% shines through. The cherry flavor turns medicinal. I am a fan of the flavor combinations just not when it warms up a bit.

 581 characters

Photo of Celt44
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up on a recommendation from my local craft store owner. Do not regret it. The price was right for a 750ml or so bottle - $4.99.

Appearance - Pours an amberish-brown with a white creamy head. Lacing lasts throughout. Nice.

Aroma - Strong floral hops balanced with heavy malt. Reveals it's balance. I expected more bitterness from the aroma.

Taste - Beautifully balanced hop and malt. ABV is masked nicely. Cherry citrus mixed with warm bread.

Mouthfeel - Nice and only slight burn from relatively high ABV. Wakes you up.

Overall an excellent brew - one of the best Strong Ales I've had in quite a while. Definitely expected more bitterness, especially after running it under my nose. One of the best balanced beers I've ever had. Excellent work by Lagunitas!

 780 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fun times await beneath the crown. Pop the top of the 22 ounce bottle, and on to the beer:

Clean copper colored, the lighter side of dark. Sturdy and retaining is the head, which kicks up threads of lace to the glass. There's a fruitiness in the nose, but it appears to be from the hops. "Hop nugget juice", resin, a little metallic and faint brown sugar. Not a beer whose aromas are melded together well.

Malty and robust? Not here. In the beer world, the opposite of malty is hoppy, and hoppy is where it's at. However, the hoppy characteristics are unbalanced and not pleasant to handle. Bitter tea at the start with some metallic flavor. Resin creeps in, but otherwise the flavor repeats itself, and it is not pleasant. Maltiness is very light on the palate; we're gonna need a lot more to save this beer. Medium bodied, alcohol is hidden well (thank goodness), but that's squinting for a good quality in the context of it all.

"A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale". If this is supposed to be the antidote to those whom are suffering in this current climate, then they're going to be in recovery mode for a long time.

 1,128 characters

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,670 ratings