Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot
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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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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, on tap.
A. Deep dark amber. 2 finger white fluffy head
S. Unexpectedly floral hop smell, and lots of it. More akin to what I expect from an Imperial IPA in a nose.
T. Zingy and complicated. Very complicated. 1st comes the floral hop strike, 2nd a dark malt / vienna malt cacophony. Last a strong bitter / smoked aftertaste that lasts and lasts.
M. No complaints here. Nice full body that is capable of backing up the taste.

If I happen to see some bombers of this I'll be picking it up for cellaring experiments.

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

Serving: Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Pours very clear, dark amber. There was a slight bit of head on it that receded fairly quickly. Not a lot of carbonation is visible.

S: Has a dark amber malt smell to with some hop backbone.

T: Immediate strong, red ale taste with a hop bitterness that washes over it. Pretty malty, and fairly dry. The hops leave a bitter finish which I like. Pretty good.

M: This one has a fairly hefty mouthfeel to it. Not bad at all.

O: Overall this comes across like a mashup between a red ale and an IPA. Not a bad attempt.

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Photo of SeaOfShells
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into Duvel tulip

A: Pours a dark, clear brown that glows bright orange/red when help up to the light. One finger of off white head which quickly subsides to a thin layer on top.

S: Sweet grapefruit and pineapple and sweet, biscuity malts. Caramel and toffee are running rampant as well. Smells very much like an an IPA, very clean and sweet.

T: Up front, I'm greeted by some citrusy hop bitterness, which quickly takes a backseat to the ales robust maltiness. Finishes clean with a nice lingering bitterness. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M: Medium bodies with decent carbonation. Extremely smooth and pleasing.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark, deep red color with a pillowy light mocha head. Perfectly clear beer with visible carbonation.

S: Caramel and toffee dominate. Fills my sinus cavity with malty goodness.

T: A bit more bitter than they lead on. The first thing I noticed was a tiny hop bite, but then the taste of caramel and bread came through. It has a feint fruit character too, banana maybe.

M: Great on the palate, medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Taste lingers along with the faint grassy hop presence.

D: Surprisingly high for a 7.83%ABV beer, though, the perfect serving is the 22oz bomber it comes in.

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Photo of mjw1200
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around this beer was very surprising and well done. Loved the consistency of this beer. Some chocolate caramel and fruit up front and then the chocolate and almost a roast taste linger. Love the after taste. Went down way too easy. Shared this with a buddy of mine and we were both very impressed.

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Photo of sisterray
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This at first tastes like an British Pale Ale. It specifically reminds me of Fullers London Pride (which I love). But it's much bigger. You know those terrible Cheezit commercials where kids ponder how they get so much cheese in a Cheezit, and they daydream about 2-ton blocks of cheddar falling from the sky into a single cracker? It's that kind of thing with a London Pride. Very strange. Very . . . nice.

A: Gorgeous deep red with strong brown tones. Like a garnet with heavy brown leanings.

S: Malts dominate with alcohol and hops tying for a distant second. Not especially aromatic, but the aromas that are prevalent are certainly nice. Sweet bread, some citrus, and alcohol.

T: Much stronger than the smell. Also much better. Again, it tastes a hell of a lot like a BIG London Pride. Very malty and bready but beautifully balanced by the hops and (differing from the London Pride) alcohol. The alcohol is in no way overbearing, but it's present and acts as an important cog. Because the malts are so big, I think the presence of alcohol is very important to help the hops balance the brew.

M: Creamy. Smooth. Remarkably light for as big as the flavor is.

O: If you like London Pride, and you like big flavor, I don't see how you can go wrong with this beer. I found a bomber for under $5 a Shep's on 4th, so I gave it a try, but I wasn't especially hopeful. This is the best beer I've had from Lagunitas - a brewery I consider to be, for the most part, 2nd tier. That's not a knock. I just don't think most of their brews belong up there with Stone, Cigar City, etc. This brew, however, would be a proud addition to any line up.

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Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a dark crimson and garnet colour with a respectable beige head. nice lace. citrus hops with some brown sugar and spice in the nose. the first thing i thought when tasting was WTF?...hence the name i suppose. charred malts, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, rye bread and grass all fight for attention under an umbrella of typical NW citrus type hops. what an unusual ale...sort of a smoked porter meets scotch ale with an IPA kick. hard to pinpoint an exact style...but american strong ale doesn't come to mind. anyway...it does taste good. this robust recovery ale has a nice mouthfeel, smooth despite the bitter (peat smoked?)malts used and the aggressive hopping. full bodied with a dry finish. love the lingering hop bitteress which actually compliments the complex malt profile quite well. and i love the drinkability because with each sip i pick up different nuances that make this an extremely interesting concoction.

overall i'm impressed with the method of perceived madness that this ale represents. whatever socio-economic ill this brew is helping me recover from, i'm a willing participant.

a definite style bender. and definitley recommended.

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Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours out a deep red color with apparent carbonation and a finger's worth of head. Retention and lacing are alright. The aroma is quite hoppy, with some slightly dank, yet delicate floral hops over a solid bready maltiness. The taste on this is quite interesting. It's got a huge malt presence balanced by a huge hop presence. The hops are always around, but the maltiness is the star of the show here for sure. And it's nothing like a hoppy barleywine, instead some prickly roasted malts backed by a touch of nuttiness take the tongue for a ride first, then the hops make their way in with just a bit of a citrus presence. They both ride the finish down hand-in-hand.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's well-carbonated and goes down fairly easily, and the drinkability is fairly good, although I doubt I'd have more than one bomber in a sitting. Overall, an interesting beer worth drinking, especially at the cheap Lagunitas pricing.

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Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber brown with an off-white head, very thin ring of retention has a little leg.

S: Plenty of American hops in the aroma: very leafy, ganga, slightly catty, nectarine, tangerine; burnt toffee; roasted nut; field berries.

T: Tangerine, nectarine & piny resin, burnt caramel, roasted nut, black raspberry, good bitterness, slight oxidation.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness, some hop acidity.

D: A decent drinker overall.

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

Poured a nice rootbeer color. Maybe a touch of copper. Foamy light tan head. Low head retention with constant light carbonation.

Notes of caramel, nuttiness, almost meaty and fennel

Flavors notes of caramel up front, dark roasted malts then bitterness from the hops with hints of grapefruit, floral and piney notes. As it opens up a bit with temperature you get a little bit more dark malt.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a tangy bitterness and sour. Piney and floral aftertaste with a hint of nuttiness.

Overall I was a bit surprised by it. On the label it say " A malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale." I kind of thought it might be a little more Porter-like but it reminds me much more of Arrogant Bastard with the dark ale and hoppiness blend. Although it was what I was expecting it was still a pleasant surprise. Full flavored, good balance, good abv. I'd recommend a try.

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

Dark ruddy brown, maybe a bit coppery, with a healthy beige head. Overt citrus hop aroma betrays the flavor, which is a melting pot of different malt characteristics. One sip there's chocolate, another there's caramel, another there's bread, another there's nuts. Just a big jumble of a beer, but it works pretty well. The hops come through firmly in the flavor but it's not a perfect marriage with the malt profile. Maybe I'm just tired of citrus hops with crystal malts.

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Photo of mater
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Stone imperial pint glass.

A-Pours a nice reddish brown color with a 2 finger off white head and some pretty good lacing.

S-Caramel malts seem the most prevalent to me, but I'm also picking up some citrusy hops. The scents aren't very strong though.

T-Malty, but it finishes with a nice hop aftertaste. Taste pretty good. I can't detect any alcohol.

M-Lighter feeling, but it goes down pretty smooth.

O-Strange brew, but I like it. One of the few bombers I've bought multiple times. Give it a try.

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Photo of RickS95
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mostly brown in the glass, kind of like cola. Head is thin and only there for a short period of time.

Smells like a combination of cola and licorice.

I'm a bit undecided on the taste. It's got some cola notes and some woodiness before the flowery hops take over and a resinous pine flavor finishes.

The beer was a bit strong on the palate. It seemed a bit rough around the edges and lacked character. It's not a delicate beer at all, and reminded me of an IPA.

I had this while on vacation and probably won't have it again.

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Photo of kone
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at a place called Dive Bar and Grille in Wexford PA. Great beer, goes with whatever you are eating. Liked it so much I stopped by Wexford Beer and put in an order for a case. Enjoy boys, there is life beyond Miller Lite!!! Orginally started with a Dale's Pale Ale, which is good in it's own right. But the Launitas WTF hit the spot and left me wanting more.

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

Clear golden broen with a volumous foamy rootbeer float style head. Great thick retention. Surprise hops! Very spicy with pine notes and a touch of grapefruit peel. Fruity esters and soft honey with some warm boozy aromas. Taste, yum! Strong but nice. There is sweet roasted malts than a bitterness near the finish with a slight smokiness. A little esters and pine. The mouthfeel is very nice and this is a surprisingly easy drinker. Yet you can feel the warmth. Very well balanced. So much so that I almost graded a 5 here.
Over all very good, 7.8% WTF! Sitting on the rocks down at the harbour this beer happens to pair well with the pulled pork we are having. This is like an easy drinking barley wine with a fair helping of hops. Interesting and very tasty.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured in tall ale glass, basement temp

A: dark reddish brow; inert with a little bit of head
S: floral, hoppy; the smell is delicious, and full of hopped roses
T: bitter; very bitter rye(?) profile; not sweet; it's just a pile of unrelenting bitterness, without much fragrance

I'm a big Lagunitas fan, but I was disappointed in this one.

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

1 pint bottle.
Labeled as Limited Release.
Picked up in Michigan, Wolverine Market.

Pours a deep ruby brown, remains clear, has a good inch of foamy off white head. Light lacing. Nose is surprisingly robust with grassy hops, caramel malts, sweet. Taste is interesting; not overly special or standout, though hard to pin down. Full bodied, characters of a Brown and a Strong Ale. Malt forward on the palate with some hop bitterness but not much. Mouth feel is medium to light bodied, dry finish. Overall a great choice at this moment, as I was completely undecided what to have and this beer isn't even sure what it is/offers. Good balanced abv. and tasty strong brown notes.

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Photo of BrianBoruma
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard sized pint glass

A: Amber/ruby liquid with a one finger head of white lacy bubbles.

S: I mainly get hops, some piney notes and floral/fruity notes that I can't determine if they're yeast esters or subtle hop notes.

T: Rarely does a beer make me go WTF in a good way. This one did. I got the sensation of a jazz band passing around the solo. I'd get the sweetness of the malt and sugars playing fading into the notes of hop bitterness and then back. Finish is one of warming alcohol.

M: Medium full. Decent carbonation and a dry finish (probably from the sugar additions.)

O: Quite pleasant and would definitely recommend picking up a bottle.

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

Lagunitas WTF

Served on tap at The House Pub in a Delirium snifter

Tgis one pours an almost opaque blood red tinted brown. A fingers worth of Spotty lacing all around.

The nose offer some strong bitter/boozy hop scents. Some berry and almond toffee scents are picked up later.

The taste is of piney and floral hops, honey, nutmeg, brown sugar and molasses. It has me asking myself WTF?
(in a great way!)

The mouthfeel is full-bodied and sticky. Smooth around the edges.

Overall, this cluster fuck mystery brew is a knockout. Awesome flavors work together to produce a great profile.

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Photo of output01x
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2 finger vibrantly colored off-white head that quickly recedes to a whispy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a clear crimson brown with very few carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Bready malts mix with spicy, floral hops to create an interesting nose. Notes of caramel, honey, dark fruits, and grains can all be detected. The aromas are complex but are also rather weak.

Sweet malts lead the way for piney and spicy hops that sting the tongue. Caramel and roasted nut notes somehow sneak through the strong hops. A decent bitterness lingers at the back of the tongue, but does not overpower or overstay its welcome.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The carbonation is neither excessive nor lacking, but allows the flavors just the right amount of time on the tongue without being sticky.

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Photo of katybee
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance was translucent brown, like coca-cola. Quickly disipated frothy head, no lacing. Little carbonation.

Little smell if any, but on the malty side.

Sweet and malty. Presence of some citrus and pine hops, but toasty malt predominates, with residual sweetness. No sourness, no soyness, no excessive burnt or toasty porter notes; just highly quaffable and stoutlike brown ale. Light to medium bodied, but full of chewy flavor.

Carbonation quickly disipated, which provided the peppery tickle; otherwise a light-medium body. Went a little flat overnight, but the citrusy hops compensated with mild bite.

Overall, very tasty and highly quaffable.

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

A - Dark amber with a creamy one finger head.

S - Super clean, explosive hop nose. Lots of fresh hop aromatics. Fresh spruce and sweet citrus peel notes. This has the nose similar to a dark, double IPA.

T - Floral hop character and a bitter-sweet crispness. Some mild dark malt sweetness. Dry citrus peel, mild citrus zest and sweet grass.

M - Medium body, clean crisp mouth. Refreshing and sharp. Fizzy carbonation.

O - A nice strong ale, reminds me of a double IPA with a dark twist.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighty hazed walnut brown color, some red highlights. Nice cap of light khaki head, decent retention. Nose has some nice malt notes - lightly sweet, nutty, bready with hints of chocolate and a solid hop presence. Quite muddy and earthy. Taste leads with the solid malt profile as described above, hops come through with notes of pine and citrus, some dark fruit notes creep through, beer finishes muddy and earthy. Medium bodied, slightly grainy and husky feel. After drinking, was lead to believe that it was a hopped up brown ale, (very Surly Bender like without the oats).

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Photo of afrokaze
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Looks very dark when poured, then clears to a deep red brown when it settles. Huge three finger tan/cream head settles into soapy lacing.

S- Sweet roast malt aroma, lingers with nutty/chocolaty notes. Caramel & some toffee mix with earthy hops.

T- Taste follows nose. Chocolate, caramel sweetness from roasted malt mixed with some light hop citrus & decent bitterness. Some buttery/nut notes from diacetyl. Finishes drier than expected given its sweetness, which is nice. Alcohol is noticeable but I'd only guess it was about 6%.

M- Nice medium thickness & carbonation, slightly chewy but very staisfying.

O- Might be my favorite Lagunitas seasonal along with GnarleyWine. Malt bill is clearly complex & well thought out, & sweetness from malt is well balanced by hop bitterness. Hard to think of another brewery that does sweet beers this well & reliably at such a good price. Imperial Brown Ale really is the better description of this style than American Strong Ale.

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

Appearance: Very brown, decent white head that goes down to one finger and stays, and leaves beautiful lacing

Smell: Some malty sweetness, lots of grapefruit and other citrus hops, little bit of floral and pine hops

Taste: Some upfront hop bitterness, but not overwhelming. Some malty sweetness, lots of grapefruit and citrus hops, with earthy hops to back it up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, a bit of a bite to it

Overall: Pretty good. I bought it purely because of the name, and for the price it was worth it. Not sure if I'll buy it again though. Reminds me of taking Arrogant Bastard and making it less in your face.

Note: Bottle says 7.8% abv, slight variation from the listed abv.

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