Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 2,666 |  Reviews: 867
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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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

Appearance: red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty floral hops, slight caramel, and slight citrus.

Taste: hops, lightly roasted malts, and a very faint citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is more complex than it seems. The balance of flavor is nicely done and gives a full flavored brew.

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Photo of 1after909
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was disapointed in this brew as I looked high & low to find it after hearing all the urban legends about it.

Not much of a head. Taste was did nothing for me.

Not surprised to read the reviews being mixed here.

Other much better offerings to try from Lagunitas.

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Photo of ahq514
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into english pint glass

Pours a deep copper color with about a one finger head.

Smells like thick malt with a slight sweet aroma. Also has a lingering earthy, floral hop aroma in the background.

Was expecting more a spicy, floral hop bite to this one, but the hop bite is only very slight that hits you when you first take a sip. It quickly fades and gives way to the robust maltiness. A little sweet, but nothing too overwhelming. Reminds me a little of soft bread that is sweetened with brown sugar. Slight alcohol burn in the throat a few sips in.

Had a slightly creamy texture to it, that was more evident after it went down. Carbonation was moderate, which seemed right on for the beer. Taste stuck to the sides of my mouth for awhile.

Was a good overall beer, just nothing that really stood out. Malt dominates this beer for sure, with a mild hop presence. Would gladly have another, but would also gladly order a bunch of different beers over this one.

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Photo of harpo111
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a reddish brown, with an ok head that leaves some lace.

S: Caramelized malts, brown sugar, coffee, hops.

T: Neat taste...roasty malts, carmels, some coffee flavor

M: Not a lot of carbonation but filling. Hoppyness, with all the roasted flavors and a crisp finish...

O: Smooth...complex...I like this one just to sip on...A great beer...full bodied, but not bitter...

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

Not much of a head to report on this one, less than a finger, but lovely color. Matches a 23 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is full and lots of aromas, with that of caramel, molasses, malt, coco, and lime. The taste is plenty of hops and mild sweetness with flavors of molasses, caramel, black coffee, vanilla, raisins, and lots of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but has a good smoothness and some creaminess, nice tingle on the back of my tongue. Good enough taste, and body to have a couple over a span of time.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - dark brown in color with a fluffy tan head. Not a lot of obvious carbonation.

S - nicely hoppy nose (pine notes) mixed with a caramel backbone.

T - sharp resinous hops that linger for a while and melt into the caramel hops undertones. Almost seems like a mutant Black IPA!

M - lightly carbonated and medium bodied.

D - Good drinkability on this one, though the interesting mix of flavors takes a touch getting used to.

An interesting take in the American Strong Ale that veers a little into Black IPA territory and then swerves back. Definitely worth a try!

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

Reviewed after consuming said beer on an empty stomach - giggidy.

A. Poured a dark chestnut color with good clarity. A nice tan colored, two-finger head with fantastic lacing ensues.

S. I'm not usually a big "aroma" guy. I don't have a great sense of smell, and I generally I just prefer drinking beer to sniffing it. That being said, this is a fantastic smelling beer. Pineapple upside down cake all the way, with huge sweet bready notes, caramel, tart cherries, some raisin, and, implausibly, tropical fruit. Hop aroma is practically non-existent as far as I can tell...just pure, potent malt.

T. Substantially less sweet than the nose implies which improves drinkability but I might prefer a touch sweeter. Great sweet dough taste with dark fruits. The finish is dry caramel with the slightest touch of bittering hops.

M. Quite substantial with medium-low carbonation and a somewhat thick, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol burn is not noticeable, but I don't tend to notice alcohol burn when I've got a buzz on.

O. Overall, I'll definitely pick this one up. The aroma really impressed me and I love bready beers. Another good value from Lagunitas.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit up front. Then a hearty malt character quickly follows. The hops presence is significant but far from powerful and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a well-rounded and fairly complex beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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

Poured into a pint glass at Flying Saucer in San Antonio

Appearance: Deep mahogany with light red hues and a thin white head that recedes to a ring around the glass and clings to the sides leaving a ribbing.

Aroma: a nice combination of piney and citrus aroma with a sweet malty kick. The malty background adds a nice earthly combination.

Taste: Reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard without being as aggressive and slightly sweeter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, not in the way of a barleywine, but thicker than a DIPA would be, that is kind of sweet with a lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall: Can’t go wrong with a Lagunitus.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no evidence of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is well balanced between flavors of caramel malts and citrus hops. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly because the taste is well balanced between the hops and malts and does not have any traces of alcohol.

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Photo of beerman21
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Don't know what it is about Lagunitas Brewing Co. But all there beer just taste so damn similar, reflecting flavors from previous batchs even styles of other beers they make. Maybe its the yeast strains they use, or the malts who knows. Bought this beer and you know it taste like a lagunitas, a lighter version of brown shugga if you will. If you want to have a lagunitas try there IPA and Brown Shugga and maybe there barlywine. Other then that they all taste the same! and I've had near 80% of all there beers.

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Photo of claytong
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - brown, purple color, decent head

Smell - crazy malts, seems like they use many different kinds, light and dark, dark fruits

Taste - too much going on, age this one? I don't know but just too much to sort

Mouthfeel - not bad, smooth, a bit puckeringt

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Photo of jsanford
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark chestnut with a thin ivory head that settles to a thick cap.
S - Muted aromas of sweet caramel and chocolate with a slightly bitter grapefruit and pine finish.
T - Very sweet and malty, with big flavors of caramel and chocolate and more of that bitter grapefruit finish. Almost candy-like in it's sweetness, reminds me of a caramel-chocolate confection. Too sweet, not for me.
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and low carbonation.
O - Too sweet, no thanks.

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

Brown to amber in color and clear, head and lacing were ok but not impressive.

Everything about this beer screamed malt bomb from the smell to the taste. Heavy malts dominate every sip, although there were some brown sugar, molasses, caramel and fruit notes, with just a touch of hops.

Feel was medium bodied and fairly dry.

Overall I wasn't that impressed, but it's fine if you're looking for a pungent malt bomb of a beer.

EDIT 28Sept11 - after trying again, I upped the taste a half point. It's odd, but certainly worthy.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,666 ratings