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 SDtastentune
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - BIG creamy like head, dark brown & some red tints while in light, lacing is there but mainly from the HUGE head.

S - Hops.. Mainly Chinook, not like an ipa but more of that bread/wood kinda thing, some funk but good funk.

T - Taste is big, has that woody/bread deep caramel malty thing going on, with a strong Chinook hop taste.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation but not too low, aftertaste is strong but balanced. Not overly hot with alcohol, very balanced.

O - Great limited edition beer, very tasty and very similar to arrogant bastard but a little different, probably the closest to it I have tasted. Great beer, Lagunitas is my favorite... too many great beers and complex tastes. THUMBS UP!

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger off-white head, reddish-brown body. Decent head retention and lacing.

Nose is nothing but hops.

Taste, fortunately, is more complex. Decent dose of hops, but mixed in with some sweet brown malt (which balances it) out, almost a bitter caramel.

Mouthfeel is enough carbonation to keep it from being syrup, which is good.

I'm not a huge fan, but Lagunitas is hoppier than I tend to prefer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-deep dark amber-ruby with a bit of lacing around the top

S-huge amount of hops and a hint of sweet caramel and malts

T-a mix of hops and malt, tastes include roasted coffee, caramel, and bitter grapefruit citrus

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy, and a bitter finish

The bitter hops took some getting used to but in the end I enjoyed the complexity of the beer

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours warm reddish brown, producing a finger of just barely off-white foam. As this fades, it leaves just a bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

I smell dark malt, fruit, and a bit of spice. Sweetness is evident but not overwhelming.

This beer is tasty, but doesn't seem to live up to the promise of the aroma. It starts with sweet malt and spice, and this is followed by bitter hops and and a touch of roastiness.

Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, this is quite nice on the tongue.

I'm glad I tried this one, but I won't necessarily seek it out again.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

A: Clear brown colour and a 1 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Malty. Hints of grain. 3.5

T: Malty with a little hops to begin with. The aftertaste is fresh with some bitterness. The bitterness builds. 4

M: Foamy and very good. 4.5

O: Far from my favourite strong ale. 3.5

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Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber dark with a nice creamy white head, that lasted for quite some time. No question about the hop in this one, it was easy to distinguish. The actual taste did not have as much hop as I anticipated, it was countered with a good amount of malt. and what I detected a slight clove

The finish was nice, but to me not one of the best brews from

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- I have to say that the bottle on all of Lagunitas' brews are rather unique. The cap is the clever dog on the label, and makes for a wonderful addition to a collection.
Pours a amber brown, that is completely see thru. Khaki color finger and a half sized frothy head. Heavy lacing. Seems slightly bubbly. The color is actually kinda pretty the more i look at it.

S- spicy sweetness. heavy grapefruit from the hops. low maltyness that makes an appearance in the background. pleasant to smell. its almost nose candy. i know that is ridiculous to say, but its very heavenly...

T- Sweet on the first sip, that quickly turns bitter. The roasted malts appear at the end as the flavor is running past the back of your palate. Notes of caramel, spices, and slightly nutty. little disappointing in the taste, the smell was misleading i guess. the bitterness in this one is a little overpowering. The Ibu is high, but it seems more then the 64.2 it described it.

M/O/D- overall pleasant... carbonation is overall moderate which helps the sweetness pull through what little it does though... i would say this is a medium bodied that is not oily or sticky as i was assuming it was going to be. Being an imperial "brown" ale i was thinking the ABv was going to render this one boozy. It drinks suprisingly well. if they could have mirrored the taste with the smell, this would be an top 20 beer IMO. That being said it was very much enjoyable

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Photo of Naugros
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown and dark, but crystal clear. There's a shock of off-white foam reminiscent of the foam you get on top of your half-caf, soy, mocha latte...you, not me. I drink coffee...and beer...just not at the same time...unless it's a coffee stout. Patches of film act as lace.

The smell is awesome. This hop aroma is one of the most enjoyable I've ever experienced. The requisite bitterness abounds but is balanced by sweetness from the malts that turn the grapefruit to tangerine. Loving this!

Love can be such a strong word, especially after the lights in the bar come up after last call and you get your first real good look. This is somewhat the case here. As with a lot of beers I fell in love with at first sniff, the taste doesn't follow suit. It's still good, but the malts don't do as admirable a job at balancing the hop bitterness. Tangerine is a dim memory as the resiny pine sets in and bitterness attack further up the tongue than I'm used to, pushes its way back and settles into its usual home at the back of the throat for a decent stay.

The beer runs medium, but does a nice job of filling the mouth with a smooth feel despite the ample carbonation.

I had this on tap but didn't take notes. What I do remember is that it tasted better, but I had a few beers before that I may have been beer-goggling the taste. But most beers taste better off the tap and this one seemed to have better balance in the taste when I first had it. The tangerine flavor had not left in the harsh light of morning. I felt no need to chew my arm off. Still, the bottled version is pretty good and carries the aroma that I remembered and still pine for.

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Photo of swthomas55
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago Brewing 4/12/11. Serving temp too cold.

Clear and brown with a small tan head. Retention suffers at this alcohol level, but there is nice lacing on the glass.

The flavor is a pleasant melding of malt and hops, not sweet, with balancing bitterness and some citrusy hops. A nice fruity ale character underlies everything. This is not a wimpy beer, while remaining well balanced and drinkable.

After it warms ip a bit, the aroma is sweet/sugary, blended with hops.

It is full in the mouth, with some alcohol warmth.

Nicely drinkable in spite of it's strength, with an excellent balance of malt, bitter, fruit, and hops. I recommend this beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, cardinal red shimmering hues, 2 finger head, AMAZING lacing!

S: muted malt flavor, sweet, slight citrus.

T: sweet big malt, hint of spices, hint of caramel, nutty, slight boozy drawn out finish

M: medium body, average carbonation, hint of dry

O: Slightly disappointed. I usually like-love everything Lagunitas brews, but this is not a strong ale I love. It's ok, but a weak strong ale and kind of a chaotic beer.

Not a must have, but not terrible.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear crimson/brown color. Poured a 2 finger creamy tan head with fair retention. Decanted lightly. Lacing sheeted down the glass.

S: Pine and citrus up front. After the onslaught, caramel and burnt toast.

T: Big resiny piney hops up front followed quickly by dark-colored fruit. Caramel and burnt toast lead into a warm, dry finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny in the mouth. Dry and warming in the finish.

D: Flavorful hop and malt characters. Dry.

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

Deep copper brew with an off white head.

Aromas of caramel malt and floral citrusy hops.

Flavor...like a hoppy brown ale I guess. There was some sweet caramel malt (not too sweet) and a nice refined Lagunitas hop character that switches from floral and sweet to resinous to citrusy, but the malts kept the hops in check. Yet there were enough hops to say "yes, this is a Lagunitas."
Medium-full body with a post modern west coast balanced finish (that means you can actually taste malt along side the hops).

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Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: husky brown and red, something of a maroon in color. The cap is dirty white. Now that I notice, some hefty globs of gunk are hanging at the rim of the glass. Visually appetizing to say the least

S: nose is rich, fruity, chocolatey and malty. Yum. Nothing really in the way of a brown ale though, which doesn't bother me at all

T: toasted malts, brown sugar, light yeast notes, caramel and a smattering of dark fruit. I would venture to say some calm Belgian notes are showing through. Plenty of strong hop characters moving around with crisp citrus notes at the forefront. Very pleasing and well rounded

M: slick with a bit of weight. Very good feel

O: keep these coming. Great beer

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

A-Pours maple syrup/ruby color with a foamy 1/4 inch head comprised of tiny, tight bubbles. Leaves a thin film of eggshell white foam down the glass.

S-Sweet and citrusy. Some cereal malts, shortbread.

T/M-Tangerine skins, pale malts, earthy bitterness. The finish is dry and abrupt. Medium bodied with chewy carbonation.

O-Not bad. Not very distinctive, though. Could've confused this with a dozen or so other beers.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany wood like color with browns and reds present very pretty with a off white one finger head which recedes to skim and leaves okay lacing on the glass. The aroma is of floral hops and a slight citrus smell, there is a nice sweet smell almost like bubblegum and dark fruits. The taste has a nice sweet backbone, caramel malts and dark fruits present with hints of citrus hops at the end for a slight bite. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. The abv is well hidden. Overall very solid the smell and appearance are top notch and make you want the beer from the start. The taste comes through with a nice big sweet taste that is balanced out at the end with a slight hop bite. Ver solid, easily a session beer dispite the high abv.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

It pours a pale brown, with a tall white head. The head recedes, but never disappears.

The aroma is hoppy, floral, and herbal.

The taste is also hoppy, but well balanced between the malt and the hops. It's not bitter, it's not sweet, it's just balanced. While I've heard it called a brown ale, it doesn't have the caramel or nut flavors I typically associate with brown ales. American Strong Ale fits perfectly.

Overall, this beer is nice. Not thrilling, but nice. If you're looking for something that's hoppy, but not too hoppy, or malty, but not too malty, this beer fits.

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

on tap @ busters

A-pours a clear mahogany color with a khaki head that settled to a nice fresh collar

S- was a nice mixture of fresh pine and citrus hops with malts and bread

T- was nice piney hops with some nice citrus hops..sweet caramel malts finish it off

M-was a little thin it was medium carbonation with a oversweet taste of brown sugar as it warmed

O- its a tasty strong brown ale a tad sweet but the nice hop profile made that up for me..will have on tap again but not from the bomber

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

22 oz bomber at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a mostly clear brown color with a finger and a half of off-white head that lasts a while as a thin, wispy layer and it laces well.

S: It's a terrific balance of piney hops, caramel, citrus peel, and toast.

T: Delicious piney hops, berries, dark fruits, caramel and toast.

M: The body is medium-thick and it isn't sticky, surprisingly.

O: This is very drinkable - even quaffable - and I'll probably seek this out again in the future.

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

I picked up a bomber of Wilco Tango Foxtrot for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. Everything I have tried from Lagunitas turned out to be pretty good so I am hoping this brew is no different. No visibile bottling date. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain compared to some of their other beers, but I like the claim of this being a Jobless Recovery Ale. It poured a dark red/brown color with two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring.

S- To simply put it the aroma is a nice combination of sweet caramel malts mixed with some aromatic citrus and piney hops. Simple yet pleasant.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma nicely. The caramel malts have a slight roast to them with some moderate sweetness. There's some candied sugar in the middle along with a very small amount of dried dark fruits. The finish leans more toward piney hops with the citrus being more in the background and it has a nice slightly bitter finish to it that ties everything together. I can pick up a little booze but it is pretty tame.

M- Medium light bodied, dry, and good carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good beer that I enjoyed drinking and sharing with my brother. Both the malts and the hops had bold flavors but they were balanced nicely so neither of them was overpowering. I don't have much experience with American Strong Ales, but this didn't seem too strong and was quite drinkable. I would buy this beer again and I recommend it to anyone who likes Lagunitas other brews. Another good beer from Lagunitas, you guys have yet to let me down. My favorite brewery from CA.

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

Clear dark brown with a generous pillow of tan head.

Smells very sweet like brown sugar. There's also a bit of toffee.

Tastes are brown sugar (a lot,) molasses, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium body and sticky.

Overall, a very good beer. It's nothing terribly exciting, but still enjoyable and the price point is great.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The pour was a dark golden color, once in the glass more copper with hues of red and brown. A quarter inch of off-white head.

Very malty smelling, spicy; like rye (I wonder if it is actually in here) and some ripe banana. It is quite "full" smelling, leaving me satisfied.

A malt punch in the mouth. Sweet throughout and a little alcohol; surprising for its relatively moderate ABV. A nice bitter ending makes this American Strong Ale enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy, moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall, a nice ale that does as advertised "...Malty, Robust..."

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

Tasted Apr. 1 2011 - From notes

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A deep brown/red, half finger off white head and some lacing

S - Fresh crisp water, a blend of hops I can't put my finger on any, they just smell so fresh. Sweet yeast, maybe Belgian, toasted malt, brown, cane sugar or honey

T - Yeast, belgian style. Toasted honey/sugary malt up front. Nice hops, can't put my taste buds on any of them. Fresh, toasted, sweet and bitter. Maybe a hint of a wine barrel. It's very balanced

M - Light, fluffy, tastes sit around for a while. A bi o coating but not sticky

D - This drink like a dream. If you like malt and hops, a good ABV this one is for you. Well balanced, bitter and sweet, just delicious

Final thought - Love how all Lagunitas, always charges $4.50 for all of there 22oz. Nice beer that is nice on the wallet

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Photo of blackdog1101
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber poured into a nonic glass. Served chilled, but not cold. I'm drinking a Lagunitas WTF as I write this.

A: The beer is a clear brown, but has a modest head that fades quickly.

S: The beer smells good, with some nice citrus notes. I also notice a background odor of onion.

T: This is the category that really counts, but I'm not finding much here to enjoy. Mostly just bitterness from the early hops, not a lot of malt or sugars to balance the bitterness. I love a strong IPA, but this I can't say that WTF is doing much for me.

M: Thin, dry, astringent, not much body, and virtually zero carbonation.

O: I like a lot of the beers Lagunitas offers, but this one doesn't measure up. I think I'd like it better if it had more crystal malts. All I'm getting is a thin beer that seems too bitter for whatever style it's trying to be. This is disappointment coming from the same brewery that produces Brown Shugga and the Sumthin' series.

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

Purchased this one after reading about it on Lagunitas website. Chilled down in a 22 oz bomber and served it up in a glass pint.

A: Pours a rich red/brown strong dark ale color. Produced only a very trace amount of micro-head without much in the way of lacing or cling. Color was opaque, no obvious yeasts specks or bottle-marmite.

S: Smells of fragrant sugars and fruits, even at two feet from my nose. Typical to other big beers and strong ales, plenty of dried fig, apricot and toffee notes from the combination of sugars and hops.

T: Taste is almost a contradiction. I was expecting a very dense, rich beer and it's surprisingly light. Some initial bite from citrus hops melts away to balanced caramels with a light, clean finish.

M: Alcohol contributes to the dryness yet is well balanced. No resistance from the carbonation or hops. Aftertastes of pear, fig and banana mango.

O: I liked this one. It's halfway to a big beer, making it not quite as strong as some others of it's ilk yet no wimp, either. It reminds me more of a strong pale ale that's been stained dark and confused with brown sugar into thinking it's a strong dark ale. Kinda like when a prize fighter moves up in weight class for a challenge it isn't currently getting. This is a dark beer for people that don't like darks and is completely drinkable in the warm spring and summer months.

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

For National Beer Day I pulled out my recently purchased Wilco Tango Foxtrot. A recession-proof strong ale that is widely available, priced right and extremely drinkable.

Poured into a Piraat tulip this malty beast filled the glass with a dark, malty goodness.

Smelled like a quintessential Lagunita's brew; sweet, hoppy and heavenly malted.

Well balanced taste that hinted at a brewery at the top of it's game. It was fresh and full of quality ingredients. Loads of caramel-sweet malts worked well along an undefined west coast hop. Clean and irresistible, I quickly polished off all 22 oz. myself.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,610 ratings.
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