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

Added by flexabull on 03-06-2010

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Ratings: 2,666 |  Reviews: 867
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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Photo of Aaron420
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: It poured a deep amber almost a mahogany color, with a rather dark tan head that left great lacing down the glass.

S: Very malty aroma with a slight hint of hop but mostly dark chocolaty malts.

T: It had a very rich chocolaty, malty, and nutty flavor. With nice earthy hoppy flavor to bring up the tall end.

M: A medium bodied beer with a good bit of carbonation that slides through the mouth quite easily

O: This was a pretty good easy drinking beer I enjoyed it but will not be rushing to the beer store to buy the rest of them on the shelf

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber yields a beer that is a brilliant ruby-brown, kind of like a cherry wood table with a moderate clingy off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty--biscuit, caramel, a bit of a raisins mixed with all the malt is a burst of citrus hops in the background. The flavor starts with a burst of citrus and piny hops mixed with a bittersweet, caramel malts. The beer finishes slightly dry with a long lasting bittersweet hop flavor. The beer boasts a smooth medium-full body with medium-high perceived hop bitterness. Overall a very tasty, good looking beer. The flavor profile definitely tilts hops, which was a bit of a surprise given the nose, but I like it, kind of fitting given the name...where the hell are we going, up or down, hops or malt?

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Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, very reddish amber. Held to the light, it shows ruby. Two-finger off-white head recedes gradually and leaves a ton of lacing. A very inviting appearance.

Smells like exactly what I'd expect from a Lagunitas ale - strong piney, resiny hops, but backed by more malts than their beers typically have. I think this explains calling it "malty" on the label - I'd still call the aroma hop-forward, but it's less dominantly so than many of their beers.

Robust indeed. And tasty. A powerful combination of piney hops and rich malts, which battle for supremacy, with neither winning out in the long run (though the hops throw the last punch). The malts don't really yield any prominent flavors; they feel more like filler to support and balance the hops. That said, it's pretty well-balanced for having such powerful flavors. Finishes smoothly bitter, and very slowly fades off. No alcohol in the flavor at all.

Medium-heavy body; initially feels rather light, but then comes on thick and chewy. Lingers in the mouth quite well, despite not being sticky at all. Carbonation is fairly high, but it fits well with the rest of the beer.

I like this beer. It's a touch heavy on the hops for my tastes, but that's just my taste. There's nothing terribly remarkable about it, and I do wish the flavor had some more complexity. But the balance really brings it home for me.

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

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A. A really handsome looking dark copper-coloured beer with a thick head that's just too dark for off-white but not quite dark enough to be light tan.

S. Lots of malt in the nose and some grassy hops which, sometimes, can come together in such a way that they give a hint of peppermint.

T. The taste is quite muted and subtle, but very nice. Slightly sweet up front, followed by a very pleasant bitter finish, but not much in between. Earthy and slightly musty, and in a good way.

M. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O. A pretty decent beer overall. Not sure I'd go as far as to call it an American Strong Ale though. It's got a lot of characteristics that you'd find in an English Best Bitter, but more so, and the ABV is obviously higher. Worth buying again.

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

On tap at Capone's on 4/23/11.

A - Medium walnut brown liquid with dark amber hues and creamy beige froth on top that reduced to a bubbly retention but deposited elaborate cake-like lacing around the glass.

S - Doughy malt with a hint of chocolate, molasses, roasted nuts and lightly toasted bread. There is also a mild earthy, herbal hop character lingering in the background.

T - Malty up front with a hint of chocolate, molasses and nuttiness, as well as toasted bread. Hops really emerge in the backend, though, suggesting earthy tones resulting in an herbal hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and decent amount of carbonation. Finishes with quite a bit of hop bitterness paired with residual sweetness on the palate.

D - WTF is malty, yes, but it packs a pretty nice hop punch for a Strong Ale (although I was under the impression that this was a hoppy brown ale). Either way, WTF?

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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WTF? i will tell ya, this beer is da-bomb! poured nice dark deep amber. about two inches of head. steady carbonation and good lacing down the glass.

wonderful rich aroma of roasted malt. the taste is outstanding. rich full flavor with hints of chocolate but finishes perfectly with the hop balance.

suckem up and movem out!


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

Pours a deep brown with a 3 finger head that leaves thick gobs of lace behind.
Smells like roasted malts, sugar and earthy hops. Very light.
The taste is roasted malt heavy with a slightly bitter background. Thank god for the bitter or the sweetness would have been too much. It's a little syrupy and heavy on carbonation for my taste.
I'm glad I had the chance to try it but it didn't make it to my favorites.

I grabbed a bottle of this year's release and would have to update my thoughts.
Looks the same.
More fruit (plum, cherry) and damp earth, a touch nicer than last year.
The taste is much more balanced and natural. Less sugar, more fruit, hint of chocolate. Mouth is less syrupy. Very nice. Mouth up from 3.5 to 4.
A bit better than last year. Still, one was enough.

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Photo of bradcochran1234
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THE appearance of this "Imperial Brown" is just over amber.
THE smell is like morning mulch on an elementary school playground, earthy if you will.
THE taste has a very nutty influence. Almonds right off the bat. Very little on the bitter but coming through strong with some sweet malty notes of caramel, brown sugar, and....wait!?!?! was that chocolate? Why yes it was. A slight bitter chocolate on the end.
THE mouthfeel is very good. All that big malty influence comes in right off the bat but then comes in the little nuances of chocolaty bitterness.
THE overall is the fact that this is only $4 for a deuce deuce, you should try it. I bought it after searching for another beer to add to the cart and was happy I did. Lagunitas always comes thru.

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

Strong, spicy, hoppy ale.

Color is exactly chestnut in the snifter. Head is fine, even after reopening for a second go at the 22 oz bottle. Nice nose of roasted malt. A pretty sharp attack of acidic tastes, some woodiness, with a wealth of malt. Rich and deep in flavor. Not so fruity. Lots of hops come on strong, but on the whole it's pretty well balanced. Aftertaste is bitter hops with the residual spiciness.

A classic Lagunitas beer-- big hops, big malt, big alcohol.

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

Tastes somewhat like a Belgian Ale. There are plenty of sweet overtones, a floral hop aroma, and a bit of a hop bite, but with each sniff and taste I feel like I'm drinking a Dubbel. Perhaps the hops are confusing my palate. It's a very drinkable beer. Certainly different from the rest and I'll give Lagunitas lots of credit for that!

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Photo of CJArtanis
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They really hit it out of the park with this one! What a great all around beer. I enjoyed a 22oz bottle of this out of a 16oz tulip. The beauty of 22ozs is the time you get to take drinking it. As the temp drops ur exposed to so many dif layers of flavor.

Appearance: As described perfectly on the bottle no red and not black, so does that mean it's brown? I'd say more of a mahogany-red with a nice off tan head.

Aroma: Fresh cut grass mixed with brown sugar and then caramelized.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts balanced with a nice layer of hops that prevail into the finish leaving you thirsty for more.

Mouth feel: Creamy, full bodied and decadent!

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

Hmmm...not sure what to make of this one.

Bought a bomber at HEB in Round Rock for 4.99.

Nice dark color, similar to a doppelbock, but not quite as brown, a lot of deep red hue...good solid head off a hard pour.

Smells tasty...sweet malt, citrus hops...a lot like a good IPA should smell like...but this is not an IPA...hmmm.

What is this flavor?...it's almost as if the malt was cooked too long...a burnt after taste...not was i was expecting from the smell. Not bad...but it fooled me a bit.

Smooth, medium carbonated...easy drinking.

I can't quite give this one my highest recommendation, but certainly an interesting, somewhat different effort from one of my favorite breweries.

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