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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Ratings: 2,628 |  Reviews: 858
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours a dark copper color with a good white head and some spotty lacing. The nose is mildly sweet and also has a bit of a hop presence. Lightly flora, perhaps. The taste is moderately sweet and has some nice pine and floral hop characteristics. The body is medium with a touch of bitterness, but also some sweetness to balance. Good body; my favorite part of the beer. Pretty good overall. Nothing complex, but well made and has a nice feel.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured rather vigorously into the good ol duvel tulip and why is that? perhaps it needed a little freakin help. deep reddish brauburn color, yes brauburn. 2 fingers of head that falls to a thin sheet of random sized bubbles, decent retention.

A - Caramel malty notes, dark fruits one two combo of deep cherry and blackberry, not much hop profile in the aroma...im sensing a malt bomb with some absolute heat.

T - Ok we're getting some over cooked caramel flavors or more simply burnt, toasted malts too, not getting much of the dark fruits on the big P, maybe my nose is just a gah damn liar, or maybe the hints of Robitussin im getting are a more refined precise measure of what my nose told my brain is dark fruit, whatever it is, its not good. Hoppy bitterness in the back that lingers for 13.34658 seconds no more no less, alcohol is not present which is a bit of a surprise from Lagunitas.

M - Medium body, not much carbonation if any very simple mouth feel easy to drink, Mouth feel in a nut shell = woopdeefuckindo

O - This beer and i will part and most likely never meet again, it was a good meeting it was just a bit boring. The beer is not bad, the beer is not good its just there in the crowd with its stupid name. i would not recommend this to many if any. Ill see you again Lagunitas WGW!!!

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Dark brown with a burnt caramel tone. Good thick white foamy head that was well retained


Sweet malty scent with an apparent spicy hoppiness and piney tone. A hint of possible dark fruit as well


Very slight bitter presence, though there is much more of an emphasis on the malts which lingers well into the aftertaste


I would describe this as a pretty smooth beer. Kinda sits on the tongue without too much excitement due to the lack of carbonation


All in all not too bad. Nothing really stood out to me, good or bad. Definitely has a malty imbalance which is not necessarily a bad thing. Not Lagunitas best offering, but it is palatable.

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Photo of 619BeerLuvr
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a very nice amber color after pouring and held up to the light. I didnt get much head from it, but I poured it really slow.

s - rich caramel, toffee, earthy notes; slight citrus smell

t - had a citrus note that I couldn't place (lemon?); good malty characteristics; easily drinkable

m - warm qualities, did not overwhelm with alcohol

o - very good beer for the price ($4.49 at BevMo); limited release so I'd be interested to see what the next batch taste like

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby brown in color with very little foam formation. Basically, just some surface film inside a foamy ring.
Aroma is light dominated by crarmel malts with some hints of earthy hops and toffee.
Taste is of rich complex malts with toffee.
Some hops come through lightly, citrus and earthy .
Thick and smooth feeling beer with some alcohol warming.
Not a bad beer. I don't know about another one.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle:

A: Clear, dark amber in appearance with two fingers of off white frothy head. Carbonation bubbles can be seen through the darkness rising to the thick head. Lace sticks nicely as I drink this down.

S: Love the citrus hoppy aroma. Also a little earthy. The malts show through weakly of sweet caramel.

T: Grassy, and earthy, with a smooth caramel malt front end. The finish is all hops... citrus rind with a pine bite. A little alcohol warmth is noticed. The hops seem to linger a little long and create a bit of an aftertaste.

M: Fairly light feel with a crisp, carbonated finish. Bitterness hangs around a bit after the swallow.

D: Not bad... I would track down other Lagunitas brews before this one. Nice balance, but the bitterness hangs on a little too long for me.

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

On draft at Capone's in Philadelphia.

The beer is transparent and dark amber, with a half inch of off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a bit weak, with faint scents of sweet malt. The flavor is brings some light notes of toffee and caramels, with alcohol and sweet malt. The body is on the thin side. Overall, an ok beer. Worth a try, especially if you prefer sweeter, malt forward brews.

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Photo of Charlotte09
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with some reddish character. Head is about a finger width thick and creamy tan in color.

S: Can smell a lot of citrus hops, pretty sweet and some caramel malt notes.

T: Very hoppy taste for a strong ale, Agree with the Imperial Brown Ale. Upfront hops, some citrus notes, sweet and malty finish carried through with some caramel and roasted character.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, slightly carbonated. Slightly bitter surprise with the citrus and pine notes followed by a pretty sweet and light ending.

O: Very drinkable beer over all. Very well balanced, no strong alcohol. Has a great Mouthfeel, Body and Flavor.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Appearance is about the same color as the bottle with a ruby color when held up to the light. Good lacing down the glass.
Smell is caramel maltyness first then a little hops.
Taste is flipped from the smell, first comes the piney hops followed by caramel malts, very well balanced for my tastes.
Mouth feel is nice and coats the tongue profusely which I enjoy
Overall a very well balanced brown ale, it's no Palo Santo but for the price it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of hiku7
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in a beer mug, split with my brother-in-law.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a beer called an "imperial brown ale," but I really liked this brew, mostly because the hop aroma charmed me from the start and never let go. The "malty" beer described on the bottle it definitely is not, so beware that this beer is more for hopheads than advertised.

Pours a deep rust brown that reveals some ruby hues when held up in the light. Moderate tan head and moderate lacing.

I love the hoppy smell of this beer. Serious piney and grassy smell and just plain old hop oils coming through in spades. It overpowers the malt, but it worked for me.

The beer tastes of caramel malt with some nuttiness and with a heavy dose of woody hops. Grainy and chewy mouthfeel that works well, though medium bodied overall. Alcohol is slightly warming, but well masked by the hops. Somewhat dry finish.

Side note: I love the name. Took me a while to get the joke, but I should have figured it out quicker considering that it is subtitled "A jobless recovery ale."

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Photo of BDTyre
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rich coppery colour, with a nice white head. Very wierd scent: bread, toffee, cut grass and zesty citrus. Faint metallic hint to it. Wierd, sour bread taste with a definite citrus hop flavour to it. Weird, off-balanced sourness, not quite what I expected. The maltiness is somewhat suppressed and muddled, lurking in the background. Thin, somewhat watery. Too much carbonation, but it dies off quickly. Not a bad beer, but it needs some fine tuning.

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Photo of number1bum
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark brown, slightly reddish, with two fingers of beige head. Settles to a thin but full lace with minimal stick on the sides.

Smell consists of some caramel malt, some citrusy hops, and nuts. It's a bit on the weak side, although pleasant enough.

Taste is more robust than the nose. It has some nice malt qualities, some sweet caramel, a touch of chocolate, and some nuts. Has some fruity flavor, some citrus and apricots, and a hint of some darker fruit as well. Moderate bitterness in the finish. It's flavorful and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean and smooth. It's nicely balanced and appropriately carbonated; drinks quite nicely.

This is pretty tasty stuff. Not off the charts but drinkable and nicely balanced. Lagunitas is consistently good in my book and this one is another solid beer in their lineup.

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Photo of Panka16
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber. Appearance is awesome, dark with a coppery red hue and thin, refined head. A bit yeasty on the nose, but I dig it. Mouthfeel is mid to heavy with a carmely coating effect. Hops come through mid palate and through the finish, but balanced nicely. Once again, a solid offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of PorterLambic
1.95/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep red with brown throughout, clear and bright. A copious light tan head develops and leaves a lot of wonderful lacing behind.
Smell is hops. Just hops. I expect quite a bit of hop from Lagunitas but thought there might be something with it considering the label stating it is a "malty, robust" ale. Nope.
Taste is more of the same with a distinct grapefruit note added to the hops. No malt, nothing else. Disappointing.
A medium/full body with a tangy, medium effervescence up front. Slightly warming middle through finish. Hop note fades quite a bit, thankfully, in the aftertaste. Some malt almost makes it to the fore well into the aftertaste. By all my experience, this is an IPA, though a fairly dark one, not a strong ale. Scores reflect that. They would be quite a bit higher if this was labeled the IPA it so obviously resembles.

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

22 oz into a snifter...pours a deep but clean brown with a generous head...I like it already as I catch a hint of the hop profile as it's poured. Retention is good.

The hop aroma is similar to a few of their other beers and is quite hoppy. It's a winner of an aroma though, so I'm happy with it. Decently complex malt profile too, with a bready dryness that is enjoyable.

Good malt on the tongue and it's decently bitter too. Alcohol is barely noticeable, although this is quite a strong brew.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very clean.

This beer is a winner. I'll definitely grab another bottle next time I'm at the liquors store if they haven't sold out yet, as the label says it's a limited release. Was a good value compared to chugs from most other breweries. I mean, I'm not sure how it costs Sierra Nevada (or 3F's for that matter) $9 bucks to get a chug into a fans hands but Lagunitas can do it for $3.89...hmmm..

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Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capone's.

Pours a deep golden ruby color with copper/mahogany edges and a thin lasting ring that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with hints of oily, resinous hops, pine needle and very faint citrus peel. Slight bread/yeast presence with hints of sweet caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied with some slightly smokey, sweet malt flavor balanced out by earthy bitter hops. Hints of rye, toffee and hazelnut along with some earthy pine needle and subtle citrus.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass... it's a clear copper color with about an inch of slightly off-white head. It has great retention with a little lacing.

The first hint on the aroma is mild hops, then a warmth of caramel malts and booze... very nice.

The taste is more of the same... maybe a little less hoppy than the aroma but the malts aren't on top either. The booze doesn't come through as much as on the nose.

Feels good... pretty damn drinkable for a relatively high abv beer. It's not the best beer ever, but still a tasty beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark red/brown w/ a two finger cocoa head that sticks around for a while. Not seeing a lot of carbonation w/ this beer. Lacing is average. A good looking beer.

S- Hops, fruit, yeast, malt all hit the nose. This beer smells sweet, but not too sweet- big points there. Very crisp as well, but the sweetness prevails in the end. Nice smelling beer- hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- Well now, that's not the same as the smell profile. The hops take over on the taste. You do catch some of the sweetness on the taste and aftertaste, but the biting, crisp hops are definitely in the foreground here. As it warms, the flavor becomes more complex, and it evens out a little more. Ahh- that's more like it. This beer should definitely be warmed to take full advantage of it's taste.

M- The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, w/ some bite on the aftertaste- a nice contrast to the taste of the beer. Still, you can tell this one's been loaded for bear in the hops department. Very syrup like in the feel. Nice.

O- Overall, this is a good solid beer. I enjoyed trying and reviewing it, especially after it warmed a smidge. Definitely worth trying for anybody who likes this style. Cheers.

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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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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.8% out of 100 with 2,628 ratings
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