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 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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Photo of Prime16
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/ chocolate color with tan head of average body.

S: Faint chocolate, caramel/piney smell.

T: Malty, burnt caramel & chocolate.

M: Thin to light mouthfeel and lightly carbonated.

O: Nicely done, alcohol is well hidden and can sneak up on you.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a dark mahogany color with a thin head. Tons of lacing. Smells awesome. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Citrusy. Taste is more of that classic Lagunitas hoppiness. Citrus flavor and nicely bitter. Sweet and bitter aftertaste. This is another great beer from Lagunitas. Has that signature citrus hop flavor that alot of their beers have. Overall this beer is really tasty, easy to drink and worth seeking out.

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

WTF pours a deep chestnut brown into my Perfect Pint glass. A soapy cream cap quickly falls to a patchy comforter of foam. Bits of lace are left behind.

The label says malty. Piny is what I'm picking up. Resinous hops dominate the experience. The bitterness isn't crazy high, but packs a strong flavor of pine and citrus. As the beer warms, some toffee hits the nose and palate. Alcohol is masked in the flavor, but adds a little warmth going down.

In the mouth the beer is quite oily and has a medium heft. The carbonation is about right.

This is a nice beer for a cool early spring evening. It has just enough heft for the night.

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Photo of kaips1
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into small stein From a bomber

A-nice rich brown forming a 2 finger head that is leaving some good lacing
S-I got a lot of toffee after the pour but that dissipated into some almost dark fruitish smells, almost like chocolate grapefruit
T- very malty as the label says,sweetish but not overpowering
M- slight tingle very wet through the whole drink even the finish, slight bitter throughout the middle that leaves a bit of a lingering affect that causes the want of another drink
O/d- I could see polishing this bottle happening don't know if I would want 2 bombers in the same night though

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Photo of legalpete19340
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep mahogany with a big two finger head that fell but stuck around as skim for the entire drink.

S: Mild citrus hops jump out at me along with caramel sweetness and dark fruit. A brown ale air exudes itself in the background.

T: Great bitterness from herbal hops swings to dark fruits and more caramel notes. Malts hideout for the most part but there are some raisin bread flavors at work in the background. Finishes a mild bitterness thats clean.

M: Thinner but not thin. Has an apple juice quality to it.

O: Interesting brew. Mildly everything. Like a red, brown, pale ale. Pretty enjoyable but sharing the bomber was enough for me.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Appearance-Amber brownish color. 2 finger frothy off white head. As I poured the bomber into the glass you can really see the colors change, very nice looking.

Smell-Immediately getting dark fruits, a hint of hops and sweetness.

Taste-Up front a nice amount of dark fruits, kind of syrupy, with a nutty bitter hop finish.

Appearance-Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall-Nice change of pace, a little nutty, a little hoppy. I can enjoy almost any Lagunitas product knowing i'm not going to break the bank.

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Photo of Phelps
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the tap at Tops, poured into a shaker pint.

Super-clear burgundy, topped with a frothy one finger head the color of graham cracker crumbs. It collapses slowly, leaving a scummy and sticky top layer that remains for a long while along with sticky, spotted walls of lace.

Well, WTF? The nose has onions, orange peel, maple, caramel and dark fruits. The hops are intense and the malt is sweet, so there's a semblance of balance here, but it seems somehow...disjointed.

I take a sip, and I get the name now. What a weird beer. Brown sugar, onions, orange peel, grass, weed. Toasted bread and an odd tang linger long into the finish. Random flavors seem to appear and disappear, with no semblance of direction. I'm calling a foul for disorderly conduct.

Smooth medium body with moderate and prickly carbonation. The soft fizz it creates works well here.

WTF's flavors are at odds with each other, never combining into cohesive whole. It's enjoyable, I guess, as a strong beer - good for getting you drunk. But deep contemplation of its flavors will just leave you confused.

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Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Decent cappuccino colored foam head of about 1/2" in height covered this clear and dark ruby beer.

S - Floral hop sensation followed by a bit of a fruity (think Fruit Loops) aroma

T - Bitter grapefruit hits first followed by a touch of plum or raisin sweetness

M - Very carbonated yet medium bodied with just a touch of bitterness left on the tongue as the only aftertaste that was discernible.

O - Not altogether too bad. At first it seemed rather well balanced but it fell apart a little towards the end. Never did get an overly "alcoholy" taste nor did it seem too warm. With all that said, I've YET to find anything by Lagunitas that isn't a good product. This one isn't one of my favorite offering from Lagunitas, but it still buries so many other beers out there.

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

Wilco Tango Foxtrot. Wait, that's WTF. Even I know what that means. Oh those clever Lagunitas people.

WTF is a brown beer that comes in a bottle made of glass with a paper label on it. WTF, where are my goddamn bubbles, Lagunitas?! Some don't cut it; I want a plethora of greenhouse gas.

Smells like hops. I don't know which hops, but I think it's the ones that have that hoppy aroma. You know, the ones that smell like how everyone else describes them (please see other reviews).

Malt. What malt? I guess there was malt, cuz I taste booze and only a few goddamn bubbles (more with the WTF?). Yeast- nature's quitters @14% abv. Needs more malt.

In confusion...WTF?

EDIT- I edited my review to show that I didn't edit anything.

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

poured from a 22oz bomber.

a bit darker than i envisioned. somewhere between stiff iced tea and weak coffee color. nice head, good retention and lacing.

the smell is wonderful mix of toasted malt, some burnt caramel, reasonable hoppiness and just a hint of the alcohol.

it hits the tongue with an asssertive, dry malty blast. slighty burnt, carmelized sugar. the hops come on a bit late, but pretty aggressive on the back. bordering on too sweet, but the dryness and alcohol pull it all back together.

mouthfeel is the only place i can mildly ding WTF. a bit thin, but the carb is right.

overall, lagunitas further cements their place in my book as one the five best bang-for-the-buck beers out there today.

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

Poured a deep reddish ruby brown. Average carbonation allows a modest yet mantaining head. Tan in color with spotty lace. I found the color of this brew to be most impressive.

Aroma of earthy toasted malts.

Taste is more down to the earthy side with toasted malts, sugar like sweetness with hints of toffee and chocolate. Then a hop kick to boot.

Mouth and all. The sweetness and hop seem to want to conflict with each other. Its finish is a hop coat after asweet start.
overall a great value from a really quality craft brewer at 7+abv. I'll be buying more.

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

22 ounce bottle - $4.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep mahogany-hued body with a wispy, modestly sized (at best) head that tapers off pretty quickly.

Smell: Faintly earthy, faintly woodsy traces to the nose, with the malts hardly coming across at all, saving themselves for the taste, perhaps. Light citrus, minor fruitiness, and a small hint of chocolate toast. I'm swirling, I'm sitting, I'm waiting patiently, but an emboldened aroma never comes.

Taste: Malts are somewhat bready, hinting at toasted grains and with sweetness imparting dark caramel and brown sugar clumps. Light touches of dried apricots and golden raisins. Adequate hop character of resiny pine and fruity citrus. Medium bitterness. Small suggestion of chocolate powder. Malty, sweetish finish, though there's a bit of bitterness that outlasts the sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess felt on the tongue.

Overall: Tasty and reasonably quaffable throughout for all its sweetness and slightly bumped up alcohol presence.

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

On tap at the Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A--Deep Red/Amber brew with a nince amber head and solid lacing.

S--I smell hops, hops, hops, hops and more hops!

T--A nice roasty malt profile makes an early appearance before the hops takeover--admirable that it was there at all.

M--Big dry strong ale a style unto its own.

O--WTF? There is nothing more to say--a very good brew that defies style (something Lagunitas excels at)!

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Photo of imbibehour
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A large four finger light brown head with uniform appearance out of the bottle on the pour is made. Body displays a really nice dark amber borderline almost all clear red color. Some good retention here for the head too. I really like this color and appearance. Some sticky lacing in pock marks along glass ring like icicles

Bouquet is a muted malt with faint soft hops. Feels like a typical amber ale profile, not very big. Pleasant though nonetheless, seems alright.

Taste is a borderline wet feel, with some muted grass like hop. Malt profile seems very hidden amongst the hops on this one. On the swallow there is just a hint of some clove and sugar sweetness. It's got a real strange aftertaste that is a tad mediciny also.

I was expecting a bigger profile of this beer for this category and it didn't quite deliver. Overall this is sort of an in between Amber and then Strong Ale with a kind of training wheels Strong Ale profile. I could see this an introductory style beer for this style, but I guess I like them bolder. Easy drinking got to admit though.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured brown, rusty, and clear as can be into a Bells anniversary pint glass.

S - Did not know what to expect from the packaging. Was hoping for the classic Lagunitas hops and on the first whiff I knew I would not be disappointed. Must be oily hops too, as it generated great lacing.

T - Earthy, raisons led to a long bitter finish. A tad sweet and some roasted qualities. Not heavy in the least for a hefty ABV. Very polished.

M - carbonated to perfection, with a smooth creamy feel.

Taste more like an American brown to me, but regardless, another solid contribution from this terrific brewer.

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Photo of d4114
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- Two fingers of foamy off white head; Dark amber color.

S- Malty and nutty; Slight sweet caramel; Other reviews said they got strong hops on the smell but I didn't get any, my bottle is pretty old now though.

M- Lots of carbonation: Not heavy not light but easy to drink.

O- Really a different tasting beer, never had anything quite like it. Overall all its good and nice to have something refreshing.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas is a widely known and distributed brewerey and given that, they really keep the variety flowing. I really like this WTF Ale. I like it how it has the air of, "hello... houston, do you read me? we have found something interesting out here...."

like, these guys are sitting in their petaluma brew house, with all their nice equiptment and big pile of high grade ingredients, and they are just throwing stuff in the pot? tres cool! this beer is a little like Arrogant Bastard, but not as hoppy, mellower IBUs, and a richer malt profile.

pours a lovely red-brown with a decent head, frothy and good with minor sticky lacing all the way down. aromas of hops and malt are delightful and get you ready for the hearty satisfying taste... again the hops are spot on for me, the sweetness fine... this beer would rock a barbecue chicken or a nice steak. for me, the DRINKABILITY on this one is very positive!

LAGUNITAS: Keep It Comin.

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

Lagunitas Brewing Company WILCO TANGO FOXTROT--A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale!--We're not quite in the Red, or in the Black--Does that mean we're in the Brown?!--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 7.80% ABV. 64.2 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy dense lacy lasting 3/4 inch off white light tan head. Clear dark amber brown color. Soft chocolate nut Signature Lagunitas hop mild floral front. Mellow creamy smooth mild sweet soft toffee caramel malty rich Brown Ale mild nut fruit dark malt body. Tangy mildly hot balanced spicy bitter hop end. Rich robust fully fermented Imperial Brown Ale. Rich and malty hoppy but not too thick. Sampled 3/18/2011. Purchased fro $5.49 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 3/18/2011.

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

22 oz bottle. $4.40 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Clear brown in the glass and brilliant ruby when held to the light. The head doesn't last long, but there is excellent lacing.

Smell: Toasty bread, a little brown sugar, and citrus hops.

Taste: Very much like the smell. Toasty and slightly sweet malt with a good little citrus and pine hops punch that is assertive without dominating the malt. The finish has a little bitterness and a slight graininess that is almost metallic.

Mouthfeel: Very nice feeling beer. The body is not heavy, yet it manages to feel soft and almost creamy.

Overall: This is a very solid beer. A hoppy, strong brown ale, but well balanced.

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber (bottle code 054, stands for 13 Feb 2011, drank on 27 Mar 2011) into Duvel tulip. 1 finger beige head of small bubbles lasts a bit then leaves nice patches of foam with some streaks lacing down the glass. Nice clear ruby brown color in the glass is very appealing.

Aroma - Grassy, piney, pineapple, mineral, then a gentle raisin bread aroma.

Taste - Opens a little sweetly malty then fruity hoppy bitterness rises up -- ruby red grapefruit, lemon -- a taste of honey and sweetness, caramel, raisin, and brown sugar. A hint of roastiness on the long gently sweet malty finish is nice.

Moderate carbonation with medium to medium-low body. Not too thin, but quaffable. Very drinkable for the relatively high ABV. Nice job to Lagunitas for a nice job on a relatively affordable bomber!

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,615 ratings.
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