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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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Reviews: 844 | Ratings: 2,571
Photo of Qbdoo
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber. Aroma is a balance of sweet caramel malts and citrusy hops. Taste is pretty much the same. There's a bit of toffee and brown sugar, though the finish is pretty dry despite the sweetness of the malt. Medium body. Darn good brown ale that tastes to me more like a strong ale. Great fall beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beautiful beer. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Rich dark copper color with a great thick foamy head and nice lacing. Pungent fruit smell, pears and citrus with a bit of earth. The taste is sweet and fruity, with strong roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and toast. Overall a great beer!

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. 2016 edition.

Pours a dark amber, ruby in the light, hazy, with a one and a half inch head and a good amount of soapy lacing. The smell is resiny and citrus hops- orange, caramel, malt, toffee. Hops are more prominent when it's colder, the caramel and malt are as it warms. Taste leads with the caramel and malt, pine, grapefruit, orange, light chocolate. Moderately sweet, with a medium amount of hop bitterness midway through the finish. Smooth, good body, well carbonated, the bitterness lingers.

A pretty standard Lagunitas issue- good flavor, lots of hops and malt. Very enjoyable. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy, garnet mahogany with a medium head that hangs around. nose; sweet bun, toffee, roasted peanuts, & citrus hops. taste; caramel malt, graham cracker, citrus rind/zest (grapefruit/orange), piney hops, light cashew, & toffee. aftertaste is nutty with sweet bread notes. medium+ carbonation and a slightly heavy mouthfeel. the 7.85%abv is well-tamed with most of the ethanol gently appearing on the far back end. brown ales pull off the "liquid bread" concept the best and that's what you get here; a lightly sweet, rich grainy & toasted malt base dashed with enough citrus hops to keep it balanced & drinkable. among the better brown ales out there. cheers!

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - Deep dark copper colors. Kinda murky, kinda clear. Pretty good in this regard, and all topped with a light tan colored foamy head
S (4.25) - Not a lot of hop aromas, much more of the caramel malts. Not much coffee and chocolate to me.
T (4.5) - Tastes just like it smells. This bottle was a little old, so some of the hop faded off, but it was a delicious caramel and almost raisin tasting beer.
F (4.25) - Medium bodied beer. A little more carb than I expected, but very easy to drink.
O (4.25) - I got this one cheap at a clearance section in the store. Admittedly a little old, but very tasty. I like this type of malt forward beer. And I'll go back to the store and see if they have any more!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a bright and clear ruby with a moderate head. The aroma present chocolate, roasty malt, sweet bread, brown sugar, lemon oil, and raisin. The flavor again leads with soft milk chocolate, a flavor that I can only describe as raisin bran cereal, brown sugar, and oatmeal, with background notes of lemon oil and resin, and some grain bitterness. The mouthfeel provides a medium body with a good deal of creaminess, and soft carbonation. Overall this is a a very balanced layered beer. Just really enjoyable all the way through.

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

For those who like their hops with a little balance, complexity and dark intrigue, Lagunitas has your beer. A drier, crisper, strong and more hop forward "Americanized" brown ale brings another level of depth to their portfolio and to your drinking repertoire.

Burnt gold yet solid brown and hazy through the center, the beer caps with a creamy off-white froth. Citrus, caramel and chocolate spill into the nose while its taste is sweet with light toffee, mild butterscotch, brown sugar and milk chocolate.

Hints of coffee, pecan and chocolate leach onto the middle palate. As the sweetness begins to dissolve, the hops step in and deliver the bold orange, grapefruit and leafy balance to the robust malts as the beer trends dry, toasty and piney-bitter in closure.

Full but with a high sense of drinkability, the beer's lingering sweetness doesn't impede its drinkability. Its hops keep the session bright, crisp and with a great sense of refreshment despite the chocolate, toast and trickling sweetness that remains. Tightening into a resinous bitter finish, peppery alcohol suggests a taste that's nearing imperial status.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated 175 6 into a chalice. Pours a mahogany brown with 1+ fingers of medium-low density tan head that left minimal sporadic lacing. Nose is sweet and boozy, lots of caramel malt and molasses. Much sweeter than I typically care for in general. Taste (thankfully) doesn't have near the sweetness of the nose. Picking up some piney hop character, with some lingering alcohol burn on the finish. Mouthfeel has good body, fairly drinkable, and carbonation is medium. In a year where I've been privy to some great American Brown Ales, this one is tiers below the better ones I've tried in 2016. Middle of the road, won't revisit.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium brown, with a very nice foamy off-white head. Smells of caramel malts and spiced-up citrus hops. Tastes of sweet caramel malt, with quite a bit of hopped bitterness, and a little spicy citrus twang from front to back. I didn't get much of the chocolate goodness, but I had just eaten a Milky Way bar, so that could've had my chocolate taste buds confused. The feel was was a little carbonated, but balanced.

I was surprised how much I liked this beer. It was very close to WOW, and I will definitely get back to the store and grab a couple more of them before they are gone.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear and dark caramel brown but still lets light through. The aroma is malty and fruity with a caramel and citrus scents as the main components. The taste is sweet malt and citrus with a little bit of chocolate and a great hop bite. This is an interesting brown ale for sure and well worth drinking.

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Photo of stevoj
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewers Haven. All around tasty and appealing. Really dark amber with lasting creamy head. Rich malty aroma with hop overtones. Taste starts with the malts and layers on the hops, building to a crescendo, and finishing with a bitter bite. Very nice on all levels. WTF indeed.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass.

Look: A decidedly dark copper body with decent clarity sits under a cream colored head that recedes to a thick film leaving little lacing.

Aroma: Syrupy sweet malts, hints of brown sugar, and a very bright, citrus finish of orange peel zest.

Taste: A good malty opening with less cloying sweetness than the aroma. Hints of toasted grains begin to emerge before being slammed by the second half of the beer which is more grapefruit than orange peel, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry. Not bad for 7.85% ABV.

Overall: While it doesn't taste exactly like every other Lagunitas beer, which is a good thing, it's still a little too hop-forward but it does strike a good balance and was worth the purchase.

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Photo of BFCarr
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A superior brown ale. So malty but enough hops to keep it interesting. Good caramel flavor. Not the best looking beer I've ever seen, but there's good head retention. The story on lablel alone is worth the price of admission.

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Photo of NMA
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of caramel and graham cracker along with earthy & piney hops.
Tastes like citrus and piney hops with some caramel & lemon.
Love lagunitas

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Photo of Hop_God
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber to brown some maroon purple hues. large loose bubbles

S:roasty malt. some hops, citrus and sweet bread

T: Roasted malt, bitter pine, sweet dates, much more bitterness

O: decent softness but no balance at all

F: not a winner for me. too clunky and no real identity

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown with reddish tint, not too dark, clear, with ample head that left lacing. Pleasant spicy and malty nose, perhaps some nuttiness in there also. The taste was complex and balanced, but the complexity didn't come at the cost of texture. It was still an almost lean-feeling beer. Putting that much flavor in without making a chunky mess is sometimes hard, but this beer is one that does it well. Enjoyed on 23 July 2016 from a 22-oz. bottle purchased in Waynesville, NC.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours a dark auburn color with one finger of milky-white head and extensive lacing that did not dissipate through the pour. It smelled of roasted malt, lemon, chocolate, cinnamon, and woodsmoke. The taste is malt-forward with citrus, a touch of cocoa and caramel, and a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. The tastes compliment each other quite well. This ale is medium-bodied, creamy, lightly carbonated, and it hides its 7.85% ABV quite well. It doesn't taste boozy but as you drink it it you start to feel it. Overall, it is a nicely-crafted Brown Ale that blends enough hoppy bitterness to make it really interesting. This ale would pare well with a meal featuring roasted meat but it would also be a good beer to drink with friends in a pub. Lagunitas continues to impress!

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Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark hazy auburn with ruby hues; fluffy light khaki head that slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are malty with a touch of hops. Caramel and toffee is there along with some citrus. Lemon and lime is present. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Perfect balance of malts and hops. There's some hints of pine resin. More caramel, toffee and cocoa. The citrus notes do their thing. More lemon and lime with hints of grapefruit. It's not too bitter at all. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink.

This is a nice "Imperial Brown Ale". It's not overly hoppy like what you would expect from Lagunitas, but the hops are there. Enjoyable stuff, I like it.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottled 6/25

First thing first. A good beer overall. Quite drinkable. Now, to the "style".

It is a thin, almost clear, light brown copper. Substantial Lagunitas signature style sea foam head.

Smells pretty citrusy and malty. Some caramel in there.

Way too hoppy for a brown, even if it is American. A lot of lemony and orange flavor with some piney resin. Decent brown malts and caramel, but they are overshadowed by everything that doesnt belong.

Body is too thin.

This is a definte pass in the future.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours rust colored with copper highlights. It is topped with four inches of tan head that leaves foam rings as I drink it.

The first thing I smell is citrus. I also get a little cocoa.

It has a nice citrus flavor with an English brown ale base. The hops dominate the flavor with subtle hints of cocoa.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

This is a tasty brown IPA. Lagunitas rarely lets my tastebuds down.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A foamy 1 inch and a half head phase in a couple of minutes leaving behind a Swiss cheese line of lace. Body is a warm brown with tones of ruby on the edges when held to light. Nose is very nice with notes of fudgy chocolate, graham crackers, earthy minerals in toffee like malts. Enters the mouth with some cookie like malty sweetness. The sweetness quickly fades to layers of mineral-based dryness with even a hint of spice. As you take following sips this sweet dry battle continues to keep this beer interesting. A slight hop twinge even makes an aperience on the end of the palette. Mouthfeel achieves the ability to be both dry and Rich at the same time. This is a nice tribute. This is a wonderfully drinkable brew that really needs the barrel aged treatment.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark color brown, imperialized, solid 3/4" tan head. Aroma pops of citrus hops, this is nice. Easily top notch for style. Everything with brown malt seems to always not allow hops but for a few exceptions. This is one.

Hops really come through here, finally a brown ale that is sturdy, adventurous and enjoyable. Always thought brown ipas were a better idea than black ipas. Not overly viscous. Bready caramel and toffee in small amounts.
Just a smidge of that cocoa note you get with brown malt.

I like it, I'd buy again if put into 6 pack.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a modest head. The nose detects malt, which fills the mouth as well. Enjoyable offering from Lagunitas! Yum!

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great beer from a great brewery. Lagunitas never disappoints and has made another fine beer. The beer has a nice aroma and a great taste. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Auraan
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a reddish brown clear body, with one finger of off-white head that quickly gave way to a cap of lace. Overall impression of appearance is of a good strong ale. Scents of sweet malt with a caramel, nutty and bready quality upfront, leading into notes of brown sugar and molasses, alongside a bit of roasted malt. There is a noticeable hop presence as well taking the form of pine resin and citrus at moderate levels. A light warming alcohol is also noticeable. Overall this is an interesting ale. Malt-forward, but showcasing the malt aromas of a brown ale, a porter and an old ale lending a great deal of complexity to the malt character. This combines with the hop presence of a lighter IPA to create a very interesting aroma profile that is quite appealing, yet defies style. Flavor begins both robustly malty, yet also bitter. The malt character is of brown sugar, nutty and bready malt and light caramel balanced by an equal level of bitter hop flavors of pine resin and grapefruit peel. Middle gains a slight touch in bitterness, with the same flavors on display, balanced by a malt character of caramel, roast malt and bready malt. Finish is bittersweet with notes of caramel, molasses, bready and roast malt mingling with moderate hoppy flavors of pine resin and grapefruit peel with a light alcohol presence. Aftertaste is initially pine resin and grapefruit peel, quickly giving way to rich bready malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a very interesting beer. It has a rich maltiness, but is also rather hoppy, though not to the level of an IPA or double IPA. It is quite appealing and a rather nice strong ale. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation and a sticky, resinous and malty feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a rich beer, both in malt and hops. Overall this is a very good American Strong Ale. It has a good balance of flavors and aromas, going between malty and hoppy, and an excellent mouthfeel that is light enough to avoid being overwhelming yet strong enough to be a sipper. Another excellent ale from Lagunitas.

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