Wilco Tango Foxtrot | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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: 2,665 |  Reviews: 866
Photo of zotzot
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of vladdswrath
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown, clear with a delicate head that dissipates quickly. Heavy malt and a little bit sour, but a pleasant aroma overall. Taste is less balanced, sort of a cacophony of flavors. Carmel quickly overpowered by citrus hops that immediately fade into a lingering burnt roast malt. It's not a bad thing by any stretch, just a bit unexpected after the smoothness of the nose and it took me by surprise. Mouth feels is fairly creamy, but sort of dry and sharp at the same time, again. less a blend of sensations and more like a couple of loud claps. Not bad by any stretch, but not one I will really seek out again.

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Photo of mrjosephruiz88
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stadmo1
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Note to self: Enjoyable beer, great creamy foam, smooth feel - unfortunately after a few sips it blew up my allergies

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This imperial brown ale pours a rich chocolate brown color with a hint of red and a medium off white head. The smell is of course malt heavy with notes of dark bread, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. It is a fairly sweet smelling beer. The taste is much the same with some hints of date and a mild bitterness to the finish. It isn't too sweet though as molasses and dark bread flavors predominate. The body is pretty heavy, not quite at the level of a stout, but heavier then most anything else. This is a nice, bold brown ale. I recognize that I have a soft spot for Lagunitas, but even so I think that this is definitely underrated.

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Photo of John1985
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FFreak
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Philipe
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet forefront with hoppy finish. True-to-Lag maltiness. Very rich. Love it.

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Photo of MilaMila
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in a curved glass. This release (2017) is 8.1% ABV (O.G. 1.072, 64.20 IBU). Beer is deep brown tinged with mahogany and tops itself with a very pleasing chestnut head. Faint sour aroma reminds me of Oud Bruin. Flavor has a distinct funky astringency too it as well. It's not at all heavy, and in fact I'm finding it a little bit thin, flavor-wise. It's got some bitterness, but it's not overly hoppy, nor does it have a lot of malt flavor. Maybe it really is meant to be a _Spring_ Imperial Brown Ale? It's drinkable... but without chocolate or toast or nuts I'm underwhelmed.

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4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You know you have a great friend when he gives you a fresh bomber! Thanks BC!
L: Somewhere in between red and black. Looks dark in the cup but hold it up to the light and it's a beautiful ruby red. Big sticky dark tan head.
S: Initially smelled like hoppy caramel, what a great combo! My mind kept swapping back and forth between malt and hop. I also picked up some fruity IPA aromas here and there along with faint smells of roasted coffee infused with chocolate and caramel and a little booze. Very good, wish it were a little louder.
T: Flavorful. I would call it a hoppy imperial brown ale. Or a brown IPA. It has a hoppy presence with a little IPA bitterness but it also has a creamy malty nuttiness. It plays both sides very well.
F: Just right. Medium bodied. Unique to me because it's crisp with a touch of creaminess. Strong, smooth and rich finish.
O: A very good beer, unique, complex and worth trying. It's got some character. Very drinkable and as a matter of fact,,, BC,,, right now I'm wishing I had another one "in the cradle".

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

Photo of Pens1967
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear and transparent brown with an off white head. Smells of hops, slightly roasted malts, and caramel. Tastes of slightly sweet malts, stong and bitter hops, caramel, and toffee. Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Overall it's a good beer, but I don't see how this is a Brown Ale.

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Photo of LarryMyers
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber bought at The Wine and Cheese Place - Clayton. $3.59.

Writing this a few weeks after having had it.

I was a little disappointed this this beer, because it's NOT what I would call a brown ale; it seems to be more of a American strong ale.

Having said that, although the beer is not well balanced, the signature Lagunitas hops come through very well in the aroma and the flavor; Lagunitas certainly does hops very well.

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Photo of CMC73
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gaddabble
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Partaken from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent brown pours a clear
orange tinged brown color with a very nice head of off white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin pool, and showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of pine, tropical
mango and pineapple notes, and a medium malty background. Flavors lightly exceed
the nose but feature the same characters as in most of the Lagunitas brews. Citrus hop
and subtle pine overtake the malty notes of caramel and beat them into submission. Sadly
it is like I have had this one before from this company under a myriad of different names with
a touch different malt profile. Much like the Censored or even the Scottish but also close to the
Brown Shugga. Malts show themselves but take a back seat to the hop profile they are known
for. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium high carbonation, and a lightly sweet citrus and pine
laden hop finish.

Overall, a good ale, but it is hard to distinguish one from another with the addition of the
hops. I like their ales, but even the brown has the same notes as many of the others that are
too numerous to mention. Good but sadly it is becoming apparent that they are choosing to
be a one trick pony missing out on balance and light singular additions of hops. It would
be refreshing to see a SMASH ale from them.


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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,665 ratings