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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Photo of champ103
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A small beige head forms with little retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Tons of piny hops. A light sweet caramel aroma lingers.
T: Again, tons of piny hops. Lots of bitterness. Some alcohol. A very light sweet malt flavor lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A soapy and oily consistency. Some fusel alcohol and bitterness makes this harder to drink than I would like.

I am not that impressed with this. Kind of in the "Black IPA" vain if that makes any sense, and I really hate that term/style. More style than substance. Not something I am going to get again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber released maybe a month ago pours a very clear, deep copper/light brown color. A 2-finger, creamy tan foam displays pretty nice retention and excellent lacing. Good looking brew.

For "A malty, robust, jobless recovery ale" this smells pretty damn hoppy. Very citrusy grapefruit and orange peel outshine the few malt aromas I do get. A hint of chocolate and toffee as it warms up a bit with a definite sweet edge to it.

Taste does tone it down a bit on the hops for a Lagunitas brew, although they are still there aplenty. Loads of citrus peel and pine resin. Lots of hop flavor without being overly bitter though, which is cool. Malts are like chocolate biscuits with a toasty, almost burnt aspect. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but that said, it has a silky texture that glides down the throat with more ease than a 7.8% beer should. I really like it, I will definitely go out and buy a couple more bombers at least. Well done Petaluma crew!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark amber red with a soft white head, lots of soapy lace.

S: Quite hoppy which caught me offguard. Cantaloupe rind, white grapefruit and cedar. Malt characteristics are very light.

T: Taste is still very hoppy, though the malt does come out more than in the nose. Interesting since they described it as malty on the label, but this is pretty malty for CA at any rate. Light molasses with grapefruit, brown sugar and a spearmint like character in there. Nice note of sweet milk chocolate at the very end.

M: It is robust as the label state, medium/full body, creamy, resiny, some biting carbonation.

D: A solid beer right now. I would like to see where this is in 6 months to a year where the hops die down a bit and the malt can come out. The malt I tasted I really liked, and I feel should have been more of focal point of this beer. With some aging it could be a 4-4.5 in taste IMO, so it's a beer to keep an eye on.

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

Wow. I am really impressed with this beer. It's like a caramel IPA of sorts.

Pours a clear brown color. Very nice tan head and lacing.

Aroma is of caramel malts with tons of hops. Citrusy and piney.

Taste is awesome. The caramel malt with the hops works well. It reminds me of Night stalker a bit. Great hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with all the flavor. It works well.

Overall a very tasty brew. Couldn't see drinking much more than a bomber but get some for sure if you can.

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Photo of northaustin
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours like a very dark red/brown with a finger and a half of semi even off white head which has long retention and leaves stringy lacing.

this is weird. it is thin, yet creamy. citrusy hoppy with toffee style malts. it is a wacky combination. the smell has a big kick of piney lagunitas style hops with a thin hint of alchohol.

the mouthfeel is thin at first but ends up being very oily in the back of the cheeks. the alchohol shows up in the back of the throat and the chest.

interesting and definately deserves a try.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a Great Divide tulip.

WTF? I thought this was a brown ale. Never-no-mind, it's still attractive with its honey-amber body and towering cap of fluffy tan head. Clear copper in the center pierced by a few trails of carbonation. Patchy lacing. If anything Lagunitas is consistent, as Wilco smells almost exactly like every other strong/hoppy beer they make. Hey, if it ain't broke, why fix it? And this beer is far from broke, with a strong hoppy chord in the aroma that suggests pine and pineapple. A little toffee and brown sugar from the malts in the background with some sour woodenness.

Tastes like a knock-off of Victory's Yakima Twilight...hoppy, but restrained with a burst of bitter pine sap on the finish. Malts are vinous and slightly beefy, interesting. Light carbonation struggles to wake up the tongue, but ultimately this feels too watery for the ABV. Slightly sticky on the finish with a lingering hoppiness and brown sugar. All in all, a decent, if predictable release from Lagunitas. One and done for me, but I'd still recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice brown color with beautiful amber highlights shining through when held up to the light. The head is a nice finger high with thick bubbles and decent retention. Excellent lacing.

S= The nose is exceptionally hoppy for the description on the label. "malty and robust" is aa little misleading. There is a ton of citrus and floral hops. There is also a nice amount of malty depth with some decent sweet grainy notes.

T= The taste is awesome. Hits your tongue with a ton of hops just like the smell. Little misleading on the label again. Hits you with the piney floral sort of hops and smooths out with great biscuty caramel malts. The finish is just bitter enough for the hops making it a lasting flavor.

M= Light in carbonation and creamy finish.

D= This beers label is misleading but the taste is still great. Awesome appearance and unique taste. One of the most well balanced beers in a while when I think about it.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a thin, white head that slowly dissolves, becoming patchy.
Smell is hoppy and malty, with some faint brown sugar and toffee.
Taste is hoppy up front, with malts following very shortly behind. More faint brown sugar and toffee, as well as some very faint fruity and bready notes that carry to the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with a low level of carbonation. Medium-light body.
Good drinkability on this one. Not the most exciting beer, but an easy one to drink, and enjoyable enough.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass dark brown with a thin off white head. The smell is strong of hops and floral scents from the hops. Going into it, I'm thinking this might be better classified as a black IPA. The taste supports that, hops are very strong with this beer. The hop warmth mellows out to carmel flavors on the back end. Very interesting beer. The appearance of the beer doesn't really jive with the taste. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but there is no alcohol presence. I really do like the complexity of this beer.

On a side note: Their label cracks me up, again. I'm loving their "current events" theme they've had going with other seasonal releases.

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

What a nice surprise. Found this on tap @ a local place here in Baltimore. Just bursting with flavor. I've only recently begun to appreciate hoppiness in beer. The hops come through but so did a nice underlying fruitiness. Crisp and very drinkable. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle for $8 from Abe's Cold Beer. So this is basically an imperial brown of sorts, right? How about that's what the label is hinting at. I thought I'd like this beer, but it just couldn't catch on. I got very little malt character and while the cirtus fruit punch hops were delicious, the only other thing I tasted was a medicinal candy taste that was more odd than unpleasant. I wouldn't recommend this beer, while Lagunitas gets the hops right, there's little balance from barley.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Unibroue tulip. Big fluffy, off-white head, bursting with juicy aromas. Grapefruit dominates the smell, some malt sweetness, stunning, just stunning. Taste follows suit with bitter hop goodness with a nice malt balance, leaning towards the bitter. Awesome. Delicious if your in the mood for hops, delicious if your in the mood for malt. Tastes great, looks great, feels great, smells great and if it could speak, I'm sure it would have the voice of an angel.

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

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Ruby-chestnut with one finger of sticky taupe foam.

S - Caramel, toffee, praline, orange peel, pine.

T - Plenty of both malt and hops, with a chewy caramel backbone, some fruit - orange, dried apricot - and citrus and pine hop flavor. Hops also attack the palate with some pithy bitterness, drying out the beer a bit and balancing the malt.

M - Full and smooth, with some peppery carbonation.

D - Makes a good sipper. Worth checking out, and with Lagunitas pricing, it's a pretty good value. I'd be interested to see how this one ages.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I unknowingly picked this up JUST after they recieved it. The Specs I was at said they only got 2 cases. Well, I have to say VERY happy reading this bottle and seeing people that aren't scared to speak the truth. I have never seen anything mention WTC bldg. 7. Especially on a beer. Besides that, I just want to say first off as soon as I popped the cap and smelled it, I had instant love for this brew.

Single finger of fairly dense, creamy sandy tan head. Seems to be thick, and lasting. Good retention. Dark cherry red. Clear, but not crystal clear, some floating particles. Orange/golden amber highlights.

Somewhat piney and lots of CITRUS. Lots of sweet citrusy hops, a fruity character with delicious caramel malt that is just absolutely fantastic. Sweet papaya, or maybe mango and possibly pineapple. There is also a sweet molasses after a bit of warming. Whatever the exact fruits I'm not positive but it smells delicious. Its about as hoppy as the first Hop Stoopid I tried last night.

This is a mixture of a lot of different beers I've had before mingled perfectly into a great tasting offering. At least that's what I thought as soon as I took my first sip. It has a lot of similar qualities that's giving me beer flashbacks. First, it has a very nice malty caramel quality that somewhat reminds me of a tamed 90 minute. A delicious lightly bitter hoppy backdrop that carries unto the finish. Also, Gnarly wine is coming to mind. Just with their others, this is just another delicious beer released.

The mouthfeel is great. Just as awesome as any of the other Lagunitas. Medium bodied and lightly syrupy like a BW. Good carbonation that goes down super smooth and besides just the taste, makes this beer really drinkable.

In conclusion I am pretty confused to what I would classify this beer. It is similar to a DIPA or barleywine( well not quite barley wine but a lighter version). I heard its a "brown ale" but I don't think I ever had a brown ale like this. Solid, and really recommended.

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Photo of Drone53
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice tawny amber, and pours with a nice head lace which lasts for a bit.

Smell: Smells of nice citrusy hop aroma, with a little bit of carmel as well. Quite pleasant really.

Taste: Ahh....the best part! Starts with a nice carmel flavor, followed by a rush of citrusy hop flavor. A nice hearty malt though balances this beer out a bit. However, hops seem to be the dominate flavor.

Mouthfell: Though this beer has a nice maltiness to it, hops are still the dominate flavor. The firm malt backbone balances it out a bit, but the dry hop flavor still dominate.

Drinkability: You don't taste the alcohol at all in this beer, however you feel it a bit. A bit drying due to the hops as well.

Overall, an very nice beer for this style. I was originally drawn to this beer due to the name (I love Wilco!), but the beer is definitely very good! A nice innovative beer from a great brewery.

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

Pours a brown almost non-see-through unless held up to light. Nice little head that lasts for a few moments.
Smells of hops and floral. Very cool, not surprising considering the IBU's are over 60.
Taste bitter, hoppy but somehow different. Great! It has a lot of malt to it, but not enough to balance out the beer completely allowing the bittering hops to come through.

Great beer will buy again!

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Photo of neorunner
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to J for sharing this bomber with me.

A - Dark cherry brown color somewhere between red and black... Not much for head or retention. A light lattice of head remains on the sides of the glass.

S - Mild hop note and a sweet aroma similar to those candy cigarettes you used to get as a kid.

T - Bittering hops and malt flavors blend nicely. Finish has a lingering bitterness but this helps to cover the slightly apparent heat of a near 8% beer.

M - Mildly dry, but easily session-able.

D - For the price the Petaluma crew has done a great job with this beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightish brown tone as it's poured, darker in the glass, glinting ruby in the light. Second pour yields a thick foamy crest that threatens to overflow. As it slides down the glass, puffy rings of lace are left in its wake. Real purty like.

Toasty malty notes of a strong brown ale are intertwined with juicy tropical fruits, a unique combo for sure. Seriously malty flavors, toasty and somewhat rich, fading into some herbal bitterness and sweetish citrus fruits. Malt seems to dominate though the hop bitterness holds its ground. Low and even carbonation levels, full and round feel. Easy to drink a bomber, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Thegreatnate
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the best "Limited Release" I have tried from Lagunitas. Believe me... they are all delicious! I love brown ales and this beer takes the "brown" to a whole new level!

Pours a rustic, copper color that is dark, but has transparency. A one finger head was the perfect lid for this near perfect beer. The creamy head compliments what lay beneath....

Ahhh... the smell of hops! You just don't find a fresh, floral hop aroma in most browns. This one raises the eyebrows for sure! Right away, I knew this brown would be special... in a good way!

The taste... where do I start?! The hops hit first, intriguing the taste buds, and then the malts instantly balance the hops. The two bond together to create the flavor of a raised cinnamon crumb doughnut. However, this brown is not overly sweet like some browns can be. Just a whisper of sweetness. The carbonation is crisp and adds just the right bite.

The finish lingers and is so well balanced, that it is hard to tell where one sip ends and the next one begins. Maybe it's just hard to tell because I can't stop sipping it!! I give this beer an "A" only because I have a hard time saying anything is 100% perfect... except for my wife.


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Photo of excal
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark and slightly reddish brown that turns bright red when held up to the light. A finger of beige/off-white lacing disappears in about 30 seconds or so, leaving a thin layer on top. Thick lacing.

Smell is all citrus and pine, not too dissimilar from Lagunitas' IPAs and DIPAs.

The hoppiness is mostly pine with hints of citrus. The bitter forward is followed with (wiped out by, really) a solid, rich malty backing. A slightly roasty flavor with cocoa hints are the last thing tasted.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy at first, then fades to an odd thinness. The taste really fades from your mouth very quickly. Within a second or two after swallowing, you're only tasting the faintest hint of lingering bitterness. Solid drinkability.

Overall, it's not a bad offering, but I can't say I'm a big fan. It's not aggressively hoppy enough to be a West Coast hop bomb, the malt isn't really sweet enough to make this a typical brown ale, and the combination of the two comes out more conflicted than balanced.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice amber/brown color with a decent amount of off white head and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

Alot more hops in the nose than I expected. Very cirtusy and sweet, as the beer warms you start to get some more malty overtones coming through.

The taste is big and malty with a fair amount of citrusy hops to balance it out. Nice caramel notes seem to pop out as the beer warms. Medium to Medium/Light bodied. Carbination seems to be about right. Easy to drink. A little warm alcohol in the taste is well done, not too much, but enough to let you know its there.

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Photo of supermetroid
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. (I feel like a little kid--though the bomber has lost its function, I'm reading the hell out of the label all the way through this beer. you've gotta love Lagunitas.)

Absolutely remarkable beer. The label claims its a "Malty, Robust Jobless Recovery Ale"--and it is, but it's so much more.

Pours a very, very dark amber with half a finger of head. Gorgeous color. Carbonation meanders its way to the top, though the head is maintained for the entire pint.

Sweet pine smell. The cascade hops aren't afraid to shine though in this beer, though they share the stage with a deep, molasses aroma.

Begins creamy as all hell. Seems very syrupy at first, but the carbonation makes its presence known just in time.. A wonderful, IPA-comparable hoppyness follows, finishes, and persists. Knocks you off your ass--each sip, with its subtle (yet significant) flipflop from malty to hoppy simply begs for another. An airy, yet substantial body, the whole way through. This is a beer with an identity crisis, and the drinker is all the better for it.

Carbonation gives this beer a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Each drink is a pleasure.

Not a session beer my any means--a couple of these will make your night shorter than expected. It's hop-shielded maltyness weighs heavy.

All in all, an absolutely fantastic beer. The first of its kind I've tried, outside of possibly Flying Dog's Imperial Pale Ale (which, in my opinion, tasted too boozey). If anyone has recommendations for similar beers, please send them my way.

(Side note: I've also had this on tap at the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. They taste almost identical, though the hops were just slightly more obvious on tap.]

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

The Wilco Tango Foxtrot poured a brown color with a 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing.

The smell was citrusy and lovely. Definitely a hop that I enjoy. The taste was malty and had delicious caramel backbone to it. I found it to be a money brew that went down smooth. I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of deereless
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid mass of thick sticky head that clings to the side of the glass, medium brown in color - 4.50, S: The aroma has a very smooth and tropical fruit-like sweetness, some pineapple and possibly tangerine, just the faintest hint of something medicinal, heavy caramel and molasses, one of the most inviting aromas I've experienced in some time - 4.75, D: Nice effortless hop bite that avoids being harsh, well balanced though teetering on the side of hops, caramel sweetness, lots of grapefruit and a hint of pine, if I had to guess I would say Centennial hops were involved in this beer - 4.75, S: Very smooth - 5.00, D: A very nicely crafted ale, wonderfully balanced but with a strong hop presence, tropical sweetness is very enticing, I would buy this beer if it was seasonal - 4.50

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

taste- sweet hops with a malt backbone

color- brown with amber hues

clarity- clear

smell- floral, sweet hop character, belgian yeast notes, caramelized malt, chocolate in the end

body- well balanced, nice clingy hoppy bite at the front of the mouth and a malt finish, medium-body and length finish

appearance- nice brown color with light lace, nice carbonation when agitated

overall impression- a well balanced, above average tasting beer. great body, mouthfeel, and flavor, very easy drinker.

notes and comments- not sure i would call this a strong ale...maybe a brown

glassware: tulip

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,668 ratings