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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 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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Photo of Thomas13Lee
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A malty work of art. I could taste the grain in every sip. Well enough balanced and eminitely drinkable. Roasty, dark, almost bready, it was scrumptious in most respects. Definitely good enough to make it into my regular rotation. Cloying to the palate, you bet, but so very drinkable for however many you can put away. Oh Langunitas how I adore thee.

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Photo of J-Rye
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Super dark brown, like a chocolate twizzler. Good 1.5-2 inches of head. Good, sticky lacing.

Smell/Taste: nice rich malt. Very balanced. It has a hint of the bitterness of a porter, but the malt is roasted so that this is a mellow bitterness that still allows the caramel/toasted tones to come through. It's right at the edge of the brown/black border.

Feel: Lagunitas has this pretty down for most of their beers. Feel is very similar to Sucks.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear brown with a nice ruby tint to it. The head is thick creamy white that settles down to a thin disc that leaves some nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is not quite "imperial" or strong, but does have some nice malt notes with a hint of pine hops. The taste is bready with a hint of hops. The body is a little thinner than I think the style should be and there's a little bit of a tingle on the tongue.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality sub $5 bomber from Lagunitas. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting and I appreciated it even more for that reason. Well rounded flavor profile.

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Photo of anon
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer a second time just to give a review and enjoy it again.

A deep ruby red shows through the overall brown body of this brew when the light shines through, moderate carbonation and.some nice sticky lacing. Caramely and malty up front on the nose, toasty. Taste comes through much the same. Caramel and malts dominate the forefront with candy and bready notes. Next is a showering of pine resin bitterness on the tongue, with a mixture of dark fruit and citrus hints. This is a nice complex brew and keeps things interesting throughout the drink. This one almost reminds me of one of my favorites, Arrogant Bastard, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Lagunitas Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary

A: Pours dark amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Toasty, sweet caramel malt, pine, light citrus, and a touch of spice.

T: Strong pine, a little peppery spice, light citrus, grapefruit and orange, toasty malt, maybe a hint of dark fruit and some caramel toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Dangerously drinkable. When I tried it the hops were leading the way, but I'd love to see what a little age would do to it, let the malt come out a little more.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"We're not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we're in the Brown?!" Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Brown Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, creamy froth head of an ecru beige complexion over a deep maple brown body with thin sediment, moderate clarity and light carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Simple aroma of lightly toasted malts, some caramel bread, very mild roasted malt, very clean and simple. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Delicate caramel bread and brown malt body with soft toasted grains, undertones of chocolate and toffee, finishing on a smooth note of toasted bread crusts with a pinch of cococa, very smooth and easy to drink and yet very simple in its execution. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly residual, lightly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a light frothiness and a brisk, moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately sweet over earthy or hoppy bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no distinctive off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Lagunitas' take on the Imperial Brown ale doesn't necessarily amplify the flavor potential of a beer, as the flavor profile of this ale in particular is simple and smooth, and the alcohol profile is deliberately in check. This is an enjoyable, if not too predictable Brown Ale for traditional fans of the style. 3.75

Lagunitas Brewing Company's
Wilco Tango Foxtrot

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” cream to light tan clingy foam collar.
S: Light toast, fruit, hint of anise
T: Light toast sweetens to rich malt then the hops come forward with citrus and light resin followed by cola flavors.
F: Creamy, medium carbonation and medium to medium full body.
O: A big beer that achieves an excellent, layered balance between sweet and bitter.

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

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Murky brown with a two finger off white foamy head medium lacing.
S - Really wild, apricot, brandy, dark cherry, toffee, some grape, a little roasted malt.
T - Sweetness up front with some dried cherries and apricots, then comes the malt, toffee, slightly nutty, and definitely sweet, finishes with some mild earthy hop bitterness, even a little white grape and citrus tartness.
M - Definitely chewy, but not a lingering stickiness as compared to some other strong ales.
O - Complex with variety in flavor and unique. Not something I'd reach for often, but once on a rare occasion.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed 5/13/14

Amber color with an large off-white head.
Some citrus and peach on the nose along with roasted malt.
Flavor is a more caramel malt with some hops adding balance.
Moderate to full body.

Overall, another good beer from Lagunitus.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip glass.

The color is a dark black with maroon and dark brown highlights. There is about two fingers of brownish/tan head and small amount of lacing.

The smell has a citrus hop aroma that is surprising since the color was pretty dark. There is touches of grapes and figs here that do come out among teases of dark malt.

The taste is citrus at first with a big tangerine or grapefruit flavor. There is a flavor of caramel malt that tries to sneak past the hoppy fruit flavor but is pushed back by the return of the hop bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable but does not seem to be as balanced as intended. It goes down pretty well little effort. With a little age this beer would even out and could be really fantastic. The hops would mellow a little and the malts would be showcased better.

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

A- Deep caramel in color. Clear. A lager three finger head develops with a heavy pour. Moderate lacing

S- Bitter hops and roasted malts, vanilla bean, brown sugar. A sweet bready aroma comes through.

T- Sweet bready malts but not as much hop as the nose. Well balanced with a warming aftertaste.

M- Surprisingly light bodied for an imperial brown. Goes down easy.

O- Good not great but it may just be be. While well built and drinkable, to me the flavor seems a little off. This was my first taste of WTF and with no apparent date on the bottle, I don't know if its me or the brew. I'll have to give it another go.

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Photo of dtivp
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear copper brown wit a two finger frothy dull white head that dissipated slowly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of malt and hops with hints of caramel.

Taste of barley malt and hops up front with a slight sweetness of brown sugar and vanilla.

Mouth Feel was medium body with light carbonation, smooth with a slight stickiness. The ending dry with a slight bitter after taste.

Over all this is a nice strong brown ale, a little more bitter than most brown ales that I have had. However, this beer has a nice balance and I would recommend it for a football game beverage.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown, almost mohagony. No clarity. Little lace or head.

S - Huge piny hop aroma with brown sugar. Smells delicious

T - Huge malty backbone, with a good amount of sweetness. Not as hoppy as the aroma. But very smooth. ABV is hidden.

M - Oily, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

O - A damn good imperial brown. Well balanced, smooth, not too sweet. Another brew well done by Lagunitas

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Photo of brureview
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label-" We’re not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we’re in the Brown?"

Time for a beer:)

An imperial brown ale. Pours a dark copper caramel color with a 3F head which resolves itself within a few minutes.

The aroma is slightly sweet, malty, and with a hint of vanilla. Most brown ales have a lackluster or malty aroma. In this beer, the pleasant aroma is not prominent, but it is different than other brown ales I have tasted.

Mouth feel: moderately carbonated.

Taste- quite interesting for a brown ale. Some grapefruit, light vanilla, slightly sweet, and malty.

Crisp finish with some sweetness.

Overall, an excellent brown ale- different than the typical malty brew- grapefruit, sweetness, and vanilla combine together for an excellent beer.

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Photo of Biffster
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a crystal clear medium brown with mahogany, copper, and amber highlights. There is a persistent rocky tawny head.

The aroma has a big toffee and caramel start, with lots of dark fruit and dark toasty rye bread notes. Lots of chocolate and a moderate hop presence, which mostly presents as mostly earthy and spicy, along with a little lemony grassy aroma. There is a touch of diacetyl in this sample, but otherwise it is estery and clean.

The flavor is big and malty and sweet. Toasty and just a touch of roast, although no coffee or burnt notes. It is toffee like and sweet at the sip, but there is a substantial hop bitterness to take over, which seems to be slightly amplified by the judicious use of dark malt. The swallow is balanced just slightly to malt, but there is a substantial lingering hop bitterness. The finish is just to the malty side, but not sweet or cloying.

It has a substantial rich creamy mouthfeel, with a moderately full body and a subdued and creamy carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice sipper, balanced and pleasant. It'd be good with roast beef or pork tenderloin, ham, sausage, or maybe even some rich deserts like creme brulee with berries.

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Photo of brurevu
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: Lagunitas says it’s a Brown Ale, but in pure Lagunitas style they ratchet up the hops to a level that thoroughly blurs that line. It poured a copper brown with a malty sweetness on the aroma with a hint of hops. The taste was like a mixture of a brown ale and an IPA. There was the sweet nuttiness of the malt balanced by the signature Lagunitas hop bitterness that created another great brew. The body was full and helped weigh down the hoppy profile while maintaining its high drinkability. The WTF was another fine beer from Lagunitas!

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

Poured into an Innis & Gunn flute from the 22 oz. bottle.

a: A nearly clear dark reddish amber with an inch tall off-white head dissipated slowly to surface foam and some lacing.

s: Balance of malt and hops.

t: Hops dominate forward but the malt lingers. Very tasty with slight dark fruit tinge.

m: Moderate, carbonation blasts tha palate. Higher ABV is well covered.

o: A wonderfully balanced ale. Great taste only improves as it warms.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of WTF split into snifters.

Pours mahogany in color with ruby hues where the light pushes through. An inch of fluffy white head develops, and lingers for a few minutes. Upon settling, a hearty ring of bubbles surrounds the surface while a solid dusting covers it. The aroma is of caramel malt, earthy hops, a bit of spice, and a solid dose of orange/lemon citrus. Some nuts (cashews, most predominantly), toast, and ubiquitous "dark fruit" is buried in there as well. It tastes of citrus, a suite of hops (bitter, earthen, and spicy all appear), and some grass up front. Quickly, the more robust malts push through, and caramel, toast, nuts, plum, and a bit of toffee come through. The mouthfeel is initially lightened by the carbonation, but becomes viscous, sticky, and resinous before too long. Finish is dry. Overall, this is a good strong ale that I'd happily drink again. Like many things (everything?) from Lagunitas, there are a ton of hops here, and they play nicely with the maltier base.

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