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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A slightly late to develop cascading pour yields close to three fingers worth dense tightly packed light khaki colored froth with a bit of a rocky batter like top... Rock solid retention and then some that lasts for most of the session... The color is a deep brooding ruby red... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation which can be clearly seen along the sides of the glass towards the top... Rich rings of lacing cling to the glass...

S - A brief whiff of piney and resinous goodness... Next is a massive load of malty goodness... Uber amounts of caramel and toffee... Candied sugar... Lollipops... A moderate fruit presence... Candied sweet citrus... A very light woody presence... Each time the glass is brought close to my nose it yields a new layer of depth and complexity...

T - The palate is a near perfect continuation of the nose... The slightly pungent hop presence and over the top malty goodness work in near perfect harmony... There is also the added presence of dark brown sugar...

M - Limited carbonation... Dense... Sleek and sticky... Seems to run the gambit from light to full bodied and everywhere in between... The finish is a bit dry... The mouthfeel proves to be a bit challenging...

D - A rather interesting brew with lots of pluses and a couple of minuses... The mouthfeel proves challenging and some what unappealing... This one lingers in the no man's land between American Strong Ale and American Black Ale... The end result is nothing more than an interesting merely more the slightly interesting brew...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this big hoppy brown ale–WTF?, indeed–on a cool spring night. 22 oz. brown bottle poured in my Beer Geek Nation tulip glass. Delicious stuff...review details follow below.

Appearance (4/5): This dark brown ale is topped with a huge, billowy off-white head. The big head tells us this is one active, well-carbonated beer. Red highlights can be seen when the beer is held up to the light. This is a very good looking brown ale.

Smell (4/5): Sweet caramel malt and floral hops (Amarillo?) compete for dominance in this one, but not to the beer's detriment. Instead, they compliment one another well. Some people don't like the idea of hoppy brown ales, but let the doubters give this one a smell and maybe they would change their tune. Very interesting mixture of the light, nutty sweetness of traditional brown ales and the green, floral hops of a pale ale or IPA.

Taste (4/5): At the front of the mouth you get smacked with some light, oily hop bitterness, but towards the back, brown ale characteristics come through. The brown characteristics consist of some powdery cocoa, light coffee bean, and dark chocolate. As with the aroma, the beer's brown and IPA characteristics work well together to make a very interesting and fairly unique beer. Good tasting stuff.

Mouthfeel (4/5): This beer definitely has a solid brown's mouthfeel: it's nice and creamy and the finish is dry (not to say chalky). A smooth, clean ale that is very drinkable. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall (4/5): Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot is one of those weird beers that exceeds expectations and is more than just a novelty beer. The hoppy imperial brown ale idea really does work in practice, despite the doubts of narrow-minded purists. Excellent stuff by a brewery that's never afraid to step outside the box and get weird with it.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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