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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown Ale

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

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: slight white head over brown liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Lennon, floral and grapefruit hops.

T: Lemon, caramel malt, grapefruit, grass and floral hops.

M: very smooth. Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: definitely one of the better representations of the style.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Red tinted brown opaque body with streaming bubbles. Almost a full finger of frothy tan head that settles to a choppy wake and leaves bubbly lacing draped on the edge.

S: Lime, grapefruit, roasty notes, rye bread, chopped nuts, hints of cocoa powder, cinnamon and dirty earthy yeast.

T/M: Taste follows the nose with the same roasted malts, citrus hops and pine oil. Oily feel with an aggressive sting of carbonation. Woody spiced alcohol sting in the back of the throat once warmed. Finishes dry with an aftermath of citrus hops and toasted dark bread.

O: A great hopped up brown ale with divinely balanced flavors. I love roasty bready malt with citrus hops. This is a beer that I would regularly drink. Doggone good!

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Photo of AdamMY
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is nice and dark with a wonderful head that laces as it receeds down the glass.

Aroma has hints of milk chocolate and dark rye bread, and perhaps a touch of pumpernickle bread as well.

Taste is where this really shines, malty, with a touch of hops, giving interesting flavors of the aformentioned breads and a touch of semi sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak, while it coats well, it just seems thin for such a high quality beer.

Overall very nice, and very drinkable. I will definitely look into getting more of this one.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown, it looks black near the top, with a fluffy 1.5 finger head and good lacing which stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is strong roasted and sweet malts followed immediately by a grapefruit and pine hop smell.

The taste hits with strong sweet and roasted malts followed quickly by grapefruit and pine hops. Berries and carmel appear to be present on the back end as well as a pine oil residue which stays on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is not thick or bready like I expected but thin and oily. The beer goes down smoothly with a pine aftertaste.

Overall this is better than I expected. Lagunitas has pleasantly surprised me with their Pilsner and now with this. This is a complex brown/strong ale with a good mix of malts, hops and other flavors. I would recommend you try it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Local Miami in a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a medium brown color with an 1/8 inch head that soon morphs into a thin ring around the glass and various surface foam patterns that are quite nice. Drippy non-resilient lacing.

S- A fruity hop punch in the nose with some toasty malt surrounding.

T- Smooth combo of mildly bitter hops and some toasted malt. Slight caramel aftertaste. Alcohol is very subdued. Overall it's more hop forward but the malt brings a slight sweetness that balances everything very well.

M- Pretty tight bite from the hops, moderate carbonation and a medium body.

O- Drinkability is high on this one. A well-executed strong ale for sure and it doesn't skimp on the bitterness.

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

I liked this a lot, id call it a hoppy American brown ale before I call it a strong ale, but I suppose that's inconsequential here. this beer pours a nice clear lighter brown, indian red maybe, with a pillowy tan head with outstanding retention. the nose is way hoppy for a brown, it crowds out any malt sweetness and plays off the bitter cocoa powder element perfectly. the flavor is also quite hopped up, and for once in a lagunitas beer, that same old yeast strain actually works here! at least it doesn't detract from the feature elements I should say, its a non-issue, which is nice for a change. love the roasty malts with the hop bitter, its an underutilized combination of flavors. great carbonation and soft texture to a bigger beer. the finish is complex and chocolate forward, but there is also a little residual sugar that challenges the hops. this is a great beer, totally unique, and one I will absolutely be buying again. outstanding stuff.

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Photo of MonkeyboyATL
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't really add much more to what's already been said. It's a delicious brown ale on steroids. You get the nice malt and brown sugar that you expect from a brown, with an extra hop punch. You also get a hint of booziness and a great full bodied mouthfeel. Love this beer and look forward to picking up some more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a mahogany-chestnut color with a thick cream colored head of two fingers. The head has a fantastic level of retention very slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of clingy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit hop smell. Mixed with these are some nice lightly roasted bready smells mixed with some caramel and toffee sugary smells. There is a light dark fruit aroma of plum and raisin as well producing a somewhat muddled smell.

Taste – While the nose was somewhat confusing, the flavor, which contained all the flavors that were in the nose was actually nicely constructed. The taste begins with a smooth lightly roasted malt and bready flavor and a good level of caramel sweetness. Right from the start there is a grapefruit hop taste as well. The hop starts out weaker and grows stronger as the taste advances. Mixed with these in the middle of the taste are some darker fruit tastes as well as more hop flavors of a light pine and earthy nature. In the end the hop grapefruit bitterness dwindles a bit as more sour and slightly tangy flavors of a more fruity nature, with hints of cherry and plum, come to the tongue. While the grapefruit fades the earthy flavors get a bit stronger, and when combined with the rest and a light alcohol taste, produces a very interesting lightly sour and lightly bittered, sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is lower than average. The chewier body is very nice for the roasted malt flavors and when mixed with the lower carbonation make for a nice liquid medium to allow the complex mix of flavors (roasted, bitter, sour, sweet) to be sensed and distinguished by the tongue.

Overall – This is a rather interesting brew with a rather complex flavor profile, yet it still maintains a great ,somewhat nice complimentarily between the mix of flavors. An interesting and tasty brew.

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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chestnut brown with a reddish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, dense foam that slowly dissipated and left random sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent, fresh, citrus hop aromas with pine hops, toffee and sweet caramel malt beneath. Thick, syrupy feel despite the agressive, slightly fizzy carbonation. Pungent grapefruit and citrus hops up front followed by a tangy and brown sugary sweetness through the middle - a signature taste for Lagunitas brews. Citrus hop bitterness trends to pine hop flavors to the end. A strong sweet caramel malt backbone flavor throughout. Finished with a malty and pine bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of timc100
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber/brown with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Really nice light beige head - good sticky lacing and retention.

S: Sticky grapefruit, caramel and toffee. Very fresh - big citrus hops and some resinous pine.

T: Very tasty - follows the nose with big caramel and citrus. Bitter and more astringency from the hops than expected. Chocolate comes out with the toffee and caramel. Sticky resin throughout

P: Medium bodied, and again, sticky and slightly chewy. Feels bigger than 7.8abv. Lingers a good while

O: A great hoppy brown ale, a style that continues to surprise me.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Pours a crystal-clear dark copper with nearly no head. Citrus and wet grass in the nose initially but gives way to caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate. Malt dominates the flavor (as promised on the label, with dark chocolate and toffee, but a good note of grapefruit, wet grass, and mint to support it. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Excellent. Especially for the price.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug; dark brown, clear, showing ruby in the light with a thick rocky off-white head that leaves chunky lacing as it dissipates. Smell is hoppy and citrusey, sweet and thick-smelling. Taste is very smooth up front, very clean for the amount of maltiness, with just the right amount of hop bitterness finishing it out with an aftertaste that makes you want to take another sip. Mouthfeel is relatively full, but clean and smooth without being spiky. This is the most drinkable American Strong Ale I've had so far, delicious.

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Photo of FlyingBull
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up to enjoy while doing a home brew. 22 oz bomber from a local "convenient" store that has a pretty good selection of craft beers...for my little town.

This beer poured a nice clear ruby brown with a 1" persistent tan head and plenty of lacing on the sides as I enjoyed. I can pick up strong caramel malts with a resinous spicy hop aroma. The carbonation is medium and seems appropriate for the beer. The mouth feel is full bodied. Lots of sweet caramel malt up front followed immediately by resinous spicy hop flavor, with a lingering pleasant bitterness. I wish the alcohol were a little lower, but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor or aroma.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely get it again while available.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker brown with some amber and light showing through the glass. Some head at pour lingers nicely and some lacing is present. Aroma is malty - caramel and/or brown sugar - with a hint of hops. Good quality flavor - nice brew for a snowy day. Bitter up front but then sweet to the finish.

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

A: center-pour into a nonic pint kicked up a massive head of tan foam; body of beer was a ruby brown; as head dimished, plenty of lace

S: rich chewy malt and hoppy pine and resin

T: sweet dark and chocolate malts, semi-bitter; spice, pine resin and earthy hop flavors, dark tangy finish

M: medium body, ample carbonation, smooth but lively

O: a very nice American strong brown ale.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a tulip

A - Dark with mahogany highlights with a small tan head.

S - Big floral hop character with citrus notes riding over a prominent toasted malty sweetness.

T - The hop character hides the best of the malt. Both are good, but they don't blend smoothly.

M - Drying character of the hops on the finish with a surprisingly high level of carbonation.

O - It seems like the hops are a bit too aggressive because they compete with the malt bill in a way that is unbalanced. I know that's a stylistic choice for Lagunita's but it seems to have gone a bit too far in this case.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a 22oz bottle. wtf....this is a good beer. but i have liked all the beers i have had from laguntias. the smell is very hoppy. the taste is bitter with a little citrus. the finish is not quite as bitter as the smell would lead you to believe. over all this is a pretty drinkable full flavored beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber/mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades to a cap within a minute or two

S: Bready malts and citrus and earthy hops come through the most, with a hint of roast and caramel/chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off earthy and citrusy with a caramel sweetness that is complimented by a hint of chocolate. Lightly roasty and bitter into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice hybrid beer with great balance and decent complexity. Easy to drink for a strong ale with a great price point. Definitely worth picking up, especially if you're a fan of the brewery

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber split with a friend into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a clear deep ruby amber with a creamy 1" off white head. Just a bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is very hoppy; orange and lemon with a bit of bready malt. A little tart smell with just a slight suggestion of alcohol. Taste follows the nose: strong hop presence in the nose with a nice caramelly malt backbone. Really great balance between the hops and the malt on this one. Just enough carbonation to lighten up the beer and keep it super refreshing. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Very refreshing and not heavy at all for a beer that clocks in just under 8%. Would definitely buy this brew again and definitely won't split it next time.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Met a friend for lunch down at First Street Draught House, and saw this one on-tap. Full nonic-pint. A thick finger-width beige head on top. Excellent rings of lace left behind after each sip.

The nose is hoppy and full of citrus goodness - orange slices, grapefruit, pomegranate. A little dry scent in there like sawdust. Clean body, though erring on the thinner side. Finish is a little more slick than I'd like on a Strong Ale.

Grapefruit smacks me right away. Semi-sweet candied malts, honey, syrup, lime. Alcohol is barely detectable as far as flavor, but I can feel it after awhile.

This was a good beer, and a treat to sip on while watching the first few games of the tourney and waiting for my food to arrive. Another win for Lagunitas.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange brown with a tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy on citrus and pine hops, like an IPA, grapefruit, lemon, caramel

T: odd, bitterness up front from the hops fades quickly into raisins, figs, dark fruits, kind of an odd flavor transition, malty in the middle and finish with nutty brown ale caramel flavors

M: medium with medium carbonation, aftertaste doesn't hang around too long

O: the hop smell of this strong brown ale is reminiscent of an IPA, the flavor profile is a little muddled, good but not great

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Photo of godlessape
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at the greatest beer bar on planet earth; The Porter in Atlanta. They served it up in a Lagunitas pint glass that looked a lot like a big mouthed jelly jar. The body is dark brown, deep and rich with a creamy off white head that never lets go.
The aroma is strong and malty with molasses, raisins, maybe a hint of booze and spicy hops.
The flavor is all grapefruit and citrus sizzle and not much malt whatsoever. The nose apparently told a fib. There's not much balance here at all.
The body is light and the carbonation high.
Overall I found it rather underwhelming, considering the brewery it came from, I expected a lot better. I won't be trying this again but it won't stop me from enthusiastically consuming any other Lagunitas brews.

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Photo of mnrider
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Brown Bomber.

A: Pours dark amber, clear, large off white head. Very nice lacing and good retention.

S: Piney west coast hops, creamy caramel, sweet fruits. Very nice but kind of subdued.

T/M: Hops, Pine, citrus, smooth malts, caramel and some faint sweet fruits. Full bodied
with a good amount if carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers and the higher ABV% is only
slightly noticeable. Excellent mouth feel.

O: I'm not really sure what a Strong Ale is supposed to be, but I would guess that WTF
fits right in. It actually resembles a Brown Ale, just with more hops. Great taste, solid
malt feel and easy drinkability makes this one a winner.


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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby brown with a big creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is piney resiny hops with some fruit and roasted malts.

The flavor is roasted chocolate/caramel malts with some fruit and a good sized piney, resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid hoppy brown.

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Photo of Ford
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

Wow. This one is hard to describe. There are some bitterish hops in the end, but certainly nothing like a strong IPA... there are some great malts and caramels up front, but nothing overpowering...

This is just a great beer in my opinion. Super easy to drink... I didn't notice any alcohol even though it is almost 8 percent.

I will be revisiting this one again and again.

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