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Wilco Tango FoxtrotWilco Tango Foxtrot

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a towering four-finger pale brown shade. It features an incredibly thick, soapy texture, along with some beautiful lacing.

S: Citrusy hops befitting a Lagunitas product jump out at me first. Sadly, I kind of wish more of the brown ale qualities jumped out at me. Still, it has a decent nutty tone beneath all the grapefruit - but there's also an acidic note to the hops that's somewhat overbearing.

T: The first sensation on the palate is tons of citrusy hops. It comes across as if you're biting into a grapefruit. Just like I feared in the aroma, there isn't much 'brown ale' to be found (maybe a touch of caramel, toffee, and nuts in the middle of the palate), yet there's just enough to balance out the (excellent) hops without overshadowing them.

M: I love the crisp lightness of this. I really thought this would be sweet and heavy, and instead it goes down superbly. It does become a bit sweeter as it warms up, though - nothing that's a dealbreaker, though.

O: This drinks more like an IPA with darker malts instead of a brown ale with a bit of hoppiness. The aroma threw me for a loop, but once I accepted it was the former instead of the latter, I really grew to like this one a lot. I have to wonder: does Lagunitas make anything that sucks? Don't answer that.

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

Don't see any date on this, approximately 2 years old.

A: Pours a nice medium brown with a big fluffy and fizzy light light brown head. Closer to an off-white than brown I guess. Head fades surprisingly slowly with a nice island remaining behind. Tufts of light lacing everywhere.

S: Lots of nice caramel and a little bit of roasted nuts.

T: Sweet caramel. Some nuttiness and a little bit of toasted bread into the middle. Nice touch of brown sugar in the finish. Drying toffee and toast lingers between sips.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: A nice mellow brown ale. Age seems to have made this silky smooth. Goes down like water, very drinkable. Sweet and smooth, I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of aty11b
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a Tulip glass.

A- pours a beautiful ruby red body with not much head retention.

S- Dark fruits, Fig, and hops

T- A combination of Grapefruit, Fig, Raisins, hops, and slight notes of orange and caramel. The hops are not to overwhelming leaving a satisfying bitter after taste in your mouth.

O- One of my new favorites from Lagunitas. A nice ruby body with fresh ingredients that do not overwhelm each other. Its a definite must have.

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

Poured at cellar temperature into a snifter.

This beer is a very dark, deep ruby color when poured. The head is a sizable off-white cloud of fine, compact foam. When held up to light, you can see a tiny bit of clarity and dark red accents.

This beer smells fantastic! There's the herbal hop aroma, a hint of citrus and some mysterious tropical fruits, as well as a sweet caramel-like malt smell. Truly a heavenly blend of great scents.

The best way I can describe the taste is to say that it parallels the aroma very closely. Reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard Ale, which is a very, very good thing. The after-taste leaves me with the lingering, deeply satisfying bitterness of a double IPA.

The carbonation is just right. Drinks real smooth.

This is really a wonderful ale. I'd call it a cross between Hop Stoopid and Arrogant Bastard, and everone knows how great those two are. Highly recommended!

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

A-dark amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-nice caramel malt, pine, hints of citrus

T-dominant caramel malt followed by some hoppy flavors of citrus and pine, slightly but not overly sweet, decent bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-interesting beer with features of and IPA and strong dark ale

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

An aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of soft white head. Color is deep copper brown, smell is mild caramel malt, without much hop overtones. Lacing becomes apparent even before the first sip. The taste of the beer fills every corner of the mouth in a pleasant mix of carbonation, malt, and hops. No apparent bitterness for me, and it soothes the esophagus on the pleasing journey to the stomach. Very well balanced, with no overpowering elements, it can meld to fit almost any occasion.

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Photo of beepill
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had WTF many times, as I live in the Bay Area and it it readily available year round. Today is Friday and decided that this will be my after work beer for the NBA 2nd round playoff games tonight.

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle probably purchased at the liquor store across the street a few weeks ago.

A - a dark dark amber color. Opaque when held up to the light. Thick head at first (about two finger widths) slowly going down to about 1/2 finger width. Nice foamy lacing on glass.

S - roasted maltiness with a slight hoppiness. A little bit of pine woodland and caramel.

T - you can definitely taste the robust roasted maltiness, followed by some piney hops. If you let it warm up a bit, you get some hints of chocolate and citrus. Nice taste.

M - perfect carbonation. Not too much to mask the favors, yet enough to not feel flat. Medium body that just feels right.

O - it's hard to classify this beer. Lagunitas calls it an Imperial Brown Aleand BA calls it a strong ale. It tastes likea cross between a brown ale and an IPA. It is a perfect kick back, feel good beer. Definitely worth trying and always having on hand in the cooler.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Lagunitas wide mouth mason jar pint glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a beautiful deep cherry amber, clear body with an off-white sticky head that reduces slowly and leaves some thick leggy lacing. Very nice and inviting.

S- Like the label says, it smells malty and robust but there is some hoppyness in there. Has bread, caramel, toffee, and a spicy character on the nose with some pine and citrus in there too.

T- Starts off with some heavy malt character - lots of toasted malt and sweet caramel in there, coupled with a citrus, pine, and resin hop balance. The hops definitely make a presence here - there's a spicy zing on the finish. The aftertaste is slightly roasty.

M- Medium-heavy carbonation, medium-heavy body. A slow drinker for sure.

I was pretty impressed with this one. For the price it's a quality beer - it's superbly balanced and very flavorful. To me it almost tastes like a robust IPA that the hops have faded from.

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

Appearance: This beer was dark brown, almost copper in color. It had a light-brown head that was about a finger thick. It had some nice thick lacing that stuck around for a while.

Smell: It had a heavy Hop presence. Reminiscent of an IPA. I also sensed a nice piney aroma.

Taste: Contrary to the smell, the taste wasn’t as Hop heavy. I did, however, sense a nice roasted malt flavor. There was also a touch of citrus in the taste.

Mouthfeel: As for the mouthfeel, this had good carbonation. It was really smooth and easy drinking. And it was Medium to full bodied. It also had a slight bitterness from the Hops.

Overall: Overall, this was a good beer. It falls under the ‘American Strong Ale’ category, but can easily be categorized as a Brown Ale. In fact, I can go as far as to call it an ‘Imperial Brown Ale’. It has the taste and feel of a Brown Ale, but with a heavier Hop presence and a higher alcohol percentage. I also like the fact that it left a good aftertaste.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When WTF doesn't stand for what you are thinking...

Wilco Tango Foxtrot from the folks at Lagunitas pours a murky copper with flashes of amber around the edges. An inch of creamy, tan head sticks around as well as to the glass. Hoppy aromas of grapefruit and pine are very noticeable, and very Lagunitas like. Muted caramel and toasted malt aromas provide some contrast to the hoppiness. The caramel malt sweetness, with just a touch of rye, opens the palate up to receive a wallop of citrus and piney hop that pulls through the finish. Medium in both body and carbonation, this Recovery ale weighs in at a hefty 7.8% ABV. Another winner from the folks in Petaluma!

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Whole Foods poured into a pint glass. Deep, dark amber color with minimal carbonation/lacing. Taste is quite something, woody bitter pine hops with hints of cinnamon, caramel and clove in the finish. Stays complex and is fairly drinkable considering the ABV. Body could use some more carbonation, not sure if that's due to the serving type. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of dhannes
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a bourbon glass (by a friend).

A=Rich, dark brown but with very faint white head...looked more like Coca-Cola than a beer.

S=Maltiness present.

T=Rather unexpectedly sour, with some maltiness and some hops. Paired with cheap pepperoni pizza, and it actually complimented it rather well as a good contrast to bring out the saltiness of the pizza. It seemed to get less sour near the bottom.

M=Rather light bodied...little carbonation. Not really a session candidate due to the sourness.

O=For the style, this was a bit more sour than the few others I've tried. It seemed like it would be great if you were expecting and wanted a sour beer, but this one was okay...probably would not buy again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head which slowly fades into a smaller creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Deep bready malts with a nice sharp spicy hop presence. Hoppy upfront with nice hints of spicy pine resin, earthy grassy hops, and a little citrus orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Big bready malt presence with hints of baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, roast chocolate, toast, grains, yeast, nuts, and a slight hint of rye. Some brown sugar sweetness in the mix as well. A very solid big hopped up brown ale smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a big hearty mix of earthy hops with a big taste of toasty malts. Starts out hoppy with some good notes of piney hop spice and earthy and floral notes of grass. A little citrus in the hop mix with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Big bready toasted malt taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, roast, chocolate, dark rye bread, grains, nuts, and yeast. Some sweet brown sugar. A very good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and chewy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good and interesting brew. Its like an imperial brown ale that is given a big kick of hops.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in an imperial nonic glass

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with almost full clarity. Starts to get dense towards the core, obscuring the light. Produces a good two fingers of thick khaki foam cake with ample retention. There are sheets of lace upon each sip that leave behind a nice tracking of stick down the glass. Looks quite lovely.

S: Hop forward aromas boast loads of pine and herbal spice with a light dusting of citrus fruits. I get some caramel toffee malt richness and a little stinging alcohol vapor. There is a notion of dried fruit/raisin coming through as the beer warms up a bit as well. Decent nose overall with a nice pungent hop presence.

T: Big pine and citrus notes up front with a little bit of herbals mixed in. The beer is super hoppy although not particularly bitter on the palate. Hops really overshadow the other components of the brew however a toffee malt sweetness does eventually surface. I get some raisin spiced bread and a dash of nutty milk chocolate in there as well. Alcohol is prevalent but not overly so. Pretty nice flavors with much going on it seems.

M: A touch on the thinner side with a moderate body overall. Nice creamy smooth texture aided by perfect carbonation levels. Watery but with a nice drying finish. This one lands pretty light on its feet with a slight resinous linger from the hops.

D: Hard to pin this one categorically. I wouldn’t really call it an Imperial Brown in the traditional sense of Browns. American Strong does seem more fitting...it is on the bigger side with the higher ABV’s albeit balanced rightly so. Has some intense hop flavors and subtle complexity to the malts. A little disjointed at times but in the end a delicious brew.

Dollar for dollar, another winner from Lagunitas.

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Photo of dpianka
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/19.2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Wilco Tango Foxtrot
brewery: Lagunitas
brewery location: Petaluma California
type: Ale
style: Imperial Brown Ale
abv: 7.8
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: head pours long and strong, waits patiently for the first sip, apparently it wants to give me a mustache. Color is a beautiful rich old amber, like the kind of amber you find mosquitos with dinosaur DNA in.

Smell: piney-fresh, hops are prevalent, the rich heavy malt sits in the background kinda bein lazy on the couch while the hops are ready to out and party.

Taste: thick, heavy hops. Starts off somewhat hoppy like the party has seriously begun, then the caramell-y malt sees the hops dancin with another dude and is like woah no way,it then gets off it’s lazy ass and starts dancing with the hops and even outdances the hops for a minute. The finish is a beautiful marriage, the hops become more floral and the malt mutes the bitterness just enough to really make it extremely easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, mild carbonation feels like drinking a warm slightly flat root beer float

Overall Impression: love it. It really was fun going through the paces with this beer. I could see myself drinking this out on the patio on a warm Spring day.

Food Pairings: burger with sharp cheddar cheese, blueberry pie, pulled pork and beans, a steak burrito, fried chicken

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Photo of riored4v
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, ruby red colored with a tan head. Decent lacing.

Aroma was malty and burnt caramel. A bit bready with some citrusy hop notes. Mildly bitter in the finish.

Flavor mirrored the aroma pretty closely. Malty sweetness with some dark caramel notes. A bit bready along with some flavors of chocolate. Citrusy and floral hop flavors with a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium body with a medium carb. Dry finish. No signs of ABV.

Pretty good beer although it lacked a bit of richness I like in a strong ale.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a ruby, brown clearish.

It has a bit of hop, but some nutty notes.

It has a good hop forward kick with some citrus kick and a malt finish with caramel. There is a big amount of crystal malt with even a middle hop pop.

This reminds me of an amber ale with its brown ale characteristics. I would argue that this is better than Troegs Nugget Nectar. It's extremely well rounded. Nugget has this issue of hop and then calm crystal malt cloying. This is quite well rounded and drinkable with its flavors.

Highly recommended being a beer that is hard to categorize.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle (split) into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a beautiful brown mohogeny color with a thin white head which thins out rather quickly, leaving a very thing film on top. Minimal lacing.

Smell is unspectacular, definitely robust with malt

Taste is similar but with a bit more nuance. It's bitter and sweet, and backed up by a strong malt presence, just like the bottle says.

Feel is feels relatively smooth with the 59 ibus, very drinkable.

Overall this is not what I am used to from Lagunitas, where I really enjoy the IPAs. Could not drink this all the time, despite drinkability, but good.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: brownish with a hint of red. almost opaque but can see logo on opposite side through the light. big foamy head three fingers that fades at a decent rate. leaves a lacing behind.

Smell: stronger hops but with a noticeable caramel malt backbone.

Taste: the hops take the backseat in this one. strong sweet malts, with a slight balance of hop bitterness, mostly floral hops but some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lots of warmth, creamy mouthfeel and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Another good strong beer from Lagunitas. This one is one of the better ones from me. The hoppiness isn't enough to steal the show but definitely present. The creamy and sweet malts are spot in for a big tasty beer

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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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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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