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

Pours a nice deep ruby red/brown color in the glass, with some nice ecru colored head. Aromas of nuts, brown sugar and earthy hops. On the palate, I get more nuttiness, braced with oranges and a bit of chocolate. Another great effort from Lagunitas--Alcohol is well hidden, leaving a nice, sneakily drinkable beer behind.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber into two pint glasses at Cafe Apropos in Columbus, Ohio.
A: Deep reddish brown. It poured with a big, dense cream head that stuck.
S: Strawberry, grapefruit, piney and earthy hops. Only hops.
T: Grapefruit hops with strawberry shortcake and caramel. The hops aren't really biting, but they do make for a crisp finish.
M: Frothy but thin and crisp.
D: Definitely.

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Photo of degerbah
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a total surprise from a friend during the final four. I was previously drinking a glass of coke zero when this was served to me in a clean pint glass. The only way I can tell the difference between it and the coke zero is the coke has ice in it. The smell is nondescript. Slightly malty, not much hop aroma at all. The taste is much hoppier than I expected. Earthy flavored hops and a malty taste give the beer a full almost biscuity taste that reminds me of a super strength irish red. A moderately easy drinker, I feel that it doesn't really do any one thing particularly well, a solid beer, but not really worth seeking out in my opinion.

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

Pours a light ruby with a darker cola brown over tone.
Smell is earthy-strong with yeast strains and grassy-earthy hops.
Taste starts with earthy hops flavor-malt crystals keep it smooth finishing with grassy notes.
Finish is dry-strong hop balanced with a light crystal malt that keeps it neat.
Drinks well- a lot of hops with a smooth ending.
Nearly an Arrogant Bastard clone.

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Photo of cavedave
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Somewhere between a black IPA and Amber Ale, you decide.

Pours a brown with amber highlights topped by a dark beige one inch head that settles to a lasting half inch. Plentiful lace sheets the glass.

It has a light/medium aroma, a sweet malt and dark caramel canvas overlaid with light yeasty tang, light notes of citrus, some earthy bitter, even some chocolate in the background, and just a hint of pine.

The taste didn't click with me right away. The maltiness in the first few sips wasn't the expected roasty/caramely/chocolaty, and the yeast flavor seemed strange. As it warms, though, it begins to resemble what the nose and appearance predicted. Suddenly the roasty notes appear, almost burnt now, nice, followed by an earthy bitter, chocolate, some herbosity, and ends with a flush of earthy bitter, citrus, pine, and spicy alcohol. Half way through the bottle I am starting to enjoy this taste much more than the first sips. Not a beer to rave about, but a nice take on a new style, lighter, but roastier than the others I've tried.

Mouthfeel is med. carb., pleasantly viscous, but with a slightly medicinal feel to the finish. Worst aspect of this.

Drinkability is good to very good, nice taste, refreshing, interesting.

Another tasty offering from Lah Goo Knee Tuss, though hardly the caliber of some of their others. Won't get again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid brown color, hazy, wtih a wispy tan colored head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of citrus hops, light honey and lemon. Not very strong in aroma and what is there is pretty much all hops. The taste is of muted caramel malt, dried citrus hops, light pine, and some tea like bitterness. Tastes like a dull hoppy amber ale I guess I was figuring there might be more of a toasty "brown ale" malt presence to this thing. Moderate to fully bodied, with active carbonation, finishes with a tropical fruit hoppy bitterness. An average hoppy amber ale with a higher abv. Was hoping for more of a malty presence with this one. No off flavors but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.49.

A: Super dark, inky brown with 1-finger beige head with reasonable retention and scattered lace spots.

S: Brown sugary and caramel malts with light char mix with citrusy and piney hops

T: Reminds me of a sweeter, less powerful Arrogant Bastard with its brown sugar and toffee touches fit with medium-high doses of citrus, spicy, and pine flavors. It doesn't quite come together in the finish with a little bit of stray bitterness.

M: Medium-body with low-medium carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Aftertaste is long and caramelly.

D: A decent beer with some strong ale tendencies but it is not cohesive enough to make the top tier. Lagunitas has other better ales.

Update: Bumped up the flavor score and mouthfeel after giving this another try. More of the malt complexity was apparent and the Am Strong Ale hoppiness busted through more abundantly this time. I like others in their lineup, but this is solid stuff.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with minimal head. The little head that appears has larger than normal bubbles but quickly disappears.

The first scent is very hop strong, especially for most strong ales I've had. There is a dose of pineapple and banana as well.

The taste is very hop heavy and is balanced by a good malt backbone. As it warms, the banana really comes through and finishes with a sharp citrus hop twinge.

This has a medium mouthfeel that lies soft in the mouth. Nothing too crazy but nothing too little.

This is a very drinkable strong ale. While it isn't overly complex, it is an easy drinker for nearly 8%.

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

Pours a deep clear brown with a finger of lasting head. Real sense of hops with the first whiff, so much so that I cannot get past that aroma. Until I smell the grapefruit that is. Very nice.

The taste is more bitter than I would have imagined. More grapefruit and dulled citrus flavors. Wow, that last sip tasted so much like pineapple that I though I was drinking pineapple juice, seriously. I WILL go buy another one of these. I really liked it.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with my boy barry. Thanks bud.
A- pours with a nice two fingers of head that settles to a thin foam on top. Small drizzels of lace. Copper brown and very clear.

S- lots of west coast hops, citrus and pine Slightly sweet with some caramel.

T- lots pine resin, grapefruit but to lesser extent. Nice malt backbone that helps the hops a lot. Caramel, brown sugar and a bit of breadiness. A taste of alcohol that brightens up the flavor nicely.

M- medium bodied with a mild carb that allows the brew to take its time on the tongue.

D- didn't think this one was as high abv as its was very well hidden to say the least. Not to big not to bold maybe a bit different then other strong ale I've had but it was real nice.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with oglmcdgl at the compound. Poured into some pint glasses. Wilco looks bubbly from the bottle.

Foxtrot, a brownish type red with some maroon underneath a tannish cream colored head. A huge bulky head about an inch with frothy bubbles and a fat capped spraycan streak.

This smells great and it smells like lagunitas, a lot of similarities between many of their beers citrus with grapefruit backed by a layer of sweet malt and pine.the malt reminds me of a brown ale but hopped a bunch more.

Not much on first sips, but this opens up quite nicely in about ten minutes. Malty with toffee, hoppy with tropic juices, a toasted nutty character and slight butter on the backend. A bit of the 7.8 seeps out in this strong ale, yet I don't consider it all that strong at that number, this is more like a hoppy brown.

The hops or pelletts if you will show up on the tounge ever so slightly, I would not call it bitter just tasty. Malts smooth this out but there is a slight buttery feel going on over time. Medium bodied and highly carbed.

Will have to look for this on draft, while the bottle was interesting, this just felt like another lagunitas seasonal. I love their beer, they just seem so similiar. Pretty drinkable, I finished my glass with ease but was not tempted for more. Maybe some tap action will liven things up a bit.

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

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, almost like an IPA, with woody and malty tones and a hint of citrus. It pours a lovely, slightly hazy mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor is hoppy and woody with a malty undertone and a dash of sour citrus. There is also a subtle alcohol bite. Texture is fairly smooth, edgy and tingly. Chalk up another win to Lagunitas!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, big head. Great aroma. Smells of big citrus dry hopping, like I've never experienced in something this dark.

Taste, hoppy and malty, this is much like something around Arrogant Bastard Ale and SN Harvest Ale. Which is to say its fabulous. A little more citrusy than those. Alcohol less pronounced.

Thins a tad down bottle, in a nice way. This stuff just flows. Great pricing, 4.5 a 22.

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

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet.

Appearance: Definitely a darker brown beer.

Smell: I can smell the hops right away and know that this is going to be a crisp piece of heaven. It has a pleasant "roasty" smell to it as well.

Taste: DELICIOUS! Hoppy, but not over done.

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue at first with perfect carbonation and a great lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: I'm glad I bought more than one!

Serving type: bottle/stein

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

22oz bottle, goblet, no freshness dating or coding.

Mahogany brown with reddish highlights and tea overtones; quite reminiscent of a Dubbel. Small frothy brownish Dubbel-like head as well.

Smells very sweet of brown sugar, cake-like malt, caramel, and candied lemon peel. The smell reminds me of dense baked goods possibly soaked in treacle. I think that the grapefruit characteristic West Coast hopping is very much in the background, though it is there, only in a much smaller dose than Lagunitas' norm.

The sweetness is not as prominent, slightly blunted, in the mouth. This is what I think I expected Brown Shugga to be like. Hops just keeping a large sugary body in check rather than whacking you one like Bigfoot. Hints of pine and grapefruit rind on a malty base that has slight traces of candi sugar metallic.

This has a nice mouthfeel that belongs to a bigger beer. Reserved carbonation allowing the body to show. It isn't a heavy body, just what's expected from almost 8% and malty. Almost achieves syrup qualities.

I was glad that Lagunitas came out with an "India Brown Ale" because I'd been quite curious about the style for some time and there were no examples I could get my hands on. At $3.69 a bomber, this brewery's beer is usually worth grabbing. I don't think this is an exception, though it isn't mindblowing or revolutionary. It's Brown Shugga with fewer hops in my opinion.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wiseman Justin Reporting:

Appearance: Very dark nut brown colored. Nice thick delicious looking three finger head that looks amazing. Lacing clings all the way down the glass. I don't know how you get this style of beer to look any better than this.

Smell: I get some hop action and some malt action. Pine needles, roasted nuts, and maybe some chocolate (or maybe I drink too many stouts and porters). A lot more hops than I expected, which is good. I love the hops.

Taste: Wow, delicious. This is a beer that does it right. You can taste the malts right out of the gate. They are heavy but balanced well with the alcohol that gets in the mix. The aftertaste has a deep smoked wood taste with some pine tree, the hops balance this out very well.

Mouthfeel: Very mild syrup and a flavor that hangs around for a bit. It looks heavier than it actually is.

Drinkability: When I first drank this I thought to myself, "This is the perfect beer to pair with a meal. Very flavorful without dominating the tongue." Of course you could sit around drinking these all day too.

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

Clear dark rusty mahogany color with a slim firm capping of dark ivory foam. Super skinny lacing in lightning strings fling across the glass.

Aroma is clean with a deep malpley roasted sweet maltyness lapped over with a slender bite of orangish hoppy oilyness. Caramel, dark toffee, vanilla, and fig boost some nice malty notings amounst bigger wiffs. Alcoholic malty barleywine-esk warmth also stands out after its been sitting.

Taste is firmly smooth of dark, but softened sweetness of molasses, caramel, toffee, and maple with nice nuances to some cocoa and vanilla. Semi chewy, malt girthed overall with a delicate slip into a hoppy orange oiled bath of cirus bitterness just after the start once the malts reside for a nitch. The malt body regains another late burst of deep dark tangyness and fades gradually with maple and warming with a slight fig enfused rummyness. Much like a toned down English Barleywine is what I keep thinking as I continue to sip.

The body is a smooth faction of malty goodness flared with a finer complexity of tones that gradually change with peaks and valleys. I quite liked its character as its balance is quite the trick with where the malts hide the hops just enough to say hi and leave an iompression while still maintaining its complex malty smooth tone.

Another solid brew by Lagunitas, similar to a few others I've encountered by them and quite likeable by me even if they seem to keep within the same flavor profile. This is a solid Strong ale that has some nice malty complexity and Barleywine-like features that make for a bomber full of goodness and decent drinkablitiy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle -
Pours mahongany/brown with a thin white head that stays for a bit, then thin to barely a cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is piney/resiny/fruity with some brown sugar. A hoppy aroma - but somewhat too piney/perfumy...especially as it is billed as "malty" on the label, and when I purchased it expected a brew (according to the description).

The taste is even more perfumy than in the nose. It is piney/resiny, and while not necessarily "bitter", the perfumy hoppiness clashes with the brown-sugar like maltiness (which is not quite the "Malty, robust..." that was promised on the label. I do like my hoppy beers, and while there is maltiness - and is not overly bitter, there is something that clashes here. Raw.

It has a medium-to-medium-full body with some slickness. Carbonation is about right. Not crazy about chemical-ish aftertaste that clings on the palate. Astringent.

Sharp. Clashing. Not bad, but not good enough to have again, though at a reasonable price. Different. I'm usually impressed with this brewery - not so much here.

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Photo of SShelly
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at blue palms.

Comes out dark brown, big poofy white head with little retention.

Big hop nose, citurus and vegetale(what word am I looking for???)

again big hops, nice upfront bitterness, rounded out with biscuty malt.

Pretty darn drinkable, highly hopped, probably the last glass of this I'll have.

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Photo of coastiefish
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into pint glass. The color when pouring was an interesting yellow/brown. After settling in the glass, reddish copper with no head.

Nose comes off like sweet sugary candy accompanied with a very faint pine.

Sweet pine candy from the nose is lost in the beginning of a taste, but reappears and lingers towards the end. A warm and welcomed alcoholly feeling settles in my stomach, but doesn't present itself more than a bit in the taste. Because of the sweetness, and tightly carbonated body, it is reminiscent of soda. Another rater mentioned tea flavor, I can agree, for me I would say, a sweet tea.
The hops and malt are pleasantly mild and balanced.

Slick with tight carbonation makes for an interesting feel. A bit oily, very nice.

This beer is extremely drinkable, for it being classified as an American Strong Ale, I feel like it is tame to others in this style.

I wish I had another 22 of this, its quite a good brew. I'm sure I will be purchasing it again, bonus on an awesome price point ($3.99).

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Photo of katelovesbeer
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass

Appearance: Poured almost yellow-brown but is actually a deep ruby amber brown. Very pretty. Clear. Little to no head that quickly disappeared.

Smell: Piney, resiney hops jump out immediately; however a strong sweet malty backbone that is almost candy-like in scent makes the complexity alluring.

Taste: Very similar to smell, but milder and more complex. The caramel, brown sugar malt base is thick and sweet, however well balance resin hops pop on the back of the tongue as a nice bitey finish. Both hops and malt are very strong and yet very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: thick yet maintains a crispness. Kind of slick feeling. Surprisingly carbonated for such a dark beer.

Drinkability: This beer is FUN. Its well balance, fascinating and totally worth a try whether you're a hops or a malt lover.

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Photo of kgs
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Nice auburn color, some lacing

S: Very hoppy, but some malt in there too. Not huge in this area.

T: More on the malt and hops than the citrusy flavors, but they do warn you. Vaguely like a brown IPA.

M: Medium body with a soft feel, not too carbonated.

D: If it weren't so big it would be very drinkable. Another beer I'd like to see more widely available in smaller bottles.

I would love to try this on tap, but for a beer available in the local grocery store, it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 1st half served cold from the fridge, 2nd half left on the counter to warm up.

Pours copper brown, red under light with a one finger very light tan head that maintains a whispy cap and leaves some noticeable spots of lacing.

Aroma is quite hoppy at first, citrus, floral hops, but the toasty caramel malts start to present themselves more and more as you work through the glass, ultimately lending some dark fruit to the aroma.

The flavor has more sweet malts, especially up front, caramel, toffee, nutty, dark fruits, with the citrus, resinous hops coming in and ending with a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel features strong, prickly carbonation, oily and slick, medium bodied.

This is pretty hoppy. Then again, this is Lagunitas. Still, I can't help but wish for a little more of a malt profile out of this one...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 3/27 notes.

a - Pours a murky brown color with an inch of white head and nice froth.

s - Has a fruity smell, mostly citrus. Some hops and toasted malts as well.

t - Taste follows the nose. Fruit, hops, and some malts. A nice balance with a bitter aftertase.

m - Creamy and light to medium body.

d - Pretty nice ale. Hops weren't as prominent as I was expecting, but was a nice combination. Would try again.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes...

I've never tried Lagunitas before. I saw this at the store and the name did it for me being a military man and all. There is some discrepancies with the name. By military phonetic standards it should be Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I can only assume TTB would not allow whiskey in the name, so Lagunitas, staying on the military kick, went with Wilco, which is short for will comply, as in, will comply with the TTB.

Anyway, this beer was pretty cheap, as was all of the Lagunitas at the store, so I picked up one of everything from them. This is the only one I've drank to date though.

This one poured a good looking copper color with a decent amount of head from a semi aggressive pour.

The typical citrus and tropical fruits from a hoppy beer is what I picked up most from the aroma. I also detected some brown sugar and molasses.

I expected a huge hop character from the taste, but it was actually pretty balanced with a toasted malt flavor. I detected just a little more heat than I would've liked, but no so much to affect how much I liked the beer.

This beer was pretty good and I'm glad I picked it up. Looking forward to trying the other Lagunitas in my haul now.

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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,569 ratings.
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