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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Photo of stricklandia
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was quite a disappointment. I've always been impressed by Lagunitas' creative releases, and was excited to try this one. But there was really nothing there.

Not much aroma to speak of. The initial taste seemed like there could be some complexities there, but then on the follow-through and finish, there was nothing. Really strange, and kind of hard to articulate. The slightly earthy and nutty tones when it first hit the tongue just disappeared, leaving a really bland mouthfeel and finish.

The beer didn't taste "off," at least in terms of being undrinkable and skunked out. It just seemed like a bland and unimpressive brew.

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Photo of Radley521
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unique brown ale that is sweet and robust at the same time.

Appearance: One-finger head that is tinged with tan. Reddish-brown in color. Moderation carbonation.

Aroma: This may be a bit esoteric, but I was reminded of ponderosa pine - piney with hints of vanilla and floral.

Taste: The piney hoppiness attacks at first. The malts had caramel sweetness, which I find enjoyable in brown ales.

Mouthfeel: Surprising light and crisp on the palette.

Overall: I really enjoyed this brew, then again I have been a fan of all of Lagunitas seasonal releases.

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

appearance: dark brown with some red dapple glows

smell: that typical lagunitas smell with the similar citrus hops

taste: not as hoppy as i would have thought, but pretty damn good beer. citrus from the hops and mixed with a solid brown ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little creamy mouthfeel

drinkability: nice beer, alot of their beers are starting to tase similar to me. but hey I like them

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice red brown beer with a generous, light tan head. Lots of lacing and good retention.

Piney, hoppy nose, followed by an unusual combination of malt and herbal tones. Mint comes to mind. Has a very long, dry finish. Not too hoppy at the end. Some bitterness, but not overpowering.

Not a favorrite style, but never the less a good effort.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, slight red hue, cream head, good retention.

S: Hops up front in the nose; I expected this from Lagunitas. Theres some evident sweetness, some bready malts. Im not sure what to expect from the taste at this point.

T: Initial juicy hop bite followed by toffee like malts. This really opens up nicely. Here comes my favorite part... For me this thing finished with a bunch of brown sugar and chocolate, and some nuttiness. I thought the taste was dynamic - it opened up with something bright and cutting and ended with something buttery and dark.

M/D: Medium bodied but slick, Prickly carbonation. Despite some apparent sweetness, drinkability is great - drank a 22oz myself before I knew it. Theres really no alcohol heat, especially for an 8% beer. Its also worth mentioning that I picked this up for like 4 bucks or something, nice! Thanks Lagunitas.

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Photo of misinformed
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From last night's notes(4/2).

A- Dark, dark brown with hints of dark red toward the bottom of the glass. Small brownish-white head, not even a finger high. Did leave behind some nice blobby lacing.

S- Faint smell. I did get some fruity sweetness and malts. Later I could smell more citrus.

T- Nice malty sweetness balanced out with a hoppy finish. The hops dominated the aftertaste as well. Some citrus and grapefruit flavor as the beer warms up. This beer has a nice range of flavor that is balanced nicely.

M- Medium bodied and no carbonation at all. As I drank it I started to notice a nice creamy consistency which I really liked.

D- Very smooth and easy to drink. No trace of the alcohol at all. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Lagunitas Brewing. As I said, I liked the smooth creaminess of this beer as well as the sweet then hop flavor. Nice on a cooler day.

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Photo of IKHOURY
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a reddish brown with about a inch head on it, that doesn't seem to want to go away. The smell reminds me of what a forrest would smell like after heavy rain (think pine and wet bark). The flavor has plenty of sweet caramel and maltiness to balance out the hops. The pine smell comes though on the flavor as well, with a little grapefruit thrown in. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect with the alcohol very well balanced.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of pine resin and some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of the caramel malt with a layer of hops on top. Caramel malt has a decent amount of sweetness, but it feels fairly light. The same can be said of the hops. It offers floral and pine notes, but little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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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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Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,598 ratings.
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