Friday, April 15, 2011

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale

Hello beer lovers, happy Friday and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

As I mentioned in my review of Lagunitas Maximus I am a HUGE fan of Lagunitas and their beers.  As I was crusin' through the beer isle of my local grocery store (and I do cruise, mind you) I saw Lagunitas' Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale.  Lately I've been less shy about getting a 22 even though I know it is a commitment that I must keep. "WTF Ale. A malty, robust, jobless Recovery Ale! We’re not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean we’re in the Brown? A big Ol’ Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey."

From the Lagunitas website : "This Beer was Supposed to Follow Up the 2009 Correction Ale with the Name ‘2010 Recovery Ale’, And Here in 2011 it STILL Doesn’t Look Like We’ll Be There Anytime Soon. Wonderin & wonderin’..... WTF?"

Let's get started!

Appearance : Pours a lovely warm reddish brown with an off-white head.  Excellent lacing.
Aroma :  Major nose candy - sweet, but not overly - caramel malt - citrus fruit - a little spice.
Taste :  Tasty, tasty (but I am a huge Lagunitas fan so that doesn't surprise me). Big sweet malt flavor - some spice - a little nutty and some caramel...then the bitter kicks in. And the finish...roasted malt.  Nice. 
Overall :   Drinks well...not overly boozy for an "Imperial Brown". This is another bold offering from Lagunitas - not too hoppy - not too malty - balanced VERY well. 

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale has an ABV 7.83% and is available now. Since this is a seasonal offering I suggest gettin' out there and grabbin' some.


Mark Harvey

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