Wednesday, April 7, 2010

281. Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

After something of a hiatus, we’ve returned to Lagunitas; this is our fifth beer from our favorite phonetic spellers. The previous four include El Chupalupalo, IPA, New Dogtown, and Little Sumpin’ Extra Ale. I still miss El Chupalupalo... We had this on tap @ the Trolley Stop during their monthly beer tasting—the theme tonight was canned craft beers, with several of the nine beers sampled coming from the can. The sampling list included Breckenridge Avalanche, Southern Star Bombshell Blond, Sill Pink Killer, Southern Tier Hopsun, Southern Star Pinebelt Pale Ale, Rogue American Amber Ale, Southern Star Buried Hatchet, Southern Tier Jahva, and Avery Maharaja.

Pouring a dark brown color, Wilco Tango Foxtrot has a creamy ivory head and spicy hop notes in the nose. The front of the beer is full of roasty sweetness mixed with brown malt flavors, moving into a nutty malt flavor in the middle along with grapefruit hop flavors and a small amount of bitterness. The end has a good dose of spicy bitterness that lingers on the palate. WTF was a bit more carbonated than we expected, which limited some of the malt complexity, but also lightened the mouthfeel—we’ll blame the bar and not the brewery for this element of the beer’s profile. This is a very American brown ale—with the hop profile, it could be veering towards the pale ale category. As well, the alcohol is well hidden in the beer. Unless some of the spiciness at the end is from the alcohol, there was not much we detected; while WTF is a relatively low imperial at 7.83% ABV, we still thought it worth noting.

Beware the disembodied hand...

From the Lagunitas website: “A big Ol’ Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.”

ABV: 7.83%


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