New Brew: Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

6 Apr

A hearty helping of WTF was in order after watching a desperation half-court heave for the ages clang off the rim and having to see the hated Dukies run around in jubilent, puppy-killing glee.  I’m over it. Really.  Thankfully, Lagunitas Brewing has another novelty one-off beer that manages to sum up the general consensus of the country right now.  Wilco Tango Foxtrot, like most of Lagunitas’ offerings, is “big” in terms of alcohol (7.83%), IBUs (64.20) and number of words written in size 4 font circumscribing the label (too many).

Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

Style: Imperial Brown Ale

Vitals: 7.83% abv; 64.20 IBUs; 1.072 OG

Company line: “A big Ol’ Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey. –”

My take: pours a dark chestnut brown under a solid inch of creamy oatmeal-tinted head.  Nose is surprisingly subdued with straightforward notes of grapefruit hops, apricot and caramel malts.  Palate is well-balanced for a big Lagunitas beer, with citrusy hops melding with toasted caramel malts that create a light but fully round mouthfeel and dry finish.  This beer still falls squarely into the Lagunitas Comfort Zone of one-dimensional hopppy beers that rarely disappoints, but rarely wows.  Nonetheless, a solid imperial brown that, at $3.79 a bomber, is tough to complain about.

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