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RATINGS: 1040   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.83%
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WTF Ale. A malty, robust, jobless Recovery Ale! Weíre not quite in the Red, or in the Black... Does that mean weíre in the Brown?

A big Olí Imperial Brown Ale to help you with your slipperly slide on into springtime. Rich, smooth, dangerous & chocolatey.

Alc. 7.83%
O.G. 1.072
64.20 I.B.U

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
finn1918 (222) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours a clear brownish red with a big off-white head and some chunks floating in it. Aroma is hops and caramel/nut malts. Taste is dark nuts with some yeastiness. Decent hop finish. Overall, this is good (especially at $4.49 a bomber), but it tastes like a brown IPA, not a brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyforce (625) - Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Nice brew. Pours a dar, malty color with a thick off white head. Smooth aftertaste and delicious flavor - a bit of roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1048) - Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Bomber into pint glass. Translucent reddish-brown color with light tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malt, some dried fruits and citrus hoppiness. Taste starts with citrus/piney hoppiness giving way to big maltiness (slight roast and nuttiness). Medium body, low carbonation, malty, creamy with bitter dry finish. I like big brown ales, I like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Very dark ruby color, a little hazy, with a thin almost non-existent head. Distinct aroma of caramel malt and molasses. Taste is thick on the palate and a little bit syrupy. It drinks like a heavier alcohol beer than it is - overall very solid. This a relatively complex beer - like it a lot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brison (44) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Malty and delicious. Sweet but not overly. not too boozy for the alcohol it contains. Overall a favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 6, 2013
Taste is incredibly sweet and smooth with again a plethora of prunes. I also get some slight hops but they are completely overshadowed by the sweet character of this beer. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (698) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Visual: Pours clear beer bottle brown with a small cream/foamy head, lots of activity. Nose: brown sugar sweet malts (6/10 aromatic strength) Attack: creamy/tingly/fizzy mouthfeel, brown sugar sweetness(7/10) Mid-palate: (MAIN) med-high heavy MALTS, caramel, citrus hops, alcohol (HINTS) cola, elderflower Finish: medium grapefruity hoppy bitterness, long malty bittersweet finish. Summary: An interesting balanced brew of sweet malts and bitter hops. Good complexity and drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cool_Bond (1933) - Kung av ÷l @ Facebook, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
Good aromas of tropical fruit and sweetness. The taste is more bitter I still and quite dry. Not what I thought of this beer. Long aftertaste. Follow me @ Kung av Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (926) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
Pours a clear, deep amber with a somewhat creamy light-tanned head. Awesome malty sweet aroma with some dark dried fruity notes. Loads of caramel and toffee. Taste has a very subtle toasted profile. Very malty but still rather balanced, as a light bitterness rounds it of. Close to full bodied and medium cabonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1359) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was a bottling code, but I couldnít decipher it. I was given this bottle at #BBC13.

Appearance: Seemingly a murky brown shade, but actually a beautiful ruby red color when examined closely. Forms a small, white, soapy head which retains and laces rather well.

Smell: Clean, floral-like aroma with a hint of cocoa powder.

Taste: As Iíve stated many times, I enjoy beers that blur the lines between styles. Though, simply being creative doesnít equate to a great beer. Thatís kind of how I feel about Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Ale, since itís intended to be a hybrid between a red and a brown ale, but the net result is just plain good rather than amazing.

Since this is a Californian beer, itís no surprise that thereís a strong hoppy presence to this palette. Red ales tend to be dry and bitter, but this one opts more for a flowery hop presence than anything else. The label indicates itís only 59 IBUs, but it definitely tastes stronger than that. Thereís a light sweetness through the middle of the palette, but itís not a taste I would associate with a brown ale. Instead of a confectionery character, itís close to that of an amber or pale ale with its malt base. Thereís additional bitterness on the finish, followed by a slightly tangy flavor. While the overall taste to this beer is good, itís not quite as special as Iíd expect or prefer in a limited release brew.

Drinkability: Technically a big beer at 7.85% ABV, Lagunitas WTF Ale is not a challenge to drink or intimidating in any way. It has the crisp, well-carbonated mouthfeel of a pale ale, but the smoothness of a brown ale. Though noticeably bitter, the hops only linger momentarily and eventually fade away clean. This beer is probably best enjoyed with a meal like steak and sweet potatoes (like we had at #BBC13), though a single serving is fine on its own.

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