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RATINGS: 1034   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! 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.

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (621) - 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 (1395) - Kung av Öl @ 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 öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (703) - 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 (1177) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was a bottling code, but I couldn’t 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 I’ve stated many times, I enjoy beers that blur the lines between styles. Though, simply being creative doesn’t equate to a great beer. That’s kind of how I feel about Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Ale, since it’s 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, it’s no surprise that there’s 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 it’s only 59 IBUs, but it definitely tastes stronger than that. There’s a light sweetness through the middle of the palette, but it’s not a taste I would associate with a brown ale. Instead of a confectionery character, it’s close to that of an amber or pale ale with its malt base. There’s additional bitterness on the finish, followed by a slightly tangy flavor. While the overall taste to this beer is good, it’s not quite as special as I’d 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2013
big citrusy nose with hints of roast malt, pours deep amber with generous head and lacing, mostly citrus hop flavor with a slight roast malt backbone, nice body and mouthfeel, not a beer I’d like a lot of, but pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Brown / Dark Red Color, Huge Foamy Head, Lots Of Lacing. Strong Pine Aroma.Taste: Strong Pine, Hoppy, Sweet Toasted Malt. Medium Body. Well hidden high ABV. Hoppy, you know it is West Coast. Nice. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle. Poured a red-brown with a creamy off-white head that settled to a ring and left good lace. Aroma and flavor found caramel malts, nut, and light pine. Medium body, light bitterness, and a malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (449) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Hoppy on the front end with flavors of citrus and pine and a slightly metally note. The hops are well balanced with roasty, rich, malt flavors with hints of caramel and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rollinsr (383) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 29, 2013
Pours clear and brown with some frothy tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with strong prune and raisin notes. 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1606) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a small off white good lacing head. Caramel, toffee, fruity hops, nuts, rye bread, late grain notes, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Medium body, oily/creamy texture, soft carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.

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