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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,620 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 87
Gots: 282 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of pale, crystal and chocolate malts. This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate toffee-like flavor. Turbodog began as a specialty ale but has gained a huge loyal following and has become one of our flagship brews.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 2,620 | Reviews: 990
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown with a lavish tan head, lots of sticky lace. Strong malt aroma with fruit and bittersweet chocolate. The malt flavors form the foundation for this beer, but notes of toffee and chocolate are present as well, and towards the finish there are mild hops and hints of fruit. An absolutely glorious brown ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dukeandduke
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3/10/15 Draft (The Laughing Man DC) - Very dark pour, nice tan head. Nice malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Strong harsh taste, chocolate toffee flavor taste. Liked this a lot. Texture decent carbonation, nice finish and decent kick. Very good beer.

Photo of ALEXJMZ
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights, almost cola in colour. Light brown head is dense and has cling. Gobs of lacing down the sides.

S: Sweet malts in the aroma. Fruit cake, chocolate, coffee.

T: Flavor is the same as the aroma. Rich and smooth, full bodied with moderate carbonation. Gives you the impression of a dense loaf of bread with touches of chocolate and coffee.

AT: Dark Chocolate and Coffee at the end.

Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Didnt get much of a head on mine,nice color.Kinda buttery tasting?Can taste the alcohol in it thats for sure.Decent,but kinda overhyped.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a nice, deep brown in color with a huge head. The head showed great retention and followed the liquid as I emptied the glass.

Smell – This has a soft roasty malt backbone along with quite a bit of brown sugar. I can also pick up some mild coffee notes.

Taste – The roasty smell gives way to a lighter, toasted kind of maltiness. The brown sugar is more on the mild side here and the coffee is perceptible but almost gone.

Mouthfeel – This Brown Ale is almost medium-bodied with little hop bitterness and a light, sugary finish.

Drinkability – One of the better American attempts at the English Brown Ale style. I really enjoyed this offering from Abita. Not a traditional EBA, but very tasty.

Comments – Thanks to BigLove for sending this one cross-country. This is the sleeper of the Abita line.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is a deep molases color with a frothy toasted tan head. The nose is rasted nut with a hint of coacoa. The taste starts bitter, with hints of chocolate before going to a more roasty, nut toffee finish. This is probably Abita's best offering. One is great, but there is something which keeps this from being very drinkable.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with abundant creamy light-brown head; good lacing.

S: Odd, but, virtually no discernible aroma.

T: Malty and earthy malts with a hint of nuttiness. Hops near the finish are only slight, letting the heavy sweetness of the malts remain behind.

M&D: Toward the heavy side of "medium bodied" with good carbonation. Mostly creamy in texture with an almost smoky aftertaste. Enjoyable overall.

I had this a while ago on tap but this review is based on a bottled portion. I recall ordering this then because it was the darkest brew they had on tap, and it was pretty good.

The complexity in the taste of this brew is a bit understated. With that earthy nuttiness and sweet maltiness, there is a nice fullness achieved with just a pint or so. Very satisfying. There are some hops present but they just serve to tone down the malty sweetness, they don't really strive for balance.

It's kind of a goofy name, but it's pretty good ale.

Photo of scott9890
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel-brown not even a finger of lacing that dissapates in seconds. Right away, nut brown and rich.

A-Dark-brown in color(reminds me of rootbeer).

S-Picking up a good mix of the caramel/nut mixture. Predominantly nut, but toffee/caramel is in there.

T-Mostly roasted nuts, but there are undertones of the toffee-like sweetness.

M-Lacks carbonation from the start, but the nuttiness comes to its rescue quickly with a resounding roast finish.

O-I am a stout fan, but this gives me the curiosity to stray more often!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a near black beer in color, with a thick tan head and a fair amount of lace.
Aroma of dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and roasted malt.
Chocolate taste, some cherry, and coffee. It tasted better than the aroma suggested, and was pretty sweet.
The sweetness made for a more rich and filling mouthfeeel than I expected.
Still, not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours dark reddish brown with a frothy off-white head that quicky goes to a thin film.

Its aroma is some roasted malts with a kind of chemical diapery off smell.

It tastes a little better than it smells. Sweet nutty, toffee malts and cocoa. It's kind of acidic with a light bitter finish.

Overall, not very good at all. I couldn't get past the smell, and the flavors were a mish-mash of things, many of which were a little off.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark dark brown with a a very nice head

The aroma is sweet, buttery with a toasted biscuit nose. nice.

The taste is carbonation upfront, with a sweet malt taste. The carbonation milds out and leaves a dry roasted taste in the mouth.

The mouth is a little abrasive at first but quickly mellows along with the taste

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hues, the lace is a sticky light tan froth.

Smell: Sweetish toffee, hint of carob and a touch of ripe fruit.

Taste: Malty with a sturdy medium body, sweet toffee and mild chocolate flavour, hop bitterness is perfect and there to balance. A mild fruit and hop twang also hit the tongue. Faded sweet bready grain is in the end.

Notes: A prize brown ale and a cult classic among the micro drinkers. An exceptional example of the style.

Photo of merlin48
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brown 12 oz bottle pours a dark chestnut body, with a minimal tan head that has moderate retention, and leaves some nice, sheet lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by dark roasted malts, with a molasses overtone. Toffee and citrusy hops are also picked up on the nose.

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body, almost chewy, and amply carbonated.

Molasses and toffee lead the flavor parade, with a note of roasted coffee also prominent. Hops add a welcome bitterness. Some walnut nuttiness comes on near the finish, and there is a pleasant, roasted coffee aftertaste.

This Abita was a pleasant surprise, after a less than happy experience with their Purple Haze, several weeks ago. This is a tasty ale, with good drinkability. Do you have to go to New Orleans, to get this on tap?

Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled a 12 oz bottle, with new graphics and did have a "best comsumed before date" confusingly notched on the label. Poured typical darkish mahogony brown, clear, with a good looking tan tiny bubble head, leaves fine and well developed lacing. Mild malty nose, taste is mostly just a thin malt sweetness, notes of cafe au lait,vanilla, perhaps a bit of nuttyness. Could use some more malt and hops to kick up the character and complexity of this brew. As it stands now its " a nice house, but nobody is home" But would be a pleasant sessioner.

Photo of fdrich29
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this brew at Luke's in Rockland, MA during an Offshore tasting.

Beautiful Autuum brown body. Smells of roasted malts. Mmmmm....roasted malts.

Nice thick off whitish head with thick lacing.

Karma is smiling upon me on this night of malt. Sweet malty taste with just a hint of bitterness. Just what I've been looking for. Sweet and malty. That about sums this baby up and I couldnt be happier.

It's a very malty birthday so far to say the least. It makes turning 33 almost ok. If for some reason I get crucified this year or die doing a speedball at least I'll have tried this malty baby, which is more than I can say for a few of the famous people who only made it to their 33rd year.

Photo of nem2006
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a tan head that held for a little while. A thick head.

The smell is of toasted malts with hints of coffee and a little dark chocolate. A sweet smell.

The start is sweet with hints of coffee and a nice smooth finish.

This is a smooth, full-bodied beer that is a little sweet and nicely balanced as a dark brown ale.

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark black, big, rocky top head

Smell: wood, burnt malt, slight coffee smell

Taste: dark chocolate start, some sweet malt, with a sweeter chocolate finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, dry finish

Drinkability: This is one of Abita's better offerings that I have tasted so far...If the ABV was not as high, I would session it...I will be getting this again

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic fruity english aroma and flavor but with a bit more American 'heft': more roast, more chocolate, more body and even some American hops. Like a newcastle on steroids. Lower carbonation, medium body and just the right intensity of flavor make this super drinkable/sessionable. Delicious brown, I'd probably put it over Downtown Brown.

Photo of puertobrewing
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured very dark brown with a nice thick-tan head that dissipated a minute later leaving a ring and some lacing. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

S - Not much. If you keep trying you will eventually get malt, light coffee and freshness.

T - Watered down taste of caramel, coffee, malt and brown sugar. Hops are there and you can tell but you can't taste them. After it warmed a bit the taste profile went higher. I would recommend to drink this beer at 65ºF more or less.

M - Carbonation is good and it has a sweet aftertaste.

O - Better than any commercial mass production beer, but I've tasted a lot of better brown ales.

Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly stamped on the label, but not on the case.

Pours a beautiful clear dark mahogany, with a two finger head of tan foam. Head drops to a good coating and a ring, with nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel-y and chocolate-y, with a just-there spicy hop smell as well. Nice and fruity, inviting.

The flavor is chocolate and maybe molasses, very smooth and delish. I'm not so sure an English Brown Ale is supposed to be this chocolate-y, but it sure is good. There is a nice level of hop bitterness to balance all this chocolate, and a faint spicy hop flavor also. The aftertaste is like a chocolate milkshake.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a soft carbonation. There is also a decent hop bitterness grab at the back of the throat. The finish is slightly lip-smacking sweet and yummy.

I really like this beer. Maybe not to style (?), but who cares when it's this poundable.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer was a great dark brown, and produced a really nice tan head.

S: Smelled similar to some pumpkin brews that I've had in the past, must be due to the Willamette hops and the yeast. However, still off the charts with dark notes and savory sweet aromas.

T: This actually reminded me more of a Belgian than a English Brown.

M: Slightly thick, but not over the top.

D: This beer was a great beer to drink, and was something I'd highly suggest.

Best of luck with your findings.

Cheers.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer looks like a perhaps slightly darker flat coke, tiny head recedes to nothing almost immediately.

Smell: The smell is weak, with no head that's not surprising I suppose. Very faint dark malt aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable, though short on flavor. It has the feel and taste of a flat cola without the sugar and all the acid. This is my first tasting of an Abita beer and it will no doubt be the last time I buy a beer from them.

Photo of deebo
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bottle with a BB date of 1/15/13 poured into a pint glass. Appearance is just slightly hazy with a dark brown color and a substantial clingy pillowy light tan head.

Aromas of chocolatey malt with some nuttiness. Some sweet molasses as well. Taste is moderately toffee sweet, fairly dry in the finish with just the slightish bit of astringency. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this one is easy to drink with somewhat simple but nice flavor.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice dark brown with a perfect light brown fluffy head, it looks like crema on a perfect espresso, fantastic. Nose is malty and roasty, with a light sweetness, a bit of licorice/caramel as well.

I'll be honest, English browns aren't generally my cup of tea (or beer as it were...) but this is very well done. Subtly balanced, nice sweetness without being cloying with just enough hops to balance it out without it being slightly bitter, Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with s slightly sweet finish. It is a very solid beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 05/30/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and creamy malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, and toast. Upfront toasted barley malts with hints of biscuit, grains, chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, caramel, nuts, toffee, yeast, and cream. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Background hints of earthy hops. A solid brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, roasty, and creamy malt driven taste with nice notes of toast, chocolate, and caramel. Toasted barley malts with upfront notes of biscuit, grains, chocolate, caramel, toasted bread, coffee, nuts, yeast, toffee, and cream. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Some earthy hops add some balance towards the finish. A nice brown ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a brown ale. Good biscuity malt presence with some chocolate and caramel notes.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.