Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SPThirtyThree:
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
Served at fridge temperature. I've seen this beer around, but never bothered trying it until now. Mostly, I'm curious what a "Turbodog" is. I've always been happy with naturally-aspirated canines, but I'm looking forward to trying one with forced induction...
A: Turbodog pours a deep, deep reddish brown, with a three-finger, lush, creamy, beige cap. When held up to the sunlight, the crystal clarity becomes apparent, and the beer is a gorgeous blood red. The head persists until the end as it fades to patchy lumps of foam.
S: The nose is mild at best. After long quaffs, some chocolate reveals itself, along with a toasted nuttiness. There is nothing turbo or dog-like about the smell.
T: Caramel and chocolate malts dominate the flavor of Turbodog. If you could call it domination. There really isn't a tremendous amount of flavor here, and although it's a pleasant one, it is very one-dimensional. There is a crisp, but subtle, noble hop bite. Still no signs of boost or puppies.
M: Creamy and medium-bodied, with a pinch of bitterness in the finish.
D: If you're looking for a chilled, alcoholic alternative to rich, chocolaty Ovaltine, Turbodog is a shoe-in. While sessionability is high, this brew is overwhelmingly underwhelming.
I was hoping to feel the exhilaration of spooling up to 2.5 bars and being launched into next week, by some greyhound of the future, but perhaps my expectations were too lofty for an English Brown. Either way, the name seems irrelevant and the beer is good but forgettable.
10-20-2010 01:07:36 | More by SPThirtyThree
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
01-24-2005 01:10:37 | More by RoyalT
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
01-05-2006 09:37:48 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
02-06-2008 02:03:05 | More by SIRIUS2
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
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!
11-21-2011 13:53:07 | More by scott9890
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
10-19-2010 00:24:50 | More by lordofthewiens
2.25/5 rDev -38.4%
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.
11-25-2004 07:43:20 | More by Beaver13
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
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
12-14-2010 21:41:09 | More by bishopdc0
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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