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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,471
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 67
Gots: 170 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Reviews by maccroz:
Photo of maccroz
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting brew. I gave it a combination of ratings I would have thought not possible. It looks great, but smells like nothingness (and no, I don't have a sinus infection) It tastes slightly above average, but the mouthfeel feels like seltzer water and leaves no complex aftertaste. However, the drinkability is very high because it does not overstimulate the palate and goes down like water.

I went to the store and chose this brew because I was in the mood for something darker. They were out of Guinness, so I figured I'd give this dark looking brew a taste. You could easily give this to a non-ale-drinking pal and have them polish it off as easily as a domestic light beer. It's tasty, but underwhelming.

maccroz, Sep 15, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

oberon, Feb 27, 2002
Photo of davemarc87
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

davemarc87, Apr 23, 2014
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.

RoyalT, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Turbo, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +37%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +9.6%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

tbryan5, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of J2L
3/5  rDev -17.8%

J2L, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Shakerman, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of theParish
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

SIRIUS2, Feb 06, 2008
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!

scott9890, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -11%

MikeC144, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +37%

markallmon, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Beaver13, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

generallee, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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

bishopdc0, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

TimoP, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -17.8%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

petewheeler, Oct 07, 2014
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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,471 ratings.