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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,600
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 83
Gots: 263 | 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: 2,600 | Reviews: 987
Reviews by masonacoats:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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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 davemarc87
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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 Mac19872
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of J2L
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of theParish
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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 MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 generallee
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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 TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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