Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,513
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 69
Gots: 186 | 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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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown wiith some amber hues and a rocky head that left some sticky lacing.

Smells of malt, some caramel, and a little hop leaf.

Sweet maltiness, a little chocolate flavor, caramel, and some fairly good bitter edges here, enough to remind you that this is a grown-up beverage.

Fairly mouth filling, but not cloying in any way. Good carbonation present. I enjoyed it, but with the selection at hand, I went on to a different brew. I think I could do a couple, but that's it. Very good beer overall.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown Tootsie-Roll color with a tan latte colored head. Barely translucent. Fluffy head sticks around and leaves lacing

S- Again, I'm reminded of Tootsie-Roll chocolate candy. Sweet milk chocolate along with roasted aromas like coffee.

T- Taste is decadent. Loads of sweet, sweet, roasted malt along with a few bitter hints of hopping. Think chocolate. A bit oxidized perhaps.

M- Big, juicy mouth-full of smoothly carbonated goodness.

D- Sweet and full of flavor, yet has a very drinkable quality found in many brown ales.

Photo of CharlesMcCrary
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-A nice, cola brown with a one-finger light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly, but with some thick lacing on the glass.

S- Malty, with some chocolate and perhaps a bit of fruit as well.

T- A full, malty flavor hits the palate first. That’s followed by plenty of fruit (fig?) as well as some chocolate. This beer is pretty sweet, with just the right amount of hops to balance that out. It finished with a bit of sweetness lingering in the mouth.

M- A bit more carbonated than I expected, but pretty smooth. I wouldn’t quite say “creamy,” but it is smooth.

O- A very enjoyable beer; It’s nice and smooth, and quite sweet, but is balanced enough not to make one sick of it too quickly. Not an incredible brown ale, but a very good one. I’d like to try it on tap, where it would probably be even more flavorable.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a deep brown color with a good inch of fluffy light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of milk chocolate, toffee, caramelized malt, medium roasted grains, cocoa powder, faint hints of coffee. Decent, somewhat rich body for the style with ample carbonation. Pretty nice.

Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by UncleFlip, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a twofinger light brown head (big bubbles) over a crystal clear dark brown liquid. Smells chocolate, chalky malt, fuggles hops, and a hintof caramel. Tastes chocolate with a little bit of roasty sour and a nice supporting caramel base. As the beer warmed, I got molasses late in the taste. Hop bitter is nearly absent and hop floral is rough and grassy (fuggles?). The finish is dry cocoa with some coffee roast poking through. A tasty beer that I really enjoyed. Not complex, but certainly not simple. Mdlight body and moderate carbonation.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maroon color, thin head that dissipates pretty fast

S: Sweet smell of brown sugar and hints of toffee and chocolate. Very faint smell of hops

T: Balance isn't bad, more on the sweeter malt side. Get some flavors of chocolate, hints of molasses. Has some good hop flavors as well.

M: Overall, pretty smooth.

D: Could definitely drink a few of these, which I did while watching football.

Photo of bboven
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and clear body with red highlights , thinnish head that comes and goes with each sip.

Lots of toffee and some diacytal. Very bready.

The taste is great. A little roasty, faint chocolate and fainter coffee, a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

A little high on the carbonation, and a little too drying for the style, but not bad.

Very tasty. Too over the top in ABV and all these areas to be even a Northern English Brown, but you slap American Brown on the label or in your mind when drinking this and you've got a pretty good beer.

Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although there is a "Best If Consumed Before" on the back label, there were no markings nor notchings on the back label. Many thanks to JeffSJ for this one!

A: Didn't know this was a dark ale before I poured it... Yup, dark, although not opaque with a bit of reddish hue to the thin edges against light. Also, the bottle attempted to froth up before I had a chance to pour it into my chalice. Nice retention, great lacing at first that didn't last. That's the only drawback here...

S: Muted, earthy and roasted notes.

T: A nice lingering sweetness that also has a bit of roast along with cocoa / coffee at times. At first I was not sold in it, but it really grew on be, developing much more personality through the session. Some earthy biterness is in there too.

M: Initially I thought this was terribly thin and watery. As it warmed (or my palate adapted) I really enojyed the soft touch on the palate with a lingering earthiness and sweetness.

D: This is a case of a beer being more than the sum of its parts. I really enjoyed this beer, and would find it again if I were ever down around them there parts...

Photo of jettjon
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into the pint glass a dark brown color that’s nearly opaque. Decent one-finger head that fades slowly leaving a solid cap and good lacing all the way down. Nose of sweet malts and some chocolate. Taste is pretty decent: sweet, sorghum-malty up front with a touch of chocolate, fading to a pretty clean mildly bitter finish. Mouth is moderately substantial and sufficiently carbonated to tickle the tongue. Drinkability is quite good; this is definitely a sessionable beer.

Overall: A good brown ale. Recommended.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with ruby/mahogony hues. A fluffy white head about a quarter inch high appears and leaves a slight lace. Aromas are of coffee and cocoa with some roasted malts in the mix. This beer initially hits up with a nice roasty malt, followed by some nice cocoa and other chocolate flavors. A little sweetness finds its way in the mix but is quickly overridden by a nice bittery hop finish. This beer is medium to light bodied with a powerful carbonation that zings on the tongue throughout the experience.

Photo of clemtig76
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 07/29/05 nicked on the label. Turbo Dog is no dog. What a beautiful dark mahogany brown brew! Thick rocky light brown head that disipates rather quickly. Malty, nutty aroma with a faint hint of hops. Taste is very much like it smells, only thicker. This is a fine brew, just a little too rich on a hot Carolina day. Would be great on a cool October football weekend with a brat. Ruff - Ruff!

Photo of idResponse
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've heard a lot of people buzzing about this beer so I thought I would try it now that I've found it somewhere. Grabbed a six pack of bottles today. The beer is a nice looking brown with a fairly decent head and lace. The smell is a bit faint but has a chocolate wheat much expected from a brown ale. the taste is suprisingly good! Some brown ales are just a bit too sweet or too much, this one is a nice light crispy tasting mix of chocolate and toffee wheat without being sticky or boggy. It's refreshing, and that's not something you can say of a brown ale very often. The mouthfeel is pretty average for a brown ale, but is absolutely nothing to complain about. This is a really drinkable beer that I would highly recommend on a hot muggy day served ice cold. This is made for all the people who want something refreshing after a hard day's work but can't stand the pilsners. Nice beer, worth a try!

Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Good one finger head that dissipates promptly leaving just a little lacing. Dark brown and slightly reddish body.

Understated aroma of sweet malt. Just a hint of toffee.

Bigger flavor than the aroma would predict. Roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Very mild in bitterness.

Fairly smooth mouthfeel, decent level of carbonation. Very solid offering.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of elihull
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita- Turbo Dog

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a thick whipped cream head. Heavy lacing of the glass.
Smell- Faint roasted coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut.
Taste- roasted hazelnut coffee. Mild chocolate and toffee round out the taste.
Mouthfeel- warm and thick with a smooth finish.

Overall- A nice surprise! A good Upper-middle class Brown Ale.

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

Pours a very deep, almost blackish, red with a small creamy-white head. Aroma has hints of caramel and chocolate.

Good roasted malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate. A small hoppy finish. Overall, this is a good beer that I would definitely have again, and it is a great brown ale.

Photo of edchicma
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only thing lacking in this brew was the aroma. Quite honestly my bottle smelled like a wet dog...I never encountered this smell before. But, aside from that all else was very nice. Appearance is an almost black amber with a head that diispates into a very nice lace. Taste...mmm. almost like a dry stout. lightly sweet with a hop flavor on the finish that is very nice. Mouthfeel is medium with a crispness and a dry finish that makes you want to take anothe sip. Very nice on the drinkability scale. Glad I tried it.

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

I actually decided to give this beer a try from watching Emeril cook with it on his cooking show. It was worth a try, not my favorite but a good beer. It poured a dark brown with hints of red, a perfectly clear beer. The head was a tannish two fingers with little lacing.

The aroma was primarily malty with some hints of smokiness that comes from the roasted malt. The taste is more smoky than I expected by with little real malt sweetness and almost no hops flavor. This felt a little oily in the mouth, but it could be a decent session beer.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita Turbo Dog, take two.

Pours a very dark amber. The red hue is very beautiful when held up to the light, glimmers and radiates. The brown is more opaque and more visual from a far. Frothy good sized head on the pour, along with streamers of lacing slowly receding down the glass. Smell is a blast of chocolate malt, and hint of very minute fruit esters.

Now for the taste. Initially, a wave of light chocolate malt strikes the palate. Milk chocolate, with a semi-bitter twang. Roasty all the way around. A clean hop bitterness to balance the malts towards the end. Finishes dry, and creamy, with an alcoholic warming. Taste lingers for a good deal of time.

A delicious English Brown Ale, that stays true to the style. Abita does not dissapoint with this one.

Photo of mirish72
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Still making my way through the party pack I picked up.

Poured into a pint glass and the beer appears black, but then settles in on very dark brown, with hints of red. Little bit of lacing and not much of a head, which appears to be pretty typical of Abita beers.

I was surprised by the sweet malty taste of the beer, it almost tasted like hints of ginger. The beer wasn't as hoppy as I normally like, but overall the beer was very drinkable.

So far this seems to be the best of the bunch.

Photo of beerceller99
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a opaque dark brown color with a slight tan head. Smells of dark rye bread. Taste is buttery toasted dark cereal grains with a smooth malt sweetness. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Minimal hop presence. A pretty good dark brew for the masses.

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

A wonderfully malty sweet American take on the English brown style.

Pours a pure brown, perhaps some reddish highlights. Hard to get much head going, but what's there is a medium tan. Nice sweet toffee on the nose, followed up beautifully in an integrated taste that's fundamentally sweet, maybe some hazel nut toward the end, but finishes with a nice dry balance. Some porter-like graininess in the finish is all that keeps me from chasing after that next drink. Has the water texture of a true English bitter, but the malt character of an American brew that's not ashamed to put a little muscle in.

Turbo Dog seems an over-aggressive name for what's fundamentally a gentle and sweet mild. But give these guys some credit for working up something truly special.

Photo of soonerferg
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quick 1-finger light tan head, which dissipates somewhat quickly. Aromas of cocoa and vanilla cappuccino. Dark, Coca-Cola coloring. Smooth mouthfeel and great drinkability. Aftertaste of chocolate milk. Overall a good beer for sitting out on a porch in the fall, having a good conversation.

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

Had this on tap at Cobblestone's last night w/ tenderbranson69, served cool in a nonic.
A - A cola brown shade w/ black cherry highlights and an half inch of tan head, the lace clings well.

S - Caramel toffee like w/ a sweet brown malt scent and a slightly lactic creamy odor.The nose has a bready quality common in English browns w/ toasted aromas.

M - Sweet, medium bodied w/ a touch of roastiness and full carbonation, a mouth coating type of malt sugar in the feel.

T - Creamy sweet w/ a touch of dark malt flavor, toffee and caramel and light coffee. Almost no hops and an aspect of candy-like malt, like a charleston chew that makes your teeth feel soft. The beer appears more robust than it is w/ an almost porter look, but definitely brown in taste. My brother called it a 'tweener'. The dark malt doesn't add much in the way of flavor, basically sweetness is the focus.

D - Quenching and carbonated, with a mellow relaxed flavor, a bit restrained, but still drinkable. A good brown, but not really one that seems to fit the name 'Turbodog'. I guess that is the sign of how beer evolves since I remember enjoying this more years ago when I first got into craft beer.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,513 ratings.