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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,575
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 79
Gots: 241 | 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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Photo of unclejimbay
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Brewing Co. / Abita Brew Pub
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 6.13 %
3/7/09, bottle>pint glass

A 4.0 - Dark roasted coffee bean in color. Almost opaque but not quite - some light comes through. Excellent head which reduces to swirly tan foam skin.
S 4.0 - Smells of bread and grains, some unsweetened chocolate notes.
T 4.0 - Semi bitter malty notes, roasted nutty-ness, tastes follow aromas as described on a rich malty nut back bone.
MF 3.5 - Higher carbonation than expected, medium to full body
D 3.5 - Almost bock like, a good rich example of the style. I also like the New Orleans memories that come with an Abita brew (Turbo Dog leads the pack). Not my favorite style so my drinkability score is lower than it could be.

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 Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hearty deep brown color with a huge tan head. When held up to the light a reddish hue comes through the glass. The head fades slowly to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of chocolate, roasted coffee and some caramel. Mixed with this is a light spicy hop aroma with a somewhat peppery spice.

Taste – A semi-sweet milk chocolate flavor meet the tongue. Hints of caramel and some lighter coffee flavors are mix nicely with the chocolate malt flavor. As the taste advances the caramel fades with some very light hoppy flavors that come in. Overall it leaves a lightly spiced chocolate flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation level is on the lower side with the body slightly above normal. Both suit the chocolate and roast flavors nicely, really allowing them to soak into the tongue.

Overall- A rather tasty and enjoyable brown ale. It has a nice slightly sweeter flavor and a good mouthfeel.

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

Interesting brown ale. Lot's more character than most. Very soft palate. Silky smooth but with some burrs here and there. Somehow, good body and thin at the same time. Poured with a dnice light tan head and just a little lace. Nice mild aroma. Tasty chocolately flavor with just a hint of licorice and ripe dark fruit. Mild carbonation. Easy finish.

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

January 23rd

Bottle pour into shaker. brown with moderate tan head - good lacing throughout. Roasted, sweet malts, caramel & chocolate flavors. A bit above average. Maybe I this beer was touted too much by a few family members, but to me it was nothing special.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- dark brown with a big white head.

Smell- upfront is a nutty aroma and hints of coco and roasted malts.

Taste- light roasted malts, caramel, nuts, toffee and coca, and hints of coffee. A pretty enjoyable tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- is light-medium bodied but smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall- I enjoyed this brew. The flavor was good but it could have stranded out a little bit more, very drinkable tho. I would have this again.

Photo of elihull
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Pours a dark rootbeer brown with a tight creamy head and sticky lace down the glass.
Has a toffee and dark brown sugar aroma with a hint of molasses.
Taste is basically the same components as the aroma with a big mouthful of malt added in.
I paired this one with some pulled pork bbq.
A excellent example of a English Brown Ale.

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

Poured this from an inch or so above the glass, I like doing that, it seems to release more aroma and appeal for me. Doing this this beer has a pretty decent sized tan to light brown head that settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear dark brown bordering on black colored beer.

A nice roasted malt aroma with some hints of a rich coffee in the background of this medium to medium full bodied brown ale.

The coffee seems to come through more when drinking than it had in the aroma and there is still a decent roasted malt quality to it. The aftertaste is a light sweet dry, which was pretty good itself. A pretty good brown beer.

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

Stouty for a brown, and too chocolately. Very malted milk and drinkable at the end of a humid day. Me Ovaltine. Not too sweet, but the chocolate malt overwhelms brown character. Nicely hopped and somewhat bitter finish. Interesting and satisfying. Medium mouthfeel.

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

Pours dark amber-brown, with a wispy tan foam.

Very doughy, grainy aroma. Little hop presence. Some "swampiness" right at the end.

Raisin-chocolate flavor up front. This spreads across the tongue into an unpleasant tinny, metallic taste. Ends with a roast bitter aftertaste. This beer would be exceptional if it weren't for the metallic middle.

Full bodied, but not chewy, pretty good mouthfeel, and a fairly drinkable brown ale.

Photo of nimrod979
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights on the outer edges. Average tan head that produces a pleasant, earthy, roasted, caramel and malty aroma. Laces the glass nicely! Flavor is rich with some tasty malt. Toffee and a hint of chocolate flavors with a nice hop bitterness on the end to balance the sweet malt. Average finish. Light to medium body; it's a little watery. But overall it's a pretty solid beer.

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

Dark brown with some red highlights. Head was massive tan color with plenty of lacing.
There was even some of the head left in the bottom of the glass when the liquid was gone.
Aroma was pleasant, malty.
Taste is mild chocolate, roasty sweet malt and enough hop bitterness to balance the beer.
A pleasant enough experience. No big surprises though.
Abv might be a bit high for the style. Drinkability is quite good. The tastiest Abita product thus far.

Photo of FishMan123
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A BotMC bottle.

Preface: this reminds me of some porters. I'm not good at reviewing porters. They seem like a cross between a weak stout and an oddly flavored ale. But that said...

A: Pours a deep, reddish brown, almost black. A nice creamy tan head that fades a bit too quickly.

S: Roasted toffee/coffee

T: Not bad tasting. Roasted toffee favor, but much lighter than expected based on the appearance. The flavor rises a bit in the aftertaste. Not objectionable.

M: Light, crisp, nicely carbonated.

D: Not very heavy, no bitterness.

Overall, this beer isn't bad, but seems a bit 1-dimensional.

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

Appearance: This brew pours with a creamy tan head. Color is a chocolate brown. As usual, lacings are plentiful with a sustained head retention.

Smell: The aroma is typified by a roasted malt presence. A woodsy character with a touch of caramel.

Taste: Rich creamy roasted malt suffuses the taste curve of this brew. The flavor character is not oppressive and has a very "winter" feel to it. I ejnoyed this greatly.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy...especially for an English Brown Ale. There is a lightness that sits well on the palate. This is an easy introduction to the heavier English brews.

Drinkability: Once again, the light airy presence of this brew leads to a lighter brew than would would have expected. I have been impressed with this selection and would recommend it for hosting a party or for even a sesion selection. Great job Abita!


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

I think this is the best offer from Abita that I've tried...it was part of the mix twelve pack I picked up in Round Rock HEB.

Pretty beer in a pint glass...brownish black with hints of deep red...a fluffy head that disappated slowly...very good lacing on this one.

The aroma was good, but a bit light...sweet malty cocoa, milk chocolate, cream, and very subtle roasted malt. Wish it was bigger!

Taste was pretty impressive...followed nose to the T and then some. Really liked the milk chocolate and sweet malt...not very bitter at all.

Somewhat thin for the scent...not quite watery but wish it were a bit heavier. Still, this is one I could offer friends willing to try a dark beer that actually has flavor. I'm not a big Abita fan, but I'd pick this one up again for sure. Very easy drinking, tasty English Brown Ale. Give it a try.

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

03-04-07 Twist off brown 12er. Best before 3/11.

Dark ruby brown, clear. Mild head.

Sweet raisin and chocolate. Dark nutty malt, toffee sweet. Light floral hops, mild spice.

Medium bodied smoothness. Raisin dark chocolate with tart grapes. Sweet toffee/sugar nutty malt base. Floral and mildly spicy hops that contribute a decent tart bitterness. Mild carbonation, nice foamation. Finishes smooth and slightly tart/bitter.

Creamy/smooth sweet brew. Very drinkable, quite enjoyable. I had it with a nice gumbo tonight, mmm mmm.


Deep red hue. Clear. Nice head – creamy and brown.

Chocolate and toffee. Some tart floral hop.

Chocolate and roasted caramel. Fruity sweetness and toasty nut. Tart hops are floral with medium-high bitterness. Finishes medium dry.

Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy.

A sweet English Brown or light American Brown. It’s okay, I don’t need another.

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

Served a 12oz bottle of this Northern English Brown Ale @ Keagans Pub & Patio in Forest Park- St. Louis, MO for $4. Poured into a pint glass but didn't have any type of B.O.D.

Aroma- Deep brown smell from the maltiness. Quite average but has a hop aroma added here that seems like it shouldn't be around. Tough to call it out with all the malt present.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color body that looks clear but tough to tell with 2 fingers of white head. Has good retention and a decent amount of lace.

Flavor- Light on the malt, sweet but the nutty flavor plays a huge part in the beer. Medium amount of toastiness and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Thin, Small-Medium amount of Carbonation, and a little gritty on the backside.

Overall Impression- Good English Brown Ale! I'm used to American Brown Ales, so this was fantastic to try a mild brown ale. The nutty flavor was great in this beer and really enjoyed. A little tough on the drinkability but I finished the rest after my meal (Chicken and Bean Nachos).

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

Interesting label. Black isn't a typical color for bottle labels (especially a brown ale?).
Very fizzy sound and large head upon pouring. Not able to decant whole bottle into standard pint glass.
Dark color of brown and deep red. Clear. Light brown colored head that settles slowly.
Dark malt aroma with whiffs of chocolate noted. Sweet notes too.
Malt flavors that stay away from sweetness. Roast, dry, slightly bitter. Just short of astringent. Doesn't hold as apparent chocolate as aroma did, but it becomes stronger as it warms.
Carbonation is more than I like for brown ales. Beyond that feel is light moderate or less.
Overall this is fine. It has nice flavors. Easily drinkable as it isn't too rich. It's gonna' go well with lunch today.

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

My first beer from this brewery, and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised.

Poured a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a small head (probably poured it too cold, I was eager). Would likely have been Guinness-y looking if I'd done it right.

Smell is toffee, wine, and a bit overly sweet with some strong maple syrup elements.

Thick, coating mouthfeel that was a bit odd. Toffee and earthy elements dominate the flavour, with a light bitterness and a dry edge that shows up later. Possibly some sour fruit (apples?) in there as well.

Not a bad brew, especially since I just bought it because of the name. Will try some others from Abita if I can get them, to see how it goes.

Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a chestnut brown body that had some clear edges...the head was off white in color and stood just over one finger tall...it fell to a solid ring and left behind some lacing

S - Overall the smell was rather light...but it did present chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, and a roastiness

T - The first sip provides a balanced flavor of chocolate and toffee with a hint of nuts...it reminds me of a turtle chocolate actually...I didn't get the nuts in the aroma but they have a bigger presence on the palate...they never become overpowering because of the roastiness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the toffee and vanilla...these flavors play with each other back and forth throughout the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth, sweet, sometimes thin

O - I had this beer during Mardi Gras 2012...it made me feel "in the spirit" as I paired it with some Jambalaya...a sessionable brown ale with pronounced chocolate flavors, sweet toffee and caramel, and a slight nuttiness

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

A: Brown body with a 2-finger chocolatey-tan head. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Caramel malt sweetness with some chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. Not too strong in the nose, however.

T: Pretty much follows the nose -- caramel malt, chcolate and some nuttiness. More chocolate than expected for a brown. Nuttiness is pretty noticeable too, though I'm OK with that in a brown. Finishes slightly dry; I wouldn't exactly call it bitter, but it does balance the sweetness.

M: Noticeably thin in heft right away. Carbonation is decent.

D: Good. Light in heft yet with solid brown-type flavors make this one easily sessionable. I'd definitely get this again as a session brown.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,575 ratings.