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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,598
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: 2,598 | Reviews: 987
Photo of Rootdog316
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with light ruby highlights. Small off white head. Aroma was of slight nuttiness and roasted malt. Light to medium mouthfeel. Taste was simple. Some grains, roasted malt and nuts. There’s a bit of nuttiness on the very end. A decent brown ale nonetheless.

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

A: a dark brown with some amber around the edges, with an off white head
S: very nutty smell to it like a proper brown ale
T: nice almond taste up front with some nice bready malt
M: crisp and refreshing, good carbonation
O: the best abita brew i have had, a true brown ale and a nice refreshment after a good trail ride on the mtn bike

Photo of kpwill07
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this @ Premier Gourmet.

Pours a bit darker than most brown's I've had. A small but clingy tannish head sticks around for a bit. The smell is of roasted malt, not much else, perhaps a little bit of coffee? The taste isn't much more complex, but that's not to say it isn't a smooth enjoyable beer. I'm not a huge fan of browns, but this one I did enjoy.

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

How have I not had a Turbo Dog? The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body pours a dark chocolate brown coloration. The light peaks through the beer in ruby tones. The head was the coloration of nugget from a Three Muscateeers bar. The head shortly resolved to a thin layer on the surface of the beer.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is chocolate dipped figs. A very light bit of smoke peaks its head up.

Taste: The beers taste leads with chocolate and dips into the dark fruit range of figs. A bit of bitterness breaks up the choco fruit flavors. This is really nice.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is light. Carbonation is active but works really well with the beer. The beer left my glass quickly. I could easily spend an evening drinking nothing but Turbo Dog.

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

Turbo Dog poured into the glass a hazed chestnut brown color. The head began as a finger of creamy tan foam that fell to a wispy cap and thick collar.
The smell was faintly nutty with hints of sweet chocolate, molasses, and a bit of grassiness from the hops.
The taste began with sweet roasted malts, faint chocolate and toffee notes with a touch of grassiness and a pleasant light bitterness that kept everything in balance.
The body was light to medium with a moderately active carbonation and a thinner, but creamy mouthfeel.
This was my first time trying a beer from Abita. I will ave to make a greater effort into locating more of their products.

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

Very true to its style. A great brown ale.
Pours a brown almost black color with a tan head and some good lacing.
Smells kind of spicy with sweetness.
Tastes spicy (can't pinpoint one) good malty sweetness with some decent hop character.
Mouthfeel was better than average.
Quite drinkable.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a small tan head.
Aroma of caramel malt and biscuits. Very nice nutty coffee flavor. A good flavor, somewhere between a Guinness and a Newcastle. Has a clean mouthfeel for a brown ale, nice and sweet.Very drinkable, would be a nice session brown ale. Would definately order again when looking for a nice light Brown ale.

Photo of soonerferg
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Rob6852
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brown ale from the bayou.
Comes in a 12oz. bottle with the best by date clearly notched on
the back.
Pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that
settles down to leave a nice laceing around the glass.
A nice malt taste with hints of coffee / toffee. Has a bit of hops
dryness after the swallow. This beer does have a good taste to it.
Abita has a good one here and i'll be revisiting it from time to time.
A good beer to have on a cold winter day.

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.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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