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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.


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2,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 2102
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%

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

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Photo of MadTown1000


2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hypothetically a brown ale, actually pours a very deep ruby red into a pint glass. Maybe half an inch of quick-dissipating sudsy foam.

Smell is not strong - sweet, caramel notes. Flavor is along the same lines, but surprisingly weak. Tastes almost watered down. Not sure I'd want a second one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:59:05 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of celticfutblclub


2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at magouns 3/27/2011

A - nice solid brown with a good head that sticks around well.

S - sugar and cinnamon are in there and its not bad but its not pronounced at all very very subtle smell here.

T - again sugar and cinnamon and malts but it all feels very watered down. sugar cinnamon and malt is a great taste its just not pulled off here at all.

M - extremely light and way too over carbonated. a watery taste is gonna detract from taste enough as it is without carbonation getting in the way too much and distracting the taste buds.

O - not very impressed by this one. i get what they were trying to do but it feels like they need to go back to the drawing board to pull this one off.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 01:10:39 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of GreenCard


2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drove through Louisiana recently, so I stopped at this brewery. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed...

Aroma: not much, some roastiness

Appearance: looks like a brown porter, dark mahogany, good clarity, thin head, not much retention (but that's not unusual for this style)

Flavor: rather bland, some dark roastiness up front and a bit of a malt finish, not too much hop flavor/bitterness/aroma, quick finishing (i.e.- the flavors that are there don't linger at all), some graininess and a slight twinge of tartness

Mouthfeel: thin bodied (thinner than usual Browns and Milds), very tight carbonation, slight astringency

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2003 12:21:59 | More by GreenCard
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer from the bottle, noticing a deep, almost opaque reddish-brown color and a modest beige head that settles to a thin film of foam, but I left the room for a minute right after pouring. When I returned, I was welcomed back to my seat by a wave of rich, caramel sweetness. Unfortunately, the wonderful sweetness somehow seemed to evaporate with the head, and my first deliberate smell of the beer yielded nothing but dull combination of mild lactose-like sweetness, some musty hops, and an afternote of dry cocoa. The flavor is marginally better but still sadly bland, with a light, sweet blend of milk chocolate and a mildest noticeable toffee character, although each characteristic seems to develop nicely as the beer warms. The texture is good enough, with a nice medium body that is lightened by a fine carbonation. Overall, although certainly drinkable, the superficial flavor profile leaves much to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:31:24 | More by devilben02
Photo of BierManVA


2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


\Tur"bo\, n. turbo-

1. Turbine: turbocharger.
2. Driven by a turbine: turbojet.


2. Something of inferior or low quality: “The beer was a real dog” (BierManVA).

I tried this a long time ago and remember not being impressed. Can't say things have changed much.

Lacking in smell, almost a flat taste. You either really hit it with a Brown Ale or you don't. This one doesn't. This is almost like cold water with food coloring in it. I'd rather drink an Amber Bock.

It does have a nice color though!


Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 21:38:06 | More by BierManVA
Photo of WonderfulSam


2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My mom always said, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." So here's something nice: My wife is freakin' hot.

Now for the beer review.

The beer started out great. It looked very pretty. Almost like a cola, with little no light shining through and a 1 finger tawny head with decent retention. It smelled really interesting. Sweet and malty with a very light hop aroma. I was excited. Then I started drinking it. Hm. Malt up front, bitter coffee to follow, and not a thing in between to tie it together. The first couple of swallows fell flat. The more I drank, the worse it tasted, as the unbalanced sweetness produced a sour aftertaste. It didn't feel nice in my mouth at all. It was very thin, and the bitterness of the coffee flavors combined with the sweet-induced sour was really not too pleasant. I actually didn't finish drinking it because it just seemed like a waste of calories.

Oddly enough, my freakin' hot wife, who likes Michelob Ultra thought this stuff was pretty good... go figure!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 07:55:24 | More by WonderfulSam
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark brown/mahogany beer with a decent off-white head. Thin lacing.

S: Nothing much, faint malts maybe.

T&M: Roasted malt up front. Some brown sugar, but mostly malty flavor that fades quickly. Rough feel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Not anything I'm going out of the way to try again. This is a polar opposite in quality of their Andygator that I had at the beginning of the night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 16:07:38 | More by cdizinno
Photo of mariposafan


2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A hard pour gives two fingers of tan head that stick around for awhile. Dark brown body with ruby highlights against the light.

The smell is mostly AWOL. What there is of it is malty and slightly sweet.

The taste left with the smell. First I taste hard water minerality. Then a little maltiness and some hops, though they're mostly noticed in a bitter edge. There's something missing here - it's not that it's not flavorful, it's that it's watery. Could use a little sweetness.

Thinnish body with good carbonation.

Something about that combination of minerality/bitterness and lack of sweetness just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 21:14:47 | More by mariposafan
Photo of GilmooDaddy


2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours an opaque brown with a fingernail sized foam head that dissapears shortly after pouring.

(Smell): Almost nonexistent, this Brown Ale has an extremely subtle smell of what I sensed to be a malty chocolate with a hint of nuttiness.

(Taste): I'll be harsh to judge here, but this beer tastes like the failed aftermath of a new seltzer experiment. It is very bland and subtle with absolutely no aftertaste.

(Mouthfeel): Watery and slightly carbonated.

(Drinkability): If you enjoy the taste (which might be asking a lot), the Turbodog might make a good session beer. With an almost complete lack of flavor and a low alcohol content, this Brown Ale won't be meeting my friends anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 01:08:02 | More by GilmooDaddy
Photo of BeerAngel


2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark coca-cola colored brown with a modest 1-½ finger tan head. The smell consists of roasted chocolate malt and a very faint hop aroma. The taste mimics the smell in a watery kind of way. The aroma is deceiving in this manner as it almost smells as bold as a porter, but this is way more watery in taste than a light bock. It also has a weird twang mid-swallow of each and every swallow. The hops are barely noticeable and there’s not much carbonation either. This beer is very light bodied and finishes very thin. This beer has way too much “roastiness” to be so lean. Strange brew this is! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 18:41:55 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of JoeAmerican77


2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark to black with ruby hearts of light, a good two fingers of slight beige head that quickly curtains lace.

Smells of cocoa puff cereal and milk, not kidding, roasty malt notes and thats about it.

Sweet and chocolate at first, with a very slight bitter to the end, not a bad flavor, just like the smell, not complex or mind blowing just cocoa puffs.

Very smooth feel to it, with a thin body and miniature carbonation.

Drinkable yes, for a sixer among buddies, but eh nothing to pleasing here, nothing offensive either.
Decent price snagged 6 for $9 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:15:53 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot, Rocport TX. Pours a dark brown with a small, tan short lasting head. Aroma is dark fruit and roasted malt. Flavor begins with espresso and nutty malt, but ends as spoiled fruit. May be it was a bad bottle. Not sure if I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:55:27 | More by mikeg67
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A deep, dark brownish black color with a thick, frothy head.

S: Very subtle aroma. A little nutty, a little chocolaty, but even that is subdued.

T/M: Sweet with chocolate and a little bitter with a hint of nut in the finish. Relatively light for something so dark.

Not the fullest of dark beers, but a good transition beer if you're wanting to get into darker beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:16:20 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of jermar


2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer had a very funky taste reminiscent of a bad homebrew. Not a good one, try Brooklyn Brown instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2002 19:41:11 | More by jermar
Photo of PreacherBrewer


2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark brown with decent light-tan head. Good lacing.

S - Not much to write about. Some faint coffee beans and a clean scent from the alcohol.

T - Faint coffee, earthy, nuty notes. Maltiness is almost corn syrupish. hops are boring and lack depth. It's like they are just there to tame the thick malt.

M - Carbonation is a little lacking and thin. On the light side of medium bodied.

O - A pretty lack-luster brew. Nothing about it makes me want to have another one. I've had it from the bottle and now on tap, and neither have been to my liking. I'm moving on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 01:52:32 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of lokicat444


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Opaque brown, not much of a head, with a faintly sweet smell. The taste is quite distinctive for a brown ale, with a slightly roasted taste, with a strong chocolate flavor. Sweet too, with a fine balance of hops, but the predominant flavor is the chocolate. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. I think this beer would be fine with desert, but was not what I was looking for in a brown ale with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 01:13:30 | More by lokicat444
Photo of Dizzy


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. This doesn't look much like a brown ale, dark brown, off white head. Not much aroma at all, faintly like chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate maybe a little carmel. The hops are overwhelmed by the roasted malt. Seems lighter bodied than I would expect and the carbonation really stands out. This beer is worth a try, as it seems a little unusual but it won't be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 00:47:10 | More by Dizzy
Photo of GeoffRizzo


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark ruby brown with a tan bubbly head. Chocolate and dark roasted malts graze the nose. Creamy, large and massive carbonation, yet simplistic for the style; caramel malts and cocoa, with light roasted coffee beans in the initial sips. The body is bland, a touch of nutty flavorings, somewhat watered-down with toffee malts and traces of oats. Incredibly boring; skip this over-rated beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 03:38:42 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of SaintPeter


2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a deep, dark beer with hints of purple in which a dark, heavenly 3-finger heard sits upon. The nose is a burnt chocolate, a nice fragrance. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft with a mellow coffee flavor. Then there is the taste: It is just not what the fragrance suggests. It is really missing the flavor. Very disappointing. I want to think that I got an old bottle, but I'm not sure, it was swiped away from me before I could look at it.

I may have to give it a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 16:04:22 | More by SaintPeter
Photo of Chizoad


2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at a restaurant. Maybe it was too cold. As it warmed it changed. Probably would need a second try to really evaluate. Woe is me.

Deep blackness with an amber head that was gone in 60 seconds. It looked inviting.

Picked up something weird on the initial whiff. Then... nothing. As the beer warmed, I got a little chocolate and malt.

Same with the taste. Honestly at first, I got nearly nothing flavor wise. Carbonated, heavy water. Not offensive at all, just completely bland. Warmed up and became better and better. Gone by the time it was finally getting to a reasonable temperature, since I split the bottle.

Dense mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Not overly heavy. Wouldn't mind having another one, but I'm assuming the beer is a little better than I'm rating it.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 01:57:52 | More by Chizoad
Photo of MisterClean


2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from Total Wine

A - Mahogany with a bit of a chocolaty head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Cinnamon, clove, all-spice, and grass.

T - Anise, grass, and earth.

M - Bitter and dry. Very disappointing. :(

D - The smell and color are nice, but the taste and mouthfeel make this beer undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 04:52:55 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh. Abita tends to make comparatively, uh, less adventurous brews than your average brewery I've experienced. Of course, that probably has a lot to do with the unique diet that exists in Louisiana. Good for a lot of spicy cajun stuff I guess, but i prefer something hoppy with my spicy food, what I digress.

Brownish pour, can't really identify any identifiable aroma or smell. Not the typical chocolate or coffee flavors you might see in darker colored beers. Not really a sweet beer, just kind of bland. Sorry guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:55:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with great clarity given its shade. I like its head - a three finger light tan color with nice retention, and excellent texturing. Even after a while, it still remains a half finger high, leaving very nice, thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Toasted caramel malts and chocolate. Very faint in general - there's nothing wrong with it per se, but it's so aromatically boring.

T: Again, not really flawed, but so damn mild and even watery. Chocolaty sweetness to start, a candylike midtaste, with a vaguely toasted finish. And that's about it. I can chug it, at least.

M: Clean, damn near bone dry, and thin. This makes it super easy to drink, but the watery factor detracts some. Good carbonation.

O: The ultimate in inoffensive beer. There's nothing bad or good here - really, it just exists in the market place like white bread exists in a grocery store. And money no object, would you rather have white bread or the artisanal 9-grain stuff? Thought so.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 22:54:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of hardy008


2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with a small tan head, with fair retention and spotty lacing. Smells like toasted malt and nuts. the aroma is light.

Tastes just like it smells with toasted malt and nuts. Just like with the aroma, the taste is too light, and I can detect only a little sweetness.

Medium bodied, average carbonation. Mostly just boring and bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:37:17 | More by hardy008
Photo of wolffman17


2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 11/06.
Turbo Dog pours a deep, dark brown with a tan head.
Mild coffee, chocolate, and toffee aroma.
I'm surprised at how little flavor this has. None of what I smell is in the flavor. There's a tiny bit of caramel, but it's far from having a strong malty presence. What seems to be a high amount of carbonation doesn't help.
Drinkable? I'll just say that I'm not happy that I've still got 5 of these left in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 00:37:57 | More by wolffman17
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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