Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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2,656 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,656
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 321 | 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: 2,656 | Reviews: 997
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While Abita Turbodog's bottle and labeling are extremely dull and uninviting, it's what's inside that counts - and what's inside is pretty good, but not great.

Color is a very dark brownish-red, bordering on burgundy. The tan head was thin, only about one finger's width, and faded quickly. A good amount of lacing left on the glass. The scent of cocoa was weak but nice; I had to take a few good sniffs to full catch it. The taste was much the same - quite malty with cocoa, raisin, and subtle hops. There is a bit of a medicinal or herbal taste I don't care for. Carbonation was mild. Enjoyable, but nothing outstanding going on here.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured up a nice muddy brown with some dark red highlights,a thick milk chocolate looking head builds to a fingers worth before deflating to a thin covering,with no lace left behind. The nose is thin and malty with some very faint vinilla notes. This has some good nutty flavors as well as bitter chocolate and subtle dry oat tendencies. The body is a bit to thin as well as some understated carbonation makes it just slightly above average at best. The alcohol seems well hidden,I was a bit suprised to see the AVB above six. A decent offering to enjoy once or twice maybe,never going to be a regular in my glass.

Photo of blakelive784
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a clear, dark brown/amber color with a fairly thick head of 2 fingers. Retention is above average.

S - Toast, toffee, a light fruity ester, and a small nutty presence.

T - Toasty barley; dark, tart fruits; and toffee. It's a little watery, but has a burnt toasty taste.

M - Entirely too light. A bit coarse. Not tailored to the flavors at all.

D - It's o.k., but not at all one I'd have again.

Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little sweet and grainy, but overall a pleasant beer.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, not nearly as good as I remembered it. I haven't had this beer in quite some time, and I guess my tastes have evolved a lot. Too much of the macro-type flavor in there. I got the impression that after a couple, this would get better. Hard to define, reminds me some of the Yuengling porter. Doesn't really fit any style, and ultimately doesn't impress. Better than the average macro lager, but so what.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear but black with a ruby highlight. The head was off-white, low and persisten enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly toasty with some fruity presence at first and then trasformed as it warmed into an overly estery and fruity mess. The ester profile took over the brew and slight coffee and chocolate emerged later, but could not overtake the fruit character.

The flaovr was fruity with a very light coffee and chocolate presence. As the beer warmed, the estery fruity flavors emerged and a slight sourness emerged. While still cold the beer had an acrid dark grain present that was not well done.

The finish was dry with lasting light expresso coffee and chocolate into the aftertaste with a low fruit component. The body was medium light and a bit watery. I remember when this used to be a favorite. Now I would say skip it.

Pint at Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC.

Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red color with just a thin cap of head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Roasted malt with molasses notes

Taste: Initially sweet and creamy, then thinning out quite a bit to a more roasted, astringent back end that finishes slightly lingering and nutty with some burnt notes.

The Rest: I've had this on tap quite a few times, and now that I'm reviewing it from a bottle, not in a bar, I don't like as much as I though I did. It's a decent beer, but it's a bit too chalky to be a good brown ale.

Photo of dmamiano
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a deep brown with reddish edges as I hold to the light.
Small off white head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.
Not getting much from the nose..hints of sweet gum, caramel and some roasty edges.
Taste is smooth at first and finishes with a slight bitterness. Some dark roasted malts, bready notes and a hint of crystal and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is ok.

Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a thick creamy mocha head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is of unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee, not very hoppy which is a plus, not real complex but a good flavor none the less. To me this is a good solid dark beer, but nothing really stands out to put it in the superior category.

Photo of VICVALLIN
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tried last night at han's bierhaus in houston, tx. poured a medium color brown with not much of a head. its very smooth and doesn't a bitter after taste like some of the american versions of the english brown ale i've had before. will definitely try again.

edit: gave this another try saturday at lucky's pub downtown and i swear it tasted like watered down hot chocolate. word to the wise, never judge a beer on how it tastes when you're already drunk.

Photo of harpo111
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: thin head...dark
sm: pungent, but malty
t: tangy, but not much hops....nothing special
m: not too fizzy.. but not to thick either
drinkability: ok, but would preferr something with a larger character...
this is a good beer, but if you want something substantial.this is not really it. taste goes well with food... beats macros..but i can think of other brown ales that have more going for them.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with substantial foam on the head. Slight bit of prickle. Very faint malt nose, but almost undetectable. The attack is refreshing and pretty clean with a quick presentation of the malt flavor. There seems to be a hint of anise. There is some odd quality to the malt that makes it stand out from other beers that I have tried. I cannot quite place it, but it distracts me a bit. Overall however, I find the beer to be pretty standard and average as far as brown ales go.

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle (about 12 fl oz) with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty decent retention. Colour is a really dark amber (NOT brown).

Sm: Nutty to a small extent, with raspberry fruit esters and caramelized malt. Me nose is broken, so I do have trouble with aromas. It's mild in strength.

T: The nuts are quite restrained, with a subtle fruit ester (raspberry or something close) rising more to the forefront. A caramelized malt foundation comprises the unobtrusive backbone. It's pleasant (if simple), and enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced, but it's fairly built. No layering or inspiration is evident. The fruit ester overstays its welcome, pervading the aftertaste. For the style, it's a bit wrong in that nuts are not its emphasis.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense. A bit too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but a bit boring. Where are the nuts? The ester is its strong suit, and works better in a brown than it should, but the balance is compromised as a result.

C+

Photo of Foxman
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a dark reddish-brown, heck, maybe almost ruby in the right light, and the darkness surprised me for some unknown reason. The head is a very light brown, soft looking, and disperses after the first sip into little swirly cosmos. It leaves little wisps of lace in its tracks.

The aroma comes across as malt, chiefly, with some small hint of chocolate, and less still of fresh coffee.

The malt train arrives quickly on the track, and parks itself squarely on the tongue. Still, through the malt sweetness creeps tendrils of chocolate and maybe some coffee, not surprising considering the aroma. The hop presence is more assumed than tasted.

It's medium bodied, and the malt/chocolate combo brings to mind the feel of a melted milkshake that coats and lingers for a short time.

After I got through the initial surprise of the color, I found the beer interesting in its way. However, I wouldn't drink many in one sitting, maybe when I want just one beer, something different, outside the usual rotation of IPA's. It's a Bayou beer that would stand up well to piquant Creole and such related cuisines, so next time I'll see about having one with said food at a local establishment and maybe find it more a fitting accompaniment than soloist.

Photo of seeswo
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a small tan head. Smells of malts, roasted malts. Smells alright. Taste is pretty smooth, malts of a brown ale, good balance of sweetness (as in not too sweet) and just a touch of bite in the finish. Decent, I guess. Has good carbonation and a relatively thin mouthfeel. Really goes down easy and is a nice alterative to the BMC flowing around Bourbon Street. Not great, but decent and doable. Pretty much the definition of average.

Photo of mickstepp
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appropriately brown for a Brown Ale. This beer has a sweet edge and a high level of carbonation. Fruit and grainy/yeasty notes in the mix.Overly malted and underhopped in my opinion. I thought the mouthfeel would be creamier than it was. I had heard great things about this beer and admit to being a little disappointed. probably just not my style. Not a terrible beer but not one that I would seek out again.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/11/2009 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown colored body, clearish in the light. Huge foamy tan colored head, very lasting. Roasty aroma, some nuttiness. Some funky, dusty aroma, reminiscent of all Abita's beers. Maybe the spring water. Some fruitiness too. Not a strong aroma. Fruity taste, maybe strawberry. Along with some maltiness, nuttiness too. Some roasted flavors. Watery palate. Some fruitiness, like strawberry. Tasty.

Photo of farrago
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with minimal head but does leave some lacing behind, black to dark brown-orange in hue, doesn't seem "opaque" but is. Toasty, malty nose, on the whole not very expressive, clean as the spring water component shines through, carob, mild graininess, sweetness in check with only a breeze of hops. Medium-bodied, however, comes across as watery and semi-dilute, very initial impression of warm chocolate cake, coffee and marzipan falls off a cliff by the mid-palate. Solid jolt of carbonation tries to waken the patient. Also appears to shuffle towards an uptick of bitterness at the end but doesn't quite get there. Decent graininess, not flawed or nothing, just boring.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer looks like a perhaps slightly darker flat coke, tiny head recedes to nothing almost immediately.

Smell: The smell is weak, with no head that's not surprising I suppose. Very faint dark malt aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable, though short on flavor. It has the feel and taste of a flat cola without the sugar and all the acid. This is my first tasting of an Abita beer and it will no doubt be the last time I buy a beer from them.

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated best before: 04/12/09. (from the Abita Party Pack). The body was dark brown but clear of sediment. Tan head faded to a film.

Smell was damp grain. Nuts, maybe walnut-like.

Taste was roasty bitterness. Short finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and in carbonation. Not a favorite style but it seems like a solid choice.

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper reddish / brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted and burnt malts, caramel, and light chocolate. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, and had a burnt graininess to it.

Notes from 12/28/07

Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a bit of reddish translucence and a quickly fading head. Aromas are of nuts, stale coffee, chocolate, wet cardboard and slightly rotten potatoes. Coffee comes through strongly as a flavor and there is a bit of a sourness to it that compliments the earthy flavors. Still, it is a bit thin and doesn't really go anywhere.

Photo of bort11
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Color is a dark reddish brown. Light comes through as ruby red. Minimal tan head, quickly recedes Smell is a mixture of cocoa sweet and hops bitter. Taste is nutty and malt up front, but finishes with some hops. Mouthfeel is light, with a well balanced carbonation. This is a pretty OK beer, but doesn't really grab me.

Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the best beer that Abita makes. It's a medium brown hue with promising head retention. Aromas are lightly malty, toasty, nutty, and caramelly. Though flavors are modest, they are clean and of same characteristics in the nose. The beer waters significantly into the body and finish. It looses the creaminess and maltiness. Finishes a tacky sweet and a little less than clean. Though not great, it's fair.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium frothy tan head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grains; very slight hop notes

Taste: Roasted grains up front; slight hop bites in the middle with a slightly dry, metallic flavor in the end; not particularly noteworthy, but not too bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,656 ratings.