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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 62
Gots: 120 | 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 Ricochet


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Very good brown ale. Not a big fan of the brown beers, but considering I drink a cheapy brown beer a lot, it's not great , but it's beer. To have a good brown ALE is nice.

A: Darkest Brown. Really dark with a good head, almost like a porter.

S: Weak porter. Nicely roasted malts, low alchohol smell, and has a notch of the New Castle Brown smell, a beer I think to compare browns too.

M: Thick, full, a little sour at the end, and a refined finish. This is ale.

T: This is almost a like a stout. Very nice mix of flavors making this a bit more complex than New Castle, but still reminds you of a brown.

D: Very good drinkability. If they had this in the can, priced the same as BMC, this would be a good change up beer. As it is now, I prefer other flavors, but this is a nice brown.

08-27-2005 03:42:57 | More by Ricochet
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

From the depths of the South came this bottle of suds. Into my pint glass it poured a deep brown with a thick tan head, with good retention and great lacing. The nose was semi-sweet like chocolate chips accompanied by some bread, toffee and caramel notes. The flavors were similar but the sweetness took a back seat. Biscuit malt and bittersweet chocolate a la baking along with some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. A good beer for the style (an English Brown Ale) and quite sessionable.

09-09-2008 20:52:00 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of BeerBeatnik

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

First time I had this beer, I was down in New Orleans at a place called Molly's. I wonder if it's still there. This was several years ago. I was so happy to be able to drink a local beer and always remembered it. When I saw it at the store this weekend, I picked it up and recalled that time. Unfortunately, this beer may have been sitting on the shelf a little longer than I would have hoped. It didn't taste as fresh as the first time I had it. Too bad. I remember loving it. But, this one may have traveled in the heat up here and it lost a bit of quality in the transport.

09-14-2011 19:55:49 | More by BeerBeatnik
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a bottle into a ??? glass at Bud’s Louisiana Café in San Diego (Kearny Mesa). Dark brown color, but not quite black. Appeared heavily carbonated. At least an inch of head, but probably more. Lots of lacing and lots of film on the sides.

Malts were the lead smell, mainly light caramel and chocolate. Had to work for the smells though. Somewhat bland.

Initial taste was chocolate. Caramel came into play, too, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth though.

Seemed to be high on carbonation, but still pretty smooth.

A pretty good beer overall, a lot better than I thought it would be. I’d order it again for sure.

09-01-2011 06:03:03 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of bighoppymonster


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held up to light. Tan head with no visible carbonation has some nice lacing. Smells of sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Roasted maltiness in taste with some sweet chocolate notes as well as some coffee. Hop presence is definately there, but rather understated. An excellent balance of malt to hops for my taste. Overall a solid brew that I drink pretty often. The best offering from Abita in my opinion, at least of the options available to me.

11-24-2005 00:28:20 | More by bighoppymonster
Photo of katan


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy deep dark brown color. Head formation is strong, just a bit off white. Some lacing. Carbonation isn't obvious.

S - Has a scent of roasted malts, almonds. Caramel malts, lots of sugars.

T - Starts off with a nice strong combination of caramel malt sweetness, toffee, and roasted notes. Mid-stream does get more bitter, but no hopping comes through. Some yeast breadiness shows through. Finishes with a nutty note of almonds. Aftertaste is almost coffee in its bitter bite.

M - Strong body to the beer, built on by a stronger carbonation profile. Malt sweetness clings to the tongue.

D - Goes down a bit harsh due to the carbonation. ABV is very manageable. Sweetness does lead to some palette fatigue - not particularly sessionable.

Certainly an interesting beer - flavors all over the place. That works well for me in a EBA.

11-14-2009 00:52:07 | More by katan
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%

A- pours a dark brown with some ruby hue, solid fluffy layer of head that has good retention, a bit of lace runs down the sides.

S- chocolate and caramel, dark prunes, and some spicy hops

T- toasted malt gives way to chocolate and toffee, mild notes of dark fruit, finishes with some citrusy hop and bready grain.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish

O- great balance and extremely drinkable. Nothing is overbearing which makes it highly sessionable.

01-30-2013 15:45:19 | More by Treyliff
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a very dark brown with a crimson hue when held to the light. It has a large creamy head of tan foam that falls slowly. The nose is mild. Some toasty malt with a nice sweetness on it and maybe some faint grass. Sweet milky chocolate creeps into the nose as it warms and there's a touch fo bread crust on the nose. Taste is gracefull and well done. It has a thin mouthfeel with a slight bite from carbonation. There's a fruity backnote and some hops balance it for a finish that is dry and has a faint touch of bitterness. The malt stays mild in this but enticing with some bread crust a bit of toffee and some light sweet chocolate.

Easy to drink and very pleasant.

07-16-2014 16:06:35 | More by utopiajane
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Beautiful deep, rich brown but you can still see through it. Nice head - deep color, tight bubbles, fair lasting power, good lacing. Smells deeply malty, nice sweet caramel. Tastes. Hmm. Deeply malty with a touch of sweet caramel? You get darker malts - chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of burnt caramel - as well as the caramel, definitely not overbearingly caramel or sweet! Nice medium mouth - could be a good drinker all year...

09-02-2006 22:39:02 | More by charlesw
Photo of naderator55


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours out with about 2 inches of head. Has a dark brown color to it. Darker than most in this style. Smell comes out with slights amount of roasted malts and caramel is detected. The taste starts off with rich malty taste the malts make for a sweet beginning to a drink, with caramel undertones again. The end has a nice bite of hops. This is appreciated. The mouthfeel feels a little bit too much like water, but is not like a Bud light by any means. This is a beer a guy/gal could session on all night long. I do enjoy Brown's for being what they are simple tasty and versatile. This Brown does better than most at that.

08-14-2006 02:12:20 | More by naderator55
Photo of SteveS1

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Look: Pours dark brown, near-opaque mahogany when put to light. Light tan 1-finger head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and toffee, roasted-malt/coffee.

Taste: Sweet and sugary on the tongue, but dark and bitter roasted coffee towards the back. Roasted malts dominate the aftertaste.

Feel: Light in body and carbonation.

Drink: Very drinkable! The lightness of an english brown with the robust flavors of a stout. I figure it would be great as a session beer.

02-12-2012 00:42:55 | More by SteveS1
Photo of johnrobe


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Turbodog is quite an anomaly as it doesn't fit neatly into a particular beer style mold. The body and mouthfeel are appropriate for a nut brown, but the roasted flavors are more akin to a stout (albeit a light one) and it is quite clean, almost lager-like. It pours a dark, dark mahogany with a thin off-white head. The smell is strong with dark roasted malts and it also has that quality I can only describe as "beery". Roasted malt dominates the palate but comes with some light toffee sweetness. Mildly spicy hops are noticeable but never come to the foreground. A bit thin and watery. Not an exceptional brew, but exceptional in its originality. This would make an excellent dark summertime session brew and would pair very well with spicy food.

01-23-2004 09:31:36 | More by johnrobe
Photo of dedrick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a bottle out of a six pack bought at Oliver's in Albany.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown and clear. Moderate head, about 1/4 of the glass.

Smell: Moderate strength, sweet.

Taste: Somewhat sweet, I can taste a bit of molasses or brown sugar. Just a tiny bit soapy after taste. Overall a pretty good beer. Not very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Feels to have a bit more carbonation that most beers. It almost seems a little bit watery, which I have also noticed in other Abita beers. It couldn't hurt to have more body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, smooth.

12-09-2009 21:33:54 | More by dedrick
Photo of clarkm04


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Dark brown color, decently carbonated, decent head

S- A slight roasted color. A very narrow smell profile. Very little prelude to the taste.

T- A roasted chocolate taste to it. Definitely more malty with a thin taste of the bittering hops. A nicely balanced brown ale. The taste is much better than the smell.

M- Nothing outstanding. Very light on the palate with the lightly roasted and chocolate malt taste

D- Very easy to consume. I could easily slam 3 or 4 of these.

Overall, a solid brown ale. There are other browns I enjoy better: Brooklyn, Rogue's, Moose Drool but a very solid brown for a style that I particularly like and appreciate.

07-28-2010 00:10:00 | More by clarkm04
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Poured a dark caramel brown. Two fingers of fluffy, light tan head developed quickly (might have been my fault, though) and lingered throughout the pint.

Smell: Caramel, sweet milk chocolate, and a touch of bitter coffee malts. Very pleasant.

Taste: It's not as sweet as the smell. Bitter chocolate and caramel. It's also a touch nutty. There's a tingle of spice at the end, and also a hint of hops.

Drinkability: This brown ale is a little too bitter for me. It tasted like a wannabe oatmeal stout -- a turbo brown. Still, it's a decent brew.

02-21-2009 07:51:21 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown close to black color with a tan frothy head with some nice lacing to the glass. You can see the dark brown on the edges when held up to the light. Smells of chocolate aroma and roasted malts similar to a porter, but not very strong. Taste again much similar to the smell, slight smokey taste at the end with the slightest hint of hops. I found the mouthfeel to be quite pleasant on this beer, very crisp and refreshing for such a dark colored brew. The drinkability is outstanding in this beer. All in all a very good beer. The waitress told me it was a porter when she brought it and a good one at that. I was surprised to find that it's really an English Brown Ale. I enjoyed it overall. It looks and tastes very similar to a porter, but certainly has the drinkability and mouthfeel of an ale. Could be quite the neutral crowd-pleaser at a gathering of picky beer drinkers.

08-29-2009 17:27:31 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of Herrbrokt


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Form bottle into snifter

Deep purple hued brown with real nice tan thick head.

Smells like bread fruits and chocolate chips

Taste is similar but certainly not over done. Nothing overly sweet thank god. Nice balance.

Feels creamy but again not to excess. Well done.

Candy indeed.

09-07-2008 01:57:40 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of JamesS


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours out a wonderful brown color, very opaque but not too dark. A nice head with good lacing, as well. It has a nice malty scent to it at first, but becomes more hoppy as you get into it. A very good brown ale flavor, with a slight caramel hint. It goes down fairly well, but a little rough.

11-12-2007 21:00:00 | More by JamesS
Photo of JPlo


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Dark brown, slightly hazy color. Head is diminishing, with average lacing.

Feel: Smooth/silky, creamy carbination. Avg-long with slightly wet finish.

Aroma: Malts (in order) Caramelly, Nutty, chocolaty

Taste: Malts are Nutty, chocolaty and caramelly. Nice amount of earthy bitter hops at end to balance eveything.

A better Newcastle, gave this to a friend that was a big Newcastle fan, and now he has switched to this.

02-04-2013 19:21:15 | More by JPlo
Photo of Goliath


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues. One finger of tan head sits on top with decent retention and some nice spotty lace.

A nice aroma comes from the glass. Almost a belgian like yeast/fruit/spiciness. Aromas of caramel, and I want to say clove.

The taste is ok. Caramel, toffee, and an overall roastiness that is quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bright carbonation smack.

Drinkability is fairly high as the alcohol is relatively low and flavors are pretty easy to consume. A nice little session beer.

05-17-2008 19:06:32 | More by Goliath
Photo of John1985


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Dark Brown color with a quarter inch head and an exceptionally fresh malty aroma. Malt dominates flavor all the way through with a malty aftertaste. Body is a bit thin. Easy to drink and quaffable. I am not that familiar with brown ales but this seems very true to style.

02-21-2005 03:33:56 | More by John1985
Photo of scoobybrew


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep, dark amber color with a modest head that is retained in a thin layer

S - slight caramel malt scent with a faint trace of hops; slight green apple scent as well

T - rich, full flavor malt greets you upon first tasting, quite a surprise from the aroma; malt is a nice blend or roasted and toasted grains with a slight biscuit flavor to it - it finishes slightly dry with a small hop finish

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a really nice and surprising brown. There's some interesting complexity of malt and hops going on here that are very subtle. It really toes the line between the English browns and some of the hoppier American varieties as well. This would be really great with roasted or grilled foods.

02-07-2008 02:06:28 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Overlord


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

I've heard good things about Turbodog, and was eager to try it.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Small light brown head. Smells earthy, with some nut and caramel content. Nothing spectactular, but nice.

Taste is, again, very nutty/earthy. There's definitely a bit of roastiness and maltiness to it, but neither is predominant. There's a sweet fruit tang, but for the life of me (and I tried), I couldn't figure out it was.

Mouthfeel is great, with some zesty carbonation. Very drinkable. I can't believe it's above 6%. What does this brew normally cost?

07-06-2008 23:03:01 | More by Overlord
Photo of Starchild

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Great looking head and nice malt aroma to the nose. One of my favorite Brown Ales’s. It’s drinkable, complex, and tasty. The taste? Big malted backbone covered with toffee, a hint of espresso maybe dark chocolate. Then half way through the roast emerges again. Fantastic. The body is just great and really showcases an English ale, it was a medium body but packs in the flavor. Well done. I’ll have a pint of this with friends anytime. The bitterness from hidden hops shows up in the end. Refreshing.

12-02-2003 02:53:55 | More by Starchild
Photo of thecheapies


3.76/5  rDev +3%

Best By 06/03/13. Took a break from the Sam Adams Spring Thaw pack to give this one a first-time.

Pours a translucent brown with some red hues poking through. Great-looking finger's worth of fluffy beige head capping this brew. Looks like draft root beer.

Very mild nose. Light chocolate and brown ale notes. Hints of something caramelly, or maybe toffee. Chocolate is definitely here, though. Smells malty. Lightly soapy, too.

Some milk chocolate, English toffee, herbal hops, malty session ale sweetness, moderate bitterness, medicinal notes, root vegetable quality, and obligatory nuttiness. A bit of cola in the middle. Finishes with malty roast and some Willamette. There's enough going on here! Pleasantly surprised by this Southern English Brown.

Very quaffable. Chunky body full of dextrins. Clunky carbonation is delightfully clumsy. Splashes in the mouth. There's even a thin booze note.

I wouldn't call it complex, but this beer has a lot to offer. Great sessionable English-style ale. Chocolate and toffee make an intriguing combo; not exactly used to it. An enjoyably easy twelve-ouncer to slam back between other beers.

01-28-2013 03:49:18 | More by thecheapies
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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