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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,383
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 132 | 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

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Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown color with a large foamy tan head forms. As the head recedes, some sticky lace clings to the glass.
S: Not very aromatic, but toasty malt with some chocolate hints. A grainy and metallic smell as well.
T: Lots of chocolate malt. Like the nose, there is a metallic flavor that I don't really like. Though, the malt flavor is good.
D: Very smooth. Goes down easy, and light.

Not a bad beer. Though that odd metallic flavor that I have noticed in other Abita beers is present. But this is something to look for if in the Texas or Louisiana areas.

champ103, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into glass.
Appears very dark brown, with thin white head that fades. Aroma of sweet malt, buttery. Taste starts drier but finishes sweet. The bottle label talks of dry hopping, but I don't get any hops in the taste or smell.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, lower carbonation and medium body. Overall a nice easy drinking beer but with nice flavor

jmdrpi, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, and slight raisin. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malts. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, roast, herbal, and slight raisin. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and brown sugar on the finish for a short bit. Very nice malt flavor balance that is fairly robust, with good complexity; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is decent. It is full of roasted and crystal malts. It has a deep, rich, almost porter like scent. The taste is good. It has a smooth, dark flavor with a dry finish. It boasts of roasted, even black malts. The mouthfeel sucks like most of their beers. It is a medium/full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a good drinker, but the CO2 needs to be reduced.

WesWes, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Very dark brown with ruby undertones, two finger khaki head.

S- Some roasty malt scents, but pretty faint aroma

T- Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some spicy notes, brown sugar, and coffee

M- Medium body, drinks pretty dry, with creamy smooth drinking head

O- Overall this is an enjoyable beer with nice balance. Highly drinkable and the spicy notes really add some character to this ale.

Hoptometrist, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Brittmb29
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in the fridge letover from a six pack decided to review it fresh :

12 oz, no best by date marked

A-totally black at the center, amber red glow at the edges of glass. finger foam off white head dissipates to thin foam which laces down somewhat.

S- roasted chocolates in the first foam, then more mellow roasted tones tangy hop scent comes out more as it warms.

T- nutty roasted malt flavors first, not as chocolatey as scent. good hop bitterness to compliment, finishes on a slight hoppy bite in the back of the mouth with malt on tongue.

M- feels creamy at first sip but this is a very carbonated beer, not clingy but the tastes linger nicely after gone. for me, it would have been a GREAT beer with less carbonation.

O- I can almost always find this in six packs and i enjoy a darker beer often so this is totally drinkable (i've drank through the rest of six pack on another night). Its a very good beer and Abita hasn't dissapointed me yet.

Brittmb29, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of therica
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice alternative to Newcastle, slightly more bitter and not quite the quality-traits but a decent selection.

A= nice tight-foamy head about 1-inch thick in a 1-litre glass stein. Dark chestnut-amber color, much darker than Newcastle.

S= hardly enough scent to detect after pouring. Slight musty aroma and not bad, just nothing exciting. Gradually exudes more scent once it has set for a short while.

T= comes across like a near-Newcastle clone with first sip, then an immediate awareness of a more hoppy bite. Flavorful, actually better after it settles for a few minutes (or has been half-consumed apparently, due to my reviewing samplings!). Clean belch.

M= bitey at first, a bit less bitey after gradually settling. Gentle mix of hops-bitters with nutty-hop characteristics which linger for some time. Nothing to put you off, here.

D= probably very drinkable once it settles and de-carbonates a little, I'd love to try this on tap and would suspect it's a lot more drinkable in-quantity on tap.

therica, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at "Lagniappe" on Alberta St., Portland, OR. Pint.

Have had this beer a number of times, though typically in bottles. Most recently tried once in New Orleans in May '06 and again at the Pub in Abita Springs. Brought home a 6-pack which was decent; this beer is significantly better on-tap IMO.

A: Deep chestnut brown, very dark at the center with lighter amber hilights. A half-finger off-white head. Light to moderate lacing. Pretty heavily carbonated.

S: Quite toasty. Caramel malts abound. Smell is malt, slightly sweet with a bitter backing - somewhat metallic.

T: Strong toasted nut flavor with caramel & chocolate maltiness. Bitter hops give a dry finish. Well-balanced.

M: A little prickly and slightly weak/watery finish. Nothing offputting nor outstanding.

D: Great with a po'boy or some seafood. Perfectly drinkable year-round. A nice effort by Abita, probably the best of their regulars.

msubulldog25, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of masterbruewer
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorites, but I'd never had it on draft until today.

Poured a dark brown with about 3/4 inch of tan head., great lacing.

The smell was smoky and a little nutty.

The flavor was classic brown ale, malty and nutty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Really great flavor balance, even better on draft.

Mouthfeel was better than most, but a tad on the syrupy side.

Very drinkable, but not too many in one setting.

masterbruewer, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Ricochet, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thekevlarkid, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

BeerBeatnik, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BucannonXC5, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of bighoppymonster
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bighoppymonster, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of katan
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

katan, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Treyliff
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Treyliff, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

utopiajane, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of charlesw
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

charlesw, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of naderator55
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

naderator55, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of SteveS1
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SteveS1, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of johnrobe
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

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.

johnrobe, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of dedrick
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dedrick, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of clarkm04
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

clarkm04, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 29, 2009
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,383 ratings.