1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,532 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,532
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 73
Gots: 202 | 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
View: Beers (39) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Turbodog Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,532 | Reviews: 974 | Display Reviews Only:
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 thain709
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a chestnut brown body that had some clear edges...the head was off white in color and stood just over one finger tall...it fell to a solid ring and left behind some lacing

S - Overall the smell was rather light...but it did present chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, and a roastiness

T - The first sip provides a balanced flavor of chocolate and toffee with a hint of nuts...it reminds me of a turtle chocolate actually...I didn't get the nuts in the aroma but they have a bigger presence on the palate...they never become overpowering because of the roastiness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the toffee and vanilla...these flavors play with each other back and forth throughout the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth, sweet, sometimes thin

O - I had this beer during Mardi Gras 2012...it made me feel "in the spirit" as I paired it with some Jambalaya...a sessionable brown ale with pronounced chocolate flavors, sweet toffee and caramel, and a slight nuttiness

Photo of BDIMike
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish-black color with a nice tan head that stays throughout the beer.
The smell is nice of caramel malt. A little bit of hops are detected.
Flavor is very full and rich malt tastes. The toasted grains are good, but fairly subdued.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Full and smooth.
Good drinkability. The smoothness of the beer and the subtelty of the taste go well for dinner with ribs or something of the sort.

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

A: Brown body with a 2-finger chocolatey-tan head. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Caramel malt sweetness with some chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. Not too strong in the nose, however.

T: Pretty much follows the nose -- caramel malt, chcolate and some nuttiness. More chocolate than expected for a brown. Nuttiness is pretty noticeable too, though I'm OK with that in a brown. Finishes slightly dry; I wouldn't exactly call it bitter, but it does balance the sweetness.

M: Noticeably thin in heft right away. Carbonation is decent.

D: Good. Light in heft yet with solid brown-type flavors make this one easily sessionable. I'd definitely get this again as a session brown.

Photo of GuinnessHero
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a very dark beer. Excellent head retention which gives it the extra few points in appearance for me. Black with a small bit of light escaping the bottom of my glass.

Smell - Mmm. That's all I can say. Very sweet aroma of coffee. Almost overly sweet, but beautiful nontheless.

Taste - Typical of a dark beer. Nice and light on the stomach however. Coffee and a slight hint of toffee comes up after it passes the pallet.

Mouthfeel - Typically non-offensive.

Drinkability - Being that this is not heavy on the stomach, and tastes rather good. It's a great session beer for two or three beers to be knocked back.

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

Pours a clear, dark brown with reddish highlights. About 1.5 fingers of foamy, tan head. Clean aroma with hints of roasted malt and coffee.Taste is roasty, with coffee notes, a little nuttiness, and some mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and maybe a bit too carbonated. Good drinkability. Over all a very nice version of a brown ale. I'd buy it again!

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 EnojysAnyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown Tootsie-Roll color with a tan latte colored head. Barely translucent. Fluffy head sticks around and leaves lacing

S- Again, I'm reminded of Tootsie-Roll chocolate candy. Sweet milk chocolate along with roasted aromas like coffee.

T- Taste is decadent. Loads of sweet, sweet, roasted malt along with a few bitter hints of hopping. Think chocolate. A bit oxidized perhaps.

M- Big, juicy mouth-full of smoothly carbonated goodness.

D- Sweet and full of flavor, yet has a very drinkable quality found in many brown ales.

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

A-A nice, cola brown with a one-finger light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly, but with some thick lacing on the glass.

S- Malty, with some chocolate and perhaps a bit of fruit as well.

T- A full, malty flavor hits the palate first. That’s followed by plenty of fruit (fig?) as well as some chocolate. This beer is pretty sweet, with just the right amount of hops to balance that out. It finished with a bit of sweetness lingering in the mouth.

M- A bit more carbonated than I expected, but pretty smooth. I wouldn’t quite say “creamy,” but it is smooth.

O- A very enjoyable beer; It’s nice and smooth, and quite sweet, but is balanced enough not to make one sick of it too quickly. Not an incredible brown ale, but a very good one. I’d like to try it on tap, where it would probably be even more flavorable.

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

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a deep brown color with a good inch of fluffy light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of milk chocolate, toffee, caramelized malt, medium roasted grains, cocoa powder, faint hints of coffee. Decent, somewhat rich body for the style with ample carbonation. Pretty nice.

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

Bottle provided by UncleFlip, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a twofinger light brown head (big bubbles) over a crystal clear dark brown liquid. Smells chocolate, chalky malt, fuggles hops, and a hintof caramel. Tastes chocolate with a little bit of roasty sour and a nice supporting caramel base. As the beer warmed, I got molasses late in the taste. Hop bitter is nearly absent and hop floral is rough and grassy (fuggles?). The finish is dry cocoa with some coffee roast poking through. A tasty beer that I really enjoyed. Not complex, but certainly not simple. Mdlight body and moderate carbonation.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maroon color, thin head that dissipates pretty fast

S: Sweet smell of brown sugar and hints of toffee and chocolate. Very faint smell of hops

T: Balance isn't bad, more on the sweeter malt side. Get some flavors of chocolate, hints of molasses. Has some good hop flavors as well.

M: Overall, pretty smooth.

D: Could definitely drink a few of these, which I did while watching football.

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

Dark brown and clear body with red highlights , thinnish head that comes and goes with each sip.

Lots of toffee and some diacytal. Very bready.

The taste is great. A little roasty, faint chocolate and fainter coffee, a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

A little high on the carbonation, and a little too drying for the style, but not bad.

Very tasty. Too over the top in ABV and all these areas to be even a Northern English Brown, but you slap American Brown on the label or in your mind when drinking this and you've got a pretty good beer.

Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although there is a "Best If Consumed Before" on the back label, there were no markings nor notchings on the back label. Many thanks to JeffSJ for this one!

A: Didn't know this was a dark ale before I poured it... Yup, dark, although not opaque with a bit of reddish hue to the thin edges against light. Also, the bottle attempted to froth up before I had a chance to pour it into my chalice. Nice retention, great lacing at first that didn't last. That's the only drawback here...

S: Muted, earthy and roasted notes.

T: A nice lingering sweetness that also has a bit of roast along with cocoa / coffee at times. At first I was not sold in it, but it really grew on be, developing much more personality through the session. Some earthy biterness is in there too.

M: Initially I thought this was terribly thin and watery. As it warmed (or my palate adapted) I really enojyed the soft touch on the palate with a lingering earthiness and sweetness.

D: This is a case of a beer being more than the sum of its parts. I really enjoyed this beer, and would find it again if I were ever down around them there parts...

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

Into the pint glass a dark brown color that’s nearly opaque. Decent one-finger head that fades slowly leaving a solid cap and good lacing all the way down. Nose of sweet malts and some chocolate. Taste is pretty decent: sweet, sorghum-malty up front with a touch of chocolate, fading to a pretty clean mildly bitter finish. Mouth is moderately substantial and sufficiently carbonated to tickle the tongue. Drinkability is quite good; this is definitely a sessionable beer.

Overall: A good brown ale. Recommended.

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

Pours a nice deep brown with ruby/mahogony hues. A fluffy white head about a quarter inch high appears and leaves a slight lace. Aromas are of coffee and cocoa with some roasted malts in the mix. This beer initially hits up with a nice roasty malt, followed by some nice cocoa and other chocolate flavors. A little sweetness finds its way in the mix but is quickly overridden by a nice bittery hop finish. This beer is medium to light bodied with a powerful carbonation that zings on the tongue throughout the experience.

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

I've heard a lot of people buzzing about this beer so I thought I would try it now that I've found it somewhere. Grabbed a six pack of bottles today. The beer is a nice looking brown with a fairly decent head and lace. The smell is a bit faint but has a chocolate wheat much expected from a brown ale. the taste is suprisingly good! Some brown ales are just a bit too sweet or too much, this one is a nice light crispy tasting mix of chocolate and toffee wheat without being sticky or boggy. It's refreshing, and that's not something you can say of a brown ale very often. The mouthfeel is pretty average for a brown ale, but is absolutely nothing to complain about. This is a really drinkable beer that I would highly recommend on a hot muggy day served ice cold. This is made for all the people who want something refreshing after a hard day's work but can't stand the pilsners. Nice beer, worth a try!

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Good one finger head that dissipates promptly leaving just a little lacing. Dark brown and slightly reddish body.

Understated aroma of sweet malt. Just a hint of toffee.

Bigger flavor than the aroma would predict. Roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Very mild in bitterness.

Fairly smooth mouthfeel, decent level of carbonation. Very solid offering.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of elihull
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita- Turbo Dog

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a thick whipped cream head. Heavy lacing of the glass.
Smell- Faint roasted coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut.
Taste- roasted hazelnut coffee. Mild chocolate and toffee round out the taste.
Mouthfeel- warm and thick with a smooth finish.

Overall- A nice surprise! A good Upper-middle class Brown Ale.

Photo of Abitacamz
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark ale. Smooth and tasty

Photo of ArcTeryx
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, almost blackish, red with a small creamy-white head. Aroma has hints of caramel and chocolate.

Good roasted malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate. A small hoppy finish. Overall, this is a good beer that I would definitely have again, and it is a great brown ale.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,532 ratings.