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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

990 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 990
Hads: 2,770
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 97
Gots: 402 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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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Reviews: 990 | Hads: 2,770
Photo of dmamiano
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of VICVALLIN
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of harpo111
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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+

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Photo of Foxman
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.02/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.02/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of bort11
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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

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Photo of goatgoat
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark clear brown with garnet highlights. A finger's worth of frothy tan head comes up. Falling pretty quick leaving a thin cap. No lace.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. Background players are roast, bread, and earthy notes. Pretty good nose.

Flavor is much less satisfying. A generic sweetness, roast notes, and a heavy handed bitterness and lingering astringency in the finish.

Light body with a bit too much carbonation.

This brew had a lot of promise until I sipped it. Disappointing.
There's dates along the edges of the back label, but nothing is actually marked... How useless...

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Photo of DmanGTR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

chestnut colored, decent maltiness but just a rather bland beer. Very little going on here. Nothing offensive, just boring. Like many other Abita beers, it's the standard run of the mill beer that doesn't offend, yet there's nothing spectacular about it.

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Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the second beer of the party pack that im trying and the second beer that im not all that fond of.pours a nice thick creamy head.taste more like a stout than a ale.if you like stouts its ok but it is not something that i will be bringing home at every oppurtunity.i think the name targets the younger crowd.i think i will avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of petroos
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Looks burnt. Small head becomes a persistent tan lace. Medium to heavy carbonation

S: Coffee, toffee, malt and chocolate. Has a creaminess to it also. Pretty pleasant nose.

T: Off the bat a bit subdued. Bitterness moves into chocolate-coffee flavors. Finishes with burnt toffee and nice hoppiness. The hops, malt and toffee persist on the finish. While the flavors are pronounced and pleasant, they almost taste diluted. Creaminess is really missed in this flavor profile.

M: Mouthfeel is totally lacking, and really killed this beer for me. I wanted more body, and less carbonation.

D: I really wanted to like this beer, but in the end it just makes me wish I had a stout instead. The lack of body is obvious and really detrimental to the brew. I am having a hard time seperating my own preferences on this one. I think that Abita may have just taken the style a little too far. Would not drink another one.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark ruby with a nice tight beige head. Musty smell. Not bad though. Taste consists of an obscure roasted flavor. A bit of chocolate. And small hop bite. Medium body. A bit of an eccentric brown. Not bad but not good either.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Served cold.

A-thick tan head, dark brown/garnet body

S-smoky and malty, biscuit

T-smoky front, some toffee, light hop finish

M-very thin

D-the mouthfeel really throws me off. Some good flavors are there but I really am looking for something that stays on the tongue longer. I would likely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Phelps
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep purple-orange, clear and almost dark enough to completely obscure the light behind it. A sudsy two-finger head the color of ground nutmeg builds to bubbly craters that explode and leaves spattered lacing.

Nose is good, yet subdued. Loads of coagulated chocolate and peanut oil, along with wheat and rye bread.

Dry. Very, very dry. Bitter dark roast coffee and mellow chocolate malts waltz coolly onto the palate, displaying a quick blast of sweetness that's quickly replaced with a very dry and slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really falls short. Thin, watery, and with a high carbonation.

What's a Turbodog? You'd maybe imagine bulldogs on choppers or beagles piloting prop planes. This beer, however, is such a let-down I instead see images of Droopy dog, muffled and depressed. Boohoo.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.