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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,381
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 129 | 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 JPlo
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

JPlo, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Goliath
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Goliath, May 17, 2008
Photo of John1985
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

John1985, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of scoobybrew
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

scoobybrew, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

Overlord, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Starchild
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Starchild, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of DenverHopHead
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

DenverHopHead, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Mattmarinucci
3.76/5  rDev +3%

Mattmarinucci, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

thecheapies, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

davemarc87, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Turbo, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

TimoP, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Isotope
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Isotope, May 23, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

RichardMNixon, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Dcor
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Dcor, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of DrewBest
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DrewBest, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of skloeff
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

skloeff, Aug 03, 2012
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep brown in color, with a tan head that retreats quick. Lacing is spotty and minimal.
S: Nice aroma of toffee and roasted nuts.
T/M: A smooth mouthfeel, a very subtle roasted nut and chocolate notes. A good one, but nothing really going on that is outstanding.
D: This is a very drinkable brew, nice job on the style interpretation. A easy, smooth drink.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with hints or red. No lacing, and a slight tan foam.

S - Scents of fruit and roasted malt.

T - Has a toffee taste with notes of caramel and chocolate. Tastes like english toffee.

M - Tastes light for the style, but well balanced.

O - This was a gateway beer for me. Always like this guy for the memories.

socon67, Jun 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bcseda, Aug 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

pastramionrye7, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer sitting in the glass. Extremely dark brown, bordering on black. With a pillowy brown head.

All smells are subtle, but present. Mostly a combination of chocolat and malty scents.

I like the taste. There's some bittersweet chocolate, but also some toffee notes to balance it. Also some hoppy bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel borders on complex as it starts out bitter with the chocolate, then a bit sweet from the toffee before finishing slightly bitter from the hops. All the flavors are strong so the feeling in the mouth is aggressive.

Mostly drinkable. Big strong flavors and a strong mouth feel may turn off some.

RickS95, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

cliff1066, Dec 16, 2012
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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