Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 978
Hads: 2,704
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 362 | 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
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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark dark brown, if not looked into through light, it looks black. with a thick tan frothy head.
we got a malty aroma, with your caramel and coffee being present.
i love turbodog, ive had it a hundred times, some reason havent reviewed it til now. tastes of caramel and coffee, and really is just balanced the way i like it. works so well for me.
the carbonations is on the money, and its a very drinkable beer. I can drink this all day everyday.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin head, but the head lasts a long time. The beer is a very dark brown, with not too much of a reddish tint. Smells pretty hoppy, and robust. Tastes strongly of smoky toasted oats. Very clean, pretty light moouthfeel. A true brown and highly drinkable.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark brown with deep ruby red highlights, light tan head and sheets of sticky lace

Smell- Notes of hazelnut and a slight toffee in the background, roasted malt and fruity hops

Taste- Light caramel, nuts and more of that roasted malt, nice dry hops balance the sweet malts

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- This is one I could drink all night, possibly a good session beer.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
Now this is one really good brown ale. Has a lot of good taste and hits the sweet spot between being just enough and too much flavor. I wish I could get a lot more of this and am thinking about getting another family pack just for the Turbodog.
Look is dark brown with a finger of tan head that did reduce a little but I drank the beer so quick it didn't have a chance to shrink much.
Smell is a little sweet think I get a hint of mild roast and chocolate.
Taste is roasted sweet malt with just enough bitterness to balance. I get a mild after taste of coffee.
Feel is creamy with good carbonation medium bodied
Drink OH YA, this is one drinkable beer. I want a lot more of these.

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Photo of Loki
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the six pack case and on the bottle. Sampled a few months after the freshness date, but it didn't seem to matter.

Poured a dark cherry brown with an off white head. Minimal lacing, but it was present.

Aromas of malt, chocolate that are very inviting.

Tastes of a malt with tones of mild toffee with a medium body. Subtle tones of coffee flavor that lead to a slight bitter finish. Very nice. Great drinkability and wonderful beer that goes down smooth and easy. A great craft brew and a great example of the style

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, mild amount of head, average retention and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet toffee, toasted malt. The taste is medium body, sweet toffee and some chocolate. There is a bitter hop finish. Overall this is an excellent English Brown from a very good craft brewery. Great session beer- One of the classic Micro-Brews.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is just simply a refreshing beer. I like the rich color, rich smell, and rich taste. It had a nice thick creamy head that retained well. The color was a nice deep, dark, red color. Had a very nice nutty taste, mixed with a hint of citrus and maltiness. I was very suprised by this little gem. You should try this one, you will be very suprised too. I gare-ron-teee!

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick off-white head formed on the pour, with nice lacing. The color is dark brown with a ruby glow and nice clarity. The aroma is chocolately, medium-high and there is a medium-low hop aroma. The flavor is slightly roasted; moderate chocolate and has moderate hop bitterness. The finish is rather dry and a little alcohol warmth kicks in at the swallow. The body is medium/medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall this is a very good brew, I especially like the way it finishes. I'll need to upgrade from a single to a 6er!

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Photo of usualpulp
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a nice thick off white head.

This beer is very fragrant, lots of chocolate and toffee smells are present, as well as hops.

The taste of this one is very good, very deep and rich, the malt sweetness is cut by the hops, a very nice balance that gives you the best of both. There's a lot of complexity to turbo dog, each sip seems to unveil a new flavor.

Turbo dog is one good beer, honestly it is much different than what I was expecting from it, something I would reccomend anyone try.

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Description of the brewery and the beer recipe on the back, with freshness date notched on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown color with a slight red tint. Poured a nice tan head that slowly disappated.

Smell: Sweet caramel smell with roasted malt tones.

Taste: Nice malty backbone with just enough hop bitterness to balance it. Hints of coffee, toffee, and chocolate make this very drinkable. Nice dry aftertaste and a good medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Abita finally made it to Colorado! One of my favorite brown ales - nicely drinkable with great flavors.

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Photo of Kwak
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good light tan head, with a sweet malty aroma. Not overpowering head a little sticky when it leaves.

Great body not to thick but good consistency nice brown color.

I like the taste sweet but not overberring.Nice hints of coffee and chocolate, slight toasted malt flavor. Alittle dry in the Finnish but good for this style.

I do recommend!

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Photo of acevenom
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with an abundant tan head. The aroma is of dark roasted chocolate malt and toffee. The flavors of dark chocolate and the sweetness of the malt come through. There's some bitterness and herbal flavor of the hops which helps balance this beer's flavor profile. The body is medium and the carbonation is average, which helps this beer drink very well. This was always one of my favorites from Abita and it still is. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black beer, light around the edges. minimal head.
smells kind of bland, but some malts.
taste is a malt/hop mix up front with a semi-bitter hop finish.
overall, a decent brew. has a great semi-bitter taste, but easily could be sessionable. very light.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky name for a darn decent brew. Pours an opaque dark coffee brown with a rocky tan head. Left thick lacework on the side of the glass. Smell of sweet malts is the dominat aroma. Some fruit, coffee and chocolate notes. This a rich smelling beer and the taste is up to the smell. The taste is richly sweet almost like a bock or even a doppelbock. There is a short dry finish with some taste of alcohol at the tail. Overall this is a brown ale to keep buying.

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Photo of knowledge
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Very distinct head yet recedes quickly. The body is very, very dark, and has a definite taste of tamarind. Treat this beer with respect as it gives you pleasure in its session.

I really enjoyed the flavor as it is astringent with a lemony aftertaste.


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Photo of IsaacCraft
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I tasted like all the things I enjoy about IPA's without the crazy bitterness. The taste had hints of chocolate and toffee which makes it ideal for a dessert beer. I'll probably buy a six pack of this to enjoy after meals in the very near future.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just love this beer. Moreso because it's so affordable. We can typically get it for about $6 a sixer here in Bham. Worth every penny. Bought this pack specifically to show my support for Abita in the wake of Katrina.

This baby's almost a porter. It's that dark, almost that potent in flavor. Nice mild roasted notes. A touch of chocolate. Heavy on the malt yet i'm surprised to notice the hops shining through so well. Perfectly balanced and worth your time, every time.

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Photo of keoki182
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Crawdaddy’s in Milwaukee, WI. This ale was very dark brown/black with brown lacing on the side of the pint glass. It had a pleasant roasted/chocolate scent. The mouthfeel was pretty watery overall (not as thick as it looked), but still pretty good for an American Brown Ale. It had no hop presence that I could taste, but perhaps the extreme maltiness was overpowering the hops flavor. The flavor was exquisite. I tasted chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. I thought this was an amazing beer. It’s definitely near the top of my list as far as must haves.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is an awesome beer. 1-2 fingers of tan foam. This almost looks like a porter or a stout. Solid brown overall.

Smell: Mostly molasses. I get the feeling this is from fresh Louisiana sugar cane, so I like the local touch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit smoky, and pretty sweet. This is quite an enjoyable beer. This would go great with barbeque.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft...... Deep dark brown, nearly black color, with a marshmellow soft tan head. Served in a skiny pilsner glass. Deep roasted chocolate malt smell, some toffee in there as well. Tasted actually very sweet, chocholate, smooth, and creamy. Pleasant surprise, when the bartender sensed my interest and brought me a bottle to read the label. Nice touch ! Went down very easily and complimented the overpriced food rather nicely. I will definitly order this on tap, if I see it again.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz short brown bottle.

It poured rusty brown with a nice big head quickly receding to a thin lace that had problems clinging to the glass.

The smell reminded me of a heath bar. Lots of toffee and coffee in my sniffer.

The taste is fantastic. Full of biscuit malt and roasted chocolate flavors. Very good. The beer was light in the mouth and went down nice and easy.

Will finish the six pack and will look for more. Good stuff.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Ultra-dark ruby/mahogany color. About 90% opaque, but held to light, there is some pretty vivid carbonation visible. Head is a milky beige which leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Remains at a height of about 1/2 cm.

Smell: Mellow, sweet maltiness. Just a touch of vanilla extract within a toffee/caramel malt base. Hops (if any) are floral, otherwise, there's a touch of flowery/fruity presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: First sip is sweet, and slightly oily. The malt presence is very noticeable. As it sits on the tongue, the carbonation comes to life, and the hops really shine through. Bitterness without being overpowering. A little added flavoring or spice (maybe some nutmeg) and just a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste is bittersweet; no cloying, no sourness. Amazing.

Drinkability: This is a great, drinkable beer. Great by itself, but with the potential to be paired with food.

I love the English Brown Ale. As with most of my contemporaries, my first introduction to the genre was with Newcastle, and as such, I base most comparisons of EBAs on that beer...that being said, this one shines above Newcastle. It's more flavorful and similarly priced. Given the choice, I would choose Turbodog from now on over Newcastle.

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Photo of AMiz602
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a winner. Abita never fails to impress.

The head is a fluffy, think brown that surprisingly sticks around for quite some time. I was at least a third of the way done and that brownish hued foam stayed on top (excellent!). It is a molasses color a really nice black, but with a little deep mahogany color to it that makes it not look like a stout.

I smells pretty mundane, not overpowering essence or strong alcohol scent, but enough to know it is there.

It tastes a sweet, fruity flavor with just a subtle hint of chocolate. It is very well balanced, and has a nutty aftertaste that compliments the fruitiness well. That fruity taste is almost like perfectly ripe blackberries, and is a rich, smooth, not so overpowering taste is either too sweet or too high of an alcohol content to thoroughly enjoy.

This might just be Abita's best, and I would gladly drink this beer first thing in the morning to start my day, it has all the qualities of drink anytime, anywhere beer.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark ruby red brown ale poured into a pint glass with about a finger and a half of dark tan head.

S- Chocolate malts come through strong with caramel and a touch of coffee following close behind. Fresh coffee bean smell intensifies as the beer gets warmer.

T- Has the caramel up front on the taste but the taste is not as strong as the smell would have you believe. As it warms the chocolates and coffee comes through.

M- Creamy thick body with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth finish

O- I really enjoyed this one. my hats off to the craft brewers down there in Louisiana.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a popular meet and greet watering hole near my house. The food is below average on a good day, but the drinks are excellent. Mrs. Obama and Malia went to this place a couple of times, I am told. This is the place where I first tried Abita Turbodog, and shortly thereafter I announced that it was my favorite beer. I hit the net the next day looking for a place that sold it in bottles. I prefer to do my drinking at home to avoid having to drive.

It's a dark ale with a good strong taste. It doesn't have an overpowering flavor, and it's not too heavy. Coming out of the tap, this was indeed an excellent beer, but coming out of the bottle it just isn't the same. In fact, I don't intend to waste my time getting bottles of this. There's only so much time in life for beer drinking, and, while this is okay, it's just not as super fantastic as it was from the tap. Whenever I go back to that place, I always get this though.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.