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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,278 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 94 | 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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AaronOp

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-16-2014 04:51:15 | More by AaronOp
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Sweetwater Brewery-logoed traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with ruby hues, a light tan head, two-fingers in height, bold though uneven, bubbles up from a medium-to-aggressive pour. The retention, though initially decent, ended up ultimately looking rather poor, as is the lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, smells sticky almost - a light agitation reveals tons of butterscotch and toffee, though it's sort of shallow - more like corn syrup (candy corn) than actual hearty, roasted malts.

Taste: Dry and muted, husky, with light toasted malts - wholesome toast and mild chocolate - very grainy. Has a few funny aftertastes, but nothing "off" - just sort of hollow. Gets better as it warms, however - the maltiness gets more of a showcase this way.

Mouthfeel: Refreshingly crisp, but uneven and not terribly smooth. Fairly thick. Has a very full afterfeel - leaves a thick, sticky coating on the tongue.

Drinkability: It's crisp for such a malty beer and the alcohol is entirely manageable, but the flavors and complexities aren't too terribly interesting. Again, not bad by any stretch of the imagination, and definitely worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 20:19:45 | More by CrellMoset
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Trevormcraig

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-20-2012 02:08:32 | More by Trevormcraig
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-16-2014 16:24:06 | More by athomasPSU
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-28-2012 00:39:07 | More by Brushkanna
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-20-2011 05:29:55 | More by barnzy78
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truesolution

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-08-2012 18:31:01 | More by truesolution
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Leschber

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-13-2012 14:01:02 | More by Leschber
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W0rter

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-19-2012 03:30:06 | More by W0rter
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Beermaine

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-20-2013 00:33:28 | More by Beermaine
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astronautjones

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-13-2014 22:22:33 | More by astronautjones
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-13-2013 17:01:29 | More by ummswimmin
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Gmann

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with ruby highlights; the head was average and dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is quite faint, I pick up some light roasted malt and a touch of wood. The taste is surprising light for such a dark beer. Some light roasted malt and a hint of chocolate, a touch smokey/woody. The feel is fairly light and quite fizzy, reminds me of carbonated water; the brew finishes quite neutral and balanced. No great aroma or flavors but this is a damn easy drinking brew. I found it very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 04:10:08 | More by Gmann
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rebel1771

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with very little head. Smell consists of burnt malts. The taste is quite pleasing and consists of almost chocolate like malts with a clean hop bitterness in the end. This is an enjoyable brew and I could finish off quite a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 02:16:28 | More by rebel1771
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scottoale

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. brown bottle with a "Best if consumed before" date of 11-18 notched on the back label, pours a dark mahogany brown with 1/4 inch creamy tan head. A nice steady flow of carbonation bubbles keep the head aloft for a while, and there is some slippery bubble lacing as well.

Sweet doughy malt nose that is somewhat nutty, with toffee and even a note of alcohol as it warms...reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale a bit.

Good flavor that matches the smell, sweet and nutty that winds down to a good balanced bittering from the hops in the finish. Nice quality tasting brew with a healthy medium body that's very easy to put away and suits it's style very well.

A solid Brown Ale, nothing outstanding, but very pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 11:03:11 | More by scottoale
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really don't think Abita is all that great. They are kind of quirky and I don't like what they do for the most part. This was theier las chance beer for me. It wasn't bad, but it didn't impress me. I'll drink their beers if they are offered to me, but I don't think I'll be buying anymore. They have sort of a soda wateriness to them.

The appearance had a nice head that lingered for a while. Smell was full of malts. There was a nice caramel and some chocolate malting. Mouthfeel was crisp but a little soda watery. This was alright to drink, but I won't seek it out again. I wouldn't mind one though if there wasn't much of a selection or if someone had a pitcher of it

I think I might have developed a bias towards Abita beers though. I'll have to try them again in a blind tasting..

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 05:03:55 | More by jasonjlewis
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at old chicago in uptown it was a dark brown color with a tan ring and some good lacing it looked like a scotch ale..the smell was faint in malts some chocolate some toffee and caramel..the taste was better then the smell it had some hops mixed with roasted malts some toast some bitter hops and some brown sugar.the mouthfeel was medium/thin for an english brown.overall it was ok tasty not one i will buy a sixer of but it was ok to try on tap..slightly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 01:53:40 | More by gatornation
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.99...
Pours a deep, dark-brown, slightly purple colored-hue with a tan, frothy head that left quite a bit of lacing...
Pungent aroma with noticeable malts thrown into the mix along with hazlenuts and toffee...
Tastewise, this was a slightly-bland beer, with subtle detections of caramel, malts, nuts, pecans, toffee, and a mild hint of chocolate... It must be noted that the overall flavor was very crisp and biting, and the entire taste was delivered on a springboard of subtelty...
Crisp, biting, refreshing mouthfeel with lack of cloying flavors make this an easily drinkable, refreshing beer that can be enjoyed year 'round...
Although not an amazing depiction of the style, it was still a decent stab nonetheless...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 16:33:52 | More by dsa7783
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chilly460

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown with some reddish tint at the edges. Big off white head, nice retention quite a bit of lacing at first that did dissipate as well.

S: Roasted malts and brown sugar.

T: Similar to the smell, get a lightly roasted taste backed up by brown sugar sweetness. Not unplesant at all, but not balanced with any hops.

M: A bit thin, decent carbonation.

O: Easy drinking for sure, nice intro to "better" beer then BMC. A bit sweet to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 11:27:57 | More by chilly460
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SPThirtyThree

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at fridge temperature. I've seen this beer around, but never bothered trying it until now. Mostly, I'm curious what a "Turbodog" is. I've always been happy with naturally-aspirated canines, but I'm looking forward to trying one with forced induction...

A: Turbodog pours a deep, deep reddish brown, with a three-finger, lush, creamy, beige cap. When held up to the sunlight, the crystal clarity becomes apparent, and the beer is a gorgeous blood red. The head persists until the end as it fades to patchy lumps of foam.

S: The nose is mild at best. After long quaffs, some chocolate reveals itself, along with a toasted nuttiness. There is nothing turbo or dog-like about the smell.

T: Caramel and chocolate malts dominate the flavor of Turbodog. If you could call it domination. There really isn't a tremendous amount of flavor here, and although it's a pleasant one, it is very one-dimensional. There is a crisp, but subtle, noble hop bite. Still no signs of boost or puppies.

M: Creamy and medium-bodied, with a pinch of bitterness in the finish.

D: If you're looking for a chilled, alcoholic alternative to rich, chocolaty Ovaltine, Turbodog is a shoe-in. While sessionability is high, this brew is overwhelmingly underwhelming.

I was hoping to feel the exhilaration of spooling up to 2.5 bars and being launched into next week, by some greyhound of the future, but perhaps my expectations were too lofty for an English Brown. Either way, the name seems irrelevant and the beer is good but forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 01:07:36 | More by SPThirtyThree
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MrStark

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a deep caramel brown color with a tan two finger head with pretty decent retention leaving fairly small amounts of lacing.

Smell is pretty mild with a malt presence, but nothing else really to detect.

Taste upfront is malts which have an almost chocolate like quality to them , but is pretty faint. It finishes with the flavor of nuts and a quite mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that bites the tongue a bit.

Drinkablity is good. It goes down nice and easy and is not a bad tasting beer. It would make a good session brew although its not the most flavorful example of the style. I would have it again if it happened to be around.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:08:04 | More by MrStark
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I heard good things about abita, and i'm a fan of brown ales so made sense as a purchase.
A-The appearance is a very dark brown, chocolaty looking. Seemed a little thin while being poured, but looks great once in the mug. A nice one finger tan head. It dissipates quickly, though.
S- The smell is decent. It has a chocolate and malt scent, maybe a tiny bit of nut smell in there.
T- The taste is decent, it starts malty, chocolaty in the middle, and ends with a nice blend of the two, with just a tweak of hops as well as some nut flavor just lightly floating in there.
M- The mouthfeel is a bit weak. It lacked the presence I hoped it would. It's very smooth and all but I was hoping for a little more substance.
O- I actually found this one to be pretty easy drinking. A solid offering, and a good example of an American-made brown. Simple and unoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 20:47:04 | More by jsprain1
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cnally

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep chocolate brown color with a hint of red. lacing head very pretty and remains at the glass.

scents woodsy, malty and nutty.

flavor is dense and nutty. the alcohol shows up despite its moderate ABV. very woodsy afterflavor.

not very creamy on the feel, a bit dry and harsh.

well, not as easy to drink as newcastle but probably more tasty. if I was a big fan of the style it might be better, but as is it is a very decent if unspectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 06:05:27 | More by cnally
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DousedInStout

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and light tan head. The aroma is not particularly strong, but seems more malty than hoppy - a bit of caramel and bread crust. The taste, again, is malt dominant. A light, generalized roasted flavor with hints of brown sugar and dates. The carbonation is appropriate, and the body is a bit light compared to the appearance. I would not classify this beer as an English brown at all - it resembles more of an American black lager. The drinkability is very good - I could easily drink several more if in the mood.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 04:25:11 | More by DousedInStout
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mattpetti

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get home after a rough day at class and open my fridge for something to drink and there is a Turbo Dog staring me in the face. So I pop the top and pour this beer into a pint glass. It had very little head (maybe a pinky finger) which disolved into thin film. There is minor lacing. The beer is dark brown which has some redish highlights when held to the light. Malt, the slightest hint of chocolate, some roasted nut sweetness, and the smallest drop of some hops were in the nose. The first part of the taste of this beer is some sweetness followed by some nutty chocolate flavors and finishes with a small amount of hop bitterness at the end. The aftertaste is slightly sweet. Very little carbonation is in this beer. I really wanted to love this beer, but as it has been said by previous reviewers, it lacks some excitement that would change it from good to great. Still you can drink many of them without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:39:25 | More by mattpetti
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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