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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.


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2,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 2103
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%

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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Photo of smokinyodas


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles from my local grocery store and they are clearly marked with a freshness date. From the bottle to a pint glass out pours a dark brown ale with a mahogany hue. Swirling the tan head around the glass reveals a thin sticky lacing. A good inhale detects notes of a dark crystal malt in a brew of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits (kiwi, fig, prune or plum?) and a hops spice. The taste has a rich mouthfeel with a medium body. Dark-sticky-sweet malty caramel and chocolate flavors are dominant, with a light crisp hops bitterness that cleanses the pallet. To profile this English brown ale, it's not far off from today's stouts and porters, very similar to a Full Sail Session Black without the liquorice or a distant relative of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, one that lives just down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 14:07:48 | More by smokinyodas
Photo of Bones54


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: very dark brown ale, with a thick tan foamy head that has very good retention.

Smell: The sweet chocolate toffee wonderfully rips through the nostrils.

Taste: Wow!! A relatively inexpensive beer, and thus was not expecting much. I know, don't judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes you cannot help it. The toffee taste is very present, and welcomed by the taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, this beer really is amazing me more with every sip.

Drinkability: Yes please, I'll have some more. But not to many, unfortunately while the toffee taste is strong and welcomed I can only stomach a couple of these before my taste buds are overwhelmed with chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 01:54:45 | More by Bones54
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a lofty and mildly retentive coca cola head. Very mild carbonation. There's nothing like a nice malty brown ale. This one smells like tootsie rolls. I will attribute that to the crystal and chocolate malts. As I start to drink it I can see some lacing begin to form. The flavor is rich, round, and full. Toasted chocolate malt with a nice dry touch of hops right at the very end make it a sturdily balanced brown ale. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, smooth and milky. Roasted aftertaste provides a good affect. Almost sessionable. I would compare this to Sammy Smith.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 01:04:39 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of baos


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Marsh on State Road 135 south of Greenwood. They have a nice little section where you can make your own six pack for 8.99. This was one of the choices.

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Darn brown with a reddish tint and good clarity. 2 finger tan head that stick around pretty good and sticks to the sides really good.

S: Nice roasty nuttiness with a touch of hop spice.

T: Nice dark nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of nutmeg. Warm and caramelly this beer went way past expectations for me.

M: Medium to full with a nice creaminess. Most brown ales I've had are really wimpy in feel this one is really nice.

D: Grows on you as it warms in your glass getting a bit more spicier as it warms. A great brew. Try one on.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 00:19:55 | More by baos
Photo of hosehead83


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into standard pint glass
Dark brown/black cherry in color with a moderate one inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Definite chocolate, with some caramel notes
Taste-Chocolate, toffee, and coffee nicely balanced and ending in a slightly bittersweet finish.
Overall, definitely the best beer I have had from Abita. Subtle and tasty, would be a fine session brew, or a nice pairing with a burger or grilled steak

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 19:24:35 | More by hosehead83
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- The color of the brew is brown, with rich burgundy hues mixed in there as well. It is a perfectly clear ale and seems to have lots of big bubbly carbonation. The head is initially thick and tan colored, but dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Good clingy lacing sticks to the glass as well.

S- The aromas are of heavy sweet malt primarily. There is some roasted smells as well, but they are still sweet, like semi-sweet chocolate and some molasses. On the finish there is an ever so slight aroma of bitter hops.

T- A really good blend of sweet and toasted character. First there is some sweet chocolate flavors that has some caramel/toffee in it as well and maybe even some ground nuts. This turns into a more roasted tone of cocoa and/or fresh coffee....finally finishing with just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Good solid medium-full body and the carbonation, while initially quite fizzy, settles down to become finer, but still with a little zing. Feels to a point like I'm enjoying some bittersweet fondue.

D- This is an excellent beer, and although I wouldn't necessarily have more than one or two of these on it's own, I'd definitely like to try this again with a meal...some sweet rubbed baby back ribs perhaps. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants to have a very good example of a brown ale!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:32:41 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a deep, dark amber-brown. Crystal in color, with mid-density, tan colored head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate, with dark molasses characteristics. Bold flavors of dark roasted coffee, with some chocolate highlights and semi-sweet toffee flavors, also. The brew is smooth and light in mouth, and the flavors remain very crisp. Slight bitter coffee aftertaste with a reasonably quick finish. Smooth and tasty, this one is easy going down.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:13:02 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of AMiz602


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:17:24 | More by AMiz602
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany, but clear when held up to a bright light source. Head was tan, but lackluster in its volume; lacing was decent.

S: Sweet and acrid toasted malt. Dried fruit. Faint coffee?

T: The sweet malt is there, but less strong than I was expecting based on the nose. This fades into a tart, fruity flavor (I can't quite decide which fruit it's closest to), then into a medium-bitter hops finish, with the faintest hint of fatty acid lingering on the palate afterward.

M: Moist initially, with good, crisp carbonation. The finish is dry, with just a little astringency.

O: Not great, but quite good -- a solid English style brown ale. The flavors balance well, with none overpowering. I'd certainly pick up another pack, as long as it's reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 21:00:57 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Photo of cncbofh


4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 05:23:11 | More by cncbofh
Photo of milesmayhem


4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been really impressed by the othe Abita beers I have has so far so this beer was a welcome suprise. This beer begins with a deep, rich smell. Dark and malty looking, it poured average but really shines on the initial taste. Aftertaste lingers very short so that finish is clean.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 05:19:43 | More by milesmayhem
Photo of GilGarp


4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a twist-cap 12oz brown stubby bottle into a globe glass. It has a deep dark brown color with ample off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is rich in dark malts and chocolate.

Flavor is very good with coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee. Well-rounded roasted malts balance well with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good and seems just about right for the style. Drinkability is very good.

I can't really find anything wrong here. This is one that we used to enjoy in college (as a special treat) and it still doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:38:28 | More by GilGarp
Photo of tgbljb


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep mahogony color with large puffy head that dissipated to thin lacing. Smell is chocolately-carmel with coffee background. Taste is superb with a slight sweetness, deep coffee-chocolate overtones and a lingering bitterness. An extremely tasty enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 00:29:07 | More by tgbljb
Photo of alehopman


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On pour into nonic glass it produced med. carbonation and a two finger head that collapsed to about 1/2" but was persistent/clinging. Color was a deep brown. Aroma was a pleasing sourness (I think the alt yeast at work here), coffee notes. Taste was exceptional, I immediately detected fruit (stone fruits, plum) and then bitter chocolate. Nice hop finish with the Williamette being a good choice for this ale. A more citric/flowery variety would have detracted from the above flavor components. Drinkability enhanced by the smoothness of this ale....a distinct slider... I think this is a unique beer in that it has some English brown ale qualities but the alt yeast gives it more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 01:04:27 | More by alehopman
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown that was slightly opaque. Had a nice two finger light creamy brown head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and left a thin layer on top. Aroma smelled like a fine dark chocolate. Sweet, but very flavorful. Tasted like a chocolate mocha coffee. Very smooth beer. No bitterness at all in the mouth. Coated very well, but not terribly sticky. Easy to drink.

Bottle was notched best by 10/25.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 00:28:19 | More by mountdew1
Photo of damndirtyape


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I had this was in New Orleans at Emeril's, and I gave it a try again; it is as good as I remember.
Very nice dark brown color, smells really good. The foam quickly dissipates and leaves some islands of foam around the upper rim of the glass as you drink it. Smooth on the tongue with just a hint of that carbonation as you drink it.
The taste is what I really like about this beer. The coffee and chocolate flavors are there (as you would expect in a dark ale) but they're not too strong and was still very refreshing after a long day mucking around in the garden.
I had the beer with a fish stick sandwich and peas (a poor man's fish and chips, minus the chips) and this beer I think goes better with beef or poultry rich in flavor rather than fish. Still, very good and since I have a six pack, I'll have to try it with some other meals and see how it does.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 22:23:41 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Sudsy89


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a dark brown-amber, has a beige one-finger head that lasts awhile. Seems to have a low amount of carbonation. Aroma is very much like a porter, mostly sweet chocolate-caramel, roasted malts. Has a medium-bodied mouthfeel to it, and the taste matches the aroma, very malty, on the sweet side but not too much, has a nice little hop finish. I really enjoyed this beer, would say it has a high "drinkability" for me.
This is the second Brown Ale I've tried, after Newcastle, and I definitely like Turbodog more, it doesn't seem as bland or thin. Abita did right with this one, it's good!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:52:07 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of ncredible1


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The color of the brew is brown, with rich burgundy hues mixed in there as well. Nice carbonation.

S- The aromas are of sweet, roasted malts primarily. On the finish there is an ever so slight aroma of bitter hops.

T- A well balnced taste but nothing that says wow. First there is some semi chocolate flavors that has some caramel/toffee with a hint of ground nuts Just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Good solid medium body.

D- This is an excellent beer. I keep these around when friends are over whom seem to like this. I do enjoy a couple of these at a time. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants to have a very good example of a brown ale! However not in the same league as Rogue Hazelnut brown or Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 17:41:13 | More by ncredible1
Photo of aranheaney

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, date best by 8-19-10, but when served with Jambalaya on NFL Opening Day, I decided to let it slide...

A-deep, dark brown, almost black, nice two finger head and long lasting lace

S-Malt, Nutty, Caramel and Toffee, the nuttiness really comes through

T-Really Nice, carbonated up front, pleasant throughout and nice clean finish

M-see the above, this is a really excellent beer

D-Sessionable, went well with the Jambalaya...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:45:34 | More by aranheaney
Photo of EagleTalon


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent microbrew. I think of Turbo Dog as a specialty brew, because it really does not conform to any particular style. Chocolatey, toffeish and definitely malty; I can drink this stuff with just about anything. It does not have any outstanding negatives in my mind. Definitely worth getting if you can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 23:49:44 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of andrewm190

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really caught me by surprise. I pulled it out of a mish-mash box and didn't really expect too much. The label is not particularly intriguing, in fact there is nothing really to indicate you'd be drinking anything but an average beer. I didn't go in with respect for the beer, having prejudged it, and carelessly threw down a swig. I immediately realized my error. A delicious, sweet chocolaty taste that is far from overbearing, with a medium carbonation and moderate - but effective - aftertaste. Traditional malty smell but not particularly roasted. Quite the undervalued and overlooked beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 04:44:41 | More by andrewm190
Photo of fdrich29


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this brew at Luke's in Rockland, MA during an Offshore tasting.

Beautiful Autuum brown body. Smells of roasted malts. Mmmmm....roasted malts.

Nice thick off whitish head with thick lacing.

Karma is smiling upon me on this night of malt. Sweet malty taste with just a hint of bitterness. Just what I've been looking for. Sweet and malty. That about sums this baby up and I couldnt be happier.

It's a very malty birthday so far to say the least. It makes turning 33 almost ok. If for some reason I get crucified this year or die doing a speedball at least I'll have tried this malty baby, which is more than I can say for a few of the famous people who only made it to their 33rd year.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 05:08:07 | More by fdrich29
Photo of Jeffro96


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a fan of dark flavorful ales and this beer met that mark well.

It started with a cream colored head two fingers thick in a frosted pint glass. The aroma was light but smelled of of sweetness and maybe a hint of fruit or citrus.

on the tongue it started with a mild sweetness that hinted at chocolate and coffee or toffee mingled with malt and perhaps bread followed by a slightly fruity lightly citrus flavor and a bite of hops and warm alcohol.

this beer finishes a bit dry and lingers on the palate, but in a good way. Good balance over all. A must try for any beer drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 19:42:22 | More by Jeffro96
Photo of JupiterJesus


4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic fruity english aroma and flavor but with a bit more American 'heft': more roast, more chocolate, more body and even some American hops. Like a newcastle on steroids. Lower carbonation, medium body and just the right intensity of flavor make this super drinkable/sessionable. Delicious brown, I'd probably put it over Downtown Brown.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:36:53 | More by JupiterJesus
Photo of mgironta

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured with a one finger off white head, which dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate visible carbonation on it. The nose had notes of coffee (even Aly picked this up) and chocolate with a bit of roasted malts. The taste on the brew was almost exactly like the nose, except the coffee overwhelmed the other flavors a bit. The roasted malts and chocolate were detectable, but definitely took back seat to the coffee. The finish lingered with the coffee flavor. The body was moderately thin, decently carbonated and the alcohol was obviously on the lower end. As I sipped the beer, I may have gotten a hint of sweetness as well, but it was very difficult to detect. This was a very flavorful brown ale that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:18:01 | More by mgironta
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,103 ratings.