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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.


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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2105
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Photo of macktbone


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this my first full day in Montgomery Alabama at a New Orleans stlye restaurant, Big Easy.

Really it was one of two options on the menu this or Purple Haze.

A- not a bad looking pour, but relatively no head. Nice dark malty color but reminded me of that brown medicine you had to take as a kid..a little to watery looking.

S- Nothing. Couldn't get anything of the nose at all. Not like me either. I usually focus on this area and way it highly.

T- Generally OK. A nutty begining with a hoppy middle, not enough boldness to really generate any excitement.

M- average.

D- A good substitute for a lawnmower beer, but I was hoping for more.

I wouldn't return specifically for the beer but the food was really good. Now they just need to serve a beer that can stand up to the spice and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 02:14:05 | More by macktbone
Photo of Gigantis


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this in a pint glass, poured by bartender.

And a good pour it was. Beer is a light brown color with shiny amber/dark red hues. The head is a nice and frothy off-white and retention is pretty good. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Looks a little bit thin.

Smells of biscuity malt with weak traces of chocolate. Average for a brown ale in my book.

The taste kicks off with light toffee and chocolate. Good malt/bitter balance with the nuttiness that follows. Then comes fruit esters before it goes down. Good for the style. I don't really like that particular aspect but I give them points for getting what they were, I think, going for.

No after taste to speak of. I thought this beer was a little light and maybe a bit too carbonated. I could have had another one (though I didn't) despite not really liking, personally, the fruit aspect of this beer's taste. Pretty drinkable though.

Not bad. Good rendition of English Brown.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 16:30:25 | More by Gigantis
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown body with a 2-finger chocolatey-tan head. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Caramel malt sweetness with some chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. Not too strong in the nose, however.

T: Pretty much follows the nose -- caramel malt, chcolate and some nuttiness. More chocolate than expected for a brown. Nuttiness is pretty noticeable too, though I'm OK with that in a brown. Finishes slightly dry; I wouldn't exactly call it bitter, but it does balance the sweetness.

M: Noticeably thin in heft right away. Carbonation is decent.

D: Good. Light in heft yet with solid brown-type flavors make this one easily sessionable. I'd definitely get this again as a session brown.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 15:49:36 | More by Kendo
Photo of bataround


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a ruby brown color and was topped off with a very creamy. Good carbonation. There's some roastiness and caramel notes in the aroma, but overall weak in that regard. Is this a porter or a brown ale? I'm not sure I could distinguish, but it doesn't matter because the flavor is very pleasant. Roasted chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee come through with a nice underlying bitterness. Very drinkable and well made.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 17:35:56 | More by bataround
Photo of albern


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much more you can add to 500+ reviews of this beer, but I had it on tap recently and it is a very nice brown ale, not overly complex or profound, but a quality brown ale for most any occasion or food pairing. The beer has a nice creamy head, pours a very dark brown, impenetrable to light. There is a slightly yeasty nose on the beer, in addition to the roasted malts underneath.

The taste is quite nice. There is ample caramel malts, roasted brown malts, some hop balance in the finish that rounds out the smoothness. The beer is light to medium bodied, slightly refreshing, and a nice beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 19:49:40 | More by albern
Photo of pumarocks


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried Turbodog at the Bourbon Street Distillery in downtown Indy. It is a great place to have a beer before the Colts game. This brew is malty! It is very dark in color with a rich flavor and brisk hop finish. Its so good, we came back and had another!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 23:00:45 | More by pumarocks
Photo of spointon


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at Moe Joes in Plainfield, IL on 12/06/2008.

A= This ale poured a mostly clear, deep reddish brown color with a 1" light tan head. Lots of sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Aromas of toasty malts, bitter coffee, carob sweetness, chocolate, and caramel.

T= Like the smell, taste was dominated by roasted/toasted grains, some caramel malt sweetness, and bitter notes of coffee and burnt cocoa beans. Finish was short and mildly bitter (more roasted grain).

MF= Medium bodied with a slightly "too high" carbonation level. Very much a palate cleansing brew.

D= A decent beer and probably one of the few brown ales that I like well enough to have again. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 05:40:19 | More by spointon
Photo of MTNboy


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It is dark brown amber with red highlights. The head has some staiying power and is pretty thick as is the lace.

Smell: It has fruity and chocolaty aroma sort of like black forest cake.

Taste: I was surprised it was pleasantly bitter but I just was not expecting that. It as a dark chocolate flavor blended with berries and other fruits.

Mouthfeel: It was also more carbonated than I thought it would be. It is a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: A nice overall chill and unwind beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 15:15:14 | More by MTNboy
Photo of scottyshades


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent selection...had one at Mellow Mushroom in Delray Beach for $3.25 during happy hour. I have always seen these beer in the stores and such, but never got around to try it until now
A: Pours a brown color that leaves an off-white head with minimal retention

S: Nothing in particular dominates this nose, smells like a bunch of different things; malts are apparent, caramel, and earthy tones

T: Sweet tasting, a little chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, and again some earthy tones

MF: Medium-light in body, finishes pretty smooth, the aftertaste is forgettable

D: Decent...a little too overwhelming to consume regularly

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2008 23:29:50 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Bassetdawg


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

Presentation: Served in a shaker glass, on tap appropriately enough at The Barking Dog.

Appearance: a dark brown, almost black color, with a substantial tan head with good retention.

Aroma: roasted caramel malt aroma, with some nuttiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a strong roasted malt flavor with caramel, and a bit of chocolate and some nuttiness as well. It has a nice full mouth feel though a bit lighter than I expected.

Drinkability: This is a solid brown ale that I would enjoy again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2008 22:38:37 | More by Bassetdawg
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark caramel brown color topped off with a tad of foam. The aroma is light, but pleasing with a mixture of graininess and roasted malt. Slightly toasted flavors of caramel and coffee. There is an underlying bitterness which provides just the right amount of balance. A very drinkable and subtly pleasant beer. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2008 15:02:11 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of sleazo

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a ruddy dark brown with hints of red peaking through. Brown lacing and a decent head

S_lightly sweet with a roasted malt undertone. There is a hop presence that is somewhat floral

T_roasted malt that is not as sweet as the smell. There are hints of chocolate ripe fruits and a somewhat spicy hop aftertaste

M_slightly rich bodied but there is a good dose of tight carbonation that makes it lively.

D_the best Abita I have had and a very tasty beer overall. It is thick without being heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 04:37:37 | More by sleazo
Photo of Slatetank


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Cobblestone's last night w/ tenderbranson69, served cool in a nonic.
A - A cola brown shade w/ black cherry highlights and an half inch of tan head, the lace clings well.

S - Caramel toffee like w/ a sweet brown malt scent and a slightly lactic creamy odor.The nose has a bready quality common in English browns w/ toasted aromas.

M - Sweet, medium bodied w/ a touch of roastiness and full carbonation, a mouth coating type of malt sugar in the feel.

T - Creamy sweet w/ a touch of dark malt flavor, toffee and caramel and light coffee. Almost no hops and an aspect of candy-like malt, like a charleston chew that makes your teeth feel soft. The beer appears more robust than it is w/ an almost porter look, but definitely brown in taste. My brother called it a 'tweener'. The dark malt doesn't add much in the way of flavor, basically sweetness is the focus.

D - Quenching and carbonated, with a mellow relaxed flavor, a bit restrained, but still drinkable. A good brown, but not really one that seems to fit the name 'Turbodog'. I guess that is the sign of how beer evolves since I remember enjoying this more years ago when I first got into craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2007 12:58:13 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Rootdog316


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with light ruby highlights. Small off white head. Aroma was of slight nuttiness and roasted malt. Light to medium mouthfeel. Taste was simple. Some grains, roasted malt and nuts. There’s a bit of nuttiness on the very end. A decent brown ale nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2007 02:49:03 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of YonderWanderer


3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Hints of chocolate abound. A bit of malty sweetness.

T: Not too bad. A little different from the traditional English brown ale. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, with hints of coffee and caramel behind it. No real hop flavor to speak of. A slight bitterness, but that could be from the chocolate.

M: Smooth and full. Very pleasing.

D: I could definitely see drinking this again. Probably not too often, but it's definitely a nice change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2007 13:38:59 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A - Deep amber red, smallish head that fades to a ring with no lacing.

S - Rich malts on the nose with a small amount of sugary sweetness.

T - Toasted malts, very earth flavor, almost grass like, with a very nutty aftertaste.

M - Very smooth but leaves a very sugary coating in the mouth that hangs around for a while.

D - Goes down very smooth, easy to drink.

A great brown ale that's maybe a bit sugary and slightly heavy, but otherwise a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2007 21:35:49 | More by theWrkncacnter
Photo of drpimento


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brown ale. Lot's more character than most. Very soft palate. Silky smooth but with some burrs here and there. Somehow, good body and thin at the same time. Poured with a dnice light tan head and just a little lace. Nice mild aroma. Tasty chocolately flavor with just a hint of licorice and ripe dark fruit. Mild carbonation. Easy finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 03:03:17 | More by drpimento
Photo of cichief


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

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Nice deep brown ale, with a thin tan head.

S- A little scent of chocolate malt, sweet with a decent dry finish.

T- Sweet chocolaty malt, mild hop finish, reasonably well balanced.

M- Well carbonated, not overly effervescent, medium body, nice finish.

D- A good beer I became reaquainted with. It has been years since I tasted this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 00:20:55 | More by cichief
Photo of Onslow


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably one of my favourite brown ales, and brown ales aren't really my bag...had in bottle quite a few times but I honestly love it on tap in Nawlins!! It has a very friendly taste and it looks stunning, with its dark brown body and thick proud head...is somewhat roasty and very drinkable!! I prefer it served real cold, so as it warms, so do you!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2007 15:40:52 | More by Onslow
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been a fan of this beer for a while but hadn't had it in at least six months. The beer was served a deep dark brown almost black with a thin head that slowly diminished but left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was strong on black malts with a hint of chocolate and toffee. The taste was also strong on toffee and chocolate with plenty of black malt present as well. This beer is almost on the borderline between a porter and a brown ale. The beer is nice and crisp on the tongue and the +6% is well hidden. I have always found this as a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2007 04:22:46 | More by atsprings
Photo of harpo111


3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2007 02:48:04 | More by harpo111
Photo of Fuller


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown body with a small tan head that recedes quickly leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - very malty and nutty with hints of toffee and toasted grain

T - sweet roasted malts with some tastes of nut and toffee.

M - a little thin but smooth.

D - A very good brown ale. I could easly drink a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 03:59:28 | More by Fuller
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice deep black color with a persistent head. The smell was slightly sweet and malty. The taste was a combination of malt, coffee, sweetness with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy. I consider this a highly drinkable beer (but could be biased because I grew up near the brewery and on this beer).

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 05:20:59 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of msubulldog25


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at "Lagniappe" on Alberta St., Portland, OR. Pint.

Have had this beer a number of times, though typically in bottles. Most recently tried once in New Orleans in May '06 and again at the Pub in Abita Springs. Brought home a 6-pack which was decent; this beer is significantly better on-tap IMO.

A: Deep chestnut brown, very dark at the center with lighter amber hilights. A half-finger off-white head. Light to moderate lacing. Pretty heavily carbonated.

S: Quite toasty. Caramel malts abound. Smell is malt, slightly sweet with a bitter backing - somewhat metallic.

T: Strong toasted nut flavor with caramel & chocolate maltiness. Bitter hops give a dry finish. Well-balanced.

M: A little prickly and slightly weak/watery finish. Nothing offputting nor outstanding.

D: Great with a po'boy or some seafood. Perfectly drinkable year-round. A nice effort by Abita, probably the best of their regulars.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2006 19:48:08 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of keoki182


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2006 17:07:12 | More by keoki182
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.