Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 974
Hads: 2,672
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 93
Gots: 331 | 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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Reviews: 974 | Hads: 2,672
Photo of stegmakk
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with off white head that goes away quickly...also no lacing

Aroma: Malt, caramel, hint molasses

Taste: Roasted malt, hints of bitter chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for me

Overall surprisingly better than expected, but not great. (283 characters)

Photo of tang214
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby red with some foam appearing after the pour. It smells alright with a fruity full-flavored cherry aroma. The taste is just okay with some dry maltiness. It leaves a thick aftertaste. It's a barely okay brew. Good thing my friend bought it. (257 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great dark brown colour, and no head. Great sweet smell with some detectable malt in the nose. The taste isn't great, but its got some good qualities. This beer is similar in the mouth to other Abita brews. Medium-bodied and not overpowering, but not too flavourful. (266 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark coca-cola colored brown with a modest 1-½ finger tan head. The smell consists of roasted chocolate malt and a very faint hop aroma. The taste mimics the smell in a watery kind of way. The aroma is deceiving in this manner as it almost smells as bold as a porter, but this is way more watery in taste than a light bock. It also has a weird twang mid-swallow of each and every swallow. The hops are barely noticeable and there’s not much carbonation either. This beer is very light bodied and finishes very thin. This beer has way too much “roastiness” to be so lean. Strange brew this is! Cheers! (612 characters)

Photo of BitteBier
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with amber at the edges. Topped off with a cake of tan foam that collapses reasonably quickly to a lacy film. Wonderful rich malty, caramely smell. Somewhat watery, like other Abita offerings. A malty foundation throughout the drink with a nice crispness in the middle. Goes down easily but would benefit from being a tad more substantial. (355 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If a Brown Ale and Porter mated...Mahogany/Ruby in color. Amply malted with a pasty, mealy malt. The nose is malty and slightly sour with a hint of alcohol. The medium/high citrusy hops are mildly astringent. Started in 1986, one of the first micro-brews in the country. Extra roasted sweet malt becomes the dominant force as the glass empties. Almost creamy. Balanced. Very little head...pour it straight down. I’d like to try this with some extra spicy Jambalaya…. or chocolate…. or nachos. (495 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Abita beers. Dark like a porter or is it a stout, but very smooth and crisp. The low alcohol and chocolatey mouth feel leaves you wanting more and it is very quaffable. It taste good alone or with something sweet and is very malty, but not too sweet. (269 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one interesting brew. For me, it seemed to be all about the finish. At first it was empty, then all the flavors just developed in the mouth and throat as you swallowed. The middle gets a malty sweet roasted barley with hints of slight hop and some yeast like unbaked bread. It also had some smokey hazelnut notes. I wanted this beer to taste like that the whole way through. If it would have this would be a whopper of a drinker. Its still very drinkable, a bit on the light side on the body, but I just can't get by that start. The smell is also very interesting, I smell the roasted barley malt easily but has a strange wet dirt like smell. Kind of like a heavy rained out hiking trail. Good color, was a semi blackened red almost clear glowing. I'm a perplexed by this stuff and I just kept drinking it, trying to figure out what the hells the scoop with it being so good. (883 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drove through Louisiana recently, so I stopped at this brewery. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed...

Aroma: not much, some roastiness

Appearance: looks like a brown porter, dark mahogany, good clarity, thin head, not much retention (but that's not unusual for this style)

Flavor: rather bland, some dark roastiness up front and a bit of a malt finish, not too much hop flavor/bitterness/aroma, quick finishing (i.e.- the flavors that are there don't linger at all), some graininess and a slight twinge of tartness

Mouthfeel: thin bodied (thinner than usual Browns and Milds), very tight carbonation, slight astringency (636 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish/ruby in color, with a very thin tannish head. Aroma is roasty, and slightly chocolatey. The chocolate comes out in the flavor, too. Roasted malt and a bit of toffee flavor dominates, while persistant carbonation gives the beer a medium-full body at most. Toffee sweetness really shows up as the beer warms, and the roasted malt and hop bitterness linger nicely. Quite drinkable, though it seems, in its roastiness, more stout or porter-like than like a brown ale. (472 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), about a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

There's a light tan head that crumples with some sticky lacing. The beer is a dark ruby color.

The smell is grapes, bread, nutty. Hey: peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

The front is roasty nuts, a little sweetish. The middle is malty with some hops showing up, but it turns a little watery. The finish is peanut butter and just a touch sour. It gets quite a bit better (creamier) as it warms.

It's an interesting brown that gets a few extra points for originality. (570 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown pour with a big foamy off-white head that lingers around for a bit. Masses of sweet fruits dominate the aroma. There is a grainy smell with a little hint of yeast also.

The flavor is very sweet with a great roasty malt taste also. You can pick up a little yeastiness. Carbonation is almost non-existent, which hurts the mouthfeel because I would really like it to be crisp. It is very drinkable, and a good solid beer, but nothing to jump up and down about. (477 characters)

Photo of mickstepp
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appropriately brown for a Brown Ale. This beer has a sweet edge and a high level of carbonation. Fruit and grainy/yeasty notes in the mix.Overly malted and underhopped in my opinion. I thought the mouthfeel would be creamier than it was. I had heard great things about this beer and admit to being a little disappointed. probably just not my style. Not a terrible beer but not one that I would seek out again. (409 characters)

Photo of TXHops
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Malts: British Pale; Crystal and Chocolate
-Hops: Willamette

Odd beer, this Turbodog… We classify it as an American Brown Ale, though I remember reading Michael Jackson calling it something like a cross between a brown ale and something less common—a schwarzbier or a German dunkles. I think I’d agree—it has the roastiness of a dunkles or schwarzbier, and the ale-like fruitiness of a brown ale, or even a porter.

Turbodog pours a pretty deep brown color that shows reddish in front of the light. The tan head lives where the beer meets the glass after a couple minutes, leaving the top of the beer bald. The aroma is pretty roasty—like chocolate malt, but also pretty fruity—like dates or raisins, and alcohol seems to be in the mix a bit too. The result is a smell a bit like malted port. Quite nice, actually.

The flavor is right in line with the nose, though not as strong as port. There’s a fairly sizable hit of chocolate malt, followed by a brief, fruity-rasiny flavor, then a thinnish-metallic flavor similar to the flavor found in black malt beers—Kostritzer and New Belgium 1554 come to mind. The finish continues to alternate between lightly fruity chocolate malt flavors and the thinnish, dry metallic edge. Like all Abita beers, this one’s more carbonated than I can appreciate, is less hoppy than I’d prefer and as a result, sours a bit while the other flavors fade in the tail…

I think TurboDog is Abita’s most interesting beer (though the 2002 Christmas beer isn’t bad and I haven’t been able to get my hands on a few of their more promising beers, like Andygator or their Red). (1,625 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Color was a murky brown, quite dark. Nose was pretty good and ripe with a touch of smoke maybe.

Taste was full, rich, rounded but had a bit of a harsh quality I did not particularly care for. Tasted dead on though to what I consider to be the American brown style. Has a creamy mouthfeel and was mildly complex. A solid beer that could stand to be slightly more smoothed out overall. (386 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong malty nose with a hint of the hops. The taste was very malty with a bitter hop finish that was a bit rough on the palate. Probably not allowed to age enough. This beer is a bit immature for my taste and lacks refinement. There was a strong alcohol smell to the nose also that I am not a real big fan of. Over all not a great beer. In general not a lot to say bout this one - I was not impressed. Will do in a pinch and was something new to try but I don't see myself picking it up at the store with all the other great choices. (534 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Dark brown color, medium head. Roasted malts, slightly hoppy. Nicely balanced. Lighter bodied, but full flavored. Nice malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin but tolerable.Finish is clean. Aftertaste is somewhat malty and slightly bitter. (239 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a re-review. deep dark brown color, little head and no lace. sweet roasted malt nose. begins smooth, with a buttery caramel/choco/toffee taste. ends really crisp with lingering malt flavors. a touch of hops to balance. seems a lot livelier than the first time i reviewed it and less smooth. a nice brown ale. thanks to my gf for bringing up an abita sampler pack from louisiana (377 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with ruby hues as light shown through along the sides of the glass. Head was tan in color. A lot of bubbles were present, showing signs of carbonation. Aroma consisted mainly of chocolate malt with hints of molasses. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with a good carbonation. Taste consisted mainly of chocolate malt with a subtle fruitiness in the balanced finish. A decent, very drinkable brown ale. (426 characters)

Photo of Kwak
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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! (347 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan colored head. Nose is buttery toffee and caramel with a hint of citrus. Taste is dominated by toasted malts with notes of dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Smooth and very drinkable. (223 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass it had a dark brown almost black color, a tan/beige head. The aroma was of a roasted malt, caramel, and hints of chocolate. The taste was semi-sweet, hints of malt, chocolate roasty, some bitter at the end. A good beer (231 characters)

Photo of Viking
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-brown body, with a bit of CO2. Small head that fades quickly. Very sweet and malty aroma, with hints of coffee and cane sugar. Sweet malty taste, with just a hint of hop bitterness in the bittersweet finish. Slightly rough mouthfeel, oily and a bit thick. Overall, it's just too sweet for the style, but still pretty drinkable. (340 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and black label is somewhat garish. I would have a drawing of a dog with a jetpack myself. Brown body, ruby highlights beneath a big foamy beige head, which descends fairly quickly.. Aroma has a stong coffee with cream character. Some sweetness. Slight smokey quality. Taste dominated by malts, particularly roasted malts. Buttery. There is a little hop zip lurking in the background. Nice smooth, rich character. No wait, a stout is rich, this is more like middle-class. A good brown ale, which exceeded my memories from several years back when I previously sampled it.

One thing, I need a year on my "best by" date a whole lot more than the day of the month. (673 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body with limited tan head formation that disappears. The aroma is a spicy hop base with a roasted malt background. The taste is rather muddled with a warm alcohol note present on the tongue along with roasted malt flavors. The body seems a tad light. This is a decent brown ale that is nothing special, but better than some versions I have sampled. (372 characters)

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.