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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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83
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2,419 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,419
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 150 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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Ratings: 2,419 | Reviews: 964 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stouty for a brown, and too chocolately. Very malted milk and drinkable at the end of a humid day. Me Ovaltine. Not too sweet, but the chocolate malt overwhelms brown character. Nicely hopped and somewhat bitter finish. Interesting and satisfying. Medium mouthfeel.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a 2 inch beige head that lasts for the entire beer. Lacing is fair as beer as drunk down.

S - Smells like toasty earth and sweet malts.

T - Very clean chocolate malt flavors with very minor bitterness.

M - Creamy and bubbly mouthfeel but nothing special.

D - Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I was not too sure what I would be getting with this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely purchase this one again.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11%

djrn2, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11%

zestar, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some copper/red color mixed in. Plenty of head.

S: Mostly typical of the style, although there are more toasty/roasted flavors than would be typical.

T: Too much chocolate, and not enough of the classic "brown" flavor--quite different than what I was expecting.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is where this one really suffers. Just not something I'd like to have more than one of, although it does have some fine points.

Thorpe429, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

acurtis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark brown in color with a finger-sized tan head that quickly fades away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of chocolately and nutty malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of malty flavors in the taste with notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee. There is very little bitterness from the hops, if any.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and it's very sessionable.

metter98, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, but very dark brown that makes the brew look almost like a porter; the tan head is sturdy and leaves a few shards and dashes of lace

Smell: Very meaty, with dark bread, roasted chocolate and fig elements

Taste: Starts out with a caramel, fruit and chocolate aspect where the fig and unsweetened chocolate mix with toasted, almost burnt, black bread flavors; there is some butter in there, too; after the swallow, the flavors emerge in a heightened fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different tasting brown and I wanted to like it better than I ultimately did

brentk56, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sitting on the coaster, it's simple dark brown with red-orange highlights (Shoeshine Boy). When held up to the late afternoon sunlight, it becomes a fantastic shade of polished black cherry (Underdog). Okay, so maybe you prefer Clark Kent and Superman, but I wanted to stay with the dog theme. The head is a humdinger as well; creamystiff golden ecru with rockiness to spare. Turbo Dog has a great look if you have sunshine handy, and is pretty decent even if you don't. A lack of lace is the only downer.

The nose is par for the brown ale course and isn't quite the equal of the appearance. It smells more like dark caramel and toasted nuts than it does of roasted malt, chocolate, etc. In other words, the aroma doesn't have designs on porter territory like some browns do. I'm okay with the fact that there's very little hoppiness.

Feh. This one has to be classified as a letdown. There's a shortage of flavor and a way too light body. The Dog needs a significant infusion of malt. Then, and only then, will I be able to take it seriously. I can appreciate caramel and chocolate flavors, but there's so little substance that it seems as if malt extract was used rather than barley.

The nutty flavor is a little harsh, as if pecans were toasted too long and started to char. There's also a little bitter hoppiness that wouldn't be nearly as noticeable if the malt content was adequate. Brown ales should be malt-dominant, shouldn't they? All kinds of mildy unpleasant flavors are permitted to have their say because of the grain shortage.

The flavor profile sorts itself out a little better on the finish, but it's too little, too late. The body is as thin as an anorexic chihuahua (dog theme again) and the relative lack of carbonation contributes to the lackluster mouthfeel, keeping this beer solidly in the 'below average' category.

I had heard good things about Turbo Dog. Even though I haven't been impressed with Abita beer in the past, I was willing to believe that this was their flagship, their pride and joy, and was therefore a cut above. Then I drank this bottle. Far from a snarling, vicious hellhound, it's more of a toothless old pooch. I'm still waiting to be impressed Abita. What else you got?

BuckeyeNation, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the best beer that Abita makes. It's a medium brown hue with promising head retention. Aromas are lightly malty, toasty, nutty, and caramelly. Though flavors are modest, they are clean and of same characteristics in the nose. The beer waters significantly into the body and finish. It looses the creaminess and maltiness. Finishes a tacky sweet and a little less than clean. Though not great, it's fair.

BEERchitect, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a huge off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of chocolate malt is quite distinctive and very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some chocolate note and a slightly bitter finish. Overall, this is probably better then 90% of brown ale out there but it is still a brown ale which just doesn’t get me excited.

Phyl21ca, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I have to admit I was not sure what to expect going into this as I had stared at it on the shelf for years but never really gave it a try. Had no inclination as to what kind of style it was, so I was essentially flying blind into this one. Poured a nice deep hazelnut brown with a very fluffy and frothy off white colored head that grew to a height of around two inches or so. A gradual fade left behind some nice side glass lace as well as a touch of frothy stuff over the top. It was somewhat cloudy, obscuring most of the view of the interior. Smell was interesting. I definitely picked up a hop presence, some touches of orange and grapefruit, however they were very light and were mostly overpowered by a sugary caramel aroma. Lots of malt here with even a slightly noticeable roasted nut aroma. The taste followed suit nicely for a light brown ale. Main backbone consisted of earthy grain type flavors that were lightened up with a healthy dose of sugar. There was definitely some nice hops added in as there was a good little bite to it in the front and it gave a nice long drawn out finish. Great feel as there was more then ample carbonation in this one and it hung around until the very end. No slickness and a good medium to light body. An excellent session ale, it was neither overpowering nor too light to be noticed. Overall I actually thought this was rather nice. It was pretty much a nice normal light brown ale that had some hops thrown in for balance only, but stayed pretty much true to its roots. This was an excellent little brew and I would surely have one again. Would probably be top notch on tap and I will need to find that out one day. But definitely a good call and one you should try.

mikesgroove, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a dark brown cloudy body.

S: mild roasted malt, burnt toast, smokey. Some oak and a nice amount of chocolate.

T: I find some of the Abita beers to be a little watery affecting flavor and mouthfeel. More smokey, malty flavor with sweet caramel and woody notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another somewhat watered down like flavor from an Abita beer. I think the flavor and aromas of their beers are fairly good but they lack on the body/mouthfeel of their beers.

kylehay2004, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a good transparent brown, with a good malt back bone in the flavor. Some light hops in the mix. TurboDog has a good following I haven't been able to really understand it. I like the fact that Abita's flagship brew is a Brown Ale and not a Lager or Pale Ale. I think that says something for them. I'll need to try this brew again sometime though because the one and only time I had it, I hadn't chilled it fully and it was a little on the warm side yet.

Knapp85, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear deep brown with a respectable amount of biege-colored head and just the tini-iniest amount of lacing.

Smell: Largely malty, accentuated by a light chocolateliness, but with a bit of a musty aroma in there as well. But without further ado, let's move onto the important stuff:

Taste: After a headmost zap of fizziness, I tasted a sweet toffee, chocolate malt flavor, and roasted grains complimented by an inviting nuttiness. A minor bitter hop presence adds to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderately carbonated, letting the beer come across as "soda-like". Unfortunately, it goes beyond just simply being mild and ends up being a bit flaccid.

Drinkability: While this brew ended up being merely "good", it was a bit of a letdown, though I appreciated the effort.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Didnt get much of a head on mine,nice color.Kinda buttery tasting?Can taste the alcohol in it thats for sure.Decent,but kinda overhyped.

oberon, Feb 27, 2002
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

JAHMUR, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Man, I haven't had this since my Passport at Chumley's back in my Purdue days. I wonder how I'll receive it now? It pours a mostly clear dark brown topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, toffee, biscuit, grass, and light flowers. The taste starts out with a mild combo of toffee and biscuits, then strikes hard and fast with stronger-than-before grass, flowers, orange peel, and cedar. It's all a bit much, with the nicer malts getting drowned out by a blunt herbal bitterness. But, in its defense, things never get truly out of hand. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a nice little brown, not necessarily something I would readily reach for, but also not something I would cringe at if offered me.

TMoney2591, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SocalKicks, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a brown color with hints of burgundy. Had a tan, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of toasted malt and nuts. Also, a sweet aroma.

T - It tasted strongly of toasted malt, caramel and nuts. Nice and sweet.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not a bad brown ale. It doesn't look overly impressive, but it delivers a good taste.

zeff80, Apr 22, 2007
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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,419 ratings.