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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,413 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 146 | 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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown in color with a creamy light tan head. Even with a rough pour the head won't come up much, but it will hold fairly well once it's there leaving a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly chocolatey and toffee-ish with some minor grassy hops. The body is medium/light with a fine, moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor follows the aroma with a chocolate and toffee-like maltiness balanced by a mild bitterness and light grassy hop flavor. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering hop bitterness and some more roasty cocoa notes.

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

interesting brew. like a hybrid between a dry irish red ale, a malty english porter, and an american brown ale, its got a little something for everyone. pours a flat looking brown color with just the slightest amber glow to it. minimal off white head. smells malty and sweet, english malts, milk chocolate, bittering hops only. flavor is really strange because of all the malts in here. its sweet above all else, but it isnt heavy. its a very easy drinking beer, but could probably stand a bit more carbonation. went pretty well with a smoked brisket sandwich, but its not howd i would classically define an english brown ale at all.

StonedTrippin, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hues, the lace is a sticky light tan froth.

Smell: Sweetish toffee, hint of carob and a touch of ripe fruit.

Taste: Malty with a sturdy medium body, sweet toffee and mild chocolate flavour, hop bitterness is perfect and there to balance. A mild fruit and hop twang also hit the tongue. Faded sweet bready grain is in the end.

Notes: A prize brown ale and a cult classic among the micro drinkers. An exceptional example of the style.

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber-brown with 2.5 fingers of off white head. Good clarity.

S - Sweet, malty aroma with a bit of hops and a some roastiness, but nothing powerfull.

T - Malty, roasted flavor up front, followed by a good bit of hop flavor, coffee notes, and more than enough bitterness to balance. Finishes hoppy, with some alcohol character.

M - Moderately thick body with fairly low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink several of this one. Nothing complex about it, but it is a good, satisfying session beer.

nickfl, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights has a nice tan cream head leaves behind sparse lacing. Aroma has herbal hops with a chocolate nutty edge to it very nice mix of dark toasted malts and a light hop profile. Taste contains caramel chocolate tones from the excellent malt profile this is definitely an old stand by from the brown ale category, herbal hop finish very definitively one of the best browns I've tasted straight outta Louisiana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy texture that stays on the palate a bit longer than the typical craft ale. Drinkability is wonderful challenging to the senses yet groundbreakingly good and refreshing on multiple levels.

WVbeergeek, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown, with a short tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very nutty and very malty.

T: A sweet & bready nut taste is the dominant flavor and is accompanied by caramelized malt, wheat, and a bit of chocolate. There’s a slight touch of hops that begins to come out as the beer warms. Leaves a sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation and due to the maltiness it leaves a stickiness behind.

D: This beer goes down very easily. It’s tasty and smooth, a beer well worth drink a lot of.

Although this style isn’t my favorite, it’s one where I’m rarely disappointed. Overall, I think this is a very good beer and an excellent representation of the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clouded and very dark ruby. Nose is like velvety raspberries. Deep, strong, dark ones. Rich cotton candy tones. Lots of sugar. Flavor is kind of woody with a nice leafy and earthen tone to it. Seems a little thin though. Fairly firm aftertaste here. Feel is good with bubble but kind of watery on the liquid. Drinkability is so-so. I mean it isn't totally bad, but I just think that it is too thin.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
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.

Slatetank, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadiness, brown sugar & raisins

T: Big time fruittyness & choclate up front, followed by slight peppery hops notes. Slight oaky notes surface as it warms followed by sweet malt & slight alcohol burn. Finishes dry & fruitty with caramel notes

MF: Medium body with good carbonation & balance.

Drinks okay reminds be of new castle brown, but with more flavor! Well worth a try. Haven't had a whole bunch of abita, but this one is my favorite

russpowell, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thoroughly brown body, with crimson side, slim tannish head.

Sweet, caramel malty nose, nuts aplenty.

Toasty malt, dry, muted sweetness in the taste, very clean, supple, easy to drink. More nutty and mineral-y than caramel sweet. Light cocoa traces.

Remarkably simple. Nothing wrong with that.

Medium body, highly carbonated, very even-handed, just a straight-forward session-er. I like a richer taste and mouthfeel in a brown ale, personally, but I can see how this would please less demanding palates.

EDIT: this got better as the glass emptied...perhaps I had it too cold? I kicked the numbers up a touch to reflect this.

feloniousmonk, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Abita Turbodog shaker pint glass. Part of my glassware project. Beer is dark brown to black, relatively clear, carbonation moderate to low. Forms a two fingered tan head that falls back leaving some lacing on the glass. Beer looks fine.

Mild aroma, some sweetness, some malt, some roast. Overall nice.

Beer is medium in body, smooth, slight, really subtle roast in the back. Overall well balanced, drinkability high, good carbonation on the palate, some sweetness in there as well. Second taste, Sweetness first, no real bitterness. Mouthfeel good. I like this beer. Thank you Abita, you have redeemed yourself again.

drabmuh, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Jimmy's No. 43, NYC, NY.

Dark reddish-brown color. A moderate tan head with noticeable carbonation. Roasty malts in the aroma, a tinge of chocolate, but mostly burnt coffee, which was kind of a turn off. Taste full of dry cocoa and burnt coffee; not too appealing. Somewhat thin and highly carbonated. Bitter, burnt aftertaste. Overall, not very drinkable, due mainly to the burnt taste and subsequent unpleasant aftertaste.

Rifugium, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is decent. It is full of roasted and crystal malts. It has a deep, rich, almost porter like scent. The taste is good. It has a smooth, dark flavor with a dry finish. It boasts of roasted, even black malts. The mouthfeel sucks like most of their beers. It is a medium/full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a good drinker, but the CO2 needs to be reduced.

WesWes, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 01/20/13 notes. Had on tap at some sports bar in Chicago. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, dark fruits, nuts, toasted malts, grains, and biscuit malts. Fruit is nice, very malty.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, dark fruits, earthy notes, bread, wheat, grains, toasted malts, nuts, and light sweet caramel malts. Sweeter than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a decent brown ale. Sweet and some nice fruit to it, and easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing but could revisit at a bar with not a lot of craft options.

mdfb79, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -17.8%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin, off-white head that descends to a thin, lasting patch that almost covers the top. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell if of dark, chocolatey, toffeeish malt with some nuttiness (hazelnut?)

The taste is of toffee and chocolate. Sweetness controlled by earthy, bitter hops, though it remains sweet in character until the finish, with a nutty and hoppy snap.

Smooth in a medium body. Fairly creamy.

Tasty and what I thought was "sessionable" until I saw the abv level (which is obviously well-hidden.) A solid example of the style.

jwc215, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good two-finger beige head. Light shines through mildly--Dark ruby brown color. Spotty lace.

Powdered chocolate aroma. Milky and sweet.

The flavor is very dry (particularly given the aroma), almost astringent. Some notable darker malts up front. This gives way to some lactose with the swallow having a touch of sour and some light hop bite. Reasonable body and carbonation.

Not as full-flavored as some of the other Abita offerings, but decent.

smcolw, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep ruby amber color when held up to the light, otherwise a deep amber-brown color. It is topped by a frothy light amber-brown colored head. The aroma is malty with notes of toasted biscuits, chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and sweet toffee. The taste is lightly sweet with a rich maltiness to it that almost has a salty, meaty character to it. There are notes of caramel and toffee here as well as a bit of chocolate and a light roasted astringency in the finish. This is by far the most flavorful beer that I have had from Abita. This beer is definitely focused on the malt, but there is a nice light bitterness in the finish plus some light hoppy flavor notes that remind me of fresh cut herbs and flowers.

Gueuzedude, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle (about 12 fl oz) with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty decent retention. Colour is a really dark amber (NOT brown).

Sm: Nutty to a small extent, with raspberry fruit esters and caramelized malt. Me nose is broken, so I do have trouble with aromas. It's mild in strength.

T: The nuts are quite restrained, with a subtle fruit ester (raspberry or something close) rising more to the forefront. A caramelized malt foundation comprises the unobtrusive backbone. It's pleasant (if simple), and enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced, but it's fairly built. No layering or inspiration is evident. The fruit ester overstays its welcome, pervading the aftertaste. For the style, it's a bit wrong in that nuts are not its emphasis.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense. A bit too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but a bit boring. Where are the nuts? The ester is its strong suit, and works better in a brown than it should, but the balance is compromised as a result.

C+

kojevergas, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

oriolesfan4, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark brown, you could mistake this for stout from afar, with a thick tan head, with better than average retention, limited sticky lacing.

S: Roast, toast, baked sugar, molasses and caramel.

T: A bite of burnt toast and sugar hits first, quite bitter actually, with a bit of hop bitterness mixed in, which evolves or devolves into caramel sugar ending. This beer is more subtle than other American made browns that I have had before, but I enjoy its subtle character.

M: OK, except I think the carbonation takes up too much of the mouthfeel causing an overall feel that is kind of hollow in flavour.

D: A nice drinkable brown, sort of a nice introduction to the style, a beer that would pair nicely with a freshly cooked steak.

Halcyondays, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An English Brown Ale? I think not.

The bottle was ordered and drank in the darkness of Mia's Lounge, Flagstaff.

The beer when poured was as black as coal in the almost unlite interior of the bar, it might have been a tad lighter, difficult to tell, you could clearly see however, this beer refused to have a head put on it.

Dark, bitter chocolate smell, dark bitter chocolate taste. The beer wasn't flat, but it seemed very un-carbonated and un-fizzy, like coke goes after being opened for an hour.

Reminded me of a weak stout or washed up porter, not overly impressed.

BlackHaddock, May 25, 2010
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,413 ratings.