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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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981 Reviews

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Reviews: 981
Hads: 2,733
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 381 | 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: 981 | Hads: 2,733
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, and slight raisin. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malts. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, roast, herbal, and slight raisin. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and brown sugar on the finish for a short bit. Very nice malt flavor balance that is fairly robust, with good complexity; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these over the years, but was pleasantly surprised at what I found after a long break without a Turbodog. The appearance and flavor are both richer and bolder than I recalled.

The pour was a dark hazy, reddish-brown with an average size light brown head that produced a fine coat of lacing on the glass with each sip.

Aroma: dark roasted malt with a lightly spicy hop presence. A bit earthy with notes of chocolate and hints of dark fruits and toffee.

Taste: nicely malty with clear spicy hop note. Medium and dark malt flavor without any burnt notes. A hint of coffee in the finish. Excellent bitter/sweet balance in this lightly sweet brown.

Mouthfeel: medium in body; semi-creamy; excellent, medium carbonation.

Overall a somewhat bold and flavorful brew, that has a slightly spicier and more aggressive [Northwest American] hop profile than the typical UK version.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque very dark cola brown with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and brown + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of nutty and chocolate malts with just a touch of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of chocolate and nutty malts with a light presence of roasted malts. Very light hints of coffee and toffee flavors. Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger but very little hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy but overall thin.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable with well hidden alcohol. Not complex but very enjoyable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with 1/4" of dense, brown head that has great retention. The nose has notes of caramel, faint toast, and mild diacetylic aromas. The taste is caramel, mildly sweet, light toast, and very faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth.

Not a bad beer. It's simple and easy to drink. It's not something I would go out of my way to get again, but it was good once.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Evening Star in Alexandria, VA.

Turbodog is a dark hazelnut color with crimson highlights. The head is a half inch thick, has good retention and leaves ample lacing. The appearance is fabulous. The aroma is mild, containing malt, subtle sweetness, and an earthy scent. The beer is very malty with minimal, if any, hop bitterness, definitely in accordance with the style. The beer is simple and straightforward, with no detectable flaws or shortcomings. The feel is full bodied, especially given the low alcohol content of the beer. I had no problem enjoying two pints of this brew. I have never had it in the bottle, so I can't vouch for it there, but served fresh and on draft it was a very enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled a 12 oz bottle, with new graphics and did have a "best comsumed before date" confusingly notched on the label. Poured typical darkish mahogony brown, clear, with a good looking tan tiny bubble head, leaves fine and well developed lacing. Mild malty nose, taste is mostly just a thin malt sweetness, notes of cafe au lait,vanilla, perhaps a bit of nuttyness. Could use some more malt and hops to kick up the character and complexity of this brew. As it stands now its " a nice house, but nobody is home" But would be a pleasant sessioner.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle sports the new look black label with light grey wheat stems with a simple Abita Turbodog in block letters. Pours a dark brown color with burgandy tones. A nice 1" tan colored creamy head. Some lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt with a very burnt tone. The taste is of heavy roasted malt with mild burnt coffee and wisps of chocolate are detectable. Definitely unbalanced. This seems to want to be a porter instead of a brown ale but it is somewhere inbetween.

The mouthfeel is smooth with some crispness. The aftertaste is of roasted malts and burnt coffee and it lasts forever. I can't see drinking more than one of these in a sitting. Burnt flavor just too overpowering for a brown ale.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this quite a few times years back when I was in Texas, so when I saw it on the shelf today I just had to grab one. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with bodacious ruby highlights and a huge crop of fluffy tan head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel with a hint of earth and toffee. The flavor is a bit fruity with English yeasty esters dominating. Caramel toffee and chocolate maltiness off set with a hint of earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick creamy bubbly mouthfeel. I was worried that my palette may have changed in all these years, but this is actually a pretty good English style ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rosie McCann's in Santa Cruz, CA. On to the beer:

Wood polish brown mixed with orange and red hues. Good webbed lacing clings to the glass. The nose is nutty, offering up notes of toffee crisp too. And Turbodog's flavor is nutty as well. Nutty with a side of graininess, a kiss of hops, and a vague crispness. With a lighter medium body, this ends up as a respectable, working man's brown ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle at the Allentown Brew Works.

Grape juice, this beer tastes like grape juice. Not entirely, but that's the dominant flavor. I checked the label to see if maybe this beer was past the best-by, but the date markings on the edge of the label were unnotched. Oh well. In addition to the Concorde grapes, there's also a dry cocoa flavor, so really this beer tastes like Welch's grape juice with Nestle Quik.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.82/5  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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark black beer with ruby highlights if you hold it up to the light.

Smell is sweet malt and a charcoal aroma almost as if this was a porter not a brown ale. I can also smell some chocolate in there.

Taste is mildly sweet with a taste that is unmistakably a porter style beer. It is a bit smoky tasting with some coffee and chocolate in it. This beer is in the wrong category; it is a mild porter. Its main attraction is in being a tamed version of the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable. Well suited for pairing with sweet foods or very spicy foods. I have had this served with spicy jambalaya; it was a good match.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown with a finger of bubbly head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: there was some slight roasted malt character alongside brown sugar,slight coffee, and booze notes; its kinda smokey as well.

T: the flavor profile seems to be smokey as well but has brown sugar, slight molasses, and light booze notes. There was also some underlying caramel as well.

M: medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a smokey malty finish.

D: the brew drank alright and I thought the smokiness was really good and added dimension to the beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Abita beers. The label on the bottle cap has the name 'Abita' finished off with an exclamation mark - 'Abita !'
I appreciate that, this brewery is clearly enthusiastic about their product. Now I am too!
Poured with some head that dismantled quickly. Left a thin line of lacing. A dark body but with some highlights to the colour. Fairly deep for the style. An almost scotch ale like aroma. Comes across as American - not like the classic British renditions. The combination of malts make for a rough ended flavour. Non too harmonious in the least. A coca-cola like character. Initially sticky mouthfeel, fades with the use of spring water. The alt yeast comes through on the finish and leaves a lingering distinctness from the initial flavour impressions. The flavours hold together quite well, but just don't blend as a medley... more of high school garage band practice. I appreciate the makeup, smart work but a dis-satisfying result. Thanks Harry!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 7/28/11. On tap in Milwaukee.

A - Medium to dark brown in colour with a small amount of white head

S - Nutty with some light chocolate.

T - Roated nuts with light chocolate and coffee notes. Some bitterness and a decent overall sweetness. Like a light porter.

M - Light body; light to moderate carbonation.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.