Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 978
Hads: 2,704
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 362 | 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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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle smoky malt with hints of cocoa.

The taste consisted of a soft chocolate malt with smoke and a light caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable brown ale.

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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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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog is a very dark reddish brown ale, solid head and a lot of carbonation, good mix of hops and malt but with more sweet malt than hops. Smooth and very roasty finish. The ABV is 5.0%.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany body that is dense but not hazy. The head is a creamy thin tan layer that last for a good bit. No sign of carbonation with the faint light that comes through the body.

S- The smell of roasted and caramelized malt is light but very pleasant. No sigh of hops but there is a dried fruit, prune note in the finish.

T- There is a slight sweet dark toasted note with a hint or roasted malts in the beginning. It starts to have a faint cardboard note at the end of the malt and then there is a bold spicy hop finish. The hops don't have a lot of depth but the spiciness is increased by the fizz in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz texture that is really noticed at the finish.

D- This had some interesting dark malt notes that were nice but there wasn't enough depth or character to them. The hops were present but they just didn't have the characteristics of hops in the floral and aroma.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Oaktree Buy Rite.

A: The brown ale is remarkably brown, perhaps more of a deep red color that is equally dark. The head was large, requiring two pours, as the first pour generated 2 fingers of head. There is little evidence of that volatile pour though after the beer settles.

S: The nose is nondescript, not bad mind you (confirmed by the taste), just bland and ill-defined. After 3 or so attempts, a toffee chocolate aroma emerges that is quite sweet with a caramel finish.

T: The caramel from the nose comes through immediately in the taste, as oppsed to a deferred sensation in the nose. The sweetness is roasted and sweet, coming across like a dunkel lager rather than an ale. The malts completely dominate the mouth, giving no hint of any hop presence.

M: Well-rounded and very sweet, this is a mild example of the style, short on hops but quite flavorful.

D: This is a great drink, flavorful yet mild with a sweet malty body. I am disappointed that it took me so long to get around to this.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark. dark red brown. Light head with a little lacing. Looks nice. Aroma a bit off, with vegetable elements. A strong malty start with a flat grassy flavor, malty middle and finish. Close to an interesting flavor, but misses the mark. Light body and low ABV. OK, but not noteworthy.

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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 tobelerone
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a very dark chestnut, nearly black, and almost completely opaque. A quarter inch of tanned head falls fast. Lacing falls quickly too but still looks nice and creamy.

Aroma is faint, with roasted malt and touches of coffee. A little lacking in this department. The taste is lightly roasty, with traces of dark coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate malt used makes a pretty subtle appearance, hop bitterness is low; a slightly metallic aftertaste is detected. I guess I'd describe this beer as shallow; the flavor disappears fast.

Good carbonation, medium light in body, with a short finish. Drinkable but not particularly memorable. The nose is really lacking and the taste just seems to vanish in thin air.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from BigLove as part ofThe Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Head lasts well, and laces nicely also. Aroma is grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is dominated by grains, which is what I like in a brown, almost tastes kind of worty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice as well. A pleasant surprise compared to the on-tap version of this that I had awhile back.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, hazy brown with a finger of compact foam head. Pretty nice.

Smell: mostly toasty; a little chocolate aroma and a little nuttiness. We're on pretty solid brown ale turf here.

Taste: a lot of malt and toastiness. There's also a bit of a tart acidity that slowly fades away, but it's not my favorite characteristic. Hops are not particularly prominent anywhere except in bitterness; to me, it doesn't taste dry-hopped as the label indicates. Overall, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side of medium; carbonation is moderate. The acidity lends a certain astringent character which I think is a bit too much in this beer.

Drinkability: while this beer is somewhat tasty, I feel like its acidity is really going to impact how much of it I can drink. Maybe it would be better if consumed with soda bread or somesuch.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with a thin dirty white head.

S: a rich dark roasted aroma with sweet caramel highlights and a touch of nuttiness.

T: Rich flavor of dark roasted malt, loads of toffee, chocolate and some coffee notes shine through. Dry in the middle with a sweet caramel finish and velvet lacing on the tongue.

M: medium, slightly creamy and rich.

D: A decent drinkable brew.

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Photo of beertunes
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with over an inch of deep tan head that left a moderate amount of semi-sticky lacing. Solid malt aroma that has roast notes upfront with a hint of sweetness. The flavor meets the expectations that the aroma sets with the roasted grain flavors dominating a slightly sweet finish. Full, well-rounded body that goes down smoothly. Easily drinkable, having several will leave you happily satisfied. Try this beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit malty. Taste is of malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Feels good in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good choice.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy light tan head that has a good amount of lacing and retention. The aroma is dark chocolate malts and coffee. The taste features much of the same chocolate and coffee flavors that were present in the aroma with a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and slightly fizzy. Overall, this is a pretty good brew that is definitely recommended.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer a few years ago and remember loving it, this time I found it to be fairly good, but nothing spectacular.

Appearance- Nice dark cola color with moderate light brown head.

Smell- Subtle, with a sweet chocolate highlight.

Taste- Fairly malty, with chocolate or coffee taste, seems a little roasted. Unfortunately Turbo Dog leaves an aftertaste I don't quite like.

Drinkability- Not too bad, but something I probably won't buy again. For me it isn't an "all-night" type of beer.

Turbo Dog is my first of this style and I was hoping I'd like it as much as I remembered. Too bad, maybe I just don't love the style or maybe just not Turbo Dog.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date checked off on the label. Sampled on May 13, 2010. It pours brown with some ruby red hues and about a half an inch of silky light brown head. There are a variety of light hops in the aroma but nothing in particular stands out. The taste has a bit of thin chocolate malts along with a pleasing backdrop of hops. A fairly likeable beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark ruby with a nice tight beige head. Musty smell. Not bad though. Taste consists of an obscure roasted flavor. A bit of chocolate. And small hop bite. Medium body. A bit of an eccentric brown. Not bad but not good either.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh. Abita tends to make comparatively, uh, less adventurous brews than your average brewery I've experienced. Of course, that probably has a lot to do with the unique diet that exists in Louisiana. Good for a lot of spicy cajun stuff I guess, but i prefer something hoppy with my spicy food, what I digress.

Brownish pour, can't really identify any identifiable aroma or smell. Not the typical chocolate or coffee flavors you might see in darker colored beers. Not really a sweet beer, just kind of bland. Sorry guys.

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Photo of dgilks
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red-brown colour with a foamy, tan head. Good head retention with some rockiness.

Malt. Lots of bready melanoidin. Toffee. Good.

Malt. Malt. Malt. No hops whatsoever. Good flavour with touches of toffee.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent beer. Lots of malt but the balance seems to be a little out for my taste.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a small head with only a ring to show for itself, even after a hard pour. Color was a well highlighted ruby/brown mix. This color allowed some cool lacing to be seen when held to the light. The smell was of faint bready and toasted malts. With an aura of an English meadow. But take what I just said and taint and water it down a lot. The taste was of burnt toast mixed with a Dickens style grool. Please sir, I don't want some more. I shouldn't say that. This beer was alright. I only bought a single bottle to get an idea if this is a decent beer. I think it neesds further investigation.

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Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a thick, brown head into my glass. Great presentation here.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with notes of caramel and raisin in the nose. At least, this is what I pick out. There's just a hint of hops.

Taste is full of subtle, sweet malt with just a hint of bitterness to it. Not much else in the way of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of crispness, probably from the carbonation level. Lingering molasses-like taste and slight burn from alcohol.

Check it off as drinkable but otherwise, it seems unremarkable. The name is fun to say though. Solid at the most.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 8/1/2011, bought as a single at World Market. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and some nuts and coffee. For the most part, the taste is just like the aroma except that there's a bit of hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth with good carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, it wouldn't be hard to drink a 6 pack of this. I'd buy this again in the future, I enjoyed it. It's one of the better Abita brews I've had.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the cost plus world market palm springs ca for 1.99

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy beige head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, brown sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. There is also a bit of a grain/bread flavour and a touch of cola. It ends with a malty light chocolate aftertaste.

Overall - A decent flavour and very drinkable; but not very exciting or different. Just a standard well made english brown. I would probably reach for something else next time in hopes of finding something extraordinary.

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Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a medium-brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with hints of nuts and chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted malt flavors lead things off followed by a very light nutty flavor and a more robust chocolate flavor. Caramel flavors also make their way in the flavor profile right before an ending that is neither sweet nor bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. I'd prefer a bit more body, but it still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could see myself drinking a few of these if in the right mood.

Overall this is one of the better Abita beers that I've had, second only to their Jockamo IPA. Worth a shot.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man I had no idea this was an brown ale till I look up the info here. Got this in a mix and match sixer

A - Nice tar dark brown color with a nice lacing head.
S - Man it smells great! Nice toffee and walnut! Very inviting!
T - Mild coffee malt with a really smooth nut taste.
M - Very creamy and highly drinkable.
D - I would track down a reasonably priced sixer!

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.