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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 65
Gots: 154 | 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 Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Guitars_and_beer, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at, of all places, the German Kristkindlmart at Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Oh well, I’ve already had the Stiegl and HB last winter...

Actually served a bit too cold to make out much of the character. But still, it’s pretty good. A bit of spiciness in the tan foam make me think briefly of a Christmas ale. A general hop bitterness is apparent at the first taste, then I caught some good chocolate malt with very little astringency. Looks good, tastes good.

DrunkMcDermott, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy brown beer, dark and opaque in the heart of it, with some brown highlights on the edges. Tan head rose a bit off the pour, but dissipated quickly.

S-Sweet toffee, toasty malts.

T-Malts jumped out of the gates with a hints of toffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. Not much for hop flavors here, but this beer still tastes appropriately balanced, so the bittering hops seem to be doing their job.

M-Carbonation feels high, with a bit too much bite. Body is appropriate, somewhat slick with a medium feel.

D-I feel like this is one of those beers that people would think dark = heavy, and they would be incorrect. This brew is smooth and relatively easy.

First review with the new kitties in the house; I could hear them pattering around upstairs in their room.

CHSLBrew, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Lukebell15
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Lukebell15, May 11, 2014
Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured deep dark brown with big head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Slight hint of caramel, nuts and malts but nothing overwhelming.

T - Sweet roasted malts upfront with hints of almonds and peanuts.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Nice and easy beer that can be enjoyed pretty much anytime.

taigor, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Bobhoya
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Bobhoya, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Screper
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Screper, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark caramel brown. Two fingers of fluffy, light tan head developed quickly (might have been my fault, though) and lingered throughout the pint.

Smell: Caramel, sweet milk chocolate, and a touch of bitter coffee malts. Very pleasant.

Taste: It's not as sweet as the smell. Bitter chocolate and caramel. It's also a touch nutty. There's a tingle of spice at the end, and also a hint of hops.

Drinkability: This brown ale is a little too bitter for me. It tasted like a wannabe oatmeal stout -- a turbo brown. Still, it's a decent brew.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife had this on tap on a business trip earlier this year and raved about it, so I had to buy her some when I saw it recently at Daveco in Thornton, CO. $7.99 for a sixer.

Twelve-ounce stubby bottle as shown.

Moderate pour into a chalice yields a scatn one-finger light-tan head over red-brown-black almost-opaque body. Plenty of lacing, even though the head fades quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is strong for an English Brown Ale, heavy on the chocolate malt. Hints of soap, pepper, and leather. Really good smell.

Crisp carbonation spreads the maltiness around in the taste. Nice roasted malt bitterness is accompanied by a bit of metallic hops. Spot on for an EBA.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the lacing and smell might have indicated, but decent enough.

Drinkability is good, despite this being on the upper end of the ABV for an EBA.

I can see why my wife liked this so much. I like it too.

ColoradoBobs, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Dolfan907
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Dolfan907, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Beer from Louisiana? Why not! This is my first Abita brew and the entry-level pricing of $19.80 for a six-pack makes me apprehensive, however I wanted to get a nice dark winter beer and the label made it sound like something that would fit the bill nicely. Plus I like brews that pack in pale, crystal and chocolate malts, the more the merry I say. Well here goes beer adventurers. If I'm not back in five minutes please notify the authorities.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents well with a deep (clear) seal brown body and a generous 3cm khaki head that soon reduces to a thick half centimetre foam. 5/10.

S: Milk chocolate, brown sugar and hints of sweet malt all combine to create a luscious fragrance. As intoxicating as it is there is a notable lack of anything that can be described as hops (i.e. all aboard the malt train people). 7/10.

T: Quite excellent! It is as expected (a malt dominated Ale) but the amount of malt characters it manages to pack in is impressive. There are notes of: milk and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and roasted barley. The finish is dry with the tiniest hint of herbal hops. After taste brings more sweetness. There is a light metallic twang as well but we'll forgive it. 9/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with slight wateriness and light carbonation. 5/10.

D: Well, I like it. I like it a lot. It fills a gaping malt-shaped hole in my tongue, if you can imagine it, and is perhaps for me the most interesting English (American) Brown Ale I've had to date, primarily due to the lack of hops and the tastiness of the malts. Also there is a decent amount of complexity for what is essentially a cheap beer (not here but in the USA). Would I buy it again? Yes. Does it fill a fridge door niche of malty goodness? Yes. Should I stop asking questions and just get it? Yes. 9/10.

Food match: Borderline dessert beer we have here, but savoury is also a good pick: It's stew-time baby!*

*See what I did there?

doktorhops, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Citadel82
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky name for a darn decent brew. Pours an opaque dark coffee brown with a rocky tan head. Left thick lacework on the side of the glass. Smell of sweet malts is the dominat aroma. Some fruit, coffee and chocolate notes. This a rich smelling beer and the taste is up to the smell. The taste is richly sweet almost like a bock or even a doppelbock. There is a short dry finish with some taste of alcohol at the tail. Overall this is a brown ale to keep buying.

Citadel82, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of jackorain
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-suprisingly dark with a black cherry tint when held up to the light. 1/2 inch head settled to thin ring that provided some lacing

S-carmel, malty-bready aroma-nice but could be stronger

T-roasted malt, molasses, light hop presnece, sweetness pulls it together and balances it out.

M-Meduim body with a nice carbonation

D-good brew, I could drink it all night long, easy

Overall a very good interpretation of the style.

jackorain, Oct 03, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 6/17/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Texas-style glass boot.

Pours a deep dark brown which is almost black in color actually, that has a good half-finger beige head with decent lacing when sipped. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts for the most part. The taste has more going on with roasted malts, hint of chocolate, toffee and coffee in the mix. A slight tart finish which is nice. Perfect carbonation makes this good brew more enjoyable. A tasty brew! I had a few other styles of brew from this brewery and all have been good!

BeerWithMike, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of danielharper
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Thick khaki head on dark body with slight amber hue. Good presentation.

Aroma strong coffee with slight astringency, odd considering that this is a sub-6% beer.

Flavor is, well, pretty much entirely composed of dry coffee grounds. Very bitter, very dry. Unpleasant unless you like eating your coffee raw.

Thin mouthfeel.

Too bitter to be really drinkable, fairly unpleasant. Fans of brown ales should look elsewhere.

danielharper, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Vylo, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle io ta standard pint. Freshness marks on the label, but none are ticked?

Pours a light chocolate, dark amber. Head is adequate and quite rocky, frothy with a nice stick.

Aroma is dark brown sugar, with a bit of butter and cream. Very dark fruit aroma with a light fruit backing. Finishes with a cooked starch, seaoned with brownsugar and molasses. Like sweet potatos and squash seasoned with brown sugar, honey and marshmallows melted on top.

Flavor is up fron dark roasted malt. Very deep roasted, I get smoke and dark, burnt fruit on the opening. Middle is deep roasted malt, split butter and scolded cream. Finishes slightly sweet with a little estery alcohol and a burnt hominy flavor.

Pretty good, but I feel the beer is looking for a home. Like a lost porter, mixed with a weak stout, married to a strong brown ale.

wheatyweiss, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium frothy tan head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grains; very slight hop notes

Taste: Roasted grains up front; slight hop bites in the middle with a slightly dry, metallic flavor in the end; not particularly noteworthy, but not too bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of discharmingly
3/5  rDev -17.8%

discharmingly, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Casey10
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Disneyworld in Florida at Port Orleans French quarter. I was surprised and happy to see that beers from LA were represented at a resort that celebrates New Orleans.

The beer was dark but non discrip it wasn't bad was somewhat tasty. I liked this as opposed to drinking marco beer but unfortunately was nothing special. It was welcom over any of the alternatives being offered at the pool bar there.

I would have again given the similar circumstances.

Casey10, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of tmm313
2/5  rDev -45.2%

tmm313, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Azpittil57
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Azpittil57, Sep 26, 2014
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.