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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 181 | 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 Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a generous one inch mocha colored head that settles to a foamy beige lace. Good retention.
The aroma of malts and toffee.
The taste was of malts,toffee and hints of chocolate.
The feel was smooth,well balanced,medium carbonation and body. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish,but nothing too distracting.

Notes: One of my personal favorites and my go to English brown ale. A pleasure to have.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, mild amount of head, average retention and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet toffee, toasted malt. The taste is medium body, sweet toffee and some chocolate. There is a bitter hop finish. Overall this is an excellent English Brown from a very good craft brewery. Great session beer- One of the classic Micro-Brews.

Photo of bluerabbit
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Abita was one of the first micros available in my area -- lo these many years ago. I haven't had it in a while, but was inspired by one of my cousins who said he drinks it all the time and really enjoys it -- mind you, this from a converted BMC drinker.

12 ounce stubby, no visible bottling or best-by date on the label.

Northern, or Southern English Brown..?

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with a very substantial, dense, tan head.

S -- Nice balance of chocolate and roasted malts, some toasted nut character with warming.

T -- Milk chocolate character up front that blends into mellow roasted malts. Some very mellow citrus fruitiness toward the finish, the mellow roasted malt follows through in the afertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is Smooth and creamy with a medium to lightly heavy body.

O -- Based on guidelines, this beer straddles Northern & Southern English Brown characteristics -- and the drinker is the winner. A very smooth, mellow, yet robust beer. Great balance of sweet and roasted malts. If you crave a Brown and this is available, give it a go.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The only way I knew about this beer is that Emerl Lagasse swears by it (as well as Brooklyn Brewery) on TV. It certainly was not bad. Although I would need to have another one in order to get a better understanding of it. Decent aroma and solid drinkability make this beer a refreshing choice with some spicy grub ro just for the heck of it! Bottoms up!

Photo of climax
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a solid brown, the shade of the bottle it came in. a finger of head which faded quickly, with no lace comming to the party

very nice nose! smooth and not too powerful, ripened bananas and muffiny

taste was not as dark as it looked, tastes of ripened fruit, sweet malts and hops would seem nearly obsolete if not for a brief tish of citrus

fair amount of carbonation, bit of dryness, the finish was short and forgetful

one of the easier brown ales to put back, not too sweet (as many are) the over 6% ABV isn't apparent so be careful, however i drank this before dinner so it went down exceptionally quickly.

Photo of damienblack
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of happygnome
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a chocolaty brown color with abot an eigth inch of head that dissapears slowly
s: cocoa, cheeries, toffee
t: cocoa cherries, toffee, caramely/toffee sweetness
m: medium bodied beer with a lof of carbonation

overall, this is a decent brew, i think ill revisit it some time

Photo of tubeyes
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep,burnet brown with a creamy,tan head that stood two fingers tall and exhibited really good retention.Consistent ribbons of lace and medium carbonation were also present.

S-Instant coffee,glazed almonds and toasted brown bread.The coffee roastiness,initially,gave way to caramel sweetness,toast and a slight raisin quality.

T-Taste was very similar to the nose.Roasted,mild bitterness upfront that preceded cooked sugar sweetness and a sundried earthiness.

M-Medium bodied with complementary carbonation.Smooth with an understated creaminess and slightly dry finish.

D-Above average drinkability.Quite sessionable.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (they moved to pop-tops now!) into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black color with a fizzy off-white head that dissipated quick. Not a lot of lacing.

Some coffee on the nose, hint of chocolate... nothing too strong.

Taste is more of the same, nothing stands out... a little chocolate but too watered down to really be good.

I dunno... I used to really like this one, and it's still a decent beer, but I think I'll stick to it on tap at the bars and not spend money to bring them home.

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of WuBByG999
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of waughbrew
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice beer. great balance of sweetness and bitterness. great balance of chocolate flavors and raisiny flavors. good fuggles or willamette-type hop flavor. nice head. this is like a light porter.

this company should work a little bit on improving their ugly packaging so that it is more representative of the quality that is inside these bottles.

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Ricochet
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good brown ale. Not a big fan of the brown beers, but considering I drink a cheapy brown beer a lot, it's not great , but it's beer. To have a good brown ALE is nice.

A: Darkest Brown. Really dark with a good head, almost like a porter.

S: Weak porter. Nicely roasted malts, low alchohol smell, and has a notch of the New Castle Brown smell, a beer I think to compare browns too.

M: Thick, full, a little sour at the end, and a refined finish. This is ale.

T: This is almost a like a stout. Very nice mix of flavors making this a bit more complex than New Castle, but still reminds you of a brown.

D: Very good drinkability. If they had this in the can, priced the same as BMC, this would be a good change up beer. As it is now, I prefer other flavors, but this is a nice brown.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep, dark amber color with a modest head that is retained in a thin layer

S - slight caramel malt scent with a faint trace of hops; slight green apple scent as well

T - rich, full flavor malt greets you upon first tasting, quite a surprise from the aroma; malt is a nice blend or roasted and toasted grains with a slight biscuit flavor to it - it finishes slightly dry with a small hop finish

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a really nice and surprising brown. There's some interesting complexity of malt and hops going on here that are very subtle. It really toes the line between the English browns and some of the hoppier American varieties as well. This would be really great with roasted or grilled foods.

Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brownish color with a 1 finger head which sticks around for a while.

S- Smell is faint, coffee, hops and a bit of yeast.

T- Taste is very sweet maltiness, dark fruits, hints of coffee, chocolate.

M- Somewhat thin with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is an easy drinker. The first craft brews that I liked were brown ales and I still don't mind kicking them back.

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep brown in color, with a tan head that retreats quick. Lacing is spotty and minimal.
S: Nice aroma of toffee and roasted nuts.
T/M: A smooth mouthfeel, a very subtle roasted nut and chocolate notes. A good one, but nothing really going on that is outstanding.
D: This is a very drinkable brew, nice job on the style interpretation. A easy, smooth drink.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.