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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,411
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 145 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hockeypuck, Apr 28, 2014
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 Getalegup
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Getalegup, Apr 29, 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
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
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 10, 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
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

logicalparadox, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 03, 2014
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
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

discharmingly, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of BeerWithMike
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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Guitars_and_beer, Feb 28, 2014
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 Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Vylo, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of tmm313
2/5  rDev -45.2%

tmm313, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a squatty 12ozer for $1.54 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. There's numbering on the back label for indicating a best by date, but nothing is notched. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A heavy pour gives a big 3" of mocha colored head that jiggles like jello when the glass is tapped. The brew itself is highly carbonated and clear dark brown. Smell is a strong dose of mixed raw grains, silage, molasses, a bit of smoky roasted malt, some earthy nut aspects especially as it warms. The mouthfeel is quite light and drinkable, bordering on watery, despite the huge malt nose. Taste is also very thin, not nearly as intense as the smell. Mild caramel sweetness, some mixed malt body, a hint of vanilla. Finishes clean with a little lingering roasted malt.

Yeah I gotta call it watery, it's really really thin, but that makes it chuggable. Gone in an instant.

BeerNinja007, Sep 24, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this is the best offer from Abita that I've tried...it was part of the mix twelve pack I picked up in Round Rock HEB.

Pretty beer in a pint glass...brownish black with hints of deep red...a fluffy head that disappated slowly...very good lacing on this one.

The aroma was good, but a bit light...sweet malty cocoa, milk chocolate, cream, and very subtle roasted malt. Wish it was bigger!

Taste was pretty impressive...followed nose to the T and then some. Really liked the milk chocolate and sweet malt...not very bitter at all.

Somewhat thin for the scent...not quite watery but wish it were a bit heavier. Still, this is one I could offer friends willing to try a dark beer that actually has flavor. I'm not a big Abita fan, but I'd pick this one up again for sure. Very easy drinking, tasty English Brown Ale. Give it a try.

obrike, Aug 02, 2012
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3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Dark brown with ruby highlights, almost cola in colour. Light brown head is dense and has staying power. Gobs of lacing down the sides.

Rich malts in the aroma. Fruit cake, chocolate, coffee.

Flavour is the same as the aroma. Rich and smooth, full bodied with moderate carbonation. Gives you the impression of a dense loaf of bread with touches of chocolate and coffee.

This one would be great on a cold winter night.

Noxious26, Mar 28, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank a lot of Turbo Dog back in college in San Antonio, but had gone years without a drop until I decided to grab a sixer the other day just for kicks. It's been a pleasant trip down memory lane, for sure.

Pours a dark brown color, with plenty of ruby/mahogany shades to liven things up in the glass. Gives off a fat, porous, light brown head that thins quickly, but does leave behind some lace. The nose is nice, if not spectacular. Roasted nutty malt notes with the faintest hint of distant coffee and dark fruit. The taste is sweet throughout, with a nutty undertone and a pleasant pang of bitter coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but finishes nice and dry, which conforms with the style.

I would not have guessed it was above 6% ABV, but there you go. This is a smooth, highly drinkable beer (which probably explains a lot of my college behavior) that I recommend to fans of brown ales. It's not as creamy or full-bodied as some, but it's quite nice and goes down easy.

Atlas1, Aug 30, 2007
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3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Deep dark mahogany body with creamy bubbly tan froth.

S: Aroma is similar to a box of crayons. Also, caramel, toffee, cardboard, toast and faint bitter cooking chocolate.

T/M: Roasted toffee, caramel, burnt toast, nuts and bitter coffee beans. Mouthfeel seems a tad light and watery. Nice bitterness that blends well with the dark malts. Finish is dry with dark malt lingers.

O: A decent brown ale that is easy drinking. Hops are nice and the blend was well done. Overall a nice drinkable beer that would be a great weekend beer to run through.

Hopswagger, Feb 02, 2013
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,411 ratings.