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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,536 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,536
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 73
Gots: 202 | 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 pottergator
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jucifer1818
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Big (it filled up a 7 inch tall glass on the pour) brown head that as I top it up is still large but has a worth it texture on top. The beer is a deep brown, like the color of a real rootbeer or cola. Not much active carbonation as I can see it, oh wait, the beer is just darker than I thought and lets through little light. Seems clear-ish with decent active carb. This head is just stickin around too long. Grr. I really wanted to give this beer a 3.5, but the texture on the head is making me bump it up to 4. Now after drinking some more, the head unfortunately just fades away when I'm not 1/3 done with the beer. Down to 3.5, look below for details.

S: Caramel cookies is my first impression, with nuts. No hops that I can detect, at least nothing to make me say "This is hoppy". But yeah, a caramel-brown sugar-baked bread combination that is good. Not great, not overly strong, but good. There's the aroma of...roasted peanuts? Maybe? The more I smell the more I get even a baked cocoa smell as well.

T: Hmm, yep that chocolate taste is stronger on the tongue, almost a chocolate liqueur type taste. I'm not sure if I dig it. The more I go, the more a little caramel nuttiness gets in there, it dries out too. It's an interesting, if not uninspired taste. I'm going to go with a four here and downgrade the Appearance to a 3.5 and let that average out.

M: Very light and flat, sadly. Almost watery. Needs a little more carb I think but obviously less protein.

D: Very drinkable, one of the lightest beers though I wouldn't recommend to convert a BMC drinker. Not sure why that came to mind but I just don't think it would work.

Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of steveh
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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 crwills
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery, and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised.

Poured a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a small head (probably poured it too cold, I was eager). Would likely have been Guinness-y looking if I'd done it right.

Smell is toffee, wine, and a bit overly sweet with some strong maple syrup elements.

Thick, coating mouthfeel that was a bit odd. Toffee and earthy elements dominate the flavour, with a light bitterness and a dry edge that shows up later. Possibly some sour fruit (apples?) in there as well.

Not a bad brew, especially since I just bought it because of the name. Will try some others from Abita if I can get them, to see how it goes.

Photo of stoutman
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great dark brown colour, and no head. Great sweet smell with some detectable malt in the nose. The taste isn't great, but its got some good qualities. This beer is similar in the mouth to other Abita brews. Medium-bodied and not overpowering, but not too flavourful.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark ruby brown with a tan bubbly head. Chocolate and dark roasted malts graze the nose. Creamy, large and massive carbonation, yet simplistic for the style; caramel malts and cocoa, with light roasted coffee beans in the initial sips. The body is bland, a touch of nutty flavorings, somewhat watered-down with toffee malts and traces of oats. Incredibly boring; skip this over-rated beer.

Photo of biggmike
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only microbrew I've had with twist-off bottle caps. Pours a dark brown with off-white head that it did not retain for long. Minimal carbonation, very smooth and drinkable with light body and mouthfeel. Reminded me a bit of Newcastle, but not as sweet. I liked it. Not much aroma.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 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
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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 Ricochet
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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 theboozecruise
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Azpittil57
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,536 ratings.