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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,600
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 83
Gots: 263 | 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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Ratings: 2,600 | Reviews: 987
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby brown color. I could see some carbonation rising up. Thick creamy head.

Mild aroma. Roasted malts, hint of chocolate and fruit.

Malty, roasted, caramel, bitter chocolate. A little hint of fruit. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly leafy. Nutty finish, yet pretty dry. Body is full, very smooth, dry.

It's an excellent beer.

Photo of Thrasher
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great dark red color, almost black. Flavorful and balanced. Enjoyable and versatile Southern beer. I wonder what it's named for.

Photo of vwbus7
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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?

Photo of mzwolinski
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish/ruby in color, with a very thin tannish head. Aroma is roasty, and slightly chocolatey. The chocolate comes out in the flavor, too. Roasted malt and a bit of toffee flavor dominates, while persistant carbonation gives the beer a medium-full body at most. Toffee sweetness really shows up as the beer warms, and the roasted malt and hop bitterness linger nicely. Quite drinkable, though it seems, in its roastiness, more stout or porter-like than like a brown ale.

Photo of Bustersuess
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jwhancher
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had many times before. Just bought a variety pack as it was on-sale at my local distributor. Poured into a standard pint glass for review:

Pours what seems to be a solid brown in color with nice little off-white head. Quite rocky to begin, then settles down to a thin foam layer. When held to the light, the beer appears clear with very nice carbonation and amber/ruby highlights.

Smells of faint chocolate malts with a little spice or pepper likely from the hops. A faint roast aroma is also evident. Most of the aroma is held in check though.

A good mingle of crystal and chocolate malts. A nice little burnt character from the roast. Nothing pops out but it's nice and evenly balanced. Out of left field comes a surprising entrance of some fruity notes - don't blink: you might miss it.

M: Finishes dry with a nice accent on the malts. Even feel with a low bitterness but with a slight hop bite at the end.

O: One of my favs that reminds me easily of New Orleans and hot weather and bar hopping in the French Quarter. This is a nice solid beer that I turn to whenever it's on tap. Not overdone in any one realm, it's beautifully balanced.

Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Andrew041180
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MarioM
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of nodder
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kegger22
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is not much going on here. Poured a dark brown with a respectable head with good retention. Looked good for a fast start. No aroma! OK, a lot of good beers don't. Slowed going into the first corner. What! No taste either! Alright, there is some coffee, but not much. Almost came to a stop in the second turn. Feel is barely medium with decent carbonation. Limping through the third turn. Drinkability? Who cares! No kick left for the finish. Overall, not horrible, but bland and disappointing.

Photo of Crimsontider22
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of acevenom
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with an abundant tan head. The aroma is of dark roasted chocolate malt and toffee. The flavors of dark chocolate and the sweetness of the malt come through. There's some bitterness and herbal flavor of the hops which helps balance this beer's flavor profile. The body is medium and the carbonation is average, which helps this beer drink very well. This was always one of my favorites from Abita and it still is. This is an excellent beer.

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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