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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 129 | 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 obrike
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
Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Nordbier, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of kybeerdrinker
3/5  rDev -17.8%

kybeerdrinker, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of paulys55
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

paulys55, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
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
Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Notacraftdrinker, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Noxious26
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
Photo of Murph
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a nice brown head on it that leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Very strong dry roasted aromas with an almost husky feel to it and some slight peatish type characteristics. Intesne roasted malt all the way through this one with a nice chocolate turn towards the end and some coffee hiding in the background. This has a surprisingly dry taste and finish and is rather husky much like an altbier. The huskiness is a nice surprise and sets this brew apart from others. A very drinkable brown ale and I am very impressed that this seems to be the beverage of choice for LSU fans.

Murph, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a tall frothy tan head. Aroma is malty and yeasty, somewhere between a brown ale and a Belgian.

Taste is sort of a tangy brown ale. Standard low malty taste, some brown sugar, some dry chocolate malt, but skewed with a bit of hops or yeast, giving it a hint of sour mash. Some nuts and buttered toffee mixed in with the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium, not heavy at all, easy to drink. I could have a few, but it's drinkability wears on me after a while.

assurbanipaul, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this brew out at a Ruby Tuesdays as part of their new craft beer movement. Liked it so I grabbed a sixer.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Brew pours out a very dark reddish brown. Looks nearly black in dim light. Two finger of tan head sit atop. Quite a bit of the head retains and laces the glass in sporadic rings.

S - Some caramelly malt smell.

T - Swett flavors of caramel and chocolate. A bit toffee like with a tiny roasted kick.

M - Medium bodied and nice to sip on.

D - Not the most flavorful brown but no slouch. A nice flavor and feel.

EStreet20, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of wahhmaster
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Looks great. Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a thick foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving great lacing.

Smell: Has a nice nutty smell to it. The nutty smell is backed by a sweet roasted malt smell. A smidge of grassiness in the background as well.

Taste: Has a strong roasted taste similar to a stout or porter. The taste is backed by a light nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and creamy feeling.

Drinkability: A pretty tasty brown ale. Looks and smells a lot better than it tastes but still not bad. Worth a try.

wahhmaster, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Abita Turbodog is an average English brown ale. It's nothing special, not especially memorable or interesting, but easily drinkable without any clear faults.

The beer is a burnt amber color with a little thin layer of foam, even after a firm pour. The does smell nicely malty with a lot of caramel in the aroma. The hops are not discernible. The beer tastes pretty okay--not offensive, but not too special either. The carbonation is good for the style.

Not a beer I'd probably buy, but a fairly well made example ofthe style.

Soonami, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hockeypuck, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of cvfish
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured dark brown with hints of red on the outside when held up to the light, a foamy white head was produced that did not lace or stick around

S - The aromas that where produced where some roasted malts, some toffee, and fleeting hops

T - This beer was nice on the palate, some sweet nutty tastes, light roasted malts and brown sugar

M - The mouthful was light to medium, but again the killer for me was the higher than I like carbonation accompanied with this beer

D - This beer really tasted good, although it was not what I expected when I saw a Brown Ale, none the less it was good. Still, I have to dock points for the carbonation levels in this beer

cvfish, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

SonOfKyuss, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Vylo, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Dolfan907
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Dolfan907, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
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
Photo of Lukebell15
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Lukebell15, May 11, 2014
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -17.8%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: deep dark brown body that gave a foamy tan one finger head that lasted a good minute, some light lacing was left

S: based around some sweet malts with a toastiness that comes out as well. Some light coffee came out too.

T: sweet malts combined very nicely with the roastiness leaving the coffee to faint a bit more than in the smell.

M: medium and was a bit watery, crisp, carbonated correctly

O: this is a good beer that I would welcome again. I'm glad to have found a bit of Lousiana up here in Maine and wouldn't mind trying some other products of Abita.

BeerKangaroo, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of BBM
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark hue of brown with a thin beige head and minimal lacing around the glass. The aroma was of chocolate, burnt caramel and a slight mustiness.

The crystal chocolate and caramel flavors come through at first, with a coffee bean and slight bitterness exposing itself as the beer warms. Burnt sugar and a bit of alcohol also make an appearance, creating a flavorful brown ale. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonated. Overall this is a nice, solid beer by Abita.

BBM, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Chuffbomb
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.