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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,280
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 95 | 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 unclejimbay


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Brewing Co. / Abita Brew Pub
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 6.13 %
3/7/09, bottle>pint glass

A 4.0 - Dark roasted coffee bean in color. Almost opaque but not quite - some light comes through. Excellent head which reduces to swirly tan foam skin.
S 4.0 - Smells of bread and grains, some unsweetened chocolate notes.
T 4.0 - Semi bitter malty notes, roasted nutty-ness, tastes follow aromas as described on a rich malty nut back bone.
MF 3.5 - Higher carbonation than expected, medium to full body
D 3.5 - Almost bock like, a good rich example of the style. I also like the New Orleans memories that come with an Abita brew (Turbo Dog leads the pack). Not my favorite style so my drinkability score is lower than it could be.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 20:05:49 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of swierczt


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-06-2013 17:39:03 | More by swierczt
Photo of SonOfKyuss


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-09-2012 23:05:37 | More by SonOfKyuss
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

08-07-2012 23:32:24 | More by tyleeis
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-12-2012 21:51:30 | More by Kornoms
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-23-2014 00:46:20 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
Photo of SoCaliC8


3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-17-2014 11:21:48 | More by SoCaliC8
Photo of Wayne17


4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-21-2014 21:53:42 | More by Wayne17
Photo of ngandhi


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abita Turbo Dog is remarkably thick and juicy for a brown ale. If this were wine, you'd describe it as "extracted."

The nose carob with mild hops, spice, and some alcohol in the background. It's ready to explode, but stays controlled.

The palette opens to immediate chocolate/carob malt balls that's backed by a solid and relevant graininess. It has properties of great American ambers and stouts. Unfortunately, these flavors hit you over the head into submission, but never really develop. Such is the way with overmalted beer.

The taste sheds new light on the smell and the smell then further accentuates the taste -- inordinately complex. A meal unto itself -- the Turbo Dog would go great with any big or greasy meal and last into dessert. Creamy, sumptuous, and very full-bodied, this is the most aggressive interpretation of this style I've ever tasted.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 19:01:25 | More by ngandhi
Photo of MSchae1017


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark brown with rich amber hues and a decent off white head that sticks around for a while and laces nicely. The smell is mild nuttiness and coffee aromas. Same flavors appear as in the smell and they are once again mild. Its a little watery but not too bad. Overall not bad but there are better brown ales out there although this one is like a cross between a porter and a brown ale. Probably most similar to Harpoon's Munich Type Dark, but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:45:58 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of Dolfan907


3.25/5  rDev -11%

10-02-2012 16:46:14 | More by Dolfan907
Photo of BoitSansSoif


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-A nice looking brew that I would rate higher, but it was a gusher that made a helluva mess in my kitchen. Dark reddish brown w/half-finger frothy head. Retention is ok.
S-Chocolate malt, toffee, light coffee, a little nutty, very faint hops. Some esters are apparent as it warms.
T-There is a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor upfront that opens up to reveal light nut, coffee, toffee, and a flicker of hop bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is roast cafe-mocha. This one is full-flavored and not too sweet.
M-Full velvety body with good carbonation, nice balance of dryness and sweet malt (both are mild) that let the bold flavors within emerge.
D-Quite good. It's too bad I lost so much on the kitchen floor.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 14:21:20 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz pour from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. The rear label has digits to mark months and days for a drink by date, however Abita seems to have decided this wasn't a good enough reason to give the consumer an actual freshness date.

Turbodog and a doppelbock such as Optimator look alike. Syrupy red brown body topped with a pillowy khaki head. Blotchy lacing.

Steely caramel or sugar and hints of banana esters make up the majority of the aroma.

Reminders of licking metal almost make the tongue tingle under toffee and minimally toasted malts. Leafy hops and balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel may be this beer's highlight. For a 'normal' abv and no extreme features, we're nearing creaminess in this department.

I did expect more spicy, earthy hop flavors. I'd be happy if I knew how old this bottle was (cough, cough Abita, use the label!). I don't think I'll be buying this again, given the more flavorful options in the price range and in styles I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 22:32:37 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of Naes

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with red hues. The large tan head quickly dissipates to a thin resilient layer.

Nose is malty with hints of yeast.

Thy flavor is dominated by malt, but it does have a subtle amount of hop presence. There is also a slight roasted flavor too.

Mouth feel is medium (a bit watery though) bodied and nicely carbonated.

This is a smooth brew, worth a try if you like the lighter side of the dark stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 07:29:32 | More by Naes
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a lofty and mildly retentive coca cola head. Very mild carbonation. There's nothing like a nice malty brown ale. This one smells like tootsie rolls. I will attribute that to the crystal and chocolate malts. As I start to drink it I can see some lacing begin to form. The flavor is rich, round, and full. Toasted chocolate malt with a nice dry touch of hops right at the very end make it a sturdily balanced brown ale. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, smooth and milky. Roasted aftertaste provides a good affect. Almost sessionable. I would compare this to Sammy Smith.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 01:04:39 | More by Rudgers73
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very dark mahogany with ruby highlights, almost opaque. Frothy one finger head.

S- Caramel and a smooth nuttyness.

T- Toffee up front, the sweet caramel flavor is there but it takes a backseat throughout. At midpoint some chocolately notes pop up to take center stage along with an astringent dryness. Finishes clean, no doubt because of the alt yeast strain.

M- A little thin and overcarbonated.

D- I'm not sure why but this just didn't do it for me.

It didn't exactly knock my socks off but, I'd still recomend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 22:51:07 | More by Pauly2X
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5/5  rDev +37%

03-13-2012 01:54:55 | More by jonathaniler
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-29-2013 09:19:43 | More by KillaB
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-25-2012 21:37:22 | More by IPAFrankieH
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

02-11-2012 19:12:16 | More by Pillowburn
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-13-2012 18:50:05 | More by Larrydoherty
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-12-2014 20:57:19 | More by Shafaegalo
Photo of scratch69


3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Dark brown with two fingers of foamy tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Mild toffee aroma with a hint of nuts.

Taste- Chocolate malt, toffee, and some nuttiness. Very light citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good session beer and a solid example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:10:03 | More by scratch69
Photo of RyanGoodman


4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-02-2011 12:57:33 | More by RyanGoodman
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-04-2013 03:44:17 | More by maxcoinage
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,280 ratings.