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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,348
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 62
Gots: 120 | 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%

04-27-2014 23:18:46 | More by hockeypuck
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-05-2014 20:54:27 | More by Can_has_beer
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-25-2014 22:16:54 | More by Bobhoya
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3.74/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

07-27-2012 13:43:59 | More by BeerKangaroo
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New York

3.65/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-11-2007 13:59:37 | More by BBM
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-25-2013 00:31:56 | More by Nordbier
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-03-2014 17:33:44 | More by mmmbeerNY
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2014 13:42:49 | More by Chuffbomb
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-12-2014 01:52:47 | More by LukeGude
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-21-2012 17:34:37 | More by slowdaddy
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

09-02-2014 02:12:47 | More by kybeerdrinker
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-26-2013 23:08:58 | More by brutalist
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

12oz bottle at The Dish in Ormond Beach, FL. Review from notes taken shortly after tasting. Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of beige head, which quickly dissipates to a thin ring. A couple spots of lacing line the footed pilsner glass. Smell and taste are toast, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, mild coffee-like bitterness, slightly watery finish with a vanishing aftertaste. Almost no hops, this is a malty, ho-hum brown ale with a medium-creamy mouthfeel. It's quaffable, but I wouldn't buy it again.

03-29-2011 21:03:02 | More by cratez
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-04-2014 23:04:54 | More by dtomes
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3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

12oz bottle -> tulip
no date

Pours dark brown with some reddish highlights. A thick creamy mocha head pulsates down.. Lace.

Nose: faint caramel, nuts,

Body is medium. Flavors are subdued caramel and chocoalte malts, that fall a bit short in the flavor department. Finishes with a smooth nuttiness that almost makes up for the lack of full flavors, but alas falls short.

Needs a big addition to the malt profile to find its way back to my fridge.

03-29-2011 01:32:24 | More by beerphan
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4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Picked this up at the Marsh on State Road 135 south of Greenwood. They have a nice little section where you can make your own six pack for 8.99. This was one of the choices.

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Darn brown with a reddish tint and good clarity. 2 finger tan head that stick around pretty good and sticks to the sides really good.

S: Nice roasty nuttiness with a touch of hop spice.

T: Nice dark nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of nutmeg. Warm and caramelly this beer went way past expectations for me.

M: Medium to full with a nice creaminess. Most brown ales I've had are really wimpy in feel this one is really nice.

D: Grows on you as it warms in your glass getting a bit more spicier as it warms. A great brew. Try one on.

12-03-2008 00:19:55 | More by baos
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-04-2011 01:53:40 | More by pavpav12
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz into a tulip/ label has a spot for a date but no actual date.

pours an opaque, mahogany brown with faint red highlights and a tan 2 finger head. head hangs around for a while and eventually calms down to a thin film leaving a few rings in the glass.

smells delicious with lots of chocolate and toffee malts and dark fruity goodness. taste follows nose with big malt sweetness, some fruity overtones and a little smokiness. finishes up nicely with mild hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is on the thick side with a little more co2 than i like usually.

this is a very drinkable beer that i wish i had more of. the cult status seems to be quite well deserved.

04-08-2010 05:27:28 | More by divineaudio
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New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Appearance- a dark brown with slight bubbles to be seen inside of it, nice white/tan head which quickly fades a way, if held to light still slightly transparent

Smell- lots of chocolate, slight pecan, nuts, roasted malts, and caramel with molasses tones though something not there i smelt before, uh oh

Taste- Hmm, im thinking maybe I got a bad batch here, not gettin the flavor ive tasted before on this one, may be slightly oxidized here, not good, will continue...slightly nut and chocolate flavor, but the alcohols coming out more then it should right now, think i got a bad batch could be old or something, bummer

Mouthfeel- decently full bodied with smoothness

Drinkability- I have to say I truely believe I had bad batch here, i had this on tap recently and I really liked it, this one was not very drinkable at all but i will with out a doubt give it one more shot, bummer not fun to waste 8 bucks, to be re reviewed...

03-24-2009 03:29:03 | More by Stunner97
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2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

04-13-2014 04:58:55 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours dark amber-brown, with a wispy tan foam.

Very doughy, grainy aroma. Little hop presence. Some "swampiness" right at the end.

Raisin-chocolate flavor up front. This spreads across the tongue into an unpleasant tinny, metallic taste. Ends with a roast bitter aftertaste. This beer would be exceptional if it weren't for the metallic middle.

Full bodied, but not chewy, pretty good mouthfeel, and a fairly drinkable brown ale.

10-24-2005 02:06:20 | More by nortmand
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-01-2012 23:23:04 | More by agreenman19
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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?

08-28-2014 09:18:13 | More by doktorhops
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

05-10-2013 16:42:42 | More by ajtorres311
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-12-2014 20:57:19 | More by Shafaegalo
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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