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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,539
Reviews: 975
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 HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown - like cola; 1 finger head that receded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; minimal lacing;

S: chocolate; coffee; roasted malt;

T: like is smells - chocolate and coffee up front; roasted malt kicks in mid-palate along with some moderate bitterness; finish was short;

M; a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O: not very complex, but enjoyable to drink;

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of waughbrew
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice beer. great balance of sweetness and bitterness. great balance of chocolate flavors and raisiny flavors. good fuggles or willamette-type hop flavor. nice head. this is like a light porter.

this company should work a little bit on improving their ugly packaging so that it is more representative of the quality that is inside these bottles.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep, dark amber color with a modest head that is retained in a thin layer

S - slight caramel malt scent with a faint trace of hops; slight green apple scent as well

T - rich, full flavor malt greets you upon first tasting, quite a surprise from the aroma; malt is a nice blend or roasted and toasted grains with a slight biscuit flavor to it - it finishes slightly dry with a small hop finish

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a really nice and surprising brown. There's some interesting complexity of malt and hops going on here that are very subtle. It really toes the line between the English browns and some of the hoppier American varieties as well. This would be really great with roasted or grilled foods.

Photo of mountdew1
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown that was slightly opaque. Had a nice two finger light creamy brown head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and left a thin layer on top. Aroma smelled like a fine dark chocolate. Sweet, but very flavorful. Tasted like a chocolate mocha coffee. Very smooth beer. No bitterness at all in the mouth. Coated very well, but not terribly sticky. Easy to drink.

Bottle was notched best by 10/25.

Photo of Lothore
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brownish color with a 1 finger head which sticks around for a while.

S- Smell is faint, coffee, hops and a bit of yeast.

T- Taste is very sweet maltiness, dark fruits, hints of coffee, chocolate.

M- Somewhat thin with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is an easy drinker. The first craft brews that I liked were brown ales and I still don't mind kicking them back.

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep brown in color, with a tan head that retreats quick. Lacing is spotty and minimal.
S: Nice aroma of toffee and roasted nuts.
T/M: A smooth mouthfeel, a very subtle roasted nut and chocolate notes. A good one, but nothing really going on that is outstanding.
D: This is a very drinkable brew, nice job on the style interpretation. A easy, smooth drink.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bconsidine
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of treyrab
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why it took me so long to try this, but I finally got one and poured it into my tulip tonight...

A: The appearance of this beer neaerly floored me. It did floor me. It pours so gracefully with a dark brown with ruby and copper hues. The head is a solid two fingers and leaves sticky, foamy lacing along the glass.

S: The smell is intriguing. It smells very spicy with clove and slight banana accompanied by chocolate malts and munich malts. The scent is like nothing I ever smelled before. The German yeast really does something interesting here.

T: The taste is similar to the smell but a bit lighter. Taste is pretty spicy from the yeast with a solid chocoalte backbone and caramel malts. There is a touch of roast in there as well.

This beer surprised me and was very interesting. I would definitely recommend it and try it again.

Photo of sailorastro
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of harryhops
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of paulys55
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of giblet
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another good beer. rich roasted malt is dark brown in color, smells rich of chocolate and coffee. it was not overpowering in smell or flavor but a decent beer. lacing down the glass was moderate. not one of my tops for the style but a good drink just the same.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of IAmHollywood13
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of bboven
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and clear body with red highlights , thinnish head that comes and goes with each sip.

Lots of toffee and some diacytal. Very bready.

The taste is great. A little roasty, faint chocolate and fainter coffee, a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

A little high on the carbonation, and a little too drying for the style, but not bad.

Very tasty. Too over the top in ABV and all these areas to be even a Northern English Brown, but you slap American Brown on the label or in your mind when drinking this and you've got a pretty good beer.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Dolfan907
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of oldedog
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of csurowiec
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,539 ratings.