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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,254
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 56
Gots: 87 | 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

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Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a squatty 12ozer for $1.54 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. There's numbering on the back label for indicating a best by date, but nothing is notched. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A heavy pour gives a big 3" of mocha colored head that jiggles like jello when the glass is tapped. The brew itself is highly carbonated and clear dark brown. Smell is a strong dose of mixed raw grains, silage, molasses, a bit of smoky roasted malt, some earthy nut aspects especially as it warms. The mouthfeel is quite light and drinkable, bordering on watery, despite the huge malt nose. Taste is also very thin, not nearly as intense as the smell. Mild caramel sweetness, some mixed malt body, a hint of vanilla. Finishes clean with a little lingering roasted malt.

Yeah I gotta call it watery, it's really really thin, but that makes it chuggable. Gone in an instant.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:26:00 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of argock


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12o brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 11/10/10 lasered on bottle neck. Received as part of gift beer of the month club shipment.

A: Deep chestnut with ruby edges and substantial 2-finger light beige head with good retention and scattered lacing all down the glass.

S: Very roasty and caramel infused with no discernible hoppiness

T: Very nutty and caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor accompanied by grape sweetness. A mildly bitter hoppiness comes through in the finish. A very sweet, caramelly brown ale. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A little too light in body and a little too much carbonation. Dull cardboardy aftertaste.

D: Not a bad brown ale and probably the best Abita brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 02:43:19 | More by argock
Photo of magine


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams new style pint glass.

Pours a dark roasted caramel brown. Has a light tan chunky head that settles to a lacy island. Brew leaves good lacing and has a thin wispy island left behind. Good looking brew, especially for the style.

Brew smells of malts; chocolate, caramel. Yeasts and some slight hops in there as well. Good pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and refreshing; chocolate nutty malts, also can pick up a crispness provided by the hops. Is a very light easy drinking brew, more carbonated then anything else as far as feel goes. Thats not to say that the beer is overly thin, just goes down way easy. Good taste.

This is a very drinkable brew. Will it satisfy a big flavorful brew need? No. But it is a good solid drinkable brown ale that will not offend. It just isn't going to make you say"holy sh!t !!"... At 5.6% alcohol it will definitely make for a good session.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 00:40:46 | More by magine
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, date best by 8-19-10, but when served with Jambalaya on NFL Opening Day, I decided to let it slide...

A-deep, dark brown, almost black, nice two finger head and long lasting lace

S-Malt, Nutty, Caramel and Toffee, the nuttiness really comes through

T-Really Nice, carbonated up front, pleasant throughout and nice clean finish

M-see the above, this is a really excellent beer

D-Sessionable, went well with the Jambalaya...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:45:34 | More by aranheaney
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Frothy toffee colored head with great lacing and retention.

S: Toffee, caramel malts, nice hop balance. There's a fruity sweetness.

T: Chocolate and toffee mixture. Touch of caramel and hops. A nutty taste lingers.

M: Big carbonation up front washed away by a watery body.

O: Session brew, nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 22:35:08 | More by bundy462
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The color of the brew is brown, with rich burgundy hues mixed in there as well. Nice carbonation.

S- The aromas are of sweet, roasted malts primarily. On the finish there is an ever so slight aroma of bitter hops.

T- A well balnced taste but nothing that says wow. First there is some semi chocolate flavors that has some caramel/toffee with a hint of ground nuts Just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Good solid medium body.

D- This is an excellent beer. I keep these around when friends are over whom seem to like this. I do enjoy a couple of these at a time. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants to have a very good example of a brown ale! However not in the same league as Rogue Hazelnut brown or Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 17:41:13 | More by ncredible1
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Laughing Dog beer glass, when I held this brew up to the light it was a dark blood red. In regular lighting- a rich dark brown that you can't see through- what's in there? Something dangerous perhaps...
The smell sums this beer up for me- it's got things going on (chocolate, barley, a little bitter), but it dies off a little short. Same with the taste- ends up slightly on the watery side despite keeping it real most of the way. This also brings down the points for mouthfeel, it's a little on the thin side for me. However, you can't forget that it's an ale, so despite the fact that it leans towards stout (oh yeah), it's up front about the ale factor, which explains the wateryness. All in all, a super solid brew, especially for the price, and one that I could see myself drinking quite a few of in one night. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 22:47:20 | More by OldeGolde
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3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep,burnet brown with a creamy,tan head that stood two fingers tall and exhibited really good retention.Consistent ribbons of lace and medium carbonation were also present.

S-Instant coffee,glazed almonds and toasted brown bread.The coffee roastiness,initially,gave way to caramel sweetness,toast and a slight raisin quality.

T-Taste was very similar to the nose.Roasted,mild bitterness upfront that preceded cooked sugar sweetness and a sundried earthiness.

M-Medium bodied with complementary carbonation.Smooth with an understated creaminess and slightly dry finish.

D-Above average drinkability.Quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 13:20:07 | More by StlHopHead77
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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Hurricane proof ale,
Louisiana's English.
Worthy contender".

Revisited the Turbodog: solid offering of the style, with easy drinkability coupled with initial tastes like you would expect from the genre. Fades a little, though, after several sips/pulls. Not bad: just not great.


Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:02:59 | More by johnwarne
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, deep brown, with frothy tan head with good retention. Nice lacing on this dark looking brown ale.

S: Big time coffee notes, along with the obvious roasted malts. Has a good toasted smell to it.

T: Roasted malt and a toasted, almost nutty, taste. The next wave of flavor is certainly coffee, and a decent amount of it. This was also pretty strong tasting for a brown ale, almost in stout territory.

M: Nice and frothy, lower carbonation and body, but somehow a solid creaminess to it, impressed.

D: I must say, had this in a bottle and was good, had it on tap and was better. A great offering from Abita, nice to see all the way up here!

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 00:25:59 | More by mostpoetsdo
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesomely awesome damn near black brown. has a nice tan head, and decent thick lacing.

smells malty and slightly roasty, not a hint of hops to be sniffed. malt is like bran.

the flavor is more or less the same with maybe a hint of anise, and a bit more pronounced roastiness.

clean and crisp thinish body. dryish finish.

very drinkable.

a more drinkable and nuanced brown ale than i am used to, but still really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:46:05 | More by ryanonline
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Turbodog is a very dark berry-brown colored ale with a sand colored head that fades to a film and leaves pretty nice lacing. It has a faint, grainy aroma. It smells roasty and a touch sweet. It's pretty light bodied, pretty smooth and a little watery at the finish. It's lightly flavored with a smooth roastiness. There are notes of chocolate and malt balls. It's a little sweet, without much bitterness. It's very simple and pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 05:06:27 | More by yesyouam
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a dark brown-amber, has a beige one-finger head that lasts awhile. Seems to have a low amount of carbonation. Aroma is very much like a porter, mostly sweet chocolate-caramel, roasted malts. Has a medium-bodied mouthfeel to it, and the taste matches the aroma, very malty, on the sweet side but not too much, has a nice little hop finish. I really enjoyed this beer, would say it has a high "drinkability" for me.
This is the second Brown Ale I've tried, after Newcastle, and I definitely like Turbodog more, it doesn't seem as bland or thin. Abita did right with this one, it's good!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:52:07 | More by Sudsy89


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 13:26:23 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer sitting in the glass. Extremely dark brown, bordering on black. With a pillowy brown head.

All smells are subtle, but present. Mostly a combination of chocolat and malty scents.

I like the taste. There's some bittersweet chocolate, but also some toffee notes to balance it. Also some hoppy bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel borders on complex as it starts out bitter with the chocolate, then a bit sweet from the toffee before finishing slightly bitter from the hops. All the flavors are strong so the feeling in the mouth is aggressive.

Mostly drinkable. Big strong flavors and a strong mouth feel may turn off some.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 04:17:14 | More by RickS95
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3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown color with a bit of ruby red when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger tan head that dissipated a little quick. It left a spot & splotch on my glass but no lacing.

S - Toffee & roasted nuts with hints of a standard breakfast blended coffee. Soft chocolate with mild leafy hop notes.

T - Leafy citrus hop flavors are more pronounced than expected upfront. It unfolds into rich nutty flavors with peanut brittle like notes & toffee. It finishes with mild bitterness, unsweetened cocoa & a touch of herbal hop.

M - Smooth & somewhat creamy with around moderate crispness but a little bit more than that, it's a bit too much C02 for my liking.

D - A nice quaff-able brew with good malty flavors & a nice hop flavor profile. I'd sit down with 2-3 pints sometime but nothing I'd buy again, I was kinda looking for just a bit more toffee in the flavor but not bad at all. It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:35:20 | More by PintOHops
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

glass: Pint

a: Dark, dark brown color. It poured a nice 1-2 finger pillow-like head. Too dark to note carbonation. Lacing is pretty good.

s: It has a nice burnt quality, one that you might find in a coffee, almost like charred wood that had been left out after yesterday night's bonfire. a Hint of chocolate can be picked up, a little nuttiness, underneath are some dates, molasses and the faintest hops.

t: Though the hop presence is a little more than i would want, it still has that nice brown ale base. Dark fruit, molasses, a hint of chocolate and nuts, wood, finally finishes mildly bitter.

m: Smooth, medium bodied brew. Medium carbonation but still easy on the tongue.

d: Nice beer but i'd like the flavor kicked up just a bit and the hops taken down a notch. Other then that, decent brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:29:26 | More by JosiahS
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown with a finger of bubbly head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: there was some slight roasted malt character alongside brown sugar,slight coffee, and booze notes; its kinda smokey as well.

T: the flavor profile seems to be smokey as well but has brown sugar, slight molasses, and light booze notes. There was also some underlying caramel as well.

M: medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a smokey malty finish.

D: the brew drank alright and I thought the smokiness was really good and added dimension to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 21:31:29 | More by Gobzilla
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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Turbodog poured a dark brown, almost the same color as the auburn bottle it comes in. the caramel colored head seems to be thick and frothy. The head was still hanging out in the middle of my pint glass when I was half way through this beer. Nice! It smells of rich sweet brown sugar that is very welcoming, and a little leathery. It's a lot softer than I imagined. I guess the black label and the big name always lead me to believe this was a huge stout. However, it is a very drinkable brown ale with hints of molasses and a soft tobacco on the finish. It does linger on the palate a bit longer then I would like. What more can I say....it's good!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 14:50:56 | More by claybeer
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3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with a dent off white head.

S: Caramel & roasted malt aroma with a hint of of chocolate.

T: Smooth slightly sweet with a nice dry finish.

F: medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Decent brown ale that hides the ABV well. Good for 1-2 at the most

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:36:29 | More by soju6
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Alberta (Canada)

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

A- The color of the brew is brown, with rich burgundy hues mixed in there as well. It is a perfectly clear ale and seems to have lots of big bubbly carbonation. The head is initially thick and tan colored, but dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Good clingy lacing sticks to the glass as well.

S- The aromas are of heavy sweet malt primarily. There is some roasted smells as well, but they are still sweet, like semi-sweet chocolate and some molasses. On the finish there is an ever so slight aroma of bitter hops.

T- A really good blend of sweet and toasted character. First there is some sweet chocolate flavors that has some caramel/toffee in it as well and maybe even some ground nuts. This turns into a more roasted tone of cocoa and/or fresh coffee....finally finishing with just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Good solid medium-full body and the carbonation, while initially quite fizzy, settles down to become finer, but still with a little zing. Feels to a point like I'm enjoying some bittersweet fondue.

D- This is an excellent beer, and although I wouldn't necessarily have more than one or two of these on it's own, I'd definitely like to try this again with a meal...some sweet rubbed baby back ribs perhaps. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants to have a very good example of a brown ale!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:32:41 | More by ChrisCage
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown color, decently carbonated, decent head

S- A slight roasted color. A very narrow smell profile. Very little prelude to the taste.

T- A roasted chocolate taste to it. Definitely more malty with a thin taste of the bittering hops. A nicely balanced brown ale. The taste is much better than the smell.

M- Nothing outstanding. Very light on the palate with the lightly roasted and chocolate malt taste

D- Very easy to consume. I could easily slam 3 or 4 of these.

Overall, a solid brown ale. There are other browns I enjoy better: Brooklyn, Rogue's, Moose Drool but a very solid brown for a style that I particularly like and appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 00:10:00 | More by clarkm04
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again since I am from Louisiana I have to show a little bias, but I actually really like this beer. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black with a about a finger worth of beige head. When you bring the glass up to smell you will almost immediately notice the faint aroma of chocolate. Has a very good taste going down with a clean finish. Mildly carbonated and decent lacing on the side of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 13:36:13 | More by 92jAKe47FS
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New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. Poured a carbonated cloudy dark brown, with one finger of beige head, and decent lacing. Smelled very malty, with small traces of milk chocolate. Tasted very bland, dominated by maltiness and again, only a touch of chocolate. Very thin for a brown ale, and very carbonated. Not a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 19:24:28 | More by donniecuffs
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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a light tan head. Not much of a head to speak of. Leaves a slight lacing as it goes down.

S - Strong scent of sweet milk chocolate and toffee up front. Little bit of roasted malts in the background. Delicious smell!

T - Rather weak. Slight chocolate and toasted malts, but very faint. Huge disappointment after the smell.

M - Very thin and overly carbonated with a very faint chocolatey taste.

D - Refreshing to drink and definitely easy going down. Unfortunately the best part of this beer is the smell and appearance. Not the greatest example of a brown ale, but definitely not the worst either.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 03:13:10 | More by jhp40219
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.