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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 dedrick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle out of a six pack bought at Oliver's in Albany.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown and clear. Moderate head, about 1/4 of the glass.

Smell: Moderate strength, sweet.

Taste: Somewhat sweet, I can taste a bit of molasses or brown sugar. Just a tiny bit soapy after taste. Overall a pretty good beer. Not very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Feels to have a bit more carbonation that most beers. It almost seems a little bit watery, which I have also noticed in other Abita beers. It couldn't hurt to have more body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 21:33:54 | More by dedrick
Photo of hdofu


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

Personally there are times I crave a nice mild brown ale that isn't overwhelming to the palate. This beer fills the bill. Smells mildly of chocolate. The beer itself tastes grassy, with hints of nuttiness and chocolate. Drinkability is ok, but its finish was sort of bland Found out afterr freezing the bottle this is one to rink warm, might have to rereview it after drinking a sort of warm bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 01:12:04 | More by hdofu
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2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh. Abita tends to make comparatively, uh, less adventurous brews than your average brewery I've experienced. Of course, that probably has a lot to do with the unique diet that exists in Louisiana. Good for a lot of spicy cajun stuff I guess, but i prefer something hoppy with my spicy food, what I digress.

Brownish pour, can't really identify any identifiable aroma or smell. Not the typical chocolate or coffee flavors you might see in darker colored beers. Not really a sweet beer, just kind of bland. Sorry guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:55:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of jminsc76


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a gi-normous head (I mean, this is filling 70% of the glass upon the initial pour). A dark body that exhibits a reddish tinge when held up to the light, with thick lacing spiraling down the side.

Initially smells like a pale, but the roasty aromas start releasing as the beer warms. The bouquet is very beer-y, with a slightly metallic smell. It's like a lager that shows a little nutiness.

Flavors are roasty, toasty, and nutty. Improves as it warms, with a nice crispness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is light and tingly, with the flavors creating a heavier feeling as opposed to the consistency.

Overall, drinks more like a lager than an ale, but I would return again (and I have since writing this review). A solid B+.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:09:44 | More by jminsc76
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3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brow color. Smaller head with brown tint. Good roasted malt smell and taste with a decent sweetness, but lacks finish. I found the flavor to be good and strong while in the mouth but very faint and lacking taste after you swallow. Overall a decent beer but fell short of my high hopes.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 16:27:09 | More by brennenu
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paired with some spicey Chili at the Highland Kitchen.

Bad pour arrived with a thin tan head but in Turbodog's defense, what little foam there was stayed for the whole beer. Dark brown, pretty much black.

Toffee aroma, ligtly roasted malt and lots of sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. Nice malty body with toffee, silky chocolate and again, lots of brown sugar.

One of Abitas best but I usually lose interest at about 1 1/2 due to sugar overload.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 12:50:07 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy deep dark brown color. Head formation is strong, just a bit off white. Some lacing. Carbonation isn't obvious.

S - Has a scent of roasted malts, almonds. Caramel malts, lots of sugars.

T - Starts off with a nice strong combination of caramel malt sweetness, toffee, and roasted notes. Mid-stream does get more bitter, but no hopping comes through. Some yeast breadiness shows through. Finishes with a nutty note of almonds. Aftertaste is almost coffee in its bitter bite.

M - Strong body to the beer, built on by a stronger carbonation profile. Malt sweetness clings to the tongue.

D - Goes down a bit harsh due to the carbonation. ABV is very manageable. Sweetness does lead to some palette fatigue - not particularly sessionable.

Certainly an interesting beer - flavors all over the place. That works well for me in a EBA.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:52:07 | More by katan
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3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle courtesy of a trading partner in Illinois this poured a muddy brown color with as moderate sized brown head and light lacing. Nose of lightly roasted malts, and some floral hops. Light aroma overall. Mouthfeel is light and just short of watery. Flavor shows coffee and chocolate and a little ripe fruit. Not much in the finish. While this is quite drinkable I like my browns to not be quite so bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:26:19 | More by rkuhnel
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at beer store. Very dark brown color with some red tint showing through. Thick dark tan head. Aroma was of yeast, bread, and sweet with a touch of caramel, very pleasant. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was bread, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. Very tasty. Finish was smooth and well balanced with no aftertaste. Overall a teriffic beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 17:45:32 | More by B967ierhunter177
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 22:06:22 | More by wahhmaster
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color with a long lasting nutty head and very nice lacing.

Smells a bit weak with some unnerving metallic notes in there.

Thankfully that metallic smell isn't present in the taste. Lots of nice nutty, malty, sweet flavors. I think I also taste a hint of coffee. Very nice.

Nice and creamy in the mouth. Nice carbonation.

Very drinkable. I wasn't too impressed with Purple Haze, but this is pretty nice. I would definately grab it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:16:07 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of Brown Ales, but I haven't had a TurboDog in a while, so I gave it a whirl.

It is exactly what I think a brown ale should taste like. Malty, a little sweeter than most, with a little hops pushing the beer forward.

Then beer is dark brown, with a tan head. The malt is the dominant taste, until the end where the little bit of hops coming in at the end. Maybe a bit too sweet, but the very light in the mouth making it very drinkable.

This a beer I would drink anytime I felt like a brown

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 15:49:54 | More by Zeisloft
Photo of theboozecruise


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (they moved to pop-tops now!) into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black color with a fizzy off-white head that dissipated quick. Not a lot of lacing.

Some coffee on the nose, hint of chocolate... nothing too strong.

Taste is more of the same, nothing stands out... a little chocolate but too watered down to really be good.

I dunno... I used to really like this one, and it's still a decent beer, but I think I'll stick to it on tap at the bars and not spend money to bring them home.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 23:17:53 | More by theboozecruise
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4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
Now this is one really good brown ale. Has a lot of good taste and hits the sweet spot between being just enough and too much flavor. I wish I could get a lot more of this and am thinking about getting another family pack just for the Turbodog.
Look is dark brown with a finger of tan head that did reduce a little but I drank the beer so quick it didn't have a chance to shrink much.
Smell is a little sweet think I get a hint of mild roast and chocolate.
Taste is roasted sweet malt with just enough bitterness to balance. I get a mild after taste of coffee.
Feel is creamy with good carbonation medium bodied
Drink OH YA, this is one drinkable beer. I want a lot more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 03:38:35 | More by dbtoe
Photo of Offa


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

This is a fairly simple, but solid, very enjoyable beeer that's easy to drink yet still has some character.

Deep red brown, it has a very big tan head steadily shrinking to a medium rocky head that slowly shrinks to a foamy ring with strong wisps over the top. It leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is yeasty whole wheat bread, hints of dark raisin and caramel.

The taste is light prune-raisin alcohol, slightly caramelised whole wheat bread, light earthy-leafy bitterness with light sweetness. Overall, it's tasty but rather bland and a bit non-descript. It has the faintest hint of coffee. Lightly sweet up front, it has a finish leaning slightly to the bitter side with a bittersweet aftertaste. The feel is good, firm but not thick or oily and yet not quite lively.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 23:14:22 | More by Offa
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4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer IS New Orleans. Turbodog has a great rich flavor, a deep musky aroma, and a huge-ass head. Yet with all that, it goes down as smoothly as any lite beer, strange, no? Found at basically any cajun restaurant this is a great sidearm to bring into battle with that spicy jambalaya, or spicy anything for that matter. Turbodog quenches thirst like fucking gatorade. Even though its one of the darker brewskis I enjoy, I can still put back more than a few because of its superior drinkability, Bud Lites got nothing on this baby!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 17:46:21 | More by EddieTheTrooper
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a deep brown color with a good inch of fluffy light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of milk chocolate, toffee, caramelized malt, medium roasted grains, cocoa powder, faint hints of coffee. Decent, somewhat rich body for the style with ample carbonation. Pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 04:22:31 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit malty. Taste is of malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Feels good in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 22:36:04 | More by tone77
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No notches were made to show the enjoy by date. Thank you to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours black with dark brown highlights. A solid 2 finger tan head that quickly dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Light and sweet roasted malts with a hint of molasses covered cherries.

(T)- Light to medium roasted malts with a balanced raisin nuance. Some nice light nuttiness within.

(M)- A great balance all-around including carbonation. Smooth, with a nice roasted nuttiness. Slightly dry.

(D)- A solid to great brown ale that is surprisingly smooth. Simply tasty and an easy drinking beer when you want something a bit darker than the norm. Nice overall light to medium bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:13:39 | More by sweemzander
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3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is not much going on here. Poured a dark brown with a respectable head with good retention. Looked good for a fast start. No aroma! OK, a lot of good beers don't. Slowed going into the first corner. What! No taste either! Alright, there is some coffee, but not much. Almost came to a stop in the second turn. Feel is barely medium with decent carbonation. Limping through the third turn. Drinkability? Who cares! No kick left for the finish. Overall, not horrible, but bland and disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 05:02:55 | More by kegger22
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown close to black color with a tan frothy head with some nice lacing to the glass. You can see the dark brown on the edges when held up to the light. Smells of chocolate aroma and roasted malts similar to a porter, but not very strong. Taste again much similar to the smell, slight smokey taste at the end with the slightest hint of hops. I found the mouthfeel to be quite pleasant on this beer, very crisp and refreshing for such a dark colored brew. The drinkability is outstanding in this beer. All in all a very good beer. The waitress told me it was a porter when she brought it and a good one at that. I was surprised to find that it's really an English Brown Ale. I enjoyed it overall. It looks and tastes very similar to a porter, but certainly has the drinkability and mouthfeel of an ale. Could be quite the neutral crowd-pleaser at a gathering of picky beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 17:27:31 | More by AndyAvalanche
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Best by 12/06/09 printed in 6-pack holder.

A - Dark brown and clear with ruby highlights, it poured with a massive three-finger tan head. Solid retention kept it up and sticky lacing coated the top portion of the glass.

S - Roasted brown/dark malts with a light English hop aroma and a grassy, mulch-like finish. Very simple aroma. Not a lot going on at all.

T - The flavor gains much more complexity than aroma. It starts with roasted malts and dry wheat toast with a mild brown sugar sweetness and forms into a slightly nutty, lightly hoppy but roasty bitter finish. More assertive than delicate but it's flavorful nonetheless. Very well balanced too.

M - Smooth but well carbonated, it has a chocolatey creaminess to it with a low roasty bitter finish. Medium-boodied and well rounded.

D - Brewed for drinkability, this brown ale has it going on. The appearance and flavor are there putting it into the drink-all-day category. Another good brew from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 23:14:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam adams perfect pint

Very good looking beer. Nice burnt and very deep brown with a lingering 2 finger head and very thick sticky laceing

Smells of robust roasted malt and coffee and a very slight woody note. Hops are present but very earthy

Flavor is much like the nose but suprisingly not as much flavor as I expected from it. Roasty flavors include nuts and maybe a slight coffee undertone.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and lacks alot of complexity but overall is pretty smooth and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 20:46:58 | More by SpecialK088
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark malt sweetness followed abruptly by a muddled hoppiness. None of the piney, citrusy hop that dominates the West Coast beers. Notes of dusty chocolate and coffee, but easy drinking and quaffable.

An interesting all around beer for sure. A session lover indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 17:59:28 | More by LibraryTom
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Damn near black with a brown tint when held to a light with a two finger head that really sticks around.

Smells of chocolate malt with a slight currant and brown sugar nose. smells a lot like Xingu.

Tastes chocolatey with a little bittering from the hops but overall fairly sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel is silky and not in the least bit overcarbonated. Drinks easy and I would definitely see myself buying this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 00:56:38 | More by naterock
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.