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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 67
Gots: 169 | 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 WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep reddish brown color with a frothy eggshell head that has good retention. Lacing sticks easily to the glass.

S: Very malt-forward nose, consisting of chocolate, toasty aromas. Slighlty fruity, with just a kiss of hops on the back end.

T: Much like the smell, but more pronounced. Chocolate, some toast, and dark fruit flavors are at the leading edge, mellowing out with slightly floral hop characters.

Notes: Turbodog is a medium bodied brown, and quite flavorful. While it lacks slightly on the nose, the taste makes up for it. It's very easy to drink, and a rock-solid example of this particular style.

WYVYRN527, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of mdunman
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish-black pours a thick light tan head and has a good amount of linger

S: Roasted malt, caramel and some slight nuttiness

T: Roasted malty sweet off the bat with only a slight dryness to finish for a nice balance.

M: Full body but only light carbonation

This is a quite enjoyable beer to have on a cold evening or with a rich meal. I would come back for more.

mdunman, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What I liked most about this brew was how it managed to have a good deal of dark flavors but still be somwhat light on its feet, making it a great pair for Cajun cuisine. It poured a brilliant dark reddish-brown with a finger off-white head which clung somewhat to the glass. The nose was rich with malty flavors of baked peach, light roast coffee and peanut butter cup, while the palate was lightly-medium boded with a rich dark malt character- notes of dark chocolate and pecan- and a nice balance of hops. Finish is moderate with more chocolate and molassas notes.

TheWhiskerReview, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Snow81
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown that light can barely shine threw

Smell: roasted malts and a small bitter note

Head: nice full light brown head that stays around

Taste: malty roasted grain with hints of coffee and a small bit of bitter hops

Weight: medium to light body but medium carbonation pulls weight to be a bit thicker

Finish: coffee lingers with the hoppy bitterness still in the cheeks

Snow81, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of yisseroff
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown with some good looking and solid brown beige head.
S- Dark, porter-like aroma. Heavy on the chocolate malt.
T- A light-feeling dark chocolate, followed by fresh roasted coffee with a slight bitter presence. Nice transformation into the aftertaste.
M- Not to heavy or super-carbonated, a nice balance
D- I could knock down a few of these happily. Pretty nice balance of everything here.

yisseroff, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a deep, dark amber-brown. Crystal in color, with mid-density, tan colored head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate, with dark molasses characteristics. Bold flavors of dark roasted coffee, with some chocolate highlights and semi-sweet toffee flavors, also. The brew is smooth and light in mouth, and the flavors remain very crisp. Slight bitter coffee aftertaste with a reasonably quick finish. Smooth and tasty, this one is easy going down.

GarthDanielson, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark, deep and fluffy head.

S- toasted malts, chocolate and slight vanilla

T- Awesome! Found this unique brew from the Louisiana restaurant i work at. Tried it expecting it to be a dark not enjoyable flavor. Well lets just say i was wrong! Sweet, toasted malts and nuts. Chocolaty, smooth and enjoyable.

M- Smooth, balanced and stayse sweet, sort of toffe taste lasting in your mouth

D- I love turbodog, i recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good alcohol beverage, and who doesn't want that!! This is a well done dark dessert beer, and expect that while drinking it.

JesteR14, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice dark brown with a perfect light brown fluffy head, it looks like crema on a perfect espresso, fantastic. Nose is malty and roasty, with a light sweetness, a bit of licorice/caramel as well.

I'll be honest, English browns aren't generally my cup of tea (or beer as it were...) but this is very well done. Subtly balanced, nice sweetness without being cloying with just enough hops to balance it out without it being slightly bitter, Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with s slightly sweet finish. It is a very solid beer.

kingcrowing, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Hazy brown beer, dark and opaque in the heart of it, with some brown highlights on the edges. Tan head rose a bit off the pour, but dissipated quickly.

S-Sweet toffee, toasty malts.

T-Malts jumped out of the gates with a hints of toffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. Not much for hop flavors here, but this beer still tastes appropriately balanced, so the bittering hops seem to be doing their job.

M-Carbonation feels high, with a bit too much bite. Body is appropriate, somewhat slick with a medium feel.

D-I feel like this is one of those beers that people would think dark = heavy, and they would be incorrect. This brew is smooth and relatively easy.

First review with the new kitties in the house; I could hear them pattering around upstairs in their room.

CHSLBrew, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While Abita Turbodog's bottle and labeling are extremely dull and uninviting, it's what's inside that counts - and what's inside is pretty good, but not great.

Color is a very dark brownish-red, bordering on burgundy. The tan head was thin, only about one finger's width, and faded quickly. A good amount of lacing left on the glass. The scent of cocoa was weak but nice; I had to take a few good sniffs to full catch it. The taste was much the same - quite malty with cocoa, raisin, and subtle hops. There is a bit of a medicinal or herbal taste I don't care for. Carbonation was mild. Enjoyable, but nothing outstanding going on here.

DeltaGolfSierra, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of patreely12
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown cola color. ruby highlights. tall, creamy mocha head reduces to about an inch.

S - bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some caramel malts.

T/M - pretty standard brown ale. very similar to the nose. predominantly coffee and bittersweet chocolate but a hint of sweetness. medium bodied at most. mild carbonation. finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - this is a solid beer. nothing really special, but decent for the price. considerably drinkable. sessionable.

patreely12, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of bound4er
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Nice dark brown appearance with ruby highlights along the bottom of my glass. One finger dark tan head that breaks pretty quickly. Decent lacing.

S. Vanilla and cream dominate. This smells pretty damn nice.

T. Mild flavors of vanilla and chocolate with some closing bitterness. Nothing to write home about here.

M. Light bodied with adequate carbonation.

D. This is my 3rd Abita from a Holiday variety pack. This one drinks nice and easy - I like it the best so far.

bound4er, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with barely any head and almost no lacing left around the glass.

S: Burnt coffee, dark roasted malts and a bit of chocolate

T: Taste is kind of boring a bit of chocolate and burnt coffee taste

M: Very thin, goes down like water, a bit of carbonation.

D: Very simple, seems like I would be able to have a couple of these.

thedoubler55, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep, clear reddish-brown color. A finger and a half of tan head that retained decently and left light lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts dominate the nose. Tones of brown sugar, coffee, and dark fruits. A touch of cocoa as well.

Taste: Starts off slightly tart, but quickly gives way into a powerful brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Underlying roasted malt flavors and a little bit of fruitiness. Chocolate and coffee are also in there, and a slightly piney hop finish rounds things out.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. Fairly active carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Sessionable and easy drinking. Glides easily on the way down.

Final Notes: One of the better brown ales I've had. Rich, sweet, and malty, with just a touch of sourness and bitterness to keep things interesting. I'll be coming back for more.

bagpiper2005, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Ordered during an enticing $3.99 Abita promotion at Summits Wayside Tavern in Snellville.

(Appearance) Arrives at about a half finger depth head that dies out quickly, leaving a thin film on the surface. Color is a very dark brown, light enough to let some ruby tones through. Carbonation is light, but clustered. Looks decent. 3.5

(Smell) Mostly sweet corn malts. Clean alcohol. Not very potent. 2.5

(Taste) Very sweet malt sensation that may include or be some sweet corn, comes off as very clean. Some evident but laid back coffee tones on the end give this beer some different end character. The end result is very clean and very thin which is slightly a bummer as this beer could have had much more potential to be intense. It takes a light approach on all flavors. Pretty average. 3

(Mouthfeel) Slightly thin, pretty watery. It could use some carbonation presence. Some slight tingle on the tongue but falls short of being exciting. 2.5

(Drinkability) Light enough for another round, if the price is right. Otherwise, there's not quite enough in this beer to keep me coming back. 3

Verdict: Not too bad, but certainly not very interesting. Worth a shot, but like the other Abita I had, falls short of the competition. Be wary. C (2.95)

Jadjunk, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark brown with decent light-tan head. Good lacing.

S - Not much to write about. Some faint coffee beans and a clean scent from the alcohol.

T - Faint coffee, earthy, nuty notes. Maltiness is almost corn syrupish. hops are boring and lack depth. It's like they are just there to tame the thick malt.

M - Carbonation is a little lacking and thin. On the light side of medium bodied.

O - A pretty lack-luster brew. Nothing about it makes me want to have another one. I've had it from the bottle and now on tap, and neither have been to my liking. I'm moving on.

PreacherBrewer, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a bit of reddish translucence and a quickly fading head. Aromas are of nuts, stale coffee, chocolate, wet cardboard and slightly rotten potatoes. Coffee comes through strongly as a flavor and there is a bit of a sourness to it that compliments the earthy flavors. Still, it is a bit thin and doesn't really go anywhere.

CuriousMonk, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of CannonSP
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams Lager Glass

A - Looks almost like a Coke. Very dark with amber hues on the outside of the glass. Didn't notice much of a head.

S - Not much, a little sour.

T - Not much of an initial taste, kind of a chocolaty/coffee aftertaste.

M - Thin. Not much there.

D - I guess I could drink this all night because I don't feel like there's a whole lot to it.

I've become addicted to Abita lately with Restoration being my favorite, but this is the complete opposite of the spectrum for me. It's ironic because this was the first Abita beer I heard about but I'm really not impressed.

CannonSP, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of haddon
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark cola color with a two-finger frothy mocha brown head. good retention that hangs around via lacing down the tulip

sweet notes on the nose: malts, figs, brown sugar. some kind of sour smell underlying the sweet notes, like a bag of sour patch kids.

not quite as strong of a taste considering the appearance & smell. was expecting something a little more rich and complex. mocha, toasted nuts, malts and there is that sour thing again. everything kind of falls apart and ends light, almost watery.

feel is medium with a little bit of creaminess on the palate. actually not bad for an eba.

yeah, its drinkable for a brown ale. especially only coming in at 5.6 abv. means I could have a couple without it getting too heavy. would probably pass in the future for something I enjoy a little more.

haddon, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured it out of a bottle in a pint glass.
Turbodog has a dark brown, almost black, color with red hues when looked against the light. It forms a light brown head of two fingers and it recedes after a couple of minutes to a thin cap of foam on top of the beer. Lacing is good.
Smell is very faint but I guess I pick up a little roasted malt and that's about it.
Taste is dark malts, caramel and a bitter roasted finish.
Body is medium to light. Carbonation moderate.
Overall a very clean and unidimensional schwarzbier. It drinks and sessions well and nothing else.

paulozanello, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Although there is a "Best If Consumed Before" on the back label, there were no markings nor notchings on the back label. Many thanks to JeffSJ for this one!

A: Didn't know this was a dark ale before I poured it... Yup, dark, although not opaque with a bit of reddish hue to the thin edges against light. Also, the bottle attempted to froth up before I had a chance to pour it into my chalice. Nice retention, great lacing at first that didn't last. That's the only drawback here...

S: Muted, earthy and roasted notes.

T: A nice lingering sweetness that also has a bit of roast along with cocoa / coffee at times. At first I was not sold in it, but it really grew on be, developing much more personality through the session. Some earthy biterness is in there too.

M: Initially I thought this was terribly thin and watery. As it warmed (or my palate adapted) I really enojyed the soft touch on the palate with a lingering earthiness and sweetness.

D: This is a case of a beer being more than the sum of its parts. I really enjoyed this beer, and would find it again if I were ever down around them there parts...

kjyost, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of GilmooDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours an opaque brown with a fingernail sized foam head that dissapears shortly after pouring.

(Smell): Almost nonexistent, this Brown Ale has an extremely subtle smell of what I sensed to be a malty chocolate with a hint of nuttiness.

(Taste): I'll be harsh to judge here, but this beer tastes like the failed aftermath of a new seltzer experiment. It is very bland and subtle with absolutely no aftertaste.

(Mouthfeel): Watery and slightly carbonated.

(Drinkability): If you enjoy the taste (which might be asking a lot), the Turbodog might make a good session beer. With an almost complete lack of flavor and a low alcohol content, this Brown Ale won't be meeting my friends anytime soon.

GilmooDaddy, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair brown ale, more iconic than attractive but still reliable.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Dark label framed in silver with barley in the background and the name of the ale highlighter in yellow. Nothing to rave about but pretty iconic. Back narrative explains the intent, ingredients, and brewery ethos. Offers an unmarked best by date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour, with a fairly rich ecru frothy head. Medium retention, fair fading surface memory with a consistent surface ring, and a couple of splashes of lacing.

S - Nose is a bit subdued, malty, with a nutty touch, dash of caramel and chocolate.

T - Mouth follows with a nice and soft malt sense, expanded nuttiness in the palate and a bitter dash in the final part. Caramel and chocolate are also part of the soft bill.

M - Light-medium body with soft carbonation, a slight watery side to it.

D - Flows pretty well without much pretense or memorability.

Notes: It had been such a long time that I just felt compelled to revisit it. When I first came to the US years ago this was one of the easily available and enticing brews that seemed to be out of the mainstream. At the time pretty beer uneducated, and in that context it also shares for me some of that iconic micro status. All in all it is something that having a choice I´d probably won´t revisit in a long while, but it remains pretty drinkable and all kinds of decent. I´d always welcome it crossing my path again as I move through the South, or elsewhere, in the future.

Daniellobo, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of AhabFlanders
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a half inch tan head. The head faded quickly leaving a ring around the glass and moderate lacing.

S: Very inviting. Clean malt at first giving way to sweet toffee, and a bit of chocolate.

T: Similar to the nose. Sweet toffee and caramel malt with some hints of cocoa as well. A light hop bitterness is also present, just enough to keep it balanced. The toffee roasted malt flavors return in the aftertaste. As it warmed it developed a noticeable alcohol taste which dragged it down a bit.

M: Light with moderate carbonation. Nothing special but nothing wrong with it either.

D: Overall a fairly drinkable brew. The first half had disappeared almost before I noticed. However, the noticeable alcohol which came out as it warmed limits the overall experience.

AhabFlanders, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of kinupanda
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy dark brown with a thin yet perceptibly dense head that leaves a very subtle lacing during drinking. An extremely light nose; the noticeable characteristic is a chocolate that is almost candy-like, and when mixed with the malt is somewhat reminiscent of a bread pudding. Carbonation is low to medium, having more of an impact depending on how long it is held in the mouth. Very smooth, and in fact almost too smooth. The flavor insinuated by the scent profile does not translate to the palate very well, and it seems to dissipate too rapidly; it is, nonetheless, pleasant and easy to drink. A dry, lingering semisweet chocolate and coffee aftertaste that is not overwhelmingly bitter.

FourthBeer potential: AVERAGE, as there are many brown ales with more body, but for a light closer, this might do the trick.

kinupanda, Jan 19, 2011
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.