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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,410
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 145 | 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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Photo of soju6
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

soju6, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of ChrisCage
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!

ChrisCage, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
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.

clarkm04, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of 92jAKe47FS
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.

92jAKe47FS, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
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.

donniecuffs, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of jhp40219
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.

jhp40219, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of DAllspaw
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with off white head. Great looking ale.

Not much in the smell but don't expect much from fr heavily malted beer.

Taste is heavy malt and nice variet of tastes from caramel to toffee. A little bit burnt malt coffee taste. Too much for my liking but that's just me

A bit too carbonated for me.

Good beer just not great. If I want a malt fix going to a scotch ale.

DAllspaw, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a dark brown with a small white head that quickly disappated

S - not alot of aroma going on, just some malts

T - sweet malts throughout with some hop bitterness in the finish, not alot going on though

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - i'm just not into this one at all, nothing to point out in terms of flavor here.

mikereaser, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Brewmiser
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just had this beer for the 1st time the other night on tap @ my local watering hole. It has a nice light brown color with a little head. it had a light chocolate aroma & the taste was smiler to the smell. It was a light chocolate flavor but not too sweet, with some toffee, hops, & just a bit on the bitter side. Overall a average to good beer but I was ready to move on to a different beer rather than have another.

Brewmiser, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown color with ruby tints when held up to light. Pours a one finger, frothy, light tan head with good retention and creamy lacing.

Smell is sweet overall with maple aromas as well as roasted almonds.

Lots of rich flavors come to life. Roasted character of chocolate and almonds. Some maple sweetness to balance the bitterness. Floral hop oils. Nice creamy finish. Very well balanced brew.

Light-bodied for the style and carbonation is a bit high. I do enjoy the smooth, creamy texture though.

Drinkability is very high due to the lightness and interesting flavors. For some reason this beer seems like more of a black lager than a brown ale both in color and flavor profile. Nonetheless, a solid and refreshing ale.

bnes09, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a thick, brown head into my glass. Great presentation here.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with notes of caramel and raisin in the nose. At least, this is what I pick out. There's just a hint of hops.

Taste is full of subtle, sweet malt with just a hint of bitterness to it. Not much else in the way of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of crispness, probably from the carbonation level. Lingering molasses-like taste and slight burn from alcohol.

Check it off as drinkable but otherwise, it seems unremarkable. The name is fun to say though. Solid at the most.

Brad007, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black with creamy light brown head that streaks the glass something crazy.

Nose: Roasted is an understatement. Coffee/espresso, some leather and earth notes.

Palate: Much brighter than it smells. Medium-light-bodied, with some British-like hop flavors and toasted malt, charred wood, and espresso grounds. Moderate length finish and clean. No residual sugar as the bitterness from both malt and hops clean it all up.

Notes: An excellent strong ale with the balance and pedigree of a great brown ale.

SFLpunk, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of aepb1
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly

S- Very mild... a bit of malt I guess?

T- Sweet malts up front and a little hop bitterness in the finish. Again, pretty mild but nothing offensive

M- Decent carbonation, medium body, again, nothing offensive...

D- Overall a decent beer, just not too impressive

aepb1, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of MadTown1000
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hypothetically a brown ale, actually pours a very deep ruby red into a pint glass. Maybe half an inch of quick-dissipating sudsy foam.

Smell is not strong - sweet, caramel notes. Flavor is along the same lines, but surprisingly weak. Tastes almost watered down. Not sure I'd want a second one.

MadTown1000, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this at World Market in the Abita Party Pack.

Appearance- dark brown color, very thin head if any

Smell- bready malt, chocolate

Taste- light flavor to me, malt, bit of chocolate

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, a bit watery

Drinkability- ok, I have had way better. I wouldn't buy it again.

jeffjeff1, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of abriggs1
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita hit Vermont today and this is the first time I've ever had any of their beer. I had Purple Haze; hated it. Had their IPA, thought it was decent. This one is pretty good though. I usually can't stand brown ales, but this has got a very nice malt profile. This is a lot like a German double bock, but much easier to drink. Fairly sweet and somewhat smokey. The mouth-feel is where this beer really shines. It's very smooth and silky. Overall, a very nice brew.

abriggs1, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Transatlantic
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a little aggressively with a nice inch long creamy head (lucky pour?). Was dark brown in the pint glass, but couldn't tell if I could see through seeing as I was sitting outside the bar near midnight. No lacing after the head dissipated.

S - Smelled like an adjunct lager. Nothing impressive, just a wet grain smell.

T - Unlike the smell, there was a lot of roasted flavor and quite a bit of hop bitterness. It may be just me on a humid night, but the bitterness was more than I was predicting from it, and actually proved unsatisfying to me.

M - Real thin and watery. But was still left with a bitter taste for a good two seconds after each drink.

D - It smells like an adjunct drinkable beer but ended up being an overly bitter beer with not a lot of flavor.

Transatlantic, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: A short brown bottle with an best by date printed on it. Cool looking black and silver label. Info on the beer and brewery on the back label.

A: Onу finger head, which retains pretty well. the color of the head is brownish white. Dark, almost black color. Little lacing.

S: Roasted malt flavor. and picking up a biscuit smell...

T: Roasted flavor, and a coffee or toffee flavor.

M: Medium body, and well carbonated.

D: Its an easy beer to drink. And i would buy again, i really enjoyed it.

mytireisfat, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark brown in color with a finger-sized tan head that quickly fades away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of chocolately and nutty malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of malty flavors in the taste with notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee. There is very little bitterness from the hops, if any.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and it's very sessionable.

metter98, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of wcintula
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Oh boy(not excited). The bartender poured the Turbodog into a 10 oz glass. Where's the head? It's a dark brown with reddish amber highlights(maybe due to the ambient lighting?). Paper thin head. After drinking a good portion I poured the rest into the glass as a demand for more head I got very little beige head with decent retention.

Oh my God, I've lost my sense of smell. After try upon try to get a nose-profile out of this beer, I asked the guy next to me at the bar who also was drinking this what the hell it smelt like. "Chocolate," he said matter-of-factly. His buddy tried to smell it to and after obviously trying hard to get a grip on the smell he also said it smelled "a little bit like chocolate." After a few more tries, I got it... I guess.

Very dry taste, with hops being prominent here. Smoked, woody and chocolate flavors do exist here.

Carbonation. That's the mouth feel. A little bit of thick beer in there, too.

I'm not big on brown ales, so if you are, don't take my word for it. It's good for a taste, but I'll move on to more flavorful pastures.

wcintula, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at a restaurant. Maybe it was too cold. As it warmed it changed. Probably would need a second try to really evaluate. Woe is me.

Deep blackness with an amber head that was gone in 60 seconds. It looked inviting.

Picked up something weird on the initial whiff. Then... nothing. As the beer warmed, I got a little chocolate and malt.

Same with the taste. Honestly at first, I got nearly nothing flavor wise. Carbonated, heavy water. Not offensive at all, just completely bland. Warmed up and became better and better. Gone by the time it was finally getting to a reasonable temperature, since I split the bottle.

Dense mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Not overly heavy. Wouldn't mind having another one, but I'm assuming the beer is a little better than I'm rating it.

Chizoad, May 29, 2010
Photo of MrStark
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a deep caramel brown color with a tan two finger head with pretty decent retention leaving fairly small amounts of lacing.

Smell is pretty mild with a malt presence, but nothing else really to detect.

Taste upfront is malts which have an almost chocolate like quality to them , but is pretty faint. It finishes with the flavor of nuts and a quite mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that bites the tongue a bit.

Drinkablity is good. It goes down nice and easy and is not a bad tasting beer. It would make a good session brew although its not the most flavorful example of the style. I would have it again if it happened to be around.

MrStark, May 25, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An English Brown Ale? I think not.

The bottle was ordered and drank in the darkness of Mia's Lounge, Flagstaff.

The beer when poured was as black as coal in the almost unlite interior of the bar, it might have been a tad lighter, difficult to tell, you could clearly see however, this beer refused to have a head put on it.

Dark, bitter chocolate smell, dark bitter chocolate taste. The beer wasn't flat, but it seemed very un-carbonated and un-fizzy, like coke goes after being opened for an hour.

Reminded me of a weak stout or washed up porter, not overly impressed.

BlackHaddock, May 25, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A deep caramel color with a blackcherry tint with the trademark Abita little to no head

Smell - A coffee type of rich smell

Taste - A hoppy, malty, chocolaty taste with a creamy finish

Mouthfeel - A bit oily with a chewy type of feel i find myself biting
down on it

Drinkability - I catch myself thinking that it is an imitation guiness
and being part irish there is no substitute

SAtaMi, May 22, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date checked off on the label. Sampled on May 13, 2010. It pours brown with some ruby red hues and about a half an inch of silky light brown head. There are a variety of light hops in the aroma but nothing in particular stands out. The taste has a bit of thin chocolate malts along with a pleasing backdrop of hops. A fairly likeable beer.

puboflyons, May 14, 2010
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,410 ratings.