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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,541 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,541
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 75
Gots: 203 | 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 BeerLover729
4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent brown pour with reddish hues. Tan/white frothy head.

Toasty, bread-like malt flavors rise up from the glass chased by slightly roasted chocolaty notes.

Sweet toffee and toasted nuts. Balanced caramel sweetness. Lingering sugars fade to chocolate goodness.

Light medium body. Small, present, but not too sharp carbonation. Lingering flavors leave mouth watering for more.

Extremely well balanced, quaffable, and very tasty brown brew.

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Abita has to offer, Turbodog pours darker than most browns with a thick mat of bone colored whip. Drying chocolate malt is front and center giving it a character more in line with English Porter. Dark fruit and burnt sugar form the backbone while hops are mostly earthy and balance the malt evenly. The English Brown tag seems a bit off, but this a nice everyday drinker and great value. Thanks Abita for the best before dating.

Photo of awmiller
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the best offerings one can enjoy from Abita! This brew pours up a deep, dark chocolaty brown body and sports a rich, foamy tan-colored head. Scents of espresso, caramel, roasted malts and even those of a well aged bourbon. Flavors of slow-roasted coffee, dark chocolates and bits of toffee; also mixed in this complex brew are dark fruits (akin to plums).

Photo of fields336
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SN Snifter
Best before 09/04/11 on the neck

A: Dark brown, dark amber almost completely opaque, about 1 finger khaki carbonated head, some alcohol legs and some lacing line the edge of the glass

S: Chocolate and metallic hit the nose first, I'm picking up some bready, toasty smells as well. Big chocolate notes definitely stand out the most. No discernable hops present.

T: it is very sweet at first on your tongue, a bit too sweet. Some toffee is definitely present. As it continues it turns to dark chocolate and biscuity/bready flavors and at the back of the tongue the hops hit, cleansing your palate. Really really nice after the initial sweetness goes away.

M: Pretty medium bodied, quite delicious. It feels great in your mouth and it does wonderful things at the end of the sip with the hops and carbonation making your mouth beg for more. The best part of this beer.

O: I'm a huge Abita fan for what it is: solid, entry level craft beer. I'm knocking this beer some points because the smell isnt what it could have been, and the inital intense sweetness is a little too much for me. Around $8.99 for a sixer, tough to beat for a decent craft beer.

Photo of 1after909
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had more of a stout look to me rather than a brown ale. It poured out black athough in no way as thick as a stout.

Good head remained as the glass filled. Cool and crisp taste going down.

Can't say I've ever had a disappointing taste from the Abita brands

Photo of JMad
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a glass mug..

The beer is dark brown with red/ cranberry hues on the edge of the glass, the head is pillowy, thick and khaki colored. Smells of roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and coffee, there is also a slight cookie aroma. The taste is a little bitter, with burnt coffee, smoke a bitter dark chocolate. The beer is lighter than I thought it would be, the caronation is soft and it has a nice bitter finish

Photo of Nikolai
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review!

Appearance: pours a reddish walnut-brown with around two fingers of head, and decent lacing throughout.

Smell: I personally don't smell much with this ... A little bit of chocolate and hazelnut.

Taste: as my tasting partner put it, it tastes like a "hazelnut coffee creamer mixed with chocolate milk," and I have to agree. There are definitely some coffee notes coming out. As it warms, there is a very slight alcohol taste that comes out, which is more than okay with me.

Mouthfeel: smooth, goes down very easy. I'm having a hard time not finishing the whole glass in one gulp.

Overall: I would definitely recommend this one. It would be a good introduction to people who aren't used to dark beers, since it's definitely not intimidating or overwhelming.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eh this ones not too bad.

A: Very dark brown with a fluffy small tan head, nice look.

S: Dry Hershey's mix with lots of milk chocolate milk, some barley, and a little bit of hop esters.

T/M: Medium to lighter bodied stout with lots of lighter chocolate and toasted dark bread. Some hops that seem a little strangely bitter and astringent bitter at the back. A pretty easy drinking flavor thats better than some.

Overall this is a easy drinking beer without much to think about.

Photo of JRed
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightless brown hue with off-white head that disappears. Aroma stands out beautifully: hazelnut, chocolate, cinnamon, and brown sugary earth. Smooth flavors of hazelnut, cocoa, cinnamon, vague caramel, and a lingering brown sugar cookie note with ever so light tang. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A great English brown. Pick this one up.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in hefty glass mug

A: Very black; creamy thick head, but disappears relatively quickly; very nice carb action
S: roasted barley; brown sugar
T: strong sense of chocolate/cola; roasted barley sets in noticeably; sweet; not very bitter
M: decent

Overall, a solid, decent brown ale

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A deep, dark brownish black color with a thick, frothy head.

S: Very subtle aroma. A little nutty, a little chocolaty, but even that is subdued.

T/M: Sweet with chocolate and a little bitter with a hint of nut in the finish. Relatively light for something so dark.

Not the fullest of dark beers, but a good transition beer if you're wanting to get into darker beers.

Photo of nickthetick
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights in the thinner part of the American shaker with a finger of dark khaki head that has good retention and ok lacing.

S: nutty, breakfast blend coffee, dark bitter chocolate.

T: right of the bat its dark malts, caramel, pumpernickel bread and nuts. There is some hoppy notes but its hard to distinguish a particular flavor other than hops.

MF: heavy, little effervescence towards the end of the beer. Sweet.

O: when I turned 21 this was the darkest beer I had ever set eyes on. Now its a great brown and one I'd love to have in the fridge.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; nice tan head and thick chunks of ringed lacing. Dark chestnut brown but still transparent.

smell; nutty malts, somewhat buttery. Really pleasant but nothing special, odors a somewhat muted, yet balanced nicely.

taste; hints of chocolate and hazelnut, a backround of coffee with lots of cream holds it all together and offers just a hint of bitterness. Almost becomes sweet in the finish but husky and nut shell complexities hold it back.

mouthfeel; thick and heavy bodied with a bit of alcohol burn. Slick and milky in the finish, quite smooth.

overall; a pretty good beer but nowhere near the elite of the style, still a worthy and tasty brew.

Photo of DWilliams76
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my notes: Turbodog was my favorite beer for years and years, until I learned the joys of hops and American Brown Ales. Still, I’ll always have a soft spot for the brew. Not the best-looking pint, dark brown with a cheap, fizzy head. Nose is slightly sweet, with solid chocolate notes. And Turbodog doesn’t hold the same mystique of flavor now, unfortunately, but the requirements for a solid Brown Ale do show up. Chocolate and a mild coffee bite, modest bitter finish with subtleties of mocha and hops. Thin texture hinders the malts; not my favorite anymore, but still worth the occasional roll in the hay.

Photo of Brittmb29
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in the fridge letover from a six pack decided to review it fresh :

12 oz, no best by date marked

A-totally black at the center, amber red glow at the edges of glass. finger foam off white head dissipates to thin foam which laces down somewhat.

S- roasted chocolates in the first foam, then more mellow roasted tones tangy hop scent comes out more as it warms.

T- nutty roasted malt flavors first, not as chocolatey as scent. good hop bitterness to compliment, finishes on a slight hoppy bite in the back of the mouth with malt on tongue.

M- feels creamy at first sip but this is a very carbonated beer, not clingy but the tastes linger nicely after gone. for me, it would have been a GREAT beer with less carbonation.

O- I can almost always find this in six packs and i enjoy a darker beer often so this is totally drinkable (i've drank through the rest of six pack on another night). Its a very good beer and Abita hasn't dissapointed me yet.

Photo of chefhatt
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a dark brown body with a little head that quickly dissipates to a think lace around the edge. The smell is very malty with some dark fruits coming threw. The taste starts of of some dark fruits, like plums or figs, then it gets a nutty, coffee and chocolate taste on the back of the tongue. It has a nice mouth feel. Overall this is a ok beer.

Photo of wac9
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i was bored and this beer has been in the store for a year i bet but can find a date not to bad wonder what it taste like fresh. pours black which is good had a stale taste so from that i like it. not a bad taste or smell so try it NOT HOPPY ITS DARK AND I ILKE IT

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

Served a 12oz bottle of this Northern English Brown Ale @ Keagans Pub & Patio in Forest Park- St. Louis, MO for $4. Poured into a pint glass but didn't have any type of B.O.D.

Aroma- Deep brown smell from the maltiness. Quite average but has a hop aroma added here that seems like it shouldn't be around. Tough to call it out with all the malt present.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color body that looks clear but tough to tell with 2 fingers of white head. Has good retention and a decent amount of lace.

Flavor- Light on the malt, sweet but the nutty flavor plays a huge part in the beer. Medium amount of toastiness and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Thin, Small-Medium amount of Carbonation, and a little gritty on the backside.

Overall Impression- Good English Brown Ale! I'm used to American Brown Ales, so this was fantastic to try a mild brown ale. The nutty flavor was great in this beer and really enjoyed. A little tough on the drinkability but I finished the rest after my meal (Chicken and Bean Nachos).

Photo of Lillie1128
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Copper Creek pint glass.

A - A deep burnt honey color with a thin white head

S - toasty malt

T - starts bitter with some soft caramel and espresso notes

M - medium, carbonated

D - pretty easy to drink

It's a pretty well rounded ale, very enjoyable.

Photo of Soonami
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Abita Turbodog is an average English brown ale. It's nothing special, not especially memorable or interesting, but easily drinkable without any clear faults.

The beer is a burnt amber color with a little thin layer of foam, even after a firm pour. The does smell nicely malty with a lot of caramel in the aroma. The hops are not discernible. The beer tastes pretty okay--not offensive, but not too special either. The carbonation is good for the style.

Not a beer I'd probably buy, but a fairly well made example ofthe style.

Photo of socon67
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with hints or red. No lacing, and a slight tan foam.

S - Scents of fruit and roasted malt.

T - Has a toffee taste with notes of caramel and chocolate. Tastes like english toffee.

M - Tastes light for the style, but well balanced.

O - This was a gateway beer for me. Always like this guy for the memories.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to light. About a finger of off white to tan head. Leaves behind a sparse film and next to no lacing.

S: The dark fruits of the smell are actually what I notice first. Caramel and dark malts are certainly present though.

T: Dark fruits(plum, maybe fig), caramel, some chocolate and coffee. Almost has a sweet tobacco like flavor as well. Tried finding the hops, but wasn't able to. Malty!

M: For a smaller beer, this has a decent body to it.

O: Abita was my entry into craft beer and this was my favorite offering from them. For a "darker beer" it's fairly easy to drink, but can sit a little heavy after 4 or 5. While I don't drink this as much as I used to, it's always nice to revisit what peaked your interest into the hobby.

Photo of stckhndlr
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark ruby red brown ale poured into a pint glass with about a finger and a half of dark tan head.

S- Chocolate malts come through strong with caramel and a touch of coffee following close behind. Fresh coffee bean smell intensifies as the beer gets warmer.

T- Has the caramel up front on the taste but the taste is not as strong as the smell would have you believe. As it warms the chocolates and coffee comes through.

M- Creamy thick body with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth finish

O- I really enjoyed this one. my hats off to the craft brewers down there in Louisiana.

Photo of vande
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ~ Bottle colored brown on the pour with a finger and half tannish head..

S ~ Some malts...fig or raisin aromas mixed in..

T ~ A solid choice for a brown ale. The blend of malts and a light hint of fruits ~ raisiny-fig going on here.. pretty well balanced brew.

M~ Light to medium bodied carbonated beer here..

O ~ An easy drinker. When diggin' for browns, this is a pretty good choice. There are better out there, but this is worthy of a pint glass.

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

big, fluffy, rootbeer-float looking tan head with a thick, super dark and hazy brown body.
smells a bit roasty...some fruity notes coming through and a drizzle of caramel.
taste is malty as hell. roasty chocolate. lots of caramel. mild bitterness, pushes through more on the finish. the further you get down the glass (the more it warms), the more bitterness is present...but it's never much, and never unpleasant.
mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would have thought...but still medium bodied. slick, almost creamy. slight prickle from the carbonation...but not much, and only up front.
i like this one...but i'm not entirely sure how often i'd drink it. if it was a little less roasty, i'd probably like it a bit more. drinks a bit like a chocolate stout, honestly. which i like...but still. not what i was expecting, and still can't decide if i was pleasantly surprised. maybe i should give this one another shot again sometime.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,541 ratings.