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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,575 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,575
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 79
Gots: 241 | 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 BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a ??? glass at Bud’s Louisiana Café in San Diego (Kearny Mesa). Dark brown color, but not quite black. Appeared heavily carbonated. At least an inch of head, but probably more. Lots of lacing and lots of film on the sides.

Malts were the lead smell, mainly light caramel and chocolate. Had to work for the smells though. Somewhat bland.

Initial taste was chocolate. Caramel came into play, too, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth though.

Seemed to be high on carbonation, but still pretty smooth.

A pretty good beer overall, a lot better than I thought it would be. I’d order it again for sure.

Photo of Kuromaru
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a deep mahogany brown with reddish tones, completely opaque. An aggressive pour yields a decent, 1-finger head with a toasted cream color. Little retention.

Smell--Cereal-y, grainy, nutty, chocolate-y, with some molasses and toffee notes as well. As the beer warmed, I got a hint of alcohol, which, considering the modest content, surprised me a bit.

Mouthfeel--Medium body, lighter on the palate than I was expecting. Decent carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and refreshing, considering the style.

Taste--As in the nose, a big and varied malt presence, from cereal to candy and back. There is a faint hop bitterness in the finish, which is nice.

Overall--Very drinkable and satisfying brown ale. Nothing about this beer says "turbodog" to me, so I have no idea where that name came from, and, quite frankly, it's a pretty big turnoff. It sounds like some sort of alcoholic energy drink made to compete with Red Bull + vodka or something. Anyway, the twinge of hop bitterness here almost made me think I had a secret ESB on my hands, but layer after layer of malts suppresses it too much. Still, despite the awful name, this is a rich, smooth and likeable beer.

Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red color with just a thin cap of head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Roasted malt with molasses notes

Taste: Initially sweet and creamy, then thinning out quite a bit to a more roasted, astringent back end that finishes slightly lingering and nutty with some burnt notes.

The Rest: I've had this on tap quite a few times, and now that I'm reviewing it from a bottle, not in a bar, I don't like as much as I though I did. It's a decent beer, but it's a bit too chalky to be a good brown ale.

Photo of 24Beer92
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from pilsner glass. Appearance is very dark with a carmel colored head that starts out about two fingers thick than slowly dissapates to lacing around the edge. Has a very weak smell for the dark appearance. Taste a slight vanilla and for some reason i get a smoky after taste which i couldnt think of anything to compare it to. Its a very smooth beer, the mouthfeel is spot on for a brown ale. Overall not a bad beer, very happy i tried this but not something i will be looking to order again anytime soon basically just becuase there wasnt really that "WOW" factor

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

Thanks to Sully for sending this to me. Nice brownish head of about two inches and wonderful lacing. Deep brown colour. Smells wonderful, like a mocha chocolate float. Taste is great too, but not less filling. Full bodied and creamy and malty sweetness with some bitter smoothing. Still feeling the coffee and chocolate in flavour. Overall a nice beer, better than most English brown ales, much more complex and striking. Thanks, Mike.

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

12 oz bottle into glass.
Appears very dark brown, with thin white head that fades. Aroma of sweet malt, buttery. Taste starts drier but finishes sweet. The bottle label talks of dry hopping, but I don't get any hops in the taste or smell.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, lower carbonation and medium body. Overall a nice easy drinking beer but with nice flavor

Photo of scottfrie
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in Lodi.

A: Served a very dark woody brown with a thin fuzzy light tan heady that left good sheets of lacing down the pint glass.
S: Raisins, woody, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Smells decent.
T: Follows the nose with notes of roasted malt, raisins, and molasses with a bit of coffee in the finish. It has a woody quality to it as well. Pretty straight-forward.
M: Body that’s on the thinner side of medium, smooth carbonation, a bit of a watery mouthfeel but it isn’t too bad.
O: Went well with a meal and was pretty solid all around. Above average.

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Deep brown with two-finger light tan head. Big bubbles.

S - Very unique smell. Roasted malts, candy, toffee, raisin bread, maple syrup

T- slight burnt characteristics, toffee, roasted malts, slight watery taste.

M- A bit thin, nothing overly impressive, well carbonated

O- A good brown ale. Worth keeping around. Flavorful and easy to drink.

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

Notes from 7/28/11. On tap in Milwaukee.

A - Medium to dark brown in colour with a small amount of white head

S - Nutty with some light chocolate.

T - Roated nuts with light chocolate and coffee notes. Some bitterness and a decent overall sweetness. Like a light porter.

M - Light body; light to moderate carbonation.

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.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,575 ratings.