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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 Traquairlover


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark rich, red oak, fair sized light tan head, good retention, nice foam covering on surface after is dissipated. Medium lacing.

S = Rich chocolate with fresh baked biscuit scents, Some earthy hops come through as well.

T = Same rich chocolate that was in the smell is also in the taste, there is also a nice level bitterness that helps to balance the malts and maintain a nice drinkable beer. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

M = Great mouthcoating, good medium body, only drawback is a slight sting on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 22:50:38 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with minimal head but does leave some lacing behind, black to dark brown-orange in hue, doesn't seem "opaque" but is. Toasty, malty nose, on the whole not very expressive, clean as the spring water component shines through, carob, mild graininess, sweetness in check with only a breeze of hops. Medium-bodied, however, comes across as watery and semi-dilute, very initial impression of warm chocolate cake, coffee and marzipan falls off a cliff by the mid-palate. Solid jolt of carbonation tries to waken the patient. Also appears to shuffle towards an uptick of bitterness at the end but doesn't quite get there. Decent graininess, not flawed or nothing, just boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 22:44:17 | More by farrago
Photo of bataround


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a ruby brown color and was topped off with a very creamy. Good carbonation. There's some roastiness and caramel notes in the aroma, but overall weak in that regard. Is this a porter or a brown ale? I'm not sure I could distinguish, but it doesn't matter because the flavor is very pleasant. Roasted chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee come through with a nice underlying bitterness. Very drinkable and well made.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 17:35:56 | More by bataround
Photo of sonicdescent


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, original drink had 1/10

Pours a dark but translucent brown with two fingers of thick head leaving a crown with nice retention throughout the drink.

Smells mostly of hops. I smelled and smelled and smelled trying to sense something else, but couldn't.

Tastes very bold but balanced, a nice mixture of the previously smelled hops and a good malt with a bite but not bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation.

I would buy this again and would love to session it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:00:08 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of CampusCrew


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a long time agok and thought it was alright. Now I love it. One of my favorites. Hardly a brown ale. More like a stout.

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony

smell: light hops, coffee and chocolate

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth. I was ultra impressed

Highly recommended beer and I will make a it a staple. Can;t understand the b rating. It's a easy A

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 00:04:16 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of treyrab


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why it took me so long to try this, but I finally got one and poured it into my tulip tonight...

A: The appearance of this beer neaerly floored me. It did floor me. It pours so gracefully with a dark brown with ruby and copper hues. The head is a solid two fingers and leaves sticky, foamy lacing along the glass.

S: The smell is intriguing. It smells very spicy with clove and slight banana accompanied by chocolate malts and munich malts. The scent is like nothing I ever smelled before. The German yeast really does something interesting here.

T: The taste is similar to the smell but a bit lighter. Taste is pretty spicy from the yeast with a solid chocoalte backbone and caramel malts. There is a touch of roast in there as well.

This beer surprised me and was very interesting. I would definitely recommend it and try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 05:00:26 | More by treyrab
Photo of corey0212


4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had to try one after seeing the tap handle so many times on "True Blood"!

Pours a nice mahogany/chestnut color, with reddish highlights when held to light, foamy tan head fades into a fine film on top of the beer, a few spots of lacing here and there. Nice roasty aromas, cocoa powder, some toffee. Some bitter coffee flavors, more cocoa, biscuity/doughy. This is something I'd never turn down, and would be an easy go-to beer at the dinner table. Nice one!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 22:57:09 | More by corey0212
Photo of albern


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much more you can add to 500+ reviews of this beer, but I had it on tap recently and it is a very nice brown ale, not overly complex or profound, but a quality brown ale for most any occasion or food pairing. The beer has a nice creamy head, pours a very dark brown, impenetrable to light. There is a slightly yeasty nose on the beer, in addition to the roasted malts underneath.

The taste is quite nice. There is ample caramel malts, roasted brown malts, some hop balance in the finish that rounds out the smoothness. The beer is light to medium bodied, slightly refreshing, and a nice beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2009 19:49:40 | More by albern
Photo of Gehrig


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this with lunch, a delicious bison bacon burger. One and one-half fingers of somewhat tan froth cap a dark brown body. Short duration and little lacing left on the pint glass. Good roasted coffee aroma with some toffee and dark chocolate lingering. These carry forward nicely into the taste, which is nicely malted. Up to this point, it's a pretty good representative of the style. Yet the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. The texture is somewhat thin and it flattens a bit in the second half.

In all, not a bad beer--not one I'll go far and wide to get, but I say that as much about the style, which has never been very high on my list, as about the beer. Not bad, and worthy of a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 21:01:48 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

Pours a dark mahogany with a decent, cream-colored head that is not too persistent. Aroma is strong and malty with just a hint of miso and fruit - maybe lemon. Flavor lives up to the promise of the aroma and color, being fairly strong and malty with an undertone of caramel and just a slip of sweetness. Texture is tingly and smooth, leaving a satisfying finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:35:41 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Jablonski


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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a black color that is amber when held to the light. One inch head that goes down quick with no lacing. Very malty aroma that smells like chocolate and bread. Also has tastes of chocolate, caramel, and toasted grains. The beer is a bit overcarbonated, but it is one of the only non-watery Abita beers. Easy to have 3 or 4 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 02:53:35 | More by Jablonski
Photo of Walken


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita: Turbodog, Brown Ale (No freshness date) (Tasted 12/22/08)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, mocha colored head sits one millimeter thick, no lacing.
Odor: Rich malty aromas dominate. Bread crust, chocolate, almost cake-like with some dried fruit and hop spice in the background.
Consistency: Full, firm body. Feel is smooth and slightly crisp. Carbonation is moderate.
Flavor: This is one malty little devil, but it's still dry enough to be drinkable and ridiculously smooth. What can't German yeast accomplish? Rich brown bread & chocolate flavors sit over a layer of subtle caramel sweetness. Bitterness is clean, one notch below fully balancing the beer. Other than that, hops lay low until the dry, malty finish, leaving some spicy hop on the palate to linger along with a distinct chocolate & roast flavor.

Being a lover of brown ales, this is a go-to beer for me. It's not overly complex, but it packs a whole lot of flavor for such a small ale. I'm almost surprised that this isn't classified as an ABA. I'd like to see an Imperial version of this beer called Turbogod, btw.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 19:06:14 | More by Walken
Photo of GirlMeetsBrass


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I admit to only wanting to try this beer for the name. Found a bottle at Mac-a-Doodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Pours very dark with cream-colored head that diminishes to more of a glaze. Lots of lacing that hangs around for some time.

Smell vaguely reminiscent of soy sauce with a malty overtone.

Taste is pleasant, hints of roasted coffee. Lots of carbonation. Sharp malty bitterness. Finishes crisply, nice medium body that is not overpowering. Easy to drink.

Overall this is a decent example of a brown ale, although I would probably not go out of my way to purchase it again. Nothing about the beer jumps out at me as being particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 02:25:12 | More by GirlMeetsBrass
Photo of Brew33


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this beer for some time now, I picked up a single at the Party Source.

Dark brown beer with ruby hue. Solid half inch of off white/tan head. It smelled sweet and malty. Promising....

The taste was even. Sweet roasted malt, light bitterness balanced out all the sweetness. Not bad. Very drinkable, smooth. Medium body.

Not bad, not great. Just okay. I would drink it again but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 14:31:42 | More by Brew33
Photo of bmwats


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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown (no, really dark). Lightly carbonated. Pours into a one and a half finger head, off-white, milky head. Settles fairly slowly into a thin coating on the surface. Some carbonation clings to the sides of the glass as it does settle. Leaves solid lacing as you drink it down (. . .it's easy to tell where you started).

S: Dark roasted malt, wheat, bittersweet chocolate, coffee.

T: Hops and chocolaty malt.

M: Hops comes into play first, then the dark roasted malt which lingers for the aftertaste. The malt really filters up into the nose. Feels more carbonated in the mouth than it really is.

D: Robust, flavorful, refreshing.

This brew has good atmosphere, and alot of flavor. Complex nose. Really good drinkability. . . good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 04:20:56 | More by bmwats
Photo of Spikester


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with some red highlights. Head was massive tan color with plenty of lacing.
There was even some of the head left in the bottom of the glass when the liquid was gone.
Aroma was pleasant, malty.
Taste is mild chocolate, roasty sweet malt and enough hop bitterness to balance the beer.
A pleasant enough experience. No big surprises though.
Abv might be a bit high for the style. Drinkability is quite good. The tastiest Abita product thus far.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 06:15:52 | More by Spikester
Photo of thejewthatbrews


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had from a bottle into a glass. Served chilled, and allowed to warm up while drinking(as if I had a choice).

Malty smell, with a nice, deep brown color. Slightly heavier mouthfeel than something like Downtown Brown(Lost Coast), but still very easy to handle. Very fine, sparkling carbonation that adds an almost soda-like effect to the feel.

Taste is great. Malty as a brown ale should be, with just a bit of residual sweetness and a very light, pleasant hop character. Fisrt to hit the tongue is sweetness, then chocolatey, roasty malt flavors, then a drying bitterness, with just a bit of leftover malt. Dryness is great. Makes you want to drink more.

All in all, very drinkable, and very enjoyable, especially since I picked this one up without even reading the label or knowing the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 07:11:01 | More by thejewthatbrews
Photo of pumarocks


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried Turbodog at the Bourbon Street Distillery in downtown Indy. It is a great place to have a beer before the Colts game. This brew is malty! It is very dark in color with a rich flavor and brisk hop finish. Its so good, we came back and had another!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 23:00:45 | More by pumarocks
Photo of spointon


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

I had this one at Moe Joes in Plainfield, IL on 12/06/2008.

A= This ale poured a mostly clear, deep reddish brown color with a 1" light tan head. Lots of sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Aromas of toasty malts, bitter coffee, carob sweetness, chocolate, and caramel.

T= Like the smell, taste was dominated by roasted/toasted grains, some caramel malt sweetness, and bitter notes of coffee and burnt cocoa beans. Finish was short and mildly bitter (more roasted grain).

MF= Medium bodied with a slightly "too high" carbonation level. Very much a palate cleansing brew.

D= A decent beer and probably one of the few brown ales that I like well enough to have again. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 05:40:19 | More by spointon
Photo of theghost3


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a two-finger tan head. Scent is toasted malts with faint chocolate. The taste is strong of coffee, chocolate & toasted malt. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than I expected, not real thick. This is a drinkable beer that's not too filling, however, the high carbonation is a little much.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:44:55 | More by theghost3
Photo of baos


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Marsh on State Road 135 south of Greenwood. They have a nice little section where you can make your own six pack for 8.99. This was one of the choices.

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Darn brown with a reddish tint and good clarity. 2 finger tan head that stick around pretty good and sticks to the sides really good.

S: Nice roasty nuttiness with a touch of hop spice.

T: Nice dark nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of nutmeg. Warm and caramelly this beer went way past expectations for me.

M: Medium to full with a nice creaminess. Most brown ales I've had are really wimpy in feel this one is really nice.

D: Grows on you as it warms in your glass getting a bit more spicier as it warms. A great brew. Try one on.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 00:19:55 | More by baos
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Turbodog poured a dark brown with a single finger foam head that didn't stay long. The retention was minimal. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma roasty and nutty. The taste was crisp up front then finished with a malty sweetness. In the mouth it was pretty lively then left maltiness on the tongue. Not a bad English Brown but a step below the Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:29:13 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of cvfish


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured dark brown with hints of red on the outside when held up to the light, a foamy white head was produced that did not lace or stick around

S - The aromas that where produced where some roasted malts, some toffee, and fleeting hops

T - This beer was nice on the palate, some sweet nutty tastes, light roasted malts and brown sugar

M - The mouthful was light to medium, but again the killer for me was the higher than I like carbonation accompanied with this beer

D - This beer really tasted good, although it was not what I expected when I saw a Brown Ale, none the less it was good. Still, I have to dock points for the carbonation levels in this beer

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 03:31:09 | More by cvfish
Photo of tmoneyba


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle as part of party pack ON 03/01/2005.

Poured a black color with a medium tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Aroma was combo of hops and bitter chocolate. Moderate chocolate bittersweet flavor with a black and tan type finish of moderate duration.

Best of the Abita beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 22:20:27 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of philbe311


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

A - Dark mahogany color, yet translucent, with a crisp slight tan head that leaves very solid lacing during the session... So far so good...

S - Malt, malt, and more malt, but not overwhelming... Perhaps a faint nuttiness and toffee...

T - Smooth malt and toffee... Highly enjoyable, but not complex... Simple is okay as long as it works, and in this case, it does...

M - Light bodied and thin, especially for an English Brown Ale... Refreshing, but not too complex...

D - Drinkable, but not overly memorable... Enjoyable, and I would gladly welcome another pint, though I'm not sure I'll seek out to purchase...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 17:51:53 | More by philbe311
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.