Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 69
Gots: 187 | 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 lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a near black beer in color, with a thick tan head and a fair amount of lace.
Aroma of dark fruit, sweet chocolate, and roasted malt.
Chocolate taste, some cherry, and coffee. It tasted better than the aroma suggested, and was pretty sweet.
The sweetness made for a more rich and filling mouthfeeel than I expected.
Still, not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm goin' with this as being done in the 'Southern Brown" style, as described by those who delineate such things.

Quite dark for a brown - almost porter color, faded burgundy highlights on around the edge. Thin pad of head initially, settling out to a ring around the edges. Lacing, bah!

Faint estery aromas with some raisin and sweet chocolate. Very light hop and coffee notes as well.

Almond Joy notes. Rounded fruitiness (cherry) upfront, mellows out slow. Chocolate predominant, thin toffee soon following. Light-moderate dry bitterness threading throughout.

Mild tug of carbonate on the tongue - smooths out quick. Medium, subtly viscous body. Really just rolls on through nicely overall.

Pleasure to drink. Yes, sir, I like it.

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

Though I've had it before, I got Turbodog in this month's BotM shipment & decided it deserves a review.

Poured into a shaker: Dark brown, approaching black, with dark ruby/orange highlights. Finger of cappuccino head, retains nicely but leaves no lacing.

Good smell of semi-sweet chocolate & a little coffee, with sort of a very mild, grassy bitterness. Not a strong smell, & a little sharp, but good stuff going on.

Moderate chocolate in the taste, a touch sour, like Hersheys. Some slightly roasty undertones, not super-dark, though. Restrained bitterness, a little citric, just enough to balance but not really providing any citrus flavor. Nice malty aftertaste.

Nice medium-bodied brew, active & just a little sharp from carbonation.

English browns are not my favorite style, but I find this one very well done & more flavorful than most. Not a huge beer but tasty, could definitely see repeat performances. My favorite from the regular Abita line-up.

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

Very true to its style. A great brown ale.
Pours a brown almost black color with a tan head and some good lacing.
Smells kind of spicy with sweetness.
Tastes spicy (can't pinpoint one) good malty sweetness with some decent hop character.
Mouthfeel was better than average.
Quite drinkable.

Photo of jampics2
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.  An old favorite from my college days in New Orleans, let's see how this stacks up to today's palate.  

Looks nice in the glass, a brown color with ruby edges.  The smooth tan head sticks around with good lace. A good start, never drank it out of a glass in college - those red plastic cups just don't look the same!

Turbodog smells like chocolate, caramel, earthy hops and just a touch of nuttiness. And just a smudge of soy sauce. Ah, memories, I remember the first time someone pointed out the soy sauce edge the hops and nuttiness put out.  But it's not bad, just unique.  

The taste is full of creamy milk chocolate with some earthiness, caramel, and sugar. Touch of hops but not very expressive, nuttiness is really weird and unpleasant to me.  Overall, this just falls way short of the modern American brown ales that have more roasted chocolate malt presence or even more hops. It's on par with Newcastle, and that's not saying much.  

The beer has a creamy carb but very light body. Finish is sweet with a touch of lingering soy sauce.  A good beer for a college boy, but not the best brown ale for a working man. 

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours that dark and tepidly translucent brown of a brown ale. Nice tan foamy head. Smell is like a song of sweet dark malts, very nice. First taste is blended oh-so-well, nutty with a twang of hops at the end. Carbonated beautifully well, finish is smooth as pudding. Drinkability is pretty good, even if the abv seems higher than it actually is. A brown ale that I really like!

Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew that went perfect with the Jambayla. Pours quite dark with a real roasty nose. The mouthfeel is fairly thin but very drinkable. I liked the way it worked with the food and I wanted another one fairly soon. Hope this beer makes it up to BC one day

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent dark brown ale, almost black, nice dark caramel taste, light mouthfeel considering the smell and taste, slightly above average head with medium duration
overall i think its a good beer but im not a stout fan, still like it enough, worth a shot to people new to stout/porter styles

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

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruby-brown color, more red than mahogony, with a fluffy tan head that reduced unevenly. When held up to the light you can see the carbonation bubbling its way up.

Has a malty toffee smell, slightly roasted, with hints of vanilla.

Thin, roasted malt flavor, black coffee bitters, slight hops, and plenty of carbonation bite. This carbonation doesn't really work well with this beer, in my opnion.

Mouthfeel is thin, and sharp with the carbonation.

Drinkable enough, I suppose; I bought this as a single at World Market, and won't be running back to get a 6 pack of it.

Photo of shand
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A great, dark (just a hair away from black), barely translucent brew. I barely got any head though, which is strange after reading some other reviews.

Smell: Roasted malts with coffee hints.

Taste: Oh god, something is terribly wrong here. It tastes pretty good going down, it's pretty malty with just a hint of coffee to temper the taste. But the aftertaste is absolutely metallic and terrible. Ruins the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Very light and drinkable, at least before the aftertaste hits. Probably a little too carbonated straight from the bottle, and a bit too flat after it's had a bit of time to settle.

Drinkability: I finished about 2/3rds of this before the aftertaste got to me and I dumped the rest. Shame, this could have been good. I wouldn't be adverse to trying it again, I could have a bad bottle since my head was nearly non-existent.

Photo of mralphabet
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Blackish brown, with a hint of red. Finger and a half of tan head, that settles to a nice layer and ring.... wonderful lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malt, hints of toffee, coffee and chocolate.

T: First thing I'm getting is sweet malt up front with notes of toffee, coffee and a touch of chocolate, followed with a nice hit of hops that balances things out. Aftertaste has a very light bitterness to it, with a little alcohol burn at the end.

M: Too levels here.. Med bodied with a little sharpness to the carbonation, but as it warms it moves to a heavier level and the carbonation fades.

D: Wow this is a very drinkable brew... Low ABV and good flavors make this a nice session brew, but it also can be a sit back and enjoy it kind of beer. Great mix of things.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a squatty 12ozer for $1.54 at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT. There's numbering on the back label for indicating a best by date, but nothing is notched. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A heavy pour gives a big 3" of mocha colored head that jiggles like jello when the glass is tapped. The brew itself is highly carbonated and clear dark brown. Smell is a strong dose of mixed raw grains, silage, molasses, a bit of smoky roasted malt, some earthy nut aspects especially as it warms. The mouthfeel is quite light and drinkable, bordering on watery, despite the huge malt nose. Taste is also very thin, not nearly as intense as the smell. Mild caramel sweetness, some mixed malt body, a hint of vanilla. Finishes clean with a little lingering roasted malt.

Yeah I gotta call it watery, it's really really thin, but that makes it chuggable. Gone in an instant.

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

Poured from 12o brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by 11/10/10 lasered on bottle neck. Received as part of gift beer of the month club shipment.

A: Deep chestnut with ruby edges and substantial 2-finger light beige head with good retention and scattered lacing all down the glass.

S: Very roasty and caramel infused with no discernible hoppiness

T: Very nutty and caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor accompanied by grape sweetness. A mildly bitter hoppiness comes through in the finish. A very sweet, caramelly brown ale. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A little too light in body and a little too much carbonation. Dull cardboardy aftertaste.

D: Not a bad brown ale and probably the best Abita brew.

Photo of magine
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams new style pint glass.

Pours a dark roasted caramel brown. Has a light tan chunky head that settles to a lacy island. Brew leaves good lacing and has a thin wispy island left behind. Good looking brew, especially for the style.

Brew smells of malts; chocolate, caramel. Yeasts and some slight hops in there as well. Good pleasant smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and refreshing; chocolate nutty malts, also can pick up a crispness provided by the hops. Is a very light easy drinking brew, more carbonated then anything else as far as feel goes. Thats not to say that the beer is overly thin, just goes down way easy. Good taste.

This is a very drinkable brew. Will it satisfy a big flavorful brew need? No. But it is a good solid drinkable brown ale that will not offend. It just isn't going to make you say"holy sh!t !!"... At 5.6% alcohol it will definitely make for a good session.

Photo of aranheaney
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, date best by 8-19-10, but when served with Jambalaya on NFL Opening Day, I decided to let it slide...

A-deep, dark brown, almost black, nice two finger head and long lasting lace

S-Malt, Nutty, Caramel and Toffee, the nuttiness really comes through

T-Really Nice, carbonated up front, pleasant throughout and nice clean finish

M-see the above, this is a really excellent beer

D-Sessionable, went well with the Jambalaya...

Photo of ncredible1
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The color of the brew is brown, with rich burgundy hues mixed in there as well. Nice carbonation.

S- The aromas are of sweet, roasted malts primarily. On the finish there is an ever so slight aroma of bitter hops.

T- A well balnced taste but nothing that says wow. First there is some semi chocolate flavors that has some caramel/toffee with a hint of ground nuts Just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Good solid medium body.

D- This is an excellent beer. I keep these around when friends are over whom seem to like this. I do enjoy a couple of these at a time. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants to have a very good example of a brown ale! However not in the same league as Rogue Hazelnut brown or Samuel Smiths Nut Brown Ale.

Photo of OldeGolde
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Laughing Dog beer glass, when I held this brew up to the light it was a dark blood red. In regular lighting- a rich dark brown that you can't see through- what's in there? Something dangerous perhaps...
The smell sums this beer up for me- it's got things going on (chocolate, barley, a little bitter), but it dies off a little short. Same with the taste- ends up slightly on the watery side despite keeping it real most of the way. This also brings down the points for mouthfeel, it's a little on the thin side for me. However, you can't forget that it's an ale, so despite the fact that it leans towards stout (oh yeah), it's up front about the ale factor, which explains the wateryness. All in all, a super solid brew, especially for the price, and one that I could see myself drinking quite a few of in one night. Will buy again.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep,burnet brown with a creamy,tan head that stood two fingers tall and exhibited really good retention.Consistent ribbons of lace and medium carbonation were also present.

S-Instant coffee,glazed almonds and toasted brown bread.The coffee roastiness,initially,gave way to caramel sweetness,toast and a slight raisin quality.

T-Taste was very similar to the nose.Roasted,mild bitterness upfront that preceded cooked sugar sweetness and a sundried earthiness.

M-Medium bodied with complementary carbonation.Smooth with an understated creaminess and slightly dry finish.

D-Above average drinkability.Quite sessionable.

Photo of johnwarne
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Hurricane proof ale,
Louisiana's English.
Worthy contender".

Revisited the Turbodog: solid offering of the style, with easy drinkability coupled with initial tastes like you would expect from the genre. Fades a little, though, after several sips/pulls. Not bad: just not great.


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

A: Deep, deep brown, with frothy tan head with good retention. Nice lacing on this dark looking brown ale.

S: Big time coffee notes, along with the obvious roasted malts. Has a good toasted smell to it.

T: Roasted malt and a toasted, almost nutty, taste. The next wave of flavor is certainly coffee, and a decent amount of it. This was also pretty strong tasting for a brown ale, almost in stout territory.

M: Nice and frothy, lower carbonation and body, but somehow a solid creaminess to it, impressed.

D: I must say, had this in a bottle and was good, had it on tap and was better. A great offering from Abita, nice to see all the way up here!

Photo of ryanonline
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesomely awesome damn near black brown. has a nice tan head, and decent thick lacing.

smells malty and slightly roasty, not a hint of hops to be sniffed. malt is like bran.

the flavor is more or less the same with maybe a hint of anise, and a bit more pronounced roastiness.

clean and crisp thinish body. dryish finish.

very drinkable.

a more drinkable and nuanced brown ale than i am used to, but still really good.

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

Abita Turbodog is a very dark berry-brown colored ale with a sand colored head that fades to a film and leaves pretty nice lacing. It has a faint, grainy aroma. It smells roasty and a touch sweet. It's pretty light bodied, pretty smooth and a little watery at the finish. It's lightly flavored with a smooth roastiness. There are notes of chocolate and malt balls. It's a little sweet, without much bitterness. It's very simple and pretty easy drinking.

Photo of Sudsy89
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, chilled

Pours a dark brown-amber, has a beige one-finger head that lasts awhile. Seems to have a low amount of carbonation. Aroma is very much like a porter, mostly sweet chocolate-caramel, roasted malts. Has a medium-bodied mouthfeel to it, and the taste matches the aroma, very malty, on the sweet side but not too much, has a nice little hop finish. I really enjoyed this beer, would say it has a high "drinkability" for me.
This is the second Brown Ale I've tried, after Newcastle, and I definitely like Turbodog more, it doesn't seem as bland or thin. Abita did right with this one, it's good!

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep brown in color, with a tan head that retreats quick. Lacing is spotty and minimal.
S: Nice aroma of toffee and roasted nuts.
T/M: A smooth mouthfeel, a very subtle roasted nut and chocolate notes. A good one, but nothing really going on that is outstanding.
D: This is a very drinkable brew, nice job on the style interpretation. A easy, smooth drink.

Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking beer sitting in the glass. Extremely dark brown, bordering on black. With a pillowy brown head.

All smells are subtle, but present. Mostly a combination of chocolat and malty scents.

I like the taste. There's some bittersweet chocolate, but also some toffee notes to balance it. Also some hoppy bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel borders on complex as it starts out bitter with the chocolate, then a bit sweet from the toffee before finishing slightly bitter from the hops. All the flavors are strong so the feeling in the mouth is aggressive.

Mostly drinkable. Big strong flavors and a strong mouth feel may turn off some.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.