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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,542
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 75
Gots: 205 | 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 Lauthaha
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Ultra-dark ruby/mahogany color. About 90% opaque, but held to light, there is some pretty vivid carbonation visible. Head is a milky beige which leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Remains at a height of about 1/2 cm.

Smell: Mellow, sweet maltiness. Just a touch of vanilla extract within a toffee/caramel malt base. Hops (if any) are floral, otherwise, there's a touch of flowery/fruity presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: First sip is sweet, and slightly oily. The malt presence is very noticeable. As it sits on the tongue, the carbonation comes to life, and the hops really shine through. Bitterness without being overpowering. A little added flavoring or spice (maybe some nutmeg) and just a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste is bittersweet; no cloying, no sourness. Amazing.

Drinkability: This is a great, drinkable beer. Great by itself, but with the potential to be paired with food.

I love the English Brown Ale. As with most of my contemporaries, my first introduction to the genre was with Newcastle, and as such, I base most comparisons of EBAs on that beer...that being said, this one shines above Newcastle. It's more flavorful and similarly priced. Given the choice, I would choose Turbodog from now on over Newcastle.

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

This "brown ale" is more like a stout in both color and taste. What holds it back is the body, which is a touch light for a beer of this color and palate. However, this lack of body may work in Turbodog's favor as it becomes extremely drinkable and approachable compared to more burly stouts. The roasty aroma of coffee and cocoa is quite nice; however, I had to literally stick my nose in the beer to get a worthy whiff. Appearance is a lovely dark brown with ruby at the edges. As seems to be the theme with this beer, the flavor is lighter than expected, too. What you do get of the flavor is quite wonderful, though: a roasty onslaught of coffee and marshmallows roasting on a fire.

While serious beer drinkers may be slightly underwhelmed with this beer's showing, it is undoubtedly a phenomenally balanced beer. It would be a great almost-session brew for a dark beer lover, or a great intro brew for the dark beer skeptic.

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been eyeing this beer for a while, and finally decided to give it a try.

Has a lovely appearance. Produces about two and a have fingers thick of light tan head that has perfect retention. The body of the brew is cleanly filtered and is dark copper/ruby red in color.

A pretty malty aroma... Some sweet bready notes, maybe some cola like characteristics, and a slight metallic hops presence with a hint of tea.

Taste wise it seems to be on par with the style: tea characteristics, sweet bread, and herbal qualities.

Feels medium in body with an oily slickness, except the brew leaves the palate a little dry. Great beer and I'm glad I finally gave this one a try.

Photo of Jeffro96
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a fan of dark flavorful ales and this beer met that mark well.

It started with a cream colored head two fingers thick in a frosted pint glass. The aroma was light but smelled of of sweetness and maybe a hint of fruit or citrus.

on the tongue it started with a mild sweetness that hinted at chocolate and coffee or toffee mingled with malt and perhaps bread followed by a slightly fruity lightly citrus flavor and a bite of hops and warm alcohol.

this beer finishes a bit dry and lingers on the palate, but in a good way. Good balance over all. A must try for any beer drinker.

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

Dark brown pour, with a light tan head, and not much lacing.

Aroma is nice and malty, with some coffee and light chocolate notes.

Taste is much of the same, with a hint of hops and bittersweet.

Feel is medium in body, medium carbonation, and clean.

Drinkability is solid, multiples would be easy.

Photo of Retsinis
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass. Pours nearly black, with a thin foamy head that rises about an inch, then fades with no lacing.

Not much going on Aroma wise, some hazelnut, raisin, but that is not unusual for the style.

Taste has some rye bread notes and mild toffee that lingers.

The mouthfeel is mostly carbonation and dry, but is not offensive.

The packaging of this beer is very simple, and might be why I had low expectations of this beer. ( not fair, agreed, and packaging in know way makes up for quality)

Overall, Being a british style nut brown ale, my base comparison would be new castle, though this is better, it not by much.

Had this beer at my brothers, and I know that I have seen these sit on shelves at Bevmo for a while here, so it is very possible I just had one that was past it's prime. Would try fresh and re-review if possible.

Photo of RRoeb1123
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from bottle.

Appearance: Decent head on the beer, but fades quickly, and leaves a nice spotty lacing.

Smell: Caramel, hints of chocolate, toffee, and some slight fruit esters come through, very pleasant and mellow.

Taste: No surprise here, the roastiness and malts come through very pleasantly. Nice balance on the flavors. Hints of chocolate, toffee, caramel, and a slight earthiness come through.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation. It is slightly thin to me, but it was good. It washes over your palate well, allowing you to pick up the notes well.

Drinkability: Above average. I found it quite good overall.

Photo of r0nyn
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Stone pint glass.

Pours a translucent chestnut brown that's pretty dark in the glass. Fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some loose, spotty lacing. Smell is full of roasted malts with some hops on the back end. There some mild chocolate character that's pretty subdued.

Light and malty to open things up, with a more pronounced, but still rather subdued chocolate nuance. Can taste the grains toward the end, along with some very slight hoppy bitterness that disappears quickly. Bit of a nuttiness as well. Mouthfeel is distressingly thin and has just a little too much carbonation. Finishes pretty dry too, leaving my palate searching for something more substantial.

Drinkability is above average, as I wouldn't mind putting away a couple of pints of this in a sitting. I just wish there there was a bit more oomph to it, but I'm not going to fuss so much over it. A solid, drinkable brew from Abita.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Good one finger head that dissipates promptly leaving just a little lacing. Dark brown and slightly reddish body.

Understated aroma of sweet malt. Just a hint of toffee.

Bigger flavor than the aroma would predict. Roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Very mild in bitterness.

Fairly smooth mouthfeel, decent level of carbonation. Very solid offering.

Photo of knowledge
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Very distinct head yet recedes quickly. The body is very, very dark, and has a definite taste of tamarind. Treat this beer with respect as it gives you pleasure in its session.

I really enjoyed the flavor as it is astringent with a lemony aftertaste.


Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark dark brown with a a very nice head

The aroma is sweet, buttery with a toasted biscuit nose. nice.

The taste is carbonation upfront, with a sweet malt taste. The carbonation milds out and leaves a dry roasted taste in the mouth.

The mouth is a little abrasive at first but quickly mellows along with the taste

3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tried last night at han's bierhaus in houston, tx. poured a medium color brown with not much of a head. its very smooth and doesn't a bitter after taste like some of the american versions of the english brown ale i've had before. will definitely try again.

edit: gave this another try saturday at lucky's pub downtown and i swear it tasted like watered down hot chocolate. word to the wise, never judge a beer on how it tastes when you're already drunk.

Photo of Rifugium
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Jimmy's No. 43, NYC, NY.

Dark reddish-brown color. A moderate tan head with noticeable carbonation. Roasty malts in the aroma, a tinge of chocolate, but mostly burnt coffee, which was kind of a turn off. Taste full of dry cocoa and burnt coffee; not too appealing. Somewhat thin and highly carbonated. Bitter, burnt aftertaste. Overall, not very drinkable, due mainly to the burnt taste and subsequent unpleasant aftertaste.

Photo of mikeg67
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot, Rocport TX. Pours a dark brown with a small, tan short lasting head. Aroma is dark fruit and roasted malt. Flavor begins with espresso and nutty malt, but ends as spoiled fruit. May be it was a bad bottle. Not sure if I will try it again.

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

12 oz. brown bottle with no date indicated, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark brown color with reddish highlights. A couple of fingers of tan head with a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is of sweet maltiness with some faint chocolate notes, along with a light smell of hops.

T: The taste is not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to expect; instead it is pretty dry. Nutty, roasted grains lend to a medium amount of bitterness.

M: Thin body that is moderately carbonated. Leaves a lightly bitter aftertaste.

D: I'd say so-so. A good beer, but the bitterness overshadows the malts in a disappointing way.

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

Poured a big 3" head which took quite a while to dissipate but when it did hardly left a trace. Deep dark Van Dyke brown with redish highlights when poured and held to the light. Nose and taste have caramel and sweet malt, and the finish is a pretty long caramel ride. Really quite the quality beer for the reasonable price.

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

On tap at the Evening Star in Alexandria, VA.

Turbodog is a dark hazelnut color with crimson highlights. The head is a half inch thick, has good retention and leaves ample lacing. The appearance is fabulous. The aroma is mild, containing malt, subtle sweetness, and an earthy scent. The beer is very malty with minimal, if any, hop bitterness, definitely in accordance with the style. The beer is simple and straightforward, with no detectable flaws or shortcomings. The feel is full bodied, especially given the low alcohol content of the beer. I had no problem enjoying two pints of this brew. I have never had it in the bottle, so I can't vouch for it there, but served fresh and on draft it was a very enjoyable brown ale.

Photo of JayS2629
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark muddy reddish black with creamy tan head with ok lacing.

S- Roasted coffee and cocoa

T- Roasted coffee, toffee hints, cocoa, and earthy tones almost dirty tasting.

M- Crisp, medium bodied with a creamy feel but dry finish.

D- Nothing impressive. Earthy taste brings drinkability down. Easy enough to drink, but would prefer not to.

Photo of FishMan123
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A BotMC bottle.

Preface: this reminds me of some porters. I'm not good at reviewing porters. They seem like a cross between a weak stout and an oddly flavored ale. But that said...

A: Pours a deep, reddish brown, almost black. A nice creamy tan head that fades a bit too quickly.

S: Roasted toffee/coffee

T: Not bad tasting. Roasted toffee favor, but much lighter than expected based on the appearance. The flavor rises a bit in the aftertaste. Not objectionable.

M: Light, crisp, nicely carbonated.

D: Not very heavy, no bitterness.

Overall, this beer isn't bad, but seems a bit 1-dimensional.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark to black with ruby hearts of light, a good two fingers of slight beige head that quickly curtains lace.

Smells of cocoa puff cereal and milk, not kidding, roasty malt notes and thats about it.

Sweet and chocolate at first, with a very slight bitter to the end, not a bad flavor, just like the smell, not complex or mind blowing just cocoa puffs.

Very smooth feel to it, with a thin body and miniature carbonation.

Drinkable yes, for a sixer among buddies, but eh nothing to pleasing here, nothing offensive either.
Decent price snagged 6 for $9 bucks.

Photo of chaz01
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from the Beer of the Month Club, reviewed from my tasting notes.

A: Dark brown and opaque color. Thick foamy tan head.

S: Fruity raisins with a bready malty aroma.

T: Malty sweetness with a little tinny orange caracao taste, then finishes withe some coffee notes. As the beer warms, more chocolate and coffee flavors emerge and the tinniness vanishes.

M: Medium to full bodied, thick and rich mouthfeel.

D: There's a bit tartness in this originally that I found detracted from the beer, although it definitely improves as the beer warms.

Photo of callmeclemens
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first browns ale's ive had.

My first impression which stood out through the entire bottle was a toffee, carmel flavor with just malted edge to it that was nice, and though I thought it would it failed to turn bitter at any point.The bottle was sevred up nice and cold, and this bottle went down nice and quick. A perfect change of base beer for a nice day.

Photo of katybee
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A dark, bitter, malty Budweiser, was my first impression. This ale was quite different from the sweet creaminess of the malty blonde doppelbock lager I recently sampled. Perhaps this is the difference between an ale and a lager, yet the Turbodog is also "cold-filtered"...

Appearance is a pretty, translucent brown, with a fast dissipating, high foaming head --much like traditional Buds.

Very little smell, definitely towards burnt toasted malts, countered by crisp hops but without the hops sourness on warmup.

Taste to me, is dry and bitter...this is not creamy to the tongue or sweetened. The label depicts wheat grains...This beer tastes like it should be paler yellow, not brown, and wants to be drunk fast, not sipped. Carbonated brightness and cold clarity. There is dimensionality in the malt flavor, but pretty straightforward, but towards the burnt end, and the hops are definitely dry flavored but giving a tingliness accentuated by the carbonation and thinner clarity.

Felt carbonated, thin, clear, tingly....nothing like the creamier blends I've been sampling.

Drinkability average...not as much to be savored in the flavor as some of the herbed or flavored varieties. Not what I expected from a dark brown ale; too straightforward. To be quaffed.

Photo of Bizz88
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark mahogany brown with a nice two fingered tan head, with some light lacing. Aromas of grainy sweet malts predominated the entire sampling. On the palette, burnt molasses, semi-sweet chocolate and malt with a slight metallic finish. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Nothing to write home about for this brew.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5L boot glass

This beer pours a nice mahogany with twinges of orange, a decent frothy beige head. This smelled of some nice malty orange, and hints of the hops peek through but are drowned out by the stronger chocolate malt notes. The taste is notably lack-luster. Not by any means bad, but there is hints of roast and I'm fairly certain I can taste the water in this beer, which I don't find normal for a brown ale. As you may figured out this beer by proxy seems watery to me. All things considered, this is still a good beer, and if it was given to me I would have no problem drinking it. It's a very unimpressive beer, but solid for it's style.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,542 ratings.