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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,323
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 61
Gots: 111 | 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 Stonebreaker


3/5  rDev -17.8%

Appearance: The beer looks like a perhaps slightly darker flat coke, tiny head recedes to nothing almost immediately.

Smell: The smell is weak, with no head that's not surprising I suppose. Very faint dark malt aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable, though short on flavor. It has the feel and taste of a flat cola without the sugar and all the acid. This is my first tasting of an Abita beer and it will no doubt be the last time I buy a beer from them.

10-14-2008 20:53:32 | More by Stonebreaker
Photo of azbadger


3.25/5  rDev -11%

Appearance: Poured a nice brown with dark red highlights, slightly tan head with little lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, nutty, toffee

Taste: Didnt live up to the nice aroma in my opinion. Tasted of roasted malts, light caramel and bit of chocolate

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, felt thin or flat to me especially in comparison to the appearance. may have to try again

Drinkabilty: Average, looked and smelled better than it tasted in my opinion

Serving: bottle

10-12-2008 02:07:45 | More by azbadger
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.43/5  rDev +21.4%

12oz bottle. Pours a murky dark brown body with a thin film of light tan head. Smells very malty, with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar ruling - very pleasing. Tastes like caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with some hints at chocolate and coffee. On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable, definitely disappears before I'm ready to see it go. A flavorful quaffable easy drinking beer. One I'll definitely be getting again - one of the finest brown ales I've had, and definitely makes me think twice about the quality of beers in the South - awesome brew!

10-09-2008 04:47:50 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

poured a deep brown with reddish edges as I hold to the light.
Small off white head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.
Not getting much from the nose..hints of sweet gum, caramel and some roasty edges.
Taste is smooth at first and finishes with a slight bitterness. Some dark roasted malts, bready notes and a hint of crystal and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is ok.

10-08-2008 23:53:37 | More by dmamiano
Photo of GilGarp


4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

Pours from a twist-cap 12oz brown stubby bottle into a globe glass. It has a deep dark brown color with ample off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is rich in dark malts and chocolate.

Flavor is very good with coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee. Well-rounded roasted malts balance well with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good and seems just about right for the style. Drinkability is very good.

I can't really find anything wrong here. This is one that we used to enjoy in college (as a special treat) and it still doesn't disappoint.

10-08-2008 01:38:28 | More by GilGarp


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

A ~ Mostly opaque with beautiful amber sides when back lit. Initial 2 finger head compressed to a 1/4" of creamy, cappuccino colored foam with nice retention & drippy lacing.

S ~ A little bit subdued & soft. As the beer warmed in the glass there was a complex blend of coffee, warm bread, chocolate, caramel & buttery toffee aromas.

T ~ Fresh roasted coffee, butter toffee & dark caramel, a hint of smoke & something nutty. Faint chocolate is more on the bitter side than sweet. I detected a ghostly berry flavor with hops making an appearance on the backside.

M ~ Thinner than it looked trough the pour. Medium body, a little to the soft side with a well balanced, mild level of carbonation. Slick and smooth with a nice clean, even finish.

D ~ This is my first official review of the style. That being said, I have nothing to compare it to. I enjoyed this beer... It's affordable, widely distributed and something I could drink with some regularity. Certainly worth checkin' out if you can.

10-04-2008 23:03:56 | More by TATTORSO
Photo of tronester


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. Smell is of ripe fruit. Taste is quite malty, with hints of chocolate and tobacco. There is also a touch of earthy flavor from the hops. Nice bitterness that clings to your tongue. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation slightly high. Drinkability is good, this is a good beer, a nice example of an English Brown Ale, but a bit on the high side of ABV.

10-03-2008 03:56:09 | More by tronester
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours dark brown with a generous one inch mocha colored head that settles to a foamy beige lace. Good retention.
The aroma of malts and toffee.
The taste was of malts,toffee and hints of chocolate.
The feel was smooth,well balanced,medium carbonation and body. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish,but nothing too distracting.

Notes: One of my personal favorites and my go to English brown ale. A pleasure to have.

09-28-2008 22:34:35 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of BoitSansSoif


4/5  rDev +9.6%

A-A nice looking brew that I would rate higher, but it was a gusher that made a helluva mess in my kitchen. Dark reddish brown w/half-finger frothy head. Retention is ok.
S-Chocolate malt, toffee, light coffee, a little nutty, very faint hops. Some esters are apparent as it warms.
T-There is a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor upfront that opens up to reveal light nut, coffee, toffee, and a flicker of hop bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is roast cafe-mocha. This one is full-flavored and not too sweet.
M-Full velvety body with good carbonation, nice balance of dryness and sweet malt (both are mild) that let the bold flavors within emerge.
D-Quite good. It's too bad I lost so much on the kitchen floor.

09-16-2008 14:21:20 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of erikm25


4.55/5  rDev +24.7%

A: This beer comes out a quick dark chocolate. A creamy brown head of fuzzy hazelnut and mahogany goodness erupts. However, holding it up to the light reveals a very cool looking mixture of hefty brown, dark ruby red, and dense caramel tinting.

S: Toasted sweet coffee and caramel smell at the outset. Roasted nuts paired with malty sweetness give it a fine aroma. Give it a few scents though and you can discern a medium citrus smell that adds an entire different level.

T: I find this beer to be very complex. The first sips yield a toffee and chocolate taste but hidden underneath that layer is roasted dark fruit sweetness. I tend to enjoy this layered taste even more as the glass reaches room temperature and some good southern cuisine awaits. The nutty aftertaste always leaves me looking forward to the next sip.

M: Despite the heavy appearance it is relatively thin and light at the outset. Definitely sweet on spice once you give it a whirl and ponder. However, even with this initial thin body there is a creamy and quite full quality that emerges.

D: IMO, it is a great brown ale and perfect for a quality session. Needless to say, even better on tap. It is one of my favorites from back in the day and just seeing the bottle or hearing the name gives me a good vibe. Perhaps my personal history, coupled with the region, lend me to be a little bias. However, for these personal reasons, and the fact I firmly believe it is a solid around beer, I would proudly put it in my top ten. Additionally, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a very accessible and unique beer from a great brewery.

09-10-2008 00:48:37 | More by erikm25
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

From the depths of the South came this bottle of suds. Into my pint glass it poured a deep brown with a thick tan head, with good retention and great lacing. The nose was semi-sweet like chocolate chips accompanied by some bread, toffee and caramel notes. The flavors were similar but the sweetness took a back seat. Biscuit malt and bittersweet chocolate a la baking along with some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. A good beer for the style (an English Brown Ale) and quite sessionable.

09-09-2008 20:52:00 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Buggies


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a dark brown. I couldn't pick up any really distinct smells. Some light toffee and chocolaty notes, but they must be too subtle for my sniffer to pick up.

Flavor though is quite nice though. This my first beer of this style, and I enjoyed it quite nicely. A very nice chocolate toffee creamy goodness. A touch of bitterness at the end. All around, I would definitely drink a few of these.

09-08-2008 02:18:31 | More by Buggies
Photo of Herrbrokt


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Form bottle into snifter

Deep purple hued brown with real nice tan thick head.

Smells like bread fruits and chocolate chips

Taste is similar but certainly not over done. Nothing overly sweet thank god. Nice balance.

Feels creamy but again not to excess. Well done.

Candy indeed.

09-07-2008 01:57:40 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of Pleepleus

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured a dark brown with some red hues and had a solid inch of foam head with very heavy lacing. Smell was of malty sweet caramel. Tastes of malts and chocolate with some hoppy notes and late bitterness. Definate alcohol warmth in the feel to go with a nice medium body. I have enjoyed this beer for years and plan to for years to come.
I enjoyed this one with a spicy bowl of Jumbalaya, you should too.

09-06-2008 22:40:46 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a brown wiith some amber hues and a rocky head that left some sticky lacing.

Smells of malt, some caramel, and a little hop leaf.

Sweet maltiness, a little chocolate flavor, caramel, and some fairly good bitter edges here, enough to remind you that this is a grown-up beverage.

Fairly mouth filling, but not cloying in any way. Good carbonation present. I enjoyed it, but with the selection at hand, I went on to a different brew. I think I could do a couple, but that's it. Very good beer overall.

09-04-2008 01:39:39 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Enjoyed this at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a quickly-fading half-inch cream head. Not much lacing sticking to the glass as the beer goes down.

Aroma is somewhat spicy with subdued caramel and tofee notes. Not too strong in the nose, but I was also a little stuffy at the time, which could have impaired my judgment.

On the palate, the beer is medium-bodied; flavors of slightly sweet toffee malts show their presence up front, with a bit of nuttiness in there as well, followed up by a fairly intense hit of bitterness that finishes medium-dry and fairly bitter.

The hoppiness reminds me more of an American Brown than an English one, as does the slightly elevated alcohol content. A good beer with the veggie pizza I ate with it, though a more traditional brown ale would probably have paired better. Still, Turbodog is a decent quaffer, and is duly well-known abroad here in the US.

09-03-2008 04:23:43 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of MTNboy


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: It is dark brown amber with red highlights. The head has some staiying power and is pretty thick as is the lace.

Smell: It has fruity and chocolaty aroma sort of like black forest cake.

Taste: I was surprised it was pleasantly bitter but I just was not expecting that. It as a dark chocolate flavor blended with berries and other fruits.

Mouthfeel: It was also more carbonated than I thought it would be. It is a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: A nice overall chill and unwind beer.

08-31-2008 15:15:14 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Served in a tumbler. Poured dark brown with red highlights at the base of the glass. 1.5 inch fluffy, off-white head that gradually collapsed into a dense half inch cap in under a minute before settling into a mere slick. Some strands of lacing which gradually slid down the sides of the glass back into the brew. Nose is predominantly chocolate malt with perhaps a light floral hops aroma at the back. Taste consistent with nose, but chocolate is not as sweet as the nose insinuated; pleasantly bittersweet and earthy. Mouthfeel falls between light-and medium-bodied with a balanced amount of carbonation and a touch of bitterness at the finish to remind you what you just drank. Nice example of the style and very drinkable.

08-28-2008 21:48:53 | More by Jwale73
Photo of clayrock81


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a dark brown with ruby tints that you could see when held up to light. A semi-tan, one-finger head that died at a medium pace and left some lacing. A sweet smell, like coffee, cocoa, caramel, honey, toffee...can't put my finger on it. Hint of hop spice too. A tad syrupy as it passed my tongue, but I'd still say it had a strong, medium body that wasn't overpowering and had some mild sweetness in it. Definitely some chocolate and a hint of coffee/roasted malt for a semi-dry backbite, although the backbite also had a little fruitiness to it. Hit me like a chewy, bready, doughy goodness, that backbite did. A good beer and better than the overhyped Purple Haze.

08-28-2008 19:39:13 | More by clayrock81
Photo of happygnome


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

a: pours a chocolaty brown color with abot an eigth inch of head that dissapears slowly
s: cocoa, cheeries, toffee
t: cocoa cherries, toffee, caramely/toffee sweetness
m: medium bodied beer with a lof of carbonation

overall, this is a decent brew, i think ill revisit it some time

08-22-2008 02:47:18 | More by happygnome
Photo of tempest


3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Got a bottle at the Allentown Brew Works.

Grape juice, this beer tastes like grape juice. Not entirely, but that's the dominant flavor. I checked the label to see if maybe this beer was past the best-by, but the date markings on the edge of the label were unnotched. Oh well. In addition to the Concorde grapes, there's also a dry cocoa flavor, so really this beer tastes like Welch's grape juice with Nestle Quik.

08-19-2008 22:03:16 | More by tempest
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

this beer is a nice dark brown and looks chocolatey on it's pour. The nose and taste follow suit: it doesn't have a ton of flavor or aroma but what is there is choclatey and malty. The taste is sort of dark/bitter, dry chocolatey and has malty notes, the hop balances this off though and keeps it from approaching the too-sweet range, though the hops used aren't anything known for writing home about. The mouth is pretty moderate with a good amount of carbonation and you really notice the bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Drinkability is just a bit above average, it's def. not bad, but doesn't really make you want to drink more. The restraint on the chocolate and sweetness is really it's most impressive point.

08-16-2008 04:07:49 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of Rayek


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Slightly hazy chocolate brown beer with hyperactive carbonation. Big tan head has amazing retention and leaves very heavy lace.

S: Chocolate, pepper, toffee and some cherries.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate hits at first. Bitterness follows with a combo of pepper and burnt oak. Burnt flavors hold through the dry finish. The taste of dark cherries come through as the beer warms.

M: Medium body is a little grainy. Carbonation is on the high side.

D: A nice beer overall. Worth a revisit down the road.

08-13-2008 15:32:43 | More by Rayek
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured a nice thick dark brown. There is absolutely no light coming through this brew. Enormous tan head with exceptional lacing that layered perfectly after each sip.

Smell was average at best. Some fresh-baked bread scents mixed with coffee, and cocoa.

Very smooth and creamy brew. Taste matched the scents, but with the added slight alcohol bent. Finishes a molasses flavor.

Medium bodied brew, but it came across a little flat. Overall, a fairly good beer, that I'm not so sure I got the best representation of. I will definitely try this again.

08-13-2008 14:08:37 | More by Onenote81
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark brown, with some red coming through on the edges. An inch of off white head hangs around for a while before falling to a thin cap. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and some slightly burnt malts come to mind, otherwise somewhat faint.

T - Chocolate and toffee come forward first with a rich sweetness, but the brew quickly begins drying. Burnt bread and some slight floral hop flavor wrap up the taste leaving an earthy aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation. Brew thinned quite a bit near the end of the sip.

D - A flavorful brew, but the mouthfeel didn't wholly suit the tastes going on and the bitterness was a little rougher than what I'd look for in a brown ale.

08-13-2008 05:49:11 | More by PatrickJR
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,323 ratings.