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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 181 | 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 rednrag
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Guinness glass. Very dark brown, with reddish hues.Smells like chocalate-covered rye crackers to me, not necessarily a bad thing.Tastes good, somewhat like Newcastle, only richer. I like this beer, but I don't think I could drink a lot of them. Next winter, I could see myself having this again.

Photo of Casey10
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Disneyworld in Florida at Port Orleans French quarter. I was surprised and happy to see that beers from LA were represented at a resort that celebrates New Orleans.

The beer was dark but non discrip it wasn't bad was somewhat tasty. I liked this as opposed to drinking marco beer but unfortunately was nothing special. It was welcom over any of the alternatives being offered at the pool bar there.

I would have again given the similar circumstances.

Photo of ncfranklin
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a snifter.

A : Pours a very rich dark brown with very slight amber hints in the light. A frothy inch tan head rises and settles to a light topping. Laces well.

S : Very light smell of rich malts, almost nothing else present to the nose.

T : Chocolatey malts are heavy, with the dry hops coming hard on the end to give it a bitter bite. Notes of nut are slight, pecan or almond.

M : Thin to Medium bodied, with lots of lots of carbonation. The latter is a turnoff for me. Very soft in the mouth.

D : Not a bad brew for one or two, thanks to the fair malt and hop balance, but not a chart topping brown due to the lack of a really punchy flavor and mouthfeel.

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

Enjoyed at Papa Mojo's in Durham, NC this brew shows a dark mahogany color with a strong tan colored head and lots of lacing. The aroma suggests a mild rye malt and maybe even an illusion of dark chocolate. The flavor brings light charcoal and sweet licorice malt with some rain water crispness and mild carbonation. Plenty drinakable, near medium bodied, a tad lifeless but smooth and a little tingly on the tongue. I pick up some skunkiness with leafy-grass hop edges and a bit of chocolate perhaps but it's more toward the brown sugar in the final analysis. Worth a try but not anything to cause uncontollable salivation.

Photo of divineaudio
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a tulip/ label has a spot for a date but no actual date.

pours an opaque, mahogany brown with faint red highlights and a tan 2 finger head. head hangs around for a while and eventually calms down to a thin film leaving a few rings in the glass.

smells delicious with lots of chocolate and toffee malts and dark fruity goodness. taste follows nose with big malt sweetness, some fruity overtones and a little smokiness. finishes up nicely with mild hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is on the thick side with a little more co2 than i like usually.

this is a very drinkable beer that i wish i had more of. the cult status seems to be quite well deserved.

Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The body appears nearly black, and shows a clear ruby brilliance when held up to light. Above this is a lovely 2-finger head of dense light-brown foam that shows mediocre retention and nice lacing. Great looking brown, and only the sub-par retention kept it from getting a perfect score.

S: Straight-up Whoppers: candied chocolate malt. Interesting, but entirely one-dimensional with the sweetness.

T: Chocolate malt up front, followed by some caramel sweetness and a distinct metallic note that reminds me of Newcastle. Mild hops on the finish. Definitely fits the English style of brown ale, which I can't really hold against it.

M: A little thin and overly sharp with the ample carbonation.

D: Not bad at all. The hops really help cancel out the potential cloyingness of the dominant malts.

Notes: While far from a great beer, Turbodog always does the trick. I can usually count on finding a sixer in the fridge at the in-laws (that or Guinness), and it's a dependable source of balanced malty goodness. It's not one that I usually turn to up here in CT, but I'm glad that it's available and affordable. Good stuff, Abita.


Photo of jneiswender
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Served cold.

A-thick tan head, dark brown/garnet body

S-smoky and malty, biscuit

T-smoky front, some toffee, light hop finish

M-very thin

D-the mouthfeel really throws me off. Some good flavors are there but I really am looking for something that stays on the tongue longer. I would likely pass on this in the future.

Photo of Phelps
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep purple-orange, clear and almost dark enough to completely obscure the light behind it. A sudsy two-finger head the color of ground nutmeg builds to bubbly craters that explode and leaves spattered lacing.

Nose is good, yet subdued. Loads of coagulated chocolate and peanut oil, along with wheat and rye bread.

Dry. Very, very dry. Bitter dark roast coffee and mellow chocolate malts waltz coolly onto the palate, displaying a quick blast of sweetness that's quickly replaced with a very dry and slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really falls short. Thin, watery, and with a high carbonation.

What's a Turbodog? You'd maybe imagine bulldogs on choppers or beagles piloting prop planes. This beer, however, is such a let-down I instead see images of Droopy dog, muffled and depressed. Boohoo.

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears acdense dark brown with a small head of tan fluff that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of Toasted nuts, coffee beans, pine sap, and a dusting of cocoa.
Taste is of the aromas with a really nice hoppy punch of pine and cut wood.
Mouthfeel is chewy, hoppy, and evenly balanced.

Photo of smerkinb
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fat 2 finger head -- soft creamy and pillowy. I'm calling this beer midnight brown. When you backlight it you give the hidden deep red beauty to be seen. Nice lacing as well.

Dark chocolate malts lead the nose. Wood, moss, earth intertwined with wisps of light balancing hops. Very enticing.

Coppery malt tastes with metallic twinge leads off. Then there is almost a pause before the dark chocolate malt taste. Roasted flavor come to the front before the finish impresses with a wonderfully balanced sweetness followed by more dark bitter malt. As it warms the alcohol becomes a bit more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is a simple smooth and creamy.

This imho is a great brown. Balanced so as not to ever approach being cloyingly sweet, but easily avoiding the other end as unimpressively boring. It's complex enough for contemplation but the easy verdict is that it's just plain delicious. It never gets out of hand or tries too hard with any one aspect. The smooth mouthfeel makes it especially hard to hold back -- Very much wish I had another in the fridge.

To sum, 3 words: "Go-to beer".

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a 2 inch beige head that lasts for the entire beer. Lacing is fair as beer as drunk down.

S - Smells like toasty earth and sweet malts.

T - Very clean chocolate malt flavors with very minor bitterness.

M - Creamy and bubbly mouthfeel but nothing special.

D - Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I was not too sure what I would be getting with this beer, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely purchase this one again.

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

A: This beer was a great dark brown, and produced a really nice tan head.

S: Smelled similar to some pumpkin brews that I've had in the past, must be due to the Willamette hops and the yeast. However, still off the charts with dark notes and savory sweet aromas.

T: This actually reminded me more of a Belgian than a English Brown.

M: Slightly thick, but not over the top.

D: This beer was a great beer to drink, and was something I'd highly suggest.

Best of luck with your findings.


Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at old chicago in uptown it was a dark brown color with a tan ring and some good lacing it looked like a scotch ale..the smell was faint in malts some chocolate some toffee and caramel..the taste was better then the smell it had some hops mixed with roasted malts some toast some bitter hops and some brown sugar.the mouthfeel was medium/thin for an english brown.overall it was ok tasty not one i will buy a sixer of but it was ok to try on tap..slightly recommended

Photo of mklinger
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's been a few years since I had a Turbodog. I liked it more in the past than I did now. It was served in a shaker pint glass in a NOLA watering hole. Very dark, nice creamy tan head. A good looking beer.

Aroma was pretty much non-existent. Nothing bad, just nothing there as far as aroma. Flavor was also extremely understated. Slight hint of roast (very slight) and a bit of mild hop bitterness. No sweetness & not much additional malt character. Surprisingly bland.

Mouthfeel was overly carbonated & and fairly thinl. I was underwhelmed. Drinkability was not great. Didn't seek another one out while in NOLA. Don't know that I will for another couple years.

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

A - 3-finger offwhite, light khaki head with big bubbles that fades quickly. Ok lacing on the glass, nothing overly appealing. Dark brown body with fizzy carbonation rising to the top.

S - Dark roasted malts with some sweet milk chocolate and a nice earthy smell.

T&M - Dark malts prevail throughout obviously with a nice chocolate presence, becoming more prominent as this beer warms. I get a touch of brown sugar sweetnes as well. Dark bread crust adds some earthiness. Moderate hop profile that keeps the sweetness in check.

D - A descent beer but nothing amazing. It would be sessionable but it was just a bit heavy for me and lacks the complexity I'd like.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had pretty high expectations for this brew, for whatever reason, and when I finally got around to tasting it post-Super Bowl, I was a little disappointed.

Pours dark brown, with slight red hues. Slightly off-white head, that is pretty insignificant. Toasted malt on the nose, and I get a little bit of brown sugar in there, but its a little faint.

Taste is a very malty, without any of the subtle sweetness I expected from the nose and style. There is a little bit of toffee, but this mostly is a toasted flavor. Finish is a little bit bitter, but not so much as to distract from the drink. Strong medium body that is rich and enjoyable.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz pour from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. The rear label has digits to mark months and days for a drink by date, however Abita seems to have decided this wasn't a good enough reason to give the consumer an actual freshness date.

Turbodog and a doppelbock such as Optimator look alike. Syrupy red brown body topped with a pillowy khaki head. Blotchy lacing.

Steely caramel or sugar and hints of banana esters make up the majority of the aroma.

Reminders of licking metal almost make the tongue tingle under toffee and minimally toasted malts. Leafy hops and balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel may be this beer's highlight. For a 'normal' abv and no extreme features, we're nearing creaminess in this department.

I did expect more spicy, earthy hop flavors. I'd be happy if I knew how old this bottle was (cough, cough Abita, use the label!). I don't think I'll be buying this again, given the more flavorful options in the price range and in styles I prefer.

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

Pours into a pint glass a dark brown with a thin tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, toffee and caramel.

The taste is sweet and malty with a bitter chocolate and coffee taste. Very little hops, but they are in there lending just the slightest hoppy zest.

Medium-light bodied and carbonated appropriately for style. A delicious beer for sure, it's easily drinkable.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This is a very good looking brew.Dark brown body with no transparency topped by a medium to dark brown head standing a couple inches tall.

S - Anise, dark malt, pungent fruit.

T - English hop flavor accompanied by sweet malt flavors. There's also a sourness present that's common in English style ales.

M - Very light and watery feel. Nearly no coarse texture at all.

~ This beer has a very interesting texture and flavor. I'm not a huge fan of it but I must admit this is a brew I recommend people give a try.

Photo of WolfmanK
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After looking at this beer on the shelves for over a year, I finally broke down and grabbed a six pack.

Pours very dark brown to black, with a tan head maybe 1/4" thick.

Smells malty, and good.

Taste is surprisingly complex, rich, but goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel is lighter than it seems like it should be.

drinkability is high, goes down easy, seems like it would pair well with rich or spicy food, not sure if I want to just drink one, but with some jambalaya, heck yeah.

Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice brown with a short and light bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of light toasted malts, some caramelized malts, some biscuity notes, and a slight hop finish.
T: Tastes of Lightly toasted and roasted malts, a very small hint of caramel, some slight nutty flavors in there as well with a tiny hop finish.
M: Very smooth, lighter feeling than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is a sessionable beer with not a lot of overpowering flavors or alcohol.

Photo of albertjr21
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap into a pint glass under a beige thin head, this had a very dark brown color (almost stout-like) highlighted by a bright reddish hue.

This dog had a decent bite from its initial mouthfeel down to its last gulp. I was quite appreciative of the surprising cocoa touch and a light nut flavor to the dry yet robust finish with each aftertaste.

By nature this wasn't the smoothest drinkability but it was more than smooth enough for a Dark Brown.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Bronx Ale House. Jotted down some notes.

A: Pours a dark brown, with reddish edges when held to the light. Minimal tan head, no lacing.

S: Smells of lightly toasted malt. There's a little bit of biscuit in there, but not a whole lot going on.

T: Malty and slightly nutty. The roasted malt makes it a little astringent. Fairly sweet. A little hop bitterness in the finish, but not enough for a real good balance.

M/D: Way too thin for the style, in my opinion. It's drinkable, and I'd have one if I were in New Orleans and there was nothing else around, but overall it's pretty bland and uninteresting.

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

Pours oddly clear, for the style. Also very dark and bloody looking

Smells like a brown. Nuts, weeds, biscuits. Sweet and a little bit bitter.

Toasted sweet malt starting things off, getting lil' beery in the middle with some dry hops, and finished on a rough, roasted grain node that's more like a porter than an everyday brown.

Very dry and lively for a brown. It's also got a remarkably full body and smooth finish, almost like it was poured from a nitro tap. Like everything else from Abita, this is quite well brewed.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man I had no idea this was an brown ale till I look up the info here. Got this in a mix and match sixer

A - Nice tar dark brown color with a nice lacing head.
S - Man it smells great! Nice toffee and walnut! Very inviting!
T - Mild coffee malt with a really smooth nut taste.
M - Very creamy and highly drinkable.
D - I would track down a reasonably priced sixer!

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.