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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: 206 | 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 Sudsy89
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown color with a bit of ruby red when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger tan head that dissipated a little quick. It left a spot & splotch on my glass but no lacing.

S - Toffee & roasted nuts with hints of a standard breakfast blended coffee. Soft chocolate with mild leafy hop notes.

T - Leafy citrus hop flavors are more pronounced than expected upfront. It unfolds into rich nutty flavors with peanut brittle like notes & toffee. It finishes with mild bitterness, unsweetened cocoa & a touch of herbal hop.

M - Smooth & somewhat creamy with around moderate crispness but a little bit more than that, it's a bit too much C02 for my liking.

D - A nice quaff-able brew with good malty flavors & a nice hop flavor profile. I'd sit down with 2-3 pints sometime but nothing I'd buy again, I was kinda looking for just a bit more toffee in the flavor but not bad at all. It's worth a try.

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

glass: Pint

a: Dark, dark brown color. It poured a nice 1-2 finger pillow-like head. Too dark to note carbonation. Lacing is pretty good.

s: It has a nice burnt quality, one that you might find in a coffee, almost like charred wood that had been left out after yesterday night's bonfire. a Hint of chocolate can be picked up, a little nuttiness, underneath are some dates, molasses and the faintest hops.

t: Though the hop presence is a little more than i would want, it still has that nice brown ale base. Dark fruit, molasses, a hint of chocolate and nuts, wood, finally finishes mildly bitter.

m: Smooth, medium bodied brew. Medium carbonation but still easy on the tongue.

d: Nice beer but i'd like the flavor kicked up just a bit and the hops taken down a notch. Other then that, decent brown ale.

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

A: poured a very dark brown with a finger of bubbly head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: there was some slight roasted malt character alongside brown sugar,slight coffee, and booze notes; its kinda smokey as well.

T: the flavor profile seems to be smokey as well but has brown sugar, slight molasses, and light booze notes. There was also some underlying caramel as well.

M: medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a smokey malty finish.

D: the brew drank alright and I thought the smokiness was really good and added dimension to the beer.

Photo of claybeer
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Turbodog poured a dark brown, almost the same color as the auburn bottle it comes in. the caramel colored head seems to be thick and frothy. The head was still hanging out in the middle of my pint glass when I was half way through this beer. Nice! It smells of rich sweet brown sugar that is very welcoming, and a little leathery. It's a lot softer than I imagined. I guess the black label and the big name always lead me to believe this was a huge stout. However, it is a very drinkable brown ale with hints of molasses and a soft tobacco on the finish. It does linger on the palate a bit longer then I would like. What more can I say....it's good!

Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with a dent off white head.

S: Caramel & roasted malt aroma with a hint of of chocolate.

T: Smooth slightly sweet with a nice dry finish.

F: medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Decent brown ale that hides the ABV well. Good for 1-2 at the most

Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- The color of the brew is brown, with rich burgundy hues mixed in there as well. It is a perfectly clear ale and seems to have lots of big bubbly carbonation. The head is initially thick and tan colored, but dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Good clingy lacing sticks to the glass as well.

S- The aromas are of heavy sweet malt primarily. There is some roasted smells as well, but they are still sweet, like semi-sweet chocolate and some molasses. On the finish there is an ever so slight aroma of bitter hops.

T- A really good blend of sweet and toasted character. First there is some sweet chocolate flavors that has some caramel/toffee in it as well and maybe even some ground nuts. This turns into a more roasted tone of cocoa and/or fresh coffee....finally finishing with just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Good solid medium-full body and the carbonation, while initially quite fizzy, settles down to become finer, but still with a little zing. Feels to a point like I'm enjoying some bittersweet fondue.

D- This is an excellent beer, and although I wouldn't necessarily have more than one or two of these on it's own, I'd definitely like to try this again with a meal...some sweet rubbed baby back ribs perhaps. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants to have a very good example of a brown ale!

Photo of clarkm04
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown color, decently carbonated, decent head

S- A slight roasted color. A very narrow smell profile. Very little prelude to the taste.

T- A roasted chocolate taste to it. Definitely more malty with a thin taste of the bittering hops. A nicely balanced brown ale. The taste is much better than the smell.

M- Nothing outstanding. Very light on the palate with the lightly roasted and chocolate malt taste

D- Very easy to consume. I could easily slam 3 or 4 of these.

Overall, a solid brown ale. There are other browns I enjoy better: Brooklyn, Rogue's, Moose Drool but a very solid brown for a style that I particularly like and appreciate.

Photo of 92jAKe47FS
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Again since I am from Louisiana I have to show a little bias, but I actually really like this beer. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black with a about a finger worth of beige head. When you bring the glass up to smell you will almost immediately notice the faint aroma of chocolate. Has a very good taste going down with a clean finish. Mildly carbonated and decent lacing on the side of the glass.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN. Poured a carbonated cloudy dark brown, with one finger of beige head, and decent lacing. Smelled very malty, with small traces of milk chocolate. Tasted very bland, dominated by maltiness and again, only a touch of chocolate. Very thin for a brown ale, and very carbonated. Not a fan.

Photo of jhp40219
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a light tan head. Not much of a head to speak of. Leaves a slight lacing as it goes down.

S - Strong scent of sweet milk chocolate and toffee up front. Little bit of roasted malts in the background. Delicious smell!

T - Rather weak. Slight chocolate and toasted malts, but very faint. Huge disappointment after the smell.

M - Very thin and overly carbonated with a very faint chocolatey taste.

D - Refreshing to drink and definitely easy going down. Unfortunately the best part of this beer is the smell and appearance. Not the greatest example of a brown ale, but definitely not the worst either.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with off white head. Great looking ale.

Not much in the smell but don't expect much from fr heavily malted beer.

Taste is heavy malt and nice variet of tastes from caramel to toffee. A little bit burnt malt coffee taste. Too much for my liking but that's just me

A bit too carbonated for me.

Good beer just not great. If I want a malt fix going to a scotch ale.

Photo of mikereaser
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a dark brown with a small white head that quickly disappated

S - not alot of aroma going on, just some malts

T - sweet malts throughout with some hop bitterness in the finish, not alot going on though

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - i'm just not into this one at all, nothing to point out in terms of flavor here.

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

I just had this beer for the 1st time the other night on tap @ my local watering hole. It has a nice light brown color with a little head. it had a light chocolate aroma & the taste was smiler to the smell. It was a light chocolate flavor but not too sweet, with some toffee, hops, & just a bit on the bitter side. Overall a average to good beer but I was ready to move on to a different beer rather than have another.

Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown color with ruby tints when held up to light. Pours a one finger, frothy, light tan head with good retention and creamy lacing.

Smell is sweet overall with maple aromas as well as roasted almonds.

Lots of rich flavors come to life. Roasted character of chocolate and almonds. Some maple sweetness to balance the bitterness. Floral hop oils. Nice creamy finish. Very well balanced brew.

Light-bodied for the style and carbonation is a bit high. I do enjoy the smooth, creamy texture though.

Drinkability is very high due to the lightness and interesting flavors. For some reason this beer seems like more of a black lager than a brown ale both in color and flavor profile. Nonetheless, a solid and refreshing ale.

Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a thick, brown head into my glass. Great presentation here.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with notes of caramel and raisin in the nose. At least, this is what I pick out. There's just a hint of hops.

Taste is full of subtle, sweet malt with just a hint of bitterness to it. Not much else in the way of flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of crispness, probably from the carbonation level. Lingering molasses-like taste and slight burn from alcohol.

Check it off as drinkable but otherwise, it seems unremarkable. The name is fun to say though. Solid at the most.

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

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black with creamy light brown head that streaks the glass something crazy.

Nose: Roasted is an understatement. Coffee/espresso, some leather and earth notes.

Palate: Much brighter than it smells. Medium-light-bodied, with some British-like hop flavors and toasted malt, charred wood, and espresso grounds. Moderate length finish and clean. No residual sugar as the bitterness from both malt and hops clean it all up.

Notes: An excellent strong ale with the balance and pedigree of a great brown ale.

Photo of aepb1
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown with a small white head that dissipates quickly

S- Very mild... a bit of malt I guess?

T- Sweet malts up front and a little hop bitterness in the finish. Again, pretty mild but nothing offensive

M- Decent carbonation, medium body, again, nothing offensive...

D- Overall a decent beer, just not too impressive

Photo of MadTown1000
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hypothetically a brown ale, actually pours a very deep ruby red into a pint glass. Maybe half an inch of quick-dissipating sudsy foam.

Smell is not strong - sweet, caramel notes. Flavor is along the same lines, but surprisingly weak. Tastes almost watered down. Not sure I'd want a second one.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this at World Market in the Abita Party Pack.

Appearance- dark brown color, very thin head if any

Smell- bready malt, chocolate

Taste- light flavor to me, malt, bit of chocolate

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, a bit watery

Drinkability- ok, I have had way better. I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of abriggs1
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita hit Vermont today and this is the first time I've ever had any of their beer. I had Purple Haze; hated it. Had their IPA, thought it was decent. This one is pretty good though. I usually can't stand brown ales, but this has got a very nice malt profile. This is a lot like a German double bock, but much easier to drink. Fairly sweet and somewhat smokey. The mouth-feel is where this beer really shines. It's very smooth and silky. Overall, a very nice brew.

Photo of Transatlantic
2.42/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a little aggressively with a nice inch long creamy head (lucky pour?). Was dark brown in the pint glass, but couldn't tell if I could see through seeing as I was sitting outside the bar near midnight. No lacing after the head dissipated.

S - Smelled like an adjunct lager. Nothing impressive, just a wet grain smell.

T - Unlike the smell, there was a lot of roasted flavor and quite a bit of hop bitterness. It may be just me on a humid night, but the bitterness was more than I was predicting from it, and actually proved unsatisfying to me.

M - Real thin and watery. But was still left with a bitter taste for a good two seconds after each drink.

D - It smells like an adjunct drinkable beer but ended up being an overly bitter beer with not a lot of flavor.

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

Presentation: A short brown bottle with an best by date printed on it. Cool looking black and silver label. Info on the beer and brewery on the back label.

A: Onу finger head, which retains pretty well. the color of the head is brownish white. Dark, almost black color. Little lacing.

S: Roasted malt flavor. and picking up a biscuit smell...

T: Roasted flavor, and a coffee or toffee flavor.

M: Medium body, and well carbonated.

D: Its an easy beer to drink. And i would buy again, i really enjoyed it.

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