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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,419 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,419
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 150 | 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 SaintPeter
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a deep, dark beer with hints of purple in which a dark, heavenly 3-finger heard sits upon. The nose is a burnt chocolate, a nice fragrance. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft with a mellow coffee flavor. Then there is the taste: It is just not what the fragrance suggests. It is really missing the flavor. Very disappointing. I want to think that I got an old bottle, but I'm not sure, it was swiped away from me before I could look at it.

I may have to give it a second chance.

SaintPeter, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown Tootsie-Roll color with a tan latte colored head. Barely translucent. Fluffy head sticks around and leaves lacing

S- Again, I'm reminded of Tootsie-Roll chocolate candy. Sweet milk chocolate along with roasted aromas like coffee.

T- Taste is decadent. Loads of sweet, sweet, roasted malt along with a few bitter hints of hopping. Think chocolate. A bit oxidized perhaps.

M- Big, juicy mouth-full of smoothly carbonated goodness.

D- Sweet and full of flavor, yet has a very drinkable quality found in many brown ales.

EnojysAnyBeer, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of agirlnamedjess
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours dark borwn with a caramel glow with a small cream colored head that dispersed quickly
s- a creamy malty sweet caramel aroma
t- light bitter chocolate malt flavor
m- light carbonation a little watered down started bitter and finished smooth
d- a very light brown ale, i could drink a million of these.

agirlnamedjess, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of pants678
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured it with single finger head that did not remain past the first few sips. The head was off-white and thin. It's a dark brown with shades of red that come out when held up to the light.

Just from the smell I get smoke, coffee and caramel. The latter, not just hints, but a decent sweetness that's apparent.

The taste does not quite hold up to the complexity of the smell. It's watered down, not stern and not defined. I taste a smoked pecan that's not at all living up to it's potential. Seems like a lot of empty space in this brew.

It's thick for a brown, between Brown and a Porter. Carbonation's not very apparent and I'd like more obvious flavor stuck in with so little fizz that isn't hiding much.

Because of the little carbonation it is drinkable, goes down easy. There are some bumps, which are appreciated, but still disappointed. Perhaps it was a bad batch...

pants678, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- a dark brown with slight bubbles to be seen inside of it, nice white/tan head which quickly fades a way, if held to light still slightly transparent

Smell- lots of chocolate, slight pecan, nuts, roasted malts, and caramel with molasses tones though something not there i smelt before, uh oh

Taste- Hmm, im thinking maybe I got a bad batch here, not gettin the flavor ive tasted before on this one, may be slightly oxidized here, not good, will continue...slightly nut and chocolate flavor, but the alcohols coming out more then it should right now, think i got a bad batch could be old or something, bummer

Mouthfeel- decently full bodied with smoothness

Drinkability- I have to say I truely believe I had bad batch here, i had this on tap recently and I really liked it, this one was not very drinkable at all but i will with out a doubt give it one more shot, bummer not fun to waste 8 bucks, to be re reviewed...

Stunner97, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a medium-brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with hints of nuts and chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted malt flavors lead things off followed by a very light nutty flavor and a more robust chocolate flavor. Caramel flavors also make their way in the flavor profile right before an ending that is neither sweet nor bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. I'd prefer a bit more body, but it still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could see myself drinking a few of these if in the right mood.

Overall this is one of the better Abita beers that I've had, second only to their Jockamo IPA. Worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Gigantis
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this in a pint glass, poured by bartender.

And a good pour it was. Beer is a light brown color with shiny amber/dark red hues. The head is a nice and frothy off-white and retention is pretty good. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Looks a little bit thin.

Smells of biscuity malt with weak traces of chocolate. Average for a brown ale in my book.

The taste kicks off with light toffee and chocolate. Good malt/bitter balance with the nuttiness that follows. Then comes fruit esters before it goes down. Good for the style. I don't really like that particular aspect but I give them points for getting what they were, I think, going for.

No after taste to speak of. I thought this beer was a little light and maybe a bit too carbonated. I could have had another one (though I didn't) despite not really liking, personally, the fruit aspect of this beer's taste. Pretty drinkable though.

Not bad. Good rendition of English Brown.

Gigantis, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nice creamy head. Looks very inviting, good head retention. The head is actually quite amazing. This is a really sweet brown ale, lots of toffee with a hint of chocolate. Moutfeel suffers from being too "sodalike" and definitely not very British. This would be a great beer to have at the brewpub fresh and probably a nice intro beer to new craft beer drinkers.

wiseguy142, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have to give this beer credit for being complex. I just think this one's a little bit too complex for me. The chocolate malt is very prevalent and the taste is a mixture of coffee and chocolate. Aftertaste is very smooth but the initial taste has some bitter flavors that I didn't like. Pours a pitch black with a pretty impressive head that sticks around for a while. No lacing on the sides of the glass however. Smells like roasted coffee. Overall it's a decent brew but not something I would buy.

Rhynes2, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog
Abita Brewing Co. / Abita Brew Pub
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 6.13 %
3/7/09, bottle>pint glass

A 4.0 - Dark roasted coffee bean in color. Almost opaque but not quite - some light comes through. Excellent head which reduces to swirly tan foam skin.
S 4.0 - Smells of bread and grains, some unsweetened chocolate notes.
T 4.0 - Semi bitter malty notes, roasted nutty-ness, tastes follow aromas as described on a rich malty nut back bone.
MF 3.5 - Higher carbonation than expected, medium to full body
D 3.5 - Almost bock like, a good rich example of the style. I also like the New Orleans memories that come with an Abita brew (Turbo Dog leads the pack). Not my favorite style so my drinkability score is lower than it could be.

unclejimbay, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of gruberbeer
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A full beer with some bite. But it's the bite of something bitter, maybe the coating of an aspirin. ? The beer looks thick and frothy, like a mouth-full of sea foam. And the first time I had it was at a local bar here in town. My friend recommended it, so I tried it. And I liked it quite a bit. So I went back for more recently. But this time, it was coming in fresh, not following another beer. And this time, well, it stood up as a strong brown bitter beer, but maybe a bit overboard on the strong beer part.

gruberbeer, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 3 finger tan head that overflows. Very dark brown in color. Head retention and lacing are very good

First smell is of chocolate malt. Slight roasted nut is also present. Not much in the hop department is detected.

Taste is lightly roasted chocolate malt. After taste is of some coffee and again nothing really going on with the hops

Mouth feel is abit more watered down than i'd have hoped. Head is not very creamy at all and body is slightly watery. Carbonation is nice though, not too high

Beer is good but not the best brown ale i've had. Would have liked a thicker body with bolder flavors but overall goes down easily and very drinkable

angelmonster, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark brown with deep ruby red highlights, light tan head and sheets of sticky lace

Smell- Notes of hazelnut and a slight toffee in the background, roasted malt and fruity hops

Taste- Light caramel, nuts and more of that roasted malt, nice dry hops balance the sweet malts

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- This is one I could drink all night, possibly a good session beer.

endincolorado, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with over an inch of deep tan head that left a moderate amount of semi-sticky lacing. Solid malt aroma that has roast notes upfront with a hint of sweetness. The flavor meets the expectations that the aroma sets with the roasted grain flavors dominating a slightly sweet finish. Full, well-rounded body that goes down smoothly. Easily drinkable, having several will leave you happily satisfied. Try this beer.

beertunes, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to aeminter for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A dark coca cola color in the body of the beer. There was a half finger head that was tan. The head is now only a quarter inch ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque, except for a few ruby brown highlights.

Nose: A sweet toasted malt, with caramel, toffee, and dark raisins.

Taste: The beer has a toasted light malt, there is caramel, and toffee. There is a bitterness to this beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium light body and lot of carbonation. The finish is bitter and is medium. I have been worried about trying this beer from what I have heard from other people. I know that is not an excuse to drink a beer. I am sorely disappointed in this beer. The nose on this beer was awesome and made my mouth wate. I was looking forward to drinking this beer, but the taste is nothing like the nose. It is not malty or sweet like an English Brown Ale. Oh well, life goes on.

colts9016, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 27, 2009
Fairly dark brown, with light brown head. smell the malts, not real strong though. med mouthfeel. Taste malts but not real heavy on them, so not REAL sweet, some bitter hops in there make it pretty balanced, nice brew, nothing that sets this apart as exceptional, but a solid beer nonetheless. Pretty good for the price point also.

webbcreative, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at Ruby Tuesday, poured from bottle into pint glass.

A dark, rich midnight black in color, pour showed a small head, decent lacing and retention. This one smelled of caramel, nutmeg, chocolate, and a bit of espresso bean. Taste was a bit metallic, don't know if it was the bottle or what but it tasted a bit like licking the side of a bridge. Although the good properties of the beer are the nice maltiness and the small bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, decent carbonation. Overall, I can't say I enjoyed this too much because of that metallic afterburn, if it was just the bottle I had then this is a very good Brown ale you should seek out.

thespaceman, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle. It's a dark beer with a limited head and very lace. Nearly black, but if you look close it's a dark dark brown. There's a very malt scent to it, but goes away quickly.

It has a very malt and chocolate taste to it. It's got a bitterness to it that turns somewhat sour. I had it off the tap in the past and felt it was better. In a bottle, it's OK.

Amalak, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark caramel brown. Two fingers of fluffy, light tan head developed quickly (might have been my fault, though) and lingered throughout the pint.

Smell: Caramel, sweet milk chocolate, and a touch of bitter coffee malts. Very pleasant.

Taste: It's not as sweet as the smell. Bitter chocolate and caramel. It's also a touch nutty. There's a tingle of spice at the end, and also a hint of hops.

Drinkability: This brown ale is a little too bitter for me. It tasted like a wannabe oatmeal stout -- a turbo brown. Still, it's a decent brew.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of andrewm190
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really caught me by surprise. I pulled it out of a mish-mash box and didn't really expect too much. The label is not particularly intriguing, in fact there is nothing really to indicate you'd be drinking anything but an average beer. I didn't go in with respect for the beer, having prejudged it, and carelessly threw down a swig. I immediately realized my error. A delicious, sweet chocolaty taste that is far from overbearing, with a medium carbonation and moderate - but effective - aftertaste. Traditional malty smell but not particularly roasted. Quite the undervalued and overlooked beer.

andrewm190, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour looked good: a dark brown with amber hues, and a nice, fluffy dark-tan head. The smell was of dark malts, nuts (especially chestnuts), and a pinch of bitter hops. The smell was strong and pleasant, and I could catch a whiff of it with the glass sitting on the table a few feet away. The taste was similar to the smell: a great mix of malts, which were simultaneously dark (chocolate), nutty, and sweet (toffee and brown sugar), plus a dash of hop bitterness to round it off and balance the flavor. The beer is well carbonated, and it has a medium mouthfeel. The beer is very drinkable: sweet (but not too sweet), smooth, tasty, not filling, and refreshing.

micahgoldfus, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Deep amber brown colored brew. One inch of thick fluffy light brown head that lingers for quite a while, leaving some lacing rings.
S: Chocolate malts and a tiny bit of hips, plus a somewhat yeasty scent, as well.
T: Chocolatey, and sorta bitter, malts lead the way, revealing an even bitterer hop flavor, somewhat oily and piny. The finish is more sweet maltiness and some yeast. Quite nice.
M: Chewy yeasts and malts, a little bitter nip in the middle. Pretty good.
D: Good. Tasty and smooth.

LeftyBWS, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of cnally
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep chocolate brown color with a hint of red. lacing head very pretty and remains at the glass.

scents woodsy, malty and nutty.

flavor is dense and nutty. the alcohol shows up despite its moderate ABV. very woodsy afterflavor.

not very creamy on the feel, a bit dry and harsh.

well, not as easy to drink as newcastle but probably more tasty. if I was a big fan of the style it might be better, but as is it is a very decent if unspectacular brew.

cnally, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown body with a 2-finger chocolatey-tan head. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Caramel malt sweetness with some chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. Not too strong in the nose, however.

T: Pretty much follows the nose -- caramel malt, chcolate and some nuttiness. More chocolate than expected for a brown. Nuttiness is pretty noticeable too, though I'm OK with that in a brown. Finishes slightly dry; I wouldn't exactly call it bitter, but it does balance the sweetness.

M: Noticeably thin in heft right away. Carbonation is decent.

D: Good. Light in heft yet with solid brown-type flavors make this one easily sessionable. I'd definitely get this again as a session brown.

Kendo, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark black, big, rocky top head

Smell: wood, burnt malt, slight coffee smell

Taste: dark chocolate start, some sweet malt, with a sweeter chocolate finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, dry finish

Drinkability: This is one of Abita's better offerings that I have tasted so far...If the ABV was not as high, I would session it...I will be getting this again

tigg924, Feb 08, 2009
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,419 ratings.