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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,372 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,372
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 128 | 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 Gehrig
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

I had this with lunch, a delicious bison bacon burger. One and one-half fingers of somewhat tan froth cap a dark brown body. Short duration and little lacing left on the pint glass. Good roasted coffee aroma with some toffee and dark chocolate lingering. These carry forward nicely into the taste, which is nicely malted. Up to this point, it's a pretty good representative of the style. Yet the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. The texture is somewhat thin and it flattens a bit in the second half.

In all, not a bad beer--not one I'll go far and wide to get, but I say that as much about the style, which has never been very high on my list, as about the beer. Not bad, and worthy of a shot.

Gehrig, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a dark mahogany with a decent, cream-colored head that is not too persistent. Aroma is strong and malty with just a hint of miso and fruit - maybe lemon. Flavor lives up to the promise of the aroma and color, being fairly strong and malty with an undertone of caramel and just a slip of sweetness. Texture is tingly and smooth, leaving a satisfying finish.

Cyberkedi, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Jablonski
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a black color that is amber when held to the light. One inch head that goes down quick with no lacing. Very malty aroma that smells like chocolate and bread. Also has tastes of chocolate, caramel, and toasted grains. The beer is a bit overcarbonated, but it is one of the only non-watery Abita beers. Easy to have 3 or 4 in a sitting.

Jablonski, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Walken
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

Abita: Turbodog, Brown Ale (No freshness date) (Tasted 12/22/08)
12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, mocha colored head sits one millimeter thick, no lacing.
Odor: Rich malty aromas dominate. Bread crust, chocolate, almost cake-like with some dried fruit and hop spice in the background.
Consistency: Full, firm body. Feel is smooth and slightly crisp. Carbonation is moderate.
Flavor: This is one malty little devil, but it's still dry enough to be drinkable and ridiculously smooth. What can't German yeast accomplish? Rich brown bread & chocolate flavors sit over a layer of subtle caramel sweetness. Bitterness is clean, one notch below fully balancing the beer. Other than that, hops lay low until the dry, malty finish, leaving some spicy hop on the palate to linger along with a distinct chocolate & roast flavor.

Being a lover of brown ales, this is a go-to beer for me. It's not overly complex, but it packs a whole lot of flavor for such a small ale. I'm almost surprised that this isn't classified as an ABA. I'd like to see an Imperial version of this beer called Turbogod, btw.

Walken, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of GirlMeetsBrass
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

I admit to only wanting to try this beer for the name. Found a bottle at Mac-a-Doodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Pours very dark with cream-colored head that diminishes to more of a glaze. Lots of lacing that hangs around for some time.

Smell vaguely reminiscent of soy sauce with a malty overtone.

Taste is pleasant, hints of roasted coffee. Lots of carbonation. Sharp malty bitterness. Finishes crisply, nice medium body that is not overpowering. Easy to drink.

Overall this is a decent example of a brown ale, although I would probably not go out of my way to purchase it again. Nothing about the beer jumps out at me as being particularly memorable.

GirlMeetsBrass, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Brew33
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

I have been wanting to try this beer for some time now, I picked up a single at the Party Source.

Dark brown beer with ruby hue. Solid half inch of off white/tan head. It smelled sweet and malty. Promising....

The taste was even. Sweet roasted malt, light bitterness balanced out all the sweetness. Not bad. Very drinkable, smooth. Medium body.

Not bad, not great. Just okay. I would drink it again but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Brew33, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown (no, really dark). Lightly carbonated. Pours into a one and a half finger head, off-white, milky head. Settles fairly slowly into a thin coating on the surface. Some carbonation clings to the sides of the glass as it does settle. Leaves solid lacing as you drink it down (. . .it's easy to tell where you started).

S: Dark roasted malt, wheat, bittersweet chocolate, coffee.

T: Hops and chocolaty malt.

M: Hops comes into play first, then the dark roasted malt which lingers for the aftertaste. The malt really filters up into the nose. Feels more carbonated in the mouth than it really is.

D: Robust, flavorful, refreshing.

This brew has good atmosphere, and alot of flavor. Complex nose. Really good drinkability. . . good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Dark brown with some red highlights. Head was massive tan color with plenty of lacing.
There was even some of the head left in the bottom of the glass when the liquid was gone.
Aroma was pleasant, malty.
Taste is mild chocolate, roasty sweet malt and enough hop bitterness to balance the beer.
A pleasant enough experience. No big surprises though.
Abv might be a bit high for the style. Drinkability is quite good. The tastiest Abita product thus far.

Spikester, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of thejewthatbrews
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

Had from a bottle into a glass. Served chilled, and allowed to warm up while drinking(as if I had a choice).

Malty smell, with a nice, deep brown color. Slightly heavier mouthfeel than something like Downtown Brown(Lost Coast), but still very easy to handle. Very fine, sparkling carbonation that adds an almost soda-like effect to the feel.

Taste is great. Malty as a brown ale should be, with just a bit of residual sweetness and a very light, pleasant hop character. Fisrt to hit the tongue is sweetness, then chocolatey, roasty malt flavors, then a drying bitterness, with just a bit of leftover malt. Dryness is great. Makes you want to drink more.

All in all, very drinkable, and very enjoyable, especially since I picked this one up without even reading the label or knowing the style.

thejewthatbrews, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of pumarocks
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

I tried Turbodog at the Bourbon Street Distillery in downtown Indy. It is a great place to have a beer before the Colts game. This brew is malty! It is very dark in color with a rich flavor and brisk hop finish. Its so good, we came back and had another!

pumarocks, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

I had this one at Moe Joes in Plainfield, IL on 12/06/2008.

A= This ale poured a mostly clear, deep reddish brown color with a 1" light tan head. Lots of sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Aromas of toasty malts, bitter coffee, carob sweetness, chocolate, and caramel.

T= Like the smell, taste was dominated by roasted/toasted grains, some caramel malt sweetness, and bitter notes of coffee and burnt cocoa beans. Finish was short and mildly bitter (more roasted grain).

MF= Medium bodied with a slightly "too high" carbonation level. Very much a palate cleansing brew.

D= A decent beer and probably one of the few brown ales that I like well enough to have again. Definitely worth a try!

spointon, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of theghost3
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a dark mahogany with a two-finger tan head. Scent is toasted malts with faint chocolate. The taste is strong of coffee, chocolate & toasted malt. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than I expected, not real thick. This is a drinkable beer that's not too filling, however, the high carbonation is a little much.

theghost3, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of baos
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Picked this up at the Marsh on State Road 135 south of Greenwood. They have a nice little section where you can make your own six pack for 8.99. This was one of the choices.

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Darn brown with a reddish tint and good clarity. 2 finger tan head that stick around pretty good and sticks to the sides really good.

S: Nice roasty nuttiness with a touch of hop spice.

T: Nice dark nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of nutmeg. Warm and caramelly this beer went way past expectations for me.

M: Medium to full with a nice creaminess. Most brown ales I've had are really wimpy in feel this one is really nice.

D: Grows on you as it warms in your glass getting a bit more spicier as it warms. A great brew. Try one on.

baos, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

The Turbodog poured a dark brown with a single finger foam head that didn't stay long. The retention was minimal. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma roasty and nutty. The taste was crisp up front then finished with a malty sweetness. In the mouth it was pretty lively then left maltiness on the tongue. Not a bad English Brown but a step below the Samuel Smith's.

cswhitehorse, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of cvfish
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

A - This beer poured dark brown with hints of red on the outside when held up to the light, a foamy white head was produced that did not lace or stick around

S - The aromas that where produced where some roasted malts, some toffee, and fleeting hops

T - This beer was nice on the palate, some sweet nutty tastes, light roasted malts and brown sugar

M - The mouthful was light to medium, but again the killer for me was the higher than I like carbonation accompanied with this beer

D - This beer really tasted good, although it was not what I expected when I saw a Brown Ale, none the less it was good. Still, I have to dock points for the carbonation levels in this beer

cvfish, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle as part of party pack ON 03/01/2005.

Poured a black color with a medium tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Aroma was combo of hops and bitter chocolate. Moderate chocolate bittersweet flavor with a black and tan type finish of moderate duration.

Best of the Abita beers.

tmoneyba, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Dark mahogany color, yet translucent, with a crisp slight tan head that leaves very solid lacing during the session... So far so good...

S - Malt, malt, and more malt, but not overwhelming... Perhaps a faint nuttiness and toffee...

T - Smooth malt and toffee... Highly enjoyable, but not complex... Simple is okay as long as it works, and in this case, it does...

M - Light bodied and thin, especially for an English Brown Ale... Refreshing, but not too complex...

D - Drinkable, but not overly memorable... Enjoyable, and I would gladly welcome another pint, though I'm not sure I'll seek out to purchase...

philbe311, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Tasted from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper reddish / brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted and burnt malts, caramel, and light chocolate. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, and had a burnt graininess to it.

Notes from 12/28/07

hopdog, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

The aroma has toasted malt, raisins, caramel, paper, and basement smells. The appearance is dark red brown with a large foamy head. The flavor has toasted malt, chocolate, nuts and some paper. A nice beer overall but the palate is a little thin and the taste has paper to distract from the positive qualities.

nick76, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

From notes 10-19-08

Eye: This beer is quite nice on the eyes. Color is dark brown with garnet highlights and it is clear. There is depth in the color of this beer, brown with garnet doesn't begin to describe it...choclate syrup in color, but clear...and with an overall reddish hue. The head is creamy in appearance and is of nice size, about 3/4 of a finger, and also has pretty good retention at that size. Lacing is decent.

Nose: Rich aroma overall, caramel and toffee notes. Chocolate as well. Dark malts really shine in this brew, its all about the darker grains. Hints of sweet dark fruit..very faint though. Nice overall aroma, I just wish that it were a bit more potent.

Tongue: The back of the bottle states that the beer has a sweet chocolate-toffee like flavor, well that is correct. It also says something about using a German alt yeast. That particular yeast strain lends some alt character to this brown ale. The beer also has some slight/faint smokey characteristics, chocolate and coffee are in here too. Overall this is a nice beer and it is highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As I've already stated this beer is highly drinkable, I can now see why this is Abita's flagship beer. Turbodog has a medium body with lower carbonation that fits with the rest of the beer. Nothing outstanding about the way that this one feels, nothing "wowing" just average-good, as it should be. This is one that I can see myself picking up again. A great beer, easy to drink, nice to session, and one of the better Abita beers in my opinion, I believe that this is their best beer.

becktone, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

My wife had this on tap on a business trip earlier this year and raved about it, so I had to buy her some when I saw it recently at Daveco in Thornton, CO. $7.99 for a sixer.

Twelve-ounce stubby bottle as shown.

Moderate pour into a chalice yields a scatn one-finger light-tan head over red-brown-black almost-opaque body. Plenty of lacing, even though the head fades quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is strong for an English Brown Ale, heavy on the chocolate malt. Hints of soap, pepper, and leather. Really good smell.

Crisp carbonation spreads the maltiness around in the taste. Nice roasted malt bitterness is accompanied by a bit of metallic hops. Spot on for an EBA.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the lacing and smell might have indicated, but decent enough.

Drinkability is good, despite this being on the upper end of the ABV for an EBA.

I can see why my wife liked this so much. I like it too.

ColoradoBobs, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of drperm
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

I do love me some Turbodog, and I have for quite a few years. Only just now getting around to reviewing it.

And, only recently have I discovered a secret: drink it close to room (or at least cellar) temperature -- it comes alive!

Appearance: Dark, brooding, yet inviting. Crassly put, like Coca-Cola. More elegantly, like a russet madeira.

Aroma: Those dry hops are nice! On the nose, a lot of resin, molasses, pipe tobacco, leather, and wet grass. Shades of a weak barleywine, almost.

Taste: Not as poweful as the nose, but not too far behind. Toasty malt, chocolate, coffee notes, molasses, and an American hop finish.

Palate: A bit of a fizzy zing, but quite a bit of oil as well.

Overall: If they were to ever make a souped-up version of this ale and call it an Old Ale or a Barleywine, I'd be over the moon. Turbodog is great, though. Surprisingly easy-drinking for its heaviness and its strength. Dynamite with a range of foods, too, everything from oven-roasted eggplant to white chocolate challah bread pudding.

drperm, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Purchased a single in Solvang California. Poured dark brown with a small frothy head. Head disappeared after the first miniute or so. It smells and tastes of chocolate and toffee with some woodiness I thought. Finshes somewhat smooth. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Browns.

barleywinefiend, Oct 24, 2008
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.

Stonebreaker, Oct 14, 2008
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

azbadger, Oct 12, 2008
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,372 ratings.