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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,278 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 94 | 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 tai4ji2x


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

gonna be a bit lazy on this one... just happened to come across jason alstrom's review while drinking this, and he seems to describe my experience exactly. carob?! - who'da thunk it?! ...but it's true!

only thing to note is that i feel the carbonation is a bit crisper than i'd like


Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 06:08:11 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of cjgator3


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy light tan head that has a good amount of lacing and retention. The aroma is dark chocolate malts and coffee. The taste features much of the same chocolate and coffee flavors that were present in the aroma with a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and slightly fizzy. Overall, this is a pretty good brew that is definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 05:14:53 | More by cjgator3
Photo of pojo41


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

Very nice dark brown color with a creamy long-lasting head. Nice lacing on glass. Rich taste of roasted malt. Good mouth feel. I liked this beer a lot. I know some people lump Abita beers with BMC but, that is unfair. This is a good, tasty beer. Would pair well with the fare at the Abita Brew Pub.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 04:26:00 | More by pojo41
Photo of dustylong


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) color with a nice, thick tan head, with good retention and lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). The initial aroma is like fairly strong coffee, followed by some bitterness. I really enjoy the taste of this beer, it has a nice taste, but is not too strong. The taste is very malty, with a definite coffee taste, and some bitterness at the end. Has a fairly heavy mouthfeel to it, and does not have all that much carbonation. Despite this, it is not very hard to drink at all, and has a very interesting taste to it, as I stated before. Overall, a pretty good beer, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 05:21:58 | More by dustylong
Photo of biggmike


3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only microbrew I've had with twist-off bottle caps. Pours a dark brown with off-white head that it did not retain for long. Minimal carbonation, very smooth and drinkable with light body and mouthfeel. Reminded me a bit of Newcastle, but not as sweet. I liked it. Not much aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 10:16:49 | More by biggmike
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle smoky malt with hints of cocoa.

The taste consisted of a soft chocolate malt with smoke and a light caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 15:01:15 | More by plaid75
Photo of therica


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice alternative to Newcastle, slightly more bitter and not quite the quality-traits but a decent selection.

A= nice tight-foamy head about 1-inch thick in a 1-litre glass stein. Dark chestnut-amber color, much darker than Newcastle.

S= hardly enough scent to detect after pouring. Slight musty aroma and not bad, just nothing exciting. Gradually exudes more scent once it has set for a short while.

T= comes across like a near-Newcastle clone with first sip, then an immediate awareness of a more hoppy bite. Flavorful, actually better after it settles for a few minutes (or has been half-consumed apparently, due to my reviewing samplings!). Clean belch.

M= bitey at first, a bit less bitey after gradually settling. Gentle mix of hops-bitters with nutty-hop characteristics which linger for some time. Nothing to put you off, here.

D= probably very drinkable once it settles and de-carbonates a little, I'd love to try this on tap and would suspect it's a lot more drinkable in-quantity on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 02:11:38 | More by therica
Photo of theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A - Deep amber red, smallish head that fades to a ring with no lacing.

S - Rich malts on the nose with a small amount of sugary sweetness.

T - Toasted malts, very earth flavor, almost grass like, with a very nutty aftertaste.

M - Very smooth but leaves a very sugary coating in the mouth that hangs around for a while.

D - Goes down very smooth, easy to drink.

A great brown ale that's maybe a bit sugary and slightly heavy, but otherwise a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2007 21:35:49 | More by theWrkncacnter
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

Tried this brew out at a Ruby Tuesdays as part of their new craft beer movement. Liked it so I grabbed a sixer.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Brew pours out a very dark reddish brown. Looks nearly black in dim light. Two finger of tan head sit atop. Quite a bit of the head retains and laces the glass in sporadic rings.

S - Some caramelly malt smell.

T - Swett flavors of caramel and chocolate. A bit toffee like with a tiny roasted kick.

M - Medium bodied and nice to sip on.

D - Not the most flavorful brown but no slouch. A nice flavor and feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:37:03 | More by EStreet20
Photo of drpimento


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brown ale. Lot's more character than most. Very soft palate. Silky smooth but with some burrs here and there. Somehow, good body and thin at the same time. Poured with a dnice light tan head and just a little lace. Nice mild aroma. Tasty chocolately flavor with just a hint of licorice and ripe dark fruit. Mild carbonation. Easy finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 03:03:17 | More by drpimento
Photo of cichief


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Nice deep brown ale, with a thin tan head.

S- A little scent of chocolate malt, sweet with a decent dry finish.

T- Sweet chocolaty malt, mild hop finish, reasonably well balanced.

M- Well carbonated, not overly effervescent, medium body, nice finish.

D- A good beer I became reaquainted with. It has been years since I tasted this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 00:20:55 | More by cichief
Photo of gmfessen


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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer is more mahogany than brown in color and has a creamy, bubbly light-brown head. Very nice looking. The smell is also quite nice, caramel and biscuit notes which produce a slightly sweet, malty nose. The taste is similar to the smell, very malty and the alcohol is barely detectable. No discernable hoppiness to the beer. The mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a creamy carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable beer and is a decent offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 00:03:55 | More by gmfessen
Photo of akorsak


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Oaktree Buy Rite.

A: The brown ale is remarkably brown, perhaps more of a deep red color that is equally dark. The head was large, requiring two pours, as the first pour generated 2 fingers of head. There is little evidence of that volatile pour though after the beer settles.

S: The nose is nondescript, not bad mind you (confirmed by the taste), just bland and ill-defined. After 3 or so attempts, a toffee chocolate aroma emerges that is quite sweet with a caramel finish.

T: The caramel from the nose comes through immediately in the taste, as oppsed to a deferred sensation in the nose. The sweetness is roasted and sweet, coming across like a dunkel lager rather than an ale. The malts completely dominate the mouth, giving no hint of any hop presence.

M: Well-rounded and very sweet, this is a mild example of the style, short on hops but quite flavorful.

D: This is a great drink, flavorful yet mild with a sweet malty body. I am disappointed that it took me so long to get around to this.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 19:06:58 | More by akorsak
Photo of prototypic


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

Appearance: It's a nearly opaque, dark brown color. Just a hint of light coming through. Head is off-white and about one finger. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: All in all, pretty light on the nose. There is a light toasted nut aroma with a bit of dark chocolate in the mix. Beneath the surface lies a light coffee smell.

Taste: It's mostly a toasted nut flavor with some coffee blended in. There's a light chocolate flavor present. Good malty base. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty good. Drinkability is good. Far from a session beer, but it goes down easy. Overall, it's a pretty good offering for the style. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 02:06:46 | More by prototypic
Photo of pmcadamis


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Ruby Tuesday's in Champaign. I'm pleasantly surprised by RT's new beer selection! They used to just have psuedo-micro macro crap (Killian's, Foster's ect.), but now I've seen Widmer Bros, SN, Yeungling, and other fairly decent brews there. And they even have a three-glass "micro-brew sampler" of whatever they have on tap at the time. Way to go Rudy Tuesdays!

A - Brown with crimson highlights, clear with a one finger tan head that leaves a decent amount of lace on the side of the glass.

S - Nutty with some black pepper notes. Almond extract, yeast, and marshmallows. Seems sort of subdued to me.

T - Chocolatey malted milk balls, nuts, and marshmallows. Sugary and sweeter than other browns, but a nice leafy dose of hops keeps things from getting out of hand.

M - An initially brisk carbonation turns into a rich, creamy, and full body. Nice.

D - The light chocolate malt flavors and interesting mouthfeel make this a highly drinkable brew. I like it although it doesn't really stand out in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 03:11:59 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one after running through the other 60 beers at Fox and the Hound, my local. Pours a fairly average brown with some highlights. A little bit of respectable lacing that follows a small head. Nose is very mild, a hint of malt. Taste is likewise, fairly good, malt and maybe a touch of nuttiness. Feel is too thin. Overall, not a bad one, but not a great one either. Go for the Troeg's Rugged Trail instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 16:23:55 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Talisker


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wonderfully malty sweet American take on the English brown style.

Pours a pure brown, perhaps some reddish highlights. Hard to get much head going, but what's there is a medium tan. Nice sweet toffee on the nose, followed up beautifully in an integrated taste that's fundamentally sweet, maybe some hazel nut toward the end, but finishes with a nice dry balance. Some porter-like graininess in the finish is all that keeps me from chasing after that next drink. Has the water texture of a true English bitter, but the malt character of an American brew that's not ashamed to put a little muscle in.

Turbo Dog seems an over-aggressive name for what's fundamentally a gentle and sweet mild. But give these guys some credit for working up something truly special.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 05:22:25 | More by Talisker
Photo of brdc


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

Reddish brown beer with a tan head, average size and retention.
Aroma is mostly malty, sweetish with caramels and nuts. not very developed but nonetheless quite pleasant.
A little bit "maltier" than I expected based on the smell, this medium bodied brew starts bittersweet chocolate-like, evolving to nuts/caramels, with an intervening hoppy bite that balances it quite nicely.
Quite easy to drink, nothing spectacular but quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 15:07:47 | More by brdc
Photo of wcdoyle


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita use a stub bottle similar to Sierra Nevada's.

Head poured a pale brown and started off thick with medium-sized bubbles which thinned out then disappeared. Cola colored red-tinted translucent brown. Strong caramel and chocolate smell with a touch of hoppy sharpness thrown in. First taste: wow! the chocolate really comes through, maybe b/c chocolate malts are heavy in the mix. Nuts come after the first sip and the caramel from the smell seems to disappear. Very faint hops in aftertaste. The pleasant surprise--reminiscent of pricier beers--spiked my taste score for Turbo Dog.

Medium body in the mouthfeel with a bit more carbonation than I expected.
While I don't hold the high carbonation too much against this beer, it did pull mouthfeel and drinkability down (a bit for me). Other sessions might make me modify these scores. The carbonation might be different from bottling to bottling and on draft and some might find it just right, so don't let this deter you.

Even so, I have to say that I *really* liked this beer! I actually have passed this up on the shelves many, many times. I think the Turbo Dog name suggested something other than a brown ale to me. Today, however, I stopped and read the bottle description. This got me to try it.

I'll enjoy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 21:42:29 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of NCSUdo


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a small 12 oz bottle, I don't drink a lot from Abita, but I'm guessing the small bottle is common to them.

A: Poured with an average light tan head, that shrunk to cover the top of the beer. Darkish brown with red hues showing along the sides and bottom of my pint glass.

S: At first smell, I picked up a lot of chocolate and a roasted smell. Nothing over powering, really subtle especially as the level got lower in the glass.

T: Decent taste. Sweet up front. Finishes with a mild chocolate taste. Some bitterness which I think balances nicely, as it tastes more in line with a bitter chocolate rather then a hoppy bitter.

M&D: Mouthfeel is alright. Carbonation is just right, not very heavy for a dark brew. Drinkability is also decent. I've pretty much sped through the first one I opened, but I don't think I would want to drink more then a couple at a time.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good example of the style. It doesn't take you breath away, but it's a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 02:51:38 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of smcreator


3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: One finger head that dissipates after a few minutes. Dark brown/red.

S: Almost no smell at all probably due to the lack of hops.

T: Tastes mostly of malt. Descent taste.

M: Medium carbonation. Tends to kill palate.

D: Because it saturates the tongue with malt-flavor it is hard to drink too many and still enjoy what flavor is there.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 23:57:02 | More by smcreator
Photo of goochpunch


1.7/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark woody red with a tanned head that fizzles out to a ring in mere seconds. Aroma is of sweaty socks, herbal hops, caramel, cheap white wine and grain. Flavors start off over-bearingly sweet with that good ol' Abita Sweet 'n' Low flavor. There is some hinted at chocolate in the malts, but it gets too grainy too quick. Has a weird taste of yeast that one would find in shitty homebrew. Finishes with hints of Robutussin and rubber bands. Mouthfeel is thin, extremely slick, and lacking carbonation. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 01:01:00 | More by goochpunch
Photo of walshclimb


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice dark amber to dark chestnut color with 3/8" than head that thins to a thin film while drinking.
Smell - Very mild. Malty, oak, slightly smokey with a hint of molasses and chocolate
Taste - Clean and crisp with roasted nut overtoans. Malty with light hop bitterness
Mouth - smooth, slightly foamy, medium bodied
Drink - This is one of my favorite American brown ales. Nice complex malt flavor that is not overly complicated. Very smooth and drinkable but just a little light bodied compared to some other browns

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 23:39:47 | More by walshclimb
Photo of jwc215


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin, off-white head that descends to a thin, lasting patch that almost covers the top. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell if of dark, chocolatey, toffeeish malt with some nuttiness (hazelnut?)

The taste is of toffee and chocolate. Sweetness controlled by earthy, bitter hops, though it remains sweet in character until the finish, with a nutty and hoppy snap.

Smooth in a medium body. Fairly creamy.

Tasty and what I thought was "sessionable" until I saw the abv level (which is obviously well-hidden.) A solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 21:55:57 | More by jwc215
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a brown color with hints of burgundy. Had a tan, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of toasted malt and nuts. Also, a sweet aroma.

T - It tasted strongly of toasted malt, caramel and nuts. Nice and sweet.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not a bad brown ale. It doesn't look overly impressive, but it delivers a good taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 16:18:05 | More by zeff80
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.