1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
TurbodogTurbodog

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

2,325 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,325
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 61
Gots: 112 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Turbodog Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,325 | Reviews: 961 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jmbranum
jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +25.5%

Beautiful black ruby brew with decent sized light tan head.

But for more fun, my favorite way to drink this beer is slighty cool, and dumped into a glass quickly so it forms a giant head. I know this is normally not the way to pour a beer, but with Turbodog, it is the way to go. The giant fluffy creamy head is glorious.

The aroma is chocalaty, rich and strong.

The flavor starts off creamy, then moves to dark chocolate and then creamy milky chocolate, then to espresso and finally to a finish of toasty malts with just a bit of a Heath bar. Lots of wonderful alcoholic warmth.

An absolutely fabulous beer, but I will make one cautionary note. Look for the freshness dating. It rapidly loses flavor if it is out of date (in fact, if you are in Oklahoma like I am, where they don't let liquor stores refrigerate beers, I wouldn't buy it with 3 weeks of expiration date). I've drank this beer just a little past its prime and was very disappointed.

Very, very drinkable. Excellent session beer, particularly for its price (around $6/6pack).

10-28-2006 03:32:25 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Fuller
Fuller

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

A - very dark brown body with a small tan head that recedes quickly leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - very malty and nutty with hints of toffee and toasted grain

T - sweet roasted malts with some tastes of nut and toffee.

M - a little thin but smooth.

D - A very good brown ale. I could easly drink a few of these in a sitting.

10-22-2006 03:59:28 | More by Fuller
Photo of bluegrassbrew
bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, upon first glance this beer was very dark, nearly black. Held up to the light I saw a lovely ruby red hue. Very nice head that stuck around. Smells sweet with a hint of fruit. Kind of like a fruity coffee. But the taste doesn't live up to the aroma. A little on the boring side. The most noticable taste seems to be that of the alcohol. Not bad, but I expected a little more flavor from this brown ale. That being said, it is not too heavy in the mouth and not too light. Overall not bad. I could see it as a good session beer for a dark ale.

10-15-2006 22:53:07 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of terrabyte
terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured a nice dark brown, a little on the ruby side. Very thick tan head that lasted to the bottom of the glass.

Smells like sweet chocolate.

Has a nice medium chocolate falvor. Seems a little zesty during the swallow, and can either leave a long mellow chocolate aftertaste or a long, cloying bitter aftertaste that coats the mouth and tongue.

There seems to be too much carbonation, causing havoc with tasting consistency. The hops is definately taking back seat to the abundance of malts.

I enjoyed this bottle tonight alone more than I have in the past at the pubs. I think I had better selections to choose from on tap and it never lived up in flavor to the others. Certainly very drinkable, but there are better combinations of flavors for my tongue.

10-12-2006 03:05:34 | More by terrabyte
Photo of DogFood11
DogFood11

California

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

Poured into a tulip it forms a solid finger of tan frothy goodness. Body is brown in the heart and ruby red around the edges. Ring lacing and some speckled DNA also left behind along the way.

Toasted malts with some depth. Depth includes some overly ripe fruits and a touch of espresso. Hops are well placed and give it just enough of a bitter edge to keep this in line. I get a bit of a smoked side bar as well initially but the toasty malts take over.

Notes: So far I believe this is their best offering of the 5 I've tried. Browns are not usually high on my list of favorite styles but when done well I can appreciate the quality. This is far from touching some of the better browns but its decent and worthy of a purchase.

10-10-2006 00:44:29 | More by DogFood11
Photo of biegaman
biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

My first experience with Abita beers. The label on the bottle cap has the name 'Abita' finished off with an exclamation mark - 'Abita !'
I appreciate that, this brewery is clearly enthusiastic about their product. Now I am too!
Poured with some head that dismantled quickly. Left a thin line of lacing. A dark body but with some highlights to the colour. Fairly deep for the style. An almost scotch ale like aroma. Comes across as American - not like the classic British renditions. The combination of malts make for a rough ended flavour. Non too harmonious in the least. A coca-cola like character. Initially sticky mouthfeel, fades with the use of spring water. The alt yeast comes through on the finish and leaves a lingering distinctness from the initial flavour impressions. The flavours hold together quite well, but just don't blend as a medley... more of high school garage band practice. I appreciate the makeup, smart work but a dis-satisfying result. Thanks Harry!

10-06-2006 02:16:18 | More by biegaman
Photo of jmz62565
jmz62565

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a dark rich ruby mahogony with a foamy guiness like head. The smell is very good and earthy with toffee, roasted malt, and carmel. A very nice aroma. The taste,like the smell, is roasted malt,sweet carmel,vanilla, and some chocolate. A very complex and good flavor. The m/f is light with the many flavors and smells mixing perfectly. This may be the best English Brown Ale brewed in America. Cheers.

10-03-2006 23:46:46 | More by jmz62565
Photo of jackorain
jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

A-suprisingly dark with a black cherry tint when held up to the light. 1/2 inch head settled to thin ring that provided some lacing

S-carmel, malty-bready aroma-nice but could be stronger

T-roasted malt, molasses, light hop presnece, sweetness pulls it together and balances it out.

M-Meduim body with a nice carbonation

D-good brew, I could drink it all night long, easy

Overall a very good interpretation of the style.

10-03-2006 17:31:17 | More by jackorain
Photo of alehopman
alehopman

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

On pour into nonic glass it produced med. carbonation and a two finger head that collapsed to about 1/2" but was persistent/clinging. Color was a deep brown. Aroma was a pleasing sourness (I think the alt yeast at work here), coffee notes. Taste was exceptional, I immediately detected fruit (stone fruits, plum) and then bitter chocolate. Nice hop finish with the Williamette being a good choice for this ale. A more citric/flowery variety would have detracted from the above flavor components. Drinkability enhanced by the smoothness of this ale....a distinct slider... I think this is a unique beer in that it has some English brown ale qualities but the alt yeast gives it more complexity.

10-02-2006 01:04:27 | More by alehopman
Photo of BeerSox
BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12oz bottle into mug

Dark brown, almost opaque like a porter. Light brown edges, flirting with ruby red. One inch tan colored head with decent retention. Splotchy lacing. Head settles to a thin cap.

The smell reminds me very much of fresh ground coffee. Roasted malts. Very sweet aromas, perhaps from caramel malt. A very enjoyable smell, indeed.

Mildly bitter roasted flavors along with sweet diacetyl. Some hints of coffee make their way onto the palate.

Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Smooth finish.

An overall good beer. A good contrast to the American Brown Ale style, as this is the sweeter maltier English version. It's a good example of the style, and perhaps a good introduction for coffee drinkers.

10-01-2006 04:57:30 | More by BeerSox
Photo of hops4me
hops4me

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

The beer pours a dark brown with deep shades of red shining through when held to the light. A sturdy tan head forms on top. The aroma is a sweet caramel with just a hint of chocolate. Medium to light body and mouthfeel. A sweet malty flavor gives way to a light cocoa and coffee flavor. As it warms these flavors give a bigger showing. A good brown ale that almost borders on a porter. Would definitely buy again and probably will the next time the BBQ is sparked up.

09-25-2006 20:15:14 | More by hops4me
Photo of JohnnyM2002
JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug at 40 degrees.

Pours a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Chocolate malt and toffee are predominant, but they give way to a coffee finish; a bit heavier (even for a brown ale), but it goes down very well. Unfortunately, I tried it on a hot day...I'd definitely prefer it on a crisp autumn evening.

09-20-2006 17:20:35 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of BurnsTau
BurnsTau

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours black with fizzy head that dissapates pretty quickly.

Smells of chocolate, coffee and sweet maltiness. The aroma of the beer is one of it's strong points, very appetizing porter-like smell.

Taste is malts, crisp sweet maltiness, coffee aftertaste. A hint of chocolate and very faint hoppiness finish it off. Medium body, light mouthfeel keep this one from being too heavy and in turn more sessionable than you'd think for this style. Not a super strong or suprising flavor, but definitely nice.

A very solid beer, this is probably my favorite of abita's main 3 beers. A big plus is that it's relatively cheap around here, so I enjoy it quite a bit.

09-16-2006 21:05:38 | More by BurnsTau
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

A - 2" beige head that retains well at 1". Some lace. Dark brown beer.

S - Chocolate malt. Mild roasted quality in the aroma. Hint of hops.

T - Mellow chocolate and toffee. Roasted and nutty. Sweet malt flavor that is not overly sweet in the finish. Touch of hops mid-palate and beyond. Some coffee in finish.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

D - Very drinkable as a session and relatively inexpensive with a good depth of flavor.

09-13-2006 02:18:15 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of HoustonTX
HoustonTX

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Abita Turbo Dog, take two.

Pours a very dark amber. The red hue is very beautiful when held up to the light, glimmers and radiates. The brown is more opaque and more visual from a far. Frothy good sized head on the pour, along with streamers of lacing slowly receding down the glass. Smell is a blast of chocolate malt, and hint of very minute fruit esters.

Now for the taste. Initially, a wave of light chocolate malt strikes the palate. Milk chocolate, with a semi-bitter twang. Roasty all the way around. A clean hop bitterness to balance the malts towards the end. Finishes dry, and creamy, with an alcoholic warming. Taste lingers for a good deal of time.

A delicious English Brown Ale, that stays true to the style. Abita does not dissapoint with this one.

09-08-2006 05:06:49 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of barefootbrewer
barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

This beer poured a nice deep black color with a persistent head. The smell was slightly sweet and malty. The taste was a combination of malt, coffee, sweetness with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy. I consider this a highly drinkable beer (but could be biased because I grew up near the brewery and on this beer).

09-04-2006 05:20:59 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of charlesw
charlesw

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Beautiful deep, rich brown but you can still see through it. Nice head - deep color, tight bubbles, fair lasting power, good lacing. Smells deeply malty, nice sweet caramel. Tastes. Hmm. Deeply malty with a touch of sweet caramel? You get darker malts - chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of burnt caramel - as well as the caramel, definitely not overbearingly caramel or sweet! Nice medium mouth - could be a good drinker all year...

09-02-2006 22:39:02 | More by charlesw
Photo of idResponse
idResponse

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

I've heard a lot of people buzzing about this beer so I thought I would try it now that I've found it somewhere. Grabbed a six pack of bottles today. The beer is a nice looking brown with a fairly decent head and lace. The smell is a bit faint but has a chocolate wheat much expected from a brown ale. the taste is suprisingly good! Some brown ales are just a bit too sweet or too much, this one is a nice light crispy tasting mix of chocolate and toffee wheat without being sticky or boggy. It's refreshing, and that's not something you can say of a brown ale very often. The mouthfeel is pretty average for a brown ale, but is absolutely nothing to complain about. This is a really drinkable beer that I would highly recommend on a hot muggy day served ice cold. This is made for all the people who want something refreshing after a hard day's work but can't stand the pilsners. Nice beer, worth a try!

08-31-2006 18:54:59 | More by idResponse
Photo of NJpadreFan
NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Abita- Turbo Dog

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a thick whipped cream head. Heavy lacing of the glass.
Smell- Faint roasted coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut.
Taste- roasted hazelnut coffee. Mild chocolate and toffee round out the taste.
Mouthfeel- warm and thick with a smooth finish.

Overall- A nice surprise! A good Upper-middle class Brown Ale.

08-30-2006 21:28:17 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of scottoale
scottoale

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

From a 12oz. brown bottle with a "Best if consumed before" date of 11-18 notched on the back label, pours a dark mahogany brown with 1/4 inch creamy tan head. A nice steady flow of carbonation bubbles keep the head aloft for a while, and there is some slippery bubble lacing as well.

Sweet doughy malt nose that is somewhat nutty, with toffee and even a note of alcohol as it warms...reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale a bit.

Good flavor that matches the smell, sweet and nutty that winds down to a good balanced bittering from the hops in the finish. Nice quality tasting brew with a healthy medium body that's very easy to put away and suits it's style very well.

A solid Brown Ale, nothing outstanding, but very pleasant to drink.

08-26-2006 11:03:11 | More by scottoale
Photo of Dukeofearl
Dukeofearl

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

My last Abita score from a July trip to Louisiana, approximately $1.25 from Cuban Liquors in Shreveport, LA.

Pours a deep rich dark brown with minimal head into a English-style pint glass. Aroma is dry, somewhat charcoal-like roasty hops, not quite smoky, but when this aroma turns into flavor, becomes chewy. The first sniff and taste were actually a bit off-putting, but as it warms and mellows, it actually becomes pretty tasty. Richer and fuller, and also much drier than the most popular macro brown ales, this does suffer from a slight off-putting finish (the only hops representation?).

Mostly harmless.

08-26-2006 01:44:53 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of eballard
eballard

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

This beer pours a dark brown with a light creamy head. Chocolate toasted malt smell with hints of grainy hops. A nice malt flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. There is also a little bit of a fruity bite to the finish. The feel is slightly creamy and fresh. Not the cleanest finish but not a bad after taste so it’s ok. In all it’s not the most refreshing beer but the flavor is good. It’s a great example of brown ale. It’s certainly worth a drink.

08-24-2006 03:46:51 | More by eballard
Photo of msubulldog25
msubulldog25

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured on-tap at "Lagniappe" on Alberta St., Portland, OR. Pint.

Have had this beer a number of times, though typically in bottles. Most recently tried once in New Orleans in May '06 and again at the Pub in Abita Springs. Brought home a 6-pack which was decent; this beer is significantly better on-tap IMO.

A: Deep chestnut brown, very dark at the center with lighter amber hilights. A half-finger off-white head. Light to moderate lacing. Pretty heavily carbonated.

S: Quite toasty. Caramel malts abound. Smell is malt, slightly sweet with a bitter backing - somewhat metallic.

T: Strong toasted nut flavor with caramel & chocolate maltiness. Bitter hops give a dry finish. Well-balanced.

M: A little prickly and slightly weak/watery finish. Nothing offputting nor outstanding.

D: Great with a po'boy or some seafood. Perfectly drinkable year-round. A nice effort by Abita, probably the best of their regulars.

08-18-2006 19:48:08 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of naderator55
naderator55

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours out with about 2 inches of head. Has a dark brown color to it. Darker than most in this style. Smell comes out with slights amount of roasted malts and caramel is detected. The taste starts off with rich malty taste the malts make for a sweet beginning to a drink, with caramel undertones again. The end has a nice bite of hops. This is appreciated. The mouthfeel feels a little bit too much like water, but is not like a Bud light by any means. This is a beer a guy/gal could session on all night long. I do enjoy Brown's for being what they are simple tasty and versatile. This Brown does better than most at that.

08-14-2006 02:12:20 | More by naderator55
Photo of wolffman17
wolffman17

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -32.9%

Best before 11/06.
Turbo Dog pours a deep, dark brown with a tan head.
Mild coffee, chocolate, and toffee aroma.
I'm surprised at how little flavor this has. None of what I smell is in the flavor. There's a tiny bit of caramel, but it's far from having a strong malty presence. What seems to be a high amount of carbonation doesn't help.
Drinkable? I'll just say that I'm not happy that I've still got 5 of these left in the fridge.

08-09-2006 00:37:57 | More by wolffman17
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,325 ratings.