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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,419 Ratings

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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

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

From the 12oz short bottle, you can feel the burly medium body in the pour. It's doesn't look thick, but you can tell you're in for a slight heft.

It pours a DARK brown, with some amber tints under more light. Head formation wasn't amazing, around 1 finger from my bottle, and retention wasn't any better. More lacing on the glass than I expected, all the same.

Smell is of sweet malts, mostly, and a bit of chocolate.

There's nothing extraordinary about the look or smell of this beer, but the taste is proportionally far more complex and, to my mind, delicious. I first notice a smoky caramel or toffee, which gives way to a slight hop bitterness on the back on the tongue. Very ripe fruit darts in and out across the palate. The finish contains that slight hop flavor and some serious chocolate.

This beer has a fairly staunch carbonation, not overly so, but a nice refreshing cascade of bubbles tumbles through the medium body.

I love this brew, especially for only $7.50/6p! I have to exercise some control when drinking it because of the body...it's so delicious, but too many and I'm doubled over and altogether asleep for the night. Very drinkable for the first one or two, and an awesome balance of sweet malts and hop bite in a good American brown ale. Enjoy.

misterdmac, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of slatetupelo
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with amber tint when held up to light. A nice tan head forms at about an inch thickness. Decent lacing that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Sweet malts (sorta chocolaty) but nothing that really stands out.

T - The malts are very present here with hints of roasted nuts, chocolate and a slight hop flavors to even things out. A really well balanced beer in my opinion.

D - I drink a sixer of these quite often with no problem, it's the best available brew in my area and I have fond memories of drinking these during various trips to NOLA, especially during Jazzfest. This is my favorite of the Abita brews, definitely worth a try if you're down here in the South.

slatetupelo, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: two finger head, very dark, cloudy, can't see through
S: malty, roasted hint
T: slightly smokey, starts hoppy then smooths out, no bad aftertaste
M: good, a little thick, small bite, smooth
D: so-so

A good beer, but going into I was told it was a chocolate stout. I couldn't taste any chocolate. Nice to say I've had it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

nrpellegrini, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of oscplayr25
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amazing dark rich color. The head of the beer also has a rich color to it. When held up to light its still hard to see the light coming through but you can see a redish tint in the beer.

S- Nice strong smell. Smells like a great beer and you can smell the hops in it.

T- Great taste. Reminds me of a chocolate stout. Hops are not too over powering.

M- It does not foam up in the mouth it stays nice and smooth.

D- Deffinetly one of the best Abita has to offer. A great taste and not too hard on the tongue or on the stomach. I say a 6pack will do. A good beer for dark ale lovers.

oscplayr25, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark brown, you could mistake this for stout from afar, with a thick tan head, with better than average retention, limited sticky lacing.

S: Roast, toast, baked sugar, molasses and caramel.

T: A bite of burnt toast and sugar hits first, quite bitter actually, with a bit of hop bitterness mixed in, which evolves or devolves into caramel sugar ending. This beer is more subtle than other American made browns that I have had before, but I enjoy its subtle character.

M: OK, except I think the carbonation takes up too much of the mouthfeel causing an overall feel that is kind of hollow in flavour.

D: A nice drinkable brown, sort of a nice introduction to the style, a beer that would pair nicely with a freshly cooked steak.

Halcyondays, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark reddish-brown with a foamy tan head and sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of sweet nutty malts and raisins.

Tastes of sweet malts, raisins, and a bit of a cola aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Easy-to-drink brown ale and average for an English Brown Ale.

Monkeyknife, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at Ruby Tuesday's, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a deep ruby-tinged brown with a very thin but dense layer of off-white foam.

S: Smells malty, slightly musty, and like roasted nuts. There is a little sweetness in the nose, like candied pecan.

T: There is a strong malt presence up front, with some elements of mixed nuts and dried cherries. There's a little smokiness ot the flavor also, and a mild hop bitterness balances the brew quite well.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and a little creamy when swished around.

D: Pretty solid drinking brown ale, and probably a great session brew, if you're a fan of the style. The little spike in ABV is a nice addition too.

I think the one I was served was perhaps a bit past "best by" date, only because it was a chain restaurant where most people probably don't ask for it. Still, I liked what I had, even if it was maybe a little funky.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark clear ruby red with a decent, though loose-ish head. Aroma is roasty and fruity for the most part, with a healthy dose of nuttiness as well. Flavour is not quite as roasty as expected but still has some of that toasty character including nuts and some coffee. Overall this is a solid drinkable brew. Flavour profile is accessible, and might be a good gateway beer.

allergictomacros, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black body with a half-inch head in a snifter (only vessel available while traveling)...unable to distinguish effervescence...uneven tracings sustain on glass nonetheless... chocolate malt apparent; smoky notes of roasted malts too...light hints of flowery aroma...smooth, creamy body, with a swift malt rush to the tongue--lively...a brown ale indeed--malt/hops balance projects a smooth yet heavy weight to the initial taste, with a fizzy end... overall, as brown ales go, a consistent beer that paired well with Christmas cookies and closed the holiday out well--thanks to brother Jer for bringing the sampler home...

dacrza1, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clouded and very dark ruby. Nose is like velvety raspberries. Deep, strong, dark ones. Rich cotton candy tones. Lots of sugar. Flavor is kind of woody with a nice leafy and earthen tone to it. Seems a little thin though. Fairly firm aftertaste here. Feel is good with bubble but kind of watery on the liquid. Drinkability is so-so. I mean it isn't totally bad, but I just think that it is too thin.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man, I was hoping this would have been better. Really just an average beer here.

This actually poured like a porter, one of the darkest brown ales that I've ever seen. Nice fluffy head, very rich looking.

Smells very roasty and dark, kind of chocolatey. Just like a porter.

The similarities to the porter end here. Not near as roasted or dark. This is actually a bit watery and not nearly as rich or dark as I was hoping.

Still a drinkable beer but I wasn't impressed with this one.

Tilley4, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark hue of brown with a thin beige head and minimal lacing around the glass. The aroma was of chocolate, burnt caramel and a slight mustiness.

The crystal chocolate and caramel flavors come through at first, with a coffee bean and slight bitterness exposing itself as the beer warms. Burnt sugar and a bit of alcohol also make an appearance, creating a flavorful brown ale. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonated. Overall this is a nice, solid beer by Abita.

BBM, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very dark almost black color with a big white head that barely laces at all. not a lot going on in the nose department, some malty scents are the most easily distinguished, as well as some fruit. taste is interesting, toffee, chocolate, sweet malt are the most notable, as well as a tiny coffee after taste, its like a pale ale and a stout got drunk together, rented a room at the motel 6 and then 9 months later a new beer was made. not a bad beer. would drink again


1fastz28, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of dteal1
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with an inch tan head. left a little lacing. smells smoky, malty and sweet. tastes toasted with dark chocolate and coffee. finishes toasty and bitter. great mouthfeel, not too foamy, not too sticky. really smooth. drinkability is very good on this beer. this is my favorite Abita.

dteal1, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of Rudgers73
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a lofty and mildly retentive coca cola head. Very mild carbonation. There's nothing like a nice malty brown ale. This one smells like tootsie rolls. I will attribute that to the crystal and chocolate malts. As I start to drink it I can see some lacing begin to form. The flavor is rich, round, and full. Toasted chocolate malt with a nice dry touch of hops right at the very end make it a sturdily balanced brown ale. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, smooth and milky. Roasted aftertaste provides a good affect. Almost sessionable. I would compare this to Sammy Smith.

Rudgers73, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of redneckchugger
4.9/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a dark opague brown, with two inches of tawny, rocky head.
smells of caramel and roasted walnuts.
Tastes of toasted malt, nuts, caramel, and a hint of hops in the background
One of the smoothest beers i have ever put to my lips, it just carresses the tongue and mouth.
Extemly drinkable, very tasty, the best brown ale i have had to date. An underrated beer, and one of my favorites.

redneckchugger, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass. Pours a pretty dark brown, almost black for a brown ale, or at least compared to New Castle, with a tan one inch head this could probably pass for a porter or stout on sight

The nose carries a crisp and sugary sweetness to it with a chocolate backbone, has a nice fresh baked cinamon or sweet bread smell overall, not overpowering but leaves you wanting just a bit more.

Carbonation is pretty evident as the beer hits the tongue then gives way to that toffee sweetness everyone is talking about. As the beer warms in the mouth the overall taste becomes a bit watered down and sort of grainy and nutty but not very enjoyable. The finish leaves the tongue a bit dry and clears off any of the inital flavors, which is nice I suppose because you get to retry the intial sweetness of the beer before it tapers out.

Overall this is a beer that starts off well enough but closes weak, would have probably been better fresher is my guess, but isn't that always the case.

bluemoonswoon, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a wonderful brown color, very opaque but not too dark. A nice head with good lacing, as well. It has a nice malty scent to it at first, but becomes more hoppy as you get into it. A very good brown ale flavor, with a slight caramel hint. It goes down fairly well, but a little rough.

JamesS, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of 77suburban
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Pour a decent, creamy head, bubbles a bit large.

Smell: Caramel, cocoa, malt for sure. Slight yeast.

Taste: Medium body, a bit to the thinner side but holds up well. Malty, definitely - much smoother and more balanced than many brown ales. Chocolate, hazelnut.

Notes: This is one of my favorite brown ales. Many others overemphasize the nuttiness which is characteristic of this ale. Turbodog is more balanced and smooth - an easy drinker. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of the more high-end browns, but this could be a good one all evening. Would be perfect for a cook-out!

77suburban, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a ruddy dark brown with hints of red peaking through. Brown lacing and a decent head

S_lightly sweet with a roasted malt undertone. There is a hop presence that is somewhat floral

T_roasted malt that is not as sweet as the smell. There are hints of chocolate ripe fruits and a somewhat spicy hop aftertaste

M_slightly rich bodied but there is a good dose of tight carbonation that makes it lively.

D_the best Abita I have had and a very tasty beer overall. It is thick without being heavy.

sleazo, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Cobblestone's last night w/ tenderbranson69, served cool in a nonic.
A - A cola brown shade w/ black cherry highlights and an half inch of tan head, the lace clings well.

S - Caramel toffee like w/ a sweet brown malt scent and a slightly lactic creamy odor.The nose has a bready quality common in English browns w/ toasted aromas.

M - Sweet, medium bodied w/ a touch of roastiness and full carbonation, a mouth coating type of malt sugar in the feel.

T - Creamy sweet w/ a touch of dark malt flavor, toffee and caramel and light coffee. Almost no hops and an aspect of candy-like malt, like a charleston chew that makes your teeth feel soft. The beer appears more robust than it is w/ an almost porter look, but definitely brown in taste. My brother called it a 'tweener'. The dark malt doesn't add much in the way of flavor, basically sweetness is the focus.

D - Quenching and carbonated, with a mellow relaxed flavor, a bit restrained, but still drinkable. A good brown, but not really one that seems to fit the name 'Turbodog'. I guess that is the sign of how beer evolves since I remember enjoying this more years ago when I first got into craft beer.

Slatetank, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells malty. Tastes malty, then chocolate, then a bit of hops, followed by a lingering sweetness. All very pleasant tastes. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but a little lighter than I would prefer. Quite drinkable. I'm going to have to try other Abita brews.

Strix, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown , with a lovelly huge tan head, darker than most brown ales I have had. very malty aroma, almost lactic hints, Nice roasty,toasty caramel malty flavour, but creamy hints all over the place, milky chocolate, almost like a chocolate malt. Nice smooth mouthfeel,,though tends towards wateriness in the end. Overall a nice brown and quite likeable.

Reidrover, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown that was slightly opaque. Had a nice two finger light creamy brown head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and left a thin layer on top. Aroma smelled like a fine dark chocolate. Sweet, but very flavorful. Tasted like a chocolate mocha coffee. Very smooth beer. No bitterness at all in the mouth. Coated very well, but not terribly sticky. Easy to drink.

Bottle was notched best by 10/25.

mountdew1, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown ale...looks the part.

S-A lot of roasted malts and chocolate.

T-This is a great tasting beer. Maybe the most flavorful brown ale I have had...excellent marriage of sweet chocolate and roasted malts...very light java notes emerge as well.

M-Smooth, creamy, medium bodied but on the higher side of medium.

D-I am impressed. I'm wrapping up a sampler of Abita beers that I have been reviewing the past week and this clearly is the crown jewel of what I have tried...borders on "porter" land as it is very rich and tasty...a must try beer for anyone who likes this style and even if you don't it's still worth trying.

ZAP, Oct 18, 2007
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,419 ratings.