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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,508
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 181 | 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 cswhitehorse
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cvfish
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of tmoneyba
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of becktone
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of azbadger
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a murky dark brown body with a thin film of light tan head. Smells very malty, with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar ruling - very pleasing. Tastes like caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with some hints at chocolate and coffee. On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable, definitely disappears before I'm ready to see it go. A flavorful quaffable easy drinking beer. One I'll definitely be getting again - one of the finest brown ales I've had, and definitely makes me think twice about the quality of beers in the South - awesome brew!

Photo of dmamiano
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a deep brown with reddish edges as I hold to the light.
Small off white head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.
Not getting much from the nose..hints of sweet gum, caramel and some roasty edges.
Taste is smooth at first and finishes with a slight bitterness. Some dark roasted malts, bready notes and a hint of crystal and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is ok.

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a twist-cap 12oz brown stubby bottle into a globe glass. It has a deep dark brown color with ample off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is rich in dark malts and chocolate.

Flavor is very good with coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee. Well-rounded roasted malts balance well with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good and seems just about right for the style. Drinkability is very good.

I can't really find anything wrong here. This is one that we used to enjoy in college (as a special treat) and it still doesn't disappoint.

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

A ~ Mostly opaque with beautiful amber sides when back lit. Initial 2 finger head compressed to a 1/4" of creamy, cappuccino colored foam with nice retention & drippy lacing.

S ~ A little bit subdued & soft. As the beer warmed in the glass there was a complex blend of coffee, warm bread, chocolate, caramel & buttery toffee aromas.

T ~ Fresh roasted coffee, butter toffee & dark caramel, a hint of smoke & something nutty. Faint chocolate is more on the bitter side than sweet. I detected a ghostly berry flavor with hops making an appearance on the backside.

M ~ Thinner than it looked trough the pour. Medium body, a little to the soft side with a well balanced, mild level of carbonation. Slick and smooth with a nice clean, even finish.

D ~ This is my first official review of the style. That being said, I have nothing to compare it to. I enjoyed this beer... It's affordable, widely distributed and something I could drink with some regularity. Certainly worth checkin' out if you can.

Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. Smell is of ripe fruit. Taste is quite malty, with hints of chocolate and tobacco. There is also a touch of earthy flavor from the hops. Nice bitterness that clings to your tongue. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation slightly high. Drinkability is good, this is a good beer, a nice example of an English Brown Ale, but a bit on the high side of ABV.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a generous one inch mocha colored head that settles to a foamy beige lace. Good retention.
The aroma of malts and toffee.
The taste was of malts,toffee and hints of chocolate.
The feel was smooth,well balanced,medium carbonation and body. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish,but nothing too distracting.

Notes: One of my personal favorites and my go to English brown ale. A pleasure to have.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-A nice looking brew that I would rate higher, but it was a gusher that made a helluva mess in my kitchen. Dark reddish brown w/half-finger frothy head. Retention is ok.
S-Chocolate malt, toffee, light coffee, a little nutty, very faint hops. Some esters are apparent as it warms.
T-There is a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor upfront that opens up to reveal light nut, coffee, toffee, and a flicker of hop bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is roast cafe-mocha. This one is full-flavored and not too sweet.
M-Full velvety body with good carbonation, nice balance of dryness and sweet malt (both are mild) that let the bold flavors within emerge.
D-Quite good. It's too bad I lost so much on the kitchen floor.

Photo of erikm25
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This beer comes out a quick dark chocolate. A creamy brown head of fuzzy hazelnut and mahogany goodness erupts. However, holding it up to the light reveals a very cool looking mixture of hefty brown, dark ruby red, and dense caramel tinting.

S: Toasted sweet coffee and caramel smell at the outset. Roasted nuts paired with malty sweetness give it a fine aroma. Give it a few scents though and you can discern a medium citrus smell that adds an entire different level.

T: I find this beer to be very complex. The first sips yield a toffee and chocolate taste but hidden underneath that layer is roasted dark fruit sweetness. I tend to enjoy this layered taste even more as the glass reaches room temperature and some good southern cuisine awaits. The nutty aftertaste always leaves me looking forward to the next sip.

M: Despite the heavy appearance it is relatively thin and light at the outset. Definitely sweet on spice once you give it a whirl and ponder. However, even with this initial thin body there is a creamy and quite full quality that emerges.

D: IMO, it is a great brown ale and perfect for a quality session. Needless to say, even better on tap. It is one of my favorites from back in the day and just seeing the bottle or hearing the name gives me a good vibe. Perhaps my personal history, coupled with the region, lend me to be a little bias. However, for these personal reasons, and the fact I firmly believe it is a solid around beer, I would proudly put it in my top ten. Additionally, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a very accessible and unique beer from a great brewery.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the depths of the South came this bottle of suds. Into my pint glass it poured a deep brown with a thick tan head, with good retention and great lacing. The nose was semi-sweet like chocolate chips accompanied by some bread, toffee and caramel notes. The flavors were similar but the sweetness took a back seat. Biscuit malt and bittersweet chocolate a la baking along with some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. A good beer for the style (an English Brown Ale) and quite sessionable.

Photo of Buggies
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown. I couldn't pick up any really distinct smells. Some light toffee and chocolaty notes, but they must be too subtle for my sniffer to pick up.

Flavor though is quite nice though. This my first beer of this style, and I enjoyed it quite nicely. A very nice chocolate toffee creamy goodness. A touch of bitterness at the end. All around, I would definitely drink a few of these.

Photo of Herrbrokt
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Form bottle into snifter

Deep purple hued brown with real nice tan thick head.

Smells like bread fruits and chocolate chips

Taste is similar but certainly not over done. Nothing overly sweet thank god. Nice balance.

Feels creamy but again not to excess. Well done.

Candy indeed.

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

Poured a dark brown with some red hues and had a solid inch of foam head with very heavy lacing. Smell was of malty sweet caramel. Tastes of malts and chocolate with some hoppy notes and late bitterness. Definate alcohol warmth in the feel to go with a nice medium body. I have enjoyed this beer for years and plan to for years to come.
I enjoyed this one with a spicy bowl of Jumbalaya, you should too.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown wiith some amber hues and a rocky head that left some sticky lacing.

Smells of malt, some caramel, and a little hop leaf.

Sweet maltiness, a little chocolate flavor, caramel, and some fairly good bitter edges here, enough to remind you that this is a grown-up beverage.

Fairly mouth filling, but not cloying in any way. Good carbonation present. I enjoyed it, but with the selection at hand, I went on to a different brew. I think I could do a couple, but that's it. Very good beer overall.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,508 ratings.