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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,471
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 67
Gots: 169 | 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 orangemoustache
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured up a nice muddy brown with some dark red highlights,a thick milk chocolate looking head builds to a fingers worth before deflating to a thin covering,with no lace left behind. The nose is thin and malty with some very faint vinilla notes. This has some good nutty flavors as well as bitter chocolate and subtle dry oat tendencies. The body is a bit to thin as well as some understated carbonation makes it just slightly above average at best. The alcohol seems well hidden,I was a bit suprised to see the AVB above six. A decent offering to enjoy once or twice maybe,never going to be a regular in my glass.

orangemoustache, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Tbn2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A-Pours a very dark brown with hardly any light shinning through. Two fingers of a cream color head rises and intermittently laces down the side of the glass.

S-Aromas of roasted grains, nuts, breads, and caramel pleases my nose.

T/M-The taste is similar to the smell. Lots of nut flavor blasts you first. The grains have a husky taste but it gives the beer a good flavor. The combination of the grains and earthy hops flavor gives the beer a crisp and dry finish. The body of the beer taste a bit watery to me, but it by no means takes away from the beer.

Overall this is a good beer from Abita. I have only had this and their pale ale, but I am certainly impressed with the flavor. I really enjoy the flavor of their grains.


Tbn2, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Head is massive and rocky at first and settles into a nice fluffy foam. Degenerates to little puddles of what looks like it could be bits of ale yeast floating like little lily pads.

Aroma is burnt bits of brown sugar, leather, coffee, and other delicious smelling maltness. Another smell revealed a sweet bready aroma.

Taste is mostly bitter upfront with a bit of mild sweetness. The flavor is a bit weak compared to the attractiveness of the aroma.

Mouthfeel is is a bit too thin with a soft bubbly carbonation. Still very nice. Finish is a bit oily from the hops.

It's a dark malty beer with a less-filling profile. Easily drinkable. Would go nicely with a steak.

gonzo46and2, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent selection...had one at Mellow Mushroom in Delray Beach for $3.25 during happy hour. I have always seen these beer in the stores and such, but never got around to try it until now
A: Pours a brown color that leaves an off-white head with minimal retention

S: Nothing in particular dominates this nose, smells like a bunch of different things; malts are apparent, caramel, and earthy tones

T: Sweet tasting, a little chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, and again some earthy tones

MF: Medium-light in body, finishes pretty smooth, the aftertaste is forgettable

D: Decent...a little too overwhelming to consume regularly

scottyshades, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Opaque brown hue topped with a tan thick head with good retention. Garnet highlights.

S: Malty. Bready and grainy with some sweet caramel. Some earth and mineral aromas as well.

T: Bready and caramel malt flavors frame this beer. A nice roasted/bitter finish clears it out. Not particularly strong but compliments malt flavor nicely. No esters.

MF: Light to medium light body. Low carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Creamy.

D, notes: As someone previously said in a review "a nice little session beer". I would agree. Easy to drink and the price is right.

Nipitato, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - brown color with a short beige head that thinned to a ring.

S - faint but sweet malty aroma.

T - sweet flavors of chocolate and caramel/toffee.

F - light/medium bodied, somewhat thin feel.

D - it's ok.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of RobH
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber-brown color pouring to a thick light brown head.

Aromas of dark malts shine through providing a precursor to the taste.

I drank this one right after finishing an Abita Amber Lager, and this provided a nice, logical next step in the continuum going toward a darker color, malt aroma, and flavor.

I like brown ales, and this one does not disappoint. It provides a nice balancing hop tingle on the palate, without drowning out the maltiness. Perfect.

This is a brown ale that will deliver on expectations of the English Brown Ale style, yet probably will not surprise anyone with a resounding "Wow" or anything like that. A solid example of the style. It is refreshing and I will buy more.

RobH, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of lawman834
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark brown with ruby hues. Decent light brown head that goes down kinda quickly. Virtually no lacing.

S-Not very strong. Malt and licorace.

T-Toasted malt with hints of chocolate and licorace. Surprisingly crisp.

D-I like it. Quite easy to drink. I am impressed because I am not drawn to this style.

lawman834, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a Sweetwater Brewery-logoed traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with ruby hues, a light tan head, two-fingers in height, bold though uneven, bubbles up from a medium-to-aggressive pour. The retention, though initially decent, ended up ultimately looking rather poor, as is the lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, smells sticky almost - a light agitation reveals tons of butterscotch and toffee, though it's sort of shallow - more like corn syrup (candy corn) than actual hearty, roasted malts.

Taste: Dry and muted, husky, with light toasted malts - wholesome toast and mild chocolate - very grainy. Has a few funny aftertastes, but nothing "off" - just sort of hollow. Gets better as it warms, however - the maltiness gets more of a showcase this way.

Mouthfeel: Refreshingly crisp, but uneven and not terribly smooth. Fairly thick. Has a very full afterfeel - leaves a thick, sticky coating on the tongue.

Drinkability: It's crisp for such a malty beer and the alcohol is entirely manageable, but the flavors and complexities aren't too terribly interesting. Again, not bad by any stretch of the imagination, and definitely worth trying at least once.

CrellMoset, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce stubby poured into a pint nonic glass yields a deep garnet body capped with a fat finger of rocky pale tan foam

Smell is malty with a tinge of spicy roasted nuts covered in caramel.

Taste is a bit of thin caramel with a nice toasted nutty character and a little hoppy bitterness.

The feel of the drink is on the thin side of medium-bodied with a clean finish. Easy drinker.

cvstrickland, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of giblet
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another good beer. rich roasted malt is dark brown in color, smells rich of chocolate and coffee. it was not overpowering in smell or flavor but a decent beer. lacing down the glass was moderate. not one of my tops for the style but a good drink just the same.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a tan head that held for a little while. A thick head.

The smell is of toasted malts with hints of coffee and a little dark chocolate. A sweet smell.

The start is sweet with hints of coffee and a nice smooth finish.

This is a smooth, full-bodied beer that is a little sweet and nicely balanced as a dark brown ale.

nem2006, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Bassetdawg
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Served in a shaker glass, on tap appropriately enough at The Barking Dog.

Appearance: a dark brown, almost black color, with a substantial tan head with good retention.

Aroma: roasted caramel malt aroma, with some nuttiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a strong roasted malt flavor with caramel, and a bit of chocolate and some nuttiness as well. It has a nice full mouth feel though a bit lighter than I expected.

Drinkability: This is a solid brown ale that I would enjoy again.

Bassetdawg, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard good things about Turbodog, and was eager to try it.

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Small light brown head. Smells earthy, with some nut and caramel content. Nothing spectactular, but nice.

Taste is, again, very nutty/earthy. There's definitely a bit of roastiness and maltiness to it, but neither is predominant. There's a sweet fruit tang, but for the life of me (and I tried), I couldn't figure out it was.

Mouthfeel is great, with some zesty carbonation. Very drinkable. I can't believe it's above 6%. What does this brew normally cost?

Overlord, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 07/04/08.

Turbodog pours a clear, deep brown/amber. A fairly creamy one-finger light tan head thins out a bit as the glass contents dwindle, leaving good lacing behind. Lots of small bubbles rise throughout the fluid.

Smell is sweet malt and molasses with a pitted fruit note.

Beer is sweet and grainy on the palate with carbonation that falls just short of prickly. Some nuttiness (as in flavors of nuts, not as in insane) also noted. Almost porterlike in a sweet 'n slightly sour way.

Smooth, easy to drink and reasonably flavorful, this one is easy to share at parties. A gateway beer.

charlzm, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a full deep brown body with a substantial, pillow like tan head, giving way to a nice lace coating.

Coffee/chocolate malt and bread aroma with only faint hints of sweetness after the fact. Upon further inspection, a certain nuttiness can be detected as well.

Abundant chocolate malt flavor with slight sweetness and roasted malts, with again just a touch of nutty aftertaste.

This is a smooth crowd pleaser, nicely balanced and pleasant on the palate.

A great combination of flavor variety and character balanced make this highly drinkable. Only downside is just a notch too low of flavor intensity for my liking, which also seemed to contradict the appearance.

CHADMC3, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good two-finger beige head. Light shines through mildly--Dark ruby brown color. Spotty lace.

Powdered chocolate aroma. Milky and sweet.

The flavor is very dry (particularly given the aroma), almost astringent. Some notable darker malts up front. This gives way to some lactose with the swallow having a touch of sour and some light hop bite. Reasonable body and carbonation.

Not as full-flavored as some of the other Abita offerings, but decent.

smcolw, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Dos Perros pint glass

A- Nice dark almost black in color with a decent tan head.

S- Some hoppyness along with toffee.

T- Mild malts, and toffee are the main things I notice

M- Lighter than I would expect for the color, and mild carbonation

D- Not bad, but I won't go out of my way for this one. It pretty much drinks like a lighter beer but looks like a porter. Its rather odd in my opinion.

Misfit138, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with a thin dirty white head.

S: a rich dark roasted aroma with sweet caramel highlights and a touch of nuttiness.

T: Rich flavor of dark roasted malt, loads of toffee, chocolate and some coffee notes shine through. Dry in the middle with a sweet caramel finish and velvet lacing on the tongue.

M: medium, slightly creamy and rich.

D: A decent drinkable brew.

beerthulhu, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Redish brown with a foamy head and tight bubes. Head retention is only average.
Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee beans and hint of caramels. While fuller bodied than a typical macro, given its style as a brown ale it is at most medium bodied.
Surprised at the high ABV content (6.1%)as I did not detect that in the mouthfeel.
Flavorful and smooth brown ale.

jadpsu, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of avaulteriam
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very nice smell. Hazelnut, coffee, chocolate. Nice Red color, thick head. A very tasty brown ale with tastes of chocolate, malt, candy sugar, some ripe fruits. Finish has a slight taste of hops. Nice smooth brown ale, very nutty, very good. Not too shabby.

avaulteriam, May 29, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown with some dark cherry highlights and a rocky tan head that settles slowly to a thick froth and without leaving hardly any lacing. Still good-looking though.

S: Woah, chocolate malts, toasted nuts, and some faint grassy/earthy hops in the background. Lots of chocolate for a brown ale, but still a decent nose.

T&M: Roasted chocolate, some nuts, and a faint grassy hop taste at the end to balance things out. Not nearly as strong as I like a brown ale, but still decent. The mouthfeel is where this beer suffers--it's light bodied (a brown ale!?) and doesn't hold the flavor well enough. It goes down too easily and doesn't allow any of the flavors to develop or linger like they should.

D: The light body makes it quite drinkable, but the lackluster flavor development is disappointing. Still, I've almost put the whole thing down in 3 minutes--a quaffable brown ale for sure.

BamaBeerBuff, May 27, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, like Coca-Cola. Off-brown cardboard colored head. Deep and dark.

The smell is a whiff of strong alcohol and a darkly sweet roasted malt. Darkly sweet brown sugar. Slightly darker-smelling then a normal brown.

Taste is a heavy blast of alcohol with an apologetically sweet finish. Roasted and sweet malts both. It's a bit too much on the sweet/saccharine side. Could use a hop balance of some kind, but the hops are simply absent. Heavy and sweet sugars.

Thick and milky feel. Not as smooth as typical browns. More of a choker-downer. It's not a very balanced beer. IT's got brown ale flavors with more alcohol but needs some bitter counterpoints. Decent.


williamherbert, May 19, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues. One finger of tan head sits on top with decent retention and some nice spotty lace.

A nice aroma comes from the glass. Almost a belgian like yeast/fruit/spiciness. Aromas of caramel, and I want to say clove.

The taste is ok. Caramel, toffee, and an overall roastiness that is quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bright carbonation smack.

Drinkability is fairly high as the alcohol is relatively low and flavors are pretty easy to consume. A nice little session beer.

Goliath, May 17, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can we just call this a Southern English Brown (ie not New Castle!)? Pours a darker shade of brown with more of a deep mahogany shade. A light tan hue of a head. Ok retention but limited.

The nose is limited overall but has a sweeter malty note with a subtle chocolate and hint of roast in the background. Some minor toffee notes. There is a off yeasty smell that is cross of English and American. Some DMS and oxidation but light. Hops are noticeable but light with more of a floral, earthy presence.

The taste is more in balance with a nice malt presence that is balanced well. Some moderate caramel and toffee notes that last through the finish. Hints of roast and chocolate. A sweetness that boarders candi sugar but still keeps its malt essence. A light dark fruit with hints of plums. Some off yeasty notes as well, mostly oxidation with more of a band aid flavor. Hops are noticeable with some earthy spice notes.

The body is more moderate with some residual sweetness, though doesn't have a under attunated feel. Carbonation is a bit high with some carbonic bite.

Ok folks this hits a Southern English Brown well. Some off flavors, too strong in ABV, and a bit hoppy for that style but hey.

Oxymoron, May 15, 2008
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,471 ratings.