1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,419 Ratings

(view ratings)
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

(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: 2,419 | Reviews: 964 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I have to admit I was not sure what to expect going into this as I had stared at it on the shelf for years but never really gave it a try. Had no inclination as to what kind of style it was, so I was essentially flying blind into this one. Poured a nice deep hazelnut brown with a very fluffy and frothy off white colored head that grew to a height of around two inches or so. A gradual fade left behind some nice side glass lace as well as a touch of frothy stuff over the top. It was somewhat cloudy, obscuring most of the view of the interior. Smell was interesting. I definitely picked up a hop presence, some touches of orange and grapefruit, however they were very light and were mostly overpowered by a sugary caramel aroma. Lots of malt here with even a slightly noticeable roasted nut aroma. The taste followed suit nicely for a light brown ale. Main backbone consisted of earthy grain type flavors that were lightened up with a healthy dose of sugar. There was definitely some nice hops added in as there was a good little bite to it in the front and it gave a nice long drawn out finish. Great feel as there was more then ample carbonation in this one and it hung around until the very end. No slickness and a good medium to light body. An excellent session ale, it was neither overpowering nor too light to be noticed. Overall I actually thought this was rather nice. It was pretty much a nice normal light brown ale that had some hops thrown in for balance only, but stayed pretty much true to its roots. This was an excellent little brew and I would surely have one again. Would probably be top notch on tap and I will need to find that out one day. But definitely a good call and one you should try.

mikesgroove, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with light ruby highlights. Small off white head. Aroma was of slight nuttiness and roasted malt. Light to medium mouthfeel. Taste was simple. Some grains, roasted malt and nuts. There’s a bit of nuttiness on the very end. A decent brown ale nonetheless.

Rootdog316, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of WonderfulSam
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My mom always said, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." So here's something nice: My wife is freakin' hot.

Now for the beer review.

The beer started out great. It looked very pretty. Almost like a cola, with little no light shining through and a 1 finger tawny head with decent retention. It smelled really interesting. Sweet and malty with a very light hop aroma. I was excited. Then I started drinking it. Hm. Malt up front, bitter coffee to follow, and not a thing in between to tie it together. The first couple of swallows fell flat. The more I drank, the worse it tasted, as the unbalanced sweetness produced a sour aftertaste. It didn't feel nice in my mouth at all. It was very thin, and the bitterness of the coffee flavors combined with the sweet-induced sour was really not too pleasant. I actually didn't finish drinking it because it just seemed like a waste of calories.

Oddly enough, my freakin' hot wife, who likes Michelob Ultra thought this stuff was pretty good... go figure!

WonderfulSam, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber-brown with 2.5 fingers of off white head. Good clarity.

S - Sweet, malty aroma with a bit of hops and a some roastiness, but nothing powerfull.

T - Malty, roasted flavor up front, followed by a good bit of hop flavor, coffee notes, and more than enough bitterness to balance. Finishes hoppy, with some alcohol character.

M - Moderately thick body with fairly low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink several of this one. Nothing complex about it, but it is a good, satisfying session beer.

nickfl, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name, but there's not a whole lot of "turbo" here...

Pours a half-inch head that calms quickly...color is a ruby-tinted ultra-dark brown. Almost looks like a porter.

Aroma is faint and disappointing. What I did get was slight chocolate and a flash of caramel. Too bad, there's something good under the surface but it seems veiled. And my sniffer seems to be working fine today...

Flavor is an evenly-dealt combo of chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. Less nutty and more desserty than many browns.

Mouthfeel is feather-light, but also active with carbonation and a nutty, toasty finish.

An easy drinker, though probably nothing to rave about. Well-crafted, but I could live if I never had one again.

Metalmonk, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting label. Black isn't a typical color for bottle labels (especially a brown ale?).
Very fizzy sound and large head upon pouring. Not able to decant whole bottle into standard pint glass.
Dark color of brown and deep red. Clear. Light brown colored head that settles slowly.
Dark malt aroma with whiffs of chocolate noted. Sweet notes too.
Malt flavors that stay away from sweetness. Roast, dry, slightly bitter. Just short of astringent. Doesn't hold as apparent chocolate as aroma did, but it becomes stronger as it warms.
Carbonation is more than I like for brown ales. Beyond that feel is light moderate or less.
Overall this is fine. It has nice flavors. Easily drinkable as it isn't too rich. It's gonna' go well with lunch today.

garymuchow, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated best before 5/28 of an unknown year. Can only assume '07 so it's a couple months past.

Poured with a robust head of tan fine bubbles. foam didnt' last too long, dying to a thinner foamy head. very dark reddish brown beer as seen in the light.

a little citrusy and malty smell. not a lot there.

taste is kind of boring. a little malt here, a little citrusy bite in the back of the throat. what little flavor it has is not especially well balanced as the tart flavor overwhelms the malt.

smooth enough, vaguely drinkable. better than macrobrew swill so I guess i'll finish it.

henrysunset, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of dojobrewco
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown with amber glares. Pours out a thick frothy head that oddly disappears rather quickly. Chocalate Malt dominated the smell and there is little to no hop character. The first two out of the six pack did not impress me but the third which I have right now in the pilsner in front of me has definatley made its review alot better. Its probably the mouthfeel and the smooth sweet after taste that has changed my mind about this one. Another six pack might do the trick.

dojobrewco, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of uwmgdman
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick off-white head formed on the pour, with nice lacing. The color is dark brown with a ruby glow and nice clarity. The aroma is chocolately, medium-high and there is a medium-low hop aroma. The flavor is slightly roasted; moderate chocolate and has moderate hop bitterness. The finish is rather dry and a little alcohol warmth kicks in at the swallow. The body is medium/medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall this is a very good brew, I especially like the way it finishes. I'll need to upgrade from a single to a 6er!

uwmgdman, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of pvllbum
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review so if it's a little weird let me know. A quick background on me is that I thought Miller Lite was the greatest beer in the world until my friend turned me on to other beers and it has greatly changed my beer drinking habits if you will but anyways here goes.

The Beer pours a nice brown color with a very nice chocolaty and coffee aroma. The taste is very close to the smell with hints of chocolate and the coffee with a tinge of caramel flavor in there. Finishes nice and smooth with a little bite on it and a good aftertaste. I drank the beer a little warm because I was a bit impatient when i got home to get it cold but I think if it were a little bit colder it would be good.

pvllbum, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thought that this was a light stout when I poured it. I did no research on this beer, so I didn't know it was a brown ale till I got here. Dark brown, ruby highlights.

S - Lots of sweet malty smells here. Slight roast.

T- Other way around in the taste, roast first then some sweet malt.

M - Full, but not thick.

D - Very high. One of the better brown ales that I have had, somewhere second to Bells Best Brown. Give it a try!

enfield249, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in late July as part of the MicroBeerClub July shipment. Best consumed before 12-23.

Beer poured a dark brown with a good sized off white head. Nose is sweet, chocolately, and somewhat bready -an odd combo but it is pleasant. Taste is of sweet chocolate malts, with a very slight hop balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a nice beer that is definitely worth a try,

arizcards, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank a lot of Turbo Dog back in college in San Antonio, but had gone years without a drop until I decided to grab a sixer the other day just for kicks. It's been a pleasant trip down memory lane, for sure.

Pours a dark brown color, with plenty of ruby/mahogany shades to liven things up in the glass. Gives off a fat, porous, light brown head that thins quickly, but does leave behind some lace. The nose is nice, if not spectacular. Roasted nutty malt notes with the faintest hint of distant coffee and dark fruit. The taste is sweet throughout, with a nutty undertone and a pleasant pang of bitter coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but finishes nice and dry, which conforms with the style.

I would not have guessed it was above 6% ABV, but there you go. This is a smooth, highly drinkable beer (which probably explains a lot of my college behavior) that I recommend to fans of brown ales. It's not as creamy or full-bodied as some, but it's quite nice and goes down easy.

Atlas1, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a dark brown color with a small tan head, not much lacing. Smell was coffee , chocolate, and sweet malts , alittle smoke. Taste was the same, predominantely sweet malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel was lighter than expected with medium carbonation . This is a highly drinkable brew which was surprisingly refreshing for the style. Would like to try more from this line. Worth a shot.

ohoove, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Taipans
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pilsner glass. (its all I had at the time)

Appearance: Amber in color, brownish head with some moderate lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel smell, mostly just a kick of sweetness comes through for me

Taste: Sweet caramel / toffee type flavor, high malt profile

Mouth: Pretty good body, smooth

Drink: This one was pretty easy to put back, it was near 100 outside yesterday too. Usually I shy away from brown ales during the hot summer days but this one didn't make me feel over full.

Taipans, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Hints of chocolate abound. A bit of malty sweetness.

T: Not too bad. A little different from the traditional English brown ale. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, with hints of coffee and caramel behind it. No real hop flavor to speak of. A slight bitterness, but that could be from the chocolate.

M: Smooth and full. Very pleasing.

D: I could definitely see drinking this again. Probably not too often, but it's definitely a nice change of pace.

YonderWanderer, Aug 23, 2007
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


tai4ji2x, Aug 23, 2007
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.

cjgator3, Aug 16, 2007
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.

pojo41, Aug 14, 2007
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.

dustylong, Aug 02, 2007
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.

biggmike, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Jul 16, 2007
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.

therica, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of theWrkncacnter
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.

theWrkncacnter, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
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.

EStreet20, Jul 06, 2007
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,419 ratings.