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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,506 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 965
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 Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured dark brown with red highlights at the base of the glass. 1.5 inch fluffy, off-white head that gradually collapsed into a dense half inch cap in under a minute before settling into a mere slick. Some strands of lacing which gradually slid down the sides of the glass back into the brew. Nose is predominantly chocolate malt with perhaps a light floral hops aroma at the back. Taste consistent with nose, but chocolate is not as sweet as the nose insinuated; pleasantly bittersweet and earthy. Mouthfeel falls between light-and medium-bodied with a balanced amount of carbonation and a touch of bitterness at the finish to remind you what you just drank. Nice example of the style and very drinkable.

Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with ruby tints that you could see when held up to light. A semi-tan, one-finger head that died at a medium pace and left some lacing. A sweet smell, like coffee, cocoa, caramel, honey, toffee...can't put my finger on it. Hint of hop spice too. A tad syrupy as it passed my tongue, but I'd still say it had a strong, medium body that wasn't overpowering and had some mild sweetness in it. Definitely some chocolate and a hint of coffee/roasted malt for a semi-dry backbite, although the backbite also had a little fruitiness to it. Hit me like a chewy, bready, doughy goodness, that backbite did. A good beer and better than the overhyped Purple Haze.

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

a: pours a chocolaty brown color with abot an eigth inch of head that dissapears slowly
s: cocoa, cheeries, toffee
t: cocoa cherries, toffee, caramely/toffee sweetness
m: medium bodied beer with a lof of carbonation

overall, this is a decent brew, i think ill revisit it some time

Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle at the Allentown Brew Works.

Grape juice, this beer tastes like grape juice. Not entirely, but that's the dominant flavor. I checked the label to see if maybe this beer was past the best-by, but the date markings on the edge of the label were unnotched. Oh well. In addition to the Concorde grapes, there's also a dry cocoa flavor, so really this beer tastes like Welch's grape juice with Nestle Quik.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer is a nice dark brown and looks chocolatey on it's pour. The nose and taste follow suit: it doesn't have a ton of flavor or aroma but what is there is choclatey and malty. The taste is sort of dark/bitter, dry chocolatey and has malty notes, the hop balances this off though and keeps it from approaching the too-sweet range, though the hops used aren't anything known for writing home about. The mouth is pretty moderate with a good amount of carbonation and you really notice the bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Drinkability is just a bit above average, it's def. not bad, but doesn't really make you want to drink more. The restraint on the chocolate and sweetness is really it's most impressive point.

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

A: Slightly hazy chocolate brown beer with hyperactive carbonation. Big tan head has amazing retention and leaves very heavy lace.

S: Chocolate, pepper, toffee and some cherries.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate hits at first. Bitterness follows with a combo of pepper and burnt oak. Burnt flavors hold through the dry finish. The taste of dark cherries come through as the beer warms.

M: Medium body is a little grainy. Carbonation is on the high side.

D: A nice beer overall. Worth a revisit down the road.

Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice thick dark brown. There is absolutely no light coming through this brew. Enormous tan head with exceptional lacing that layered perfectly after each sip.

Smell was average at best. Some fresh-baked bread scents mixed with coffee, and cocoa.

Very smooth and creamy brew. Taste matched the scents, but with the added slight alcohol bent. Finishes a molasses flavor.

Medium bodied brew, but it came across a little flat. Overall, a fairly good beer, that I'm not so sure I got the best representation of. I will definitely try this again.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Dark brown, with some red coming through on the edges. An inch of off white head hangs around for a while before falling to a thin cap. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and some slightly burnt malts come to mind, otherwise somewhat faint.

T - Chocolate and toffee come forward first with a rich sweetness, but the brew quickly begins drying. Burnt bread and some slight floral hop flavor wrap up the taste leaving an earthy aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation. Brew thinned quite a bit near the end of the sip.

D - A flavorful brew, but the mouthfeel didn't wholly suit the tastes going on and the bitterness was a little rougher than what I'd look for in a brown ale.

Photo of eweneek83
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 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.

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

Taste - 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 a bit thin with a soft bubbly carbonation. 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. a yummy brown ale!

Photo of mbenthall
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with light head that stays laced on edge of glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with toffee and maybe fruit.

Taste: Sweet toffe malt with thin notes of choclate. Hops well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body that fades.

Drinkability: Very easy drink and great interpretation of the style. A must try brown ale.

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.

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.

Cheers...

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.