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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,572
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 79
Gots: 239 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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 cnally
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep chocolate brown color with a hint of red. lacing head very pretty and remains at the glass.

scents woodsy, malty and nutty.

flavor is dense and nutty. the alcohol shows up despite its moderate ABV. very woodsy afterflavor.

not very creamy on the feel, a bit dry and harsh.

well, not as easy to drink as newcastle but probably more tasty. if I was a big fan of the style it might be better, but as is it is a very decent if unspectacular brew.

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

A: Brown body with a 2-finger chocolatey-tan head. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Caramel malt sweetness with some chocolate and a hint of nuttiness. Not too strong in the nose, however.

T: Pretty much follows the nose -- caramel malt, chcolate and some nuttiness. More chocolate than expected for a brown. Nuttiness is pretty noticeable too, though I'm OK with that in a brown. Finishes slightly dry; I wouldn't exactly call it bitter, but it does balance the sweetness.

M: Noticeably thin in heft right away. Carbonation is decent.

D: Good. Light in heft yet with solid brown-type flavors make this one easily sessionable. I'd definitely get this again as a session brown.

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark black, big, rocky top head

Smell: wood, burnt malt, slight coffee smell

Taste: dark chocolate start, some sweet malt, with a sweeter chocolate finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, dry finish

Drinkability: This is one of Abita's better offerings that I have tasted so far...If the ABV was not as high, I would session it...I will be getting this again

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

Pours a dark rootbeer brown with a tight creamy head and sticky lace down the glass.
Has a toffee and dark brown sugar aroma with a hint of molasses.
Taste is basically the same components as the aroma with a big mouthful of malt added in.
I paired this one with some pulled pork bbq.
A excellent example of a English Brown Ale.

Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with a thin off-white head. Shines an orange-red when held to direct light.

Smell: Lightly sweet with a coffee note in the nose. It vaguely reminds me of a banana nut bread. There are little to no hops in the nose.

Taste: Initially a slightly sweet, coffee-like taste, with some roasted bitterness. The sweetness goes away quickly compared to other brown ales, and you're left with the roasted taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth finishes quite dry. A little bitterness sticks to the top of the palate.

Drinkability: A nice brown ale. Not as sweet as I've come to find in brown ales, but very enjoyable.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, unfrosted of course.

A: Deep ruby black color and clear with a light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with a hint of coffee and perhaps a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Smells are pretty subtle, even after warming up a bit.

T: Roasted malt and some chocolate notes dominate. Quite rich and minimally hopped. Mouth-watering aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied. Body was pretty smooth and carbonation was just enough to keep it from getting sluggish.

D: Pretty decent drinkability for a darker ale. Not too heavy and goes down smooth.

First impressions on this one are mixed. It looked great in my glass, but the taste (for me anyway) was fairly unremarkable. Still, this strikes me as a decent cold weather brew.

Photo of climax
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a solid brown, the shade of the bottle it came in. a finger of head which faded quickly, with no lace comming to the party

very nice nose! smooth and not too powerful, ripened bananas and muffiny

taste was not as dark as it looked, tastes of ripened fruit, sweet malts and hops would seem nearly obsolete if not for a brief tish of citrus

fair amount of carbonation, bit of dryness, the finish was short and forgetful

one of the easier brown ales to put back, not too sweet (as many are) the over 6% ABV isn't apparent so be careful, however i drank this before dinner so it went down exceptionally quickly.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maroon color, thin head that dissipates pretty fast

S: Sweet smell of brown sugar and hints of toffee and chocolate. Very faint smell of hops

T: Balance isn't bad, more on the sweeter malt side. Get some flavors of chocolate, hints of molasses. Has some good hop flavors as well.

M: Overall, pretty smooth.

D: Could definitely drink a few of these, which I did while watching football.

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

Appearance: This brew pours with a creamy tan head. Color is a chocolate brown. As usual, lacings are plentiful with a sustained head retention.

Smell: The aroma is typified by a roasted malt presence. A woodsy character with a touch of caramel.

Taste: Rich creamy roasted malt suffuses the taste curve of this brew. The flavor character is not oppressive and has a very "winter" feel to it. I ejnoyed this greatly.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy...especially for an English Brown Ale. There is a lightness that sits well on the palate. This is an easy introduction to the heavier English brews.

Drinkability: Once again, the light airy presence of this brew leads to a lighter brew than would would have expected. I have been impressed with this selection and would recommend it for hosting a party or for even a sesion selection. Great job Abita!


Photo of dborginis
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in an Abita variety pack...would be a great session beer if I had the quantity. In general, the Abita's have a really clean taste, little aftertaste...is that the spring water that it talks about on the cap?

A good dark ale, malt flavor is tasty. Pretty brown color. Smell is very pleasing.

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

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated best before: 04/12/09. (from the Abita Party Pack). The body was dark brown but clear of sediment. Tan head faded to a film.

Smell was damp grain. Nuts, maybe walnut-like.

Taste was roasty bitterness. Short finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and in carbonation. Not a favorite style but it seems like a solid choice.

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

A - brownish color with amber hues, nice thick tan creamy head, decent lacing on the glass

S - Sweet toffee and caramel with ripe fruit aroma. A bit of a nuttiness too.

T - Chocolaty, nutty flavor. The malts win out here but still pretty well balanced with a hop bitterness in the back.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel

D - This is a good drinkable brown to me.

Photo of mirish72
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Still making my way through the party pack I picked up.

Poured into a pint glass and the beer appears black, but then settles in on very dark brown, with hints of red. Little bit of lacing and not much of a head, which appears to be pretty typical of Abita beers.

I was surprised by the sweet malty taste of the beer, it almost tasted like hints of ginger. The beer wasn't as hoppy as I normally like, but overall the beer was very drinkable.

So far this seems to be the best of the bunch.

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

January 23rd

Bottle pour into shaker. brown with moderate tan head - good lacing throughout. Roasted, sweet malts, caramel & chocolate flavors. A bit above average. Maybe I this beer was touted too much by a few family members, but to me it was nothing special.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an Abita Party Pack

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a 1-2 finger tan head and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma of roasted chocolate, some hops, mildly sweet.

Taste is of milk chocolate, some coffee, and some bready, nutty characteristics.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

They have 2 bottles of this in the party pack and that's about where I would cap it off on this one. Between this and the other "flagships" offered in the pack (Amber, Light, Purple Haze...) I'd say this is my favorite. Nothing overly special but still nice to have 1 or 2 of every now and then. Probably one of Abita's better offerings.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is an almost opaque deep brown with a large white head. The head quickly recedes to a thick film and leaves decent lacing.

The nose is mostly of roasted malts and chocolate with bready and coffee accents. The taste is more of the same with a nice bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with not much carbonation. Drinkability is high; if not for the >6% ABV, it would be a nice session beer.

Though not the best, it is a nice example of the style, and it is one of the best from Abita that I have tried.

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. No date has been marked though it looks like it should have been. (numbers along sides of label but not notched anywhere)

a- very fizzy looking, maroon-dark brown, semi opaque. the head is light chocolate brown, huge, creamy, then rocky until it dissipates somewhat quickly into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.

s- smells of biscuit, milk chocolate and caramel malts.

t- roasted chocolate malts, brown sugary sweetness. slight espresso character. finish is rather clean, a little bit of lingering biscuit dough. This is very stout-like for a brown ale, but tasty and drinkable nonetheless.

m- moderate carbonation, a medium-light watery body.

d- One of the better brown ales I've had! A nice, rich, fairly complex flavor that is well rounded and very, very drinkable.

Photo of bonkers
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a dark brown with red highlights(when held up to a light). The head is about 2 fingers of white fluff, when it recedes it leaves thick lacing all over the pint. The aroma is very light. A bit of a roasted character is all I detect. The flavor is mostly bitter sweet chocolate, not overly sweet. The finish is crisp. The brew is light in body and highly carbonated. A very drinkable beer that would go well with most foods.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark rich, red oak, fair sized light tan head, good retention, nice foam covering on surface after is dissipated. Medium lacing.

S = Rich chocolate with fresh baked biscuit scents, Some earthy hops come through as well.

T = Same rich chocolate that was in the smell is also in the taste, there is also a nice level bitterness that helps to balance the malts and maintain a nice drinkable beer. Well balanced and highly drinkable.

M = Great mouthcoating, good medium body, only drawback is a slight sting on the tongue.

Photo of farrago
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with minimal head but does leave some lacing behind, black to dark brown-orange in hue, doesn't seem "opaque" but is. Toasty, malty nose, on the whole not very expressive, clean as the spring water component shines through, carob, mild graininess, sweetness in check with only a breeze of hops. Medium-bodied, however, comes across as watery and semi-dilute, very initial impression of warm chocolate cake, coffee and marzipan falls off a cliff by the mid-palate. Solid jolt of carbonation tries to waken the patient. Also appears to shuffle towards an uptick of bitterness at the end but doesn't quite get there. Decent graininess, not flawed or nothing, just boring.

Photo of bataround
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a ruby brown color and was topped off with a very creamy. Good carbonation. There's some roastiness and caramel notes in the aroma, but overall weak in that regard. Is this a porter or a brown ale? I'm not sure I could distinguish, but it doesn't matter because the flavor is very pleasant. Roasted chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee come through with a nice underlying bitterness. Very drinkable and well made.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, original drink had 1/10

Pours a dark but translucent brown with two fingers of thick head leaving a crown with nice retention throughout the drink.

Smells mostly of hops. I smelled and smelled and smelled trying to sense something else, but couldn't.

Tastes very bold but balanced, a nice mixture of the previously smelled hops and a good malt with a bite but not bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation.

I would buy this again and would love to session it.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a long time agok and thought it was alright. Now I love it. One of my favorites. Hardly a brown ale. More like a stout.

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony

smell: light hops, coffee and chocolate

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth. I was ultra impressed

Highly recommended beer and I will make a it a staple. Can;t understand the b rating. It's a easy A

Photo of treyrab
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know why it took me so long to try this, but I finally got one and poured it into my tulip tonight...

A: The appearance of this beer neaerly floored me. It did floor me. It pours so gracefully with a dark brown with ruby and copper hues. The head is a solid two fingers and leaves sticky, foamy lacing along the glass.

S: The smell is intriguing. It smells very spicy with clove and slight banana accompanied by chocolate malts and munich malts. The scent is like nothing I ever smelled before. The German yeast really does something interesting here.

T: The taste is similar to the smell but a bit lighter. Taste is pretty spicy from the yeast with a solid chocoalte backbone and caramel malts. There is a touch of roast in there as well.

This beer surprised me and was very interesting. I would definitely recommend it and try it again.

Photo of corey0212
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had to try one after seeing the tap handle so many times on "True Blood"!

Pours a nice mahogany/chestnut color, with reddish highlights when held to light, foamy tan head fades into a fine film on top of the beer, a few spots of lacing here and there. Nice roasty aromas, cocoa powder, some toffee. Some bitter coffee flavors, more cocoa, biscuity/doughy. This is something I'd never turn down, and would be an easy go-to beer at the dinner table. Nice one!

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,572 ratings.