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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,282
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 95 | 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

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Photo of Prufrock


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pilsner.

dark brown but with hints of clarity around the edges. thin tan head.

coffee and malt sweetness in the aroma. touches of caramel and chocolate.

light mouthfeel with heavy carbonation, like a soda. heavy coffee flavors with a balancing chocolate sweetness. just a hint of hop bitterness. not incredibly complex or rich, but a satisfying, balanced flavor. goes well with almost any dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 00:24:33 | More by Prufrock
Photo of hanco005


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Part of my December microbrew of the month club offering. Reviewed this over the holidays, just getting around to typing my notes now.

A— very dark brown with ½ inch of head, medium lacing on the glass that stayed throughout the beer.

S— sweet and fragrant with coffee, caramel and coffee scents

T— very malty with mild chocolate and toffee flavors, a little bit of a butter rum taste, not as sweet as the smell.

M— a little thinner than I hoped for (also noticed that in the Christmas Ale 2005), but still very smooth.

D— a really like this one, a very good brown ale. Drank the three that I had in one night and was wanting a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 04:17:47 | More by hanco005
Photo of acrawf6


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

I dont buy this enough as i should, i usually pass it up for something else b/c i can get it everywhere. But its good stuff.

Pours out a nice dark brownish amber, little light comes through showing its clarity. Light tan head comes up.

Smells slightly roasty malts. A little coffee smell and toffee. seems sweet. Nice.

Taste is tough for me. I've had it many times, and it is either great, or a little empty and has a few characteristics of a pilsner. Sweet toffee flavors is what i initially get. as i swallow i can taste a coffee flavor to it. I slightly taste the hops, but i think the malts certainly take over this ale.

Mouthfeel is ok. Not as full as others, but does have good balance and good carbonation to it.

Overall this is one i should get more often than i do. I think its the best regular abita beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 00:28:36 | More by acrawf6
Photo of jnelson54


2.08/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Man I dont know what it is with abita but this looked and smelled great dark brown with a nice head and sweat chocolate and nuts but then the taste is just a train wreck. It is hard to imagine how it can go from smelling and looking so good to falling short so fast. I think i am done with abita they cant say i didnt give them a chance though

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 04:11:42 | More by jnelson54
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

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

My first beer from this brewery, and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised.

Poured a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a small head (probably poured it too cold, I was eager). Would likely have been Guinness-y looking if I'd done it right.

Smell is toffee, wine, and a bit overly sweet with some strong maple syrup elements.

Thick, coating mouthfeel that was a bit odd. Toffee and earthy elements dominate the flavour, with a light bitterness and a dry edge that shows up later. Possibly some sour fruit (apples?) in there as well.

Not a bad brew, especially since I just bought it because of the name. Will try some others from Abita if I can get them, to see how it goes.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 20:40:25 | More by crwills
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep mohonagy with light off white head that fell very quickly into a ever so slight lace.
the aroma is malty, hint of chocolate but not to much.
the flavor is very simple, malt, grainy, little chocolate, hint of hopsack.
the mouthfeel is a little watery.
beer is drinkable would be more enjoyable in the summer. I dont agree with the style classication, the malt and hops spell brown ale but the yeast is a alt, really you could just say the hops are wrong because you could sub the malt for an alt.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 03:17:31 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with burgundy highlights and a thin film of off white head. Smelled of smoky chocolate malts with a touch of sourness. Tasted of sweet honey and a slight molasses blended into a delicate, crisp and dry hops. This was followed with a very clean sour and dry finish. Mouth feel was light bodied with a medium carbonation. The flavor is very simple, but well done and it goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 23:42:04 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of TastyTaste


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body, clear when held to light. Head fades fast, ends in nothingness.

Smell: Roasted and nutty malts, slightly grassy, slightly carmely-sweet.

Taste: Roasted malt and coffee, an odd saccharin-sweetness, with a little cereal grain maltiness in the aftertaste. OK.

Mouthfeel: OK, a little watery. Leaves a little metallic mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I have heard a lot about this beer since joining BA years ago. It is an OK brown ale, but I have had many better.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 17:31:37 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a regular pint glass. Beautiful dark brown color and tan head. HEAD GALORE. Head retention was on new levels and creamy real head.
Taste was definitely burnt malts taste. A bit hard to detect the caramel malts that's supposed to be in there but definitely was feeling the chocolate. The taste was a bit light with less than projected aftertaste. Extremely drinkable. I would take that over a coke anyday with a meal no matter what mood I'm in. It's excellent with some stone ground brown mustard on pretzels.
Very good basic beer. Honestly I didn't notice all the depth of flavors that were going on in this. But definitely smooth and hits the hell out of the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 11:28:41 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
Photo of assurbanipaul


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

Pours a dark brown with a tall frothy tan head. Aroma is malty and yeasty, somewhere between a brown ale and a Belgian.

Taste is sort of a tangy brown ale. Standard low malty taste, some brown sugar, some dry chocolate malt, but skewed with a bit of hops or yeast, giving it a hint of sour mash. Some nuts and buttered toffee mixed in with the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium, not heavy at all, easy to drink. I could have a few, but it's drinkability wears on me after a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 05:19:02 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of aforbes10


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking brown beer with a short-lived head and no lacing to speak of. Malty odor with hints of ?nuts? Strong malt and chocolate taste with lingering aftertaste. Weird mouthfeel, thick and carbonated. Good drinkability...a six pack wouldn;t last long in my fridge....although i dont know how often i would buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 19:50:04 | More by aforbes10
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque dark plum-brown body with a 1-finger tan head, low retention. Not much in the way of lacing. Nose of chocolate malt, slightly nutty, and offset by a bit of hop. Moderately aggressive carbonation in a medium body, slightly acridic, toffee and chocolate with a bit of nuttiness, goes down smooth and finishes with a slight uplifting hop bitterness. Thin flavor profile for the style, but easy-going and pleasant, making it easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 04:36:54 | More by ism
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


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

This beer is a deep molases color with a frothy toasted tan head. The nose is rasted nut with a hint of coacoa. The taste starts bitter, with hints of chocolate before going to a more roasty, nut toffee finish. This is probably Abita's best offering. One is great, but there is something which keeps this from being very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 09:37:48 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear deep brown with a respectable amount of biege-colored head and just the tini-iniest amount of lacing.

Smell: Largely malty, accentuated by a light chocolateliness, but with a bit of a musty aroma in there as well. But without further ado, let's move onto the important stuff:

Taste: After a headmost zap of fizziness, I tasted a sweet toffee, chocolate malt flavor, and roasted grains complimented by an inviting nuttiness. A minor bitter hop presence adds to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderately carbonated, letting the beer come across as "soda-like". Unfortunately, it goes beyond just simply being mild and ends up being a bit flaccid.

Drinkability: While this brew ended up being merely "good", it was a bit of a letdown, though I appreciated the effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 07:29:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of palma

New York

2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

For some reason, I just dont like this beer.
I always seem to notice a subtle skunky aroma. Ive had this beer many times before and always the same aroma. Taste is not very good either. Its pretty malty but it has some bad ass heineken hop profile. And a weird horse stable flavor. Dirt and hay and shit? I dont know. I've had this beer time and time again hoping that one day I just might like it, but in the end, this beer is just not for me. Sorry.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 05:52:18 | More by palma
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thoroughly brown body, with crimson side, slim tannish head.

Sweet, caramel malty nose, nuts aplenty.

Toasty malt, dry, muted sweetness in the taste, very clean, supple, easy to drink. More nutty and mineral-y than caramel sweet. Light cocoa traces.

Remarkably simple. Nothing wrong with that.

Medium body, highly carbonated, very even-handed, just a straight-forward session-er. I like a richer taste and mouthfeel in a brown ale, personally, but I can see how this would please less demanding palates.

EDIT: this got better as the glass emptied...perhaps I had it too cold? I kicked the numbers up a touch to reflect this.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:52:59 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of GuinnessHero


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a very dark beer. Excellent head retention which gives it the extra few points in appearance for me. Black with a small bit of light escaping the bottom of my glass.

Smell - Mmm. That's all I can say. Very sweet aroma of coffee. Almost overly sweet, but beautiful nontheless.

Taste - Typical of a dark beer. Nice and light on the stomach however. Coffee and a slight hint of toffee comes up after it passes the pallet.

Mouthfeel - Typically non-offensive.

Drinkability - Being that this is not heavy on the stomach, and tastes rather good. It's a great session beer for two or three beers to be knocked back.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:46:59 | More by GuinnessHero
Photo of rebel1771


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with very little head. Smell consists of burnt malts. The taste is quite pleasing and consists of almost chocolate like malts with a clean hop bitterness in the end. This is an enjoyable brew and I could finish off quite a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 02:16:28 | More by rebel1771
Photo of bighoppymonster


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

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held up to light. Tan head with no visible carbonation has some nice lacing. Smells of sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Roasted maltiness in taste with some sweet chocolate notes as well as some coffee. Hop presence is definately there, but rather understated. An excellent balance of malt to hops for my taste. Overall a solid brew that I drink pretty often. The best offering from Abita in my opinion, at least of the options available to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 00:28:20 | More by bighoppymonster
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

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

After having Purple Haze, I wasn't expecting too much out of this brew.
This was definately a more pleasing experience than was Purple Haze.
A solid brown ale over all. Pretty orthodox approach. Familiar brown ale characteristics; well balanaced with a well controlled sweetness.
This could be a porter when it grows up.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 01:21:29 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of andjusticeforale


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one out into a tulip to try it; I had read some mixed reviews, but from the start this was a pretty beer; near black with a nice tan foam froth.

The smell was chocolate and caramel. The beer swirled around with near perfect carbonation. good lacing.

This beer tasted bigger than would be thought. There was coffee and camel flavor and nice hops to round it out, a subtle sweetness at the end made this beer alot more complex than if it went dry- the sweetness holds a nutty molases type feel to it. There isn't too heavy a body here, your not saying whoa this is too filling.

All in all, a terrific beer; can't wait to try some of the others that abita has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 15:47:18 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of jaluria


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a subtle tan colored head. Faint aromas of nuts, hops, and brown sugar are clear. The taste is quite flavorful, more hops than I expected. Soft bitterness upfront with a malty taste that starts soon after and dominates the aftertaste. More of a medium-bodied beer with a definite dry and bready aftertaste. A very enjoyable brew with good drinkability. Subtle flavors blend together to form a smooth brew that can be had over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2005 16:25:40 | More by jaluria
Photo of semihobo


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to support the NO economy. I had no idea this was so widely distributed.

Best if consumed before... 1/8? What year? Or is 8 the year? Hrm. Sweet lookin' bottle.

Pours with a large tan foamy head with big bubbles that compacts as it subsides. A dark mahogany color, pretty clear, with beautiful ruby accents peeking out around the edges.

Smells nice, mostly of nutty malts. Sweetly scented. A faint whiff of hops, but mostly the bready, custard-like malts.

Very simple taste. More bready sweetness from the malts, which dominate the profile. Meager grassy hop finish. A touch of coffee and chocolate (props to Abita for nailing the "Toffee" they claim on the label, not many brews have this particular sweetness:coffee ratio). Toffee it is.

Boy most beers have reasonable mouthfeels but this one is subpar. Carbonation fails to hide the watery feel of this beer. It starts off okay with bubbles and then dies on the tongue. Not awful, but not good.

I don't think this beer is anything special, but it's a simple success. The watery aspect makes you able to slam it back, although it comes a long way to get to Ithaca and costs a bit as a result. Pretty decent, I'd cheerfully drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 22:03:52 | More by semihobo
Photo of faubs


4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

All right so I’m bias, however this is an exceptional beer. When ever you get a chance you should support your local micro brew… that is if you think its worth a damn. Back to the beer. As far as this brew goes you can’t beat it for a domestic its got some meat to it. Dark in appearance, appealing bottle, and a smooth taste (chocolate hops with coffee overtones). Man I can drink this stuff for hours. It does help if you can get it fresh, I tried it in a Texas bar not nearly as good. This is definitely worth a try if you can get a holt of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 07:08:53 | More by faubs
Photo of nortmand


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

Pours dark amber-brown, with a wispy tan foam.

Very doughy, grainy aroma. Little hop presence. Some "swampiness" right at the end.

Raisin-chocolate flavor up front. This spreads across the tongue into an unpleasant tinny, metallic taste. Ends with a roast bitter aftertaste. This beer would be exceptional if it weren't for the metallic middle.

Full bodied, but not chewy, pretty good mouthfeel, and a fairly drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 02:06:20 | More by nortmand
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.