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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 61
Gots: 117 | 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 barefootbrewer


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

This beer poured a nice deep black color with a persistent head. The smell was slightly sweet and malty. The taste was a combination of malt, coffee, sweetness with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy. I consider this a highly drinkable beer (but could be biased because I grew up near the brewery and on this beer).

09-04-2006 05:20:59 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Beautiful deep, rich brown but you can still see through it. Nice head - deep color, tight bubbles, fair lasting power, good lacing. Smells deeply malty, nice sweet caramel. Tastes. Hmm. Deeply malty with a touch of sweet caramel? You get darker malts - chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of burnt caramel - as well as the caramel, definitely not overbearingly caramel or sweet! Nice medium mouth - could be a good drinker all year...

09-02-2006 22:39:02 | More by charlesw
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

I've heard a lot of people buzzing about this beer so I thought I would try it now that I've found it somewhere. Grabbed a six pack of bottles today. The beer is a nice looking brown with a fairly decent head and lace. The smell is a bit faint but has a chocolate wheat much expected from a brown ale. the taste is suprisingly good! Some brown ales are just a bit too sweet or too much, this one is a nice light crispy tasting mix of chocolate and toffee wheat without being sticky or boggy. It's refreshing, and that's not something you can say of a brown ale very often. The mouthfeel is pretty average for a brown ale, but is absolutely nothing to complain about. This is a really drinkable beer that I would highly recommend on a hot muggy day served ice cold. This is made for all the people who want something refreshing after a hard day's work but can't stand the pilsners. Nice beer, worth a try!

08-31-2006 18:54:59 | More by idResponse
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Abita- Turbo Dog

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a thick whipped cream head. Heavy lacing of the glass.
Smell- Faint roasted coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut.
Taste- roasted hazelnut coffee. Mild chocolate and toffee round out the taste.
Mouthfeel- warm and thick with a smooth finish.

Overall- A nice surprise! A good Upper-middle class Brown Ale.

08-30-2006 21:28:17 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of scottoale


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

From a 12oz. brown bottle with a "Best if consumed before" date of 11-18 notched on the back label, pours a dark mahogany brown with 1/4 inch creamy tan head. A nice steady flow of carbonation bubbles keep the head aloft for a while, and there is some slippery bubble lacing as well.

Sweet doughy malt nose that is somewhat nutty, with toffee and even a note of alcohol as it warms...reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale a bit.

Good flavor that matches the smell, sweet and nutty that winds down to a good balanced bittering from the hops in the finish. Nice quality tasting brew with a healthy medium body that's very easy to put away and suits it's style very well.

A solid Brown Ale, nothing outstanding, but very pleasant to drink.

08-26-2006 11:03:11 | More by scottoale
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

My last Abita score from a July trip to Louisiana, approximately $1.25 from Cuban Liquors in Shreveport, LA.

Pours a deep rich dark brown with minimal head into a English-style pint glass. Aroma is dry, somewhat charcoal-like roasty hops, not quite smoky, but when this aroma turns into flavor, becomes chewy. The first sniff and taste were actually a bit off-putting, but as it warms and mellows, it actually becomes pretty tasty. Richer and fuller, and also much drier than the most popular macro brown ales, this does suffer from a slight off-putting finish (the only hops representation?).

Mostly harmless.

08-26-2006 01:44:53 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of eballard


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

This beer pours a dark brown with a light creamy head. Chocolate toasted malt smell with hints of grainy hops. A nice malt flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate. There is also a little bit of a fruity bite to the finish. The feel is slightly creamy and fresh. Not the cleanest finish but not a bad after taste so it’s ok. In all it’s not the most refreshing beer but the flavor is good. It’s a great example of brown ale. It’s certainly worth a drink.

08-24-2006 03:46:51 | More by eballard
Photo of msubulldog25


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured on-tap at "Lagniappe" on Alberta St., Portland, OR. Pint.

Have had this beer a number of times, though typically in bottles. Most recently tried once in New Orleans in May '06 and again at the Pub in Abita Springs. Brought home a 6-pack which was decent; this beer is significantly better on-tap IMO.

A: Deep chestnut brown, very dark at the center with lighter amber hilights. A half-finger off-white head. Light to moderate lacing. Pretty heavily carbonated.

S: Quite toasty. Caramel malts abound. Smell is malt, slightly sweet with a bitter backing - somewhat metallic.

T: Strong toasted nut flavor with caramel & chocolate maltiness. Bitter hops give a dry finish. Well-balanced.

M: A little prickly and slightly weak/watery finish. Nothing offputting nor outstanding.

D: Great with a po'boy or some seafood. Perfectly drinkable year-round. A nice effort by Abita, probably the best of their regulars.

08-18-2006 19:48:08 | More by msubulldog25
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours out with about 2 inches of head. Has a dark brown color to it. Darker than most in this style. Smell comes out with slights amount of roasted malts and caramel is detected. The taste starts off with rich malty taste the malts make for a sweet beginning to a drink, with caramel undertones again. The end has a nice bite of hops. This is appreciated. The mouthfeel feels a little bit too much like water, but is not like a Bud light by any means. This is a beer a guy/gal could session on all night long. I do enjoy Brown's for being what they are simple tasty and versatile. This Brown does better than most at that.

08-14-2006 02:12:20 | More by naderator55
Photo of wolffman17


2.45/5  rDev -32.9%

Best before 11/06.
Turbo Dog pours a deep, dark brown with a tan head.
Mild coffee, chocolate, and toffee aroma.
I'm surprised at how little flavor this has. None of what I smell is in the flavor. There's a tiny bit of caramel, but it's far from having a strong malty presence. What seems to be a high amount of carbonation doesn't help.
Drinkable? I'll just say that I'm not happy that I've still got 5 of these left in the fridge.

08-09-2006 00:37:57 | More by wolffman17
Photo of xav33


2.25/5  rDev -38.4%

Abita Turbodog
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, imbibed 08/06
Medium pour in a pint glass

Poured a reddish black with quickly diminishing 1/8 inch mocha head.

Smelt of toffee and a hint of corn.

Taste of slight coffee malt with a sweeter chocolatey body and slight smokey finish, yet short-lived and watery. Mouthfeel was light and fizzy.

Overall, a brew that gets the basic taste right, but lacks in intensity.

08-08-2006 06:10:50 | More by xav33
Photo of mjc410


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a La Moneuse tulip, for appreciation purposes...

A quick pour yields a two finger head, which falls to one and lasts. The head is the color of heavily creamed coffee. The body is deep black, showing only hints of garnet when back-lit. Appears more like a stout than a brown. Smells roasty and sweet, with bits of toffee and caramel. Could be richer. Taste is mellow, but dominated by roast, to the point of the beer being more a porter than a brown. An enjoyable bitterness, though. Mouth is medium, with low carbonation lend a nice smoothness. A drinkable, possibly mis-categorized beer, that I don't think I'll be reaching for again.

08-07-2006 15:19:09 | More by mjc410
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours chestnut with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadiness, brown sugar & raisins

T: Big time fruittyness & choclate up front, followed by slight peppery hops notes. Slight oaky notes surface as it warms followed by sweet malt & slight alcohol burn. Finishes dry & fruitty with caramel notes

MF: Medium body with good carbonation & balance.

Drinks okay reminds be of new castle brown, but with more flavor! Well worth a try. Haven't had a whole bunch of abita, but this one is my favorite

08-07-2006 01:57:45 | More by russpowell
Photo of FuzzyGuy84


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Beautiful brown color. Smell is not very appealing, nice and strong but a little sour. Tastes strongly of coffee with a little chocolate behind it. Average mouthfeel. For a dark beer, extremely drinkable. Another solid offering from Abita, but I wish they would have done a little more with this.

08-07-2006 00:43:57 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of kimcgolf


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

This brown Ale pours to a brownish amber color, with thick tan head that quickly shrinks to a tan ring around the glass, and good lacing. Malty aroma with some nut and caramel. Although it was hard to pick out any particular flavor, the overall taste was good. Finish was slightly watery, but good and long lasting.

08-03-2006 02:02:53 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Dizzy


2.68/5  rDev -26.6%

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. This doesn't look much like a brown ale, dark brown, off white head. Not much aroma at all, faintly like chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate maybe a little carmel. The hops are overwhelmed by the roasted malt. Seems lighter bodied than I would expect and the carbonation really stands out. This beer is worth a try, as it seems a little unusual but it won't be a regular in my fridge.

07-31-2006 00:47:10 | More by Dizzy
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

A darker brown ale with slivers of light shining through and a small light tan head. The smell was not as much as I was expecting. Not a whole lot besides some caramel and malty sweetness. The taste was a bit more than the smell with a good amount of the caramel malt pulling through and balanced well with the hops. Of the brown ales I've tried this was certainly not my favorite, but it was still quite good. I could go for this again sometime.

07-28-2006 17:24:38 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

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

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown, with a short tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very nutty and very malty.

T: A sweet & bready nut taste is the dominant flavor and is accompanied by caramelized malt, wheat, and a bit of chocolate. There’s a slight touch of hops that begins to come out as the beer warms. Leaves a sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation and due to the maltiness it leaves a stickiness behind.

D: This beer goes down very easily. It’s tasty and smooth, a beer well worth drink a lot of.

Although this style isn’t my favorite, it’s one where I’m rarely disappointed. Overall, I think this is a very good beer and an excellent representation of the style.

07-27-2006 03:18:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Drew966


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Turbo Dog pours a mahogany color with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. It has a nice aroma, with some toffee and chocolate like smells. Nice flavor too, chocolate like flavors, maybe some toffee flavor too. I like this beer, it's definitely worth a try.

07-18-2006 23:51:47 | More by Drew966
Photo of keoki182


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

Had this on tap at Crawdaddy’s in Milwaukee, WI. This ale was very dark brown/black with brown lacing on the side of the pint glass. It had a pleasant roasted/chocolate scent. The mouthfeel was pretty watery overall (not as thick as it looked), but still pretty good for an American Brown Ale. It had no hop presence that I could taste, but perhaps the extreme maltiness was overpowering the hops flavor. The flavor was exquisite. I tasted chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. I thought this was an amazing beer. It’s definitely near the top of my list as far as must haves.

07-15-2006 17:07:12 | More by keoki182
Photo of mntlover


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

Pours a medium brown color with some red hints small brown head that falls to ringed scum but it does lace nicely.

Aroma is light caramel malt some nutty aromas, light fruitiness noted maybe hints of spice. Overall not bad but nothing great either.

Taste is on light side some malt mixed with zesty carbonation that kind of dulls the flavors for a second finishes with hints of toffee, molasses and light spice along with some lingering bitterness and a little slick feeling.

Mouthfeel is lighter then it looks little too much zest in the middle otherwise ok.

Drinkability is ok, better browns are available. Not really bad but nothing to make you want to try it again in my opinion atleast not when its sitting beside a good brown at my grocery store.

07-14-2006 14:10:13 | More by mntlover
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Color is a dark reddish brown. Light comes through as ruby red. Minimal tan head, quickly recedes Smell is a mixture of cocoa sweet and hops bitter. Taste is nutty and malt up front, but finishes with some hops. Mouthfeel is light, with a well balanced carbonation. This is a pretty OK beer, but doesn't really grab me.

06-28-2006 02:41:52 | More by bort11
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3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

Had this one at Bourbon Street (The restaurant) in Cedar Falls recently ...

Pours a deep red/brown color with an epic head of cocoa. Nose is very malty, with mollasses and roasted nut accents. Nice aroma. Palate is thick and sweet upfront. Strong roasted malt flavors, along with the sweetness override the hops. Finished surprisingly dry though. Has a medium feel, but I'd say it's on the lighter side when contemplated longer. This one isn't bad, really, and an appropriate brew for the restaurant for sure. The cajun tuna steak was the highlight here though ... not the beer. Give it a try if you see it on th menu.

06-26-2006 17:09:49 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of ArcTeryx


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a very deep, almost blackish, red with a small creamy-white head. Aroma has hints of caramel and chocolate.

Good roasted malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate. A small hoppy finish. Overall, this is a good beer that I would definitely have again, and it is a great brown ale.

06-25-2006 23:10:53 | More by ArcTeryx
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Thanks to timtheenchanta for this bottle;

Pours a dark brown, tinged with red into my glass.
Quarter inch thick head rests gently on the top.
Smells immediately barrage my senses; chocolates, caramels and roasty malts scents.
Tastes of toffee and fruits. Slight chocolate/caramel syryp aftertaste but balanced nicely with the malty body of this beer.
I'd imagine this is highly drinkable, good flavor, nice finish, too bad I only had one.

06-24-2006 18:27:28 | More by MeLikeBeer
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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