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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,603 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,603
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 83
Gots: 266 | 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 youngblood
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark dirty brown. Literally the color of wet dirt. Tannish head pouring a finger high.
S - Strong toffee/caramel smell coming off this, bit of earth in the nose as well. Very organic smelling.
T - Very nice balance here. Strong malt sweetness brings flavors of toffee and chocolate while a decent hop profile turned the chocolate into a dark chocolate with a bitter edge. The earthy tones come through right at the end. Very nice brown ale.
M - Very smooth with a medium weight. Leaves the mouth slightly dry. Drinkability is high enough that I drink it after runs.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I had this was in New Orleans at Emeril's, and I gave it a try again; it is as good as I remember.
Very nice dark brown color, smells really good. The foam quickly dissipates and leaves some islands of foam around the upper rim of the glass as you drink it. Smooth on the tongue with just a hint of that carbonation as you drink it.
The taste is what I really like about this beer. The coffee and chocolate flavors are there (as you would expect in a dark ale) but they're not too strong and was still very refreshing after a long day mucking around in the garden.
I had the beer with a fish stick sandwich and peas (a poor man's fish and chips, minus the chips) and this beer I think goes better with beef or poultry rich in flavor rather than fish. Still, very good and since I have a six pack, I'll have to try it with some other meals and see how it does.

Photo of mizzourah
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark, dark brown that reminds me of root beer. The head and lacing were light brown and sparse.

S- Chocolate, toffee and sweet, sweet ripened fruit.

T- It's an interesting mix. First I pick up the toffee and chocolate tastes. Neither is overwhelming and it's a nice blend. Then I noticed a strong fruit flavor that was almost grapish. Overall, a very unique flavor.

M- Light body with good amount of carbonation.

D- Like I said, this was an interesting beer. That means it would be good for a couple beers, but I definitely wouldn't session this. I enjoyed it for one bottle, but I doubt this will be a regular for me.

Photo of goatgoat
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark clear brown with garnet highlights. A finger's worth of frothy tan head comes up. Falling pretty quick leaving a thin cap. No lace.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. Background players are roast, bread, and earthy notes. Pretty good nose.

Flavor is much less satisfying. A generic sweetness, roast notes, and a heavy handed bitterness and lingering astringency in the finish.

Light body with a bit too much carbonation.

This brew had a lot of promise until I sipped it. Disappointing.
There's dates along the edges of the back label, but nothing is actually marked... How useless...

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

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a dark reddish-brown body, almost black. One finger head the color of Coca-Cola fizz slowly drops. It smells a bit like caramel and tootsie rolls. Sweet, thin bodied, with a nice floral hop presence and a light bitterness on the finish.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very dark mahogany with ruby highlights, almost opaque. Frothy one finger head.

S- Caramel and a smooth nuttyness.

T- Toffee up front, the sweet caramel flavor is there but it takes a backseat throughout. At midpoint some chocolately notes pop up to take center stage along with an astringent dryness. Finishes clean, no doubt because of the alt yeast strain.

M- A little thin and overcarbonated.

D- I'm not sure why but this just didn't do it for me.

It didn't exactly knock my socks off but, I'd still recomend trying it.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle io ta standard pint. Freshness marks on the label, but none are ticked?

Pours a light chocolate, dark amber. Head is adequate and quite rocky, frothy with a nice stick.

Aroma is dark brown sugar, with a bit of butter and cream. Very dark fruit aroma with a light fruit backing. Finishes with a cooked starch, seaoned with brownsugar and molasses. Like sweet potatos and squash seasoned with brown sugar, honey and marshmallows melted on top.

Flavor is up fron dark roasted malt. Very deep roasted, I get smoke and dark, burnt fruit on the opening. Middle is deep roasted malt, split butter and scolded cream. Finishes slightly sweet with a little estery alcohol and a burnt hominy flavor.

Pretty good, but I feel the beer is looking for a home. Like a lost porter, mixed with a weak stout, married to a strong brown ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some copper/red color mixed in. Plenty of head.

S: Mostly typical of the style, although there are more toasty/roasted flavors than would be typical.

T: Too much chocolate, and not enough of the classic "brown" flavor--quite different than what I was expecting.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is where this one really suffers. Just not something I'd like to have more than one of, although it does have some fine points.

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

A-N/A- drank em all out of the bottle

S- hints of chocolate, malty aroma

T- similar to the smell but some how more complex, again hits of chocolate, malty flavor

M-medium thickness, not watery but not thick; average bubbles

D- drinkable, did drink six of them just hanging out.

Photo of SaintPeter
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a deep, dark beer with hints of purple in which a dark, heavenly 3-finger heard sits upon. The nose is a burnt chocolate, a nice fragrance. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft with a mellow coffee flavor. Then there is the taste: It is just not what the fragrance suggests. It is really missing the flavor. Very disappointing. I want to think that I got an old bottle, but I'm not sure, it was swiped away from me before I could look at it.

I may have to give it a second chance.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown Tootsie-Roll color with a tan latte colored head. Barely translucent. Fluffy head sticks around and leaves lacing

S- Again, I'm reminded of Tootsie-Roll chocolate candy. Sweet milk chocolate along with roasted aromas like coffee.

T- Taste is decadent. Loads of sweet, sweet, roasted malt along with a few bitter hints of hopping. Think chocolate. A bit oxidized perhaps.

M- Big, juicy mouth-full of smoothly carbonated goodness.

D- Sweet and full of flavor, yet has a very drinkable quality found in many brown ales.

Photo of agirlnamedjess
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours dark borwn with a caramel glow with a small cream colored head that dispersed quickly
s- a creamy malty sweet caramel aroma
t- light bitter chocolate malt flavor
m- light carbonation a little watered down started bitter and finished smooth
d- a very light brown ale, i could drink a million of these.

Photo of pants678
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured it with single finger head that did not remain past the first few sips. The head was off-white and thin. It's a dark brown with shades of red that come out when held up to the light.

Just from the smell I get smoke, coffee and caramel. The latter, not just hints, but a decent sweetness that's apparent.

The taste does not quite hold up to the complexity of the smell. It's watered down, not stern and not defined. I taste a smoked pecan that's not at all living up to it's potential. Seems like a lot of empty space in this brew.

It's thick for a brown, between Brown and a Porter. Carbonation's not very apparent and I'd like more obvious flavor stuck in with so little fizz that isn't hiding much.

Because of the little carbonation it is drinkable, goes down easy. There are some bumps, which are appreciated, but still disappointed. Perhaps it was a bad batch...

Photo of Stunner97
2.27/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- a dark brown with slight bubbles to be seen inside of it, nice white/tan head which quickly fades a way, if held to light still slightly transparent

Smell- lots of chocolate, slight pecan, nuts, roasted malts, and caramel with molasses tones though something not there i smelt before, uh oh

Taste- Hmm, im thinking maybe I got a bad batch here, not gettin the flavor ive tasted before on this one, may be slightly oxidized here, not good, will continue...slightly nut and chocolate flavor, but the alcohols coming out more then it should right now, think i got a bad batch could be old or something, bummer

Mouthfeel- decently full bodied with smoothness

Drinkability- I have to say I truely believe I had bad batch here, i had this on tap recently and I really liked it, this one was not very drinkable at all but i will with out a doubt give it one more shot, bummer not fun to waste 8 bucks, to be re reviewed...

Photo of glid02
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this courtesy of daryk77 - much obliged!

Pours a medium-brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malt with hints of nuts and chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Toasted malt flavors lead things off followed by a very light nutty flavor and a more robust chocolate flavor. Caramel flavors also make their way in the flavor profile right before an ending that is neither sweet nor bitter.

Mouthfeel is alright. I'd prefer a bit more body, but it still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could see myself drinking a few of these if in the right mood.

Overall this is one of the better Abita beers that I've had, second only to their Jockamo IPA. Worth a shot.

Photo of Gigantis
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this in a pint glass, poured by bartender.

And a good pour it was. Beer is a light brown color with shiny amber/dark red hues. The head is a nice and frothy off-white and retention is pretty good. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Looks a little bit thin.

Smells of biscuity malt with weak traces of chocolate. Average for a brown ale in my book.

The taste kicks off with light toffee and chocolate. Good malt/bitter balance with the nuttiness that follows. Then comes fruit esters before it goes down. Good for the style. I don't really like that particular aspect but I give them points for getting what they were, I think, going for.

No after taste to speak of. I thought this beer was a little light and maybe a bit too carbonated. I could have had another one (though I didn't) despite not really liking, personally, the fruit aspect of this beer's taste. Pretty drinkable though.

Not bad. Good rendition of English Brown.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nice creamy head. Looks very inviting, good head retention. The head is actually quite amazing. This is a really sweet brown ale, lots of toffee with a hint of chocolate. Moutfeel suffers from being too "sodalike" and definitely not very British. This would be a great beer to have at the brewpub fresh and probably a nice intro beer to new craft beer drinkers.

Photo of Rhynes2
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have to give this beer credit for being complex. I just think this one's a little bit too complex for me. The chocolate malt is very prevalent and the taste is a mixture of coffee and chocolate. Aftertaste is very smooth but the initial taste has some bitter flavors that I didn't like. Pours a pitch black with a pretty impressive head that sticks around for a while. No lacing on the sides of the glass however. Smells like roasted coffee. Overall it's a decent brew but not something I would buy.

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

Abita Brewing Co. / Abita Brew Pub
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 6.13 %
3/7/09, bottle>pint glass

A 4.0 - Dark roasted coffee bean in color. Almost opaque but not quite - some light comes through. Excellent head which reduces to swirly tan foam skin.
S 4.0 - Smells of bread and grains, some unsweetened chocolate notes.
T 4.0 - Semi bitter malty notes, roasted nutty-ness, tastes follow aromas as described on a rich malty nut back bone.
MF 3.5 - Higher carbonation than expected, medium to full body
D 3.5 - Almost bock like, a good rich example of the style. I also like the New Orleans memories that come with an Abita brew (Turbo Dog leads the pack). Not my favorite style so my drinkability score is lower than it could be.

Photo of gruberbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A full beer with some bite. But it's the bite of something bitter, maybe the coating of an aspirin. ? The beer looks thick and frothy, like a mouth-full of sea foam. And the first time I had it was at a local bar here in town. My friend recommended it, so I tried it. And I liked it quite a bit. So I went back for more recently. But this time, it was coming in fresh, not following another beer. And this time, well, it stood up as a strong brown bitter beer, but maybe a bit overboard on the strong beer part.

Photo of angelmonster
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 3 finger tan head that overflows. Very dark brown in color. Head retention and lacing are very good

First smell is of chocolate malt. Slight roasted nut is also present. Not much in the hop department is detected.

Taste is lightly roasted chocolate malt. After taste is of some coffee and again nothing really going on with the hops

Mouth feel is abit more watered down than i'd have hoped. Head is not very creamy at all and body is slightly watery. Carbonation is nice though, not too high

Beer is good but not the best brown ale i've had. Would have liked a thicker body with bolder flavors but overall goes down easily and very drinkable

Photo of endincolorado
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark brown with deep ruby red highlights, light tan head and sheets of sticky lace

Smell- Notes of hazelnut and a slight toffee in the background, roasted malt and fruity hops

Taste- Light caramel, nuts and more of that roasted malt, nice dry hops balance the sweet malts

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- This is one I could drink all night, possibly a good session beer.

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

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with over an inch of deep tan head that left a moderate amount of semi-sticky lacing. Solid malt aroma that has roast notes upfront with a hint of sweetness. The flavor meets the expectations that the aroma sets with the roasted grain flavors dominating a slightly sweet finish. Full, well-rounded body that goes down smoothly. Easily drinkable, having several will leave you happily satisfied. Try this beer.

Photo of colts9016
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to aeminter for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A dark coca cola color in the body of the beer. There was a half finger head that was tan. The head is now only a quarter inch ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque, except for a few ruby brown highlights.

Nose: A sweet toasted malt, with caramel, toffee, and dark raisins.

Taste: The beer has a toasted light malt, there is caramel, and toffee. There is a bitterness to this beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium light body and lot of carbonation. The finish is bitter and is medium. I have been worried about trying this beer from what I have heard from other people. I know that is not an excuse to drink a beer. I am sorely disappointed in this beer. The nose on this beer was awesome and made my mouth wate. I was looking forward to drinking this beer, but the taste is nothing like the nose. It is not malty or sweet like an English Brown Ale. Oh well, life goes on.

Photo of webbcreative
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 27, 2009
Fairly dark brown, with light brown head. smell the malts, not real strong though. med mouthfeel. Taste malts but not real heavy on them, so not REAL sweet, some bitter hops in there make it pretty balanced, nice brew, nothing that sets this apart as exceptional, but a solid beer nonetheless. Pretty good for the price point also.

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