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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,392 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,392
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 136 | 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 gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer is more mahogany than brown in color and has a creamy, bubbly light-brown head. Very nice looking. The smell is also quite nice, caramel and biscuit notes which produce a slightly sweet, malty nose. The taste is similar to the smell, very malty and the alcohol is barely detectable. No discernable hoppiness to the beer. The mouthfeel is fairly light in body with a creamy carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable beer and is a decent offering.

gmfessen, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Oaktree Buy Rite.

A: The brown ale is remarkably brown, perhaps more of a deep red color that is equally dark. The head was large, requiring two pours, as the first pour generated 2 fingers of head. There is little evidence of that volatile pour though after the beer settles.

S: The nose is nondescript, not bad mind you (confirmed by the taste), just bland and ill-defined. After 3 or so attempts, a toffee chocolate aroma emerges that is quite sweet with a caramel finish.

T: The caramel from the nose comes through immediately in the taste, as oppsed to a deferred sensation in the nose. The sweetness is roasted and sweet, coming across like a dunkel lager rather than an ale. The malts completely dominate the mouth, giving no hint of any hop presence.

M: Well-rounded and very sweet, this is a mild example of the style, short on hops but quite flavorful.

D: This is a great drink, flavorful yet mild with a sweet malty body. I am disappointed that it took me so long to get around to this.

akorsak, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a nearly opaque, dark brown color. Just a hint of light coming through. Head is off-white and about one finger. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: All in all, pretty light on the nose. There is a light toasted nut aroma with a bit of dark chocolate in the mix. Beneath the surface lies a light coffee smell.

Taste: It's mostly a toasted nut flavor with some coffee blended in. There's a light chocolate flavor present. Good malty base. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is pretty good. Drinkability is good. Far from a session beer, but it goes down easy. Overall, it's a pretty good offering for the style. I'd drink it again.

prototypic, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Ruby Tuesday's in Champaign. I'm pleasantly surprised by RT's new beer selection! They used to just have psuedo-micro macro crap (Killian's, Foster's ect.), but now I've seen Widmer Bros, SN, Yeungling, and other fairly decent brews there. And they even have a three-glass "micro-brew sampler" of whatever they have on tap at the time. Way to go Rudy Tuesdays!

A - Brown with crimson highlights, clear with a one finger tan head that leaves a decent amount of lace on the side of the glass.

S - Nutty with some black pepper notes. Almond extract, yeast, and marshmallows. Seems sort of subdued to me.

T - Chocolatey malted milk balls, nuts, and marshmallows. Sugary and sweeter than other browns, but a nice leafy dose of hops keeps things from getting out of hand.

M - An initially brisk carbonation turns into a rich, creamy, and full body. Nice.

D - The light chocolate malt flavors and interesting mouthfeel make this a highly drinkable brew. I like it although it doesn't really stand out in my mind.

pmcadamis, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one after running through the other 60 beers at Fox and the Hound, my local. Pours a fairly average brown with some highlights. A little bit of respectable lacing that follows a small head. Nose is very mild, a hint of malt. Taste is likewise, fairly good, malt and maybe a touch of nuttiness. Feel is too thin. Overall, not a bad one, but not a great one either. Go for the Troeg's Rugged Trail instead.

soupyman10, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Talisker
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A wonderfully malty sweet American take on the English brown style.

Pours a pure brown, perhaps some reddish highlights. Hard to get much head going, but what's there is a medium tan. Nice sweet toffee on the nose, followed up beautifully in an integrated taste that's fundamentally sweet, maybe some hazel nut toward the end, but finishes with a nice dry balance. Some porter-like graininess in the finish is all that keeps me from chasing after that next drink. Has the water texture of a true English bitter, but the malt character of an American brew that's not ashamed to put a little muscle in.

Turbo Dog seems an over-aggressive name for what's fundamentally a gentle and sweet mild. But give these guys some credit for working up something truly special.

Talisker, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown beer with a tan head, average size and retention.
Aroma is mostly malty, sweetish with caramels and nuts. not very developed but nonetheless quite pleasant.
A little bit "maltier" than I expected based on the smell, this medium bodied brew starts bittersweet chocolate-like, evolving to nuts/caramels, with an intervening hoppy bite that balances it quite nicely.
Quite easy to drink, nothing spectacular but quite pleasant.

brdc, May 29, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita use a stub bottle similar to Sierra Nevada's.

Head poured a pale brown and started off thick with medium-sized bubbles which thinned out then disappeared. Cola colored red-tinted translucent brown. Strong caramel and chocolate smell with a touch of hoppy sharpness thrown in. First taste: wow! the chocolate really comes through, maybe b/c chocolate malts are heavy in the mix. Nuts come after the first sip and the caramel from the smell seems to disappear. Very faint hops in aftertaste. The pleasant surprise--reminiscent of pricier beers--spiked my taste score for Turbo Dog.

Medium body in the mouthfeel with a bit more carbonation than I expected.
While I don't hold the high carbonation too much against this beer, it did pull mouthfeel and drinkability down (a bit for me). Other sessions might make me modify these scores. The carbonation might be different from bottling to bottling and on draft and some might find it just right, so don't let this deter you.

Even so, I have to say that I *really* liked this beer! I actually have passed this up on the shelves many, many times. I think the Turbo Dog name suggested something other than a brown ale to me. Today, however, I stopped and read the bottle description. This got me to try it.

I'll enjoy this beer again.

wcdoyle, May 23, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a small 12 oz bottle, I don't drink a lot from Abita, but I'm guessing the small bottle is common to them.

A: Poured with an average light tan head, that shrunk to cover the top of the beer. Darkish brown with red hues showing along the sides and bottom of my pint glass.

S: At first smell, I picked up a lot of chocolate and a roasted smell. Nothing over powering, really subtle especially as the level got lower in the glass.

T: Decent taste. Sweet up front. Finishes with a mild chocolate taste. Some bitterness which I think balances nicely, as it tastes more in line with a bitter chocolate rather then a hoppy bitter.

M&D: Mouthfeel is alright. Carbonation is just right, not very heavy for a dark brew. Drinkability is also decent. I've pretty much sped through the first one I opened, but I don't think I would want to drink more then a couple at a time.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good example of the style. It doesn't take you breath away, but it's a good beer nonetheless.

NCSUdo, May 16, 2007
Photo of smcreator
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: One finger head that dissipates after a few minutes. Dark brown/red.

S: Almost no smell at all probably due to the lack of hops.

T: Tastes mostly of malt. Descent taste.

M: Medium carbonation. Tends to kill palate.

D: Because it saturates the tongue with malt-flavor it is hard to drink too many and still enjoy what flavor is there.

smcreator, May 14, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
1.7/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark woody red with a tanned head that fizzles out to a ring in mere seconds. Aroma is of sweaty socks, herbal hops, caramel, cheap white wine and grain. Flavors start off over-bearingly sweet with that good ol' Abita Sweet 'n' Low flavor. There is some hinted at chocolate in the malts, but it gets too grainy too quick. Has a weird taste of yeast that one would find in shitty homebrew. Finishes with hints of Robutussin and rubber bands. Mouthfeel is thin, extremely slick, and lacking carbonation. No thanks.

goochpunch, May 10, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice dark amber to dark chestnut color with 3/8" than head that thins to a thin film while drinking.
Smell - Very mild. Malty, oak, slightly smokey with a hint of molasses and chocolate
Taste - Clean and crisp with roasted nut overtoans. Malty with light hop bitterness
Mouth - smooth, slightly foamy, medium bodied
Drink - This is one of my favorite American brown ales. Nice complex malt flavor that is not overly complicated. Very smooth and drinkable but just a little light bodied compared to some other browns

walshclimb, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin, off-white head that descends to a thin, lasting patch that almost covers the top. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell if of dark, chocolatey, toffeeish malt with some nuttiness (hazelnut?)

The taste is of toffee and chocolate. Sweetness controlled by earthy, bitter hops, though it remains sweet in character until the finish, with a nutty and hoppy snap.

Smooth in a medium body. Fairly creamy.

Tasty and what I thought was "sessionable" until I saw the abv level (which is obviously well-hidden.) A solid example of the style.

jwc215, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a brown color with hints of burgundy. Had a tan, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of toasted malt and nuts. Also, a sweet aroma.

T - It tasted strongly of toasted malt, caramel and nuts. Nice and sweet.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Not a bad brown ale. It doesn't look overly impressive, but it delivers a good taste.

zeff80, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably one of my favourite brown ales, and brown ales aren't really my bag...had in bottle quite a few times but I honestly love it on tap in Nawlins!! It has a very friendly taste and it looks stunning, with its dark brown body and thick proud head...is somewhat roasty and very drinkable!! I prefer it served real cold, so as it warms, so do you!!

Onslow, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pure black with a pillow of tan on top, kinda sticky around the edges, too.

What’s that? Raspberries in the aroma? Yeah, and in the quaff, too, although thin and weak. Just a off-side note of chocolate and coffee – but WAY off. Dry and crisp, this doesn’t have a lot going on, but I suppose it would make a good summer session brew down south. If you’re buying, I’ll have another.

Vancer, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of bigelo1016
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 6-27-07, tasted on 4-8-07

A- dark ruby brown with a fluffy inch high light tan head

S- malty with a hint of nuttiness, not a whole lot

T- malty with traces of nuts and a little chocolate. tastes more complex than it smells

M- mediun body with ok carbonation, a little tingle

D-pretty smooth and frefreshing, could drink several in a row

bigelo1016, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59. Best-by date of July 13 - no year given but presumably 2007. I had this on-tap for the first time at the Swinging Doors 2 1/2 weeks ago, so I wasn't too surprised to see it in bottle form.

Pours a dark, cola color with an inch or so off light tan foam that took a few minutes to drop, with a modest foam collar remaining. Sparse, spotty lace.

The smell is of caramel-ish, malty sweetness. No real hop scent to be detected.

The taste is a little mroe interesting then the smell. In addition to the caramel, there's also a bit of baking chocolate and a slight, nutty taste. A mild hop zap keeps things from becoming cloying and ends the beer on a subdued dry note.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Thoroughly medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel with just the right level of carbonation.

A very drinkable brown ale. I could down this all night. I'm glad I decided to try this a second time - when I had it on-tap it wasn't bad but seemed more bland that this. While I tend to choose porters and stouts more than brown ales, I'd definitely drink this again.

woemad, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been a fan of this beer for a while but hadn't had it in at least six months. The beer was served a deep dark brown almost black with a thin head that slowly diminished but left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was strong on black malts with a hint of chocolate and toffee. The taste was also strong on toffee and chocolate with plenty of black malt present as well. This beer is almost on the borderline between a porter and a brown ale. The beer is nice and crisp on the tongue and the +6% is well hidden. I have always found this as a very enjoyable beer.

atsprings, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of billybob
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with redish highlights and large three finger light tan head that holds to about a half inch with not a lot of lacing. some fruity aromas along with a bit of caramel and roasted malt. taste is sweet with caramel and a slightly bitter chocolate is there as well. not a bad beer at all but not a standout.

billybob, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- dark red brown with tan head
smell- nuts, toffee
tatse- light toasted taste. very malty but has toffee and chocolate flavor in the backround, aftertaste is sweet
mouthfeel- medium body with loads of carbonation
drinkability- fairly easy to drink. Its creamy and smooth with a good finish but the carbonation hides that a little bit

PittBeerGirl, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights. Had a good sized tannish head. The smell was very weak - almost undetectable. The taste pretty much followed the smell. I kept thinking man this is watery and without taste. Mouthfeel was watery. Got to say I'd rather have a Miller Lite than this. I've liked other Abita's but this misses the mark by a mile. Don't recommend even to knock off list. (2, NA, ML, N)

TexIndy, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03-04-07 Twist off brown 12er. Best before 3/11.

Dark ruby brown, clear. Mild head.

Sweet raisin and chocolate. Dark nutty malt, toffee sweet. Light floral hops, mild spice.

Medium bodied smoothness. Raisin dark chocolate with tart grapes. Sweet toffee/sugar nutty malt base. Floral and mildly spicy hops that contribute a decent tart bitterness. Mild carbonation, nice foamation. Finishes smooth and slightly tart/bitter.

Creamy/smooth sweet brew. Very drinkable, quite enjoyable. I had it with a nice gumbo tonight, mmm mmm.


Deep red hue. Clear. Nice head – creamy and brown.

Chocolate and toffee. Some tart floral hop.

Chocolate and roasted caramel. Fruity sweetness and toasty nut. Tart hops are floral with medium-high bitterness. Finishes medium dry.

Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy.

A sweet English Brown or light American Brown. It’s okay, I don’t need another.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of kpwill07
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this @ Premier Gourmet.

Pours a bit darker than most brown's I've had. A small but clingy tannish head sticks around for a bit. The smell is of roasted malt, not much else, perhaps a little bit of coffee? The taste isn't much more complex, but that's not to say it isn't a smooth enjoyable beer. I'm not a huge fan of browns, but this one I did enjoy.

kpwill07, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep dark chocolate, with a reasonable sticky head. Smell is espresso roasted malt, and not a lot more. The malt profile is a nice balance of caramel and coffee, and a modest hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and substantive, but it is betrayed by a slightly overbearingly crisp bubbliness. This notwithstanding, a very drinkable beer.

jeffjfindley, Feb 27, 2007
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,392 ratings.