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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,381
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 129 | 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 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
Photo of BlackAngus
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown, creamy head.

S - Caramel, dark fruits, and malt.

T - Chocolate, light coffee, but kind of bland. Somewhat disappointing after the aroma.

M - Light, dry.

D - A decent brown, that could be used to hook macro-drinkers without scaring them off.

BlackAngus, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of weasbri
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown with some reddish tinges. Not much head, but my wife poured it for me, so who knows, but I'm not blaming her for anything.
Malty aroma with a bit of caramel. Fairly subtle flavors previously mentioned, with a tiny bit of chocolate creeping in, as well as a hop bitterness at the end too.
I'm a bit late posting this in honor of Mardi Gras, but this is a solid brown ale from the Louisianan Abita.

weasbri, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Shows a thick, cola-colored head that melts away and leaves a ring of foam around the top. The beer is dark brown and looks "porno light" red when held up to a lamp. Light chocolate notes pervade the aroma, combining with some nut and orange peel. Smells pretty damn good.

LIke most Abita's, however, this is where the goodness ends. The taste is of dull, nutty malts and lack-luster hop notes. There's a good amount of carbonation, but not much feel to this beer in the way of complexity. It's somewhat crisp, and doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. Overall, it misses the mark, but still a decent effort by the LA brewery.

wagenvolks, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a 1/2 inch head, that left medium lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, with a slight hint of chocolate. The taste, IMO, is like a cross between a brown ale and a stout. Light nutty flavor, but with the taste of roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate. Interesting, but I love it. The mouthfeel is medium, being about right for the style, maybe slightly heavier than normal. Overall, this would be a great session ale. Very easy to drink, and quite tasty. Recommended.

beeragent, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of sauron681
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a ruby hue when held to light. Head leaves quickly and lacing stays for a little bit. Decent carbonation as well.
A mild perfume type aroma. A minimal frutiness and malty taste, with a burnt caramel finish. Quite dry and scratchy going down. Too bad I dont have anything else to say.

sauron681, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of harpo111
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: thin head...dark
sm: pungent, but malty
t: tangy, but not much hops....nothing special
m: not too fizzy.. but not to thick either
drinkability: ok, but would preferr something with a larger character...
this is a good beer, but if you want something substantial.this is not really it. taste goes well with food... beats macros..but i can think of other brown ales that have more going for them.

harpo111, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brown dark enough to be opaque and borders on black. The tan head fades fast. Moderate lacing.

Smell: molasses brown sugar and toasted malt.

Taste: Roasted malt hints of coffee, molasses and brown sugar, grain, balanced with a touch hops and alcohol. The aftertaste has suggestions of nuts and dark grain. Overall it is approachable and quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a little to light for a brown ale, I hope for a bigger malt backbone but it is present just adequate as opposed to hearty, IMO.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. If you are a fan of American versions of the Brown Ale style and want a no thinking easy drinking beer this may fit the bill.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of ithacabaron
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich looking, glowing chestnut brown, with a big, creamy, foamy looking head on top. Looks like beer. Looks delicious.

Aroma is creme caramel, candied pecans, malt, and, at the back, a scoop of rum raisin ice cream. Tasty and full.

The taste is not fully realized by the promise of the aroma, however. It is very clean, with almost no alcoholic notes, but almost a bit too refined. Still, hop bitterness is perfectly balanced, the 6% ABV is perfectly disguised (drinks like an English session brew) and the finish asks for another sip to be taken. Nicely done, if not mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a stumble, coming across a little thin on the tongue. This helps the drinkability, which is quite nice, but the creamy notes that I expected from the head and the aroma fall far short. A little higher mash temp or a little carapils would have done this wonders. Carbonation is a little high, too.

All in all, not bad, and much better than I had expected. I hear there are parts of the country where this is as common as Yuengling is in PA. If so, that makes me happy, as I think this would be an excellent intro into craft beer for someone just getting into it. I'll certainly have a pint next time I'm in a Louisiana airport.

P.S.: This was excellent with a wedge of well-aged parm -- of course, the nutty notes found in both aged parm and brown ale are always excellent together, but I was pleased with the two together here, once again.

ithacabaron, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark ruby brown with a tan bubbly head. Chocolate and dark roasted malts graze the nose. Creamy, large and massive carbonation, yet simplistic for the style; caramel malts and cocoa, with light roasted coffee beans in the initial sips. The body is bland, a touch of nutty flavorings, somewhat watered-down with toffee malts and traces of oats. Incredibly boring; skip this over-rated beer.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the second beer of the party pack that im trying and the second beer that im not all that fond of.pours a nice thick creamy head.taste more like a stout than a ale.if you like stouts its ok but it is not something that i will be bringing home at every oppurtunity.i think the name targets the younger crowd.i think i will avoid this one in the future.

tbone53, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita hasn't really impressed with the stuff I've seen from them so far, and despite their claims of superior water it seems that mouthfeel is often as bland as everything else. Maybe this one will be different, the appearance shows signs with a dark brown, near black color. Little head but a thin wispy tan cap belies a porter or even stout appearance. Nose furthers this with rich coffee notes and malt profile in the extreme. I thought this was an English brown...?

More coffee and roasted malt across the bow of the taste, and mouthfeel is nicely thick and surprisingly smooth. If blindfolded I would never know this was an Abita brew. It's not stupendous (nor is it a brown ale) but it tastes good and goes down very easy. If you're down on the Pelican State's big gun, give this dog a shot.

daliandragon, Dec 04, 2006
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,381 ratings.