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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,411
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 145 | 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 uwmgdman
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick off-white head formed on the pour, with nice lacing. The color is dark brown with a ruby glow and nice clarity. The aroma is chocolately, medium-high and there is a medium-low hop aroma. The flavor is slightly roasted; moderate chocolate and has moderate hop bitterness. The finish is rather dry and a little alcohol warmth kicks in at the swallow. The body is medium/medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall this is a very good brew, I especially like the way it finishes. I'll need to upgrade from a single to a 6er!

uwmgdman, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of pvllbum
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review so if it's a little weird let me know. A quick background on me is that I thought Miller Lite was the greatest beer in the world until my friend turned me on to other beers and it has greatly changed my beer drinking habits if you will but anyways here goes.

The Beer pours a nice brown color with a very nice chocolaty and coffee aroma. The taste is very close to the smell with hints of chocolate and the coffee with a tinge of caramel flavor in there. Finishes nice and smooth with a little bite on it and a good aftertaste. I drank the beer a little warm because I was a bit impatient when i got home to get it cold but I think if it were a little bit colder it would be good.

pvllbum, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thought that this was a light stout when I poured it. I did no research on this beer, so I didn't know it was a brown ale till I got here. Dark brown, ruby highlights.

S - Lots of sweet malty smells here. Slight roast.

T- Other way around in the taste, roast first then some sweet malt.

M - Full, but not thick.

D - Very high. One of the better brown ales that I have had, somewhere second to Bells Best Brown. Give it a try!

enfield249, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in late July as part of the MicroBeerClub July shipment. Best consumed before 12-23.

Beer poured a dark brown with a good sized off white head. Nose is sweet, chocolately, and somewhat bready -an odd combo but it is pleasant. Taste is of sweet chocolate malts, with a very slight hop balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a nice beer that is definitely worth a try,

arizcards, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank a lot of Turbo Dog back in college in San Antonio, but had gone years without a drop until I decided to grab a sixer the other day just for kicks. It's been a pleasant trip down memory lane, for sure.

Pours a dark brown color, with plenty of ruby/mahogany shades to liven things up in the glass. Gives off a fat, porous, light brown head that thins quickly, but does leave behind some lace. The nose is nice, if not spectacular. Roasted nutty malt notes with the faintest hint of distant coffee and dark fruit. The taste is sweet throughout, with a nutty undertone and a pleasant pang of bitter coffee in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but finishes nice and dry, which conforms with the style.

I would not have guessed it was above 6% ABV, but there you go. This is a smooth, highly drinkable beer (which probably explains a lot of my college behavior) that I recommend to fans of brown ales. It's not as creamy or full-bodied as some, but it's quite nice and goes down easy.

Atlas1, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a dark brown color with a small tan head, not much lacing. Smell was coffee , chocolate, and sweet malts , alittle smoke. Taste was the same, predominantely sweet malts and chocolate. Mouthfeel was lighter than expected with medium carbonation . This is a highly drinkable brew which was surprisingly refreshing for the style. Would like to try more from this line. Worth a shot.

ohoove, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Taipans
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pilsner glass. (its all I had at the time)

Appearance: Amber in color, brownish head with some moderate lacing

Smell: Sweet caramel smell, mostly just a kick of sweetness comes through for me

Taste: Sweet caramel / toffee type flavor, high malt profile

Mouth: Pretty good body, smooth

Drink: This one was pretty easy to put back, it was near 100 outside yesterday too. Usually I shy away from brown ales during the hot summer days but this one didn't make me feel over full.

Taipans, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Hints of chocolate abound. A bit of malty sweetness.

T: Not too bad. A little different from the traditional English brown ale. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, with hints of coffee and caramel behind it. No real hop flavor to speak of. A slight bitterness, but that could be from the chocolate.

M: Smooth and full. Very pleasing.

D: I could definitely see drinking this again. Probably not too often, but it's definitely a nice change of pace.

YonderWanderer, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gonna be a bit lazy on this one... just happened to come across jason alstrom's review while drinking this, and he seems to describe my experience exactly. carob?! - who'da thunk it?! ...but it's true!

only thing to note is that i feel the carbonation is a bit crisper than i'd like


tai4ji2x, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy light tan head that has a good amount of lacing and retention. The aroma is dark chocolate malts and coffee. The taste features much of the same chocolate and coffee flavors that were present in the aroma with a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and slightly fizzy. Overall, this is a pretty good brew that is definitely recommended.

cjgator3, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of pojo41
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown color with a creamy long-lasting head. Nice lacing on glass. Rich taste of roasted malt. Good mouth feel. I liked this beer a lot. I know some people lump Abita beers with BMC but, that is unfair. This is a good, tasty beer. Would pair well with the fare at the Abita Brew Pub.

pojo41, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of dustylong
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) color with a nice, thick tan head, with good retention and lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). The initial aroma is like fairly strong coffee, followed by some bitterness. I really enjoy the taste of this beer, it has a nice taste, but is not too strong. The taste is very malty, with a definite coffee taste, and some bitterness at the end. Has a fairly heavy mouthfeel to it, and does not have all that much carbonation. Despite this, it is not very hard to drink at all, and has a very interesting taste to it, as I stated before. Overall, a pretty good beer, definitely worth trying.

dustylong, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only microbrew I've had with twist-off bottle caps. Pours a dark brown with off-white head that it did not retain for long. Minimal carbonation, very smooth and drinkable with light body and mouthfeel. Reminded me a bit of Newcastle, but not as sweet. I liked it. Not much aroma.

biggmike, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle smoky malt with hints of cocoa.

The taste consisted of a soft chocolate malt with smoke and a light caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and highly drinkable brown ale.

plaid75, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of therica
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice alternative to Newcastle, slightly more bitter and not quite the quality-traits but a decent selection.

A= nice tight-foamy head about 1-inch thick in a 1-litre glass stein. Dark chestnut-amber color, much darker than Newcastle.

S= hardly enough scent to detect after pouring. Slight musty aroma and not bad, just nothing exciting. Gradually exudes more scent once it has set for a short while.

T= comes across like a near-Newcastle clone with first sip, then an immediate awareness of a more hoppy bite. Flavorful, actually better after it settles for a few minutes (or has been half-consumed apparently, due to my reviewing samplings!). Clean belch.

M= bitey at first, a bit less bitey after gradually settling. Gentle mix of hops-bitters with nutty-hop characteristics which linger for some time. Nothing to put you off, here.

D= probably very drinkable once it settles and de-carbonates a little, I'd love to try this on tap and would suspect it's a lot more drinkable in-quantity on tap.

therica, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

A - Deep amber red, smallish head that fades to a ring with no lacing.

S - Rich malts on the nose with a small amount of sugary sweetness.

T - Toasted malts, very earth flavor, almost grass like, with a very nutty aftertaste.

M - Very smooth but leaves a very sugary coating in the mouth that hangs around for a while.

D - Goes down very smooth, easy to drink.

A great brown ale that's maybe a bit sugary and slightly heavy, but otherwise a great beer.

theWrkncacnter, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this brew out at a Ruby Tuesdays as part of their new craft beer movement. Liked it so I grabbed a sixer.

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Brew pours out a very dark reddish brown. Looks nearly black in dim light. Two finger of tan head sit atop. Quite a bit of the head retains and laces the glass in sporadic rings.

S - Some caramelly malt smell.

T - Swett flavors of caramel and chocolate. A bit toffee like with a tiny roasted kick.

M - Medium bodied and nice to sip on.

D - Not the most flavorful brown but no slouch. A nice flavor and feel.

EStreet20, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brown ale. Lot's more character than most. Very soft palate. Silky smooth but with some burrs here and there. Somehow, good body and thin at the same time. Poured with a dnice light tan head and just a little lace. Nice mild aroma. Tasty chocolately flavor with just a hint of licorice and ripe dark fruit. Mild carbonation. Easy finish.

drpimento, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Nice deep brown ale, with a thin tan head.

S- A little scent of chocolate malt, sweet with a decent dry finish.

T- Sweet chocolaty malt, mild hop finish, reasonably well balanced.

M- Well carbonated, not overly effervescent, medium body, nice finish.

D- A good beer I became reaquainted with. It has been years since I tasted this beer.

cichief, Jul 02, 2007
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
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,411 ratings.