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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,542
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 75
Gots: 206 | 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 milesmayhem
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been really impressed by the othe Abita beers I have has so far so this beer was a welcome suprise. This beer begins with a deep, rich smell. Dark and malty looking, it poured average but really shines on the initial taste. Aftertaste lingers very short so that finish is clean.

Photo of hunteraw
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is almost opaque but not quite, with ruby tints. The chocolate malt in this brew is evident in the aroma as well as the taste, a little toasty too. I feel like it could have benefited from more hops to balance out the mallt. Not a bad beer, fairly drinkable.

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

I liked this beer much more than I remembered it. I bought a 6pack the other night(on sale for 5.99) and it poured a thick blackish/brown, with a thin white head that left a lacing around the glass. The smell of of slightly sweet malt, and just a hint of hops....very faint smell....nothing that really stood out, but good none the less. The first taste to hit your tongue is of malt (chocolate, and maybe toffee or Carmel malts too) Lightly hoped in the body. The after taste is what does it for me....a nice dark chocolatey after taste that is slightly bitter. Mouthfeel:is thick, and wonderful....the light hops mellows the malt and makes it easy to drink. This is a brown ale, but a very dark one. It is definitely one of the better cheap craft brews(you can find it in Charleston for like 6.99(or less) all the time)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany body that is dense but not hazy. The head is a creamy thin tan layer that last for a good bit. No sign of carbonation with the faint light that comes through the body.

S- The smell of roasted and caramelized malt is light but very pleasant. No sigh of hops but there is a dried fruit, prune note in the finish.

T- There is a slight sweet dark toasted note with a hint or roasted malts in the beginning. It starts to have a faint cardboard note at the end of the malt and then there is a bold spicy hop finish. The hops don't have a lot of depth but the spiciness is increased by the fizz in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz texture that is really noticed at the finish.

D- This had some interesting dark malt notes that were nice but there wasn't enough depth or character to them. The hops were present but they just didn't have the characteristics of hops in the floral and aroma.

Photo of tattooedtolley
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown/black with a nice size tan head.

Smell: Toasted malts and toffee smells.

Taste: Nice toasty taste with some of that toffee taste and some nutty and chocolate subtleties. Slight bit of astringency. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Body is smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability: I typically have a few of these. I would not however make it a session beer, the astringency sometimes comes through more after a few, or that could just be some not so fresh beers, seems like a few six packs have varied slightly in taste.

Overall I like this beer a lot. It is on tap quite often at a restaurant in my home town and many of my beer bros like it, good thing I like it since it is around quite a bit. I am not sure how this for the style, I have never had an English Brown Ale taste like this.

Photo of aquatonex
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Abita, so far so good...

Pours dark brown with a brown-tinged head, short and foamy. Smells of toasted malts, mocha, grains. Taste is pretty good. Coffees, slight chocolates, maltiness, along with sweet dark wheats and maybe a hint of fruit (raisin). Crisp, good drinkability.

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

Probably the best beer that Abita makes. It's a medium brown hue with promising head retention. Aromas are lightly malty, toasty, nutty, and caramelly. Though flavors are modest, they are clean and of same characteristics in the nose. The beer waters significantly into the body and finish. It looses the creaminess and maltiness. Finishes a tacky sweet and a little less than clean. Though not great, it's fair.

Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX.

The beer was a clear mahogany with a tan head.

Malty, almost nutty nose. Think fresh 7-grain bread.

The taste is slightly sweet and grainy. I like the toasted malts and the nutty aftertaste. There is a bit of hops late and something that almost tastes like black tea that sneaks in.

The mouth is just thick enough and the beer is interesting enough to be very a good session option. I guess Emerile knows a bit about beer!

Photo of kbnooshay
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Every beer from the abita party packed has sucked! So now i will try the only one with the cool label. Actually some really nice graphic design goin on here. Poured a nice deep brown color with a good mocha colored inch deep head. The smell isn't that much different than the other abita beers, WHY DO THEY ALL SMELL THE SAME, there are differet styles here!!! Kinda malty with a hint of sweetness. The taste contains that same abita essence that the other abita beers also except this one has a hint of toasted malts! There is some decent hoppage at the end that saves the day. The hint of coffee is nice. Light-medium body. Could use more carbonation, but not bad!

Photo of danielharper
2.39/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Thick khaki head on dark body with slight amber hue. Good presentation.

Aroma strong coffee with slight astringency, odd considering that this is a sub-6% beer.

Flavor is, well, pretty much entirely composed of dry coffee grounds. Very bitter, very dry. Unpleasant unless you like eating your coffee raw.

Thin mouthfeel.

Too bitter to be really drinkable, fairly unpleasant. Fans of brown ales should look elsewhere.

Photo of Prufrock
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pilsner.

dark brown but with hints of clarity around the edges. thin tan head.

coffee and malt sweetness in the aroma. touches of caramel and chocolate.

light mouthfeel with heavy carbonation, like a soda. heavy coffee flavors with a balancing chocolate sweetness. just a hint of hop bitterness. not incredibly complex or rich, but a satisfying, balanced flavor. goes well with almost any dinner.

Photo of hanco005
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Part of my December microbrew of the month club offering. Reviewed this over the holidays, just getting around to typing my notes now.

A— very dark brown with ½ inch of head, medium lacing on the glass that stayed throughout the beer.

S— sweet and fragrant with coffee, caramel and coffee scents

T— very malty with mild chocolate and toffee flavors, a little bit of a butter rum taste, not as sweet as the smell.

M— a little thinner than I hoped for (also noticed that in the Christmas Ale 2005), but still very smooth.

D— a really like this one, a very good brown ale. Drank the three that I had in one night and was wanting a few more.

Photo of acrawf6
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I dont buy this enough as i should, i usually pass it up for something else b/c i can get it everywhere. But its good stuff.

Pours out a nice dark brownish amber, little light comes through showing its clarity. Light tan head comes up.

Smells slightly roasty malts. A little coffee smell and toffee. seems sweet. Nice.

Taste is tough for me. I've had it many times, and it is either great, or a little empty and has a few characteristics of a pilsner. Sweet toffee flavors is what i initially get. as i swallow i can taste a coffee flavor to it. I slightly taste the hops, but i think the malts certainly take over this ale.

Mouthfeel is ok. Not as full as others, but does have good balance and good carbonation to it.

Overall this is one i should get more often than i do. I think its the best regular abita beer.

Photo of jnelson54
2.19/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Man I dont know what it is with abita but this looked and smelled great dark brown with a nice head and sweat chocolate and nuts but then the taste is just a train wreck. It is hard to imagine how it can go from smelling and looking so good to falling short so fast. I think i am done with abita they cant say i didnt give them a chance though

Photo of crwills
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery, and I was somewhat pleasantly surprised.

Poured a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a small head (probably poured it too cold, I was eager). Would likely have been Guinness-y looking if I'd done it right.

Smell is toffee, wine, and a bit overly sweet with some strong maple syrup elements.

Thick, coating mouthfeel that was a bit odd. Toffee and earthy elements dominate the flavour, with a light bitterness and a dry edge that shows up later. Possibly some sour fruit (apples?) in there as well.

Not a bad brew, especially since I just bought it because of the name. Will try some others from Abita if I can get them, to see how it goes.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep mohonagy with light off white head that fell very quickly into a ever so slight lace.
the aroma is malty, hint of chocolate but not to much.
the flavor is very simple, malt, grainy, little chocolate, hint of hopsack.
the mouthfeel is a little watery.
beer is drinkable would be more enjoyable in the summer. I dont agree with the style classication, the malt and hops spell brown ale but the yeast is a alt, really you could just say the hops are wrong because you could sub the malt for an alt.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with burgundy highlights and a thin film of off white head. Smelled of smoky chocolate malts with a touch of sourness. Tasted of sweet honey and a slight molasses blended into a delicate, crisp and dry hops. This was followed with a very clean sour and dry finish. Mouth feel was light bodied with a medium carbonation. The flavor is very simple, but well done and it goes down very easy.

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

Appearance: Dark brown body, clear when held to light. Head fades fast, ends in nothingness.

Smell: Roasted and nutty malts, slightly grassy, slightly carmely-sweet.

Taste: Roasted malt and coffee, an odd saccharin-sweetness, with a little cereal grain maltiness in the aftertaste. OK.

Mouthfeel: OK, a little watery. Leaves a little metallic mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I have heard a lot about this beer since joining BA years ago. It is an OK brown ale, but I have had many better.

Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a regular pint glass. Beautiful dark brown color and tan head. HEAD GALORE. Head retention was on new levels and creamy real head.
Taste was definitely burnt malts taste. A bit hard to detect the caramel malts that's supposed to be in there but definitely was feeling the chocolate. The taste was a bit light with less than projected aftertaste. Extremely drinkable. I would take that over a coke anyday with a meal no matter what mood I'm in. It's excellent with some stone ground brown mustard on pretzels.
Very good basic beer. Honestly I didn't notice all the depth of flavors that were going on in this. But definitely smooth and hits the hell out of the spot.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a tall frothy tan head. Aroma is malty and yeasty, somewhere between a brown ale and a Belgian.

Taste is sort of a tangy brown ale. Standard low malty taste, some brown sugar, some dry chocolate malt, but skewed with a bit of hops or yeast, giving it a hint of sour mash. Some nuts and buttered toffee mixed in with the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium, not heavy at all, easy to drink. I could have a few, but it's drinkability wears on me after a while.

Photo of aforbes10
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking brown beer with a short-lived head and no lacing to speak of. Malty odor with hints of ?nuts? Strong malt and chocolate taste with lingering aftertaste. Weird mouthfeel, thick and carbonated. Good drinkability...a six pack wouldn;t last long in my fridge....although i dont know how often i would buy it.

Photo of ism
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque dark plum-brown body with a 1-finger tan head, low retention. Not much in the way of lacing. Nose of chocolate malt, slightly nutty, and offset by a bit of hop. Moderately aggressive carbonation in a medium body, slightly acridic, toffee and chocolate with a bit of nuttiness, goes down smooth and finishes with a slight uplifting hop bitterness. Thin flavor profile for the style, but easy-going and pleasant, making it easily sessionable.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer is a deep molases color with a frothy toasted tan head. The nose is rasted nut with a hint of coacoa. The taste starts bitter, with hints of chocolate before going to a more roasty, nut toffee finish. This is probably Abita's best offering. One is great, but there is something which keeps this from being very drinkable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear deep brown with a respectable amount of biege-colored head and just the tini-iniest amount of lacing.

Smell: Largely malty, accentuated by a light chocolateliness, but with a bit of a musty aroma in there as well. But without further ado, let's move onto the important stuff:

Taste: After a headmost zap of fizziness, I tasted a sweet toffee, chocolate malt flavor, and roasted grains complimented by an inviting nuttiness. A minor bitter hop presence adds to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderately carbonated, letting the beer come across as "soda-like". Unfortunately, it goes beyond just simply being mild and ends up being a bit flaccid.

Drinkability: While this brew ended up being merely "good", it was a bit of a letdown, though I appreciated the effort.

Photo of palma
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

For some reason, I just dont like this beer.
I always seem to notice a subtle skunky aroma. Ive had this beer many times before and always the same aroma. Taste is not very good either. Its pretty malty but it has some bad ass heineken hop profile. And a weird horse stable flavor. Dirt and hay and shit? I dont know. I've had this beer time and time again hoping that one day I just might like it, but in the end, this beer is just not for me. Sorry.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,542 ratings.