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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 69
Gots: 189 | 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 bighoppymonster
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held up to light. Tan head with no visible carbonation has some nice lacing. Smells of sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Roasted maltiness in taste with some sweet chocolate notes as well as some coffee. Hop presence is definately there, but rather understated. An excellent balance of malt to hops for my taste. Overall a solid brew that I drink pretty often. The best offering from Abita in my opinion, at least of the options available to me.

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

After having Purple Haze, I wasn't expecting too much out of this brew.
This was definately a more pleasing experience than was Purple Haze.
A solid brown ale over all. Pretty orthodox approach. Familiar brown ale characteristics; well balanaced with a well controlled sweetness.
This could be a porter when it grows up.

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

I poured this one out into a tulip to try it; I had read some mixed reviews, but from the start this was a pretty beer; near black with a nice tan foam froth.

The smell was chocolate and caramel. The beer swirled around with near perfect carbonation. good lacing.

This beer tasted bigger than would be thought. There was coffee and camel flavor and nice hops to round it out, a subtle sweetness at the end made this beer alot more complex than if it went dry- the sweetness holds a nutty molases type feel to it. There isn't too heavy a body here, your not saying whoa this is too filling.

All in all, a terrific beer; can't wait to try some of the others that abita has to offer.

Photo of jaluria
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a subtle tan colored head. Faint aromas of nuts, hops, and brown sugar are clear. The taste is quite flavorful, more hops than I expected. Soft bitterness upfront with a malty taste that starts soon after and dominates the aftertaste. More of a medium-bodied beer with a definite dry and bready aftertaste. A very enjoyable brew with good drinkability. Subtle flavors blend together to form a smooth brew that can be had over and over again.

Photo of semihobo
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to support the NO economy. I had no idea this was so widely distributed.

Best if consumed before... 1/8? What year? Or is 8 the year? Hrm. Sweet lookin' bottle.

Pours with a large tan foamy head with big bubbles that compacts as it subsides. A dark mahogany color, pretty clear, with beautiful ruby accents peeking out around the edges.

Smells nice, mostly of nutty malts. Sweetly scented. A faint whiff of hops, but mostly the bready, custard-like malts.

Very simple taste. More bready sweetness from the malts, which dominate the profile. Meager grassy hop finish. A touch of coffee and chocolate (props to Abita for nailing the "Toffee" they claim on the label, not many brews have this particular sweetness:coffee ratio). Toffee it is.

Boy most beers have reasonable mouthfeels but this one is subpar. Carbonation fails to hide the watery feel of this beer. It starts off okay with bubbles and then dies on the tongue. Not awful, but not good.

I don't think this beer is anything special, but it's a simple success. The watery aspect makes you able to slam it back, although it comes a long way to get to Ithaca and costs a bit as a result. Pretty decent, I'd cheerfully drink it again.

Photo of faubs
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

All right so I’m bias, however this is an exceptional beer. When ever you get a chance you should support your local micro brew… that is if you think its worth a damn. Back to the beer. As far as this brew goes you can’t beat it for a domestic its got some meat to it. Dark in appearance, appealing bottle, and a smooth taste (chocolate hops with coffee overtones). Man I can drink this stuff for hours. It does help if you can get it fresh, I tried it in a Texas bar not nearly as good. This is definitely worth a try if you can get a holt of it.

Photo of nortmand
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber-brown, with a wispy tan foam.

Very doughy, grainy aroma. Little hop presence. Some "swampiness" right at the end.

Raisin-chocolate flavor up front. This spreads across the tongue into an unpleasant tinny, metallic taste. Ends with a roast bitter aftertaste. This beer would be exceptional if it weren't for the metallic middle.

Full bodied, but not chewy, pretty good mouthfeel, and a fairly drinkable brown ale.

Photo of packetknife
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, burned oil color, with solid red and maroon highlights in a decently lit room. Tan head faded to a dime thickness but stuck around with minimal lacing. Good malting on the nose with a bit of hop, a somewhat coffee-house tone to it. Stout-ish with more (but not a lot) of hops. Very good chewing feel to it. Very drinkable and pleasant on the colder nights.

Photo of walleye
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this in a trade and I cannot remember who sent it to me. so thanks. poured a brown with a off white head. aroma all on the light side, malts, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar. flavor, semi sweet, dark fruits, caramel, malt, wit just a touch of toffee. not to bad.

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

Pours a clear, dark brown with reddish highlights. About 1.5 fingers of foamy, tan head. Clean aroma with hints of roasted malt and coffee.Taste is roasty, with coffee notes, a little nuttiness, and some mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and maybe a bit too carbonated. Good drinkability. Over all a very nice version of a brown ale. I'd buy it again!

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

An American version of an English brown ale, huh? Poured into a pint glass, turbodog shows a beautiful dark brown color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer offers a ½ inch of tan foam, but it leaves rather quickly. However, a think layer remains atop the pint for the duration, little or no lace. Smells of coffee/toffee greet the nose, with a touch of something more earthy. Sweet malt hits the tongue, with a coffee taste in the middle of the mouth and a tang in the back. A mild chocolate flavor is experienced as well, with just a touch of hop to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. A great balance of taste. As the beer warms, a nutty bread taste shows up, which is quite nice. Turbo dog is fairly carbonated, so it won’t seem too much a stretch for lager drinkers, although flavor-wise, it will be a big step. The mouthfeel of this one is not too thick, definitely not thin. Lots of flavor and a medium body. Although the beer appears dark and smells strong, it is actually an easy drinking brew, and you could easily have more than a few. Not a dead of summer, refreshing thirst quenching beer, Turbodog, is probably better in the fall, or on a cooler night.

Photo of medic25
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly dark brown, almost looking like a porter. Very little in the way of a head. Pleasant, faintly malty aroma. Taste is very malty, little hint of coffee and smoke. Goes down very easily; highly drinkable beer. I discovered this beer while on my first visit to New Orleans, and it and Abita Amber where my staples for a week. With all that's happened down there since Katrina, it's comforting to cook up a pot of jambalaya and wash it down with a Turbo Dog, enjoying the great memories that everyone leaves New Orleans with.

Photo of Fugazme
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pick-a-six brew...

A very dark brown pour with hints of red and copper. A 1/4" tan head remained nicely, dissipated slightly and bubbles stuck to the glass well throughout the drink.

First whiff was chocolate. Second was malty, chocolatey. Third smell was malt and a touch of honey and molasses.

A very nice feel to this beer. A chocolate flavor reminiscent of a stout with a touch of hops. A very nice beer.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just love this beer. Moreso because it's so affordable. We can typically get it for about $6 a sixer here in Bham. Worth every penny. Bought this pack specifically to show my support for Abita in the wake of Katrina.

This baby's almost a porter. It's that dark, almost that potent in flavor. Nice mild roasted notes. A touch of chocolate. Heavy on the malt yet i'm surprised to notice the hops shining through so well. Perfectly balanced and worth your time, every time.

Photo of Holyterror
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this brew is quite notorious among the enlightened (micro drinkers), so it's about time I actually bought a sixer (instead of bumming one or two off of a friend) and sat down to review it. I was somewhat spurred into action by Hurricane Katrina and her obviously negative impact on Abita's output. So here I am with twelve bottles of Turbodog and a few million willing tastebuds.

It pours like something between a porter and a Scottish ale. It's more black than brown to me, and that doesn't really prepare me for a brown ale, but it is still appetizing. Nose is exactly what you expect, though; it smells almost exactly like Newcastle on tap. Having not tasted the brew for at least 6 months, I wasn't totally sure what I was getting into. The results were... interesting.

The taste is both true to style and a bit divulgant. Bready maltiness abounds, but it is counteracted by roasted character. Hop bitterness almost perfectly balances these flavors, resulting in a very smooth and easy to drink beer. I suspect this is much of the reason for its popularity. Fruit flavors, mainly prune, are buried underneath the mild coffee flavor, and a little chocolate is hiding there too. By the third pint, a hint of caramel becomes evident. The sweeter malts stay through the finish, and hop flavors are all but forgotten by this point.

All in all, it's an intertesting brew, and obviously would make for a good session beer. Alcohol is apparently very low, as I can drink six pints of this and still play it off (and I am admittedly a lightweight). Not really a personal favorite, but certainly something I can drink with my friends who have been bitten by the dog.

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

This is a trade from Biglove. Thanks buddy!
This thing poured a sludge brown/black, with crimson hues on the very outside.

The head pours nice for the first 20 seconds or so, and then, like Kaiser Sose, is gone.

The smell is nutty and strong with fresh, roasted coffee. Bold chocolate bitters, fresh bread dough.

The taste is nice, not as full flavored as I thought i would be, but still potent. Hit's strong like a caramel mochacino whatever coffee, and finishes strong with a semi-sweet chocolae bitter.

A damn fine drink, I like it a lot!

Photo of Ricochet
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good brown ale. Not a big fan of the brown beers, but considering I drink a cheapy brown beer a lot, it's not great , but it's beer. To have a good brown ALE is nice.

A: Darkest Brown. Really dark with a good head, almost like a porter.

S: Weak porter. Nicely roasted malts, low alchohol smell, and has a notch of the New Castle Brown smell, a beer I think to compare browns too.

M: Thick, full, a little sour at the end, and a refined finish. This is ale.

T: This is almost a like a stout. Very nice mix of flavors making this a bit more complex than New Castle, but still reminds you of a brown.

D: Very good drinkability. If they had this in the can, priced the same as BMC, this would be a good change up beer. As it is now, I prefer other flavors, but this is a nice brown.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep ruby amber color when held up to the light, otherwise a deep amber-brown color. It is topped by a frothy light amber-brown colored head. The aroma is malty with notes of toasted biscuits, chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and sweet toffee. The taste is lightly sweet with a rich maltiness to it that almost has a salty, meaty character to it. There are notes of caramel and toffee here as well as a bit of chocolate and a light roasted astringency in the finish. This is by far the most flavorful beer that I have had from Abita. This beer is definitely focused on the malt, but there is a nice light bitterness in the finish plus some light hoppy flavor notes that remind me of fresh cut herbs and flowers.

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

This is from a sampler case I got at Shangy's. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly stamped on the label, but not on the case.

Pours a beautiful clear dark mahogany, with a two finger head of tan foam. Head drops to a good coating and a ring, with nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel-y and chocolate-y, with a just-there spicy hop smell as well. Nice and fruity, inviting.

The flavor is chocolate and maybe molasses, very smooth and delish. I'm not so sure an English Brown Ale is supposed to be this chocolate-y, but it sure is good. There is a nice level of hop bitterness to balance all this chocolate, and a faint spicy hop flavor also. The aftertaste is like a chocolate milkshake.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a soft carbonation. There is also a decent hop bitterness grab at the back of the throat. The finish is slightly lip-smacking sweet and yummy.

I really like this beer. Maybe not to style (?), but who cares when it's this poundable.

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

Bottle provided by UncleFlip, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a twofinger light brown head (big bubbles) over a crystal clear dark brown liquid. Smells chocolate, chalky malt, fuggles hops, and a hintof caramel. Tastes chocolate with a little bit of roasty sour and a nice supporting caramel base. As the beer warmed, I got molasses late in the taste. Hop bitter is nearly absent and hop floral is rough and grassy (fuggles?). The finish is dry cocoa with some coffee roast poking through. A tasty beer that I really enjoyed. Not complex, but certainly not simple. Mdlight body and moderate carbonation.

Photo of lokicat444
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Opaque brown, not much of a head, with a faintly sweet smell. The taste is quite distinctive for a brown ale, with a slightly roasted taste, with a strong chocolate flavor. Sweet too, with a fine balance of hops, but the predominant flavor is the chocolate. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. I think this beer would be fine with desert, but was not what I was looking for in a brown ale with dinner.

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

Stouty for a brown, and too chocolately. Very malted milk and drinkable at the end of a humid day. Me Ovaltine. Not too sweet, but the chocolate malt overwhelms brown character. Nicely hopped and somewhat bitter finish. Interesting and satisfying. Medium mouthfeel.

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

A bit like a good beer hiding behind lace curtians- you get an idea of what is there, but no details. Thin, and somewhat watery, but what flavor there is is very nice, coffee and mocha, finished with a nice tartness. Smells the same. A nice beer, but not overly remarkable. Bet it is good on tap though.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice chestnut brown color. Great tan head. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Slight trace of vanilla. Good malty flavor-nice caramel sweetness with a very low bitterness behind it. Not overly sweet. Slight chocolate fading in the backround. Nice body. Quite a drinkable brew. Bet this could be excellent on tap. Wish I had another to sample.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice tan three-finger head (maybe it was my pour?) quickly becomes two finger loose head, and it coasts down further from there only slowly, until it's gone. Looks almost black on the table, but holding it up to the light reveals the mahogany beast underneath, with orange hints at the bottom..

Smell is light, raw, earthy, and malty. Not much in the way of hops on the nose in this one. Seems to bring up spicy chocolate.

All at once, the initial taste brings up notes of coffee first, then cola- but not name-brand cola, definitely a cheaper off brand. However, it is not unpleasant at all. There's not an overt hoppiness. It's well hidden, but its presence is there. Sort of like a backing vocal to sweeten the lead. There's just a bit of lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

The body is thin, but not watery, and is accompanied by a carbonation that's tight and small at first, then quickly swells and disappears.

I find this one very drinakble- a great session beer when you want something a bit more flavorful, but not strong and heavy. However, I think after one or two, I'd want to move on to something with more gusto. (I tend to have a restless nature and bounce around anyway. I rartely drink just one beer in a session, when faced with more than one option.)

Be well

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,514 ratings.