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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,572
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 79
Gots: 235 | 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 FuzzyGuy84
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful brown color. Smell is not very appealing, nice and strong but a little sour. Tastes strongly of coffee with a little chocolate behind it. Average mouthfeel. For a dark beer, extremely drinkable. Another solid offering from Abita, but I wish they would have done a little more with this.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brown Ale pours to a brownish amber color, with thick tan head that quickly shrinks to a tan ring around the glass, and good lacing. Malty aroma with some nut and caramel. Although it was hard to pick out any particular flavor, the overall taste was good. Finish was slightly watery, but good and long lasting.

Photo of Dizzy
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. This doesn't look much like a brown ale, dark brown, off white head. Not much aroma at all, faintly like chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate maybe a little carmel. The hops are overwhelmed by the roasted malt. Seems lighter bodied than I would expect and the carbonation really stands out. This beer is worth a try, as it seems a little unusual but it won't be a regular in my fridge.

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

A darker brown ale with slivers of light shining through and a small light tan head. The smell was not as much as I was expecting. Not a whole lot besides some caramel and malty sweetness. The taste was a bit more than the smell with a good amount of the caramel malt pulling through and balanced well with the hops. Of the brown ales I've tried this was certainly not my favorite, but it was still quite good. I could go for this again sometime.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown, with a short tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very nutty and very malty.

T: A sweet & bready nut taste is the dominant flavor and is accompanied by caramelized malt, wheat, and a bit of chocolate. There’s a slight touch of hops that begins to come out as the beer warms. Leaves a sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation and due to the maltiness it leaves a stickiness behind.

D: This beer goes down very easily. It’s tasty and smooth, a beer well worth drink a lot of.

Although this style isn’t my favorite, it’s one where I’m rarely disappointed. Overall, I think this is a very good beer and an excellent representation of the style.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbo Dog pours a mahogany color with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. It has a nice aroma, with some toffee and chocolate like smells. Nice flavor too, chocolate like flavors, maybe some toffee flavor too. I like this beer, it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of keoki182
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Crawdaddy’s in Milwaukee, WI. This ale was very dark brown/black with brown lacing on the side of the pint glass. It had a pleasant roasted/chocolate scent. The mouthfeel was pretty watery overall (not as thick as it looked), but still pretty good for an American Brown Ale. It had no hop presence that I could taste, but perhaps the extreme maltiness was overpowering the hops flavor. The flavor was exquisite. I tasted chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. I thought this was an amazing beer. It’s definitely near the top of my list as far as must haves.

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

Pours a medium brown color with some red hints small brown head that falls to ringed scum but it does lace nicely.

Aroma is light caramel malt some nutty aromas, light fruitiness noted maybe hints of spice. Overall not bad but nothing great either.

Taste is on light side some malt mixed with zesty carbonation that kind of dulls the flavors for a second finishes with hints of toffee, molasses and light spice along with some lingering bitterness and a little slick feeling.

Mouthfeel is lighter then it looks little too much zest in the middle otherwise ok.

Drinkability is ok, better browns are available. Not really bad but nothing to make you want to try it again in my opinion atleast not when its sitting beside a good brown at my grocery store.

Photo of bort11
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Color is a dark reddish brown. Light comes through as ruby red. Minimal tan head, quickly recedes Smell is a mixture of cocoa sweet and hops bitter. Taste is nutty and malt up front, but finishes with some hops. Mouthfeel is light, with a well balanced carbonation. This is a pretty OK beer, but doesn't really grab me.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Bourbon Street (The restaurant) in Cedar Falls recently ...

Pours a deep red/brown color with an epic head of cocoa. Nose is very malty, with mollasses and roasted nut accents. Nice aroma. Palate is thick and sweet upfront. Strong roasted malt flavors, along with the sweetness override the hops. Finished surprisingly dry though. Has a medium feel, but I'd say it's on the lighter side when contemplated longer. This one isn't bad, really, and an appropriate brew for the restaurant for sure. The cajun tuna steak was the highlight here though ... not the beer. Give it a try if you see it on th menu.

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

Pours a very deep, almost blackish, red with a small creamy-white head. Aroma has hints of caramel and chocolate.

Good roasted malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate. A small hoppy finish. Overall, this is a good beer that I would definitely have again, and it is a great brown ale.

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

Thanks to timtheenchanta for this bottle;

Pours a dark brown, tinged with red into my glass.
Quarter inch thick head rests gently on the top.
Smells immediately barrage my senses; chocolates, caramels and roasty malts scents.
Tastes of toffee and fruits. Slight chocolate/caramel syryp aftertaste but balanced nicely with the malty body of this beer.
I'd imagine this is highly drinkable, good flavor, nice finish, too bad I only had one.

Photo of Ozone34
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the Cock and Bull. I tried this beer in a bottle a while ago and I didn't care for it much. Then just recently I got some on tap and I tasted quite a difference.

Appearance: dark brown, slight lacing

Smell: Nice roasted malts slight chocolate

Taste: Again, slightly chocolately, slight hop/bitterness on the backside.

A favorite among the patrons at the C & B, they almost always have a tap on this and always fresh. You come on Wednesday's it's $5 liter night and I always get a liter of TurboDog. Perfect example of a brown.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights has a nice tan cream head leaves behind sparse lacing. Aroma has herbal hops with a chocolate nutty edge to it very nice mix of dark toasted malts and a light hop profile. Taste contains caramel chocolate tones from the excellent malt profile this is definitely an old stand by from the brown ale category, herbal hop finish very definitively one of the best browns I've tasted straight outta Louisiana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy texture that stays on the palate a bit longer than the typical craft ale. Drinkability is wonderful challenging to the senses yet groundbreakingly good and refreshing on multiple levels.

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

Poured a very deep mahogany with a tan, cola-looking head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma was roasty, earthy, and relatively clean. Could have used a bit more fruit, perhaps, but it's nice. Reminded me of a couple of mediocre stouts I brewed from kits, Mountmellick in particular. Taste was similar to the smell and pretty heavy on the roasted malt. Fairly dry yet well balanced. Body was medium and the mouthfeel was lively. Drinkability was its best quality.

An interesting and unique beer, and definitely the local beer I go for when visiting the Crescent City.

Photo of PeatReek
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Body pours a deep, near-opaque brown with a solid tan head. Smells clean, dry, a little metallic. Taste starts a little sweet but that's followed quickly by a sharp roasty bite. A little fuzzy and dry-toasty feeling towards the end of the sip, but that sharp roast really jumps out.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out a medium brown with a generous tan head. The crown lasts for a bit but eventually dies off and leaves little lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite typical for an English Brown - some notes of toasted grain, caramelized sugars and a clear but subtle vinegar smell.

Flavor is good but nothing spectacular - roast coffee notes and caramel are quite present on the front side and a mild acidic sourness finishes off each sip.

Mouthfeel is a disappointment - there's a greasy coating on the tongue after each sip. The body is actually a bit lighter than I'd expect (still medium bodied but on the light side of medium) and no carbonation to give the beer any personality. The oily palate and lack of bittering (either from hops or from roasted grain) doesn't leave a pleasant finish.

Turbodog is a serviceable brown ale but nothing outstanding... The caramel and malt profiles are a bit week but it's rather true to the style.

Photo of ski271
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark reddish-brown with 1 cm of creamy, tan, slowly diminishing head. Smell is mostly of dark roasted malts with a light sweetness and some fruit. Dark bread, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and nuts. The taste follows suit with dark, bready malts taking center-stage supported by a very light hops presence and a touch of earthy yeast. It has a medium-full mouthfeel, lightly syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Interesting take on the style and quite enjoyable. Probably my favorite of the Abita mix case so far.

Photo of mobyfann
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid about $1.59 for a single...

The beer pours a dark brown base with a medium white head, head retention lasts for a few minutes and a few lacing effects on the glass. The aroma is very sweet, like candy but also hints a chocolate tone, it is very pleasent on the nose.

The taste is great, medium-body if that, chocolate taste with a bit of grain, a little sweet aftertaste, a dessert beer, maybe "the dessert beer". Clean and soft on the palette, so amazing to earn a 5. Drinkable to have a few more. It isn't heavy like a porter, but tastes like one. I would have a field day with this as a session beer.

Final Thought: This beer is unbelieveable, it tastes like a hybrid porter-ale and is one to be purchased when seen, without a doubt.

Photo of matracy68
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a member of the Beer of the Month Club and this was one of the first beers that came in the first month. I have been a huge fan of this beer ever since. I enjoy the slight chocolate smell and taste of the beer. I was never a dark beer drinker until I tasted Turbo Dog. I now can't get enough of the "Dog". I have turned on quite a few on my friends to this tasy beverage now too. It is hard to find this beer where I am from but when I do get some it is a very welcome treat.

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

I haven't been really impressed by the other Abita beers. This beer however, 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. Good amount of flavor with nice roasted undertones. Medium carbonation and medium-light body.

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

Pours a very dark ruby brown, with a thick fluffy head, good lacing down the glass. Aroma is kind of weak, but nice, chocolate malt with toffee and some wierd ripe funk that isn't altogether bad. Taste has a bready malt character with chocolate hints, some toffee. Decent medium body and a little action on the tongue. Overall, pretty decent brown.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark brown with rich amber hues and a decent off white head that sticks around for a while and laces nicely. The smell is mild nuttiness and coffee aromas. Same flavors appear as in the smell and they are once again mild. Its a little watery but not too bad. Overall not bad but there are better brown ales out there although this one is like a cross between a porter and a brown ale. Probably most similar to Harpoon's Munich Type Dark, but not as good.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. brown bottle with best if consumed before notches of 4 - 18.

Clear mahogany with red tints and a massive, pillowy head that laces its way down the sides of the glass.

Fruity smells come out front quickly followed by vinegar like souness that's over the top.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Vinegar-like sourness is back in the taste. Nut and roasty notes hidden underneath the spoiled taste of a bacterial infection.

This beer was well before the date of caution, and I had my wife smell and taste it, and she agreed it was rank. My conclusion is that the bottle I bought was infected. Down the drain it went.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at, of all places, the German Kristkindlmart at Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Oh well, I’ve already had the Stiegl and HB last winter...

Actually served a bit too cold to make out much of the character. But still, it’s pretty good. A bit of spiciness in the tan foam make me think briefly of a Christmas ale. A general hop bitterness is apparent at the first taste, then I caught some good chocolate malt with very little astringency. Looks good, tastes good.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,572 ratings.