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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 136 | 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 AtLagerHeads
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the tap beers at Beer Sellar, Newport, Kentucky. This beer has a dark amber to brown body with a creamy looking abd beige head. The lacing is very nice and consistent. The flavor is a bit hard to pin down, but ranges from a nice nuttiness to a smoother malt/grain sense. The feel is nicely sold, but does not impress of the creaminess so often found in this style. Overall this is a solid, if not impressive, beer.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of BierManVA
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


\Tur"bo\, n. turbo-

1. Turbine: turbocharger.
2. Driven by a turbine: turbojet.


2. Something of inferior or low quality: “The beer was a real dog” (BierManVA).

I tried this a long time ago and remember not being impressed. Can't say things have changed much.

Lacking in smell, almost a flat taste. You either really hit it with a Brown Ale or you don't. This one doesn't. This is almost like cold water with food coloring in it. I'd rather drink an Amber Bock.

It does have a nice color though!


BierManVA, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was an interesting beer that pretty much defied description to me. At different points in my glass I would have guessed it was a Brown Ale, a Dunkel, or an Altbier. Points for being different. Pours a dark brown but clear, with a medium thick light beige head. Quick lacing. Aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied with flavors of coffee, nuts and malt, with a sweet malty aftertaste. A good session beer, and the best from Abita I have tried.

Dogbrick, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the six pack case and on the bottle. Sampled a few months after the freshness date, but it didn't seem to matter.

Poured a dark cherry brown with an off white head. Minimal lacing, but it was present.

Aromas of malt, chocolate that are very inviting.

Tastes of a malt with tones of mild toffee with a medium body. Subtle tones of coffee flavor that lead to a slight bitter finish. Very nice. Great drinkability and wonderful beer that goes down smooth and easy. A great craft brew and a great example of the style

Loki, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of smitty1080
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Never thought I would see this in Northwest Ohio, but to my surprise there she was at my local beverage center. I should have waited until I made my chicken fajitas to try it but i couldn't resist. It pours rather nicely with a thick light brown head that lasted about halfway through the glass. The color is accurately described in previous reviews, dark golden brown. The main surprise hit me with how light the mouth feel is for something so dark and with such a rich aroma. Great taste that didn't weigh on me and created a nice appetite. Can't wait to try it on draft.

smitty1080, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color with a big light-tan colored head - it was rocky and cavernous and falling fast. But, it kicks up very fast again, and then when it sits it dies to nothing. Smelled chalky, woody, with some black and roast malt notes. Fairly light in profile. Taste was a malt kind of sweet, but not too strong, a little bit of hops, and some roasted notes. A smooth thin drink and a lightly drying finish. Good, well-known, good to have around.

nomad, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a short 12oz bottle this little guy won my heart. It pours a nice dark color. The head quickly diminishes to only a lace. It makes it look like you are drinking cola. The taste of this wonderful brew is by far one of the best brews I've had. It is very smooth and goes down easy.

Ellbert, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with an off white head. The head stays awhile and fades to a sticky lace. The lace stayed till the end. The aroma was earthy with hints of coffee and roasted malts. The taste was roasted malts with a coffee finish. A very satisfying smooth flavor made this a very drinkable beer. Nice mouthfeel and its solid taste makes this a good brew!

Stubbie1, May 26, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a tan head that faded quickly.
Aroma of roasted malts and earthy hops.

Taste shows a roasted malt and toffee character. Well hopped for a brown ale. Earthy hops provide a nice balance.

Above average mouthfeel.
Above average drinkability.

Overall, a solid brown ale, but definitely not as good as I thought it was years ago before I found the really good stuff.

PhantomVodoo, May 24, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is just simply a refreshing beer. I like the rich color, rich smell, and rich taste. It had a nice thick creamy head that retained well. The color was a nice deep, dark, red color. Had a very nice nutty taste, mixed with a hint of citrus and maltiness. I was very suprised by this little gem. You should try this one, you will be very suprised too. I gare-ron-teee!

JISurfer, May 12, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin head, but the head lasts a long time. The beer is a very dark brown, with not too much of a reddish tint. Smells pretty hoppy, and robust. Tastes strongly of smoky toasted oats. Very clean, pretty light moouthfeel. A true brown and highly drinkable.

dwarbi, May 11, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown almost black with a creamy dark tan head which lasted a long time. The lace was somewhat disappointing for such a good head. The smell of malt was fair and I could not detect much hoppieness. The taste was surpurb. The chocolate malt jumped out of the glass onto my tongue. The mouthfeel was a little weak but did leave a little creaminess behind. This is probably the best beer Abita makes. I have gone to beer shows and drank their entire line. The only ones I can stomach is the Turbodog and the Root Beer.

LarryKemp, May 07, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with off white head that goes away quickly...also no lacing

Aroma: Malt, caramel, hint molasses

Taste: Roasted malt, hints of bitter chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for me

Overall surprisingly better than expected, but not great.

stegmakk, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of tang214
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby red with some foam appearing after the pour. It smells alright with a fruity full-flavored cherry aroma. The taste is just okay with some dry maltiness. It leaves a thick aftertaste. It's a barely okay brew. Good thing my friend bought it.

tang214, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of stoutman
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great dark brown colour, and no head. Great sweet smell with some detectable malt in the nose. The taste isn't great, but its got some good qualities. This beer is similar in the mouth to other Abita brews. Medium-bodied and not overpowering, but not too flavourful.

stoutman, Apr 08, 2003
Photo of BeerAngel
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark coca-cola colored brown with a modest 1-½ finger tan head. The smell consists of roasted chocolate malt and a very faint hop aroma. The taste mimics the smell in a watery kind of way. The aroma is deceiving in this manner as it almost smells as bold as a porter, but this is way more watery in taste than a light bock. It also has a weird twang mid-swallow of each and every swallow. The hops are barely noticeable and there’s not much carbonation either. This beer is very light bodied and finishes very thin. This beer has way too much “roastiness” to be so lean. Strange brew this is! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with amber at the edges. Topped off with a cake of tan foam that collapses reasonably quickly to a lacy film. Wonderful rich malty, caramely smell. Somewhat watery, like other Abita offerings. A malty foundation throughout the drink with a nice crispness in the middle. Goes down easily but would benefit from being a tad more substantial.

BitteBier, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If a Brown Ale and Porter mated...Mahogany/Ruby in color. Amply malted with a pasty, mealy malt. The nose is malty and slightly sour with a hint of alcohol. The medium/high citrusy hops are mildly astringent. Started in 1986, one of the first micro-brews in the country. Extra roasted sweet malt becomes the dominant force as the glass empties. Almost creamy. Balanced. Very little head...pour it straight down. I’d like to try this with some extra spicy Jambalaya…. or chocolate…. or nachos.

BeerResearcher, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Abita beers. Dark like a porter or is it a stout, but very smooth and crisp. The low alcohol and chocolatey mouth feel leaves you wanting more and it is very quaffable. It taste good alone or with something sweet and is very malty, but not too sweet.

bierman2000, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one interesting brew. For me, it seemed to be all about the finish. At first it was empty, then all the flavors just developed in the mouth and throat as you swallowed. The middle gets a malty sweet roasted barley with hints of slight hop and some yeast like unbaked bread. It also had some smokey hazelnut notes. I wanted this beer to taste like that the whole way through. If it would have this would be a whopper of a drinker. Its still very drinkable, a bit on the light side on the body, but I just can't get by that start. The smell is also very interesting, I smell the roasted barley malt easily but has a strange wet dirt like smell. Kind of like a heavy rained out hiking trail. Good color, was a semi blackened red almost clear glowing. I'm a perplexed by this stuff and I just kept drinking it, trying to figure out what the hells the scoop with it being so good.

tavernjef, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drove through Louisiana recently, so I stopped at this brewery. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed...

Aroma: not much, some roastiness

Appearance: looks like a brown porter, dark mahogany, good clarity, thin head, not much retention (but that's not unusual for this style)

Flavor: rather bland, some dark roastiness up front and a bit of a malt finish, not too much hop flavor/bitterness/aroma, quick finishing (i.e.- the flavors that are there don't linger at all), some graininess and a slight twinge of tartness

Mouthfeel: thin bodied (thinner than usual Browns and Milds), very tight carbonation, slight astringency

GreenCard, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish/ruby in color, with a very thin tannish head. Aroma is roasty, and slightly chocolatey. The chocolate comes out in the flavor, too. Roasted malt and a bit of toffee flavor dominates, while persistant carbonation gives the beer a medium-full body at most. Toffee sweetness really shows up as the beer warms, and the roasted malt and hop bitterness linger nicely. Quite drinkable, though it seems, in its roastiness, more stout or porter-like than like a brown ale.

mzwolinski, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), about a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

There's a light tan head that crumples with some sticky lacing. The beer is a dark ruby color.

The smell is grapes, bread, nutty. Hey: peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

The front is roasty nuts, a little sweetish. The middle is malty with some hops showing up, but it turns a little watery. The finish is peanut butter and just a touch sour. It gets quite a bit better (creamier) as it warms.

It's an interesting brown that gets a few extra points for originality.

kbub6f, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown pour with a big foamy off-white head that lingers around for a bit. Masses of sweet fruits dominate the aroma. There is a grainy smell with a little hint of yeast also.

The flavor is very sweet with a great roasty malt taste also. You can pick up a little yeastiness. Carbonation is almost non-existent, which hurts the mouthfeel because I would really like it to be crisp. It is very drinkable, and a good solid beer, but nothing to jump up and down about.

ElGuapo, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of mickstepp
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appropriately brown for a Brown Ale. This beer has a sweet edge and a high level of carbonation. Fruit and grainy/yeasty notes in the mix.Overly malted and underhopped in my opinion. I thought the mouthfeel would be creamier than it was. I had heard great things about this beer and admit to being a little disappointed. probably just not my style. Not a terrible beer but not one that I would seek out again.

mickstepp, Feb 14, 2003
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.