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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

976 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 976
Hads: 2,684
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 93
Gots: 348 | 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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Reviews: 976 | Hads: 2,684
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Illegible markings on the neck of the bottle
Bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to
Lacing fair – small islands and arches of mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown, showing some amber at the edges where the light penetrates, hazy
Flavor starts with medium sweet roasted malt and bitter chocolate. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends medium sweet.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a good rendition of an English brown ale – meets all the criteria. I didn’t care for it when I first had it in 2006 and I still don’t – not my cup of tea. (660 characters)

Photo of PawPawPepperoni
1.54/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I'm not sure what happened to this beer, but 10-15 years ago it was excellent. The stuff they call TurboDog now just does not taste the same. This was the beer that put Abita on the map, but now I find it undrinkable and lacking in the malty complexity it once held. (266 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Abita Turbo Dog was ok, it was not that bad. The taste was ok, and the smell was not too bad. This beer was not my favorite beer, but it was ok. The smell was ok as well. It was not my favorite beer, but it was worth trying. I am not one hundred percent sure of how it tasted because it has been a while since I tried this beer. But I am willing to try it again. (366 characters)

Photo of uspbacchus
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a Dark mahogany with a dark tan head. Head lingers, then quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.
S. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate.
T. Same as the smell. Dark, mildly burnt malts. Coffee. Chocolate.
M. Thin, slightly over carbonated.
O. Not a bad beer, but there are better examples of the brown ale style. Seems a little too burnt. (337 characters)

Photo of SaxmanRick
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Surly pint glass. Picked up about 2wks ago.

Poured a 3/4 inch head that quickly dissolved to a small ring around the glass. Brown with a little ruby color. Dark brown, but you can get some light coming through.

Aroma of a traditional English ale, but a bit of an off-scent...funk.

The initial taste reveals full malty taste, typical English style. But, then comes an unwelcomed funk - I can only compare it to walking through a populated barn. It's not the worst taste/scent, but I wouldn't want to stay there. Like other Abita beers, I tend to get a "humph!" - something is just not right to my palate.

I wouldn't turn this down at a party (unless there were other options), but can't see buying one of these (mine was a gift). (761 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 6/17/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Texas-style glass boot.

Pours a deep dark brown which is almost black in color actually, that has a good half-finger beige head with decent lacing when sipped. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts for the most part. The taste has more going on with roasted malts, hint of chocolate, toffee and coffee in the mix. A slight tart finish which is nice. Perfect carbonation makes this good brew more enjoyable. A tasty brew! I had a few other styles of brew from this brewery and all have been good! (597 characters)

Photo of Rob23
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kept seeing this at my fav bottle shop decided to go ahead and give it a go.I had higher expectations for this brew.It is very malty and if anything would go well with a good ol fashioned BBQ dinner.Maybe even make a good marinade with the rest of the six pack I bought.Not putting it down,just had hoped it would live up to the hype I have experienced and price was a little on the high side.Not the best review I know but was not passionate enough to do it. (459 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a six-pack my dad brought me cross-country. Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Graded to 2008 BJCP American Brown Ale, 10C.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black, with reddish hues at the edges. 1" tan head and a little lacing goes down the glass as I drink.

Aroma: Malty & salty. Sweet & roasty.

Taste: Roasty, sweet-tart arrival. Dries across mid-palate; roasted, bitter finish. Almost liquorice-like. Good, cleansing bitterness at the end. Hoppier than I remember any brown ale being.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Well-carbonated, but not overdone. Slightly slick.

Overall: Roasty, hefty, bitter & sweet. Not an English brown ale at all, but too light to be a porter. This is really versatile; good on its own, great with food. Just a little too dark for the season (early summer). I look forward to returning to this in the fall. Pretty much spot on for American dark brown ale. The closest thing I have mind to compare this to is Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, but less roasty or bitter than GLEF, and much sweeter. (1,047 characters)

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

A: deep brown - like cola; 1 finger head that receded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; minimal lacing;

S: chocolate; coffee; roasted malt;

T: like is smells - chocolate and coffee up front; roasted malt kicks in mid-palate along with some moderate bitterness; finish was short;

M; a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O: not very complex, but enjoyable to drink; (381 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, toffee, slight chocolate, and roasted malts with some grassy notes in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light bodied,

Overall: Pretty standard brown ale. Nothing spectacular here, but decent. (502 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red-brown colour with a foamy, tan head. Good head retention with some rockiness.

Malt. Lots of bready melanoidin. Toffee. Good.

Malt. Malt. Malt. No hops whatsoever. Good flavour with touches of toffee.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent beer. Lots of malt but the balance seems to be a little out for my taste. (345 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, on the clearer side with a few streams of carbonation. Brief course head with some blanketing lace.

S: Sweet caramel, a little chocolate, a little of piney hops. There's an out-of-place floral note to it that is nice, but doesn't work with the rest of the nose.

T: The caramel again with some malt, mild dark chocolate. Hops weave in and out in a mild fashion. Everything seems a bit restrained, diluted.

M: Light bodied and watery, but slightly creamy.

O: Somewhat underpowered to be a great brown, but still pretty nice. (541 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Dark brown with ruby highlights, almost cola in colour. Light brown head is dense and has staying power. Gobs of lacing down the sides.

Rich malts in the aroma. Fruit cake, chocolate, coffee.

Flavour is the same as the aroma. Rich and smooth, full bodied with moderate carbonation. Gives you the impression of a dense loaf of bread with touches of chocolate and coffee.

This one would be great on a cold winter night. (493 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 05/30/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and creamy malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, and toast. Upfront toasted barley malts with hints of biscuit, grains, chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, caramel, nuts, toffee, yeast, and cream. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Background hints of earthy hops. A solid brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, roasty, and creamy malt driven taste with nice notes of toast, chocolate, and caramel. Toasted barley malts with upfront notes of biscuit, grains, chocolate, caramel, toasted bread, coffee, nuts, yeast, toffee, and cream. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Some earthy hops add some balance towards the finish. A nice brown ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a brown ale. Good biscuity malt presence with some chocolate and caramel notes. (1,170 characters)

Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- dark brown with a big white head.

Smell- upfront is a nutty aroma and hints of coco and roasted malts.

Taste- light roasted malts, caramel, nuts, toffee and coca, and hints of coffee. A pretty enjoyable tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- is light-medium bodied but smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall- I enjoyed this brew. The flavor was good but it could have stranded out a little bit more, very drinkable tho. I would have this again. (447 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked this beer even though it's about as average as it gets and would be a beer of last resorts in any restaurant I go to.
Because the appearance is rather boring with a russet brown body, a small flimsy head that fades quite quickly.
The aroma is really not bad but features a ton of toasted grains. Some mild roast can be pulled out too.
The taste is neither good nor bad it's just there. Hints of roast come into play as well as biscuits and cereal grains.
Drinks rough on the palate.
Turbo dog is a good beer with no real defects that I can see, its just an average but good beer. (588 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque very dark cola brown with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and brown + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of nutty and chocolate malts with just a touch of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of chocolate and nutty malts with a light presence of roasted malts. Very light hints of coffee and toffee flavors. Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger but very little hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy but overall thin.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable with well hidden alcohol. Not complex but very enjoyable. (872 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Murky dead leaves mud puddle brown, nearly black. A cream colored head recedes to an even film. Loads of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, toffee. Some nuttiness.

Taste: Just like the aroma with sweet roasted malts, loads if toffee, caramel, and excellent nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I really love this one from Abita, excellent flavor, look, and aroma. (425 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours out a rich brown color with a thick, creamy long lasting head. This one really looks good in the glass.

S - Sweet with hints of coffee and toasted grains.

T - Sweet with coffee and caramel.

M - Very rich and creamy with a sweet finish.

O - If you like sweet, dark beers with minimal hopping, this one is for you. (358 characters)

Photo of mattLummus
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, it is an great and balanced beer. Smell is nice and clean, mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and adequately full. Not too sweet, bitter, or dark, but a good balance of all three. Fairly easy drinking and refreshing. Got a growler full of it. (254 characters)

Photo of mrjbrown27
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured smooth. Small off white head that died really fast. Very little lacing. Amber to dark brown depending on the light.

S: Some toffee malt. Toasty chocolate notes. Certainly on the sweet side. Really liked how bright it is.

T: Holds really true to the smell with almost a smoky after taste.

M: Smooth but a little flat. But it sits well the more you have.

O: So far my favorite Abita. Low ABL % so it's kinda like a dark sweet session beer. Nice change up if you are getting hopped out. While there are better representations of this style this beer is typically a great value pick. (594 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$3.50 bottle had at Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

I've had Pecan Harvest from Abita and thought it was decent, and I feel the same about this beer... it's a decent brew that is interesting enough to warrant maybe drinking a couple of, but that's about it. There's a nice caramel/chocolate/roast combination going on with a fairly high carbonation that makes Turbodog an easy drinker, but nothing made me too excited about it. I must say I'm shocked "the Bros." gave this a 90 rating, because it's almost the very definition of an average beer to my taste buds... hey, different strokes. I'd have it again if offered, but probably wouldn't buy it again. A pretty average brown ale that's not all-too satisfying. But hey, the price is right. (753 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Everytime I drink Abita I think I should be eating cajun or mexican food. It feels built for spice.
Today I enjoyed this in a wine balloon with a mushroom sausage stew and it was a great match.
It's up there with the better browns behind sixpoint, smutty and new holland (in my brown book).

A: Good color and head, thin head returns w swirl, minimal lacing. 3.5
S: Bready tortilla, malt, sweet corn. A bit laid back, but complementary to food. 3.5
T: Better than smell, best part of brew, nice arc, more dark fruit, more toffee, and just right bitterness, and INTERESTING, ORIGINAL, NOT RUN OF THE MILL. Very sessionable and would try again. 4
MF: Thins toward the end. OK. 3.5
O: mid pack 3.5
I must line all these up abita, avery, Sams, sixpoint, smutty and new holland ---- to blind taste test. The only problem is like the name, they are all a bit muddy and it may be hard to stack rank them which right now I do: sixpoint, new holland, smutty, abita, avery, sams from top to bottom.
Brown bottoms up! (1,009 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark as night and certainly darker that I would expect a brown ale to be. Has a nice brown two finger head and that's being conservative. Definitely some nice lacing here too. Smell is much more like a brown ale with some nice mellow malts, a little sweetness, and a tiny smell of hops but no bitterness. This is more malt forward too be sure on the nose. Taste is quite malty as in the nose with the sweetness I found in the nose but really nothing I can taste from the hop bill. This is just your basic brown ale. Mouthfeel is actually quite thick or more so than I expected. Overall this is an OK beer. I'm not a huge fan of brown ales so to be honest I might not be the best to rate this beer but it's not a bad beer, it's just not anything overwhelming in taste, smell, etc. Not a bad beer but nothing I would buy again. However this is close to style but just not anything special. (897 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog is a murky sort of medium brown, but bright in its own way. The tan head that forms on top of it has pretty good retention, falling from almost one finger slowly down to a sturdy layer of foam that drops moderate patching.
A lot of it is what I'd expect from an English Brown: plenty of nutty character, a bit of toastiness to the malts, which of course are in charge all the way, and some caramel. There may not be as much mineral or dryness as I expect, but it does have an earthiness.
The taste has a little more of the overall character I expect, only because along with the earthy tone is a bit of tea leaf, an aspect of the light hops bitterness. It also comes out with a little more toffee sweetness with the caramel, and overall just a bit more to the depth, character and flavor.
The feel is good, though the medium body goes somewhat thin at times and, while crisp later, it starts off just fizzy. It does smooth out, and it goes semi-dry from beginning to finish. (983 characters)

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.