Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,656 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,656
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 321 | 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 HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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;

Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, on the clearer side with a few streams of carbonation. Good velvety head with some blanketing lacing, although a little light in color.

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. A bit of a letdown after that velvet-looking head.

O: It has some nice warm caramel notes, but wasn't dark or full enough to make it a worthy stout.

Photo of Noxious26
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Retroman40
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of mattLummus
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of mrjbrown27
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of captenaj
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have this in a bottle at the Lobster Lady restaurant in Cape Coral Florida.

Appearance: deep ruby Brown, minimal head.

Smell: Slightly nutty and earthy.

Taste: rich and flavorful. Slight hint of chocolate and coffee.

Mouth feel: Perhaps a little thin, but not too much so.

Overall: an excellent tasting beer.

Photo of smokinyodas
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles from my local grocery store and they are clearly marked with a freshness date. From the bottle to a pint glass out pours a dark brown ale with a mahogany hue. Swirling the tan head around the glass reveals a thin sticky lacing. A good inhale detects notes of a dark crystal malt in a brew of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits (kiwi, fig, prune or plum?) and a hops spice. The taste has a rich mouthfeel with a medium body. Dark-sticky-sweet malty caramel and chocolate flavors are dominant, with a light crisp hops bitterness that cleanses the pallet. To profile this English brown ale, it's not far off from today's stouts and porters, very similar to a Full Sail Session Black without the liquorice or a distant relative of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, one that lives just down the road.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this quite a few times years back when I was in Texas, so when I saw it on the shelf today I just had to grab one. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with bodacious ruby highlights and a huge crop of fluffy tan head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel with a hint of earth and toffee. The flavor is a bit fruity with English yeasty esters dominating. Caramel toffee and chocolate maltiness off set with a hint of earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick creamy bubbly mouthfeel. I was worried that my palette may have changed in all these years, but this is actually a pretty good English style ale.

Photo of Mikecap
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly, nice chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasty notes dominate, with some chocolate, caramel malt and a bit of light hop character, nice smell for a brown ale overall.

Taste: Up front with some smoke and coffee, a bit of chocolate and some roasted barley. Some more bittersweet chocolate, very pleasant tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess. Not exactly silky smooth but quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

Overall: Can't believe I hadn't tried this to date as it is a "classic" American craft beer in the minds of many. This is a good brown ale worth trying, and honestly one of Abita's better offerings.

Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Ruby brown color. I could see some carbonation rising up. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Mild aroma. Roasted malts, hint of chocolate and fruit.

Taste:
Malty, roasted, caramel, bitter chocolate. A little hint of fruit. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly leafy. Nutty finish, yet pretty dry. Body is full, very smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer.

Photo of Furlinator
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish dark brown with almost no head and very little lacing.

Smell is of faint chocolate with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with faint coffee and hops at the back end.

Mouthfeel is crisp with medium carbonation and a velvety aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid brown ale. Light and crisp enough to enjoy more than one at a time but certainly not lacking in complex flavor.

Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into an english style pint glass, a large four finger tall head was produced. The foam was made of dense khaki colored tiny bubbles that receded slowly leaving behind a nice thick coating on the side of the glass. The beer, at first glance, a dark brown to black color, but when held to a light it produces a reddish hue and is very transparent.

S: Nutty english like malt aroma with sweet milk chocolate, subtle nobble hops and a biscuity undertone.

T: Very low hop bitterness making the beer on the sweeter side. This beer is all about the malts. Chocolate, biscuity, nutty flavors come through distinctly but none over powering. very balanced in the malt department.

M: Moderate carbonation levels and body combined with a lower gravity make it very drinkable.

O: A solid english brown that doesn't get boring after a few pints.

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bought from City Swigger on E86th Street in Manhattan.

A - It's certainly brown! The head was uneven but creamy. The lacing was not thick.

S - The smell was not strong. The beer actually lacked aromatics. I had to work to find fragrances. Maybe a bit of a coffee scent eventually came through.

T - mostly milk chocolate but the turned into a sweet coffee. Pretty tasty.

M - very creamy and smooth. Nice on the tongue.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,656 ratings.