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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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981 Reviews

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Reviews: 981
Hads: 2,733
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 93
Gots: 381 | 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: 981 | Hads: 2,733
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of captenaj
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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.

It's an excellent beer.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled pint (against my will) at Lucky's New Orleans. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Mild milk chocolate and some caramel, also mild. Moderate roastiness.

T- Flavor is even more mild than the aroma with some more faint chocolate and soft roast. Touch of oxidation. Super easy drinking for a malty beer.

M- Thin but still with some slick viscosity in the afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not one of the best brown ales out there but it's a good session beer if you're craving something darker.

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Photo of gerite
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with a very spicy pizza, a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A very dark almost opaque color with mild carbonation. A decent head that did not last very long but very nice lacing. I noted more toffee than chocolate notes in aroma and taste. Also a noticeable roasted malt flavor. This is a good malty ale right in line with other stouts and porters. I would buy it again.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pretty clear and dark brown in color with red highlights. It sports a nice 2-3 fingers of fluffy off-white foam that has some really nice retention. On the nose I get some nice sweet, malty notes of caramel and nuts. There is also a faint hoppy spiciness, but it's properly subdued.

The beer has a medium body and mild malty flavor. The feel is a bit thin, but there are no objectionable flavors and no overabundance of hops. Up front are some nice toasty notes, toffee, and cola and at mid-palate a little bit of balancing hoppy bitterness comes in and provides a pleasant coffee-like flavor. The finish is slightly dry and underwhelming and there aren't a lot of lingering flavors, just a trace of bitterness.

Overall, a nicely-constructed brown ale that achieves a nice balance between sweet and bitter. I feel it could use a bit more malt flavor up front, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of jaz58
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful dark brown alwe. Hints of carmel and chocolate in the nose.

Nice dark espresso brown colour in the glass.

Balanced dry hop finish. Very nice. Chocolate and toffee flavours finished with the hops noted

Sweet round mouthfeel. A good companion for a burger.

A good ale to make a stew with.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark almost opaque color with mild carbonation and decent head. Toffee and chocolate notes in aroma. Very carbonated with a noticeable roasted flavor. Perhaps carbonated too much. Not much depth or complexity but it is an ale. Chocolate malt notes also. In summary, a malty ale. It's flavors would be better suited to a stout or porter.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice deep brown with a tannish foamy head that leaves a bit of a lacing.

Smell: malts, some roastiness some sweetness. slight fruitiness and some hoppiness.

Taste: starts upfront with strong malts, a mixture of roasted and caramel, gives way to a slight fruitiness and earthy hops. good balancing of sweet and bitter

Mouthfeel: overall leaves a bit of a bitterness. medium to heavier body.

Overall: a good solid brown ale. nice balance.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with lots of thick head with good retention and leaving strong laces.
Grainy and nutty aroma with chocolate and earthy notes.
Flavor of roasted malts and earthy hops. Notes of coffee and hints of pepper, charcoal and molasses. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very balanced brown ale, not sweet with pleasant coffee notes. Good exemplar of its style.

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Photo of tedan
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into beer glass, 13 degrees C. No date on bottle.

Pours with a large tan head which falls to about half a finger after a few minutes. A good amount of lacing appears as you drink it.

It's a pretty average brown ale. Nothing too out of the ordinary or unexpected but is definitely pleasant and sessionable.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium frothy tan head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grains; very slight hop notes

Taste: Roasted grains up front; slight hop bites in the middle with a slightly dry, metallic flavor in the end; not particularly noteworthy, but not too bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate brown with two fingers of head that dissipated quickly. Toffee notes are present in the nose. The upfront flavor is bready and malty with a mildy bitter finish. This offering is enjoyable, but only above average as English Browns go.

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Photo of Why-P-A
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A unique dark reddish brown color, odd for a beer but not visually unappealing.

S: Caramel and toffee are present on the nose, minimal is any hop floral notes.

T: Complex sweet flavors up front transition but surprisingly smooth on the finish. There is a slight lingering dark fruit flavor of prunes which is difficult to place.

M: Turbodog finishes clean, not watery but could have a thicker mouth feel to match the flavors of the beer.

O: A unique hybrid between an amber and brown ale, having disticnt flavor characteristics from both. Clearly a popular beer which fills a nice niche and is available nation wide, a solid offering from Abita.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown, almost black with 2 fingers of thick foamy head. Good and persistent lacing.

S - Grainy malt, not much else going on.

T - Molasses, caramel malt, slight tartness, and an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Improves slightly as it warms.

M - Light to medium body.

O - Not terrible, but the flavors don't quite mesh. And the metallic taste is a definite turnoff. Oddly, this beer paired very well with chocolate covered marshmallow easter candy.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.