Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 974
Hads: 2,672
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 93
Gots: 331 | 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 scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Dark brown with two fingers of foamy tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Mild toffee aroma with a hint of nuts.

Taste- Chocolate malt, toffee, and some nuttiness. Very light citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good session beer and a solid example of this style. (371 characters)

Photo of IsaacCraft
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I tasted like all the things I enjoy about IPA's without the crazy bitterness. The taste had hints of chocolate and toffee which makes it ideal for a dessert beer. I'll probably buy a six pack of this to enjoy after meals in the very near future. (276 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bottle with a BB date of 1/15/13 poured into a pint glass. Appearance is just slightly hazy with a dark brown color and a substantial clingy pillowy light tan head.

Aromas of chocolatey malt with some nuttiness. Some sweet molasses as well. Taste is moderately toffee sweet, fairly dry in the finish with just the slightish bit of astringency. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this one is easy to drink with somewhat simple but nice flavor. (465 characters)

Photo of JPlo
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, slightly hazy color. Head is diminishing, with average lacing.

Feel: Smooth/silky, creamy carbination. Avg-long with slightly wet finish.

Aroma: Malts (in order) Caramelly, Nutty, chocolaty

Taste: Malts are Nutty, chocolaty and caramelly. Nice amount of earthy bitter hops at end to balance eveything.

A better Newcastle, gave this to a friend that was a big Newcastle fan, and now he has switched to this. (434 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Deep dark mahogany body with creamy bubbly tan froth.

S: Aroma is similar to a box of crayons. Also, caramel, toffee, cardboard, toast and faint bitter cooking chocolate.

T/M: Roasted toffee, caramel, burnt toast, nuts and bitter coffee beans. Mouthfeel seems a tad light and watery. Nice bitterness that blends well with the dark malts. Finish is dry with dark malt lingers.

O: A decent brown ale that is easy drinking. Hops are nice and the blend was well done. Overall a nice drinkable beer that would be a great weekend beer to run through. (553 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, and slight raisin. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malts. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, roast, herbal, and slight raisin. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and brown sugar on the finish for a short bit. Very nice malt flavor balance that is fairly robust, with good complexity; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark brown with some ruby hue, solid fluffy layer of head that has good retention, a bit of lace runs down the sides.

S- chocolate and caramel, dark prunes, and some spicy hops

T- toasted malt gives way to chocolate and toffee, mild notes of dark fruit, finishes with some citrusy hop and bready grain.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish

O- great balance and extremely drinkable. Nothing is overbearing which makes it highly sessionable. (485 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3/5  rDev -17.4%

chestnut colored, decent maltiness but just a rather bland beer. Very little going on here. Nothing offensive, just boring. Like many other Abita beers, it's the standard run of the mill beer that doesn't offend, yet there's nothing spectacular about it. (255 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best By 06/03/13. Took a break from the Sam Adams Spring Thaw pack to give this one a first-time.

Pours a translucent brown with some red hues poking through. Great-looking finger's worth of fluffy beige head capping this brew. Looks like draft root beer.

Very mild nose. Light chocolate and brown ale notes. Hints of something caramelly, or maybe toffee. Chocolate is definitely here, though. Smells malty. Lightly soapy, too.

Some milk chocolate, English toffee, herbal hops, malty session ale sweetness, moderate bitterness, medicinal notes, root vegetable quality, and obligatory nuttiness. A bit of cola in the middle. Finishes with malty roast and some Willamette. There's enough going on here! Pleasantly surprised by this Southern English Brown.

Very quaffable. Chunky body full of dextrins. Clunky carbonation is delightfully clumsy. Splashes in the mouth. There's even a thin booze note.

I wouldn't call it complex, but this beer has a lot to offer. Great sessionable English-style ale. Chocolate and toffee make an intriguing combo; not exactly used to it. An enjoyably easy twelve-ouncer to slam back between other beers. (1,138 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 01/20/13 notes. Had on tap at some sports bar in Chicago. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, dark fruits, nuts, toasted malts, grains, and biscuit malts. Fruit is nice, very malty.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, dark fruits, earthy notes, bread, wheat, grains, toasted malts, nuts, and light sweet caramel malts. Sweeter than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a decent brown ale. Sweet and some nice fruit to it, and easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing but could revisit at a bar with not a lot of craft options. (714 characters)

Photo of devilben02
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer from the bottle, noticing a deep, almost opaque reddish-brown color and a modest beige head that settles to a thin film of foam, but I left the room for a minute right after pouring. When I returned, I was welcomed back to my seat by a wave of rich, caramel sweetness. Unfortunately, the wonderful sweetness somehow seemed to evaporate with the head, and my first deliberate smell of the beer yielded nothing but dull combination of mild lactose-like sweetness, some musty hops, and an afternote of dry cocoa. The flavor is marginally better but still sadly bland, with a light, sweet blend of milk chocolate and a mildest noticeable toffee character, although each characteristic seems to develop nicely as the beer warms. The texture is good enough, with a nice medium body that is lightened by a fine carbonation. Overall, although certainly drinkable, the superficial flavor profile leaves much to be desired. (932 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with a small tan head, with fair retention and spotty lacing. Smells like toasted malt and nuts. the aroma is light.

Tastes just like it smells with toasted malt and nuts. Just like with the aroma, the taste is too light, and I can detect only a little sweetness.

Medium bodied, average carbonation. Mostly just boring and bland. (343 characters)

Photo of ferrouswolf
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at ~45 F. Purchased warm, chilled at home.

A: Pleasant 1 finger light brown foam which dissipated in about a minute, leaving a ring with some lacing. Foam covers surface when swirled. Clear but deep red color when held up to light; brown otherwise.

S: Very faint aroma; cocoa, coffee and banana aromas if I really sniff deeply.

T: Front edge of roasty/fruity flavor which quickly fades to mineral-water finish with some hop bitterness. Occasional cardboard notes; I suspect that this may be the fault of the store where I bought it, though.

M: Thin mouthfeel with fine bubbles that stick around to the finish. I would expect a brown ale to have a bit more body, but this may be a personal preference.

Overall: This wasn't my favorite beer; I've had better and worse examples of the style. If this were a bit less bubbly and relabeled as a Dark Mild, I'd be all for it. But as a brown ale, it doesn't pack the punch that I would have expected from the label description, but then again I expected a porter rather than a brown ale. The rest of this 6-pack will probably go into a stew.

Bottom Line: I'd drink it, but I wouldn't order it. (1,164 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear dark brown with two fingers thick tan colored head, settles to a quarter inch, leaving a spray of lace behind. Smell: not much going on. Mild herbal and earthy hopping, mild nuttiness and bakers' chocolate. Not unpleasant, just not enough there. Taste: somewhat nutty and tannic (pecan seems closest), toffee, into an earthy and very slightly citric hopping with some vague fruitiness, then a fleeting hit of dark chocolate towards the finish. Body is light, feel is cottony, slick, and not terribly pleasant. At the end of the sip the pale malt base is almost the only thing left, which is disappointing, as there are some decent things going on here. Best by 3/13. (687 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Providence, RI

A- Pours a muddy brown, pretty opaque body with a 2" mocha brown, fluffy head with medium retention and no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and a sweet dark fruity aroma that resembles a belgian. Quite inviting so far.

T- Heavy toffee, caramel, and coffee upfront. In the background I get some cocoa powder and a slight smokey note.

M- Watery and not well carbonated.

A good brew. Nothing special but definitely drinkable. Somewhat one dimensional. (540 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with great clarity given its shade. I like its head - a three finger light tan color with nice retention, and excellent texturing. Even after a while, it still remains a half finger high, leaving very nice, thick lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Toasted caramel malts and chocolate. Very faint in general - there's nothing wrong with it per se, but it's so aromatically boring.

T: Again, not really flawed, but so damn mild and even watery. Chocolaty sweetness to start, a candylike midtaste, with a vaguely toasted finish. And that's about it. I can chug it, at least.

M: Clean, damn near bone dry, and thin. This makes it super easy to drink, but the watery factor detracts some. Good carbonation.

O: The ultimate in inoffensive beer. There's nothing bad or good here - really, it just exists in the market place like white bread exists in a grocery store. And money no object, would you rather have white bread or the artisanal 9-grain stuff? Thought so. (1,030 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as a mix and match six pack element.

Appearance - Pours a nice deep brown color with a solid, one finger head of tasty looking tan head that shows good lacing and retention. Pretty boring packaging, nothing really stands out about it.

Smell - Sweet malts, breads, a little caramel and some toast. There is a slight hint of something sweet, toffee perhaps. Nothing groundbreaking here

Taste - A little roasted caramel, some malts, breads, etc. Again, nothing really here to write home about. Relatively boring.

Mouthfeel - Finishes crisp, clean, and smooth. One of the better parts of the brew.

Overall - All in all, a boring beer. Nothing stands out here, nothing to really write about. Just a standard brown beer, bland. I wouldn't necessarily buy again. I would drink it though, for free. (873 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black beer, light around the edges. minimal head.
smells kind of bland, but some malts.
taste is a malt/hop mix up front with a semi-bitter hop finish.
overall, a decent brew. has a great semi-bitter taste, but easily could be sessionable. very light. (251 characters)

Photo of fischerking
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Abita Turbodog from Abita Springs, LA.

This beer was not sweet, almost bitter, not hoppy, and honestly, didn't really have much of a taste. Disappointing, especially coming from Abita, which I normally like.

I drank it on-tap in a 6-beer sampler at The Casual Pint in Knoxville, TN on 12/14/2012.

No. (303 characters)

Photo of rev3rb
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottom Line Up Front: A very smooth, mild and drinkable brown ale.

Decanted 12oz into Guinness goblet.

Appearance: Nice deep brown color that pours a nice head. Head does dissipate rather quickly.

Smell: Smell of bread, roasted malts, bitter chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, very smooth with the right amount of carbonation. Hops and malts are in great balance.

Mouthfeel: Beer has a nice smooth clean feel that I consider to be thin to medium on the palate.

Overall: This is a very drinkable brown ale that is smooth and balanced on all fronts. It doesn't grab your palate and brutalize it. It just allows you to experience and have a good time. (666 characters)

Photo of Cugabuh
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brown ale will be a favorite for stout fans who are looking for something a little lighter.

As a dark, brown ale, one will immediately notice the chocolate & caramel flavor that’s prevalent in a lot of brown ales and stouts these days. Because of this, fans of lighter brown ales like Newcastle or Old Ellie’s shouldn’t expect another go-to brown ale. The flavor will be stronger and the body will be heavier.

This beer is the perfect dessert beer - creamy, yet light. I ate a slice of pound cake while I sipped this beer, and found myself smiling, right up ‘til the last drop! (594 characters)

Photo of Americanzero
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a Pint Glass.

Appearance was very dark, with a hint of light brown when held to the light. Poured about Two fingers of robust dark tan foam, which remained for the length of the glass. Very impressive lacing, leaving a notch at each sip. The aroma was lacking to me. Really not much at all into the nose. Taste was in the same vein as aroma. Found it had a good hop tingle, but it balanced well with the malt. Above average mouthfeel, clean with no lingering tastes.

Overall, I found it was a good beer. I didn't find it mind blowing by any standard, but it was a solid dark Ale. Would buy again, but I don't think i would drive out of my way to get it. (679 characters)

Photo of dictatorial
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty good. Had it in a stein, poured from a bottle. The initial appearance is very, very dark - almost opaque with a red tint. The smell was lacking, but that could just be me. The taste is at once very strong, with a bitter bite, only to immediately smooth out into a really delicious taste. The mouthfeel was especially nice with strong carbonation in a tight space - almost reminiscent of Dr. Pepper. Overall, a fantastic beer! (440 characters)

Photo of AmitC
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very much like Newcastle brown ale.

Pours dark brown in color. with a very thin less than a finger thick head. Head is deep tan in color and soon dissipates. Leaves excellent lacing on the glass

Smells of caramel, faint toffee and roasted malts. No hint of hops. All sweet malty smell.

Taste is bland malt. Nothing much to discern. Seems complex. Only roasted caramel malts are prominent to some extent. Some off coffee flavors towards the end. Nice balance. it does not feel sweet. i would assume Willamette hops did a good job.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. little chewy. Medium carbonation which does not hurt.

Over all a fitting beer for the style it represents. But nothing rave about it. (698 characters)

Photo of mgironta
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured with a one finger off white head, which dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate visible carbonation on it. The nose had notes of coffee (even Aly picked this up) and chocolate with a bit of roasted malts. The taste on the brew was almost exactly like the nose, except the coffee overwhelmed the other flavors a bit. The roasted malts and chocolate were detectable, but definitely took back seat to the coffee. The finish lingered with the coffee flavor. The body was moderately thin, decently carbonated and the alcohol was obviously on the lower end. As I sipped the beer, I may have gotten a hint of sweetness as well, but it was very difficult to detect. This was a very flavorful brown ale that I would definitely have again. (798 characters)

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.