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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,349
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 62
Gots: 121 | 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 ferrouswolf


3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

01-05-2013 02:35:47 | More by ferrouswolf
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-04-2013 03:49:45 | More by Vinylboy20
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-03-2013 17:40:24 | More by EigenBeer
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-03-2013 13:07:04 | More by neil2me
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-03-2013 00:04:42 | More by HazardousBrewer
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

01-02-2013 23:10:03 | More by hunkler
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-31-2012 23:07:09 | More by zenithberwyn
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3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

12-30-2012 05:55:14 | More by babaracas
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

12-30-2012 04:59:57 | More by gcamparone
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-28-2012 22:38:48 | More by Nizzle913
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2.6/5  rDev -28.8%

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.

12-27-2012 22:54:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-27-2012 22:16:29 | More by MAJ85
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-27-2012 06:14:22 | More by Fossilhunter
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

12-26-2012 03:12:57 | More by TheCondor
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-25-2012 22:32:45 | More by lightfool
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

12-24-2012 18:46:48 | More by MSU_Mick
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-24-2012 01:08:56 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-23-2012 01:54:02 | More by Rmatuszak2
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-22-2012 23:00:17 | More by Flashyspoons
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-22-2012 21:13:56 | More by eaddy-p
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-22-2012 19:14:50 | More by cciquera01
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-22-2012 16:30:47 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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4.23/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

12-22-2012 03:22:23 | More by pkalix
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-21-2012 13:45:01 | More by bpop23
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-21-2012 02:48:31 | More by shagal
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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