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Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Reviews: 1,000 | Ratings: 2,825
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on a recent trip to New Orleans. Hadn't had it since I was in college, as Abita brews were the best option at most bars in the southeast.
I tried both on tap and bottled versions and really enjoyed both a lot. The bottled version had a slightly more sour taste, but both were equally good.
I pours a dark amber color...almost like a cola color.
The head is lighter and has good staying power.
The flavor is like chocolate and caramel with just a hint of bitterness and grain at the end. Like I mentioned earlier, there's also a sourness that's slightly more pronounced in the draft version. It reminds me of a tiny citrus zing, but I really can't describe it very well!
Overall a great beer. If you're in the southeast and looking for something unique...or if your local store carries it you can't miss with this one. It makes for a wonderful session beer.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Reno, NV. I was wondering what to expect from this one and it surprised me.

A dark, dark brown with just a bit of light showing through on the edges. Smaller head than expected but it was of decent quality thickness that settled down and hung around throughout. The smell is malt.

This beer coats your mouth a bit and has a very thick, malty chocolate flavor with a slightly burnt taste around the edges for some character. Overall, very mild and smooth. Great for sipping. It got me through several hands of poker. I'd definitely pour this one again but I haven't seen it in California yet.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep mahogony color with large puffy head that dissipated to thin lacing. Smell is chocolately-carmel with coffee background. Taste is superb with a slight sweetness, deep coffee-chocolate overtones and a lingering bitterness. An extremely tasty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from BigLove as part ofThe Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Head lasts well, and laces nicely also. Aroma is grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is dominated by grains, which is what I like in a brown, almost tastes kind of worty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice as well. A pleasant surprise compared to the on-tap version of this that I had awhile back.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a light brown head. The head appears very thick and creamy. It fades very slowly leaving lots of thick laces. It smells biscut like. Also, it smells malty. I am having trouble detecting any hop aroma. It tastes biscut like with a slight caramel taste. It has a slight chocolate taste also, but only very subtle. As with the aroma, the hop presence is almost undetectable. This beer is medium bodied. It is carbonated well and goes down smooth. The taste leaves a lot to be desired from an English Brown. This might make a good session beer because it is not high in alcohol. But I am not too excited with the taste. I will probably never drink it again.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear brown with a light khaki head. Some fine lacing. Smells of caramel, nutty.

Taste is alot like the smell. Rich caramel amlt with hints of molasses. Nutty with just the slightest bitterness in the finish. Smooth as velvet in the mouth. Light, long lasting stickiness in the aftertaste. Really nice and drinkable. A surprise as this is a great tasting smooth brown ale. Straight-forward and uncomplicated but very much to style and is elegant in the mouth. This is from Louisiana?

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A good brown beer that's not too dark or too light, and there's just a touch of head that leaves good lacing.
Smell - Malty and a little nutty with faint hints of caramel and hops.
Taste - I get a lot of subtle flavors like caramel, nuts, fruits, definitely malts, and there is a bitterness in the finish that makes me keep reaching for the glass. Good balance.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body which is par for this style I believe, regardless my expectations were met.
Drinkability - Good taste and good balance make this a very drinkable beer.
Thanx Biglove

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Photo of deejaydan
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to see this beer finally in Michigan. Pours a deep abmer/brown color with an okay head, and good lacing for what the beer is. Aroma is very faint, not much going on there. Taste is surprising rich yet light of chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is nice, slightly thick and creamy, yet light enough to make it a session beer. I like this, and can see myself getting it again and again.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.06/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not much information on the bottle, seeing it styled here as English brown ale is almost a surprise to me...What is it with American micros and the word "dog"?

Appearance: Darkish red, with only a faint lacing. Looks more like an alt to me.

Smell: I think this one is infected...Grainy, but also wet cardboard and skanky beauty salon permed hair.

Taste: Heat stricken indeed, which is weird, because I got from a fridge, guess it got stored in the heat beforehand...Smokey, watery and just not very agreeable, this one ended up in the drain.

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Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, dark garnet red color with a short tan head.

Aroma has a bit of caramel, fresh bread and a hint of chocolate.

The taste is malty - caramel, coffee, over ripe fruit, and again a hint of chocolate. Smooth, creamy, with a touch of vanilla in the aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Very nice.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with some decent head. Light lacing down the glass.

Aroma shows off some toffee, sweetness and the lightest hint of fruit.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice toffee flavors blend with a light hop bitterness and fruits. Some sweet bready flavors come through as well and a light sweetness is left in the finish.

A fine brown ale. I spent a night drinking these and hanging out with close friends, in my opinion, a very nice pairing.

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Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a large light brown head that sticks all over the glass. Smells malty with a touch of coffee and prunes. Meduim-heavy body with a coffee and chocolate malt laste. A good amount of hop bittereness to go around. This is a top notch brew to me. Very tasty.

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Photo of karengarys
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a transparent brown. No real head, some foam ring and lacing.

Smells okay, like a typical brown beer.

Taste is a bit limp. Slight carmel, malt, and hop. I don't know what kind of hop it is, but it is rather boring.

Mouthfeel is soda pop like, with a thin bitter finish.

There is little body to this, more water like.

It is a shame that the on-tap beverage does not translate well to the bottled version of this beer. I highly recommend trying this on tap. the only reason to try the bottle is to learn what the bottle is missing.

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Photo of BamaScholar
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour--beer is garnet near glass's bottom but dark chocolate in color throughout the rest. True to its style, smell is a well-balanced nutty and toffee aroma. Underneath the toasted aspect there is also a slight coffee aspect.

The taste is relatively complex, the same elements of toffee, nuts, and coffee coming through strong with some malty tones too. A slight bitterness and weak molasses characters are present in the finish...it provides a nice balance with the other flavors.

One of the best beers I've tried in this style.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a very dark, almost opaque black. I couldnt detect much of a hop aroma but there was a slight hop flavor. There was quite a bit of lacing involved and the beer had a bit of a smokey chocolate malt flavor. I would be able to handle about three of these beers in a session but there isnt enough flavor or smoothness to keep me around much longer.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Fizzy tan head that fades almost instantly. Some layered lacing but nothing that really sticks. Not quite opaque, deep brown in color.

Bitter dark chocolate malt aromas. Slight caramel and toffee as well. There's also a quite unpleasant bleach/chlorine-like overtone.

Caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate malt character. Nice nuttiness: almond, hazlenut that complements the initial sweetness. There's a very intense burst of carbonation at mid-sip that really takes away from this brown's flavor. Finishes dry with a chocolate, almond, molasses aftertaste.

Medium bodied; fizzy, prickly, and too carbonated on the palate.

This is a decent tasting brown, but it has some other flaws; most notably the pungent chemical like aromatics and the prickly mouthfeel. My first experience with Abita's line and unfortunately I'm not impressed.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oily, dark brown color. No head retention, hardly even a layer of film across the top. Nose is sweet, dark malt, uncomplex, but this beer shines in the taste: full of good dark malt flavors, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Bitterness is noticible, but the malty sweetness never quite disappears. Clean yeast character, and a good simple finish. Moderate to light body.

Quite a decent brew from Abita, taste-wise. Most of their beers are vaguely disappointing.

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Photo of John1985
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark Brown color with a quarter inch head and an exceptionally fresh malty aroma. Malt dominates flavor all the way through with a malty aftertaste. Body is a bit thin. Easy to drink and quaffable. I am not that familiar with brown ales but this seems very true to style.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorites, but I'd never had it on draft until today.

Poured a dark brown with about 3/4 inch of tan head., great lacing.

The smell was smoky and a little nutty.

The flavor was classic brown ale, malty and nutty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Really great flavor balance, even better on draft.

Mouthfeel was better than most, but a tad on the syrupy side.

Very drinkable, but not too many in one setting.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of the first microbrews I had the pleasure of trying way back in the early nineties. I had not revisited this one in a while, until BigLove sent it to me straight from Louisiana as part of the Confederate BIF.

The pour was mahogany colored with a beige creamy head. The body was clearly filtered with no haze or sediment. The aroma was roasty and nutty with some notes of coffee. The taste was smooth with chocolate malt, toffee, and roasted grains. Clearly intended to be a session beer, the mouthfeel was very thin and aftertaste clean. Hop bitterness was very mild and lingering way in the background.

A pleasant and mild ale that should serve well as a stepping stone beer. I wish they had chosen to bottle condition this beer to leave more of an earthy flavor intact.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a nice, deep brown in color with a huge head. The head showed great retention and followed the liquid as I emptied the glass.

Smell – This has a soft roasty malt backbone along with quite a bit of brown sugar. I can also pick up some mild coffee notes.

Taste – The roasty smell gives way to a lighter, toasted kind of maltiness. The brown sugar is more on the mild side here and the coffee is perceptible but almost gone.

Mouthfeel – This Brown Ale is almost medium-bodied with little hop bitterness and a light, sugary finish.

Drinkability – One of the better American attempts at the English Brown Ale style. I really enjoyed this offering from Abita. Not a traditional EBA, but very tasty.

Comments – Thanks to BigLove for sending this one cross-country. This is the sleeper of the Abita line.

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Photo of Bones54
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: very dark brown ale, with a thick tan foamy head that has very good retention.

Smell: The sweet chocolate toffee wonderfully rips through the nostrils.

Taste: Wow!! A relatively inexpensive beer, and thus was not expecting much. I know, don't judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes you cannot help it. The toffee taste is very present, and welcomed by the taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, this beer really is amazing me more with every sip.

Drinkability: Yes please, I'll have some more. But not to many, unfortunately while the toffee taste is strong and welcomed I can only stomach a couple of these before my taste buds are overwhelmed with chocolate.

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

Clear, purplish-brown-amber body with a reasonably dense, light cocoa head. Sweetish dark raisins and prunes, toffee, and toasted bread aromas combine with a spicy hop backing. Will it taste as good as it smells? Um, no. Not bad though. Grainy, toasted bread malt comes through strongly. The dark fruit sweetness almost disappears. Light toffee sweetness and a hint of chocolate remain and are balanced by some moderately bitter (dark chocolate bitter) hops. Light to medium bodied, the mouthfeel is a little thin and soapy, but not bad and dries out in the finish. Overall, a decent beer that gets better as it warms a little.

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Description of the brewery and the beer recipe on the back, with freshness date notched on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown color with a slight red tint. Poured a nice tan head that slowly disappated.

Smell: Sweet caramel smell with roasted malt tones.

Taste: Nice malty backbone with just enough hop bitterness to balance it. Hints of coffee, toffee, and chocolate make this very drinkable. Nice dry aftertaste and a good medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Abita finally made it to Colorado! One of my favorite brown ales - nicely drinkable with great flavors.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/amber body. Head is about two fingers thick and creamy. It takes a bit to settle to a small film with a little more at the edges. Not very lacy though.

Smells very malty. A touch of grape and other fruits.

Taste is of subtle roasted malts, a tiny bit coffeelike. A bit of bitterness at the end which is about all for the hop presence.

Carbonation is light. The body is a bit on the watery side but OK. Very smooth drinking.

Pretty drinkable if there isn't anything better. Not too strong a personality for sessions. Would work good for that purpose.

Not my favorite, but not bad either. A good brown ale, but there are better.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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