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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,419
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 64
Gots: 150 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

HazardousBrewer, Jan 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

hunkler, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

zenithberwyn, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of babaracas
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

babaracas, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

gcamparone, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Nizzle913, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

MAJ85, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Fossilhunter, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

TheCondor, Dec 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

lightfool, Dec 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

MSU_Mick, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Rmatuszak2, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Flashyspoons, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

eaddy-p, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

cciquera01, Dec 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

pkalix, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

bpop23, Dec 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

shagal, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

astidad, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

grumpygerman, Dec 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

tubeyes, Dec 19, 2012
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2.3/5  rDev -37%
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.


fischerking, Dec 19, 2012
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,419 ratings.