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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.


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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2105
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%

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 yen157

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If Coca-Cola made beer, this would be it. Very carbonated and tasting more like a cheap porter than a brown ale. It's coffee taste is fleeting and without residual swetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 07:01:24 | More by yen157
Photo of Wildman


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark reddish amber color that formed a nice bubbly light tan head that left some nice lace when it subsided. The aroma was of malt malt and toffee. The flavor was of malt, caramel and toffee. The finish was medium and had a slightly toffee aspect to it. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2002 18:09:55 | More by Wildman
Photo of goindownsouth


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The only way I knew about this beer is that Emerl Lagasse swears by it (as well as Brooklyn Brewery) on TV. It certainly was not bad. Although I would need to have another one in order to get a better understanding of it. Decent aroma and solid drinkability make this beer a refreshing choice with some spicy grub ro just for the heck of it! Bottoms up!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2002 06:00:37 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of jackndan


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog: at the very least, I like the name. For a brown ale, it’s as black a beer as I’ve seen lately. Very nice rich head, clinging to the side the whole way down. Strong malt (burnt/chocolate tastes). Nice hints of licorice in the first taste, and throughout the aftertaste, although there are slight hints of grain as well. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2002 19:55:15 | More by jackndan
Photo of StevieW


4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft...... Deep dark brown, nearly black color, with a marshmellow soft tan head. Served in a skiny pilsner glass. Deep roasted chocolate malt smell, some toffee in there as well. Tasted actually very sweet, chocholate, smooth, and creamy. Pleasant surprise, when the bartender sensed my interest and brought me a bottle to read the label. Nice touch ! Went down very easily and complimented the overpriced food rather nicely. I will definitly order this on tap, if I see it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2002 19:36:46 | More by StevieW
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown with a lavish tan head, lots of sticky lace. Strong malt aroma with fruit and bittersweet chocolate. The malt flavors form the foundation for this beer, but notes of toffee and chocolate are present as well, and towards the finish there are mild hops and hints of fruit. An absolutely glorious brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2002 19:21:39 | More by Pegasus
Photo of EagleTalon


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent microbrew. I think of Turbo Dog as a specialty brew, because it really does not conform to any particular style. Chocolatey, toffeish and definitely malty; I can drink this stuff with just about anything. It does not have any outstanding negatives in my mind. Definitely worth getting if you can get it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 23:49:44 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of QXSTER1


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a wispy off white head. The bartender was not sure exactly what style it was and my first impression was a porter/brown ale hybrid. A bit sweeter and thicker than your typical brown ale, but not as full bodied as a porter. Roasted malts leave some caramel on the palate, with enough hop complexity to balance the brew nicely. This beer was new to me and I had to judge it with no background. A brown ale but a hefty one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2002 06:17:46 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of Bighuge


3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark ruby with a nice tight beige head. Musty smell. Not bad though. Taste consists of an obscure roasted flavor. A bit of chocolate. And small hop bite. Medium body. A bit of an eccentric brown. Not bad but not good either.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2002 21:19:34 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mophie


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brown ale, especially when in New Orleans! Medium to deep translucent brown, with a slight off-white head. Faint chocolate and toffee aromas. Taste is mildly sweet, with hints of chocolate and toffee. Some bready flavors as well. Finish is slightly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Not a heavy beer by any means, this is actually quite refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 15:22:49 | More by mophie
Photo of beernut7


2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this brew in Boston from the bottle. It was harsh and not what I would call a quality brew. It might have been old considering the source and location, but the whole sixer had the same qualities.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 15:40:21 | More by beernut7
Photo of marc77


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in color and very clear. The dense persistent off - white head leaves Belgian lace down the glass. Slight buttery and caramelly notes along w/ mild chocolate malt notes make for a pleasant aroma. The relatively low carbonation level for style facilitates the smooth mouthfeel. Dextrinous and medium bodied. Chocolate, diacetyl butterscotch and crystal malt sweetness are the dominate flavor components, but hop bitterness provides sufficient balance. The mildly earthy and slightly spicy Willamette hop flavor is quite welcome. Turbo Dog finishes w/ a touch of roasted grain bitterness and sweetness. It's been ages since I've had this brew. Definitely better than a lot of American browns out there. It was a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2002 18:35:01 | More by marc77
Photo of Jason


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hues, the lace is a sticky light tan froth.

Smell: Sweetish toffee, hint of carob and a touch of ripe fruit.

Taste: Malty with a sturdy medium body, sweet toffee and mild chocolate flavour, hop bitterness is perfect and there to balance. A mild fruit and hop twang also hit the tongue. Faded sweet bready grain is in the end.

Notes: A prize brown ale and a cult classic among the micro drinkers. An exceptional example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2002 19:48:05 | More by Jason
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Didnt get much of a head on mine,nice color.Kinda buttery tasting?Can taste the alcohol in it thats for sure.Decent,but kinda overhyped.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2002 14:16:33 | More by oberon
Photo of Thrasher


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great dark red color, almost black. Flavorful and balanced. Enjoyable and versatile Southern beer. I wonder what it's named for.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2002 23:17:37 | More by Thrasher
Photo of jermar


2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer had a very funky taste reminiscent of a bad homebrew. Not a good one, try Brooklyn Brown instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2002 19:41:11 | More by jermar
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and dark. A rich pouring beer, pleanty of head. Looks more like a dark lager, but aromas suggest otherwise. Nice dark chocolate and malt- both in the aroma and the taste. Not too sweet, but rich and warming, definetely dark brown sugar. Overall a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2001 21:10:14 | More by AaronRed
Photo of Brent


3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little sweet and grainy, but overall a pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2001 12:44:42 | More by Brent
Photo of DrDocRudge


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A little rough around the edges and a tad to light for me. The flavor is awesome though, it just doesn't hang around in your mouth long enough. Still worth looking for and tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2001 11:52:23 | More by DrDocRudge
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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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