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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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990 Reviews

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Reviews: 990
Hads: 2,770
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 97
Gots: 402 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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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Reviews: 990 | Hads: 2,770
Photo of moulefrite
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep chestnut brown in color. Pours a mildly creamy light brown head that has minimal retention. Aromas are toasty, malty and inviting. A little bitter coffee/chicorky aroma can be found in the background. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. The taste is of a watered down stout with little hints of cocoa, some molasses, weak coffee-not much to urge another sip, while not totally boring. More bitter, weak, three hour old coffee flavors on the finish. An innocuous brown that might make a good red-eye gravy for a slice of Smithfield Ham?

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

When I tried Turbo Dog again tonight after a long haitus, I had forgotten exactly what style it was.

When I logged on here to write a review, I wasn't expecting to see this classified as a brown ale, considering its light porter taste, with more chocolate and coffee flavors than I usually see in a brown ale. But that's a good thing.

It has a nice brown color, with a short light brown head. It didn't have too much of a smell that I could discern.

Having Turbo Dog again reminded me why this is considered a classic mirco brewed ale. It lives up to its hype.

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Photo of pezoids
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a ruby brown color and was topped off with a very creamy, almost Guinness-like head. Good carbonation. There’s some roastiness and caramel notes in the aroma, but overall weak in that regard. Is this a porter or a brown ale? I’m not sure I could distinguish, but it doesn’t matter because the flavor is very pleasant. Roasted chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee come through with a nice underlying bitterness. Very drinkable and well made.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown foamy head. The head settles very quickly, and leaves oily spots of foam on the glass. Roasted malt aroma with hints of raisin and fig. Flavor is sweet malt, molasses and brown sugar, bitter coffee, and faint bits of cocoa. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the tap beers at Beer Sellar, Newport, Kentucky. This beer has a dark amber to brown body with a creamy looking abd beige head. The lacing is very nice and consistent. The flavor is a bit hard to pin down, but ranges from a nice nuttiness to a smoother malt/grain sense. The feel is nicely sold, but does not impress of the creaminess so often found in this style. Overall this is a solid, if not impressive, beer.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


\Tur"bo\, n. turbo-

1. Turbine: turbocharger.
2. Driven by a turbine: turbojet.


2. Something of inferior or low quality: “The beer was a real dog” (BierManVA).

I tried this a long time ago and remember not being impressed. Can't say things have changed much.

Lacking in smell, almost a flat taste. You either really hit it with a Brown Ale or you don't. This one doesn't. This is almost like cold water with food coloring in it. I'd rather drink an Amber Bock.

It does have a nice color though!


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Photo of Dogbrick
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was an interesting beer that pretty much defied description to me. At different points in my glass I would have guessed it was a Brown Ale, a Dunkel, or an Altbier. Points for being different. Pours a dark brown but clear, with a medium thick light beige head. Quick lacing. Aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied with flavors of coffee, nuts and malt, with a sweet malty aftertaste. A good session beer, and the best from Abita I have tried.

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

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the six pack case and on the bottle. Sampled a few months after the freshness date, but it didn't seem to matter.

Poured a dark cherry brown with an off white head. Minimal lacing, but it was present.

Aromas of malt, chocolate that are very inviting.

Tastes of a malt with tones of mild toffee with a medium body. Subtle tones of coffee flavor that lead to a slight bitter finish. Very nice. Great drinkability and wonderful beer that goes down smooth and easy. A great craft brew and a great example of the style

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Photo of smitty1080
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Never thought I would see this in Northwest Ohio, but to my surprise there she was at my local beverage center. I should have waited until I made my chicken fajitas to try it but i couldn't resist. It pours rather nicely with a thick light brown head that lasted about halfway through the glass. The color is accurately described in previous reviews, dark golden brown. The main surprise hit me with how light the mouth feel is for something so dark and with such a rich aroma. Great taste that didn't weigh on me and created a nice appetite. Can't wait to try it on draft.

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Photo of nomad
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color with a big light-tan colored head - it was rocky and cavernous and falling fast. But, it kicks up very fast again, and then when it sits it dies to nothing. Smelled chalky, woody, with some black and roast malt notes. Fairly light in profile. Taste was a malt kind of sweet, but not too strong, a little bit of hops, and some roasted notes. A smooth thin drink and a lightly drying finish. Good, well-known, good to have around.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a short 12oz bottle this little guy won my heart. It pours a nice dark color. The head quickly diminishes to only a lace. It makes it look like you are drinking cola. The taste of this wonderful brew is by far one of the best brews I've had. It is very smooth and goes down easy.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with an off white head. The head stays awhile and fades to a sticky lace. The lace stayed till the end. The aroma was earthy with hints of coffee and roasted malts. The taste was roasted malts with a coffee finish. A very satisfying smooth flavor made this a very drinkable beer. Nice mouthfeel and its solid taste makes this a good brew!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a tan head that faded quickly.
Aroma of roasted malts and earthy hops.

Taste shows a roasted malt and toffee character. Well hopped for a brown ale. Earthy hops provide a nice balance.

Above average mouthfeel.
Above average drinkability.

Overall, a solid brown ale, but definitely not as good as I thought it was years ago before I found the really good stuff.

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

This is just simply a refreshing beer. I like the rich color, rich smell, and rich taste. It had a nice thick creamy head that retained well. The color was a nice deep, dark, red color. Had a very nice nutty taste, mixed with a hint of citrus and maltiness. I was very suprised by this little gem. You should try this one, you will be very suprised too. I gare-ron-teee!

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Photo of dwarbi
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin head, but the head lasts a long time. The beer is a very dark brown, with not too much of a reddish tint. Smells pretty hoppy, and robust. Tastes strongly of smoky toasted oats. Very clean, pretty light moouthfeel. A true brown and highly drinkable.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown almost black with a creamy dark tan head which lasted a long time. The lace was somewhat disappointing for such a good head. The smell of malt was fair and I could not detect much hoppieness. The taste was surpurb. The chocolate malt jumped out of the glass onto my tongue. The mouthfeel was a little weak but did leave a little creaminess behind. This is probably the best beer Abita makes. I have gone to beer shows and drank their entire line. The only ones I can stomach is the Turbodog and the Root Beer.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with off white head that goes away quickly...also no lacing

Aroma: Malt, caramel, hint molasses

Taste: Roasted malt, hints of bitter chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: A bit watery for me

Overall surprisingly better than expected, but not great.

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Photo of tang214
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby red with some foam appearing after the pour. It smells alright with a fruity full-flavored cherry aroma. The taste is just okay with some dry maltiness. It leaves a thick aftertaste. It's a barely okay brew. Good thing my friend bought it.

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Photo of stoutman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great dark brown colour, and no head. Great sweet smell with some detectable malt in the nose. The taste isn't great, but its got some good qualities. This beer is similar in the mouth to other Abita brews. Medium-bodied and not overpowering, but not too flavourful.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark coca-cola colored brown with a modest 1-½ finger tan head. The smell consists of roasted chocolate malt and a very faint hop aroma. The taste mimics the smell in a watery kind of way. The aroma is deceiving in this manner as it almost smells as bold as a porter, but this is way more watery in taste than a light bock. It also has a weird twang mid-swallow of each and every swallow. The hops are barely noticeable and there’s not much carbonation either. This beer is very light bodied and finishes very thin. This beer has way too much “roastiness” to be so lean. Strange brew this is! Cheers!

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Photo of BitteBier
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with amber at the edges. Topped off with a cake of tan foam that collapses reasonably quickly to a lacy film. Wonderful rich malty, caramely smell. Somewhat watery, like other Abita offerings. A malty foundation throughout the drink with a nice crispness in the middle. Goes down easily but would benefit from being a tad more substantial.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If a Brown Ale and Porter mated...Mahogany/Ruby in color. Amply malted with a pasty, mealy malt. The nose is malty and slightly sour with a hint of alcohol. The medium/high citrusy hops are mildly astringent. Started in 1986, one of the first micro-brews in the country. Extra roasted sweet malt becomes the dominant force as the glass empties. Almost creamy. Balanced. Very little head...pour it straight down. I’d like to try this with some extra spicy Jambalaya…. or chocolate…. or nachos.

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Photo of bierman2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Abita beers. Dark like a porter or is it a stout, but very smooth and crisp. The low alcohol and chocolatey mouth feel leaves you wanting more and it is very quaffable. It taste good alone or with something sweet and is very malty, but not too sweet.

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

This is one interesting brew. For me, it seemed to be all about the finish. At first it was empty, then all the flavors just developed in the mouth and throat as you swallowed. The middle gets a malty sweet roasted barley with hints of slight hop and some yeast like unbaked bread. It also had some smokey hazelnut notes. I wanted this beer to taste like that the whole way through. If it would have this would be a whopper of a drinker. Its still very drinkable, a bit on the light side on the body, but I just can't get by that start. The smell is also very interesting, I smell the roasted barley malt easily but has a strange wet dirt like smell. Kind of like a heavy rained out hiking trail. Good color, was a semi blackened red almost clear glowing. I'm a perplexed by this stuff and I just kept drinking it, trying to figure out what the hells the scoop with it being so good.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drove through Louisiana recently, so I stopped at this brewery. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed...

Aroma: not much, some roastiness

Appearance: looks like a brown porter, dark mahogany, good clarity, thin head, not much retention (but that's not unusual for this style)

Flavor: rather bland, some dark roastiness up front and a bit of a malt finish, not too much hop flavor/bitterness/aroma, quick finishing (i.e.- the flavors that are there don't linger at all), some graininess and a slight twinge of tartness

Mouthfeel: thin bodied (thinner than usual Browns and Milds), very tight carbonation, slight astringency

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.