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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 58
Gots: 95 | 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

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Photo of Winter


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with ruby hues as light shown through along the sides of the glass. Head was tan in color. A lot of bubbles were present, showing signs of carbonation. Aroma consisted mainly of chocolate malt with hints of molasses. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with a good carbonation. Taste consisted mainly of chocolate malt with a subtle fruitiness in the balanced finish. A decent, very drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 07:55:45 | More by Winter
Photo of DoubleJ


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rosie McCann's in Santa Cruz, CA. On to the beer:

Wood polish brown mixed with orange and red hues. Good webbed lacing clings to the glass. The nose is nutty, offering up notes of toffee crisp too. And Turbodog's flavor is nutty as well. Nutty with a side of graininess, a kiss of hops, and a vague crispness. With a lighter medium body, this ends up as a respectable, working man's brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 04:52:21 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Abita beers. The label on the bottle cap has the name 'Abita' finished off with an exclamation mark - 'Abita !'
I appreciate that, this brewery is clearly enthusiastic about their product. Now I am too!
Poured with some head that dismantled quickly. Left a thin line of lacing. A dark body but with some highlights to the colour. Fairly deep for the style. An almost scotch ale like aroma. Comes across as American - not like the classic British renditions. The combination of malts make for a rough ended flavour. Non too harmonious in the least. A coca-cola like character. Initially sticky mouthfeel, fades with the use of spring water. The alt yeast comes through on the finish and leaves a lingering distinctness from the initial flavour impressions. The flavours hold together quite well, but just don't blend as a medley... more of high school garage band practice. I appreciate the makeup, smart work but a dis-satisfying result. Thanks Harry!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 02:16:18 | More by biegaman
Photo of ngandhi


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abita Turbo Dog is remarkably thick and juicy for a brown ale. If this were wine, you'd describe it as "extracted."

The nose carob with mild hops, spice, and some alcohol in the background. It's ready to explode, but stays controlled.

The palette opens to immediate chocolate/carob malt balls that's backed by a solid and relevant graininess. It has properties of great American ambers and stouts. Unfortunately, these flavors hit you over the head into submission, but never really develop. Such is the way with overmalted beer.

The taste sheds new light on the smell and the smell then further accentuates the taste -- inordinately complex. A meal unto itself -- the Turbo Dog would go great with any big or greasy meal and last into dessert. Creamy, sumptuous, and very full-bodied, this is the most aggressive interpretation of this style I've ever tasted.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 19:01:25 | More by ngandhi
Photo of Bassetdawg


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Served in a shaker glass, on tap appropriately enough at The Barking Dog.

Appearance: a dark brown, almost black color, with a substantial tan head with good retention.

Aroma: roasted caramel malt aroma, with some nuttiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a strong roasted malt flavor with caramel, and a bit of chocolate and some nuttiness as well. It has a nice full mouth feel though a bit lighter than I expected.

Drinkability: This is a solid brown ale that I would enjoy again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2008 22:38:37 | More by Bassetdawg
Photo of MSchae1017


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark brown with rich amber hues and a decent off white head that sticks around for a while and laces nicely. The smell is mild nuttiness and coffee aromas. Same flavors appear as in the smell and they are once again mild. Its a little watery but not too bad. Overall not bad but there are better brown ales out there although this one is like a cross between a porter and a brown ale. Probably most similar to Harpoon's Munich Type Dark, but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:45:58 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of fields336


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SN Snifter
Best before 09/04/11 on the neck

A: Dark brown, dark amber almost completely opaque, about 1 finger khaki carbonated head, some alcohol legs and some lacing line the edge of the glass

S: Chocolate and metallic hit the nose first, I'm picking up some bready, toasty smells as well. Big chocolate notes definitely stand out the most. No discernable hops present.

T: it is very sweet at first on your tongue, a bit too sweet. Some toffee is definitely present. As it continues it turns to dark chocolate and biscuity/bready flavors and at the back of the tongue the hops hit, cleansing your palate. Really really nice after the initial sweetness goes away.

M: Pretty medium bodied, quite delicious. It feels great in your mouth and it does wonderful things at the end of the sip with the hops and carbonation making your mouth beg for more. The best part of this beer.

O: I'm a huge Abita fan for what it is: solid, entry level craft beer. I'm knocking this beer some points because the smell isnt what it could have been, and the inital intense sweetness is a little too much for me. Around $8.99 for a sixer, tough to beat for a decent craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:52:39 | More by fields336
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown with some dark cherry highlights and a rocky tan head that settles slowly to a thick froth and without leaving hardly any lacing. Still good-looking though.

S: Woah, chocolate malts, toasted nuts, and some faint grassy/earthy hops in the background. Lots of chocolate for a brown ale, but still a decent nose.

T&M: Roasted chocolate, some nuts, and a faint grassy hop taste at the end to balance things out. Not nearly as strong as I like a brown ale, but still decent. The mouthfeel is where this beer suffers--it's light bodied (a brown ale!?) and doesn't hold the flavor well enough. It goes down too easily and doesn't allow any of the flavors to develop or linger like they should.

D: The light body makes it quite drinkable, but the lackluster flavor development is disappointing. Still, I've almost put the whole thing down in 3 minutes--a quaffable brown ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 02:12:00 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of brewbasterd

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heard alot of buzz around this beer recently so decided to try it. Had it in a 12oz. bottle then poured into a room temp pint glass.

Dark brown color with a creamy head that left a thin layer at the top the entire time drinking it. A nice chocolate maltiness with hints of burnt caramel is present on the nose and the palette. A medium body mouthfeel with a taste that lingers just long enough that it doesn't over saturate the taste buds.

Overall this was an ok beer that i don't think lived up to all the hype. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:49:08 | More by brewbasterd
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, on the clearer side with a few streams of carbonation. Good velvety head with some blanketing lacing, although a little light in color.

S: Sweet caramel, a little chocolate, a little of piney hops. There's an out-of-place floral note to it that is nice, but doesn't work with the rest of the nose.

T: The caramel again with some malt, mild dark chocolate. Hops weave in and out in a mild fashion. Everything seems a bit restrained, diluted.

M: Light bodied and watery, but slightly creamy. A bit of a letdown after that velvet-looking head.

O: It has some nice warm caramel notes, but wasn't dark or full enough to make it a worthy stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 06:11:16 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of micromaniac129


3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked this beer even though it's about as average as it gets and would be a beer of last resorts in any restaurant I go to.
Because the appearance is rather boring with a russet brown body, a small flimsy head that fades quite quickly.
The aroma is really not bad but features a ton of toasted grains. Some mild roast can be pulled out too.
The taste is neither good nor bad it's just there. Hints of roast come into play as well as biscuits and cereal grains.
Drinks rough on the palate.
Turbo dog is a good beer with no real defects that I can see, its just an average but good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 14:31:38 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of pmcadamis


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Ruby Tuesday's in Champaign. I'm pleasantly surprised by RT's new beer selection! They used to just have psuedo-micro macro crap (Killian's, Foster's ect.), but now I've seen Widmer Bros, SN, Yeungling, and other fairly decent brews there. And they even have a three-glass "micro-brew sampler" of whatever they have on tap at the time. Way to go Rudy Tuesdays!

A - Brown with crimson highlights, clear with a one finger tan head that leaves a decent amount of lace on the side of the glass.

S - Nutty with some black pepper notes. Almond extract, yeast, and marshmallows. Seems sort of subdued to me.

T - Chocolatey malted milk balls, nuts, and marshmallows. Sugary and sweeter than other browns, but a nice leafy dose of hops keeps things from getting out of hand.

M - An initially brisk carbonation turns into a rich, creamy, and full body. Nice.

D - The light chocolate malt flavors and interesting mouthfeel make this a highly drinkable brew. I like it although it doesn't really stand out in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 03:11:59 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of BierFan


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce twist-off bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a dark reddish-brown body, almost black. One finger head the color of Coca-Cola fizz slowly drops. It smells a bit like caramel and tootsie rolls. Sweet, thin bodied, with a nice floral hop presence and a light bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 02:20:22 | More by BierFan
Photo of MLasoski

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: Had a decent sized head, about a 1/2 inch. For a brown ale, that's good enough for me. The body looked thick, deep dark brown, and opaque.

S: Smelled like other brown ales that I've had. Slightly malty, yeasty.

T: I liked this one. The bottle itself doesn't represent the beer it witholds inside. I'm glad I decided to give this one a shot because it tasted just as good as the other brown ales that I've had. I tasted caramalized malts and roasted nuts.

M: It's thicker than other brown ales and it's heavier. I got a malty, roasty aftertaste.

D: Not bad for a brown ale. I would probably stick to my other favorites rather than have this one again; however, it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:53:40 | More by MLasoski
Photo of pvllbum


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review so if it's a little weird let me know. A quick background on me is that I thought Miller Lite was the greatest beer in the world until my friend turned me on to other beers and it has greatly changed my beer drinking habits if you will but anyways here goes.

The Beer pours a nice brown color with a very nice chocolaty and coffee aroma. The taste is very close to the smell with hints of chocolate and the coffee with a tinge of caramel flavor in there. Finishes nice and smooth with a little bite on it and a good aftertaste. I drank the beer a little warm because I was a bit impatient when i got home to get it cold but I think if it were a little bit colder it would be good.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 22:30:46 | More by pvllbum
Photo of TastyTaste


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body, clear when held to light. Head fades fast, ends in nothingness.

Smell: Roasted and nutty malts, slightly grassy, slightly carmely-sweet.

Taste: Roasted malt and coffee, an odd saccharin-sweetness, with a little cereal grain maltiness in the aftertaste. OK.

Mouthfeel: OK, a little watery. Leaves a little metallic mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I have heard a lot about this beer since joining BA years ago. It is an OK brown ale, but I have had many better.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 17:31:37 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich brown, with red and purple highlights. A large dark tan head leaves some nice lacing, after it's quick dissipation. Great looking beer, unfortunately, it's all downhill after that.

Smell has some earthy hop, and some caramel. Lacks that nutty/toffee smell from a brown I really like.

Taste is up front bitter roasted malt. A touch of sweet malt is in the middle, and a hint of tobacco in the aftertaste. While complex, it's not what I am looking for in an EBA.

Feel is medium to light bodied, with a small hop bite. Carbonation is fine, yet I feel I could not drink a lot of these at one time.

Not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting or looking for in an English Brown Ale. I have seen these at the grocery store for a while, but didn't want to commit to a sixer, then found a single at the World Market. Glad I could try this, but won't be buying anymore.


Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 10:06:42 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of TXHops


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Malts: British Pale; Crystal and Chocolate
-Hops: Willamette

Odd beer, this Turbodog… We classify it as an American Brown Ale, though I remember reading Michael Jackson calling it something like a cross between a brown ale and something less common—a schwarzbier or a German dunkles. I think I’d agree—it has the roastiness of a dunkles or schwarzbier, and the ale-like fruitiness of a brown ale, or even a porter.

Turbodog pours a pretty deep brown color that shows reddish in front of the light. The tan head lives where the beer meets the glass after a couple minutes, leaving the top of the beer bald. The aroma is pretty roasty—like chocolate malt, but also pretty fruity—like dates or raisins, and alcohol seems to be in the mix a bit too. The result is a smell a bit like malted port. Quite nice, actually.

The flavor is right in line with the nose, though not as strong as port. There’s a fairly sizable hit of chocolate malt, followed by a brief, fruity-rasiny flavor, then a thinnish-metallic flavor similar to the flavor found in black malt beers—Kostritzer and New Belgium 1554 come to mind. The finish continues to alternate between lightly fruity chocolate malt flavors and the thinnish, dry metallic edge. Like all Abita beers, this one’s more carbonated than I can appreciate, is less hoppy than I’d prefer and as a result, sours a bit while the other flavors fade in the tail…

I think TurboDog is Abita’s most interesting beer (though the 2002 Christmas beer isn’t bad and I haven’t been able to get my hands on a few of their more promising beers, like Andygator or their Red).

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 18:31:53 | More by TXHops
Photo of fjordhook


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark brown color, fizzy head that diminishes quickly. Has a pungent smell, roasted malts and coffee are the most prominent. Has a mostly coffee taste, I didn't really think the blend mixes well for an ale. Overall is a sharp beer that finishes lighter than I expected. An interesting beer, but not one I would want to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:26:59 | More by fjordhook
Photo of NCSUdo


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a small 12 oz bottle, I don't drink a lot from Abita, but I'm guessing the small bottle is common to them.

A: Poured with an average light tan head, that shrunk to cover the top of the beer. Darkish brown with red hues showing along the sides and bottom of my pint glass.

S: At first smell, I picked up a lot of chocolate and a roasted smell. Nothing over powering, really subtle especially as the level got lower in the glass.

T: Decent taste. Sweet up front. Finishes with a mild chocolate taste. Some bitterness which I think balances nicely, as it tastes more in line with a bitter chocolate rather then a hoppy bitter.

M&D: Mouthfeel is alright. Carbonation is just right, not very heavy for a dark brew. Drinkability is also decent. I've pretty much sped through the first one I opened, but I don't think I would want to drink more then a couple at a time.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good example of the style. It doesn't take you breath away, but it's a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 02:51:38 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of Kuromaru


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a deep mahogany brown with reddish tones, completely opaque. An aggressive pour yields a decent, 1-finger head with a toasted cream color. Little retention.

Smell--Cereal-y, grainy, nutty, chocolate-y, with some molasses and toffee notes as well. As the beer warmed, I got a hint of alcohol, which, considering the modest content, surprised me a bit.

Mouthfeel--Medium body, lighter on the palate than I was expecting. Decent carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and refreshing, considering the style.

Taste--As in the nose, a big and varied malt presence, from cereal to candy and back. There is a faint hop bitterness in the finish, which is nice.

Overall--Very drinkable and satisfying brown ale. Nothing about this beer says "turbodog" to me, so I have no idea where that name came from, and, quite frankly, it's a pretty big turnoff. It sounds like some sort of alcoholic energy drink made to compete with Red Bull + vodka or something. Anyway, the twinge of hop bitterness here almost made me think I had a secret ESB on my hands, but layer after layer of malts suppresses it too much. Still, despite the awful name, this is a rich, smooth and likeable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 15:07:17 | More by Kuromaru
Photo of nickfl


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber-brown with 2.5 fingers of off white head. Good clarity.

S - Sweet, malty aroma with a bit of hops and a some roastiness, but nothing powerfull.

T - Malty, roasted flavor up front, followed by a good bit of hop flavor, coffee notes, and more than enough bitterness to balance. Finishes hoppy, with some alcohol character.

M - Moderately thick body with fairly low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink several of this one. Nothing complex about it, but it is a good, satisfying session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:45:20 | More by nickfl
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled pint (against my will) at Lucky's New Orleans. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Mild milk chocolate and some caramel, also mild. Moderate roastiness.

T- Flavor is even more mild than the aroma with some more faint chocolate and soft roast. Touch of oxidation. Super easy drinking for a malty beer.

M- Thin but still with some slick viscosity in the afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not one of the best brown ales out there but it's a good session beer if you're craving something darker.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:24:17 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Mikecap


3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly, nice chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasty notes dominate, with some chocolate, caramel malt and a bit of light hop character, nice smell for a brown ale overall.

Taste: Up front with some smoke and coffee, a bit of chocolate and some roasted barley. Some more bittersweet chocolate, very pleasant tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess. Not exactly silky smooth but quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

Overall: Can't believe I hadn't tried this to date as it is a "classic" American craft beer in the minds of many. This is a good brown ale worth trying, and honestly one of Abita's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:13:45 | More by Mikecap
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Dark brown with ruby highlights, almost cola in colour. Light brown head is dense and has staying power. Gobs of lacing down the sides.

Rich malts in the aroma. Fruit cake, chocolate, coffee.

Flavour is the same as the aroma. Rich and smooth, full bodied with moderate carbonation. Gives you the impression of a dense loaf of bread with touches of chocolate and coffee.

This one would be great on a cold winter night.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 02:03:46 | More by Noxious26
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.