Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,656
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 92
Gots: 319 | 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:
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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Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky name for a darn decent brew. Pours an opaque dark coffee brown with a rocky tan head. Left thick lacework on the side of the glass. Smell of sweet malts is the dominat aroma. Some fruit, coffee and chocolate notes. This a rich smelling beer and the taste is up to the smell. The taste is richly sweet almost like a bock or even a doppelbock. There is a short dry finish with some taste of alcohol at the tail. Overall this is a brown ale to keep buying.

Photo of knowledge
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Very distinct head yet recedes quickly. The body is very, very dark, and has a definite taste of tamarind. Treat this beer with respect as it gives you pleasure in its session.

I really enjoyed the flavor as it is astringent with a lemony aftertaste.

Cheers!

Photo of IsaacCraft
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I tasted like all the things I enjoy about IPA's without the crazy bitterness. The taste had hints of chocolate and toffee which makes it ideal for a dessert beer. I'll probably buy a six pack of this to enjoy after meals in the very near future.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just love this beer. Moreso because it's so affordable. We can typically get it for about $6 a sixer here in Bham. Worth every penny. Bought this pack specifically to show my support for Abita in the wake of Katrina.

This baby's almost a porter. It's that dark, almost that potent in flavor. Nice mild roasted notes. A touch of chocolate. Heavy on the malt yet i'm surprised to notice the hops shining through so well. Perfectly balanced and worth your time, every time.

Photo of keoki182
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Crawdaddy’s in Milwaukee, WI. This ale was very dark brown/black with brown lacing on the side of the pint glass. It had a pleasant roasted/chocolate scent. The mouthfeel was pretty watery overall (not as thick as it looked), but still pretty good for an American Brown Ale. It had no hop presence that I could taste, but perhaps the extreme maltiness was overpowering the hops flavor. The flavor was exquisite. I tasted chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. I thought this was an amazing beer. It’s definitely near the top of my list as far as must haves.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is an awesome beer. 1-2 fingers of tan foam. This almost looks like a porter or a stout. Solid brown overall.

Smell: Mostly molasses. I get the feeling this is from fresh Louisiana sugar cane, so I like the local touch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit smoky, and pretty sweet. This is quite an enjoyable beer. This would go great with barbeque.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely a great beer.

Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of cncbofh
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz short brown bottle.

It poured rusty brown with a nice big head quickly receding to a thin lace that had problems clinging to the glass.

The smell reminded me of a heath bar. Lots of toffee and coffee in my sniffer.

The taste is fantastic. Full of biscuit malt and roasted chocolate flavors. Very good. The beer was light in the mouth and went down nice and easy.

Will finish the six pack and will look for more. Good stuff.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Ultra-dark ruby/mahogany color. About 90% opaque, but held to light, there is some pretty vivid carbonation visible. Head is a milky beige which leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Remains at a height of about 1/2 cm.

Smell: Mellow, sweet maltiness. Just a touch of vanilla extract within a toffee/caramel malt base. Hops (if any) are floral, otherwise, there's a touch of flowery/fruity presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: First sip is sweet, and slightly oily. The malt presence is very noticeable. As it sits on the tongue, the carbonation comes to life, and the hops really shine through. Bitterness without being overpowering. A little added flavoring or spice (maybe some nutmeg) and just a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste is bittersweet; no cloying, no sourness. Amazing.

Drinkability: This is a great, drinkable beer. Great by itself, but with the potential to be paired with food.

I love the English Brown Ale. As with most of my contemporaries, my first introduction to the genre was with Newcastle, and as such, I base most comparisons of EBAs on that beer...that being said, this one shines above Newcastle. It's more flavorful and similarly priced. Given the choice, I would choose Turbodog from now on over Newcastle.

Photo of AMiz602
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a winner. Abita never fails to impress.

The head is a fluffy, think brown that surprisingly sticks around for quite some time. I was at least a third of the way done and that brownish hued foam stayed on top (excellent!). It is a molasses color a really nice black, but with a little deep mahogany color to it that makes it not look like a stout.

I smells pretty mundane, not overpowering essence or strong alcohol scent, but enough to know it is there.

It tastes a sweet, fruity flavor with just a subtle hint of chocolate. It is very well balanced, and has a nutty aftertaste that compliments the fruitiness well. That fruity taste is almost like perfectly ripe blackberries, and is a rich, smooth, not so overpowering taste is either too sweet or too high of an alcohol content to thoroughly enjoy.

This might just be Abita's best, and I would gladly drink this beer first thing in the morning to start my day, it has all the qualities of drink anytime, anywhere beer.

Photo of stckhndlr
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark ruby red brown ale poured into a pint glass with about a finger and a half of dark tan head.

S- Chocolate malts come through strong with caramel and a touch of coffee following close behind. Fresh coffee bean smell intensifies as the beer gets warmer.

T- Has the caramel up front on the taste but the taste is not as strong as the smell would have you believe. As it warms the chocolates and coffee comes through.

M- Creamy thick body with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth finish

O- I really enjoyed this one. my hats off to the craft brewers down there in Louisiana.

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a popular meet and greet watering hole near my house. The food is below average on a good day, but the drinks are excellent. Mrs. Obama and Malia went to this place a couple of times, I am told. This is the place where I first tried Abita Turbodog, and shortly thereafter I announced that it was my favorite beer. I hit the net the next day looking for a place that sold it in bottles. I prefer to do my drinking at home to avoid having to drive.

It's a dark ale with a good strong taste. It doesn't have an overpowering flavor, and it's not too heavy. Coming out of the tap, this was indeed an excellent beer, but coming out of the bottle it just isn't the same. In fact, I don't intend to waste my time getting bottles of this. There's only so much time in life for beer drinking, and, while this is okay, it's just not as super fantastic as it was from the tap. Whenever I go back to that place, I always get this though.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- The color of the brew is brown, with rich burgundy hues mixed in there as well. It is a perfectly clear ale and seems to have lots of big bubbly carbonation. The head is initially thick and tan colored, but dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Good clingy lacing sticks to the glass as well.

S- The aromas are of heavy sweet malt primarily. There is some roasted smells as well, but they are still sweet, like semi-sweet chocolate and some molasses. On the finish there is an ever so slight aroma of bitter hops.

T- A really good blend of sweet and toasted character. First there is some sweet chocolate flavors that has some caramel/toffee in it as well and maybe even some ground nuts. This turns into a more roasted tone of cocoa and/or fresh coffee....finally finishing with just the right amount of bitterness.

M- Good solid medium-full body and the carbonation, while initially quite fizzy, settles down to become finer, but still with a little zing. Feels to a point like I'm enjoying some bittersweet fondue.

D- This is an excellent beer, and although I wouldn't necessarily have more than one or two of these on it's own, I'd definitely like to try this again with a meal...some sweet rubbed baby back ribs perhaps. I recommend this beer for anyone who wants to have a very good example of a brown ale!

Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Bought a single Summer 2014. Poured into a pint served cool.

appearance: cola brown with a thick khaki head.

smell: roasty, chocolately

taste: thick roasty chocolate

mouthfeel: nice and solid

overall: excellent tasty brown ale.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a lofty and mildly retentive coca cola head. Very mild carbonation. There's nothing like a nice malty brown ale. This one smells like tootsie rolls. I will attribute that to the crystal and chocolate malts. As I start to drink it I can see some lacing begin to form. The flavor is rich, round, and full. Toasted chocolate malt with a nice dry touch of hops right at the very end make it a sturdily balanced brown ale. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, smooth and milky. Roasted aftertaste provides a good affect. Almost sessionable. I would compare this to Sammy Smith.

Photo of smokinyodas
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles from my local grocery store and they are clearly marked with a freshness date. From the bottle to a pint glass out pours a dark brown ale with a mahogany hue. Swirling the tan head around the glass reveals a thin sticky lacing. A good inhale detects notes of a dark crystal malt in a brew of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits (kiwi, fig, prune or plum?) and a hops spice. The taste has a rich mouthfeel with a medium body. Dark-sticky-sweet malty caramel and chocolate flavors are dominant, with a light crisp hops bitterness that cleanses the pallet. To profile this English brown ale, it's not far off from today's stouts and porters, very similar to a Full Sail Session Black without the liquorice or a distant relative of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, one that lives just down the road.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a deep, dark amber-brown. Crystal in color, with mid-density, tan colored head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate, with dark molasses characteristics. Bold flavors of dark roasted coffee, with some chocolate highlights and semi-sweet toffee flavors, also. The brew is smooth and light in mouth, and the flavors remain very crisp. Slight bitter coffee aftertaste with a reasonably quick finish. Smooth and tasty, this one is easy going down.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany, but clear when held up to a bright light source. Head was tan, but lackluster in its volume; lacing was decent.

S: Sweet and acrid toasted malt. Dried fruit. Faint coffee?

T: The sweet malt is there, but less strong than I was expecting based on the nose. This fades into a tart, fruity flavor (I can't quite decide which fruit it's closest to), then into a medium-bitter hops finish, with the faintest hint of fatty acid lingering on the palate afterward.

M: Moist initially, with good, crisp carbonation. The finish is dry, with just a little astringency.

O: Not great, but quite good -- a solid English style brown ale. The flavors balance well, with none overpowering. I'd certainly pick up another pack, as long as it's reasonably priced.

Photo of baos
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Marsh on State Road 135 south of Greenwood. They have a nice little section where you can make your own six pack for 8.99. This was one of the choices.

12 ounce bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: Darn brown with a reddish tint and good clarity. 2 finger tan head that stick around pretty good and sticks to the sides really good.

S: Nice roasty nuttiness with a touch of hop spice.

T: Nice dark nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of nutmeg. Warm and caramelly this beer went way past expectations for me.

M: Medium to full with a nice creaminess. Most brown ales I've had are really wimpy in feel this one is really nice.

D: Grows on you as it warms in your glass getting a bit more spicier as it warms. A great brew. Try one on.

Photo of Juleshick
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, that being said turbo dog is a huge exception. It reminds me less of a brown ale and more of a porter without being too heavy and full bodied. 10/10 would drink again.

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into standard pint glass
Dark brown/black cherry in color with a moderate one inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Definite chocolate, with some caramel notes
Taste-Chocolate, toffee, and coffee nicely balanced and ending in a slightly bittersweet finish.
Overall, definitely the best beer I have had from Abita. Subtle and tasty, would be a fine session brew, or a nice pairing with a burger or grilled steak

Photo of Bones54
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of milesmayhem
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been really impressed by the othe Abita beers I have has so far so this beer was a welcome suprise. This beer begins with a deep, rich smell. Dark and malty looking, it poured average but really shines on the initial taste. Aftertaste lingers very short so that finish is clean.

Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a twist-cap 12oz brown stubby bottle into a globe glass. It has a deep dark brown color with ample off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is rich in dark malts and chocolate.

Flavor is very good with coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee. Well-rounded roasted malts balance well with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good and seems just about right for the style. Drinkability is very good.

I can't really find anything wrong here. This is one that we used to enjoy in college (as a special treat) and it still doesn't disappoint.

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,656 ratings.