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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,114 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2114
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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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium frothy tan head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grains; very slight hop notes

Taste: Roasted grains up front; slight hop bites in the middle with a slightly dry, metallic flavor in the end; not particularly noteworthy, but not too bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:07:54 | More by IchLiebeBier
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate brown with two fingers of head that dissipated quickly. Toffee notes are present in the nose. The upfront flavor is bready and malty with a mildy bitter finish. This offering is enjoyable, but only above average as English Browns go.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 11:43:49 | More by 57md
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Why-P-A

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A unique dark reddish brown color, odd for a beer but not visually unappealing.

S: Caramel and toffee are present on the nose, minimal is any hop floral notes.

T: Complex sweet flavors up front transition but surprisingly smooth on the finish. There is a slight lingering dark fruit flavor of prunes which is difficult to place.

M: Turbodog finishes clean, not watery but could have a thicker mouth feel to match the flavors of the beer.

O: A unique hybrid between an amber and brown ale, having disticnt flavor characteristics from both. Clearly a popular beer which fills a nice niche and is available nation wide, a solid offering from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 19:39:18 | More by Why-P-A
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thlayli87

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown, almost black with 2 fingers of thick foamy head. Good and persistent lacing.

S - Grainy malt, not much else going on.

T - Molasses, caramel malt, slight tartness, and an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Improves slightly as it warms.

M - Light to medium body.

O - Not terrible, but the flavors don't quite mesh. And the metallic taste is a definite turnoff. Oddly, this beer paired very well with chocolate covered marshmallow easter candy.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:43:42 | More by thlayli87
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teromous

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body, nearly black. Light tan fluffy head that stands up and leaves good lacing.

S: Loads of precious coffee-house and bakery smells. Smells like coffee, a bit of chocolate, some toffee, fresh baked bread, and caramel. Really smells good.

T: The flavor is a light roasted bitterness, a hint of charcoal, and a tad of toffee and caramel flavor. It's not very strong...there is a sweetness to it but it is very mellow. I'd say that the roasted flavors dominate more.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and a bit watery. Easy to drink.

O: Overall it's a really good beer. Some of the flavors aren't as pronounced as they smell, and roasted bitterness dominates overall. It might even be a bit too bitter, but it is a tasty mellow beer. It's not something I'd rave about, but I would like to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:17:41 | More by teromous
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (undated)

Appearance: a nearly opaque reddish-brown. The thick tan, two-finger head stayed for quite a while.

Aroma: nice - very strong chocolate with some hops.

Taste: like the aroma but with the addition of a subtle toasty, bready component.

Mouthfeel: rather sharp - but not unpleasant - carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall: a deep but not overly complex brew. The hops are understated in the presence of the rich coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 13:22:46 | More by breakingbland
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Lagunitas Mason Jar
A - Pours a really dark dark brown, vanilla colored 1 finger head, medium thickness, good lacing.
S - Dark, semi-roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, chocolates, and a kinda odd metallic (?) smell
T - You get those roasted flavors, not like a nut brown, but some dark malts.
M - Kinda thin, feels more like a black lager with the dark flavors hanging on.
O - A good brew from Abita, that I used to think more of, but after revisiting it a few times, its not as great as i once thought it was, still for the price, its a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 20:25:32 | More by Omnium
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Kromes

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with ruby edges and a thick brown colored head that laces the glass.

Roasted malt with dark fruit and a bit of hop.

A nice coffee, caramel and roasted grain flavor with some sweet chocolate and hop. The beer seems like it would be bitter, but the sweetness is maintained throughout. Finishes with a chocolate and hop flavor.

Medium body and velvet smooth.

I really like this beer. Definitely a go to beer for a fall or winter day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:41:21 | More by Kromes
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steveh

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Abita was one of the first micros available in my area -- lo these many years ago. I haven't had it in a while, but was inspired by one of my cousins who said he drinks it all the time and really enjoys it -- mind you, this from a converted BMC drinker.

12 ounce stubby, no visible bottling or best-by date on the label.

Northern, or Southern English Brown..?

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with a very substantial, dense, tan head.

S -- Nice balance of chocolate and roasted malts, some toasted nut character with warming.

T -- Milk chocolate character up front that blends into mellow roasted malts. Some very mellow citrus fruitiness toward the finish, the mellow roasted malt follows through in the afertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is Smooth and creamy with a medium to lightly heavy body.

O -- Based on guidelines, this beer straddles Northern & Southern English Brown characteristics -- and the drinker is the winner. A very smooth, mellow, yet robust beer. Great balance of sweet and roasted malts. If you crave a Brown and this is available, give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 21:14:10 | More by steveh
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kshizzle101

Washington

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a pint glass

A - dark brown with a 3 inch sturdy off-white head

S - straw, roasted malts, slight hoppiness, some dark fruits possibly, something is sweet

T - straw, roasted malts, slight hoppiness, dark fruits and sweetness at the end.

M - light bodied, maybe needs a little more carb, slightly watery for a brown.

Overall - not a bad beer, worth a try. but pretty average brown ale in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:06:25 | More by kshizzle101
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scratch69

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Dark brown with two fingers of foamy tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Mild toffee aroma with a hint of nuts.

Taste- Chocolate malt, toffee, and some nuttiness. Very light citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good session beer and a solid example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:10:03 | More by scratch69
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IsaacCraft

Mississippi

4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 17:22:50 | More by IsaacCraft
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deebo

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bottle with a BB date of 1/15/13 poured into a pint glass. Appearance is just slightly hazy with a dark brown color and a substantial clingy pillowy light tan head.

Aromas of chocolatey malt with some nuttiness. Some sweet molasses as well. Taste is moderately toffee sweet, fairly dry in the finish with just the slightish bit of astringency. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this one is easy to drink with somewhat simple but nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:04:55 | More by deebo
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JPlo

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, slightly hazy color. Head is diminishing, with average lacing.

Feel: Smooth/silky, creamy carbination. Avg-long with slightly wet finish.

Aroma: Malts (in order) Caramelly, Nutty, chocolaty

Taste: Malts are Nutty, chocolaty and caramelly. Nice amount of earthy bitter hops at end to balance eveything.

A better Newcastle, gave this to a friend that was a big Newcastle fan, and now he has switched to this.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 19:21:15 | More by JPlo
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Deep dark mahogany body with creamy bubbly tan froth.

S: Aroma is similar to a box of crayons. Also, caramel, toffee, cardboard, toast and faint bitter cooking chocolate.

T/M: Roasted toffee, caramel, burnt toast, nuts and bitter coffee beans. Mouthfeel seems a tad light and watery. Nice bitterness that blends well with the dark malts. Finish is dry with dark malt lingers.

O: A decent brown ale that is easy drinking. Hops are nice and the blend was well done. Overall a nice drinkable beer that would be a great weekend beer to run through.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 22:30:41 | More by Hopswagger
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, and slight raisin. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malts. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, roast, herbal, and slight raisin. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and brown sugar on the finish for a short bit. Very nice malt flavor balance that is fairly robust, with good complexity; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 04:11:49 | More by superspak
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark brown with some ruby hue, solid fluffy layer of head that has good retention, a bit of lace runs down the sides.

S- chocolate and caramel, dark prunes, and some spicy hops

T- toasted malt gives way to chocolate and toffee, mild notes of dark fruit, finishes with some citrusy hop and bready grain.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish

O- great balance and extremely drinkable. Nothing is overbearing which makes it highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 15:45:19 | More by Treyliff
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best By 06/03/13. Took a break from the Sam Adams Spring Thaw pack to give this one a first-time.

Pours a translucent brown with some red hues poking through. Great-looking finger's worth of fluffy beige head capping this brew. Looks like draft root beer.

Very mild nose. Light chocolate and brown ale notes. Hints of something caramelly, or maybe toffee. Chocolate is definitely here, though. Smells malty. Lightly soapy, too.

Some milk chocolate, English toffee, herbal hops, malty session ale sweetness, moderate bitterness, medicinal notes, root vegetable quality, and obligatory nuttiness. A bit of cola in the middle. Finishes with malty roast and some Willamette. There's enough going on here! Pleasantly surprised by this Southern English Brown.

Very quaffable. Chunky body full of dextrins. Clunky carbonation is delightfully clumsy. Splashes in the mouth. There's even a thin booze note.

I wouldn't call it complex, but this beer has a lot to offer. Great sessionable English-style ale. Chocolate and toffee make an intriguing combo; not exactly used to it. An enjoyably easy twelve-ouncer to slam back between other beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 03:49:18 | More by thecheapies
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mdfb79

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 01/20/13 notes. Had on tap at some sports bar in Chicago. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, dark fruits, nuts, toasted malts, grains, and biscuit malts. Fruit is nice, very malty.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, dark fruits, earthy notes, bread, wheat, grains, toasted malts, nuts, and light sweet caramel malts. Sweeter than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a decent brown ale. Sweet and some nice fruit to it, and easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing but could revisit at a bar with not a lot of craft options.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 19:29:45 | More by mdfb79
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devilben02

North Carolina

2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer from the bottle, noticing a deep, almost opaque reddish-brown color and a modest beige head that settles to a thin film of foam, but I left the room for a minute right after pouring. When I returned, I was welcomed back to my seat by a wave of rich, caramel sweetness. Unfortunately, the wonderful sweetness somehow seemed to evaporate with the head, and my first deliberate smell of the beer yielded nothing but dull combination of mild lactose-like sweetness, some musty hops, and an afternote of dry cocoa. The flavor is marginally better but still sadly bland, with a light, sweet blend of milk chocolate and a mildest noticeable toffee character, although each characteristic seems to develop nicely as the beer warms. The texture is good enough, with a nice medium body that is lightened by a fine carbonation. Overall, although certainly drinkable, the superficial flavor profile leaves much to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 03:31:24 | More by devilben02
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with a small tan head, with fair retention and spotty lacing. Smells like toasted malt and nuts. the aroma is light.

Tastes just like it smells with toasted malt and nuts. Just like with the aroma, the taste is too light, and I can detect only a little sweetness.

Medium bodied, average carbonation. Mostly just boring and bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:37:17 | More by hardy008
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ferrouswolf

Delaware

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at ~45 F. Purchased warm, chilled at home.

A: Pleasant 1 finger light brown foam which dissipated in about a minute, leaving a ring with some lacing. Foam covers surface when swirled. Clear but deep red color when held up to light; brown otherwise.

S: Very faint aroma; cocoa, coffee and banana aromas if I really sniff deeply.

T: Front edge of roasty/fruity flavor which quickly fades to mineral-water finish with some hop bitterness. Occasional cardboard notes; I suspect that this may be the fault of the store where I bought it, though.

M: Thin mouthfeel with fine bubbles that stick around to the finish. I would expect a brown ale to have a bit more body, but this may be a personal preference.

Overall: This wasn't my favorite beer; I've had better and worse examples of the style. If this were a bit less bubbly and relabeled as a Dark Mild, I'd be all for it. But as a brown ale, it doesn't pack the punch that I would have expected from the label description, but then again I expected a porter rather than a brown ale. The rest of this 6-pack will probably go into a stew.

Bottom Line: I'd drink it, but I wouldn't order it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:35:47 | More by ferrouswolf
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babaracas

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 05:55:14 | More by babaracas
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:59:57 | More by gcamparone
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 22:54:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,114 ratings.