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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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981 Reviews

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Reviews: 981
Hads: 2,731
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 95
Gots: 380 | 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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Reviews: 981 | Hads: 2,731
Photo of mreed91
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the best beer I have ever had. I heard great things about Turbodog, and went to my local market, which has a "Build your own 6-pack" thing for 9.99. I got a Turbodog, Purple Haze, couple Shock Tops, and a Cherry Chocolate beer. I refridgerated my Turbodog and angle/straight poured it into a 20 oz. mug. The head is incredible! Super retention, very foamy, bit of lacing. The smell was great, hints of chocolate malt, no cloying, bit of sweetness. It pours a very dark brown. I drank the first gulp...heaven. No over the top alcohol taste, despite it having a higher ABV than most beers. I felt no biting carbonation and the sweetness was not overpowering. I recommend Turbodog to everyone. A+!

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Photo of mthomp081
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - brown ale, creamy head, patchy lacing, fairly dark brown

S - malts, red wine, there's a unique smell here that's almost like grape

T - sweet malt, mild hops, some roasted flavors, sweet toffee, very mild hops

M - very balanced on the palette, medium bodied

O - solid English Ale, really balanced balanced malt and hops and an interesting aroma like red wine which i find really nice.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a crimson hue when held to the light. It has a large creamy head of tan foam that falls slowly. The nose is mild. Some toasty malt with a nice sweetness on it and maybe some faint grass. Sweet milky chocolate creeps into the nose as it warms and there's a touch fo bread crust on the nose. Taste is gracefull and well done. It has a thin mouthfeel with a slight bite from carbonation. There's a fruity backnote and some hops balance it for a finish that is dry and has a faint touch of bitterness. The malt stays mild in this but enticing with some bread crust a bit of toffee and some light sweet chocolate.

Easy to drink and very pleasant.

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Photo of delta490
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a deep, clear brown with a nice ruby tint. The head is foamy and settles in at about one fingers worth, light tan in color and leaves some nice soapy lacing. The aroma is pretty average, with only slight, nondescript malt sweetness. The taste is much more robust, with nice nutty notes and additions of caramel. There's a bit of carbonation on the mouthfeel, but it has an overall smooth mouthfeel and finish. A solid brown ale.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Illegible markings on the neck of the bottle
Bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to
Lacing fair – small islands and arches of mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown, showing some amber at the edges where the light penetrates, hazy
Flavor starts with medium sweet roasted malt and bitter chocolate. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends medium sweet.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a good rendition of an English brown ale – meets all the criteria. I didn’t care for it when I first had it in 2006 and I still don’t – not my cup of tea.

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Photo of PawPawPepperoni
1.54/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

I'm not sure what happened to this beer, but 10-15 years ago it was excellent. The stuff they call TurboDog now just does not taste the same. This was the beer that put Abita on the map, but now I find it undrinkable and lacking in the malty complexity it once held.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Abita Turbo Dog was ok, it was not that bad. The taste was ok, and the smell was not too bad. This beer was not my favorite beer, but it was ok. The smell was ok as well. It was not my favorite beer, but it was worth trying. I am not one hundred percent sure of how it tasted because it has been a while since I tried this beer. But I am willing to try it again.

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Photo of uspbacchus
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a Dark mahogany with a dark tan head. Head lingers, then quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.
S. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate.
T. Same as the smell. Dark, mildly burnt malts. Coffee. Chocolate.
M. Thin, slightly over carbonated.
O. Not a bad beer, but there are better examples of the brown ale style. Seems a little too burnt.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Surly pint glass. Picked up about 2wks ago.

Poured a 3/4 inch head that quickly dissolved to a small ring around the glass. Brown with a little ruby color. Dark brown, but you can get some light coming through.

Aroma of a traditional English ale, but a bit of an off-scent...funk.

The initial taste reveals full malty taste, typical English style. But, then comes an unwelcomed funk - I can only compare it to walking through a populated barn. It's not the worst taste/scent, but I wouldn't want to stay there. Like other Abita beers, I tend to get a "humph!" - something is just not right to my palate.

I wouldn't turn this down at a party (unless there were other options), but can't see buying one of these (mine was a gift).

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 6/17/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Texas-style glass boot.

Pours a deep dark brown which is almost black in color actually, that has a good half-finger beige head with decent lacing when sipped. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts for the most part. The taste has more going on with roasted malts, hint of chocolate, toffee and coffee in the mix. A slight tart finish which is nice. Perfect carbonation makes this good brew more enjoyable. A tasty brew! I had a few other styles of brew from this brewery and all have been good!

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Photo of Rob23
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kept seeing this at my fav bottle shop decided to go ahead and give it a go.I had higher expectations for this brew.It is very malty and if anything would go well with a good ol fashioned BBQ dinner.Maybe even make a good marinade with the rest of the six pack I bought.Not putting it down,just had hoped it would live up to the hype I have experienced and price was a little on the high side.Not the best review I know but was not passionate enough to do it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a six-pack my dad brought me cross-country. Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Graded to 2008 BJCP American Brown Ale, 10C.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black, with reddish hues at the edges. 1" tan head and a little lacing goes down the glass as I drink.

Aroma: Malty & salty. Sweet & roasty.

Taste: Roasty, sweet-tart arrival. Dries across mid-palate; roasted, bitter finish. Almost liquorice-like. Good, cleansing bitterness at the end. Hoppier than I remember any brown ale being.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not heavy. Well-carbonated, but not overdone. Slightly slick.

Overall: Roasty, hefty, bitter & sweet. Not an English brown ale at all, but too light to be a porter. This is really versatile; good on its own, great with food. Just a little too dark for the season (early summer). I look forward to returning to this in the fall. Pretty much spot on for American dark brown ale. The closest thing I have mind to compare this to is Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, but less roasty or bitter than GLEF, and much sweeter.

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

A: deep brown - like cola; 1 finger head that receded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; minimal lacing;

S: chocolate; coffee; roasted malt;

T: like is smells - chocolate and coffee up front; roasted malt kicks in mid-palate along with some moderate bitterness; finish was short;

M; a little thin; moderate carbonation;

O: not very complex, but enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, toffee, slight chocolate, and roasted malts with some grassy notes in the rear.

Taste: Same as above with slight bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light bodied,

Overall: Pretty standard brown ale. Nothing spectacular here, but decent.

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Photo of dgilks
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red-brown colour with a foamy, tan head. Good head retention with some rockiness.

Malt. Lots of bready melanoidin. Toffee. Good.

Malt. Malt. Malt. No hops whatsoever. Good flavour with touches of toffee.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A decent beer. Lots of malt but the balance seems to be a little out for my taste.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, on the clearer side with a few streams of carbonation. Brief course head with some blanketing lace.

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.

O: Somewhat underpowered to be a great brown, but still pretty nice.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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

Black pour with a tan one-finger head. Very subtle aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor follows the nose with a good roasted malt and chocolate flavor upfront. Medium body also has some caramel and bitter espresso flavors. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a nice bitter roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Best by date of 05/30/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and creamy malt forward aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, and toast. Upfront toasted barley malts with hints of biscuit, grains, chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, caramel, nuts, toffee, yeast, and cream. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Background hints of earthy hops. A solid brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, roasty, and creamy malt driven taste with nice notes of toast, chocolate, and caramel. Toasted barley malts with upfront notes of biscuit, grains, chocolate, caramel, toasted bread, coffee, nuts, yeast, toffee, and cream. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Some earthy hops add some balance towards the finish. A nice brown ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a brown ale. Good biscuity malt presence with some chocolate and caramel notes.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- dark brown with a big white head.

Smell- upfront is a nutty aroma and hints of coco and roasted malts.

Taste- light roasted malts, caramel, nuts, toffee and coca, and hints of coffee. A pretty enjoyable tasting beer.

Mouthfeel- is light-medium bodied but smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall- I enjoyed this brew. The flavor was good but it could have stranded out a little bit more, very drinkable tho. I would have this again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque very dark cola brown with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and brown + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of nutty and chocolate malts with just a touch of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of chocolate and nutty malts with a light presence of roasted malts. Very light hints of coffee and toffee flavors. Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger but very little hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy but overall thin.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable with well hidden alcohol. Not complex but very enjoyable.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Murky dead leaves mud puddle brown, nearly black. A cream colored head recedes to an even film. Loads of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, toffee. Some nuttiness.

Taste: Just like the aroma with sweet roasted malts, loads if toffee, caramel, and excellent nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I really love this one from Abita, excellent flavor, look, and aroma.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours out a rich brown color with a thick, creamy long lasting head. This one really looks good in the glass.

S - Sweet with hints of coffee and toasted grains.

T - Sweet with coffee and caramel.

M - Very rich and creamy with a sweet finish.

O - If you like sweet, dark beers with minimal hopping, this one is for you.

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Photo of mattLummus
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, it is an great and balanced beer. Smell is nice and clean, mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and adequately full. Not too sweet, bitter, or dark, but a good balance of all three. Fairly easy drinking and refreshing. Got a growler full of it.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.