Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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974 Reviews
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Reviews: 974
Hads: 2,675
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 93
Gots: 335 | 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: 974 | Hads: 2,675
Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this quite a few times years back when I was in Texas, so when I saw it on the shelf today I just had to grab one. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with bodacious ruby highlights and a huge crop of fluffy tan head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel with a hint of earth and toffee. The flavor is a bit fruity with English yeasty esters dominating. Caramel toffee and chocolate maltiness off set with a hint of earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick creamy bubbly mouthfeel. I was worried that my palette may have changed in all these years, but this is actually a pretty good English style ale. (653 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Ruby brown color. I could see some carbonation rising up. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Mild aroma. Roasted malts, hint of chocolate and fruit.

Taste:
Malty, roasted, caramel, bitter chocolate. A little hint of fruit. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly leafy. Nutty finish, yet pretty dry. Body is full, very smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer. (363 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish dark brown with almost no head and very little lacing.

Smell is of faint chocolate with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with faint coffee and hops at the back end.

Mouthfeel is crisp with medium carbonation and a velvety aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid brown ale. Light and crisp enough to enjoy more than one at a time but certainly not lacking in complex flavor. (429 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into an english style pint glass, a large four finger tall head was produced. The foam was made of dense khaki colored tiny bubbles that receded slowly leaving behind a nice thick coating on the side of the glass. The beer, at first glance, a dark brown to black color, but when held to a light it produces a reddish hue and is very transparent.

S: Nutty english like malt aroma with sweet milk chocolate, subtle nobble hops and a biscuity undertone.

T: Very low hop bitterness making the beer on the sweeter side. This beer is all about the malts. Chocolate, biscuity, nutty flavors come through distinctly but none over powering. very balanced in the malt department.

M: Moderate carbonation levels and body combined with a lower gravity make it very drinkable.

O: A solid english brown that doesn't get boring after a few pints. (847 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bought from City Swigger on E86th Street in Manhattan.

A - It's certainly brown! The head was uneven but creamy. The lacing was not thick.

S - The smell was not strong. The beer actually lacked aromatics. I had to work to find fragrances. Maybe a bit of a coffee scent eventually came through.

T - mostly milk chocolate but the turned into a sweet coffee. Pretty tasty.

M - very creamy and smooth. Nice on the tongue. (434 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of gerite
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with a very spicy pizza, a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A very dark almost opaque color with mild carbonation. A decent head that did not last very long but very nice lacing. I noted more toffee than chocolate notes in aroma and taste. Also a noticeable roasted malt flavor. This is a good malty ale right in line with other stouts and porters. I would buy it again. (385 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pretty clear and dark brown in color with red highlights. It sports a nice 2-3 fingers of fluffy off-white foam that has some really nice retention. On the nose I get some nice sweet, malty notes of caramel and nuts. There is also a faint hoppy spiciness, but it's properly subdued.

The beer has a medium body and mild malty flavor. The feel is a bit thin, but there are no objectionable flavors and no overabundance of hops. Up front are some nice toasty notes, toffee, and cola and at mid-palate a little bit of balancing hoppy bitterness comes in and provides a pleasant coffee-like flavor. The finish is slightly dry and underwhelming and there aren't a lot of lingering flavors, just a trace of bitterness.

Overall, a nicely-constructed brown ale that achieves a nice balance between sweet and bitter. I feel it could use a bit more malt flavor up front, but it's not bad at all. (947 characters)

Photo of jaz58
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful dark brown alwe. Hints of carmel and chocolate in the nose.

Nice dark espresso brown colour in the glass.

Balanced dry hop finish. Very nice. Chocolate and toffee flavours finished with the hops noted

Sweet round mouthfeel. A good companion for a burger.

A good ale to make a stew with. (302 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark almost opaque color with mild carbonation and decent head. Toffee and chocolate notes in aroma. Very carbonated with a noticeable roasted flavor. Perhaps carbonated too much. Not much depth or complexity but it is an ale. Chocolate malt notes also. In summary, a malty ale. It's flavors would be better suited to a stout or porter. (336 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice deep brown with a tannish foamy head that leaves a bit of a lacing.

Smell: malts, some roastiness some sweetness. slight fruitiness and some hoppiness.

Taste: starts upfront with strong malts, a mixture of roasted and caramel, gives way to a slight fruitiness and earthy hops. good balancing of sweet and bitter

Mouthfeel: overall leaves a bit of a bitterness. medium to heavier body.

Overall: a good solid brown ale. nice balance. (455 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with lots of thick head with good retention and leaving strong laces.
Grainy and nutty aroma with chocolate and earthy notes.
Flavor of roasted malts and earthy hops. Notes of coffee and hints of pepper, charcoal and molasses. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very balanced brown ale, not sweet with pleasant coffee notes. Good exemplar of its style. (404 characters)

Photo of tedan
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into beer glass, 13 degrees C. No date on bottle.

Pours with a large tan head which falls to about half a finger after a few minutes. A good amount of lacing appears as you drink it.

It's a pretty average brown ale. Nothing too out of the ordinary or unexpected but is definitely pleasant and sessionable. (326 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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 (368 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Why-P-A
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of thlayli87
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a thick creamy mocha head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is of unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee, not very hoppy which is a plus, not real complex but a good flavor none the less. To me this is a good solid dark beer, but nothing really stands out to put it in the superior category. (343 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  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. (446 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of kshizzle101
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (432 characters)

Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.