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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,253 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 56
Gots: 85 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001)
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PintOHops

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown color with a bit of ruby red when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger tan head that dissipated a little quick. It left a spot & splotch on my glass but no lacing.

S - Toffee & roasted nuts with hints of a standard breakfast blended coffee. Soft chocolate with mild leafy hop notes.

T - Leafy citrus hop flavors are more pronounced than expected upfront. It unfolds into rich nutty flavors with peanut brittle like notes & toffee. It finishes with mild bitterness, unsweetened cocoa & a touch of herbal hop.

M - Smooth & somewhat creamy with around moderate crispness but a little bit more than that, it's a bit too much C02 for my liking.

D - A nice quaff-able brew with good malty flavors & a nice hop flavor profile. I'd sit down with 2-3 pints sometime but nothing I'd buy again, I was kinda looking for just a bit more toffee in the flavor but not bad at all. It's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:35:20 | More by PintOHops
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Screper

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-08-2013 11:35:41 | More by Screper
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-25-2012 21:37:22 | More by IPAFrankieH
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very true to its style. A great brown ale.
Pours a brown almost black color with a tan head and some good lacing.
Smells kind of spicy with sweetness.
Tastes spicy (can't pinpoint one) good malty sweetness with some decent hop character.
Mouthfeel was better than average.
Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 12:40:26 | More by TheKingofWichita
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-28-2012 05:23:34 | More by lilnicky068
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita Turbo Dog, take two.

Pours a very dark amber. The red hue is very beautiful when held up to the light, glimmers and radiates. The brown is more opaque and more visual from a far. Frothy good sized head on the pour, along with streamers of lacing slowly receding down the glass. Smell is a blast of chocolate malt, and hint of very minute fruit esters.

Now for the taste. Initially, a wave of light chocolate malt strikes the palate. Milk chocolate, with a semi-bitter twang. Roasty all the way around. A clean hop bitterness to balance the malts towards the end. Finishes dry, and creamy, with an alcoholic warming. Taste lingers for a good deal of time.

A delicious English Brown Ale, that stays true to the style. Abita does not dissapoint with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 05:06:49 | More by HoustonTX
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:32:41 | More by ChrisCage
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-04-2013 03:44:17 | More by maxcoinage
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Shafaegalo

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-12-2014 20:57:19 | More by Shafaegalo
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mmmbeerNY

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-03-2014 17:33:44 | More by mmmbeerNY
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-26-2014 17:16:18 | More by JIMTRK16
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-21-2012 04:24:02 | More by ChaseTheAce
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-08-2011 22:32:32 | More by cantfindme
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, not nearly as good as I remembered it. I haven't had this beer in quite some time, and I guess my tastes have evolved a lot. Too much of the macro-type flavor in there. I got the impression that after a couple, this would get better. Hard to define, reminds me some of the Yuengling porter. Doesn't really fit any style, and ultimately doesn't impress. Better than the average macro lager, but so what.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 03:44:37 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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1Sundown2C

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-03-2014 23:59:15 | More by 1Sundown2C
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

In the glass it had a dark brown almost black color, a tan/beige head. The aroma was of a roasted malt, caramel, and hints of chocolate. The taste was semi-sweet, hints of malt, chocolate roasty, some bitter at the end. A good beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2002 09:20:57 | More by Jarod
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Opaque brown hue topped with a tan thick head with good retention. Garnet highlights.

S: Malty. Bready and grainy with some sweet caramel. Some earth and mineral aromas as well.

T: Bready and caramel malt flavors frame this beer. A nice roasted/bitter finish clears it out. Not particularly strong but compliments malt flavor nicely. No esters.

MF: Light to medium light body. Low carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Creamy.

D, notes: As someone previously said in a review "a nice little session beer". I would agree. Easy to drink and the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 20:06:32 | More by Nipitato
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drewbage

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled during a bowl of spicy gumbo at a funny little Cajun place near me in LA.

Beer arrives in a chilled (*grr*) straight sided pint glass a deep brown with milk chocolate lab brown highlights. Very little head, but what is there is sticky and beige in color.

Sweet malt is the best descriptor of the initial aroma as the beer opens up and warms in the glass, cherries and plums start to appear as well.

Flavor is still the sweet malt, but with a hard acrid bite of dark roasted grains. This bite takes the middle palate over, before relenting to a toffee alcohol finish.

Overall not too shabby, one of the better Louisana products I've had outside of the state.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2004 18:14:28 | More by drewbage
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-21-2012 19:28:08 | More by Satan70
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-05-2013 10:31:30 | More by Snellgg5
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Lambocalrisien

New York

3/5  rDev -17.8%

10-31-2013 02:11:08 | More by Lambocalrisien
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-19-2013 17:39:02 | More by Chris77McGrath
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-31-2013 18:59:45 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BAM! Abita Turbodog has probably gained more notoriety from its usage as one of Emeril Lagasse's favorite coooking ingredients than from its own merits. This beer may very well be one of the more popular brews to come out of the Louisiana scene, and its name is catchy and memorable. When all is said and done, Turbodog is a slightly above average brown ale that serves as a very good thirst quencher and probably makes a great cooking ingredient.

The 'dog pours a nice dark brown color with a 1 finger tan foam that lasts for about 1 minute. The smell has light notes of roasted malts and citric hops, but is bit more neutral than I would've cared for. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but it does have a good smoothness to it that lends to the drinkablilty factor. The first sip of this brew contained a mixture of fruitiness and roasted malts, with the main malt characteristics being of chocolate and coffee. While a bit sweet, it is balanced out nicely by the moderate hop level. The hops lend a citric and a chlorophyl like essence to the beer. The finish is slightly dry, and it continues into the aftertaste with some light lingering roasted notes as well. An additional aftertaste flavor popped up as well, and the only way I can describe it is that is reminded me of the flesh of an orange (without the juice). The beer finishes with very little alcoholic warmth.

I can easily see pairing this with some classic bayou dishes like gumbo and jambalaya, as well as possibly being used as an ingredient in some of those dishes. Although this beer is slightly sweet, there is enough hoppiness here to make this a very drinkable beer. While not a very complex brew, this one still satisfies.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 05:34:51 | More by Beastdog75
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great go-to beer if you should find yourself in the beer hell of Bourbon Street. It pours a dark tar color; the head is thin and quick to dissipate. There is minimal lacing.

The nose detects a few bits of caramel as the palate attempts to draw out a few scraps of chocolate, burnt toast and molasses; there is a subtle hoppy fade - Willamette, I believe.

Turbodog has a plaeasant, if sweet, mouthfeel to it; the light body being airy and over carbonated.

Still, it is a nice quaff for anyone subject to the swampy Louisiana summers.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:19:38 | More by jjboesen
Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.