Abita Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #114
Ranked #40,410
3.68 | pDev: 13.32%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Notes: 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
Reviews: 1,046 | Ratings: 3,000 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TedHead from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi transparent black- it looks like watered down molasses. It smells like darker roasted malts. It tastes like slightly dark chocolate and coffee. It's an incredibly ray to drink dark beer. Dark enough to be a change of pace from something lighter but doesn't feel heavy to drink like a stout or porter. Overall a pretty good beer and the #1 beer to go with southern food.

Oct 05, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoy this brown ale more than I thought it would. It has a nice full-body flavor, a nice smell, and a good taste. I will definitely purchase it again.

Apr 11, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-clear, deep mahogany bottle pour with a 1cm foam cap. The aroma is rich with caramel and a touch of char. The flavor is full. Toasted malt, toffee, an allspice note are all appreciated. The mouthfeel is crisp.
This bottle is past the recommended date , but was refrigerated and held up very well.

Apr 03, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer's ratings don't accurately reflect its high quality. In a world of dank juicy IPAs, this stands out in all the right ways. It's a dark brown ale, rich and malty with just enough hoppiness for balance. Super smooth and crushable, but still bursting with flavor. So easy to drink that this dog may end up walking you...

Mar 15, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has toffee and slight chocolate hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a toffee, slight chocolate and malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good English Brown Ale

Aug 06, 2019
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Ford from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very underrated beer. One of the beers that helped me get into craft beer at a time when choices were very slim. It still holds up today many, many years later.

Jun 30, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved it. I was not expecting its lightness and how refreshing it was given that it is a nut brown ale. And yet, it was rich and flavorful. Sorry that I really don't know how to write a real review yet. :D

May 05, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head.

Smells like banana bread and dark chocolate.

Tastes like dark chocolate, toffee, peanut brittle, banana bread, molasses, and prune.

Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy. Clean and lightly dry finish.

May 02, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz. bottle of the "Dog" poured into my Abita pint glass. A pretty looking mahogany brown with a full inch of a fluffy brown foam that after several minutes settles to a thin layer with nice lacing on the glass. It is a bit to dark to find the carbonation by sight.
There is a bit of coffee and sweetness to the nose, a bit light.
The flavor is a light roasted coffee, a light chocolate flavor, not too sweet, and to me, not overly bitter. Maybe the coffee flavor might be bitter for some people.
The feel is medium, not light or creamy, with a dry finish.
An easy drinker here, nothing offensive, I like it. Five more Turbodogs to go!

Mar 18, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with mahogany highlights, a half inch of white head that left spotty lacing. Smells and tastes of light roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, some spices and a hint of dark fruits. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, fairly bitter for a brown ale with a lingering mildly bitter finish.

Mar 11, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very underwhelming beer. Bitterness overtakes this one, I cannot get much else out of it other than a bitter coffee flavor or bitter dark chocolate. Sadly it was not much else than bitterness, hoped to see more flavors develop as it warmed but nothing.

Feb 10, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours ruby mahogany brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Toasty roasty malt, earthy, coffee, faint bittersweet chocolate, herbal slightly spicy notes, a hint of dark fruit, burnt sugar, and just a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty toasty malt, earthy, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark bread, maybe a bit nutty, a little underlying dark fruit, fig and plum, slightly spicy herbal hops, burnt sugar, and a little toffee sweetness. Bitterness is definitely noticeable and lingers a bit, but it isn't off putting.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite brown ale, but not bad either.

Dec 18, 2018
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The rich, thick tones of Abita Turbodog reminds me of a dark tootsie roll that isn't too sweet. Craveable and crushable, easily one of the best browns in the US, at any price. The right hops, the right malts, carbonation, and mouth feel and alcohol are all exactly on point! Crisp but rich and - hey " that dog will hunt!"
One of the great southern craft brands to try. .

revisited 3/2/19: still a really good brown.

Dec 01, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 8/20/12: Pours dark brown producing a single finger of short-lived, tan head that leaves a pasty wash of thin lace. Aroma is dark bread, toast, and chocolate, caramel, a little coffee and spicy hops. Taste is dark bread, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, roast and a hint of coffee with faint hops detectable. Peppery chocolate finish becomes a spiced chocolate and roast aftertaste.

Nov 27, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The head is is extremely foamy but doens't last and the beer is brown with a reddish tint. The beer has your typical brown ale smells of sweet breads and caramel but it also seems to have a fruity smell to it. The beer has a nice plum flavor and other dark fruit flavors to it. The sweetness and malt flavors usually found it brown ales felt like they played a minor role in this beer. The beer is smooth with a nice carbonation.

Jun 10, 2018
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shoot. A nice looking beer with not much of a nose. But it's boring. Just fine. Only fine. Roasty, but for some reason, there's a bit of a cardboard aftertaste. (But not the second time I got it on tap at Oak and Stone.)

Apr 30, 2018
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RAFH from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My dad got me this English Brown 12 ounce bottle to try while he was on his 2017 vacation. Not terrible but not great either. I'd say it's a little below average for the genre.

Apr 11, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information available.
A: Pours a clear, red brown color with a more than one inch, off white head, no retention (mostly a rim), and modest lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, berries, dark pitted fruit, and chocolate predominate.
T: The flavor of caramel malt and molasses blend smoothly with the chocolate and coffee elements. ?A plum note. Bitterness subtle and balanced.
M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.
O: An enjoyable and very drinkable American made EBA. Honestly, I think this is one of the best I have had by Abita.

Mar 26, 2018
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stcules from Italy

2.61/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost black, some ruby edges. Scarce, but decent brown foam.
Burnt malt in the smell, with chocolate, caramel and toffee. A bit heavy.
In the taste caramle, candy, sugar. Too much. Too low bitterness.
Definitely sweet, unbalanced, low botterness.
In the aftetaste, even a hint of berry fruits.

Mar 05, 2018
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AgentMunky from New York

4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Willi Becher glass.
An aggressive pour nets a very aggressive head several fingers tall, but short-lived. The beer is dark, ruddy brown, nearly opaque, but with ruby glimmerings when backlit.
Smells like sweet toffee, caramelized sugar, and beer malt. Hint of hops.
Deep, sweet, and pleasant. The big, meaty body is full and malty-sweet, with a hint of drying minerality. The end has a fabulous-if-subtle hop bite.
Points for style. This is a little too sweet for me for everyday drinking, but a very solid, approachable, reliable beer. Should appeal across the spectrum of beer drinkers.

Mar 05, 2018
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opieo from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale with a tan cream foam. A roasted taste. Malty with light coffee and toffee behind the roasted taste. A brew with substance. Good for us non-hop heads.

Dec 27, 2017
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TerryMills from Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Horchata turbodog ..

Super foamy head about 3 fingers from a gentle pour..

Has a nice yeast,chocolate ,cinnamon flavor with a decent body for a brown ale..

I wouldn't make it a regular but I would buy it again sometime..

Dec 10, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown color, visible carbonation, and a fluffy tan head that retains well.
The aroma is all about the toffee; rich, sweet and silky. However, midway there is a strong fermented dry raisin, grape and prune smell. A nutty aroma also begins to develop.
Flavors of brown bread and nuts are balanced nicely by a moderate noble hops spice. Mildly to moderately bitter; there is only a hint of the toffee caramel sweetness found in the aroma.
Clean taste and clean finish. The carbonation is moderate with a bit of a prickle. Medium to light, even a bit thin in the body.
Flavorful and easy drinking. Perhaps the malt richness of the aroma didn’t quite extend to the taste, however, it was decent overall.

Dec 01, 2017
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GiselesGazelle from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint glass

Appearance - two fingers beige head that quickly recede. Lacing trails off quickly. Very dark, chocolatey brown, near opaque, with a deep ruby tint when illuminated.

Smell - very faint aroma. There is a hint of chocolate and toffee, sweet malts, but honestly, it is very light on the nose. Not a whole lot to take in here.

Taste - dark chocolate, a bit of caramel and burnt molasses, toasted nuts, rye malt. Lightly bitter.

Mouth feel - light-medium body with a carbonation that seems to punch at your tongue, well after you've swallowed.

Overall - solid brown ale, it's good, but there's nothing that truly stands out to me. I am whelmed. Not over, not under, just whelmed.

Nov 05, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight rye, hint of caramel malt, hint of wheat, slight spicy hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight rye, hint of caramel malt, hint of wheat, slight spicy hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, complexity, and blend.

Aug 03, 2017
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