Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

1,009 Reviews

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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

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Photo of BasementBer
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

great head poured with decent lacing. Very clear with a nut brown hue. poured into a hotel plastic cup, pure class.
Slight cinnamon notes in the smell but thats all im getting. least appealing quality.
Mouth left dry with a bittering and yet soft as a brown should be.
I dont prefer this as a goto brown, nothing is terribly unique. but it does the job.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Brown with red coming through the edges. Huge head that dissipated rather slowly leaving some sloppy, but very present, lacing on the side. Nice looking.

S - Caramel malts with some roasted malts as well. Slightly nutty, with an herbal smell.

T - Some toffee and a lot of brown sugar in this, I'm not really a fan. Not bad, but not particularly good.

M - Medium bodied and crisp, nice carbonation.

D - It's not hard to drink, but the taste is just offensive enough with that much sugar to keep me from doing a lot of it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a very dark chestnut, nearly black, and almost completely opaque. A quarter inch of tanned head falls fast. Lacing falls quickly too but still looks nice and creamy.

Aroma is faint, with roasted malt and touches of coffee. A little lacking in this department. The taste is lightly roasty, with traces of dark coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate malt used makes a pretty subtle appearance, hop bitterness is low; a slightly metallic aftertaste is detected. I guess I'd describe this beer as shallow; the flavor disappears fast.

Good carbonation, medium light in body, with a short finish. Drinkable but not particularly memorable. The nose is really lacking and the taste just seems to vanish in thin air.

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Photo of tedan
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: two finger head, very dark, cloudy, can't see through
S: malty, roasted hint
T: slightly smokey, starts hoppy then smooths out, no bad aftertaste
M: good, a little thick, small bite, smooth
D: so-so

A good beer, but going into I was told it was a chocolate stout. I couldn't taste any chocolate. Nice to say I've had it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out a medium brown with a generous tan head. The crown lasts for a bit but eventually dies off and leaves little lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite typical for an English Brown - some notes of toasted grain, caramelized sugars and a clear but subtle vinegar smell.

Flavor is good but nothing spectacular - roast coffee notes and caramel are quite present on the front side and a mild acidic sourness finishes off each sip.

Mouthfeel is a disappointment - there's a greasy coating on the tongue after each sip. The body is actually a bit lighter than I'd expect (still medium bodied but on the light side of medium) and no carbonation to give the beer any personality. The oily palate and lack of bittering (either from hops or from roasted grain) doesn't leave a pleasant finish.

Turbodog is a serviceable brown ale but nothing outstanding... The caramel and malt profiles are a bit week but it's rather true to the style.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle courtesy of a trading partner in Illinois this poured a muddy brown color with as moderate sized brown head and light lacing. Nose of lightly roasted malts, and some floral hops. Light aroma overall. Mouthfeel is light and just short of watery. Flavor shows coffee and chocolate and a little ripe fruit. Not much in the finish. While this is quite drinkable I like my browns to not be quite so bland.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Poured from a very cold bottle into a pilsner glass at the Victoria Falls Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The beer is translucent and has a dark ruby color. It reminds me of cranberry juice. There was no head, but it was poured for me by a bartender who doesn't look like a beer guy (i.e. someone who probably thinks head = bad). There is a slightly malty aroma, but I can't detect must else. As I said above, this beer is very cold, so that may be a limiting factor. The beer tastes like sweet, dark fruit. There is a little bitterness in the finish. I can't taste much else, but as I said, it has been served way too cold. It has an above medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Despite it not performing well when served at a cold temperature, the Turbodog is a good beer. I like it a lot and could order a few of them (but probably not at this bar). If I get the chance to have another, I'll submit a new review of the beer at the correct serving temperature.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've chugged this beer quite a few times, but I never actually critiqued it.

Appearance - Pours black with deep red hues around the edges. Nice one inch light beige head and nice lacing throughout that dissipated after a bit.

Smell - Is that raisin? I also smell chocolate with roasted malts. Hops are not very apparent here.

Taste - I taste chocolate, a tad bit of coffee, and a fruit that I can't identify. Might be raisin or plum. Hops are still dismal, but some florals come through slightly.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and not too watered down. Carbonation is nice.

Overall - This is a nice beer if you want something dark and different, but don't want a heavy stout. In my opinion, it resmbles more of a porter. Get it if you want something tasty, but not something too heavy.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle sports the new look black label with light grey wheat stems with a simple Abita Turbodog in block letters. Pours a dark brown color with burgandy tones. A nice 1" tan colored creamy head. Some lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt with a very burnt tone. The taste is of heavy roasted malt with mild burnt coffee and wisps of chocolate are detectable. Definitely unbalanced. This seems to want to be a porter instead of a brown ale but it is somewhere inbetween.

The mouthfeel is smooth with some crispness. The aftertaste is of roasted malts and burnt coffee and it lasts forever. I can't see drinking more than one of these in a sitting. Burnt flavor just too overpowering for a brown ale.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in Lodi.

A: Served a very dark woody brown with a thin fuzzy light tan heady that left good sheets of lacing down the pint glass.
S: Raisins, woody, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Smells decent.
T: Follows the nose with notes of roasted malt, raisins, and molasses with a bit of coffee in the finish. It has a woody quality to it as well. Pretty straight-forward.
M: Body that’s on the thinner side of medium, smooth carbonation, a bit of a watery mouthfeel but it isn’t too bad.
O: Went well with a meal and was pretty solid all around. Above average.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While Abita Turbodog's bottle and labeling are extremely dull and uninviting, it's what's inside that counts - and what's inside is pretty good, but not great.

Color is a very dark brownish-red, bordering on burgundy. The tan head was thin, only about one finger's width, and faded quickly. A good amount of lacing left on the glass. The scent of cocoa was weak but nice; I had to take a few good sniffs to full catch it. The taste was much the same - quite malty with cocoa, raisin, and subtle hops. There is a bit of a medicinal or herbal taste I don't care for. Carbonation was mild. Enjoyable, but nothing outstanding going on here.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured up a nice muddy brown with some dark red highlights,a thick milk chocolate looking head builds to a fingers worth before deflating to a thin covering,with no lace left behind. The nose is thin and malty with some very faint vinilla notes. This has some good nutty flavors as well as bitter chocolate and subtle dry oat tendencies. The body is a bit to thin as well as some understated carbonation makes it just slightly above average at best. The alcohol seems well hidden,I was a bit suprised to see the AVB above six. A decent offering to enjoy once or twice maybe,never going to be a regular in my glass.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a clear, dark brown/amber color with a fairly thick head of 2 fingers. Retention is above average.

S - Toast, toffee, a light fruity ester, and a small nutty presence.

T - Toasty barley; dark, tart fruits; and toffee. It's a little watery, but has a burnt toasty taste.

M - Entirely too light. A bit coarse. Not tailored to the flavors at all.

D - It's o.k., but not at all one I'd have again.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear but black with a ruby highlight. The head was off-white, low and persisten enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was lightly toasty with some fruity presence at first and then trasformed as it warmed into an overly estery and fruity mess. The ester profile took over the brew and slight coffee and chocolate emerged later, but could not overtake the fruit character.

The flaovr was fruity with a very light coffee and chocolate presence. As the beer warmed, the estery fruity flavors emerged and a slight sourness emerged. While still cold the beer had an acrid dark grain present that was not well done.

The finish was dry with lasting light expresso coffee and chocolate into the aftertaste with a low fruit component. The body was medium light and a bit watery. I remember when this used to be a favorite. Now I would say skip it.

Pint at Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC.

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Photo of curasowa
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark red color with just a thin cap of head that fades to a ring.

Aroma: Roasted malt with molasses notes

Taste: Initially sweet and creamy, then thinning out quite a bit to a more roasted, astringent back end that finishes slightly lingering and nutty with some burnt notes.

The Rest: I've had this on tap quite a few times, and now that I'm reviewing it from a bottle, not in a bar, I don't like as much as I though I did. It's a decent beer, but it's a bit too chalky to be a good brown ale.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a deep brown with reddish edges as I hold to the light.
Small off white head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.
Not getting much from the nose..hints of sweet gum, caramel and some roasty edges.
Taste is smooth at first and finishes with a slight bitterness. Some dark roasted malts, bready notes and a hint of crystal and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is ok.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tried last night at han's bierhaus in houston, tx. poured a medium color brown with not much of a head. its very smooth and doesn't a bitter after taste like some of the american versions of the english brown ale i've had before. will definitely try again.

edit: gave this another try saturday at lucky's pub downtown and i swear it tasted like watered down hot chocolate. word to the wise, never judge a beer on how it tastes when you're already drunk.

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Photo of harpo111
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: thin head...dark
sm: pungent, but malty
t: tangy, but not much hops....nothing special
m: not too fizzy.. but not to thick either
drinkability: ok, but would preferr something with a larger character...
this is a good beer, but if you want something substantial.this is not really it. taste goes well with food... beats macros..but i can think of other brown ales that have more going for them.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with substantial foam on the head. Slight bit of prickle. Very faint malt nose, but almost undetectable. The attack is refreshing and pretty clean with a quick presentation of the malt flavor. There seems to be a hint of anise. There is some odd quality to the malt that makes it stand out from other beers that I have tried. I cannot quite place it, but it distracts me a bit. Overall however, I find the beer to be pretty standard and average as far as brown ales go.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle (about 12 fl oz) with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty decent retention. Colour is a really dark amber (NOT brown).

Sm: Nutty to a small extent, with raspberry fruit esters and caramelized malt. Me nose is broken, so I do have trouble with aromas. It's mild in strength.

T: The nuts are quite restrained, with a subtle fruit ester (raspberry or something close) rising more to the forefront. A caramelized malt foundation comprises the unobtrusive backbone. It's pleasant (if simple), and enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced, but it's fairly built. No layering or inspiration is evident. The fruit ester overstays its welcome, pervading the aftertaste. For the style, it's a bit wrong in that nuts are not its emphasis.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense. A bit too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but a bit boring. Where are the nuts? The ester is its strong suit, and works better in a brown than it should, but the balance is compromised as a result.


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Photo of Foxman
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a dark reddish-brown, heck, maybe almost ruby in the right light, and the darkness surprised me for some unknown reason. The head is a very light brown, soft looking, and disperses after the first sip into little swirly cosmos. It leaves little wisps of lace in its tracks.

The aroma comes across as malt, chiefly, with some small hint of chocolate, and less still of fresh coffee.

The malt train arrives quickly on the track, and parks itself squarely on the tongue. Still, through the malt sweetness creeps tendrils of chocolate and maybe some coffee, not surprising considering the aroma. The hop presence is more assumed than tasted.

It's medium bodied, and the malt/chocolate combo brings to mind the feel of a melted milkshake that coats and lingers for a short time.

After I got through the initial surprise of the color, I found the beer interesting in its way. However, I wouldn't drink many in one sitting, maybe when I want just one beer, something different, outside the usual rotation of IPA's. It's a Bayou beer that would stand up well to piquant Creole and such related cuisines, so next time I'll see about having one with said food at a local establishment and maybe find it more a fitting accompaniment than soloist.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,871 ratings.
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