Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Photo of murrayswine
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a trade from Biglove. Thanks buddy!
This thing poured a sludge brown/black, with crimson hues on the very outside.

The head pours nice for the first 20 seconds or so, and then, like Kaiser Sose, is gone.

The smell is nutty and strong with fresh, roasted coffee. Bold chocolate bitters, fresh bread dough.

The taste is nice, not as full flavored as I thought i would be, but still potent. Hit's strong like a caramel mochacino whatever coffee, and finishes strong with a semi-sweet chocolae bitter.

A damn fine drink, I like it a lot!

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A good brown beer that's not too dark or too light, and there's just a touch of head that leaves good lacing.
Smell - Malty and a little nutty with faint hints of caramel and hops.
Taste - I get a lot of subtle flavors like caramel, nuts, fruits, definitely malts, and there is a bitterness in the finish that makes me keep reaching for the glass. Good balance.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body which is par for this style I believe, regardless my expectations were met.
Drinkability - Good taste and good balance make this a very drinkable beer.
Thanx Biglove

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Photo of jtfest
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin toffee head. Not quite opaque in the glass, but very dark. The aroma is very malty and sweet. An almost chewy mouthfeel carries a big -- somewhat surprising -- taste. Hints of honey, toffee, and (really?) peppermint. Very enjoyable and very drinkable -- I can see why this one has a cult following, coming from an area of the country not known for its quality of brew.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gonna be a bit lazy on this one... just happened to come across jason alstrom's review while drinking this, and he seems to describe my experience exactly. carob?! - who'da thunk it?! ...but it's true!

only thing to note is that i feel the carbonation is a bit crisper than i'd like


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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tok
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a generous one inch mocha colored head that settles to a foamy beige lace. Good retention.
The aroma of malts and toffee.
The taste was of malts,toffee and hints of chocolate.
The feel was smooth,well balanced,medium carbonation and body. Some mild hop bitterness in the finish,but nothing too distracting.

Notes: One of my personal favorites and my go to English brown ale. A pleasure to have.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WolfmanK
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After looking at this beer on the shelves for over a year, I finally broke down and grabbed a six pack.

Pours very dark brown to black, with a tan head maybe 1/4" thick.

Smells malty, and good.

Taste is surprisingly complex, rich, but goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel is lighter than it seems like it should be.

drinkability is high, goes down easy, seems like it would pair well with rich or spicy food, not sure if I want to just drink one, but with some jambalaya, heck yeah.

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Photo of Beerma
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark beer! Not too bitter . Kinda heavy!

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Photo of tmcarter23
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-hunter
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a mahogany brown/red. Lofty light tan head slow to dissipate. Opaque

Smell- Lightly roasted malt. Caramel

Taste- Semi sweet caramel/toasted grains. Toffee notes. Hints of dark fruit. Finish is clean and crisp, slightly dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium in bosy with ample carbonation.

Overall- A smooth, drinkable English brown. Very well done. The malt profile is well balanced and is not too sweet. Try it.

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Photo of budgood1
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a re-review. deep dark brown color, little head and no lace. sweet roasted malt nose. begins smooth, with a buttery caramel/choco/toffee taste. ends really crisp with lingering malt flavors. a touch of hops to balance. seems a lot livelier than the first time i reviewed it and less smooth. a nice brown ale. thanks to my gf for bringing up an abita sampler pack from louisiana

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these over the years, but was pleasantly surprised at what I found after a long break without a Turbodog. The appearance and flavor are both richer and bolder than I recalled.

The pour was a dark hazy, reddish-brown with an average size light brown head that produced a fine coat of lacing on the glass with each sip.

Aroma: dark roasted malt with a lightly spicy hop presence. A bit earthy with notes of chocolate and hints of dark fruits and toffee.

Taste: nicely malty with clear spicy hop note. Medium and dark malt flavor without any burnt notes. A hint of coffee in the finish. Excellent bitter/sweet balance in this lightly sweet brown.

Mouthfeel: medium in body; semi-creamy; excellent, medium carbonation.

Overall a somewhat bold and flavorful brew, that has a slightly spicier and more aggressive [Northwest American] hop profile than the typical UK version.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at beer store. Very dark brown color with some red tint showing through. Thick dark tan head. Aroma was of yeast, bread, and sweet with a touch of caramel, very pleasant. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was bread, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. Very tasty. Finish was smooth and well balanced with no aftertaste. Overall a teriffic beer!

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Photo of dustylong
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) color with a nice, thick tan head, with good retention and lacing (poured from a bottle into a mug). The initial aroma is like fairly strong coffee, followed by some bitterness. I really enjoy the taste of this beer, it has a nice taste, but is not too strong. The taste is very malty, with a definite coffee taste, and some bitterness at the end. Has a fairly heavy mouthfeel to it, and does not have all that much carbonation. Despite this, it is not very hard to drink at all, and has a very interesting taste to it, as I stated before. Overall, a pretty good beer, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brown dark enough to be opaque and borders on black. The tan head fades fast. Moderate lacing.

Smell: molasses brown sugar and toasted malt.

Taste: Roasted malt hints of coffee, molasses and brown sugar, grain, balanced with a touch hops and alcohol. The aftertaste has suggestions of nuts and dark grain. Overall it is approachable and quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a little to light for a brown ale, I hope for a bigger malt backbone but it is present just adequate as opposed to hearty, IMO.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. If you are a fan of American versions of the Brown Ale style and want a no thinking easy drinking beer this may fit the bill.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of medic25
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly dark brown, almost looking like a porter. Very little in the way of a head. Pleasant, faintly malty aroma. Taste is very malty, little hint of coffee and smoke. Goes down very easily; highly drinkable beer. I discovered this beer while on my first visit to New Orleans, and it and Abita Amber where my staples for a week. With all that's happened down there since Katrina, it's comforting to cook up a pot of jambalaya and wash it down with a Turbo Dog, enjoying the great memories that everyone leaves New Orleans with.

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Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a frothy pour into a pint glass filled the glass quickly, half with foam. The head is a light mocha with a creamy top. Brown and ruby color with a stray bubble or two. Some streaky lacing, not much.

Aroma - coffee notes, malty, pleasant but on the faint side. Aroma improves greatly as the beer warms with a good chocolate/coffee mix.

Taste - full roasted malt flavor profile. Turns sweet on the swallow, mild hop bitterness hits, and some low level charcoal taste peeks through. More character at the end that at the start. Gets better as it warms up. Mellower flavor as the taste buds adjust a little. A much improved 2nd impression.

Mouthfeel - when sampled cold, it feels a little too macro-like, watery, some weak carbonation. But as it goes from cold to cool, it smoothes out, making the beer much better. The carbonation level seems much more in step and in style.

Drinkability - I would buy this again. Be patient and let it warm up, though, it's a whole bunch better.

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Photo of jaluria
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a subtle tan colored head. Faint aromas of nuts, hops, and brown sugar are clear. The taste is quite flavorful, more hops than I expected. Soft bitterness upfront with a malty taste that starts soon after and dominates the aftertaste. More of a medium-bodied beer with a definite dry and bready aftertaste. A very enjoyable brew with good drinkability. Subtle flavors blend together to form a smooth brew that can be had over and over again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown with a finger of bubbly head that left good blotchy lacing on the glass.

S: there was some slight roasted malt character alongside brown sugar,slight coffee, and booze notes; its kinda smokey as well.

T: the flavor profile seems to be smokey as well but has brown sugar, slight molasses, and light booze notes. There was also some underlying caramel as well.

M: medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a smokey malty finish.

D: the brew drank alright and I thought the smokiness was really good and added dimension to the beer.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A- Deep brown with two-finger light tan head. Big bubbles.

S - Very unique smell. Roasted malts, candy, toffee, raisin bread, maple syrup

T- slight burnt characteristics, toffee, roasted malts, slight watery taste.

M- A bit thin, nothing overly impressive, well carbonated

O- A good brown ale. Worth keeping around. Flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of DJED69
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I have been passing this brew by for SO many years---I'm really glad I finally tried it! Nice take on the classic English Brown Ale via Louisiana. Pours a very pretty dark brown with reddish notes. Nice off-white head that produced some slight lacing, but lasted the whole glass. The scent of the beer is malt, some burnt sugar, light hops, and coffee. The taste of the beer mimics the nose---with a bit more nicely balanced bitterness---touch of sweetness. Malt is definitely dominate. I get nice coffee, cola, cocoa notes on the palate. All this being said, its a very easy drinking beer, one that even a lighter beer drinker may enjoy. If you have been passing it by, try it!! Turbodog may put a smile on your face!!

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep dark chocolate, with a reasonable sticky head. Smell is espresso roasted malt, and not a lot more. The malt profile is a nice balance of caramel and coffee, and a modest hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and substantive, but it is betrayed by a slightly overbearingly crisp bubbliness. This notwithstanding, a very drinkable beer.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,915 ratings