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 whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, dark garnet red color with a short tan head.

Aroma has a bit of caramel, fresh bread and a hint of chocolate.

The taste is malty - caramel, coffee, over ripe fruit, and again a hint of chocolate. Smooth, creamy, with a touch of vanilla in the aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Very nice.

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

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black with creamy light brown head that streaks the glass something crazy.

Nose: Roasted is an understatement. Coffee/espresso, some leather and earth notes.

Palate: Much brighter than it smells. Medium-light-bodied, with some British-like hop flavors and toasted malt, charred wood, and espresso grounds. Moderate length finish and clean. No residual sugar as the bitterness from both malt and hops clean it all up.

Notes: An excellent strong ale with the balance and pedigree of a great brown ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown in color with a creamy light tan head. Even with a rough pour the head won't come up much, but it will hold fairly well once it's there leaving a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly chocolatey and toffee-ish with some minor grassy hops. The body is medium/light with a fine, moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor follows the aroma with a chocolate and toffee-like maltiness balanced by a mild bitterness and light grassy hop flavor. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering hop bitterness and some more roasty cocoa notes.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is brewed locally to where I live, I have it all the time but finally got a chance to sit down and review this one.
Appearance - dark brown, reddish highlights, 1 finger thick head that is off white. Smells of chocolate, toffee, some earthy grassy hop notes. Taste follows the nose, chocolate, toffee, roasted grains, some hoppy bitterness at the end, kind of dry. Medium to thin mouthfeel, med. carbonation. I think this is drinkable, can enjoy at least a couple. this is a pretty good brew for the style.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It is dark brown amber with red highlights. The head has some staiying power and is pretty thick as is the lace.

Smell: It has fruity and chocolaty aroma sort of like black forest cake.

Taste: I was surprised it was pleasantly bitter but I just was not expecting that. It as a dark chocolate flavor blended with berries and other fruits.

Mouthfeel: It was also more carbonated than I thought it would be. It is a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: A nice overall chill and unwind beer.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of holeinon3
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Boca-X
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours that dark and tepidly translucent brown of a brown ale. Nice tan foamy head. Smell is like a song of sweet dark malts, very nice. First taste is blended oh-so-well, nutty with a twang of hops at the end. Carbonated beautifully well, finish is smooth as pudding. Drinkability is pretty good, even if the abv seems higher than it actually is. A brown ale that I really like!

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Photo of DWilliams76
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my notes: Turbodog was my favorite beer for years and years, until I learned the joys of hops and American Brown Ales. Still, I’ll always have a soft spot for the brew. Not the best-looking pint, dark brown with a cheap, fizzy head. Nose is slightly sweet, with solid chocolate notes. And Turbodog doesn’t hold the same mystique of flavor now, unfortunately, but the requirements for a solid Brown Ale do show up. Chocolate and a mild coffee bite, modest bitter finish with subtleties of mocha and hops. Thin texture hinders the malts; not my favorite anymore, but still worth the occasional roll in the hay.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass. Better than I remember this beer from long past, half forgotten trips to the crescent city. Appearance is dark brown,but translucent. Big healthy white head, Aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon bread, malt Taste is sugar cinnamon, bread, (do I taste beignet). Very full, sweet and tasty. Medium carbonation that lasts. Very pleased. I’ll buy this again."

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Photo of aforbes10
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good looking brown beer with a short-lived head and no lacing to speak of. Malty odor with hints of ?nuts? Strong malt and chocolate taste with lingering aftertaste. Weird mouthfeel, thick and carbonated. Good drinkability...a six pack wouldn;t last long in my fridge....although i dont know how often i would buy it.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with a thin off-white head. Shines an orange-red when held to direct light.

Smell: Lightly sweet with a coffee note in the nose. It vaguely reminds me of a banana nut bread. There are little to no hops in the nose.

Taste: Initially a slightly sweet, coffee-like taste, with some roasted bitterness. The sweetness goes away quickly compared to other brown ales, and you're left with the roasted taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth finishes quite dry. A little bitterness sticks to the top of the palate.

Drinkability: A nice brown ale. Not as sweet as I've come to find in brown ales, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at Ruby Tuesday's, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a deep ruby-tinged brown with a very thin but dense layer of off-white foam.

S: Smells malty, slightly musty, and like roasted nuts. There is a little sweetness in the nose, like candied pecan.

T: There is a strong malt presence up front, with some elements of mixed nuts and dried cherries. There's a little smokiness ot the flavor also, and a mild hop bitterness balances the brew quite well.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and a little creamy when swished around.

D: Pretty solid drinking brown ale, and probably a great session brew, if you're a fan of the style. The little spike in ABV is a nice addition too.

I think the one I was served was perhaps a bit past "best by" date, only because it was a chain restaurant where most people probably don't ask for it. Still, I liked what I had, even if it was maybe a little funky.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this with lunch, a delicious bison bacon burger. One and one-half fingers of somewhat tan froth cap a dark brown body. Short duration and little lacing left on the pint glass. Good roasted coffee aroma with some toffee and dark chocolate lingering. These carry forward nicely into the taste, which is nicely malted. Up to this point, it's a pretty good representative of the style. Yet the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. The texture is somewhat thin and it flattens a bit in the second half.

In all, not a bad beer--not one I'll go far and wide to get, but I say that as much about the style, which has never been very high on my list, as about the beer. Not bad, and worthy of a shot.

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Photo of LeoPanna
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with shades of dark red... gorgeous bright red bottom when held to the light... awesome head, 2 finger, tan, fluffy and assymetric...retains pretty well, doesn’t stick much to the glass... 4.5

S: malts and cherry..sweet toffee... some chocolate/vanilla mixed undertone... 3.5

T: strong malt character.. toffee and slight chocolate... a little cherry, rasperry, currant...pretty mild aftertaste, but pleasant... 4.0

MF: smooth and balanced, not much more to say. 4.0

O: a nice session beer... my first Abita, i was impressed. I’d much rather spend a little more and get the similar (in my opinion) Unibroue Tres Pistoles from the same corner store... 4.0

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Photo of Nikolai
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review!

Appearance: pours a reddish walnut-brown with around two fingers of head, and decent lacing throughout.

Smell: I personally don't smell much with this ... A little bit of chocolate and hazelnut.

Taste: as my tasting partner put it, it tastes like a "hazelnut coffee creamer mixed with chocolate milk," and I have to agree. There are definitely some coffee notes coming out. As it warms, there is a very slight alcohol taste that comes out, which is more than okay with me.

Mouthfeel: smooth, goes down very easy. I'm having a hard time not finishing the whole glass in one gulp.

Overall: I would definitely recommend this one. It would be a good introduction to people who aren't used to dark beers, since it's definitely not intimidating or overwhelming.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of Fugazme
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pick-a-six brew...

A very dark brown pour with hints of red and copper. A 1/4" tan head remained nicely, dissipated slightly and bubbles stuck to the glass well throughout the drink.

First whiff was chocolate. Second was malty, chocolatey. Third smell was malt and a touch of honey and molasses.

A very nice feel to this beer. A chocolate flavor reminiscent of a stout with a touch of hops. A very nice beer.

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Photo of SackBlabbath
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Evening Star in Alexandria, VA.

Turbodog is a dark hazelnut color with crimson highlights. The head is a half inch thick, has good retention and leaves ample lacing. The appearance is fabulous. The aroma is mild, containing malt, subtle sweetness, and an earthy scent. The beer is very malty with minimal, if any, hop bitterness, definitely in accordance with the style. The beer is simple and straightforward, with no detectable flaws or shortcomings. The feel is full bodied, especially given the low alcohol content of the beer. I had no problem enjoying two pints of this brew. I have never had it in the bottle, so I can't vouch for it there, but served fresh and on draft it was a very enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Deep amber brown colored brew. One inch of thick fluffy light brown head that lingers for quite a while, leaving some lacing rings.
S: Chocolate malts and a tiny bit of hips, plus a somewhat yeasty scent, as well.
T: Chocolatey, and sorta bitter, malts lead the way, revealing an even bitterer hop flavor, somewhat oily and piny. The finish is more sweet maltiness and some yeast. Quite nice.
M: Chewy yeasts and malts, a little bitter nip in the middle. Pretty good.
D: Good. Tasty and smooth.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Deep and dark brown color with two fingers of light tan head.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel.

Watery taste at first, quickly moves to a nutty, roasted malt, balanced with a touch of bitterness which finishes it off.

Medium body, low carbonation.

Excellent drink.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50.9% out of 100 with 2,898 ratings
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