Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

1,014 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

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Photo of beertunes
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with over an inch of deep tan head that left a moderate amount of semi-sticky lacing. Solid malt aroma that has roast notes upfront with a hint of sweetness. The flavor meets the expectations that the aroma sets with the roasted grain flavors dominating a slightly sweet finish. Full, well-rounded body that goes down smoothly. Easily drinkable, having several will leave you happily satisfied. Try this beer.

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Photo of naterock
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Damn near black with a brown tint when held to a light with a two finger head that really sticks around.

Smells of chocolate malt with a slight currant and brown sugar nose. smells a lot like Xingu.

Tastes chocolatey with a little bittering from the hops but overall fairly sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel is silky and not in the least bit overcarbonated. Drinks easy and I would definitely see myself buying this one in the future.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a thick beige colored head, which dissipated over time to a thin layer. Great lacing.

S - Rich notes of toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Some spices. Faint note of hops.

T - Sweetness, toffee, and chocolate. Can pick up the roast quality of the malts. A little bit of spice and earthiness, but the sweet toffee flavors are the main attraction here.

M - Medium bodied, extremely smooth and drinkable. A nice little note of bitterness at the finish which prevents the sweetness from overwhelming. Strikes the right balance for this type of beer.

O - I found the Turbodog to be a delightful beer and one of the strongest in Abita's normal line-up. It's a tasty, sweet beer - one that I would recommend!

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadiness, brown sugar & raisins

T: Big time fruittyness & choclate up front, followed by slight peppery hops notes. Slight oaky notes surface as it warms followed by sweet malt & slight alcohol burn. Finishes dry & fruitty with caramel notes

MF: Medium body with good carbonation & balance.

Drinks okay reminds be of new castle brown, but with more flavor! Well worth a try. Haven't had a whole bunch of abita, but this one is my favorite

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Photo of climax
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a solid brown, the shade of the bottle it came in. a finger of head which faded quickly, with no lace comming to the party

very nice nose! smooth and not too powerful, ripened bananas and muffiny

taste was not as dark as it looked, tastes of ripened fruit, sweet malts and hops would seem nearly obsolete if not for a brief tish of citrus

fair amount of carbonation, bit of dryness, the finish was short and forgetful

one of the easier brown ales to put back, not too sweet (as many are) the over 6% ABV isn't apparent so be careful, however i drank this before dinner so it went down exceptionally quickly.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a wispy off white head. The bartender was not sure exactly what style it was and my first impression was a porter/brown ale hybrid. A bit sweeter and thicker than your typical brown ale, but not as full bodied as a porter. Roasted malts leave some caramel on the palate, with enough hop complexity to balance the brew nicely. This beer was new to me and I had to judge it with no background. A brown ale but a hefty one.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and dark. A rich pouring beer, pleanty of head. Looks more like a dark lager, but aromas suggest otherwise. Nice dark chocolate and malt- both in the aroma and the taste. Not too sweet, but rich and warming, definetely dark brown sugar. Overall a wonderful beer.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice deep black color with a persistent head. The smell was slightly sweet and malty. The taste was a combination of malt, coffee, sweetness with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy. I consider this a highly drinkable beer (but could be biased because I grew up near the brewery and on this beer).

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with burgundy highlights and a thin film of off white head. Smelled of smoky chocolate malts with a touch of sourness. Tasted of sweet honey and a slight molasses blended into a delicate, crisp and dry hops. This was followed with a very clean sour and dry finish. Mouth feel was light bodied with a medium carbonation. The flavor is very simple, but well done and it goes down very easy.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Murky dead leaves mud puddle brown, nearly black. A cream colored head recedes to an even film. Loads of foamy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel, toffee. Some nuttiness.

Taste: Just like the aroma with sweet roasted malts, loads if toffee, caramel, and excellent nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I really love this one from Abita, excellent flavor, look, and aroma.

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Photo of RobH
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber-brown color pouring to a thick light brown head.

Aromas of dark malts shine through providing a precursor to the taste.

I drank this one right after finishing an Abita Amber Lager, and this provided a nice, logical next step in the continuum going toward a darker color, malt aroma, and flavor.

I like brown ales, and this one does not disappoint. It provides a nice balancing hop tingle on the palate, without drowning out the maltiness. Perfect.

This is a brown ale that will deliver on expectations of the English Brown Ale style, yet probably will not surprise anyone with a resounding "Wow" or anything like that. A solid example of the style. It is refreshing and I will buy more.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark caramel brown color topped off with a tad of foam. The aroma is light, but pleasing with a mixture of graininess and roasted malt. Slightly toasted flavors of caramel and coffee. There is an underlying bitterness which provides just the right amount of balance. A very drinkable and subtly pleasant beer. Very nice.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, upon first glance this beer was very dark, nearly black. Held up to the light I saw a lovely ruby red hue. Very nice head that stuck around. Smells sweet with a hint of fruit. Kind of like a fruity coffee. But the taste doesn't live up to the aroma. A little on the boring side. The most noticable taste seems to be that of the alcohol. Not bad, but I expected a little more flavor from this brown ale. That being said, it is not too heavy in the mouth and not too light. Overall not bad. I could see it as a good session beer for a dark ale.

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Photo of mattLummus
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, it is an great and balanced beer. Smell is nice and clean, mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated and adequately full. Not too sweet, bitter, or dark, but a good balance of all three. Fairly easy drinking and refreshing. Got a growler full of it.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesomely awesome damn near black brown. has a nice tan head, and decent thick lacing.

smells malty and slightly roasty, not a hint of hops to be sniffed. malt is like bran.

the flavor is more or less the same with maybe a hint of anise, and a bit more pronounced roastiness.

clean and crisp thinish body. dryish finish.

very drinkable.

a more drinkable and nuanced brown ale than i am used to, but still really good.

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Photo of IPhantom
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Typical bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Freshness date listed as 5.9.09. Oh well.

Appearance: Dark and stormy with some appetizing translucence. Like a really badass root beer.

Smell: Slightly sweet and chocolatey, like somebody opening a Heath bar on the other side of the room. Points deducted because for the style and appearance, it's a bit underwhelming. Could have something to do with the drink-by date, though.

Taste: Malty on the front end, crisp and hoppy on the back. Better balanced than other factors would indicate. You expect the chocolate notes, but it sits surprisingly light in your mouth with some dried fruit flavors and a surprising amount of carbonation. Sessionability (?) yields bonus points here.

Notes: Much like the Jaguar S-Type--a British-style cruiser tuned for American tastes.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm goin' with this as being done in the 'Southern Brown" style, as described by those who delineate such things.

Quite dark for a brown - almost porter color, faded burgundy highlights on around the edge. Thin pad of head initially, settling out to a ring around the edges. Lacing, bah!

Faint estery aromas with some raisin and sweet chocolate. Very light hop and coffee notes as well.

Almond Joy notes. Rounded fruitiness (cherry) upfront, mellows out slow. Chocolate predominant, thin toffee soon following. Light-moderate dry bitterness threading throughout.

Mild tug of carbonate on the tongue - smooths out quick. Medium, subtly viscous body. Really just rolls on through nicely overall.

Pleasure to drink. Yes, sir, I like it.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sully for sending this to me. Nice brownish head of about two inches and wonderful lacing. Deep brown colour. Smells wonderful, like a mocha chocolate float. Taste is great too, but not less filling. Full bodied and creamy and malty sweetness with some bitter smoothing. Still feeling the coffee and chocolate in flavour. Overall a nice beer, better than most English brown ales, much more complex and striking. Thanks, Mike.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American version of an English brown ale, huh? Poured into a pint glass, turbodog shows a beautiful dark brown color, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer offers a ½ inch of tan foam, but it leaves rather quickly. However, a think layer remains atop the pint for the duration, little or no lace. Smells of coffee/toffee greet the nose, with a touch of something more earthy. Sweet malt hits the tongue, with a coffee taste in the middle of the mouth and a tang in the back. A mild chocolate flavor is experienced as well, with just a touch of hop to keep the beer from becoming too sweet. A great balance of taste. As the beer warms, a nutty bread taste shows up, which is quite nice. Turbo dog is fairly carbonated, so it won’t seem too much a stretch for lager drinkers, although flavor-wise, it will be a big step. The mouthfeel of this one is not too thick, definitely not thin. Lots of flavor and a medium body. Although the beer appears dark and smells strong, it is actually an easy drinking brew, and you could easily have more than a few. Not a dead of summer, refreshing thirst quenching beer, Turbodog, is probably better in the fall, or on a cooler night.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with a combination of British pale, crystal and chocolate malts. Dry-hopped with Willamette, and fermented with a German Alt yeast.

Pours out to a beautiful dark mahogany with chestnut accents, forming a nice, soapy light tan head with good retention and nice lacing, eventually settling to a thin scum of head with a few areas of flocculation. Carbonation is moderate. Immediate aroma of malted chocolate, then touches of vanilla, toffee, and more chocolate malt shakes. Hint of black walnut and almonds. Very nice aroma...delicately sweet and smooth...lovely. Mouthfeel is initially zesty with a piquant earthen hop bite towards the end and a medium body. Taste begins with flavorful earthen and herbal hops, followed by a substantial, but not quite "porterish" chocolate and amber malt body, a slight isopropyl twinge with associated astringency, vanilla and cocoa in the middle, followed by a medium herbal bitterness towards the slightly woody finish. Fair amount of toffee, but it doesn't bother me. Earthy but nice. No appreciable off-flavors. Crisp water and clean ferment.

This is a solid brew. Its like a brown ale in that it is rather mild and medium bodied, but like a porter in that it has a nice chocolate roastiness to it. Exhibiting the finer characteristics of both Brown Ales and Porters, this is very enjoyable and I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of JRed
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightless brown hue with off-white head that disappears. Aroma stands out beautifully: hazelnut, chocolate, cinnamon, and brown sugary earth. Smooth flavors of hazelnut, cocoa, cinnamon, vague caramel, and a lingering brown sugar cookie note with ever so light tang. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A great English brown. Pick this one up.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice tan three-finger head (maybe it was my pour?) quickly becomes two finger loose head, and it coasts down further from there only slowly, until it's gone. Looks almost black on the table, but holding it up to the light reveals the mahogany beast underneath, with orange hints at the bottom..

Smell is light, raw, earthy, and malty. Not much in the way of hops on the nose in this one. Seems to bring up spicy chocolate.

All at once, the initial taste brings up notes of coffee first, then cola- but not name-brand cola, definitely a cheaper off brand. However, it is not unpleasant at all. There's not an overt hoppiness. It's well hidden, but its presence is there. Sort of like a backing vocal to sweeten the lead. There's just a bit of lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

The body is thin, but not watery, and is accompanied by a carbonation that's tight and small at first, then quickly swells and disappears.

I find this one very drinakble- a great session beer when you want something a bit more flavorful, but not strong and heavy. However, I think after one or two, I'd want to move on to something with more gusto. (I tend to have a restless nature and bounce around anyway. I rartely drink just one beer in a session, when faced with more than one option.)

Be well

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Photo of oscplayr25
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amazing dark rich color. The head of the beer also has a rich color to it. When held up to light its still hard to see the light coming through but you can see a redish tint in the beer.

S- Nice strong smell. Smells like a great beer and you can smell the hops in it.

T- Great taste. Reminds me of a chocolate stout. Hops are not too over powering.

M- It does not foam up in the mouth it stays nice and smooth.

D- Deffinetly one of the best Abita has to offer. A great taste and not too hard on the tongue or on the stomach. I say a 6pack will do. A good beer for dark ale lovers.

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Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Abita. It pours up a nice deep brown with a fluffy two finger caramel head. There is decent retention and plenty of lacing. The nose is roasted barley, bread, nuts and coffee. Mouthfeel is full with the carbonation not at excessive levels. Taste basically follows the nose. I detect toffee, cola, licorice, chocolate, coffee, and some bready qualities. Not much of an aftertaste and not a tremendous amount of hoppiness for a beer of this nature, but definitely a satisfying beer. I'm looking forward to some more of Abita's offerings.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is an almost opaque deep brown with a large white head. The head quickly recedes to a thick film and leaves decent lacing.

The nose is mostly of roasted malts and chocolate with bready and coffee accents. The taste is more of the same with a nice bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with not much carbonation. Drinkability is high; if not for the >6% ABV, it would be a nice session beer.

Though not the best, it is a nice example of the style, and it is one of the best from Abita that I have tried.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,879 ratings.
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