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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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Reviews: 1,005 | Ratings: 2,846
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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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife had this on tap on a business trip earlier this year and raved about it, so I had to buy her some when I saw it recently at Daveco in Thornton, CO. $7.99 for a sixer.

Twelve-ounce stubby bottle as shown.

Moderate pour into a chalice yields a scatn one-finger light-tan head over red-brown-black almost-opaque body. Plenty of lacing, even though the head fades quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is strong for an English Brown Ale, heavy on the chocolate malt. Hints of soap, pepper, and leather. Really good smell.

Crisp carbonation spreads the maltiness around in the taste. Nice roasted malt bitterness is accompanied by a bit of metallic hops. Spot on for an EBA.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the lacing and smell might have indicated, but decent enough.

Drinkability is good, despite this being on the upper end of the ABV for an EBA.

I can see why my wife liked this so much. I like it too.

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Photo of Guinness4me
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm....goood dog! I was surprised to see it pour so dark and was instantly impressed at it's deep color without heaviness.

The smell was sweet and enticing. I noticed warm vanilla, coffee, and malt. The taste was outstanding, romantic and very smooth. Slight malt, chocolate to a slight bitterness and a lovely vanilla finish. Perfect beer with a chocolate mousse. This would be an easy all-nighter.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich ruby mahogony with a foamy guiness like head. The smell is very good and earthy with toffee, roasted malt, and carmel. A very nice aroma. The taste,like the smell, is roasted malt,sweet carmel,vanilla, and some chocolate. A very complex and good flavor. The m/f is light with the many flavors and smells mixing perfectly. This may be the best English Brown Ale brewed in America. Cheers.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had from a bottle into a glass. Served chilled, and allowed to warm up while drinking(as if I had a choice).

Malty smell, with a nice, deep brown color. Slightly heavier mouthfeel than something like Downtown Brown(Lost Coast), but still very easy to handle. Very fine, sparkling carbonation that adds an almost soda-like effect to the feel.

Taste is great. Malty as a brown ale should be, with just a bit of residual sweetness and a very light, pleasant hop character. Fisrt to hit the tongue is sweetness, then chocolatey, roasty malt flavors, then a drying bitterness, with just a bit of leftover malt. Dryness is great. Makes you want to drink more.

All in all, very drinkable, and very enjoyable, especially since I picked this one up without even reading the label or knowing the style.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany/Dark Brown with a nice full fluffy brown head, good carbonation, and leaves nice lace rings. Nice upfront chocolate malt aroma. Good chocolate/toffee malt flavor with no hop character. A bit sweet but not overly so. Medium bodied with a lightly sweet finish.

Per Abita website: Abita Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of British pale, crystal and chocolate malts.

Per B.A.B. book: 6.1% ABV

Best Before: 11/24/03
Tasted: 01/29/04

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Photo of IBU99
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer.

Poured into a glass. Had a nice smell of carmel and coffee. Dark with tan head. Nice lacing.

First taste starts slightly sweet. Nice carmel and coffee notes in the flavor.

Medium bodied beer with a perfect finish - not to hoppy. Has almost a toasted malt taste to me. This is the way I like my darker ale beers.

I could drink these for hours. Great with steak or just to relax with.

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Photo of schoolcb
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They categorize this beer as a Brown Ale, but I'd say it's outside the style guidlines, and more like a Porter. Not that this is a bad thing, this is IMHO their best beer. The beer pours with little head, is garnet in color, has a roasted-malt nose, and a big malt flavor. I had the pleasure of drinking one of these at the Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs, and would highly recommend going there if you are ever in the New Orleans area.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Dark brown color; some light passes near the edges.

Nice khaki head; spotty lacing.

Oats & milk in the nose; smells like an oatmeal stout!

Thick mouthfeel.

This tastes like a mix between an oatmeal stout & a milk stout, with the oats winning out. Smooth & enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown, with a short tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very nutty and very malty.

T: A sweet & bready nut taste is the dominant flavor and is accompanied by caramelized malt, wheat, and a bit of chocolate. There’s a slight touch of hops that begins to come out as the beer warms. Leaves a sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation and due to the maltiness it leaves a stickiness behind.

D: This beer goes down very easily. It’s tasty and smooth, a beer well worth drink a lot of.

Although this style isn’t my favorite, it’s one where I’m rarely disappointed. Overall, I think this is a very good beer and an excellent representation of the style.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,846 ratings.
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