Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

TurbodogTurbodog
BA SCORE
3.66/5
2,898 Ratings
TurbodogTurbodog
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,923
Reviews:
1,020
Ratings:
2,898
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
489
Trade:
2
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Photo of AuntBea
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jack_H_91
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 Beersplosion
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rufus1
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. One finger tannish head that settles quickly into a thin rime.

Hits the nose with upfront chocolate malts along with other similar sweet malts. Medium roasted malt. Touch of bread Dark fruits. Biscuit.

Tha palate is assaulted by a ton of sweet brown sugar. Caramel and toffee add to the sweetness. Some molasses. Plum and prune. Black walnuts.

Full bodied on the palate. Creamy richness. Accumulating sweetness coats the tongue. Good solid carbonation. Zero hops bitterness.

This is a very good brew. Nose and flavor are balanced and compliment each other. With an ABV of 5.6% feel free to have another. Cheers!!

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Photo of akolb
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Struthers
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spelingchampeon
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

20 oz pub glass.
Pours smooth, brown..almost like a light Porter. Tan/reddish head that quickly disappears to a flat sheen, little lacing. Smells of chocolate and roasted caramel, very light with a hint of nuts in the background. Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts, with a very nice touch of sweetness that doesn't interfere with my overall enjoyment. MF is a little heavy for a EBA, but very smooth. The carbonation is spot on with no lingering aftertaste.

I really dig this beer. It has caused me to remedy a situation.. that I have no idea where to rank it in my top 5 for BA's. Now I must get them all together for a personal 1 on 1 taste test. Thanks Abita (for a delicious beer)!

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karlio
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDoHo
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a soft murky dark orange color with a finger's worth of white to off white foamy head that fell off at a mild pace. Sly stringy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet caramel to toffee malts flowing evenly over a light sweet nutty to semi-roastiness.
The flavor leaned sweetly finding it's way through those malts to glide into the aftertaste in a nice way.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Pretty smooth all around, almost watery, though, but I usually hate to use that word as it's quite overused and often misinterpreted.
Overall, for the most part as an English brown ale, I say this works, don't think about it as anything else but consider the style and drink it for what it is.

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Photo of jmgriffith
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dface
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours bright dark brown and if you hold it up to the light it is brilliant brown around the edges. It supports a persistent 1" tan cap with a very fine bead.

S: chocolate, brown sugar, grains with light hop aromas. Fermentation aromas are low.

T: It has a very creamy palate that enhances the chocolate, milk chocolate, and grain flavors. Turbodog starts mildly sweet and dries on the finish with a mild, grainy astringency. This beer is all about the malts with medium to medium high malt flavors, medium low hop flavors and medium low bitterness.

F: It has a medium body and very soft, medium carbonation.

O: This is a very drinkable, very creamy brown ale

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Photo of jbehlar
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of alawhorne
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of D1noB
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A smoothness that is followed by a bitter bite.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a dog off the leash, it's playful and kind but it still has that animal instinct with a bite.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, buttery, slightly bitter brown ale. I was told it was Abita's best and I have to disagree. While it was good I much prefer some of their other beers.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/22/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a big fluffy khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of caramel and toffee along with some chocolate and hazelnut. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Lots of cocoa malts. More hints of caramel and toffee. Subtle hints of vanilla along with some more chocolate notes. Decent bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with sharp active carbonation. It's fluffy and slightly creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brown ale. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. It's a nice traditional example of the style. Well done.

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Photo of anthony-s
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,898 ratings
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