Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

2,887 Ratings

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 bmurray10
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stirgy
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a ruby brown color and was topped off with a very creamy, almost Guinness-like head. Good carbonation. There’s some roastiness and caramel notes in the aroma, but overall weak in that regard. Is this a porter or a brown ale? I’m not sure I could distinguish, but it doesn’t matter because the flavor is very pleasant. Roasted chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee come through with a nice underlying bitterness. Very drinkable and well made.

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Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of CWhite
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Bought a single Summer 2014. Poured into a pint served cool.

appearance: cola brown with a thick khaki head.

smell: roasty, chocolately

taste: thick roasty chocolate

mouthfeel: nice and solid

overall: excellent tasty brown ale.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Taco Asylum in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger off-white head, long retention. Chocolate color.

S- Chocolate and roast malts. Surprisingly light and fruity smell.

T- Roast malts and coffee undertones. Bittering malts.

M- Light to medium bodied. Bitter finish.

O- Good brown ale. Nothing is bad about it but very little is great. Would try again.

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Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Winter
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with ruby hues as light shown through along the sides of the glass. Head was tan in color. A lot of bubbles were present, showing signs of carbonation. Aroma consisted mainly of chocolate malt with hints of molasses. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with a good carbonation. Taste consisted mainly of chocolate malt with a subtle fruitiness in the balanced finish. A decent, very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is an awesome beer. 1-2 fingers of tan foam. This almost looks like a porter or a stout. Solid brown overall.

Smell: Mostly molasses. I get the feeling this is from fresh Louisiana sugar cane, so I like the local touch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit smoky, and pretty sweet. This is quite an enjoyable beer. This would go great with barbeque.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells malty. Tastes malty, then chocolate, then a bit of hops, followed by a lingering sweetness. All very pleasant tastes. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but a little lighter than I would prefer. Quite drinkable. I'm going to have to try other Abita brews.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, on the clearer side with a few streams of carbonation. Brief course head with some blanketing lace.

S: Sweet caramel, a little chocolate, a little of piney hops. There's an out-of-place floral note to it that is nice, but doesn't work with the rest of the nose.

T: The caramel again with some malt, mild dark chocolate. Hops weave in and out in a mild fashion. Everything seems a bit restrained, diluted.

M: Light bodied and watery, but slightly creamy.

O: Somewhat underpowered to be a great brown, but still pretty nice.

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Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brutalist
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Botulizard
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of MisterClean
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from Total Wine

A - Mahogany with a bit of a chocolaty head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Cinnamon, clove, all-spice, and grass.

T - Anise, grass, and earth.

M - Bitter and dry. Very disappointing. :(

D - The smell and color are nice, but the taste and mouthfeel make this beer undrinkable.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown, with a thick fluffy head, good lacing down the glass. Aroma is kind of weak, but nice, chocolate malt with toffee and some wierd ripe funk that isn't altogether bad. Taste has a bready malt character with chocolate hints, some toffee. Decent medium body and a little action on the tongue. Overall, pretty decent brown.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a thick creamy dark chocolate coffee color. It is very opque and like midnight. A nice 4 finger head greets the top of my pint glass and almost flows over. A siena brown color head has some staying power for good 5 minutes.

S- a toasted malted coffee smell. Not much else to report here.

T- a roasted malted flavoring. I cant really taste the coffee as i could smell it. A little dissappointed. Update: After a few more sips i can get the hint of the coffee...i am happy now. No alcohol flavor and it is more of a roasted malt flavoring as i continue to drink.

M- Smooth and thin. You would think from the pour it would be thick and hard to put down. Smooth and silky in the mouth.

D- easy to put this down which surprises me. I like it but i have had better dark brews.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of kbub6f
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), about a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

There's a light tan head that crumples with some sticky lacing. The beer is a dark ruby color.

The smell is grapes, bread, nutty. Hey: peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

The front is roasty nuts, a little sweetish. The middle is malty with some hops showing up, but it turns a little watery. The finish is peanut butter and just a touch sour. It gets quite a bit better (creamier) as it warms.

It's an interesting brown that gets a few extra points for originality.

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Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a ruddy dark brown with hints of red peaking through. Brown lacing and a decent head

S_lightly sweet with a roasted malt undertone. There is a hop presence that is somewhat floral

T_roasted malt that is not as sweet as the smell. There are hints of chocolate ripe fruits and a somewhat spicy hop aftertaste

M_slightly rich bodied but there is a good dose of tight carbonation that makes it lively.

D_the best Abita I have had and a very tasty beer overall. It is thick without being heavy.

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03-04-07 Twist off brown 12er. Best before 3/11.

Dark ruby brown, clear. Mild head.

Sweet raisin and chocolate. Dark nutty malt, toffee sweet. Light floral hops, mild spice.

Medium bodied smoothness. Raisin dark chocolate with tart grapes. Sweet toffee/sugar nutty malt base. Floral and mildly spicy hops that contribute a decent tart bitterness. Mild carbonation, nice foamation. Finishes smooth and slightly tart/bitter.

Creamy/smooth sweet brew. Very drinkable, quite enjoyable. I had it with a nice gumbo tonight, mmm mmm.


Deep red hue. Clear. Nice head – creamy and brown.

Chocolate and toffee. Some tart floral hop.

Chocolate and roasted caramel. Fruity sweetness and toasty nut. Tart hops are floral with medium-high bitterness. Finishes medium dry.

Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy.

A sweet English Brown or light American Brown. It’s okay, I don’t need another.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,887 ratings.
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