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 travelguy
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of sachie23
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KingforaDay
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaksurf
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbossman
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a slight reddish tint; light brown head that is big and sudsy; lacing is good

S: Rather subdued: faint roasted malts with subtle chocolate and coffee notes--a touch of dark fruits perhaps but mostly just a subtle roasted quality; pleasant just nothing to go crazy about

T: Much more complexities in the flavors: roasted coffee and chocolate play with the rich malts; a touch of brown sugary sweetness finishes the flavors

F: Medium body and creamy; beer clings fairly well to the sides of the mouth

O: My favorite beer from Abita; rich, creamy, and simple with moments of intriguing complexities

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Photo of mwar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Strix
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ALLISON01
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergeek279
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is a dark brown with a clumpy white head. The smell is a strong dark malt. The taste is a slightly sweet maltiness and a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. As for drinkability, maybe another.

A decent offering from Abita. Though Brown Ale isn't a personal favorite, I suppose this is a good one amongst the not-on-crack brown ale (Brooklyn Brown, Indian Brown) crowd. Good, but not great.

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Photo of tronester
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. Smell is of ripe fruit. Taste is quite malty, with hints of chocolate and tobacco. There is also a touch of earthy flavor from the hops. Nice bitterness that clings to your tongue. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation slightly high. Drinkability is good, this is a good beer, a nice example of an English Brown Ale, but a bit on the high side of ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of LutherBrau
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of therica
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice alternative to Newcastle, slightly more bitter and not quite the quality-traits but a decent selection.

A= nice tight-foamy head about 1-inch thick in a 1-litre glass stein. Dark chestnut-amber color, much darker than Newcastle.

S= hardly enough scent to detect after pouring. Slight musty aroma and not bad, just nothing exciting. Gradually exudes more scent once it has set for a short while.

T= comes across like a near-Newcastle clone with first sip, then an immediate awareness of a more hoppy bite. Flavorful, actually better after it settles for a few minutes (or has been half-consumed apparently, due to my reviewing samplings!). Clean belch.

M= bitey at first, a bit less bitey after gradually settling. Gentle mix of hops-bitters with nutty-hop characteristics which linger for some time. Nothing to put you off, here.

D= probably very drinkable once it settles and de-carbonates a little, I'd love to try this on tap and would suspect it's a lot more drinkable in-quantity on tap.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - brown ale, creamy head, patchy lacing, fairly dark brown

S - malts, red wine, there's a unique smell here that's almost like grape

T - sweet malt, mild hops, some roasted flavors, sweet toffee, very mild hops

M - very balanced on the palette, medium bodied

O - solid English Ale, really balanced balanced malt and hops and an interesting aroma like red wine which i find really nice.

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Photo of edchicma
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only thing lacking in this brew was the aroma. Quite honestly my bottle smelled like a wet dog...I never encountered this smell before. But, aside from that all else was very nice. Appearance is an almost black amber with a head that diispates into a very nice lace. Taste...mmm. almost like a dry stout. lightly sweet with a hop flavor on the finish that is very nice. Mouthfeel is medium with a crispness and a dry finish that makes you want to take anothe sip. Very nice on the drinkability scale. Glad I tried it.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,930 ratings