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Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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1,005 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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Reviews: 1,005 | Ratings: 2,846
Photo of bargerking
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz'er into a wisky glass

Visuals are a dark brown. Virtually opaque. Smell molases, woodiness, toasty, hints of coffee. Taste is close to smell. The woodiness flavor is more pronounced with a bitter chocolate backbone. Hints of malt and very little after taste. Very little lacing with just a rim head. Drinkabilty is somewhat decent but doesnt have the burst of taste like the stronger ABV drinks do. However, the overall consumption is smoother with a nice chocolaty finish. This is no means on my top list but is a nice interpetation of a nice brown ale.

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Photo of Myk
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle and poured vigorously, gave a great light carmel colored head. deep brown with good carbonation, maybe a little to much. smell of roasted malt and carmel. light easy hop in flavor, but mostly chocolate and roasted sweet malt. toffee-ish. have to agree with the dry. leaves the mouth almost cotton like, but not in a bad way. if your looking for a dry sweet ale, this is a good one. probably go very well with beef. full-medium body.

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Photo of captenaj
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have this in a bottle at the Lobster Lady restaurant in Cape Coral Florida.

Appearance: deep ruby Brown, minimal head.

Smell: Slightly nutty and earthy.

Taste: rich and flavorful. Slight hint of chocolate and coffee.

Mouth feel: Perhaps a little thin, but not too much so.

Overall: an excellent tasting beer.

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Photo of brewbasterd
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heard alot of buzz around this beer recently so decided to try it. Had it in a 12oz. bottle then poured into a room temp pint glass.

Dark brown color with a creamy head that left a thin layer at the top the entire time drinking it. A nice chocolate maltiness with hints of burnt caramel is present on the nose and the palette. A medium body mouthfeel with a taste that lingers just long enough that it doesn't over saturate the taste buds.

Overall this was an ok beer that i don't think lived up to all the hype. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer again.

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Photo of jovy1097
1.85/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Dark, ruby colored, clear beverage that puts out a huge coffee cream head with tons of lacing. Clouds of foam stay on top of the beer till it's gone.

Smell: Rootbeer and yeast with a slight chicory note.

Taste: Rootbeer at first that quickly morphs into metallic, burnt charcoal, and motor oil. Bitter aftertaste that doesn't want to go away.

Mouthfeel: Crisp bite of carbonation. A watery feel that leaves a slick finish.

Drinkability: I never want another one of these. If someone offers it to me, I'll say "No thanks, but I will take a glass of water." At least it's not a heavy beer. It's motto should be "Bad taste, less filling."

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles from my local grocery store and they are clearly marked with a freshness date. From the bottle to a pint glass out pours a dark brown ale with a mahogany hue. Swirling the tan head around the glass reveals a thin sticky lacing. A good inhale detects notes of a dark crystal malt in a brew of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits (kiwi, fig, prune or plum?) and a hops spice. The taste has a rich mouthfeel with a medium body. Dark-sticky-sweet malty caramel and chocolate flavors are dominant, with a light crisp hops bitterness that cleanses the pallet. To profile this English brown ale, it's not far off from today's stouts and porters, very similar to a Full Sail Session Black without the liquorice or a distant relative of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, one that lives just down the road.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, but does allow some light through. Off-white head. Sweet malt nose has a brown sugar quality. Flavor is sweet with a rich creaminess similar to a good porter. Slightly skunky taste. Mild coffee finish. Easy drinking, but could be a bit more flavorful.

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Photo of Ozone34
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the Cock and Bull. I tried this beer in a bottle a while ago and I didn't care for it much. Then just recently I got some on tap and I tasted quite a difference.

Appearance: dark brown, slight lacing

Smell: Nice roasted malts slight chocolate

Taste: Again, slightly chocolately, slight hop/bitterness on the backside.

A favorite among the patrons at the C & B, they almost always have a tap on this and always fresh. You come on Wednesday's it's $5 liter night and I always get a liter of TurboDog. Perfect example of a brown.

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Photo of Bassetdawg
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Served in a shaker glass, on tap appropriately enough at The Barking Dog.

Appearance: a dark brown, almost black color, with a substantial tan head with good retention.

Aroma: roasted caramel malt aroma, with some nuttiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a strong roasted malt flavor with caramel, and a bit of chocolate and some nuttiness as well. It has a nice full mouth feel though a bit lighter than I expected.

Drinkability: This is a solid brown ale that I would enjoy again.

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Photo of pojo41
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown color with a creamy long-lasting head. Nice lacing on glass. Rich taste of roasted malt. Good mouth feel. I liked this beer a lot. I know some people lump Abita beers with BMC but, that is unfair. This is a good, tasty beer. Would pair well with the fare at the Abita Brew Pub.

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Photo of Taffle
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice creamy head and dark stout appearance. Very rich, malty look.

Smells a bit of coffee beans, dark chocolate.. Expecting to taste something with a more malty, stout-like flavor.

Some bite from the hops blends in uniquely with the densely rich textures of the brew. The taste is bold and a hair potent. The Dog has a coffee-like lingering finish.

Overall I thought this brew was surely unique and did enjoy it, however couldn't drink more than couple.

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Photo of avaulteriam
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very nice smell. Hazelnut, coffee, chocolate. Nice Red color, thick head. A very tasty brown ale with tastes of chocolate, malt, candy sugar, some ripe fruits. Finish has a slight taste of hops. Nice smooth brown ale, very nutty, very good. Not too shabby.

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Photo of Clint_Yoho
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Abita Turbo dog
12 oz bottle poured into flying dog goblet

L: Dark brown to black. Good lacing. About dinner of head. Good head retention.

S: Sweet malt smell. Hints of chocolate and caramel.

T: Missing that umph. Light toffee taste.

F: Has a good mouth feel, a good body.

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Photo of mac56
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep mahogany color, light tan head (similar to a Guinness) good and thick, a moderate amount of lace.

Smell: slightly nutty. My wife said "sesame".

Taste: Slightly nutty, slightly sweet. Which is what my wife says about me. The sweetness is not cloying, like so many brown ales can be. A nice, moderate hop bitterness that seems completely appropriate to the style.

Mouthfeel: Silky. Smooth, but not oily.

Drinkability: I decanted the bottle straight out of the fridge. Liked it much better as it warmed up. Cellar temperature from the beginning would make it better. Still, I wanted another as soon as I finished.

Overall: This is one of the better domestic brown ales I've had. I'll recommend this without hesitation. I also like the new label design.

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Photo of lokicat444
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Opaque brown, not much of a head, with a faintly sweet smell. The taste is quite distinctive for a brown ale, with a slightly roasted taste, with a strong chocolate flavor. Sweet too, with a fine balance of hops, but the predominant flavor is the chocolate. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. I think this beer would be fine with desert, but was not what I was looking for in a brown ale with dinner.

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Photo of jhp40219
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, almost black pour with a light tan head. Not much of a head to speak of. Leaves a slight lacing as it goes down.

S - Strong scent of sweet milk chocolate and toffee up front. Little bit of roasted malts in the background. Delicious smell!

T - Rather weak. Slight chocolate and toasted malts, but very faint. Huge disappointment after the smell.

M - Very thin and overly carbonated with a very faint chocolatey taste.

D - Refreshing to drink and definitely easy going down. Unfortunately the best part of this beer is the smell and appearance. Not the greatest example of a brown ale, but definitely not the worst either.

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Photo of RappAttack
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark brown with some amber around the edges, with an off white head
S: very nutty smell to it like a proper brown ale
T: nice almond taste up front with some nice bready malt
M: crisp and refreshing, good carbonation
O: the best abita brew i have had, a true brown ale and a nice refreshment after a good trail ride on the mtn bike

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Photo of bighoppymonster
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held up to light. Tan head with no visible carbonation has some nice lacing. Smells of sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Roasted maltiness in taste with some sweet chocolate notes as well as some coffee. Hop presence is definately there, but rather understated. An excellent balance of malt to hops for my taste. Overall a solid brew that I drink pretty often. The best offering from Abita in my opinion, at least of the options available to me.

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Photo of bataround
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a ruby brown color and was topped off with a very creamy. 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 Zeisloft
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of Brown Ales, but I haven't had a TurboDog in a while, so I gave it a whirl.

It is exactly what I think a brown ale should taste like. Malty, a little sweeter than most, with a little hops pushing the beer forward.

Then beer is dark brown, with a tan head. The malt is the dominant taste, until the end where the little bit of hops coming in at the end. Maybe a bit too sweet, but the very light in the mouth making it very drinkable.

This a beer I would drink anytime I felt like a brown

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Photo of shwhat
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big, fluffy, rootbeer-float looking tan head with a thick, super dark and hazy brown body.
smells a bit roasty...some fruity notes coming through and a drizzle of caramel.
taste is malty as hell. roasty chocolate. lots of caramel. mild bitterness, pushes through more on the finish. the further you get down the glass (the more it warms), the more bitterness is present...but it's never much, and never unpleasant.
mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would have thought...but still medium bodied. slick, almost creamy. slight prickle from the carbonation...but not much, and only up front.
i like this one...but i'm not entirely sure how often i'd drink it. if it was a little less roasty, i'd probably like it a bit more. drinks a bit like a chocolate stout, honestly. which i like...but still. not what i was expecting, and still can't decide if i was pleasantly surprised. maybe i should give this one another shot again sometime.

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Photo of faubs
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

All right so I’m bias, however this is an exceptional beer. When ever you get a chance you should support your local micro brew… that is if you think its worth a damn. Back to the beer. As far as this brew goes you can’t beat it for a domestic its got some meat to it. Dark in appearance, appealing bottle, and a smooth taste (chocolate hops with coffee overtones). Man I can drink this stuff for hours. It does help if you can get it fresh, I tried it in a Texas bar not nearly as good. This is definitely worth a try if you can get a holt of it.

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Photo of mizzourah
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark, dark brown that reminds me of root beer. The head and lacing were light brown and sparse.

S- Chocolate, toffee and sweet, sweet ripened fruit.

T- It's an interesting mix. First I pick up the toffee and chocolate tastes. Neither is overwhelming and it's a nice blend. Then I noticed a strong fruit flavor that was almost grapish. Overall, a very unique flavor.

M- Light body with good amount of carbonation.

D- Like I said, this was an interesting beer. That means it would be good for a couple beers, but I definitely wouldn't session this. I enjoyed it for one bottle, but I doubt this will be a regular for me.

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Photo of Why-P-A
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A unique dark reddish brown color, odd for a beer but not visually unappealing.

S: Caramel and toffee are present on the nose, minimal is any hop floral notes.

T: Complex sweet flavors up front transition but surprisingly smooth on the finish. There is a slight lingering dark fruit flavor of prunes which is difficult to place.

M: Turbodog finishes clean, not watery but could have a thicker mouth feel to match the flavors of the beer.

O: A unique hybrid between an amber and brown ale, having disticnt flavor characteristics from both. Clearly a popular beer which fills a nice niche and is available nation wide, a solid offering from Abita.

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Photo of OsuJohn
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-N/A- drank em all out of the bottle

S- hints of chocolate, malty aroma

T- similar to the smell but some how more complex, again hits of chocolate, malty flavor

M-medium thickness, not watery but not thick; average bubbles

D- drinkable, did drink six of them just hanging out.

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