Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

2,896 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 sachie23
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ahommell
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 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 zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 brutalist
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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 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 billybob
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with redish highlights and large three finger light tan head that holds to about a half inch with not a lot of lacing. some fruity aromas along with a bit of caramel and roasted malt. taste is sweet with caramel and a slightly bitter chocolate is there as well. not a bad beer at all but not a standout.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,896 ratings.
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