Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

2,894 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 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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Photo of kwkdmk
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

From a 12oz. brown bottle with a "Best if consumed before" date of 11-18 notched on the back label, pours a dark mahogany brown with 1/4 inch creamy tan head. A nice steady flow of carbonation bubbles keep the head aloft for a while, and there is some slippery bubble lacing as well.

Sweet doughy malt nose that is somewhat nutty, with toffee and even a note of alcohol as it warms...reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale a bit.

Good flavor that matches the smell, sweet and nutty that winds down to a good balanced bittering from the hops in the finish. Nice quality tasting brew with a healthy medium body that's very easy to put away and suits it's style very well.

A solid Brown Ale, nothing outstanding, but very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of ccozzi
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of MattSharpless
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of yaksurf
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Good one finger head that dissipates promptly leaving just a little lacing. Dark brown and slightly reddish body.

Understated aroma of sweet malt. Just a hint of toffee.

Bigger flavor than the aroma would predict. Roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Very mild in bitterness.

Fairly smooth mouthfeel, decent level of carbonation. Very solid offering.

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Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of OStrungT
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a light brown head. The head appears very thick and creamy. It fades very slowly leaving lots of thick laces. It smells biscut like. Also, it smells malty. I am having trouble detecting any hop aroma. It tastes biscut like with a slight caramel taste. It has a slight chocolate taste also, but only very subtle. As with the aroma, the hop presence is almost undetectable. This beer is medium bodied. It is carbonated well and goes down smooth. The taste leaves a lot to be desired from an English Brown. This might make a good session beer because it is not high in alcohol. But I am not too excited with the taste. I will probably never drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of williamherbert
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, like Coca-Cola. Off-brown cardboard colored head. Deep and dark.

The smell is a whiff of strong alcohol and a darkly sweet roasted malt. Darkly sweet brown sugar. Slightly darker-smelling then a normal brown.

Taste is a heavy blast of alcohol with an apologetically sweet finish. Roasted and sweet malts both. It's a bit too much on the sweet/saccharine side. Could use a hop balance of some kind, but the hops are simply absent. Heavy and sweet sugars.

Thick and milky feel. Not as smooth as typical browns. More of a choker-downer. It's not a very balanced beer. IT's got brown ale flavors with more alcohol but needs some bitter counterpoints. Decent.


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Photo of CHADMC3
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a full deep brown body with a substantial, pillow like tan head, giving way to a nice lace coating.

Coffee/chocolate malt and bread aroma with only faint hints of sweetness after the fact. Upon further inspection, a certain nuttiness can be detected as well.

Abundant chocolate malt flavor with slight sweetness and roasted malts, with again just a touch of nutty aftertaste.

This is a smooth crowd pleaser, nicely balanced and pleasant on the palate.

A great combination of flavor variety and character balanced make this highly drinkable. Only downside is just a notch too low of flavor intensity for my liking, which also seemed to contradict the appearance.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Barnoloid
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fine, chewy brown ale. Toffee and molasses notes in here, along with some dried fruit. The body is fairly smooth, medium and creamy. Dry on the finish.

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

Pleasant surprize!!!
Arrived a very dark/brown ale with a limited crown...carbonation is short. Body is full.
Nose has a bread like quality to it and a secondary in bitter/sweet chocolate.
The taste has a short hoppiness to begin followed by the same to end. No linger here at all.
Very nice...

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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark brown in color with a finger of light tan head. Aroma is nicely malty with some chocolatey notes, subtly sweet. Taste is also quite malty, the chocolate notes are less robust than the aroma; some nutty and caramel notes. Finishes a bit sweet but a subtle bitterness keeps it in check. Body and carbonation are both moderate+. Quite a tasty beer and a welcome reminder that not everything needs to be overhopped.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark caramel brown color topped off with a tad of foam. The aroma is light, but pleasing with a mixture of graininess and roasted malt. Slightly toasted flavors of caramel and coffee. There is an underlying bitterness which provides just the right amount of balance. A very drinkable and subtly pleasant beer. Very nice.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,894 ratings.
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