Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

1,014 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: 1,014 | Ratings: 2,878
Photo of q33jeff
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass. Better than I remember this beer from long past, half forgotten trips to the crescent city. Appearance is dark brown,but translucent. Big healthy white head, Aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon bread, malt Taste is sugar cinnamon, bread, (do I taste beignet). Very full, sweet and tasty. Medium carbonation that lasts. Very pleased. I’ll buy this again."

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Photo of singletary
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown color with a smell of caramel. The taste is a rick caramel feel with a hint of coffee aftertaste. It is a nice brown ale well worth a try.

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Photo of Gear54
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is a deep brown with a slightly redish hue when held up to the light. Thin head faded quickly leaving nothing for lace behind.

Smell is mostly caramel type malt aroma. maybe bits of toffee and coffee but those are very fain.

Taste is rich malty caramel and coffee flavors with smoke and grassy hops. I think taste here is much better than smell.

Feel is light to medium with some carbonation. Flavors fade rather quickly. This is not a heavy beer by any means.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Underwhelming head; not particularly memorable in terms of presentation. A little lacing.

Smell: Nice toffee or caramel note in the nose.

Taste: Served a bit too cold to start. The toffee doesn't initially shine thru very prominently; A little tart and metallic at the finish. Improves overall as it warms.

Feel: Nondescript.

Overall: Meh...never quite develops enough momentum to be anything special or memorable. Far better alternatives available. Wouldn't go out of my way to revisit.

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Photo of bbtkd
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Based on reviews I had expected to like this, but found it way too bitter for my taste. Malty and sweet smell, so not sure where the bitterness comes in - perhaps hops, but wasn't getting much hop taste.

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Photo of NavyVet1959
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I stumbled across this one when I was in a New Orleans area Wal-mart back in 2004. I wasn't expecting much from it, considering the fact that it was a Louisiana beer. I figured it would probably taste like gator piss. I was really surprised though when I drank it. I would put it right up there with Guinness on taste. Definitely something I would buy again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Really much darker than I anticipated. Looks like a dark brown "Coke" color. Forms a minimal 1/4 finger of tan head on top. The bottle lists the ABV (5.6%) and there is not date info.

S: [2.50] Caramel and then something kind of earthy or like vegetables. The caramel is kind of medicinal scented. Like if they made a kids medicine and then tried to make it a caramel flavor to make them take it.

T: [3.50] It tastes better than it smells. The caramel is much smoother. There is also toffee, a bit of smoke, maybe a hint of chocolate.

M: [3.25] Below medium body with some tingly carbonation.

O: [3.25] The aroma is not good. I actively dislike it. However, the beer tastes ok. If the nose was at least neutral I could drink this beer if offered. The nose is just not ok. The flavor is a nice mix of caramel, toffee and chocolate which is a nice mixture. The body is a little lacking but not too bad.

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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 OldSwampy
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a hint of ruby, a nice head that lingered for a bit. Nose was balanced and malty with a bit of hoppiness... promising exactly what the tasting delivered. A sweet intro note led to a nicely developing malty flavor with hops providing overtones but never dominating. The balance here was notable, from start to finish, and there were no wrong notes anywhere. Balance, balance, always important to me, and this beer has it. Great malt flavors but more going on than just the malt. The mouthfeel was a bit creamy but complementary to the flavor, never distracting, but pleasing when considered. Started tasting it a bit cooler than ideal temp, I think, since as it warmed a bit in the glass it became more fully flavored.

Bottle stamp "BEST BY 06/18/16"

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This English Brown Ale by Abita has 5.6% ABV and 28 IBUs. I poured it into a pub pint glass.

Look-It pours a dark cloudy, almost opaque, liquid with an off-white frothy head. A strong backlight will reveal subtle reddish-amber hues.

Smell-It smells malty with caramel, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste-It tastes like it smell with the rich maltiness coming out up front. I taste caramel, chocolate, and some hints of coffee. But among these dominant flavors I also pick up on the slightest grassy hop component. It has mild carbonation and a medium-bodied mouthfeel that leaves a coffee-like coating on the tongue that lingers.

Overall-This is a great beer!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Michael Jackson in the 1999 edition of "Beer Hunter" said this was like an alt-bier.
Give that some thought.
I liked that this brew from the previous century respected the malty character of the style.
This is my second time drinking this and it was good, but is a toss-up for a third.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours brown with amber hues when held to light very little light tan head that is basically a ring. Aroma malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee. Taste follows the nose. Beautiful very nice.

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Photo of twage04
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby/mahogany with slightly higher than average carbonation. Taste is kinda sweet and some chocolate and maltiness going on. Overall a pretty inoffensive, easy drinking beer but nothing really memorable is going on here. Kinda reminds me of drinking a soda.

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Photo of Cavebabble
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark brown look with a malt/chocolate/sweet smell. The taste is strong, adding a healthy hops bite to the chocolate and malt. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, and will add it to my list of repeats.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2"+ fluffy cream colored head which falls very slowly with moderate lacing. Color is mostly clear reddish-brown with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: very malt with caramel and chocolate, bread dough, and earthy hop spice.

Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, sudsy, a bit chewy, with a long finish.

Flavor: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, nuts with noticeable hop bite for balance.

Overall: a well done brew from Abita. If a malt forward beer fits your palate, then you would likely enjoy it.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scents of tart cherry, licorice, and soft chocolate on the nose. Deep mahogany pour, deep brown to rub red. The chocolate hits the palate first followed by mild plum. Pretty dry with a slight hop background which rounds the malt. Easy to drink. A nice offering.

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Photo of MNAle
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Stamped "Best by 11/22/15"; consumed on 1/12 and 1/13/16. I checked the date before I bought this, but I decided to go for it anyway, but just be aware if you read this review that the beer was nearly 2 months past the "best by" date from the brewer, so it was likely at least 8 months from bottling. But, it is a brown ale, not an IPA, so as I said, I decided to try it anyway. Very nice aroma; sweet, caramel, musty malt in the English style, some cocoa, perhaps a little dark fruit. Very dark ruby color, with a tan 1 inch creamy head that fades slowly, lumpily, creamily. Thick lacing. Light carbonation. This is a very good looking beer. Thin mouth feel, perhaps appropriate for the style, but the creamy head had me expecting more. Caramel, roasty taste that holds through the middle and into the finish. Only a slight hint of hops bittering in the finish. Very much malt-flavor dominated. I would have expected a bit more of a bitter finish, but perhaps that is due to age of the beer. Overall, a drinkable beer, enjoyable, but it needs more from the hops.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a mahogany brown/red. Lofty light tan head slow to dissipate. Opaque

Smell- Lightly roasted malt. Caramel

Taste- Semi sweet caramel/toasted grains. Toffee notes. Hints of dark fruit. Finish is clean and crisp, slightly dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium in bosy with ample carbonation.

Overall- A smooth, drinkable English brown. Very well done. The malt profile is well balanced and is not too sweet. Try it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a toffee nut brown color with 80% opacity; beige head is 2 fingers with a hilly display, sticks around for a good while leaving sparse lace.

Rich chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes on the nose, as well as some damp barley and faint nuttiness.

Taste is of cashew, caramel malts, stale milk chocolate, and hazelnut. A sharp pinch of hop accompanies the flavor profile.

Feel is textbook medium bodied, with a spatial creaminess and mild carbonation. Finish is slightly drying.

Overall it's easy to say that this is Abita's best offering. While that's not saying much as it's still not phenomenal, it is a decent beer and within my threshold of favorite English Browns.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear yet dark deep mahogany wood color, or an aged, darkened cherry wood. The head forms as two fingers of pale khaki foam, with fair retention. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: The aroma blasts out of the glass during the pour, and can be detected at arm's length for a tiny bit of time following. Sweet caramel and toffee, over a layered mass of toast, cracker, and grain. A hint of something vaguely like cotton candy wafts through the rest of the scents here and there.

Taste: Where the nose is sweet, the flavors open towards the bitter side, with a sharp, bitingly acrid burst of metallic shoe polish, which recedes as the tasting process moves along, yet remains present, tinging the rest of the flavors with its presence. Beneath and behind that comes a wash of the aforementioned caramel and toffee, over a bready note not unlike boule, and a spot of graham cracker. Some leathery tones also drift by towards the end, and at the finish, this beer leaves a lingering mix of the polish, toffee, and leather.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light, this beer goes down smoothly and quickly. The carbonation level is somewhat high, perhaps adding to the sharpness I perceive in the initial taste.

Overall: For a brown ale, not bad - I can actually drink it, and detect some flavors beyond the initial hop burst. It's not going to become a regular beer in my rotation, however.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt brown color with a slight transparency to it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a quickly dissipating finger's worth of head.
The smell started with a rich sweet to nutty amplified toffee to burnt cake-like aroma. Some caramel makes a sly presence.
The taste was mainly sweet with a subtle roast blending into the flavor. A light semi-sweet to nutty aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a tad bit of sweet clingy cakey-ness on my tongue. Carbonation feels fairly subdued allowing the roastiness and malts to sweeten and wanting to become to a semi-harsh feel on my tongue.
Overall, its a good English brown ale that I think I could come back to.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Milk chocolate brown color with a fingernail head that recedes immediately and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma of barley, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is barley, toffee, and malt with an english hop finish. It isn't as sweet as the aroma would lead me to believe. Fairly balanced but I was missing more hops. Light body and medium carbonation that went down easy.
It is more sweet than hoppy in the spirit of an english brown ale. The balance is nice and this is one of the core beers from Abita I'll pick up and drinker a 6er of in 2 weeks. It exhibits self control and respect to the style.

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Photo of Tswiftma
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried a Turbodog at a Disneyland Resort. Not bad but nothing exciting. Somewhat flat brown ale taste. Avery and Pretty Things have superior brown ales.

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Photo of CHickman
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chestnut brown color with red showing at the edges where light hits the glass; it had a thick foamy 2 finger beige head that was full of popping bubbles as it dissipated slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing.

Smells of hazelnuts, toasted grains, toffee, burnt corn husk, sweet malt, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread and earthy notes like peat moss, tree bark or twigs. Nutty and sweet smelling overall, the earthy notes allow notes like tea leaf and light spices to add a little balance, but it's all malt.

Tastes like it smells, with toasted grains, toffee, burnt corn husk, a mix of nuts, rye bread, brown sugar, peat moss, toasted crackers with butter, chocolate malt, faint coffee grinds, tea leaf and light floral hops. The nutty aftertaste has a slight chalky yeast feel and flavor, leaving metallic notes lingering - the aftertaste is the only part of the flavor I don't really care for.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light body, mild carbonation and as stated above the nutty aftertaste which has a slightly chalky yeast feel and flavor, leaving the metallic notes lingering. The finish is my least favorite part of an otherwise overall good beer.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer definitely has a porter-esque. Dark roasted malts on the nose, and the taste follows with a light-medium body. Dry finish. Makes me proud to be in Louisiana.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,878 ratings.
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