Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,012
Ratings:
2,876
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with lots of thick head with good retention and leaving strong laces.
Grainy and nutty aroma with chocolate and earthy notes.
Flavor of roasted malts and earthy hops. Notes of coffee and hints of pepper, charcoal and molasses. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very balanced brown ale, not sweet with pleasant coffee notes. Good exemplar of its style.

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Photo of tedan
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into beer glass, 13 degrees C. No date on bottle.

Pours with a large tan head which falls to about half a finger after a few minutes. A good amount of lacing appears as you drink it.

It's a pretty average brown ale. Nothing too out of the ordinary or unexpected but is definitely pleasant and sessionable.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium frothy tan head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grains; very slight hop notes

Taste: Roasted grains up front; slight hop bites in the middle with a slightly dry, metallic flavor in the end; not particularly noteworthy, but not too bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate brown with two fingers of head that dissipated quickly. Toffee notes are present in the nose. The upfront flavor is bready and malty with a mildy bitter finish. This offering is enjoyable, but only above average as English Browns go.

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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 thlayli87
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown, almost black with 2 fingers of thick foamy head. Good and persistent lacing.

S - Grainy malt, not much else going on.

T - Molasses, caramel malt, slight tartness, and an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Improves slightly as it warms.

M - Light to medium body.

O - Not terrible, but the flavors don't quite mesh. And the metallic taste is a definite turnoff. Oddly, this beer paired very well with chocolate covered marshmallow easter candy.

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body, nearly black. Light tan fluffy head that stands up and leaves good lacing.

S: Loads of precious coffee-house and bakery smells. Smells like coffee, a bit of chocolate, some toffee, fresh baked bread, and caramel. Really smells good.

T: The flavor is a light roasted bitterness, a hint of charcoal, and a tad of toffee and caramel flavor. It's not very strong...there is a sweetness to it but it is very mellow. I'd say that the roasted flavors dominate more.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and a bit watery. Easy to drink.

O: Overall it's a really good beer. Some of the flavors aren't as pronounced as they smell, and roasted bitterness dominates overall. It might even be a bit too bitter, but it is a tasty mellow beer. It's not something I'd rave about, but I would like to drink it again.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a thick creamy mocha head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is of unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee, not very hoppy which is a plus, not real complex but a good flavor none the less. To me this is a good solid dark beer, but nothing really stands out to put it in the superior category.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (undated)

Appearance: a nearly opaque reddish-brown. The thick tan, two-finger head stayed for quite a while.

Aroma: nice - very strong chocolate with some hops.

Taste: like the aroma but with the addition of a subtle toasty, bready component.

Mouthfeel: rather sharp - but not unpleasant - carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall: a deep but not overly complex brew. The hops are understated in the presence of the rich coffee flavor.

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Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Lagunitas Mason Jar
A - Pours a really dark dark brown, vanilla colored 1 finger head, medium thickness, good lacing.
S - Dark, semi-roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, chocolates, and a kinda odd metallic (?) smell
T - You get those roasted flavors, not like a nut brown, but some dark malts.
M - Kinda thin, feels more like a black lager with the dark flavors hanging on.
O - A good brew from Abita, that I used to think more of, but after revisiting it a few times, its not as great as i once thought it was, still for the price, its a good choice.

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Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with ruby edges and a thick brown colored head that laces the glass.

Roasted malt with dark fruit and a bit of hop.

A nice coffee, caramel and roasted grain flavor with some sweet chocolate and hop. The beer seems like it would be bitter, but the sweetness is maintained throughout. Finishes with a chocolate and hop flavor.

Medium body and velvet smooth.

I really like this beer. Definitely a go to beer for a fall or winter day.

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Photo of steveh
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Abita was one of the first micros available in my area -- lo these many years ago. I haven't had it in a while, but was inspired by one of my cousins who said he drinks it all the time and really enjoys it -- mind you, this from a converted BMC drinker.

12 ounce stubby, no visible bottling or best-by date on the label.

Northern, or Southern English Brown..?

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with a very substantial, dense, tan head.

S -- Nice balance of chocolate and roasted malts, some toasted nut character with warming.

T -- Milk chocolate character up front that blends into mellow roasted malts. Some very mellow citrus fruitiness toward the finish, the mellow roasted malt follows through in the afertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is Smooth and creamy with a medium to lightly heavy body.

O -- Based on guidelines, this beer straddles Northern & Southern English Brown characteristics -- and the drinker is the winner. A very smooth, mellow, yet robust beer. Great balance of sweet and roasted malts. If you crave a Brown and this is available, give it a go.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a pint glass

A - dark brown with a 3 inch sturdy off-white head

S - straw, roasted malts, slight hoppiness, some dark fruits possibly, something is sweet

T - straw, roasted malts, slight hoppiness, dark fruits and sweetness at the end.

M - light bodied, maybe needs a little more carb, slightly watery for a brown.

Overall - not a bad beer, worth a try. but pretty average brown ale in my opinion

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Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Dark brown with two fingers of foamy tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Mild toffee aroma with a hint of nuts.

Taste- Chocolate malt, toffee, and some nuttiness. Very light citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good session beer and a solid example of this style.

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Photo of IsaacCraft
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I tasted like all the things I enjoy about IPA's without the crazy bitterness. The taste had hints of chocolate and toffee which makes it ideal for a dessert beer. I'll probably buy a six pack of this to enjoy after meals in the very near future.

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Photo of deebo
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bottle with a BB date of 1/15/13 poured into a pint glass. Appearance is just slightly hazy with a dark brown color and a substantial clingy pillowy light tan head.

Aromas of chocolatey malt with some nuttiness. Some sweet molasses as well. Taste is moderately toffee sweet, fairly dry in the finish with just the slightish bit of astringency. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this one is easy to drink with somewhat simple but nice flavor.

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Photo of JPlo
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, slightly hazy color. Head is diminishing, with average lacing.

Feel: Smooth/silky, creamy carbination. Avg-long with slightly wet finish.

Aroma: Malts (in order) Caramelly, Nutty, chocolaty

Taste: Malts are Nutty, chocolaty and caramelly. Nice amount of earthy bitter hops at end to balance eveything.

A better Newcastle, gave this to a friend that was a big Newcastle fan, and now he has switched to this.

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

P: Deep dark mahogany body with creamy bubbly tan froth.

S: Aroma is similar to a box of crayons. Also, caramel, toffee, cardboard, toast and faint bitter cooking chocolate.

T/M: Roasted toffee, caramel, burnt toast, nuts and bitter coffee beans. Mouthfeel seems a tad light and watery. Nice bitterness that blends well with the dark malts. Finish is dry with dark malt lingers.

O: A decent brown ale that is easy drinking. Hops are nice and the blend was well done. Overall a nice drinkable beer that would be a great weekend beer to run through.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, and slight raisin. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malts. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, roast, herbal, and slight raisin. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and brown sugar on the finish for a short bit. Very nice malt flavor balance that is fairly robust, with good complexity; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark brown with some ruby hue, solid fluffy layer of head that has good retention, a bit of lace runs down the sides.

S- chocolate and caramel, dark prunes, and some spicy hops

T- toasted malt gives way to chocolate and toffee, mild notes of dark fruit, finishes with some citrusy hop and bready grain.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish

O- great balance and extremely drinkable. Nothing is overbearing which makes it highly sessionable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

chestnut colored, decent maltiness but just a rather bland beer. Very little going on here. Nothing offensive, just boring. Like many other Abita beers, it's the standard run of the mill beer that doesn't offend, yet there's nothing spectacular about it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best By 06/03/13. Took a break from the Sam Adams Spring Thaw pack to give this one a first-time.

Pours a translucent brown with some red hues poking through. Great-looking finger's worth of fluffy beige head capping this brew. Looks like draft root beer.

Very mild nose. Light chocolate and brown ale notes. Hints of something caramelly, or maybe toffee. Chocolate is definitely here, though. Smells malty. Lightly soapy, too.

Some milk chocolate, English toffee, herbal hops, malty session ale sweetness, moderate bitterness, medicinal notes, root vegetable quality, and obligatory nuttiness. A bit of cola in the middle. Finishes with malty roast and some Willamette. There's enough going on here! Pleasantly surprised by this Southern English Brown.

Very quaffable. Chunky body full of dextrins. Clunky carbonation is delightfully clumsy. Splashes in the mouth. There's even a thin booze note.

I wouldn't call it complex, but this beer has a lot to offer. Great sessionable English-style ale. Chocolate and toffee make an intriguing combo; not exactly used to it. An enjoyably easy twelve-ouncer to slam back between other beers.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 01/20/13 notes. Had on tap at some sports bar in Chicago. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, dark fruits, nuts, toasted malts, grains, and biscuit malts. Fruit is nice, very malty.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, dark fruits, earthy notes, bread, wheat, grains, toasted malts, nuts, and light sweet caramel malts. Sweeter than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a decent brown ale. Sweet and some nice fruit to it, and easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing but could revisit at a bar with not a lot of craft options.

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Photo of devilben02
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer from the bottle, noticing a deep, almost opaque reddish-brown color and a modest beige head that settles to a thin film of foam, but I left the room for a minute right after pouring. When I returned, I was welcomed back to my seat by a wave of rich, caramel sweetness. Unfortunately, the wonderful sweetness somehow seemed to evaporate with the head, and my first deliberate smell of the beer yielded nothing but dull combination of mild lactose-like sweetness, some musty hops, and an afternote of dry cocoa. The flavor is marginally better but still sadly bland, with a light, sweet blend of milk chocolate and a mildest noticeable toffee character, although each characteristic seems to develop nicely as the beer warms. The texture is good enough, with a nice medium body that is lightened by a fine carbonation. Overall, although certainly drinkable, the superficial flavor profile leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours brown with a small tan head, with fair retention and spotty lacing. Smells like toasted malt and nuts. the aroma is light.

Tastes just like it smells with toasted malt and nuts. Just like with the aroma, the taste is too light, and I can detect only a little sweetness.

Medium bodied, average carbonation. Mostly just boring and bland.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,876 ratings.
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