Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

2,886 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured with a one finger off white head, which dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate visible carbonation on it. The nose had notes of coffee (even Aly picked this up) and chocolate with a bit of roasted malts. The taste on the brew was almost exactly like the nose, except the coffee overwhelmed the other flavors a bit. The roasted malts and chocolate were detectable, but definitely took back seat to the coffee. The finish lingered with the coffee flavor. The body was moderately thin, decently carbonated and the alcohol was obviously on the lower end. As I sipped the beer, I may have gotten a hint of sweetness as well, but it was very difficult to detect. This was a very flavorful brown ale that I would definitely have again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rosie McCann's in Santa Cruz, CA. On to the beer:

Wood polish brown mixed with orange and red hues. Good webbed lacing clings to the glass. The nose is nutty, offering up notes of toffee crisp too. And Turbodog's flavor is nutty as well. Nutty with a side of graininess, a kiss of hops, and a vague crispness. With a lighter medium body, this ends up as a respectable, working man's brown ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Abita. It pours up a nice deep brown with a fluffy two finger caramel head. There is decent retention and plenty of lacing. The nose is roasted barley, bread, nuts and coffee. Mouthfeel is full with the carbonation not at excessive levels. Taste basically follows the nose. I detect toffee, cola, licorice, chocolate, coffee, and some bready qualities. Not much of an aftertaste and not a tremendous amount of hoppiness for a beer of this nature, but definitely a satisfying beer. I'm looking forward to some more of Abita's offerings.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Turbodog looks more like a porter in the glass than a brown ale. It is a dark brown ale, nearly opaque with a little maroon around the edges. A nice light tan head forms and leaves slippery foam in it's wake.

The aroma is of fresh chocolatey malt and dark toasted bread.

The flavor is on the sweet side, chock full of chocolate malt taste and a nutty caramel. There is a slight bitterness from the hops on the finish but overall this is a sweet beer. As is usual flavor develops more as it warms and more tones from the roasted malts come out.

Mouthfeel isrelatively light, smooth and moderatly carbonated.

A nice beer, a bit on the sweet side for me but I like the nutty chocolate character.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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