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

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Reviewed from notes taken about two weeks ago. Served at Springs Orleans in Colorado Springs. I first had this beer many, many years ago in Biloxi, MS and have had it off-and-on throughout these years.

Dark yet clear amber body with a very thin tan head. Nothing distinctive in the smell -- slightly sweet malt notes; no discernible hop presence. Taste came across roasty and nut-like with a slight bitterness. Light, clean, dry mouthfeel.

Served too cold which probably explains the lack of appreciable aroma. Flavor saves this beer, brings out a distinctiveness and decent taste. Served at a proper ale temp may bring about a better rating, but a good enough beer as presented. and liked it then. I'm sure the quality and potential for a more favorable impression remains; I'll have to review it served from a 12 oz bottle.

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Ba Review #207
Served On: 08/09/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.6%
Date/ Code: -

This was in a mixed 12 pack.

Look: Appearance was of a deep caramel with no transparency at all. The head was a thick coating of tan foam. Somewhat picturesque of a good porter. Carbonation bubbles were plentiful.

Smell: Aroma was of biscuit and nutty toffee. Some dark chocolate was also present.

Taste: First was a carbonation bite followed by a smooth coffee note and some toasted malts. The finish was a faint bitterness and more of the toasted character. Mouth feel was rather light.

Over all this was a solid brown with some high drinkability. It seemed more like an entry level brew, but definitely well crafted and very tasty.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this beer before, and all I can remember is the label (the name rather) and the coffee at the finish. I really dig dark beers that have a chocolate and a coffee flavor… and this one has both! It's cheap, too. I have had a few beers from Abita, but this one stand out among them all. Let's start drinking, shall we?

In the Glass: It's dark in the glass. Looks more like a porter than an American brown ale. It has a nice head, too, and produces a thin lace when I swirl it around in the glass. Based on the tasting notes, I can't wait to smell this thing!

Nose: The nose is just loaded with malty notes. It doesn't have an impressive nose, and for as dark as this beer is, you expect more. You do get some toffee-like notes in the aroma, and the dark chocolate is definitely there. Not smelling the coffee… but you just wait!

Flavor: You start with some dark chocolate notes, then the bubbles take over and turn your palate upside down. Then you get hit with the coffee flavors that leak into the aftertaste. After a few swallows all you can taste is coffee. Imagine taking a pile of coffee beans, grinding them up, and tossing that on your tongue. That is this aftertaste. I like it… not bitter, but just a nice balanced coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: It starts almost flat, but as you swallow the bubbles overtake the middle of the tongue. Then it ends with a smooth and balanced malt character. I would like this beer, based on the aftertaste, to be a bit thicker… but it will do.

Aftertaste: Can you say, "coffee"? Holy cow is that a crazy coffee aftertaste. It doesn't hit you at first… you have to swallow a few times before the coffee notes start to stick out. But once you do, man… what a flavor. The aftertaste is really the best part of the beer.

Not a huge fan of this beer, but I really dig that aftertaste. That, and I like the name. I don't like dogs though… go figure. This is the only Abita Brewing beer in the book, but this is their most well known. If you like an easy drinking malty beer that packs a punch (pretty decent ABV, too) then grab a six pack of Turbodog. Bottoms up, people!

Turbodog - The bottle says: "Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with pale, caramel, and chocolate malts and Willamette hops. This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate, toffee-like flavor.

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