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

A--I'm not an appearance guy. I don't think beer should be judged on appearence, but rather what happens in the mouth.

S--It has a sweet and malty smell that gives a hint of alcohol.

T--It tastes possibly a bit too alcoholic. I prefer the maltiness to come through a bit more on a dark beer.

M--The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the taste and smell. I'd prefer a bit more body to this beer.

O--I actually like this much more than most Brown Ales. I think it would be better at about 1% less alcohol.

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A-Pours a color that lies between crimson and brown. The light tan head leaves lacing specks and inconsistent rings along the glass.

S-Roasty and sweet. A bit nutty with some hops present as well. Nose isn't intense. Sweet with some backing from other areas.

T-Like the nose. Starts off sweet and roasty. Light chocolate and coffee. A bit of nuts and rich toffee. Mild hoppiness on the back end.

M-Lighter feel. Easy-drinking body. Good carbonation and no lingering flavor effects.

O/D-A nice beer. Something anyone could enjoy. Mellow but still flavorful enough to not be a bore.

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Random beer purchase strikes again; this time it was the name Turbodog. How could I pass that up? Plus, I head this is one of their flagship beers.

Best before date is more than three months after the date of this tasting (“BEST BY 08/29/12”).

A: A dark, ruby-colored brew, with a respectable amount of sandy-brown foam. The head stands pretty tall, spotted with bubbles all the way around; a nice bit of retention and lace bits, too.

S: What a unique roasted aroma: I’m getting big hits of burnt popcorn, medium-roast coffee, and toasted rye. Its most intense is the burnt popcorn, likely because there is a buttery sentiment to the toffee and lager yeast underbelly – even like caramel corn at times. There’s a lot of vanilla and burnt sugar that works to smooth out the big, bad char. And although there are Willamette hops in this particular beer (one of my favorites), they are just a glimmer of earthen pine in this nose.

T: Roasty and delicious: smoky peat, burnt popcorn (once again), and coffee with cream and sugar. Tasty, yes, but even better after the appearance of the Willamette hop bitters – astringent, flowery, and piney, but not too much. Sweet chocolate-toffee tastes, like Riesen candy, push the palate to a sweet finish: vanilla cream mixed with black cherry, Coke syrup, and a yeasty lager character, leaving a mild aftertaste.

M: The palate is mostly bitter and roasty, but the mouthfeel is fairly silky. Lots of carbonation, but not stinging; it’s more smooth than anything.

O: I love a brewery that has a unique flagship; I mean, come on, an English brown ale? And one that’s done well? Respect, Abita. Respect.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,886 ratings.
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