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Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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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 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours dark brown, near-opaque mahogany when put to light. Light tan 1-finger head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and toffee, roasted-malt/coffee.

Taste: Sweet and sugary on the tongue, but dark and bitter roasted coffee towards the back. Roasted malts dominate the aftertaste.

Feel: Light in body and carbonation.

Drink: Very drinkable! The lightness of an english brown with the robust flavors of a stout. I figure it would be great as a session beer.

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

A: a dark brown with some amber around the edges, with an off white head
S: very nutty smell to it like a proper brown ale
T: nice almond taste up front with some nice bready malt
M: crisp and refreshing, good carbonation
O: the best abita brew i have had, a true brown ale and a nice refreshment after a good trail ride on the mtn bike

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

A-dark brown opaque color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-roasted malts, coffee and hints of chocolate

T-coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, slight smoothness to the feel

O-a decent brown ale with nothing that really stands out

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

Poured on-tap at Taco Asylum in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger off-white head, long retention. Chocolate color.

S- Chocolate and roast malts. Surprisingly light and fruity smell.

T- Roast malts and coffee undertones. Bittering malts.

M- Light to medium bodied. Bitter finish.

O- Good brown ale. Nothing is bad about it but very little is great. Would try again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these over the years, but was pleasantly surprised at what I found after a long break without a Turbodog. The appearance and flavor are both richer and bolder than I recalled.

The pour was a dark hazy, reddish-brown with an average size light brown head that produced a fine coat of lacing on the glass with each sip.

Aroma: dark roasted malt with a lightly spicy hop presence. A bit earthy with notes of chocolate and hints of dark fruits and toffee.

Taste: nicely malty with clear spicy hop note. Medium and dark malt flavor without any burnt notes. A hint of coffee in the finish. Excellent bitter/sweet balance in this lightly sweet brown.

Mouthfeel: medium in body; semi-creamy; excellent, medium carbonation.

Overall a somewhat bold and flavorful brew, that has a slightly spicier and more aggressive [Northwest American] hop profile than the typical UK version.

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

Poured a clear amber brown with a a one finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, sweet chocolate and a light smokiness.

Taste begins slightly sweet of dark fruit into a toasted malt, smoky charred wood with a slight bitter hop ending.

Mouth Feel was light body, a little thin with light carbonation and a dry after taste.

Overall an OK, drinkable beer, not one to go out of your way for.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,910 ratings
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