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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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fast pour down the middle of a half liter glass stein yields a large, frothy head of a light tan color. As it settles down a bit, the light aroma of hops rises out of the glass. Very good lacing and retention as the glass empties.

The brew is a very clear dark brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light.

First gulp reveals a dry cocoa hit up front, then a slight hop bitterness melding with roasted malts in a well-developed flavor profile. Some toffee notes, a bit of citric astringency and a hint of coffee round out the taste, with a mildly bittersweet hop and chocolate aftertaste.

Good brew to wash down a mess of steamed crawdads or some Jambalaya.

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3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich brown, with red and purple highlights. A large dark tan head leaves some nice lacing, after it's quick dissipation. Great looking beer, unfortunately, it's all downhill after that.

Smell has some earthy hop, and some caramel. Lacks that nutty/toffee smell from a brown I really like.

Taste is up front bitter roasted malt. A touch of sweet malt is in the middle, and a hint of tobacco in the aftertaste. While complex, it's not what I am looking for in an EBA.

Feel is medium to light bodied, with a small hop bite. Carbonation is fine, yet I feel I could not drink a lot of these at one time.

Not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting or looking for in an English Brown Ale. I have seen these at the grocery store for a while, but didn't want to commit to a sixer, then found a single at the World Market. Glad I could try this, but won't be buying anymore.


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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was served from the bottle at Jembetat Gallery and Café in Rochester, NY. It was poured into a footed, Weizen-style pilsner glass, and showed a dark brown, almost maroon coloring. The head stood two fingers high, composed of light brown, creamy bubbles. This showed medium retention, leaving little spots of lacing as it went. Carbonation appeared average, and no sediment was noted. The aroma was sweet, with darker, almost burnt, caramel malts. There were hints of a doppelbock, but the grains were more on the adjuncty side. There was gritty grain, like dried dog food, and popcorn diacetyls. As we sipped, dark malts hit first. These were roasty and full, and at times seemed almost Belgian in style. To round out the front was a soy sauce saltiness, sweet alcohols, and a bourbon quality to the flavoring. The middle showed more of these malts at the peak, but with a smoother and cleaner finish. With warmth the alcohol really became apparent, which by the end started to crowd out the steeliness of grain and yeast at the outset of the flavoring. On the very back were, for the first time, some light hop oils. The aftertaste was of steel, grain, bitterness, and roast, but these all muddled together and it was quite mild. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left wet and cooled, with only minimal sip and slurp. The abv was appropriate, and this was easy drinking.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the appearance, with the following aroma being quite inviting and warm. Ultimately the beer is pleasant and warming itself, but it lacks a punch and depth of flavor that we expected.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,915 ratings
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