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

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a clear, dark brown/amber color with a fairly thick head of 2 fingers. Retention is above average.

S - Toast, toffee, a light fruity ester, and a small nutty presence.

T - Toasty barley; dark, tart fruits; and toffee. It's a little watery, but has a burnt toasty taste.

M - Entirely too light. A bit coarse. Not tailored to the flavors at all.

D - It's o.k., but not at all one I'd have again.

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

Brown glass bottle (about 12 fl oz) with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty decent retention. Colour is a really dark amber (NOT brown).

Sm: Nutty to a small extent, with raspberry fruit esters and caramelized malt. Me nose is broken, so I do have trouble with aromas. It's mild in strength.

T: The nuts are quite restrained, with a subtle fruit ester (raspberry or something close) rising more to the forefront. A caramelized malt foundation comprises the unobtrusive backbone. It's pleasant (if simple), and enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced, but it's fairly built. No layering or inspiration is evident. The fruit ester overstays its welcome, pervading the aftertaste. For the style, it's a bit wrong in that nuts are not its emphasis.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours in a general sense. A bit too thick.

Dr: Drinkable but a bit boring. Where are the nuts? The ester is its strong suit, and works better in a brown than it should, but the balance is compromised as a result.


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

Review from notes. Sampled 12/22.

Abita Turbodog, on-tap and served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a surprisingly dark black with hints of tawny brown.

S: Very malty nose, full of crystal and chocolate malt. Sweet though, with a light smoke character, and a touch of roast.

T: Smooth, creamy cocoa, light caramel, and a slight bitter hoppiness. Light notes of wood and honey. A touch dry and astringent on the finish.

MF: Creamy and smooth light-to-medium body with a dry aftertaste.

O: A good sessionable Brown Ale, with nice malty and earthy notes. Not overly bitter and relatively smooth.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,903 ratings
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