Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

2,885 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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Photo of kegger22
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is not much going on here. Poured a dark brown with a respectable head with good retention. Looked good for a fast start. No aroma! OK, a lot of good beers don't. Slowed going into the first corner. What! No taste either! Alright, there is some coffee, but not much. Almost came to a stop in the second turn. Feel is barely medium with decent carbonation. Limping through the third turn. Drinkability? Who cares! No kick left for the finish. Overall, not horrible, but bland and disappointing.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown close to black color with a tan frothy head with some nice lacing to the glass. You can see the dark brown on the edges when held up to the light. Smells of chocolate aroma and roasted malts similar to a porter, but not very strong. Taste again much similar to the smell, slight smokey taste at the end with the slightest hint of hops. I found the mouthfeel to be quite pleasant on this beer, very crisp and refreshing for such a dark colored brew. The drinkability is outstanding in this beer. All in all a very good beer. The waitress told me it was a porter when she brought it and a good one at that. I was surprised to find that it's really an English Brown Ale. I enjoyed it overall. It looks and tastes very similar to a porter, but certainly has the drinkability and mouthfeel of an ale. Could be quite the neutral crowd-pleaser at a gathering of picky beer drinkers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Best by 12/06/09 printed in 6-pack holder.

A - Dark brown and clear with ruby highlights, it poured with a massive three-finger tan head. Solid retention kept it up and sticky lacing coated the top portion of the glass.

S - Roasted brown/dark malts with a light English hop aroma and a grassy, mulch-like finish. Very simple aroma. Not a lot going on at all.

T - The flavor gains much more complexity than aroma. It starts with roasted malts and dry wheat toast with a mild brown sugar sweetness and forms into a slightly nutty, lightly hoppy but roasty bitter finish. More assertive than delicate but it's flavorful nonetheless. Very well balanced too.

M - Smooth but well carbonated, it has a chocolatey creaminess to it with a low roasty bitter finish. Medium-boodied and well rounded.

D - Brewed for drinkability, this brown ale has it going on. The appearance and flavor are there putting it into the drink-all-day category. Another good brew from Abita.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam adams perfect pint

Very good looking beer. Nice burnt and very deep brown with a lingering 2 finger head and very thick sticky laceing

Smells of robust roasted malt and coffee and a very slight woody note. Hops are present but very earthy

Flavor is much like the nose but suprisingly not as much flavor as I expected from it. Roasty flavors include nuts and maybe a slight coffee undertone.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and lacks alot of complexity but overall is pretty smooth and easy to drink

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Photo of LibraryTom
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark malt sweetness followed abruptly by a muddled hoppiness. None of the piney, citrusy hop that dominates the West Coast beers. Notes of dusty chocolate and coffee, but easy drinking and quaffable.

An interesting all around beer for sure. A session lover indeed.

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Photo of naterock
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Damn near black with a brown tint when held to a light with a two finger head that really sticks around.

Smells of chocolate malt with a slight currant and brown sugar nose. smells a lot like Xingu.

Tastes chocolatey with a little bittering from the hops but overall fairly sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel is silky and not in the least bit overcarbonated. Drinks easy and I would definitely see myself buying this one in the future.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/11/2009 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown colored body, clearish in the light. Huge foamy tan colored head, very lasting. Roasty aroma, some nuttiness. Some funky, dusty aroma, reminiscent of all Abita's beers. Maybe the spring water. Some fruitiness too. Not a strong aroma. Fruity taste, maybe strawberry. Along with some maltiness, nuttiness too. Some roasted flavors. Watery palate. Some fruitiness, like strawberry. Tasty.

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Photo of Florida9
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with a minimal light tan head. No lacing. Barely translucent.

S: Sweet caramel and roasted malts.

T: Malts. Roasted malts. Toasted malts. Some caramel malt and a little bit of coffee. Slightly sweet.

M: Medium bodied and on the low end of carbonation.

T: Probably not the greatest example of a Brown Ale, but a solid one. And, personally, there is not a better beer out there to match up with a bowl of gumbo or a crawfish boil. Very easy to drink. Pairs well with food.

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Photo of Ambro
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a light brown head

S - Roasted malts

T - Roasted and caramel malt flavors. A solid example of a Brown Ale. Finishes slightly creamy with light bitter coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied.

D - While there are better browns out there this was solid and I enjoyed it. Probably the best Abita beer I have had so far.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany with nice khaki head.

S - Roasted malts with bitter chocolate and coffee notes. A little sweetness to it.

T - More roasted malts than chocolate and cofee. A little molases note to it. For a brown ale, could have used a little less of the chocolate/coffee. Bordering on stout flavors.

M - Medium bodied for a beer of its color and smell/flavor.

D - Good beer, caught between a brown ale and stout

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Photo of macktbone
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this my first full day in Montgomery Alabama at a New Orleans stlye restaurant, Big Easy.

Really it was one of two options on the menu this or Purple Haze.

A- not a bad looking pour, but relatively no head. Nice dark malty color but reminded me of that brown medicine you had to take as a kid..a little to watery looking.

S- Nothing. Couldn't get anything of the nose at all. Not like me either. I usually focus on this area and way it highly.

T- Generally OK. A nutty begining with a hoppy middle, not enough boldness to really generate any excitement.

M- average.

D- A good substitute for a lawnmower beer, but I was hoping for more.

I wouldn't return specifically for the beer but the food was really good. Now they just need to serve a beer that can stand up to the spice and flavor.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with substantial foam on the head. Slight bit of prickle. Very faint malt nose, but almost undetectable. The attack is refreshing and pretty clean with a quick presentation of the malt flavor. There seems to be a hint of anise. There is some odd quality to the malt that makes it stand out from other beers that I have tried. I cannot quite place it, but it distracts me a bit. Overall however, I find the beer to be pretty standard and average as far as brown ales go.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown with a decent topping of almost beige head.
Smell has notes of sweetness, maybe brown sugar.
Taste is sweet with hints of caramel, dark fruit, cashews, and roast.
Finish is a bit muddy, but there is a sort of caramel after-taste.
Drinks very well, definite session goodness.

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Photo of hike20
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark, red-brown with a huge lingering head with thick lacing. Aroma of sweet malts. Flavor is nothing surprising, with medium body and carbonation. Notes of malt and a touch of hops. Overall not bad at all, just not really my thing. Probably better consumed a little colder than I typically drink dark beers.

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Photo of bargerking
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz'er into a wisky glass

Visuals are a dark brown. Virtually opaque. Smell molases, woodiness, toasty, hints of coffee. Taste is close to smell. The woodiness flavor is more pronounced with a bitter chocolate backbone. Hints of malt and very little after taste. Very little lacing with just a rim head. Drinkabilty is somewhat decent but doesnt have the burst of taste like the stronger ABV drinks do. However, the overall consumption is smoother with a nice chocolaty finish. This is no means on my top list but is a nice interpetation of a nice brown ale.

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Photo of Daybis
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A.) Dark brown with a thick tan head with a good bit of lacing. Head quickly dissipates.

S.) Malty and sweet. A hint of fruitiness.

T.) Tastes of caramel, coffee, and malts.

M.) A medium thickness without a whole of of carbonation.

D.) I like this beer, but I can only have one of these in a seating.

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Photo of jdg204
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bad boy while at a weeekend wedding in the south and one of my buddies suggested we should try this during a night of drinking in the hotel room.

A: Pours a very dark brown that makes the brew look almost like a porter; the tan head is sturdy and leaves a few shards and dashes of lace.

S: Very meaty, with dark bread, roasted chocolate and fig elements

T: Starts out with a too sweet caramel, fruit and chocolate aspect where the fig and unsweetened chocolate mix with toasted, almost burnt, black bread flavors.

M: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

D: My first Abita, a pretty average experience. Very different brown, unique in it's own way and I enjoyed it as such. Still, this was a bit too sweet and chocolatey for my taste, thus it's probably not a brew I'd recco going out of your way for. Still, if you're looking for something unique and it's in your area, give it a shot.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep deep ruby. Opaque. Color only visible on the edges of the glass. Huge head. Marshmellowy, creamy, frosty. Thick head, had to wait to pour out the last fifth.

S - Smell of coffee and dark burnt chocolate, and a little bit of nuttiness. Almost like a stout. Not as big of a smell as I expected.

T - Good taste. Tastes a lot like a stout. Dark, creamy taste. Burnt chocolate, malts. A little hoppy bittermess, but nothing too noticeable. Nutty taste again. Very smooth finish. Great dessert beer.

MF - Medium bodied feel. Lingers a bit. Not crazy about the feel, honestly. Doesn't compliment the taste very well. Makes it a little harder to drink I feel like it should have been a bit more heavy bodied to bring all the flavor out. It feels nice, but I think they should have take it in a different direction.

D - A little too bitter to drink a lot without feeling sick. Great for desert and maybe a cold winter day, but I wouldn't recommend this for much else.

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Photo of petroos
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Looks burnt. Small head becomes a persistent tan lace. Medium to heavy carbonation

S: Coffee, toffee, malt and chocolate. Has a creaminess to it also. Pretty pleasant nose.

T: Off the bat a bit subdued. Bitterness moves into chocolate-coffee flavors. Finishes with burnt toffee and nice hoppiness. The hops, malt and toffee persist on the finish. While the flavors are pronounced and pleasant, they almost taste diluted. Creaminess is really missed in this flavor profile.

M: Mouthfeel is totally lacking, and really killed this beer for me. I wanted more body, and less carbonation.

D: I really wanted to like this beer, but in the end it just makes me wish I had a stout instead. The lack of body is obvious and really detrimental to the brew. I am having a hard time seperating my own preferences on this one. I think that Abita may have just taken the style a little too far. Would not drink another one.

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Photo of NODAK
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell is of roasted malts, perhaps mocha and maybe some dark fruit in there as well. Appearance is very dark, nearly translucent brown.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, carbonation is pretty low. Taste is of abundant roasted malt, as expected, of what seems to be more of a chocolate nature than the coffee I got on the nose. However, this malt is not overpowering at all and does not detract from drinkability...in fact, it only enhances it. The finish has a mild hop bitterness, but nothing near overpowering at all. There is some chocolate malt aftertaste, and it does somewhat coat the tongue afterwards due to its medium thickness.

All in all, this is a highly palateable dark brew. If more were like this I'd drink them more often!

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Photo of tedpeer
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured dark brown with a half inch of white head that settled to a quarter inch. Some spotty lacing.

S - Roasted and dark fruit.

T - Taste follows smell with roasted flavors and a little sweet dark fruit.

M - Medium carbonation. Medium thickness.

D - We did a blind tasting of 7 browns, and this tied for 3rd.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, but very dark brown that makes the brew look almost like a porter; the tan head is sturdy and leaves a few shards and dashes of lace

Smell: Very meaty, with dark bread, roasted chocolate and fig elements

Taste: Starts out with a caramel, fruit and chocolate aspect where the fig and unsweetened chocolate mix with toasted, almost burnt, black bread flavors; there is some butter in there, too; after the swallow, the flavors emerge in a heightened fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very different tasting brown and I wanted to like it better than I ultimately did

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Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber/brown color body with a foamy three finger off white head,medium carbonation. Aroma is toasty,slightly grainy with lots of unsweetened choclate . Flavor is mostly of slightly burnt unsweetened choclate with a little kiss of hop spice and a bit of toffee at the end. A somewhat watery body but very nice feeling in the mouth ,very drinkable.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How have I not had a Turbo Dog? The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body pours a dark chocolate brown coloration. The light peaks through the beer in ruby tones. The head was the coloration of nugget from a Three Muscateeers bar. The head shortly resolved to a thin layer on the surface of the beer.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is chocolate dipped figs. A very light bit of smoke peaks its head up.

Taste: The beers taste leads with chocolate and dips into the dark fruit range of figs. A bit of bitterness breaks up the choco fruit flavors. This is really nice.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is light. Carbonation is active but works really well with the beer. The beer left my glass quickly. I could easily spend an evening drinking nothing but Turbo Dog.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a sudsy nut colored head that retains very well. Looks cherry red when held to the light.

Smells like cinnamon, figs and brown sugar. A hint of smokiness.

The smokiness really comes through in the taste. Good maltiness with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness. Its barely detectable. Also, there are pecan notes.

The mouthfeel is thick but smooth. The carbonation is hardly noticeable but not absent.

A good dark ale. If you're a fan of this style, this is a must-try. Wouldn't be hard to drink a few in a row.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,885 ratings.
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