Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 2,928 |  Reviews: 1,029
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours jet black with little foam that subsides quickly. Decidely does not lace. Doesn't even think about it.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.

Taste is reminiscent of a stout but with higher carbonation kicking in. Slight hop prescence at the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

Tasty, nice brew. Drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Abita Turbodog shaker pint glass. Part of my glassware project. Beer is dark brown to black, relatively clear, carbonation moderate to low. Forms a two fingered tan head that falls back leaving some lacing on the glass. Beer looks fine.

Mild aroma, some sweetness, some malt, some roast. Overall nice.

Beer is medium in body, smooth, slight, really subtle roast in the back. Overall well balanced, drinkability high, good carbonation on the palate, some sweetness in there as well. Second taste, Sweetness first, no real bitterness. Mouthfeel good. I like this beer. Thank you Abita, you have redeemed yourself again.

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Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured deep dark brown with big head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Slight hint of caramel, nuts and malts but nothing overwhelming.

T - Sweet roasted malts upfront with hints of almonds and peanuts.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Nice and easy beer that can be enjoyed pretty much anytime.

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

This beer surprised me, as it was a rowdy frat boy that suggested it to me. Very nice head, stood up to the test of time, and even though it was served slightly warm, the flavor was still decent. Chocolaty taste, with hints of a nuttiness to it. Drank from a standard pint glass, and lacing was not present at all that I could see.

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Photo of MikeGill
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Huge fizzy tan head. Big time chocolate on the nose, brownies (with nuts) Tiny traces of sour cherry.

Much lighter than expected for this style. Dark raisin bread and cocoa powder flavors are rich. There is a persistant hop freshness. Finish is sweet but not cloying. I appreciate this beer's delicate nature. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into standard pint glass
Dark brown/black cherry in color with a moderate one inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Definite chocolate, with some caramel notes
Taste-Chocolate, toffee, and coffee nicely balanced and ending in a slightly bittersweet finish.
Overall, definitely the best beer I have had from Abita. Subtle and tasty, would be a fine session brew, or a nice pairing with a burger or grilled steak

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Photo of cdizinno
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark brown/mahogany beer with a decent off-white head. Thin lacing.

S: Nothing much, faint malts maybe.

T&M: Roasted malt up front. Some brown sugar, but mostly malty flavor that fades quickly. Rough feel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Not anything I'm going out of the way to try again. This is a polar opposite in quality of their Andygator that I had at the beginning of the night.

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Photo of fjordhook
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark brown color, fizzy head that diminishes quickly. Has a pungent smell, roasted malts and coffee are the most prominent. Has a mostly coffee taste, I didn't really think the blend mixes well for an ale. Overall is a sharp beer that finishes lighter than I expected. An interesting beer, but not one I would want to drink all night.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at O' C's. The dark, deep brown beer was poured into a pint glass. The aroma smelled more of a malty style of beer with tints of caramel. When tasting the beer it is well established malt taste with a slight cooking chocolate, brown sugar and plums. As I neared the bottom of the glass a bitter taste was present. Overall a decent beer to have with pizza but nothing that I would drink alone without a pairing.

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Photo of DousedInStout
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and light tan head. The aroma is not particularly strong, but seems more malty than hoppy - a bit of caramel and bread crust. The taste, again, is malt dominant. A light, generalized roasted flavor with hints of brown sugar and dates. The carbonation is appropriate, and the body is a bit light compared to the appearance. I would not classify this beer as an English brown at all - it resembles more of an American black lager. The drinkability is very good - I could easily drink several more if in the mood.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown beer with a good 2 finger head after an aggressive pour. Head is a light tan, dissipates eventually into a thin lace. Some lacing persists throughout.

S: Can't really pick up much on the nose, faint malts, that's about it.

T: Roasted malts up front, brown sugar comes through, and some faint malts at the end. After warming off some cocoa came through almost reminiscent of brownies.

M: full bodied, medium carbonation

D: not a whole lot going on in this beer

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Photo of jovy1097
1.85/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Dark, ruby colored, clear beverage that puts out a huge coffee cream head with tons of lacing. Clouds of foam stay on top of the beer till it's gone.

Smell: Rootbeer and yeast with a slight chicory note.

Taste: Rootbeer at first that quickly morphs into metallic, burnt charcoal, and motor oil. Bitter aftertaste that doesn't want to go away.

Mouthfeel: Crisp bite of carbonation. A watery feel that leaves a slick finish.

Drinkability: I never want another one of these. If someone offers it to me, I'll say "No thanks, but I will take a glass of water." At least it's not a heavy beer. It's motto should be "Bad taste, less filling."

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Turbodog pours a very dark brown, but the beer is transparent. The head has average retention and is a frothy cream coffee color.

The smell has good strenght with notes of sweet coffee and cocoa.

Its taste is inially slightly spicy, it them moves into sweet tone on the mid-palate. On the finish there is a bitter taste similar to coffee or dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with soft carbonation.

Abita Turbodog is very sessionable which is typical with most Abita beers. Although this particular beer is very complexed in flavors. Overall it is a really nice beer and well worth trying.

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Photo of david18
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't figure out what kind of beer to get when I wanted something easy to drink and not too strong. I would have normally avoided this beer but I decided to go for it.

I though it was a porter but brown is definitely a better description. Very drinkable, dark brown, lowish carbonation but in general a very decent brown ale.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Poured from a very cold bottle into a pilsner glass at the Victoria Falls Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The beer is translucent and has a dark ruby color. It reminds me of cranberry juice. There was no head, but it was poured for me by a bartender who doesn't look like a beer guy (i.e. someone who probably thinks head = bad). There is a slightly malty aroma, but I can't detect must else. As I said above, this beer is very cold, so that may be a limiting factor. The beer tastes like sweet, dark fruit. There is a little bitterness in the finish. I can't taste much else, but as I said, it has been served way too cold. It has an above medium body and a good amount of carbonation. Despite it not performing well when served at a cold temperature, the Turbodog is a good beer. I like it a lot and could order a few of them (but probably not at this bar). If I get the chance to have another, I'll submit a new review of the beer at the correct serving temperature.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark, hazy brown with a finger of compact foam head. Pretty nice.

Smell: mostly toasty; a little chocolate aroma and a little nuttiness. We're on pretty solid brown ale turf here.

Taste: a lot of malt and toastiness. There's also a bit of a tart acidity that slowly fades away, but it's not my favorite characteristic. Hops are not particularly prominent anywhere except in bitterness; to me, it doesn't taste dry-hopped as the label indicates. Overall, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side of medium; carbonation is moderate. The acidity lends a certain astringent character which I think is a bit too much in this beer.

Drinkability: while this beer is somewhat tasty, I feel like its acidity is really going to impact how much of it I can drink. Maybe it would be better if consumed with soda bread or somesuch.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep, dark crimson with a brown tone; looks clear with not much head retention.

S: Caramel and malt with notes of peanuts.

T: Watery mouthfeel overall is saved by light yeast, malty goodness and peanut shells in the finish. Not as strong as you'd expect from the name.

D: A good fern bar beer.

Value: Pricey for what it is.

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Photo of realbama
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

This poured a dark, caramel-like color. It held an inch-thick creamy caramel colored head for about 2 minutes. Nice lacing. It smelled hoppy, but also with a hint of roasted nuts and chocolate. It was a bit watery in the mouth. I was expecting something thicker. The taste is worth the expense and it is definately an easy drink. I really enjoyed the aftertaste (smokey, chocolatey). My take: give it a whirl!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle from a 6 variety mixed 12 pack. A moderately aggressive pour yields a clear medium brown with half an inch of light tan foam. Foam settles to a thin cap and throws off light lacing. Highlights of ruby are abundant.

Roasted malts dominate the nose with a bit of nuttiness. Nice aromas but not very volatile, becoming more so with warming yet turning to a bit of a spent coffee grind nose.

A light nuttiness carries forward to the palate along with a bit of caramel and coffee. A bit of spiciness and a pleasant carbonation accompany. Offers a decent feel with a light malt body that tends towards being a bit watery in the finish after some exposure.

Another offering from Abita that offers a somewhat tentative approach to the style. Nice, yet a bit inconspicuous; though likely befitting of the climate of Louisiana.

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Photo of Soneast
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown to amber color, producing a large creamy head, with great retention.

The aroma has a toasted malt quality to it, as well as some fruity esters. A touch nutty but mostly a malted milk ball aroma.

The flavor has some nice toffee qualities as well as a sweet malt component and a touch of chocolate, once again reminding me of malted milk balls, with a mild spicy hop finish, that ends on a semi-sweet note.

Turbodog is not overly complex, but it totally fits the bill of an English Brown flavor-wise and sessionability. Not outstanding within the world of extreme beers, but overall just a tasty, easy drinking brown ale, which I would consider a success.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap in the French Quarter in the big easy...

A - Amber hue, thick head that hangs out for a while.

S - Sweet fruity notes notes...berries? Light hints of the maltyness.

T - Sour twang, sweet with tastes of malt and berries. Not terribly well balanced but still enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with fair carbonation.

D - I found this beer a bit odd on the pallet but I would drink again.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Brown with red coming through the edges. Huge head that dissipated rather slowly leaving some sloppy, but very present, lacing on the side. Nice looking.

S - Caramel malts with some roasted malts as well. Slightly nutty, with an herbal smell.

T - Some toffee and a lot of brown sugar in this, I'm not really a fan. Not bad, but not particularly good.

M - Medium bodied and crisp, nice carbonation.

D - It's not hard to drink, but the taste is just offensive enough with that much sugar to keep me from doing a lot of it.

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Photo of papat444
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my parents who got this in New Orleans on their way back from Florida. Enjoyed with my supper last night, hot chicken sandwich.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before 01/04/10.

Appearance: Brown-red body with a thick tan head that sticks to the sides of my glass.

Smell: Caramel, some sour notes, berries.

Taste: Sour cherries, some wood (oak?) and wheat. Has a distinct though quiet metallic finish. I also taste berries, dried not fresh.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with an average body and a touch thin. Not uncomfortable but it doesn't have that smoothness that i like.

Drinkability: I'm a little ambivalent on this one. I might seek it out again but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Overall: I feel really neutral about this one. I found the slight sourness strange but tolerable. I didn't some out with high expectations and that's how it turned out.

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Photo of drizzam
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The label on this bottle is pretty nondescript...vague wheat representation on a black and silver label. The label makes it seem rather cheap and unappealing.

A - Opaque dark brown with a nice one finger fluffy tan head. It was an aggressive pour, but the head had pretty good retention and left good lacing.

S - Sweet buttery toffee and caramel smell. Maybe a little dark fruit, fig or raisin, as it warms, but not much.

T & M - The taste follows the nose very closely. A caramelized malt body carries the buttery toffee very nicely. Very creamy, yet with a moderate carbonation. A little one dimensional, but very tasty.

D - I'm actually pretty impressed by this beer. This (to me anyways) should be the flagship of the Abita line. I enjoyed this beer immensely and will be picking more up in the future.

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

Poured from a bottle out of a six pack bought at Oliver's in Albany.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown and clear. Moderate head, about 1/4 of the glass.

Smell: Moderate strength, sweet.

Taste: Somewhat sweet, I can taste a bit of molasses or brown sugar. Just a tiny bit soapy after taste. Overall a pretty good beer. Not very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Feels to have a bit more carbonation that most beers. It almost seems a little bit watery, which I have also noticed in other Abita beers. It couldn't hurt to have more body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, smooth.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,928 ratings