Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

2,898 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 katan
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very hazy deep dark brown color. Head formation is strong, just a bit off white. Some lacing. Carbonation isn't obvious.

S - Has a scent of roasted malts, almonds. Caramel malts, lots of sugars.

T - Starts off with a nice strong combination of caramel malt sweetness, toffee, and roasted notes. Mid-stream does get more bitter, but no hopping comes through. Some yeast breadiness shows through. Finishes with a nutty note of almonds. Aftertaste is almost coffee in its bitter bite.

M - Strong body to the beer, built on by a stronger carbonation profile. Malt sweetness clings to the tongue.

D - Goes down a bit harsh due to the carbonation. ABV is very manageable. Sweetness does lead to some palette fatigue - not particularly sessionable.

Certainly an interesting beer - flavors all over the place. That works well for me in a EBA.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle courtesy of a trading partner in Illinois this poured a muddy brown color with as moderate sized brown head and light lacing. Nose of lightly roasted malts, and some floral hops. Light aroma overall. Mouthfeel is light and just short of watery. Flavor shows coffee and chocolate and a little ripe fruit. Not much in the finish. While this is quite drinkable I like my browns to not be quite so bland.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at beer store. Very dark brown color with some red tint showing through. Thick dark tan head. Aroma was of yeast, bread, and sweet with a touch of caramel, very pleasant. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was bread, caramel, and a bit of chocolate. Very tasty. Finish was smooth and well balanced with no aftertaste. Overall a teriffic beer!

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Looks great. Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a thick foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving great lacing.

Smell: Has a nice nutty smell to it. The nutty smell is backed by a sweet roasted malt smell. A smidge of grassiness in the background as well.

Taste: Has a strong roasted taste similar to a stout or porter. The taste is backed by a light nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and creamy feeling.

Drinkability: A pretty tasty brown ale. Looks and smells a lot better than it tastes but still not bad. Worth a try.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color with a long lasting nutty head and very nice lacing.

Smells a bit weak with some unnerving metallic notes in there.

Thankfully that metallic smell isn't present in the taste. Lots of nice nutty, malty, sweet flavors. I think I also taste a hint of coffee. Very nice.

Nice and creamy in the mouth. Nice carbonation.

Very drinkable. I wasn't too impressed with Purple Haze, but this is pretty nice. I would definately grab it again.

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Photo of Zeisloft
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of Brown Ales, but I haven't had a TurboDog in a while, so I gave it a whirl.

It is exactly what I think a brown ale should taste like. Malty, a little sweeter than most, with a little hops pushing the beer forward.

Then beer is dark brown, with a tan head. The malt is the dominant taste, until the end where the little bit of hops coming in at the end. Maybe a bit too sweet, but the very light in the mouth making it very drinkable.

This a beer I would drink anytime I felt like a brown

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (they moved to pop-tops now!) into a pint glass.

Dark brown, almost black color with a fizzy off-white head that dissipated quick. Not a lot of lacing.

Some coffee on the nose, hint of chocolate... nothing too strong.

Taste is more of the same, nothing stands out... a little chocolate but too watered down to really be good.

I dunno... I used to really like this one, and it's still a decent beer, but I think I'll stick to it on tap at the bars and not spend money to bring them home.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
Now this is one really good brown ale. Has a lot of good taste and hits the sweet spot between being just enough and too much flavor. I wish I could get a lot more of this and am thinking about getting another family pack just for the Turbodog.
Look is dark brown with a finger of tan head that did reduce a little but I drank the beer so quick it didn't have a chance to shrink much.
Smell is a little sweet think I get a hint of mild roast and chocolate.
Taste is roasted sweet malt with just enough bitterness to balance. I get a mild after taste of coffee.
Feel is creamy with good carbonation medium bodied
Drink OH YA, this is one drinkable beer. I want a lot more of these.

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Photo of Offa
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly simple, but solid, very enjoyable beeer that's easy to drink yet still has some character.

Deep red brown, it has a very big tan head steadily shrinking to a medium rocky head that slowly shrinks to a foamy ring with strong wisps over the top. It leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is yeasty whole wheat bread, hints of dark raisin and caramel.

The taste is light prune-raisin alcohol, slightly caramelised whole wheat bread, light earthy-leafy bitterness with light sweetness. Overall, it's tasty but rather bland and a bit non-descript. It has the faintest hint of coffee. Lightly sweet up front, it has a finish leaning slightly to the bitter side with a bittersweet aftertaste. The feel is good, firm but not thick or oily and yet not quite lively.

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Photo of EddieTheTrooper
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer IS New Orleans. Turbodog has a great rich flavor, a deep musky aroma, and a huge-ass head. Yet with all that, it goes down as smoothly as any lite beer, strange, no? Found at basically any cajun restaurant this is a great sidearm to bring into battle with that spicy jambalaya, or spicy anything for that matter. Turbodog quenches thirst like fucking gatorade. Even though its one of the darker brewskis I enjoy, I can still put back more than a few because of its superior drinkability, Bud Lites got nothing on this baby!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a deep brown color with a good inch of fluffy light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of milk chocolate, toffee, caramelized malt, medium roasted grains, cocoa powder, faint hints of coffee. Decent, somewhat rich body for the style with ample carbonation. Pretty nice.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit malty. Taste is of malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Feels good in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good choice.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No notches were made to show the enjoy by date. Thank you to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours black with dark brown highlights. A solid 2 finger tan head that quickly dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Light and sweet roasted malts with a hint of molasses covered cherries.

(T)- Light to medium roasted malts with a balanced raisin nuance. Some nice light nuttiness within.

(M)- A great balance all-around including carbonation. Smooth, with a nice roasted nuttiness. Slightly dry.

(D)- A solid to great brown ale that is surprisingly smooth. Simply tasty and an easy drinking beer when you want something a bit darker than the norm. Nice overall light to medium bodied beer.

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Photo of kegger22
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +8.7%
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 +11.5%
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 -17.5%
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 +6.6%
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 -10.9%
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 +1.9%
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 -8.2%
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 -17.2%
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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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,898 ratings
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