Abita Brewing Co.

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #107
Ranked #37,764
3.68 | pDev: 13.32%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Notes: 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
Reviews: 1,041 | Ratings: 2,981
Photo of D1noB
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A smoothness that is followed by a bitter bite.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a dog off the leash, it's playful and kind but it still has that animal instinct with a bite.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, buttery, slightly bitter brown ale. I was told it was Abita's best and I have to disagree. While it was good I much prefer some of their other beers.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/22/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a big fluffy khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of caramel and toffee along with some chocolate and hazelnut. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Lots of cocoa malts. More hints of caramel and toffee. Subtle hints of vanilla along with some more chocolate notes. Decent bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with sharp active carbonation. It's fluffy and slightly creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brown ale. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. It's a nice traditional example of the style. Well done.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, yet thick for an ale. Caramel, toffee and malt flavor with a slight coffee aftertaste. Not much in the way of hops but still very drinkable. Seems to pair well with meat and potatoes.

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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very dark brown in color with a finger of light tan head. Aroma is nicely malty with some chocolatey notes, subtly sweet. Taste is also quite malty, the chocolate notes are less robust than the aroma; some nutty and caramel notes. Finishes a bit sweet but a subtle bitterness keeps it in check. Body and carbonation are both moderate+. Quite a tasty beer and a welcome reminder that not everything needs to be overhopped.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is brown, amber edges, light tan head, no lacing.

Smell is mild malt, toffee, subtle nuttiness.

Taste is chocolate malt, than lighter toffee and nutty like flavors, subtle fruitiness, moderate bitterness with non-descript flavors.

Mouthfeel is bitter, then dry with lingering toffee/chocolate/nutty flavors.

Overall a good american example of an english brown ale style.

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Photo of puck1225
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark brown with a nice thick beige head and good lacing. Pleasant malty smell. Malty taste, sweet, toast and of chocolate. Good beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Dark brown color; some light passes near the edges.

Nice khaki head; spotty lacing.

Oats & milk in the nose; smells like an oatmeal stout!

Thick mouthfeel.

This tastes like a mix between an oatmeal stout & a milk stout, with the oats winning out. Smooth & enjoyable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has some auburn color going with it. Highly carbonated. Aroma has a bit of brown and chocolate malt vibe.

Some tea and toffee taste, mildly sweet. Smooth enough I guess, brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon. I like that it is heartier than the more popular Newcastle ale. This is about the viscosity and heft if you took a standard brown ale and mixed it like a black and tan with a porter. A tan and brown if you will.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Much darker than expected for a brown ale. I could have easily have confused it for a porter. Tan colored head with not much of retention or lacing.

Nose: Dried fruit, caramel, roastiness and (once it warms up a bit) some booze too.

Taste: Fairly bitter with a sweet aftertaste. More dark dried fruit. More and more flavors show up as it warms up (duh!). Some roastiness and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with just about the right amount of carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Brown. I'm not an expert on the style, but I would happily drink this again without hesitation.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass. Better than I remember this beer from long past, half forgotten trips to the crescent city. Appearance is dark brown,but translucent. Big healthy white head, Aroma is brown sugar, cinnamon bread, malt Taste is sugar cinnamon, bread, (do I taste beignet). Very full, sweet and tasty. Medium carbonation that lasts. Very pleased. I’ll buy this again."

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Photo of singletary
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown color with a smell of caramel. The taste is a rick caramel feel with a hint of coffee aftertaste. It is a nice brown ale well worth a try.

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Photo of Gear54
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is a deep brown with a slightly redish hue when held up to the light. Thin head faded quickly leaving nothing for lace behind.

Smell is mostly caramel type malt aroma. maybe bits of toffee and coffee but those are very fain.

Taste is rich malty caramel and coffee flavors with smoke and grassy hops. I think taste here is much better than smell.

Feel is light to medium with some carbonation. Flavors fade rather quickly. This is not a heavy beer by any means.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Underwhelming head; not particularly memorable in terms of presentation. A little lacing.

Smell: Nice toffee or caramel note in the nose.

Taste: Served a bit too cold to start. The toffee doesn't initially shine thru very prominently; A little tart and metallic at the finish. Improves overall as it warms.

Feel: Nondescript.

Overall: Meh...never quite develops enough momentum to be anything special or memorable. Far better alternatives available. Wouldn't go out of my way to revisit.

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Photo of bbtkd
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Based on reviews I had expected to like this, but found it way too bitter for my taste. Malty and sweet smell, so not sure where the bitterness comes in - perhaps hops, but wasn't getting much hop taste.

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Photo of NavyVet1959
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I stumbled across this one when I was in a New Orleans area Wal-mart back in 2004. I wasn't expecting much from it, considering the fact that it was a Louisiana beer. I figured it would probably taste like gator piss. I was really surprised though when I drank it. I would put it right up there with Guinness on taste. Definitely something I would buy again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Really much darker than I anticipated. Looks like a dark brown "Coke" color. Forms a minimal 1/4 finger of tan head on top. The bottle lists the ABV (5.6%) and there is not date info.

S: [2.50] Caramel and then something kind of earthy or like vegetables. The caramel is kind of medicinal scented. Like if they made a kids medicine and then tried to make it a caramel flavor to make them take it.

T: [3.50] It tastes better than it smells. The caramel is much smoother. There is also toffee, a bit of smoke, maybe a hint of chocolate.

M: [3.25] Below medium body with some tingly carbonation.

O: [3.25] The aroma is not good. I actively dislike it. However, the beer tastes ok. If the nose was at least neutral I could drink this beer if offered. The nose is just not ok. The flavor is a nice mix of caramel, toffee and chocolate which is a nice mixture. The body is a little lacking but not too bad.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, but does allow some light through. Off-white head. Sweet malt nose has a brown sugar quality. Flavor is sweet with a rich creaminess similar to a good porter. Slightly skunky taste. Mild coffee finish. Easy drinking, but could be a bit more flavorful.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a hint of ruby, a nice head that lingered for a bit. Nose was balanced and malty with a bit of hoppiness... promising exactly what the tasting delivered. A sweet intro note led to a nicely developing malty flavor with hops providing overtones but never dominating. The balance here was notable, from start to finish, and there were no wrong notes anywhere. Balance, balance, always important to me, and this beer has it. Great malt flavors but more going on than just the malt. The mouthfeel was a bit creamy but complementary to the flavor, never distracting, but pleasing when considered. Started tasting it a bit cooler than ideal temp, I think, since as it warmed a bit in the glass it became more fully flavored.

Bottle stamp "BEST BY 06/18/16"

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This English Brown Ale by Abita has 5.6% ABV and 28 IBUs. I poured it into a pub pint glass.

Look-It pours a dark cloudy, almost opaque, liquid with an off-white frothy head. A strong backlight will reveal subtle reddish-amber hues.

Smell-It smells malty with caramel, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste-It tastes like it smell with the rich maltiness coming out up front. I taste caramel, chocolate, and some hints of coffee. But among these dominant flavors I also pick up on the slightest grassy hop component. It has mild carbonation and a medium-bodied mouthfeel that leaves a coffee-like coating on the tongue that lingers.

Overall-This is a great beer!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Michael Jackson in the 1999 edition of "Beer Hunter" said this was like an alt-bier.
Give that some thought.
I liked that this brew from the previous century respected the malty character of the style.
This is my second time drinking this and it was good, but is a toss-up for a third.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours brown with amber hues when held to light very little light tan head that is basically a ring. Aroma malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee. Taste follows the nose. Beautiful very nice.

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Photo of twage04
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby/mahogany with slightly higher than average carbonation. Taste is kinda sweet and some chocolate and maltiness going on. Overall a pretty inoffensive, easy drinking beer but nothing really memorable is going on here. Kinda reminds me of drinking a soda.

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Photo of Cavebabble
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark brown look with a malt/chocolate/sweet smell. The taste is strong, adding a healthy hops bite to the chocolate and malt. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, and will add it to my list of repeats.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2"+ fluffy cream colored head which falls very slowly with moderate lacing. Color is mostly clear reddish-brown with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: very malt with caramel and chocolate, bread dough, and earthy hop spice.

Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, sudsy, a bit chewy, with a long finish.

Flavor: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, nuts with noticeable hop bite for balance.

Overall: a well done brew from Abita. If a malt forward beer fits your palate, then you would likely enjoy it.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2981 ratings