Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
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#34,565
Reviews:
1,024
Ratings:
2,915
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of TXHops
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Malts: British Pale; Crystal and Chocolate
-Hops: Willamette

Odd beer, this Turbodog… We classify it as an American Brown Ale, though I remember reading Michael Jackson calling it something like a cross between a brown ale and something less common—a schwarzbier or a German dunkles. I think I’d agree—it has the roastiness of a dunkles or schwarzbier, and the ale-like fruitiness of a brown ale, or even a porter.

Turbodog pours a pretty deep brown color that shows reddish in front of the light. The tan head lives where the beer meets the glass after a couple minutes, leaving the top of the beer bald. The aroma is pretty roasty—like chocolate malt, but also pretty fruity—like dates or raisins, and alcohol seems to be in the mix a bit too. The result is a smell a bit like malted port. Quite nice, actually.

The flavor is right in line with the nose, though not as strong as port. There’s a fairly sizable hit of chocolate malt, followed by a brief, fruity-rasiny flavor, then a thinnish-metallic flavor similar to the flavor found in black malt beers—Kostritzer and New Belgium 1554 come to mind. The finish continues to alternate between lightly fruity chocolate malt flavors and the thinnish, dry metallic edge. Like all Abita beers, this one’s more carbonated than I can appreciate, is less hoppy than I’d prefer and as a result, sours a bit while the other flavors fade in the tail…

I think TurboDog is Abita’s most interesting beer (though the 2002 Christmas beer isn’t bad and I haven’t been able to get my hands on a few of their more promising beers, like Andygator or their Red).

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Photo of bmills1608
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Color was a murky brown, quite dark. Nose was pretty good and ripe with a touch of smoke maybe.

Taste was full, rich, rounded but had a bit of a harsh quality I did not particularly care for. Tasted dead on though to what I consider to be the American brown style. Has a creamy mouthfeel and was mildly complex. A solid beer that could stand to be slightly more smoothed out overall.

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

Strong malty nose with a hint of the hops. The taste was very malty with a bitter hop finish that was a bit rough on the palate. Probably not allowed to age enough. This beer is a bit immature for my taste and lacks refinement. There was a strong alcohol smell to the nose also that I am not a real big fan of. Over all not a great beer. In general not a lot to say bout this one - I was not impressed. Will do in a pinch and was something new to try but I don't see myself picking it up at the store with all the other great choices.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Dark brown color, medium head. Roasted malts, slightly hoppy. Nicely balanced. Lighter bodied, but full flavored. Nice malt flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin but tolerable.Finish is clean. Aftertaste is somewhat malty and slightly bitter.

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Photo of budgood1
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a re-review. deep dark brown color, little head and no lace. sweet roasted malt nose. begins smooth, with a buttery caramel/choco/toffee taste. ends really crisp with lingering malt flavors. a touch of hops to balance. seems a lot livelier than the first time i reviewed it and less smooth. a nice brown ale. thanks to my gf for bringing up an abita sampler pack from louisiana

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

Poured a dark brown in color with ruby hues as light shown through along the sides of the glass. Head was tan in color. A lot of bubbles were present, showing signs of carbonation. Aroma consisted mainly of chocolate malt with hints of molasses. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with a good carbonation. Taste consisted mainly of chocolate malt with a subtle fruitiness in the balanced finish. A decent, very drinkable brown ale.

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

Good light tan head, with a sweet malty aroma. Not overpowering head a little sticky when it leaves.

Great body not to thick but good consistency nice brown color.

I like the taste sweet but not overberring.Nice hints of coffee and chocolate, slight toasted malt flavor. Alittle dry in the Finnish but good for this style.

I do recommend!

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Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan colored head. Nose is buttery toffee and caramel with a hint of citrus. Taste is dominated by toasted malts with notes of dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Smooth and very drinkable.

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

In the glass it had a dark brown almost black color, a tan/beige head. The aroma was of a roasted malt, caramel, and hints of chocolate. The taste was semi-sweet, hints of malt, chocolate roasty, some bitter at the end. A good beer

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Photo of Viking
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-brown body, with a bit of CO2. Small head that fades quickly. Very sweet and malty aroma, with hints of coffee and cane sugar. Sweet malty taste, with just a hint of hop bitterness in the bittersweet finish. Slightly rough mouthfeel, oily and a bit thick. Overall, it's just too sweet for the style, but still pretty drinkable.

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

Yellow and black label is somewhat garish. I would have a drawing of a dog with a jetpack myself. Brown body, ruby highlights beneath a big foamy beige head, which descends fairly quickly.. Aroma has a stong coffee with cream character. Some sweetness. Slight smokey quality. Taste dominated by malts, particularly roasted malts. Buttery. There is a little hop zip lurking in the background. Nice smooth, rich character. No wait, a stout is rich, this is more like middle-class. A good brown ale, which exceeded my memories from several years back when I previously sampled it.

One thing, I need a year on my "best by" date a whole lot more than the day of the month.

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Photo of brakspear
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body with limited tan head formation that disappears. The aroma is a spicy hop base with a roasted malt background. The taste is rather muddled with a warm alcohol note present on the tongue along with roasted malt flavors. The body seems a tad light. This is a decent brown ale that is nothing special, but better than some versions I have sampled.

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Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color, head is fine-bubbled and persistant -- but not very big at 1/8 of an inch. Sense of a buttery toffee to the aroma. Malty flavor is very soothing, sense of a light toffee and a good deal of sweet-style chocolate. I have a lot of difficulty finding a hops backing for this beer, its pretty unbalanced. But its light body and sweetened character make this pretty drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown in color with a creamy light tan head. Even with a rough pour the head won't come up much, but it will hold fairly well once it's there leaving a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly chocolatey and toffee-ish with some minor grassy hops. The body is medium/light with a fine, moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor follows the aroma with a chocolate and toffee-like maltiness balanced by a mild bitterness and light grassy hop flavor. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering hop bitterness and some more roasty cocoa notes.

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Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep clear garnet to brown color, the head is mountainous, the lace in thick glutinous sheets, both light chocolate brown in color. Nose is malt, nutty sweet, caramel, fresh and clean. Front is malt sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is gently acidic, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste malt dry. A bit too much malt, and a tad to little hops for me to rank it very high. A drinkable beer none the less, and would do well in putting out the fire after eating some "Over The Top Cajun Food"!

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Photo of putnam
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best if consumed before 7-24.
A healthy dark brown liquid this. A coffee ice cream colored head behaves normally. Aromas suggest scorched caramel custard and tootsie rolls. The flavors are dry and include slightly metallic, dusty, dry grain, milk and 3-Musketeers nuances. A sugarless candy experience. Easy to drink.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog is a very dark reddish brown ale, solid head and a lot of carbonation, good mix of hops and malt but with more sweet malt than hops. Smooth and very roasty finish. The ABV is 5.0%.

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Photo of Myk
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle and poured vigorously, gave a great light carmel colored head. deep brown with good carbonation, maybe a little to much. smell of roasted malt and carmel. light easy hop in flavor, but mostly chocolate and roasted sweet malt. toffee-ish. have to agree with the dry. leaves the mouth almost cotton like, but not in a bad way. if your looking for a dry sweet ale, this is a good one. probably go very well with beef. full-medium body.

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Photo of Mick
4.87/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A heavier product from Abita. Very coffee like. Has a great pour and trickles and trances down the glass with grace. A strong but pleasant aroma. Strong appearance. Highlights of a roasting flavor compliment the overall experience.

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

Pours a deep brown with a nice brown head on it that leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Very strong dry roasted aromas with an almost husky feel to it and some slight peatish type characteristics. Intesne roasted malt all the way through this one with a nice chocolate turn towards the end and some coffee hiding in the background. This has a surprisingly dry taste and finish and is rather husky much like an altbier. The huskiness is a nice surprise and sets this brew apart from others. A very drinkable brown ale and I am very impressed that this seems to be the beverage of choice for LSU fans.

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Photo of Jon
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't recall who made the Coca-Cola comment before, but surprisingly, this beer kind of looks like Coke. It struggles to hold a head and features substantial carbonation. The nose is of roasted (caramel) malt. The taste is quite similar with the caramel malts taking priority over the hops that seem to be trying to penetrate through. This beer is a little too carbonated for me, but it's drinkable and it's not a bad one.

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Photo of yen157
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If Coca-Cola made beer, this would be it. Very carbonated and tasting more like a cheap porter than a brown ale. It's coffee taste is fleeting and without residual swetness.

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

This beer poured a nice dark reddish amber color that formed a nice bubbly light tan head that left some nice lace when it subsided. The aroma was of malt malt and toffee. The flavor was of malt, caramel and toffee. The finish was medium and had a slightly toffee aspect to it. Not a bad beer.

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

The only way I knew about this beer is that Emerl Lagasse swears by it (as well as Brooklyn Brewery) on TV. It certainly was not bad. Although I would need to have another one in order to get a better understanding of it. Decent aroma and solid drinkability make this beer a refreshing choice with some spicy grub ro just for the heck of it! Bottoms up!

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

Turbodog: at the very least, I like the name. For a brown ale, it’s as black a beer as I’ve seen lately. Very nice rich head, clinging to the side the whole way down. Strong malt (burnt/chocolate tastes). Nice hints of licorice in the first taste, and throughout the aftertaste, although there are slight hints of grain as well. Very nice.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,915 ratings