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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
Ranking:
#33,433
Reviews:
1,021
Ratings:
2,901
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 2,901 |  Reviews: 1,021
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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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft...... Deep dark brown, nearly black color, with a marshmellow soft tan head. Served in a skiny pilsner glass. Deep roasted chocolate malt smell, some toffee in there as well. Tasted actually very sweet, chocholate, smooth, and creamy. Pleasant surprise, when the bartender sensed my interest and brought me a bottle to read the label. Nice touch ! Went down very easily and complimented the overpriced food rather nicely. I will definitly order this on tap, if I see it again.

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

Pours a deep amber brown with a lavish tan head, lots of sticky lace. Strong malt aroma with fruit and bittersweet chocolate. The malt flavors form the foundation for this beer, but notes of toffee and chocolate are present as well, and towards the finish there are mild hops and hints of fruit. An absolutely glorious brown ale.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent microbrew. I think of Turbo Dog as a specialty brew, because it really does not conform to any particular style. Chocolatey, toffeish and definitely malty; I can drink this stuff with just about anything. It does not have any outstanding negatives in my mind. Definitely worth getting if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a wispy off white head. The bartender was not sure exactly what style it was and my first impression was a porter/brown ale hybrid. A bit sweeter and thicker than your typical brown ale, but not as full bodied as a porter. Roasted malts leave some caramel on the palate, with enough hop complexity to balance the brew nicely. This beer was new to me and I had to judge it with no background. A brown ale but a hefty one.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark ruby with a nice tight beige head. Musty smell. Not bad though. Taste consists of an obscure roasted flavor. A bit of chocolate. And small hop bite. Medium body. A bit of an eccentric brown. Not bad but not good either.

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

A very nice brown ale, especially when in New Orleans! Medium to deep translucent brown, with a slight off-white head. Faint chocolate and toffee aromas. Taste is mildly sweet, with hints of chocolate and toffee. Some bready flavors as well. Finish is slightly bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Not a heavy beer by any means, this is actually quite refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of beernut7
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this brew in Boston from the bottle. It was harsh and not what I would call a quality brew. It might have been old considering the source and location, but the whole sixer had the same qualities.

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Photo of marc77
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in color and very clear. The dense persistent off - white head leaves Belgian lace down the glass. Slight buttery and caramelly notes along w/ mild chocolate malt notes make for a pleasant aroma. The relatively low carbonation level for style facilitates the smooth mouthfeel. Dextrinous and medium bodied. Chocolate, diacetyl butterscotch and crystal malt sweetness are the dominate flavor components, but hop bitterness provides sufficient balance. The mildly earthy and slightly spicy Willamette hop flavor is quite welcome. Turbo Dog finishes w/ a touch of roasted grain bitterness and sweetness. It's been ages since I've had this brew. Definitely better than a lot of American browns out there. It was a nice surprise.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hues, the lace is a sticky light tan froth.

Smell: Sweetish toffee, hint of carob and a touch of ripe fruit.

Taste: Malty with a sturdy medium body, sweet toffee and mild chocolate flavour, hop bitterness is perfect and there to balance. A mild fruit and hop twang also hit the tongue. Faded sweet bready grain is in the end.

Notes: A prize brown ale and a cult classic among the micro drinkers. An exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Didnt get much of a head on mine,nice color.Kinda buttery tasting?Can taste the alcohol in it thats for sure.Decent,but kinda overhyped.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great dark red color, almost black. Flavorful and balanced. Enjoyable and versatile Southern beer. I wonder what it's named for.

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Photo of jermar
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer had a very funky taste reminiscent of a bad homebrew. Not a good one, try Brooklyn Brown instead.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and dark. A rich pouring beer, pleanty of head. Looks more like a dark lager, but aromas suggest otherwise. Nice dark chocolate and malt- both in the aroma and the taste. Not too sweet, but rich and warming, definetely dark brown sugar. Overall a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little sweet and grainy, but overall a pleasant beer.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 2,901 ratings
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