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English Brown Ale
Ranked #105
Ranked #37,811
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 bigdeuce
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scents of tart cherry, licorice, and soft chocolate on the nose. Deep mahogany pour, deep brown to rub red. The chocolate hits the palate first followed by mild plum. Pretty dry with a slight hop background which rounds the malt. Easy to drink. A nice offering.

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Photo of MNAle
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Stamped "Best by 11/22/15"; consumed on 1/12 and 1/13/16. I checked the date before I bought this, but I decided to go for it anyway, but just be aware if you read this review that the beer was nearly 2 months past the "best by" date from the brewer, so it was likely at least 8 months from bottling. But, it is a brown ale, not an IPA, so as I said, I decided to try it anyway. Very nice aroma; sweet, caramel, musty malt in the English style, some cocoa, perhaps a little dark fruit. Very dark ruby color, with a tan 1 inch creamy head that fades slowly, lumpily, creamily. Thick lacing. Light carbonation. This is a very good looking beer. Thin mouth feel, perhaps appropriate for the style, but the creamy head had me expecting more. Caramel, roasty taste that holds through the middle and into the finish. Only a slight hint of hops bittering in the finish. Very much malt-flavor dominated. I would have expected a bit more of a bitter finish, but perhaps that is due to age of the beer. Overall, a drinkable beer, enjoyable, but it needs more from the hops.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a mahogany brown/red. Lofty light tan head slow to dissipate. Opaque

Smell- Lightly roasted malt. Caramel

Taste- Semi sweet caramel/toasted grains. Toffee notes. Hints of dark fruit. Finish is clean and crisp, slightly dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium in bosy with ample carbonation.

Overall- A smooth, drinkable English brown. Very well done. The malt profile is well balanced and is not too sweet. Try it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a toffee nut brown color with 80% opacity; beige head is 2 fingers with a hilly display, sticks around for a good while leaving sparse lace.

Rich chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes on the nose, as well as some damp barley and faint nuttiness.

Taste is of cashew, caramel malts, stale milk chocolate, and hazelnut. A sharp pinch of hop accompanies the flavor profile.

Feel is textbook medium bodied, with a spatial creaminess and mild carbonation. Finish is slightly drying.

Overall it's easy to say that this is Abita's best offering. While that's not saying much as it's still not phenomenal, it is a decent beer and within my threshold of favorite English Browns.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty basic brown, not bad, actually a little darker character at times, nearing porter. It's okay, nothing special, hits the spot if it's all you've got.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear yet dark deep mahogany wood color, or an aged, darkened cherry wood. The head forms as two fingers of pale khaki foam, with fair retention. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: The aroma blasts out of the glass during the pour, and can be detected at arm's length for a tiny bit of time following. Sweet caramel and toffee, over a layered mass of toast, cracker, and grain. A hint of something vaguely like cotton candy wafts through the rest of the scents here and there.

Taste: Where the nose is sweet, the flavors open towards the bitter side, with a sharp, bitingly acrid burst of metallic shoe polish, which recedes as the tasting process moves along, yet remains present, tinging the rest of the flavors with its presence. Beneath and behind that comes a wash of the aforementioned caramel and toffee, over a bready note not unlike boule, and a spot of graham cracker. Some leathery tones also drift by towards the end, and at the finish, this beer leaves a lingering mix of the polish, toffee, and leather.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light, this beer goes down smoothly and quickly. The carbonation level is somewhat high, perhaps adding to the sharpness I perceive in the initial taste.

Overall: For a brown ale, not bad - I can actually drink it, and detect some flavors beyond the initial hop burst. It's not going to become a regular beer in my rotation, however.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt brown color with a slight transparency to it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a quickly dissipating finger's worth of head.
The smell started with a rich sweet to nutty amplified toffee to burnt cake-like aroma. Some caramel makes a sly presence.
The taste was mainly sweet with a subtle roast blending into the flavor. A light semi-sweet to nutty aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a tad bit of sweet clingy cakey-ness on my tongue. Carbonation feels fairly subdued allowing the roastiness and malts to sweeten and wanting to become to a semi-harsh feel on my tongue.
Overall, its a good English brown ale that I think I could come back to.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Milk chocolate brown color with a fingernail head that recedes immediately and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma of barley, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is barley, toffee, and malt with an english hop finish. It isn't as sweet as the aroma would lead me to believe. Fairly balanced but I was missing more hops. Light body and medium carbonation that went down easy.
It is more sweet than hoppy in the spirit of an english brown ale. The balance is nice and this is one of the core beers from Abita I'll pick up and drinker a 6er of in 2 weeks. It exhibits self control and respect to the style.

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Photo of Tswiftma
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tried a Turbodog at a Disneyland Resort. Not bad but nothing exciting. Somewhat flat brown ale taste. Avery and Pretty Things have superior brown ales.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Really enjoyed this English brown ale.

Look: clear, brown, some red highlights, light head that retains well.
Smell: Rich, caramely, toffee-like, malty, a little sweet, a grassy twinge.
Taste: follows the smell. Rich and malty and sweet with a twangy, husky aftertaste.
Feel: full medium body, moderate to low carbonation.

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Photo of CHickman
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark chestnut brown color with red showing at the edges where light hits the glass; it had a thick foamy 2 finger beige head that was full of popping bubbles as it dissipated slowly, leaving really good foamy lacing.

Smells of hazelnuts, toasted grains, toffee, burnt corn husk, sweet malt, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread and earthy notes like peat moss, tree bark or twigs. Nutty and sweet smelling overall, the earthy notes allow notes like tea leaf and light spices to add a little balance, but it's all malt.

Tastes like it smells, with toasted grains, toffee, burnt corn husk, a mix of nuts, rye bread, brown sugar, peat moss, toasted crackers with butter, chocolate malt, faint coffee grinds, tea leaf and light floral hops. The nutty aftertaste has a slight chalky yeast feel and flavor, leaving metallic notes lingering - the aftertaste is the only part of the flavor I don't really care for.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with a light body, mild carbonation and as stated above the nutty aftertaste which has a slightly chalky yeast feel and flavor, leaving the metallic notes lingering. The finish is my least favorite part of an otherwise overall good beer.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer definitely has a porter-esque. Dark roasted malts on the nose, and the taste follows with a light-medium body. Dry finish. Makes me proud to be in Louisiana.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

To me, most brown ales are diet porters. You can taste the sweet caramel and chocolate malts up against the very well balanced Willamette hops. However, it is a bit watery; And I reiterated throughout the night that if they made this into a porter, this would've been on the level of Founders Porter. There wasn't enough pop or continuous flavor on the palate to rank it very high. It's a beer with a lot of potential that's not made in the right style.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up while I was in Oregon earlier this month.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a smooth looking dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing was messy and running all around.
The smell had rich sweet nuts, a nice woodiness, light caramel flavoring and some toffee running all around.
The taste was moderately sweet backed up by a smooth caramel and toffee blend. A nice aftertaste bleeds into a sweet nutty finish.
The mouthfeel had about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable smooth to semi-creamy sort of feel all around it.
Overall, as an English Brown ale, one can't knock it. I just want to "turbo" it down my gullet during the Autumn months (which is when I like brown ales the most).

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.82/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic glass

L - dark brown with good amount of foam, but quickly collapses

S - hints of chocolate and coffee with a malt background

T - chocolate all around, almost milk chocolate like Hershey's

F - very smooth and light. Really coats the mouth with chocolate

O - what a delicious brew! I've never ventured into brown ales before but have had Dunkels before. TB is pretty close but has that ale feel to it. Very good, you have to try it

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Foirth bottle from my Abita party pack. Pours a dark coca cola color into a pint glass. Thick cream head recedes quickly. Smells only of malt, heavy malt. Taste has a few notes of bitter hops but mostly just malt. Feel is a tad watery. Overall decent. Coukd have mirw flavor. Ill stick ti a nice stout for my dark bitter fix.

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Might have been a bad bottle but the one I had was almost completely flat, no carbonation. Tasted good, probably would have liked it a lot more with full carbonation.

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Photo of JoLight
4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly darker-than-khaki, frothy head that retains well. Dark, dark brown body, with brown hues at the bottom of the glass, but ruby hues from the middle to the top. Lots of thick lacing.

Aroma: Typical dark beer sweetness, with toasted malt undertones. Some noticeable hop presence. (Chocolate malts are detected as the beer warms.) A mild aroma.

Taste: dark, toasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate flavor is predominant, and builds into the middle of the flavor, where I am left with a hop presence that builds from the middle into the end. the aftertaste is reminiscent of toffee.

Mouthfeel: fluffy, and carbonated on the back end.

Finish: Dry. Tasty.

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Photo of anon
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker version of a Newcastle, in my opinion. Smells of cereal, grains and malt. Hops aren't too present in the taste or smell, but they are there, faintly. Easy drinking. Smooth with a lingering taste. Not picking up much chocolate at all, but definitely toffee.

Not bad for the price, although nothing special. An easy session brew.

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Photo of Gote
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown ale that has a good, mellow flavor. I might use this to deg-laze the pan when making a quality beef stew and then enjoy one with the same stew. I will have this again when the opportunity arises.

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Photo of ALEXJMZ
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights, almost cola in colour. Light brown head is dense and has cling. Gobs of lacing down the sides.

S: Sweet malts in the aroma. Fruit cake, chocolate, coffee.

T: Flavor is the same as the aroma. Rich and smooth, full bodied with moderate carbonation. Gives you the impression of a dense loaf of bread with touches of chocolate and coffee.

AT: Dark Chocolate and Coffee at the end.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3/10/15 Draft (The Laughing Man DC) - Very dark pour, nice tan head. Nice malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Strong harsh taste, chocolate toffee flavor taste. Liked this a lot. Texture decent carbonation, nice finish and decent kick. Very good beer.

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Photo of Clint_Yoho
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Abita Turbo dog
12 oz bottle poured into flying dog goblet

L: Dark brown to black. Good lacing. About dinner of head. Good head retention.

S: Sweet malt smell. Hints of chocolate and caramel.

T: Missing that umph. Light toffee taste.

F: Has a good mouth feel, a good body.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a thick off-white head. Caramel and malt on the nose and palate. A delightful brown ale trending toward a stout for my palate. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had it. I liked it. I didn’t think it was over 6% alcohol. In fact this was my present from my fiance when she went to NOLA for a bachlorette party. Does this mean she got into trouble and is trying to make me forget about it by bringing me beer?

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