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Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,002
Ratings:
2,829
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
23.08%
 
 
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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog is a murky sort of medium brown, but bright in its own way. The tan head that forms on top of it has pretty good retention, falling from almost one finger slowly down to a sturdy layer of foam that drops moderate patching.
A lot of it is what I'd expect from an English Brown: plenty of nutty character, a bit of toastiness to the malts, which of course are in charge all the way, and some caramel. There may not be as much mineral or dryness as I expect, but it does have an earthiness.
The taste has a little more of the overall character I expect, only because along with the earthy tone is a bit of tea leaf, an aspect of the light hops bitterness. It also comes out with a little more toffee sweetness with the caramel, and overall just a bit more to the depth, character and flavor.
The feel is good, though the medium body goes somewhat thin at times and, while crisp later, it starts off just fizzy. It does smooth out, and it goes semi-dry from beginning to finish.

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Photo of captenaj
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have this in a bottle at the Lobster Lady restaurant in Cape Coral Florida.

Appearance: deep ruby Brown, minimal head.

Smell: Slightly nutty and earthy.

Taste: rich and flavorful. Slight hint of chocolate and coffee.

Mouth feel: Perhaps a little thin, but not too much so.

Overall: an excellent tasting beer.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles from my local grocery store and they are clearly marked with a freshness date. From the bottle to a pint glass out pours a dark brown ale with a mahogany hue. Swirling the tan head around the glass reveals a thin sticky lacing. A good inhale detects notes of a dark crystal malt in a brew of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits (kiwi, fig, prune or plum?) and a hops spice. The taste has a rich mouthfeel with a medium body. Dark-sticky-sweet malty caramel and chocolate flavors are dominant, with a light crisp hops bitterness that cleanses the pallet. To profile this English brown ale, it's not far off from today's stouts and porters, very similar to a Full Sail Session Black without the liquorice or a distant relative of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, one that lives just down the road.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this quite a few times years back when I was in Texas, so when I saw it on the shelf today I just had to grab one. Pours a crystal clear dark brown with bodacious ruby highlights and a huge crop of fluffy tan head. Aromas of chocolate and caramel with a hint of earth and toffee. The flavor is a bit fruity with English yeasty esters dominating. Caramel toffee and chocolate maltiness off set with a hint of earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick creamy bubbly mouthfeel. I was worried that my palette may have changed in all these years, but this is actually a pretty good English style ale.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly, nice chunky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasty notes dominate, with some chocolate, caramel malt and a bit of light hop character, nice smell for a brown ale overall.

Taste: Up front with some smoke and coffee, a bit of chocolate and some roasted barley. Some more bittersweet chocolate, very pleasant tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess. Not exactly silky smooth but quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

Overall: Can't believe I hadn't tried this to date as it is a "classic" American craft beer in the minds of many. This is a good brown ale worth trying, and honestly one of Abita's better offerings.

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Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Ruby brown color. I could see some carbonation rising up. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Mild aroma. Roasted malts, hint of chocolate and fruit.

Taste:
Malty, roasted, caramel, bitter chocolate. A little hint of fruit. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly leafy. Nutty finish, yet pretty dry. Body is full, very smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish dark brown with almost no head and very little lacing.

Smell is of faint chocolate with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with faint coffee and hops at the back end.

Mouthfeel is crisp with medium carbonation and a velvety aftertaste.

Overall, this is a solid brown ale. Light and crisp enough to enjoy more than one at a time but certainly not lacking in complex flavor.

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Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into an english style pint glass, a large four finger tall head was produced. The foam was made of dense khaki colored tiny bubbles that receded slowly leaving behind a nice thick coating on the side of the glass. The beer, at first glance, a dark brown to black color, but when held to a light it produces a reddish hue and is very transparent.

S: Nutty english like malt aroma with sweet milk chocolate, subtle nobble hops and a biscuity undertone.

T: Very low hop bitterness making the beer on the sweeter side. This beer is all about the malts. Chocolate, biscuity, nutty flavors come through distinctly but none over powering. very balanced in the malt department.

M: Moderate carbonation levels and body combined with a lower gravity make it very drinkable.

O: A solid english brown that doesn't get boring after a few pints.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bought from City Swigger on E86th Street in Manhattan.

A - It's certainly brown! The head was uneven but creamy. The lacing was not thick.

S - The smell was not strong. The beer actually lacked aromatics. I had to work to find fragrances. Maybe a bit of a coffee scent eventually came through.

T - mostly milk chocolate but the turned into a sweet coffee. Pretty tasty.

M - very creamy and smooth. Nice on the tongue.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled pint (against my will) at Lucky's New Orleans. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Mild milk chocolate and some caramel, also mild. Moderate roastiness.

T- Flavor is even more mild than the aroma with some more faint chocolate and soft roast. Touch of oxidation. Super easy drinking for a malty beer.

M- Thin but still with some slick viscosity in the afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not one of the best brown ales out there but it's a good session beer if you're craving something darker.

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Photo of gerite
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with a very spicy pizza, a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A very dark almost opaque color with mild carbonation. A decent head that did not last very long but very nice lacing. I noted more toffee than chocolate notes in aroma and taste. Also a noticeable roasted malt flavor. This is a good malty ale right in line with other stouts and porters. I would buy it again.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pretty clear and dark brown in color with red highlights. It sports a nice 2-3 fingers of fluffy off-white foam that has some really nice retention. On the nose I get some nice sweet, malty notes of caramel and nuts. There is also a faint hoppy spiciness, but it's properly subdued.

The beer has a medium body and mild malty flavor. The feel is a bit thin, but there are no objectionable flavors and no overabundance of hops. Up front are some nice toasty notes, toffee, and cola and at mid-palate a little bit of balancing hoppy bitterness comes in and provides a pleasant coffee-like flavor. The finish is slightly dry and underwhelming and there aren't a lot of lingering flavors, just a trace of bitterness.

Overall, a nicely-constructed brown ale that achieves a nice balance between sweet and bitter. I feel it could use a bit more malt flavor up front, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of jaz58
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful dark brown alwe. Hints of carmel and chocolate in the nose.

Nice dark espresso brown colour in the glass.

Balanced dry hop finish. Very nice. Chocolate and toffee flavours finished with the hops noted

Sweet round mouthfeel. A good companion for a burger.

A good ale to make a stew with.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark almost opaque color with mild carbonation and decent head. Toffee and chocolate notes in aroma. Very carbonated with a noticeable roasted flavor. Perhaps carbonated too much. Not much depth or complexity but it is an ale. Chocolate malt notes also. In summary, a malty ale. It's flavors would be better suited to a stout or porter.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice deep brown with a tannish foamy head that leaves a bit of a lacing.

Smell: malts, some roastiness some sweetness. slight fruitiness and some hoppiness.

Taste: starts upfront with strong malts, a mixture of roasted and caramel, gives way to a slight fruitiness and earthy hops. good balancing of sweet and bitter

Mouthfeel: overall leaves a bit of a bitterness. medium to heavier body.

Overall: a good solid brown ale. nice balance.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with lots of thick head with good retention and leaving strong laces.
Grainy and nutty aroma with chocolate and earthy notes.
Flavor of roasted malts and earthy hops. Notes of coffee and hints of pepper, charcoal and molasses. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very balanced brown ale, not sweet with pleasant coffee notes. Good exemplar of its style.

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Photo of tedan
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into beer glass, 13 degrees C. No date on bottle.

Pours with a large tan head which falls to about half a finger after a few minutes. A good amount of lacing appears as you drink it.

It's a pretty average brown ale. Nothing too out of the ordinary or unexpected but is definitely pleasant and sessionable.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium frothy tan head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grains; very slight hop notes

Taste: Roasted grains up front; slight hop bites in the middle with a slightly dry, metallic flavor in the end; not particularly noteworthy, but not too bad overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate brown with two fingers of head that dissipated quickly. Toffee notes are present in the nose. The upfront flavor is bready and malty with a mildy bitter finish. This offering is enjoyable, but only above average as English Browns go.

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Photo of Why-P-A
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A unique dark reddish brown color, odd for a beer but not visually unappealing.

S: Caramel and toffee are present on the nose, minimal is any hop floral notes.

T: Complex sweet flavors up front transition but surprisingly smooth on the finish. There is a slight lingering dark fruit flavor of prunes which is difficult to place.

M: Turbodog finishes clean, not watery but could have a thicker mouth feel to match the flavors of the beer.

O: A unique hybrid between an amber and brown ale, having disticnt flavor characteristics from both. Clearly a popular beer which fills a nice niche and is available nation wide, a solid offering from Abita.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown, almost black with 2 fingers of thick foamy head. Good and persistent lacing.

S - Grainy malt, not much else going on.

T - Molasses, caramel malt, slight tartness, and an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Improves slightly as it warms.

M - Light to medium body.

O - Not terrible, but the flavors don't quite mesh. And the metallic taste is a definite turnoff. Oddly, this beer paired very well with chocolate covered marshmallow easter candy.

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body, nearly black. Light tan fluffy head that stands up and leaves good lacing.

S: Loads of precious coffee-house and bakery smells. Smells like coffee, a bit of chocolate, some toffee, fresh baked bread, and caramel. Really smells good.

T: The flavor is a light roasted bitterness, a hint of charcoal, and a tad of toffee and caramel flavor. It's not very strong...there is a sweetness to it but it is very mellow. I'd say that the roasted flavors dominate more.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and a bit watery. Easy to drink.

O: Overall it's a really good beer. Some of the flavors aren't as pronounced as they smell, and roasted bitterness dominates overall. It might even be a bit too bitter, but it is a tasty mellow beer. It's not something I'd rave about, but I would like to drink it again.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a thick creamy mocha head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is of unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee, not very hoppy which is a plus, not real complex but a good flavor none the less. To me this is a good solid dark beer, but nothing really stands out to put it in the superior category.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (undated)

Appearance: a nearly opaque reddish-brown. The thick tan, two-finger head stayed for quite a while.

Aroma: nice - very strong chocolate with some hops.

Taste: like the aroma but with the addition of a subtle toasty, bready component.

Mouthfeel: rather sharp - but not unpleasant - carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall: a deep but not overly complex brew. The hops are understated in the presence of the rich coffee flavor.

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Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Lagunitas Mason Jar
A - Pours a really dark dark brown, vanilla colored 1 finger head, medium thickness, good lacing.
S - Dark, semi-roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, chocolates, and a kinda odd metallic (?) smell
T - You get those roasted flavors, not like a nut brown, but some dark malts.
M - Kinda thin, feels more like a black lager with the dark flavors hanging on.
O - A good brew from Abita, that I used to think more of, but after revisiting it a few times, its not as great as i once thought it was, still for the price, its a good choice.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.
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