Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

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

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Photo of fdrich29
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this brew at Luke's in Rockland, MA during an Offshore tasting.

Beautiful Autuum brown body. Smells of roasted malts. Mmmmm....roasted malts.

Nice thick off whitish head with thick lacing.

Karma is smiling upon me on this night of malt. Sweet malty taste with just a hint of bitterness. Just what I've been looking for. Sweet and malty. That about sums this baby up and I couldnt be happier.

It's a very malty birthday so far to say the least. It makes turning 33 almost ok. If for some reason I get crucified this year or die doing a speedball at least I'll have tried this malty baby, which is more than I can say for a few of the famous people who only made it to their 33rd year.

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Photo of Naes
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with red hues. The large tan head quickly dissipates to a thin resilient layer.

Nose is malty with hints of yeast.

Thy flavor is dominated by malt, but it does have a subtle amount of hop presence. There is also a slight roasted flavor too.

Mouth feel is medium (a bit watery though) bodied and nicely carbonated.

This is a smooth brew, worth a try if you like the lighter side of the dark stuff.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sitting on the coaster, it's simple dark brown with red-orange highlights (Shoeshine Boy). When held up to the late afternoon sunlight, it becomes a fantastic shade of polished black cherry (Underdog). Okay, so maybe you prefer Clark Kent and Superman, but I wanted to stay with the dog theme. The head is a humdinger as well; creamystiff golden ecru with rockiness to spare. Turbo Dog has a great look if you have sunshine handy, and is pretty decent even if you don't. A lack of lace is the only downer.

The nose is par for the brown ale course and isn't quite the equal of the appearance. It smells more like dark caramel and toasted nuts than it does of roasted malt, chocolate, etc. In other words, the aroma doesn't have designs on porter territory like some browns do. I'm okay with the fact that there's very little hoppiness.

Feh. This one has to be classified as a letdown. There's a shortage of flavor and a way too light body. The Dog needs a significant infusion of malt. Then, and only then, will I be able to take it seriously. I can appreciate caramel and chocolate flavors, but there's so little substance that it seems as if malt extract was used rather than barley.

The nutty flavor is a little harsh, as if pecans were toasted too long and started to char. There's also a little bitter hoppiness that wouldn't be nearly as noticeable if the malt content was adequate. Brown ales should be malt-dominant, shouldn't they? All kinds of mildy unpleasant flavors are permitted to have their say because of the grain shortage.

The flavor profile sorts itself out a little better on the finish, but it's too little, too late. The body is as thin as an anorexic chihuahua (dog theme again) and the relative lack of carbonation contributes to the lackluster mouthfeel, keeping this beer solidly in the 'below average' category.

I had heard good things about Turbo Dog. Even though I haven't been impressed with Abita beer in the past, I was willing to believe that this was their flagship, their pride and joy, and was therefore a cut above. Then I drank this bottle. Far from a snarling, vicious hellhound, it's more of a toothless old pooch. I'm still waiting to be impressed Abita. What else you got?

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with an August 30, 05 best if used by date. Pours out a dark brown color with rosy hi-lites around the edge. The head was about a finger high, tan in color and very frothy. The head settles down alot and leaves only a small amount of lace.

The aroma is nutty and slightly alcoholic. There is a strong caramel maltiness in the smell also. Also, some coffee beans. This is a slightly chewy brown ale with a strong coffee taste. There is a hint of an alcohol taste in there as well. Not a bad beer, but more like a porter than a brown ale in my opinion.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

High marks, I know, but I like this beer.

A: Bottle label is different than the pic, mine is black with some wheat stalks barely visible. Anyway. Pours a deep deep brown color with just a hint of garnet in the light. Nice head at first. Scant lacing.

S: Wow! Dark malty sweetness with hints of caramel in there. Can't really smell any hops. Very appealing, nonetheless. The malty profile is lovely smelling.

T: Toasty malts, just this side of sweet. Hop flavor comes very late and provides just a tap of bitterness that seems to set you up for the next sip. Do I detect a bare hint of coffee here? Amazing tasting beer.

M: Alcohol warmth is perfect. Lets you know it's there without needing any attention. Medium body. Moderate level of carbonation. Dry feeling late just makes me want to take another sip, then another, etc.

D&N: He may not have sent me this one, but BigLove turned me on to Abita with the Abita Wheata he sent me. Thanks for getting me interested in this brewery, everything I've tried from them has been tasty, this one is just off the scale drinkable. I now have a definite beer I'll think of when I think of English Brown. Superb beer and I can't recommend this one enough. Go Get Some!

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Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on a recent trip to New Orleans. Hadn't had it since I was in college, as Abita brews were the best option at most bars in the southeast.
I tried both on tap and bottled versions and really enjoyed both a lot. The bottled version had a slightly more sour taste, but both were equally good.
I pours a dark amber color...almost like a cola color.
The head is lighter and has good staying power.
The flavor is like chocolate and caramel with just a hint of bitterness and grain at the end. Like I mentioned earlier, there's also a sourness that's slightly more pronounced in the draft version. It reminds me of a tiny citrus zing, but I really can't describe it very well!
Overall a great beer. If you're in the southeast and looking for something unique...or if your local store carries it you can't miss with this one. It makes for a wonderful session beer.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Reno, NV. I was wondering what to expect from this one and it surprised me.

A dark, dark brown with just a bit of light showing through on the edges. Smaller head than expected but it was of decent quality thickness that settled down and hung around throughout. The smell is malt.

This beer coats your mouth a bit and has a very thick, malty chocolate flavor with a slightly burnt taste around the edges for some character. Overall, very mild and smooth. Great for sipping. It got me through several hands of poker. I'd definitely pour this one again but I haven't seen it in California yet.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep mahogony color with large puffy head that dissipated to thin lacing. Smell is chocolately-carmel with coffee background. Taste is superb with a slight sweetness, deep coffee-chocolate overtones and a lingering bitterness. An extremely tasty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from BigLove as part ofThe Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Head lasts well, and laces nicely also. Aroma is grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is dominated by grains, which is what I like in a brown, almost tastes kind of worty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice as well. A pleasant surprise compared to the on-tap version of this that I had awhile back.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a light brown head. The head appears very thick and creamy. It fades very slowly leaving lots of thick laces. It smells biscut like. Also, it smells malty. I am having trouble detecting any hop aroma. It tastes biscut like with a slight caramel taste. It has a slight chocolate taste also, but only very subtle. As with the aroma, the hop presence is almost undetectable. This beer is medium bodied. It is carbonated well and goes down smooth. The taste leaves a lot to be desired from an English Brown. This might make a good session beer because it is not high in alcohol. But I am not too excited with the taste. I will probably never drink it again.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear brown with a light khaki head. Some fine lacing. Smells of caramel, nutty.

Taste is alot like the smell. Rich caramel amlt with hints of molasses. Nutty with just the slightest bitterness in the finish. Smooth as velvet in the mouth. Light, long lasting stickiness in the aftertaste. Really nice and drinkable. A surprise as this is a great tasting smooth brown ale. Straight-forward and uncomplicated but very much to style and is elegant in the mouth. This is from Louisiana?

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A good brown beer that's not too dark or too light, and there's just a touch of head that leaves good lacing.
Smell - Malty and a little nutty with faint hints of caramel and hops.
Taste - I get a lot of subtle flavors like caramel, nuts, fruits, definitely malts, and there is a bitterness in the finish that makes me keep reaching for the glass. Good balance.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body which is par for this style I believe, regardless my expectations were met.
Drinkability - Good taste and good balance make this a very drinkable beer.
Thanx Biglove

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Photo of deejaydan
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to see this beer finally in Michigan. Pours a deep abmer/brown color with an okay head, and good lacing for what the beer is. Aroma is very faint, not much going on there. Taste is surprising rich yet light of chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is nice, slightly thick and creamy, yet light enough to make it a session beer. I like this, and can see myself getting it again and again.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.06/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not much information on the bottle, seeing it styled here as English brown ale is almost a surprise to me...What is it with American micros and the word "dog"?

Appearance: Darkish red, with only a faint lacing. Looks more like an alt to me.

Smell: I think this one is infected...Grainy, but also wet cardboard and skanky beauty salon permed hair.

Taste: Heat stricken indeed, which is weird, because I got from a fridge, guess it got stored in the heat beforehand...Smokey, watery and just not very agreeable, this one ended up in the drain.

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Photo of whynot44
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, dark garnet red color with a short tan head.

Aroma has a bit of caramel, fresh bread and a hint of chocolate.

The taste is malty - caramel, coffee, over ripe fruit, and again a hint of chocolate. Smooth, creamy, with a touch of vanilla in the aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Very nice.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with some decent head. Light lacing down the glass.

Aroma shows off some toffee, sweetness and the lightest hint of fruit.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice toffee flavors blend with a light hop bitterness and fruits. Some sweet bready flavors come through as well and a light sweetness is left in the finish.

A fine brown ale. I spent a night drinking these and hanging out with close friends, in my opinion, a very nice pairing.

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Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a large light brown head that sticks all over the glass. Smells malty with a touch of coffee and prunes. Meduim-heavy body with a coffee and chocolate malt laste. A good amount of hop bittereness to go around. This is a top notch brew to me. Very tasty.

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Photo of karengarys
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a transparent brown. No real head, some foam ring and lacing.

Smells okay, like a typical brown beer.

Taste is a bit limp. Slight carmel, malt, and hop. I don't know what kind of hop it is, but it is rather boring.

Mouthfeel is soda pop like, with a thin bitter finish.

There is little body to this, more water like.

It is a shame that the on-tap beverage does not translate well to the bottled version of this beer. I highly recommend trying this on tap. the only reason to try the bottle is to learn what the bottle is missing.

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Photo of BamaScholar
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour--beer is garnet near glass's bottom but dark chocolate in color throughout the rest. True to its style, smell is a well-balanced nutty and toffee aroma. Underneath the toasted aspect there is also a slight coffee aspect.

The taste is relatively complex, the same elements of toffee, nuts, and coffee coming through strong with some malty tones too. A slight bitterness and weak molasses characters are present in the finish...it provides a nice balance with the other flavors.

One of the best beers I've tried in this style.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a very dark, almost opaque black. I couldnt detect much of a hop aroma but there was a slight hop flavor. There was quite a bit of lacing involved and the beer had a bit of a smokey chocolate malt flavor. I would be able to handle about three of these beers in a session but there isnt enough flavor or smoothness to keep me around much longer.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle.

Fizzy tan head that fades almost instantly. Some layered lacing but nothing that really sticks. Not quite opaque, deep brown in color.

Bitter dark chocolate malt aromas. Slight caramel and toffee as well. There's also a quite unpleasant bleach/chlorine-like overtone.

Caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate malt character. Nice nuttiness: almond, hazlenut that complements the initial sweetness. There's a very intense burst of carbonation at mid-sip that really takes away from this brown's flavor. Finishes dry with a chocolate, almond, molasses aftertaste.

Medium bodied; fizzy, prickly, and too carbonated on the palate.

This is a decent tasting brown, but it has some other flaws; most notably the pungent chemical like aromatics and the prickly mouthfeel. My first experience with Abita's line and unfortunately I'm not impressed.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oily, dark brown color. No head retention, hardly even a layer of film across the top. Nose is sweet, dark malt, uncomplex, but this beer shines in the taste: full of good dark malt flavors, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Bitterness is noticible, but the malty sweetness never quite disappears. Clean yeast character, and a good simple finish. Moderate to light body.

Quite a decent brew from Abita, taste-wise. Most of their beers are vaguely disappointing.

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Photo of John1985
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark Brown color with a quarter inch head and an exceptionally fresh malty aroma. Malt dominates flavor all the way through with a malty aftertaste. Body is a bit thin. Easy to drink and quaffable. I am not that familiar with brown ales but this seems very true to style.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorites, but I'd never had it on draft until today.

Poured a dark brown with about 3/4 inch of tan head., great lacing.

The smell was smoky and a little nutty.

The flavor was classic brown ale, malty and nutty, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Really great flavor balance, even better on draft.

Mouthfeel was better than most, but a tad on the syrupy side.

Very drinkable, but not too many in one setting.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of the first microbrews I had the pleasure of trying way back in the early nineties. I had not revisited this one in a while, until BigLove sent it to me straight from Louisiana as part of the Confederate BIF.

The pour was mahogany colored with a beige creamy head. The body was clearly filtered with no haze or sediment. The aroma was roasty and nutty with some notes of coffee. The taste was smooth with chocolate malt, toffee, and roasted grains. Clearly intended to be a session beer, the mouthfeel was very thin and aftertaste clean. Hop bitterness was very mild and lingering way in the background.

A pleasant and mild ale that should serve well as a stepping stone beer. I wish they had chosen to bottle condition this beer to leave more of an earthy flavor intact.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
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