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

Appearance – This one poured a nice, deep brown in color with a huge head. The head showed great retention and followed the liquid as I emptied the glass.

Smell – This has a soft roasty malt backbone along with quite a bit of brown sugar. I can also pick up some mild coffee notes.

Taste – The roasty smell gives way to a lighter, toasted kind of maltiness. The brown sugar is more on the mild side here and the coffee is perceptible but almost gone.

Mouthfeel – This Brown Ale is almost medium-bodied with little hop bitterness and a light, sugary finish.

Drinkability – One of the better American attempts at the English Brown Ale style. I really enjoyed this offering from Abita. Not a traditional EBA, but very tasty.

Comments – Thanks to BigLove for sending this one cross-country. This is the sleeper of the Abita line.

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Photo of Bones54
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: very dark brown ale, with a thick tan foamy head that has very good retention.

Smell: The sweet chocolate toffee wonderfully rips through the nostrils.

Taste: Wow!! A relatively inexpensive beer, and thus was not expecting much. I know, don't judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes you cannot help it. The toffee taste is very present, and welcomed by the taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth, this beer really is amazing me more with every sip.

Drinkability: Yes please, I'll have some more. But not to many, unfortunately while the toffee taste is strong and welcomed I can only stomach a couple of these before my taste buds are overwhelmed with chocolate.

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Photo of alexgash
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, purplish-brown-amber body with a reasonably dense, light cocoa head. Sweetish dark raisins and prunes, toffee, and toasted bread aromas combine with a spicy hop backing. Will it taste as good as it smells? Um, no. Not bad though. Grainy, toasted bread malt comes through strongly. The dark fruit sweetness almost disappears. Light toffee sweetness and a hint of chocolate remain and are balanced by some moderately bitter (dark chocolate bitter) hops. Light to medium bodied, the mouthfeel is a little thin and soapy, but not bad and dries out in the finish. Overall, a decent beer that gets better as it warms a little.

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Description of the brewery and the beer recipe on the back, with freshness date notched on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown color with a slight red tint. Poured a nice tan head that slowly disappated.

Smell: Sweet caramel smell with roasted malt tones.

Taste: Nice malty backbone with just enough hop bitterness to balance it. Hints of coffee, toffee, and chocolate make this very drinkable. Nice dry aftertaste and a good medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall Impression: Abita finally made it to Colorado! One of my favorite brown ales - nicely drinkable with great flavors.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/amber body. Head is about two fingers thick and creamy. It takes a bit to settle to a small film with a little more at the edges. Not very lacy though.

Smells very malty. A touch of grape and other fruits.

Taste is of subtle roasted malts, a tiny bit coffeelike. A bit of bitterness at the end which is about all for the hop presence.

Carbonation is light. The body is a bit on the watery side but OK. Very smooth drinking.

Pretty drinkable if there isn't anything better. Not too strong a personality for sessions. Would work good for that purpose.

Not my favorite, but not bad either. A good brown ale, but there are better.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky name for a darn decent brew. Pours an opaque dark coffee brown with a rocky tan head. Left thick lacework on the side of the glass. Smell of sweet malts is the dominat aroma. Some fruit, coffee and chocolate notes. This a rich smelling beer and the taste is up to the smell. The taste is richly sweet almost like a bock or even a doppelbock. There is a short dry finish with some taste of alcohol at the tail. Overall this is a brown ale to keep buying.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours dark reddish brown with a frothy off-white head that quicky goes to a thin film.

Its aroma is some roasted malts with a kind of chemical diapery off smell.

It tastes a little better than it smells. Sweet nutty, toffee malts and cocoa. It's kind of acidic with a light bitter finish.

Overall, not very good at all. I couldn't get past the smell, and the flavors were a mish-mash of things, many of which were a little off.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank both on tap and out of the bottle and there was no difference in either aroma or flavor. The color was nice and the smell had a pleasant aroma of hops and maltiness. After that it was down hill with the flavor. The flavor came up short of what the aroma was and just didn't match up to what I had expected. But, it is a good summer quincher and a hot day!

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Photo of cncbofh
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz short brown bottle.

It poured rusty brown with a nice big head quickly receding to a thin lace that had problems clinging to the glass.

The smell reminded me of a heath bar. Lots of toffee and coffee in my sniffer.

The taste is fantastic. Full of biscuit malt and roasted chocolate flavors. Very good. The beer was light in the mouth and went down nice and easy.

Will finish the six pack and will look for more. Good stuff.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap in New Orleans at the Redfish Grill on Bourbon St.

Very dark brown hue with a really small ammount of head. Aroma is weak with a hint of toasted malts and sweetness. Flavor is very mild, some of that roasty malt from the nose and tinge of smokey character show up. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and overly carbonated, very light on the palate. One Turbo Dog is enough for me.

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Photo of Bdc
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chocolate brown with an off-wite, scattered head. The toffee aroma is followed by a chocolate and caramel malt flavor. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. This uniquely smooth ale finishes clean, but otherwise is an unimpressive beer for the style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled a 12 oz bottle, with new graphics and did have a "best comsumed before date" confusingly notched on the label. Poured typical darkish mahogony brown, clear, with a good looking tan tiny bubble head, leaves fine and well developed lacing. Mild malty nose, taste is mostly just a thin malt sweetness, notes of cafe au lait,vanilla, perhaps a bit of nuttyness. Could use some more malt and hops to kick up the character and complexity of this brew. As it stands now its " a nice house, but nobody is home" But would be a pleasant sessioner.

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Photo of aracauna
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really wasn’t expecting a whole lot, so the slightly roasty flavor caught me off guard. It was actually verging on being a porter in the flavor with chocolate and a bit of licorice (and an almost smoke). Slightly bitter in the finish. The only real drawback was that it was too bubbly and light bodied. It was a great poker beer though.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a opaque dark brown color with a slight tan head. Smells of dark rye bread. Taste is buttery toasted dark cereal grains with a smooth malt sweetness. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Minimal hop presence. A pretty good dark brew for the masses.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Plum brown with a quickly settling khaki head leaving no lace in me pint.

Little nose to speak of, draught style, other than grainy wheat cracker wafts.

Biscuit malts & hop balance with a grape juice hint throught the lingering zesty dry finish.. Toffee roast vanilla characteristics.

Crisp snappy feel with a twinge of oily buttery full bodied foamy cherry essence.

Last swigs: Great Autumn dinner beer. Big sweet black grape malts hops like a Guinness ALMOST. Happy yo try this on tap. Had this in New Orleans like it was Yuengling Lager.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this beer for the first time on Emeril Live and decided I had to give it a try. I usually agree with Emeril and this one didn't let me down.

The pour was a dark copper/mahogany with a two finger beige head that quickly dissapated and left a thin beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was quite sweet, a strong roasted caramel with just a hint of apricots and some hop spice in the back of the nose.

The drink started with a chewey malt character mixed with a grainy background. In the middle the sweet caramel took over the palate. The finish was a lingering hop mixed with a fruity sweetness.

All and all this would be a great beer to drink with food or to put into food. I'll keep some of this in my fridge at all times from now on.

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

I actually decided to give this beer a try from watching Emeril cook with it on his cooking show. It was worth a try, not my favorite but a good beer. It poured a dark brown with hints of red, a perfectly clear beer. The head was a tannish two fingers with little lacing.

The aroma was primarily malty with some hints of smokiness that comes from the roasted malt. The taste is more smoky than I expected by with little real malt sweetness and almost no hops flavor. This felt a little oily in the mouth, but it could be a decent session beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I have looking forwrad to trying the Abita Turbo Dog since it is not found typcially in Charlotte. Of course, the Flying Saucer had it available in a bottle. Since I am a big fan of Brown Ales, I thoroughly enjoyed most of its qualities. However, compared to other browns, it was nothing spectacular. Taste and mouthfeel highlighted the experience, especially at first taste. Hints of roasted nuts was a nice surpirse. I realized, however, that this ale was difficult to finish.

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Photo of maccroz
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting brew. I gave it a combination of ratings I would have thought not possible. It looks great, but smells like nothingness (and no, I don't have a sinus infection) It tastes slightly above average, but the mouthfeel feels like seltzer water and leaves no complex aftertaste. However, the drinkability is very high because it does not overstimulate the palate and goes down like water.

I went to the store and chose this brew because I was in the mood for something darker. They were out of Guinness, so I figured I'd give this dark looking brew a taste. You could easily give this to a non-ale-drinking pal and have them polish it off as easily as a domestic light beer. It's tasty, but underwhelming.

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Photo of Guinness4me
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm....goood dog! I was surprised to see it pour so dark and was instantly impressed at it's deep color without heaviness.

The smell was sweet and enticing. I noticed warm vanilla, coffee, and malt. The taste was outstanding, romantic and very smooth. Slight malt, chocolate to a slight bitterness and a lovely vanilla finish. Perfect beer with a chocolate mousse. This would be an easy all-nighter.

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Photo of drewbage
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled during a bowl of spicy gumbo at a funny little Cajun place near me in LA.

Beer arrives in a chilled (*grr*) straight sided pint glass a deep brown with milk chocolate lab brown highlights. Very little head, but what is there is sticky and beige in color.

Sweet malt is the best descriptor of the initial aroma as the beer opens up and warms in the glass, cherries and plums start to appear as well.

Flavor is still the sweet malt, but with a hard acrid bite of dark roasted grains. This bite takes the middle palate over, before relenting to a toffee alcohol finish.

Overall not too shabby, one of the better Louisana products I've had outside of the state.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist top brown bottle, label has best by (month 8, day 4) notched. Lists pale, crystal and chocolate malts, Williamette hops, an Alt yeast and spring water. Looks like they have updated the label, mine says TURBODOG in yellow across a black background.
Aroma: Very dark roasted, even burnt malt with a lot of chocolate malt aroma.
Appearance: Deep brown with ruby edges, shows nice clarity when backlit. A tan head caps the beer with small bubbles. A small trace of lace slowly followed the beer as it drained.
Flavor: An odd combination of a dark roasted, yet very clean beer. The chocolate malt is heavy handed, and almost overpowers the hops. No malt sweetness noted, just the roasted, almost smoky grains.
Mouthfeel: Creamy medium-heavy body triggers a good chew; Very smooth.
Overall Impression: Turbodog is well crafted. They got to where they were going with this beer. The taste is intentional; I’m just not sure I like the recipe. There is too much chocolate malt or black patent (heavily roasted) malts for the style of English Brown, but I’m not sure those Cajuns care. I could see others making a session out of this, but just a touch too dark for me.

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Photo of edchicma
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only thing lacking in this brew was the aroma. Quite honestly my bottle smelled like a wet dog...I never encountered this smell before. But, aside from that all else was very nice. Appearance is an almost black amber with a head that diispates into a very nice lace. Taste...mmm. almost like a dry stout. lightly sweet with a hop flavor on the finish that is very nice. Mouthfeel is medium with a crispness and a dry finish that makes you want to take anothe sip. Very nice on the drinkability scale. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just ordered the 12 oz brown short bottle from Mother’s for lunch. Unlike the previous ratings, mine had no freshness date on the back. It appears that they’ve changed the label since the picture here on the site has been added. I like the new one better. The new one is predominately black with the writing and artwork in lighter outlines, like some of the new dark uniforms seem around the NFL. There is a good explanation of what to expect from the beer on the back label.

It poured a nice, dark brown with some dark amber thrown in. It has a sticky light tan froth.

Sweet toffee smells invite you to enjoy…

Ooooo yeah--Malty goodness with a heavy medium body. The flavor is sweet toffee and mild chocolate. What seems to set this apart is that the hop bitterness is perfectly balanced as it lingers in the background. A mild hopiness and sugary malt stick to your the tongue in between sips. I also tasted some coffee flavors, good bread, and caramel…

This is a great beer, definitely worth a few. It was heavy enough to wash down the ½ priced burger at Mother’s perfectly.

It left me pleasantly surprised, since my last Louisiana beer was Dixie Voodoo. It is sweet and slightly heavy, but smooth enough for easy drinking. I’ll be trying to work through their line, now that I’ve seen what they have to offer.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,853 ratings.
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