Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

1,010 Reviews

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 Chizoad
2.64/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at a restaurant. Maybe it was too cold. As it warmed it changed. Probably would need a second try to really evaluate. Woe is me.

Deep blackness with an amber head that was gone in 60 seconds. It looked inviting.

Picked up something weird on the initial whiff. Then... nothing. As the beer warmed, I got a little chocolate and malt.

Same with the taste. Honestly at first, I got nearly nothing flavor wise. Carbonated, heavy water. Not offensive at all, just completely bland. Warmed up and became better and better. Gone by the time it was finally getting to a reasonable temperature, since I split the bottle.

Dense mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Not overly heavy. Wouldn't mind having another one, but I'm assuming the beer is a little better than I'm rating it.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark ruby brown with a tan bubbly head. Chocolate and dark roasted malts graze the nose. Creamy, large and massive carbonation, yet simplistic for the style; caramel malts and cocoa, with light roasted coffee beans in the initial sips. The body is bland, a touch of nutty flavorings, somewhat watered-down with toffee malts and traces of oats. Incredibly boring; skip this over-rated beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from Total Wine

A - Mahogany with a bit of a chocolaty head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Cinnamon, clove, all-spice, and grass.

T - Anise, grass, and earth.

M - Bitter and dry. Very disappointing. :(

D - The smell and color are nice, but the taste and mouthfeel make this beer undrinkable.

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Photo of lokicat444
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Opaque brown, not much of a head, with a faintly sweet smell. The taste is quite distinctive for a brown ale, with a slightly roasted taste, with a strong chocolate flavor. Sweet too, with a fine balance of hops, but the predominant flavor is the chocolate. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. I think this beer would be fine with desert, but was not what I was looking for in a brown ale with dinner.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark brown/mahogany beer with a decent off-white head. Thin lacing.

S: Nothing much, faint malts maybe.

T&M: Roasted malt up front. Some brown sugar, but mostly malty flavor that fades quickly. Rough feel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

Not anything I'm going out of the way to try again. This is a polar opposite in quality of their Andygator that I had at the beginning of the night.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark brown with decent light-tan head. Good lacing.

S - Not much to write about. Some faint coffee beans and a clean scent from the alcohol.

T - Faint coffee, earthy, nuty notes. Maltiness is almost corn syrupish. hops are boring and lack depth. It's like they are just there to tame the thick malt.

M - Carbonation is a little lacking and thin. On the light side of medium bodied.

O - A pretty lack-luster brew. Nothing about it makes me want to have another one. I've had it from the bottle and now on tap, and neither have been to my liking. I'm moving on.

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours an opaque brown with a fingernail sized foam head that dissapears shortly after pouring.

(Smell): Almost nonexistent, this Brown Ale has an extremely subtle smell of what I sensed to be a malty chocolate with a hint of nuttiness.

(Taste): I'll be harsh to judge here, but this beer tastes like the failed aftermath of a new seltzer experiment. It is very bland and subtle with absolutely no aftertaste.

(Mouthfeel): Watery and slightly carbonated.

(Drinkability): If you enjoy the taste (which might be asking a lot), the Turbodog might make a good session beer. With an almost complete lack of flavor and a low alcohol content, this Brown Ale won't be meeting my friends anytime soon.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A deep, dark brownish black color with a thick, frothy head.

S: Very subtle aroma. A little nutty, a little chocolaty, but even that is subdued.

T/M: Sweet with chocolate and a little bitter with a hint of nut in the finish. Relatively light for something so dark.

Not the fullest of dark beers, but a good transition beer if you're wanting to get into darker beers.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark to black with ruby hearts of light, a good two fingers of slight beige head that quickly curtains lace.

Smells of cocoa puff cereal and milk, not kidding, roasty malt notes and thats about it.

Sweet and chocolate at first, with a very slight bitter to the end, not a bad flavor, just like the smell, not complex or mind blowing just cocoa puffs.

Very smooth feel to it, with a thin body and miniature carbonation.

Drinkable yes, for a sixer among buddies, but eh nothing to pleasing here, nothing offensive either.
Decent price snagged 6 for $9 bucks.

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Photo of SaintPeter
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a deep, dark beer with hints of purple in which a dark, heavenly 3-finger heard sits upon. The nose is a burnt chocolate, a nice fragrance. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft with a mellow coffee flavor. Then there is the taste: It is just not what the fragrance suggests. It is really missing the flavor. Very disappointing. I want to think that I got an old bottle, but I'm not sure, it was swiped away from me before I could look at it.

I may have to give it a second chance.

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Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
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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Photo of mikeg67
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot, Rocport TX. Pours a dark brown with a small, tan short lasting head. Aroma is dark fruit and roasted malt. Flavor begins with espresso and nutty malt, but ends as spoiled fruit. May be it was a bad bottle. Not sure if I will try it again.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


\Tur"bo\, n. turbo-

1. Turbine: turbocharger.
2. Driven by a turbine: turbojet.


2. Something of inferior or low quality: “The beer was a real dog” (BierManVA).

I tried this a long time ago and remember not being impressed. Can't say things have changed much.

Lacking in smell, almost a flat taste. You either really hit it with a Brown Ale or you don't. This one doesn't. This is almost like cold water with food coloring in it. I'd rather drink an Amber Bock.

It does have a nice color though!


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Photo of BeerAngel
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark coca-cola colored brown with a modest 1-½ finger tan head. The smell consists of roasted chocolate malt and a very faint hop aroma. The taste mimics the smell in a watery kind of way. The aroma is deceiving in this manner as it almost smells as bold as a porter, but this is way more watery in taste than a light bock. It also has a weird twang mid-swallow of each and every swallow. The hops are barely noticeable and there’s not much carbonation either. This beer is very light bodied and finishes very thin. This beer has way too much “roastiness” to be so lean. Strange brew this is! Cheers!

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Photo of ALEXJMZ
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
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 devilben02
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer from the bottle, noticing a deep, almost opaque reddish-brown color and a modest beige head that settles to a thin film of foam, but I left the room for a minute right after pouring. When I returned, I was welcomed back to my seat by a wave of rich, caramel sweetness. Unfortunately, the wonderful sweetness somehow seemed to evaporate with the head, and my first deliberate smell of the beer yielded nothing but dull combination of mild lactose-like sweetness, some musty hops, and an afternote of dry cocoa. The flavor is marginally better but still sadly bland, with a light, sweet blend of milk chocolate and a mildest noticeable toffee character, although each characteristic seems to develop nicely as the beer warms. The texture is good enough, with a nice medium body that is lightened by a fine carbonation. Overall, although certainly drinkable, the superficial flavor profile leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drove through Louisiana recently, so I stopped at this brewery. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed...

Aroma: not much, some roastiness

Appearance: looks like a brown porter, dark mahogany, good clarity, thin head, not much retention (but that's not unusual for this style)

Flavor: rather bland, some dark roastiness up front and a bit of a malt finish, not too much hop flavor/bitterness/aroma, quick finishing (i.e.- the flavors that are there don't linger at all), some graininess and a slight twinge of tartness

Mouthfeel: thin bodied (thinner than usual Browns and Milds), very tight carbonation, slight astringency

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Photo of mariposafan
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A hard pour gives two fingers of tan head that stick around for awhile. Dark brown body with ruby highlights against the light.

The smell is mostly AWOL. What there is of it is malty and slightly sweet.

The taste left with the smell. First I taste hard water minerality. Then a little maltiness and some hops, though they're mostly noticed in a bitter edge. There's something missing here - it's not that it's not flavorful, it's that it's watery. Could use a little sweetness.

Thinnish body with good carbonation.

Something about that combination of minerality/bitterness and lack of sweetness just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at magouns 3/27/2011

A - nice solid brown with a good head that sticks around well.

S - sugar and cinnamon are in there and its not bad but its not pronounced at all very very subtle smell here.

T - again sugar and cinnamon and malts but it all feels very watered down. sugar cinnamon and malt is a great taste its just not pulled off here at all.

M - extremely light and way too over carbonated. a watery taste is gonna detract from taste enough as it is without carbonation getting in the way too much and distracting the taste buds.

O - not very impressed by this one. i get what they were trying to do but it feels like they need to go back to the drawing board to pull this one off.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An English Brown Ale? I think not.

The bottle was ordered and drank in the darkness of Mia's Lounge, Flagstaff.

The beer when poured was as black as coal in the almost unlite interior of the bar, it might have been a tad lighter, difficult to tell, you could clearly see however, this beer refused to have a head put on it.

Dark, bitter chocolate smell, dark bitter chocolate taste. The beer wasn't flat, but it seemed very un-carbonated and un-fizzy, like coke goes after being opened for an hour.

Reminded me of a weak stout or washed up porter, not overly impressed.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a dark brown with a small white head that quickly disappated

S - not alot of aroma going on, just some malts

T - sweet malts throughout with some hop bitterness in the finish, not alot going on though

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - i'm just not into this one at all, nothing to point out in terms of flavor here.

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Photo of WonderfulSam
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My mom always said, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." So here's something nice: My wife is freakin' hot.

Now for the beer review.

The beer started out great. It looked very pretty. Almost like a cola, with little no light shining through and a 1 finger tawny head with decent retention. It smelled really interesting. Sweet and malty with a very light hop aroma. I was excited. Then I started drinking it. Hm. Malt up front, bitter coffee to follow, and not a thing in between to tie it together. The first couple of swallows fell flat. The more I drank, the worse it tasted, as the unbalanced sweetness produced a sour aftertaste. It didn't feel nice in my mouth at all. It was very thin, and the bitterness of the coffee flavors combined with the sweet-induced sour was really not too pleasant. I actually didn't finish drinking it because it just seemed like a waste of calories.

Oddly enough, my freakin' hot wife, who likes Michelob Ultra thought this stuff was pretty good... go figure!

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Photo of MadTown1000
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hypothetically a brown ale, actually pours a very deep ruby red into a pint glass. Maybe half an inch of quick-dissipating sudsy foam.

Smell is not strong - sweet, caramel notes. Flavor is along the same lines, but surprisingly weak. Tastes almost watered down. Not sure I'd want a second one.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Ordered during an enticing $3.99 Abita promotion at Summits Wayside Tavern in Snellville.

(Appearance) Arrives at about a half finger depth head that dies out quickly, leaving a thin film on the surface. Color is a very dark brown, light enough to let some ruby tones through. Carbonation is light, but clustered. Looks decent. 3.5

(Smell) Mostly sweet corn malts. Clean alcohol. Not very potent. 2.5

(Taste) Very sweet malt sensation that may include or be some sweet corn, comes off as very clean. Some evident but laid back coffee tones on the end give this beer some different end character. The end result is very clean and very thin which is slightly a bummer as this beer could have had much more potential to be intense. It takes a light approach on all flavors. Pretty average. 3

(Mouthfeel) Slightly thin, pretty watery. It could use some carbonation presence. Some slight tingle on the tongue but falls short of being exciting. 2.5

(Drinkability) Light enough for another round, if the price is right. Otherwise, there's not quite enough in this beer to keep me coming back. 3

Verdict: Not too bad, but certainly not very interesting. Worth a shot, but like the other Abita I had, falls short of the competition. Be wary. C (2.95)

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Photo of SaxmanRick
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Surly pint glass. Picked up about 2wks ago.

Poured a 3/4 inch head that quickly dissolved to a small ring around the glass. Brown with a little ruby color. Dark brown, but you can get some light coming through.

Aroma of a traditional English ale, but a bit of an off-scent...funk.

The initial taste reveals full malty taste, typical English style. But, then comes an unwelcomed funk - I can only compare it to walking through a populated barn. It's not the worst taste/scent, but I wouldn't want to stay there. Like other Abita beers, I tend to get a "humph!" - something is just not right to my palate.

I wouldn't turn this down at a party (unless there were other options), but can't see buying one of these (mine was a gift).

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,872 ratings.
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