Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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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Ratings:
2,896
Reviews:
1,020
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
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111
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown in color with a creamy light tan head. Even with a rough pour the head won't come up much, but it will hold fairly well once it's there leaving a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly chocolatey and toffee-ish with some minor grassy hops. The body is medium/light with a fine, moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor follows the aroma with a chocolate and toffee-like maltiness balanced by a mild bitterness and light grassy hop flavor. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering hop bitterness and some more roasty cocoa notes.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these over the years, but was pleasantly surprised at what I found after a long break without a Turbodog. The appearance and flavor are both richer and bolder than I recalled.

The pour was a dark hazy, reddish-brown with an average size light brown head that produced a fine coat of lacing on the glass with each sip.

Aroma: dark roasted malt with a lightly spicy hop presence. A bit earthy with notes of chocolate and hints of dark fruits and toffee.

Taste: nicely malty with clear spicy hop note. Medium and dark malt flavor without any burnt notes. A hint of coffee in the finish. Excellent bitter/sweet balance in this lightly sweet brown.

Mouthfeel: medium in body; semi-creamy; excellent, medium carbonation.

Overall a somewhat bold and flavorful brew, that has a slightly spicier and more aggressive [Northwest American] hop profile than the typical UK version.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with some copper/red color mixed in. Plenty of head.

S: Mostly typical of the style, although there are more toasty/roasted flavors than would be typical.

T: Too much chocolate, and not enough of the classic "brown" flavor--quite different than what I was expecting.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is where this one really suffers. Just not something I'd like to have more than one of, although it does have some fine points.

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

Didnt get much of a head on mine,nice color.Kinda buttery tasting?Can taste the alcohol in it thats for sure.Decent,but kinda overhyped.

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Photo of nickfl
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber-brown with 2.5 fingers of off white head. Good clarity.

S - Sweet, malty aroma with a bit of hops and a some roastiness, but nothing powerfull.

T - Malty, roasted flavor up front, followed by a good bit of hop flavor, coffee notes, and more than enough bitterness to balance. Finishes hoppy, with some alcohol character.

M - Moderately thick body with fairly low carbonation.

D - Easy to drink several of this one. Nothing complex about it, but it is a good, satisfying session beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown, with a short tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very nutty and very malty.

T: A sweet & bready nut taste is the dominant flavor and is accompanied by caramelized malt, wheat, and a bit of chocolate. There’s a slight touch of hops that begins to come out as the beer warms. Leaves a sweet after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation and due to the maltiness it leaves a stickiness behind.

D: This beer goes down very easily. It’s tasty and smooth, a beer well worth drink a lot of.

Although this style isn’t my favorite, it’s one where I’m rarely disappointed. Overall, I think this is a very good beer and an excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but almost opaque very dark cola brown with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and brown + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of nutty and chocolate malts with just a touch of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of chocolate and nutty malts with a light presence of roasted malts. Very light hints of coffee and toffee flavors. Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger but very little hop presence.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy but overall thin.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable with well hidden alcohol. Not complex but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First had: on tap at Jimmy's No. 43, NYC, NY.

Dark reddish-brown color. A moderate tan head with noticeable carbonation. Roasty malts in the aroma, a tinge of chocolate, but mostly burnt coffee, which was kind of a turn off. Taste full of dry cocoa and burnt coffee; not too appealing. Somewhat thin and highly carbonated. Bitter, burnt aftertaste. Overall, not very drinkable, due mainly to the burnt taste and subsequent unpleasant aftertaste.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer a few years ago and remember loving it, this time I found it to be fairly good, but nothing spectacular.

Appearance- Nice dark cola color with moderate light brown head.

Smell- Subtle, with a sweet chocolate highlight.

Taste- Fairly malty, with chocolate or coffee taste, seems a little roasted. Unfortunately Turbo Dog leaves an aftertaste I don't quite like.

Drinkability- Not too bad, but something I probably won't buy again. For me it isn't an "all-night" type of beer.

Turbo Dog is my first of this style and I was hoping I'd like it as much as I remembered. Too bad, maybe I just don't love the style or maybe just not Turbo Dog.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of smithj4
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Breadiness, brown sugar & raisins

T: Big time fruittyness & choclate up front, followed by slight peppery hops notes. Slight oaky notes surface as it warms followed by sweet malt & slight alcohol burn. Finishes dry & fruitty with caramel notes

MF: Medium body with good carbonation & balance.

Drinks okay reminds be of new castle brown, but with more flavor! Well worth a try. Haven't had a whole bunch of abita, but this one is my favorite

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good two-finger beige head. Light shines through mildly--Dark ruby brown color. Spotty lace.

Powdered chocolate aroma. Milky and sweet.

The flavor is very dry (particularly given the aroma), almost astringent. Some notable darker malts up front. This gives way to some lactose with the swallow having a touch of sour and some light hop bite. Reasonable body and carbonation.

Not as full-flavored as some of the other Abita offerings, but decent.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear deep brown with a respectable amount of biege-colored head and just the tini-iniest amount of lacing.

Smell: Largely malty, accentuated by a light chocolateliness, but with a bit of a musty aroma in there as well. But without further ado, let's move onto the important stuff:

Taste: After a headmost zap of fizziness, I tasted a sweet toffee, chocolate malt flavor, and roasted grains complimented by an inviting nuttiness. A minor bitter hop presence adds to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderately carbonated, letting the beer come across as "soda-like". Unfortunately, it goes beyond just simply being mild and ends up being a bit flaccid.

Drinkability: While this brew ended up being merely "good", it was a bit of a letdown, though I appreciated the effort.

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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 Jason
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown short with a freshness date marked on back.

Appearance: Dark brown with some amber hues, the lace is a sticky light tan froth.

Smell: Sweetish toffee, hint of carob and a touch of ripe fruit.

Taste: Malty with a sturdy medium body, sweet toffee and mild chocolate flavour, hop bitterness is perfect and there to balance. A mild fruit and hop twang also hit the tongue. Faded sweet bready grain is in the end.

Notes: A prize brown ale and a cult classic among the micro drinkers. An exceptional example of the style.

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

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I have to admit I was not sure what to expect going into this as I had stared at it on the shelf for years but never really gave it a try. Had no inclination as to what kind of style it was, so I was essentially flying blind into this one. Poured a nice deep hazelnut brown with a very fluffy and frothy off white colored head that grew to a height of around two inches or so. A gradual fade left behind some nice side glass lace as well as a touch of frothy stuff over the top. It was somewhat cloudy, obscuring most of the view of the interior. Smell was interesting. I definitely picked up a hop presence, some touches of orange and grapefruit, however they were very light and were mostly overpowered by a sugary caramel aroma. Lots of malt here with even a slightly noticeable roasted nut aroma. The taste followed suit nicely for a light brown ale. Main backbone consisted of earthy grain type flavors that were lightened up with a healthy dose of sugar. There was definitely some nice hops added in as there was a good little bite to it in the front and it gave a nice long drawn out finish. Great feel as there was more then ample carbonation in this one and it hung around until the very end. No slickness and a good medium to light body. An excellent session ale, it was neither overpowering nor too light to be noticed. Overall I actually thought this was rather nice. It was pretty much a nice normal light brown ale that had some hops thrown in for balance only, but stayed pretty much true to its roots. This was an excellent little brew and I would surely have one again. Would probably be top notch on tap and I will need to find that out one day. But definitely a good call and one you should try.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Had this on tap at Cobblestone's last night w/ tenderbranson69, served cool in a nonic.
A - A cola brown shade w/ black cherry highlights and an half inch of tan head, the lace clings well.

S - Caramel toffee like w/ a sweet brown malt scent and a slightly lactic creamy odor.The nose has a bready quality common in English browns w/ toasted aromas.

M - Sweet, medium bodied w/ a touch of roastiness and full carbonation, a mouth coating type of malt sugar in the feel.

T - Creamy sweet w/ a touch of dark malt flavor, toffee and caramel and light coffee. Almost no hops and an aspect of candy-like malt, like a charleston chew that makes your teeth feel soft. The beer appears more robust than it is w/ an almost porter look, but definitely brown in taste. My brother called it a 'tweener'. The dark malt doesn't add much in the way of flavor, basically sweetness is the focus.

D - Quenching and carbonated, with a mellow relaxed flavor, a bit restrained, but still drinkable. A good brown, but not really one that seems to fit the name 'Turbodog'. I guess that is the sign of how beer evolves since I remember enjoying this more years ago when I first got into craft beer.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,896 ratings.
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