Turbodog | Abita Brewing Co.

1,014 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 biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first experience with Abita beers. The label on the bottle cap has the name 'Abita' finished off with an exclamation mark - 'Abita !'
I appreciate that, this brewery is clearly enthusiastic about their product. Now I am too!
Poured with some head that dismantled quickly. Left a thin line of lacing. A dark body but with some highlights to the colour. Fairly deep for the style. An almost scotch ale like aroma. Comes across as American - not like the classic British renditions. The combination of malts make for a rough ended flavour. Non too harmonious in the least. A coca-cola like character. Initially sticky mouthfeel, fades with the use of spring water. The alt yeast comes through on the finish and leaves a lingering distinctness from the initial flavour impressions. The flavours hold together quite well, but just don't blend as a medley... more of high school garage band practice. I appreciate the makeup, smart work but a dis-satisfying result. Thanks Harry!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear deep ruby amber color when held up to the light, otherwise a deep amber-brown color. It is topped by a frothy light amber-brown colored head. The aroma is malty with notes of toasted biscuits, chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and sweet toffee. The taste is lightly sweet with a rich maltiness to it that almost has a salty, meaty character to it. There are notes of caramel and toffee here as well as a bit of chocolate and a light roasted astringency in the finish. This is by far the most flavorful beer that I have had from Abita. This beer is definitely focused on the malt, but there is a nice light bitterness in the finish plus some light hoppy flavor notes that remind me of fresh cut herbs and flowers.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a very dark chestnut, nearly black, and almost completely opaque. A quarter inch of tanned head falls fast. Lacing falls quickly too but still looks nice and creamy.

Aroma is faint, with roasted malt and touches of coffee. A little lacking in this department. The taste is lightly roasty, with traces of dark coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The chocolate malt used makes a pretty subtle appearance, hop bitterness is low; a slightly metallic aftertaste is detected. I guess I'd describe this beer as shallow; the flavor disappears fast.

Good carbonation, medium light in body, with a short finish. Drinkable but not particularly memorable. The nose is really lacking and the taste just seems to vanish in thin air.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark black beer with ruby highlights if you hold it up to the light.

Smell is sweet malt and a charcoal aroma almost as if this was a porter not a brown ale. I can also smell some chocolate in there.

Taste is mildly sweet with a taste that is unmistakably a porter style beer. It is a bit smoky tasting with some coffee and chocolate in it. This beer is in the wrong category; it is a mild porter. Its main attraction is in being a tamed version of the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable. Well suited for pairing with sweet foods or very spicy foods. I have had this served with spicy jambalaya; it was a good match.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date checked off on the label. Sampled on May 13, 2010. It pours brown with some ruby red hues and about a half an inch of silky light brown head. There are a variety of light hops in the aroma but nothing in particular stands out. The taste has a bit of thin chocolate malts along with a pleasing backdrop of hops. A fairly likeable beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark brown, you could mistake this for stout from afar, with a thick tan head, with better than average retention, limited sticky lacing.

S: Roast, toast, baked sugar, molasses and caramel.

T: A bite of burnt toast and sugar hits first, quite bitter actually, with a bit of hop bitterness mixed in, which evolves or devolves into caramel sugar ending. This beer is more subtle than other American made browns that I have had before, but I enjoy its subtle character.

M: OK, except I think the carbonation takes up too much of the mouthfeel causing an overall feel that is kind of hollow in flavour.

D: A nice drinkable brown, sort of a nice introduction to the style, a beer that would pair nicely with a freshly cooked steak.

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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 clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with ruby tints that you could see when held up to light. A semi-tan, one-finger head that died at a medium pace and left some lacing. A sweet smell, like coffee, cocoa, caramel, honey, toffee...can't put my finger on it. Hint of hop spice too. A tad syrupy as it passed my tongue, but I'd still say it had a strong, medium body that wasn't overpowering and had some mild sweetness in it. Definitely some chocolate and a hint of coffee/roasted malt for a semi-dry backbite, although the backbite also had a little fruitiness to it. Hit me like a chewy, bready, doughy goodness, that backbite did. A good beer and better than the overhyped Purple Haze.

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

Black pour with a tan one-finger head. Very subtle aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor follows the nose with a good roasted malt and chocolate flavor upfront. Medium body also has some caramel and bitter espresso flavors. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a nice bitter roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog is a very dark reddish brown ale, solid head and a lot of carbonation, good mix of hops and malt but with more sweet malt than hops. Smooth and very roasty finish. The ABV is 5.0%.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears acdense dark brown with a small head of tan fluff that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of Toasted nuts, coffee beans, pine sap, and a dusting of cocoa.
Taste is of the aromas with a really nice hoppy punch of pine and cut wood.
Mouthfeel is chewy, hoppy, and evenly balanced.

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

Bottle from the cost plus world market palm springs ca for 1.99

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy beige head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, brown sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. There is also a bit of a grain/bread flavour and a touch of cola. It ends with a malty light chocolate aftertaste.

Overall - A decent flavour and very drinkable; but not very exciting or different. Just a standard well made english brown. I would probably reach for something else next time in hopes of finding something extraordinary.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy light tan head that has a good amount of lacing and retention. The aroma is dark chocolate malts and coffee. The taste features much of the same chocolate and coffee flavors that were present in the aroma with a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and slightly fizzy. Overall, this is a pretty good brew that is definitely recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with a thin dirty white head.

S: a rich dark roasted aroma with sweet caramel highlights and a touch of nuttiness.

T: Rich flavor of dark roasted malt, loads of toffee, chocolate and some coffee notes shine through. Dry in the middle with a sweet caramel finish and velvet lacing on the tongue.

M: medium, slightly creamy and rich.

D: A decent drinkable brew.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No notches were made to show the enjoy by date. Thank you to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours black with dark brown highlights. A solid 2 finger tan head that quickly dissipated to bubbles.

(S)- Light and sweet roasted malts with a hint of molasses covered cherries.

(T)- Light to medium roasted malts with a balanced raisin nuance. Some nice light nuttiness within.

(M)- A great balance all-around including carbonation. Smooth, with a nice roasted nuttiness. Slightly dry.

(D)- A solid to great brown ale that is surprisingly smooth. Simply tasty and an easy drinking beer when you want something a bit darker than the norm. Nice overall light to medium bodied beer.

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

Purchased a single in Solvang California. Poured dark brown with a small frothy head. Head disappeared after the first miniute or so. It smells and tastes of chocolate and toffee with some woodiness I thought. Finshes somewhat smooth. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes Browns.

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

This one has some auburn color going with it. Highly carbonated. Aroma has a bit of brown and chocolate malt vibe.

Some tea and toffee taste, mildly sweet. Smooth enough I guess, brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon. I like that it is heartier than the more popular Newcastle ale. This is about the viscosity and heft if you took a standard brown ale and mixed it like a black and tan with a porter. A tan and brown if you will.

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

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a very deep, dark brown, almost black, with over an inch of deep tan head that left a moderate amount of semi-sticky lacing. Solid malt aroma that has roast notes upfront with a hint of sweetness. The flavor meets the expectations that the aroma sets with the roasted grain flavors dominating a slightly sweet finish. Full, well-rounded body that goes down smoothly. Easily drinkable, having several will leave you happily satisfied. Try this beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany body that is dense but not hazy. The head is a creamy thin tan layer that last for a good bit. No sign of carbonation with the faint light that comes through the body.

S- The smell of roasted and caramelized malt is light but very pleasant. No sigh of hops but there is a dried fruit, prune note in the finish.

T- There is a slight sweet dark toasted note with a hint or roasted malts in the beginning. It starts to have a faint cardboard note at the end of the malt and then there is a bold spicy hop finish. The hops don't have a lot of depth but the spiciness is increased by the fizz in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz texture that is really noticed at the finish.

D- This had some interesting dark malt notes that were nice but there wasn't enough depth or character to them. The hops were present but they just didn't have the characteristics of hops in the floral and aroma.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Oaktree Buy Rite.

A: The brown ale is remarkably brown, perhaps more of a deep red color that is equally dark. The head was large, requiring two pours, as the first pour generated 2 fingers of head. There is little evidence of that volatile pour though after the beer settles.

S: The nose is nondescript, not bad mind you (confirmed by the taste), just bland and ill-defined. After 3 or so attempts, a toffee chocolate aroma emerges that is quite sweet with a caramel finish.

T: The caramel from the nose comes through immediately in the taste, as oppsed to a deferred sensation in the nose. The sweetness is roasted and sweet, coming across like a dunkel lager rather than an ale. The malts completely dominate the mouth, giving no hint of any hop presence.

M: Well-rounded and very sweet, this is a mild example of the style, short on hops but quite flavorful.

D: This is a great drink, flavorful yet mild with a sweet malty body. I am disappointed that it took me so long to get around to this.

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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 RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany/Dark Brown with a nice full fluffy brown head, good carbonation, and leaves nice lace rings. Nice upfront chocolate malt aroma. Good chocolate/toffee malt flavor with no hop character. A bit sweet but not overly so. Medium bodied with a lightly sweet finish.

Per Abita website: Abita Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of British pale, crystal and chocolate malts.

Per B.A.B. book: 6.1% ABV

Best Before: 11/24/03
Tasted: 01/29/04

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

A-Pours a color that lies between crimson and brown. The light tan head leaves lacing specks and inconsistent rings along the glass.

S-Roasty and sweet. A bit nutty with some hops present as well. Nose isn't intense. Sweet with some backing from other areas.

T-Like the nose. Starts off sweet and roasty. Light chocolate and coffee. A bit of nuts and rich toffee. Mild hoppiness on the back end.

M-Lighter feel. Easy-drinking body. Good carbonation and no lingering flavor effects.

O/D-A nice beer. Something anyone could enjoy. Mellow but still flavorful enough to not be a bore.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by 8/1/2011, bought as a single at World Market. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and some nuts and coffee. For the most part, the taste is just like the aroma except that there's a bit of hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and smooth with good carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, it wouldn't be hard to drink a 6 pack of this. I'd buy this again in the future, I enjoyed it. It's one of the better Abita brews I've had.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark black, big, rocky top head

Smell: wood, burnt malt, slight coffee smell

Taste: dark chocolate start, some sweet malt, with a sweeter chocolate finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, dry finish

Drinkability: This is one of Abita's better offerings that I have tasted so far...If the ABV was not as high, I would session it...I will be getting this again

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,878 ratings.
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