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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MisterClean
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
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 objectivemonkey
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown, with a thick fluffy head, good lacing down the glass. Aroma is kind of weak, but nice, chocolate malt with toffee and some wierd ripe funk that isn't altogether bad. Taste has a bready malt character with chocolate hints, some toffee. Decent medium body and a little action on the tongue. Overall, pretty decent brown.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kbub6f
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), about a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

There's a light tan head that crumples with some sticky lacing. The beer is a dark ruby color.

The smell is grapes, bread, nutty. Hey: peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

The front is roasty nuts, a little sweetish. The middle is malty with some hops showing up, but it turns a little watery. The finish is peanut butter and just a touch sour. It gets quite a bit better (creamier) as it warms.

It's an interesting brown that gets a few extra points for originality.

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Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a ruddy dark brown with hints of red peaking through. Brown lacing and a decent head

S_lightly sweet with a roasted malt undertone. There is a hop presence that is somewhat floral

T_roasted malt that is not as sweet as the smell. There are hints of chocolate ripe fruits and a somewhat spicy hop aftertaste

M_slightly rich bodied but there is a good dose of tight carbonation that makes it lively.

D_the best Abita I have had and a very tasty beer overall. It is thick without being heavy.

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03-04-07 Twist off brown 12er. Best before 3/11.

Dark ruby brown, clear. Mild head.

Sweet raisin and chocolate. Dark nutty malt, toffee sweet. Light floral hops, mild spice.

Medium bodied smoothness. Raisin dark chocolate with tart grapes. Sweet toffee/sugar nutty malt base. Floral and mildly spicy hops that contribute a decent tart bitterness. Mild carbonation, nice foamation. Finishes smooth and slightly tart/bitter.

Creamy/smooth sweet brew. Very drinkable, quite enjoyable. I had it with a nice gumbo tonight, mmm mmm.


Deep red hue. Clear. Nice head – creamy and brown.

Chocolate and toffee. Some tart floral hop.

Chocolate and roasted caramel. Fruity sweetness and toasty nut. Tart hops are floral with medium-high bitterness. Finishes medium dry.

Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy.

A sweet English Brown or light American Brown. It’s okay, I don’t need another.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. brown bottle with a "Best if consumed before" date of 11-18 notched on the back label, pours a dark mahogany brown with 1/4 inch creamy tan head. A nice steady flow of carbonation bubbles keep the head aloft for a while, and there is some slippery bubble lacing as well.

Sweet doughy malt nose that is somewhat nutty, with toffee and even a note of alcohol as it warms...reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale a bit.

Good flavor that matches the smell, sweet and nutty that winds down to a good balanced bittering from the hops in the finish. Nice quality tasting brew with a healthy medium body that's very easy to put away and suits it's style very well.

A solid Brown Ale, nothing outstanding, but very pleasant to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

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3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Barnoloid
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fine, chewy brown ale. Toffee and molasses notes in here, along with some dried fruit. The body is fairly smooth, medium and creamy. Dry on the finish.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent selection...had one at Mellow Mushroom in Delray Beach for $3.25 during happy hour. I have always seen these beer in the stores and such, but never got around to try it until now
A: Pours a brown color that leaves an off-white head with minimal retention

S: Nothing in particular dominates this nose, smells like a bunch of different things; malts are apparent, caramel, and earthy tones

T: Sweet tasting, a little chocolate, toffee, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, and again some earthy tones

MF: Medium-light in body, finishes pretty smooth, the aftertaste is forgettable

D: Decent...a little too overwhelming to consume regularly

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Good one finger head that dissipates promptly leaving just a little lacing. Dark brown and slightly reddish body.

Understated aroma of sweet malt. Just a hint of toffee.

Bigger flavor than the aroma would predict. Roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Very mild in bitterness.

Fairly smooth mouthfeel, decent level of carbonation. Very solid offering.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of OStrungT
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 50.9% out of 100 with 2,898 ratings
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