Saturday, February 25, 2012

Abita Brewing Company Turbodog Brown Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Abita Brewing Company Turbodog Brown Ale as I continue on with my “drinking Abita in New Orleans” special.  

From the Abita Brewing Company website:” 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.

This ale pairs well with most meats and is great served with hamburgers or sausages. It is a good match with smoked fish and can even stand up to wild game dishes. Turbodog is also great for marinating and braising meats and cooking such things as cabbage and greens. Colby, Gloucester, Cheddar and Blue cheeses go nicely with Turbodog. It’s perfect with spicy Louisiana jambalaya or Spanish paella. Some even like it paired with chocolate!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown with an off-white head and minimal lacing.
Aroma: Roasted, caramel and chocolate malts with some nuttiness and slight citrus hop scents.  Smells good.
Taste: Sweet malts – toffee, caramel and chocolate with a roasted nutty flavor.  Very slight hop bitterness in the back.
Overall: Well balanced, drinkable and a solid beer, Abita Brewing Company’s Turbodog Brown Ale at 5.6% ABV is well worth picking up and having a few of.  It may not be my favorite brown ale, but it is one I’d drink…happily!


Mark Harvey

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