English Brown ale

Today’s beer is Turbodog!

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Bottle Size: N/A purchased it draft

Cost: $4.00 (Happy hour)

Alcohol (ABV): 5.6%

Background Information (via Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. We brew over 109,000 barrels of beer and 6,000 barrels of root beer in our state of the art brewing facility. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews.

In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way.

Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes.

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!

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: English Brown Ale

Appearance: Dark brown with a white head. Some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell/Scent:  Chocolate is the first thing that comes to mind; in addition, I picked up some bready, toasty smells as well. Chocolate is definitely the driving force in the scent department. 

Taste:  It is very sweet at first on your tongue. Some toffee is definitely present. The more you drink you start to taste a dark chocolate with bready flavors; don’t get a lot of hops here either. Nice overall taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.Very smooth and easy to drink, could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

Drink with (food): Hamburgers, sausages and smoked fish.

Grade: B

Not my favorite style of beer, but this is a good one. I’m sure at some point I’ll enjoy another one.

Next: Harp Lager


Today’s beer is Newcastle Brown Ale.

via colourlovers

Bottle Size: 11.2 fl ounces/330 mL

Cost: $3.50

Alcohol (ABV): 4.7%

Background Information (via wikipedia): Newcastle Brown Ale is a beer produced by Heineken International. It was introduced in 1927 by Newcastle Breweries. In 2005, brewing was moved out of Newcastle upon Tyne for the first time, to Dunston on the other side of the River Tyne, and in 2010 moved entirely to Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. In the United Kingdom, sales peaked in the early 1970s, and again with a “cult status” revival in student unions in 1990, but exports of the beer to the USA have been a continued success story, where it is the most popular imported beer.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: English Brown Ale

Appearance: Deep brown with a  creamy tan head and a  mild lacing.

Scent/Smell: Not much in the scent department. What I did smell was a combination of grains and malts.

Taste: Mostly sweet, with a fair amount of a malt flavor. Not much in the hops department. In addition, it lacked the bitterness with is typical of this particular style of beer.

Mouthfeel: Quite light bodied, without much carbonation and quite smooth going down. Very easy to drink.

Drink with (food): Pork, cheeses, grilled meats.

Grade: C+

Not what you’d expect from this particular beer style. Very easy to drink though with a group of friends if you want a bargain deal at a beer store. Would like to try this beer sometime at a bar on tap to see the difference between on tap and a bottle.

Next: Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale