Sometimes I feel like the lonely voice in the crowd when I go the the specialty beer shop. While others are clamoring for the latest super hopped IPA, or IPA like pale ale I ask my local merchant, "You have anything with a nice malty flavor?"
He takes me around back to the 'cave' and points to the six pack of Abita Turbodog. I know naught how the name relates to the brew, but he was correct - this is a malty ale.
Pours out with a nice thick head which lasted a couple of minutes. The aromas are not strong to me. It is a dark brown color with reddish tint. Very pretty. Taste - ah the taste; sweet malty goodness with hints of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Strong enough in tasted that you might not have more than two in a row unless you were pairing with some food.
I like the brew, but I do not find it outstanding. Except for the fact it is a malty beverage saving me from a sea of out of balance hoppy concoctions. So for that, I thank you Abita.
I give it a mild thumbs up. Go ahead and try it if you are like me and need a break from IPAs masquerading as pale ales.