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Otter Creek Citra Mantra - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Otter Creek Citra MantraOtter Creek Citra Mantra

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438 Ratings

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014)
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New York

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally, dated 020314. Enjoyed from my TB teku.

a - brew pours a cloudy straw yellow with a generous head that had nice staying power and coated the glass in foamy lace.

s - nose is a really nice citric blast. If this is t eh future of pils I can see myself becoming a big pils fan! Smells amazing!

t - taste is a big slap of bitterness. After the wash of bitterness is a nice citric presence which is quickly overtaken by a pilsner like grain. Once I got adjusted to the bitter it was like drinking a nice hoppy IPA with an edge of grain.

m - aside from the bitter assault, an enjoyable and easy drinking brew. Prickly carb and a nice bite for a pils.

o - overall another solid offering from otter creek. Might as well just make an IPA but hot dog if it isn't super tasty as a pils.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 21:21:26 | More by cosmicevan
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North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 012714.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a big center bump of surface foam. Sudsy, somewhat resilient lacing.

S- Bright, crisp aroma of Citra hops but it's non-aggressive. Takes a few big whiffs to really catch it all. Notes of pineapple and tangerine.

T- Flavor is also unassuming but there's a solid bitterness there, especially in the aftertaste. Notes of lemon zest and grapefruit are short-lived since the bitterness cuts in and takes over the show. Very little malt flavor detected.

M- Sharpness from the hops meets crispness from the carbonation. Light body.

O- This beer is deceivingly hop forward. It has the bite of an IPA but is restrained in its flavor, aroma and viscosity. Would love to session this during the summer but I feel like, after a few, I'd be reaching for something with more character.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:01:58 | More by Immortale25
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Near three finger white billowy head, soft light orange/almost pinkish colored body. Head retention itself gets a 5/5, magical. Head never full goes away...collar and large cap throughout. Clumpy, drink-by-drink step lacing. The steps became big ones as this was a hard one to sip and not gulp down!

S- Bright citra hops on the nose. Clean pils malt.

T- Wow! What does that remind me of? Deliciousness anyways. Clean, bright hops...not overdone either. Refreshing. Would guess about 5.5%abv.

M-Full and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D/O- I could guzzle a few of these every night forever and be pretty pumped about it. For the style? Nearly a masterpiece. An extremely pleasant surprise. Thanks a ton Marc (mj0126)!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:07:19 | More by Duff27
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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer. Living here in vermont I tend to get a little bit sick of IPAs. I do love my Heady, Lawsons, and Hillfarm...But I do miss Lawnmower Beers. This beer to me is the perfect blend of both. It is however noticeably different on tap and tends to lead to a bit of a headache the next morning

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 20:30:18 | More by Triplesnake
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a huge foamy and rocky white head that has good retention, eventually leaving thick patches of lace behind

S- big dose of Citra hops on the nose with notes of grapefruit and grass. Underlying aromas of pilsner malt and toasted bread, very inviting aroma

T- perfect amount of Citra hops up front, with notes of grapefruit and orange. Classic pilsner malt flavor kicks in mid-palate, adding some toasted bread and yeasty flavors. The finish gives more Citra hop with a crisp toasted linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy/creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish

O- now this is my ideal pilsner! Just enough of my favorite hop added to a classic pils flavor, while still maintaining a superior drinkability. If thus were available in my market, I'd drink it all spring

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:03:19 | More by Treyliff
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3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty hazy light golden color that poured with a nice finger head that disspated but maintained lacing throughout the glass.

S - Smell of noble lager hops. Dank earthiness. Not a fan of this smell, but very good for a lager.

T- Taste is a stronger version of the smell. Not a noticeable difference from the front to the back of the tongue. Good for a lager.

M - Light and thin with a tingly finish. Nothing remarkable.

O - Torn. I usually do not like lagers. This one is impressive for a style I don't care for so I'll give it a bit of a bump. If you don't like lagers this won't make you a convert.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:25:08 | More by Wolberjs
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3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Hazy straw yellow color with a big two finger white fizzy head with some medium lattice kinda lacing.
S - Orange, lemon, grapefruit, grassy, a little pine, light floral notes, cracker malt, hint of pine, some pepper.
T - Balanced and complex across the board, orange and lemon up front, then some of the grassy and a little hop spice notes, cracker malt at the end.
M - Decent feel, well carbonated.
O - This is my fourth time around on this beer in a bottle before reviewing it. I do think the spice could be toned down a bit, and maybe the malt, the citra hops get a little hidden in taste, but its a very well rounded beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 22:26:40 | More by Omnium
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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint at City Taphouse in DC. From notes.

A - Light yellow-ish golden pour with one finger of white head. Good carbonation, good lace and a film of retention.

S - Grass, citrus, honey, tropical notes.

T - Honey, grain, citrus, tropical fruit, zippy fruits. Grew on me well and developed pleasantly. Nice honey and citrus character. Tasty.

M - Decent bitterness, strong carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Nice but it didn't exactly smack me with Citra. Properly light and hoppy and seemed stronger than it actually is. They could've done lot's more with this, but I'll take it as is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 23:12:00 | More by tbeckett
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's nice having options for hoppy lagers these days. This one has a great crispness without being too Ichiban noodle tasting (I often get that from ISA's). Huge citrusy aroma up front, knocks my hair out of my face. Dry, mild bitterness on the backend, but pretty subdued. Very clear golden appearance, slight head. A fairly drinkable beer, but not inspiring.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:47:05 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger white head that slowly settles leaving a ring of tight lacing around the glass. Hazy golden colored body.
S) Grapefruit. Hints of peach. Bold aromatics.
T) Crisp hop bite from the start. Pink grapefruit. Subtle caramel. A well balanced finish of hops and malts.
M) Creamy. Medium-light body.
O) A delicious brew. I will definitely have another one!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 23:53:14 | More by u2carew
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5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a born on date of 2-14-14, $9.99 six pack at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA.

A - Pours a very pale straw color, with some hazy lemony highlights to it. A dense, rocky 3 finger head sits atop the brew with excellent retention and generous patches of sticky lace.

S - Herbal fresh cut grass and sweet tropical/citrus fruits pop in the nose quite prominently; pineapple, lemon pith, orange juice, grapefruit rind. Some sweet bready malt and slight grain keep a low profile but are noticeable. Remarkably clean smelling beer, with the Citra stealing the show. Very prominent, slightly dank hop smell.

T/M - Starts off sweet, with crackery malt, peach, and clementines, before ripe, juicy pineapple and lemon pith take over with some earthy grassy notes, certainly the dominating flavors. A slightly tart dark berry note also makes an appearance, typical of Citra for my palate. Finishes clean and dry, with some moderate grapefruit bitterness and sweet stone fruit. Refreshing yet creamy, with a gentle rolling carbonation that leaves me wanting another sip each time I put the glass down. Strikes a terrific balance between drinkability and enough flavor to savor.

O - I remember when I first had this beer I was pretty blown away, and my admiration for it remains several weeks and a couple six packs later. Just a super clean lager that has been beautifully hopped with one of my favorite varietals. After this, Kind Ryed and Double Dose, Otter Creek has really been batting a thousand lately. By far my favorite IPL, and in fact better than a lot of IPAs out there, this gets a perfect 5 from me (my first and so far only) because I just don't see how anyone could possibly improve upon it, although admittedly the playing field seems to be rather small right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 03:23:13 | More by cjoc83
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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into stange

A: Blatantly unfiltered, hazed, off-gold colored hue that presents with copious amounts of carbonation building a bright white head of two or so fingers. Viscosity looks light; passing light produces a marigold glow.

S: Big lemon zest up front with citrus peel and grassiness. Very light fruitiness, a rather pleasant nose puts pressure on the taste. Remote hints of sweetness, pineapple, clementine.

T: Not too far off the nose, with some added resin. The citrus peaks through with more of an earthy dryness. Nicely balanced light fruitiness mixed with some lemon grass and juice zest. Picking orange rind and sweet wet pine. Crystal clean malt that’s quite innocuous and really just serves to balance the experience without imparting too much else.

M: Bold and nicely carbonated, plays off the palate with a nice juiciness. Medium body and crisp - Balanced and departs by leaving a sweet juicy residue, pretty quenching on the pull through.

O: This is the latter half of a sixer I scooped in VT, but I swear the first four didn’t taste this good. Really showcases the power of citra, pretty effective stuff that holds up nicely on its own. Haven’t had much experience with the American Pale Lager, but this is a nice first round. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:08:20 | More by ZagZagg
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West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan with a nice 1 inch foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Hops, bready notes, sweet yeasts, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon.

Taste - Very up front tropical, hop bite. Sweet citric fruits like oranges, pineapple and mango mixed with some yeasts. Some lager malts come on to give the classic flavor that works well with the sweet, bitter hop flavor. Some spices, along with lemon round this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Hops really hit the tongue at first sip. Lager malts, spices and yeasts nail the palate. Aftertaste is very hoppy, bitter with lager sour notes.

Overall - Really impressive beer. Very strong hop profile mixed with the lager malts creates a really big, bold drink. Finishes pretty smooth and leaves a nice hop flavor. Best ipl ive had so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:14:30 | More by wvsabbath
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3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 bottle

A - Pour with a light hazy/foggy amber or staw yellow. White head about 2 fingers. Lots of lacing

S - citrus hops. Earthy and grassy as well

T - Lemon/citrus hops and a bit of grapefruit

M - Medium carbonation. Light, smooth, crisy and a bit chewy.

D - fairly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:36:06 | More by rebelthrower
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Total Wine - intrigued by this style of beer since I'm seeing more "hoppy lagers" as of late. I wasn't sure if this would taste great since I figured that it would be like a Pale Ale but there was just a bit something different about this that grew on me as I sipped it bit by bit. While the aroma could have been a bit more noticeable, everything else about this was enjoyable and I can't say that I've ever had a beer that was this hoppy while staying true to its lager roots.

Great pour to this as the massive head, perfect rings of lacing, and cloudy, goldenrod hue all combined for a really pleasing effect that held its own from start to finish. Just a bit of sediment had to be swirled out of the bottle and I can't recall having a Lager that was this opaque in hue for quite some time, if ever. Not a strong aroma here but there was a strong grassy and lime bent to this that was more prevalent in the taste. Lots of floral notes too and a mouthfeel that felt like an earl grey tea. Nice carbonation too that could be seen and felt as I swished this around and the few streams of bubbles were there until the very end. The hop presence was earthy, but subtle, and there was enough grain in here to give this a lager feel, without tasting watered-down.

The alcohol was just a notch too strong but that's only because I'm used to this style being relatively weak in that department. While not a true session beer, I could have easily had another in a sitting if I didn't have anything else on hand. I love beers that push the edge of what's available and what the norms are and this certainly fit that bill. Like the Sam Adams IPL, I hope this is a start of a new trend that still has a long way to go in terms of what else is possible when it comes to lagers of this sort. Nice job by Otter Creek with this new offering!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:48:20 | More by JerzDevl2000
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North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow with some of the dregs making their way into the glass, slowly adding a wispy fog to the top half. The head is huge and lumpy, leaving ample chunky lacy deposits on the glass. Fresh, fruity citrus greets the nose: tangerine, grapefruit, and lime along with some straw, green leafiness, and oily pine. A toasted cereal malt sweetness lingers in the background, but is noticeable. Big, fresh hoppiness continues into the flavor...grassy, bitter lemon zest, pine resin, tea, and grapefruit. Juicy citrus oils linger on the tongue as does a solid bitterness. Medium-light and moderately creamy in the finish. Other than a certain cleanliness to the aroma, I'm not sure I would recognize this as a lager. Very hoppy, crisp, and drinkable. Good stuff...I could drink many!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:39:57 | More by wedge
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer might be the lightest colored beer I've ever had. If you took half a glass of some lager and added water, that's what this beer looks like, but somehow, it still looks good.
The smell is classic citra; rich, deep musky hops and that's pretty much what you get in the taste too, though as it warms, you can catch more of the citrus notes. Aside from the hops, you're basically just tasting a nice, refreshing lager. It all works though and this is a very enjoyable beer and easily the best offering I've ever had from Otter Creek. Solid beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:36:45 | More by dougfur
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New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite from Otter Creek. Proves how important a role Citra plays in so many popular, more famous IPAs.

A: A hazed, light blonde body, with a white, massive, sticky head that shapes islands and spiders on the way down the glass.
S: Big citrus nose so familiar in top IPAs like Jai Alai, Flower Power then... more floral highlights.
T: Follows the smell, very inviting, you keep going back for more pulls. All these tropical notes with a touch of cattiness, and underneath white, hawaiian cracker bread and sun baked grasses. A bitter but balanced bite from the hops, powerful citrus flavor hits each pull, followed by a long crisp finish. Leaves you in a good place, satisfied, but wanting more.
MF: Moderate body, not quite as full and round as the best

It's a well rounded Citra hop featured IPA - must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:37:44 | More by Act25
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Misty-haze brass yellow coloring reveals a modest rise of glass consuming micro-effervesce. The capping is frothy and whipped, 2 inches high, with an outstanding rate of retention. Condescending thick frothy rings lace the vessel on the way down.

S: Fresh tropical scent, pear-mango, some fresh orange and pineapple juice, and some freshly cut grapefruit. Citrus bursts with a trailing fade of orange-pineapple juiciness. The level of aroma is moderately strong, and remains so for a lengthy duration >4 minutes that still delivers a big, fresh burst of nose grabbing freshness.

T: Grassy citrus-orange hops, bitter, lightly dry with a flowery straw-esque malt base. Bitterness is very appreciable, grapefruit, fresh wet pine, lightly dry lemon straw grains with a dry tropical grass-fruit finish.

M: crisp, creamy, bittering with a citrus warmth and very good malt depth resting on the tongue.

O: Very drinkable, hoppy, dry tropical notes, great co2 backing as well a pale grain backing. Keg/case worthy, very enjoyable, great repeat factor. So far a sleeper that hasnt really drawn the attention perhaps it should. One last note is i thought this was an ipa, but is listed as a pale lager. This would be an A- ipa imho, perhaps a bit better per style as a pale lager, what ever you call it, its just an outstanding beer. The more time passed since i had, this the better the perception has become. Otter creek has made a stand out brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:00:35 | More by beerthulhu
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North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big white sticky head over pale golden straw colored beer. Big clumpy lace... Aroma is delightfully Citra all over. Very clean crisp malts under happy candy hop scents of orange, red grapefruit, tropical fun. Flavors are sweet, dry, brisk, and also loaded with Citra hop. More candy tropical fruit and citrus all over with a nice amount of dry bitterness to break it up.

After this I'm thinking the next big thing should be session IPLs, taking the session IPA thing to the next level of easy drinking hop forward beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:15:14 | More by tastybeer
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New York

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden yellow color that is fairly hazy. It had about one inch of foamy white head on it.

Scent is full of the citra hop with a little bit of Lemon in the background.

I can certainly taste the Lemon, a light amount grapefruit and the Citrus.

Light to medium mouthfeel, with a nice citrus aftertaste that is lingers nicely.

Overall this is an interesting take on the Pilsner/Pale Lager style. The Citrus and the Lemon do not overwhelm and is very drinkable. Well done by Otter Creek here.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 23:03:57 | More by timmy2b
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New York

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy lemony gold with a light hint of orange.

The aroma has strong pilsner quality of grass, floral, lager yeast, a breadiness.

The follows with a light Citra note. A sweet lemon and grapefruit peel, light pineapple, and then onto lots of grass, heavy floral. A light whtie bready malt in the medium. Heavy herbal and earthiness qualities on the finish.

The beer has wonderful light hoppy notes, tons of pilsner quality, and a heavy dense bitterness on the finish. As the beer warms, more of the hoppy, bright Citra notes creep through.

A well made American pilsner/IPL. Similar to the vein of what Jack’s Abby is doing.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:46:05 | More by dar482
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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a nice two fingers of bubbly white head. good combination coming up.

S - a huge Citra bomb on the nose. Nice earthy and grassy scents. Sweet malt at the back end, but this IPA is definitely hop forward.

T - stars out a little sweeter than bitter. Has an awesome Citra hop presence. Has some citrus burried in there but mostly has earthy, grassy flavors.

M - full bodied, very drinkable. Has a nice flow across the palate. Carbonation is spot on.

O - Otter Creek has really stepped up their game. This is much better than any previous stuff I've had of theirs. Overall love this Citra bomb

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:52:17 | More by da_beers
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle.

A: Pours pale cloudy yellow. Tall thick white head. Nice retention of said head with some amazing sticky lacing.

S: Pure citrus. Orange and grapefruit. Hay. Light malts.

T/M: Strong citrus taste. Hop bitterness has some herbal qualities. Light cracker malts with a few other grains. Good balance with a creamy yet grassy finish. Herbal hops linger awhile.

O: I would say this beer is outstanding. Great citra hop presence with an easy well balanced feel. Not much else to say.


Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 22:29:26 | More by mnrider
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured into an imperial pint, with a bold frothy head that dissipates slowly. Beautiful. A gold-yellow haze that should be seen in the perfect white ipa.

S- floral. The grapefruit tones from the citra hops litterally smack you in the face. Reminiscent of Founders All day IPA, with less "must"... I want to love this. Also feeling some grassier notes with that perfect hint of spice.

T- sadly, this is where it loses everything for me. The citra is there, but I can taste so much saaz that I dread taking another sip. The spiciness drags in such a way that makes it seem almost stale. Maybe sterling's would've been a better pick, but who knows. I will admit that the aftertaste is what keeps me around... a second later and I'm hooked again.

M- light, crisp, and refreshing. Definitely drinkable as far as the model goes.

O- for me this is right in the middle, but I can definitely say that I'm not a saaz guyy. The bouquet is perfect, but deceiving. If you fancy yourself a pils with a bit of flare, I say go for it. Personally, I pound them to get the aroma without the "must"... dangerous with a beer that boasts 6%.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 02:07:50 | More by WellRested518
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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.