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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

741 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 31
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014

Our spring seasonal offering brewed with 100 percent positive vibrations and single-hopped with Citra hops. The presence of the Citra hop is elevated by a clean fermenting lager yeast that allows the subtle Pilsner, Munich and Vienna malts to lay a crisp, bready foundation. The citrus and tropical fruit character of the Citra hop comes from kettle additions followed by a huge dose of ‘em again in the fermenter.
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Ratings: 741 | Reviews: 137
Photo of gr0g
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden straw-colored appearance. Nice head retention and lacing. Hoppy aroma that's "clean" and bright. Not dank and pungent like some IPAs. Fruitiness and slight tropical notes are a giveaway that Citra is in use. The only problem I have is that the aroma is too subdued.

Lots of bitterness on the palate, but not a palate-shredder. Typical clean, crisp lager finish. Citric, even lemony, but not bone-dry. A touch of malt sweetness. Slick mouthfeel with carbonation that's a bit fizzy, but mostly soft.

A really nice hoppy lager, or "IPL" as it were. I've yet to try one that can match the flavor of a great IPA, but this is a tastier beer than many IPAs I've had.

Photo of Mateer
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This sets a standard when it comes to session IPAs.

12 oz bottle with Mike on the label doing his thing. Freshness date is there.

Pours a decent head with great retention and lacing. An explosion of citra hops, fruit and corresponding malt balance. Moderate alcohol so you can have a few more than a double IPA, especially since this tastes so good. IT's a must try for those who like IPAs with a strong hop presence but don't want to be overwhelmed by two drinks. Cheers.

Photo of FFreak
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Willy glass and enjoyed out on the deck on a warm afternoon. A beautiful golden-orange pour with a finger of tight pure-white head. Nice tropical and citrus aromas. Taste is really nice, some bready yeastiness with the sweet malt and fruity hops followed by a touch of the typical dankness of Citra. Mouthfeel is excellent.....crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a great IPL, on par with Jack's Abbey offerings. I'm really looking forward to the mixed OC 12-packs this summer.

Photo of MattR2014
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft. Good for its style but I'm just not that into hoppy lagers. APLs

Photo of fourstringer
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Stamped 01 30 2015.

A: Slightly hazy, somewhat dull, pale golden body. 1.5 fingers of clean, white head. good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with notes of lemon, grapefruit. Lightly floral. Cracker. Light bread.

T: Citrus-forward, floral hops open and persist throughout. Fairly dry finish. Light pilsner style malt backbone, but hops and their associated bitterness steal the show. Lingering pine and grapefruit zest bitterness in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body for a pilsner. Smooth, but also crisp.

O: Pretty nice. I'm a citra fan. Drank more like a light IPA or IPL. Direct, but well done.

Prost!

Photo of illpass78
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw with a big, thick white head. Lots of lacing as it goes down. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Big orange peel presence up front, with lots of fruit and pine, too.

Taste: Very tasty IPL-type lager. That orange rind, fruit, citrus, pine combo from the nose is there on the palate. Grapefruit, maybe guava. Some lager-like malt sneaks into the background.

Mouthfeel: The lager-like crispness makes this a pleasure to drink. Nice balance.

Overall: Otter Creek is doing some great stuff. This is a good example. BA has this ranked #2 among American pale lagers (to Hoponius Union), and I concur.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

clear, light yellow in color, white head. nice citrus hop flavors in the aroma. hop dominated taste, very mild malt flavor. thin to medium body.

Photo of Jeff0024
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Cloudy dark yellow in color with thick creamy head that lasts. Great, rich hoppy citrus taste and aroma. A really, really good beer.

Photo of bluehende
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good ipa. This would be a junior of the great vermont ipa's. Not quite as juicy and fruity but close. It does lack a little on the nose but tastes great. If you love citra hops like I do search this one out.

Photo of IPAlmighty
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant surprise, as Otter Creek underwhelmed me otherwise. Just enough citrus notes, but an easy drinker. Best when fresh, it seems to lose it's character rapidly.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.75% abv.

Appearance- Dull, golden yellow with a fluffy two finger head. A good bit of haze to it.

Smell- Citrus aroma, with fresh orange peel. Sweet caramel malt as well.

Taste- Has a herbal citrus spiciness to it right from the start. The sweet, bready malt arent detected til midway in the flavor profile. Citrus,even with some pine and grapefruit on the back end,leave with quite a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium and very crisp. Dry finish.

Overall- One hoppy lager here! The use of citra hops was more than clear. Could have used a bit more malt additions though for balance. Different though. Very sessionable as well.

Photo of predikit
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold color, left a fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaves thick patches of lacing on the glass.

Smells like orange citrus, with some surprisingly noticeable bready notes.

Taste is a very robust hop bite, with some orange notes. Toasted malts take the middle with a very nice presence, then the bitterness comes back for the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, medium carbonation.

A very good brew, can't say I've ever had an 'india style' pilsner before.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: a little breadiness; a little dank, but this is really all about the citra;

T: citrus with tropical fruit behind it; a little dank as well; moderate bitterness on the ifnish;

M: medium bodied; crisp; very dry finish, but you have to wait a minute for it to kick in;

O: nice citra showcase;

Photo of Beglane
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good, funky aftertaste. Not worth the price point

Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This didn't even taste like beer and had a weird aftertaste. Maybe this was a bad keg.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Roosevelt Tavern in York PA. Poured a hazy pale gold with a solid white head; nice lacing on the glass. Very citrusy - moderate carbonation - not at all over-the-top hoppy. Fresh, clean mouthfeel. Would be a decent session choice.

Photo of Mrbseward
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice lager gold color with about two fingers worth of white head and left a good deal of lacing that is still lingering. Smells of several things. Getting some lemon, grapefruit, lots of hops. Taste is surprisingly good. Expected too much of a bitter hop taste but you get lots of flavor from the citrus and fruits. Feel is nice and smooth with a little carbonation but goes down like melted butter. Overall is much better than I was expecting.

Photo of Carpentiere
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent beverage. Has a slight off taste but very good otherwise.

Photo of KChristie87
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Awesome! Loads and loads of flavor! Lemon, grapefruit, orange, and pineapple all blended together. Looks fantastic. Makes a great springtime or summer beer. Could drink this all day long!

Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into tulip. Light gold with a rocky head, good retention and lacing.

S - lies, citrus, dry florals, lots of dry pungent citrus notes with some dank notes, but overall its bright and fairly zesty. Clean malt in the back.

T - lemons, citrus, limes, botanicals, florals and some restrained fruitiness, emerging skunky malt notes, burlap ect. Dry Grapefruit, mostly hoppy citra notes but some of the weird aspects and sour foul notes creep in.

T - has a promising start, grapefruit and limes, clean pilz malts, understated malt profile, clean and bready, with dry citrus and some earthier undertones coating the palate. Grapefruit, floral tones, leading to a subtle drying finish.

M - light, moderate carbonation, easy drinking body, quite dry actually, decently full on the palate but it is drying throughout and gets more so to the finish, which isnt especially clean and leaves a dry floral/lime aftertaste.

Maybe I'm missing all the hoopla on this, certainly an attractive looking beer. The flavour profile is tasty and flavourful, easy to knock back a couple on a warm afternoon, but I would sooner move on to something with a bit more to it and going on. I notice some of the citra off-flavours on this creeping into the palate, the slightly 'cat-piss' note, and overall it comes across as fairly standard. A good lager offering and with a nice hop charge, but its not especially crisp and the hops seem muddled and catty.

Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy straw color. The nose has a clean hop essence to it. The body is light. The flavor profile is crisp with a nice hoppy finish.

Photo of DIM
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a clear, pale golden color. It came with a short lived bright white head.

Lots of pithy citrus in the nose, plus a little cat pee. Biscuits and short bread for malt balance. Not as hop forward on the tongue. Plenty of earthy citrus, not as fresh and zesty as the smell. Sugar cookies and short bread at the finish. Very pleasantly surprised, this was damn tasty and went down quickly.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good ipa. First time I've had it and I thought it was very good.. Nice hop up front and malt finish

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

very solid! ipa lager! the malt and citrus clash just a tad in the aftertaste..but the super grapefruit hops makes up for it! I like it.
I think the IBUs might be a tad higher then 55 like it says.....the hops are a bit bitter...but overall this is a really nice light refreshing spring summer brew.....well a lot lighter then the stouts I have been drinking lately!

Photo of ooglek
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really a nice hoppy beer. Great with food or just to drink. Marries a great IPA with a solid lager, and makes them both better.

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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.