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

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551 Ratings

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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!

JerzDevl2000, Mar 21, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Iam really digging the "IPL' style I have to say.Pours a clear dull light golden with a lemon tinge to it,a full two finger bone white clingy head atop,a great pour.The aromas are just dripping with citra goodness,the grapefruit and fresh cut grass is just jumping out at me,a bit of lemon oil is also thrown in to the hoppy mix.Citrusy oily hops upfront on the palate with a nice crisp note in the finish,the hops don't really punch you in the face they just linger nicely.Probably the best of the style I have had to date,a great hopped up lager beer.

oberon, Mar 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

woodchipper, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

AshlandNacho, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

SunDevilBeer, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

77apm, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

cincysig, Mar 07, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Doomcifer, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

megamass, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Massive dense and rocky head, great stickage on the glass. Big citrus nose full of blood orange zest, passion fruit and lime pith ... some cracker-like maltiness within. Longer bitter but balanced bite from the hops, full on citrus flavor hits the palate sip after sip. Moderate body keeps things here real drinkable. Mild tobacco and tea tone in the hop flavor, dried grassy graininess opens up in the end.

They hit the bull's eye here, so damn drinkable with a very well rounded Citra hop character that does not even get catty ... not that a touch of that would be a bad thing.

Jason, Feb 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

KolbMarley, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an english pint glass.

A - Pretty classic lager look. A straw color with a one finger head, lively carbonation, and strong lacing. Pretty beer.

S - Slightly vegetal at first. Then that gives way to the smell of the citra hops. I'm getting a lot of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and other citrus.

T - Citrusy hops that follow the nose up front and a little bready pilsner malt in the back ground.

M - Very clean finish with just a slight hint of bitterness.

O - Really happy I got to try this. Its one of the better hoppy lagers I've had.

PSU_Mike, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

doremite, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Citra Mantra, wow Mike Gerhart (? spelling) has tamed the hops. Badass label of him levitating with citra hop buds in each palm. Since his early days with DFH, this guy has been making solid beer but after the recent hoppy beers Otter Creek has released one of them being a collaboration with Lawson's. Unfiltered golden body slightly hazed bright white head perfect keller style pils appearance, but dip your nares into this one and a tropical hop explosion goes off in your senses. Think dank mary jane, tropical fruit notes (mango/passionfruit), and grapefruit peel with just raw hops a bit of biscuit toned pils malt for a touch of perceived sweetness. Dry purely raucous hop expression, bitterness leaves resinous oils on the palate, hops are just tattooed on the palate light brush of biscuit malts, but this is a true hop monster. Only 55 IBUs but I perceive more hop flavor and bitterness than many maltier DIPAs that report 100 IBUs. Carbonation is perfect dead on, one of the best IPLs I've come across thus far in the beer journeys. Sign me up for a case of hops!!! Citra Mantra!!!

WVbeergeek, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Dillonius
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Dillonius, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of FloppyTopper
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow! What a great beer. I wish they made this consistently in the spring-summer months. It's a very simple concept; a lager with a substantial amount of citra hops. If you like citra, you'll love this. Doesn't pack the malt/booze package that a citra IPA would. I would label this as a solid hop head lawnmower beer. You could knock back a six of this over a warm summer evening. Otter Creek should really be marketing this as a summer beer.

FloppyTopper, May 02, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. 01/28/14 on the neck.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a solid white head on top. Leaves some real nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Those citra hops really stand out in the aroma of this beer. Toasty lagery backbone reminds you this isnt an ale.

T: Lager qualities really shine on the flavor. Citra does give it a lemony citrus flavor but the main focus is on the malts and yeast.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Clean and refreshing finish.

Overall this is a solid lager with a real heavy dose of hops. Doesnt loose its lager roots by maintaining the malt and yeast qualities but instead pushes the style further with a load of citra hops.

CloudStrife, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

RichardMNixon, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ChadA83, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of JWQ
4.25/5  rDev +6%

JWQ, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of AdamF625
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citra mantra
A- clear straw, light golden color with a thin white head
S- tropical fruits nail the nose like mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange
T- lovely citrus hops that turn pleasantly bitter, it has a nice light malt profile you can defiantly taste the pils malt.
M- light body with fine carbonation. Each sip cleanses the palate and leaves a trail of resinous hops on the tongue that leaves after a few seconds
O- otter creek has been killing it with the hop on the bus series. This is a great showcase of citra hops with a bit more complexity from the pils and lagering than your typical single hop brew.

AdamF625, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of tastybeer
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

tastybeer, Mar 13, 2014
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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.