Otter Creek Citra Mantra - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.11/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-03-2014 21:49:29 | More by oberon
4.04/5 rDev +0.7%
Holy citra! The nose on this thing is sharp and clear: citra was present here. Love it. Flavor carries much of the same floral citrus brightness at first. Then an earthy and grassy thing on the back end comes and lingers. Kind of inky as well. Probably could stand to tone down how thick things are. Regardless of that, I like it. A nice lager that is definitely worth trying. Even if you aren't a hop head.
More breweries should be putting out beers like this. Presently ranked #3 of its style for a reason.
02-25-2014 23:20:20 | More by RblWthACoz
4.76/5 rDev +18.7%
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!!!
03-04-2014 20:29:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4.04/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-25-2014 02:08:22 | More by Jason
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Interesting idea, IPL with citra, two big crazes, OC has also gone through phases I think... when I first found out about them I visited the brewery and the beer was great. Then they seemed to slide a bit and the beer was so-so for a while. Lately I think they've turned it around, so hopefully this is another winner.
Pours a pasty white fizzy slight fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, or tries to as some streaming bubbles reinforce it. It leaves a nice soapy lacing, over a fairly hazy slight clear golden honey colored beer.
Nose I could smell when I popped the top, and very much so on the pour, a nice big citra hop explosion, it's basically just citra in a glass, tons of citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, a mild tropical fruit mango papaya like thing going, a nice mild orange zest and clementine juice like aroma. Under that there seems to be a slight hint of a grainy toasty pilsner malt, but hard to tell. It also has a mild dank resinous hop aroma with fresh wet slight musty hop character.
Taste first brings the malts, big toasty grainy straw pilsner malt, a big malty flavor, little crackery even, slight juicy malt but no sweetness. Surprised how much the malt came through right off the bat, overpowering the hops that eventually come through. The citra is there again, but nothing like the nose as it seems muted from the malts. Again nice citrus, tangerine and grapefruit start off, with a mild musty resinous passion fruit and mango, mild rind and grapefruit pith, with overall fair bitterness. The hops turn quite bitter and spicy as it finishes really dry, not really crisp on the finish though, but nice and dry, quite bitter spicy hops with a mild grapefruit rind and hint of tropical fruit and resin lingering.
Mouth is med bod, soft and almost chewy, fluffy carbonation.
Overall not bad, the nose was great as it just presented lots of citra with a faint toasty malt underneath, the flavor however, brought way too much straw toasty malt to the front, although I normally love these flavors, it's hard to like them when they stomp on the delicious citra hops. However, they eventually come through and bring a nice harmony. The more I sip the more the malts seem to fade into the hops and it's more citra, but then they keep coming back a bit on the back end with more straw and grainy flavors. This is a good beer, but it could have been a great beer.
02-01-2014 01:46:25 | More by jlindros
4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
this beer is awesome, and otter creek has come a long way since the early days! love this stuff, i need it in 30 packs of cans for the summer, its perfect. a citra hopped up lager with a nice pilsener grain front end, light and fresh and a great takeoff point for one heck of a refreshing hop profile. clear and sunny colored blonde beer, excellent carbonation, short but fizzy and active white bubble head. the nose is a balance between the fresh light grain and the citra hops, which aren't overdone and oily, but simply clean and refreshing and rather delicate in their use. this is great beer because it bridges the gap between the pale lager drinker and the ipa drinker, where both are satisfied. its also perfect golf course or boat beer, just as summery as they come, no heaviness, no bitterness, just good clean beer full of flavor. that lemon tint to the citra is perfect, and the lager finish is quick but not too dry, perfectly refreshing. slammable beer of the highest order here.
05-18-2014 17:14:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
Hazy, green-gold color. Moderate head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. It does leave some solid spots.
Citra indeed, the smell is like fresh grapefruit zest. Very strong, it overwhelms all other aromas. If you love hops, you'll love this smell.
At 55 IBUs, this is a very bitter beer. The bitterness is not complex, and it does dominate any pale malt that may be there. A borderline extreme beer. Decent body and a lower carbonation makes it feel thicker than a typical lager. Hop heads will love this.
02-09-2014 22:59:30 | More by smcolw
3.41/5 rDev -15%
12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale golden yellow color with a finger of white cap resting atop. Some frothy suds of lace leaves patches hanging on the glass.
The aroma opens up sulfuric than goes to that fruity tropical citra aspect. Grapefruit and floral qualities are present throughout. Initially this does not smell good but as it warms up and breaths a little it gets quite good.
The taste is sulfuric and mineral filled, almost rusty tasting like copper...dirty pennies? Their is some displaced bitterness that gets grassy and fruity with a bit of tropical rid feel. Underneath it has a soft pils grain aspect. The aftertaste has a dank, green and dusty hop pellet flavor.
This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and feels good but the bitterness lasts on the tongue without that much flavor. Quite unbalanced and really not that drinkable compared to other "IPL offerings." Interesting and worth a try but not sonething id seek out or buy any quantity of.
02-10-2014 16:22:08 | More by stakem
Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.