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

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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014

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Photo of braican
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Light and hazy with a really nice head.

Smell: Lemon and biscuits. Somewhat sweet.

Taste: Follows the nose with the lemon citrus and bready malt. Finishes with a very interesting sweetness that meshes alright with the hop bite. Almost a homebrew-tasting aftertaste, which is a little unpleasant.

Feel: very soft, maybe a little sticky towards the end though. Finishes dry.

Overall: So interesting. I really enjoyed it: starting with the mouthfeel and ending with that lager sweetness.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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.


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Photo of illpass78
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Jeff0024
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of bluehende
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of IPAlmighty
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of predikit
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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;

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Mrbseward
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of KChristie87
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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 and clean with a nice hoppy finish.

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Photo of DIM
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of ddedhed
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am very surprised with how good this is. I was really caught off guard. The hops really shine on this unique beer. It is a nice cross of an ipa and crisp lager. Well done.

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Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers worth of late to develop slightly off-white colored crisp froth with a slightly rocky top comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Decent retention... The color is a pale lemony yellow gold with a very faint haziness... A light to moderate bit of sluggish carbonation... The first descriptor that comes to mind is dank... An odd mix of citrus and leather... Cold cuts??? Thirteen hundred plus reviews and I can't say I've ever used that term... I struggle to tell whether the aroma is enticing or slightly off putting, probably a bit more of the latter but it's not to the point of being a deal breaker... The flavor profile is a slightly muted version of the nose... Dank and hoppy with a few unusual notes mixed in... The hoppiness intensifies on the finish... The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite sturdy... Smooth carbonation... Somewhat dense... Goes down smoothly... The finish is a bit chalky as the hops resurgence occurs on the finish... A rather unique and somewhat satisfying offering... Not sure that I would drink this with regularity, but the world needs more hoppy lagers and this one certainly fits the bill (even with the odd cold cut aroma)...

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Photo of almostjay
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This is a strange one. The hop nose is a little subdued, and the flavor has a bit of a lager "funk" that I'm not all that used to. Probably won't be going back to this one.

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with a subtle haze; small white head that cases leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have lots of sweet citrus notes. Ripe mango in the mix as well. Some sweet bready malts are there. Smells very nice. The flavors are very nice as well. More mango along with orange peel and grapefruit. Some fresh grass along with some pine needles. Slightly earthy. The hops really shine. Lots of hop flavor and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. Nice body on this one. Finishes dry. Crisp and sharp. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a great brew. Well executed. This would be awesome during the summer.

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Photo of MDHopster
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid 4 across the board, nice light golden pilsner color, white head. India style comes through beautifully with hoppy citrus flavors and light malt taste. Not a huge pilsner fan but this one blends IPA hop flavor with a classic pilsner drinkability.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A unique concoction that hits the mark in every that I mean the brewery's description actually holds up here. Wonderful citrus fruit complexities that shine through but don't overwhelm...

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Photo of Brian_Lynch
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like it. Duvel glassed it from a 12oz bottle. Nothing bad to say. I like citrus, but this is a little bit one note, overipened lemon/grapefruit , with a bit of peel, grapefruit peel, sour, which I'm cool with, maybe too summer. I'd get it again, but as a selection in a mixpack....or a sixer if the weather was a bit warmer. This would be my go to beer if it was released midsummer ....alas, it's 10 degrees and I'm onto more maltier fare.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden orange with a white foam that laces well. The aroma is bright with citrus being the standout. The taste has a grapefruit, unripe clementine orange flavor that is quite nice. Fair bitterness but this one is more quenching than palate-scorching. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Very nice product all in all. Reinventing the style, and it's delicious.

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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.