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

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Otter Creek Citra MantraOtter Creek Citra Mantra

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137 Reviews

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 830
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 22.64%
Wants: 45
Gots: 155 | 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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 830
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 way...by 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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Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense head of about a finger’s height, pale white, smooth surface, mostly uniform foam, the lacing is thin, however, produces many streaks and they all stick with determination. Light filminess to the golden hued light, translucent and difficult to see through, only a few bubbles but they are fat. Very pure and fresh nose, abounds with a cornucopia of tart citrus, leafy herbal matter and toasted bread crust, some peppery notes as well, the white pit fruit and pineapple scents are plush and do what the can to soften the contours, overall has a high energy profile. Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy texture at first then it becomes successively drier although stops short of bitter. The bite in the pineapple, papaya, nectarine fruit trumps any juicier apricot or peach. The floral element more pronounced here, the citrus seems to settle on a mix of pink and white grapefruit. The graininess and herbaceousness stiffen the mouth feel after the attack and the mild maltiness appears mostly after the show has ended. To its credit, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and it’s best to just enjoy it than parse it.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a web of lacing on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit really stands out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of grapefruit hops along with notes of grapes, limes, and tropical fruit. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat crisp, and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really packs its punch in delivering lots of citrusy hops to your nostrils and taste buds. I would definitely pick this up another time.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kevdemers
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPL, only complaint is a slight diacetyl finish. Other than that, this is very competitive with Jack's Abby and Founders IPL versions out there.

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

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Andrew - thanks.

A: Pours a hazed pale yellow under a 1/2-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Fruity and floral, tropicals (passion fruit) is noted.

T: Citrusy and yeasty, well balanced, clean.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry and citrusy.

O: Refreshingly nice and easy drinking. Well done.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very pale yellow body, with a touch of haze. Steady carbonation streams. Topped by five billowing snow white fingers of loose bubbles of all sizes. Good dense lace.

Aroma of bright fresh citrus fruit, backed by some classic pils-ish fresh hay/grass.

Nice sweet beginning, a good sweet with some depth, not pixie stickish. Fruity middle. Nice bitter snap.

Light smooth with just the right prickliness.

The taste doesn't quite match the aroma, it's a bit short on the fruit side, but that is probably a style point in the relatively new IPL category. Easy drinking without the sense of "something's missing" that comes with session IPAs. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Pale but hazy yellow body. Huge white head. Great lacing and an eternal layer of foam.

Smell - I expected a bucket of citrus, but I get more of a grassy and herbal hop aroma. It definitely has some grapefruit, but the grassy hop tones are stronger. A faint doughy malt presence.

Taste - Same intense grassy and spicy hop flavor. Some grapefruit. Light cracker malt flavor before the hop bitterness takes over and leaves a grassy aftertaste. I finally get a hint of pilsner malt in the finish, just after the bitterness dies off.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Aggressively bittered.

Overall - As advertised, a lager that has been hopped to hell. Good, not great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of moss1988
1.12/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The only thing good about this beer is the look of it. I really don't understand how BA rates this so highly. The smell is of old hops and fruit, and the initial taste is a bitterness that even a bitter beer lover as myself cannot stand. As someone who really loves grapefruit, this made me taste a flavor of grapefruit that may have ruined grapefruits for me for good. What an absolutely horrible beer. The beer looks great in a glass. Very nice head, delicious-looking color, how very very deceptive. Once the bitterness hits the tongue and you think the worst part is over, the back of the mouth feel is even more disgusting. Swallowing this beer is one of the most horrible things i've ever had to do in my life. Unfortunately I bought a 6 pack of it at my local grocery store (Wegmanns) and have to finish the pack. I have 3 left to go, and was so compelled by the horrible taste I actually signed up for an account just to review how horrible this beer was.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden body with two finger head and lace with a dirty, earty, grainy citric hop and malt profile along with minor grape/sweet fruit notes. Beer is smooth and citric flavored hoppy and yet also grainy/dry with a crisp finish. I don't have too much to say to this beer other than the hops hit you pretty good and it has balance with the other main taste being a dry, grainy, crackerlike maltiness. Good beer that is easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

this style is really growing on me. love an ipa and love good lagers!

The head on this beer is outstanding. Rocky and like meringue in the glass. From beginning to end the citra hop shines here. bright citrus and grapefruit rind. the lager smoothness makes this one very sessionable. Love that its unfiltered to get the full experience. This one is fresh and delicious and I am going to try to get a keg of it for my kegerator. nuff said

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Photo of FloppyTopper
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.