Otter Creek Citra Mantra - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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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
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
3.51/5 rDev -12.5%
Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.
A good solid lemon gold, a little cloudy and real good rising carbonation which creeps and has some quick lifting as well. Head is creamy white, bleach bright but not too much with a good cap and tiny uniform soapy bubbles.
Nose is a little muddy and herbal. Some good notes of faint tropical but lots of muddy dirt tones. Not much malt character to this, but has a good spicy angle.
Quenching palate with a large hop forward presence. A little bit of sledgehammering for a pils, as a hop forward blast of pine and large acidity hits quickly. A bready malt sense is on the aftertaste but gets blown away by a bit of a quick fruit and heavy hop bitterness. A little soapy, with lots of bitter pith like lime astringency. Palate feel comes out more hot and heavy with an almost burning crispness.
A very amped up lager, but one that while drinkable and for the hop fan still comes up a little too bitter and unbalanced.
02-09-2014 19:22:58 | More by smakawhat
3.99/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.
Pours a nearly opaque orange, with a big 2 inch head, solid lacing down the glass.
Smells like orange rind, orange zest, pine, and orange juice.
Tastes pretty similar. Very concentrated citrus flavors here- like orange juice mixed with grass cuttings. Relatively bitter, the waves of fruit wash over the bitterness and almost drown it out. Pretty oily.
Full body and mouthfeel, low carbonation.
Otter Creek is stepping it up. I first had a bottle of this and didn't love it, but the kegged version is much better- felt a bit cleaner.
02-08-2014 07:51:42 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
A: Light golden, white head, fairly long lasting, slightly hazy, moderately carbonated.
S: Light orange, hmm, almost green peppery? Yeah, maybe slightly vegetal, but not in a cooked corn way, more like a fresh vegatable way. A bit lemony too. Slightly dank. It's citra, but not super tropical, only mild. Not at all grapefruit.
T: Hmm. This is a pretty interesting beer. First, there is definitely a malt presence to this beer, crackery, sort of hay/straw flavor. Perhaps fairly grassy. The beer is mildly sweet. The hop flavor is - well, hard to describe. Maybe it is a bit grapefruit. But more like lemon than grapefruit. Not much tropical fruit, it is vaguely citra tasting. Has some slight cattiness. It's fairly clean, but not as light as I would have thought either. Moderately high bitterness, may be distracting from hop flavor. It is not bad tasting, but certainly not what I had hoped for.
M: Medium body. It could be a bit lighter. Carbonation is medium as well.
O: Not a bad tasting beer, but not as advertised. Was expecting something a bit lighter in terms of mouthfeel and certainly more tropical aroma and flavor. The bitterness and mouthfeel is high enough to not make it very sessionable. I would not particularly seek this out again. Although I do like the name (maybe for another beer though).
02-08-2014 03:49:20 | More by mattbk
Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.