Otter Creek Citra Mantra - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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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
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Woonsocket, RI.
A- Pours a hazy dull gold color with a 2 finger head that reduces slowly to a layer of white foam.. leaves spotty lacing.
S- Grassy, floral, somewhat citrusy and soapy, some bread and malt.
T- Somewhat soapy, citrus, floral, sweet malt and biscuits on the finish.
M- Medium body and carbonation
Decent brew.. could put down a few but nothing to seek out considering all the citra hop beers on the market these days.
02-01-2014 00:52:10 | More by gcamparone
4.01/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle with a Botlled On Date of 010614. Pours a translucent golden color with almost no head. Some lacing. Aromas of citrus hops, bread, and grass. The taste is citrus hops upfront followed by some pine and floral notes. Bready malts with some orange peel towards the end. Pine and bitter orange peel finish. The bitterness increases with each sip. Light and crisp. I hate the label, but love the beer. Between this, Double Dose and Kind Ryed Otter Creek has really been putting out some really good hoppy offerings lately. Overall, drinkable and bitter, this is a good beer to have on hand often.
01-31-2014 16:51:53 | More by PicoPapa
3.74/5 rDev -6.7%
Bottled just under two weeks ago and poured into a pilsner style glass...
A - Light yellow color with a nice full one finger head that widdles down but still leaves a nice topper throughout. Great lace throughout consumption. Awesome looker
S - Grass, bread, crackers, pine, sunflowers
T - Mostly the same as the nose but the added bonus of citrus and hints of grapefruit. Pretty bitter yet nice and smooth at the end, good balance
M - High carbonation, light body, a little bite on the end of the palate
O - A high quality brew from Otter Creek. Walks the tight rope of a session pale lager and one to sit back and enjoy. Very balanced with good grassy pine characteristics and citrusy fruit. Well done!
01-30-2014 22:11:53 | More by rjp217
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large snifter.
Pours a very light color with frothy bubbles.
Smells are very nice, very good Citra character, some zesty citrus.
Taste is right in line with aromas, though the taste fades a bit as my palate adjusts.
Mouthfeel is just right.
Overall, a very nice easy drinking hoppy beer. Enjoyed it!
01-28-2014 21:26:18 | More by BoldRulerVT
Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.