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

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014)
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

BRYeleJR, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JandJMD, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

shigg85, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dhamma73, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of inlimbo77
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 1/6/14
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a very clear yellow orange color. Get a thin layer of bright white head. Some sticky lacing on the glass.

S: You get a lot of that nice Citra, but you know it's a lager yeast and malts. More grainy and bready.

T: Nice hop smell doesn't totally equate to flavor.

M: Light medium.

inlimbo77, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Newbiebeer, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

hogansct, Feb 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

HRamz3, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

jongullotti, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

smutty33, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MattXT, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Teddy-Pickles, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Bjorn2bWild, Feb 03, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appears golden hay in color. One finger of frothy head.

The aroma does showcase a little of the citra hops, but it doesn't hit you hard. The cracker/biscuit malts are just as prominent in the aroma. Generally smells bright.

Just like the aroma, its flavor is also a balance of faintly citrusy hops and cracker-like malts. Grassy up front, but husky dry grain sits prominently on the palate. It hints at notes of corn, but those seem to quickly fade (thankfully). Some spicy bitterness lingers, but it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is appropriately crisp. Finishes dry.

Overall this is easy drinking with enough to please. I may be a bit tainted by the hopper lagers from Jack's Abby which this does not live up to. However, I can't say for sure what Otter Creek was going for here. If they were going for a more balanced approach, they succeeded. But if they were trying to showcase citra hops over a simple malt backbone, then they could have turned up the late addition hops more. I feel that when brewers choose to use Citra, they typically want to showcase it because geeks love it. It's rare that I find Citra in a balanced beer. But kudos to Otter Creek if that's what they were going for....balance is underrated and welcome...even to this hop head. This is a hoppy pils I'd rather drink over Prima pils.

jbertsch, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

TheBigBoy, Feb 03, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a translucent straw yellow with a fluffy, 1.5 inch bright white head that settles into a creamy, quarter inch cap. Textured clusters of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses light citrus notes, including zest, and a grassy quality. Taste is really quite nice - sweet citrus followed by rind, yeast and a pleasant, herbal bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and bright with a lively carbonation and a slight astringency. I love what Otter Creek has been doing with these one-offs. This beer gives JA's Hoponius Union a run for its money!

Jwale73, Feb 03, 2014
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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.