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

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 58 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: color of golden straw with just the faintest haze; tiny effervescing bubbles from the bottom of a pilsener glass; two fingers of white foam left some drapes of lace behind. Persistent cap.

S: wet bright grasses and lemon groves; bitter, citric, and floral nose

T: tight and to the point: Citra hops are featured in this brisk and crisp ale featuring a clean and light pale malt bill, crisped with the bitter and yet citric character of the Citra hop, suggesting grapefruit and lemon pith

M: light and crisp; lemony and bittering elements vie for attention; slight tightening, almost astringent close

O: this lager features characteristics I am more familiar with in an IPA, and it had a nice bright, brisk, and clean feel that I enjoyed. I'm sure this is a hit with anyone who enjoys Citra hops. Easily session-able - something you can get really comfortable with.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Plan B in Simsbury CT. Really happy with Otter Creek lately! Kind Ryed, now this. Clear light straw color with a decent head on the pour. Head dissipated pretty quickly but left nice lacing. Mild hop on nose, touch of lager dankness, which made me a little scared, but did not come across in taste. Taste was crisp and citra hop left nice bitterness on palate with a dry finish. Overall a delicious hoppy lager.

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4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottled 1/27/14, drank 2/14/14.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 2 inch frothy white head, which dissipates slowly and leaves sweeping lacing. Almost translucent light golden.

Smell: Lime-like Citra hops at first, very bold. Transitions to fresh baked bread. Undercurrents of pungent, dank weed and citrus, with a lot of malt and bread. Very refreshing. Hops take a back seat to malt eventually, but why not?

Taste: Starts out with beautiful, homebrew shop cereal malt (also in the nose), tinged by Citra hops. Transitions to deep country bread yeastiness, then dries the hell out just as it ought to. Aftertaste of light grains and citrusy hops.

I love this beer. Not "like" but *love*. Just masterful combination of ingredients and flavors. It's like a great American lager like Southampton Keller Pils or Stoudts Gold Lager in its perfectly coaxed out bready and cereal flavors, with a deep tinge of Citra. It's not dank weed, it's a hint of earthiness and a fair amount of that orange/lime citrus characteristic of Citra. If this were the 70s, I would say that it's "Just terrific."

Other notes: some peppery flavor coming out from the Citra that's quite interesting. More and more malt nuances emerge as I get through the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Light body, lively carbonation during the hop and cereal burst up front, then bone dry at the end. Exactly what I want in a lowish ABV pale beer.

Overall: I could drink this beer every day. It's excellent. I know this is very subjective, but for me, *this is the ideal beer*, in that it exemplifies, explains, and perfects what beer as beer is (good malt, good hops, clean yeast, good water profile, spot on mouthfeel). It reminds me of NEBCO Gold Stock and Hill Farmstead What Is Enlightenment; perfect marriage of *fresh* tasting malt and nuanced, full-flavored hops.

This beer hits every idiosyncratic me-virtue that can exist in a beer, so much so that I really don't know if I can unbiasedly suggest the beer to people. I have to assume they'll realize it's great, but maybe I'm just too far in dry, cerealy, Citra heaven. I hope this beer is released again.

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3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

light, pale, yellowish/straw color with a foamy white head that recedes to a coating of mostly tiny white bubbles. smell is dominated by the citra - grapefruit, a little grassy, a little lemon. The taste follows the nose well and the malt sweetness is there but not central, a little unpleasant mineral flavor at the end, with a distinctively sort of biting lager yeast and cleanliness at the end. goes down easy, though the body is a little too light for me. not my favorite but still quite good.

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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"And I will bring thee hops by the truck full, & they will quench thy thirst until the end of the world." mjg0725, trader deluxe. First 12 oz. bottle of the haul headed down.

The pour is a light hazed yellow, which quickly settles out, with minimal carbonation. The smell knocks my dog on it's ass, even though I don't have one. Massive citrus, pulped grapefruit, & enough tropical fruit to think St. Thomas just sneezed in my basement. Wow.

Citra Mantra makes me want to hum, just a little. First up is not the taste, but how ridiculously easy this is to drink, it seems to be leaking through the bottom of the glass somehow. This is how I like it, both flavor & a bitterness that makes my toes leak a little. The citrus, tropicality are both here, plus some Herbal Essence, but not as pure as in the nose. Both have been cut & sewn with an earthiness that reduces the pleasantness. Hard bread in the backlast from the lager yeast. Crisp.

This started out magnificently & ended very good. The hops ring true in this beer; if Otter Creek could stuff the nose into the taste, this would be one of the best out there.

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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is slightly hazy light-yellow with a 1-finger white head on top. Good lacing.

S: Big nose from the Citra hops - lemon, lemon zest, grapefruit and tangerines all pop out. Smells like a citrus grove.

T: Light pilsner malt foundation is followed by lemony citrus, grapefruit pith and a touch of tropical fruit. Wee bit of grassiness. Finishes nearly bone-dry, with the citrusy bitterness sucking the liquid right off your palate.

M: Lightish in heft; carbonation is active but modestly creamy.

O: Good stuff; a nice transition-into-Spring-type beer (though I'm drinking it after shoveling a foot of snow), with lively, citrusy flavors awakening the senses, while the lighter body (and strength - this is "just" 5.75%) keeps it drinkable.

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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.