Otter Creek Citra Mantra
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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #7
Ranked #6,463
4.02 | pDev: 8.96%
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
Otter Creek Citra MantraOtter Creek Citra Mantra
Notes: 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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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a nice looking semi-hazy yellow color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising to fill a three finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light ringy foamy lacing cutting into the glass appropriately. The smell had a sweet to semi-bitter connotation of citrus spiced rind over some light biscuity breadiness. It’s backed up by a nice sweet floral aspect as well. The taste was moderately bitter with a sweetness sliding in to confide in a sweet smooth yet bitter sticky citrus aftertaste and a light sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across fairly tame allowing a sticky smooth citrusto grassy feel rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say as an India pale lager it works. Not sure why it’s labeled as an Imperial lager on here. Just cause it’s got a higher ABV doesn’t mean it’s an Imperial lager. Eh, oh well, whatever. It’s good for what it is and would be a good food beer.

Jun 10, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.64/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to pint glass.
Nose is Orange lemon grapefruit.
Look is pis yellow. Small head.
Taste is grapefruit ash.

Went down easy, but very boring.


Dec 29, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shorty review. Undated bottle. Ginormous head with lots of sticky lace. Uh oh. Pale gold. Take a sniff. Yup, citra hops have faded out and it's all Pils and other malts now. Taste is a little bit better, as the malts predominate but some of the citra remains and you get some grapefruit, mango, and lime. Malts are dead-on for a lager, though; this is better than a malted-over IPA. More medium of a mouthfeel than you might expect, medium carbonation, balance off. Probably is better fresh or on tap.

Jul 29, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is sweet bready malts and citrusy/grassy hops. The taste is bursting with crisp flavor, a lot of sweet pale malts up front and citrusy hops (bitter grapefruit and lime zest most notably) in the finish.

Jun 26, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Kiabacca glass. Bottled 020316.
A: Pours with two fingers of head above an effervescent clear-pale copper-gold liquid.
S: Bursting at the veritable seams with pineapple and lush tropical fruit. Almost oversweet, with a mild but welcome vegetation at the end.
T/M: Delicious, fruity pale ale. But let's be real -- there's basically no way I wasn't gonna like a 100% Citra beer. Wish I'd caught this one sooner; it seems to be fading around the edges. Very trouble, full-bodied, relaxing. Good sipper.
O: Yum. Will buy again next spring.

Jun 08, 2016
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a full finger of thick foam that coats the glass nicely as it recedes. Aroma is full of delicious citrusy hops... smells great.

Flavor has a huge dank bitterness. Almost skunky. Strong lingering bitterness. I did not expect this. Maybe I have a bad bottle but the bitterness is completely overpowering, and I am an IPA lover.

I'll rereview if the other bottles in this 6'er are better, but I can barely tolerate this beer. It smelled great! Not sure what is going on here exactly.

May 28, 2016
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dfconnor from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer that defies easy categorization. Deliciously crisp and bitter. Way better than your average lager. Or your average Pils for that matter.

May 10, 2016
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HankFinkel from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a case at local distributer for $20.99 - unbelievable bargain. Drinks like a hoppy pale ale with a great citrus nose and taste. At 5.4 ABV it is like an incredibly tasty session IPA, a rare find indeed. Get it while it lasts!

Apr 09, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lost Dog in North Arlington.

I thought this was a very nice refreshing and light beer. Lots of citrus/orange in bot the aroma and the taste. And with an ABV under 6%, something I could drink all day.

Mar 30, 2016
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mickyge from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured golden yellow with a bright white head, not much of a smell, I was expecting more of a hoppy smell, I got a yeasty type of odor. Crisp mouth feel and a bitter bite, taste was on the thin side. I didn't hate it but there are a lot better pilsners around.

Mar 29, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger pillowy white head. Retention is excellent and there is webbed lacing everywhere. Smell is mostly lager yeast with some bready malt and a touch of citrus and some pine. Taste is similar with moderate bitterness. Feel is light and there is a dry finish. Overall good but not great. I prefer my citra hops in IPAs.

Mar 28, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold big white head that leaves gobs of lacing. I smell a little sweet malt and a bit of citrus with a pile of pine and weed. The taste is moderately sweet with the taste of citrus (mainly tangerine for me). There is then a big punch in the mouth that comes from the hops. A nice pine finish cleans it all up. This is a pretty dank and tasty beer.

Mar 27, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure the bottle date, but poured into a pils glass.
L: Huge, whispy white head, super frothy and bubbly. Body is a golden, straw yellow, mildly cloudy beer.
S: Soon as I opened the bottle I smelled SUPER fresh malt and hops. Like something you get from a day old growler. Aroma after the pour has a great balance to it. Tons of malt, very very fresh cereal grain. Much like granola. Hops are very fresh as well, wet and vegetal, dank, and with a pungent peppery citrus finish.
T: Solid as hell. Malt backbone gives balance to what is certainly a hop forward beer. Sweet and grainy. Hops lend a very floral and drying effect to the flavor, give off a touch of grapefruit citrus notes as well.
F: Very smooth. Only issue here is it drinks a little frothy and fuller than typical lagered beers, and it is dry, which takes away from the refreshing aspects of a lager. Still great though.
O: Glad I revisited this, so solid.

Mar 25, 2016
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dd43 from Connecticut

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow, saturated at about an 8 on the SRM scale. Medium lacing, head was two fingers and rescinded to a foamy cap after a minute or so. Big citrus aroma: grapefruit, navel mango, peach, melon, a touch of lemon. Flavors follow suit, but adds in a nice dry maltiness that aids in the drinkability when paired with the crisp and abundant carbonation. This is a really easy to drink beer, nothing groundbreaking but Otter Creek can be proud to stand behind this one. I like the fact that they embraced haze in a beer style for which aggressive filtration is typically the order of the day. Call it a new england style hoppy lager, or just call it yummy. Either works.

Mar 23, 2016
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crisis1290 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Otter Creek Citra Mantra - Otter Creek Brewing is quite good. A nice citrusy aroma with a hint of pine. Nice gold color on the pour. This beer is very drinkable with a solid dry finish. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon zest, taste, with a nice hop kick . The alcohol is well hidden. If you are a fan of IPL's, this one is definitely worth a try. Smooth and crisp. Perfect for the warm months !!!

Mar 14, 2016
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color, finger or two of head quickly dissipates and leaves some lacing

Hint of yeast on the nose, as well as floral and earthy pine with some light citrus, has a nice lemon/lime scent

Taste is similar to smell. Getting some citrus on palate, sort of sourish tangy flavor due to the lemon/lime and slightly bitter pine flavors. Not sure how I feel about the taste. Its definitely drinkable and refreshing, mouthfeel is adequate… but the flavors im getting from the citra hops are not the sweetish tropical notes I would expect. Its nice to try something new and different but for me, the flavors arent blending too well.

Overall it’s a decent beer. Interesting to try but not worth looking for in my opinion.

Mar 09, 2016
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RJQ3 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12/20/15 bottle date poured into a tall snifter glass. Look is a pale orange color with a nice 2 finger very white head but it dissipates quickly as is common with lagers. Aroma is all Citra hops and smells like a tropical sweet citrus bouquet that got me really excited to taste. Taste was very much all Citra, which in my taste is the best hop their is! Citrus upfront, tropical in the middle, but if there was 1 negative of this beer was the slight sourish not quite right finish which could be the lager malt and yeast not quite jiving with the Citra. Overall, I can not hate a beer that exudes the Citra hop but this one exudes it so it's excellent! 4.5 out of 5!

Feb 03, 2016
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a huge fluffy white head, fades at a decent rate with a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell has a decent citrus aroma with a slightly piney presence, ample amount of malt sweetness on the nose.

Taste is a bit like eating the rind of a lemon, it has some citrus flavor but also that odd bitterness, not quite hop bitterness but a bitterness nevertheless, the sweet malt helps balance things out, finishes semi-dry, soft but ample amount of carbonation.

Sep 22, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at Barley Vine in Bristol, CT yesterday. Poured into a pint glass, bright gold color and clear with a small head. Really awesome aroma of the citra hops, big juice and slight herbal notes. Really inviting. Taste is good, too, strong citra throughout with relatively little bitterness. Some sweetness in the middle and it finishes a bit wet. Easy to drink and have another, the best I've had from Otter Creek so far.

Aug 10, 2015
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great sampler pack; I've enjoyed all four beers.
This particular beer is a hazy gold color with a small white head and a bit of lace.
Very citrusy.

Aug 04, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Pinocchio's. Pretty good IPL. Nice and fresh, the hops were clean and citrusy in the nose and taste. Biscuity lager backbone made for good drinkability.

Aug 04, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, for a pale lager this stuff tastes amazing. Brewed w/ citra hops which are my fav. Unfiltered and very tasty. Easily my favorite lager to date. Great summer/bbq beer. Light and crushable but flavorful at the same time. What more can you ask for in a lager?!

Jul 20, 2015
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Phigg1102 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a creamy white cap that fades fairly quick. Very slight haze that clears as the beer warms up a bit. Grainy/doughy malt character in the nose. Slight diacteyl but overall a pretty clean yeast profile, hops come through nicely (mostly herbal and piney). The taste is quite bitter, the hops take on heavy pine and resiny attributes. Slight grainy malt character, but its mostly overwhelmed by the hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly crisp feel.

Jun 09, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At first glance, I was most ecstatic about this one in the variety pack. Love me some citra hops. But then I read the label and my heart sank, "Citra PILS LAGER!" I haven't came across a good IPL so my expectations dropped immensely. Thankfully, the sweet but not over-the-top hop bill came to the rescue.

May 26, 2015
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy pale golden with tight thick stark white head

Smells strongly of lemons, grapefruit. No malt nose.

Tastes of clean bitterness dominate with mild citrus fruit and lingering bitter aftertaste. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a good bit of carbonation

Very refreshing.

May 24, 2015
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