Otter Creek Citra Mantra | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Citra MantraOtter Creek Citra Mantra

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of cjoc83
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a born on date of 2-14-14, $9.99 six pack at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA.

A - Pours a very pale straw color, with some hazy lemony highlights to it. A dense, rocky 3 finger head sits atop the brew with excellent retention and generous patches of sticky lace.

S - Herbal fresh cut grass and sweet tropical/citrus fruits pop in the nose quite prominently; pineapple, lemon pith, orange juice, grapefruit rind. Some sweet bready malt and slight grain keep a low profile but are noticeable. Remarkably clean smelling beer, with the Citra stealing the show. Very prominent, slightly dank hop smell.

T/M - Starts off sweet, with crackery malt, peach, and clementines, before ripe, juicy pineapple and lemon pith take over with some earthy grassy notes, certainly the dominating flavors. A slightly tart dark berry note also makes an appearance, typical of Citra for my palate. Finishes clean and dry, with some moderate grapefruit bitterness and sweet stone fruit. Refreshing yet creamy, with a gentle rolling carbonation that leaves me wanting another sip each time I put the glass down. Strikes a terrific balance between drinkability and enough flavor to savor.

O - I remember when I first had this beer I was pretty blown away, and my admiration for it remains several weeks and a couple six packs later. Just a super clean lager that has been beautifully hopped with one of my favorite varietals. After this, Kind Ryed and Double Dose, Otter Creek has really been batting a thousand lately. By far my favorite IPL, and in fact better than a lot of IPAs out there, this gets a perfect 5 from me (my first and so far only) because I just don't see how anyone could possibly improve upon it, although admittedly the playing field seems to be rather small right now.

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Photo of Pahn
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Citra Mantra, wow Mike Gerhart (? spelling) has tamed the hops. Badass label of him levitating with citra hop buds in each palm. Since his early days with DFH, this guy has been making solid beer but after the recent hoppy beers Otter Creek has released one of them being a collaboration with Lawson's. Unfiltered golden body slightly hazed bright white head perfect keller style pils appearance, but dip your nares into this one and a tropical hop explosion goes off in your senses. Think dank mary jane, tropical fruit notes (mango/passionfruit), and grapefruit peel with just raw hops a bit of biscuit toned pils malt for a touch of perceived sweetness. Dry purely raucous hop expression, bitterness leaves resinous oils on the palate, hops are just tattooed on the palate light brush of biscuit malts, but this is a true hop monster. Only 55 IBUs but I perceive more hop flavor and bitterness than many maltier DIPAs that report 100 IBUs. Carbonation is perfect dead on, one of the best IPLs I've come across thus far in the beer journeys. Sign me up for a case of hops!!! Citra Mantra!!!

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Photo of Mateer
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This sets a standard when it comes to session IPAs.

12 oz bottle with Mike on the label doing his thing. Freshness date is there.

Pours a decent head with great retention and lacing. An explosion of citra hops, fruit and corresponding malt balance. Moderate alcohol so you can have a few more than a double IPA, especially since this tastes so good. IT's a must try for those who like IPAs with a strong hop presence but don't want to be overwhelmed by two drinks. Cheers.

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright golden yellow with a decent white head into my glass. I was pleasantly surprised to find this as I hadn't already heard about it.

A good touch of citra hops upfront bring aromas of mango and grapefruit to the table. Very clean.

Crisp and delicious with a wonderful dollop of mango, grapefruit and fresh-cut grass. It's phenomenal!

Finishes with lingering grapefruit and grainy malt textures. I can't get enough of it.

Brewmaster Mike is on a roll with yet another great beer! If you loved Kind Ryed, you will probably enjoy Citra Mantra. Tasty, highly drinkable and I'll be on the lookout for a 12 pack if a such thing comes around!

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A unique concoction that hits the mark in every that I mean the brewery's description actually holds up here. Wonderful citrus fruit complexities that shine through but don't overwhelm...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden color. Big, white head. It won't stop growing. It leaves loads of lacing along the glass.

S-Citra all the way. Definitely picking up some crisp lager malt and yeast. The Citra is, as always, glorious. So tropical and layered in its aromatics. Excited; great,aroma.

T-The flavor is also very tasty. I am a sucker for IPLs and an even bigger sucker for Citra hops so I would have bee a hocked if I didn't like it. Tropical fruit hoppiness combined with a biting lager yeast and some crisp, cracker malt.

M-It's willingness to slide down into my gullet is scary. Medium bitterness. Crisp. Bubbly.

O/D-Great beer. Otter Creek has amped up their game; better labels and far better beers. They're stealing a page from the IPL pioneers-Jack's Abby. Citra Mantra is great but I wouldn't be surprised if Jack's Abby could do it better! (Edit:2/14/14) I have had this beer several times now and I don't want to compare it to Jack's Abby; I don't even think Jack's Abby could do it better. This beer is underrated and violently scrumptious.

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Photo of Triplesnake
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding beer. Living here in vermont I tend to get a little bit sick of IPAs. I do love my Heady, Lawsons, and Hillfarm...But I do miss Lawnmower Beers. This beer to me is the perfect blend of both. It is however noticeably different on tap and tends to lead to a bit of a headache the next morning

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Photo of IPAlmighty
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant surprise, as Otter Creek underwhelmed me otherwise. Just enough citrus notes, but an easy drinker. Best when fresh, it seems to lose it's character rapidly.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden with a one inch head and excellent retention and lacing. Poured into a pilsener glass

S: citrus. Grapefruit mainly.

T: as in the smell, the citra hops are really showcased here and it's nice. Grapefruit and some tropical mango with some malt background that allows for a nice bitterness but some sweetness to balance it.

M: crisp and easy to drink pretty light bodied.

O: the drinkability of a lager with the hoppiness of an ipa. Beautiful.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy lager that actually tastes like a lager. Citra is good choice of hops for a beer like this due to its parentage (Hallertauer Mittlefuh, US Tettanger) as it provides melon, tropical fruit, citrus as well as herbal character. Aroma is a little sulfury, fruity, and herbal (cat tails). Sweet haylike and melon flavor upfront, biscuity middle, and a lingering dry/bitter finish. Seems a littel disjointed at first, but the more you drink the better the balance becomes and a single theme develops. Great example of what can become the modern american pils style.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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?!

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Photo of ddedhed
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am very surprised with how good this is. I was really caught off guard. The hops really shine on this unique beer. It is a nice cross of an ipa and crisp lager. Well done.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale golden body with crystal-clear transparency. Soapy bone white head sits on top with some sticky lacing left behind.

S- Lots of tropical citrus, huge hop aroma. Toasted sweet malts come through just enough, similar to a pilsner malt aroma.

T- Big hop flavor continues to come through with just the slightest hint of toasted malts to come through, similar to the aroma. Some tropical fruits come through on the finish, with hops all the way through.

M- Easy to drink, but actually fuller in the body than I would have thought. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

O- Really nice hoppy lager. Just a ridiculous amount of hop aroma and flavor and great use of citra hops.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My beer guru shared what he called a hippie beer. Decent looking beer with an excellent smell that had me thinking IPA. Excellent taste without any bad bitter has me savoring the beer. Not sure about cost but enjoyed very much and will look to revisit again as I felt this was an excellent beer.

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Photo of WOBrewstraveler
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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Photo of beerthulhu
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Misty-haze brass yellow coloring reveals a modest rise of glass consuming micro-effervesce. The capping is frothy and whipped, 2 inches high, with an outstanding rate of retention. Condescending thick frothy rings lace the vessel on the way down.

S: Fresh tropical scent, pear-mango, some fresh orange and pineapple juice, and some freshly cut grapefruit. Citrus bursts with a trailing fade of orange-pineapple juiciness. The level of aroma is moderately strong, and remains so for a lengthy duration >4 minutes that still delivers a big, fresh burst of nose grabbing freshness.

T: Grassy citrus-orange hops, bitter, lightly dry with a flowery straw-esque malt base. Bitterness is very appreciable, grapefruit, fresh wet pine, lightly dry lemon straw grains with a dry tropical grass-fruit finish.

M: crisp, creamy, bittering with a citrus warmth and very good malt depth resting on the tongue.

O: Very drinkable, hoppy, dry tropical notes, great co2 backing as well a pale grain backing. Keg/case worthy, very enjoyable, great repeat factor. So far a sleeper that hasnt really drawn the attention perhaps it should. One last note is i thought this was an ipa, but is listed as a pale lager. This would be an A- ipa imho, perhaps a bit better per style as a pale lager, what ever you call it, its just an outstanding beer. The more time passed since i had, this the better the perception has become. Otter creek has made a stand out brew.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (012814, 3[8or9]15M)
I couldn't find any information on their bottle dating.

A: Blonde, bright yellow with a single finger head and some lacing. Hazy, because it is unfiltered.

S: Light and refreshing (yes, you can smell it). This is what a lager should smell like. Fruity and floral. It smells like summer and honeysuckles.

T: Now this is a lager. Refreshing and with a clean hop taste. It is a nice combination of floral and pine hops with very little citrus. Lots of cracker body malts. Very balanced crisp malt with the restrained but prevalent 55 IBUs.

M: Slightly coarse, with a foamy smoothness on the end.

O: This was great, and it makes me want to check out more of their small amount of offerings. I need to get myself a Kind Ryed. I really hope it isn't a one off, but is actually a seasonal. Probably the hoppiest lager I've ever had and a good one at that.

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Photo of FFreak
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Willy glass and enjoyed out on the deck on a warm afternoon. A beautiful golden-orange pour with a finger of tight pure-white head. Nice tropical and citrus aromas. Taste is really nice, some bready yeastiness with the sweet malt and fruity hops followed by a touch of the typical dankness of Citra. Mouthfeel is excellent.....crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a great IPL, on par with Jack's Abbey offerings. I'm really looking forward to the mixed OC 12-packs this summer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Near three finger white billowy head, soft light orange/almost pinkish colored body. Head retention itself gets a 5/5, magical. Head never full goes away...collar and large cap throughout. Clumpy, drink-by-drink step lacing. The steps became big ones as this was a hard one to sip and not gulp down!

S- Bright citra hops on the nose. Clean pils malt.

T- Wow! What does that remind me of? Deliciousness anyways. Clean, bright hops...not overdone either. Refreshing. Would guess about 5.5%abv.

M-Full and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D/O- I could guzzle a few of these every night forever and be pretty pumped about it. For the style? Nearly a masterpiece. An extremely pleasant surprise. Thanks a ton Marc (mj0126)!

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy yellow with a thick creamy white head. The head fades quickly but laces nicely.

S- Citra, Cita, Citra!

T- Citra hops upfront followed by a grainy pilsner malt taste. It's well balanced for an overoy hopped pilsner.

M- Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O- Overall a very tastey and well balanced. If you like Citra hops, you'll love this beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a huge foamy and rocky white head that has good retention, eventually leaving thick patches of lace behind

S- big dose of Citra hops on the nose with notes of grapefruit and grass. Underlying aromas of pilsner malt and toasted bread, very inviting aroma

T- perfect amount of Citra hops up front, with notes of grapefruit and orange. Classic pilsner malt flavor kicks in mid-palate, adding some toasted bread and yeasty flavors. The finish gives more Citra hop with a crisp toasted linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy/creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp finish

O- now this is my ideal pilsner! Just enough of my favorite hop added to a classic pils flavor, while still maintaining a superior drinkability. If thus were available in my market, I'd drink it all spring

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Photo of dfconnor
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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