Otter Creek Citra Mantra | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Citra MantraOtter Creek Citra Mantra

Brewed by:
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 moss1988
1.12/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The only thing good about this beer is the look of it. I really don't understand how BA rates this so highly. The smell is of old hops and fruit, and the initial taste is a bitterness that even a bitter beer lover as myself cannot stand. As someone who really loves grapefruit, this made me taste a flavor of grapefruit that may have ruined grapefruits for me for good. What an absolutely horrible beer. The beer looks great in a glass. Very nice head, delicious-looking color, how very very deceptive. Once the bitterness hits the tongue and you think the worst part is over, the back of the mouth feel is even more disgusting. Swallowing this beer is one of the most horrible things i've ever had to do in my life. Unfortunately I bought a 6 pack of it at my local grocery store (Wegmanns) and have to finish the pack. I have 3 left to go, and was so compelled by the horrible taste I actually signed up for an account just to review how horrible this beer was.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.64/5  rDev -34.2%
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.


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Photo of almostjay
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This is a strange one. The hop nose is a little subdued, and the flavor has a bit of a lager "funk" that I'm not all that used to. Probably won't be going back to this one.

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Photo of jwchestnut
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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Photo of Mrbseward
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice lager gold color with about two fingers worth of white head and left a good deal of lacing that is still lingering. Smells of several things. Getting some lemon, grapefruit, lots of hops. Taste is surprisingly good. Expected too much of a bitter hop taste but you get lots of flavor from the citrus and fruits. Feel is nice and smooth with a little carbonation but goes down like melted butter. Overall is much better than I was expecting.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear pale golden yellow color with a finger of white cap resting atop. Some frothy suds of lace leaves patches hanging on the glass.

The aroma opens up sulfuric than goes to that fruity tropical citra aspect. Grapefruit and floral qualities are present throughout. Initially this does not smell good but as it warms up and breaths a little it gets quite good.

The taste is sulfuric and mineral filled, almost rusty tasting like copper...dirty pennies? Their is some displaced bitterness that gets grassy and fruity with a bit of tropical rid feel. Underneath it has a soft pils grain aspect. The aftertaste has a dank, green and dusty hop pellet flavor.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp and feels good but the bitterness lasts on the tongue without that much flavor. Quite unbalanced and really not that drinkable compared to other "IPL offerings." Interesting and worth a try but not sonething id seek out or buy any quantity of.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A good solid lemon gold, a little cloudy and real good rising carbonation which creeps and has some quick lifting as well. Head is creamy white, bleach bright but not too much with a good cap and tiny uniform soapy bubbles.

Nose is a little muddy and herbal. Some good notes of faint tropical but lots of muddy dirt tones. Not much malt character to this, but has a good spicy angle.

Quenching palate with a large hop forward presence. A little bit of sledgehammering for a pils, as a hop forward blast of pine and large acidity hits quickly. A bready malt sense is on the aftertaste but gets blown away by a bit of a quick fruit and heavy hop bitterness. A little soapy, with lots of bitter pith like lime astringency. Palate feel comes out more hot and heavy with an almost burning crispness.

A very amped up lager, but one that while drinkable and for the hop fan still comes up a little too bitter and unbalanced.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Wolberjs
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty hazy light golden color that poured with a nice finger head that disspated but maintained lacing throughout the glass.

S - Smell of noble lager hops. Dank earthiness. Not a fan of this smell, but very good for a lager.

T- Taste is a stronger version of the smell. Not a noticeable difference from the front to the back of the tongue. Good for a lager.

M - Light and thin with a tingly finish. Nothing remarkable.

O - Torn. I usually do not like lagers. This one is impressive for a style I don't care for so I'll give it a bit of a bump. If you don't like lagers this won't make you a convert.

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Photo of mattbk
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden, white head, fairly long lasting, slightly hazy, moderately carbonated.
S: Light orange, hmm, almost green peppery? Yeah, maybe slightly vegetal, but not in a cooked corn way, more like a fresh vegatable way. A bit lemony too. Slightly dank. It's citra, but not super tropical, only mild. Not at all grapefruit.
T: Hmm. This is a pretty interesting beer. First, there is definitely a malt presence to this beer, crackery, sort of hay/straw flavor. Perhaps fairly grassy. The beer is mildly sweet. The hop flavor is - well, hard to describe. Maybe it is a bit grapefruit. But more like lemon than grapefruit. Not much tropical fruit, it is vaguely citra tasting. Has some slight cattiness. It's fairly clean, but not as light as I would have thought either. Moderately high bitterness, may be distracting from hop flavor. It is not bad tasting, but certainly not what I had hoped for.
M: Medium body. It could be a bit lighter. Carbonation is medium as well.
O: Not a bad tasting beer, but not as advertised. Was expecting something a bit lighter in terms of mouthfeel and certainly more tropical aroma and flavor. The bitterness and mouthfeel is high enough to not make it very sessionable. I would not particularly seek this out again. Although I do like the name (maybe for another beer though).

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy medium straw color with a huge tightly bubbled bone white head that persists forever being constantly fed buy a stream of carb bubbles. Aromas of floral, pine, grass, citrus, and a hint of sulfur atop a light bready pilsner malt base. The flavor is very light crackery malt with a fair amount of spicy earthy citrusy hops. Hop bitterness is quite present as there is little in the way of malt body to counter it. Light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Smells pretty damn good, tastes ok but really needs a hint more body for my tastes.

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Photo of mick303
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into tulip. Light gold with a rocky head, good retention and lacing.

S - lies, citrus, dry florals, lots of dry pungent citrus notes with some dank notes, but overall its bright and fairly zesty. Clean malt in the back.

T - lemons, citrus, limes, botanicals, florals and some restrained fruitiness, emerging skunky malt notes, burlap ect. Dry Grapefruit, mostly hoppy citra notes but some of the weird aspects and sour foul notes creep in.

T - has a promising start, grapefruit and limes, clean pilz malts, understated malt profile, clean and bready, with dry citrus and some earthier undertones coating the palate. Grapefruit, floral tones, leading to a subtle drying finish.

M - light, moderate carbonation, easy drinking body, quite dry actually, decently full on the palate but it is drying throughout and gets more so to the finish, which isnt especially clean and leaves a dry floral/lime aftertaste.

Maybe I'm missing all the hoopla on this, certainly an attractive looking beer. The flavour profile is tasty and flavourful, easy to knock back a couple on a warm afternoon, but I would sooner move on to something with a bit more to it and going on. I notice some of the citra off-flavours on this creeping into the palate, the slightly 'cat-piss' note, and overall it comes across as fairly standard. A good lager offering and with a nice hop charge, but its not especially crisp and the hops seem muddled and catty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Pale but hazy yellow body. Huge white head. Great lacing and an eternal layer of foam.

Smell - I expected a bucket of citrus, but I get more of a grassy and herbal hop aroma. It definitely has some grapefruit, but the grassy hop tones are stronger. A faint doughy malt presence.

Taste - Same intense grassy and spicy hop flavor. Some grapefruit. Light cracker malt flavor before the hop bitterness takes over and leaves a grassy aftertaste. I finally get a hint of pilsner malt in the finish, just after the bitterness dies off.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Aggressively bittered.

Overall - As advertised, a lager that has been hopped to hell. Good, not great.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy straw color. The head is about four fingers high, very white in shade, and annoyingly well-retaining. Because it has such a sticky texture, it leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Even with the subtle cloudiness, this one looks damn good.

S: Even though it's not the freshest bottle, the Citra hops are shown off well. The grassy and piny aspects seem to dominate over the more tropical ones, though; still, there are nice notes of papaya, mango, and pineapple. It's even a bit stanky (think cat pee) - I don't know why I like Citra hop stank, but it works well. After a while, touches of crackery malt come out to play.

T: It's quite the bitter beer, but it stops just short of being biting. Lots of grassy goodness to start, with a piny finish. Just a touch of malty sweetness right before the swallow. It's a bit strange at first, but it really improves as I drink more of it.

M: Hits the 'crisp and light' parameters for a typical IPL very well. It's not bone dry, but the sweetness is balanced without being suffocating. The zesty carbonation helps give it even more drinkability.

O: This is a really solid IPL. I'm sure it would have better fresh, but right now it's still drinking nicely. I actually wish I had more than a single bottle, so I guess this one was a success - doubly so considering it's not a complex beer (though it doesn't need to be).

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Photo of mickyge
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Straw colored with 2 fingers of creamy, white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with low-moderate carbonation.

Peach, pineapple, passion fruit and mango.

Biscuits covered in table sugar along with dank florals. The sugary sweetness is diminishing the hops a bit. Touches of peach and pineapple linger underneath it all. Finishes with a good bit of pine resin with hints of tangerine pith.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, oily and dry.

I'm not really digging the malt profile on this one. It really isn't working that great with the Citra. It smelled great but the taste was a downer.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-02-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty clear yellow with a 2-finger white head with nice lacing.

S - Dank hay, very light touch of rising sour dough bread, lemon.

T - Dank, vegetal hop forward, pale malt, lemon flesh and zest. Finishes moderately bitter with a bit of bready malt sweetness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly.

O - Although this is a Pilsner, it is more dank and bitter than a Victory Prima Pils. A nice exploration into the IPA-like lager territory. Had this side-by-side with a Troegs Cultivator and preferred the Cultivator, which leaned more towards the malty side of the equation. I like these experimental brews from Otter Creek although this one isn't in the same league as the Double Dose collaboration with Lawson's Finest Liquids.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

clear, light yellow in color, white head. nice citrus hop flavors in the aroma. hop dominated taste, very mild malt flavor. thin to medium body.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's nice having options for hoppy lagers these days. This one has a great crispness without being too Ichiban noodle tasting (I often get that from ISA's). Huge citrusy aroma up front, knocks my hair out of my face. Dry, mild bitterness on the backend, but pretty subdued. Very clear golden appearance, slight head. A fairly drinkable beer, but not inspiring.

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Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers worth of late to develop slightly off-white colored crisp froth with a slightly rocky top comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Decent retention... The color is a pale lemony yellow gold with a very faint haziness... A light to moderate bit of sluggish carbonation... The first descriptor that comes to mind is dank... An odd mix of citrus and leather... Cold cuts??? Thirteen hundred plus reviews and I can't say I've ever used that term... I struggle to tell whether the aroma is enticing or slightly off putting, probably a bit more of the latter but it's not to the point of being a deal breaker... The flavor profile is a slightly muted version of the nose... Dank and hoppy with a few unusual notes mixed in... The hoppiness intensifies on the finish... The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite sturdy... Smooth carbonation... Somewhat dense... Goes down smoothly... The finish is a bit chalky as the hops resurgence occurs on the finish... A rather unique and somewhat satisfying offering... Not sure that I would drink this with regularity, but the world needs more hoppy lagers and this one certainly fits the bill (even with the odd cold cut aroma)...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Brian_Lynch
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like it. Duvel glassed it from a 12oz bottle. Nothing bad to say. I like citrus, but this is a little bit one note, overipened lemon/grapefruit , with a bit of peel, grapefruit peel, sour, which I'm cool with, maybe too summer. I'd get it again, but as a selection in a mixpack....or a sixer if the weather was a bit warmer. This would be my go to beer if it was released midsummer ....alas, it's 10 degrees and I'm onto more maltier fare.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed light amber color with a one finger head of pure white. The fizzy head fades very fast leaving only a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a grainy smell mixed with some grapefruit citrus and some lemon aromas. Along with these aromas are some light caramel smells as well as a bit of a grassy and floral smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker taste with a good dose of a grassy taste. There are just some hints of sweet citrus upfront with them fading rapidly from the taste, leaving a quite dry taste overall. Along with the loss of the light sweetness, a grapefruit hop flavor mixed with some lemon grows stronger as the flavor moves on toward the end. A hay like taste comes to the tongue as well as some more grass, leaving a rather dry and somewhat green but pleasant flavor of grass, hay, and grain to linger on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. Both are rather nice of the easy drinking and nicely hopped flavors of the brew, making for a crisp and refreshing drinker.

Overall – A nicely hopped and rather tasty brew overall. At only 5.75 % abv it packs a good deal of hop flavor into its modest body. Quite tasty and crisp.

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