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 StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome, and otter creek has come a long way since the early days! love this stuff, i need it in 30 packs of cans for the summer, its perfect. a citra hopped up lager with a nice pilsener grain front end, light and fresh and a great takeoff point for one heck of a refreshing hop profile. clear and sunny colored blonde beer, excellent carbonation, short but fizzy and active white bubble head. the nose is a balance between the fresh light grain and the citra hops, which aren't overdone and oily, but simply clean and refreshing and rather delicate in their use. this is great beer because it bridges the gap between the pale lager drinker and the ipa drinker, where both are satisfied. its also perfect golf course or boat beer, just as summery as they come, no heaviness, no bitterness, just good clean beer full of flavor. that lemon tint to the citra is perfect, and the lager finish is quick but not too dry, perfectly refreshing. slammable beer of the highest order here.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a web of lacing on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruit really stands out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger flavors of grapefruit hops along with notes of grapes, limes, and tropical fruit. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, somewhat crisp, and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really packs its punch in delivering lots of citrusy hops to your nostrils and taste buds. I would definitely pick this up another time.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/10/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a dense cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, apricot, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a awesome IPL style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Iam really digging the "IPL' style I have to say.Pours a clear dull light golden with a lemon tinge to it,a full two finger bone white clingy head atop,a great pour.The aromas are just dripping with citra goodness,the grapefruit and fresh cut grass is just jumping out at me,a bit of lemon oil is also thrown in to the hoppy mix.Citrusy oily hops upfront on the palate with a nice crisp note in the finish,the hops don't really punch you in the face they just linger nicely.Probably the best of the style I have had to date,a great hopped up lager beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting idea, IPL with citra, two big crazes, OC has also gone through phases I think... when I first found out about them I visited the brewery and the beer was great. Then they seemed to slide a bit and the beer was so-so for a while. Lately I think they've turned it around, so hopefully this is another winner.

Pours a pasty white fizzy slight fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, or tries to as some streaming bubbles reinforce it. It leaves a nice soapy lacing, over a fairly hazy slight clear golden honey colored beer.

Nose I could smell when I popped the top, and very much so on the pour, a nice big citra hop explosion, it's basically just citra in a glass, tons of citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, a mild tropical fruit mango papaya like thing going, a nice mild orange zest and clementine juice like aroma. Under that there seems to be a slight hint of a grainy toasty pilsner malt, but hard to tell. It also has a mild dank resinous hop aroma with fresh wet slight musty hop character.

Taste first brings the malts, big toasty grainy straw pilsner malt, a big malty flavor, little crackery even, slight juicy malt but no sweetness. Surprised how much the malt came through right off the bat, overpowering the hops that eventually come through. The citra is there again, but nothing like the nose as it seems muted from the malts. Again nice citrus, tangerine and grapefruit start off, with a mild musty resinous passion fruit and mango, mild rind and grapefruit pith, with overall fair bitterness. The hops turn quite bitter and spicy as it finishes really dry, not really crisp on the finish though, but nice and dry, quite bitter spicy hops with a mild grapefruit rind and hint of tropical fruit and resin lingering.

Mouth is med bod, soft and almost chewy, fluffy carbonation.

Overall not bad, the nose was great as it just presented lots of citra with a faint toasty malt underneath, the flavor however, brought way too much straw toasty malt to the front, although I normally love these flavors, it's hard to like them when they stomp on the delicious citra hops. However, they eventually come through and bring a nice harmony. The more I sip the more the malts seem to fade into the hops and it's more citra, but then they keep coming back a bit on the back end with more straw and grainy flavors. This is a good beer, but it could have been a great beer.

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

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Andrew - thanks.

A: Pours a hazed pale yellow under a 1/2-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Fruity and floral, tropicals (passion fruit) is noted.

T: Citrusy and yeasty, well balanced, clean.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry and citrusy.

O: Refreshingly nice and easy drinking. Well done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops, lager yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side but it still provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice hoppy lager to pound down for a long time.

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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 smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, green-gold color. Moderate head that settles to a single layer of bubbles. It does leave some solid spots.

Citra indeed, the smell is like fresh grapefruit zest. Very strong, it overwhelms all other aromas. If you love hops, you'll love this smell.

At 55 IBUs, this is a very bitter beer. The bitterness is not complex, and it does dominate any pale malt that may be there. A borderline extreme beer. Decent body and a lower carbonation makes it feel thicker than a typical lager. Hop heads will love this.

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Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Massive dense and rocky head, great stickage on the glass. Big citrus nose full of blood orange zest, passion fruit and lime pith ... some cracker-like maltiness within. Longer bitter but balanced bite from the hops, full on citrus flavor hits the palate sip after sip. Moderate body keeps things here real drinkable. Mild tobacco and tea tone in the hop flavor, dried grassy graininess opens up in the end.

They hit the bull's eye here, so damn drinkable with a very well rounded Citra hop character that does not even get catty ... not that a touch of that would be a bad thing.

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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 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 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 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 RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Holy citra! The nose on this thing is sharp and clear: citra was present here. Love it. Flavor carries much of the same floral citrus brightness at first. Then an earthy and grassy thing on the back end comes and lingers. Kind of inky as well. Probably could stand to tone down how thick things are. Regardless of that, I like it. A nice lager that is definitely worth trying. Even if you aren't a hop head.

More breweries should be putting out beers like this. Presently ranked #3 of its style for a reason.

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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 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 GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a nearly opaque orange, with a big 2 inch head, solid lacing down the glass.

Smells like orange rind, orange zest, pine, and orange juice.

Tastes pretty similar. Very concentrated citrus flavors here- like orange juice mixed with grass cuttings. Relatively bitter, the waves of fruit wash over the bitterness and almost drown it out. Pretty oily.

Full body and mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Otter Creek is stepping it up. I first had a bottle of this and didn't love it, but the kegged version is much better- felt a bit cleaner.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden orange with a white foam that laces well. The aroma is bright with citrus being the standout. The taste has a grapefruit, unripe clementine orange flavor that is quite nice. Fair bitterness but this one is more quenching than palate-scorching. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Very nice product all in all. Reinventing the style, and it's delicious.

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Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy lemony gold with a light hint of orange.

The aroma has strong pilsner quality of grass, floral, lager yeast, a breadiness.

The follows with a light Citra note. A sweet lemon and grapefruit peel, light pineapple, and then onto lots of grass, heavy floral. A light whtie bready malt in the medium. Heavy herbal and earthiness qualities on the finish.

The beer has wonderful light hoppy notes, tons of pilsner quality, and a heavy dense bitterness on the finish. As the beer warms, more of the hoppy, bright Citra notes creep through.

A well made American pilsner/IPL. Similar to the vein of what Jack’s Abby is doing.

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Photo of plaid75
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Road Trip, Port Jeff Station, NY.

Poured a clear brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citric hop with a touch of pale malt.

The flavor offered a citrusy and herbal hop with a light round pale malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward lager.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 2, 2014.

Unfiltered so it pours a cloudy and very heady golden to pale yellow. The head was a little over the top (literally) but it settled down and left plenty of lacing.

Citra hops are what my nose notices immediately. All that floral, piney bitterness in all its glory along with a muted biscuit and semi-sweet malt character.

The body is rather smooth and in the light to medium range.

The taste makes me think I am walking through a garden of fruit with all of the floral characteristics. Lingering bitterness at the end. Nicely done.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden body with two finger head and lace with a dirty, earty, grainy citric hop and malt profile along with minor grape/sweet fruit notes. Beer is smooth and citric flavored hoppy and yet also grainy/dry with a crisp finish. I don't have too much to say to this beer other than the hops hit you pretty good and it has balance with the other main taste being a dry, grainy, crackerlike maltiness. Good beer that is easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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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