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.

Added by 80x2HopHead on 01-15-2014

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3.68/5  rDev -8%
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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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up locally, dated 020314. Enjoyed from my TB teku.

a - brew pours a cloudy straw yellow with a generous head that had nice staying power and coated the glass in foamy lace.

s - nose is a really nice citric blast. If this is t eh future of pils I can see myself becoming a big pils fan! Smells amazing!

t - taste is a big slap of bitterness. After the wash of bitterness is a nice citric presence which is quickly overtaken by a pilsner like grain. Once I got adjusted to the bitter it was like drinking a nice hoppy IPA with an edge of grain.

m - aside from the bitter assault, an enjoyable and easy drinking brew. Prickly carb and a nice bite for a pils.

o - overall another solid offering from otter creek. Might as well just make an IPA but hot dog if it isn't super tasty as a pils.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 012714.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a big center bump of surface foam. Sudsy, somewhat resilient lacing.

S- Bright, crisp aroma of Citra hops but it's non-aggressive. Takes a few big whiffs to really catch it all. Notes of pineapple and tangerine.

T- Flavor is also unassuming but there's a solid bitterness there, especially in the aftertaste. Notes of lemon zest and grapefruit are short-lived since the bitterness cuts in and takes over the show. Very little malt flavor detected.

M- Sharpness from the hops meets crispness from the carbonation. Light body.

O- This beer is deceivingly hop forward. It has the bite of an IPA but is restrained in its flavor, aroma and viscosity. Would love to session this during the summer but I feel like, after a few, I'd be reaching for something with more character.

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Otter Creek Citra Mantra from Otter Creek Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 937 ratings.
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