Ctplt777 (475) - - MAR 8, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good lord this is good. Highlights the citra hop beautifully. So much citrus, like an absolute massive citrus bomb. Nice sweet bready malt backbone, but the citra hops just make this beer what it is. So much flavor. Highly recommended. Cheers!
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting style combination that keeps it fresh but has a good bit of hops to it.
Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Citrus, tropical hop aroma. Appearance is pale yellow with an avg white head and good lacing. Flavor has tropical hop flavor with some notes of pils malt on the end. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it tastes passed its prime. While citra hops taste great fresh. They drop quick and give an old taste within a few weeks after bottling. Definitely a beer that needs to be tasted within a week of bottling.
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hfmejias (1273) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours clear, golden, nice white head and lacing all over the glass. Aroma of lemon citra and malts. Taste is bitter and zesty, grain/yeast and citrus notes are predominant. Drinkable, enjoyable.
ndfreak77 (126) - USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow gold color. Sweet citrus aroma. Flavor of sweet citrus hops and malts. Medium hops finish. Very tasty .
obguthr (5699) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit and marigold nose. Clear amber, thick head, nice lace. Strong daffodil on the front end, swift turn to a delightful malty end. Lemon zest at midpalate. Light to medium body, well carbonated.Very hoppy, bitter, intense.
60minuteman (1355) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale yellow pour with decent white retention. Citra hop notes, malt, straw, dry citrus. Alcohol presence is there but IPL really? Still a clean good session brew. On tap at Rams.
solidfunk (7696) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty dmn good for style. Just the right mix of pilsener malts and citra for a little lime infusion. Pours golden with decent initial head and lacing. Light bitterness. Very drinkable. Light tangy finish from citra hops and good malt backbone. A very drinkable beer. Bottle.
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Otter Creek is a brewery that’s really upped their game in the last few years. I wouldn’t consider them trend-setters per se, but when a new style comes along, they’re able to jump on the bandwagon and made a great entry without the pretentiousness of smaller, supposedly artisan breweries. Citra Mantra is their take on the popular IPL style and it works for all the right reasons – looks great, smells, great, tastes great and is easy to drink. What’s not to like?
I poured a 12oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass. It was bottled on 1/22/15 and cost $2.30 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: White gold hue over a very clear body (surprising, since it mentions being unfiltered on the label). Pours to a large, white, fluffy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Nothing but hops; herbal notes especially, though some lemon or other citrus character is present. Spicy but clean.
Taste: With the exception of American hops (of the Citra variety, obvious); this beer is actually a fairly traditional German Pilsner brew. Compare it to BJCP style 2A and you’ll see it hits on pretty much every point. Clean, crisp maltiness at the base without any residual sweetness and no esters or flaws, either. But instead of Noble hops, which tend to be spicy, Citra hops create for a citrus/spicy taste sensation. Lemonpeel is quite prominent immediately, with a dry spiciness on the finish. Though only 55 IBUs, this is still plenty bitter, but not extremely so. An interesting hybrid of a traditional recipe and contemporary innovation.
Drinkability: Crisp and effervescent like a pilsner, but with the hoppy bite of an IPA. There is some residual startch-like sensation that lingers on the tongue, though the beer is quite refreshing while in the mouth. Otter Creek Citra Mantra is a spring seasonal, though I’d say it would be suitable for year-round release because it’s so easy (and fun) to drink. It’s strong enough to stand up to pretty much any meal, and at 5.75% ABV it’s light enough to drink as a double-header without being overwhelmed.
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle dated 01/02/2015.
Aroma has a light bready malt character and a slight grainy, yeasty note. Large citra hop character with a lot of grapefruit and tropical fruit and a light background resin note. Medium light stone fruit.
Pours a slightly cloudy, pale yellow gold with a big, thick, white head that exhibits really nice retention. High lacing and medium legs.
Flavor has a similar grain and bread backbone with a strong, assertive bitterness. A light butter note is present towards the finish. Moderately strong hop flavors of grapefruit and resin with lighter tropical and stone fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty nice beer though I do think I pick up hints of diacetyl. Lots of hop character and seemingly more bitter than the 55 IBUs it claims.