davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow/light amber with a finger of white foam and nice lacing. Nose is cereal grains and spice with some dank hops and faint syrupy mango on the finish. Taste is clean cereal grains. mango, light spice, and a nice level of bitterness. Lots of flavor while remaining crisp and clean. Such a good beer and on the same level as Jack’s Abby’s hoppy lager material. Very impressed with Otter’s latest releases. gripweed57 (2800) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Hazy pale gold color. Huge Rocky white head. Exquisite clinging lace. Wonderful perfumy citra hop nose. First sip brings a mix of complex sweet toasted malt and lemony hops. Slightly sulphury and yeasty as you reach the midtaste. This a big hoppy brew that doesn’t overwhelm the palate. Beautiful balance and amazing quafability. Finishes slightly sweet with a touch of pink grapefruit. All in all, a splendid effort. Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle. Interesting twists here. Presents a slightly-more-hazy take on a classic European pilsner, bright golden with a frothy white head. The aroma is tight and citric. This drinks with what would generally form a solid basis for a great, snappy pilsner. The citra brings an uber-lemon, citric acidity that takes it a great step forward from the "old way." Nicely done. (#5454, 3/8/2014) czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
pours slightly hazy bright yellow with a frothy and rocky white head, very good retention and lacing. juicy citrus, pink grapefruit, tropicalness, almost candy-like and juice-like features, herbal leafiness - hint of floral-grassy noble hops in the background, green tea, sweetish fresh pils malt, lager svelt fruitiness - lean, wheat and citra - hint of tartness. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, assertive herbal-grassy-citrusy finish. balanced, bold, complex and tasty. this stuff is brilliant.. blipp (9598) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Dank piney and grassy hops, clean malty base, moderate bitterness, and a crisp hoppy finish. Looks like the ratings for this one are all over... maybe bottle inconsistency? Anyway, I loved it; a great summer chugger.
BREWMUSKCLES (2731) - New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2014
big fresh citrus pine like walking in a forest with some grapefruit that basically gets in the way. some tangy tangerine sweetness nicely done and a good bit of malt backbone that stays down like it should. beer guy soul food! ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2015
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?
superspak (5883) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2015
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.
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. okeefeonline (2) - USA - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
Great citra hops aroma and flavor. Bitter hoppy flavor but easy to drink and refreshing as a beer should be. OC has done a great job with this one. mkgrenwel (621) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pale yellow straw color. Big rocky white head. Large bubbles. Straight citra aroma of pineapple and tropical fruit. Touches of dry biscuity malt. Flavor is a total citra bomb. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, hay. Malt is dry and just a bit toasty. It's not so much the beer, it's the citra hops, THEY'RE good. Even so, Otter Creek has done a nice job highlighting them. Bitterness is actually slightly strong for the style. It could be dialed back, but it does make it damn refreshing. Awesome beer.