Tree Mulligan Lager

Reviewed by on May 11, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tree Brewing

  • Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA

  • Rated On: May 11, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Pale Lager

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Mulligan Lager is part of Tree Brewing’s just-released 2016 ‘Season Pass’ summer mixed pack – let’s see if this inspires me to dig out those now dusty clubs from the basement, eh?

This 355ml can pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming amount of puffy, rocky, and somewhat chunky bone-white head, which leaves some stellar cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly but surely recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, white saltine crackers, a touch of indistinct light orchard fruit, and peppy grassy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a hint of biscuity caramel, ephemeral apple, pear, and white plum fruity notes, a mere wisp of gasohol astringency, and more firmly gentle (?) leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its mostly supportive, and not-oft playful frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the sturdy base malt letting the other lingering essences play through.

Well, I gotta say that Mulligan Lager is a lot better than I was expecting – simply rendered, yeah, but not plain, if that makes any sense. A flavourful offering whose marketing theme and product vector (cans, and lots of ’em!) will make more than a few craft beer-loving hacks out there happy this coming links season.

Brady White

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