Name: Mythos Red
Brewery: Mythos Breweries S.A.
Country of Origin: Greece
City & State: Ippokratous, Greece
Style: Euro Dark Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.50%
First Brewed: 2007
Well, it is red, obviously, and thanks to the glucose has a fine caramel profile on the palate. The head is long-lasting when poured correctly, and the hops are potent enough to balance sweetness up front with bitterness at the back.
I can’t remember the last beer I had from Greece. I still haven’t been to Greece. Maybe this beer gives me an excuse to go. Of course, the beer probably isn’t the only reason to visit. History and the beaches are enough for me! We have reviewed a few beers from Carlsberg, but nothing to write home about. I actually didn’t think this was distributed to Arizona until I saw it over at Sun Devil Liquors. It was $1.99, so I grabbed a bottle. I hope it’s good! Of course, BeerAdvocate reviews aren’t looking good. Cheers!
In the Glass: At first, I was excited about the head this beer was producing. Then I blinked, and it was gone. Not much going on here. Weak lace, too. There are a few tiny white bubbles sticking around just to tease me, but nothing to write home about. I hope this smells good. It came a long way for me to consume!
Nose: Well that smells like a Euro dark lager. A little bit of funk is coming through, with a hint of metallic. They talked about carmel in the tasting notes… but I am not smelling much carmel here. Of course, I have never had the pleasure of trying Greek carmel. Maybe it’s different! I am not saying this smells bad, just doesn’t not what I was expecting.
Flavor: The flavor is much better than the aroma. There are some definite sweet notes creeping in there, and the hops are really balanced here. There isn’t much flavor in the finish, but as you drink the flavor is really well balanced. I bet this would be a good food beer.
Mouthfeel: The beer is a bit more carbonated than I wanted. Looking at this you would never know it was carbonated. Now that I look at it a little more, the color reminds me of a nice thick sweet barleywine. It is not a barleywine at all… and I am not getting much, if any sweetness. Good job, Greece… but you didn’t impress me with his release.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is subtle, but has nice dryness to it. Every time I swallow I get those same metallic notes that I was smelling a little bit ago.
This beer could be dangerous. It is easy to drink, and if served by the pint or by the pitcher, I could see, with a few slices of pizza, of downing a gallon of this stuff. It might not be delicious, but it sure is easy to drink. Cheers!
Mythos Red – The bottle says: “PREMIUM RED BEER”
I’m feeling really tired tonight. I’m not sure why. It’s not even 8:30 and I feel like I’m almost ready to go to bed! What’s up with that? Regardless, I am reviewing a beer tonight. And this one is it. Let’s see what it’s all about.
It must have been in a 12-oz bottle, because Ricky brought me a small glass. It looks very thick – you can’t see through it at all. It’s a reddish brown color with basically no head at all. I have a feeling it’s very rich, but we’ll see. I can’t really get any smell out of it at all, even after sticking my nose in the glass. There’s just not much there. That doesn’t mean it’s not good, but there’s just not much nose on it at all. Let’s hope it tastes better than it smells.
First sip… it tastes a little bit carbonated. There’s some good flavor there, though. It’s just a really hard flavor to define. It’s got a little bit of heat to it. It does taste like what it is, a red ale. But it is richer and more flavorful than most. It’s good for a red ale. I’m not opposed to them, but they aren’t my typical style. I keep finding myself taking another sip just to get some more flavor and to try to figure out what it is. I will probably finish the glass before I figure it out! This one isn’t exceptional, but if I did feel like a red ale, I might buy it again. Not too shabby.