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Persephone Imperial Pilsner - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Persephone Imperial PilsnerPersephone Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

62 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.76% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Persephone (pur-seff-uh-knee) Imperial Pilsner was brewed with one foot in the past and one in the present. We started by creating this beer in the German style, an offshoot of the original pilsner that features German noble hops and a lighter, crisper body than its Czech counterpart. We used a blend of domestic Idaho 2-row barley and imported German malts as well as German Hersbrucker hops for flavor and aroma. We then took a leap forward by making this brew twice the strength of a traditional pilsner (8.76% alcohol by volume), with a big hop flavor to match.

After fermentation using a German lager strain, we conditioned this brew for two months at freezing temperatures. This maturation process is known as lagering (from the German meaning “to store”) and the process lends its name to the broad category of beer known as lager. This long lagering period is essential to create the smooth and well-rounded flavor expected from a pilsner. We present this beer in the German kellerbier tradition, where beer is brought to the consumer without filtration or pasteurization, and recommend serving it at 40 degrees in a traditional pilsner glass.

Persephone Imperial Pilsner pours a pale, glowing yellow with a bright white and frothy head. A light aroma of dried hay lifts from the glass, but the flavor is marked by soft mint flavors with sherbet-like overtones. A strong, resinous bitterness lingers on and on, blending into each new sip and providing a strong backbone for this brew. Persephone features a light body, but softer and rounder than the mass-produced versions of this style.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: berkey on 01-13-2011)
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Reviews by BeerOnTheWall:
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BeerOnTheWall

California

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 750 Ml bottle poured into 22 oz shaker pint glass.

Pours bright clear straw color with a nice white head that dissipated quickly. Very nice lacing left on the glass

Nose is a bit too lager-yeast-skunky up front for my preference. Would like to have it cleaner. Faint graininess. Lemon zest tucked away in there is a nice surprise.

Straight forward pilsner malt flavors with citrus on the mid palate and an assertive bitterness that doesn't overpower, but let's you know this is a big, bitter pilsner. The funky yeast is present but more subdued than it was on the nose. Abv says 8.76...if that's the case, this impresses me. Very little detectible heat from the alcohol.

This is full bodied for a pils with plenty of carbonation to keep it feeling light. This straddles the line between ale and lager. Nicely balanced.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much. I am a big, hoppy, IPA fan and don't normally find myself saying nice things about lagers. But this one made me happy that I purchased it. It really straddles the line for ale and lager fans alike. Big, bitter, w/ nice body if you like ales. Nice carbonation and lager yeast qualities for you lager fans. I will make it a point to buy this when the 2012 version is released.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:58:45 | More by BeerOnTheWall
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Persephone Imperial Pilsner from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.