Persephone Imperial Pilsner - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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Reviews by climax:
4.23/5 rDev +4.4%
Sampled a year after the brewed on date, it pours a murky golden tangerine orange. The frothy bright white head is quick to form, and fades lazily leaving thick curtains of lace. Good start.
The nose defines complexity; blending sweet, tart, and spicy in a pleasant balanced package. Pithy orange and lemon zest deliver on the hop side of things. Faint notes of yeast, apple cider, and honey add to the awesomeness. All the while, alcohol sneaks nearly undetected in the background.
Although I'm sampling this after when GT recommends, the hops still deliver solid bitterness. Considering it's 70 IBUs; the tangerine and herbal flavors have probably faded a bit, but they still a offer fresh bold presence in the overall character. The balance has not been sacrificed. Spice continues to tickle the cheeks from beginning to finish, while sweet fermented fruit and diacetyl keep things in harmony. A slight grape wine-like finish and a slightly dry finish rounds it out.
This is brutally easy to drink, in fact it's dangerous. Light body, slick feel, mild carbonation.... pace yourself! I would like to try this fresh, yet I found this at the store 10 months past the brew date, and I'm pleasantly surprised.
02-19-2012 01:30:49 | More by climax
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4.63/5 rDev +14.3%
I'm really excited about this one, Imperial Pilsners can be easily screwed up or "interpreted" to such a degree that "pilsner" no longer seems to be a suitable description. But Grand Teton BC has remained so true to style (in essence) in these Cellar Reserve releases, despite the extreme rendering. Poured into a half liter (plus headspace) pilsner glass. Right off the bat, I'm impressed with the appearance--a beautiful deep straw color topped with a massive, frothy, just-shy-of-white head. Great lacing. Slight chill haze. Spot on pilsner aroma, all grain, with the perfect dose of sulfury lager yeast notes, faint suggestions of honey and lemon-zesty hops. Grassy hops and a properly low (but readily apparent) amount of mustiness. Soft. Rounded. A bit minerally. No alcohol detected beyond the expected note from a standard pils (I'm drinking it around 40oF per the brewery's advice.) Packs a nice punch at the first sip, with all the clean, satisfying pilsner notes one expects, but each quality is ramped up. The nose is so clean that it's a bit of a surprise that there's such depth of flavor, and the hop flavor and bitterness are very upfront. The pilsner malt, drawn up to such a level, gives notes of honey that border on watered down mead or T'ej. The alcohol certainly does play a role in the flavor, despite being nearly absent on the nose, and it blends well with the amped up zesty, grassy hops, providing for a nearly minty nip from the combination. There's an undercurrent of cellar mustiness, which works with notes of timothy hay, lemon, and some atypically resinous hoppy flavors and bitterness.
I just read the attached tag that is rubber-banded to the bottleneck, and unlike what I find for many beers, the description is not only detailed, it's spot on. There's a reference to sherbet overtones, and while I wouldn't have made that connection on my own, I completely agree (somewhere between lemon and orange, in my assessment.)
I've found that Grand Teton has a great talent for turning up the volume on standard styles, without spoiling anything in the process. This really tastes like someone took a magnifying glass to a Czech pilsner. Rather than being a new interpretation of the style, it's just a bigger version. In that way, it's the most true-to-style Imperial Pilsner I've ever had. So very nice. What a wonderful beer. Beyond impressed.
01-29-2011 05:37:48 | More by AdvocateFan
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
750ml brown bottle with a vintage date on the neck label.
LOOK: Clear golden yellow.
SMELL: Portuguese sweet bread, green peppercorn, dry shortbread, floral, lemon zest, waffles, dried grass.
TASTE: Dried hay, faint honey, clean alcohol, fresh herbs, floral, blonde tobacco, rose water.
A very intense brew as the alcohol pushes against the palate with each sip, not hot but very warming. The moderate body and sheer smoothness from the bottle conditioning makes it very easy to sip and with each sip this beer grows on me. This one oozes with greatness.
10-05-2011 00:43:25 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle, I think it may have been thirdeye11.
The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of pilsner malt with some grass and earth from the hops. I also get some sugar notes which makes the beer smell sweeter than I expected.
The flavor is fairly sweet. I get a lot of the basic pilsner malt along with some grass from the hops. The bitterness is fairly low, making the beer sweet. The alcohol is well hidden.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
10-31-2011 00:04:38 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours out a light, hazy yellow appearance, good head, white, extensive. Aroma was lemony, zesty, clean.
Taste, quite tart for a pilsner, lots of carbonation keeps it uppity, hides the alcohol very well. Reminded me of Trumer Pils, which is a good thing. Above average bitterness for this beer. I think you must like high carbonation, light body and lemon to be into this. I do, so it went well. Probably some saaz or noble hops to this, well done, bigger for the double style, but playing nicely with the faint pale malt(s).
Disappointing aspects would have to be the price ($9-10) and the simplicity of the beer. Straight forward, but I can't fathom why I would buy this again (although I guess I didn't buy this, GreenKrusty did) when I could get a 6 pack of Pilsner Urquell and have a buck or two leftover.
04-25-2011 20:17:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- The clear yellow body has a snow white head that last while sticking to the glass with each sip. There is a matrix of tiny bubbles popping to the surface. The third and final pour of the bottle is a cloudy mix.
S- The soft dry pils malt has some flour note to it wit a nice smooth green hop finish. As the beer warms there is a field corn and cream note that turns just a bit buttery. The touch of green grapefruit pith comes through at the end aswell.
T- The clean soft pils malt has just a touch of sweetness and a leafy green dry hop finish. There is a soft Noble hop bitterness that lingers a moment. There is a cinnamon kind of heat to the hop spice in the aftertaste.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft scrubbing bubble carbonation and no real alcohol heat.
O- The nice green Noble hops are well supported by the pale malt and just a touch of sweetness. It does loose a bit of crispness because of the cream and slight sweetness and the alcohol is well hidden.
09-08-2011 21:00:44 | More by rhoadsrage
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
Bottled January 12th, 2011. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Radeberger pokal.
Lightly cloudy aureolian body with a small ivory head. Nice sandy lacing. Vague legs. Decent retention.
Aromatics are subtle yet intense, filling the room with the fragrance of white tea, alfalfa, light floral notes, and hints of buttermilk, pear, and pale malt.
Very intense grassy noble hop notes - resinous, floral, and faintly grainy (triticale, oats), reminding me of a feed store. Moderate and increasing bitterness into the mid-palate, growing ever more potent until the finish adds a faint bread crust-esque dry note. The hops linger on in the aftertaste, evolving for a long long time.
Bright, zippy mouthfeel, medium-light bodied...sometimes domestic versions of classic styles take things too far, but this beer simply amplifies and expands everything that is good about a proper fresh Kellerbier. Reviewed to style, it's hard to imagine improving upon the flavor or aroma of this beer (though overall I prefer Boulevard's collaboration with Orval).
05-10-2011 01:44:02 | More by augustgarage
3.55/5 rDev -12.3%
Poured from 12oz brewery sample bottle received in trade from DCon into pilsner glass.
Aroma: Sour, lemony tartness, some floral noble hop, and sweet pomegranate shows through. This one really develops after sitting for a couple minutes, and sweet strawberry notes eventually show up.
Appearance: One finger white head slowly dissipates. Light golden body with a very slight haze. Nice effervescence, and excellent lacing.
Flavor: A 1-2 punch of bitterness and honey sweetness. Sweetness shows through in the middle, then bitterness shows back up for a long finish. Unfortunately, after a few sips, the sweetness comes across a bit artificial, the fruity flavor is somewhat perfumy, and the bitterness seems a bit out of balance.
Mouthfeel: High, crisp carbonation. Light body
Overall: A very unique brew. Aroma and even appearance are impressive. The flavor profile, though, comes across as a bit artificial, and the bitterness is somewhat smothering.
08-18-2011 03:14:40 | More by mdvatab
4.05/5 rDev 0%
Pours effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great head retention &above average lacing
S: Huge bready notes, soapyness & straw & some boozeyness
T: Follows the nose, much soapyness, lemons & grassyness up front. A grainy edge develops as this warms, to go along with some honey sweetness, lemony & soapy hops & a touch of golden delicious apple with a kiss of boozey pears. Finishes crisp & grainy
MF: Chewy, fairly soft carbonation, great balance for the style
Very good take on the style that would be great in a 4 pack format, are you listening Grand Teton??? Could be a touch more hop forward...
04-14-2011 02:28:14 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Clear, pale golden color with a thin head that settled quickly. The lack of head did not hinder lacing left on the glass as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass.
Hops come through in the aroma with peppery and herbal notes. Malt contributes some cracker like qualities.
Flavor is dry which I look for in a pilsner. The hops are not as big in the flavor as I expected but do give herbal and spice influences. Almost phenolic and medicinal. Alcohol just barely influences the flavor with some warmth in the finish.
More than a typical pilsner in body depth which is what I was expecting. Carbonation is lively but not prickly.
Turns out to be one of the better Imperial Pilsners I have had. A nicely crafted brew.
06-05-2011 18:28:03 | More by morimech
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
had this from a 750ml. Poured a nice light straw color with a bit of cloudiness from the unfiltered process. Nice smaller foamy head
much more tropical aromas than I'd expect. Grains as well with some papaya and lemon peel tones as well
medium bodied, but on the lighter end. Good complexity with a more tropical citrus focus and a really good feel
This caught me pleasantly by surprise. I didn't know what to expect and it provided a lot to like. Holds the larger scale well and gives a more citrusy take to a pilsner
10-05-2011 02:24:52 | More by KDawg
3.4/5 rDev -16%
750 picked up tonight at the COOP ... shared with inflatablechair... Poured into my Delerium snifter.. decent foamy white head... the lacing is there, but short lived... the head drops very quickly.... pretty clear golden brew.
Nose is pale malts with a nice grassy hop note... pretty clean and not much else going on...
Nice bitter balance up front that quickly melts into the pale malt and a minor toasty element... everything is there for a big BLONDE.... it is still very clean... I just don't get a Pilsner .... the malts are heavy and don't jive with the intended product.. sorta thick ... but the carbonation helps jump the brew off the palate....
I am having a harder and harder time with the random style guides .... an "Imperial Pilsner" is tough to make heads or tails.. I like this beer when I sprung for tap pours at Bitter Creek.. but in the bottle, I am having a hard time with the price and the lack of anything interesting...
08-12-2011 06:25:10 | More by JohnGalt1
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
12 oz sample bottle courtesy of Grand Teton brewery. Pilsner flute seemed appropriate for this review. I understand this should start hitting shelves early February 2011.
As soon as I pour grassy hop notes rush up to greet my nostrils. This is followed by a sweet bread aroma but we'll return to the bouquet in a moment. As I finish the pour the beer develops a massive and dense cap of white foam. Head is about as well retained as they come but when it finally settles some excellent lacing remains. Body is a clean and clear straw color with very fine but active carbonation.
As mentioned before, grassy hop notes are very pronounced on the nose but seem pushed slightly behind the bread like malt sweetness compared to that first whiff. The first sip, however, unloads much more hop bitterness on the palate than the aroma had me prepared for. Seems that German varieties make up the lion's share of the hop profile but they're used in such high amounts that this doesn't really resemble anything one might expect from something billed as a 'Pilsner'. the Imperial Pils style, though, is of course nebulous enough that it works. This beer is about as bitter as it gets, lingering like over steeped tea on the palate long after each sip.
This is another of those burgeoning styles I'm not entirely sold on but I really like this particular offering. I have a feeling Persephone won't be a hit with everyone but to me this beer is another sign this brewery's Barrel Reserve Series is really picking up steam. Second winner in a row after the Trout Hop IPA.
01-13-2011 06:19:19 | More by berkey
4/5 rDev -1.2%
grabbed this off the shelf at a local store and opened it up the other night. a decent beer that really turned the style around for me.
Nice notes of white coming over the top of the beer, with a settling down of the head into a subtle side glass profile. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass as well.
The aroma was very light. Nice touches of citrus popping up throughout the profile. A definite touch of alcohol was visible from the very first whiff though, letting me know this one was going to be strong, and settling me back in the chair a bit I have to say. Light grains coming through now as it starts to warm up, the taste was very crisp, clean and transparent. This was definitely not a lager. Clean flavor of lemon, grapefruit, touches of grass as well. A nice base of white grapes almost and a strong grain profile in here. Notes of alcohol hinting in the mid palate as well as a nice bit of warming going on as well in here.
Overall I was very impressed with this. There is a good and a bad way to do this style, and this was definitely firmly in the good side of the spectrum.
05-26-2011 15:48:24 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange for my weekly "growler Saturday #6"
A: Pours a damn bright orange color with a small white cap. Retention is pretty good. Really looks like Orangina or watery orange juice.
S: Flowery, citrusy, and spicy hop varieties. Lots of lemon and lager yeast aromas. Very nicely balanced with pale malts, and quite hoppy
T: Similar to the nose...lots of citrusy/spicy hops, lemon, alcohol as it opens up with time, a light breadiness, and perfume
MF: Medium body, smooth carbonation, well done
O: I really enjoyed this one, very easy drinker despite the higher than normal ABV. Pairs very well with spicy food, in this case Jamaican jerk bbq pork sandwiches
Notes: Really enjoyable beer, lots of hops, lots of lemon in the flavor. Almost, but a shade less enjoyable than My Antonia in my opinion
04-04-2011 16:47:41 | More by scottyshades
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
750mL bottle dated January 18, 2011.
A - The pour is light gold, a bit cloudy, with some sediment suspended. There's a thick three-finger head that slowly dissipates - lots of lacing left behind. A beautiful looking beer.
S - The aroma is mostly hop-centric, but is well-supported by a malt backbone. The hops smell floral and slightly medicinal, but are not overpowering. In three words, simple and crisp.
T - The hops come on first again, but don't linger long enough to impart any unpleasant or overwhelming bitterness. There's a sugary malt character as well, almost like a scone or a biscuit with honey.
M - This is a surprisingly full-bodied beer, but the high amount of carbonation quickly scrubs it from my mouth after each sip. Chewy, effervescent, and satisfying on a warm summer evening.
Overall - Imperial pilsners are one of my favorite styles, and this is quite possibly the best one I've had to date. I'm not sure how the 3-4 months in my fridge changed this beer, but it certainly didn't hurt it much.
08-15-2011 01:13:30 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
Picked up a bomber last night. Label dated Jan 18, 2011.
Since I don't usually drink pilsner or have a pilsner glass, I poured into a Sam Adams glass. The result was a half inch of frothy foam that soon settled to a thin layer in the center. Lacing is thin, but clings to the glass.
Color is a light yellow straw, very clear with effervescence that continues throughout the drink.
Aroma is weak. A lemon with mint, definite hops.
Flavor is great. Citrus and hops dominate with just enough bitters, which remain on the tongue for a long time. I expected the 8.75% alcohol to overpower the flavor. While noticeable, the alcohol did not dominate. A great touch.
Overall, I will buy more of the pilsner. One of the few that I have enjoyed.
05-05-2011 01:23:49 | More by KansasBeerLover
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
Makes a nice two finger thick bright white head, and has a golden hazy body with lots of co2 action.
The aroma is grainy, husky, pair, lemon, and a little bit floral.
Tastes hoppy with grapefruit dominance, and then a sweet undertone of overripe orange.
Feels well carbonated, and a little dry to the palate at first but then wet then dry again. Weird I guess; warming in the end as well.
This is one of the better Imp. Pils I’ve ever had. Makes me somewhat a fan of the style if I can find more out there like this gem.
01-28-2012 22:05:51 | More by TheSarge
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from the bottle a slightly hazed straw color. Two fingers of bright white head left behind lots of sticky lacing.
Sweet malty grain aroma with candy sugar and honey.
Syrupy sweet with floral hops, lemon, pear, yeast and cracker. The 8.75% makes itself present.
Stick and dry with moderate carbonation.
A very good Imperial Pilsner but a bit too sweet IMO.
04-09-2011 17:18:02 | More by Monkeyknife
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Don't have tons of experience with Imperial Pilsners, but the few I have had I have not been a big fan of.
A - Looks like a nicely carbonated white wine. Little bit of a white head that left behind a nice ring. Little bit of stick on the sides.
S - Smells like white grapes, with some bready sweet malts. Very pleasant, and easy on the nose.
T - Unlike a lot of Imperial Pilsners (or all of them that I've had) this doesn't suffer from the sugar/alcohol burn that many of them do. Tastes like grapes, with sweet pale malts and a slightly bittering finish. This is quite pleasant and easy to get down. Alcohol is well-hidden.
M - Crisp, clean finish, lighter side of medium bodied with good carbonation.
O - Good beer, enjoyed drinking it and found it quite refreshing.
04-24-2011 18:28:39 | More by AgentZero
3.58/5 rDev -11.6%
Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a one finger head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.
Smell: biscuit and malt aroma is mild but pleasant.
Taste: grass, malt, some green apples, a decent bitterness, and a moderate alcohol tone.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste. Mildly refreshing.
Overall: a decent big pilsner, but one glass was more than enough in a session.
05-30-2012 02:24:03 | More by Gavage
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
For a pilsner this one looks damn fine. Great color, tan with an almost orange tinge to it, mostly clear with a slight chill haze, amazing head and great lacing, a model for pilsner beers in appearance!
Smells big and wonderful! Great citrus and outspoken summer grasses come off first, lovely hops aromas mix with a spicy, pungent lemon that tops off what's a damn fine example of why a pilsner can be a damn fine beer. Best smelling pilsner I've ever had.
Taste is quite bold and full-flavored, amazing for the style and damn fine for any style. Great spicy hops and bold grasses make up the bulk of the flavor, with a nice dry bitterness that embraces all the best flavors that pilsners have to offer.
Feel is light and highly carbonated, yet still refreshing and easy to drink, with a great lingering dry lemon-rind bitterness that goes on and on.
This is a damn fine beer. I love a great pils, and this is one of my favorites. It seems that pilsners are often left behind the big stouts and IPAs, but there's a lot of craftsmanship required to brew a pils like this one. The effort is not lost on me. Grand Teton is coming into their own with amazing creations like this one. Great job!
05-01-2011 20:19:43 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy and luminous medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a crowd of bubbles eagerly rise in the center of the column.
S: Fairly bright, with green grass and savory herbs that dominate over a surprisingly light grain presence. Citric lemon and fresh hay emerge with sustained study. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins slightly sweet, with refined but present pilsner malt and restrained acidity. Hop qualities really shine here, coming through incredibly herbaceous and grassy. Flavors gradually turn toward dry in the middle, with hop aromatics showing more volatile mint and faint lime citrus. The finish is slightly medicinal and moderately bitter, with a lingering minty glow. No alcohol is detected.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate and warming in the finish, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: Truly an experimental style, the imperial pilsner is a "black box" due to the unpredictable applications of hops that may result. The Bruery's Humulus Lager is classified as such, but its clean and focused hops profile is entirely West-Coast. Not so, here; this beer projects Noble hop smell and flavor from start to finish--while fairly irresistible to the IPA-lover, it may prove an overpowering formula to the traditional pilsner devotee. In the presence of the right foods, such as grilled salmon with fennel apple salad, it stands it's ground better than a West-Coast IPA might. Still, it is strange to taste these particular bright flavors with such intensity.
05-20-2011 05:11:16 | More by beagle75
Persephone Imperial Pilsner from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.