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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

48 Reviews
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 65
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.8%
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:
Beer added by: berkey on 01-13-2011

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
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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 65
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

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... (643 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (366 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was craving hops as I went to the liquor store down the street. Picked up a Ruination, but put it back to try the Persephone. Good choice.

Pours like a pilsner. Clean and clear light golden body topped with a very nice looking foamy white head. Looks great. Nice semi-sticky lacing.

The aroma is more German pils than Czech and sure enough that's what the little booklet around the neck states. Light sweet biscuit. Spice blends with alcohol to provide a burning/stinging sensation, but only slightly. hops are hidden a bit here.

Flavor is darn good.Soft malt backbone gives it some sweetness. And that's good given the amount of noble hops, German, in the end. Alcohol is noticeable for brief moment. The hops are spicy and somewhat bitter. A touch of resinous-ness enters, but fades quickly.

Overall, very nice beer. Good for a hot day, but the abv will catch up with you. (878 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 (830 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was big, creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of hops, malt, and a little citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus (a little lemon), mild hops, and some malt in the finish. From time to time the alcohol was noticeable, but not obnoxiously so. A good flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a well made, drinkable beer. (504 characters)

Photo of imagese
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Factory

A- pretty standard for a pils. Not much head, decent lacing

S- very crisp sweet malt. Great earthy hop aroma. Lemon and yeast round off this amazing nose

T- crisp and bitter! Wow! Making my addiction to imp pilseners hard to kick! So earthy and funky

M- pretty full for a pils. Great carbonation.

D- amazing! So smooth and awesome (358 characters)

Photo of AdvocateFan
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,379 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,561 characters)

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Persephone Imperial Pilsner from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.