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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
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62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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lonestar4lunch

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Damn this pours a bright golden color with a full head of foam that very slowly fades. The aroma is somewhat weak but still good. A little citrus and not kidding an farmhouse cheese like bite at the end. It is in a good way, like something I had up in Wisconsin before.

Taste starts of sweet then quickly moves to bitter. The hops are all over this one as the citrus reigns. I kind of almost get a mint finish with this very drinkable pils. It leaves a nice hop coat on your tounge.

I seem to really enjoy these imperial pilsners. It isn't the most common style but most I have had are very good and this does not disappoint. It looks bight and crisp in my Duvel glass and taste as good as it looks.

06-03-2011 00:49:29 | More by lonestar4lunch
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mactrail

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Big and bitter pale lager.

Light golden color in the snifter. Nice head, plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Hint of sweetness and quite sharp. It really does taste like a Pilsner, but with a huge concentration of flavors. A touch on the harsh side. The Hersbrucker hops provide plenty of aromatics, more floral than resiny. Something like orange peel with lemon flavors. Quite fragrant in the nose with the citrus.

Quite different from the Double IPA styles, the big bitterness lingering without as much malt. Worth trying for the very distinctive hop flavors.

05-29-2011 02:47:56 | More by mactrail
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.85/5  rDev -29.6%

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a clear pale straw yellow.

Aroma: A muted citrus profile with some bready malts. It isn’t even grassy. I don’t get very much here.

Taste: Grassy and bready. Kind of bland. Some light citrus flavors. Alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boozy. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of sticky.

Overall, not worth it for a pils. I’d rather just drinking a regular and not an imperial in this case. Not much going on here.

05-21-2011 16:51:24 | More by mothman
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beagle75

Iowa

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
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

750ml bottle that a friend brought over to my house, thanks man! Yellow color, fizzy, looks like a pilsener to me. Smells like a bit of minerals but the aroma is not very strong. The taste was nice but seemed more like a strong lager than a pilsener though it did make me think of Mikkeller Draft Bear, though much less hoppy.

05-17-2011 01:53:32 | More by ArrogantB
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augustgarage

California

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
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KansasBeerLover

Kansas

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
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DCon

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Received bottle from Chris from Grand Teton Brewing Co. and Bottle Has Marked on it "Persephone Pilsner, Sample-Not for Retail Sale". Poured from this 12 oz bottle into my Mizzou Pilsner glass and enjoyed greatly.

Appearance- Poured Pils into glass and 1 finger of white, bubbly head was born. Body color is a light, grapefruit orange with carbonation bubbles.

Smell- The first aroma I get is a huge orange/citrus smell with malt. There is also an orange peel attribute that should be brought up. Its evident that this is a Imperial Pilsner but not getting a strong alcohol smell, only malt and mild hop.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Starts off with a extremely bold grapefruit taste and citrus hop. The bready malt that is included in here is evident as you drink over and over. Also leaves a huge sting on the palate. Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and has a sting/bite at the end of the drink. Citrus and hop also stays around on my cheeks and on the tongue. Nice!

Overall- After having this for a second time, I have to say that the drinkability isn't as good as before. For some, this will take many people forever to drink but I enjoyed immensely. Once again, very refreshing and complexed. Will be sharing this with people around St. Louis and spreading the wealth of this terrific Imperial Pilsner.

05-02-2011 05:52:35 | More by DCon
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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
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AgentZero

Illinois

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
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Russian River tulip. 2011 (and presumably only) vintage.

A - Finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazed straw yellow body.

S - Fruity malt, lightly toasted cereal grains, grassy floral hops.

T - Sweet and biscuity pale and pilsener malts, some fruitiness, and a herbaceous bitter finish. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Pleasant zesty carbonation, medium body, dry and very clean lager finish.

D - This is a pretty good imperial pilsner. The alcohol isn't present at all, and the noble hops impart a pleasant bitterness that isn't overly bitter or herbal. The weakest element is the nose, but I'm guessing the dry-hopping has faded a bit since February. In any case, it's something of which I could drink a lot on a hot summer day.

04-24-2011 17:32:26 | More by MasterSki
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pokal.
Pours a deep golden straw, carbonation bubbles up from the sides. A moderate pour produced about an inch of thick white head. My entire glass is coated in lace, excellent!
Grass and grain steal the nose. There is a slight sugary sweetness right behind it. Decently enticing.
Pale malts and a strong grassy hop note start this brew off, minerals and a slightly sweet backing. My only note is that the alcohol could be hidden better.
The mouth is slightly thicker than a traditional Pilsner and the carbonation is there, but doesn't detract from the feel.
Overall, not my favorite of the Cellar Reserve series, but a step up from the Coming Home for sure. As to how I would rate it in its style category... not bad at all. I may even grab another to share with my roommate (a super German Pilsner fan). They should try a Czeck Pils next go-round.

04-15-2011 00:35:53 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev 0%

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...

04-14-2011 02:28:14 | More by russpowell
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

04-07-2011 03:53:07 | More by Mebuzzard
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scottyshades

Florida

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
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

02-26-2011 13:13:39 | More by avalon07
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imagese

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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

02-04-2011 06:32:32 | More by imagese
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AdvocateFan

Texas

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
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berkey

California

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
Persephone Imperial Pilsner from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.