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Persephone Imperial Pilsner | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Persephone Imperial PilsnerPersephone Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.76%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
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Ratings:
67
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snatched one of these before it was too late. Pours a really cloudy golden color with a strong bready aroma. The alcohol is present along with the malts. Not too much hop in it. So it's not crisp, but it is a unique taste that's pleasing enough. I can't help but feel that the imperial pilsener is often a good in theory, not as good in practice style, but it's nice to try on occasion.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of berkey
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerOnTheWall
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle thanks to Alex... ugly beer, pours like a pinot grigo with a clear murky straw body, light white watery head... the nose is very vinous, grapes with some bitter hops, ok... not a fan of the taste, a little chalky, grains with some hops, easy to drink and hides the alcohol well, not my cup of tea

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ccozzi
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of welldigger888
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brillant clear golden with a snow white head that has ample lacing.

The aroma seems a bit subdued, could be the shampoo I washed my 3 yr old with. That said, grainy goodness of delicate malt and a perfumy grassy hop on the nose is what I am getting.

The flavor actually has a pacific n/w hoppiness to it, unexpected but good.Grainy and a hint of booze are strong players here as well.

The crisp and dry combination make this brew highly drinkable, though dangerous with the nearly 9% ABV.

Well, no that that was said, I say drink up lads for this is quality beer.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Look – very light golden color, somewhat hazy, with about half a finger or so of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – Interesting smell. It almost has a syrupy type of smell like a rum or whisky.

Taste – Interesting taste as well. It doesn’t taste or feel anything like a Pilsener, but also not like anything else I’ve tasted before. The abv is felt, but not overwhelmingly so. It almost tastes like a light barleywine.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, maybe leans a tinsy bit more toward the watery side, but not by much at all!

Overall – very interesting brew! I really like the unique taste! Fun to taste and fun to think about.

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Photo of imagese
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden straw color with very slight cloudiness. Thick white head with lots of fine carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing.

Smell: citrusy, sweet maltiness, grassy

Taste: Sweet maltiness blending nicely with a mild bitterness end with a good alcohol warmth finish. Well-balanced all around.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great smoothness

Overall: Very good big beer. Deceptively mild and light for an imperial style. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KuehneBe
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: hazy amber with 2” white rocky foam head that dissipates to a thick film.
S: Rich grainy malt, white bread, spice.
T: rich malt with a slight sweetness joined by light fruit with a spicy hop accent of the finish. F: Full body with above average carbonation.
O: A big, refreshing pilsner. they should brew this again.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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Persephone Imperial Pilsner from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 67 ratings