Persephone Imperial Pilsner | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
67 Ratings
Persephone Imperial PilsnerPersephone Imperial Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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

Added by berkey on 01-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, substantial haze for style, prolly from all the hops. Aroma hit those lemon like Sorachi notes from a noble hop. Nothing lager-esque about it aroma wise other than the hops chosen.

Lots of carbonation, lemon and tartness up front. Lots of bitterness. Price is a little much ($10/bottle).

Good, but I'd rather have a 6 pack of trumer pils, pilsner urquell etc. . .

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
2011 Vintage (Jan 19, 2011)
Foil Seal/Capped
Bottle Conditioned

Almost 5 years on this brew!

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy golden dark yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice small off-white head, which leaves a very nice medium size island in the glass, with some nice sticky lacing as well. The nose is malty, a very nice yeast note, kinda grassy, slight hop. The taste is pretty nice malty, nice yeast note, slight licorice, very nice sweetness. Medium body, a pretty complex brew, quite different for this style, really no spiceness, well at least the hottness this style usually has. This brew does not really have this going on, so I like it better, maybe. ABV is hidden pretty well, with a nice bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. Funny thing is the store I picked this one up at has a few bottles left of it, and also other Cellar Reserve, with some age on them. Definitely Recommended!

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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 wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Fitze
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of millelacsmark
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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 Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ccozzi
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of doucmehu
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of elos
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

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.

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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 TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of KuehneBe
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Offa
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful beer is a truly outstanding "Imperial Pilsner," so-called.

Gold, with white med-big head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and wisps, some nice foamy lace.

Aroma is strong hay, bread dough, apple, herb – very nice but a bit mild and simple.

Taste is nice raisiny grain & warming alcohol, lots of spicy herbal leafy bitterness balanced b ylightly sweet, raisiny grain. It has a lively, full feel, bitter and sweet both firm and lingering, making it nicely balanced. It is highly drinkable and overall excellent.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Creamy white head - like soap on water, strawlike blonde with lots of carbonation bubbles streaming upwards. Big rings the whole way down.

Straw, grass, hints of lemon - honestly, it reminds me a bit of the early morning fresh smells of the farm, without the manure, of course.

The depth and balance of the hops and malts here is outstanding - never enjoyed such an otherwise (being an impy pils) low-key beer with such breadth. The combination hangs around - very dry, but grassy, light citrus and fruity sweetness.

Warming without being hot. Almost like a good stout in the mouth.

I could drink a lot of this - likely the best pilsner I've had.

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Persephone Imperial Pilsner from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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