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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 | website

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
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
67
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle at Total Wine in late August for $8.49. Bottled on 1-13-11.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is big pils malts and some citrus, quite nice!

Taste is big pils malts, citrus zest, some grass. Alcohol was warming on the first few sips.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is another solid beer from the Cellar Reserve series. Check it out if it is still available.

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Photo of KDawg
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

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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 tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clear straw gold hue crowned with an immense puff of starchy white foam that sits for great length. Spotty lacing in thick globules sticks about the glass.

Aroma is light of bready starches slighted with a bit of Pils malt spice to it. A bit of soapy residue floats about with some sweet bubblegummy esters, dryish floral hops, and cereal grains.

Taste is clean, soft, and sweet with a light airy maltyness that speaks to cereal grain and bigger floral ascents that are barely traceable in the aroma. Which is nice, as it spreads some nice mellowing spicey notes; Pils malt, dryish floral hops, and very tender warmth as it finishes. Quite subtle and slightly complex in taste.

Body is lightly dancing in a medium softness; very clean, tenderly soft and sweet, faintly warm, airy, and lightly spicey. Solid.

Overall this is a solid Pils in the Imperial side, whilst it could use a tweak i.e., boost in malt and another push forward in hopitude complexity. This is quite pleasant and very drinkable. Watch the pour as it foams up rather quickly...patience is a virtue.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of busternuggz
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a pint glass. Dated 4-26-11 (by the UPC sticker attached by the store).
Nice clear goldenrod color with a puffy, cratery 3/4" white head. Recedes to about 1/4" with decent retention. Leaves some soapy lacing.
There's a nice soft evergreen & mint note to the scent, followed by a mild lemon zest and a bit of a pleasant cough drop note. Also, for lack of a better descriptor, it smells nicely pilsnery.
The taste is much bigger than the smell would indicate. Comes on rich and malty but crisp, then giving way to a blend of interesting tastes in the middle; menthol, pine needles, lemon zest. Nicely balanced, malty but quickly followed by the hops, ends dry with a long, bitter, slightly medicinal (in a pleasant way) aftertaste. I want to call it challenging; it's very bold, with a hoppy & herbal bite to it, while remaining fairly complex and ending drier and cleaner than you think it should.
Complimenting the pattern on the palate, it comes on full bodied and ends light and dry. Again, well balanced.
A really intriguing beer with a lot going on for a pilsner (even an imperial pilsner) while still keeping in touch with classic pilsner characteristics.

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

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing a bomber of this one with me last night. Poured a nice golden color with a rocky white head. Aromas of floral hops, grain and white pepper. On the palate, this one was light bodied and refreshing, hiding the alcohol quite well, with flavors of floral hops, grains and biscuit.

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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 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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of sudsy foam. It left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and strong floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with some booziness. It had a spicy hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice imperial pils. It is more balanced than some that are out there.

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Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped. Bottled Jan 12th 2011.

Gorgeous pour. Bright gold pilsner color with a two finger white head that settles to fairly thin. Mostly clear with a good bit of cascading bubbles. Heavy lacing.

Smells of floral noble hops and bready malt. Definitely an uber pilsner on the nose. Strong and enjoyable.

Taste is initially very sweet with a touch of spicy citrus, and definitely softer than a standard crisp pilsner. Grassy and earthy notes. Dark German malts emerge in the middle with an aggressive bitter finish. Strong ABV emerges in the finish too, let's you know the strength of this beer. Alcohol knocks the score down slightly.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Quite drinkable, although the alcohol keeps you from guzzling.

I'm a big fan of the Grand Teton Cellar Reserve series and can't wait to see what they come up with next. (and thank you for supporting local artists to design your labels)

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of mothman
2.83/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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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 ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

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Persephone Imperial Pilsner from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.
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