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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%
 
 
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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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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 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 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 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 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 MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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...

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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