Beer Review: GRAND TETON PERSEPHONE IMPERIAL PILSNER

Beer Review: GRAND TETON PERSEPHONE IMPERIAL PILSNER

Grand Teton’s Persephone Imperial Pilsner offers a dual homage to brewing traditions, straddling both the bygone and contemporary. Rooted in the German style, it’s a divergence from the original pilsner, boasting German noble hops and a lighter body than its Czech counterpart. The brewery employs a blend of domestic Idaho 2-row barley, imported German malts, and German Hersbrucker hops, all harmonizing to create a brew twice as robust as the conventional pilsner, featuring a substantial hop profile.

Appearance: This imperial concoction pours a radiant clear yellow gold, crowned with a persistent film of white swirls.

Aroma: The olfactory experience unfolds with prominent herbal grassy hops intertwined with a husky grain essence.

Taste: Delving into the flavor profile, the bitterness of grassy hops takes center stage, accompanied by floral notes and a solid grain presence. The finish introduces a subtle fruity undertone, underlined by a pronounced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: With a full-bodied character, the brew offers a crisp texture heightened by lively carbonation.

Overall: In the realm of Imperial Pilsners, where a confluence of overpowering alcohol and peculiar synthetic notes often dominates, Grand Teton’s Persephone stands out. Personally, I usually find myself at odds with the Imperial Pilsner style, grappling with an excess of alcohol and off-putting rubbery or polymer notes. However, this rendition managed to impress. The amplified hop presence, balanced with a well-executed blend of malts, contributed to an enjoyable drinking experience.