The Devil Is People
Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Wild Ale
4.14 | pDev: 7.49%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
The Devil Is PeopleThe Devil Is People
Notes: A sour smoked wheat ale. This beer is a “conceptual collaboration of artistry and friendship” between “Indie folk-punk legend, Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), experimental music ensemble Watter, and postmodern beer designers Stillwater Artisanal, assembled in Louisville.” This beer is part of a unique “sensory experience”.
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little over half of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat malts with slightly stronger aromas of citrus lemon and citrus lemon rind. Very subtle hints of smoke and light fruits (white grape, green apple, pear).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy + slightly sour wheat malts with a subtle note of smoked wheat. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of lemon citrus and lemon rind citrus which contribute a moderate amount of tartness. Light flavors of light fruits (white grape, green apple, and pear). Very light notes of earthy hops and a subtle hint of brett-like funkiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: A little lighter than I was expecting but very enjoyable and easy to drink - alcohol is extremely well hidden and the flavors/aromas are quite refreshing.

Feb 19, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a light gold, slightly hazy, with a two finger head that dissipated amazingly quickly. A small amount of lacing. Smells of yeast, lemon, funk, white grapes, a little malt, a little black pepper. Also an herbal, almost perfumed aroma. Taste is lemon, yeast, light malt, some funk, apple, white grapes. Fair amount of tartness, a little sour. Good body, could use a touch more carbonation.

Really good flavor, good aroma, but overall it really didn't do much for me. A well crafted beer, and I'm glad I tried it, but probably won't again.

Jan 18, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, no dating on it that I was able to find. Served in a mug, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like lemon, citrus peel, wheat/grainy malt and some white grapes. I didn't pick up any smoke in the aroma, but it shows up a little bit in the taste. I think it's a mostly tart tasting brew, with lemon, citrus peel, green apple, lime, wheat/grainy malt, smoke and earthy flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, but I wish the smoke in this was stronger. With that being said, it's certainly worth picking up if you like tart/sour ales. $10.99 a bomber.

Jan 01, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another real good one from stillwater. i thought this was a lot lighter than it sounds like it should be from the description. the fact that its smoked is interesting, its really more of a subtle earthy thing in the flavor of this extremely pale beer. its really delicate in feel too, seems way lower than the listed abv here, and has a very light, almost thin body. very easy drinking. i get a little bit of lemon pucker to the nose, and more funk than sour in the taste, with a slightly acidic brett thing going on, but not a lot of sour and not a lot of smoke. i think its nice to have it all be rather tame, makes it drinkable instead of aggressive, and the nuances come out more as it warms up. it could stand a little more smoke to it though, seems more summer than fall now, and with how dry it is, you sort of lose it before it really has a chance to take hold. nice and slender wheat base to this, flavorful but without texture. carbonation is excellent in draft form, and one could easily make an afternoon of these. another winner from stillwater, these guys are on a serious roll, and can do no wrong lately in my book. did they bottle this one too?

Oct 28, 2015
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a clear gold color. It was very still, with no carbonation.

Nice aroma: tart, smoky, some fruit.

Better taste. Lemons, grapes, smoke, grass.

Very tart, but tempered by the smoke.

Well done!

Aug 28, 2015
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice, refreshing beer. Light yellow in color. Aroma actually kind of smells like champagne. Tartness up front, light, easy drinking. The tartness blends with the smoked flavor to taste like sour grapes. Overall, very drinkable, not overpowering sour. Would definitely pick it up again.

Aug 20, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer...Pour looks like a wheat ale, nice !. Aroma is light, head is minimal, taste is magnificent. Sour, lots of it, along with a small hint of smokiness and a light malt backbone. This beer is a great sour, extra sour and is one of the better sours I have had. Finish is clean and crisp and I will def. drink this one again and again !!!

Aug 05, 2015
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coriswrasse from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a solid head at first that settles into a thin layer. No lacing to be had. Taste is really good but no real smoke flavor is coming through; more sour citrus. Subtle citrus and funk smell. Golden in color. Great carbonation. Mouth feel is nice and tart like the gose gone wild but settles in very smooth and then a pleasant oaky dryness. Would buy again.

Aug 04, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A fruity, sour, and smoky aroma with a scent of zesty fruits, spice, and smoked malt. Big fruit presence with hints of lemon, green apple, lime, white grapes, and pear. Funky hints of Brett yeast along with some spice hints of coriander and pepper. Malt hints of wheat, straw, cracker, and smoke with a hint of peat. Subtle hints of grassy hops. A very good and unique aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely sour, fruity, and smoky taste with notes of fruit, spices, funk, and smoke. Lots of fruit with notes of lime, lemon, green apple, white grape, and pear. Brett yeast gives some funk. Spice notes of peppers and coriander. Wheat with some notes of straw, cracker, and smoked malt. Light background notes of earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, prickly, and very drying on the finish.

Overall: A very unique and good spin on a Sour. Good mix of fruits, funk, and spice with a nice moderate dose of smoke.

Aug 02, 2015
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Clear straw-gold. Loads of bubbles swarming to the top. big fluffy white head on the pour.
smell: Bright sour apple.
taste: Sour apple, tart, creamy. Some sweetness.

Jul 25, 2015
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A clear golden straw color with a two finger white head that fades quickly.

S- Sour fruits, lime, lemon, green apples, great undertones of peat smokiness, faint wheat and coriander.

T- Souriness is fairly intense up front but nicely balanced by the smokiness, lemons, limes, smoky, touch of sweetness, some wheat and coriander, very nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, dry, light body.

O- This is a fantastic sour and a steal at $13 a bomber. Highly recommend, one of the better beers from Stillwater. Smokiness adds great balance and complexity. Almost reminds me of a smoked version of Gose Gone Wild.

Jul 20, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, green apple, pear, white grape, coriander, sea salt, pepper, wheat, cracker, light wood smoke, light white wine vinegar, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, green apple, pear, white grape, coriander, sea salt, pepper, wheat, cracker, light wood smoke, light white wine vinegar, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness and earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, pear, white grape, coriander, sea salt, pepper, wheat, cracker, light smoke, light white wine vinegar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; with a great malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent grodziskie style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop/spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 12, 2015
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ta_hagen from Minnesota

4.96/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very different sour for sure. It has a wonderful grapefruit, coriander, sour fruits, pepper, sweet malts, and subtle notes of earthy floral hops. Very tart dry finish. There is no sour like it, you will have to buy it to try it. Love to see what it taste's after aging. Will buy again for sure!

Jun 28, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When the tone of the people turn, and the turn goes sour, the anarchy that ensures its indexed devilish nature... This beer represents those tortured souls and churns with an amenability that resembles the devil in all of us. Gotta love the symbolism.

The Devil Is People springs to life with a strikingly calm sunrise straw austere, casting a faint hazy gaze across its surface. But its bright and tangy bouquet is piquant with sourness and its taste is supple of bready and candy sweetness.

As the flavors unfold, the sweetness drifts and the fruitiness builds- first of apple, lemon and dried orange, but develops quickly into a lime, crabapple and sour grape character that delves into an acidic mix of tart white wine and bubbly chardonnay. Lapses of burlap, sea air and sandalwood drift as the beer treks toward finish.

Light in body, the wheaten character of the beer rewards the palate with creamy and acidic complexity, soft starches charm the after palate and create a fruity-dry, yet campfire whimsy of what's best in historic northern Germany.

Jun 27, 2015
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with one finger of pillowy white head. Lots of active bubbly carbonation provides constant beauty to this beer. Head lingers around for awhile before settling into a thin bubbly layer on top of the brew. Lacing is minimal but present unlike many sours.

S: Lemongrass, grapefruit, birchwood, campfire smoke, coriander, sour fruits, pepper, sweet malts, and subtle notes of earthy floral hops.

T: Lemongrass, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, birchwood, coriander, cracker, diacetyl, oak smokiness, and earthy hops.

M: Light bodied, very highly carbonated, enough to project a higher bodied feel. Goes down smooth with a wet finish. Nice sour tartness on the finish.

O: An impressive and complex flavor experience. They did a great job of leveling out this brew and creating a balanced and very drinkable sour. I highly recommend giving this brew a try as I plan to revisit this one myself.

Jun 22, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Poured a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled smoky with wheat and malt. Strong smoked taste with roasted malt and caramel.

Jun 08, 2015
The Devil Is People from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 64 ratings