Pete's Wicked Ale | Pete's Brewing Company

Pete's Wicked AlePete's Wicked Ale
511 Ratings
Pete's Wicked AlePete's Wicked Ale

Brewed by:
Pete's Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of texascarl
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pete's Wicked Ale is a pretty nice brown ale. It's been around quite a while and it seems like it's available everywhere. It's likely to be one of the better beers in bars without much selection. In fact, I often get it when I fly, it's carried in flight by a couple of the airlines. Can't argue with that kind of success.

Coppery color, some hops in the aroma, a small head that disappears quickly. Sweet malty taste, medium finish. Decent American Brown ale, I like it but I'll admit that you can find better examples. Pete does make it awfully easy to find his beer first, tho.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tried this the other night and was not extremely impressed. The beer poured a nice dark/red color with a nice smooth tan head that lasted for a couple minutes. So far so good. The smell wasn't bad, if a little sweet, but my first sip was less than I expected. It was way too sweet, with the caramel flavors way too overbearing. It tasted like I was drinking syrup. There was little to no carbonation as well. I had trouble finishing it.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the coloring of this beer is a deep reddish brown with an off-white head that will die before you even get it to the table from the bar. it will leave small traces of lace behing, but overall the appearance is not so good. it has a rich aroma of sweet malts and fruits.

flavoring is packed with sweet malts and fruit flavors. it is very sweet with a hint of caramel. it had a medium body with a crisp carbonation at the start. hops come in lightly at the end, but are not really doing much. i guess it is just one of those beers that you can get at a bar with a poor selection.

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Photo of Bruiser81
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brownish red color with very little head. I think this batch was old because it just seemed flat. There was very little aroma, a bit of caramel mixed with some sweetness. The sweetness came out more in the taste. There was very little taste for a brown ale. The mouthfeel was very thin, not like other brown ales I've tried. I was not impressed, however I've heard good things about this beer so I would like to try it on tap or maybe just a different batch.

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Photo of Morris729
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish light copper color with a foamy white head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is fresh malts and caramel with hints of dark fruits. Sweet malts dominate the taste with notes of caramel and toffee with a medium mouth feel. Back in college, we used to drink cases of this stuff around Halloween, and it still conjures up fond memories of staying up all night watching horror films. A solid American brown ale.

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Photo of Winter
2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It had been a long time since I had tried Pete's Wicked Ale, remembering that I wasn't impressed by my initial sampling years ago. Poured a clear dark amber with a foamy light tan head. Aroma consists of malt and hint of caramel. Very thin and watery mouthfeel. This beer lacks any real great flavor and complexity. Flavor is extremely disappointing for a brown ale. Primarily a light roasted malt with a touch of sweetness in the finish. For being a flagship beer this is my least favorite of the Pete's Wicked line up.

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Photo of shirfan
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't think this brewery believes in hops... that or it favors a very mild variety.

This offering is decent, however...a clear brown color with a fading head, but a bit of lace remaining.

Smell is big on malt with a bit of nutty, organic aroma...taste is again, chewy, sweet malt with a marshamallow/nut flavor. Just a hint of roastiness, but the finish bothered me. Midway through this has body, but the finish is a little watery.

The trend I'm noticing here of minimal hopping leads me to think I won't be buying any more Pete's products, but that's personal preference.

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Photo of bditty187
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wicked Ale is a decent beer.

Ruby-brown with an off-white head, reached ½ inch, laced well. The nose is simple, malty, maybe a hint of dark fruit. The taste is much the same, with a toothless hops bite, as it warms a buttery-fruit thing comes through, some chocolate and grains too. Drink it cold. This is another Pete’s entry that would serve well as a crossover drink, nothing I’d keep in heavy rotation.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This sample came fresh out of a 2002 Pete's Wicked Winter Sampler 12 Pack. Overall this beer was pretty good. It has a nice brown appearance, with a quickly dying head, and it smelled pretty nice. The taste was quite good, but not as strong as brown ales tend to be. This ale definately lacks something when you compare it to the likes of Sammy Smiths Nut Brown or even a Newcastle on tap! The mouthfeel is a little funny and light, but still it's not that bad and the drinkability is not sky high either but it is an easy drinking beer!...
This is a pretty good example of a mass-produced american brown ale!

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Photo of rockdick
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice brown/copper color with head that didn't last. Tasted of sweet malts, with a slight hint of fruity esters. Very satisfying. Not great, but pretty good brown ale. I'll probably drink it again because its pretty easy to find.

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Photo of Jarod
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass it has a redish brown color to it. A good head that seemed not to last like I would think. The aroma is of caramel/mollasses, hints of fruit with some sweet malt appeal. The taste was more malt then I would have thought, by the smell, it also had caramel flavor to it with hints of citrus. Towards the middle and end I started to detect some of hops. Decent carbonation. Temperature of this did not seem to effect the taste.

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Photo of comat0se
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown/copper with a nice off-white head which quickly disappates into a thin ring. The aroma had smells of fresh wort with some sweetness and some faint hops. This beer has a malt sweetness followed by an almost winy character, some spiciness accentuated by the carbonation, and some fruitiness. Has a relatively medium finsh, not very dry but not crazy sweet either, although I'd say it leans towards the sweet side. The mouthfeel of Pete's Wicked isn't bad, somewhat chewy, but thins out. Like many beers this one shows it's character better as it warms up. Personally, I think this beer should have a much stronger hops presence in the aroma. I was also expecting a fuller malt flavor without the winy characters.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear but darker tea color with a small white head that pops like a soda fizz and shrunk down to a thin layer that decided to hang around a bit. The smell of fresh baked bread and malt aromas are mild but quite nice. Slightly creamy roasted malt flavors with a light nutty taste along with very thin and lightly hopped finish. Very light bodied and not at all bad, but rather a "middle of the road" brew. Another "bridge" beer. Cheers!

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Photo of faubs
4.67/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very thick pour, with a unyielding tan head. This beer has a distinct aroma, with a prevailing caramel, almost burnt, and a hint of cider. Fairly good carbonation, enough to sting the tongue just a bit. Tiny streams of bubbles keep the head going. The color is a very rich chestnut brown, but clear enough to still see through. The first impressions of the taste are a very mellow malt, then opening up into a lively pallet of nutty caramel and a hint of citrus. This stuff is unbelievable, without a doubt one of a kind! One of the best American brews I have had and will definitely be a staple from here on in my cellar.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red colored with an impressive lasting head. Sweet malty aroma. Kind of tasted like a Scottish Ale as far as the satisfying malty flavor goes. This did have a definite hops counter to the malt about halfway through and to the end. This was not bad at all.

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Photo of Mick
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one has teetered back and forth over the past few years. Not as good as it was when first introduced. It seems to have lost something; it lacks a distinguishing note. Reddish brown tint to the pour, typical ale body. Small cap head crests and adheres to the glass nicely. Slight malt presence and a good feel for and ale. Nice to drink, but not as nice as it once was

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Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a thin white head. Brown color and a faint roasted malt aroma. A hollow taste that seems to be missing something. Again, finish leaves you hanging just a little. I recall this beer as being much better. In fact, Pete’s is one of the beers that got me into homebrewing in the early 1990’s. At this point, it’s worth a try, but not much more.

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Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better on tap and ice cold during a big feast of bbq. Certainly on the sweet side and some thing I quaff to wash down messy rib at my local bbq joint. A decent no brainer beer that has a touch of flavour to throw in the mix. Not something I’d drink as a regular beer though.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown / copper-ish color with a off-white / tan colored head, settles to a nice lace. On the nose the aroma consists of slight caramel notes. On the palate, there are fruity esters, nice malt profile, caramel, slight chocolate notes, biscuity, slight bitterness. Overall a drinkable brew, I really like this style too, but this is just not that impressive compared to something like a SmuttyNose brown ale.

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Photo of budgood1
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pretender in the ranks of other craft brewers. it's easy to sniff out the adjuncts that are used to dumb down this beer. it still it serves the purpose as a "crossover brew" for those who might be interested in something better. so as a macro it isn't bad....lots of malt flavor and acceptable bitterness to peak the interest. to pass it off as anything more is misguided. educated consumers will know the difference.

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Photo of Wildman
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Old Pete's Wicked has been around for awhile, but I finally got around to trying it. It poured a reddish amber color and formed a nice white head that subsided quickly and left little lace. The aroma was lightly of malt and caramel. The flavor was of malt, caramel, citrus. The finish was a bit tangy yet bitter. Overall, a fairly average beer. It's still better than the big guns, but I really expected more from it.

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Photo of Murph
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a nicethick head that has completely dissappeared after about 1 minute. Slight malt aromas are the only perceivable smell. More of the same on the tongue, some faint caramel maltiness and much fainter bittering hop presence. Watery and bland, this brew isn't even a shadow of what it was just a year ago.

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Photo of BrewAskew
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, a mediocre-to-sad beer. Pete's Wicked Ale never appealed to me before the reformulation. This new version puts the nail in the coffin. Drinkable but not all that worth going back to. The beer tastes roasted but stale, and overall unremarkable. Maybe I got an old bottle, but not holding my breath for a trip to the brewery to confirm it.

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Photo of StevieW
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid, somewhat opaque brown, with a thin wispy tan head. Nice roasted malt, sweet toffee smells. Taste was malty and sweet, better than expected, lacked any sort of nutty fullness. Slightly thin and watery feel and finish. If they fix that, I think they have a very good beer. Not as good as the ol Abita Turbo Dog, but better than I expected. For the bashing Pete's takes here, I think their beers are just slighty away from being really good. But then again, they probably used to be good, and recently watered them down.

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Photo of jackndan
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pete’s Wicked Brown Ale: Deep brown, with a good looking head. Malty aroma, but the beer itself was not sweet, although it had caramel/toffee/dark chocolate suggestions. The taste of the samples I had seemed to lack any zest, and I’m thinking the bottle may have been sitting around for a while. Given the fact there was no date on it, they do not get the benefit of the doubt.

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Pete's Wicked Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 511 ratings
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