Pete's Wicked Ale | Pete's Brewing Company

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Pete's Wicked AlePete's Wicked Ale

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Pete's Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A few years back, this was a big adventure into a micro-type brew for macro drinkers. It had a good dose of hops in it and really was somewhat, well, wicked. Not as flavorful as it used to be. An average ale.

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Photo of marc77
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze / light brown hue; nearly lager - like in clarity, possible from filtration. Sticky and dense off - white head. Subdued dark caramel and sweetish malt notes in aroma along w/ a subtle floral hop nose. Not particularly enticing aromawise. A bit thin in body and a bit over carbonated. Mild in flavor all around-- the understated toasty malt flavors do meld well with the unassertive hop bitterness. Perhaps the filtration has diminished what could be (or was) a good brown ale. Virtually nonexistant hop flavor. It's certainly a tame brew and leans towards the bland side. Overall lack of flaws do make it fairly drinkable. Has Pete's been dumbened down? Who knows, but in its current incarnation it's pretty unexciting.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish brown in color with a tan head. Slight musty nose. Taste is lacking in hop bitterness, and the resulting balance seems off... also the lack of maltiness hurts the body of the brew.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear deep copper red with a lavish off-white head, which gradually settles to a quarter inch layer with coarse foam. The head is renewed by streams of slow-rising carbonation. The lacing is broken, but quite thick.

Aroma: Fruity aroma with hints of caramel and grassy hops.

Taste: Very nice flavor, slightly sweet and quite complex, begins with fruit and hops, toasted malts, and nuts. Hop notes rise smoothly from the beginning to a burst at the finish. The mild hop bitterness lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Pleasantly full with a tingle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability/notes: Not the finest brown ale, but certainly quite pleasant, worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck, with a pry-off cap. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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

Decent "mega" microbrew, hop statements make you glad you're not hoisting a Michelob. Set-up is decent, nice copper brown color and a head that's respectable. Pleasant tang in the aroma. Settles into a balanced malt/hop balance typical of a non-assertive Brown. Slight all-spice mid-tongue taste. A pretty good "conversion" brew, something to intrigue macro beer drinkers.

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

A solid brown ale which I haven't enjoyed for several years but 'needed' to get this at a restaurant where the alternatives were the buds and the lights. Mellow and smooth.

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

A reddish-brown tint, no haze. Enduring head. Whiffs of butterscotch and alchohals. High on the characteristic caramel malt, but lacking a real depth and complexity that a quality crafted brown ale will give you. Pete's Wicked is a very decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of beerluvr
1.8/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

What happened Pete?? This was once a distinctive brown/nut brown ale, but since being bought out, this beer has fallen quite a few notches. To my tastebuds this is just a mere shadow of it's former self. I forget where I read it, but someone said the whole portfolio seems to have been "tweaked", with dissappointing results.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark copper with a off-white/tan foam head. It settles quickly to a lasting lace, with a bit of stick.

Smell: Rich caramel, fruity esters, faint touch of burnt raisin.

Taste: Body is light to medium. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, smooth, but also a bit coarse. Semi-astringent upfront with a sharp hop bitterness that fades quickly. Fruity esters rear-up, riding in on the hop flavour then the beer smoothes into the malt profile. Subdued caramel, faint chocolate, toasted/biscuit, caramelized fruits and even a touch of sweet grape. There's also a distinct twang to the beer that seems to be the running theme throughout. Nice balance, overall. Finish is dry with raw grain notes.

Notes: Pete's Wicked Ale is a found memory for me. It's simply a solid American Brown Ale -- always available and always enjoyable as a session beer or a fallback beer.

And, even though Pete probably doesn't brew anymore and that they are owned by Gambrinus ... I really like this beer. I also like Pete's new change in marketing direction ... let's just hope they don't catch any of those Corona kuddies from the Gambrinus folk.

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Photo of John
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pete's helped initiate me into the world of craft beers. I admit I don't buy it much lately, but it's still a full flavored classic American brown.

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

This beer proves that a microbrewery can go big without losing its soul. Quality beer which seems to have stayed pretty much the same over the years.

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