Pete's Wicked Rally Cap Ale | Pete's Brewing Company

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Pete's Wicked Rally Cap AlePete's Wicked Rally Cap Ale

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by kbub6f on 04-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 135
Photo of generallee
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Petes Wicked Ales were some of the first craft/non-Bud style beers that started me on the road to realy good beer.This one has a light straw yellow color with a light fizzy white head which fades out quickly. The aroma has faint pale maltiness and a slight touch of tangy lemon. The flavor mirrors the aroma and offer a light thin easy drinking body. This makes for an ok summer beer but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.57/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out as a light yellow color with a fizzy white head that doesn't last very long. The smell of the beer is of malts and just a touch of citrusy lemon. The taste of the beer was very light, almost watery in flavor, just a little bit of malts in there along with a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is extremely light and pretty not enjoyable to me. Overall I just wasn't able to get into this brew. Not sure if it was the lack of flavors or what. I won't need to have this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Lemon comes through strongly in the nose. Has a hint of wheat malt in the background but it's subdued.

Taste: Slightly bitter up front with a lager-esque hoppiness to it. Develops a wheaty, malty, lemony flavor towards the back. All in all, very meh.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, like a lager.

Drinkability: A pretty drinkable brew but not a very exciting one. Really, there is nothing about this beer to set it apart from anything else. I'd have it again if it were offered to me but I can't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow hue; ample carbonation
S: very little smell; whiff of lemon
T: light, sweet; not much depth or breadth to the flavor, which dissipates quickly
M: smooth, perhaps a bit too thin
D: it comes close to lawnmower drinkability

I disliked this beer the first time around; the second time, it proved less distasteful.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale orange with a think white head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing.

S: Good malty base with a heavy whiff of wheat and lemon. Oddly enough Im getting some of that dark crystal malt fruit character in the nose (maybe its just a touch of munich)

T: very caramel sweet with a pretty distinct bready flavor (im convinced it was munich I was smelling earlier. There isn't a great deal of lemon flavor but rather something I would just classify as citrus (its hop flavor, its not actual lemon as the label indicates)

M: light body, finishes a touch sweet. A dryer finish would lend itself better to the hops and may balance this beer out a bit more.

D: This beer confused me, It looks like a light pale ale, it smells like a summer beer, but my overall impression was that of an out of style marzen. not bad overall, kind of feel like it has an identiy crisis goin on

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An average (at best) blonde ale that seems too weak to showcase a pure malt character. But with floral aromas and soft fruitiness, the aroma digs it out of the cellar a bit.

The beer begins with a Blonde-enough look. Striving for a Pilsner stature, the beer falls a bit on the fizzy side and fails to maintain a formitable head. Light lacing as the over-carbonated beer falls flat and lifeless rather quickly.

Soft floral notes and citrus aromas work well with the soft esters of apples and pears. A harsher sulfur character comes in late and wrecks the pleasantries.

Flavors do much the same: light fruity notes early to accompany a crisp cracker-like malt base. But soon after, the beer weakens and the sulfurs give a heavy match-stick flavor that also interferres with texture. Hop bitterness seems approprite and aids in the citrusy ester profile and dryness.

Soft and smooth early with roughness and thinness comming into play later. Grainy finish and weak aftertaste cuts the beer short.

This is probably the same beer as the Strawberry Blonde but without the strawberry character, the hops give better balance and consistency to the beer.

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Photo of stakem
2.83/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear with a very light orange color. Less than a finger of white head that does not have much retension. Little bit of lacing on the glass. Lemon dominating both the nose and taste. Light feel with this beer and a medium amount of carb. Tiny bit of malt sweetness present which makes the lemon taste a bit more tolerable. I guess one could categorize this beer along with all the other "lawnmower beers" that you could really appreciate after a day of work in the summer heat.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had Pete's Wicked Ale before and didn't care for it. Here is my review of their summer seasonal.

A: Pours a really clear golden color. Some bubbles coming from the bottom. Head dissipated very quickly. No lacing.

S: Doesn't smell very appetizing. Smells pretty metallic with hints of sweetness and hints of earthy malts.

T: Tastes a bit better than the smell. I get a lot grain in the flavor. Some wheat. There is also a bit of licorice in the flavor as well. There is sopposed to be lemon in here, but it is very well hidden. You only get a hint of it. Pretty average overall.

M: Pretty light bodied and somewhat watery. Decent carbonation. Very clean finish. Almost no aftertaste.

D: Well, it does go down like water. Probably the high point of the beer. Somewhat refreshing. Flavor won't keep you coming back for more, but its got decent dinkability.

Overall, this is a very mediocre beer. Nothing stands out about this brew and it only has a little bit more character than the typical macro beers.

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Photo of JamesS
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light straw colow with some slight initial head, but no lacing. Nice clean scent, hints of straw/malt and a whiff of lemon. Good clean taste, crisp and malty with a nice, slight lemon zing at the end that stays on the tongue. Goes down fine, if a little fizzy.

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Photo of Slynger
3.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazed, lightly oranged, golden color with a cap of fairly creamy white foam.

The nose is lightly sweet and citrusy.

Flavor is a bit better. Touch of pale sugary sweetness some tangy citrus and lighly spicy hops. Medium bodied with a nice creaminess to it.

Not a bad beer, but there are plenty I would rather be drinking.

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Photo of RickS95
2.61/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin white head; beer is straw colored, hazy. Hint of lemon in the nose, but not overpowering like other summer ales.

Most a flat mouthfeel, nothing going on. Doesn't really taste like a beer; tastes like a bad carbonated but flat lemon drink.

I could see this being refreshing in the heat. Has limited finishing qualities as a beer, it seems to cleanse the palate, but that's about it.

Another swing and a miss for Pete.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle.

The color is a light gold with a slightly foamy white head.

The smell is a sweet flavor. Has a slight citrus flavor, oranges, a little lemon, and a hint of vanilla

The taste is nice and easy. Not too strong with orange, lemon, flavors. A little hop flavor as well.

This is a beer that I grab while watching some baseball, which is what I imagine this beer was intended for. Is a nice summer beer that is light and is great for popping a cold after doing some yard work.

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Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and low lacing. Smells of strongly of earthy malts and some slight buttery aromas. Fits the style. Had a crisp mouth feel with a slight chewiness. There's also a good amount of carbonation. Tastes of strong grainy malt, some butter maybe, and a slight hops background. A hint of some fruity flavors were also detected. Overall, a decent beer, but nothing I'd care to try again.

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Photo of colts9016
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light copper color with a thick white head. The Aroma of wheat, lemon, hops, and hints of yeast. The tastes is mellow with a hint of yeast, malt, lemon and slight hint of cereal. The finish is slightly bitter but smooths out. I was surprised that this was a decent beer to drink.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a major disappointment. This is not an inexpensive brew and the characteristics of this beer are very mundane.
It pours a light gold, maybe one shade darker than straw yellow. Pours a minimum head with minimum retention.
Very thin, even for a "summer brew", slight taste of lemon. Nothing that holds your attention. Maybe a little bit of hops but no decernable malts.
Pete's needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Wicked Pete's pours a wicked-thick white head. Nice lacing, and the liquid itself is a clear amber with steady thin beads of carbonation.
S-Slightly sweet light malt, wheat, faint hops, but the lemon comes to me in an airy, dish soap sort of way.
T-Slightly sweet malt mixes it up with a little citrus-lemon tartness. The finish brings out slight hops, which I would guess to be of the noble variety.
M-Light-bodied, but in a bland, boring way. Carbonation falls slightly short of perking it up. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, and isn't bad, but it lacks harmony, and it never really comes together for me. The tart lemon clashes bizarrely with the hops.
D-Nothing wrong with this brew, I just don't find it particularly interesting. It's not a bad summer brew though, and I could probably session it. I highly recommend it to anyone that drinks Corona w/lemon slice, or Miller Chill, since this is a step up.

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Photo of changeup45
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good, solid, albeit unspectacular summer Ale. I got to be honest, when I purchsed it, what attracted me was the label (a picture of a baseball player). Ahhh... love baseball season. Golden colored, pours a moderate 1/2 inch head but that fizzles down quite a bit. Wheaty, slight malt and a zing of lemon give it a decent overall summer feel. I haven't had anything that outstanding from this brewer so I'd say this is on par with the other offerings I've had from them.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2 fingers of creamy white head sat atop this beer after it was poured. This did eventually fade to light foam around the edges. There was a nice amount of lacing that remained in the glass after I drank the beer. Also, there was a lot of visible carbonation.

Aroma was mostly of sweet malt with a very light citrus note. Admittedly, I would not have noted this as lemon, but I see on the label that "natural lemon flavor" is added. The beer does not smell of lemon as far as I'm concerned.

Initial taste is of caramel/roasted malt then moves to a subtle sweetness, finally ending with a mostly clean finish.

The major flavor is from the roasted malt and clearly screams Pete's to me.

Is this Pete's Wicked Ale on training wheels?

Bubbly mouth feel with a crisp finish.

Fairly light body and pretty drinkable.

I am struck how much this reminds me of the classic Pete's malt flavor I've had in their other versions. Perhaps I should not be surprised by this.
This is a decent beer, but I don't find it as refreshing as some of the other "summer" beers that are on the market.

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Photo of orcasteve
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured good with a slight head. the lemon gets lost, the taste quickley fades, the smell is bland and the flavor is blander. ther was a slight hint of spice but it gets lost aswell. i expected a little more form pete's one of these is enough for me.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber with a small white head leaves little to no loacing.

Smells are grainy and where the heck is the wheat? Very sweet smelling with some lemon.

Taste is disappointing as it is slightly sweet with a one-dimensional bitterness from the hops.

Given the option, I'd choose this over most macros, but it doesn't wow me at all.

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Photo of rye726
2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In my mind a "Rally Cap," beer should be stronger a better than you rnormal beer. This one is not. This pours a clear golden color and has a weak white head. The nose is ligh and grainy. Not much flavor either. Bitter hops and grassy malt. A light, heavily carbonated body. Nothing special here, just another beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brilliantly, clear bright orange with a thin, fizzy micro-bubbly layering that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was light.

S: simple and sweet with creamy oranges and vanilla.

T: The initial flavor yielded much the same, fresh oranges and vanilla hints dominating from the start. There was a nice smooth, creamy caramel and creaminess to the overall flavor. Actually one of their better beers ive had by them.

M: medium viscosity, was creamy and soft with a light carbonation and a nice touch of vanilla-oranges on the finish.

D: Moderate drinkability and definitely one of their better brews. Worth at least a shot.

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Photo of philbe311
3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours gold, a little head that quickly dissipates...

S - Subdued lemon scent mixed with malt and hops... Maybe even a very faint presence of ginger...

T - Lemon presence is noticeable right away... Grainy hop undertones... Weaker than I would like...

M - Light bodied and dry... Refreshing... Nice mouthfeel for a summer brew...

D - Nothing to right home about, but I could enjoy a few on a warm summer evening... Not case worthy, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered one in the future...

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Photo of Rsobotka
3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color with a thin head that dissiaptes fairly quickly
Smell: Malty and fruity...floral almost
Taste: some citrus flavors combined with a bit of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Smooth and chunky but feels ok
Drinkability: Vey wheaty lemony...worth acouple with a girl named hazel

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Photo of JDV
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. Pours basically golden with a smallish shortly lived head.. Mostly lemon scents coming through in the nose of this with maybe something else in there. Taste is very lemony for a beer, and while light and refreshing, I suppose, not particularly good. Maybe worth a second try one day, but I wasn't overly impressed with this on.

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