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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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of Freshie
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On-Tap at the Riviera in Bridgewater.

Clear golden body with slight crabonation, and a light frothy head that soon clings to the sides of the glass with decent lacing.

Smells of tart fruit.

The taste is just bad. The fruity malt is over-ripe, and gives way to a stale biscuity aftertase, and is a bit much to handle.

Not really impressed with this one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Label explains Mt. Hood hops, and a smack of natural lemon.

Light straw golden pale topped with a ¼” ivory well retained head cap leaving lattice lace.

Lightly metallic scents. Some delicate citrous spritz to say something.

First swigs: Some diluted light fruity ale detection of apples and pears. Hardly any flavor, but benign nonetheless. Clean quick dry aftertaste of metallic water fountain. Malts evoke a slight cake prescence, but this is forgettable, overall.

Thin feel. Offers nothing in the long run to afford drinkability.

Last swigs: A Wonder Bread Ale that would be better out of the bottle to retain some tacky flavor. Glad that it was just part of a mixed case that had some redeeming qualities. Remember when Pete’s really was wicked??? Y’know…after the buyout?

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer with my brunch--a good choice for a brunch, but I would not get it again. It's far too light and sweet for my palate. The citrus flavors made me think I was having a mamosa with my brunch. It poured with a deep, but thin head. The bartender atually had trouble pouring the beer. The color was a cloudy yellow. Overall, the flavor was sweet and citrusy with non-existent hops and bitters.

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Photo of ADR
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark gold appearance, clear as a bell. Big white head falls down pretty quickly. Patches of crystalline laces on the glass. Sugary aroma, just a bit of lemon comes through on a big sniff. Mouthfeel is pretty decent and the caarbonation level is lower than I expected. Starts sweetish and non-descript, but moves to a queesy and strange bitternerss, almost like green tea with sour lemon. Lots of sharpness at the close and this beer also leaves me with an unpleasant bite in the swallow. Sort of odd and not an easy-going American Wheat-added brew for me, in many ways its not a good take on the old Pete's Wicked Summer Brew which was just completely innocuous.

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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 crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of packetknife
2.51/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a baseball fanatic so I bought this bottle just on the basis of the label. I didn't even read it until I got home. A spectacularly average beer (but it had a baseball label!!!) with crystalline orange-gold body with a thick frothy head that laced well. Very light citrus on the nose but very barely detectable and even worse in the muggy air of summer. Definately tastes of lemon and light hops with enough acid to keep me drinking at a good pace. I suspect if it's server brutally cold it'd be good for running marathons. I'm sorry but it had a baseball label. I'm sooo sorry.

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

Found nothing special about this beer. Very faint, if even detectable, traces of wheat and lemon essence. The body was medium-light with lively carbonation and a watery texture. It contained a sweet grainy malt aroma, minimal grassy hops and bland with a taste, stale faint herbal bitterness in a not much of any finish. Not my idea of refreshing.

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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 DogFood11
2.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured contents into a long stemmed pilsner glass it formed a tight, white head that leaves DNA with every pull. Fairly pale in color but it has some amber towards the core, and fine carbonation. Not bad to look at.

I'd say this is your standard blonde ale. It has all the qualities one would expect, a light malted brew that has some light fruitiness deep in the backdrop. Caramel creeps into the picture and is every so slightly whisped away by some subtle citrus towards the finish. It fails to finish very crisp or clean in my book and it has a metallic twinge in there to boot.

Notes: I've got an open mind to this style and I think there has to be some good examples out there. Someone make a good Blonde PLEASE!! Seems like it would be a nice refreshing brew if done w/ some imagination.

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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 TPoling
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale and wheat malts with Mount Hood hops and a touch of lemon. this pours golden with very little head. There is a slight lemon nose. Both malt character and hop character are very weak. Only the lemon shines through a bit. The one saving grace is that it is probably pretty good very cold on a very hot day.

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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 hero27
2.61/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a surprisingly frothy head that holds fairly well. Still, if you put this next to a Budweiser, it'd be hard to tell the two looks very macro-y. Taste & aroma are anything but complex, but then again, it is a blonde ale. Light, fluffy mouthfeel with a corn/grainy aftertaste. Nothing to write home about, really. I love baseball as much as anyone, but even the baseball theme can't save this one.

On the plus would probably be a great crossover brew for any current BMC drinkers. It has the grainy, macro taste that they're used to, but it's steering them in the right direction. I may pick a sixer or two up of this next time for some of my friends who aren't into the craft beer thing. Hopefully it'll open an eye or two.

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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 Mitchster
2.66/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with Pale and Wheat malts. Hopped with Mt.Hood. Flavored with "natural lemon flavoring"

5.3% ABV, 163 calories/12 oz bottle, OG=12.2 degrees plato, 22 IBU.

Pours out to a clear dark golden with orange accents, forming a medium-sized spongy white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is lightly fruity with apples, perhaps oranges, a touch of lemon, distant caramel, some floral hops. Mouthfeel is quite average with a medium body. Taste is a reflection of the aroma. There is a wierd caramel thing going on here which I don't really like. I see the baseball guy and I think a light, crisp pilsener and that's not what I'm getting (yeah, I's an ale, but c'mon). I don't taste lemon but I get a touch of lemon pith bitterness which is odd. Lightly metallic in the middle. Bitterness is mild to moderate and floral but not really distinct. The finish is of oxidized sweet caramel and cardboard. Not very good.

Overall, a pretty ho-hum, blah brew. Doesn't do anything for me. It's not revolting, but it's not really good either. Yawn.

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

Appearance is light golden in color with an off white crisp head. Smell and taste of pale malts with a citrus aroma and flavor that has a tang to it, having a light-medium mouthfeel. Though drinkable it doesn't seem to have the balance in making it go down smooth, Probably not one I would readily buy again.

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Photo of Gusler
2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beers as in disembarks from the 12 ounce brown bottle a transpicuous and bright gold color, the head is mediocre and bright white in color with the resultant lace a white satin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a hint of lemon, crisp and clean to the senses, start is quite sweet, thinly malted and the top skeletal in feel. Finish has a mild acidity and the hops sparing in their spiciness, quite dry and somewhat lemon tart aftertaste, can’t say it does much for me, but it would make a drinkable summertime beer here in the desert, something to clean the palate before you have a real beer.

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

I thought this one would be as good as the Ale, but no. It is average, unique, but average. Pours a fairly pale amber, shiny new penny color. It is very clear with a large amount of rising bubbles.

The head is very thin and offers very little lace, but the carbonation stays with it. The aroma is very citrusy, like a faint lemon furniture polish.

The taste is nicely bitter with a grapefruit flavor. It is a refreshing taste that would be a good choice on a hot summer day.

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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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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 NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pete's Wicked Rally Cap Ale

Appearance- light yellow with a thin white head.
Smell- wheat and lemon. Very light
Taste- Watery with a hint of grassy hops, wheat, and lemon.

Overall- an O.K. summer beer. Serve it up COLD on a HOT day. I've had much better though.

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