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

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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 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 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 brentk56
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light copper color with a small head that leaves a few dots of foam on the side of the glass

Smell: A touch of grain and lemon; vague indication or wheat beer aroma

Taste: Starts out rather doughy; after the swallow there is a touch of grainy bitterness and a spritz of lemon on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not much of interest going on here; neither offensive nor beckoning although the warmer this beer gets the worse it tastes

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Photo of zeff80
3.09/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, one-finger head. No lace at all.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses.

T - It tasted very sweet. The lemon was very noticeable with the malt. The hops were understated.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. Nothing fabulous but it would make a good session beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Took this to a bbq last night needing something to offset all the macros,man was it hot and this beer held up great.Pours a light golden with a this wispy head,I picked up a decent aroma of freshly cut grass and some hay perfect summer smell.Taste was subtle but with a nice grassy note with a lemony hint in the fish it melded pretty well.Hey Petes brews are not great but this was really nice and recieved compliments from macro lager drinkers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pete's Rally Cap Ale delivers a refreshing and quenching golden ale that's differentiated by its splash of citrus. It's clear golden body rests gently beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is distinctly citrusy (lemon, lime) over a mild maltiness; leaving it not particularily interesting but clean and inviting. It's delicately crisp on the tongue and smooth in the swallow with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation level. The flavor is more-or-less as the nose would lead you to believe with the exception that there's more malt and less lemon present. It's very much like a lightly bittered pilsner with a touch of citrus thrown in to help balance it. And it works... it's balanced nicely and finishes clean with some very short-lingering malt that's replaced by an almost equally short-lingering dull citrus character. It's tartness always remains sublime, and if anything, its low-level bitterness can allow it to become a bit "sweet" after a few; but overall it's not a bad summer beer. Perfect for camping trips, fishing, and days in the sun!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, some hops and a touch of lemon.

T: The taste starts out bready and a little sweet with flavors of lemon and some spice. Then a decent hops presence follows to provide a pretty decent balance. The after-taste is a little bready and sweet and it actually retains a nice amount of hoppiness.

M: Smooth and pretty crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, seems like a good choice for a “lawnmower beer” or a “BBQ beer”. I could drink several of these continuously. I wasn’t expecting too much from this beer but I actually found it to be pretty good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear medium amber with a dirty white head that has decent size and texture. It's a little creamyfrothy as it falls and lays down a more than respectable amount of lace. The nose is of lightly toasted grain with the barest hint of lemon. Not bad.

The flavor is fair-to-middlin' at best. It's supposed to be made with a mixture of pale and wheat malts, but I don't appreciate much wheatiness. The beer is decently toasted malty and contains a mildly bitter hop bite that gives it some semblance of balance. Sometimes I think I get a faint echo of lemon on the finish and sometimes I swear it's not there. While it would be unlikely to move it into the good category, a little more lemon is just what this brew needs.

At first I thought that this was just Pete's Wicked Summer Brew with a different label, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Even though PWRCA isn't great beer, it is an improvement on Summer Brew. Rally Cap Ale falls short of victory, but it isn't an error-filled blowout loss either.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rally Cap is described on the label as a "refreshing golden ale with natural lemon flavor". The color is golden with lots of carbonation. Head is average-sized and creamy. Retention is pretty good. The aroma is either citrusy hops or lemon flavor or some combination. Whichever one it is, it is pretty inviting. Taste is citrus flavor on top of a lighter malt body. The lemon flavor and hops are distinguishable from another and work well in tandem. Bitterness is moderate. The finish is the maltiest part of a sip and has a touch of graininess. Mouthfeel is crisp and adds personality to Rally Cap. This is a quality summer seasonal, not great, but easily gets the job done.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First of all this is an American wheat ale, secondly it's not horrible. Appearance: Deep golden hay color with a large highly carbonated white head leaves nice lacing. Aroma: Pale malts and sharp wheat malts evident touch of lemon citrus and grassy hops nice brew. Taste: Wheat malt are blended nicely here giving a bit of a banana and clove flavor in the mix but the lemon citrus note does well with the flavor really not bad at all, malts are sweet the grassy hops complement this beer. Mouthfeel: Light bodied texture but higher carbonation still good for the summertime. Drinkability: I would recommend this if it's available at the ballpark over any mass produced lager what a refreshing beer nice golden wheat ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating. Nice Baseball theme label. Pours light golden straw in color. Light fluffy white head, leaves well developed lacing. Light, refreshing brew. Straw/hay nose. Bready notes, finishes dry with some citrus. decent summer brew. Mowed the lawn before sundown and enjoyed sucking down a few of these babies.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004. Purchased from a grocery outlet in Redwood City, CA. At first I am afraid to try beers purchased at grocery outlet stores as they carry many factory seconds and things that get closer to their experation dates. But, I have found a few awesome bargains over the years. My best find was pints of Samuel Smith Winter Welcome in March of this year for 99 cents a bottle. They were prefect and didn't taste old at all. Wish I had bought more than 12. Anyway, this brew pours a deep golden color with a decent head that lasts for about a minute and some pretty nice lacing as I am looking at it as we speak. The aroma is off citrus and lemon just as it says on the bottle. Do I decect some apple too? The taste is a bit bitter. Definitely taste the lemon. Almost as if it was a pislner with some lemon in it. Maybe even a very very poor mans Hoegarden. I am liking this beer. Goes down very easy. Good call with the ballplayer on the label as I can see myself quaffing a few of these on the ferry over to SBC park. Hmmm, may have to get a 6 pack of this or two at the store this week. At $3.99 a 6pack it may be worth it. Just wondering exactly how old this stuff is. Assuming it was produced sometime early this year. Wonder would it would taste like if it was on tap and fresh. Hope they make it next year as I would like to try it opening day. Definitely worth a try.

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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 Gavage
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light gold in color with a thin 1/2" head. No lacing. The aroma was no where to be seen. The taste was of rather dull as some light malt flavors were there along with mellow citrus tone of lemon or grapefruit and some mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel was mildly crisp and clean as the carbonation levels were good. This is a lighter bodied ale. Expected a little more on the flavor front here, so drinkability is average as boredom sets in quickly with this.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.
A medium golden color, with not much of a head. Aroma of malt and citrus. Taste was moderate ale; not too light not too thick.
A bit thick for a blonde. Citrus hops makes it a bit crisper than it looks, but not enough to quench that thirst.
Otherwise, easy drinking and a good feel to it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Light bodied. Medium-strong carbonation. Starts with hints of lemon, finishes hoppy, good summer ale. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep yellow colored body that is clear with a strong bubble mat of effervescent and a creamy off-white head that last for a bit.

S- The smell of pale malt is complimented by a spicy hops and a soft earthy citrus hop note. The smell is pretty light overall.

T- The taste of pale malt has a watery taste with a faint green hops flavor that turns bitter and lemony at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel that is a bit watery and a fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice dry crisp flavors but they are very light and watery. It doesn't need more depth just more of the flavors that it already has.

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Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, clear liquid with a moderate-sized, white head. The aroma has a quiet maltiness, with a distinct lemon smell. The citrus is very appealing…I have to say that I liked the smell. Light in body, with fairly high carbonation. The taste is grainy and grassy, with the lemon-sensation present throughout. Bit of a caramel taste. Finish is lingering. I think that the beer could be improved with a crisp hop ending. Still, this one’s great for sitting in the sun on the back deck.

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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 RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – The beer poured a lovely light yellow with nice effervescence and a gorgeous, deep, lacing, head. The head was thick and long-lasting. Very nice.

Smell – The soft grain was complimented by a nice, easy orange sweetness.

Taste – The grain came out harsh at the taste. The finish especially was difficult to bear and bulldozed the light caramel and toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel – The ale is light to medium in the body with some delicate carbonation.

Drinkability – For me, the poor finish spoiled this otherwise decent offering from Pete’s Brewing.

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Photo of cokes
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brassy golden yellow under a fluffy white capping that hastily peters out.
Exits the bottle with false Cascade perfumes. All citric rind and faux-hoppy. After it rests in the glass, a lime essence is still manifest with traces of grain and lemon drops.
Pils (-esque) maltiness upfront. A touch grainy and rather dry. Sweetens unnecessarily through the middles with a fake-leaning sugared lemon rind sense. Dries again towards the finish with an appropriate lemon-herb bitterness. But it's altogether too light, as that lemon candy lingers on.
Light bodied and brainlessly drainable. The lemon infusion is not completely obnoxious, but the same effect has been done better with less in many kolsches and golden ales.

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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 arizcards
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer at Al's the other weekend for $4.99.

This golden colored ale poured a nice head that is leaving a decent lacing down my glass. Nose is of citrus and malts. Taste is decidingly light with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel is light and it is lightly carbonated. Drinkability is fine for a summer ale, it quenches one's thirst on a 100 degree day but there is no complexity to this beer.

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