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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 masterbruewer
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought on Special at Jungle Jims in December.

Poured light golden brown with a half-inch white head that faded to a thin seal quickly. Light Carbonation. Good Lacing

The smell was malty and flowery with a hint of citrus.

The taste was not bad. An interesting blend of wheat, malt and citrus. Nothing great, but not bad.

Mouthfeel, smooth, creamy and a little tart.

Very drinkable, a good crossover beer.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear, light amber hue. The white head leaves a nice lacing. Slight citrusy lemon smell. Light bodied with a thin, but bubbly mouthfeel. Decent taste of cereal grains with a barely detectable lemon flavor. Finishes with a zesty bitter hop and lemon taste on the palate.
No off flavors and easy drinking, a good crossover brew.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Globetrotter
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown standard 12 oz. bottle that looks like the picture - depits a pitcher in pin stripes about to fire a fastball. Label says there are pale and wheat malts here, along with Mt. Hood hops and natural lemon.

Pours a clear pale copper under a 1.5 finger off white head that fades fairly quickly and leaves just a touch of lace. There is lots of malt in the nose, even a bit grainy. The mouth is very prickly and a bit heavy. There's plenty of malt here, and the lemon is barely perceptible. A touch of hop bitterness reveals itself, while the aftertaste is slightly sour, as the lemon emerges. The bite lingers. This is a pretty good drinkin' brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Brent
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My enthusiasm for Pete's beers has wained over the years as the line became more and more mainstream macro in character. On one hand, you could say that this particular beer is designed to be pretty mainstream, but, then again, it was executed pretty darn well for what it is. Although the label boasts of some lemon in the brew, it didn't pick much up in the flavor, although it was otherwise pretty lively A bit on the light side, even for a blonde ale, but very refreshing and friendly. A nice sunny afternoon quaffer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev +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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
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 NEhophead
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a pizza joint at the Cape.

A thin white sheet of head that disappeared almost immediately. No real lacing to speak of. Watery copper in color.

The aromatics are unappealing IMO: a weak wheat smell in addition to a bit of citrus (maybe lime), and some astringency.

Very bland in taste. The malt flavors are downplayed here which is really too bad. I detected a bit of toffee, but this was intercepted by a bitter wheat taste. Unbalanced in terms of flavor.

Light on the palate; grainy, but still a bit crisp.

This is one that I wouldn't go back to. Style wise, I think it falls short in terms of the malt component. It's light enough to drink all night, but I wouldn't waste my time.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the head on this is a disappointing large bubble mess. the color is a disappointing transparent yellow. smell is ok. smells like a wheat ale with some citrus and hop aroma. taste is disappointing as well. dry and gritty and and not that good. maybe a little better if it didn't have a lemon added but i doubt it.

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Photo of bditty187
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, gold in hue with just a slight highlight of coppery-amber. There is a wee bit of animation slowly dancing towards the head, which is white in color, bubbly, and one finger in height. The head retention was good; it took a few moments before it started to fade to a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but prevalent. The nose doesn’t say much; I can detect a suggestion of sweet malts with some grain, lemon, and grass at the back. The potency isn’t that strong. As a whole, the bouquet is pleasant but lackluster. Close too apathetic but I’ll call it barely inviting. I drank this straight from the DFB, once it warmed up the nose developed a buttery aroma, weak but noticeable, cooler the better. The palate is zesty and refreshing, as expected in a summery beer like this. Upfront is a mix of sweet malts and some buttery flavors that seem to be in all Pete’s beers. The middle allows the development of some lemony, grassy flavors, grainy too. The finish is clean and relatively hoppy. The bite is stronger than the flavor. Sweet and grainy aftertaste that really hurts the positive impressions the palate gives off at the start. It sure seems like all of Pete’s beers fall apart by the end. I guess that is why I don’t by this brand anymore. Medium-light in body, moderately high carbonation that is appropriate for the style, the mouthfeel is pleasant and fitting for this beer. Rally Cap is drinkable, so is water. Obviously this beer is to be consumed fast on a hot day. Like after yard work or on a boat or something. I baulked at a six-pack a few times but I decided not to pass up a single 12-ounce bottle for $1.80. In a pinch I could drink this but I won’t be buying it in the future.

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Photo of cokes
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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 RoyalT
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ElGordo
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, clear golden with a stark white head. Stays pretty still after it's poured (low carbonation). Puzzling nose of lemon, light hops, and some astringency. More light citrus on the palate, with a nice balance between the toasted caramel malt and the muted Mt. Hood hops. Creamy body. Not bad, but different than what I look for in a summer beer.

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Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A suprisingly nice offering from Pete's. Pours out to a darker yellow in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is that of citrus, with lemon being predominant, but not overpowering. The taste actually shows forth some decent malt that lends a slight sweetness to balance out the light lemon taste. All in all, a decent summer, but not spectacular summer offering. A good after lawnmowing or working in the yard beer.

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Photo of TPoling
2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
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 Bierguy5
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden liquid with a very thin white foamy head. The head disappeared immediately, leaving no lace at all on the glass. Smells somewhat grainy, with a touch of lemon zest. Pale malt flavor, with a note of lemon, and some other slight sourness. Slight bitterness makes this a little better. Light body, with a lot of carbonation, which is good here. Overall, not terrible, but not outstanding. Probably just an average brew. It has been mentioned before, but it seems that Pete's brews really fell off a while ago, and have not improved much. Too bad.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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 MuddyFeet
2.33/5  rDev -27%
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 Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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 SixpointJMH
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this brew could be a turing point for pete's...and for the good. now, this is by no means a great beer. it's merely above average, but it's better than most, if not all of the brews that have been churned out by pete's in the past few years. it pours a crisp looking golden colour with a nice fluffy white head. stickiness isn't half bad either. the smell is quite summery: lemon, grain and a juicy sweetness. the flavour here is sweeter and more full than expected. it starts of with wheat and grain and some notice of hops, then goes into a sweet juicy lemon flavour which is balanced and flattened a bit by the grain again at the finish. simple, but tasty and certainly not bad. the mouthfeel is a bit bland and flat, but other than that, this one is a decent choice for a basic summer brew or even as a slightly tasty palate cleanser.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One inch of cream-colored, foamy, bumpy, noisy head on a clear, dark gold beer. Some nice, sourish fruit in the nose. Citrus and pepper in the front lead to a fruity, light caramel middle. Kind of creamy. Finishes bitter, with some nice toast and alcohol. Not bad at all: fruity, bitter, a little spicy. Fairly light, but that's the point, I guess.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of Rio
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Built this into a six-pack I picked up a week or so back. Drank the others, just hadn't gotten around to this one yet. Pours a nice golden color, slightly hazy, with a small head that faded away to a ring around the edge and a bit still across part of the beer. The smell really hit me at first. Strong and sharp. Reading some of the other reviews to try to get a handle on what this smell is (I'm not very good at recognizing some of them myself), I'm guessing this is the wheat smell. Made sense after I read that, as it does kind of remind me of the unfiltered wheat smell, but just much sharper. The sharpness of the smell did seem to taper off after it had a chance to settle, but a little too strong at first for my taste.

Decent taste to it. I can pick up a little hint of lemon, I think, in the taste. Nice, slightly creamy mouthfeel to it, with some good carbonation still. Over all, a good beer. I don't mind drinking it, but it's really not my favorite. I guess, by the name, I was expecting an ale, and this seems to be more of an wheat beer. Decent for a wheat beer, but not great.

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Pete's Wicked Rally Cap Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 135 ratings
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