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

Pours a half finger off white head over a crystal clear coppered-straw colored liquid. Smells earthy hop with some lemon and a touch of rough grassiness.

Tastes stable mild malt sweet with dominant players that appear and disappear; rough hop edge, tart lemony bite, gentle lemony sweetness Has a bit of pumpkin taste. Earthy hops take over the finish and leave the aftertaste as a flat dryness over orange zest oily and mild hop bitter. Md-light body and strong carbonation. Has a thick, but bland quality to the mouthfeel.

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

Dark clear gold with little foam to speak of.

Nondescript aroma, generic "beer" with a hint of pepper.

Flavor: a fairly drinkable standard lager, just above average. Starts with a lemony zest flavor, quicky turns to very plain malt, with a hint of spicy, peppery hop bitterness in the finish.

Good for a summer quencher if you want something you don't have to think about much.

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

Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a slightly dark straw, forming a 1 inch head that slowly fades. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is weird, consisting of what smells like dirty hops, along with a hint of lemon. Light, and a bit odd. The taste is a pronounced lemon flavor, followed by light hops. There seems to be a lacking of malts, considering that they claim on the bottle to have them in there. Oh well. The flavor is still light and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. This is a very enjoyable summer ale. Sessionable abv. and decent flavor add up to a good beer. Too bad I didnt try this until the end of the summer. Overall, not a bad brew from Pete's. Definitely worth trying next summer.

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Photo of beerNdarts
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the last sixpack at Hannaford's!

Smells lemony and floral-like. Tastes a little light, but definitely has a body to it. A lemon flavor just as it's going down, but definitely not overpowering. Just enough hoppiness to it for me to say "It's a beer, and a damn refreshing one at that.

Appearance... it's in a bottle. The label is great, looks like a summer ale label for sure. High points in all categories, I could swill this all day long.

I don't normally enjoy summer ale's very much... I've been turned off by Sams Summer, though I intend to give it another try after trying this stuff. I originally only bought it because it was the last one, and I'm not sorry at all.

Only one left... damn :D

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Photo of chilidog
3.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on close-out as summer draws in its last Labor-day swing.

It pours really nice. A rich bronze color, an amazing soft egg-shell head that maintains and laces rings thick and stick.

The aroma is of a faint citric floral blend.

The taste starts out malty sweet, floral with a backdrop of real lemon. Thicker citric favor over that of a citric zest spice. Yet not overpowered like some lemon brews.
Little hop makes it thru while some hop oil feel is left on the mouth.

Drinkability for this summer release, oh ya. its smooth, not as much lemon as expected but re-freshing indeed. For what I paid for this, it looks good, has flavor, and better body for the buck than many other summer brew offerings.

Drawback may be its own sweetness. Best enjoyed cold.

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

Pours a big soapy head that takes a while to chill out, and a good bit of lace shows up in its wake. The head is feed by rapid bubble action. Color is a clean and clear gold.

First whiff of this is pretty lager-y, on the mineral side. Further smells reveal lemon and floral hops.

Flavors are light, quenching, and well-balanced. Airy fruit sweetness, honey, easygoing flowery hops, and a very slight toastiness in back.

Mouthfeel shows one of the lightest, airiest beers I've ever experienced. It's got "session summer beer" written all over it. Light grass/honey finish.

Nothing insanely great, but a solid choice for an easy-drinking, low-ABV summer quencher, packing just enough character and flavor to pull it through.

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Photo of Redrover
3.62/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating. The beer is a dark shade of golden with a minimal white head.

The nose is of lemon, grains, and bread. This is a fresh and appetizing smelling beer.

The taste is slightly sweet with the lemon flavor hovering in the background. The lemon does not seem artificial and is not overpowering. As I work through the beer some malts and a bit of hops emerge. I would like to see a bit more hops, but this is refreshing summer beer.

The mouth is of medium thickness with excellent carbonation. This is an easy enough drinker. May be a good change-up from American Wheat beer or those ever-present Blue Moons. It exceeded my modest expectations.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper-gold with a little head. Nose is mild be not bad; a little wheat, a touch of fruit. Taste is similar, only a little bit stronger. Fairly sweet, some wheat, citrus flavors (lemon specifically), and then a touch of hops. A pretty balanced beer that I had a hard time pinning down. Again, not super-tasty but definitely not objectionable. Feel was average. Overall, a fairly drinkable summer beer, although not one I'd go out of my way for.

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Pete's Wicked Rally Cap Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
3.2 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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