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 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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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 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 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 billybob
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden amber color with a one inch white head that fades quickly to a ring on the glass with a small amount of lacing. some floral and citrus aromas. grainy malt up front with a lemon tangy finish. crisp light to medium mouthfeel with a tangy after taste. would be a good summer session beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into mug.

Clear amber hue with an eggshell white head that slowly dissolves to a thin bubbly cap. Stringy stacked lacing.

Husky malt aromas combined with hints of a citrusy sweet lemon scent.

Watery malts give way to a sweet flavor, along with a lemon twang. The finish is clean with maybe a little lemon hanging around.

Not much to this beer except for maybe a little lemon flavoring, sort of like a fresh lemon wedge in your ice water at a restaurant. Good summer 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 tonistruth
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden straw, fizzy, thin foamy two finger white head, really good retent, film on glass, settles to ring

S- crisp, sweet, floral, clean sterile scent

T- sweet and malty with a sharp lemon twang at the finish, wheat detectable in there. more tasty than usual golden ale. Simple summer brew

M- crisp, smooth, and light bodied. carbonation looks like it be higher than it realy is.

D- easy drinking summer brew with a twist. nothing great but holds its own for what its trying to be. Worth a shot in the summertime.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy yellowish, with an orange hue. Small head of white carbonation bubbles down to a thin layer of foam over the top of the beer. Some lace.

S: Fresh. Citrusy grapefruit notes, with light buttery malts. Some banana esters and cloves, too.

T: Light malts and sweet citrus blend together with a hint of hops. Mild cooked grain elements blend toward the finish. A sourness is washed away with a seltzer water like flavor.

M: Mild and light on the palate. Some carbonation, but not much.

D: Not bad. Would make for a nice summer day brew.

Notes: An average Blonde Ale. Nothing less, nothing more.

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

Pours a clear, pure gold with a moderate sized head and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Citrusy smell with a comination of oranges and lemons and just a touch of hops and a bit of honey. A good taste mixed with the lemony citrus (like it says on the bottle) complimented with some hops. Very sweet. A very mild mouthfeel that is complete and well-balanced.

About half-way through the 2nd I thought this was going to be an oustanding session beer. However, it's just too sweet for that. 2-3 max.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Clear, golden blonde, as expected, with a very subtle amber hue. Two fingers of head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

S: Not much, mild floral/citrus smell, but almost non-existant.

T: Watery, mild hops, timid citrus.

M: Thin, crisp, somewhat carbonated. Refreshing though.

D: Goes down easy like water, but better. Very sessionable, clean, crisp and refreshing. A good beer to pound at a local Harrisburg Senators game on a hot day.

Not a great beer, but very drinkable. Much better choice for a draught than most macro brews. Nice little summer brew.

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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 RJLarse
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Rally Cap at a grocery store while on a three-day two-night trailer trip in North Idaho. I had not seen this beer in my area. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nice gold color and is clear. A one-finger bubbly head forms, but dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The head produces little lacing.

The smell is a bit floral. There are some fruity esters and citrus aromas.

The taste is a little grainy, like cereal, up front, some citrus flavor along side, with a mild hop finish. The flavors are not particularly interesting or complex.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and a little watery. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer, but not an outstanding one. I’ve had better blonde ales. But his one is a nice summer beer.

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

My Baseball Tonight pre-beer. Fitting? Only if it tastes good. Light golden yellow body with a small, zesty, off-white head. Nose is fruity with sweetish grains and a small hop dollop. Sweet generic, lagery malt. Light fruitiness. A hint of citrus maybe? Vague hop bitterness. Light bodied with a dry finish. Not bad, but forgettable.

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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 Vancer
3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, lite amber pour with a smallish white head. Died rather quickly.

Very woody and earthy in the aroma and taste. Some nutty nuisances in there also. Fairly plain, but tasty brew.

Dry and crisp, for a blond ale this is above average, but not top of the line stuff. On a hot day, you could enjoy several of these, even with a solid 5% riding on it.

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

To me this is pretty much a straightforward (borderline boring) American Blonde Ale. It is smooth thin and light with a bitter finish so if you need something to cool off with in the summer this will suffice it is simply lacking a bit in luster.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold color with an off white head.

Smell: The aroma is like wet wheat and pale malts with a hint of sour hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Thin and clean with not much to it until the surge of sugar at the finish and the sour aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is not bad or exciting it lies write on the line as an average decent beer. Suitable for refreshment more than contemplation.

Hope this is helpful.

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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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