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 kbnooshay
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at MacGregors. This came to me with virtually no head. The body was a deep gold. The smell was barely there, but it was sweet and wheaty with a tiny hint of citrus in there. Not as much citrus in the flavor as I would expect but this is so wheaty and tasty. Kinda tastes like a creamier Heineken with a hint of lemon and blueberries. Reminds me also of a Hoegarden because for some reason I always thought that it tasted like blueberries. Whatever I guess I am a crackhead. This goes down SO easy! The mouthfeel is kinda creamy but nice and light. I could pound a hundred of these whether it be on a hot summers day or whenever.

Nothing too complex, but when a beer like this comes around that is so clean, happy and refreshing you have to commend it.

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Photo of MattBrooks
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy shade of yellow with a small head. This beer has really changed over the years, something I think is due in a major way to the many changes in ownership. It is rather light in body and taste with minute flavors of what I'm sure was supposed to be lemon. With its easy drinkability, it would make a pretty good yard work brew, but other than that there isn't too much going on here. The finish was quick and light as well.

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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 InDreams
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear, golden-amber color, with a finger-width head that disappeared pretty quick to leave a bit of lacing and a nice white crown. Nothing exceptional but certainly fits the style.

Smell: Can't help but catch the citrus here. Lemony just like the bottle says, with perhaps a hint of orange peels. Reminds me of a wheat beer somewhat, although I suppose that's to be expected if they used some wheat malts too. Pretty pleasant. (on further reflection, I'm thinking kinda yeasty as well)

Taste: Quite nice, smoothe and overwhelmingly citrusy. Definitely pick up on the wheat malts, and there's something of a sweetness from the malts that matches with the citrus-sourness. Aftertaste lingers, kinda yeasty. Certainly refreshing as the label advertises.

Mouthfeel: The bite of the carbonation is pretty mild, otherwise the beer has a nice light body and goes down real smooth.

Drinkability: I'm sure I've had better, but for what it is, it's pretty good, and very easy to drink. Light, crisp lemony taste, makes for a good summer brew. Wouldn't mind chilling out on the porch fighting the summer heat with a couple of these. It's everything you expect it to be as a Blonde Ale, so give it a try.

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

Poured a medium amber color with massive white puffy head. Smell is mildly citrusy (lemon) Lemon is light and refreshing and the slight lemon taste gives a very pleasant creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink, Nice hot summer afternoon beer.Very drinkable.

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Photo of danielharper
2.87/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Vulcan Beverage, Birmingham, AL.

A: Pours light orange, slight yellow undertones. Very thin white head.

S: Sweet, citrusy aroma. Notes of lemon. Slight yeast. No hops.

T: Smooth, clean lemony flavor. Some yeast on aftertaste.

M: Thin, somewhat enjoyable for-style.

D: Not much on my account, but a good summer beer for hot weather.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is probably my favorite summer brew. This ale has a smooth, clean, anf refreshing taste. Great on a hot summer day to cool off. Finish has a hint of lemon. Light in overall flavor, color and smell, but it is a summer brew so that is almost expected.

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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 RedChrome
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this one day after stopping at my local package store on the way from work to school. It is sold under the Pete's label, so I assumed it would be an average beer at worst...and that is exactly what it is.

I had a glass in the car(don't worry no DUI, just had one before my class), so I was able to pour myself one to get a nice look at the color and a nice nose before my tasting. Unfortunatly, it was not anything special to look at, just a standard light colored seasonal brew. As for the aroma, it hinted at what the label declared, but not enough of the lemon scent came through to make this a summer beer in my book.

I had a big problem in that when I opened the bottle, the beer foamed up the entire neck and continued to do so for a few minutes.

The flavor was smooth, but did not pop of the lemon flavor that was advertised. In the end the aftertaste got very bitter, and was not enjoyable at all.

Overall, I would drink this, as a "cool down" beer on a summer day, but would much rather have a weizen with a slice of lemon to refresh my midsummer tastes.

Don't go out of your way to try this, however, it is worth one taste. Definitly better then a Macrobrew on a hot day.

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Photo of DFN
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had one of these with a steak dinner at a local restaurant and thought it was decent, but nothing special. It's medium-gold in color, not much carbonation or head. Just the tiniest hint of lemon flavor. It isn't labeled as a "light" beer but it could pass for one. Overall, I did not like it as much as the regular Pete's Wicked Ale and I probably won't ever order it again. Not awful, by any means, but real middle of the curve.

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Photo of redelephantdane
3.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- this beer pours a clear dark yellow, with a barely one inch head. it leaves sparse and tiny lace.

s- malts, lemon, rye. thats about it

t- this beer tastes very watered down. a little malt, no hops to speak of, a little lemon and citrus in the finish. this beer dissapointed me with its lack of taste. a little carbonation but mainly water

m- this beer has one of the lightest mouth feels of any i have tried. i could only justify drinking this again after running a few miles and needing a drink.

d- i could chug this faster than a can of natty.

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Photo of karst
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Too long since I have tried a Pete's. Joe used to keep Pete's in his beer fridge. Just took a 2 day break from beer and the first sip was great. My brew buddy would think this heavy on caramel flavor. He would be right. Mt. Hood hops finish nice. IBU's are nice balance for the malts used. Carbonation is very noticable. A definate session for a hot day in Florida spring training ball park. I am going to fault the taste a little - needs a smaller amount of a lighter caramel malt ( C-20 vs C-60) I have held on to this bottle for a while - see no best by date.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the most exciting brew on the panet and I probably wouldn't have bothered with putting a review here except they had a 12 pack in the discontinued shelves at Shaw's for $4.99, so hey why not. Pours light and fizzy, light malt taste, can't detect hops, but do taste a bit of citrus. easy to drink. A bit like Sam Adam's light with lemon. Not bad but nothing to get overexcited about either.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Does its job, i suppose. Very light and easy to drink. Some pleasant flavors, though not much jumped out at me. Perhaps a hint of citrus. Very light on hops. Smooth and balanced. Intended to be consumed in large quantities at summer BBQs in lieu of Bud, and for that it would do nicely.

Pete's throws up some solid beers for the price, and his Wicked Ale remains of my favorite session beers. This one'll do as well.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.07/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear golden fairly thick head, that diminished leaving broken lace all the way through.
smell was very interesting and pleasant, floral hops, lemon whiff.
the floral hops hit me 1st then subsided to a lemony aftertaste, very nice.
mouthfeel was decent, mild creaminess, with a tangy finish, slightly flat tasting to me though.
drinkability is good, I found myself enjoying it more as I sipped, would make a fine session brew, and a very good, and interesting summer brew!

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Photo of waetzman
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't one of the more complex beers I ever drank, but it is one that I can comfortably say is enjoyable on a hot & humid afternoon. It's got a light color, a crisp, light taste and slightly sweet & lemonly aftertaste. I guess the best way I can discribe it is as a 'Lawnmower' beer; something that's good for cooling down, but not a beer for a night out with friends

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

Yellow gold body with a light fizzy head. Decent lacing as well.

Smells is grass with some wheaty background with citric hop and a slight sweetness.

Tastes wheaty with very light citric hop with very little bitterness. Goes down alright but becomes very dry.

Not my favorite by far, but something that BMC fans may enjoy as it isn't over the top and is actually quite balanced despite the dryness.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color, small white head, very small indeed. Light graininess and light hops are all that is in the nose. slightly grassy. Taste is funky and grassy, hops are strong, yet slightly sweet. Maybe a little citrus (orange) in the background. This beer is well carbonated, but that doesn't pull it out of mediocrity. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never really been into Pete's Wicked Ale's before, but the Knuckle Ball Bock and this Rally Cap Ale was not bad. The Rally Cap Ale had a very nice sweet smell. Very citrusy, almost a floral smell with a caramel finish. First drink was good, malts showed right away on the back of my tongue. With a lemon finish, almost too much lemon in this. It was about all you could taste in the aftertaste, it was hard to ignore. In all not a bad brew however, good on a hot muggy day.

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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 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 sacfly
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/gold with very large bubbles and a thick head. Smell is lightly hoppy with a hint of citrus. Very clear. Body is light to borderline medium. Another summer hang out at a picnic/beach type of beer. Better than most of the other summer beers I have tried, but not something that will hold your interest for long. Ever so subtle lemon flavoring… not form the hops. The label reads “Mt. Hood hops and a smack of natural lemon”. Can get the lemon more in the aftertaste rather that in the sip or nose. Some may not like the lingering aftertaste, but I kind of like it. Kind of like after biteing a lemon skin. Worth getting a six pack, but I don’t think I would ever buy a case for myself.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pete's Wicked Rally Cap Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Ink label on the back of the bottle that reads 07205 07:6
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a golden yellow color with some carbonation bubbles that rise to the top of the glass. Nice fluffy head at first glance, but it quickly vanishes to a thin lace. Some sticky trails are left behind.

Grains and malts in the nose.

This is a sweet flavored brew with dry grains at the forefront of the flavor. Slight hop bitterness on the finish, but a grainy taste is what leaves the lasting impression on the palate. Nice drinkability level on a warm summer day. Overall there is nothing special about this beer, but it serves its purpose if the selection is limited.

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Photo of Puddleglum
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm? I was not expecting much of a head from a Summer Ale but this thing was gone before I took my second drink and what was a pleasant aroma of lemon and wheat was replaced with a sort of sour dried grassy note that was far from pleasant. The taste stayed nice and refreshing if you didn't breathe through your nose before drinking and the carbonation was nice. I would prefer most all other Summer Ale's to this one but I would drink this one again in a pinch. I'm not that big of a snob.

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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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