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Pete's Wicked Ale

Any comments? Plus or minus... I happen to like it but claim no brew expertise. Just looking for opinions - preferably justified.

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  1. I haven't had a Pete's in 10+ years...it was my first introduction to a world outside of Bud....it will always hold a special place in my liver. But seriously, I don't even remember what I did or did not like about it, I'll have to try one again for the first time.

    1. Are they still around? I haven't seen them i nages. They were agood brew when they first came out (w/the original spuds on the label)

      1. It's been a while for me too, but I remember it being thought of as one of the first American Brown Ales to be marketed- it goes back to the very early 90's at least. I think it lost a bit of it's hop profile the last time I had it, and wasn't up to snuff with Brooklyn Brown, which is similar. With either one I think freshness is the key, so always check for that.

        Have you tried the Brooklyn? It might be interesting to compare the two.

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        1. re: TongoRad

          Brooklyn turns out some fine beers, once a year I try to get a sampler case. I really like the Stout they put out

        2. I've had Pete's Wicked Pale Ale. I don't know about the original "Ale". I like it a lot. It's got a strong wheat finish but not overpowering. Best in the summer. I'm not a brew master either, but it's something I'd choose again, depending on the other HH options.

          1. I sort of liked the version of Pete's Wicked Ale that existed in the early 90s; it had some good malt & hop flavors. The last time I tried it, several years ago, it had obviously been completely reformulated; it was lighter in all respects and a little reminiscent of Newcastle Brown.

            There was also a Pete's Wicked Lager in the early 90s. It was a good, hoppy pilsner. I haven't seen it in a long time.

            1. Pete's Wicked is a good beer...it has changed a bit since it's introduction, but not all that much really.
              As much as I like an over the top beer once in a while, Pete's is notable for it's restraint and very good balance of flavors. Balance is becoming a lost art among brewers these days (especially the waves of amateur brewers gone pro) with all the emphasis on everything being 'big'...probably a backlash of all the years of mainstream beer being comparatively mild tasting.
              Still, there's plenty of good stuff out there...something for every taste.

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              1. re: The Professor

                I respectfully disagree. All of the flavor characteristics (a hop bite, a dash of what may have been chocolate malt) that made the original Pete's Wicked Ale sort of interesting are gone. The result is vapidness.

                1. re: Kenji

                  Tru dat. And thelast time I had it, it was way thin

              2. First craft/micro beer I tried. Still one of my favorites - IF I can find it fresh. Not always possible in some markets. Unlike Sam Adams and some others, Pete's beers have no "use-by-date".

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                1. re: beerdaddy

                  "Pete" sold out over a decade ago now, to a big Corona importer called "Gambrinus" -they've since lost their Corona contract, but also own several other US breweries at this point- Spoetzl (Shiner beers), Trumer and Bridgeport http://www.gambrinus.com/brands.html

                  For whatever reason, they continued to have the "Pete's" brands contract-brewed (Pete Slosberg never built his own brewery), possibly because they just don't have the excess capacity, but they certainly have let the brand all but die. In the '90's, it was second only to the Samuel Adams brand as far as "craft beer" sales went- it was closing in on 1/2 million barrels, IIRC.

                  I think at this point, all the Pete's brands left are being done at F. X. Matt -home of their own Saranac brand, and also contractor for most of the Brooklyn beers- and their bottles are usually clearly stamped on the glass neck of the bottle with a "Julian" date (day of the year) code for when the beer was bottled. First three digits the day, 4th digit the year, so a beer being bottled today on would be stamped "3380".

                  1. re: JessKidden

                    Thanks for that, Jess. Sounds like Pete's brands rode the wave briefly, then crashed. Too bad.

                    1. re: beerdaddy

                      Here's some info on Pete's current activities from my friend Jay Brooks: http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/beer...

                      Here's something else Pete is involved in: http://www.reunionbeer.com/

                      I see Pete occasionally at industry events, and always wonder if he's plotting something, but he seems to be basically having fun.