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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,206 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,206
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 781
Gots: 396 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Wheat Ale, Gumballhead is named in honor of the underground comic book cat created by Rob Syers. Initially a seasonal summer beer, now brewed year round due to demand. This beer helped redefine American Wheat Beers. Brewed with Amarillo Hops and a generous portion of American red wheat, Gumballhead has a complex hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, marmalade and peach. These flavors combined with low bitterness make Gumballhead a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003)
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and golden yellow in color. This is very well carbonated which means the one finger white head had some staying power. This is a very attractive beer.
The aromas coming from this beer are very strong. I smell grapefruit and wheat and these aromas linger till the beer is gone. As it warms I'm able to pick up some ester aromas which I assume is coming from the yeast.
First is bitter grapefruit hop flavors followed by the wheat flavors which are more toasted and bitter than sweet. It does finish with a nice lemony note which is quite pleasant.
The beer is thin bodied and crisp. I've got the bitter hops up front with the toasted wheat to follow. As it warms it seems to sweeten just a little and then I get the dry lemony finish.
This is an amazing beer. It took me awhile to finally get a taste and it was worth the wait. There is no doubt in my mind that that I will pick this up again and again, if of course I'm able to find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:41:38 | More by JCaweinstein
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T: Again, too hoppy for the style, but it's too good for me to knock it much. Clean, clean hops showcasing a variety of citruses with minimal bitterness playing off a slightly sweet wheat base. Finish could be longer.

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Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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