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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,204 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,204
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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this American "Wheat" while listening to Britten's "Prince of the Pagodas". I got back from DLD earlier this evening, and so in the spirit of Three Floyds, I thought I should review one of their own. I poured this wheat beer into a pint glass (they serve this beer in a pint glass at their bar). No indication of freshness on the bottle.

A: I find it hard to believe that this is a wheat beer. It pours a clear straw yellow topped by a bubbly white head which quickly dies away to nothing. There is very little carbonation visible. I think that the filtered, headless beer was unappealing, considering that it was a wheat beer. I understand that Three Floyds doesn't even want to fit into the style, but even when I try to disregard the fact that I am drinking a wheat beer, I still think it looks bad.

S: It smells strongly of citrus hops, with a sugary smell too. I do say that despite the look of the brew, it smells very promising.

T: The taste almost says "IPA here..." but the bitterness is more under control than in a IPA. The hop flavor is there though. It tastes somewhat "well-balanced" which I don't really know whether that is something one looks for in a wheat beer or not, but in this case, it creates a better beer. There is the very subtle taste of wheat too.

M: Medium bodied, smooth as can be, with very little carbonation. At times, reminded me of the texture of wheat beers.

D: The beer is drinkable. I think that it is quite refreshing, and I could definitely drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 05:34:59 | More by MusicaleMike
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A: Only slightly hazy orange-gold body, tufts of bubbles, a good head that leaves a thin coating on the surface, a few legs of sticky lace.

S: Mostly strikingly clean hops, most citrus fruits. Faint background of wheat. Really good, but too hop-centric for the named style.

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.

M: Supremely crisp. Fluid. Lively. Refreshing. This is fantastic.

O: A simple concept wonderfully executed. Exactly matches my preferences for low bitterness, restrained hopping, and mild wheat sweetness. It's between a wheat and an IPA, I guess they can't appease both camps ('this IPA is weak!' 'this wheat has too much hops!'). All said and done, a great, easily repeatable beer.

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Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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