Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
served on-tap at Big Star, Chicago, IL, into a pilsner glass
Pours a light yellow color. Some haze here, though I expected more given that this is A.) a wheat beer and B.) a hoppy beer. The head is very white, though not voluminous. Solid stuff.
Gumbalhead does a good job of being hop-forward without letting its malt character become dominated. There are aromas and flavors of sweet orange, lemon, and pine all over the place. But you never lose track of the essential wheat malt flavors here, nor do you lose track of the bubblegum yeast esters. This is a mostly sweet beer; I could have used some additional hop bitterness.
The mouthfeel is pretty light and the carbonation is aggressive. It works very well with food, especially mildly spicy food. Overall, this is one of the best American Pale Wheat Ales out there. I don't think it is as good of a hoppy wheat as the forthcoming Boulevard 80-Acre is, but this is a beer that deserves the loyal following it has.
Serving type: on-tap
06-24-2012 04:42:23 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 06:12:14 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.