Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by climax:
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
Sampled near the peak of freshness; purchased a six pack from the brewery. The not-so-wheat beer rich gold body has impressive clarity considering the style. Head is modest, as is residual lacing.
The Amarillo hops add a definite hoppy attitude for a wheat beer. Citrus notes of grapefruit and peach are at the forefront, while more subtle grassy herbal tones add complexity. Darker variety wheat is not only evident in the color, but the warming wheat aromas seem more bold and rich.
This on tip-toes the line between a wheat ale and a pale ale, but the finish etches it on the wheat side. After the lemon and sweet grapefruit hop flavors subside, the grainy wheat finish resounds over everything. Lots of flavor in here; it mixes a bold wheat beer with a fresh Amarillo pale. I'm trying not to let the name influence my palette, but I do get gumballs in there.
Sharp carbonation meets the mouth instantly, and then I notice the very slick feel. The finish ends up slightly chalky as the hops add a bit of dryness. There's a good amount of body in this one. I'm on the hungry side, yet not making short work of this. It doesn't fall short of refreshing either.
One of the best wheat beers I've head. It's not for the faint of hops or one wanting an uninspiring summer chugger. This is a 'nuff said solid beer for any occasion.
02-08-2012 23:43:46 | More by climax
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4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a hazy peach with a thinner head than expected that was gone pretty quickly,oh man the aromas!Loads of Amarrilo hops give it a big piney aroma intermingled with some citrus and clove like wheatiness,man what a combination.The different refreshing flavors of this beer are just awesome, definent hop profile of grapefruit and pine along with a wheat beer -lemon and spice make this a one of a kind.Damn now I see why this beer is so highly regarded and Amarillo hops are a big favorite of mine.
05-18-2005 00:37:19 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Appearance The body is a hazy yellow in color thats kind of dirty and tinged with a slightly orangish hue. The head came up well enough after I worked the pour. It settles nicely though leaving some cool lava pits on top of the liquid.
Smell Yeow! That is one sharp, hoppy nose. I wasnt expecting that. The huge Amarillo and pine sap caught me completely off guard. I almost dropped my glass on the floor. Im sure theres some wheat in there that Ill find at the taste, I just cant get there from here.
Taste Ah, there is a bit of bubblegum to this after all. The wheat flavor is light, but it manages to avoid getting stomped by the hops. The hops come out much smoother on the tongue. Nicely done.
Mouthfeel I cant believe how smooth this is after getting my first whiff. I thought this was going to be brutal, but they have expertly blended the flavors here. Theres some nice, light carbonation, a good dryness at the finish, and a fluffy character that keeps one entertained.
Drinkability This is a class act. The style is kind of new to me, and it certainly is no German weizen, but this was a very refreshing offering by Three Floyds that left me wanting more.
Comments Big thanks to feloniousmonk for sending this one all the way to Seattle. Ive found a new standard.
07-10-2004 01:31:33 | More by RoyalT
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
Brassy pale orange under a thin white froth. Big Amarillo piney aroma, bits of yeast, and loads of citrus but no wheat. Tastes almost rye like, very spicy but perfectly balanced with grapefruit and other citrus. Drinkable in huge quantities. Wonderful mouthfeel has all the best qualities of an APA and a wheat beer. Does this fit the style? Does this fit any style? I dont know but I do know that this is damn fine stuff. If it wasnt so pricy I drink it by the barrel. As it is, I cant justify drinking this more than once.
05-01-2006 02:16:11 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.38/5 rDev +4%
Thanks to TCGoalie for the bottle. Reviewed from notes crafted on 11/17/10.
Gumballhead pours a bronzed-gold with a light khaki head into a sniffer. An ominous swirl of misty foam remains on top of the attractive brew as medium-sized carbonation bubbles rush to the surface. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass in the shape of small dots and streaks.
The Amarillo hops are the first noticed and biggest presence in the smell. Those combine with a slightly spicy wheat aroma and result in a very tangy citrus aroma of lemon, tangerine, and lime. There is a sourdough bread and biscuit scent supporting the hop and wheat aromas.
The wheat and hops marry so well in my mouth that I cannot separate the two flavors. The grainy, spicy wheat and the lemon-lime citrus hops arrive on my palate simultaneously and play all over my mouth. The finish is distinct hop bitterness and is a fitting palate cleanser. The lemon- lime flavor of the hops sticks with me as the bittering hops pucker the sides of my palate.
A combination of a medium- bodied creaminess and a zesty pucker constitute the mouthfeel. This is a fine and intriguing combo and makes my mouth quite happy. The carbonation is just right for this brew and rounds off a delightful mouthfeel.
Certainly one of the most interesting American wheat beers that I've had, Gumballhead is a beverage that I will certainly look for again. Maybe it's just because I like hops so much, but I'd say it's my favorite wheat beer that I've tried so far. Yet another winner from 3 Floyds.
12-09-2010 00:05:02 | More by TCHopCraver
4.25/5 rDev +1%
A: Golden, clear, and lightly carbonated.
S: A lot of hops, a lot of yeast, beautiful all around.
T: Hoppy wheat heaven! Belgium meets Germany in the USA -- what else could be better?
M: Nice carbonation, very drinkably light body.
D: One of the most drinkable beers ever and one of my all time favorite session beers without a doubt!
09-07-2008 16:20:25 | More by brewdogmrb
4.18/5 rDev -0.7%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Three Floyds tulip shaped pint glass.
It pours a slightly hazy gold or honey with a disappointing 1 finger head that dies pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace. Barely a cluster of bubbles remain on the beer surface.
The nose is an instant a reminder as anything of the power an beauty of the Amarillo hop. It's just bursting with juicy grapefruit hop goodness but still manages not to be too resiny or heavy. The only thing holding me back from a 5 is a tiny solvent smell at the back end.
The flavor start off with a moderate grapefruit hoppiness. It isn't nearly as strong as the nose would suggest. I'm also getting just a hint of peach as well. The flavor does seem to kind of drop off in the middle of the sip and ends with a void. It's kind of weird.
the bodi is light to medium with an aggressive carbonation level to make it seem lighter. The mouthfeel also has a texture of what I associate with a decent percentage of wheat malt used. It's kind of creamy and slick but not in a bad way, it's just what have recognized as a common trait in most beers with wheat. It's highly drinkable though and I can surely understand why there is such demand for this beer. Overall a really nice everyday beer.
10-26-2010 03:06:07 | More by weatherdog
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
Purchased at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a hazy, golden body with a thin white head. Aroma is of spicy citrus hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a spicy high carbonation level. The hop flavors dominate and really cover up the wheat flavors for me. Very good, but a not very balanced. I'd have this one again though.
11-27-2009 21:27:22 | More by blackearth
4.93/5 rDev +17.1%
Fresh bomber of Gumballhead is always a refreshing sight in my fridge. Pours a brilliant golden orange color with a creamy arid two finger head on top that leaves sticky lacing on my pint glass. Aroma is a blast of lovely tropical Amarillo hop goodness. Fresh cut, juicy pineapple slices, oranges, mangoes....herbal, oily, resinous. Underneath is a crisp, fresh wheaty lemony body. Still the most lush, aromatic American wheat beer that has ever graced my nostrils. Yum.
First sip brings a rush of vine ripened lovely hoppiness. Sublimely fruity with notes of pineapple, orange, lemon, and just a hint of herbal pine resin as well. A nicely creamy wheat grain background...sweet with a hint of astrigent husk on the back of the palate. Mellow bitterness throughout makes this the ultimate summer quencher. The best American wheat beer hands down...brilliantly hopped and just so damn tasty.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Rolls over the palate smoothly...being light enough to still be refreshing. This is probably my all time favorite summer brew as I could drink it by the case no problem. I wouldn't mind seeing this in six packs...as it would be a bit more convenient. All in all...this is a great wheat beer.
08-19-2005 21:14:15 | More by orbitalr0x
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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