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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,208 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,208
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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climax

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 23:43:46 | More by climax
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Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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