Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by jlindros:
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Got this crazo beer thanks to AgentZero, an awesome trader btw! Poured into an Allagash Tulip glass cause I thought it would look cool, and a good compromise between pint glass and weizen glass. So let's start this exciting review shall we...
A: Pours pretty bright colored with a creamy 1 finger head and slight popping bubbles, bright golden color with slight orange tinge, and a big weizen cloudiness that almost completely disappears after a minute. I'm afraid this thing is minutes from becoming radioactive with this ominous glow.
N: WOW amarillo hops! I almost get a touch of centennial too, but they're pretty similar, some nice citrus and alcohol add a nice touch to it, its also super spicey, almost like sticking my face in a vat of fresh amarillo hops. Touch of wheat and yeast round this interesting nose off. There's also some strange musty aroma that I can't really figure out. But, I could smell this thing all day. Alas, I have to sip it too...
A: Taste starts very strange, pretty fruity and juicy, lots of hop taste, low alpha hops, and creamy fruit. Slight wheat can barely find its way through the hop fog, but after your tastes adjust to the hops a little you can find the little subtle flavors. The juicy hop explosion in my mouth makes me want to call up the Fruit Snack company and market a new Gushers Hop flavor. The creamy juice runs down the back of my tongue and sweetens the sides making my mouth water even more in excitement for the next sip (Yes I'm still talking about beer, I'm married to a woman you jerk). There's still some interesting tropical fruit flavors, a big guava earthy bite and maybe some Passion fruit or papaya... slight spice that builds, and with all the hop punch, its barely bitter. Probably all very late hops that give it a huge wallop of hops and juice flavor but not much bitter.
M: Very juicy and liquidy (that's the only way to describe it, and if you try it you'll know what I'm talking about). Good carbonation.
F: More sweet fruits and juicy flavors linger on the tongue with delicate spice and bitterness. A slight malt and wheat also dry off the tongue. It just makes you want more and more, I could see pounding back a 4 pack of this noooo problem. Drinkability is huge, especially the thirst quenching aspect.
Final thoughts: I'm about 3/4 of the way through his beer already just reviewing it and sipping, sipping, sipping. This is probably the best session beer I can think of and a wicked unique experience. ALl the interesting flavors meld together very well, I'm surprised this beer hasn't been rated higher, perhaps people are looking for a huge bitter beer, or its just too unique for them. I think this beer is completely misunderstood. I've also only had a few FFF beers so far, and I'm a big fan. Their level of experimentation and consistency on great beers seems to remind me a lot of Dogfish Head. Keep on truckin you magnificent bastards.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2009 01:59:20 | More by jlindros
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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 4,215 ratings.