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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,794 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3794
Reviews: 1385
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by vacax:
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vacax

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle shipped to me thanks to Justin. Gumballhead pours a fairly bright gold with a slight haze and a nice thick white head, though not as big as most wheat beers, it still looks real nice with lots of retention and lace. The aroma is fresh and hoppy with pine with a bit of a lemony twang and some vague caramel hops. The wheat does not come through much in the nose, but it would be hard pressed to overpower the hop aroma. The aroma is very good, though it is a dead ringer for an XPA moreso than an APWA.

The flavor pops amarillo, piney and citrusy hop notes with a background of caramel malt. The finish has floral notes, lingering bitterness (a bit out of place for a wheat, again) and somewhat dry cookielike malt finish too. This is one of those beers that in a BJCP competition would totally flunk out of the style guidelines, but I can't really hold that against it because this is a delicious beer. The mouthfeel has a bit of that milkshake thickness from the wheat with a prickly carbonation that isn't quite spritzy. The wheat adds good body for this sessionable brew. Drinkability is very high, flavorful, very hoppy, not palatewrecking, though intense for something in this category. I'll go ahead and call it a good thing though.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:15:15 | More by vacax
More User Reviews:
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lookitsfelias

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a beautiful golden with slight orange tinge. Thin soda like head with very minimal lacing.

S - Smells like bright, but not overpowering hops. Light pine, sweet grass, red wheat.

T - Taste is incredible. Light, sweet, perfect balance of hops and wheat while still boasting a full flavor.

M - Crisp, bubbly and refreshing. Very drinkable.

O - This is an outstanding beer and easily one of the best wheats i've ever had. Most people shy away from wheat beers because of the blue moon's and hoegaardens, which in my opinion give wheats a bad name. This is a perfect example of what the style is capable of. A go to in warm summer days or when you crave something light but packed with flavor. Very surprised at the somewhat average/low rating by the bros.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 01:29:29 | More by lookitsfelias
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-24-2014 23:07:35 | More by olafphysics
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California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-24-2014 19:32:06 | More by ACB
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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -23%

04-24-2014 19:16:25 | More by SF_Posse
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-24-2014 18:18:09 | More by anabar
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-24-2014 14:42:36 | More by Bill235
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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-24-2014 04:27:03 | More by psoriasaurus
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-24-2014 00:16:59 | More by Corburk
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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-23-2014 08:59:57 | More by aklude
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Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-23-2014 02:30:18 | More by XicanoBeerRun
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2014 21:35:35 | More by sirsteve42
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-22-2014 18:50:59 | More by JohnathanColeman
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2014 16:54:37 | More by CGMLS3
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2014 16:47:11 | More by Millax25
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-22-2014 06:45:52 | More by _RL_
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robotiks

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-22-2014 01:50:20 | More by robotiks
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-21-2014 16:20:33 | More by PaulsBrew
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akhayat

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-21-2014 07:57:01 | More by akhayat
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-21-2014 02:58:14 | More by Jaywalsh20
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-21-2014 01:26:02 | More by PseudoBen
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date stamped 03/28/14; I am ashamed to say I've had this beer once and it was about 6 years ago and wasn't crazy over it - thought it was somewhat over-rated
L - frothy off white head caps a golden colored ale, good head retention with some lacing left on the glass
S - fresh citric hop aroma, faint biscuit and wheat
T - amarillo hops shine with juicy lemon, orange, and grapefruit; wheat, lemongrass, yeast are also present
F - lighter body, refreshing, finishes dry with some lingering lemony bitterness
O - solid hoppy wheat beer. I see the catch and draw many have toward this beer. I'll buy it more often, but it's not a regular pick-up for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 01:18:27 | More by barnzy78
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aprabhu


4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-21-2014 00:16:35 | More by aprabhu
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MC for the random bottle. I've had this before, but I guess I just never took the time to review it.

Golden-yellow color with nice clarity, with a foamy white head that retained as a ringlet, leaving patchy lacing on the glass. Grassy aroma, somewhat floral, with light notes of citrus and toasted wheat. The taste is, again, grassy, leafy, herbal, floral, very light notes of citrus pith, the malt bill bringing in toasted wheat and grain husks. Herbal finish with a nicely drying bitterness. Light-medium body with a moderate carbonation. Comes across almost like an APA, which is a good thing. Drinks nicely and pairs with pretty much whatever you're doing.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 3,794 ratings.