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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU

Added by cretemixer on 04-17-2003

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Photo of Overlord
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Schneid for the trade.

Enjoyed this wheat (although to my perhaps unrefined taste it seemed more IPAish than wheatish) beer immensely, though I doubt I will have too many opportunities in the future to sample it.

Enough hops to enliven the tongue, with a citrus flavor laced throughout. Gorgeous pour, nice head for this type of beer. Not to be missed.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden with slight haze with a small/medium pure white head
Hops and lots of fruity notes and grapefruit. Smells “light”
Malt note stronger in the palate than the malt note in the nose. Crisp and light, mild alcohol taste. Grassy, mild bitter element. Bitter finish
Its reffered to as a wheat beer but in my opinion this isn’t your average wheat beer- its much better . In my neck of the woods this stuff sells like no other beer and my local beer suppliers can attest to this. Why? I’m not sure.. Its good don’t get me wrong but its not “Holy shit it’s here!? I’ll take 5 cases!” good. Get it if you can though, very interesting and refreshing beer.


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Photo of IntriqKen
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of hard to call this a wheat.
Pours a clear orange/yellow with a smallish white head that melted too fast for me.
Aroma is definately amarillo hops right off the bat. After you get used to that, you will notice a cracker and biscuit aroma.
Taste is sharp citrus amarillo but then spicy and peppery wheat with a cracker-like dry finish.
Aftertaste is dry crackers and light citrus hop.
This is incredibly flavorful for a wheat beer.
All wheats are supposed to be quenching....this one definately is.
But it also fills the wants and needs of the hophead.
Loved it.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ehammond1 for the bottleshare.

Crystal clear yellow lemon color. Short off white head. Low retention. Low if any lace. 

Nice nose. Smells like zombie dust but muted. Great for the style though. Mild pineapple and fresh citrus.

Citrus on the lemon rind side. Mild bitterness. Not as much character as I hoped. Mild sweetness. No wheat. 

High carbonation. Light bodied. Crisp and pretty fresh. 

Overall Very nice for the style. But don't make the mistake we made while trying FFF brews, drink this before Zombie Dust. But I do highly recommend this.

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Photo of RickS95
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like an ordinary American macro lager. I wouldn't guess it to be a wheat ale. Good thick white head with crazy lacing.

Smells great with lots of citrus, mainly peach, with some flowery notes in the background.

Has a strange taste. It's sweet and tart from the peach like a fruit beer, but piney like a pale ale in the finish.

I don't see this as a wheat ale. It's definitely a pale ale, but it's clearly not a wheat ale. Has a crisp mouthfeel throughout with some hoppy bitter in the swallow.

This ended up being a much better beer than it initially appeared. I'm glad I bought a six pack instead of a single.

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Photo of ZPB
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my brother-in-law!

Poured a beautiful golden hue with big white fluffy head.

Smell was AWESOME! Grapefruit, resin, orange, lemon. One massive citrus smell! If it tastes like it smells - WOW!

Taste was a disappointment. It was good, but the bitterness of the Amarillo hops were just over the top. There is no sweetness at all, only bitterness. I get the citrus, but it is hidden WAY in the back.

Mouthfeel is good - what I expect from an IPA, though this is technically a pale ale.

Overall I like this beer, but I would not seek out. Good not great.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sephiroth for this one! Poured into a sam ultimate glass. Clear, golden color with a wispy white head that dissapates quickly. Hey... I thought this was a wheat beer- all I can smell is hops! Not a bad thing. Not what I was thinking, but great first sip- Some yeasty, wheaty flavor followed by a hop punch! Now the flavor is all the amarillo bitter hops! Much crisper than your usual wheat style beer. Light body keeps it easy to drink.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a finger of soapy white head that quickly fades leaving little lacing.

Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit and just a hint of spicy wheat in the background.

Tastes more bitter than most of this style, but is very pleasant. I'm tasting some orange, lemon and grapefruit. Lots of underlying sweetness as well that balances nicely with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a weakpoint here. Medium in body but carbonation is low for a wheat ale. That being said, this would be a go-to beer for me if it were available locally, it's really quite enjoyable, particularly when it's fresh enough to bring out these wonderful citrus hops.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Once again thanks go out to bgramer for a tasty summer treat.
Poured the 12 oz'r into a pint glass.

A: Golden straw color. An aggressive pour produces almost three fingers of slightly off white head, with great retention and thick lacing. The carbonation bubbles jump right out at ya.

A: Grassy hops, lemon, grapefruit, and spices. Some sweet malts give it a nice balance.

T: Very nice example of a wheat brew. The combination of lemon and spice with the sweet malts produces a great flavor. It finishes rather tart and dry.

M&D: Just a little too much carbonation. The mouthfeel is downgraded because of the distinctive bite. But, at only 4.8% ABV you could have plenty of these after a long day of yardwork. Skal.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful orange/honey color
N- definite citrus & grapefruit tones, noticeably fruity
M- light mouth feel
T- slight bitterness after taste, well balanced citrusy hops and malt flavor.

O- Tasty and enjoyable beer. Like many others have already said, this beer is great for a summertime/warm weather setting. Also seems like a good "bridge crossing" beer for past habitual mass marketed light beer drinkers to be introduced to the craft brew scene.

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Photo of BYOFB
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Nice light golden straw color with a slight haze appropriate for the style. Head dissapears quickly to a light spotty blanket. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of pineapple, mango and citrus fruits. A little wet wheat on the back end. I love those Amarillo hops!

Taste is balanced very well between the hops and the wheat. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Thin but mouthfeel is made fuller by the carbonation. Nice crisp, clean finish.

I'm typically not a big fan of wheat beers, but I'll have a few of these on a nice summer day if I'm low on Alpha King or Ambergeddon.

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Photo of kpantz
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Smells like an IPA, but backs off nicely on the palate, resulting in a refreshing warm-weather brew.

22 oz. bomber purchased in NJ.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden hue with a fervent head that forces you to divide the pouring into two "sessions."

Smell: Amarillo hops are obvious in the nose, and it just screams "I'm trying to be an IPA!"

Taste: Lightness of a wheat...hops certainly in the flavor but without the lasting bitterness of most hoppy brews. A nice dial-down on the bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I expected, but it's a nice surprise in the hot weather. The carbonation is perfect. In all, this just feels like a warm season beer.

Drinkability: Could EASILY knock back a sixer of this. Would make a great session brew. I'll have to remember this one.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a big ole 3" white head over the clear light golden brew. Forthy head fades ever so slowly, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is citrus and wheat. Taste imitates the nose, balanced between lemony bite and chewy wheat. Mouthfeel is smooth with the expected citrus bite, and drinking is very high. An enjoyable brew, but not as nice as I remember it being in the 22oz bottle a few years ago.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a stella glass. no date visible to me on the bottle anywhere. this is my first try of a three floyds brew and im pretty excited for this one.

a- pours a hazy straw yellow color. white fluffy head rises about a quarter inch and then falls quickly not leaving much lacing

s- light lemony/citrus hops. slight wheat sweetness

t- citrus hops initially followed by a bit of yeast sweetness and then finishes with a lemony, grassy flavor. right at the end a bit of the hops crawl back as it sits on the palate

m- highly carbonated, but that seems right for the style. a very crisp beer with a dry finish. extremely drinkable

overall, this is an outstanding, sessionable beer. If I could get my hands on it more often, im sure it would replace oberon as my summer session brew.

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Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated "0585-0588 / 05/07/2015"

A — Pours a light bubbly yellow color, great clarity. There is also a nice and puffy light white colored head that leaves behind very consistent and sticky lacing.

S — Smells of sweet fresh hops and a nice wheat background. Very juicy and sweet.

T — Tastes like the nose, little bit of noticeable wheat malt is present in the beer, quite juicy and hoppy.

M — Light-Medium bodied, nice and medium-long finish.

O — Great overall, a nicely executed hoppy wheat beer.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastically refreshing wheat beer with a stunningly assertive taste.

Pale yellow colour with a very light haze. Poured an awful lot of head - not sure whether that's a sign of too little or too much bottle aging yeast, or if that's just the way this beer is - unfortunately only have the one bottle.

Subtle aroma, but followed with an eye-openingly brilliant taste. Amarillo hops, lots of them and beautifully done. Definitely a beer I will seek out again.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Three Floyd beer! 12oz bottle poured into a wheat-beer style glass.

A: Pours golden pale yellow, a little hazy, with a finger and half of fluffy white head, alright retention, leaves a little lacing.

S: Lots of citrus (mainly lemon and orange) and floral notes (more floral than citrus). Slight pine, lightly sweet pale malt. Basically an IPA.

T: Mellow rush of hops, mainly floral notes with a little lemon rind and orange. Slight bit of pine bitterness in the background. A little bit of caramel malt in the middle, though it gives way to a fairly clean and semi-dry finish. No alcohol noticeable, drinks like a light IPA.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, clean and fairly crisp finish. The body of the beer (not flavor though) almost vanishes toward the end. As easy drinking as it gets.

O: A delicious and extremely drinkable beer. Everything about the beer is mellow and soft, but the hop flavors are big enough to please a hop head. It might be a little bitter for the style, but I enjoy that.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold in color, clear and clean. Finger of white, dense head that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing and a thin film.

S: Good amount of hops here. Tropical fruit and citrus with what seems like just a little pine. I'm not familiar with wheat beers at all, but I suppose the non-hop smell can be attributed to that.

T: Hops right off the bat with what is almost a spicy quality in the end. I don't really get the tropical fruit that I did in the nose which is a little disappointing, but this still a very tasty beer.

M: Medium bodied with bittering hops and dry finish.

O: Very drinkable beer that would be perfect at a BBQ or on the lake. I like this beer and glad I tried it. With that said, when I'm back in Three Floyds territory, I'll probably reach for something else.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured gold with a gracious head leaving lace gracefully till the end. Starring into the light streams of bubbles rose fast to feed the head on top.

The aroma was citrus but held a larger peach overtone to it. I was almost scared this was going to be too fruity.

It wasn't. Sweet malt with a fantastic citrus finish, balances very well between the two.

Nice light mouthfeel leaving a slight coating but nothing too overpowering. Very enjoyable drink, I will have this again.

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Photo of aracauna
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is both an excellent beer and a disappointment. With a name like Gumballhead, I was looking for huge esters, but instead I found a beer that proved to me that American hops don’t clash hopelessly with wheat beers after all. The color is a slightly hazy (not very cloudy at all) dark gold topped by a moderately sized white head. The aroma pits slight esters against a moderate fresh Amarillo aroma over fresh-baked bread. The flavor is a good amount of crisp wheatiness livened up with some grapefruit/juniper hops, making a very crisp, very refreshing brew. This is imminently drinkable. I could probably drink a dozen of them and fall over dead. It’d be interesting to see the same grain and hop recipe fermented on real Bavarian hefeweizen yeast instead of the yeast strain they used here.

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Photo of bgramer
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a fresh 6-pack and poured a bottle into a mug. wow - vigorous carbonation and a clear pale golden color. The beer smells like pine and citrus and the usual 3 Floyds hoppy aroma but it had a wheat presence that felt balanced. a solid crisp beer.

This is a good summer session beer. I'd drink this often.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cold from the tap to a 23oz pilsner a translucent straw gold with a 1/2 finger white head with spotty lace that recedes quickly.

nice subtle yeasty aroma with a bit of citrus.

oranges, subtle citrus hops, yeasty wheat beer.

light bodied, subtle bitter, tangy citrus.

overall - nice refreshing wheat, big citrus.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of a different wheat beer. Had this on tap at KClingers (Hanover). Can definitely smell and taste the hops. Great lemony aroma. Hops adds a little bit of a bite to the taste. Not my favorite wheat, but I'm glad I tried it. Actually has a bit of a hoppy finish.

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Photo of youngleo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to about a 1 inch head. Had some nice big bubbles. Head was slightly offwhite in color. Beer was a cloudy yellow. Head didnt hand around very long, but left some lacing with every drink. Smelled of grapefruit, piney hops, very citrusy. Smelled good. Had a stong citrus grapefruit flavor. Also that pine flavor going on. Slightly sweet. Maybe a hair bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. At 4.8 alcohol, you could make this a good session beer. FFF makes some good stuff.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from the brewery thanks to my brother.

Pours a clear straw with smallish head which retains a coating for 25 minutes.

A hoppy aroma for a wheat brew. Light wheat also makes up the profile.

Taste is dry wheat and hops appropriate for the style. Some bubblegum from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is not as effervescent as most beers of this type but is sufficiently carbonated. Light body.

A better than normal example of an American wheat beer (which I usually dislike).

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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