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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
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4,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,213
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 781
Gots: 398 | FT: 22
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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bsp77

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very cloudy straw-gold with medium-sized stark white cap. Slight lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, lemon zest and dried-out wheat. This is my third Three Floyds beer, and they all smell damn good.

Taste: Refreshing wheat malt body with very hoppy notes of grapefruit, lemon and even more tropical nuances. Some white pepper on the finish, but very little bitterness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a light, crisp body. Finish is very dry and refreshing.

Overall: Wow, a Wheat beer that manages to be both hoppy and balanced. And unlike Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' (which is really more of an IPA), I can actually tell this is a wheat beer. If this was available in Minnesota, this would be a must-have lawnmower beer ever summer. By far the best American Wheat I have had.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:36:13 | More by bsp77
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sloejams

California

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try some Three Floyds for a long time and this was one of the most intriguing I've heard of. Thankfully, this fine summer beer was easy to find in Chicago - so I made the most of it there and even brought some home.

Gumballhead is deescibed by the brewers as, "a highly dry hopped American wheat." It has an interesting color, a lot lighter than what I was expecting - but more accurate to what a wheat looks like. The aroma was sweet, a bit lemony with a dose of hops. The tastes follows that but with a wheat balanced finish.

It's a very unique taste and is quite delicious. The sweetness is different but very welcome. I sure wish I could get this in LA.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 20:52:53 | More by sloejams
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asabreed

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bombed poured into my Aventinus Weizen glass.

Appearance: Golden hazy yellow, lots of thick bubbles coming to the surface. Lacing's a bit spotty, and the head keeps recharing because this glass is so awesome, which helps.

Smell: Wonderful floral aromas of aromatic hops and citrus (acidic orange and grapefruit), along with some sweetness of the wheat malt. I'm having trouble getting my nose out, as it's pretty awesome.

Taste: An insanely well-done combination of wheat malt and hops. Like a hefeweizen versus an IPA? How were they able to do this? First a citrus-y touch of hops, balanced and delicious, then ending with the wheat malt sweetness, with a great aftaste of both of them melding well. Wowness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy at first, ending with moderate carbonation and some crisp bite at the end.

Drinkability: I paid about $6 for the bomber, and this is going down quickly because it's damn tasty and easy to drink. But overall a pretty incredible beer, and surely worth a try. Pretty complex and simultaneously easy and pleasurable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 21:29:43 | More by asabreed
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt gold. Slight white head that quickly disipates.

Aromas of pine, citrus and vanilla.

Taste is slightly biscuity and nutty wheat with a solid citrusy hop balance.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp. Incredibly drinkable.

I think Gumballhead is almost as cool as Fritz the Cat.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 23:48:18 | More by BillyB
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit like a macro, but with a hazier body. Yellow body with a moderate white head. Nothing impressive, but pretty much par for the course.

Nose and taste have a surprisingly heavy dose of hops. Really a wonderfully refreshing taste. Basically, take your typical well-crafted wheat ale and throw in a ton of hops. You've now got Gumballhead.

Mouthfeel is thin and smooth - again, pretty much par for the course.

All in all, this is a delicious beer that hits all the right notes - with a crescendo of hops. Really, really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 02:21:19 | More by Mavajo
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber purchased from Once upon a Vine

A: Pretty dark golden brew. 1" white head. Poured into a mini-hefe glass from nashoba valley.

S: As soon as i open the bottle, I was hit with a wave of floral hops. Typical citrus that you expect from a wheat beer.

T: This is one helluva hoppy wheat beer! Yeah, thats about it. Tasty.

M: Effervescent!! This dissipates quite quickly off your tongue - it is quite dry. Very intruiging.

D: My new favorite summertime brew. I could drink these all day long.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 03:29:37 | More by Lnedrive14
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morimech

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is like no othe pale wheat ale I have ever had. From the pour till the last drop is resting in my stomach, it far exceeded my expectations of wheat beers. Has a clear golden color with a large head that had good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful hop aroma of citrus fruit, such as grapefruit and oranges. Also a touch of bubblegum which is odd since there is no yeast left in the beer. The flavor features the hops without all the bitterness. Grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerines all tantalize the tastebuds. Bitterness is detectable but low. Under 20 IBUs if I was to guess. Not much if any wheat malt is detected so it is not perfect. Has a bigger body than others in the style and carbonation is bubbly without being harsh. Wonderful to drink in the summer or any season for that matter. Nice sessionable ABV. The one major nitpick I have for this great beer is the price at over $11 for a six pack. Ouch.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:28:58 | More by morimech
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th review!! Extra graciously sent to me by SpdKilz, thanks to him for the opportunity. No bottling date of course from FFF. Enjoyed on 07/15/11.

A - 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pour is what you'd expect from the style. Hazy pale straw yellow color with a one finger white head which recedes very quickly. Leaves no lacing down the sides.

S - Wow, this is where this beer really excels. After drinking a few sixers of Oberon already this summer, that's the type of aroma I was expecting. Instead, I'm slammed with big grapefruity hops, this smells like an IPA. Mango, orange, lemon, and that classic wheat sweetness is also present.

T - Spicy, peppery, pale wheat beer-like up front. Then come the grapefruit hops and I love it. Finish is incredibly balanced with the wheat sweetness and some citrusy spice and fruity hops. Leaves a lingering toasty malt flavor and some lemon zest. What an excellent beer.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. More creamy than expected.

O - Another great one from FFF. These guys have to be considered one of the best American breweries. Great job.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:42:43 | More by Janderson91
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Purchased At: Steve's Liquor

Appearance: The pour is an amber and carrot orange color. It's quite clear for a wheat beer. This has to be filtered, or the wheat percentage is on the low side. No head was produced on the not so careful pour, and no lace is being produced on the side of my glass. The beer is quite effervescent, looking like it's a little higher than an IPA, following more along the lines of a wheat beer.

Smell: The nose is a lovely blend of citrus fruit. A hint of orange, mango, grapefruit and lemon. There's just a little bit of sweetness in the background.

Taste: The palate starts out with malt sweetness. It doesn't last long though, the hops quickly takeover. More citrus flavors including mango, orange, lemon and grapefruit. There are also some herbal notes on board, a little grass and pine show up. The aftertaste lends itself to more grapefruit and a little bit of mango as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin, but the high carbonation provides a good body to the beer. The hop oils produce a lovely coating on my teeth after each sip.

Drinkability: Three Floyds, how I love thee beer. Another winner. I'll be picking up a six pack of this in the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:11:02 | More by Ek0nomik
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lbaker

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer numerous times because of my love for wheats, but I wanted to wait to do my review until I had another in my hands...lets go

(a)-brew pours in the mid-cloudy range, a lot lighter than most wheats. Pours with a good amount of head with decent lacing. Good carbonation. (4/5)

(s)- smell is excellent. Lemon, orange, grapefruit...in for a treat (4.5/5)

(t)- smell follows through for the taste, everything you expect from a great wheat but even more. I've had this on tap and the grapefruit taste is stronger than in bottle, but its still very apparent in this sweet brew. (4.5/5)

(m)- mouthfeel is a little lighter than what I look for in a great beer. Too much upfront and not enough follow through. Great on the tongue...just need a little more. (3.5/5)

(d) I could drink pint after pint growler after growler of this stuff. Find a place with it on draft and never leave. (5/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:50:00 | More by lbaker
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jsanford

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle generously received as an extra from BarrytheBear. Big thanks, Barry!

A - Pale golden straw, thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of wheat and hops, slight lemon and orange citrus

T - Very wheaty, almost like a box of cereal (this isn't a bad thing). Very pleasant hop taste acts as a balance to the wheat. More orange and lemon citrus. Delicious!

M - Crisp and incredibly refreshing. Carbonation is perfect.

D - ...And another Three Floyds beer blows me away! I love this, especially since I just got home from a long, hot day at work. Crisp, refreshing, quaffable...absolutely the best Summer beer I've had. More please!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 04:38:39 | More by jsanford
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PEBKAC

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first 3 Floyds beer ever. Isn't trading great? :D

Having heard so much hype about it, I forgo the everyday pint, & bust out the Erdinger Weiss glass for the occasion. I begin to pour, hoping MattyB wasn't bullshitting me.

A golden hazy honey tint, crazy activity from top to bottom, but a weak quarter inch of off-white head. No head, no five point O.

A cloudy tangerine scent lifts off the top, softening the crisp hop background. Dry wheat & very little yeast. Subtlety sweet, & mild.

Sweet bread, almost like pumpernickel. A little squeeze of honey. It is outstandingly dry, practically sucking away the almost sweet bitterness from front to back & away from memory. It finishes with the prickly carbonation just adding a dab of butter on some dry wheat crust. Much cleaner then your typical wheat beer. Even on a cold winter day like this, it hits the spot amid all the stuffy heat coming off the pipes.

And just like that, it's gone. I sure could use another.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 04:22:46 | More by PEBKAC
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DontCallMeSurly

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This tasty treat pours a wonderful orange-pumpkin color with a slight haze. The pour resulted in a 1/2 inch head of foam which quickly dissipated into a very slender ring around the edge of the glass.

The scent of this beer can be characterized as very hoppy with lots of floral and citrus undertones. Not overpowering by any means, just different than what I was expecting from a wheat beer.

The taste of this beer is absolutely delicious, my only comment is that the mouth feel seemed just a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 00:57:17 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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brushpig

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found a big bottle at Andersonville liquors.

The light golden/orange brew has a small sticky foamy head.

A very nice aroma of hops citrus and wheat is a nice blend that encourages you to take a big sip of this fine brew.

This is a fantastic beer with great flavors. Hops and wheat blend is very tasty. Nice citrus with oranges and light lemons. Moderate amount of bitterness at the end finishes of a great beer.

Moderate carbination, and refreshing light mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable and enjoyable treat from a great brewery.. get this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 15:56:27 | More by brushpig
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter glass

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin 1 finger white head that leaves great lacing. LLAB

S- Like most FFF i've had the Strong floral hops hit you up front but i have to say the wheat was very apparent and left a great backround. Combined with a citrus/orangy almost tangerinish fruity smell as well.

T- Sweet citrusy hops and strong wheat flavor are complimented with cirtusy fruits and a great lemony finish and after taste.

M- Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation that leaves a slight bitter dryness on the tounque.

Overall this is definitely one of the best and most interesting wheat beers I've come across. The great amount of hops flavor and fruity make it a great session beer.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 06:44:44 | More by Arenbeer
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 160z pint glass at Hopleaf 5/30/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a pale, clear-gold color. 1/2 finger of white and creamy head.

S: Unbelievable hop aroma with a fantastic baked/toasted dry wheat-y aroma.

T: Hops. Glorious citrus hops. Dry wheat coupled with toasted malt. Incredible!

M: Juicy, dry, oily, and prickly on the tongue. Just about perfect!

D: Quite possibly the penultimate summer beer. A true classic!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 02:04:45 | More by GbVDave
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden color with a half inch white head, that dissolves away quickly. The aroma starts with pine and grassy fragrances and blends into this light citrusy, lemon scent. The light taste of wheat stands put at the start, but it is more dominated by citrus flavors in the middle. Then at the end a earthy hop bitterness, attacks the palate at the end. A light mouthfeel, it is not thin or watery, it has crisp finish finish for an ale. This beer is incredible drinkable, fantastic aroma, added on with a light feel and flavor make this a must have beer on those summertime camping trips.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 04:33:00 | More by cameraman
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bonbright7

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trade prize. I traded a Sixpoint Bolshoi for this and it rocked the little beer tasting we assembled last night. After a slight chill, it poured well into the fancy Sam Adams' glasses with a medium to small head which dispensed a gloriously hoppy aroma upon me. It came across more like an IPA as I went for the first taste and then the taste exploded in multitude of flavors that reminded me of places I had been and luxurious dinners in France. The flowing nature of the ale made it exceptionally easy to drink slowly and enjoy the contents. Oddly, the vibrant and hoppy elements in the aroma didn't translate into the taste, though the hops were present, they were not overwhelming-a good thing too.

Of course, I wondered what this might be like on tap or even with divine intervention, from a cask.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 13:31:50 | More by bonbright7
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inhoc00

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another beer just now getting around to rating.

This is such a cult beer which makes it even nicer to stop at the store on the way home from work and pick up a six pack of the stuff.

A- pours light golden with nice size head.

S- Nice light hops sweet citrus.

T- "Gentle" Hops. By that I mean a light hoppy taste with a refreshing aftertaste instead of the bashing over the head of its cousing Alpha King. So crazy refreshing, I forgot how good this stuff is.

M- Light feel, sharp carbonation.

D- 5.0 period. This may not be the most complex beer but as far as I'm concerned this should be the NUMBER ONE SESSION. Only 4 something percent alc. Only problem is the price. $12.50 a six pack is harsh.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 01:13:48 | More by inhoc00
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got to enjoy this beer this weekend at Murphy's outside Wrigley. A fresh keg to boot. I talked my whole group into getting one so we could "talk about it" It poured a bit more yellow then I anticipated but I'm not a stickler on color. I got a slight fruity aroma with lemon and pine needles. The head was intense and lasted for the first couple sips. The flavor was very earthy with hints of grass and plenty of lemon. Not as sweet as some wheats I've had but still nice. The carbonation was present with a nice bite on the wash down. I had a few more after my initial so I can say this beer has a great drinkabilty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 01:21:20 | More by beerwolf77
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head that has decent persistance and drops some lacing around the glass

Smell: Dominated by the fresh hop aroma from the Amarillos; powerful stuff, that, with just a modest undertone of wheat in there

Taste: As I let this warm, the beer starts out with both a citrusy and wheaty flavor that, after the swallow, is complemented by a strong lemony blast

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A most unusual but extraordinary brew

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 22:54:07 | More by brentk56
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't had a wheat ale that tastes this good ever I don't think. A nice layer of mellow cereals and another of peachy (iced tea) sweetness add character, while the aftertaste is just awesome and unique, of toasted wheat and oats and cereals busting out with flavor and texture. Almost like eating a chocolate wheat bar, if that's possible. Good stuff. Some hop touches as well, not to be remiss.

Besides the taste, the looks are funky, slightly opaque rich amber body and bizarre ice crystal lacing and spotchy head are cool. Nose is weak I thought, but more or less normal for the style. Sweet, sharp malts, which developed into a citric tropical orange/grapefruit. Nice.

Mellow taste and addictive aftertaste, combined with the awesome body, make this brew exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 03:19:48 | More by donnebaby
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so this is what wheat beer should taste like...


I cracked a 22oz of this while brewing a batch of belgian trappist ale. This beer is so freakin cool it is scary. The whole time you are drinking it, you think that it is an APA but then you switch back to thinking it is a wheat beer. The hops definatelymix well with the wheat and produces a wonderful sweet finish. The appearance is golden and there is tiny particles of pulp free-floating in the glass. I had some spicy chinese while drinking this and it was a perfect compliment. This beer is by far, one of the best session beers that I have had. And by the way, the label is so bad-ass!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 01:34:02 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very good, despite a very small head... a hazy straw/golden wheat. Looks great.

Smell is wonderful. Sweet hops abound. Some spicy cinnamon-like notes in the whiff as well. A touch of lemon and citrus. Sweet.

Flavor is right on. A subtle hoppiness at first that flares up at the back of the tongue into a very nice hoppy flavor. Citrusy. Smooth. Excellent.

Finishes very dry. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 06:58:36 | More by Fugazme
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wheat pours fairly clear deep straw/light golden with a quickly diminishing but clingy white head. The aroma is highly hoppy--citrus, mainly lemons. The flavor is also highly hoppy, lots of citrus, quite lively on the tongue. A bit of wheat malt flavor pokes through the hops at the swallow, a nice subtle surprise. The finish is smooth and just a bit dry. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium. Overall a refreshing, yet subtly complex APA (yes I call it an APA). Glad I've finally tried this beer and would gladly pick up a full 6er.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:34:37 | More by uwmgdman
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