Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,460
Hads: 5,241
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003

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

35 IBU
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Photo of MillRat
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours slightly darker that traffic signal yellow, with a persistent head in keeping with the wheat, though it does not have that hefe cloudiness. The aroma is the real prize here, just overflowing with Amarillo hops, lemony and bright, just unstoppable. The flavor is more muted and even a little sweet. The hops come to the rescue, cutting a potentially saccharine beer down to size, and keeping the mouthfeel quite mild. A very drinkable brew. Certainly one of the stranger brews I've had, almost defying one to force-fit it into a BJCP category. (557 characters)

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle received via trade. about two months old
A: slightly Cloudy

S: Wheat, Hops, a little sweet bread

T: might have been a little off as it was Not super fresh when I had it so I will need to re rate at a later date.

F: had a light feel decent finish.

O: Good beer but I might be great when fresh, I will visit again when a fresh bottle or tap is available (369 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. The liquid is a bright, hazy orange with tons of bubbles rising through it, and the pour kicks up a generous off-white head with remarkable staying power, and nice lacing.

Aroma is bigtime oranges and citrus, with a noticeable bready malt presence. There's a kind of creamy note to the aroma as well that's kind of hard to pin down. Smells like a well-balanced, creamy IPA.

The taste backs up all the hops from the nose, and then some - lots of grass up front, followed by a citrus punch before the bready malt comes in mid-palate. The malt somehow takes over on the finish, leaving you with more sweetness than bitterness, and the aftertaste is a nice mixture of the two. Some spiciness from the wheat emerges as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is ultra-silky. Medium-bodied, with tons of carbonation. I think it would actually have been better with a little bit less carbonation though, to let the silkiness really come out.

Overall, really nice, non-boring wheat beer that drinks like an IPA with the silkiest mouthfeel you'll ever get in an IPA. (1,074 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of clean goldenrod. It holds a two finger head of off-white bubbles. These are on the bigger side and leave sticky, patterned lacing around the glass, as they recede at a medium pace. There is a thin, chill haze to the liquid, with average carbonation. The aroma opens with sweet, nectary grapefruit hops. They are beautifully fresh, and somewhat tart. Floral hops also weave in and out, mixing with pale grain, and some obvious wheat with warmth. There is a sweeter clove, but it is not phenolic, and it comes with allspice and warmth of booze. As we sip, the wheat takes you by surprise. This is full, and dominates the grain bill, more so than any other type of malts. Pale malts are in there, but mild. There is a copper twang, giving some bitterness. The front also exhibits those citric, bitter hops, as well as some clean, fruity hops. These enhance towards the middle, with pineapple and apricot. At times it appears that bubblegum esters are in the mix, but these are faint and way at the back of the profile. The hops enhance further, pulling us to the end where there is a whirlwind of grass, pine, and grapefruit, with stark chalky, sour wheat, and wet lemony rind. The aftertaste breathes of salt, wheat, rye, and clean citric hops. The body is lighter, and the carbonation on the high end. The feel to each sip is actually a bit thin, appearing watery at times. There is decent slurp, and little pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the hops blending with the warmer spice in both the nose and the mouth. The hops were incredibly fresh, making for an inviting beverage. The flavor did not disappoint, and presented the wheat up front and with force, in a no-nonsense manner. With such a robust punch, however, we thought that the feel should have been fuller and creamier. (1,883 characters)

Photo of demcorhip
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mynie, thanks bro. Drank this one in a mini gathering session with fellow BAs chonyr and raider. Not much emphasis on wheat, best considered a mild wheat IPA?

This ale poured a light golden amber with a thin creamy head. Nice this lacings present.

Caramel, some wheat and some wheat nuttiness, with big grapefruit and piney hoppiness.

This is one hoppy wheat beer, emphasis definately more on the hops than the wheat. The wheat is present, as well as some sweeter caramel like maltiness, but the dominating flavours are the grapefruit and piney hops. Its unfortunate the wheat didnt take more of a role in this beer, as i really enjoy a wheaty wheat beer, perhaps growing up on a wheat farm in Saskatchewan has something to do with my opinions...

Good mouthfeel in this well carbonated light bodied beer, although balanced much more towards the hops than the wheat, with a big hop fullness.

This would make a great session brew for someone looking for big hops. It was a refreshing brew that would go great on a hot summer night. Would also be a great beer to introduce one to hoppier styles. Glad i tried this one, but wont be looking for this one to satisfy my cravings for a good wheat beer, and ill probably stick to Alpha King or IPAs when i have a hankering for hoppy beer.

For a good wheat beer thats full of wheat flavour and true wheat gumminess i will stick to Capital Island Wheat, its like chewing on wheat from a bottle. (1,531 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of d0b. This is my first three floyds beer.

Poured from a brow 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Nice 1 finger of white sudzy head sits there for a bit, settling with globby clump islands of bubbly retention.
Sticky bits of lace leave a few nice looking rings.
Color on this is a chill hazed golden darker yellow.

Lots of musty orange and grapefruit rind like hop aroma.A bit of a floral pedal kick and grassy hops as well. Somthing dusty.
Its sweet aswell, very nice for a wheat beer.

Crisp clean feel with a thin smoothly carbonated feel.
This isnt watery, its just so thin and easy drinking. The hops add another dimension with a dry bitter lingering of dust and sugar free grapefruit.
I get the faintest spice kick just into the swallow like most traditional wheat beers. Which then disappers just as quick.

I really dislike wheat beers. This is the first one that I would pay money for.
The hops make it drinkeable. Adding another dimension to the brew. (983 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deepsouth for this one.

Poured into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a slightly hazy straw with a small half a finger head that left just a tiny bit of lacing. The aroma is slightly happy, a hint of oranges, and a bit of a wheat tang. The taste is wheat in nature, a bit of coriander, but the flavor was mostly a slight hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Slight effervescent. This would be a great summer beer, when its hot and humid outside. (480 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First ever bottle of Gumballhead. Poured a bottle into a pint glass. Had but a whisper of a head. Very light, transparent color with the slightest clouding. Very clear for a wheat beer. Smell is nice and hoppy, although fairly subdued, I must admit. Very nice and mild taste. This is one that goes down way easy...the kind I could put down one after another. This is a nice departure from the higher ABV beers I find myself largely attracted to these days.
It's strange, this beer doesn't knock my socks off, but it's so smooth and easy drinking, this would be Three Floyds answer to Coors, Bud, Miller Lite etc. This is a genuine everyday, all occasions drinker. (663 characters)

Photo of beckje01
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden slightly seethrough with quater inche head

S- A strong floral smell with a very crisp note

T- Hoppy yet not to much the wheat sstill comes through giving a very nice blend

M- Very active

D- Goes down well for being so hoppy the 22oz if enough for one sitting IMHO. (286 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HosP for sending this one my way.

Pours an nice golden orange colour with little head, well carbonated. Smells like grapefruit and lemon very citrusy with a little hop aroma behind it all. Tastes really good lots of citrus there with a sweet hop on the palate, very refreshing. Left almost no aftertaste probably the only downside of this beer, but that might be just my personal taste. Drinks really well overall. Would love to drink this again. (457 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazey golden color with a solid finger and a half of white sticky head. The head retention is great with some coating lacing.

S- Man this is on hoppy mother of a wheat brew. The Amarillo lends a citrus lemon peel and green leafy hop aromas. The wheat has a touch of spice and a dry cracked grain aroma. Finishes with an earthy tone.

T- starts off with a malt foundation with the wheat bringing a dry character. The hops add a great flourish of lemon and leafy cut grass flavors. Slight dusty character on the back end with the wheat adding a heft on the dry finish.

MF- smooth creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- very drinkable with an assertive hop character. Bravo on breathing some life into a simple style. (754 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner hourglass

A- Deep hazy straw with a medium white head that dissipates to a thin film. Good lacing.

S- Light citrus and pineapple and a heavier cracker wheat aroma come through.

T- Getting less of the citrus and pineapple and more of the malt and bitterness. Some slight gumball flavor, not as much as expected. Has a nice residual citrus note.

M- Medium, not too much carbonation

O- A solid beer but was a bit let down. With a name like Gumballhead and being a wheat beer, I expected more of a hefe-weizen quality to it. (566 characters)

Photo of hophead247
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of Harpreet of Perry's....

Pours a very light pale color and just slightly hazy...I was expecting more from a wheat ale. The smell was definitely the highlight of this beer for me...A hopped up wheat is something new for me, but I love amarillo hops, and the smell is quite enjoyable. For all the good things I've heard about this beer, I was kind of let down by the taste. I was expecting alot of flavor, but got just a dry wheat flavor with little hop taste... Too light for my tastes. This beer is drinkable for sure, but I'm looking for a little more flavor in my wheat beers. (603 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very white one finger head. Body has light haze and is a light amber and yellow/orange color. Very light lacing.

S - Not bitter at all. Definitely some wheat but also some slight sweet pineapple or red apple. Now I'm picking up some nice sweet hops.

T - Pretty average and a letdown after the aroma. Slight hops and rye flavors. There is some sourness to this, but it is light and I would say like a sour milk or sourdough.

M - Not as full as I would like. A light beer that doesn't do much in your mouth. You can feel the sourness in the back, bottom of your mouth.

O - Decent but I was expecting more. Probably a style I need to try more of to get a better understanding of what it should be. It is very drinkable and could be a great Sunday beer or something to share with the non-nerdy beer drinkers. Definitely growing on me as I drink it. I have never played with the scores as much as I have with this beer but recommend everyone should try. (958 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Poured a nice clear amber with constant bubbles and a two-finger sticky white head.
S: Honey wheat, green leafy and rosemary hops, a hint of vanilla, and slightly metallic.
T: The rosemary hops are a little unbalanced, the bready yeast lingers, creamy and floral, and again, slightly metallic crispness. OK.
M: Starts off milky and frothy and turns into a crisp metallic-clean finish. This fits the flavor profile pretty well.
O: This is decent, but nothing mind-blowing. (505 characters)

Photo of Matty1918
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deepsouth for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours a slight cloudy golden honey color with a slight white head.

Aroma is of citrus and grainy malts.

Taste is of citrus at first with a slight hint of spice. Malty grains can also be tasted. Very light tasting great for the summer time and hot weather.

Mouthfeel is very light with some good carbonation. Very drinkable. This would be a good session beer on a hot summer day while doing some BBQing and relaxing with freinds and family. (506 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name is fitting, as it is a bit reminiscent of gum. Also hoppy for a wheat beer, which is not uncommon for US versions. Give 'em credit for doing something unique, and definitely worth trying. Overall, it can't hold a candle to the real thing, but a good brew nonetheless. Thanks to the BeirReise for the sample. (316 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy deep straw yellow with hints of orange and a small white head. I get a big whiff of orange rind some lemon and not much else. The taste is good, fruity with a hint of bitterness. The fruit is like oranges with a hint of lemon. It has a medium body, low carbonation and has a mostly dry finish. This is very refreshing and very drinkable. I think the hops got attenuated a bit too much from sitting around, I would like to try this when it is fresh. (467 characters)

Photo of BWCampbell
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - basic wheat ale, cloudy. Good carbonation.

S - Like a wheat ale, with a kiss of citrusy hops

T - Same as the smell, no difference

F - Feels like wheat

Overall - don't know how this is in the new top 250 (212 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of honestdave tnanx bro

A: poured a golden yellow into my tulip with a 2 finger head and left some good sticky lacing on my glass.

S: has some nice hoppy floral aromas that seems to balance out well with the malts in the nose. I also got hints of caramel and citrus zest as well. Very pleasent smell to this beer.

T: a creamy citrus flavor hit my palate first with slight hoppy bitterness which had not too much malt charater to it.

M: light to meduim body with very little carbonation but had a creamy texture with some crispness.

D: was kinda flat for the style but I always enjoy a FFF beer. Overall had a good nose and a decent flavor. Wouldn't mind having some more. (698 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not the wheat beer I expected. But it was not an experience I regret either. By the time the beer reached our table, there was no head present. Served in a pint glass, color was a dark gold, not quite amber. Floral hops and some citrus were the most up front smell. Hops were all over the taste. Sigh. I'm a bit tired of potent hop taste in every other beer regardless of style, but that is a rant for a forum, not a beer review. Mouthfeel was smooth and quite nice. Likewise for drinkablity. Very sessionable. Will certainly have this again. (550 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy straw color with quite a bit of carbonation. About 3/4" of white head forms, which has good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of orange rind, a touch of grapefruit and pine as well. Very aromatic for a wheat beer....much better than most pale ales out there as well.

Taste: Lots of orange and grapefruit rind, with a bit of pine as well. The wheat malts don't hold up real well against that, sadly, so in the end it seems a bit empty to me...still, a pretty tasty wheat beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation....pretty smooth and easy drinking. Overall, it's one of the best wheat beers out there, no doubt. Definitely some good hoppiness in this one. (727 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Franziskaner Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
I believe this came to me from mjd83goblue. Thanks man!

Pours a crystal clear, light orange color with very mild golden brown tinting. Huge, frothy white head forms, then dissipates to a nice 1/8 inch surface covering after a couple of minutes. Lacing is in sticky little clumps.

Very nice presence of wheat notes here. Good bubblegum notes, though not quite as prominent as expected. Very welcoming notes of citrus hops. Loads of pineapple, some decent mango notes and a hint of ripe peach.

Serious wheat profile, as it should be. A tiny hint of caramel. Very good citrus hops profile, which is nicely balanced in this one. It's definitely hoppier than I prefer my wheats to be, but it's still quite tasty. Mild, almost hidden, hints of bubblegum flavor.

Medium body and medium to high carbonation give this an easy, smooth mouthfeel. There's a light bitterness around the edges, which is a negative, for me.

I can see how this would be enjoyed by many people and in great quantities, most likely. On a warm summer day, I could probably even drink a few of them. Maybe. (1,144 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischer, IN for $2.29. Poured from the bottle with GumballHead hanging out on the front and the usual awesome bottle cap into my Gilligan's Pub Pint Glass. Has no Freshness Date like usual.

Aroma- Starts with a light marijuana aroma with grassy and citrus hops. Has a yeasty background with minimal cloves but still noticeable. Really brings you back to smell over and over.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has weak retention and strange it isn't bigger for this style. Has a pale yellow, semi-hazy body. Good lacing on the sides.

Flavor- Strong hops from the start, too much for this style but okay. Very sweet and malty but doesn't have many of the attributes (rye, wheat, banana) that I've had in many other Hefeweizens and American Wheats.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and leaves tons of hops on the palate.

Overall Impression- The hop is too overpowering for the style but I can't diss this beer because its still awesome! Should be a American Pale Ale when it comes down to it... I would get this beer again if it was more available to me but not sure what style it is... Isn't anywhere CLOSE to an American Wheat. (1,209 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled at Cont. Liquors Ashland, Ky. I usually get awesome fills here, but today I was running short on time and the employee present really isn't experienced enough at this, so we will see. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - bright golden with some yellowish tones to it. Head was nice to start but quickly vanished into a small ring of white lace. This small ring left minimal if no stick to the glass.

S - lemony, fruity and somewhat floral hop aroma. Wheat character is faint with a pretty solid FFF style yeast aroma. Peach and marmalade? Maybe as I can hint the peach.

T - more odd ball fruitiness which is refreshing with a big note of lemon with softer notes of a somewhat sour peach. Flavor is slightly sweet though the malt never really gets a firm grip on anything as the hops take over middle to back yet the wheat and yeast do a nice job of keeping the bitterness crisp in the finish. This is definitely a wheat ale inspired by Amarillo hops and has a unique factor going on. Clean and crisp finish.

M - medium bodied and carries a good thickness to it. It's just what you get with a FFF brew. Great ale for summer

O - I've had this from a bottle and this review was taken off the 2nd time I had it from a growler poured fresh. I have to say this pour does not do this ale justice and ill have to track down a few bottles to get the review across. I'm not going to sit here and pound this ale as if I didn't enjoy it nor am I going to rip the girl that did the fill. But I'm not going to pretend like I loved it either bc its one of my go to breweries. This Is a very good pale wheat ale and one of the best. The problem is its a subpar style. It has all the right qualities to being the best pale wheat ale in the world as I'm sure a bottled version or a proper fill would have shined. I'm sure ill re-review this here soon with better results. (1,874 characters)

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.