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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
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4,175 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,175
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 775
Gots: 389 | FT: 23
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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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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Sean9689

Illinois

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

Poured from a bottle into a glass (also drink it on tap at FFFs...A LOT!). This beer is gold in color with a nice creamy head. This is my all-time favorite session beer...no question about it. You can smell the hops and also nice notes of fruit as well. The taste? Well, it's out-freakin-standing...wheat/hops/fruit...just plain good. Overall, one of my favorite session beers...when I want something refreshing, this is what I drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 00:25:19 | More by Sean9689
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webmanspidey

Michigan

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass. It is a light golden color with medium head. Smell is very floral and fruity with hints of peach, grapefruit, and mango. Taste is again very fruity up front with a stronger hoppy finish. Excellent drinkability and crisp mouthfeel.

This is interestingly hoppy for a wheat beer. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 00:47:17 | More by webmanspidey
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tpd975

Florida

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

A: Golden yellow in color with a solid one finger head. The head dies to a nice ring and left behind nice thin sheets of lace.

S: The hoptastic aroma is what always brings me back to this one. Nice citrus hops with light touches of sweet pine and earthy green grass notes.

T: Your typical wheat beer this is not. The taste of bold citrus hops is what this one is all about. It has the taste of a piece of fresh Florida grapefruit with a nice piney sweetness in the finish. This beer like most from 3 Floyd's is VERY aggressive for the style. This aggressiveness is what put them in a class of their own to us loyal following of HopHeads.

M: Nice crisp carbonation very smooth.

D: Very drinkable. I really like this beer. Three Floyd's never disappoints. I am glad I am back home in Indiana for a short stay. A growler of this delivered by my brother was the right way to kick off my trip.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2008 13:56:36 | More by tpd975
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Beer poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow are really hazy. Carbonation is low and it forms a moderate white head of medium to small bubbles. The head leaves lacing on the glass as it falls away. A thin head remains, i suppose supported by the mild carbonation. There are a couple of floaties in my beer, not sure if this is yeast? Didn't appear to be any yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

Not what I expected in an aroma but it smells great. Hops hops hops! Wonderful HOPS! Citrusy, sweet, hop aroma. Very good.

This beer is super smooth. I love it. The hop flavor is nice, citrus and sweet. There is some wheaty characteristics that come up at the end, the overall bitterness is rather mild but really good. Mouthfeel, medium body good palate connectivity, and drinkability is really high.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 01:14:59 | More by drabmuh
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Floydster

California

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

22 ounce bottle from Walnut Liquorette for $10.99

Too bad this is only a summer seasonal, but glad to find this bottle here

Hard beer to get in California, enjoyed this tonight while watching a movie and relaxing

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter

Color was a golden color with a nice red tint

The head was about 1/2 inch thick, but disappeared fast

Some lacing stuck to the glass the entire way through drinking

Sipped on this for about an hour and fifteen minutes

Smell was super dry, but amazing filled with amber

Taste was amazing and the smoothest wheat beer I have ever had

This has tons of amarillo hops and they provide a great bitter taste

Could have drank three bombers of this if I had them, taste was so good and did not seem to go away

Look forward to having more of this in the future

Very highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 07:18:29 | More by Floydster
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Slightly hazed dark golden/ light amber appearance. Thin dirty white head leaves some ample lace. The first thing that hits my nose is that sweet, resiny, canabis-like aroma that I love so much. All about the 'Rillos. But there's also a little spiciness to the nose and a little wheat "tang." Now this is my kind of an "American Wheat." The pine sap, burnt citric tones of the hops blend with some bubblegum esters and wheat spiciness to create one enjoyable beer. The dichotomy of the lingering sweet bubblegum and bitter 'rillos makes for a nice interplay. Nicely carbonated and about medium-full in body. I'm liking 3 Floyd's more and more by the minute (now that I'm not tasting the contract brewed stuff).

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 03:33:30 | More by Bighuge
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proc

Michigan

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

Pours out to a bright and satin colored dark gold in the glass with a moderate head. The aroma is wonderful and gives of hints of pine, wheat and citrus. The taste is very good to near exceptional. It starts off like a Pale Ale, with hints of pine, spruce, citrus and hops and weaves its way into honey, wheat and spice. I've never experienced a wheat or summer beer with such a range of tastes. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 03:20:49 | More by proc
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CSquared

North Carolina

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

22 oz. bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep gold with a beautiful white head and light lacing. Beer is filtered and then bottle conditioned.

Aroma: Aroma is suprising, but very nice. Piney hops are notably present (says Amarillo). Wasn't expecting that from a wheat beer.

Taste: Wonderfully hoppy (like an American Pale) with a distinct lemony/citrusy finish. Slight sweetness tames the hops just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth with no bite. Bitterness lingers just long enough to cherish this awesome beer.

Drinkability: Exceptional! I could drink this beer year round, but this is a wonderful summer ale. I would keep this stocked in my fridge if I didn't have to drive to Virginia to get it. A unique beer unlike anything else I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 02:22:51 | More by CSquared
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

On draught at Barley's Smokehouse: As with the bottled, this beer definitely does not fall within the normal the definition of the style, but it is still one of the best Wheat beers I have ever had. The draught version is a golden yellow color with nice effervescence (tiny bubbles). The head is medium thin milky white and did not last long. Nice aroma of floral hops, wheat and a touch of citrus. Light-bodied and very easy to drink, with less hops in the flavor than in the nose but still a great amount. There is also a nice wheat presence along with some lemon and grass. Overall, the wheat overlaid with the hops texture makes this pretty close to the perfect summer beer for me. I will enjoy this beer as long as it is around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2004 20:40:38 | More by Dogbrick
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Ego

New Jersey

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

1 pint 6 oz bottle

eyes:
pours a straw to yellow, pretty average looking, not much head, nothing too exciting looking at it

nose:
grapefruit ginger ale with a citrus twinge more towards the tart variety.. lemon ices hops mmmm almost smells like a sparkling soft drink... drool...

taste:
like a light american pale ale with an exceptional tart finish with a gentle hop bite. it is reminiscent of the Alpha King but not nearly as overpowering.. dare I say I prefer this ? damn, I still cant get over the gorgeous smell of this one...
it's light with just enough body to carry it, the carbonation is perfectly balanced to enjoy the bubbles and the flavor without detracting from either, each sip ends with a sprinkle of lemony flavor.

verdict:
I usuaully shy away from wheat beers (I just personally dont like them too much) but damn me in the pants if I am not buying this stuff this summer. Light enough to pass off on novices to lure them to the dark side but yet definitely interesting enough to keep the beer snob sated. this is one damn fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 02:23:40 | More by Ego
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dgb3

California

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

Thanks for the trade Road house! Been dying to try this for a while.

A: Poured a straw yellow with little head. Lacing is nice and head, as small as it is, is sticking around.

S: mmmm hops! Smells just like opening up a sealed freezer pack of hops. Wheat is hidden by the big hop aroma.

T: Smacked with hops up front. Wheat flavors are nice as they balance out the hops in the finish. Aftertastes of lemon peel?

M: The wheat makes this beer go down so smoothly. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety.

D: Wow. What a great beer for a warm day. Satisfies the hop craving while being crisp and refreshing. I'm going to have to find a way to get this to California more often! Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:15:11 | More by dgb3
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass at the first meeting of ABS on 7/14/12

A - Golden wheat with 2 finger white head with excellent head retention and excellent bubbly lacing.

S - Floral hops, citrus, a touch of herbal notes

T - Very strong floral and citrus hop notes, grapefruit, lemon zest, honeysuckle, I feel like I'm sitting in a meadow in the summer sun. Awesome. It hits hard with hops initially and then has the most mellow of wheat back ends.

M - Light body, moderate-high carbonation. Smooth.

O - One of the best wheat beers ever, a truly interesting experience, I would drink this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 13:43:07 | More by williamjbauer
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LordofTime25

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pored to a nice clear golden color with a thin white head which left a little lacing on glass!

Smelled some hops and I believe a strong grapefruit smell!

Hops where present with a slight sweetness added in.

A medium body with good carbonation and a bitter after taste.

A very enjoyable American Pale Wheat! One of the better ones I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 22:49:49 | More by LordofTime25
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abankovich

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very crisp, clear orange-golden color with very little head and an extremely faint lacing on top. No date on the bottle though, so I'm not sure how fresh it is.

The smell is excellent, hops come rushing up to your nose. Definitely citrus notes present.

Wheat taste up front with some bitterness and spice taste briefly in the middle. Ending taste is of hops with a degree of sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel at the first taste is actually dry and light to medium bodied. Some sharpness is present but fades away leaving a crisp aftertaste.

This is the first time I've ever had gumballhead and I'm wishing I could get it here. The drinkability seems very high to me on this one and I'd like nothing more than to have a 6 pack of this on hand at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 22:48:42 | More by abankovich
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bismarksays

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gumballhead is a beer I hadn't had in a long time, as it is no longer imported into the state of Iowa. It was one of the first beers I remember liking when I was in college, one of the first beers I drank for the taste rather than any other sort of effect. It pours out as kind a straw color, easily identifiable as an American wheat style beer. However, you will notice immediately upon the first sniff that this is no ordinary beer. Strong citrus and fruit smells are present. The taste carries through with this promise, as grapefruit, possibly apricot, and of course wheat combine for a complex and satisifying experience. I was glad to see that even after having many other high quality beers since I had last enjoyed Gumballhead, it still holds up.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 18:03:10 | More by bismarksays
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carln26

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color topped by a thick cream colored head. The aroma has a wonderful hop flower aroma up front followed by a light fig/date sweetness. Think Mojo. The citrus/grapefruit and hop flower taste hits the second the beer touches your mouth. Sharp, pleasant bitterness spreads through your mouth. It’s followed by a delicate sweetness, candy and fig that finishes nicely. The mouth feel has is slightly slick, but still has some fullness. Great drinakbility. This is what an American Wheat ale should be. A new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 22:00:21 | More by carln26
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