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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,095 Ratings
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good

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Ratings: 4,095
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 776
Gots: 365 | FT: 24
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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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dwvarner77

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent deep golden color with a copper highlight, active carbonation visible. Tall ivory head falls but maintains a nice lacing on the glass, with solid retention.
Aroma is strongly citrus hop, woody or grassy undertones; smells like it's dry-hopped. very nice.
Flavor is refreshing; slight malt, good citrus hop flavor that's not overpowering; great balance here. the woody and grassy flavors there in the aroma present themselves in the flavor and kind of linger in the aftertaste, with a hint of the bitter on the back and sides of the tongue. Grapefruit and pine flavors hint themselves in as well.
Active carbonation persists, partnering with the crisp flavor for a tingling, refreshing mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, particularly for hot days and nights. Quintessential summer brew, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 03:32:46 | More by dwvarner77
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PGHeppJr

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes 27OCT2010

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors

Polished this off with my cousin along with a Alpha King at Kuma's Corner while waiting for an AWESOME burger.

I wish that I had easier access to this quaff-able APWA, I thought it was dynamite. Great nose filled with tropical fruits and nice spice balance from the wheat. If you have stable access to this beer, consider your self very fortunate. This is just about the perfect summer afternoon brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 18:11:03 | More by PGHeppJr
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShrLSU for sending this over in a trade.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing. Yeast floaties gather at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of fresh grapefruits with good amounts of tropical fruits. As the beer warms the wheat aromas become more predominant, smelling like a combination of vanilla and gumballs.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Wheat flavors are soon overtaken by citrus and tropical hop flavors. The hop flavors recede just a tad midway through the sip to allow the wheat some breathing room before ending with a mild bitterness. Again, the wheat flavors are not a far cry from gumballs.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could drink these all day.

Overall I've been wanting to try this one for a while and it did not disappoint. Certainly not a traditional wheat ale but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:21:10 | More by glid02
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SMark

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass with a nice white foamy head containing lots of bubbles. It was surprisingly clear and a bright golden yellow in color.

If I said there was a hint of hops in the aroma, it would be an understatement. They almost jumped out of the glass. There was some grassiness with the hops which I found to be enjoyable.

Taste was lively with all the hops and I could not get bubblegum out of my head. This was refreshing at its best with the light wheat flavors coming through after the initial hit of the hops.

The beer was well received and made me appreciate getting the growler. There was a slight, pleasing after taste which gave way and then invited another sip or two or three. This one was not all consuming but definitely fun.

My wife enjoyed a sip of this before she had to leave for the evening. I will stay in her good graces and not finish the entire growler by myself even though it is tempting. I am guessing she will ask if there is any left when she comes home. This is an enjoyable beer with a lot going on. Well enough of this, I'm going back to enjoying.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2008 23:47:46 | More by SMark
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jables7

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice golden ale with the slightest haze. not much head to speak of. a solid looking beer.

S- this one caught me off-guard. a sharp citrus hop aroma dominates this one. if i hadn't read it on the bottle I would have never guessed it was a wheat ale. i'm not complaining though.

T- follows closely along the lines of the smell. the amarillo hops give it a brilliant citrus finish.

M- a little light for a wheat beer but still good

O- this beer lives up to the hype. it seems a little closer to a pale ale than a wheat but still very enjoyable. nice work three floyds.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:02:50 | More by jables7
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got to try this out one night on tap, but the others I tried before ruined my palate. Now that I've had a 22 oz. bomber, I can say this is one fo the best wheat or pale ale, let alone wheat pale ale. Very very easy to consume. Nice balance of malts and hops, just one great beer to consume . . . over and over.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 02:03:17 | More by Backer2004
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mochunk

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Some fruits and hops greet the nose with malts filling in the gaps.

A fizzy but smooth mouthful imports shades of wheaty malts, backed by slightly spicy fruity and possibly floral hops. This is one intriguing 'pale wheat' as there is nothing pale about the taste, plenty to enjoy here yet as drinkable as it gets.

I found out from the staff that this is getting bottled currently and should be in stores within a few weeks or less. I hope some make it out my way as I'll definitely keep this in stock until it's all sold out for the year. Another 3F winner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 00:07:58 | More by mochunk
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found the recently released Gumballhead on tap during my recent visit to the FFF Brewpub for the 2007 Dark Lord Day. I had a couple while waiting in line with the rest of the Dark Lord Hoard. The aroma is very citrusy (lemon balm, lemongrass, lime leaf) with a notable wheatberry graininess in the distant background. The flavor starts off very fruity with some sweet graininess that gives into a marked bitterness that's more expected in an APA, not a wheat beer... but hey, this is FFF we're talking about! The finish is smooth, creamy, and very satisfying. This is one hoppy little wheatie that has an extreme quaffability. "It's just not normal!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2007 05:54:11 | More by Beertracker
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember the first time I had this. You could only get it in a bomber and only during the spring/summer. Thank god things have changed!

A- Nice half inch head from a pour into my pint glass. Lacing doesn't seem to cling to the sides like the other times I have had it. Nice golden color with a little bit of haze in it.

S- This is how a beer of this style should smell. Nice fruity hoppy smell. Makes my mouth water for sure.

T- Very crisp and refreshing taste. I love the citrus undertones. Notice when sipping starts off like a unfiltered wheat but ends up with a IPA style finish with the hops.

M- Light and refreshing for the mouth. Clean hop aftertaste.

D- This beer is one of my favorite session beers by far. I could drink this by the case.

I don't know where I would be without Gumballhead. This stuff is like my candy. Plus I always enjoy looking at the 6 pack boxes. So colorful and for that alone it should get a couple extra brownie points.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 07:25:52 | More by alleykatking
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden tangerine with a nice foamy offwhite head that sticks and leaves nice sticky laces.

Crazy hops. Grapefruit, Mango, Pineapple, bubble gum.

Hop heavy, bursting with tropical fruits and citrus. A candy like bubble gum taste as well. Malts barely keep it balanced. Great refreshing sour citrus bitterness, but not overwhelming.

Lighter bodied. smooth and refreshing.

This is an India Wheat Ale. Super hoppy flavors/aromas refreshing. Great for warm weather.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 18:35:57 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface this review by saying that this is one weird beer–a pale, wheat ale. Immediately, my taste buds were expecting that typical wheat beer taste but they were totally caught off guard by the heavy duty hops. It poured a deep golden color, slightly hazy, with a fluffy, off-white head that left tight lacing behind. The aroma was nearly all hops–It smelled entirely of grapefruit, some black pepper, and a slight wheat thing happening in the background. The taste was all hops up front, big grapefruit flavors and plenty spicy. Gently sweet, delicate wheat flavors come through ever so slightly just before a mellow, barely bitter aftertaste sets in. The mouthfeel was medium with medium carbonation. Stuff is highly drinkable. Each swallow leaves you thirsting for another gulp. Good, interesting stuff. Never had a wheat beer like this before.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 02:04:20 | More by oxmasterscream
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle!
Poured in to pint glass

A - Hazy dark yellow colour with hald a finger of bubbly white head.

S - The nose is a cross between a wheat beer and a pale ale. Citrus and piney hops are present along with a crisp citrus wheat beer palate. Very interesting.

T - Follows the nose. A nice crisp and bitter citrus hops taste up front with a crisp citrus wheat beer profile evident more so in the background. A good cross between the two styles.

M - Light body, lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent and unique beer and one that I would love to track down again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:29:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Boilermaker88

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber and poured into one of my hefeweizen glasses. Gumballhead had a lightly hazy honey color with a rapidly diminishing white head and some random large clots of carbonation.
The smell had a dominant lemon and pine aroma that was really appealing. It clearly outpaced the modest wheat and malt nose lurking underneath all that citrusy scent. The taste was definitely an American wheat beer, just amped up on hops. The juicy citrus flavor and more moderate pine taste melded with a lightly honeyed malt and spice for a delicious take on wheat beers. There was a nice perky tartness I couldn't pin down that further added to the brew's complexity. The feel was medium/light in body, dry, crisp and clean.
Gumballhead is far and away the best American wheat beer I've tried. It had just the right balance. I've got one left and I doubt it will survive the first quarter of tonight's MNF game. Big thanks to qarre for the hook-up!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 18:40:54 | More by Boilermaker88
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber pours a hazy golden/orange color with a thin white head. The head disappeared quickly. There was a great amount of lace on the glass. What a smell! Huge notes of pine and citrus. Sort of like a grapefruit crossed with a Christmas tree! On closer inspection, it almost smells like a handful of what else, gumballs.The taste begins very briefly with a good wheat sourness, however that is quickly interrupted by hops, hops and more hops! Again, grapefruit and pine flavored hops with a great, but not overwhelming amount of bitterness. Several times, I swear I could faintly taste crunchberries. This is a wheat beer? Oh yes, 3 Floyds means hops. Light to medium body with good amount of carbonation. Overall, wow! I would certainly have another. I would never have thought that a wheat ale would be this intense, but it is and it works great. This is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 00:36:43 | More by Bierguy5
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rallison

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head that recedes but leaves a little lacing. Smells of bananas, pineapple and wheat. Not bad at all actually!

The taste grew on me. Fair amount of tropical fruits - banana, pineapple and the like - nicely accented by a slightly sharp wheat and hop backbone. Hops are not over the top, but are present and lend a touch of bitterness at the end. Seems to be a yeast presence that may also be playing out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated to just the right level without being too much - overall a pleasing mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good, and would be a perfect summer drink.

Highly recommended. One of the best APWAs I've had. Good flavors with some great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 08:34:33 | More by rallison
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an efes tulip. Thin, white head with low retention. Clear, oily lacing. Clear body, straw/gold in color. Aroma dominated by citrussy hops, tangerine, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Taste is a lovely blast of citrus as the hops dominate. The body is soft and very palatable, i assume by the addition of wheat. A great style of beer and along with sumpin, sumpin, a awesome version if the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 03:30:18 | More by KickbacksSteve
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biggred1

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden colored body with lots of suspended yeast in the glass. Decent rocky off white head that settles into a thin skim of suds. Smells of lemons and pineappley hops, with just a touch of banana. Tastes like your typical summer brew on steroids, Lemon zest and puckering hops mix with tropical fruits. Finishes dry.Medium light mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 23:37:29 | More by biggred1
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aasher

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap and it was a cloudy pale straw yellow and golden in color with a light white head. It had a nice piny, citrusy (grapefruit?) aroma to it with light yeast and sweetness. The taste was excellent. It was very citrusy with slight hoppiness to it and had a dry, yeasty after taste. It was very light but well carbonated, crisp, and smooth. This has got to be one of the most drinkable beers around. It's excellent on tap so grab it if you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 04:59:17 | More by aasher
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade earlier today and couldn't wait to crack it open. Refrigerated for a couple hours and consumed at cellar temp.

A--Golden/amber color with full two fingers of head that leaves a web of lacing as it falls.

S--Highly hopped, a very west coast IPA-like scent. Apples, oranges, grapefruit, very light hints of banana. Would never guess what style this was based on the nose! Fantastic

T--The taste can't live up to the nose unfortunately, but that is hardly a criticism. This is not style known for huge flavor, but Three Floyds makes the best of the situation. Nice orange peel flavor, very light and refreshing and a true representation of the American Pale Wheat Ale.

M--Medium bodied, maybe leaning slightly to the full side. Soft carbonation--which I am very happy about

D--This is what summer beer drinking is all about. This is a beer for everyone to enjoy, if you are looking for something to bring to a barbecue that your macro loving friends will enjoy then look no further than Gumballhead. Nice bottle art also. Three Floyds does everything right.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:27:17 | More by alcstradamus
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an amazing wheat beer!..it pours a light straw color with an outstanding head..the smell is hops and spice and floral citrus..unlike any wheat beer ive ever had it has a huge hop presence for a wheat with nice rounded out malts it hits it spot on.. the taste is outstanding its subtle wheat meets hops and malt in a perfect blend this is such a perfectly balanced brew i could drink 3 in row quickly no problem im not a huge wheat beer fan but im a huge gumball fan again this is unlike any wheat beer ive ever tried .. highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 22:24:23 | More by gatornation
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on Sun., 12/22, unknown bottling date, poured into a new (!) FFF Teku glass and drank several over a few hours.

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration; impressive clarity for an American wheat (can both see and read through); off-white frothy head settles into a one finger glass lacing; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of grapefruit and orange aroma supplied by the Amarillo; a subtle wheat and bready aroma arises as the beer warms; little alcohol or other malts

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a mild citrus bitterness that develops with some wheat flavors; in the middle of the mouth, the wheat opens up and reveals a more complex malt backbone; the aftertaste is dry and refreshing, making this eminently drinkable, especially on a warm Summer day; little alcohol flavors; no flawes detectable

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied, little alcohol, finishes dry (as noted)

O: 9/10 - an interesting hopped-up Americam wheat; this is really excellent use of Amarillo, but I wish that the hop aroma/flavors were more intense; however, it's balanced with high drinkability; recommended any time of the year but especially on a hot Summer day with BBQ.

TOTAL - 43/50

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:10:32 | More by MNishCT77
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mavajo for the extra -- this is one I've wanted to try for a long time.

Poured into a vase: Hazy, golden-straw with a thin, loose head that dissipates into a mist & thin collar.

Knock-out hop smell -- by knock-out I don't mean strong or overpowering, but clear, fresh, & delicious, like candied grapefruit & orange that's just lightly sugary. Maybe it's just the power of suggestion, but I get a little lemon & banana, like a fresh fruit salad or ambrosia, with a pine & woody character underlying. Just awesome.

Tastes like an APA in the mouthfull: bright, hoppy, citric, but not overwhelming. The wheat doesn't come in til the aftertaste, with mild drying tartness, light banana bubblegum. It's like two beers in one, one style tempering & complementing the other. Booze picks up lightly after a while.

Smooth, but crisp & active. Snappy in the finish but very mellow in the aftertaste. As with the taste, some restrained heat emerges after a bit.

Man, this was delicious! Fairly light, easy-drinking, refreshing. The dryness hits at the perfect time to bring me back for more. Could definitely go through multiples of this in a row. Again, much love to Mavajo for the extra, this one kicks ass!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 12:50:09 | More by OneDropSoup
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to roadhouse

Appearance: Poured with 1 cm bubbly off white head that dissipated to a very thin rim around the top after 2 minutes leaving almost no lacing. The beer is a clear yellow golden color.

Smell: Very hoppy for a wheat, some nice fruity character from the wheat and hops combined.

Taste: Fresh hops up front, then some malty grainy taste, then sweet and fruity, with some fresh grassy resemblance, and a nice lightly roasted taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied, small tingle on the tongue from the hops, no alcohol sting. Very crisp feel in the mouth.

Overall: Very good and different wheat! Easy to drink, very refreshing. Very well balanced with no alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 07:20:51 | More by natasharai
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: super thin lager clarity, bright yellow gold, nice foamy carbonation, no lacing

S: It smells of pine and orange, some lemon zest, but not in a huge hoppy DIPA/IPA way, more understated. It feels like someone who knows a good deal about hops but references then so expertly that the underlying experience is presented clearly.

T: very mellow citrus notes, quick hop finish, super refreshing, very well done. There is a light hoppy presence that is almost a garnish to the sweet refreshing notes at the outside of the taste. The final amazing closer is the cucumber crispness finish, this beer just screams summertime.

M: Just fantastic, especially for a cross-over style. They seemed to take a big risk by compromising the smallest elements, resulting in a huge payoff. In reality, they need to only sell these in growlers because that is the reasonably demanded service size of this refreshing beer.

D: This makes me hate the Midwest even further. It is strictly unfair that a place without a beach, without any coastal weather would make something with this level of refreshment. I don’t sit around reading Sherpa books, I don’t go rotating city crops in urban los angeles, because I KNOW MY PLACE. It just is not fair that Indiana makes a beer like this and then withholds it from the west coast. It is akin to the aesthetics of Mormons. Patent base denial.

Narrative: Parents were a little skeptical of Gumbalicitus, a shiny new fangled prescription drug for unruly Midwestern children. Settlers used to call it wind sickness, but they soon learned that it was an irascible desire to leave locations of concentrated boredom. That is, until this new drug arrived, served in 12oz doses, the highly enjoyable cocktail drug apparently makes even the flattest, most agricultural areas completely tolerable. Iowa parents noted that their students even volunteered to stay in-state upon being prescribed this barbituate calming drug. Side-effects include narcolepsy, contentment, desires to attend comicons, Xbox live subscriptions, and consumption of Hot Pockets. Gumbalicitus is only to be provided to those in need. Anyone living within 90 miles of the Pacific Ocean should not take this drug as it may result in an endorphine overload, burning out the neural cortex. SHIPPING IS STRICTLY DISALLOWED TO CALIFORNIA.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 08:50:36 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.
From the menu:
An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious seasonal is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.
30 IBU 4.5% ABV. $5 imperial pint.

I'm not sure why this is still reffered to as a seasonal, but it seems everything else from the menu description is accurate! The beer has a lightly sweet malt bill with strong notes of wheat giving a light spice character. There is also a little dry crackery vibe that comes across towards the back. The finish is citrusy and delicious. Sweeter up front than on the back end-- this makes this beer exceptionally easy to drink... Especially with the (relatively) low ABV. There is a little "fruit stripes gum" note that I really like.

The brew is a nice dark gold color. Bright and clear, no cloudiness. Two fingers of fluffy white head cap the brew off before the settle to a thin film. Surprisingly nice lacing for a pale whet ale. The beer drinks way too easy. I'm not accustomed to drinking 8 or 10 beers in a day anymore, but this one could certainly fit the bill if I were so inclined.

The nose is weaker than the taste, but still nice. Wheat and lightly sweet malts give way to strong citrusy hop note-- grapefruit mostly.

Overall-- a very nice, albeit hoppy, take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 18:21:17 | More by AleWatcher
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,095 ratings.