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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,179 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,179
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 774
Gots: 390 | 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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TheHandsomeWeasel


1/5  rDev -76.2%

10-14-2012 22:13:16 | More by TheHandsomeWeasel
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m33lad

Alberta (Canada)

1/5  rDev -76.2%

06-07-2014 07:07:40 | More by m33lad
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maximum12

Minnesota

1.25/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Watery yellow with some small floaties & no head, reeks of wheat.

Nasty. The bitter, acrid aftertaste starts in the front of my tongue & works its way back into my throat.

Man. This is wheat beer at its unrefined. Little character, little taste, but a strong, unrelentingly battery-acid, macro aftertaste. I recently tasted the Weyerbacher Blanche & was very, very pleasantly surprised at the excellent wheat character & the lack of that...nasty aftertaste.

I hope I just rec'd a bad bottle after all the positive reviews. My first failing grade. Drain-pour.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 00:55:48 | More by maximum12
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -64.4%

02-03-2013 23:53:00 | More by poopsmitherson
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ChainChompsky

Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.5%

01-15-2014 06:30:31 | More by ChainChompsky
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jen_not_jenn

Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.5%

04-03-2012 19:43:14 | More by jen_not_jenn
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beercanman

Ohio

2/5  rDev -52.5%

04-02-2013 08:50:12 | More by beercanman
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Ferd577

Indiana

2/5  rDev -52.5%

02-07-2013 00:53:16 | More by Ferd577
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RustyQ


2/5  rDev -52.5%

07-13-2014 04:03:16 | More by RustyQ
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blindpenguin

Illinois

2.03/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Tried to order a Budweiser at this hipster bar in downtown Chicago and was informed that "they do not carry bud products" This should have been a red flag given that bud is the most popular beer in the country. Waitress suggested gumballhead which was the featured beer. It came in some stupid ass wine glass but other than that looked fine with kind of a medium amber color. All downhill from there...it tasted like complete shit with an almost chemical after taste
I found myself forcing it down with my meal. Super hard to drink...and don't give me any of that "refined pallet" bullshit they should serve this beer in shot glasses with a chaser and no i don't live in a trailer or watch NASCAR I'm a normal person with
pretty normal tastebuds

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 04:10:40 | More by blindpenguin
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skolwitz

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have read a lot of good reports about this beer so I must have had a bad bottle. It was a 22 oz. from a local liquor store.

The brew smelled like grapefruit and tasted like it too. Carbonation was OK and mouthfeel was OK too but the taste was very harsh and on the extreme sour side.

Not one I was impressed with and probably need to try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 01:05:40 | More by skolwitz
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.48/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 22 oz. bomber into a weizen glass. Body was a honey golden yellow color. Two fingers of chunky head subsided rather quickly.

Smelled fruity. Fresh hop aroma. As the beer warmed I began to smell the wheat.

Taste was a pleasant tart on the first swallow. Then the aspirin taste of the Amarillo hops kicked in. The hops really obscure the wheat flavor. Like sucking on an aspirin.

Not as smooth as most wheat beers. More raspy and hoppy with less wheat taste than one would expect. Mild carbonation.

Overall this beer is over-rated. I will not buy another. I have liked all other Three Floyds offerings but I would say that the FFF name may be skewing the ratings for this one. If the label said "BUD" I doubt this would rate so high.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 17:05:25 | More by Cresant
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Bestie_Ge

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

02-24-2013 04:45:17 | More by Bestie_Ge
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tlr


2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

08-08-2012 22:07:31 | More by tlr
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Smextongo

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

01-25-2013 03:34:44 | More by Smextongo
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jesal

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

08-29-2013 15:55:42 | More by jesal
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DB0Z


2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

03-07-2012 16:28:22 | More by DB0Z
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

06-30-2014 21:10:03 | More by brpendergast85
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Satan70

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

02-20-2012 03:21:59 | More by Satan70
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scarnold8

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

01-13-2013 19:14:02 | More by scarnold8
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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

2.66/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Living in PA, I haven't had the chance to try 3F products, so on a recent trip to Chicago I was psyched to finally get the chance. Unfortunately, Gumballhead turned out to be a major disappointment.

It looked fine, but after that, things went downhill. I've rarely encountered such a well-regarded beer with so little aroma or flavor. Frankly, this reminded me more of dishwater than beer. There was a subtle hint of grassiness and a little lemon on the palate, but there was absolutely none of the fabled hop character,. at least that I could detect.

I'd say I had a bad bottle, but this was on tap at a busy restaurant with a beer menu that included only 3 draughts and 3 bottles, so I can't imagine it had been sitting for any extended period of time.

All in all, a bland, boring disappointment of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 17:40:06 | More by LCB_Hostage
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semibaked

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy brightish yellow color with a white head that produces a bit of lacing.

S - Light hops right away, some sugary sweetness and citrusy scents too.

T - Really light tastes of hops, lime zest, and water. Didn't know anything about this before I tried it, very light tasting beer.

M - Typical light beer mouthfeel.

D - This just doesn't have enough flavor for me, way to light tasting, it is nice and refreshing but definitely want more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 23:49:03 | More by semibaked
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TheMarose

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

05-27-2014 20:44:36 | More by TheMarose
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3agle87

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

10-12-2012 04:01:03 | More by 3agle87
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Golgamor


2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

10-17-2012 22:04:31 | More by Golgamor
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Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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