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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,115 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,115
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 774
Gots: 373 | FT: 24
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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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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zachpaschal

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

05-10-2014 00:42:20 | More by zachpaschal
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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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HopZen

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into standard pint glass.

A: Hazy golden amber with 1 finger of off-white, large bubble head that simmers but stays put overall.

S: Pine and citrus hops, very potent and inviting, but not very wheat ale. Very light hint of wheat backbone as well as cloves. Nice lacing as the fluid level drops.

T: Heavy front hit of grapefruit from the hops, seems like it may be too much, but the underlying malts balance out fairly well before it nears an unpleasant bitter, well done. However, as I proceed through the pint, the malt begins to struggle to hold up its end of the bargain. Finishes up with a light lemon kick and touch of spice. Very refreshing, but missing the real character of the wheat.

M: Mild bodied overall, as appropriate, not at all watery. Carbonation is a good mid-high ground; contributes well to the crisp, semi-dry finish.

O: A very pleasant offering, once again, from FFF. I have to say, however, that the level of hops doesn't really say "wheat beer" to me but feels more like a blurring in IPA. In addition, I feel like the wheat is lost behind the potent, although balanced, hop flavors. Regardless, I did enjoy this beer and doubt it will be my last Gumballhead.

Note that my ratings are pulled down by my opinion that this blurs the line too much to be called a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:38:00 | More by HopZen
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shade13


2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

07-25-2012 20:45:39 | More by shade13
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

12-07-2013 17:24:49 | More by thedifferencemaker
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fullmoonbeer

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

04-26-2014 21:38:01 | More by fullmoonbeer
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dazanas

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

06-02-2013 19:20:28 | More by dazanas
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

07-09-2012 08:12:25 | More by TonyTalon
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy gold color beer with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is overpowering and I could not discern any wheat. Taste is also totally dominated by the hops and leave very little place for the wheat. Not bad overall, I just don’t see were the American wheat fits in because I could not detect any presence of wheat in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 19:28:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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Heischman

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer/Brewery - Gumballhead\Three Floyds Brewing
City/State- Munster, Indiana
STYLE – American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBU –
DATE – 2 June 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – Goblet
APPEARANCE – Golden and clear with a nice stream of bubbles coming up right in the center of the glass, very thin head.
AROMA- Very hoppy and hints of sweet fruit
TASTE – a light citrus hop flavor, a little bitter as well, but in a refreshing way
MOUTHFEEL – Good carbonation, in fact maybe a bit too much. This is a very gassy beer.
CONCLUSION – For a wheat beer this taste more like an IPA. It is not bad, but when you are expecting a good wheat flavor and instead you get a hoppy flavor, well it just throws off the whole thing. I would drink this again now that I know what to expect.
-JH-

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 21:02:10 | More by Heischman
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caresville

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- golden yellow/orange with a thick frothy white head that fades fairly quickly. nice amount of carbonation with some floaties and minimal lacing.

s- kinda turns me off and almost taints the beer for me, its very light amounts of citrus and easy on pine. smells quite hay and straw with a certain funk that is not too appealing to me.

t&m- not too much going on here. i taste hints of orange, apples, pears and some grapefruit but nothing that sticks out and really challenges the taste buds. it seems quite watered down with lots of grains, wheat and corn? if i were blindfolded and had no idea what this was i would say its a better than average, very drinkable macro lager.

d- this reminds me a lot of sam adams summer ale. take that as you may... thats not a bad thing, BUT i was expecting a little bit more from three floyds. pretty average and thats about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 07:09:18 | More by caresville
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