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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,481 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,481
Hads: 5,433
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 926
Gots: 1,048 | FT: 36
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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Reviews: 1,481 | Hads: 5,433
Photo of Megahertz
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date slowly decanted into a Perfect Pint glass.

A - Bright blonde with a moderate white head. Haze is very minimal. Carbonation appears high. Good head retention.

S - Grapefruit & peach with grassy undertones.

T - Complex flavor profile. Initial carbonation bite mixes with a sweet citrusy hop flavor and refreshing bready maltiness. Middle is citrusy hop flavor - intense! Becomes more complex in the fruitiness (tropical fruit salad) with a bread-like wheat flavor in the background. Finish has a pine-like hoppiness, very dry.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. Works well together.

O - Exceedingly complex, beyond my high expectations. Just because a beer is refreshing doesn't mean it's not complicated. World-class.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellowish amber topped by a frothy white head. Shifts to a film pretty fast and leaves specks of foam on the glass.

Smell: Pungent and powerful aromas of piney and grapefruity hops. The wheat malt is not all that present, but you pick up the occasional twang of clove. It's all about the Amarillo here, though.

Taste: Nice wheaty malt flavor that gets whallopped by bitter piney and citrusy hops. Juicy and succulent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and lingering hoppy aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not all wheat beers need to be light and "wimpy." A nice mix of a Pale Ale/IPA and a wheat ale. Take the light body of a wheat beer and chuck in the small scale sensual assault of hops from an IPA and you have this. Schweeeet.

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Photo of gusdabrew
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Served into a Sam Smith pint glass. A dear friend turned me onto this one.

A- never seen such a clear wheat ale. Its color displays its crispness.

S - like fresh grapefruit rind, very clean and inviting.

T - just like the smell, very fresh and drinkable. Maybe too drinkable. Could get a guy in trouble.

M- medium to light. Clean and refreshing.

O - gotta go get some to stock up for summer. Its our first 90 degree day in SW Ohio and Gumballhead is the perfect remedy.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bluejacket74 for this one...

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin stark-white head, which quickly evaporated with some very faint traces of lacing. The body was a hazy pale yellow color, with some faint carbonation observed from the sides of the glass.

S- A potent nose- comprised of grapefruit juice aromas over a base of tart wheat. I suppose this combination is the impetus for the beer's name... as this gives the impression of a gumball-like aroma. While not too complex, this nose is rich and alluring... particularly on a hot summer day.

T- Wow. Up front you get pale crackerlike malt, which is followed by a huge spike of juicyfruit-like hops. The tang of wheat then hits the palate midway. In the finish, the mild bitterness of hops and initial crackerlike malt linger on the tongue nicely. A mini-rollercoaster in the mouth; delicious and refereshing. I want more!

M- Thin body with a slightly abrasive carbonation. Under normal circumstances, this form of carbonation would be a detractor, but it works well here with the bitter and tart flavors- invigorating the palate, and massaging every corner of the mouth!

D- Incredibly drinkable... nay... quaffable!! I could easily put a 6-pack of this down in a sitting... and it's f-ing addicting! Do they put crack in this beer!?

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Photo of bamadog
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a mixed six pack of FFF brews from my friend Kels, and it's a great brewery. Up to this point, I had only had the Alpha King, but this is a wonderful beer here.

Appearance: A pale yellow, and a little cloudy. Huge 3 finger head formed right out of the pour and that disappeared pretty quickly to a thin minimal head on top. Strong carbonation throughout.

Smell: Very citrusy - lemon and a hint of grapefruit. Not sure if "grainy" is a word I would use for a description of the smell, but there's definitely something else in there that smells earthy to me.

Taste: Strong taste of lemon and again a bit of a bitter grapefruit is back there as well. There is also a yeasty/wheaty kind of flavor as well. Very light overall in taste as it's not a "bomb" of flavor in the mouth. A slightly bitter/hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing - leaves the mouth moise and slightly salivating for more. An excellent choice for a summer beer!

Drinkability: Rather high - the lower ABV helps with this and it's rather light in stature. Not heavy at all so I don't feel bloated or heavy after drinking it. I could easily get through a few of these with no worries.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slighty hazy golden color with a nice foaming white head. Slight retention on the sides . Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom.
S: Huge piney and citrus hop notes dominate the nose. Subtle wheaty malt notes, but the sharp hop presence is very nice.
T/M: Very good hop presence to start off. Pine and ctirus notes come through first followed by grassy hop aftertaste. A fruityness comes through, peach maybe, after it warms. The wheaty malt backbone is noticeable, but not as big as i was expecting. No matter, as I like the hops. Very smooth and refreshing through the mouth with a dry finish to it. Light and fluffy makes this a perfect summer beer. This is the best Pale Wheat Ale available and the best I've had to date.
D: I could probably drink these all day in the sun. Smooth, refreshing, thirst quenching, all with a low abv. Three Floyds has got it figured out.

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Photo of GJ40
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been brewing an American wheat beer with Amarillo hops for a while now so I was anxious to try this one. Sampled on tap at the brewery.

Yellow and clear. A huge citrusy, tropical fruit hop aroma that smacks you before every sip. The flavor is so hop-centric. The wheat is there but this is so much more about the hops. The consistency is thin with a crisp feel and a moderate carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. The hop flavor is enormous yet it's so refreshing and drinkable. It definitely gave me something to work on.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a medium brassy gold, a thick white froth erupting upon pouring. Nice and hazy, glowing a bright, greenish yellow when held to light. Amazing head retention, with the wheat malt and hops, keeping a thick film atop the beer through the entire pint. Large blobs of lace cling to the glass. A little less than I expected, with the wheat and hops, but not bad.
The aroma is surprisingly hoppy. Thick, rindy amarillo goodness dominates the odor, tons of citric grapefruit and orange, as well as a milder lemony tang. Not much in the way of malt, aside from a brush of mellow, wheaty sweetness. A faint bit of grassy esters, blending wonderfully with the lemon. I'm not really picking up the gumball, as the label would suggest, but this is just as good.
The flavor starts with a soft, gentle wheat malt, almost instantly plowed over by a huge blast of citrus. The malt more or less adds a mild sweetness to temper the pacific northwest citrus. Huge lemon flavor, with a touch of apple and grass in the middle. The lemon continues into the finish, reaching a crescendo where the beer almost tastes like lemonade. A bit of yeasty softness, not contributing much to the flavor aside from a hint of banana, but creating an exquisitely smooth, powdery mouthfeel. A decent amount of citrus and wheat sourness, drying out the finish considerably with a tart, tongue drying pucker. A lingering citric bitterness, sticking around for ages. Somewhere between light and medium bodied, with an active, boisterous carbonation that suits the beer perfectly.
A really amazing beer. I've certainly never tasted any
thing like it, easily the most drinkable american style wheat beer I've ever tried. The hops are dominant, but add surprisingly restrained bitterness while contributing massive amounts of flavor. A beer I'd call an india wheat ale, and it's damn good. I want more.
Thanks to Mikeys01 for the bottle! I owe you bigtime.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So excited for this.

A-Wow. Pours a completely clear light golden color. This actually looks like a Pale Wheat Ale. Bleach white one finger head sits atop the liquid. Bubbles rise aggressively to the head from the bottom of the glass. Small bits of lacing. Surprised at how light and clear it is.

S-Lord, this is a potent and unique aroma. Smells like cannibus and green onion. Very herbal and hempy. Behind the cool initial aroma, there is bunches of juicy citrus hops. This is a huge nose. I can smell it from quite a distance.

T-Quite a cool flavor. The unique herbal hoppiness combines with a noticeable wave of wheatiness. Good amount of bitterness here as well. The combination of the hop and wheat is really delicious. Begs for another sip.

M-Light bodied with ample amounts of carbonation. Dry and bitter. Alcohol is not detectable. Flavor lasts and lasts.

O/D- Was lucky enough to obtain a bottle from a cool dude. I would absolutely love to have this beer available to me. Very different, and very yummy. This lived up to expectations for me. Really begging for another right now.

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Photo of DangQuesadilla
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new everyday beer. I am lucky whereby I can get it as needed in bottle, or on tap just a few miles away. The hoppy-fruity aromas titillate me each time I drink this. It goes down so smooth. I have had a dozen or so friends try this and it becomes a staple in their drinking as well. Three Floyds has a hit with this one.

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Photo of nomad
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't stand Pale Wheat Ale aka American Wheats. They take the best part about hefe-weizens (the yeast) and replace it with a boring American yeast. I've never met a wheat ale worth a thing. So of course Three Floyds comes along and supes it up to where I love it.

Pours a lightly hazy straw-gold with a firm head thick from the hop oils and wheat proteins. Laces and stains well.

Smell is the Three Floyds onslaught: piney, fruity, zesty, with a wheat zing deftly mixed into the high-alpha acid party. Rough and interesting. No pale wheat ale comes near the huge bouquet wafting out of this beer.

Taste is loads of hop flavor: raspberry, lemons, limes, and a sweet pine overlay. Zesty wheat is a great base but not entirely lost, covered in an avalanche of citric juice. Picture all those insipid "Summer Ales" and take them to the edge as only Three Floyd does.

For the style of American Wheat Ales, this is light years ahead of the competition. I would surely buy it often, but the price ($8 a bomber) is a bit much for me right now. Regardless, you will not find a more amenable non-weizen wheat out there.

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Photo of rousee
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerguy (Frank) for all these 3 Floyds samples. All of them have been great. Sorry it took me so long to get to this one.

I guess I don't know much about American Pale Wheat Ales because this reminds me of an IPA or a IIPA. It pours a beautifull honey-orange color. The color actually varies through the glass. Minimal head, limited lace. Smell is extra-killa maltiness with some fine IPA type hops (Cascade, Centennial, Warrior ?) Impressive. Taste is almost the same as the nose although I get an extra woodiness in the taste too (Amarillo?).

This thing is 4.8%?? Holy Shit, bring it on by the caseload please.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a very thick head. The white head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a crisp citrusy aroma. It smells slightly spicy. Some cloves are present. Also, I smell some banana. It has a very slight sweet malty caramel aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Citrusy up front, with some grassy hop flavor as well. It has a mildly spicy flavor. Banana and cloves are present.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a citrus like aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it is mild. I could probably drink this beer all night.

Overall: Thanks very much to ggaughan for another great beer. I liked this one a lot. I would drink it more often if I could get it.

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Photo of blsfreak
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The taste is amazing, the smell is great, it has a amber color that looks inviting...I have nothing bad to say about this beer...Is is such a shame it is a seasonal beer, I could drink this year-round. It is nice to know there is a keg at the bar waiting for me to get off work, makes my day!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 12-27-08

Pours very cloudy yellow color with lots of little yeasty floaters. A white head fades quickly, with thin rings of lacing.

Smell is lots of citrus hops, very fresh with a sweet-and-sour kick. Surprisingly complex but light and astoundingly good.

Taste is very light, with a subtle bready malt, followed by a huge grassy hop flavor and sizable bitterness. The aftertaste is very fruity and smooth, and not at all adjuncty.

Mouthfeel is great, thicker than other wheat beers, and better for it.

Drinkability is awesome, a hoppy, full flavored beer that you could session anytime.

Overall, a fantastic beer, probably the best wheat beer every made.

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Photo of Wonka
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Appearance – rich, golden body with ever-rising carbonation; thick, rocky white head in the weizen glass; few particulates that resemble husks; lace is ample and sturdy – strangely, the lace formed a thick ‘S’ shape on the glass – could this be the Superman of beers?

Smell – big smack of grapefruit rind and wheat; what a pleasant nose

Taste – grapefruity and piney bitterness, nice wheat base and a light dose of orange; wheat shows more late and leads into the aftertaste, pairing with a good bitter tinge

Mouthfeel – very smooth; transitions from moderately to lightly crisp in carbonation; the feel is generally moderate throughout; a bit dry to close

Drinkability – massive drinkability (see feel)

Pour full. Don’t fear the yeast. What a refreshing brew. Gumballhead has summer written all over it. Props to FFF.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gumball head is an absolutely crystal clear golden hue with massive amounts of bubbles emanating from the depths of the glass in rapid ascension. There is an average sized white head that fades after a few moments, leaving a nice trail of lacing in its wake.

S: Fresh, delicious hops and wheat. This beer is really fresh, and smells like it. Very enticing.

T: If you like wheat beers and IPAs, this is a match made in heaven. This beer is very refreshing and tastes fantastic. The wheat / hop balance is perfect. There is more of a hop presence here than in most pale ales, which I find to be delightful. The wheat aspect adds that "not normal" feel to what basically tastes like a single IPA.

M: Very smooth with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Clean and fresh.

D: Chuggable. It's no mistake that this is the highest rated American Pale Wheat Ale on Beeradvocate.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured into a pint glass from a wonderful 12 oz longneck with a sick label, is a lovely lighter amber with a little bit of head and good lacing

S- can def smell the Amarillo (spicy aggressive hop) ,a little bit of wheat
T- very good carbonation, kinda a hybrid between an pale ale a wibier, very interesting and wonderful
M- great carbonation, very smooth , a beer that I could drink all day
D- out of the park, i could drink 10 of these no problem, very low abv

another home run from quite possibly my favorite North American brewery that I cant buy ( and there arent many in phillly)

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Photo of nvsblman
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale yellowish copper with about a finger of off-white head. Fruity aroma with citrusy and grassy hops. Also some fairly noticable clove notes. Maybe a touch of caramel too. Well rounded flavor with a nice bitterness up front with some citrus notes and a nice clean wheat finish.. A little caramel provides a nice backbone. Medium bodied. This is a very refeshing beer, I just wish this is something I could enjoy all summer!

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Photo of mcb4538
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft, appears light golden with half finger of head.  Appears very carbonated, but dies quickly. Smells of fresh grass and pines.  Complimemted by amazing floral tastes. The hops are not overbearing in the least. Very smooth taste and mouthfeel. This would make a great session beer. Very impressive. 

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has always been on my wish-list. Finally, the beer gods have heard my case and provided my local liquor store with a couple cases of the delicious nectar of the F³, at an unfortunately cost-prohibitive $5.99 per bomber.

An interesting and trademark lo-fi scrappy smoking cat on the front as well as a strangely day-glo splattering of colors adorn the bottle.

Upon the opening of this beer, I knew I was about to float on the sea of Amarillo. The hop smell was clearly apparent 3-4' away from the beer, and once I poured it into my snifter I was unable to pull my head away from the wonderously grapefruity hops. A light wheatiness and gum-drop element was also noted.

The color was surprisingly tame, a light Pale-Ale straw color with a fluffy 2.5" head that stayed and left a great deal of lacing.

The taste takes everything you love about wheat-beers and throws convention out the window. No bottle-yeast, very little banana-clove phenols, and my god the hops. Most hoppy beers with a low ABV fall victim to the one-dimensional bitterness phenomenon - too much bitterness, blocking out the sun of well-rounded hop flavor. This is the complete counterpoint to that, soaking as much flavor from the hop while somehow cloaking and ignoring the characteristic bitterness. The mouthfeel is amazing for such a small alcohol beer, and the sweetness is kept in check, never overwhelming any of the hoppiness or refreshing wheatiness.

This is now my favorite "wheat beer". But I think of it as a sessionable Wheat-IPA. I could easily suck down 3 of these bombers, but my wallet sure wouldn't like me for it.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Slightly hazy pale gold color with a 2-finger very bubbly, white head. Nice retention but not too much lacing. With only a little bit of haze, a lot of bubbles can be visualized.

S – A lot of fruity hops with orange, grapefruit, and maybe pineapple notes and a mild sweet wheat presence. Smells really nice.

T – It starts off sweet with grainy, bready wheat malt and fruits like orange, pineapple, and mango. As the taste progresses, mild bitterness washes in, bringing grapefruit hop notes with it, but the sweetness still remains. There may be some peppery yeast coming in at the finish, as well. It’s interesting – this beer has a ton of fruity hop flavor but not a ton of bitterness. I’m not sure how they did it, but it’s very tasty.

S – Light-bodied, great carbonation, a creamy but refreshingly crisp mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, mildly spicy, and dry finish. Fruity hop flavors and a bit of peppery yeast linger for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a very, very well-done beer. It fits the style to a tee, is very tasty, and insanely drinkable. Like I said before, I’m not sure how they fit all the hop aromas and flavors in without giving this thing some inappropriately high bitterness, but it’s good news for everyone that they did. I’ve always been interested in how an American pale wheat ale had such a high score on a site where DIPAs and BA stouts rule the roost and now I know why – it’s simply a great beer. This was my first Three Floyds beer and I’d LOVE to try more. Thank you SO much for the opportunity to try this one, Jared!

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Photo of stewart124
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was finally able to get my hands on this years after I tried it in a bomber when I first saw it on shelves in Athens, Ohio. Thanks Dave for bringing a six pack to Cincinnati.

Pale gold in color with a decent white head.

Nose packs that juicy fruit character that Amarillo brings. Some straw and grassy characters as well.

Crisp and refreshing with a beautiful hop bouquet. How can this only be 35 ibus? Lemon zest and peach esters pop while it finishes fairly dry. Bread and straw come through from what is probably a fairly simple grain bill. Simplicity done at it's best.

Sets the standard for a pale wheat. I can think of nothing better than a couple of these after some yard work.

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Photo of RachelZ
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers! It has a golden orange pour with a white head. Strong hops and citrus fruit are detected in the aroma with lemons and tangerines. The taste is how it smells with some peach. It is crisp, smooth and light! Great with all different kinds of foods!

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Photo of bomberboysk
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 12oz Bottle into pint glass.

A: Very transparent and medium to light gold in color. Medium lacing.

S: First thing that hits you are the hops, followed by a heavy citrus element reminiscent of orange zest and then some mild herbal undertones. Overall it's a spicy, yet very smooth smell.

T: The sweet, grassy taste of the beer is well balanced with the bitterness from the hops. Citrus is again present here as well, with the wheat element of the beer being somewhat overpowered by the hops. Clean, dry finish with some lingering citrus and bitterness.

M: Medium-light, Carbonation is spot on for my tastes, which may make it slightly flat for others as I prefer less carbonation. Overall it works well with the flavors of the beer.

O: Overall another great beer from 3 Floyds, and so far my favorite APWA...definitely a great beer to sit down with on a spring day or summer night. Reviewing this beer on it's own, however it seemed to pair quite well with a chicken Caesar salad last night.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.