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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,563
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 814
Gots: 552 | FT: 25
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

mmckay41, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MarshallBirdhouse, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of gr0g
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tall mug. Not much of head from the pour, but I can't knock the server for topping it off. Light amber in appearance with high clarity. Aroma is very hop-forward, like an APA, and a good one at that. More citrusy than grassy/piney with notes of orange and tangerine. Some tropical fruit (mango, guava) character as well. Really nice showcase for Amarillo.

Flavor is hoppy, as expected, but far short of an IPA's blazing hoppiness. Minimal wheat notes. Initial impression is that this is a lighter, less bitter, more balanced Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Nice fruity, citrusy character. Nicely carbonated, not at all harsh.

I was very pleased to be able to try this while visiting Indiana. Couldn't stop at just one big 22oz. pour, had to have another.

gr0g, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

DMarlinJ, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of ahermsen
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

ahermsen, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of wedge
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear yellow color beneath a small, pure-white head. Aroma is lemony along with other bright, fruity hop characteristics I remember from past Three Floyds beers. Colorful and resinous with a quality pale malt and wheat presence. Deliciously hoppy in the flavor as well...oily lemon, black tea, apricot, a little piney greenness. This just makes me sad all over again that I can't regularly get this or Alpha King where I live. Light and crushable with some dryness on the tongue. Pretty sure I could drink this in vast quantities.

wedge, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden tangerine color, fluffy white head, good head retention, and some spotty lace. Aroma is lemon zesty, orange candy, fruit, caramelly, and wheaty. Taste is sweet, tangy, fruity, grassy, and lemony. Soft, dry bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is juicy with some powdery grit. A very pleasant wheat beer and easy to enjoy.

tastybeer, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

vonnegut21, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

jk3, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

SteelSaw, Nov 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

jackieT, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner hourglass

A- Deep hazy straw with a medium white head that dissipates to a thin film. Good lacing.

S- Light citrus and pineapple and a heavier cracker wheat aroma come through.

T- Getting less of the citrus and pineapple and more of the malt and bitterness. Some slight gumball flavor, not as much as expected. Has a nice residual citrus note.

M- Medium, not too much carbonation

O- A solid beer but was a bit let down. With a name like Gumballhead and being a wheat beer, I expected more of a hefe-weizen quality to it.

PaulyB83, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ScotNH
4/5  rDev -5%

ScotNH, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

boxcar01, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

HopHealth, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

jgunther71, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

joh02034, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

blindpiggie, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

jbdpsu82, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

HereforBeer, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Roguer
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge 3-finger white fluffy head from a rough pour; great retention and fantastic lacing. Golden straw brew, bubbly, slightly cloudy, and translucent.

Sweet straw and honey aroma with bright lemon hops, with a bit of yeast.

Initial taste is slightly flat, heavy on straw, wheat, and a hint of hops. That quickly gives way to a dose of ruby red grapefruit, bubblegum, and possibly pineapple. The aftertaste is again slightly flat, mostly wheat and yeast. Very complex sweet profile.

Mouthfeel seems light, but it has a lightly cloying coating ability not common to most wheat beers - a pleasant, not thick, residue. Tiny carbonation sting.

This is a complex and unexpected beer; the profile is surprising and enjoyable, and the beer is quite drinkable. However, I will say that it seemed to get old more than halfway through; eventually, the surprise wasn't so surprising, and without the novelty, you're left with a solid, but not incredible, beer.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade.

Roguer, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

fatboy91, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MaxOhle, Nov 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Ysgard, Nov 13, 2013
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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