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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU

Added by cretemixer on 04-17-2003

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Reviews: 1,513 | Ratings: 5,613
Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with plenty of fine sediment suspended within the body making for a hazy complexion. Moderate lacing. There's a quarter inch of off white head resting on top. Aroma is of pale wheat and light fruity notes of banana and lemon. I taste pale wheat with just a hint of lemon and a gentle dose of citrus hops. The lemon helps give the mouth a slightly cool feel. It's very smooth and quaffable, yet offers plenty of flavor.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can see why this is considered to be perhaps the leading example of the style. It's certainly closer to an IPA than a hefeweizen or wit, with strong citrus flavours. The wheat adds a nice, light crispness. Drinks very easily. Great for a nice warm day.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good. Smells like malty beer, not picking up any specific aroma beyond good beer. Taste is a melange of sweet Carmel, ctirus. Obviously the hop bill helps to impart such a mixture of flavors and it works phenomenally well. Probably one I'd the best ambera I've ever had.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice clear golden color with big billowy white head that leaves nice lacing
S - big fruity notes, melon, honeydew, passion fruit, cantaloupe, gummy bears
T - follows the nose, same notes
M - light, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is wheat malts and fruity hops
O- great beer, best happy wheat ale I've had

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In the same session, this followed Zombie Dust.
And at half the hops (IBUs), Gumballhead was a welcome relief for my buds.
While the hops and the yeast/wheat interplay are balanced in the nose and taste, the hops come through too strong for me in the finish.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first 3 floyds beer and have had several times since. It is a great example of the style and can even be considered a session ale in my book. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey color with limited head. Hints of the Amarillo hops come through along with wheat. Very light on the palate but refreshing. Slight hops on the front that falls away on backside. A nice beer but may be better with a lemon slice.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, small head, lots of lacing, lots of bubbly activity.

Smells of fresh grass, wheat, citrus. Taste follows suit. Citrus, honey, bit sour. Lemon drop meets bit o honey. Light backbone, refreshing, smooth transition to lingering sweet finish.

Nice refreshing wheat, what it lacks in complexity in makes up for in balance.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once again another beer I have had the pleasure of enjoying many times, but never took the to do a proper review, so it's about time. Three fingers of foamy beige colored head sits atop a rich honey gold body. The nose has tones of piney woodsy hops as well as distinct overly ripe fruit characteristics and rustic cracker based mu and rustic cracker based malts. As you drink this beer you get a wonderful battle of vibrant hops and woodsy wheat notes. It really is a strange but wonderful thing they have going on with the hot profile in this wee as you drink this beer you get a wonderful battle of vibrant hops and woodsy wheat notes. It really is a strange but wonderful thing they have going on with the hop profile in this wheat beer. It is truly unique flavor and in a class all its own for the style. I'm reminded once again why I really should drink this beer more often.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Go to 3 Floyd in warmer weather for me. Temperature on this beer is more important than originally thought. Tried it first when it was 38 degrees or so and didn't think it was all that great. Had another one at about 45 to 50 degrees and flavor comes out. Tastes a little of citrus and wheat. Aftertaste at correct higher temperature is a little like a gumball or slightly sweet aftertaste. If I were to drink a lot of expensive beer this would be my choice. Not overly filling, easy to drink, great summer beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellowish golden hue, cloudy with a nice white head that slowly dissipates.

Smell is very citrusy and bright, do catch some undertones of the wheat. Taste is pleasant, very hop forward with minimal notes of the wheat. It is a wheat ale, so I would have liked more notes of the wheat - the hops tend to dominate the taste - and I think that detracts from the beer a bit.

pretty carbonated, but I like it with the flavor - very drinkable. Overall a very tasty hoppy pale ale, just was a bit disappointed in how the hops dominated the wheat flavor. Otherwise a very tasty beer.

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Photo of dazedman
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The very best American wheat beer I've ever had. I wish 3 Floyds had a bigger distribution than they do. Well worth ordering a six pack just to see what we're missing.
Think a hoppy Oberon and you'd be close.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Lots of citrusy/lemony hops with a bit of wheat and estery yeast.

A: Golden color, slightly hazy with big frothy white head that slowly recedes, moderate lacing is left in the glass.

T: Citrusy/slightly piney hops upfront – pretty crisp. There is a faint amount of breadiness from the wheat, but very light. The beer has a semi-dry finish and while hoppy isn’t particularly bitter.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Super hoppy wheat, very clean and super easy to drink. While the wheat character isn’t particularly prominent the hops are pretty aromatic and tasty.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2/12/16. Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume, very good retention and outstanding lacing.

Outstanding nose of light lemon, a bit of zest, a hint of spice and a nice cracker biscuit base.

Light medium body that is smooth with a touch of oily slickness. World class carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a strong finely bubbled prickly punch in the finish.

The flavor profile is almost quite outstanding, but it lacks a bit of complexity. It begins with a burst of hop flavor that is mostly lemon with tropical notes (mango, passion fruit) underneath. The mild rind oriented bitterness in the middle is expertly balanced by a rising sweetness that makes the tropicals pop. As the sweetness ebbs, grainy wheat and biscuit are noted and provide a nice crispness. The finish is a slow fade of slightly sweet rind with impressive citrus notes.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange, with a white head. Oodles of lacing left behind. Very pleasing, just would expect a larger head. Citrus, and peach rise to the front of the aroma. Nice malt biscuit in the background. Taste is a sweet rendition of citrus, peach, and slightly spicy seasoning notes. Mouth feel is smooth, and easy to drink. A little harsh carbonation at the end, but still good. Overall, a very solid pale wheat ale. Certainly some good attributes to it. I wouldn't try to get any more after this glass, but I certainly would pick it up if it was distributed in my area.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great citrus taste and smell all year round. Although I love wheat beers (this one as well), but definitely have had some better hefeweizen beers over the years.

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Photo of c014572
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh. Pours a nice golden color w/ 2 finger head that retains. Hops on the nose. Body is a bit thin for my liking, to me hops balance nicely with the thin malty presence. Could drink a few, but prefer other FFF offerings more. Not at a price point I care for either.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty orange color, one finger of head dissipates quickly. Smell is strong, hoppy, but taste doesn't deliver what the smell promises, a little thin. Lots of citrus. Feel also seems thin. Pleasant, but maybe not a style that I favor.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice lil wheat beer. Cool haze color to it, hoppy on the nose. Taste is a bit more mellow in terms of hops vs yumyum. Interesting little session beer...wouldn't turn it down if had the chance but not exactly would be seeking it out either

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Photo of pwlong19
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sessions are not my thing. This is the only one I thoroughly enjoy and can drink any time. A good balance of fruit and hops. Hoppyness helps balance the session character.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this and off for a while, review relates to the 2/2/2016 batch. In general I am not a big fan of wheat beers, but the hops of this make it very good. Like the general description there are lots of lemon flavors, but they are more natural than say a Summer Shandy. Overall, just a really big fan of this beer, on a hot summer day after working outside would be easy to pound several in a row with no real effort.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Served in a Pint Glass
Bottled on January 21st, 2016
Reviewed on February 6th, 2016

Eyes
Poured a hazy pale gold body with plenty of bubbles circulating throughout. Nice white head, well over two fingers deep. Lots of sticky lacing.

Nose
Very hop-forward. Blend of herbal and citric hops. Lemon peel. Touch of wheat. Hint of yeast.

Tongue
Citrus and lemongrass hit the tongue first. Lemon peel. Pine. Lacked malts, just a hint of cracker. Semi-dry finish with a bittersweet blend of tangerine and tart grapefruit.

Mouthfeel
Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very crisp and easy to drink.

Notes
Very hoppy pale wheat ale. "It's not normal" certainly describes this brew. Delicious and dangerously drinkable. I'm what they call a "repeat customer".

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big shout out to my friend Bill F. who brought me back one of these from a trip through Indiana. Thanks, Bill!

Appearance 4.25: Pours out a pale golden color. Great looking, 1/2" head. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.5: Excellent bouquet. Very hoppy with accent on piney hops. Promising!

Taste 4.0: Front is dry and that's about it. Middle is dry also, but features a very nice wave of hop blends that fades into a silky smooth, citrusy Finish. Surprisingly little else going on with this beer, but what is here is darn good.

Mouthfeel 4.0: A bit watery in the mouth, but satisfying and smooth.

Overall 4.25: A great wheat. Would be perfect for sessioning and I imagine they would go great with food. The taste is actually like a light IPA, what with the hop-forward taste, but -as an IPA lover-- that is not a bad thing. Definitely worth tracking this one down.

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Photo of zeff80
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've waited to try this for year and it lived up to the hype. Great cracked wheat flavor with hints of bubblegum and citrus. Just enough bitterness to balance it all out.

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Photo of Myotus
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 02Nov15) into a Weizen glass. Consumed on 02Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 1 minute and 15 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are high in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is large in quantity and mostly thick with a few areas being very thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges entangle with mild aromas of wheat, floral hops, and lemony zest. This smells like a wheat IPA instead of an American Pale Wheat Ale.
TASTE: Strong grapefruit, tangerine, and orange flavors enter at first and are immediately followed by strong wheat flavors. Mild lemony zest and floral hop flavors along with hints of bitter hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: For the amount of hop flavors that was in this, the bitter hop flavors that followed were very slight, and I loved it. A definite great in this style. FFF continues to impress me.

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