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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub


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3,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 3767
Reviews: 1381
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%

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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Photo of ajcuster89


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite wheat beer because it is not your typical wheat beer. Excellent smells of fruit and wheat all at once, the taste is even better. Lots of wheat flavor, but with the attitude of a pale ale. Good head and lacing for a lighter offering. Highly recommend this one to any beer drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 23:30:31 | More by ajcuster89
Photo of Beric


3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On-tap in a nonic pint
Served: 11 April 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear, which is somewhat weird for a wheat beer in my opinion. Good deep golden color. Small, foamy white head that leaves incredible lacing. The lacing is beautiful on this one.

Smell: Smells like fresh hops with a slight bit of lemongrass.

Taste: This one was a little weird, honestly. The front of the palate was dominated by juicy, fresh hoppiness and then there was an astringent, somewhat harsh finish. The wheat flavor added some grassy graininess to this without any of the characteristic soft banana tones usually found in this still. This made the taste mid-swallow and on the back of the tongue really unbalanced towards this strange taste note of weird bitter grassiness. The hop flavors were really most evident in the front of the palate and immediately disappeared.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, especially after sitting for a little while.

Overall: I was unimpressed with this one. The taste was very unbalanced and awkward, especially mid-swallow and after swallowing. The wheat seems to have thinned the beer and added weird astringent tastes rather than being used to build body and soft banana esters. I would like to see this one unfiltered and more like a hopped up Oberon, 312 Urban Wheat, or witbier. Disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 18:12:36 | More by Beric
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)

Clear golden body with excellent clarity; very durable, creamy white head leaves the glass well coated with sticky lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong but somehow gentle mix of hops.

Flavor: Some complexity from the hop (mix). Some bisquity malts in the background.

Feel: light bodied but not at all watery, thanks in part to the crisp, medium-high carbonation that seems just right

O: another excellent selection from FFF

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 13:54:24 | More by chinchill
Photo of blindpenguin


2.03/5  rDev -51.9%
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
Photo of Beer_Sherman


4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I may be a bit partial to Gumballhead, it is a top 5 beer for me. I had this on tap that they only had 22 ounce drafts (I was not complaining) It poured a pretty clear but smooth appearance, also noted a little head formed. The aroma is phenomenal, a very hop-forward yet APA scent. Obviously being three floyds the hops will definitely be prevalent and with Gumballhead they did not disappoint. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Any time any restaurant has it on draft I will be purchasing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 19:26:53 | More by Beer_Sherman
Photo of barczar


3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light golden with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

There's a wheat/grain sweetness, which juxtaposes the resiny hop character. Fairly floral, as well.

Herbal hop character and wheat are prevalent. There's a hint of resiny bitterness in the aftertaste, and the malt backbone is somewhat crackery.

Carbonation has a bite, body is moderate.

Not my favorite fff beer, by far. Nothing special as far as I'm concerned. Just lacks character.

Further review shows modest grapefruit character, but the finish sneaks in too early.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2013 21:33:27 | More by barczar
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 00:38:11 | More by gr0g
Photo of screamking


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into 16oz glass.

Pours light amber with a 1 finger off white head. Lots of citrus in the nose, also a strong brown sugar note. Very balanced aroma, more of an IPA less of a wheat. The taste is very good, lots of citrus balanced with the malt. The bitterness only slightly outweigh the sugary malt. This is one of the most balanced pale ales I've had in a long time. Pair that with the light ABV and you got a winner. If only it was more readily available.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 01:30:26 | More by screamking
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the brew pub. Golden hazey yellow...nice.
Big sweet citrus hop aroma...lemony and fresh. taste is wheaty fresh citrus hop...so fing nice. Its so smooth its insane. The hops are balanced perfectly and not over bitter but instead makes a superb refreshing brew. I like it better that Sumpin Sumpin..its more smooth and crisp..but Sumpin has like 2 additional points on the abv scale...
flavor and mouthful wise, id take this brew all day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 04:02:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Cylinsier


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours an amber golden, slightly hazy, with a fine white head that retains indefinitely at a couple millimeters of thickness.

Smells of fresh pine and sweet, citrusy grapefruit hops.

Piney floral hop flavor followed by some grapefruit citrus and a hint of honey accompanied with a dry malty finish.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

A pretty stellar ale, great smell and very good flavor. Very impressive and enjoyable. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 21:54:23 | More by Cylinsier
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Ontario (Canada)

4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a pint at the brewpub a few weeks ago. This is from notes.

Clear light orange, wispy shortlived head drapes the pint glass in a layer of foam. Huge citrus and wheat crispness in the in the nose. Delicate grapefruit and lime in the first sip. Building bitterness and sweet, crisp malt meld together flawlessly. Lemon rind shows with warmth. Light mouthfeel with spritz y effervescence. The finish is moderately bitter and very long lasting.

This is the best American wheat beer Ive ever had. So much sumptuous malt and hop flavor, with a pronounced hoppiness. Incredible stuff. Stupidly quaffable and a must try before you die beer for any craft beer lover.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 00:08:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Rhanson11


5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers that I have had in my life. It is a very smooth beer that tastes good as well. I hope everyone gets to try this in their lifetime. It is hard to get as it is rare to see in many liquor stores except for maybe once a month in some. There is a really nice beer bar in my college town that cycles through most of these top 250 beers a lot, but it's still hard to come by.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 03:00:48 | More by Rhanson11
Photo of LCB_Hostage


2.66/5  rDev -37%
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
Photo of StandardKelly13


4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet but never too hoppy, Gumball head is a great beer for those who want something full-bodied but don't want too be overwhelmed by hops. It's lighter in color and finishes well. Great on draught and very drinkable. The cool character on the tapper is a nice touch as well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 16:45:43 | More by StandardKelly13
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Looks like a pale lager, but with much more lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet grapefruit with a very slight hint of hef-like bubblegum.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Quite astringent for a light ale. Tastes like citrus-flavored oil with a slight backround of clove. Mouthfeel is definitely a bit too thin, especially considering the IPA-like grapefruit flavors in this.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent combination of an IPA, a hef, and light wheat ale or lager. I wish it would push the envelope a bit regarding the flavors, but I will definitely get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 23:28:50 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Cee-Poe


4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wheat ale for the hop head...

A -- Slight haze with a straw appearance and a Swiss cheese two finger head

S -- The first notice that this is not your average wheat ale. The aroma pulls much more of hops than banana or other usual notes from other wheat beers.

T -- A good deal of hops coming forward with a great aftertaste.

M -- Large bubbles and a light feel work well with this style of beer

O -- Not being too large a fan of wheat ales, this is a remarkably easy drinker that I will be happy to have again

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 20:12:53 | More by Cee-Poe
Photo of seanorear


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very refreshing lighter beer with a distinct hop smell and flavor. It is golden yellow with a white that has good retention (most likely from the wheat in the beer). It is very aromatic for a light beer and has a floral and citrusy smell. The first taste will tell you that it is highly hopped, but what makes this beer so good is that they are late addition hops. This is not an overly bitter beer and the majority of the hop is in the smell and flavor. It finishes cleanly and is best served by the pitcher. Great beer to try!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 00:09:13 | More by seanorear
Photo of chicagoanbeerone


4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of citus hops, regular hops, Best wheat beer around never matched, i could drink this beer all day i love it one of my favorites, the red rye is yummy and the pale and hops add a great bitterness to the beer smooth and could drink all day cheers to gumball

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 20:43:54 | More by chicagoanbeerone
Photo of rlee1390


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear orange yellow, not much carbonation, but it does try and leave behind some lacing.

S-Grassy hops, wheat with citrus and floral hops as well. Nicely balanced together.

T-Wheat, grass floral and citrus hops, ends with a mild bitterness with balances with the malt and hop flavors.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

O-A great beer, I need to have it again as having it after Zombie Dust did not do this beer any justice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 23:49:10 | More by rlee1390
Photo of jmarsh123


4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Crazy Horse

Pours hazy straw with a finger of white soapy head.

Smells like a cross between wheat and hops. Bright citrus hops especially grapefruit along with a little of that "wheaty" aroma.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Lots of citrusy hops up front and finishes with good grapefruit bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Retains some body despite the low ABV.

The gold standard for this style. Deliciousy hoppy yet still light and drinkable. I just wish I could find it in bottles more often.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 19:01:33 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of kpclemens


4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the brewpub.

A - a hazy gold den color. a little clearer than most wheat beers. about a finger and a half sized bright white head.

S - what a great smell for a wheat beer; a little bit of your expected citrus but mostly hops. Hoppier than any other wheat beer I've smelt, like a mild IPA.

T - First thing I taste is hops right up front. Then in the back of the mouth there's grapefruit and some other citrus flavors. Some people say they taste bubblegum in the end but I think that's all mental with a name like Gumballhead. No alcohol taste as expected.

M - The mouth feel of this beer is fantastic. Its creamy and smooth and you just want to keep drinking it. There's nothing quite like having a beer on tap at the actual brewpub.

O - This is in my top 3 favorite beers. Wheat beer helped me get into craft beer and this a perfect breakaway. You get the wheat beer name I used to love plus the hops and flavors lacking in a lot of wheat beers. Its more like a Wheat IPA. If you can find this I definitely recommend getting a case of it. You wont regret it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 14:55:57 | More by kpclemens
Photo of kylehay2004


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: Single finger head with nice retention and lacing on a clear golden body.

S: musty wheat, pale malts and breads. Subtle spiciness.

T: very nice combination a wheat and maltiness. The hops are really nicely added to this one providing citrus and slightly floral notes.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and refreshIng.

Overall: very flavorful almost like a sessionabke pale ale. Very unique for the style. Certainly a memorable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 21:29:09 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 00:57:46 | More by GJ40
Photo of Reaper16


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Big Star, Chicago, IL, into a pilsner glass

Pours a light yellow color. Some haze here, though I expected more given that this is A.) a wheat beer and B.) a hoppy beer. The head is very white, though not voluminous. Solid stuff.

Gumbalhead does a good job of being hop-forward without letting its malt character become dominated. There are aromas and flavors of sweet orange, lemon, and pine all over the place. But you never lose track of the essential wheat malt flavors here, nor do you lose track of the bubblegum yeast esters. This is a mostly sweet beer; I could have used some additional hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is pretty light and the carbonation is aggressive. It works very well with food, especially mildly spicy food. Overall, this is one of the best American Pale Wheat Ales out there. I don't think it is as good of a hoppy wheat as the forthcoming Boulevard 80-Acre is, but this is a beer that deserves the loyal following it has.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 04:42:23 | More by Reaper16
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Jak's Tap

Appearance - Hazy Golden Straw color with a good amount of lacing on the sides. Little bubbles of carbonation creeping up the sides of the glass

Smell - Piney hops, grapefruits, wheat, yeasts and malts. Very rich smelling!

Taste - Piney Hops, Wheats, Malts, yeasts and a slight lemon zesty feel. The flavor is very rich and it tastes alot better than it smells. Also doesn't have that grassy flavor that I've seen in wheat beers.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a moderate carbonated kick that gives it a crisp and refreshing feel. It's not smooth but all things considered, it works out quite well.

Overall - I loved this! Three Floyds continues to impress me with their line-up, and in the process of doing so, have given me my new favorite wheat beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 00:36:37 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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