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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,361 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,361
Reviews: 1,415
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 789
Gots: 486 | FT: 26
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -34%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

It's kinda silly to call this beer a Pale Wheat Ale. It's not accurate and it's not fair. It's not accurate because this beer is certainly an IPA with an American wheat / barley malt base; whereas most IPAs have a standard barley malt base only. It's not fair because this beer is hands-down a better beer than any other Pale Wheat Ale that I have ever drank. Calling this beer a Pale Wheat is misleading and completely over-hopped for it's style. The alcohols show an interesting evaporative cooling effect without much drying. The hops, although pleasantly citrus, adds a mild dish-soap flavor that becomes distracting as the beer warms. Though I can see why so many BA's rate this beer so high, I'm not going to get carried away with the hype.

07-05-2006 12:59:03 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

So I finally was able to get a hold of a Gumball head, not only did I find one, but I managed to score 4! So needless to say this one had better be good. Poured a nice bright golden amber with lots of haze and cloudiness and some sediment gathering on the bottom. A very fluffy large head of white formed on the top and this gradually gave way to copious side glass lace. A great aroma hear, very light with lots of floral light hop[s in the back a really nice grassy and yeast like front to it. This translated over very well to the flavor. A very light floral and bright flavor dominated by grass like flavors, punctuated with peaches, and orange hop flavors. Very light bodied with ample carbonation made this one that was not too filling, and this almost qualified as a water substitute it was so good. I thoroughly enjoyed every last drop of this. It has to be hands down the best I have ever had in the style and one of the best session ales I have ever tried. I would buy a case if they sold it here and have one for dinner every night. This was definitely a very very fine brew and I look forward to the rest of them, get your hands on this if you can!

10-26-2007 10:31:22 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks to cvaypai for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade.

A: The pour on this beer is quite unassuming. A pale golden color with a small white foam that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. The lacing, however, is quite nice.

S: Things start to get much better in the aroma. A nice, bright citrus hop aroma with a fair amount of pine to go along with it. Not much malt or wheat to speak of in the nose.

T: Like the nose would indicate, a solid hop presence. The grapefruit is front and center with a mild pine on the finish. The malt and wheat provide a bit of sweetness in the middle of the tongue.

M: A light, crisp beer with fairly high carbonation.

D: This would be a nice one for the summer months. A refreshing beer, no doubt, and low alcohol would make this a staple in my fridge (could I easily attain it).

12-21-2009 08:39:27 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

12-01-2011 18:18:26 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-28-2012 11:13:10 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

11-15-2011 01:18:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-13-2011 23:04:53 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-09-2013 22:34:51 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-10-2012 21:29:09 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Gumballhead turned out to be much nicer than I thought it'd be. The pour was a hazy yellow color with a nice looking fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy, wasn't expecting that but I like it a lot. The soft aromas of grains and wheat are also in there. The taste of the beer has a wheat flavor upfront that is quickly kicked away by a rush of citrusy hop flavors. Kind of reminded me of HopSun from Southern Tier but on a better scale. The mouthfeel was smooth and yet had a good tingling finish. Overall this beer is a very nice release from 3 Floyd's. I'd buy this if they'd only distribute to PA again.

06-08-2011 20:56:41 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a hazy peach with a thinner head than expected that was gone pretty quickly,oh man the aromas!Loads of Amarrilo hops give it a big piney aroma intermingled with some citrus and clove like wheatiness,man what a combination.The different refreshing flavors of this beer are just awesome, definent hop profile of grapefruit and pine along with a wheat beer -lemon and spice make this a one of a kind.Damn now I see why this beer is so highly regarded and Amarillo hops are a big favorite of mine.

05-18-2005 00:37:19 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for bustin' out this bottle!

For whatever reason, I just don't trust that yellow guy on the label. Anyway, the beer behind him pours a clear golden sunlight-blonde topped by a nice finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, pine, orange peel, light grapefruit, light raspberry, banana, light cardamom, and some nice honey-dripped biscuit in the background. The taste doesn't really change this recipe all that much, but it does come across to me as a slightly watered-down, slightly wheated-up version of the smell, which does take away from the tastiness imbibed by my 'strils. It still tastes pretty damn good, but not as good as it could have, if that makes any sense. The body is a nice light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisply-finishing wet feel. Overall, a very nice (if sort of elusive) APWA, one of the best things regularly put out by the Floyds.

04-18-2011 20:48:37 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-14-2011 19:21:27 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

On-tap at the Map Room.
Fresh keg, 2007 batch released a week ago.

Pours a hazy amber, nice cap of foam. Tiny streams of carbonation.

Aroma of a floral and juicy citrus hop combination. Not as amped up as other 3F offerings thankfully. Sample at the brewpub seemed much more grassy and herbal in the nose.

Taste is light, big hop presence, slight bitterness. Wheaty in the middle with a nice residual sweetness. Aftertaste of mango, or apricot from the distinctive Amarillo hops. Bubblegum doesn't figure in much to me.

Very smooth and easy drinking. Can't wait for the six-packs...

05-17-2007 03:16:50 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5%

01-19-2013 08:19:22 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%

06-19-2012 02:12:29 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

A hazy, deep amber-orange body reveals golden highlights at the base of the glass and teems with tiny effervescent bubbles. The off-white head is full and densely creamy; and displays excellent retention and leaves wide swatches of lacing about the glass. The nose is loaded with bright, fresh hops that are citrusy and lightly spicy with hints of pine over a delicately sweet, wheatish malt. The body is medium; and its lightly zesty effervescence leaves a lingering tingle on the front of the tongue as the rest of the beer fades smoothly away with a light creaminess. The hops displayed in the nose are clearly carried over into the flavor, dominating upfront but blending most exquisitely across the middle in a wash of sweetish, wheat-accented malt. The bitterness is held in check as it should be (@20 IBU's perhaps); yet the hop aromas and flavors shine! It finishes with some lingering malt sugar and piney and spicy hops that fade to a dull residual bitterness by the time you're ready for another sip. An extraordinary American wheat that's well worth seeking out.

05-03-2004 03:24:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-07-2013 06:17:58 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of lemon with some wheat and quite a bit more hops than you usually get in this style.

T: Citrus sweetness and a significant hops flavor hit you first. If the label didn’t have “wheat beer” on it, I’d swear this is an IPA. The wheat character comes out a little bit after the hops & citrus fade, but it’s not very pronounced. After-taste is lemony sweet with a little bit of hops bitterness.

M: Very crisp & very smooth, medium-to-high carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

D: Extremely tasty, not very filling, quite easy to drink, with the low ABV, this is a beer that you can just keep on drinking and drinking. As a huge Dreadnaught fan, I think the best way to describe this beer is “Dreadnaught Lite”.

10-15-2006 01:28:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

01-15-2012 20:10:57 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%

Appearance: Honey golden hue a huge massive off white cream in color big chunky mountainous texture very resilient leaves heavy streaks of random lacing. Aroma: Amazing absolutely one of the most pleasant and alluring hop profiles I've ever come across from an American wheat ale, who could have guessed that. Deep buttery pinecone scented hops as the label describes "loads of Amarillo hops" with a touch of banana ester, man this hop profile is kickin'. Taste: Heavenly, layer upon layer of this orgy of wheat, vanilla, and banana along with such a generous helping of Amarillo hops. Really hoppy flavored yet not that bitter extremely balanced, it's easy to say there's no other beer drinking experience like this out there. Mouthfeel: Creamy silky yet rediculously smooth going down, medium bodied with an even carbonation, a pure hop nectar. Drinkability: A dream come true for people who love both hoppy beers and wheat infused ales. If you don't like American wheats give this a try nothing like any other example of the style. Let me thank CRJMellor for this beauty I've been salivating to try this one.

05-23-2004 16:45:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

Thanks to Beerguy for the sample ...

A- Shimmering weathered golden hue, thick foamy head sticks like a champ.

S- Beautiful aromatics from the hops. Powdered aspirin, mandarin orange and lemon zest?

T- Big on hops, lots of that aspirin like bitterness from the Amarillo hops. Oily yet very sharp. Malt sweetness struggles to break through the hop barrier, enough comes by to keep things somewhat balanced. The crisp character of the wheat actually intensifies the sharpness of the bitterness which becomes a tad bothersome IMO.

M- A bit more body than I thought there was going to be, lining of crispness in the middle.

D- I could see having a pint or two if I needed a quick hop fix.

07-15-2005 20:51:06 | More by Jason
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a HUGE foamy white head. It soons fades down into a spotty foamy covering that left some decent lacing. Aroma is pungent with fresh hops and citrus mixed with the breadiness of a typical wheat beer.

Taste is big with several citrus notes and hop bitterness but is nicely balanced by a sweet and bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with some lively carbonation that isn't too filling.

One of my favorite offerings from Three Floyds. I love the flavor balance, crisp nature, and way easy drinkibility of this guy. A great summertime beer that is still going strong well into the winter.

01-03-2008 17:54:09 | More by Kegatron
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent honey with 3+ fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, apricot & breadyness

T: Lemons, white pepper, breadyness, fruittyness & grainyness up front. Honey malt, passion fruit & nice grapefruitty & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes bready with nice citrus hops & honey

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation & some syruppy qualities

Drinks really easy, but the complexity draws you in as well; One of the better American Pale Wheats out there!

05-20-2008 00:08:40 | More by russpowell
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