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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,884
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 842
Gots: 726 | FT: 26
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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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a quality brew! I am impressed as this is a year round brew and is of the highest quality. The beer goes down smooth and is very drinkable. You could pound these things all day long. The drinkability is amazing! highly recommended!

Bottom Line: Great beer!

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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chalk up another one for FFF. Gumballhead is the shit.

Pours copper-ish with a bubbly white head that settles into some decent lacing.

Aroma is some strange and wonderful IPA/bubblegum hybrid.

It tastes like an IPA and a wheat beer had glorious sex, and it resulted in a smooth yet hoppy baby.

Mouthfeel is medium and wicked crisp with a dry finish.

Easily my favorite American-style wheat brew, surpassing Oberon.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this from iconoklaztor! Your the man Don! Thanks again!

Poured into my Surly Tulip. Light golden body, with a two finger white head with great retention. Also has some nice lacing.

The nose is sweet with a nice lemon hop kick. Wheat definitely comes out. Sort of smells bubble gummy...not sure if my head is playing tricks on me or if this is in fact intentional. Really good smelling beer. Bready malts, wheat, citrus hops with a smooth finish.

The taste is very similar, but much smoother than the nose suggests. The wheat mellows this out, and there is a nice combination of wheat and citrus lemon hops. Excellent beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a nice carbonation bite that is pretty appropriate. Drinkability is great.

I almost wish it was warm outside drinking this, I can see how this would be a great summer session beer. It's about 30 outside, and this is still doing it's job. A great beer, no matter the weather. Thanks Don for the chance!

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4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a beer. Why I passed this one up previously is beyond comprehension. Thanks to nlmartin for this bomber.

Pours a nice, clear color with about an inch and a half of bright white head. Head last for about half of the glass leaving some light specks of lacing.

The aroma is more than enough to satisfy. Hops are abundant, which is something that sets this beer apart. Citrus and some wheat, but as it warms I get some .... wait, maybe I just looked at the label too much .... no, it is bubble gum. Sweet, sticky and chewy bubble gum. Wow.

And the flavor .... ahhh, the flavor. All of the above and then some. Citrusy hops, nice wheat backbone, some sweet candied sugar in the back. Love it. I can't believe I didn't buy this when I could get it. I will not make that mistake again.

Exceptionally smooth medium body. Nicely carbonated. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste reminds you about the hops. Drinkability .... you're kidding, right? I could drink this beer all afternoon and night and into the early morning. Or at least until I see those little green fairies I was looking for when I had that Absinthe. Amazing beer. Great job 3F's.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is something so zombie dust about this beer. Sure it as best I know isn't a one top beer and I really doubt it is all Circa, but damn if it doesn't have that same citrus one hop like note. The difference being wheat and a lot less malt and alcohol feel.

Pours crystal clear as most american wheat beers do, minimal carbonation but it leave a good bit of lacing. Pretty lively carbonation, but nothing like the explosive Belgian and German beers do.

The aromas are hops and more hops, the malt is nearly gone. Still nothing to bite you or over power, just citrus juicy melons pineapples and grapefruit.

This one has citrus notes with a nice hop character from start to finish with late what drying effect that dies to the hop finish. To say this is the best American wheat beer is an understatement, this is actually good beer which no other American wheat I've had could ever dream of claiming.

Extremely drinkable though I personally like a touch more body. Still for a summer beer chaser look no further.

It isn't dreadnaught, panzer, alpha king, or zombie dust...it is lighter yet still packs such a wonderful hop profile and presence that I just can't say enough about what this beer does. I want to knock it for something but damn...just can't.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Lacks the truly cloudy look of a traditional wheat beer. Head at most got slightly above a finger. Seemingly lacking head retention throughout. Carbonation at best was average throughout compared to elite wheat beers.

Smell: Wheat beer you say? Smells like a zesty IPA to me. Nice spiciness from the amarillo hops. Pine, lime, lemon, and some bright sugars. Some of the wheat accents cool off the IPA feelings toward the back end but are not a major player here. When you put aside your wheat beer expectations, this is a really wonderful aroma.

Taste: Spicy hops hit on the front end. The hops slowly subside and the body smoothes out with a very noticeable wheat flavored body. I was really surprised at how prevalent the wheat flavor was with the seeming lack of it in the aroma. A hop dryness is strongly felt on the palette after drinking.

Mouthfeel: a light to medium bodied brew which certainly carries its weight. Smooth mouthfeel going on which leaves its damage on the palette after drinking.

Overall: This beer shows the fundamental differences between American and European wheat beers. I had a Weinhenstephaner Hefeweissbier before this one and its hard to tell they are basically the same style. Hops are accented much more then the yeast in the European style. Easy to see why this is the flagship beer by Three Floyds, easily drinkable which gives it an overall commercial appeal.

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,884 ratings.