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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,305 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,305
Reviews: 1,409
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 786
Gots: 454 | FT: 24
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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jpro

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz single picked up at Mikkeller & Friends bottleshop in Copenhagen. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

A: Golden pour, with a thumb-width of cream head; nice patchy lace and sufficient retention.

S: Wheat; light bread crust; citrus hops.

T: One of the tastiest wheat beers I've had; nice, citrus, zest hoppiness - although it seems a bit muted and not quite a bright as it could be; some wheat chalkiness on the finish.

M: Medium-light feel and higher carbonation.

O: This is a great pale wheat ale; nice hop flavor and easy drinking malt character; this might be one of the top "summer beers" I can think of - would love to have access to this in SC. For a style that's usually not too exciting, this is pretty tasty.

04-26-2013 01:04:06 | More by jpro
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

04-08-2014 01:14:01 | More by linnymtu
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BeerMeBrah

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-14-2013 00:04:03 | More by BeerMeBrah
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-29-2013 00:47:47 | More by ruckus232
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange with two fingers of soapy white head that leaves beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass. Head drops to a ring and lace, but remains as a thin layer for the duration.
Aroma is both huge hops and huge wheat malt... very well balanced between the light, grassy spicy hops and the orange caramel wheat malt. Spiciness is quite evident and a bit unexpected... the yeast lends a slightly bready note, and there is almost a white pepper in there as well... Almost like a pepper vodka. Amazing.
Flavor is much like the nose with the added benefit of a bready yeast character. The hops are not quite as strong in the flavor as the nose, and the grassiness fades to a mild citrus tang. The flavor is not as good as the nose, but still quite tasty.
Mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation and a clean, light finish.
This is the most drinkable wheat beer I've ever had. I'm not a huge fan of wheats, but this is exceptional. The American hopping provides an adequate balance for the sweetness that is wheat malt... overall quite satisfying.

09-30-2008 03:37:20 | More by khiasmus
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clay23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-09-2013 01:17:22 | More by clay23
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MCain04

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-19-2013 07:36:36 | More by MCain04
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-27-2013 15:48:55 | More by Hopsiam14
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bmurray10

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

02-04-2014 02:57:21 | More by bmurray10
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

03-09-2014 16:23:28 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

This is an exceptional beer, especially for the style. I was a bit disappointed in the appearance. To me there is nothing special here. Smell is phenominal- a nice blast of floral hops and citrus fruit. Taste is similar, but more complex. Such a clean finish and great slightly sweet malt to finish. Mouthfeel is above average, but little to no carbonation. Drinkability is the best I have ever had.

11-25-2008 15:46:26 | More by supercolter
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%

10-21-2013 23:23:24 | More by bccrosley
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Sonofalime

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%

09-08-2013 01:40:27 | More by Sonofalime
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-20-2012 00:49:27 | More by ScottP
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-10-2013 19:49:08 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-11-2013 12:05:01 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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SCZ

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-07-2012 04:28:48 | More by SCZ
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-28-2013 19:49:18 | More by ToddGingerich
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5%

03-31-2014 05:23:30 | More by KCBeerNerd
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Lothore

California

4/5  rDev -5%

A- Pours a very clear light orange with a 2 finger, fizzy head which dissipates rather quickly.

S- Is this a wheat beer or an ipa? First thing to hit my nose it a massive whiff of hops followed by a wheaty, light fruit smell, possibly apricot.

T- Taste is smooth. Light fruits, earthiness, a bit of grain, followed by a distinct piney hoppiness.

M- Medium viscosity, quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is certainly an easy drinker. Glad I have 3 because now I know what i'm going to pop open on a warm summer day.

04-18-2008 03:18:37 | More by Lothore
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mjl21

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Acquired in a trade with alleykatking...thanks Josh!

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given and no abv info is given.

A-As I begin pouring this into my snifter, the yeast used for the bottle conditioning is very apparent as it flows out of the botttle. The beer is a hazy straw yellow that has a 3/4 finger white head that dissolves into a frothy ring encompassing a frothy center. Yeasty critters float throught the glass.

S-Quickly hit with a nice citrus aroma from the Amarillo hops. Pick up wheat smell and also get notes of what an Alka Seltzer tablet gives off as it dissolves in water.

T-Get a really quick zip from the citrus hops followed by a really nice malty backbone.

M-Very crisp with nice carbonation that hits fast. Medium bodied and thicker than what I am used to for a wheat beer. Bitterness from the hops sticks around.

D-Low abv and great hop flavor makes this an incredible session beer.

This was my first 3F beer and I was very impressed to have a low abv beer that met my thirst for hops. This would be a staple in my house if it was available in CA. It would make a great keg beer for parties.

04-01-2009 05:46:03 | More by mjl21
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nitter

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

06-02-2013 00:00:27 | More by nitter
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-05-2014 23:15:12 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass. It has a clear golden color with a modest head that settles fast. It has a very hoppy aroma with hints of fruitiness, but dominated by the hops. The taste is strongly hoppy, but not bitter, and slightly fruity like the aroma. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent, drinkable beer, but it's not really what I would expect at all from a wheat beer. While I can admire the boldness of the extreme hopping of a typically neutral style, when I go for wheat beer I don't necessarily want all the hops. Three Floyds has plenty of other offerings that are fantastic (i.e. Alpha King) when I want a hoppy beer.

Oh, the artwork on the bottle and more so on the 6 pack is strangely awesome.

09-08-2007 18:21:12 | More by scoobybrew
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Three Floyds Gumballhead
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Gumballhead pours a pale yellow, translucent, with a nice white head. Little retention, and the head eventually drops down into the halo effect. Faint lacing. A shocking hop aroma for a wheat beer, yeasty, citrus and some earthy tones. Hops are upfront in the initial taste, but it fades and hides behind the sweet malty flavors as well as the citrus from the wheat. Clean and crisp mouthfeel, not heavy at all. Interesting palate with the Amarillo hops. Not what I expected style wise, but as a hophead I loved it.

03-06-2008 23:20:22 | More by paulthebeerguru
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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