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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,434
Reviews: 1,417
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 801
Gots: 504 | FT: 25
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 mikey711
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden and yellow with no carbonation rushing up from the bottom of the glass but tightly packed foamy white head over an inch thick in a white mouthed glass.

S: Light, slightly hoppy(lemon citrus and lemon soap). Some grainy wheat smell, like freshly crushed grains for homebrewing.

T: The graininess of the wheat comes through but is not as appealing as it was in the smell. It is almost like a communion wafer in flavor. Also the hops are not that present which is surprising, just the slightest hint is there.

M: Light bodied, but that is too be expected. I am glad it is not stoutlike thick. There is not waterness to it though.

D: Sessionability to the max. This would be a great tailgating beer and a good one to give to people who are not hugely into craft.

mikey711, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally able to review the highly anticipated Gumballhead

A- One of the most inticing looking wheat beers i have ever seen. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a hazy light copper/dark straw with a massive amounts of carbonation bubbles. Thick white head of 2 fingers that gives a great effort to stick around. Lacing holds like a beast.

S- Citrus hops- Tons of lemon, along with orange, grapefruit, with a touch of peach. Sweet wheat malts. Slight esters

T- Hop forward and smooth. Fantastic balance, as I wrongly anticipated more hops based on what i have heard and other reviews I've read. Huge lemon zest and citrus flavors lead the way before the wheat malt mellows things out. Hardly any bitterness despite the hop pressence. Love the complexity.

M- Mid body. Smooth, as I mentioned. High carbonation leads to a crips bite. So refreshing as i mow the lawn. Dries the mouth as I continue to drink

O- Different from any wheat beer I have had. My first from FFF, and certainly not the last. Not the huge hop bomb that i have seen writting about it. I feel it is more balance than that. Probably my 2nd favorite beer of this style behind Lil Sumpin Sumpin

No bottled on date that i could find.

Bosoxfan20, May 19, 2013
Photo of srgj88
5/5  rDev +18.8%

srgj88, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of hinemk76
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

hinemk76, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of bccrosley
4/5  rDev -5%

bccrosley, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Moses_Malone, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of PEBKAC
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first 3 Floyds beer ever. Isn't trading great? :D

Having heard so much hype about it, I forgo the everyday pint, & bust out the Erdinger Weiss glass for the occasion. I begin to pour, hoping MattyB wasn't bullshitting me.

A golden hazy honey tint, crazy activity from top to bottom, but a weak quarter inch of off-white head. No head, no five point O.

A cloudy tangerine scent lifts off the top, softening the crisp hop background. Dry wheat & very little yeast. Subtlety sweet, & mild.

Sweet bread, almost like pumpernickel. A little squeeze of honey. It is outstandingly dry, practically sucking away the almost sweet bitterness from front to back & away from memory. It finishes with the prickly carbonation just adding a dab of butter on some dry wheat crust. Much cleaner then your typical wheat beer. Even on a cold winter day like this, it hits the spot amid all the stuffy heat coming off the pipes.

And just like that, it's gone. I sure could use another.

PEBKAC, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of ChadQuest
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The head is nice and tall and the body is slightly hazy and a shade darker in the golden color spectrum. crisp hops up front that fade considerably, toasted biscuits, light tropical fruits, mango orange juice. more viscosity and not as dry as expected for the style, enjoyable non the less. easy drinking especially when the hot midwest summer months roll around, will probally be buy a few packs over the summer.

ChadQuest, May 19, 2010
Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

linnymtu, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Dank26, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of berley31
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

berley31, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of DoctorDog
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for snagging me a few of these during a recent trip across state lines.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden. ~1 finger of white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap. Some lacing noted.

S- A very nice zesty, citrusy hop presence here. Wheat character only begins to emerge ~1/2 way to the bottom.

T- Lots of citrus flavor, and a fairly strong hop bitterness. Wheat flavor is at a bare minimum. Soft honey sweetness.

M- An interesting mix here. Well carbed, crisp and lively, but with the creamy "roundness" you expect in a wheat beer.

D- Quite good. Low ABV, quite refreshing, easy drinker for a heavy session on a hot summer day.

Future outlook: Good. One of the more interesting/pleasing wheat beers I've encountered.

DoctorDog, May 22, 2009
Photo of Thishops4u
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Thishops4u, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of crwills
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fantastic! So disappointed I only had one bottle. This has to be one of my all time top brews.

Pours a dark, cloudy gold with a nice big head. Looks great. Aroma is very IPA-like, with lots of grapefruity and piney hops.

Flavour is restrained but complex. Smooth, hefe-like mouthfeel but IPA-like hops. The combination works beautifully, and is as balanced as it can get. Aftertaste is well balanced as well -- neither feature of the beer stands out, but rather they combine into something unique.

I look forward to seeking out a greater quantity of this one, for sure!

crwills, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

dailyminefield, May 02, 2014
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gumballhead pours a dirty bright yellow, a very pasty thin white swirling head. The nose is an on/off combo of faint hops, fresh fruit, herbs and definitive citrus-like aromas, more noticeable towards the middle-to-end of this beverage. The initial taste could confuse some of the most experienced beer lovers--a hop-infused wheaty biscuity blend. There is a fair amount of carbonation, in fact a bit over-powering at times. Zesty, creamy and hoppy; each sip and drink develops a sort of a different blend of flavorings, am I enjoying a hop-infused-wheat beer here? Yes. Lemon peels, orange juice and table crackers noted in the body. With 3-Floyds, it's not a surprise that they've "hopped up" another brew, but this AP Wheat Ale tops em' all--this is a gem, smooth and slick and a winner in my book.

GeoffRizzo, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of biggmike
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour with tremendous white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit and Amarillo hops. Flavor is very hoppy and citrusy. Mouthfeel is good and this is a very sessionable beer. This is one of the best wheat beers I’ve had. I wish this was available in Mississippi.

biggmike, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of mgbickel
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to my neighbor Rob for bringing me back a six pack of this from South Bend!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger bone white head that receded quickly leaving behind a good amount of fluff on the sides of he glass. The body is crystal clear...the color of wet straw with golden orange hues.

The nose is phenomenal...big hops up front, citrus and piney, sit on top of a grainy, lemon frosted bread-like backbone.

Man...the taste is right up there with the nose...superb! A honey-like sweetness starts things off, combines with a lemon zest and slowly fades into a grassy middle before the bitter hops (resin) finish things off.

Thin mouth feel, oily with strong carbonation.

The great nose, flavors and thin mf make this one of the (if not the) most drinkable beers on the market today. I would rate this higher than a 5 if possible!

mgbickel, May 23, 2010
Photo of riemster
4.25/5  rDev +1%

riemster, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev -5%

bmurray10, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The second beer in a recent east-coast Three Floyds tasting. Another stellar brew. Haven't delved into the more high-octane stuff from FFF but so far I'm really impressed at how they are able to make such sessionable brews that are still really hoppy, and in not-so-popular styles too. This beer is a slightly hazed light golden. Zesty hops hit first and combine perfectly with tangy wheat base imparting an almost citrusy lemon flavor. Yeah, it says that right on the side of the bottle, but it's also true, it does have a lemony tang often associated with Hefes. So light and crisp, totally refreshing, plenty of hops. Interesting. My kind of beer for sure.

twelvsies, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Big two-inch white head on top of a nice rich golden brew. Nice retention and lacing.

S- I get a lot of citrus hops here. Floral too. Lemon zest and a little grapefruit.

T- Tastes kind of like an IPA... big hop flavor with the sweet flavors of the wheat lingering in the background. The wheat mellows the hop bite, allowing one to focus on the flavor. Again, primarily citrus hops. This is pretty enjoyable, although I feel like I might be looking for something a little more robust.

M- Light and carbonated, but smooth. Nice for the style.

D- Great session beer here. Delicious and nothing that will kill your palate.

LordAdmNelson, May 16, 2009
Photo of clay23
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

clay23, May 09, 2013
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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