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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,433
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 sisuspeed
4/5  rDev -5%

Thanks for the bottle Paul!

Pours a slightly hazy, pale wheat with about a fingers worth of foamy white head. Light lacing.

Nice wave of green, earthy, Amarillo hops on the nose. Light citrus and sweet malts. Good fruity/floral hop aroma.

Wheat, orange zest, lemon and a light hop kick on the tongue. Very straight forward, but well done.

Mouthfeel is chewy, yet crisp on the finish. Well carbonated. High drinkability.

Overall, this is a solid Pale Wheat Ale and I can see why it's considered one of the best. An excellent beer for a hot day. Very refreshing. No flaws. Just a solid Pale Wheat all around. Worth picking up.

sisuspeed, May 23, 2011
Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Bunuelian, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ToadiesForCody, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +1%

DCLAguy11, May 03, 2014
Photo of alex_hart
4/5  rDev -5%

alex_hart, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +1%

RKing44, Friday at 11:59 AM
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4/5  rDev -5%

MCain04, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

sourdog, May 29, 2014
Photo of khiasmus
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.

khiasmus, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Ohiovania
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Ohiovania, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of supercolter
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.

supercolter, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours golden in color with a 1 finger head that has great retention.

Nose has really subtle straw malt with a big wheatbackbone and a fair amount of mango like hops. Smells pretty well balanced

Taste follows the nose, cracked wheat forward and is nice and bold followed by a sweet clean malt background. Hops also have a big presence are slightly fuity and balanced well. Very little bitterness, hops are all aroma and flavor.

Mouthfeel is great, hops leave this beer crisp clean and refreshing perfect summer beer. Remarkably smooth.

Fcolle2, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

nineworldseries, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Morakaton, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

jbriggs7, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of mjl21
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.

mjl21, Apr 01, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Stoutfan23DJ, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of scoobybrew
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.

scoobybrew, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Lothore
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.

Lothore, Apr 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of paulthebeerguru
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.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%

12oz bottle from 6 pack brought back in suitcase from trip to Chicago. Been looking forward to this one for a while.
Enjoying this with a nice hoagie.

A: Terifically carbonated with a yellow clear body and a huge head. This looks like a yeast beer that is hankering to be enjoyed. Wow, lots of lacing.

S: True wheat there with a topping of hops. Very unique to say the least. Flowery hops.

T: The hop flavor is tremendous and this is one outstanding beer that lived up to expectations. For the style, it should probably be sweeter and probably has too much hop presence but I love every bit of it. What a great beer.

M: Carbonated and fuzzy enough to make it enjoyable. The hops leave an impression.

D: So smooth and mild of a beer, flavorful and never fell flat. A true session beer, would love to have coolers full of this ready for the summer time.

A delicious wheat that leaves you burping hops. Could you ask for more?

marcpal, Apr 04, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Joecaddie, Jul 25, 2014
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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