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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,466
Reviews: 1,418
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 806
Gots: 523 | 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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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 timmy2b
4.25/5  rDev +1%

timmy2b, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of riemster
4.25/5  rDev +1%

riemster, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +1%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of gmendez1122
4.25/5  rDev +1%

gmendez1122, Apr 27, 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 Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -5%

Can_has_beer, May 03, 2014
Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev -5%

nitter, Jun 02, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

ROBSTARR, Feb 16, 2013
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
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

77apm, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of goindownsouth
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine, fine find, thanks to one of my fave local haunt, JP O'Malley's in Allentown.

A straw-coloured brew oozed out of the bomber, albeit offering a faint head. The lace left something to be desired, not much of a tracing along the sides of the glass.

Major aromas of Amarillo hops, one of my new favourites on the hops food chain. The flavor followed suit with the piney resins of the Amarillo working pretty well with the wheat character. There could have been more wheat action though (see HopSun from Southern Tier). Did the Amarillo overpower the wheat?

Still, a great find, and one that I would not hesitate getting my hands on once again!


goindownsouth, May 27, 2005
Photo of climax
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled near the peak of freshness; purchased a six pack from the brewery. The not-so-wheat beer rich gold body has impressive clarity considering the style. Head is modest, as is residual lacing.

The Amarillo hops add a definite hoppy attitude for a wheat beer. Citrus notes of grapefruit and peach are at the forefront, while more subtle grassy herbal tones add complexity. Darker variety wheat is not only evident in the color, but the warming wheat aromas seem more bold and rich.

This on tip-toes the line between a wheat ale and a pale ale, but the finish etches it on the wheat side. After the lemon and sweet grapefruit hop flavors subside, the grainy wheat finish resounds over everything. Lots of flavor in here; it mixes a bold wheat beer with a fresh Amarillo pale. I'm trying not to let the name influence my palette, but I do get gumballs in there.

Sharp carbonation meets the mouth instantly, and then I notice the very slick feel. The finish ends up slightly chalky as the hops add a bit of dryness. There's a good amount of body in this one. I'm on the hungry side, yet not making short work of this. It doesn't fall short of refreshing either.

One of the best wheat beers I've head. It's not for the faint of hops or one wanting an uninspiring summer chugger. This is a 'nuff said solid beer for any occasion.

climax, Feb 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

damienblack, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of sisuspeed
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Ohiovania, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of RMelyon
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

RMelyon, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4/5  rDev -5%

MCain04, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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