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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,183
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 774
Gots: 390 | FT: 23
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-02-2014 18:48:12 | More by carmike813
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:46:44 | More by Fcolle2
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a straw golden color with a clingy head that starts at one finger and dissipates. Cloud is quite mild for a wheat.

Aroma is amarillos on the front. The hops dominate the aroma with no malt aromas present. Citrus hops really do dominate the nose.

Flavor opens with earthy hops. I say earthy because that is what I get from amarillo. Hop yield to citrus and grapefruit. Malt is lacking, there is nothing there for a wheat twang that I expect from a wheat beer. Lemon is the predominate flavor. Finishes sweet and hoppy, bitter and citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with decent carbonation. Very refreshing with the lemony hop hit.

Overall a very refreshing hop forward beer that I would strain to call a wheat. That being said, it tastes good, and 3F has never been known for sticking to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 22:50:04 | More by wheatyweiss
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-10-2013 02:04:47 | More by lpayette
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-08-2013 21:27:37 | More by dcguitar
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

09-11-2013 12:05:01 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-04-2012 05:07:19 | More by Westuh
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-28-2013 19:49:18 | More by ToddGingerich
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-24-2014 23:07:35 | More by olafphysics
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4/5  rDev -5%

02-01-2014 03:46:26 | More by TubaDan
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

12-19-2012 23:14:10 | More by harrylee773
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-23-2012 01:40:08 | More by stogirelli
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber, Gumballhead is a hazy orange with a moderate head that diminishes to a small, but even amount of lacing.

The smell of this beer, not surprising from 3F’s, is hitting me from a good foot away! Whoa, hops! Closer in, the pine & citrus is joined by the wheat-y whiffs I would expect from a summer beer & even a slight (but not bad) medicinal scent. Any fear arising from the aforementioned odor is offset by light strawberry notes. I’m rather excited to taste it.

It’s all there. Hops: check. Wheat: check. Even some maltiness (albeit, faint) which is not always a 3F’s strength. Of course there’s citrus peel which really develops in the aftertaste, a nice plus.

I am slightly disappointed in the lack of carbonation as the tingling on my tongue seems to be stemming entirely from the bitterness of the hops & not the bubbles. A little too smooth for the genre.

In all, I still find Gumballhead to be another pleasing offering from our boys in Munster & it’s wonderful to see a summer beer focusing on something other than the standard takes on the weizen or kölsch styles. A great change of pace, I’m just sad that summer is at an end & this is my last chance to enjoy it until next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 23:29:59 | More by malcontent
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired by trade from Heliosphann

A - light golden hue with a one finger head that quickly dissapears once poured.

S - light orange with a faint wheat smell.

T - burnt orange with a slight peppery aftertaste.

M - a little burn, frothy

D - another nice brew from 3 floyds that I could easily drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 02:30:05 | More by Casey10
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

10-29-2012 18:58:49 | More by KFrank729
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-26-2013 21:33:51 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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4/5  rDev -5%

04-04-2014 22:22:17 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-25-2013 05:17:21 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Back in the day, this used to be my go-to beer. Since I diversified my portfolio, I do not drink it as often as I should. I picked up a case yesterday at Dark Lord Day, so I figured I finally should review it.

Poured into a snifter from the bottle, the beer was a deep golden color. In smells like a Three Floyds beer. The citrus aroma pops from the top of the glass along with grassy hints hidden in the background. Orange candy and grassy notes dominate the initial taste. The hops dance on the sides of the tongue with a measure of spice. A mild level of carbonation slowly brushes the taste toward the back of the tongue, leaving the taste of orange rind to linger on the tongue. The carbonation tickles the back of the throat as the beer descends, but the citrus of the hops stays on the tongue.

This is a quality beer from the Floyds that would appease those that are not hop-heads. Gumballhead continues to be one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:19:04 | More by JohnnyHopps
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-18-2013 19:55:36 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-29-2013 21:58:35 | More by Moses_Malone
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4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellowish amber topped by a frothy white head. Shifts to a film pretty fast and leaves specks of foam on the glass.

Smell: Pungent and powerful aromas of piney and grapefruity hops. The wheat malt is not all that present, but you pick up the occasional twang of clove. It's all about the Amarillo here, though.

Taste: Nice wheaty malt flavor that gets whallopped by bitter piney and citrusy hops. Juicy and succulent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and lingering hoppy aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not all wheat beers need to be light and "wimpy." A nice mix of a Pale Ale/IPA and a wheat ale. Take the light body of a wheat beer and chuck in the small scale sensual assault of hops from an IPA and you have this. Schweeeet.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 16:28:23 | More by ManekiNeko
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New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good wheat tastes with strong hops presence is not only a great idea, but a very refreshing beer. I had this previously, but I let it sit around too long. The hops were less dominant and the fruity wheat tastes more pronounced. Frankly, it was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. This experience was very good, but not as good as that one. At least wheat-tast wise. Hops were better, which with greater freshness makes sense.

A tad hazy yellow-peach. White head, but not too much of it.

Smell is of strong pine needles. A lot of Amarillo hops. Taste has a lot of those piney notes as fruity wheat tastes. A nice combo indeed.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Exceptional? Not sure about that yet.

Drinkable? A great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 01:32:23 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

04-02-2013 21:11:34 | More by FullObs
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-02-2014 15:19:59 | More by jadler16
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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