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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,347
Reviews: 1,413
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 789
Gots: 475 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-22-2013 11:15:47 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-13-2014 17:12:33 | More by Thishops4u
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

04-28-2013 23:19:04 | More by JohnnyHopps
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-13-2013 18:21:26 | More by mrchrisray
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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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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearence: Pours a brilliant orange with a wonderfully placed white head.

Smell: This is possibly the best smelling beer I've had to date. The hops are perfect. Wow.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste has a suprising pilsener type quality to it at first. The hops really bite first and mellow out at the end. The bready maltiness really clings in the aftertaste. The taste is not as powerful and brilliant as the smell would make you think, but still a great tasting beer. The mouthfeel is full and firm.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an obvious summer beer, but I just happened to acquire one in a trade (thank you PatYoda!!). While this may not have been the freshest sample in the world, it was still excellent. The best part was the smell, but I'd have to say the initial hop bite is the only thing that turned me off.

02-16-2005 22:49:32 | More by santoslhalper
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1 finger pure white head. Nice retention. Moderate lacing. Nice cloudy orangeish yellow color.

S. Smell is very hoppy. Hops and spice and some citrus. Very nice smell. Grapefruit and Pineapple come out from the amarillo hops. Tropical fruit salad.

T. Taste is pale malt, hops. Nice bitterness. Somewhat sweet aftertaste. Wheat flavor. Lemon and grapefruit as it warms.

M. Has a nice mouthfeel. Low body. Good carbonation.

D. Probably the best hop smell of any beer that is not an IPA. I really like Amarillo hops and this beer is a fine showcase of their potential. This is a unique and tasty brew.

10-03-2010 20:20:53 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.38/5  rDev +4%

I have got to hand it to 3F for this one. A big beutiful light amber with a good head that leaves lots of lace. Smells wheaty with traces of honey nicely blended with the big citrus and slight pine smell of Amarillo. The taste is damn close to perfect as the full wheat flavor is a touch sweet and well meet by the hops. A great mouthfeel full and direct even at such a low alcohol content. Very drinkable, just sorry to see this go until next year as this was my last bottle.

12-14-2005 16:50:22 | More by Higravity
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4/5  rDev -5%

06-18-2014 23:23:40 | More by lic217
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-24-2014 23:07:35 | More by olafphysics
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-27-2013 00:37:47 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-15-2013 17:30:52 | More by In_Control_Mike
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-25-2014 00:16:24 | More by Joecaddie
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-14-2013 19:51:07 | More by dbc5
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-18-2012 19:02:42 | More by bconsidine
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-05-2014 17:51:21 | More by whitenads
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-04-2013 03:16:31 | More by beerme626
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-06-2014 14:32:58 | More by Bunuelian
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-27-2014 22:17:13 | More by timmy2b
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-02-2014 18:48:12 | More by carmike813
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Read some comics with this one on 8/9/2006. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in an Arrogant Bastard shaker glass.

Extremely thin skim of carbonation with more density in the center, some larger bubbles. Very light amber hue, verging on golden, very clear with lots of small action going on. Very clean, light clover scent on the nose with some freshly dried straw thrwon in. Smooth, light hop wash on the mouth with some Mrs. Dash thrown in; as it warms, there is an Elmer's Glue cast that develops, oddly. Light body.

Wish I could find more of this around my area.

06-03-2007 18:59:39 | More by Truh
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Enjoyed this right off the brewery tap. This is quite unlike any other beer out there. American Wheats are a little bland, unless they've been brewed with the spicy flavor of German wheats, but the Floyds never cared for following style. This has a big zesty wheat taste that I somehow guessed was North Dakota winter wheat, and Nick said I was right, but I don't know how I knew. Like with most 3F beers, there's a big smack in the face of hops, this one is all Amarillo, giving a different more orangey taste. Pleasing orange color, too. Gotta get out and find this stuff while it's around!

11-14-2003 00:11:15 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-02-2013 00:17:12 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-08-2011 03:01:32 | More by hansgruber
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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