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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,475 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,475
Hads: 5,388
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 925
Gots: 1,013 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003

An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU
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Reviews: 1,475 | Hads: 5,388
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great pale wheat ale. The wheat adds some body and texture and a great hazy color, while the hops and their magic entice my taste buds, and scream for another sip. Thank you FFF.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden color, clear in appearance
Smell - Tropical, citrus, lemons, bubblegum
Taste - TONS of lemon, lemongrass, wheat, hints of pineapple, awesome hop presence for a wheat

Overall - Think I just found my new favorite wheat beer!

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass. The citrus Amarillo hops really shine, and this beer is outstanding for American pale wheat ale. Easy drinker all day.

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Photo of Zekenyce
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another overrated 3F brew. Nothing special, just blah. I'm so done trading for 3F stuff, everything I've had has been ridiculously overrated. Don't believe the hype.

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Photo of djuhnk
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an IPA glass

White head, very good head retention. The beer is a super clear straw color, which threw me off because the bottle said it would be hazy.

aroma isn't what I thought of Amarillo. Its very lemony and zesty, almost spicy. maybe a tiny bit of pickle juice or cat piss coming through. Very pleasant, but I previously thought of Amarillo to be more berry-like

Flavor is a lot of the same, zesty and lemon lime. Theres a dry herbal component there that's easy to get with low abv hoppy beers. overall a very dry beer. Not really any doughy wheat coming across. mostly just hops and a slight indescript malt sweetness.

enjoyed the beer, but I feel like it is far over hyped.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and a finger of lacing is left.

4.5 S: This smells amazing. Fresh, resiny hoppiness smashes your senses. It really does smell like there are actual hops in the glass. Big citrus featuring lemon and lime. Neutral wheat and maybe the slightest touch of cat piss. Dank and stanky the way it should be. The only things missing are the wheat ale flavors. There's nothing in terms of spiciness, banana, or bubblegum. Well, maybe there is, but it's impossible to detect through the hops.

3.5 T: The taste is markedly less hoppy than the nose, but there's still quite a bit in there. Mild to moderate bitterness, citrusy lemon and grassy hoppiness. Neutral wheat with perhaps a touch peachy fruitiness. It's good, but neither the malts or hops are really impressive.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking some of the creamy chewiness that tends to come with wheat brews. The filtering of this brew may not have done it any favors.

3.5 D: Very strong start, but ultimately came up short where it counts. It's still a fine brew and the nose is amazing enough to revisit again and again.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a hoppy Spree candy. Lemon, lime, and tropical fruit. Some floral tones. This is not like most pale wheat ales - rather a hybrid pale ale with some of the wheat to cut the dryness.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Thai 9. Served in a La Chouffe tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright gold with a ¼” white head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: When first served, I got aromas of peach and leafy hops which became more citrusy and floral as the beer warmed up.

Taste: Nicely hoppy, but not aggressively so, with citrus and leafy hops. Clean wheat tang and malt middle. The finish has a light lingering bitterness with pine and citurs.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, with good carbonation. Overall pretty smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice well hopped, but flavorful and not a “to the extreme” hoppy summer wheat ale. Very drinkable and I would not have minded at all having a larger glass or another one. It went quite well with yellowfin tuna sushi rolls.

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Medium golden orange with thin layer of head that maintains the entire time. While the aroma isn't powerful, i like it a lot, citrus pulp and melon. The taste follows, Amarillo hops are delicious, orange peel and melon rind and tropical. Great balance. Finishes dry with a wheaty taste. Medium thick mouthfeel and exceptionally smooth. Overall one of the best wheat ales I've had, so flavorful and easy drinking.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn fine wheat ale, one of the flagships IMO. A pretty, yellow-gold pour, with nice head retention and lacing. On the nose, citrus and tropical hop aromas mix with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy wheat-malt aroma. The flavor, like the aroma, is surprisingly hoppy, focused on a characteristic 3F citrusy-tropical flavor. Malts provide a nice balancing act with the hops, fairly dry and slightly spicy, with the barest hint of honeyed sweetness. Medium-light body, nice level of carbonation, and fairly light and refreshing while still being laden with flavor. Very good.

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Photo of RichD
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours dark straw yellow with about a finger of white head.

S: Amarillo hops invade my nostrils immediately. Citrus notes emerge with some melon and peach. I can also literally smell the wheat. This beer smells quite sweet.

T: The sweetness comes through immediately. The amarillo hops are a great hop to use in a wheat ale. The citrus, melon and peach flavors come through and eventually fade into strong wheaty flavors. This is really nice.

F: I definitely could drink a lot of these. This beer is very dry, which I expected from the wheat. The alcohol is non-existent and there is a light to medium feel. Very pleasant.

Overall: I can see why this beer is highly regard. I was sent a very fresh bottle of this. The hops and wheat play off each other in a very complementary way. 3 Floyds is obviously known for having extremely hopped beers (with the exception of Dark Lord, of course.) I had expected this beer to be a hop punch in the face, which it was when I initially tasted this. As I progressed through this, the wheat came through to balance the hops and made this a pale wheat ale that I wouldn't mind having again and again.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was pleasantly surprised when I took my first drink. Very nice citrus ending. I plan on growing my own hops next season and will definitely look into the Amarillo hops that's used in Gumballhead.
Nice, hop filled flavor.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pure honey golden color. Aroma is sweet and you get the maltiness. Flavor balanced you get the "gum ball" flavor. Light finish. Overall a very nice beer

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A slightly hazy golden color. A nice thick head with good retention after an aggressive pour from the bottle. The aroma really sets this beer apart from the other hoppy wheat ales. Great citrus aroma complemented by the wheat background. Flavor follows closely with great citrus and the wheat picking up a little heavier balance in the flavor than in the aroma. Flavors are really well matched with good bitterness in the middle. Very smooth and clean finish. Still the best of the hoppy wheat ales.

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Photo of stompilator
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured a clear gold, billowy white head.

S - Citrus, with a hint of breadiness.

T - Big citrus hop burst from the start, fading into a residual bitterness and being overtaken in flavor by crisp, sweet, light bready notes. The grain taste is fresh and light. Pretty pronounced residual bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

O - One of the most characterful pale wheats I've ever had. FFF takes the characteristics of a wheat ale and amps them up to 11.

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Photo of RyanJohnCrain
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle received via trade. about two months old
A: slightly Cloudy

S: Wheat, Hops, a little sweet bread

T: might have been a little off as it was Not super fresh when I had it so I will need to re rate at a later date.

F: had a light feel decent finish.

O: Good beer but I might be great when fresh, I will visit again when a fresh bottle or tap is available

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Photo of TTTBeer
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was pretty good...my first 3floyds. Great hop nose. I haven't had too many hoppy wheat beers so this was a new animal for me. Sweeter/maltier than I expected and got sweeter as it warmed up. Great beer though...enjoyed it but wouldn't drink a bunch in a row.

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Photo of BWCampbell
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - basic wheat ale, cloudy. Good carbonation.

S - Like a wheat ale, with a kiss of citrusy hops

T - Same as the smell, no difference

F - Feels like wheat

Overall - don't know how this is in the new top 250

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Photo of jhavs
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=Poured clearer than expected, yellow to amber, thin white head.

S=Some sweetness and bready malt, lightly scented overall.

T=Malt characteristic of a pale wheat beer, has some hop bitterness and flavor but much more malt forward.

M=Moderate level of carbonation with body on the light side of medium.

O=Good easy drinking beer, nice change of pace to typical American Wheat offerings, light and refreshing with some crisp hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of Samwasnthere
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Three Floyds has this style that allows the hops to really shine. This beer lets Amarillo shine like the masterful hop it is. The color is a clear golden light brown, the head left something to be desired but there was lacing and the beer was well carbonated otherwise. The mouthfeel was truly amazing however, velvety. The flavor profile is perfectly constructed so there are no strong highs or lows but a casual ride that's enjoyable through and through. There's a nice lemon twist at the end as well. The smell was of a sweet hop and a bit of citrus, and obviously it tasted of the hops but not in an overpowering manner and the grain profile was supportive of the hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is another one of 3 Floyds amzing IPAs. This one is great, but does not stack up against some of their other offerings. THe nose smells of strong hops and the flavor is nice, but not the most balanced.

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Photo of Kuges
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this style, and I was more than pleasantly surprised. Not typically a wheat beer fan, but adding tons of Amarillo hops was a stellar move. The citrus on the finish just made this beer. I will try to get my hands on more of this in the future.

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Photo of Mitchell-Lees
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just the right amount of hops with a strong malt backbone. My favorite pale wheat. It tickles my wheat and hop fancies. It's honestly so much better within a week of being bottled. Fresh bottles are the only ones that should be judged.

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Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated "0585-0588 / 05/07/2015"

A — Pours a light bubbly yellow color, great clarity. There is also a nice and puffy light white colored head that leaves behind very consistent and sticky lacing.

S — Smells of sweet fresh hops and a nice wheat background. Very juicy and sweet.

T — Tastes like the nose, little bit of noticeable wheat malt is present in the beer, quite juicy and hoppy.

M — Light-Medium bodied, nice and medium-long finish.

O — Great overall, a nicely executed hoppy wheat beer.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1st FFF beer! Slightly hazy yellow with a small head. Smells awesome and hoppy. Wheat and hops dominate the taste. Very crisp and well carbonated. Awesome brew. Bonus points for the awesome cat artwork.

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