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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,545
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 814
Gots: 544 | 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 USAF77
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds comes up with something original. this is a very citrusy beer, but not in an over bearing way. A lovely pour with a nice rich head, very nice lacing, and a carby, clear golden view to relish.

I love the smell. A malty orange that seeps into your nose instead of overpowering it. The taste is much the same but with a dry bite at the end of the sip that hangs around on your tounge, causing a saliva revival for the next sip. In fact this ale gets your mouth juices flowing. Its a sensory delight while staying on the light side. Ok there is that citrus bite on the end of my tongue. A nice dry bite that makes one salivate.

If you like something different and also take the time to enjoy the experience by all means try this brew. A buddy gave me one bottle and I dont have a second. If I did IT would go down the hatch as well. Gymball pleases all the senses.

Kudus to 3 Floyds for taking a chance and winning with it.

USAF77, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

robriley, Oct 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

xseanprimex, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy orange with a thin one-finger white head.

S - Faint pine and citrus smell. Also a small amount of sweetness.

T - Lots of lemony citrus and some light hops. Crisp clean wheat finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very easy drinking beer. Perfect for a summer afternoon.

TreyIsWilson, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Nunya, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

ac22rush, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

e30todamax, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

ruckus232, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a FFF teku glass today, 10/27/2013. Weird how I have not gotten around to trying this one, which is on the shelf all the time around me.

Review #258.

Pours a cloudy, but not THAT cloudy, straw-golden body with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates into some thin lacing and small patchy white spots of film on the surface. Lacing persists, but otherwise looks like a solid American wheat.

Smells nice and hoppy. A good bit (but not tons) of lemon, hints of grapefruit and a good bit of breadiness. This actually smells like an IPA but less of the breadiness and more of a subtle, sharp sweetness.. almost a bit spicy.

Tastes very hoppy. Three Floyds' definitely hopped the hell out of this beer. It doesn't taste as much like a hefeweizen as it does an IPA. Comes out to be quite a bit of lemon, grapefruit balanced out by a small bit of sharp floral breadiness. Not very bitter, but rather sugary sweet on the back end.

Medium bodied, smooth and decently carbonated. Aftertaste is a mixture of sweet sugar and lemon bitterness, but this is not a very bitter beer by any means. Dry finish, refreshingly bitter lemon flavour. As expected of a 5.6% beer, there is no hint at all of booze.

Solid American wheat beer. Very hoppy as befits a Three Floyds beer. The only thing that separates this from an IPA is that nice floral sweetness with some type of semi-sharp spices contributing.. not quite bubble gum or cloves that you get out of a German hefeweizen, but its more of a short, to the point, sharp floral flavour. Good shelf beer, worth buying on a fairly regular basis if you like hops.

Stevedore, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

Phil_H, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

OKCNittany, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Msudukie, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of screamking
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into 16oz glass.

Pours light amber with a 1 finger off white head. Lots of citrus in the nose, also a strong brown sugar note. Very balanced aroma, more of an IPA less of a wheat. The taste is very good, lots of citrus balanced with the malt. The bitterness only slightly outweigh the sugary malt. This is one of the most balanced pale ales I've had in a long time. Pair that with the light ABV and you got a winner. If only it was more readily available.

screamking, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

goblue3509, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

McAndrew, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

doce3135, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

ivorycannon, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

kayakandbeer, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

LanceRobbins24, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

vikinghorn, Oct 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

anordin2, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

Tjryan, Oct 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

TPONY51, Oct 23, 2013
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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