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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,468 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,468
Hads: 5,334
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 916
Gots: 992 | 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: 1,468 | Hads: 5,334
Photo of cubedbee
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Comes in an eye-catching bomber with no date noted anywhere. Careful not to disturb the sediment, the beer pours golden, clear, and with a thick rocky head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Smell is wonderously hoppy---floral and piney primarily, but a little citrus as well. Taste is more of the same hops upfront, with a nice wheaty backbone and a somewhat tart citric taste in the middle giving way to a quickly fading bitter aftertaste. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel makes for very easy drinking. This is unlike any wheat beer I've ever had, in a stupendously good way. This is the absolute best summer brew for hopheads that I've yet come across. (656 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale straw gold. White collar 2 fingers deep holds well & leaves a good bit of lace behind.

Lemony, grapefruit, & tree sap aromas.

Slightly tart, lemony, rustic, & very hoppy. I found the hops a bit overpowering in this particular beer. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. (322 characters)

Photo of Wonka
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 PINT 6 FL OZ

Appearance – rich, golden body with ever-rising carbonation; thick, rocky white head in the weizen glass; few particulates that resemble husks; lace is ample and sturdy – strangely, the lace formed a thick ‘S’ shape on the glass – could this be the Superman of beers?

Smell – big smack of grapefruit rind and wheat; what a pleasant nose

Taste – grapefruity and piney bitterness, nice wheat base and a light dose of orange; wheat shows more late and leads into the aftertaste, pairing with a good bitter tinge

Mouthfeel – very smooth; transitions from moderately to lightly crisp in carbonation; the feel is generally moderate throughout; a bit dry to close

Drinkability – massive drinkability (see feel)

Pour full. Don’t fear the yeast. What a refreshing brew. Gumballhead has summer written all over it. Props to FFF. (861 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy peach with a thinner head than expected that was gone pretty quickly,oh man the aromas!Loads of Amarrilo hops give it a big piney aroma intermingled with some citrus and clove like wheatiness,man what a combination.The different refreshing flavors of this beer are just awesome, definent hop profile of grapefruit and pine along with a wheat beer -lemon and spice make this a one of a kind.Damn now I see why this beer is so highly regarded and Amarillo hops are a big favorite of mine. (499 characters)

Photo of bnuttz
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale golden color. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles make up the frothy white head that leaves a nice lacing on the side of my pint glass. Smells fruity. Lemons, pineapple, passion fruit, pine needles, oranges, limes, all rolled into one sweet scent. Holy amarillo batman, if you've ever hombrewed with amarillo you know what I mean. Taste is very light. There is definitely the signiture three floyds sweet malt backbone, but it is subdued due to the wheat. The hops really take the forefront here. Quite the amarillo taste. Basically tastes of all the fruits I mentioned above, plus other un-nameable tropic fruits. Moutfeel is so light and fluffy, making this a perfect summer beer. Very quaffable without taking the price into account. Unique as hell, also tasty as hell (786 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 3F's offering pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice sturdy medium off white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is very floral, like walking into a garden. There's also a dry grain note in there. I like it a lot. Taste is fruitier and wheatier then the aroma would suggest. Not sweet and not bitter either. Starts out with that wheat characteristic becomes more yeasty and fruitier as it goes along then finishes with an herbal dryness. Quite nice. Body is medium, thicker than most wheats, but still refreshing. Another great 3F's beer but not quite as good as the Brian Boru I had last week. (596 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden honey of refined clarity. A finger width white head blooms forth and offers a picturesque glimpse for a fleeting moment. Speckles of lacing pepper the edges of my glass.

Smell: Luscious hop aromatics greet my nose. Wonderous and herbal tones they are. Earthy ambiance proliferates from the wheat influences as they demonstrate their compatibility with the amarillos. Smells exquisite.

Taste: Herbs and grass atop a light wheat base. Greatly refreshing citrus characters. This is a wheat beer like none other I have tried. Hop dominated, and lacking the usual mellow sweetness of a wheat ale, this brew has some energetic vigor. A well executed blend of ingredients to be sure. This beer utilizes hop aroma and flavour without getting too bitter in the finish or muddying up the wheat's flavour potential. An excellent summer delight.

Mouthfeel: Light, wet and refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: The drinkability factor is strong in this one. Compelling even. Let's all have some crazy cigarette smoking cat beer. (1,071 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean pale yellow beer . Has a big foamy white head some lace. The aroma is spicey kinda like clove mixed with hops. The flavor has more of that clove hops interplay with a hint of yeast in the background. This is one the best tasting American wheat beers I've had! (267 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a crystal clear body and a gentle carbonation. The head is a soapy white head with a collection of big bubbles mixed in.

S- All hops in this nose. Lots of green floral hops with some citrus and a hint of earthiness. A slight hint of pale malt is hidden in there aswell.

T- strong spicy hops with a hint of cat pee, but in a good way, if that makes sense. a bit of earthy citrus, more lemon, hops follow but are blended with a honey malt flavor. It also has a bit of softness from the wheat.

M- medium mouthfeel with just a hint of fizz from the carbonation. It has some astringency from the hops but not much.

D- This is a great beer for a summer session beer. It has the great hops coming through and a nice softness from the wheat that gives it a base to stand on. When I see this on the shelves I know summer is close. (910 characters)

Photo of far333
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy apricot colored with an off-white head that rises up quickly to about a half inch, then slowly settles as it throws off a strong aroma that wafts up to my nose. As I draw the glass closer for a smell, the aroma is hoppy and pungent. Flowers and honey and tangerine all at once.

Flavor surprisingly doesn't match exactly to the nose, but it's great, probably the most flavor I've ever gotten from a summer beer. Understated biscuit malts riding beneath an assertive hop presence full of sweet citrus, more tangerine, not bitter, a pinch of yeast and butterscotch, and a subtle lemony finish. A little carbonation tingle and a peppery bite in the aftertaste.

This one is just real tasty and interesting and I could drink it all night. Yet another generous donation from BuckeyeNation. Thanks. (801 characters)

Photo of Star80
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm. Where do I start? First off I must admit that I was a fan of Skin Graft records long before Gumballhead was even bottled. Rob Syers (Gumballhead the Cat) and Mark Fisher (Hot Satan) have always been some of my favorite comic book superheroes. That said, the beer itself lives up to it's name. The beer pours a clear gold color with a fluffy white head from the malted wheat. The lacing clings to the glass. The smell is quite citric with a lemony zest to it and also reminds me a little of tangerine. The taste is more balanced. Definitely has those signature Three Floyd malts which remind me of cotton candy. Mouthfeel is just right for a wheat ale. Very drinkable, though for the price I wish it had a little more a.b.v. (728 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with visible particulate, a dense, lumpy white head, and tumultuous CO2. Gumballhead imparts a bright wheat aroma and a modest tart flavor with a piquant edge. The taste is clean and bears a slight resemblance to lemon tea. For this reason I might recommend a lemon compliment.

Notable for its impressive lace and sustained head retention. Special thanks to cmaruschak. (385 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. Bomber with no freshness date that I could discern. Poured into a weizen glass.

The beer fills the glass with hazy golden goodness topped with a pillowy 2 inch white head. Nice yeasty, wheaty aroma, with banana, papaya, and a floral hop nose. Fresh and sprightly in the mouth without sacrificing body. Wheat and tropical fruits mostly with a subtle hoppiness and a dash of lemon on the finish. Creamy and finely carbonated, excessively drinkable. (455 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
Pours a cloudy golden straw color into a Schneider Weiss wheat beer glass. A very nice, 2 finger, dense white head tops this one. Carbonation abounds and crawls its way up the sides of the glass.
Smell is very pale malts, wheat, banana, clove, of couse some bubble gum, and hops.
Taste is very crisp. Banana, wheat, clove dominate. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of this beer I think is how hoppy it is. Hops are very nice and do their best not to dominate the other intricate flavors of the beer, which they do not.
I must admit, I don't normally like American Wheat Beers, but this is outstanding! A fine example. I would try it again if I had access. (687 characters)

Photo of trancefishy
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well, this one has been buried in the cellar for a while, oops. i'm sure it's still fine.

appearance: yellow. not much of a head.

aroma; pinetrees and lemon drops, hops hops hops, and something "extra"

taste. hops again, surprise surprise. these are the ones that are really bright, acidic, and taste like tart lemons and pine trees. there is some fruity sweetness hiding behind all those hops. there is also this really weird taste. it was much more dominant in the fresher version, and seems to have subsided a bit in this one (6 months old or so). cherimoya, that is it. it tastes like cherimoya fruit. this beer has an excellent flavour balance. just flows from one end to the other, with lots goign on in between, but not overly complicated. very juicy tasting. oh yes, i like this a lot.

mouthfeel is great, yum yum, good body.

this puppy is well crafted. oh yeah, drinkability is really good. certainly a unique brew. (942 characters)

Photo of cracker
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very unusual for a wheat beer and probably doesn't fit the style guidelines at all. But that being said it is probably as good if not better than most 'wheat beers' out there.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with no head and little lace. Smells of citrus and pine trees. Taste is very lemony with a hint of honey and apricots. Doesn't have any of the clove and banana taste that most wheat beers seem to have. I'd say it resembles more an american pale ale in that the aroma and bittering hops hit you in the face but the subtleties of the wheat do come through. Extremely drinkable and a definitely a great summer brew. No wonder this beer is so sought after. (672 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium gold with very little head and almost non existant lace. Smells of aromatic hops and some slight citrus wheat malt. Taste is unique for an American wheat, that is to say it is more heavily hopped than the typical but it is wonderful. A very crisp, clean hop presence that finishes with some nice lemony overtones. It does not leave an overwhelming hop aftertaste (I am not a hop head). Very nicely balanced and huge drinkability. I will, with out a doubt pick up some more for the summertime. An excellent brew. (541 characters)

Photo of pezoids
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well now. I am witnessing perfection. It is in a glass right in front of me. Not perfect in respect to beer guidelines, or style specifications. It’s just friggin’ perfect! Believe me, I know of FFFs’ propensity to over-hop anything that travels through their tanks, but this is working for me big time - The floral and piney hoppiness that comes out of this beer is so soft and matches so well with the rest of the beer. There's also touches of apricot and clover honey. This beer is very light in color – pale and golden, with a slight haziness making an appearance after the 2nd pour, due to the rousing of the yeast. The initial pour and tasting was from a perfectly lucid beer. The wheat malt lays a perfectly sweet foundation for those floral gummy hops. Not too sweet or too hoppy by any means. Any bitterness is beaten down with a sweet wheat malt stick. The finish is clean and has just the right amount of sour tang. It seems like most hefs’ have an abundance of sourness. It’s not a bad thing, but the tempered sourness in this beer, along with the hops, made drinking this beer an extremely enjoyable experience. Perfection… (1,143 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased the bomber the other day from Wells in Baltimore. Has the same labeling as pictured, with no born on or freshness dating.
Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a tight white lacing. Nice lines of big bubbles on the sides of the glass.
Nice hoppy aroma that was very citrus (oranges) and light pine mixed with wheaty malt
Big mix of flavors. Initially sugary sweet, then with a rush of piney hops. Detected a very fruit like flavor half way through that made me think of peaches or star fruit.
Medium body though the hops and carbonation tingle the tongue and it goes down creamy and smooth. Some lingering sweetness and/or hop bitterness, depending on the swig. Tasty and worth another. (695 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (832 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle. Cool looking smoking cat on the front. Not sure I understand why but it's kind of funny. Just read the side of the bottle...apparently, it's a comic hero.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a slightly clouding middle section. A crusty white head caps the top of this lovely looking beer.

Smell: Fresh flowery hops smell is the dominate characteristic. A little hint of alcohol is noted as the beer is agitated.

Taste: Just a flash of wheat/yeast taste before the hops start to take over. A nice, lightly hopped pine presence throughout the sip. Hints of orange and grapefruit bounce around but don't dominate. There isn't much in the way of wheat going on here which is good for me. I'm definitely enjoying the piney and citrusy aspects of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice crisp finish. A nice balance of carbonation that makes the palate dance.

Drinkability: I can see this being a nice summer beer. It's loaded with character but not so dominating that it couldn't be a session.

Notes: Not a big fan of wheat beers but I don't think this one quite fits the bill. It seems more like a straight up APA to me. That being said, it's a fabulous beer that I would recommend to anyone. Good stuff. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer was a glowing, hazy amber-orange color. I was quite a bit darker than I was expecting it to be. The white head rose up easily and became dense as it quickly dissipated. There was a very heavy bead that sustained a nice, thick cap of sticky foam over the beer for most of the drink. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Juicy, citrus hops dominated the aroma. Not something that I am used to smelling in a wheat beer. There were some light undertones of wheat, lemon, and roasted malts, but the hops by far overpowered these.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a bit of chewiness to it. Very smooth for the style.

Taste: It took a few drinks to get used to the idea of a hopped up wheat beer. Sour lemon and citrus hops kicked in first. The hops were present more in the flavor than in any bitterness, though they did provide some of the latter. Sweet grasses and roasted malts arose in the middle. The finish was when the wheat really kicked in. Big and chewy, it lingered well into the aftertaste where it mingled with a mild hops bitterness and the aforementioned sweet grasses.

Very nice and very different. It took some time to wrap my head around the concept of a wheat beer with this much hops presence. Not much time, though :-)

Thanks for the bottle, Rob! (1,330 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so this is what wheat beer should taste like...


I cracked a 22oz of this while brewing a batch of belgian trappist ale. This beer is so freakin cool it is scary. The whole time you are drinking it, you think that it is an APA but then you switch back to thinking it is a wheat beer. The hops definatelymix well with the wheat and produces a wonderful sweet finish. The appearance is golden and there is tiny particles of pulp free-floating in the glass. I had some spicy chinese while drinking this and it was a perfect compliment. This beer is by far, one of the best session beers that I have had. And by the way, the label is so bad-ass! (645 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/08/05- Received in trade from fellow BA member Meathookjones.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no date. Possibly my favorite bottle design to date. Funky looking cat or something smoking a cigarette. Then there is a cartoon of a cat riding a motorcycle on the side. Hysterical! Poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Almost DIPA appearance. Semi-cloudy yellow-orange color. Nice thick creamy 1 inch head and better than expected lacing.

Smell- Huh? I smell hops! Hops in a wheat beer?!?! Damn, it smells freakin good! A bit of spices and some muted fruit scent in the background. Overall it's mosty pine hops though.

Taste- Wow! Is this an IPA/Hefe? Whatever it is it's pretty darn phenomonal. A hoppy wheat beer, who'd have thought? Not a heavy hop presense, but more than enough to throw your taste buds for a loop. A nice added touch of candied sweetness also. And at the same time that typical bit of nice yeast flavor that most wheat beers are known for.

Mouthfeel- This beer keeps getting better. Because of the sweetness, it feels fairly creamy. Almost mouthwatering. The carbonation is much lower than normal wheat beers. Thus it makes it oh so easy to drain.

Drinkability- If I had easy access to this beer I would have a case on hand at all times. A true taste experience. So much flavor in this beer. Thank you so much Meathookjones for this sample. Truly an all time great one. (1,421 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A top 10% beer for me. An easy drink with lower than average alcohol. Just a great taste and wonderful grapefuit aroma. The wheat, some nice complementary spice and beautifully hopped. Too big a bottle to finish on my own, but I can drink this anywhere anytime. Medium mouthfeel. (279 characters)

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.