1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Not Rated.
GumballheadGumballhead

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,448 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,448
Reviews: 1,418
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 801
Gots: 513 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gumballhead Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,448 | Reviews: 1,418 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sonofalime
4/5  rDev -5%

Sonofalime, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of NODAK
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma really has a nice tropical, citrusy smell to it....a hint of sweetness there as well. Smells like an IPA to be quite honest.

Taste has a really nice citrusy flavor to it, but not overly bitter. It's a punch in the mouth for sure, but in a good way. It has a great soft, semi-sweet wheat character to it on the finish that really makes this a beer of two phases....brilliantly citrusy, then sweet and full of wheat. Yum. A great example of a hoppy wheat beer.

NODAK, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of MattPfeifer
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

MattPfeifer, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Lukass, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

TXhomebrewer, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of JoyHelfrich
4.25/5  rDev +1%

JoyHelfrich, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of schwemjw
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light golden with a liarge bright white head and a ton of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

S: Fresh pine, orange and grapefruit biting at the edges. A little pineapple and mango sweetness with that classic wheat funk coming near the end.

T: The wheat hits the front of your tongue right away. pine follows it before a citrus explosion on the middle mouth. Puckering lemon, oranges and grapefruit. the finish is quick and semi dry. a hint of herbs.

M: Very refreshing and light. very carbonated.

O: Very impressed here. THis is a beer that gets better every time i have it. You can session this or just drink one slowly. good play between the hop and the wheat. /93

schwemjw, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of velcrogrip
4/5  rDev -5%

velcrogrip, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of MrDave
4/5  rDev -5%

MrDave, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of jeffkissel
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

jeffkissel, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of earljones199
4.25/5  rDev +1%

earljones199, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of ScottSwim
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Golden orange color with a thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Strong scents of citrus. Smooth notes of grapefruit and orange.

Taste - Strong, hoppy IPA qualities mixed with a wheat ale. The punch of citrus throughout really adds to this beer and makes it unique.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Great hop finish. Easy to drink... a great summer beer.

Overall - This is one of my favorite beers, and has turned into a "daily drinker" that I try to always keep in the fridge. Yet another incredible beer from Three Floyds.

Serving Type: Bottle

ScottSwim, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Sniper106
4/5  rDev -5%

Sniper106, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of zakkondratenko
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

zakkondratenko, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tap

Pours an amber golden, slightly hazy, with a fine white head that retains indefinitely at a couple millimeters of thickness.

Smells of fresh pine and sweet, citrusy grapefruit hops.

Piney floral hop flavor followed by some grapefruit citrus and a hint of honey accompanied with a dry malty finish.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

A pretty stellar ale, great smell and very good flavor. Very impressive and enjoyable. Definitely worth trying.

Cylinsier, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Spartan13
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Spartan13, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got a pint at the brewpub a few weeks ago. This is from notes.

Clear light orange, wispy shortlived head drapes the pint glass in a layer of foam. Huge citrus and wheat crispness in the in the nose. Delicate grapefruit and lime in the first sip. Building bitterness and sweet, crisp malt meld together flawlessly. Lemon rind shows with warmth. Light mouthfeel with spritz y effervescence. The finish is moderately bitter and very long lasting.

This is the best American wheat beer Ive ever had. So much sumptuous malt and hop flavor, with a pronounced hoppiness. Incredible stuff. Stupidly quaffable and a must try before you die beer for any craft beer lover.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Omnium, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of wiltznucs
4.25/5  rDev +1%

wiltznucs, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of DougVanHoy
4/5  rDev -5%

DougVanHoy, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of RedRabbit
5/5  rDev +18.8%

RedRabbit, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

dsauter, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -5%

EJJ1848, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5%

BARFLYB, Sep 01, 2013
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,448 ratings.