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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: 543 | 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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4/5  rDev -5%

fluidmotion, Oct 03, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours yellow gold with a hint of amber with nearly 2 fingers of almost white head. Good retention, lacing is good.

S - Lots of grapefruit and lemon zest. Kind of similar to alpha king more lighter with more zest. Definitely some wheatyness and minimal caramel malts.

T - Lots of light lemony citrus, some hops but not bitter, and some grapefruit. Decently grainy afterwards and incredibly tame flavor after the initial kick. Basically like an APA up front and then a semi-grainy, wheat flavor. A bit metallic as well, then bitterness hits at the finish/aftertaste. Light on the wheat characteristics and great apa characteristics. I'm not complaining.

M - Light bodied, well carbonated, fantastically drinkable.

O - Awesome APA flavored wheat. Not even sure you can call it a wheat, but its damn tasty.

MacQ32, Oct 02, 2013
4/5  rDev -5%

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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a highball shaker.

A - Pours a pale lemon yellow with a two-finger head of fluffy, almost sudsy eggshell-white foam that slowly collapses, leaving a thick, Swiss-cheese-like ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a muted lemon-lime color and somewhat cloudy.

S - Ruby red grapefruit with some citrus zest follow by juicy fruit notes like mango, peach, and pineapple. As it warms, there's marmalade on light toast in the background. Nose is on the subtle side, but luscious.

T - Lightly toasted wheat bread to start quickly followed by citrus hops featuring rind bitterness. That's followed first by some soft floral notes and then by peach in the finish that ends cleanly with hints of grapefruit - these start to linger toward the end of the glass. The wheat foundation has a pleasantly surprising presence and provides nice backing for the featured hops; there's just enough candy sugars in the profile to balance the hops without it being sweet.

M - Rather fizzy with medium carbonation. Body is somewhat light and moderately thin. Well-integrated, high-quality components. Crisp on the swallow with a short finish that's neutral-to-dry. Over time, the hop bitterness accumulates on the tongue, prolonging the finish.

O - A pretty taste-forward take on the American wheat style that provides enough foundation to balance the hops but still keep the beer on the lighter, refreshing side. A good summer beer for when flavor is most important rather than just quenching a thirst.

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

JDM44, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Puppetz, Sep 28, 2013
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,545 ratings.