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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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

35 IBU

Added by cretemixer on 04-17-2003

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Photo of carln26
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color topped by a thick cream colored head. The aroma has a wonderful hop flower aroma up front followed by a light fig/date sweetness. Think Mojo. The citrus/grapefruit and hop flower taste hits the second the beer touches your mouth. Sharp, pleasant bitterness spreads through your mouth. It’s followed by a delicate sweetness, candy and fig that finishes nicely. The mouth feel has is slightly slick, but still has some fullness. Great drinakbility. This is what an American Wheat ale should be. A new favorite.

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Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with carbonation racing through it leading to 2 solid inches of creamy off white head and tons of lacing.

Smelled very much of the hops, with a floral and Juniper dominated odor.

Taste is dominated by the big piney amarillo hop flavor mixing nicely with the wheat with a zesty crisp finsh.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a touch of a dry finish.

Drinkability is great on this IPA like wheat beer, I love it.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good wheat tastes with strong hops presence is not only a great idea, but a very refreshing beer. I had this previously, but I let it sit around too long. The hops were less dominant and the fruity wheat tastes more pronounced. Frankly, it was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. This experience was very good, but not as good as that one. At least wheat-tast wise. Hops were better, which with greater freshness makes sense.

A tad hazy yellow-peach. White head, but not too much of it.

Smell is of strong pine needles. A lot of Amarillo hops. Taste has a lot of those piney notes as fruity wheat tastes. A nice combo indeed.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Exceptional? Not sure about that yet.

Drinkable? A great summer beer.

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Photo of kegerator
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

enojyable. is this really a wheat beer? didn't taste any of those flavors at all. if i was giving style points it would probably not get very good ratings but it was dam tasty.

pours a hazy yellow with hints of coppery orange and a 1/2 inch head thats fairly creamy and sticks around for a while.
smell was nothing major. smelled citrusy/floral hops and thats about it.
taste was outstanding. nice creamy mouthfeel that finishes crisp and slightly dry. taste was slightly fruity up front with hits of lemon from the hops on the finish.
nice beer but to me it was more of a pale ale then a wheat.

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Photo of malty
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Soapy copper-orange liquid with a dense off-white 1/2" head that stays. Visible carbonation actively ascends from the bottom/sides of the pint glass. Thick lacework.

Very fresh scents of Vanilla Wafer cookies (serious) & damp leafy hops. No clove or banana notes.

Perfect combination of malty powdered sugar sweetness and a healthy handshake of fresh hops. Biscuit malt entwined with a smidgen of dryness (again) from the Amarillo hops. Beautifully balanced.

Mouthfeel is very much alive. Medium bodied, soft & fluffy, with a long sweet & faintly dry finish. Carbonation is perfect, as it doesn't interfere with the flavors.

Drinkability is superb. Truly would take center stage over my go-to summer favorite (Hoegaarden) if it were available in my area.

Overall surprisingly fantastic American wheat. VERY unconventional and masterful. I am amazed how lovely the softness and sweetness of the wheat dances with the Amarillo hops - genius. I think Jason (or maybe it was Todd) said it best...'Madness that I like'.

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Photo of karst
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

44 hrs after being filled to the brim 3F's 64 oz growler put a 3 finger head (with an easy pour!) in a Weisen glass over a light honey gold wheat that showed some impressive lace. This travels well, making the 400+ mi trip back to Mid Missouri with little loss of aroma from compared to the the Tap at 3F - some slight changes in the taste which could merely be due to the different enviornments of home and the brewery. I prefer the tap - it never runs out!

This wheat offer no clove or banna as usually expected in a wheat - correct for an American Pale wheat Ale. A little alcoholic aroma emerged about half glass as it warmed. very nice round mouth feel and those hops! The after taste offer a brief bitter send off in a very clean finish. With the taste suggesting a well hopped IPA, I am amazed that the malts balance the hop level so well. When you let this cat out of the growler your going to fight over the last highly drinkable drop.

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Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 22oz bomber. No date on the very interesting label. I'm reviewing this as I drink it.

Pours a fairly clear gold with a noticeable reddish tint. Big, 3/4" rocky white head with big bubbles, which drops in a few minutes to a coating. Nevertheless, lacing is evident on the glass. Fairly high level of carbonation.

This beer has a very "clean" smell. Lemons definitely present, along with other citrusy, fruity, aromas. Not much in the way of any malt or wheat.

The first flavor to hit is a very light malt/wheat taste, followed by the Amarillo hops. Amarillo seems to be a tasty hop. The beer is not very bitter, but bitterness is there. It's kind of like an APA, without the malt base. A very clean beer. Aftertaste ends with a pleasant lemony bitter taste. This beer is very well balanced, keeping in mind the style.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a nice scratch from carbonation. Some hop resins on the tongue last the longest. This would be an excellent summer slammer!

If you are looking for a great tasting "lawnmower beer", or enjoy Amarillo hops, this is your baby. I paid $11 for this bomber, which seems a little steep, but I will definitely be getting this again. A well made beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This really is the ultimate summer brew. Like no other wheat beer I've ever had before. The pour was slightly dark for a wheat, but it still had the pale colden color to it, with only a slight amber haze from the hops.

I know what you're thinking... "Hops?! Wheat beer?!" Yes, you heard right. This beer is well infused with amarillo hops, which are quite possibly my favorite ingredient in beer altogether. It may look like a slightly above average wheat beer from the pour, but from the taste it is like a mild IPA or an intense Pale. Also... a note about the head: it quickly fades to a thin moat, but it laces like no other beer I've seen.

The smell is very sweet and pungent and amarillo-y. This shit's the chronic. The taste is quite similar. It has the spicy kick from the wheat malt along with a sweet gumball taste, and of course the amarillo. If you've had the Alpha King "Pale Ale," then you might have an idea of how over-hopped 3F's brews are for the style, but this brew is not over-the-top bitter (only for a wheat beer). Like I said, the hop/malt balance is more along the lines of a hoppy pale or a mildly hoppy IPA. At the same time it is also lighter and more quenching. Perfect for the summer time.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick, but it's a bit acidic and harsh when held in the mouth for too long (my only complaint, but without those lovely alpha acids this beer just wouldn't be the same).

Drinkability is off the charts. You simply must find this stuff for yourself. Summer officially starts the 21st of this month (June), so stock up for the lawnmower season. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Talk about getting run over with amarillo hops. For this style, very hoppy and very nice. Pours very pale gold in color. Clear too. Thin head that receded fairly quickly but lots of stringy lace. Aroma is all hops. Reminds me of the smell of the boiling hops in my kettle when I homebrew. Taste is more of the same, cut grass hops. But with a nice and sweet malt backbone to the beer to provide some balance. Some pine. Some light citrus. Can't find any of the wheat, but I almost prefer not to find any. Fairly well carbonated. Very crisp with a light body--not thin but light on the tongue. At first was not prepared for the hops but it quickly grew on me.

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Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head not bad but small for a wheat ale it does lace well though. Whats up with a clear can see thru wheat beer where is the cloudiness.

Aroma is light wheat malt packed with lots of hops, throwing in loads of citrusy hops is one way to add lemon to a beer. Must save the aroma is great but again not a wheat ale aroma really read APA.

Tastes is big on hops light on wheat malt with some light bubble gum and earthy notes present with a lingering lemony finish. Again taste is great but not to style, more wheat less hops.

Mouthfeel is heavier then it looks, actually pretty nice feeling.

Drinkability is great very drinkable beer hell of a hoppy APA with some wheat hints. Would buy this again loved it actually, score is based on it being listed as a wheat ale and me being generous. Listed as a APA it would be a 4.5 Anyway thanks to gimmehead for this nice miss styled beer.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant gold in color, fluffy white head and constant bubbles racing to the top of my glass. POW the aroma is awesome. Hops hops and more hops. Picture a walk through a pine forest after a strong summer thunderstorm and tons of branches have snapped. The aroma has a clean crisp feel to it. Flavor is like chewing on hops. A pine zing with a smooth dry finish and a smooth mouthfeel.

Bottom line, Couldn’t find much of the wheat flavor. It is a monster on the hops. If you like hops and see this beer…get it.

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Photo of Ego
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint 6 oz bottle

pours a straw to yellow, pretty average looking, not much head, nothing too exciting looking at it

grapefruit ginger ale with a citrus twinge more towards the tart variety.. lemon ices hops mmmm almost smells like a sparkling soft drink... drool...

like a light american pale ale with an exceptional tart finish with a gentle hop bite. it is reminiscent of the Alpha King but not nearly as overpowering.. dare I say I prefer this ? damn, I still cant get over the gorgeous smell of this one...
it's light with just enough body to carry it, the carbonation is perfectly balanced to enjoy the bubbles and the flavor without detracting from either, each sip ends with a sprinkle of lemony flavor.

I usuaully shy away from wheat beers (I just personally dont like them too much) but damn me in the pants if I am not buying this stuff this summer. Light enough to pass off on novices to lure them to the dark side but yet definitely interesting enough to keep the beer snob sated. this is one damn fine brew.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden orange with a frothy white head and lots of streaming bubbles. The head lasts forever and coats the glass. Smells of citric Amarillo hops, very grapefruity. There is also some spicy hop character blending with the grassy and slightly biscuity wheat malts. Lots of banana yeasty notes. Taste is very hop forward. Lots of grapefruit and lemon, sort of spicy. The wheat malts have a toasted sort of flavor al onf wit the graasy notes. Lots of fruityness, but I'm not quite sure whether it's from hops or yeast. As for overall flavor, think Alpha King with wheat malts and somewhat sweeter. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. We definately need more wheat beers of this variety.

Note: On tap is even better with a smoother mouthfeel and much fresher grapefruity hop character.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear gold, with a white head that doesn't quite last long enough. The smell is wonderful. Lots of sweet malt and fruity wheat smell along with the characteristic amarillo hops smell which comes off as sweet citrusy fruit. Very pungent indeed. Taste is at first a very nice light sweetness from the malt. Then the hops take over and give this more citrus flavor than any wheat beer I've ever had, except when a server decided to cram an orange slice into my Blue Moon for some reason. A light bitterness is in the finish. Wow, this is refreshing. It could use a little bit more carbonation though, maybe I let this bottle sit for a bit too long in the fridge. I remember it being better on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from maybe my all-time favorite bottle a radiant gold color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated but didn't disappear.

Smell is strong Amarillos, almost to a ridiculous level. Pine, oranges, lemons, pineapple, sweet malt all run through the nose...the smell is big and juicy. I like!

Flavor is incredibly hopped as well, strong pine flavors, but the pineapple and orange flavors pull through and hold their own as well. The malt backbone is heavy enough to hold its own against these flavors, which is a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel is wickedly creamy, but I don't know if my lips could take more than two of these.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine, fine find, thanks to one of my fave local haunt, JP O'Malley's in Allentown.

A straw-coloured brew oozed out of the bomber, albeit offering a faint head. The lace left something to be desired, not much of a tracing along the sides of the glass.

Major aromas of Amarillo hops, one of my new favourites on the hops food chain. The flavor followed suit with the piney resins of the Amarillo working pretty well with the wheat character. There could have been more wheat action though (see HopSun from Southern Tier). Did the Amarillo overpower the wheat?

Still, a great find, and one that I would not hesitate getting my hands on once again!


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Photo of BierManVA
2.88/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I guess I can sum up my experience of this bier in just a few words. "I don't get it" I have had this bier a few times and find the subtlty of it's flavor a real put off. Basically, except for the hops, there is little flavor to work with. Likewise the aroma.

And as a wheat ale, I don't think this bier could stand on it's own. In other words, remove the ridiculous hopping of this bier and sell it as a wheat, and no one would buy it.

The idea is interesting and I realize I am in the minority here so try it and form your own opinion.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of Wonka
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


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.

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Photo of oberon
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.84/5  rDev +15%
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

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Photo of granger10
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.42/5  rDev +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!

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