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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,468
Hads: 5,325
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 914
Gots: 988 | 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: 5,325
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy, peach-amber color with white foam that settled. The smell was fruity and aromatic with some spice and peppery hops. The taste was spicy and hoppy and peppery and fruity (melon?) with hints of wheat and a hoppy finish. A taste like no other American Wheat beer that I have tried. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The hops lingered in the finish. This was a very nice wheat ale! (436 characters)

Photo of lungboy
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As a general rule I would not choose a wheat beer. I usually taste circus peanut and fake banana even in the most subtle of brews. Gumball head, however, is like a punk rocker in a Laura Ashley mall-outlet store when it comes to this category. I want to watch it rip the living hell out of the pastel bunting and fling poo on the marbled wallpaper facades.

This beer has a sturdy astringent backbone sinewed with sweet and hearty muscle that has been arrived at honestly. No high-altitude/HGH treatments here. I drank a 22oz. bomber and really look forward to the next. This is not a wheat beer. Yeah, it was made with wheat, but if you put a lemon in it, I wouldn't be surprised if it gave you a black eye. (710 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear bright gold with a nice off white head and subdued carbonation. Huge citrusy flowery hop aroma and flavor. A very nice American Pale Ale with lots of fruits: mostly apples with grapefruit and lemons. Light bodied and refreshing with a lightly bitter finish and a bit lemony.

An awesome hoppy wheat !!

Per label: "Red Wheat and boat loads of Amarillo hops"

(22 oz. bottle) (386 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was aged only a few months. It poured an amber color with a fluffy white head that dies off after a few minutes. The aroma was very hoppy - some kind of a grapefruit character in the hops. The flavor is quite a bit hoppy as well, with a pine feel. There is a bit of malt character, but this doesn't really fit the category that it's in. Not a bad beer, but it's not what I expected. (391 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at Barley's Smokehouse: As with the bottled, this beer definitely does not fall within the normal the definition of the style, but it is still one of the best Wheat beers I have ever had. The draught version is a golden yellow color with nice effervescence (tiny bubbles). The head is medium thin milky white and did not last long. Nice aroma of floral hops, wheat and a touch of citrus. Light-bodied and very easy to drink, with less hops in the flavor than in the nose but still a great amount. There is also a nice wheat presence along with some lemon and grass. Overall, the wheat overlaid with the hops texture makes this pretty close to the perfect summer beer for me. I will enjoy this beer as long as it is around. (733 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, fellow BA Goz was kind enough to share a bottle of this with us yesterday at our BA fest meeting, and I finally got to try some. This is the least wheat beer like wheat beer I have ever tried, but the aroma seemed pretty consistent with what can be expected from Three Floyds. And I Iike that abv! Anyway clear golden when poured, no head (I didn't see any in anyone else's glass either). Heady hop aroma, full of spun sugar and cinnamon. Taste wise, it starts out as a typical hoppy 3F's (I am thinking about dreadnaught)...the one thing that reveals it's wheat moniker in my opinion is that it finishes light, as opposed to bitter or syurpy. Very enjoyable, especially if you appreciate candied hops. (708 characters)

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

I'm glad they are finally bottling this stuff...

Pours rich amber, slightly hazy. Leaves a very fluffy rocky white 1 finger head. It LOOKS like it has a lot of character.

Smells great. Crisp, hoppy, perhaps grapefruit rind, with a slight sweetness I can't place.

Mouthfeel: The epitome of what I think mouthfeel should be. Very dry and crisp and fizzy and creamy. It remains crisp throughout the drink.

Taste: I'm not a wheat fan, but I love this stuff. I'm not a hophead either, but this is very hoppy - but the hop is of a style that isn't bitter, but rather very dry. It gives it a very clean taste. The flavor then includes more grapefruit rind, other citrus. A few other hints I can't make out. Spice? Bread? Grass? I can't tell, but it is faint.

Finish: Clean. The bitterness fades into a dry sweetness that leaves no aftertaste, and a slight thirst (for more!).

I could drink this all day. If I could afford a kegerator, I would get it soley to have this beer on tap at my home. Yes, it is a summer beer, but I like it so much I would drink it year 'round. ....I guess it isn't available in the winter, though - so robert the bruce would have to fill in that gap.... I'll stop dreaming now.

If you are lucky enough to see this beer on the shelf, please try one. If you want more, hurry back because I understand the supply is limited. (1,362 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber and poured into one of my hefeweizen glasses. Gumballhead had a lightly hazy honey color with a rapidly diminishing white head and some random large clots of carbonation.
The smell had a dominant lemon and pine aroma that was really appealing. It clearly outpaced the modest wheat and malt nose lurking underneath all that citrusy scent. The taste was definitely an American wheat beer, just amped up on hops. The juicy citrus flavor and more moderate pine taste melded with a lightly honeyed malt and spice for a delicious take on wheat beers. There was a nice perky tartness I couldn't pin down that further added to the brew's complexity. The feel was medium/light in body, dry, crisp and clean.
Gumballhead is far and away the best American wheat beer I've tried. It had just the right balance. I've got one left and I doubt it will survive the first quarter of tonight's MNF game. Big thanks to qarre for the hook-up! (951 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. A dreary golden color with a fantastic white head atop that refuses to die. The aroma is powerful, complex, and simply put, great. Just a touch of wheat in the nose, yielding more of a piney hop aroma and fresh citrus fruits. This is a wheat beer right? Upon sipping it, I am reminded of this fact. The aroma is deceiving from the flavor, and I must say I did expect a bit more complexity in the taste. Wheat malts and a pleasant, lingering sweetness are the story here. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, crisp, and extremely refreshing. One of the best session beers ever I am guessing, and one of the most unique beers of its kind. Very impressive. (656 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big ole double duece bottle that touts an odd humourous cartoon character cigarette smoker.

Odd hazy unfiltered pour with plenty of yeast scrod chunks suspended in the brew. THe head that settles quickly to a halo ring pour into a pint glass. Ivory white scattered lace is left over.

Stringent "make my nose pucker" hops dry aroma, lemon hard candy malt twinge.

First swigs: Lemon Starburst candy dusty bitter malts & hops shiver pucker. Medium slick finish lemon rind. Dry aftertaste. Honey in the middle of the finish.

Light to medium body rather drinkable.

Last swigs: A bit one dimensional, but over, a malty pucker lemony hops brew that is extremely flavorful.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (728 characters)

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

Pours out to a bright and satin colored dark gold in the glass with a moderate head. The aroma is wonderful and gives of hints of pine, wheat and citrus. The taste is very good to near exceptional. It starts off like a Pale Ale, with hints of pine, spruce, citrus and hops and weaves its way into honey, wheat and spice. I've never experienced a wheat or summer beer with such a range of tastes. Excellent. (406 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this, what with all the hub-bub and all.... finally had some sitting at the Drafting Room, and Steve was nice enough to chuck this on ice so we could finally have at it!

Clear, golden honeyed. The head came and went quick... after only a minute there was just a bit of creamy white froth in a ring at the edges and a slight dusting left in the center. Sharp hoppy and sweetness float from the glass... Juicyfruit gum and grapefruit as an aroma... hmmmm.... Such an interesting taste... Honey taste and honey feeling. Sweet and wheaty, yet hoppy. Lemon hard candy in the background, -not the good LemonHead ones, the crappy ones you find in the doctor office candydishes (my Dad is a Psychologist, I know them oh-too-well) Fills your mouth with a medium bodied, almost smooth but not really creamy texture. I'm not seeing the carbination but I can feel it a bit on my tongue. I'm really liking this one, great session. Such good flavors, and like I said, interesting. The body makes it an easy drinker. Nothing is too overpowering to make it annoying, just nice and yummy. (1,094 characters)

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

Big froathy white head leaves a scattered islands of lace as it slowly to a thin coating. Transparent straw colored beer with dozens of tiny carbonation streams rising from the bottom. Beer is at cellar temp and there is a mellow bubblegum flavor to the beer, not much else, a light malt base. Nice soft mouthfeel carries the flavor to the tongue. Resinous hop aroma. A nice tasting, simple beer that's easy drinking. I (419 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't had a wheat ale that tastes this good ever I don't think. A nice layer of mellow cereals and another of peachy (iced tea) sweetness add character, while the aftertaste is just awesome and unique, of toasted wheat and oats and cereals busting out with flavor and texture. Almost like eating a chocolate wheat bar, if that's possible. Good stuff. Some hop touches as well, not to be remiss.

Besides the taste, the looks are funky, slightly opaque rich amber body and bizarre ice crystal lacing and spotchy head are cool. Nose is weak I thought, but more or less normal for the style. Sweet, sharp malts, which developed into a citric tropical orange/grapefruit. Nice.

Mellow taste and addictive aftertaste, combined with the awesome body, make this brew exceptionally drinkable. (792 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light Orange.

Heavily aromatic, mainly passion fruits (peach, tangerine and lemon. The grains bring forth biscuits and caramel in the aroma.

An interesting, unorthodox approach to the style but I don't find this to be all that different from loads of others. It is hoppier, no doubt, but whatever the hops bring they take away equally. Notes of lemon and other citrus fruits. (381 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at BW3s in Indy. Really much better on tap than from the bottle. Not a great looking beer...almost neon yellow and a bit hazy with just barely a head...but the nose is incredible!! Straight up Oranges and grapefruit!! Really nice. Not overpowering, not harsh, but just right. The hops really shine on the palette as well. Nice mellow citrus flavors are really great.

Very very very drinkable. (412 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Might as well stick to 3Floyds brews, right? I am lucky enough to have an ample supply of Gumballhead available to me at the Village Bottle Shop in Lafayette (no, I won't complain about the price here). This is a truly great brew which brings me pride when thinking of it's Indiana origins. It pours a golden/orange color with a magnificent white head which has good retention. Aroma is nice and hoppy, very citric for a wheat beer. Finally some grassy notes seep through. Taste is extremely well balanced. A little bit of hoppiness backed up by some nice sweet malt flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. If only I had the money to make this my session beer (ok, i did complain). This is a marvel of brewing and I have yet to have anything similiar. One of my favorite 3Floyds beers. Try it if you can. (802 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a white head. Thick aroma of piney hops bubble gum, lemony citrus and tropical fruit (papaya and pineapple). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft. Straight-forward wheat malt upfront. Some caramel flavors emerge also. Bitterness from the amarillo hops pops about about midway and introduces the lone piney finish. Excellent! The hoppiness for a wheat beer is unique and fits the 3F's profile to a tee. (428 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a August Schell weiss glass. Copper rust in color, with a moderate sized foamy head. Smells mainly of hops, with some bubblegum sweetness. Taste is hop dominant, with a sweet carmel flavor that is very reminiscent of bubblegum. Aftertaste is very dry, but very appealing. Defintely a tribute to it's style. (339 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big whiff of slightly lemony Amarillo hops open opening. Light copper in color with a slightly uneven, big white head. Juicy orange hop flavor dominates without contributing much bitterness. Slightly piney in the finish with a bit of wheaty tang. A mild sweetness waxes as the beer warms, and lingers a bit in the aftertaste. Quite "big" in terms of flavor but fairly light in the mouth. A terrifically drinkable summertime ale. (428 characters)

Photo of jlervine
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear amber with a whte frothy head. The head dissipated relatively shortly, which was disappointing. The aroma is luxuriously hoppy with hints of citrus orange rind. The taste starts off as smooth as a typical American wheat, then goes all Emeril and kicks it up a notch with a stellar, yet still muted and balanced, hop finish. The malts are soft and easy on the palate, and then the hops roll in to town like a biker gang trying an image reconstruction plan. This is a great summer offering from Three Floyd's, and if it were distributed down here I would buy it case after case after tasty case. (608 characters)

Photo of pheurton
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: hazy golden delicious apple color topped with a bright white creamy layer of foam. head dissipates rather rapidly to nothing. sugary sweet citric hop aroma and not much else. light to medium bodied with a nice crisp level of carbonation. soft bubblegum and sugar-coated hop cone flavor. like dreadnaught in the juicy hop flavor department, minus all the bitterness. seems wheat beer like in texture only, finsishes rather crisp and amazingly somewhat dry. certainly unique...i tend to like originals, and i tend to like originals done well even more. this is a fantastic beer that isn't constrained to a specific style. great summertime drinking...i only wish it were cheaper. $8 for 22oz....ouch. (710 characters)

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

I have been really interested to try this beer in particular or just about anything from this brewery in general as they seem to be doing good things from what hear around. Packaging is a brown 22oz bomber with a cool crayon looking drawing of a comic book character.

Pours out a pale yellow with a tiny tinge of amber and just a smidge of haze. The head rolls up nicely and recedes somewhat quickly to a nice solid cap of foam resting on top of the brew. A few streamers of teeny-tiny carbonation bubbles roll steadily up to support the head.

Wow, the smell is a unique and very pleasant experience. The tartness of the wheat blends with the citrus of the hops which makes my first impression of the aroma that of a tart candy. Hints of sweeter fruits (banana) are present in the background, but eclipsed by the aroma of citrus and wheat.

The mouthfeel is noticeably more creamy than I would have thought, still light though, and lively with carbonation. The taste is very pleasant. The front is real light, with a taste of grain. The middle presents the “gumball” flavor, and a strong, hoppy, citrus tartness which dominates through-out the finish acquiring a resinous pine presence.

This beer is awesome, really refreshing as well. A great beer to have with lunch, lush and flavorful, but a few of them wouldn’t knock you on your ass. I only wish it were more available around here.. (1,402 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange color, 1/2" bubbly head.

Smells like an IPA, this is a wheat beer? All I smell is grapefruit, I guess there's a little grain smell in there.

Full body, quite smooth. Definite wheat flavors blend with a crisp, flowery and citrusy hop presence. Grain flavors begin to show up in the middle along with light bread flavors. Flowery hop flavors wrap it up and leave a light bitterness behind.

A very interesting wheat beer, refreshing on hot days, but packs the hop dose I need. (499 characters)

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

Let me preface this review by saying that this is one weird beer–a pale, wheat ale. Immediately, my taste buds were expecting that typical wheat beer taste but they were totally caught off guard by the heavy duty hops. It poured a deep golden color, slightly hazy, with a fluffy, off-white head that left tight lacing behind. The aroma was nearly all hops–It smelled entirely of grapefruit, some black pepper, and a slight wheat thing happening in the background. The taste was all hops up front, big grapefruit flavors and plenty spicy. Gently sweet, delicate wheat flavors come through ever so slightly just before a mellow, barely bitter aftertaste sets in. The mouthfeel was medium with medium carbonation. Stuff is highly drinkable. Each swallow leaves you thirsting for another gulp. Good, interesting stuff. Never had a wheat beer like this before. (857 characters)

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