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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,537
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 812
Gots: 541 | 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%

amalahow, Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

rjcoy06, Jan 31, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very slight hazy light peach and gold with a two finger white head, which dissipated quickly. A little bit of yeast in suspension. Little lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, peach, citrus zest, and faint pine and floral. Some wheat and light malts in the background.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Grapefruit, peach, and citrus zest. As well as some floral. Some wheat in the middle but mainly hops. A nice wheat taste in the finish. It is not strong but plenty to keep up with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Median- light bodied. Median carbonation. Very smooth. Bitterness is very light. Wet finish.

Overall: Definitely not a normal pale wheat, but it's quite lovely and refreshing. It deserves the attention it gets.

zrbeer1579, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

bcsbeer, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

imperiallibations, Jan 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

BGsWo22, Jan 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

adamant1912, Jan 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

NW2285, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a deep golden color. Slight haze from the wheat and bottle conditioning. No sediment, but still mostly clear as opposed to hazed. About a 1.5 finger, frothy head develops on this one. Great retention and pretty good lacing.

S- Moderate hops bang right up front. Nothing too big, but the hops are definitely prominent. Hops bitterness is primarily of pine aromas with maybe a hint of floral depth and sweetness. Underlying sweeter, grainy flavor from the wheat and light malts.

T- Smooth blend of hops bitterness and wheat grain smoothness preside throughout the drink. Hops take the front seat to the grain on the front half, with low to moderate bitterness that matches the scent. Wheat emerges as the drink ends. Provides a smoothness and quells the hops bitterness a little. Slight grain bite ends the drink along with a slight resurgence of hops. On the back end, a very slight lemon flavor compliments the wheat, along with a hint of sweetness.

M- Smooth and light on the palate while still being on the creamy side. High carbonation and weight of the wheat grain make it sit in the stomach a little more than other pale ales, but not more than other wheats. Easy to drink and refreshing for a hot day while still providing a hops fix.

Overall, there is a reason people living near me in the Hoosier state clamor for this beer. It lives up to expectations and is an extremely smooth and satisfying beer. The sum of the parts is definitely greater than the whole with this beer. Perfect for the beer drinker who likes wheat beers and is looking to transition to pale ales and IPA's.

boilermakerbrew, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

DavidRose, Jan 28, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a tapered pub glass.

A- light gold, slightly cloudy. White quickly dissipating head. Left no lacing.

S- medium high orange zest and white grapefruit. Sight wheat spice.

T- grapefruit and a background of tropical fruits. Sight bready malt on the back.

M- medium high carbonation. Medium body.

O- a moderately high hop session beer.

ShaunNewman, Jan 28, 2013
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SBoyar1, Jan 28, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was first introduced to Gumballhead in the Chicago Reader. I used to love the comics of a badass cat and his feats. A short google search showed me that it was also a beer from a brewery only an hour away from my house. Gumballhead was my first craft beer and I hold it close to my heart. I thought this beer deserved a full review from me, so I had it at my local bar.

A- Transparent golden yellow, with 2 fingers worth of foam. White frothy foam that had great head retention.

S- Predominately honey and grapefruit. Some light malt and it ends with light piney hops.

T- Large amounts of honey, with limited amount of piney hops. The wheat, malt, and honey are more dominant and are complimented by the hops.

M- Extremely light and moderate amount of carbonation makes this go down really smooth.

O- I love this beer. This really has a decent complexity with not an overbearing amount of hops. I'm a malt guy and really enjoyed all that this has to offer. I don't know if this batch was better than my last one but it tasted so good.

Efay, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

flipdog0, Jan 28, 2013
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,537 ratings.