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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub


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3,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 3760
Reviews: 1381
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%

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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Photo of wiseguywood


4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Nice color, with a very nice head

S - Fruity and the pine from the hops

T - Citrus, lemon and hoppy, a bit of sweetness

M - High carbonation, the finish is dry

O - Another fine offering from Three Floyds, maybe my favorite so far, very highly drinkable, almost a 5.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:05:13 | More by wiseguywood
Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lovely color, with an extraordinary, full head with strong lacing.

S - Snappy fruit notes and hints of pine.

T - Lemon and other citrus is front, with pine undertones, a thread of sweetness, giving rise to a fairly full, bitter finish.

M - Strong carbonation, and a drying finish.

O - Another fine offering from Three Floyds. Bright, crisp, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:19:04 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of socon67

New York

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this bottle via online purchase

A - Amber pour with good clarity. Minimal carbonation. The thing that stands out is that the foam retention was like nothing I've ever seen. Retention was so great it held like an anthill in the middle of the glass. Lacing was in thick lines down the glass. Really a majestic looking beer.

S - Strong scent of lemongrass, tangerines, fresh wheat bread, a light aroma of oily hop resin. Hard to find anything wrong and the fact that this was a fresh bottle only increased my enjoyment.

T - Crisp and flavorful, this has a great balance between citrusy sweet fruit and light wheat notes. Finish is a mild hop bitterness.

M - Wickedly pleasant. I easily could down a sixer of this on my own. Leaves a slightly dry feel on the palate.

O - This is the best pale ale I can recall ever having. Love the citrus notes and the subdued hop taste. Proof that a beer does not need to be extreme to be incredible.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 00:24:56 | More by socon67
Photo of BMMillsy


4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got my hands on this one thanks to Rebekah. Thanks!! Bottle pours a mostly clear golden or light orange with a massive fluffy white head on top. Lots of lacing on the glass as the head recedes. Aroma is sweet lemony, grassy hops, malt sweetness and honey, peaches, then some floral potpourri. This smells like hop candies. Flavor is big lemon hops with a lightly sweet malt backbone and some peachy character. This has a big time punch of flavor and the floral lemon flavors longer on the palate. Very light bodied, a bit of slickness, and high carbonation. I can see why people love this one. Super quaffable and lots of flavor. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts. Might be one of the best beers for drinking a 6-pack that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:42:18 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Dayman766


4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Light gold, thin head.
S- packs a full punch of citrus, grapefruit hops; hint of lemon.
T- Starts off with light lemon, then hits you with a smooth hoppy, citrus blast. Leaves behind very little bite.
M- Fresh out of the bottle it is quite carbonated for my taste; I prefer to let this beer die down for a couple minutes before enjoying.
O- I'm no great fan of IPAs and overly hopped beers, but this fine beer strikes a perfect balance of citrus hops and the overall smoothness of wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:28:02 | More by Dayman766
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tall mug. Not much of head from the pour, but I can't knock the server for topping it off. Light amber in appearance with high clarity. Aroma is very hop-forward, like an APA, and a good one at that. More citrusy than grassy/piney with notes of orange and tangerine. Some tropical fruit (mango, guava) character as well. Really nice showcase for Amarillo.

Flavor is hoppy, as expected, but far short of an IPA's blazing hoppiness. Minimal wheat notes. Initial impression is that this is a lighter, less bitter, more balanced Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. Nice fruity, citrusy character. Nicely carbonated, not at all harsh.

I was very pleased to be able to try this while visiting Indiana. Couldn't stop at just one big 22oz. pour, had to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 00:38:11 | More by gr0g
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear yellow color beneath a small, pure-white head. Aroma is lemony along with other bright, fruity hop characteristics I remember from past Three Floyds beers. Colorful and resinous with a quality pale malt and wheat presence. Deliciously hoppy in the flavor as well...oily lemon, black tea, apricot, a little piney greenness. This just makes me sad all over again that I can't regularly get this or Alpha King where I live. Light and crushable with some dryness on the tongue. Pretty sure I could drink this in vast quantities.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:53:01 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden tangerine color, fluffy white head, good head retention, and some spotty lace. Aroma is lemon zesty, orange candy, fruit, caramelly, and wheaty. Taste is sweet, tangy, fruity, grassy, and lemony. Soft, dry bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is juicy with some powdery grit. A very pleasant wheat beer and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:50:48 | More by tastybeer
Photo of PaulyB83


3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner hourglass

A- Deep hazy straw with a medium white head that dissipates to a thin film. Good lacing.

S- Light citrus and pineapple and a heavier cracker wheat aroma come through.

T- Getting less of the citrus and pineapple and more of the malt and bitterness. Some slight gumball flavor, not as much as expected. Has a nice residual citrus note.

M- Medium, not too much carbonation

O- A solid beer but was a bit let down. With a name like Gumballhead and being a wheat beer, I expected more of a hefe-weizen quality to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:01:52 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of Roguer


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge 3-finger white fluffy head from a rough pour; great retention and fantastic lacing. Golden straw brew, bubbly, slightly cloudy, and translucent.

Sweet straw and honey aroma with bright lemon hops, with a bit of yeast.

Initial taste is slightly flat, heavy on straw, wheat, and a hint of hops. That quickly gives way to a dose of ruby red grapefruit, bubblegum, and possibly pineapple. The aftertaste is again slightly flat, mostly wheat and yeast. Very complex sweet profile.

Mouthfeel seems light, but it has a lightly cloying coating ability not common to most wheat beers - a pleasant, not thick, residue. Tiny carbonation sting.

This is a complex and unexpected beer; the profile is surprising and enjoyable, and the beer is quite drinkable. However, I will say that it seemed to get old more than halfway through; eventually, the surprise wasn't so surprising, and without the novelty, you're left with a solid, but not incredible, beer.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 19:54:34 | More by Roguer
Photo of elNopalero


4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Revised 2013:

I don’t know what I was thinking when I first tried this beer. (See below to see what I mean.) This summer I worked my way through a case of Three Floyd’s goodies while traveling around the lake and I just fell in love with this beer.

This pours a golden-amber color with a vibrant aroma full of grapefruit, candy/bubblegum and a hoppy bite to it. Such an easy drinker. I loved the bitter kick and the rounded finish, with the grapefruit-forward hop profile and that subtle hint of bubblegum.

Reassessment: This one’s a winner. I’m hooked!

Old review: This poured a golden tan color. And by god—I smell bubblegum! It’s a light aroma but it’s definitely “gummy”. The flavor is hop forward with a pronounced full frontal assault… and then it turns into this smooth wheat beer finish. Coriander? Check. Orange peel? Check. And that oddly strange bubble-gum character? Check. It’s an easy drinking, hoppy wheat beer but it just didn’t do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 21:50:05 | More by elNopalero
Photo of USAF77


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds comes up with something original. this is a very citrusy beer, but not in an over bearing way. A lovely pour with a nice rich head, very nice lacing, and a carby, clear golden view to relish.

I love the smell. A malty orange that seeps into your nose instead of overpowering it. The taste is much the same but with a dry bite at the end of the sip that hangs around on your tounge, causing a saliva revival for the next sip. In fact this ale gets your mouth juices flowing. Its a sensory delight while staying on the light side. Ok there is that citrus bite on the end of my tongue. A nice dry bite that makes one salivate.

If you like something different and also take the time to enjoy the experience by all means try this brew. A buddy gave me one bottle and I dont have a second. If I did IT would go down the hatch as well. Gymball pleases all the senses.

Kudus to 3 Floyds for taking a chance and winning with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 21:27:20 | More by USAF77
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy orange with a thin one-finger white head.

S - Faint pine and citrus smell. Also a small amount of sweetness.

T - Lots of lemony citrus and some light hops. Crisp clean wheat finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very easy drinking beer. Perfect for a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 02:40:31 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Stevedore


4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a FFF teku glass today, 10/27/2013. Weird how I have not gotten around to trying this one, which is on the shelf all the time around me.

Review #258.

Pours a cloudy, but not THAT cloudy, straw-golden body with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates into some thin lacing and small patchy white spots of film on the surface. Lacing persists, but otherwise looks like a solid American wheat.

Smells nice and hoppy. A good bit (but not tons) of lemon, hints of grapefruit and a good bit of breadiness. This actually smells like an IPA but less of the breadiness and more of a subtle, sharp sweetness.. almost a bit spicy.

Tastes very hoppy. Three Floyds' definitely hopped the hell out of this beer. It doesn't taste as much like a hefeweizen as it does an IPA. Comes out to be quite a bit of lemon, grapefruit balanced out by a small bit of sharp floral breadiness. Not very bitter, but rather sugary sweet on the back end.

Medium bodied, smooth and decently carbonated. Aftertaste is a mixture of sweet sugar and lemon bitterness, but this is not a very bitter beer by any means. Dry finish, refreshingly bitter lemon flavour. As expected of a 5.6% beer, there is no hint at all of booze.

Solid American wheat beer. Very hoppy as befits a Three Floyds beer. The only thing that separates this from an IPA is that nice floral sweetness with some type of semi-sharp spices contributing.. not quite bubble gum or cloves that you get out of a German hefeweizen, but its more of a short, to the point, sharp floral flavour. Good shelf beer, worth buying on a fairly regular basis if you like hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:11:15 | More by Stevedore
Photo of screamking


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into 16oz glass.

Pours light amber with a 1 finger off white head. Lots of citrus in the nose, also a strong brown sugar note. Very balanced aroma, more of an IPA less of a wheat. The taste is very good, lots of citrus balanced with the malt. The bitterness only slightly outweigh the sugary malt. This is one of the most balanced pale ales I've had in a long time. Pair that with the light ABV and you got a winner. If only it was more readily available.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 01:30:26 | More by screamking
Photo of IPAdams


3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a transparent dark gold with a 2 finger, foamy white head that lingers for a while and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Pine and citrusy hops with a bit of sweetness. Pleasant smell but not very strong. Not sure if its in my head but it does smell a bit like gumballs.

Taste- Lemony citrus, pale malts, just a light bitterness followed by a nice, sugary sweetness. Good taste but like the smell isn't very strong and not very complex.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light, almost like a pilsner. Carbonation is also a bit on the light side, especially for it to be a "wheat" beer.

Overall- Pretty tasty beer, not as good as a lot of pale ales but still worth trying nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:11:26 | More by IPAdams
Photo of martyl1000


4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

REally surprised by this. Refreshing, yet with flavor that gets you to look sideways at it. That must be the wheat, but there's something else not easily identified.

Difficult to describe the pour, as the restaurant has only thick mason jars for glasses. A bright straw with amber clarity, and, with a thin head and some lacing on the glass.

Intensely pleasing aroma of grass, bread, et al.

Flavor in the mouth is a bit of sweet tropical fruit (Juicy Fruit gum?), light toast, and mild floral bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:38:46 | More by martyl1000
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South Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:45:20 | More by MacQ32
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 06:54:15 | More by BuckeyeSlim


4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite summer beer. Incredible beer and if I'm not mistaken there's quite a hint of hops in this "summer wheat". Leave it to FFF to make a summer wheat better. Just an all around tasty summer beverage...or anytime for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:48:44 | More by REDSOXIPAGUY
Photo of stercomm


4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Dark honey color, slight haziness, thick white head that stands on its own for a good bit leaving a thick lacing along the glass.

S- Initially hit with lots of hops then you get some citrus and a scent somewhere between mango and peach, very pleasant.

T- Outstanding, get the full gambit of clean hops, a crisp peachy wheat finish, very nice taste could quaff a number of these.

M - Medium, creamy with mild to medium carbonation.

O- I really like this beer, very crisp and clean taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:15:48 | More by stercomm
Photo of SleepyDrunk


4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- roasted yellow color, creamy white head.

Aroma- Strong hop characteristics up front that are accompanied by noticeable citrus notes. (peach, orange)

Flavor- A very deceptive beer. The aroma someone fools the taste buds - malty up front, with a steady hops profile in the middle, and a traditional wheat finish (clean and smooth). The initial sip taste more like a standard American Pale Ale, but finishes like a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel- Wonderful mouthfeel, almost velvety. The hops don't overpower the smooth characteristics one usually gets from wheat beers. Finishes mellow and easy.

Overall- This is a great brew - I usually stay away from wheat-hybrids, but this combination was very good. Not my favorite from Three Floyds, but a winner nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 03:40:27 | More by SleepyDrunk
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at the brew pub. Golden hazey yellow...nice.
Big sweet citrus hop aroma...lemony and fresh. taste is wheaty fresh citrus hop...so fing nice. Its so smooth its insane. The hops are balanced perfectly and not over bitter but instead makes a superb refreshing brew. I like it better that Sumpin Sumpin..its more smooth and crisp..but Sumpin has like 2 additional points on the abv scale...
flavor and mouthful wise, id take this brew all day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 04:02:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of dorianmarley


4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance ranges from yellow to golden. Beautiful head. Tons of percolating bubbles.

Nose is filled with sweet, fresh hops. You can smell the big league chew. Light spice and lemon zest.

Taste is spicy hops. Coriander and lemon candy. Cashew finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and bold. Medium carbonation. Creamy.

Overall, this is wonderful. A vibrant and unique approach to a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:55:00 | More by dorianmarley
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pale pours as most do, with a rich golden haze and topped with a thick (and lovely) white head. A moderate amount of lacing is present and carbonation is light.

The aroma here is incredible! A sweet bouquet of citrus - pineapple, grapefruit and a bit mango provide a sweet counter to the presence of piney hops and wheat.

This is a pleasant beer that sports a lot of character. A sweetness greets you with plenty of tropical fruits, especially pineapple and coconut. It washes away with plenty of earthy grains and hops and finishes with plenty of grapefruit.

It's easy to drink despite having a surprisingly sharp bitterness and a bit of burn that would lead you to believe it has a high ABV - but it doesn't. It's only 5.6%. That said, it's a refreshingly light-bodied beer that is loaded with carbonation.

A buddy was gracious enough to grab some of this highly recommended beer on his way back from Chicago. It is a great beer and deserves most of the praise it receives. Grab this one if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:13:47 | More by alphagnome
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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