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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,362 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,362
Reviews: 1,415
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 789
Gots: 486 | FT: 26
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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Nachojon

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4%

Have been meaning to review some of my favorite beers. I hadn't really thought about Gumballhead, then my girlfriend was nice enough to bring home a six pack. Forgot how great of a beer this is.

A- Slightly hazy bright golden yellow. I finger of head that dissipates quickly. Very nice lacing throughout.

S- Some nice warm hops out of this wheat beer. Further proof in aroma and taste that IBUs don't mean dick.

T- Delicious. Nice hops upfront that move along the palette into some nice what character, love the way they used the wheat here leaving it to be a nice natural grass flavor like you are chewing on it. No unpleasant artificial sugar.

M- Just so refreshing. Crisp clean and perfectly carbonated.

O- It's great. It's that simple. This one might become a regular in the fridge again.

01-10-2012 03:24:59 | More by Nachojon
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legalpete19340

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

A: Poured vibrant slightly hazy gold with a very thin head that dropped quickly to nothing.

S: Huge apricot jam and tropical fruit. White bread, lemon, hint of mint, and pale malt.

T: Starts off same as the nose with tropical fruit and apricots. The fruit is much weaker than the nose which is a good thing. Hops come through in the middle with nice lemon zest. Some mild wheat and grassy notes are there with dinner rolls before the hops swing back in with a big fog horn of bitterness.

M: Thinnish brew with minimal fizz. Didn't hurt it.

O: Really surprised me. Not really a wheat beer fan or fruit beer fan but this won me over. It was quite drinkable and refreshing but each swig left me wanting more. The wheat was in the background, the fruit and hops balanced well and it just clicked.

01-10-2012 00:25:54 | More by legalpete19340
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5%

01-09-2012 10:33:35 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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jerryjeff

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Aroma
Bit surprised, for a wheat beer this has a pretty hoppy scent. Piney/floral scent, rather refreshing

Mouthfeel
Bit of oiliness on the palette with a bit of feel, medium/high carbonation and enough bitterness to feel along the sides of the mouth

Appearance
Pours slightly hazy in a shaker pint mostly clear golden color with a stark head that dissipated although not sure if the glass is really beer clean.

Taste
Clean refreshing taste that's got a decent hop bite, has a clear pine flavor which doesn't seem too forward to me.

Drinkability
For me I don't think I'd want to go very many but largely due to hoppiness. This could be a nice session beer.

Overall
For this to be a wheat beer it really tastes like a pale ale to me. I like the hoppiness and this is a clean refreshing beer.

01-09-2012 02:36:35 | More by jerryjeff
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effixx

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-09-2012 01:26:47 | More by effixx
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-08-2012 18:05:18 | More by bbadger
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KarlSpackler

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-08-2012 02:40:48 | More by KarlSpackler
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rmehughes

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-07-2012 23:41:55 | More by rmehughes
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billyzoom666

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden amber, with little head. Looks like a beer in a commercial, that's not a bad thing. Smells of citrus and hops, not overpowering. Excellent. Has a little bit of hop bite up front, with the wheat coming in later, but coming in really strong. A hint of something citrusy...grapefruit maybe? At less than 5% ABV, this is one you can sip all day. I just might.

01-07-2012 21:10:08 | More by billyzoom666
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nocontroln

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-06-2012 14:04:33 | More by nocontroln
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tugg407

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-06-2012 07:37:58 | More by tugg407
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle generously gifted by BA Chaney- Thanks Brandon!

Currently the #1 American pale wheat ale

Pours a golden orange/gold color with a great one finger off white head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. Looks much more substantial than most beers in the style. The nose is unsurpassed by any beer I've tried in the style. It smells like an IPA- that's how good it is. Pineapple, mango, and other fruits are in the front here, along with hops. By FAR the best in style I've ever smelled. Taste follows suit: fairly light, but great fruit, hops, and floral flavors. Some grass as well as it warms. Feel is light, with incredible carbonation/aftertaste. Overall, there's a reason this beer leads it's style. It's incredible, a great session brew. Really glad I got to try this one. Cheers.

01-06-2012 02:30:13 | More by jayhawk73
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vitters03

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-05-2012 21:12:38 | More by vitters03
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theRevBrewmaster

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-05-2012 13:17:18 | More by theRevBrewmaster
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darkmoon66

California

4/5  rDev -5%

01-05-2012 09:13:11 | More by darkmoon66
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qwertyiop

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-05-2012 05:55:42 | More by qwertyiop
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CPditka

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-04-2012 21:34:25 | More by CPditka
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

01-04-2012 08:42:09 | More by IdrinkGas
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hotmanflab666

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

01-04-2012 03:58:45 | More by hotmanflab666
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-04-2012 01:37:04 | More by jlenik
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Antnyd82

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-03-2012 10:03:13 | More by Antnyd82
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aliving1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-03-2012 05:16:30 | More by aliving1
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elephantrider

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-02-2012 22:18:29 | More by elephantrider
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LaChupacabra

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-01-2012 06:35:13 | More by LaChupacabra
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blastyaker

Kentucky

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%

Great anytime beer. Light yellow in color hoppy smell on pour citrus taste. Small head disapates rather quickly. Had it New Years Eve but would definitely drink anytime. Three Floyds hit the mark again for me. The store where I usually buy my growlers sells out of this very fast and I was lucky to get some this time cant wait to have some again real soon.

12-31-2011 23:35:37 | More by blastyaker
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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