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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,183
Reviews: 1,403
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 774
Gots: 390 | FT: 23
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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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a bar in Chicago

Pours a hazy orange color with no head. No lacing down the glass.

Smell is light, but there are earthy hops and a light bready sweetness.

Taste follows smell in every way. There is no real stages of flavor, very straight foreword.

Mouthfeel is light, but seems a little low on carbonation.

Overall, it's alright, however I wish it had more bold flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 22:16:52 | More by bs870621345
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a light golden amber with a snow-white finger and a half-sized head. Carbonation pours off the bottom of the glass. Leaves nice stringy lacing.

S- Big juicy citrus hop notes along with a light floral aroma as well. Pick up a small amount a sweet caramel-like malt, but this brew is dominated by delicious hop notes.

T- Huge hit of juicy hops off the bat. Citrus notes followed by a light refreshing grassy taste toward the end. The malt from the nose makes an appearance on the finish to balance this brew out nicely.

M- Light bodied with lively carbonation. Extremely refreshing.

O- This is the beer that started my journey into the world of craft. It took me so long to revisit because apparently people are catching on to the fact that 3Floyds makes an amazingly tasty and drinkable session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 06:19:41 | More by stxSS07
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has to be without a doubt my favorite session beer bar none out there. I believe this was my first beer I ever had from Three Floyds years and years ago but never gets old. I love the nose of this beer and how easy it goes down. Nothing like gumballhead in the summer.

Appearence: Has a golden,darker orange color to it with large bubbles of carbonation and pure white head.

Smell: Has lots of tropical smells-- mostly citrus-- orange peel and a little pineapple to the smell. No real malty smells at all.

Taste: Taste is all hops and pretty bitter. You get a lot of fruity flavors like the smell. You can taste an orange/grapefruit taste with a really dry finish to it. I can not detect much malt to this one at all. Mostly all hops and real dry and crisp on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation and pretty thin like a typical IPA.

Drinkability: I will be able to put this one away no problem. Easy drinking and not to heavy on the palate so far. Good stuff but you can tell its lower in alcohol and not alot of malt going on.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 05:41:27 | More by Rampage1
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice golden ale with the slightest haze. not much head to speak of. a solid looking beer.

S- this one caught me off-guard. a sharp citrus hop aroma dominates this one. if i hadn't read it on the bottle I would have never guessed it was a wheat ale. i'm not complaining though.

T- follows closely along the lines of the smell. the amarillo hops give it a brilliant citrus finish.

M- a little light for a wheat beer but still good

O- this beer lives up to the hype. it seems a little closer to a pale ale than a wheat but still very enjoyable. nice work three floyds.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:02:50 | More by jables7
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2.8/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer/Brewery - Gumballhead\Three Floyds Brewing
City/State- Munster, Indiana
STYLE – American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.5%
DATE – 2 June 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
APPEARANCE – Golden and clear with a nice stream of bubbles coming up right in the center of the glass, very thin head.
AROMA- Very hoppy and hints of sweet fruit
TASTE – a light citrus hop flavor, a little bitter as well, but in a refreshing way
MOUTHFEEL – Good carbonation, in fact maybe a bit too much. This is a very gassy beer.
CONCLUSION – For a wheat beer this taste more like an IPA. It is not bad, but when you are expecting a good wheat flavor and instead you get a hoppy flavor, well it just throws off the whole thing. I would drink this again now that I know what to expect.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 21:02:10 | More by Heischman
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour with a small white head. Nice juicy mango and grapefruit aroma with some grassy wheat maltiness. Estery citrus flavor with a fair amount of piny hop bitterness on the finish and a note of clover honey. Medium-thin body with lots of tingly carbonation. What an awesome summertime beer. I wish I could buy it locally. I would drink the crap out of this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 14:46:29 | More by punkrkr27
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Nonic glass

A: Super clear gold capped with a heft two finger head that settles into a thick fluffy cap. Leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

S: Citrusy Grapefruit at the forefront with very little of the graininess you usually smell in wheat beers. Hops are the main show here.

T: Crisp grain quickly going into grapefruit and orange hoppiness. Finishes real clean.

M: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, making it super refreshing.

My favorite American-style Wheat, although admittedly for it's combination of nontraditional aspects with the wheat character.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:22:25 | More by MowryJC
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hooliganlife for hooking me up with a few of these after searching for them for 2 years now.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A lighter golden color that is fairly clear. Wheat beer clear? Where are my floaties and clouds? Fluffy white head and nice glass lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops with the a lighter grainy smell. Not a whole lot of sweetness.

T: Hoppy flavor up front with herbal floral characters and some lemon, orange citrus flavors. I'm getting more orange as it warms. Very light and fruity with some yeast present. Slgihtly sweet with biscuit flavors and a bitterness on the finish. Crisp, clean. This is one hoppy wheat.

M: Light to medium and crisp and clean. Dry finish.

D: High, these are refreshing.

Overall I was actually let down a bit. I think the Bells Oberon is every bit as good as this beer, maybe even a bit better with more complexity. I have one more to try so my review may change if I pick up more flavors on the second one. Still a very good beer that can be enjoyed in the summer.

*** Update 5/24/11***

Got another bottle of this as an extra from fear025 and drank it last night. I'm upping the appearance and taste scores. Color was a beautiful slightly hazy golden yellow color that just looked refreshing. Taste was a ton more citrus that I got the first time with more peach, mango, grapefruit and orange. Tasted really fresh. I'll retract my statement about Oberon. This beer is much better and much hoppier. Wish I had access to it all the time. Tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 13:33:55 | More by Kadonny
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4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a dirty golden glistening body with a thick, creamy head that still exists to this day.

S- Wonderful citrus hops. Pine, lemon, and grass-like notes. Hidden in the background is the wheat and malty sweetness.

T- Immediate burst of Amarillo hops. Wonderful grapefruit, lemon, and peach-like flavors swirl around the palate. Aftertaste consists of the sweeter malt and wheat. Very complex for a wheat.

M- Very creamy and smooth with perfect carbonation

I'd definitely return.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:41:54 | More by Jishguy
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice golden body with a small white head with good retention. Lots of bubbles streaming up to the top from the center of my glass.

S - citrusy hops, light malty/wheaty notes. Nice balance, but more hops than you expect from a wheat ale.

T - Nice crisp taste, good hop presence, pretty dry, citrus, clean malt. Nice, not that amazing, but good.

M - aggressive carbonation, dry, not too smooth, medium body, doesn't stick to the palate.

O (D) - This beer is pretty good, but I don't think it's something I'd really want on a daily basis. I know people really like this beer, and I can see why, but for a wheat beer I'd rather have Oberon, and a hoppy beer I'd rather have Alpha King. It's good.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:29:47 | More by ColdPoncho
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New Hampshire

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

Thanks for the bottle Paul!

Pours a slightly hazy, pale wheat with about a fingers worth of foamy white head. Light lacing.

Nice wave of green, earthy, Amarillo hops on the nose. Light citrus and sweet malts. Good fruity/floral hop aroma.

Wheat, orange zest, lemon and a light hop kick on the tongue. Very straight forward, but well done.

Mouthfeel is chewy, yet crisp on the finish. Well carbonated. High drinkability.

Overall, this is a solid Pale Wheat Ale and I can see why it's considered one of the best. An excellent beer for a hot day. Very refreshing. No flaws. Just a solid Pale Wheat all around. Worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:37:42 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and almost glowing golden body under a fat finger of airy white head. Smells gently of floral hops with some juiciness. Definite wheat presence, almost like rising bread.

Tastes gentle but flavorful. Floral hoppiness up front with a soft lemon presence followed by waves of wheat and a watery nutty finish with hints of glacial-esque bite. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of light, but tight, prickly carbonation overwhelms the softness a little. Decently drinkable though, and extremely refreshing.

Overall I quite like this one. I'm not too familiar with the style, but this would definitely would be a go to beer for me in the summer or with almost any food.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:37:20 | More by abuliarose
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3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour into a pint glass at Duke's Alehouse.

(A)- A hazy orange amber. Produced some white froth and lace.

(S)- A light malt sweetness and citrus.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A mild amber sweetness with citrus and subtle wheat.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance of malt, citrus, and wheat.

(D)- An easy drinking beer. Light, mild, and straightforward with some decent flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 23:50:04 | More by sweemzander
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BlessedBeBeer for the excellent extra!

a - cracked the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a soft transparent straw yellow with a thin bubbly head. Visible carbonation steadily and evenly climbed to the surface as if dripping off the bottom of the beer and falling up to the surface.

s - HEY NOW! Banana bubblegum with a hoppy edge. Really really nice. I can just sit here and smell this beer.

t - just like the nose, but the hops are a bit more prominent in the taste. Hefe + hops. Nanars and bubblegum.

m - pretty lively...a bit fizzy. leaves a tingle and finishes with subtle bitterness.

o - solid beer. i would probably drink a lot of this it was readily available. glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:03:54 | More by cosmicevan
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to aasher for hooking me up with this one.

A: Deep straw in color with moderate lacing, a decent off-white head, and surprisingly little haze.

S: The Amarillo hops really jump out of the glass in this one, with loads of grapefruit, pineapple, and rosemary mingling together.

T: Great dry body is accented by sourdough and mounds of hoppy goodness.

M: Light, clean, and well carbonated.

D: A wheat beer for the IPA drinker. Well balanced, great taste, and highly sessionable. I am definitely happy to have received this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:50:14 | More by Avagadro
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Hawks10 for this one!

A - Tangerine with a white foamy 1 finger head.

S - Strong citrus, pine, hops, and lemon.

T - More citrus, strong malt finish, tasting a bit of orange and grapefruit.

M - Right amount of carbonation, medium bodied. Goes down quite easy.

O - Enjoyed this one, first offering from Three Floyds. Great refreshing summer beer - would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:41:51 | More by Bennettrox
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crystal clear gold color with slight head retention and an active amount spritzy carbonation.

S - Crisp citrus aroma of pineapple, oranges mango, grapefruit, and minimal pine accompanied by some biscuity malt. This doesn't smell at all like a wheat bear and more like a Pale Ale vs. borderline IPA.

T - Wow! Citrus tang hits the tongue up front quite substantially and with a very clean palette, the tang quickly turns to a zesty and slightly oily one at that. Tropical fruit hits spot on what I picked up in the nose: grapefruit, orange, and mango, with the addition of lemons which is something I didn't detect so much in the nose. The fruit leads the charge until half way through, then some wheat tried to surface on the palette to remind you this is a wheat beer, then gets beaten down again while some pine and grapefruit take over to finish out the sip.

M - The mouth is left with a juicy and fruity coating that leaves you salivating along with a partially dry grapefruit bitterness underneath. This is a medium bodied beer, to a little thicker than medium. Compared to some of its German counterparts, what it isn't: overly bready, chewy, spicey or clove-like, and no banana's.

O - This is the most unique wheat beer I've ever had and like I mentioned earlier, it really blurs the taste line between a wheat and a pale ale with some IPA frutiness thrown in. American Pale Wheat Ale...the category nailed it. 5.5% for some folks may not be considered a "session beer" (I absolutely hate that term to begin with and all the debates that it seems to spark)...but falling to the cliche', this is about as good as it gets to that definition as the ultimate. I could stock this stuff year around but that won't happen, especially since I can't even get it where I live.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 20:08:14 | More by jzeilinger
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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Surly pint glass. A bright, crystal clear, orange color. Quite of bit of carbonation bubbles that don't translate into an over done head. The head does end up being about a finger and a half. Bright white and soapy in appearance. Lace at this point seems sticky enough to see the bottom of the glass, and it does in a very nice ring pattern.

Smell is of an IPA. Bright citrus smells, orange and grapefruit. Some malt sweetness and maybe a hint of bread.

The taste is where this turns from an IPA smelling beer to a Wheat. There are many characteristics of a Pale or IPA in the taste of this. Citrus hops to start with, a tangerine or blood orange. In the middle is where this one claims it's style. Earthy, grassy taste. The fresh dough flavors of a Wheat come out about the same time. Very good though.

The mouth is a bit thin for me but I don't believe that it's far off for the style. It is well carbonated and decent at the end.

Overall I must say that if all Wheats tasted as great as this one I might not be such a hater of the style. It goes to show us that the right brewery can do it a bit better (or a bit different) and change our opinions. As for all the Adjunct Lager or even Adjunct Wheat (IMO) fans. If you started drinking this by the twelve pack, as you floated down the river on a hot summer day, I wouldn't call all of you beer p***ies!! Thanks to HandsomeBrew for the extra. A must try!! Go Three Floyds!!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 06:16:29 | More by azdback
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Soft grapefruit and some pine, some soft malty sweetness in addition. Touch of dough.

L: Hazy straw yellow, no head or lacing.

T: Kiss of citrus hops up front followed by medium sweetness. Medium light bitterness leads to some additional hoppy flavor on the light side. Finishes slightly fruity but clean overall.

M: Medium low carbonation, medium low mouthfeel.

Very solid. I wish the appearance was better. Could use a little more carbonation as well. Wheat is very restrained, almost like an IPA light, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:18:02 | More by bum732
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to kort27 for this awesome beer

Poured a hazy yet effervescent gold with a finger of bright white bubbly head. Slowly faded to a thin film that stayed for the rest of the beer

The nose on this beer is fantastic. I'm getting lots of citrusy/tropical fruit (a hefty dose of pineapples, mango and peaches for sure) Pineapple being the dominant of the three but they all smell JUICY with a very distinct pine hop back ground and wheat malt.

The roles are reversed in the taste. Hops upfront but then a rush of all of the tropical goodness follows along with some lemon that I didn't pick up in the scent. Great grassy and wheat tastes as well.

The mouthfeel of this beer is top notch. Creamy with ample amounts of carbonation, very slight drying hop aftertaste.

Thank God I got two bottles of this because one was not enough. This beer is fantastic! I would say that it is just a little bit on the thin side, but the creaminess and the full flavor of this beer make up for it. Definitely worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:32:51 | More by dcloeren
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Received from beerwolf77 in a trade.

A: Semi-clear light orange in color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger head that disappears within seconds and leaves sporadic, yet still present lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S: The amarillo hops really punch through with fruity notes first followed carefully by the sweet smell from the wheat. Not at all what I was expecting from a wheat beer, but really nice nonetheless.

T: The flavor doesn't really follow the smell. The hops are waaay more present in the nose than on the tongue. This is not a bad thing as the flavor tends to present itself as a wheat beer more than the smell did. Typical wheat flavor appeared more and more as the beer warmed. Aftertaste was mildly bitter.

M: Nice, medium body, well carbonated, relatively dry finish with some alcohol presence.

O: Wow, I really wanted to be blown away by this beer and I suppose that lead me to disappointment. Weird that I would use the word disappointment for a beer and gave it such a decent review. Oh well, I definitely will drink this again, just not necessarily going to seek it out so hard...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 19:27:56 | More by suspect
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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip.

This is my third time trying this, and I really enjoy it!

A - Pale, slightly hazy orangish-yellow. White head, that moves slowly to the edges. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - Hard for me to place, clean, but not chemically. Wheat-like.

T - Very similat to the taste, but more citrusy.

D - Good carbonation and very smooth.

O -I could drink this unique beer all day long.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 07:13:20 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from my man ChugginOil (big thanks as always!)

Poured into my tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

A – Really nice golden pour. Two inches of white head that is pretty sticky.

S – Nice hoppy smell with some good citrus and pine in there.

T – Starts off with a great hop flavor. Citrus rolls through after along with a nice piney characteristic. Just a shade of bitterness but it doesn’t stay long. Finishes with just a nice amount of wheat sweetness. Nice.

M – Crisp and smooth. Good carbonation. Great overall mouthfeel.

O – I really enjoyed this one. It’s a damn easy drinker. Very crisp and refreshing. Bitterness is balanced well by the citrus and wheat. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:50:57 | More by GallowsThief
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a deep yellow with a nice white white head, 1 finger. Dissipates quickly leaving a little lace. Little sediment floating around the glass.

S: What a smell! A grassy, fruity smell hits the nose instantly with some sweet hops as well on the backend.

T: Slight fruit taste with some good bitter hops through out, leaving a sweet taste on the tongue.

M: Very light body with a good carbonation. Goes down just as good as a light macro brew beer.

O: Great light pale ale with an amazingly smooth finish. I wish this was more readily available! Thank god for the six packs.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:32:27 | More by Treebs
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden straw color that is amazingly clear for a wheat beer. Was poured aggressively into a snifter yielding a half finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin collar. There is a little bit of lacing when swirled.

S - WOW smell. Smells extraordinarily citrusy hops; lemon, orange and grapefruit. The typical wheat beer banana and clove notes are there but they definitely take a back seat here.

T - The low intensity taste was not anticipated given the strong nose. Wheat bread and honey malt up front with lemons and slight pine and pepper bitterness in the finish. The bitterness lingers until the next sip. The wheat character increased as the beer warmed.

M - Nice medium-light body with light carbonation that works well with the flavor profile. A bit of dryness in the finish with a trace of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I really liked this one. Whenever I hear wheat beer the last thing I am thinking is hops, but it was done very well here. It has good balance and drinkability, one could easily go back-to-back with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 05:42:28 | More by LaCoursiere
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,183 ratings.