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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,347
Reviews: 1,413
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 789
Gots: 475 | 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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Photo of mikul93


4/5  rDev -5%

A Pours a clear deep golden. Small head that dissipated rather quickly. Slight lacing.

S Some IPA characteristics. Subtle citrus, pine, hops, slight sweet malt.

T Citrus initially hits the tongue followed by wheat and hops. Very slight sweetness with a dry finish.

M Light viscosity. Crisp aftertaste.

O Very easy drinking beer with lots of great flavor. This is a very well balanced beer. Would buy again.

09-09-2011 01:47:12 | More by mikul93
Photo of crumpsbrother


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

12 once bottle into glass tulip.

A - Golden straw, a bit hazy, nice two finger head with good lacing. A really nice looking pour.

S - Doesn't smell like your typical wheat beer. Lemon and orange citrus notes with a very strong hop aroma.

T - Definitely drinks like an American pale ale. Strong citrus and floral taste up front followed by hoppy bitterness. Very refreshing.

O - I really liked it. Excellent summer beer that will satisfy any hop head.

09-06-2011 23:11:14 | More by crumpsbrother
Photo of agomega


4/5  rDev -5%

2011 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light caramel/golden yellow with a half finger thick white head. The head subsided rather quickly leaving only a thin layer on top. Good lacing.

Smell: The primary smell is a citrus hop flavor. It smells a little like a pale ale.

Taste: An initial sweet citrus taste is balanced out by a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall: This is a solid easy to drink beer. The sweetness of the wheat is well balanced with the slight bitterness and citrus notes of the Amarillo hops. It is basically a wheat pale ale (WPA?). I mowed the lawn earlier this morning and craved this beer when I came in so it is definitely an above average lawnmower beer.

09-05-2011 18:05:50 | More by agomega
Photo of mattboyer182


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

A - a beautiful golden color with a smallish head but really nice lacing.

S - an amazing citrus hops. Delicious floral and grapefruit smell.

T - once again the hops are right up front with the taste. For a wheat ale it is pretty much all hops. The grapefruit so prevalent in the taste.

M - light bodied and medium to heavy carbonation.

O - probably the best wheat out there. Super good beer! One of the best things about living in indiana.

09-05-2011 05:13:45 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

My first Three Floyd beer! 12oz bottle poured into a wheat-beer style glass.

A: Pours golden pale yellow, a little hazy, with a finger and half of fluffy white head, alright retention, leaves a little lacing.

S: Lots of citrus (mainly lemon and orange) and floral notes (more floral than citrus). Slight pine, lightly sweet pale malt. Basically an IPA.

T: Mellow rush of hops, mainly floral notes with a little lemon rind and orange. Slight bit of pine bitterness in the background. A little bit of caramel malt in the middle, though it gives way to a fairly clean and semi-dry finish. No alcohol noticeable, drinks like a light IPA.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, clean and fairly crisp finish. The body of the beer (not flavor though) almost vanishes toward the end. As easy drinking as it gets.

O: A delicious and extremely drinkable beer. Everything about the beer is mellow and soft, but the hop flavors are big enough to please a hop head. It might be a little bitter for the style, but I enjoy that.

09-04-2011 20:04:46 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of Tucquan


3.58/5  rDev -15%

Had this on 2011-09-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy yellow with a short head that fades quickly.

S - Lemon, corriander, orange peel, pale malt. Very nice aroma.

T - Not a typical wheat beer. Big flavors, not low key. Plenty of lemon, hop floral, more bitterness in the aftertaste than you'd expect in a wheat beer. Tastes more like a pale ale. Not much wheat malt. Ends with a phenolic/bitter taste. Not the most well-balanced beer.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Fairly crisp and refreshing.

O - I like it well-enough as a pale ale. Reminds me a bit of a Full Sail IPA.

09-04-2011 17:03:40 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Msquared2

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

This is now one of my favorite ales. Thanks to cwguy5 for the taste!

A: Lovely golden straw color with a thick white head and nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S: This is where the fun starts to pick up. The most wonderful aromas of grapefruit and lemon zest overwhelm your senses in an extremely enjoyable fashion.

T: A very sweet blend of grapefruit, lemon and an almost "gumball" or candy like taste that makes it unique. Although it is a wheat ale, it could pass as a pale ale any day. Good carbonation and relatively light bodied. \

O: Truly wonderful. As stated before, now one of my favorites and cannot wait to try again!

09-04-2011 16:59:22 | More by Msquared2
Photo of mdvatab


3.63/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured from 12oz undated bottle into weizen glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit city! Also some delicious peach and pine notes, plus a unique phenolic note (thanks to the wheat/yeast combo?)

Appearance: A white, fluffy three-finger head settles slowly, and creates thick, sudsy lacing. The color of the body is golden w/ a tinge of amber and a minimal haze. The style classification is "American Pale Wheat Ale", but this is not cloudy like Widmer Hefeweizen or Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. It's clear like a krystalweizen.

Flavor: A pleasantly-tart, lemony citrus note, which is balanced by a light sweetness. Very unique plastic/gumball-like (thus the name) phenolics also appear, and play an interesting accompanying role. The beer ends with a dry, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high, crisp carbonation. Medium body, and overall clean mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm glad I finally got around to trying this one. On a positive note, I really enjoyed the hoppy take on a wheat beer, and also the unique clean, clear profile. My personal opinion of the gumball note was that it was interesting at first, but tasted more and more out of place over time. I'd like to try this one again on draught, but it's likely that this one's just not for me. Please try, though, to see what you think about it.

09-04-2011 10:33:31 | More by mdvatab
Photo of schwaeh


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Received these from clintonpuckett out of the blue. Thanks a lot Clint.

A: Pours light golden with a small bright white head. Decent carbonation and lacing. Doesn't look like most American wheats.

S: Clearly doesn't smell like one either. This is very hoppy, reminiscent of a Belgian IPA with the spiciness going on. Smells slightly citrusy, with hints of mango and peach. The typical banana wheat scent is nowhere to be found.

T: This has a very solid wheat base. The hops vary between citrus, pine, and some herbal spice. I get lemon, peach, and a little grapefruit. A touch of dough and biscuit lingers after the hops fade from the toungue.

M: Lighter-medium body with good carbonation.

O: This isn't even close to any other American wheat. This is a fairly watery, boring style with no hop character, Three Floyds decided it didn't have to be and made this great beer. I'm impressed.

09-02-2011 22:12:51 | More by schwaeh
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.58/5  rDev -15%

On tap at Big Star in Chicago.

Standard hazy golden body and lemony scent with a noticeable hoppy character. Flavor followed suite. This one fulfills the 'pale' in "pale wheat ale" nicely. I definitely puckered when I sipped, but it was a nice change of pace.

08-31-2011 07:00:47 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of cwguy5

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to jisom123 for this at Jackie O's 8/11. Served from bottle to Jackie O's munich glass.

A - crystal clear copper color with thin head that quickly faded to just a few white spots; no lacing so far
S - wow this is a highlight; sweet perfume-y fruit that does remind of bubblegum; could smell this all day
T - hops mingle with soft fruity flavors; toasty at end with drying hops finish
M - slightly prickly medium-high carbonation that borderlines peppercorn but fades quickly; leaves semi-sweet melon finish that resembles overall taste
D - really like this one; very drinkable with somewhat unique palate of soft, semi-sweet perfume and light bitterness; would never guess this as any kind of wheat beer in a blind tasting

*the label is dope also...

08-31-2011 03:04:48 | More by cwguy5
Photo of tvv375ia


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

My friends picked me up a mixed six pack a couple of weeks ago when they were in Indiana and this was one they picked for me knowing nothing about beer other than BMC so I think they did well

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-Golden yellow with about a finger of head

S-Smells mostly of lemony citrus hops

T-Citrus hops with a little bit of wheat on the finish

M- good carbonation with a fairly long finish

O-for not being a fan of wheat beer or pale ales this was a good beer with nice balance

08-31-2011 01:37:23 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.55/5  rDev -15.7%

Draft served in a pint glass

A: Pours a golden sunflower hue with very little fizzy white head.

S: Aroma is pleasant and bright with orange juice and zest, hints of grapefruit, and some malt backbone.

T/M: Tastes mildly hoppy up front and lingers with grapefruit and pine notes, giving way to a sort of mildewy panache at the end, strange as that sounds. Most definitely from the wheat, I think.

It's not a great finish but very pleasant otherwise. And even better the second time around.

08-30-2011 01:03:17 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of SDtastentune


4.38/5  rDev +4%

A - Lighter yellow/orange with no head or lacing. Pretty clear with no sediments.

S - Apricot/nectarine hops, very hoppy for a wheat beer. Slight amout of oats or wheat.

T - Hoppy citrus like, nectarine mixed with some wheat'ness on the end. Thinner tasting, not mch of an aftertaste... but whats left is good stuff! Cant taste much malts at all, all hops and wheat/oats.

M - Thinner, but not to watery. Slightly fizzy, Going down with small bubbles. Thin aftertaste but the hops do make a great appearance.

O - Overall I am a hop head and like this. For a wheat beer its definitely what I would choose if available in my area. Its almost a wheat IPA if you ask me, and a good one at that. Thumbs UP!

08-29-2011 00:20:17 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of tykees88


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer has a very nice yellow straw color with a frothy white head. It smells hoppy and like lemongrass a little peppery hop smell. The taste is great, a nice mouthfeel of lemon and hops. It really works well. I should drink this one more often. It's hard to find in fort wayne, and it's a little maybe overpriced around here though too.

08-28-2011 23:36:52 | More by tykees88
Photo of WoodBrew


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Three Floyds is giving midwest Brewing one heck of a reputation. These guys are fearless much like their art work for their beers. Gumball Head is by far my favorite wheat beer. The appearance is a clear yellow/golden color with nice carbonation that provides good white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is a wonderful bouquet spice and citrus formed by the Amarillo hops. The taste has a great citrus combo of lemon/grapefruit/apricot and touch of spice that I can't define. The mouthfeel is fine...session....no question. This wheat beer could be a pale ale easily. An absolute must try.

08-28-2011 02:03:17 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of gopens44


4.25/5  rDev +1%

A - Bright crystal clear golden color with great lacing from a stark white frothy head

S - Overwhelming citrusy hop presence that drowns out anything else.

T - Lip puckering bitterness and sourness at first that gives way to the most brilliant grapefruit taste I've ever had. The finish is slightly more pine influenced.

M - Like the taste, super fun bitter time. Decently carbonated and light bodied - almost watery in texture. Finish is slightly dry with just a hint of aftertaste.

O - Glad i finally got a chance to try this one. It's clearly a classic and deserves to be distributed far and wide, as to give all American craft beer lovers a chance at having it at least once.

08-26-2011 23:18:11 | More by gopens44
Photo of JohnPPutz


4/5  rDev -5%

A-Yellow straw color, nothing special. Two finger white head and slight lacing.

S-slight wheat beer aroma, but a lot of Citrusy hops and grapefruit come through nicely.

T-more like a pale ale than a wheat beer IMO, starts with some citrus hops, a little bitter, you don't get the wheat taste until the finish. Very refreshing, could polish off a whole bunch of these in a sitting.

M-Good carbonation, light bodied. As I said before, great session beer.

O-Not much of a fan of wheat beers but this is a very good one. Seek it out if you have the opportunity.

08-26-2011 04:17:56 | More by JohnPPutz
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4%

12oz bottle purchased from the brewery in Munster, IN.

Pours a slightly hazed golden hue with one finger of billowy white head and a few spots of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is red grapefruit, pineapple, citrusy and resiny hops, pine sap, nectarine, passion fruit, doughy malts, yeast esters, navel orange, and faint hints of bubblegum.

Taste is grainy pale malts, red grapefruit, juicy, citric and oily hops, mild grassiness, resinous and lemony bitterness with tangerine, orange peel, and white bread dough on the cough. Delectable!

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, firm spiciness mid-palate, snappy hop bite gives way to a balanced bitterness and bone dry finish. Rather than dominating the flavour, the wheat malt adds body and dryness to this brew.

Overall, Gumballhead is the best session-strength Pale Wheat Ale that I've sampled. Although the stronger Little Sumpin' Sumpin' (7.5% ABV) is more flavourful, robust, and aromatic, this is the exemplar low alcohol APWA. A truly remarkable quaffer that I could drink for days on end. Superb.

08-25-2011 03:38:44 | More by cratez
Photo of output01x


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Huge thanks to Dan3279 for this phenomenal trade!

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that deteriorates to a thin clumpy dusting and thin foam ring in just a couple minutes. The body is a beautifully clear golden amber with just a few small carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

While this beer is not as wheat-smelling as I had expected, its nose is packed full of other treasures. Tropical fruit notes of grapefruit and pineapple, lemon, and pine all come jumping out and make this beer smell more like an APA.

Lemon and light, biscuity malts slide nicely over the tongue. As soon as this beer is swallowed, pine and citrus hops crash throughout the mouth. A slight bitterness is there, but is more subtle than anything.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is super-refreshing. The body is not thick or sticky and, while it is not watery, certainly can be gulped easily. The carbonation is not fizzy but definitely helps to keep this beer awesomely drinkable. The bitterness at the end of the taste does not become drying in the least, making this beer as tasty as it is thirst-quenching.

08-24-2011 20:22:48 | More by output01x
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/15/11
*From notes

A: A little surprised here, as this is a completely filtered sunshine golden. It looks a bit like an authentic Kolsch. A solid pour yields a one finger head which falls fast, and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Fresh herb box. Juicy hops are in there, but they're buried under sage, rosemary and grassiness that you can pick up on before putting the glass to nose. Wonderful.

T: Wow. The combination of flavor here is absolutely incredible. Massive quantities of fresh hibiscus and sage. The hop presence is killer - the balance of tropical fruit and bitterness is simply awesome. One of the most flavorful beers I've had the pleasure of tasting.

M: Much better weight then I'd expected, seeing as it's filtered. The carbonation is pitch perfect, and the overall texture and feel are superb.

O: Three Floyd's Gumballhead shocked and awed me. I'm not typically a fan of wheat beers of any kind, so you can imagine my surprise when this brew rocked my face. It's an eye opening experience, and easily one of the best low-ABV beer's I've poured into a glass.

On a sidenote, it reminds me quite a bit of Jackie O's Golden Spice.

08-18-2011 20:15:58 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Tripphop


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Hazy golden color, a few little floaties. Head is generous but quick. Aromas are bright, lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of pine and grapefruit waft in and out, orange and pineapple dominate. Flavor is a god reflection, similar to nose. Lots of citrus and pineappple fruit flavors. Finish is crisp and nicely bitter. Very impressed with this beer, wish I could get it in VA.

08-18-2011 17:56:56 | More by Tripphop
Photo of wscaffe


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A - Golden straw color. A bit hazy. Has a white one-finger head. Leaves a decent lacing on the glass.

S - Some extreme citrus and pine notes from the amarillo. I get a lot of grapefruit and lemon. A hint of malt on the nose. Some floral aromas as well. The aroma on this beer is quite pleasant.

T - A lot of lemon and grapefruit. Some pine as well. A bit yeasty. A pleasant hop bitterness lingers on the palate. The malt backbone is definitely there. Very well balanced.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Overall very clean and crisp.

Overall - A very refreshing and drinkable beer. The hop character is very pronounced but balances well with the malt character. I could see myself drinking a lot of these in a short period of time.

08-16-2011 22:01:42 | More by wscaffe
Photo of Kvltbm


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Got this in N00B BIF 5 from Urbancaver, so big thanks to him for my first 3 Floyds beer.

12 oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Hazy gold/yellow straw color. There was about a finger of bright white head with some good lacing. Not a ton of head retention, which left it looking pretty average once the head died down.

S: Mouth-watering citrus and some definite hoppiness at the front of the nose. Big lemon notes, grapefruit, some sweetness, and a bit of wheat. Love the aroma on this; I found myself burying my nose in the glass before each sip.

T: Follows the nose nicely, but the flavors are lighter. Citrus up front, flavors of lemon and grapefruit. Some light hop bitterness at the middle of the tongue. As the bitterness fades, it leads into the wheat base of the beer and a nice sweetness on the finish.

M: Mild carbonation. I guess you could say that the mouthfeel is a little bit oily, but it's not at all a bad thing.

O: Extremely drinkable, very flavorful, refreshing.. just great overall.

I'll have to trade for more of this sometime soon. I have to say, I'm a big fan of this beer.

08-13-2011 04:53:46 | More by Kvltbm
Photo of Retail1LO


3.83/5  rDev -9%

First ever bottle of Gumballhead. Poured a bottle into a pint glass. Had but a whisper of a head. Very light, transparent color with the slightest clouding. Very clear for a wheat beer. Smell is nice and hoppy, although fairly subdued, I must admit. Very nice and mild taste. This is one that goes down way easy...the kind I could put down one after another. This is a nice departure from the higher ABV beers I find myself largely attracted to these days.
It's strange, this beer doesn't knock my socks off, but it's so smooth and easy drinking, this would be Three Floyds answer to Coors, Bud, Miller Lite etc. This is a genuine everyday, all occasions drinker.

08-13-2011 02:38:05 | More by Retail1LO
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