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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,556
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 814
Gots: 548 | 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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

SpillyBeers, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon

Appearance: Slightly hazed straw gold. Nice bright-white head. Minimal lacing. Dwindles to a thin cap that lasts for the duration. Carbonation is lively, but not intense.

Smell: Nice punch of citrus hops. Some grassy notes. Sweet and with that distinct tang of wheat. A touch of something bready. Hops are really a nice touch here. Nice zesty citrus notes. Floral component to the hops as well.

Taste: Big floral hop presence over one of the cleanest wheat flavors I've ever encountered. A touch of citrus brightens the whole thing up. Very nicely balanced with flavors that rely more on nuance and less on aggression. A little bready with just enough wheat snap to keep it interesting. Nice sweetness is complimented by the faintest hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light. Carbonation is on th ehigh side of medium, but it works well for the beer and the style. Just a touch of dryness, but it's negligible in the long run.

Overall: Very refreshing and one of the best wheat beers I've encountered. The wheat plays a nice backing and rounding role and allows other flavors to play through and shine. Also, hops make it way better.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of JohnWaynes44
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date
A: Pretty, golden hue w/light wispy quick dissipating head
little lacing on glass
S: Citrus nose (orange/lemon grass)
T: Bitter hops and lemon meringue, sweet and grassy underneath
bitter again on finish, lemon remains on the tongue
M: Sharp, crisp and dry carbonation pops early then oily

This beer does not follow suit. It goes big for the style. Very unique. Bitter yet drinkable and just sweet enough to really savor. One of my go-to favorites.

JohnWaynes44, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale orange with a small head. Nose is rainbow bubblegum, soft orange and grapefruit meat, some light spices. Mouth is lightly sweet, banana, bitter hops at the finish with some citrus rind. End of finish is sort of discordant. An interesting take on a wheat beer, one of the more brightly hopped ones I've had, and well done. That being said, I can't see this having a regular place among beers I would like to drink regularly as it's kind of too sweet for a pale ale and too brightly hopped for a wheat beer.

JAXSON, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

jnikkel, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

PlinytheFarter, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

1Adam12, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

jag21, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Thedaver4220
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gumballhead pours a nice golden straw color with about 3/4 finger head. The smell is a pure fruity hoppy waft on the nose. You get a light, crisp, fruit taste with just enough bitterness. The balance between flavors and bitterness is the highlight of this brew in my opinion. overall a delicious brew for any season but especially during those hot summer days. The downfall of this beer is the hype vs. Availability. Although it's a great beer, having to call my local liqour store to check availabilty and then being laugh at doesnt make me want to drink it as much as I want to. If you see it grab it and buy it.

Thedaver4220, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BrendanDouglas
3/5  rDev -28.7%

BrendanDouglas, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

33nickadams, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

RudiNicole, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Schlais, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

RichH55, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +1%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

danyalc, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

chitownbrewer, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

sendsilk, Nov 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Jspriest, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to rmalinowski4 for sending this my way

Consumed 11/30/11

Appearance: A hazy, bright golden color with a touch of orange, foamy head that leaves nice lacing

Smell: Yes, it's a hoppy wheat beer - fresh citrus, very floral, somewhat gentle (rather than in your face) - some light fruits, like peaches and apricots - some wheat in the background, but it's very clean, more like a nice bread than a bowl of Wheaties

Taste: Fruity, wheaty goodness - a solid malt background, a very clean wheat, bready, some twang - hops are simply great - citrus and light fruits - grapefruit and fresh peach/apricot flesh without the fruity sweetness - just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste for balance - slightly sweet, very refreshing

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated, could be a little chewier considering the wheat

Overall: About as good as this style gets

This is an all-around solid beer. It's ridiculously refreshing, clean, and inoffensive. The fruitiness is really interesting, and overall this is very drinkable. Now, if I could only get more of this...

angrybabboon, Nov 30, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It poured a yellow with a hint of a brown amber. This beer has a 1 and a half finger head on a medium pour with an off white maybe beige head. There is medium lacing and medium retention time.
Grade: 4.5/5

Nose: There is a nose that has a lot of citrus flavor upfront, it is glorious and the specifics seem like grapefruit, maybe some orange and a possible hint of lemon zest. There is a slight pine smell associated with the aroma on a deep pull.

Taste: This beer tastes how it smells almost to the letter except there is mild amount of detectable alcohol in the after taste. Not as upfront and outstanding as Alpha King.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied brew with medium carbonation. This beer has a smooth and dryness to it.

Overall: This beer is very good and is one i can see myself sitting down and having a buddy to drink with. The realtively low cost of $9.99 at my local craft beer stop.
Grade: 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

Microbrewtaster, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Billakowski, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

MeisterSmudge, Nov 29, 2011
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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