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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,547
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 814
Gots: 545 | 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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3/5  rDev -28.7%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

vitese, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Kaydogg, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

shaebs99, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of shuajw
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GBallHead
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Head is slightly bove a finger, depending on how you pour. Carbonation at best was average throughout compared to elite wheat beers.

Smell: Smells amazing, if you havent had it you definitely need to try it.

Taste: Hops, Hops, Hops. The hops slowly subside and the body smoothes out with a very noticeable wheat flavor. I was really surprised at how the wheat flavor was so strong with the lack of it in the aroma. A hop dryness is strongly felt on the palette after drinking.

Mouthfeel: a light to medium bodied brew which certainly carries its weight. Smooth mouthfeel going on which leaves its damage on the palette after drinking, drank multiples in a row btw.

Overall: This beer shows the big differences between American and European beers. I had some european beers before this one and its hard to tell because they are basically the same style. Hops are accented much more then the yeast in the Europeans. Easy to see why this is the one of the regular beers by Three Floyds, easily drinkable which gives it an overall commercial appeal.

GBallHead, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -5%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev -5%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Agold
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Agold, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

EricCioe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i take it that it his doesn't sit well with the subtle banana undertones. very very subtle. this is properly hopped. as in a lot like all there other beers. brisk. the adjunct is like a charm. and american and adjunct is like a hex. they do it great. wonderful look for a session. although sort of watery in persona. still very accessible. probably the most being a three floyds when it comes to hop character. golden clear. small head. brisk hop... dry mild floral. and a hint of yeast starches in the back note which i'm sure may over develop over time. i would lavender zucchini bread... but um... beer.

rtepiak, Nov 12, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed From Notes

A: dark golden, billowy head, recedes to a minimal cape, some lacing

N: light floral and significant grapefruit kicker, I know this bottle isn't the freshest, but the beer has managed to hold up well

T: very little bitterness, wheat and estery in a pleasent way, wheat not overpowering, which I prefer in this style (as opposed to a huge wallop of wheat). This beer reminds me more of Nebco's Alpha-Weizen than it does of New Glarus's Dancing Man Wheat (in that its not exclusively wheat centric).

M: light and sunny on the palate, I can see this being a popular in the summertime.

O: this is a damn good beer and one I would go to consistently in the summer if I had the option.

modernartblues, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of mcb4538
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft, appears light golden with half finger of head.  Appears very carbonated, but dies quickly. Smells of fresh grass and pines.  Complimemted by amazing floral tastes. The hops are not overbearing in the least. Very smooth taste and mouthfeel. This would make a great session beer. Very impressive. 

mcb4538, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear, straw pour with a huge frothing white head. Retention and lacing are excellent as well.

S: Lots of citrus and lots of wheat. Almost as strong as a big IPA despite the style and low ABV.

T: As the nose indicates, lots of citrus hops. Smooths out into an amazingly clean and velvety wheat base. It's just perfect for the style.

M: Just right, a little light but not watery. Perfect for the style. Smooth as can be (did I mention that yet?).

O: Smells good but tastes amazing. Drinkability is off the scale as well. King of the pale wheats I think. Lil Sumpin Sumpin comes close but yet so far. I tried to grade this one by style and I have never had better, hence the 5s. Wish this were available in my area. Incredible beer.

Dope, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ehammond1 for the bottleshare

Look: Just a shade darker than yellow. 1/4 inch head and just ok retention

Smell: The nose is a tropical paradise it has citrus and tropical notes all over but it is slight muted could have been so much better

Taste: To be honest I expected more from the nose but the taste for me falls a bit short. It has all the tropical characteristics but it is just so underwhelming

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and goes down incredibly smooth

Overall: For a pale ale this is a damn good beer very sessionable and a very easy drinker anytime of the day or night

DarthKostrizer, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks dannyfrost!

Clear, nearly straw yellow with a thin off-white head and not much stick to the glass. A simple, boring appearance.

This has a wonderful, pungent hop aroma for a such a low
ABV pale wheat ale--it's actually quite stunning. I described it as "Zombie Dust, Jr." Tropical fruit aromas like mango, orange, and nectarine explode from this beer.

The tropical fruit flavor is the dominant player here along with a very mild bitterness coupled with simple, grainy malts. Simple, though delicious, and incredible drinkable.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

An incredibly easy drinking, delicious, low-ABV pale wheat with a ton of character. I can't think of a better pale wheat ale.

ehammond1, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of bobhits
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is something so zombie dust about this beer. Sure it as best I know isn't a one top beer and I really doubt it is all Circa, but damn if it doesn't have that same citrus one hop like note. The difference being wheat and a lot less malt and alcohol feel.

Pours crystal clear as most american wheat beers do, minimal carbonation but it leave a good bit of lacing. Pretty lively carbonation, but nothing like the explosive Belgian and German beers do.

The aromas are hops and more hops, the malt is nearly gone. Still nothing to bite you or over power, just citrus juicy melons pineapples and grapefruit.

This one has citrus notes with a nice hop character from start to finish with late what drying effect that dies to the hop finish. To say this is the best American wheat beer is an understatement, this is actually good beer which no other American wheat I've had could ever dream of claiming.

Extremely drinkable though I personally like a touch more body. Still for a summer beer chaser look no further.

It isn't dreadnaught, panzer, alpha king, or zombie dust...it is lighter yet still packs such a wonderful hop profile and presence that I just can't say enough about what this beer does. I want to knock it for something but damn...just can't.

bobhits, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of beagle75
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy step-wise lacing remains on the glass and a few solitary bubbles rise in the column.

S: Intensely floral hops that also show moderately bright citrus. Malt is light and bready, but holds its own against the hops. Other qualities are absent, making the smell seem extremely clean.

T: Begins dry, with tropical floristics as well as an earthy quality that together create a flavored tea-effect. Acidity is moderate and bright, staying in agreement with other aspects. The middle is brief, with pale malt and wheat grain able to gain some traction there. Mild bitterness is similarly short-lived during the finish, leaving a trace of the aromatics and soft breadiness from earlier in the process.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: More or less as promised, this beer smells like Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA but embarks upon its own evolutionary path when it comes to flavor. It uses each of its marquee ingredients to full effect, wringing floral aromatics from the Amarillo hops and soft bread from the wheat. It is compelling and palate-friendly, but like the most interesting West Coast IPAs, does not play well with most other flavors.

beagle75, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This should be the benchmark for the American Pale Wheat style. Most of the beers I had from this style were weak and wimpy. This beer makes a statement, even though it is light in style and easy drinking. Obtained through woodchopper with an impresive array of other Midwest beers.

Pours a clear gold color into a Weizen glass with a big, delicate bubbly white head like a hefe. Head retention is good and there are several rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is very impressive. A strong citrus hops presence as well as some lemon zest. More like a good APA than the typical wheat beer.

Taste is strong as well. Wheat bitterness, some citrus and grassy hops and lemon. Still a light, summery beer but with some presence as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and more than rich enough for the style, I could drink a ton of this, a very sessionable and tasty beer.

JayQue, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ehammond1 for the bottleshare.

Crystal clear yellow lemon color. Short off white head. Low retention. Low if any lace. 

Nice nose. Smells like zombie dust but muted. Great for the style though. Mild pineapple and fresh citrus.

Citrus on the lemon rind side. Mild bitterness. Not as much character as I hoped. Mild sweetness. No wheat. 

High carbonation. Light bodied. Crisp and pretty fresh. 

Overall Very nice for the style. But don't make the mistake we made while trying FFF brews, drink this before Zombie Dust. But I do highly recommend this.

MrVonzipper, Oct 18, 2011
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,547 ratings.