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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,447 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,447
Reviews: 1,418
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 800
Gots: 511 | 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 sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle is about 10 months old it slipped through my cellaring system, not sure what to expect, but here goes.
On the pour the beer looks great with bright clear gold color and 2cm bleached white creamy head foaming up and fading gradually leaving minimal tight lattice as it recedes. Head finally ends up a wispy surface layer with a slightly denser edge.
Aroma is gentle graininess and some citrus notes orange and grapefruit mostly, but some general sweetness too.
First sip reveals a light to average body with fine rolling carbonation that just beefs up the texture a little. Very easy drinking beer on the physical attributes.
Flavor is fairly mild but enjoyable, with grainy malt followed with some general sweetness, again some orange and a little wheat twanginess. The beer goes down really easy and has held up remarkably well in my cellar for 10 months.
I enjoy this brew and could see drinking several of these on a hot summer day.
Definitely a beer to obtain again!

sulldaddy, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Cummins9110
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great wheat ale

A - nice orange and decent head

S - nice fruity smell of a wheat ale and cirtus smell from hops

T - good fuity taste of wheat beers, with the citurs aftertaste ending in a slight bitterness of the hops

M - smooth taste ending in a slight bitterness could drink a lot of these

One of my favorite wheat beers when I want something slightly more bitter

Cummins9110, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with a bit of haze, head was fluffy white at first, but disappeared quickly, leaving a ring.

Get that wheat/bubblegummy aroma along with quite a bit of hops; very interesting.

Taste is hoppy as well, citrus and bubblegum in the background.

Felt a bit watery, but a good beer overall.

drummermattie02, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gumballhead turned out to be much nicer than I thought it'd be. The pour was a hazy yellow color with a nice looking fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy, wasn't expecting that but I like it a lot. The soft aromas of grains and wheat are also in there. The taste of the beer has a wheat flavor upfront that is quickly kicked away by a rush of citrusy hop flavors. Kind of reminded me of HopSun from Southern Tier but on a better scale. The mouthfeel was smooth and yet had a good tingling finish. Overall this beer is a very nice release from 3 Floyd's. I'd buy this if they'd only distribute to PA again.

Knapp85, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of HopHeadHurls
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a brilliant yellow-gold-straw color, with limited head that disappears quickly and leaves very minimal lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - This beer smells great - citrus (grapefruit maybe), orange, and wheat come through. Doesn't smell too hoppy (and with 28 IBUs that's no surprise)

T - WOW! You can definitely taste the wheat malts, which balance out the hops in this beer SO well. The hops are citrus-y, grassy, and slightly piney as well. You really get a taste of maybe peach coming through along with the grapefruit and orange mentioned in the smell. The finish on this beer is somewhat bitter, but not overly so.

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is very light and extremely carbonated, which I thought would be a turnoff but it fits SO well with this beer. I am sure that the gravity is pretty low on this beer, due to how light I am sensing it to be.

O - I am completely in love with this beer. This beer drinks like a wheat but has the taste of a pale ale as well. You could seriously drink this all day, and the ABV is not ridiculously high to prohibit you from doing so on a fine summer day. This beer just fits well...its elements come together very well to form a nice cohesive experience.

HopHeadHurls, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gumballhead is by far the most popular Three Floyd's offering amongst my local bars, stores, and friends. It's always described along the same general lines: big, sweet, and universally enjoyable. Now, I've found that a lot of Three Floyd's stuff is better on tap, which is the reason I've held off on reviewing it until now. After giving it more than a few tries in bottles, I was graced by its on-tap presence at Buffalo Wild Wings in Brownsburg, IN. It's sad that a big chain like that has the best selection in town, but it is what it is. Here's my thoughts:

A: Wow! The body is a beautiful gold, shining and shimmering in even the dimmest light. It's eye-catching, to say the least. Medium carbonation send a bubble stream up from the bottom of the glass, enhancing what's left of a thin white head. Very slight retention.

S: Lovely floral hops are first to hit. Sweet and forward, these notes drift seamlessly into the underlying wheat; so seamlessly, sometimes, that it's hard to differentiate the origin of some of the aromas. After a few more moments of scrutiny, though, the wheat contributions become clearer beneath the hops so present: bright grape/berry note, with some darker ocher undertones. The yeast, also relatively hidden, give a fresh-baked wholesomeness to the nose to finish it off. Mild, but friendly.

T: What light wheat! An awesome taste of calm citrus and natural sugars don’t have to plead for attention – they just grab it. It’s as robust as they come, but not in a way that is at all overdone. This is what FFF does best: flavor so big that it’s on the precipice of being too much, but never extends to a displeasing level. Essentially, they have balance all figured out. Hops are next with a strong performance. They are nothing but a genuine example of citrus goodness, even though they only play a supporting role to the rich, upfront grains. The aftertaste is crisp and clean, mostly due to the balancing chewiness of the yeast at the back end. The only thing I can think of as a negative is the slightly oily feel that reigns over the palate as a whole. I'm not quite sure what it's from, but it's consistently present. It makes it less drinkable than some of its counterparts in the same style - not undrinkable, mind you, just slightly less drinkable. Other than that, though, everything's superb!

M: Medium carbonation is just right: enough to juxtapose the smooth, wheaty palate, adding a new dimension, but not so much that it overstates the presence of the carb.

O: FAVORITE. WHEAT BEER. EVER. And this one’s going to be hard to beat. Really, the majority of the beers that I’ve had in this style have been lackluster. There’s just no getting around the processed, adjunct-like taste that comes with so many American wheat beers. It’s sad, because this style has so much promise. Three Floyd’s, though, takes full advantage of that potential to create a nothing short of joy in a bottle. I think the brewers themselves captured my sentiments exactly on their website: their beer lineup page describes Gumballhead as “a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck,” and that it “helped redefine American Wheat Beers.”

I’ll drink to that!

BarryMFBurton, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12oz long neck poured into a snifter, gives a golden transparent color that has a very minimal amount of floaties moving around, 2 fingers of light head that recede to a solid fluff while showing good retention with lace all the way down.

A - not much of a malt presence in the nose, strong citrus notes of lemons and oranges with a solid hop presence, great aroma overall maybe a touch of pine.

T - big hop presence, grassy and a straw flavor then taken over by the citrus hops that were similar to the nose but a much stronger orange peel influence along with some pine and a pineapple finish much closer to the apa style than wheat, alcohol is not around and this is extremely refreshing i definitely would get this on the reg if i had the opportunity.

M - medium body, medium carbonation, slight prickly feeling on the tongue.

O - very refreshing very easy, i like the different malt influence, very good beer disappointing im having my only one i feel like i could get a keg of this for the summer if not year around...definitely recommend this to all that have the opportunity

JayAre46, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zrab11 for this one

Light, clean golden color. Small but persistent white foam head. Medium density. Personally, I'd like to see more haze...but I can be an idiot

Aroma is hops forward. Snappy, dry. Very slight toasted bread in the background.

Is there such a thing as American-India Pale Wheat Ale? This has a ton of hops in it, or perhaps more than malt on the ratio scale. Citrus and zesty. Damn, it is good. The flavors aren't all that powerful and the snap/dryness is up front and fades rather quickly on the end. Refreshing.

Good feel. Gives you a jab of hops then goes.

Mebuzzard, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip Glass

Pours a straw yellow with little carbonation or head.

Smell has a hint of the grapefruity hops back end

Taste has hints of the citrus hops and a very smooth finish.

One of my favorite wheat beers. A great beer for someone who likes something like 312 but wants more flavor and hops

A summer favorite.

jsulko, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
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.

bs870621345, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
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.

stxSS07, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Rampage1
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.

Rampage1, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of jables7
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.

jables7, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Heischman
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%
IBU –
DATE – 2 June 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – Goblet
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.
-JH-

Heischman, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of punkrkr27
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!

punkrkr27, May 26, 2011
Photo of MowryJC
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.

MowryJC, May 25, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
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.

Kadonny, May 25, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
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.

Jishguy, May 24, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
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.

ColdPoncho, May 23, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
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.

sisuspeed, May 23, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
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.

abuliarose, May 23, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
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.

sweemzander, May 22, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
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.

cosmicevan, May 21, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
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.

Avagadro, May 21, 2011
Photo of Bennettrox
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.

Bennettrox, May 21, 2011
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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