Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 4,798
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
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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 beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003)
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Photo of Kvltbm
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dan3279
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this beer at the brewery last month and I am just now finishing my last bottle. I poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter glass to find nice golden body with an one inch white head that left a little bit of lacing.

The aroma has a great balance of citrus hops, wheat, lemon and gumballs. Just a great smelling beer and really makes me think of summer.

The taste is just exceptional, the citrus hops hit you first, but a great balance of wheat and sweetness.

This is a crisp, clean beer with a good amount of carbonation, super easy to drink and I would have no problem drinking several in one night.

I don't know what else to say about this beer that hasn't been mentioned already. Overall a fantastic beer and I hope someday soon I can get it here in Ohio whenever I need it.

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with cartoonish graphics. This beer pours a golden color with a decent fluffy white head. It smells of hops. This beer tastes like an APA; the wheat flavors are minimal. This beer is pretty alright; I was not expecting it to taste as it did.

Photo of robwestcott
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cold from the tap to a 23oz pilsner a translucent straw gold with a 1/2 finger white head with spotty lace that recedes quickly.

nice subtle yeasty aroma with a bit of citrus.

oranges, subtle citrus hops, yeasty wheat beer.

light bodied, subtle bitter, tangy citrus.

overall - nice refreshing wheat, big citrus.

Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. BIG thanks to 67couple for this one.

A: Yellowish orange in color. Slightly hazy. Two finger, bright white head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: Not a huge nose on this one. Slightly fruity without being hoppy. Lots of wheat and grains. Very light malts, slight caramel and toffee. A slight sweet candy aroma.

T: Light taste. Wheat and grain. Light malts. A slight lemony bitterness. Again the ever so slight candy sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp. Slightly sticky. Low carbonation.

O: Very light in taste and aroma. Still this is a very refreshing beer. The light candy taste is very different. Could drink a 6 pack of this in about 30-45 minutes on a hot day.

Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a golden color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A big aroma of citrus, hops, and a little wheat.

T: This beer had a much hoppier presence than I would have expected - not to say this was an overwhelming ingredient. In addition to this there was also citrus (orange, lemon), wheat, and a tiny but of malt. A fairly robust flavor for the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: For the record, I'm not the biggest fan of American Pale Wheat Ales, but this is about as good as you can get. Very light and easy to drink.

Photo of GlassFreeek
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a bottle, into a small tupil glass. This beer pours nicely with a one-two finger head. Very nice!

A: awesome, love everything about it. From the packing to the bottle, to the color of the beer. A nice, slightly hazey orange/yellow.

S: Wow, not what you'd expect for a wheat beer. Smells more like a quality IPA. Very fruity/citrusy. You can smell the sweetness.

T: Amazing is all I can say. Amazingly drinkable and satisfying. Makes you wanna take another drink instantly. Great hoppy, citrusy, sweet profile that is incredibly smooth.

MF: Smooth, slightly oily and nice somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, to say the least.

Overall, I drink this beer almost as much as I can - when I can find it! It's not an easy one to locate and I can see why. Another great offering from FFF.

Photo of robbrandes
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

pours exceptionally clear, lemon yellow. reasonable head, recedes to a thin foam. reading other reviews, i'm a bit let down on the nose. some whiffs of citrus/floral hops and a bit of wheat, but a bit more would be nice.

nice smooth taste - hints again of a medley of fruits, the wheat works as a nice counter-balance. good mouthfeel, this is a great quencher.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to my trusty 16ox Efes Glass. Shared from a generous KickbacksSteve.

Apparantly it was picked up from the brewery a week ago, though it should be pretty freakin fresh.

Lovely from first glass. Straw/golden body with a puffy white foam head. A good finger of head on the pour. Lacing/retention is low, but oily as it gleams down.

Nose reveals a plethora of hop beauty. Resiny, lemon, grapefruit with a pleasant bisquit/cracker finish. Get a hint of rubbing alocohol, which is quite strange.

Approach, while still cool/cold, is very hop-centric. Starts with grapefruit, lemon and a crisp finish, accented by a mild sweet dryness. As it warms, hops subside revealing the wheat base to the beer. At this point, the midbody has almost a honey sweetness, though mild. Still a nice crisp finish and a resurgence of citrus hops.

Carbonation is mild, mouthfeel is lovely, a tad oily, but overall a very impressive beer. For something that presents itself rather delicately, it is packed with flavor. Quaffable, yet does not let up in any regard.

Very well done.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an efes tulip. Thin, white head with low retention. Clear, oily lacing. Clear body, straw/gold in color. Aroma dominated by citrussy hops, tangerine, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Taste is a lovely blast of citrus as the hops dominate. The body is soft and very palatable, i assume by the addition of wheat. A great style of beer and along with sumpin, sumpin, a awesome version if the style.

Photo of Azurescens
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/1/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with thin white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Citrus and herbal hops up front with hints of pale malt and some wheat as well.

T: Some hop bitterness up front that gives way to sweet hop flavors of tangerine and other citrus notes. Ffinishes crisp with cracker like pale malt and hints of wheat.

M: Crisp light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Nice hoppy twist on a pale wheat ale, very light, refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of augievikings
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow-orange with a good head. Excellent citrus aroma - reminds me of a nice grapefruit smell. Not terribly bitter and very refreshing on a warm summer day. Nice hop balance and finishes very smooth with just a hint of bitterness. I would not actually describe this as a "wheat ale" but since I am relatively new to beer tasting, perhaps I just don't understand the style as well. I would love to have this in my refrigerator year-round as it could easily be a go-to standard beer.

Photo of BStalf21
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

without breaking down every detail of this beer I wanted to rate it. It has plenty of people putting down any little particular they can identify. My local beer stores distributor no longer travles to our area and the new one dosen't carry FFF and it breaks my heart. So I just wanted to memorialize this delicious beer that there is never a bad time for and I cant get enough of.

Photo of cosmo4u
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

recieved from funyaudio in the BIF Noob 5

From the pour this beer was good, it came out of the bottle with a nice golden/orange color that was just slightly clouded from the wheat. The pour ended with a good head. This beer had a great taste to it. The beer has a soft dryness and there was almost no bitterness as the hops were very mild. You can definitely taste a citrus flavor in the beer.

The mouthfeel and after taste brings me back to a simple piece of hubba bubba or some other simple gumball. I really love the opposing forces of silky smoothness and the bite of hops.

Overall I am in love with this beer and cant wait to get more of it.

Photo of Randyweizen
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On some level, it's a waste of time to review a beer that has well over a thousand reviews already.

And yet I can't help but put this down for the record: Gumballhead has most of the attributes that I strive for as a homebrewer when I want to make a pleasantly hoppy summer beer.

The key is in the blend of different flavor and aroma elements. There's the obvious hop flavors from the Amarillo, somewhere between grapefruit and tangerine. But this is only one egg in the basket. There's also cooked sugar candy, fig, pineapple, caramel... I don't know where in the hell it's all coming from, but it's a great blend. You can taste it all, smell it all, and enjoy its kaleidoscopic transformation as the glass warms.

My only caveat is that the finish is slightly flawed, a little like old bubble gum. The FFF website claims 28 IBUs; maybe 40 or so would give a cleaner finish without being too bitter for the masses. Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.

So, again, this is a great, great beer with tremendous personality. If I were to mix a six pack as a gift for a visiting German friend, there would be a 12oz bottle of Gumballhead, no doubt about it.

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

Pours a suprisingly clean golden amber color, nice plume of white froth, decent lacing. First whiff is a remarkable rush of fruit from pineapple to mango to grapefruit to peach, light funky tartness from the wheat and a light whiff of simple syrup like sweetness. Taste brings the fruit to the front, but not as aggressive as the scent dictates and the tart and lightly funky wheat and yeast come into play, finishes with a touch of sweetness akin to a teaspoon full of powdered sugar. Medium bodied, surprisingly creamy and smooth. A very nice beer with a lot of positives, a little more kick of fruity hop flavor and I would be dying for more.

Photo of Holland
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into a pint glass at Binny's South Loop.

A: amber in color, this pours with a fine head that dissipates and leaves a little lacing.

S: smells of light malt, fruity esters, and - yes - candy or gumballs. About as I expected for the name, but wild for a wheat beer.

T: not as strong as the smell, but you get the same flavors with the addition of some bitter hops.

M: the bitter hops and deep color for the type make this a nice mouthfeel that changes as you drink it. I'm generally a fan of the changing beers, so this is great.

O: drinkable, delicious, and not overpowering. I'd have it again if I could ever find it.

Photo of Cavery
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz shared with Klym, bottle courtesy of SpdKilz; thanks for hunting this one down buddy!

Bottle was fresh from the brewery! Poured into taster tulip.

A: Mellow yellow with a watery honey look. Respectful half-finger head of foam, which is respectable considering this was a split 12oz allowing for only a slightly violent pour. Completely transparent with rogue bubbles shooting up from the bottom. Looks like a wheat beer, but the color is a bit darker than normal.

S: There really truly is a gumball note in this beer. I would describe it as those vaguely-mint if not spirimint flavored white gumballs. The note is actually not overly sweet though, as this seems to arise in a convergence of typical barley malt notes and wheat. A mild note of dried peaches and white nectarines. Really quite a delicate nose with an unusual profile.

T: Light white peach flesh with some wheat sweetness. The hops come off crunchy and dried. There's a real nice contrast in this flavor; it's like having some dried peaches on a wheat cereal. A slight transitional flavor that slowly but surely augments the peach flesh into tangerines; ending with apricot juices. Really very good. Top notch in the refreshing department.

M: Consistent soft bubbles that drink like a slightly carbonated juice. Really reminds me of pineapple juice based juice nectars. There's a medium grade to the body that is deceptive considering the lightness of feeling in the mouth. It feels light, but the tongue interprets it as sensitizing. A real hard to pinpoint fuzziness that makes the carbonation feel finer than an otter's hide. Super nice, skyrockets the drink-ability even further. The sensation is as addictive as the flavor, like a gentler version of pop-rocks.

O: This is probably the most drinkable beer I've ever had. I mean it feels like you could crush a vat of this thing. Thirst quenching fruity flavors, beautiful hop contrast, and a mouth that rivals the ambrosia of the gods. Such a treat to have a fresh offering of this beer, and to be able to drink it on a hot Southern California day. This beer is on the session ale dream team, a starter in any lineup. Seek this out, it's very well worth it. On second thought, get at least two.

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

Poured into a tulip. Shared with Cavery. Thanks to SPDKilz for giving this awesome throwin to cavery in a recent trade so we could both enjoy it!

A: pours a nice wheaty gold with a small white head that leaves little lacing and dies off in not too much time. A very appropriate look.

S: The nose on this one definitely changes with temperature and even by whiff. Overall, a balanced and sweet combination of hops, wheat, and even a little sugary gumball (really, distinctly bubble gum). Sometimes the gumball smell can even be a little noxious, but overall a very pleasant and enticing smell.

T: A joyous harmony of piney, sweet hops, wheat, and a little background sugariness that maybe was related to the gumball nose. The balance of the flavors is fantastic and makes this utterly easy to drink and enjoy.

M: Light body, light carbonation, no big hits in the mouth-- exactly what you'd expect and hope for with a good pale wheat ale.

O: Very highly sessionable, delicious pale wheat ale. I don't see many trumping this. Great balance and high-quality flavors compose this wonderful brew. Definitely worth picking up a bottle-- or a growler.

Photo of beenitty
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved as extras from whitemomba, thanks Jason

Reviewed from notes from May, had this after notes as well.

A. Pours golden yellow, with good lacing and sizable off white head.

S. Fruit, hops, bit of bubble gum but not as BIG as I expected with the name.

T. Bit of wheat, hops, fruit on the end. Odd accumulation of bubble gum flavor when you've been chewing the same piece for too long.

D: Super high. I could down alot of these guys.

M. very nice, still getting that old bubblegum character here. Nice overall though, good carbonation, crisp and smooth.

Had several bottles of this and was definitely let down a bit. Would love to try it on draft to see if it can live up to the hype.

Photo of Marty30
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my man Danny for hooking me up(again!)
Poured into A Sam Adams perfect Pint glass,at fridge temp.

A. A clear bright yellow body with a nice pure whit 1 and a half finger head.Good lacing and carbonation.

S. Big piney hop notes followed by a kind of a crushed up berry smell of some sort.You can tell right away this is going to be hoppy.

T. Very hoppy for the style, Lots of pine and lemon up front.Then there is a sweetnness to this similar to sweet fruit.

M. Mouth is light and a little thin.Good carbonation helps things along.

Overall a great summer beer that is refreshing and very drinkable.I don'tknow if it fits the style of pale wheat ale but nice beer all together. I want more!

Photo of rrski198
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderfully bright orange color. Nice large slow rising bubbles. Decent white head that stuck around awhile.

S: Big time pine hop aroma and a minor yeast funk. There is a sweet candy like scent as well that is quite nice (cotton candy)

T: What is the most surprising thing here is that the hops are present and let themselves be known, but the wheat is not lost. I still get the sweet and funky from the wheat side of this brew. Very nice balance of flavors.

M: The hops are bitter and spicy and kick at the begining, the sweetness comes in and then goes real quickly leaving a thin finish. Wish this beer had a little bit more body but its average for the style.

O: Much hyped and not dissapointed. This beer wouldn't be in my top 10, however, it is a real bright star in a usually forgetable style of beer.

Photo of Mosley1212
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Thanks to Bay01 for hooking me up with this glorious beer.

A--Poured a vibrant yellow, like straw that appeared crisp. There was a stark-white head that was foamy and lasted for a while. Head reformed with agitation.

S--Obviously the wheat was present. There was also some rye present. Then came a sweet smell of citrus. I'm thinking there was lemon peel? Maybe some grapefruit.

T--A little bit of fruit on the front end. Some apricots and lemon. Then comes the wheat and the rye. Very earthy.

M--Crisp and clear. Lot of carbonation. There is also some hoppy goodness. It's a bit of a hop bomb, which is pleasant.

O--This is a clean, crisp wheat beer. It could also serve as a hop fix when I need it. I wish this was available to me. Thanks again, Bay01.

Photo of sonnmr31
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light yellow color, almost clear

S - Standard citrus note. Smell hoppy for a wheat beer

T - Taste more like a pale ale than a wheat beer.

M - Good balance of hops and the wheat makes it smooth. Real easy to drink.

O - Perfect beer for the summer

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