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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
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4,208 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,208
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 781
Gots: 396 | FT: 23
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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genog

Ohio

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

Got to sample this on tap at DLD 2008. First time I've ever had the opportunity to sample it on tap.

Poured a very pale golden yellow color with some sudsy lacing resting on top. Aroma is very crisp with plenty of hopped goodness that fills my nostrils. There is some grain and maybe some slight citrus scent in the aroma. The Flavor is where this really takes off with plenty of complimenting flavors that makes this one so smooth. Mouthfeeling is crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 12:43:34 | More by genog
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kasper

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big props to lightindarkness for throwing this in on a trade.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish gold with a single finger foamy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a ring around the glass.

S: Oh man, what a sweet citrusy smell that consists of pink grapefruit... maybe some strawberries or other reddish/medium-dark fruits. There's some candy -- maybe bubble gum after all? Definitely some citrusy hops as well, that smells a little like Vicks when taken in a big whiff after it has had time to warm a bit.

T: Taste is sweet fruity malts, wheat, and bubblegum with a orange/lemmon zing on the semi-dry/semi-bitter finish.

M: This is light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slight bubbly sensation after each sip. Smooth baby, smooth.

D: Probably one of the most tasty session beer candidates I've had in a while. Could go through a few of these on a hot summer day. Loving the candy/sweet fruit aroma and taste on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:38:28 | More by kasper
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joekfsu

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dull gold with massive white foamy head that is mostly lasting. Aroma of hops, kind of citrusy, mostly pine. Initial flavor has the presence of a wheat plus all the hops. Balanced taste throughout, hoppiness overtakes at the end. Moderate lacing, light to medium body, moderate carbonation, without any signs of alcohol. Very drinkable, especially for hop heads or open minded fans of wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:27:22 | More by joekfsu
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thickerfreakness

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance is at first sort of off putting. It pours a fizzy filtered yellow with a white head that fades fast, but once you get to the smell you know its a whole different ballgame. It smells of strong citrus hops and a nice wheat sweetness. The taste is similar to the smell and its just perfect. A nice hop bitterness with a sweet wheat after taste. Its more like a plain pale ale but with an added wheat sweetness. This is an exceptional beer. The mouthfeel is sort of thin but its ever so drinkable. I wish I could get this all summer in Texas!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 02:23:14 | More by thickerfreakness
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gford217

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of sativen poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a bright , slightly hazy golden with a very small white head that faded quickly but left a slight swirl of foam on top throughout. Lacing was light to moderate.

S: The smell is surprisingly dominated by hops not wheat. Major resiny pine scents and some lemony citrus aromas form an interesting mix with the sweet wheat.

T: The taste starts with a mild wheat sweetness which gives way almost immediately to a nice crisp hop bite dominated by citrus and pine. The finish is very crisp with a slight hop bitterness balanced by a hint of the wheat.

M: Very crisp and highly carbonated with an overall moderate mouthfeel, heavier than I would expect in a wheat beer.

D: This one is seriously drinkable if not easily categorized. As summer approaches here in Atlanta, this one would be a staple in the fridge if I had access to it. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 00:59:40 | More by gford217
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this American "Wheat" while listening to Britten's "Prince of the Pagodas". I got back from DLD earlier this evening, and so in the spirit of Three Floyds, I thought I should review one of their own. I poured this wheat beer into a pint glass (they serve this beer in a pint glass at their bar). No indication of freshness on the bottle.

A: I find it hard to believe that this is a wheat beer. It pours a clear straw yellow topped by a bubbly white head which quickly dies away to nothing. There is very little carbonation visible. I think that the filtered, headless beer was unappealing, considering that it was a wheat beer. I understand that Three Floyds doesn't even want to fit into the style, but even when I try to disregard the fact that I am drinking a wheat beer, I still think it looks bad.

S: It smells strongly of citrus hops, with a sugary smell too. I do say that despite the look of the brew, it smells very promising.

T: The taste almost says "IPA here..." but the bitterness is more under control than in a IPA. The hop flavor is there though. It tastes somewhat "well-balanced" which I don't really know whether that is something one looks for in a wheat beer or not, but in this case, it creates a better beer. There is the very subtle taste of wheat too.

M: Medium bodied, smooth as can be, with very little carbonation. At times, reminded me of the texture of wheat beers.

D: The beer is drinkable. I think that it is quite refreshing, and I could definitely drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 05:34:59 | More by MusicaleMike
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amiles

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at 'The Globe' on Irving Park in Chicago... Been drinking this here for a couple weeks now, with memories from last year.

A: Clear golden yellow, with a small tan head... poured into a imperial Three Floyds label pint glass. Looks like a normal beer, nothing special.

S: Citrusy pine hops. Perhaps some orange peel and lemon zest.

T: Quite refreshing and tasty. I could drink these all night (which I did) and still feel okay. It has a unique zesty hop taste that keeps your taste buds interested. I like it, a lot.

M: Carbonation is well, the zest really spices it up.

D: These kick back like a charm. Give me more!

Great session beer with a unique spring time feel to it. If I see this on tap, It'll be my starter for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2008 04:02:14 | More by amiles
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Brewlore

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle

Poured a light amber color with a nice white 1-finger head that lingered a wee bit before slightly dissipating. Looks like a very lightly clouded Pale Ale. In fact, it's classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale!

Smells like a hop bomb oddly enough. Pretty much a citrus scent the whole way through.

Tastes great! Big hop bite coming through strongly. Nice malty flavor towards the end. Nice grapefruit like character as well

Feels quite lively on the tongue and slightly chewy. Great carbonation as it jumps around your mouth.

Very drinkable brew. It's got a great hop character with some citrus like subtle flavors coming through. Great for summer, or anytime rather. Probably a fantastic session ale.

It's got the body of a wheat and everything else screams Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 09:25:28 | More by Brewlore
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Lothore

California

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

A- Pours a very clear light orange with a 2 finger, fizzy head which dissipates rather quickly.

S- Is this a wheat beer or an ipa? First thing to hit my nose it a massive whiff of hops followed by a wheaty, light fruit smell, possibly apricot.

T- Taste is smooth. Light fruits, earthiness, a bit of grain, followed by a distinct piney hoppiness.

M- Medium viscosity, quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is certainly an easy drinker. Glad I have 3 because now I know what i'm going to pop open on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 03:18:37 | More by Lothore
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rich O's Public House, New Albany, Indiana.

Small head, from the slow pour. Head stayed and left good lacing. Clear light amber body. Nice enough looking, but nothing special here.

Smell is complex and full. Apple, soap, clean fruity floral hops, grass, Juicy Fruit gum.

Taste is floral hops, wheat-malt, thyme, bread dough, toast and a hint of pear.

Nice smooth, round mouthfeel.

A superbly drinkable beer. Sessionable to the max.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2008 02:52:01 | More by ColoradoBobs
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ebit

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
One finger white smooth head that unfortunately disippates quickly. Straw wheat golden body that is slightly hazy.

Smell
Oh boy. Resiny hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, and sweet malt. Fantastic smelling beer.

Flavor
Grapefruits, spritz of lemon. Light and sweet up front. Flavoring hops appear midtaste and ramp up in bitterness before the lemon/citrus finish dries the palate with ever so slight grassiness. This is a beautifully built beer.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation is pretty prevalent throughout. Light body. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
This is about as drinkable of a beer as you can get. Light and refreshing on the palate and the flavors are so well crafted and played against each other that the glass doesn't spend much time on the table. Definitely a summer staple. Well done FFF.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 06:24:49 | More by ebit
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churchillps

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting this flavor from a wheat beer. What I thought would be grainy and light ended up being a nice medium bodied hoppy beer. Poured thick and golden with great retention. Smelled strongly of hops, oranges, lemon, and citrus fruits. Taste was big and bold. Huge on hops, quite bitter, with a hint of malt sweetness in the aftertaste. Crisp, medium bodied, and probably the best wheat beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 21:30:10 | More by churchillps
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Natural510

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a hefeweiss glass.
Incredible head, which retained somewhat. A very slightly cloudy golden color; much closer in appearance to a lager than hefeweizen.
Not much detectible scents, other than some wheat & lemon citrus.
Taste-wise, this was a typical wheat ale; wheat, lemon, yeast with a slightly sweet kick at the end...all very subtle.
No mouth twang or anything else of note.
Drinkable in a typical wheat-ale sense, I'm not quite sure why this beer is rated so highly. I find SA Summer Ale to be more interesting.
I was disappointed, given the label & brewery's reputation. And I certainly don't know why I paid $7 for the bomber when i could've had a slew of better beers for half that amount. Will be awhile before I give Three Floyd's another try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 17:39:07 | More by Natural510
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AndySR15

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured at cellar temp from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Beautiful dark golden and crystal clear. Poured with about one finger of head and left a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Malty sweet with a lot of lemon and hops.

T: Very crisp and clean. Nice mellow sweet malt flavor with a mild hop finish.

M: Nice and creamy, perfect amoutn of carbonation.

D: This is a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day, you could easily drink a lot.

Thanks to my friend TheodorHrzl for this one. Told me it was his favorite summer beer so I decided to pop it open on the warmest day of the year so far. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 23:48:14 | More by AndySR15
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle at cellar temperature in my SABL glass.

A - Crystal clear gold with big-bubbled, soapy white head and lots of action in the glass. Although the bottle says it's got residual yeast in there, it's so little that even with a swish and a dribble of the bottle's remains, only a phantom wisp appears in suspension. Head retention is average. Lacing is decent and ringy (is that a word?).

S - Drippy sweet, citrusy Amarillo hops and only a tinge of malt. That's about it.

T - Sweet, citrusy maltiness with hints of lemon that lasts all the way until it hits the back of the tongue where the hops finally lend a hit of bittering -- but not much. Finish and aftertaste are all Amarillo.

M - Slick and quick on the way in, foaming up just enough with the right tingle on the tongue. Swallow is frothy and throat coating without being gas laden.

D - For a spring or summertime beer that really shows it's hops off, this beer is excellent. What it lacks in subtelty, it possesses in all out taste and refreshment -- even though this beer pushes the envelope for the style. I really believe that if this beer were Hefe (unfiltered), it would have a much better developed smell and taste profile.

If you're into Wheat Beers that smell (and taste) like APAs, then this beer will not disappoint. If you're looking for a classic wheat beer, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 02:07:11 | More by EPseja
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy pale yellow. Fluffy white head that falls into a nice bubbly layer on top of the brew. Very spotty lacing.

S- wheat odors here also some yeast, citrus I think lemon very enjoyable and nice

T- Very nice some citrus hops, maybe a little grapefruit and lemon also.

M- Very nice and smooth. Good carbonation and goes down easy.

D- Very drinkable. Tastey, smooth and nice!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 00:06:05 | More by nrbw23
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JamesS

Indiana

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

Pours a nice golden straw color with good (for a wheat) head, but little lacing. Excellent scent, a nice crisp wheat ale with a huge spicy (peppery) aroma. Nice taste, a good crisp wheat ale, although the pepper overpowers it a little bit. Goes down very smoothly, an excellent wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 20:48:27 | More by JamesS
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baos

Indiana

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

Pint glass on tap

A: Very nice to look at with a big bubbly whitish head over a pale body.

S: candy and pink bubblegum

T: tastes like it smells. pink bubble gum, banana, and the slightest hint of cloves.

M: Medium to full. Very nice feel to it.

D: Very drinkable. Kinda sweet but this beer is one of the best American wheat beer I've tried. You should try one on.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 02:30:53 | More by baos
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knight84

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to PabstBlue for picking this bottle up for me!

Poured a hazy amber peach color with golden highlights. There was a finger of creamy eggshell-white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a very slight lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose is grapefruit and lemon citrus with bread dough and a light caramel sweetness coming through followed by a convincing pine hoppyness in the back of the nose.

The taste is wheat with lemon, grapefruit, and pine hops that come with a pleasantly absent bite. As it rolls down the sides of the tongue I get bubblegum and a floral yeast. Very smooth and balanced flavors. As the beer warmed a little I did pick up a hint of alcohol but not enough to overpower any of the other flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy but with an fresh effervescent crispness that makes it go down smooth.

Overall an amazing beer, not exactly what I expected from a summery wheat beer but very good nonetheless. I've never had a wheat beer with this level of complexity and excellent drinkability. I'm really glad that FFF has started brewing this year-round and I can't wait to get my hands on more of it!!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 14:01:19 | More by knight84
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from 6 pack brought back in suitcase from trip to Chicago. Been looking forward to this one for a while.
Enjoying this with a nice hoagie.

A: Terifically carbonated with a yellow clear body and a huge head. This looks like a yeast beer that is hankering to be enjoyed. Wow, lots of lacing.

S: True wheat there with a topping of hops. Very unique to say the least. Flowery hops.

T: The hop flavor is tremendous and this is one outstanding beer that lived up to expectations. For the style, it should probably be sweeter and probably has too much hop presence but I love every bit of it. What a great beer.

M: Carbonated and fuzzy enough to make it enjoyable. The hops leave an impression.

D: So smooth and mild of a beer, flavorful and never fell flat. A true session beer, would love to have coolers full of this ready for the summer time.

A delicious wheat that leaves you burping hops. Could you ask for more?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:18:54 | More by marcpal
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle received from czoch75. Thanks!

A: Golden yellow pour with a gorgeous 3 finger head. Tons of carbonation with some floaties

S: Hoppy for the style with a very strong mango aroma with pine present. There's just a little bit of a sharp lemon zest in there too.

T:Not your classic wheat. I'm torn - this is a rather poor wheat beer but a good beer in its own right The hops shine through great and the malts are there to back this up - but this is not a classic wheat beer!

M: Smooth with ample carbonation. The finish is dry and refreshing

D: This is one i'll definitely run through a ton of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 00:47:10 | More by DefenCorps
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bgramer

Washington

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

Bought a fresh 6-pack and poured a bottle into a mug. wow - vigorous carbonation and a clear pale golden color. The beer smells like pine and citrus and the usual 3 Floyds hoppy aroma but it had a wheat presence that felt balanced. a solid crisp beer.

This is a good summer session beer. I'd drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 00:17:37 | More by bgramer
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mynie

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Superfresh.

As I've gotten older I've become less impressed with the Xtreme. Yeah a hop bomb is nice, here and again. But they're easier to brew than you might think, and there's really not much room to move and innovate when you're going overboard. And, really, who the hell can drink that much regularly? Sometimes I don't want to get plastered off of one beer.

So then what's the best beer in the world? Rogue's stouts, Chocolate and Shakespeare, both make good cases for themselves. But in spite of their perfection they're really rich. I mean, yeah, they're f'in perfect. But you can't picture yourself drinking them like water, can you? As regular as clockwork, as much of a nonevent as it is a beautiful, glorious affirmation of something or other?

What's more perfect, your wife or a supermodel? Honestly? Both are valid choices, I think. Different personalities will choose differently. There is in my opinion a miracle in regularity. If something can be super enjoyable on a regular basis then it's better that something that can be overwhelmingly enjoyable once or twice in your entire lifetime. I'd rather have a really nice job than get to go on an awesome vacation for one week a year, is what I'm saying.

And here comes Gumballhead, the best beer that's ever been brewed anywhere by anybody. The hop profile is perfect. The pour is perfect. The aroma is like an herb garden that fucked a flower and had a bunch of a cute little pink and green babies. It's not overwhelming. It's just... it's just perfect.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2008 07:56:26 | More by mynie
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spointon

Illinois

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

Had this one on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub. As many have said, it sort of defies comparison...

A= this one poured a deep golden orange color. There wasn't a big head on the pint glass they served it in (maybe 1/2 inch at the begining that soon dropped to 1/4 inch). There was however pretty impressive lacing throughout the pint.

S= This beer smells hoppy and piney, but the wheat beer nature comes through in the scent too.

T= This beer is nothing like anything I have had to date. Basicaly its a wheat beer with a huge hop character. Of course the hops and piney resins are present, but also the wheat grain flavor is there too. By the end of the pint I was considering how often I would drink this beer if I had it around all the time...

MF= This is a fairly crisp, medium-high carbonation beer in the style of the finst American ale styles.

D= I would pair this beer with many types of food (pizza, burgers, and a million other things) as well as enjoy it on any hot day. Its a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 03:17:47 | More by spointon
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Goliath

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra in my first trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin bone white head sitting on top that has poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy for a wheat with a big citrus nose and a little pine complimenting the sweet wheat.

Taste is great. This is my kind of wheat beer! Big cool, crisp, refreshing hop flavor showing some nice citrus qualities with almost no bitternewss to speak of. Tangy wheat flavor finishes this great brew off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very bright punch of carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Easy to consume as it is smooth and refreshing with moderate flavors and low alcohol. Makes for a great session.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 21:44:05 | More by Goliath
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,208 ratings.