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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,309 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,309
Reviews: 1,409
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 788
Gots: 455 | FT: 24
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 Goliath


3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

03-13-2008 21:44:05 | More by Goliath
Photo of abankovich


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured a very crisp, clear orange-golden color with very little head and an extremely faint lacing on top. No date on the bottle though, so I'm not sure how fresh it is.

The smell is excellent, hops come rushing up to your nose. Definitely citrus notes present.

Wheat taste up front with some bitterness and spice taste briefly in the middle. Ending taste is of hops with a degree of sweetness to it as well.

Mouthfeel at the first taste is actually dry and light to medium bodied. Some sharpness is present but fades away leaving a crisp aftertaste.

This is the first time I've ever had gumballhead and I'm wishing I could get it here. The drinkability seems very high to me on this one and I'd like nothing more than to have a 6 pack of this on hand at the moment.

03-12-2008 22:48:42 | More by abankovich
Photo of SiphonKing


3.33/5  rDev -20.9%

Pours with a white head that disapates quickly leaving a lacing on the glass. Quite clear for a wheat beer. Carbonation is high and flows through the almost straw-colored body. Aromas of spiciness, fruity esters typical for wheat beers. Taste of hops that coats the tongue followed by a spiciness, almost yeasty bite.

03-08-2008 02:12:54 | More by SiphonKing
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

Three Floyds Gumballhead
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Gumballhead pours a pale yellow, translucent, with a nice white head. Little retention, and the head eventually drops down into the halo effect. Faint lacing. A shocking hop aroma for a wheat beer, yeasty, citrus and some earthy tones. Hops are upfront in the initial taste, but it fades and hides behind the sweet malty flavors as well as the citrus from the wheat. Clean and crisp mouthfeel, not heavy at all. Interesting palate with the Amarillo hops. Not what I expected style wise, but as a hophead I loved it.

03-06-2008 23:20:22 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks to Sephiroth for this one! Poured into a sam ultimate glass. Clear, golden color with a wispy white head that dissapates quickly. Hey... I thought this was a wheat beer- all I can smell is hops! Not a bad thing. Not what I was thinking, but great first sip- Some yeasty, wheaty flavor followed by a hop punch! Now the flavor is all the amarillo bitter hops! Much crisper than your usual wheat style beer. Light body keeps it easy to drink.

03-06-2008 01:15:54 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of tayner


3.3/5  rDev -21.6%

12 oz bottle, from august i believe.. kept in cold refrigerator the whole time.

Poured golden with a HUGE foamy head that took a long time to dissipate.

smell was hops, hops and more hops.

taste was oily hops, and sort of a bitter chalky feeling like biting into an aspirin tablet. It it is this hoppy now, i can only imagine what a "fresh" bottle would taste like. the amarillo hops, to me, seem to give it a more earthyprofile rather than pithy/floral flavor which is more tolerable than some types of hops.

Almost on the verge of too carbonated, but otherwise oily coating hop make the body medium, thicker than i anticipated for a pale wheat ale

one was enough... but i can see a hophead enjoying more than one pint.

03-05-2008 18:56:35 | More by tayner
Photo of JDV


4.93/5  rDev +17.1%

Brilliant golden color with a nice fluffy white head poured into a weizen glass. Nice fragrant, sweet and fruity citric hops. Some candy like sweetness in there, and a hint of wheat as it warms, but the hops are the star. Taste is smooth, balanced, yet hops play a big role in the taste as well and make the flavor pop unlike in any wheat beer I’ve ever had. Subtle, and slightly lingering wheat finish. The hops are so crisp, bright, and refreshingly flavorful with the perfect amount of bitterness. Wow, this is simply awesome. I wish this were available in Texas. Damn near perfect. One of my favorite beers, and FFF's hop profile is probably the cleanest, most citrusy and refreshing that I've ever had.

03-01-2008 21:44:27 | More by JDV
Photo of PhiloPsych


4/5  rDev -5%

Pale orange with very little head. Not a lot of aroma. Crisp mouthfeel with a very nice bready, wheat flavor. Not yeasty with banana flavors--not anything like a Hefeweizen, really. The hops add to the flavor without disturbing it--without taking over. Instead, they add a nice balance to the bready wheat. This is a nicely constructed beer. It would be easy to drink at least a bomber by myself, though I am sharing it today. Cheers!

02-24-2008 22:28:00 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of elmore


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Murky orange color with a pillowy thick white head, which sticks around. Moderate lacing. Lots of active carbonation.

Smells of light fruits, lemon zest, some floral hops.

Citrus fruits up front. An almost Juicy Fruit-like taste in the mid palate and a nice bite of hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

Very light and effervescent. Uplifting and refeshing. This would be a great summer beer. Very sessionable.

A great refreshing beer. I understand why it ranks among the best session beers.

02-13-2008 23:24:33 | More by elmore
Photo of jeonseh


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Tried this on tap at Boston's pizza in Munster, IN. I've been meaning to stop by the brewery and pickup a 6er of this to try it but always spend the money on some other beer instead so decided to try this one on tap.

A - comes out with a bright yellow color with a bit of a gold tint and a metallic tint to it. There was a small very white head that sat on top but didn't stick around very long and left minimal lacing. Actually looked a bit like a shiny BMC to me.

S - as usual per a FFF beer, smell actually a lot more hops off of here than I expected there to be. This citrus hop smell was mixed in with a bit of lemon as well. Also as the beer warmed up I started to get a bit more of a mango/apricot smell coming off of it which reminded a bit of the dreadnaught just tempered down a bit.

T - A crisp wheat beer that leans more towards the orange citrus flavors. There is also a nice, spicy hoppiness to this brew which is what I expect from FFF. aftertaste is mostly hops with a bit of the orange as well. Also, just like with the nose as the beer warmed up got a bit more of the sweeter fruit flavors in there such as the mango and the hops also became a bit more pronounced as well. Really thought this had a lot more hops than I would expect for the style and given the mango aspects of the beer, it was a bit sweeter than I would have guessed too. actually enjoyed that the citrus seemed to be turned down a notch.

MF - it was really light bodied with minimal carbonation in it at all which gave it rather crisp feeling in the mouth. clean finish and minimal feeling left in the mouth other than a watery feeling. Felt this was the one area this beer lagged behind as most of these beers seem to finish strong and crisp but this one did not.

D - overall a nice interpretation of the style with more hops than expected. I was a big fan of the hop and mango presence in this one and I think that's what makes it stick out from some of the others that there are. Definitely a good beer that I would try to get whenever out if they had it on tap and i think it would be especially good with food since it is kinda lighter bodied and crisp. Also a good session beer but not the best session beer from FFF as I think that would still goto Alpha King. I enjoyed this one esp for the style which I am usually not a huge fan of.

02-08-2008 06:07:21 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Stoneman78


3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Acquired via trade from vj2slow

Appearance is a super clear yellow-light orange hue, head is two fingers of loose foam that sustains, light lacing

Smell is subtle for this style, but I could pick out moderate yeast and bananas, some other light fruit and spices

Taste is initially dominated by biscuit pale malts leading to lemon citrus hops, some bubblegum sweetness and syrupy fruits, finishes bitter and drying

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, watery and thin texture, very high carbonation is almost distracting

Drinkability is compromised by the overly high carbonation and bitterness, otherwise this is decent example of APWA (not too many of these in SoCal) that has good balance, low alcohol presence, but lacking in complexity

02-01-2008 05:21:21 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of rallison


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head that recedes but leaves a little lacing. Smells of bananas, pineapple and wheat. Not bad at all actually!

The taste grew on me. Fair amount of tropical fruits - banana, pineapple and the like - nicely accented by a slightly sharp wheat and hop backbone. Hops are not over the top, but are present and lend a touch of bitterness at the end. Seems to be a yeast presence that may also be playing out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated to just the right level without being too much - overall a pleasing mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good, and would be a perfect summer drink.

Highly recommended. One of the best APWAs I've had. Good flavors with some great drinkability.

01-30-2008 08:34:33 | More by rallison
Photo of zdk9


3.58/5  rDev -15%

A- Pours a very hazy orange with just a film of head no lacing

S- Weak smell of fruity hops- lemon, citrus, and slightly grapefruit

T- Surprisingly bitter which I like. In the taste the lemony hops are balanced out by some light biscuity malt.

M- Very carbonated and light.

D- Not complex enough to be amazing, but a decent beer.

01-29-2008 15:50:14 | More by zdk9
Photo of joepais


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Thanks kryptic and Jay23 for the opportunity to experience this one
22 oz bomber poured into a Weizen glass produced a clear golden yellow. Along with a large billowy white head that lasts a good long time

Tons of citrus, hops, wheat and yes bubblegum aroma’s fill up my head

A wonderfully clean and crisp palate

The flavors of this one are extremely well balanced for a wheat beer not to sweet not to tart Kind of like Goldilocks “just right”

Very drinkable beer made me think it was summertime even though I’m looking at snow outside my window right now

01-25-2008 00:31:44 | More by joepais
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this one for me!

Pours a hazey, unfiltered golden straw colour with a massive full 2 inches of frothy head off a vigorous pour, a bit of fizzy wet lace sticks around a bit after the head recedes. Carbonation is very mellow, and unfortunately after a few sips this beer just ends up looking a bit on the flat side. Aroma is more muted than I expected, but there's some resiny hops. Pine, grapefruit overtop of more typical wheat aromas, bready with some banana, clove, and surprise, bubblegum. Oddly enough as well, a bit of mustiness.

Taste is straight up intriguing, a hearty and full flavoured mix of hops (grapefruit, pine, herbs (medicinal), pepper, and maybe some juniper?) with bready malt with some tasty yeast flavours, bubblegum sweetness with a bit of banana, apple, pear, and clove. Lighter body keeps this really drinkable though, carbonation isn't too obnoxious either, which is nice. Nice balance, full of flavour, and certainly better than most beers I've had in this style.

01-24-2008 03:32:35 | More by trevorwideman
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer has been a beer I've passed on a few times. Finally Ive decided to give it a try.
Glad I did. This beer is a great, CHEAP, brew! It reminded me of a nice Belgian or two.

Overall, I think I would like to make this brew a regular. Its mighty tasty

01-17-2008 01:59:50 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of HopDerek


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a hazy gold with a good 1 inch+ of foamy head (enough to go over the pint glass rim, but not spill over) which dissipates well, leaving a small layer of cream colored head and good lacing. Smells of straw, cereal, citrus notes like lemon peel and a slight hint of sour apple. The taste of honey and sugar cereal up front follow with a good malt backbone, and the citrus and bitter hops leave this a very balanced and unique tasting wheat beer with a crisp finish. Medium in body with great fizzy carbonation throughout. One of my favorite beers from Three Floyds, good to enjoy at any time, not just in the summer.

01-15-2008 22:23:35 | More by HopDerek
Photo of twbrewer


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

A-Pours a hazy golden/yellow color with a huge soap bubble head that falls fast.Lots of bubbles in glass,decent lacing.

S-Clean,crisp citrus hop smell,lemon zest with a strong bubblegum/yeast nose.

T-Sweet lemons and hops upfront then you get the bubblegum and banana yeast then finishes with a tart wheat flavor.Stronger taste of alcohol as it warms.

M-Medium bodied beer with a nice feel and good carbonation.

D-This would make a great summer beer but I would enjoy this during any season.This is a good example of the style and another great brew from FFF's.

01-11-2008 06:26:28 | More by twbrewer
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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

Ah, this is more like it! Three Floyds are a local Munster, Indiana brewery that takes chances with their decidedly non-mainstream specialty craft beers, and succeeds more often than not. This top-shelf wheat beer is a nicely-complex and well-balanced taste sensation that measures out the malt and hops wonderfully.

This one pours a regal golden with huge head of foam and ornate lace. Aroma is bread and lemon. Perfect!

Flavors include some crisp spicy zing and a citrus-lemon kick. Superb! With a distinctive sweet-to-bitter followthrough, this exceptional brew is a standout in a sea of American wheat beers. Plus, they score big-time cool points for the bottle's icon and namesake, the Skin Graft Records comic character, Gumballhead the cat. A winner!

01-09-2008 04:32:38 | More by secondtooth
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

22 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head that stays for a while.

S - Wheat and hops, a little sweet also.

T - Very citrusy with a citrus bitterness not your typical hop bitterness. Hint of grapefruit hiding in there.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. I am not too familiar with pale wheat beers but I think it fits the description based on what I would think from other wheat beers and a pale style mixed.

01-08-2008 23:50:22 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of dedrinker


3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Slightly hazy straw color. Aroma of fresh hay and Pacific North-West hops. This beer tasted like a cross between an American Wheat beer and an American Pale Ale. There were some clean, light grainy flavors with some soft late addition hop character. Really nice spin on a wheat beer. Just enough extra hops to match the tartness of the wheat. Bell's Oberon meets Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A little summer in the middle of January.

01-08-2008 05:33:22 | More by dedrinker
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a HUGE foamy white head. It soons fades down into a spotty foamy covering that left some decent lacing. Aroma is pungent with fresh hops and citrus mixed with the breadiness of a typical wheat beer.

Taste is big with several citrus notes and hop bitterness but is nicely balanced by a sweet and bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with some lively carbonation that isn't too filling.

One of my favorite offerings from Three Floyds. I love the flavor balance, crisp nature, and way easy drinkibility of this guy. A great summertime beer that is still going strong well into the winter.

01-03-2008 17:54:09 | More by Kegatron
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

My first 3 Floyds beer ever. Isn't trading great? :D

Having heard so much hype about it, I forgo the everyday pint, & bust out the Erdinger Weiss glass for the occasion. I begin to pour, hoping MattyB wasn't bullshitting me.

A golden hazy honey tint, crazy activity from top to bottom, but a weak quarter inch of off-white head. No head, no five point O.

A cloudy tangerine scent lifts off the top, softening the crisp hop background. Dry wheat & very little yeast. Subtlety sweet, & mild.

Sweet bread, almost like pumpernickel. A little squeeze of honey. It is outstandingly dry, practically sucking away the almost sweet bitterness from front to back & away from memory. It finishes with the prickly carbonation just adding a dab of butter on some dry wheat crust. Much cleaner then your typical wheat beer. Even on a cold winter day like this, it hits the spot amid all the stuffy heat coming off the pipes.

And just like that, it's gone. I sure could use another.

01-03-2008 04:22:46 | More by PEBKAC
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this beer.

Dispenses from the 12oz bottle into a large wheat glass a murky, dark straw color. Huge white head. Rocky and somewhat dense. Plenty of carbonation bubbles race toward the surface to keep the head a steady two fingers in size for nearly the duration of the consumption.

Aromas are yeasty and wheaty. Lemongrass also. Slight sourness in the aroma but that only adds to the distinctiveness of this beer.

Distinct lemon peel in the flavor hits the palate almost immediately. Slight sourness and tartness as well as some yeast flavors. Certainly some hops in there as well. Citrusy, lemony, anything with Vitamin C basically.

Medium mouthfeel. Hop bitterness has a nice bite at the end. Somewhat slick on the tongue and teeth. Absolutely wonderful. I was searching through my cellar, looking for something other than a DIPA or RIS or Barleywine. My palate is a bit fatigued of those at the moment so I was looking for something a little lighter. This certianly fit the bill and was delicious. I had heard good things about this beer and was glad I got to try it.

12-31-2007 20:47:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

Nice, but nothing special. It immediately reminds me of Southern Tier's HopSun as a light an relatively hoppy wheat beer. The juicy, citrus hops are quite crisp but the malt flavor simply provides a sweet background for the hops. Overall, it's not that complex, but it's a refreshing beer for hops fans.

12-30-2007 18:27:28 | More by tempest
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