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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,448 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,448
Reviews: 1,418
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 801
Gots: 513 | 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 gdfan47
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- poured into a pint glass from a wonderful 12 oz longneck with a sick label, is a lovely lighter amber with a little bit of head and good lacing

S- can def smell the Amarillo (spicy aggressive hop) ,a little bit of wheat
T- very good carbonation, kinda a hybrid between an pale ale a wibier, very interesting and wonderful
M- great carbonation, very smooth , a beer that I could drink all day
D- out of the park, i could drink 10 of these no problem, very low abv

another home run from quite possibly my favorite North American brewery that I cant buy ( and there arent many in phillly)

gdfan47, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Wheat pale, not much head, ring is left.

S - Wow. TONS of hops. I can't see my way through them.

T - Creamy little wheat invaded by hops. A new concept for me. I like.

M - On the light side, subdued wheat, crushing hops. Pretty cool.

D - In spite of the overbearing hops, a drinker, for sure.

srandycarter, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of AgingWarrior
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow gold into my Great Lakes Pint glass. The pour produces about a half a finger of white foamy head that quickly flattens into a layer, providing a lot of thin lacing.

Smells of citrus and hops. Lots of fruit in this one and more hops than I expected. The first whiff makes me want to dive into this one.

Tastes like smells. Nice hops taste on the front with a fruity finish.

Mouth feel is very clean and crisp. Medium carbonation.

This is an ever so drinkable brew. I knocked this one down and was wanting four or five more. I'll be working a trade for more of this one.

AgingWarrior, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of beeragent
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a light slightly hazy gold, forming a 1/2 inch white head that quickly fades. Very light spots of lace on the glass.

S - Very strong grapefruit aroma created by the hops, with a very light wheat aroma in the mix.

T - Wow, strong grapefruit juice flavor coats the palate!! The flavor definitely comes from the hops. Light lemon flavor associated with the wheat in the finish. Tastes like alcoholic grapefruit juice but so much better.

M - Light bodied and very smooth finish which is a suprise due to the high hop profile of this beer.

D - Fantastic and very unique flavor IMO. Light bodied but not in the way of BMC brews. Low alcohol level plus great tastes equals a highly sessionable ale. I wish this was more widely available.

beeragent, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like a heady Swiller Light with the easily identifiable nose of a 3F beer, a sort of candyesque gummy bear quality. As 3F beers are hit or miss for me, I'm apprehensive. Upon tasting, this beer is more hit, which is surprising. I don't typically dig wheat beers, but this offering hits hoopy and candy-like, easy drinking, and slightly watery. Hesitant of a serious rochambo, I'll dub this sessionable.

BarrytheBear, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from GbvDave- thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a one inch white head. I had heard that FFF has a reputation for over-hopping all of their beers, and this one was no exception. A citrusy hoppy aroma was pleasantly apparent. Not too hoppy in the taste, but refreshing nonetheless. A slightly lemon like finish, which is helped by the relatively high carbonation. A sure winner in the hotter months for sure- very drinkable.

Ineedabeerhere, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this after a meeting at The Crane Alley in Urbana. Hazy blond body topped by two pillowy fingers of white head; nice durability and lacing. The smells are rich and lively--plenty of citrus, ample spice, definitely veering toward sweet. I get orange, tangerine, and peach with pepper and coriander--lovely.

After such a nose, anything less than an excellent taste would be a letdown. Thankfully, Gumballhead does NOT disappoint. It's very fruity yet not cloying or syrupy. Light and smooth, this is a terrific representative of the style. Its exquisite texture is reminiscent of German wheats such as Ayinger and Erdinger, though a bit fuller in flavor. Gumballhead compares quite favorably, which says a lot.

Gumballhead left me highly impressed. I figured this would be a good APWA. Not only was it great, it was also one of the very best offerings I've ever had from Three Floyds. Tremendous.

Gehrig, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to roadhouse

Appearance: Poured with 1 cm bubbly off white head that dissipated to a very thin rim around the top after 2 minutes leaving almost no lacing. The beer is a clear yellow golden color.

Smell: Very hoppy for a wheat, some nice fruity character from the wheat and hops combined.

Taste: Fresh hops up front, then some malty grainy taste, then sweet and fruity, with some fresh grassy resemblance, and a nice lightly roasted taste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied, small tingle on the tongue from the hops, no alcohol sting. Very crisp feel in the mouth.

Overall: Very good and different wheat! Easy to drink, very refreshing. Very well balanced with no alcohol presence.

natasharai, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If I hadn't read the label, I would have pegged this as a Pale Ale (wheat wouldn't have crossed my mind). Twelve ounce bottle from Binny's in Orland Park, IL.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice thick head and medium lacing. Smells fresh and fruity and hoppy -- strong bitterness without excessive piney-ness.

Tastes follows the nose -- well balanced bitterness to sweetness. In some ways, it reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but some of the details are different.

Feels light and good in the mouth. Extremely drinkable beer -- very refreshing, very tasty, very interesting. I could drink it all night long and be quite happy.

snaotheus, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to stfun37 for this 12oz beer. It smells very lemony just as the label states. Golden yellow with some fizz at the top. This has a very strange taste some lemon but also slightly fishy, what the hell? There is something very strange about this beer that I just don't quite get.

ArrogantB, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consumed on 2/21/09

Poured a dark gold color, not the prettiest but it's not the color here I'm after. The aroma is sweet, smells of fruit and malt. The taste is also fruity as well as malty - I'm not going to rule out the possibility of gumballs - complemented by hops. The body is nice and medium with a great drinkability. This beer is a great option for a session beer due to the great flavor and low abv.

deliriumfest, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to d0b for including this in a stellar haul from the midwest.

The appearance is a very dark gold in color. From pour comes a fluffy soft white head that dissipates fast. Very see through, not a stand out in the looks department but typical of what you can normally expect from a pale ale.

Very light and fresh hops. Some bubbalicious gum, ripe banana, lemon, marshmellowy oats all help to produce an incredibly sweet cotton candy scent. Unbelievably complex and different smell. I love it.

Very light and crisp, greatly smoothed out malty backbone, some slights of caramel, very sweet banana, lemon. Fairly carbonated. This beer is so incredibly refreshing, I would love to have a keg of this for the summertime.

CoolJosh, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of cpn920
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a big head. Smells predominantly of citrus and piney hops with a spicy wheat in the background. Taste is similar tp smell with the hops being the attraction and the wheat playing a supporting role. Good carbonation on a medium body beer. Drinkability is good especially in the hotter weather...a thirst quencher.

cpn920, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a mixed six pack of FFF brews from my friend Kels, and it's a great brewery. Up to this point, I had only had the Alpha King, but this is a wonderful beer here.

Appearance: A pale yellow, and a little cloudy. Huge 3 finger head formed right out of the pour and that disappeared pretty quickly to a thin minimal head on top. Strong carbonation throughout.

Smell: Very citrusy - lemon and a hint of grapefruit. Not sure if "grainy" is a word I would use for a description of the smell, but there's definitely something else in there that smells earthy to me.

Taste: Strong taste of lemon and again a bit of a bitter grapefruit is back there as well. There is also a yeasty/wheaty kind of flavor as well. Very light overall in taste as it's not a "bomb" of flavor in the mouth. A slightly bitter/hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing - leaves the mouth moise and slightly salivating for more. An excellent choice for a summer beer!

Drinkability: Rather high - the lower ABV helps with this and it's rather light in stature. Not heavy at all so I don't feel bloated or heavy after drinking it. I could easily get through a few of these with no worries.

bamadog, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Lynux
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great hoppy summer quencher here.

Nice clear beer with a light yellow color and a creamy head.

Smell is slightly spicy from the wheat and a great amarillo hop aroma.

Taste is a little sharp upfront with a tang from the wheat. The hops kick in with a nice fruity flavor and the finish is nice and dry.

This is great version of a wheat beer, american style. It has inspired me to brew my own american wheat and do some dry hopping with amarillo.

Lynux, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of makdeco
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been long over due for me to review this beer

At first glance you can smell the hops, and I say?? American wheat beer with hop smell... But this is great. I am a big time wheat beer drinker but that little kick of hops is really different and add a complex taste to this style.

I prefer it in a weizen glass over a pint glass but it will do in both if the beer bar has no clue on correct glassware

I have had it in both Bottle and on tap and really enjoy both. Great job FFF...

makdeco, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For me this beer falls somewhere between a 2 hearted and a hopslam. There is much more grapefruit in the smell then in 2 hearted, but less then a hopslam

Taste wise I'm getting lots of hops, but a bit of wheat that serves as a good buffer/enhancement for the citrus.

Great beer, glad to have tried it.

cadenwhitaker, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber courtesy of thehand - thanks!! Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a crisp and clear orange-bodied brew, bright and vibrant, with diffuse and slow, medium-sized effervescence. The head is slightly off white and has average retention, perhaps above average for the style, fading from a fluffy, one-finger mass to a thick sheen with a solid, bubbly collar. There's a surprising amount of lacing too, sheet-like on the far side of the sip and erratic, twisted, bubbly on the sip side.

Aroma: Light, crisp, and very well hopped. Leafy and citrusy hop notes swirl above a sweet, pale sea of roasted maltiness. Though this one definitely leans more towards the hoppy end of the balance, the notes selected work surprisingly well with the soft, sweet, and simple character of the malt foundation.

Taste: The most well-hopped APWA (is that an acronym yet?) I've ever had. Slightly spicy, tobacco-esque and piney hop notes dominate here, interspersed with lighter (though not nearly as light as they could be) tropical fruit and citrus notes, providing hints of strawberries and orange zest. It's not sticky or heavy at all though, as it's accompanied by a soft, crisp, light malt backbone, with the wheat being an obvious addition and some other roasted bready notes being slightly less obvious. A flavorful, solid array of notes, miles above most examples of the style.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully light and thin, this one just feels refreshing. It's almost like air on the tongue, given the combination of the soft and plentiful carbonation and the body of the beer itself.

Drinkability: A very impressive brew. Leave it up to 3Fs to sit around and think "How can we make the American Pale Wheat Ale more interesting? I know. Let's toss in a boatload of hops." Well, it worked, and the result - though perhaps not the more stylistically accurate APWA out there - nonetheless manages to combine some of the best elements of a wheat ale (a crisp, low in abv%, and refreshing brew) with those of its more highly-hopped cousins (flavor, improved head retention and lacing). You're looking at the best of both worlds here, and if you want a great lawnmower beer, Gumballhead may just very well be your brew.

CrellMoset, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of chiefydawg
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright brassy yellowish liquid, which is clear-looking until you look closer and realize there are tiny micro particle sediments in there. Thin, light-colored head grips the glass rim immediately and does not let go. Sheeting all the way down.

>Deep sniff< Ahhhh... the beer that made me go buy Amarillo hops. Seriously this beer has the freshest hop smell ever! Grapefruit juicy, fresh, citrusy, piney, leafy. Like I opened up a bag of Amarillos. Wait, did I catch some crisp wheat in there? Nah, must have been a different hop dimension.
(Note - that incredible initial hop burst is what it is: a burst. Within a couple minutes it settles into a fragrant, fresh smelling beer, but nothing like the first hit on the nose.)

Well, I do get the wheat in the mouth upon the first sip. Still nice hop flavor, but the wheat definitely steps up. Not as bitter as one would think after sniffing, but bitter for wheat beer nonetheless. As it warms, there's a bit of sweetness that has been there all along I suspect, but was harder to find with the cold, carbonation, wheat and hops. It is actually a tasteful sweetness that balances everything. I wouldn't quite say caramel at the end, but something of a baked wheat bread or a Bob Evans roll. Which contradicts that light puckering of the wheat and hops at the last sip.

The idea of a hoppy American Wheat is, in my opinion, long overdue. FFF busting this out was brilliant. Refreshing yet more complex than I expected, even as I started this glass, I would love to have a case of this so I could have some sessions without having to ponder so much. More hoppy wheat beers for the summer please!

chiefydawg, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from hwwty4 and I am very grateful for his generousity on an unprompted package. Served this one up in my DFH shaped pint, seems all my pale ales, IPAs and DIPAs grace this glass.

A: Jesus Christ is this beer active. A very careful pour yielded a huge amount of head. This head is crisp white and is a good 3 fingers once I get this guy to calm down a bit so I can get the whole bottle in the glass. The head is incredible in the retention department. Takes forever to fall an has a wonderful rockiness to it. Lace all over the glass in big, foamy ass streaks that stick and don't let go. Now that we are past the head I will describe the beer in the glass. A really nice, golden honey color sits with a really nice haze to it. Held to the light it is a nice pale yellow. Lots of carbonation moving around in here, keeping this one moving slightly. This is a good start for this brew.

S: Smell is actually a decent amount of hops presence. Lots of citrusy, tropical fruity goodness in this aroma. Slight banana coming out from the wheat presence but it is pretty tame. The wheat really doesn't come over too well in the nose, but the look tells me its there. That hoppy goodness is just covering it up. Otherwise, very good in the aroma department.

T: There's my wheat. I knew it was there and what do you know, you can taste it. Nice wheaty, grainy taste that is damned good when combined with those hops flavors. Lots of lemon, lime and grapefruit coming out from those hops. Mixed with the ever so slight banana flavor, you get a nice tropical fruit salad type flavor coming out. There is a slight salt and pepper taste here in the background. Really nice beer.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for me. Just seems a bit watery for the style and doesn't really have any stick to it. Aftertaste is pretty clean not leaving much in the mouth. The carbonation is nice and high, making this sucker crisp and easy drinking.

D: Overall, this beer is quite good. My only real gripe is that the nose doesn't have the balance between the wheat and the hops that I would like, but it makes up for it in the flavor for sure. The feel is a bit thin, but thats great if you need an easy drinking summer brew. The ABV is light and further adds to the drinkability of this sucker. Very nice.

everetends, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent light gold with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. The smell is impressive as you are bombarded by the hops loaded in. Has a very nice citrus smell like lemon. Wheat taste comes up front followed by hops and citrus accents. Nice citrus aftertaste. Fairly light body with great coating and exceptional drinkability. This is one of the best Wheat beers I've had in a long time. I'm glad I have five more left!

cagocubs, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden colored body with lots of suspended yeast in the glass. Decent rocky off white head that settles into a thin skim of suds. Smells of lemons and pineappley hops, with just a touch of banana. Tastes like your typical summer brew on steroids, Lemon zest and puckering hops mix with tropical fruits. Finishes dry.Medium light mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

biggred1, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of GruvisHops
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: 12 oz. brown bottle with the Gumballhead the cat comic character well in focus in the center of the label. A solid 1/2" of frothy white head rests on top of a beautiful, slightly hazy, golden liquid and leaves excellent lace on the glass as it slowly fades.

S: Amazing! The Amarillo hops really come through as they lay down the typical citrus grapefruit aroma. The label doesn't mention it, but this beer screams dry-hopped. It just has that distinct hop aroma that can only come from dry-hopping... very sappy and tangy.

T: The sweetness from the wheat comes through at the beginning, but quickly vanishes and takes a backseat to the hops. Did I mention I think this beer is heavily dry-hopped? There's no mistaking that dry-hop flavor at this point. I LOVE IT! The hops aren't so much bitter at this point, as much as I would say tart (if that makes sense) being balanced by the tropical fruits and somewhat hidden malt profile. The lemony finish as stated on the bottle hits the nail on the head with more citrus on the back of the tongue. The hop flavor really lingers on the tongue after each swallow. You'll get no complaints from this hophead as far as that is concerned.

M: Light-Medium

D: With the low ABV and tremendous flavor, I would call this a very sessionable beer for a hophead. I'm drinking this as slow as I can to still be able to call myself a beer geek, but I feel like I'm damn near chugging it.

Notes: I'd say this is a shoe-in for my favorite wheat beer of all time.

GruvisHops, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Redwood21
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you again Scubarex for this fantastic brew in my SS BIF box

A: the color is a gorgeous copper straw color that almost shimmers with a perfectly white head that doesnt evolve into anything massive but as a decent residual staying power

S: mildly hoppy in fragrance with a slight fruity spice and some malt but nothing that stands out too prominent good or bad

T: light and crisp very easy to drink there is an obvious wheat background that is the support of this beer with a subtle fruity hops that balance it out. you are not burdened by the unfortunate banana taste of a classic wheat beer, and for that i am very grateful this is probably the most sessionable beer ive had to date. its not big or flashy but it nails a style and niche al the same

Redwood21, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Buebie
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of d0b. This is my first three floyds beer.

Poured from a brow 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Nice 1 finger of white sudzy head sits there for a bit, settling with globby clump islands of bubbly retention.
Sticky bits of lace leave a few nice looking rings.
Color on this is a chill hazed golden darker yellow.

Lots of musty orange and grapefruit rind like hop aroma.A bit of a floral pedal kick and grassy hops as well. Somthing dusty.
Its sweet aswell, very nice for a wheat beer.

Crisp clean feel with a thin smoothly carbonated feel.
This isnt watery, its just so thin and easy drinking. The hops add another dimension with a dry bitter lingering of dust and sugar free grapefruit.
I get the faintest spice kick just into the swallow like most traditional wheat beers. Which then disappers just as quick.

I really dislike wheat beers. This is the first one that I would pay money for.
The hops make it drinkeable. Adding another dimension to the brew.

Buebie, Jan 17, 2009
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,448 ratings.