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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,882
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003

An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU
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Photo of boatshoes
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this in my first in-person trade with gratefulbeerhead at a recent art show in which we were both exhibiting. Thanks Eric!

Appearance- Pours a sparkling golden with two and a half or so fingers of creamy white head sitting on top. Retention was pretty good and eventually died back to a sheet. Left a mild amount of lacing as well.

Smell- Interesting combination here. Smells of quite fruity hops, particularly in the grapefruit and orange department. However, also and interesting dose of fruity esters and yeast in there as well.

Taste- Starts off again with the grapefruit and orange. Followed thereafter with an almost banana-esque fruitiness and and the yeastiness that were picked up on in the nose. Interesting and tasty combo.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is light and smooth with good levels of carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic on this, an excellent hot weather beer.

Overall, a very good summer beer. I enjoyed this quite a bit and would recommend it as a beer to have on hand in the warmer months if you have access.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Iron Man pint glass.

Hard pour yields a fizzy white head that dies down to a layer of foam on top. Hazy golden color. Wisps of lacing down the glass.

Smells of pineapple, tropical fruits, and hints of bubblegum. Very fruitty/hoppy for a wheat ale.

Sweet pineapple and tropical fruits. Then a very distinct bubble gum flavor followed by a nice wheat flavor. Almost IPA like with some wheat used for malts. Quite interesting.

Light bodied with high end of medium carbonation, and a nice little hop bite on the end.

Incredibly drinkable. I would definitely session this... if only 3F's were distributed in California.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Erik for this as an extra!

A-pours a slightly hazed golden yellow with a dense pure white head and a great lace left behind.

S-the nose is big and quite hoppy and oily. lots of pine and citrus in the nose, lemon comes in at the finish with light notes of acetone.

T-taste follows the nose, lots of hops and notes of acetone in the back. pine, citrus, and lots of grapefruit. notes of wheat, a good bit of lemon, a touch of acetone in the back and a nice light bitterness.

M-very smooth on the palate, high carbonation, a touch of graininess on the back with a good bit of carbonation, slick on the back of the throat and oily on the palate.

D-this is a hugely drinkable wheat beer but more like an ipa. ftons of hops with a light note of wheat. the acetone in the finish is a little off putting but the hops are huge.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with 1 inch of white head, and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, and piney and citrus hops.

t - Taste is extremely smooth, very faint piney and citrus hops, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good wheat ale. Very easy to drink and enjoyable floral and citrus hops. Would try again.

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Brickskeller the other night.

The beer pours a clear, honey gold color with OK head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, you can tell right off this is not your typical wheat beer, as I get a wonderful spicey, floral nose of hops. For a hophead like myself, this is very impressive. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this hoppy wheat beer, though interestingly I get most of the bitterness on the mid palate, with the beer having a smooth, fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is refreshingly light, yet still very smooth and long. Drinkability is flat out perfection in this beer. It's literally lip smacking good, with a level of alcohol that would allow you to consume several without really feeling the effects.

Really an impressive wheat beer from this obviously very talented brewery.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-29-10 - Poured into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company weizen glass - 12fl. oz. capped bottle

Appearance: Golden with a bubbly, frothy, white head with decent head retention. Patchy lacing hangs on the glass.

Smell: Smells like an IPA. An abundance of citric hops, orange, and hint of yeast completes the aroma.

Taste: Taste of hop bitterness, orange peel and some grain. The hops relegate the malt character to the background. This beer finishes with a lemony zest.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The overall feel is a bit light. The hop bite tapers off as the beer rolls over the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable and very refreshing. There seems to be an uncertain balance with this beer. The malt character never completely surfaces to provide a balance to the hop bitterness.

Comments: Thanks goes out to dvelcich! He sent this beer to me as an extra in a trade. A hoppy wheat beer, certainly not conventional. Nonetheless, an interesting experimentation within the style.

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small wine glass, shared other 2/3 of this beer.

A: The golden hue, has a deeper copper, than most wheat beers. Good lacing with slight head retention.

S: WOW. . now the Gumballhead namesake makes sense. This beer has a very distant smell, and it is extremely pleasing. The aromas would have made me think that this was an IPA. Great to drink out of a wine glass or other type of aroma capturing glass.

T: The taste did not bring as much flavor as the aroma, but the taste of light hops and wheat, are very pleasing. The grapefruit really stands out.

M: A bit more on the creamy and silky side of mouthfeel, more along my lines than other wheat beers.

D: Great drinkablity, one that I Will go back for. Also a wheat that I would recommend. I have to go and get another to send to my good friend so he can have his wheat beer expectations bended.

Notes: Highly Recommended. Thanks Bliss in Wauconda, IL for the great singles selection.

Photo of kwjd
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Indiana. This is actually my one and only stop in Indiana (other than a gas station), so my opinion on the state is awesome.

Pours a golden colour with thick head that left some lacing. The smell of hops immediately hit me before I even lift the glass. It still has the smell of a wheat beer, just with a lot of hops in it. The taste is wonderfully refreshing, with the hop bitterness combining with the banana and lemon of the wheat beer. Wonderful to drink and I wish I could have had more than one.

Photo of Spica66
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw color, doesn't leave much head, dissipates quickly, very light carbonation.

S: Smells very hoppy/citrusy.

T: Hops come through nicely. Very balanced and light. I am reminded of Oberon instantly. This is juicer than Oberon, though and has more of a tangerine flavor.

M: Slightly creamy, very nice.

D: This is a no-problem-drink-it-all-day beer!

I have a housewarming party coming up and this will be the keg I choose! A GREAT summer beer...

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

Much thanks to beernerd81 for this one

A-Vigorous pour produced a 1/2" white head that had average retention and left just a few wisps of lacing.

S-Floral and citrus hops with a semi-sweet & bready malt backbone.

T-Light Citrus hops, subdued but present. Bready malt in the middle and finish, with a slightly bitter bite from the hops coming in on the back end. Not terribly complex, but very pleasant.

M-Light, crisp, refreshing. Slightly oily.

D-This one went down easily enough. A good session beer.

A very solid beer. Not outstanding, but very good.

Photo of KI9A
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow, big head, nice lace chunks

S: Hops. Some crackers

T: Lemony citrus, bready, some sweetness, followed by a pop of hops. Way off style, but, pretty neat to see a tame/lame style get some life.

M: Light, very refreshing

D: Big time. Super easy to drink, way too fast. This and New Glarus Crack'd Wheat are twins, seprated at birth. I did a side-by tasting of the two, and they were SO close, I had a tough time choosing what beer was what.

Photo of mgbickel
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to my neighbor Rob for bringing me back a six pack of this from South Bend!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a single finger bone white head that receded quickly leaving behind a good amount of fluff on the sides of he glass. The body is crystal clear...the color of wet straw with golden orange hues.

The nose is phenomenal...big hops up front, citrus and piney, sit on top of a grainy, lemon frosted bread-like backbone.

Man...the taste is right up there with the nose...superb! A honey-like sweetness starts things off, combines with a lemon zest and slowly fades into a grassy middle before the bitter hops (resin) finish things off.

Thin mouth feel, oily with strong carbonation.

The great nose, flavors and thin mf make this one of the (if not the) most drinkable beers on the market today. I would rate this higher than a 5 if possible!

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

Thanks greatfulbeerhead

A: Golden, slightly hazy. One finger head.

S: Floral with zesty fruit, sweet and bready

T: Perfect melding of hops and wheat. Floral, lemony hops roll right into a bready finish. Fruity and bright with just enough malt character. Lots of flavor but easy on the palate, one of the best tasting wheat beers I have ever had.

M/D: Light and prickly mouthfeel, highly refreshing. I could drink this all day..

Photo of craytonic
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is completely different on draft, or else I always have received old bottles.

Appearance: Pour is a hazy but clear peach-amber, mostly peach. Nice head, decent lacing.

Smell: Big, floral, and fruity, mango, tangerine, orange, pineapple

Taste: Floral, Fruity, light, and refreshing. Hops without the bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light but coats the mouth; Very sessionable, I enjoyed a few of these while watching the cubs on TV a few blocks from Wrigley field.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The head is nice and tall and the body is slightly hazy and a shade darker in the golden color spectrum. crisp hops up front that fade considerably, toasted biscuits, light tropical fruits, mango orange juice. more viscosity and not as dry as expected for the style, enjoyable non the less. easy drinking especially when the hot midwest summer months roll around, will probally be buy a few packs over the summer.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from robwestcott. Thanks a lot this was a want for me!

The pour showed off a thin white spritzy head that dissipated down to nothing quickly. The color was clear pale gold just like a wheat ale typically looks like. No lacing was evident.

Smell was OK. This was definitely hop forward for a wheat beer and had a good amount of sweet tropical smells going on. Candy like banana aromas came through as well.

Taste followed the smell. A lite amount of honeydew was apparent in addition to the afore mentioned smells that were also in the taste.

The mouthfeel on this was not to my liking. This reminded me of champagne in the sense that the carbonation was huge and scrubbing. It's a personal preference I know, but I prefer a smoother body without the carbonation being to over the top prickly.

This was a very crisp and refreshing drink. My wife's comment was that this would be good with barbecue and I think she hit the nail on the head. If you brought some of this to your next outdoor dinner with friends, I believe it would go over well in spades.

Photo of regspeir
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade (thanx Brundo4!) 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Light golden amber with a one-finger head which quickly settled to a coating. Lacing was thin but lasting. Nose was lemon zest, wheat and floral, with a sweet bready undertone. Good carbonation. Taste follows the nose. Hops are there and up front like an APA or IPA but they are quickly beaten back by the malty sweetness. The aftertaste remains sweet but with a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel was smooth, thin and pleasantly sticky. At a little over 4%, this beer is definitely sessionable. Yep, already I want more...

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

A - Pours a golden straw color with a very slight haze to the body. This is topped by a bright white one finger head that recedes to a thin cap after a few minutes, but still leaves a nice spotty lacing.

S - Smells very citrusy, Pineapple and grapefruit seem to be the prominent aromas. Smells delicious!

T & M - Light bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. The citrus hops are beautifully represented in this brew...not overwhelmingly so, but this is not an IPA. Hop and wheat play so well together in this beer. (On retrospect, I don't think I've ever had a wheat beer that had such a hop representation...and I think I like it!)

D - This is a brew I could drink all day long in the Summertime. FFF outdid themselves brewing this one, and I wish it was more readily available in my area. I will certainly be recommending this to my friends!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great hazy wheat appearance, slight head, mid range to dark yellow color.

If you've smelled a better floral hop aroma in a wheat beer, let me know. Can't think of anything comparable beyond Sumpin x2.

Phenomenal hop quality in a wheat beer, again reminiscient of the Lagunitas product, maybe superior, regardless we're talking about the best 2 in the world. Would guess dry hopped Amarillo for days. Good dry finish in the mouthfeel. Could drink forever. Little more citrus orange than the grapefruit feel. About a 60/40 split.

Would have given it another .5 if didn't have to deal with the hassle of getting the beer.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of honestdave tnanx bro

A: poured a golden yellow into my tulip with a 2 finger head and left some good sticky lacing on my glass.

S: has some nice hoppy floral aromas that seems to balance out well with the malts in the nose. I also got hints of caramel and citrus zest as well. Very pleasent smell to this beer.

T: a creamy citrus flavor hit my palate first with slight hoppy bitterness which had not too much malt charater to it.

M: light to meduim body with very little carbonation but had a creamy texture with some crispness.

D: was kinda flat for the style but I always enjoy a FFF beer. Overall had a good nose and a decent flavor. Wouldn't mind having some more.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden-yellow with an orange tinge. Slightly cloudy. A really aggressive pour yielded a very thin head that's already fading.

S - Amarillo hops are awesome. The smell is just incredible. Huge grapefruit notes(smells like someone is zesting one under my nose). The wheat comes through as well, but it definitely sits backseat to the hops.

T - Bitterness is handled really well with Gumballhead. It's there upfront with lots of grapefruit(lots of pith) and some light orange, but as the wheat comes into play it smooths things over and mixes to create an almost half and half finish between bitterness and sweetness.

MF - At 4.8%, Gumballhead still has a full body for the ABV. Creaminess from the wheat and the right amount of carbonation keep things just right and pointed in the direction of...

D - Amazing. Seriously, I could drink this all day without getting tired of it. Easily the best American Wheat beer I've had. Too bad Three Floyds beers aren't available anywhere close to here.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color. One finger of head leaving little lacing.

S: Mango, tangerine, and citrus hops. What a surprise for a wheat beer! No cloves or bananas, just good ole Amarillo hops.

T: Citrus and lemon hops bring a nice bitter kick to the beer. Is this really a wheat beer? I guess the slightly bready finish leans back towards the style. An excellent wheat beer for hopheads though.

M: Feels like an IPA. Resinous hops that stick to the tongue. Moderate carbonation and medium to light body.

D: The best (although I may be hop-biased) wheat beer I've had to date. Great summer beer. Easy drinking and leaves you wanting more.

Photo of bpfishback
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - Very light gold
s- Excellent dank hoppy smell, with some sweetness behind it
t- Mouth watering citrus, maybe a hint of bitter
m- Thin but I think that is correct for this beer and its abv
d- Goes down very very easy. I imagine a six pack of this could be killed quite easily. I'll let you know how it goes...

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

Got this one as an extra from NorthsideFred, thanks again man!

Consumed 3/24/2010- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale hazy yellow with faint streamers of carbination bubbles heading up. Topped off with a soapy one finger white head that faded pretty quick to a patchy skim.

S- Citrus and a little grassy/floral note.

T- The citrus seems stronger, the grassy seems weaker and there is a little spice bite here and there. Also a little sweetness every now and then.

M- On the light/medium border, mild carbination tingle.

D- Seemed pretty easy to drink, not my favorite style but I'd probably pick up another if I ever come across it again.

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

Pours a nice hazy light orange. Disappointingly short white head maintains moderate retention and some decent lacing. Not particularly impressive, but good looking nonetheless.

Smell is purely Amarillo. Perfectly ripe orange with a dank twist. Maybe a slight wheat tang, but that could be the pour of suggestion at work.

This is a tough beer to rate on flavor. I get the feeling this beer tastes EXACTLY as it's intended to, but it doesn't have a lot of depth or complexity. This is a ridiculously smooth, ridiculously Amarillo-forward wheaty pale ale, and it couldn't be more successful at that. Ripe orange, tangy sweet wheat, and just a bit of pine on the finish. Very, very, little bitterness. Might be missing a little something that another hop variety could provide.

Very light in body with minimal, fine carbonation. Nice and clean.

Uber refreshing, delicious, low in ABV, and goes down like water. This beer IS drinkability.

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,882 ratings.