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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,959
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 863
Gots: 802 | FT: 33
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 revolt914
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very very good session beer. 5.5abv makes you think maybe I should keep this going at a moderate pace but that just makes you enjoy the drink more.

A: Pours a good golden color with an amazing head on it. Head goes quick and leaves a nice calm looking top to the beer.

S: This smells great! I love the smell of the citrus and the wheat of the beer, this beer is worth just smelling to enjoy!

T: I get a strong taste of grapefruit and floral notes to this beer, I'm not to big of fan of grapefruit but it is starting to grow on me mainly due to this beer.

M: Crisp and very clean mouthfeel but a little bit on the fizzy side of carbonation, but still very good after about 5 to 10 minutes of drinking.

D: Extremely drinkable very session-able a go to drink among many of the FFF brewing! Everything I've had I've loved!

Photo of weatherdog
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Three Floyds tulip shaped pint glass.

It pours a slightly hazy gold or honey with a disappointing 1 finger head that dies pretty quickly and doesn't leave much lace. Barely a cluster of bubbles remain on the beer surface.

The nose is an instant a reminder as anything of the power an beauty of the Amarillo hop. It's just bursting with juicy grapefruit hop goodness but still manages not to be too resiny or heavy. The only thing holding me back from a 5 is a tiny solvent smell at the back end.

The flavor start off with a moderate grapefruit hoppiness. It isn't nearly as strong as the nose would suggest. I'm also getting just a hint of peach as well. The flavor does seem to kind of drop off in the middle of the sip and ends with a void. It's kind of weird.

the bodi is light to medium with an aggressive carbonation level to make it seem lighter. The mouthfeel also has a texture of what I associate with a decent percentage of wheat malt used. It's kind of creamy and slick but not in a bad way, it's just what have recognized as a common trait in most beers with wheat. It's highly drinkable though and I can surely understand why there is such demand for this beer. Overall a really nice everyday beer.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This is nearly perfectly clear with the exception of a little sediment. Nice bleached head with moderate lacing.

S- Great smell. Is very bright and hoppy, but not dense. Delicate floral notes, melon, lemon-lime, tangerine and pineapple. Wheat doesn't play a big role in this one so far.

T- Really nice. Lots of hops but not much bitterness, which is exactly what I was looking for. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits dominate and build a gorgeous profile.

D- I could drink on this all day, I wish it were still in ohio.

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

12 oz bottle, last of my sixpack from Luke.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden color (there was a tiny bit of sediment that I didnt pour). Average head retention, but some quite nice lacing.

Smell: Orange and lemony amarillo hops. It smells great, but thats all there is. Compared to most American pale wheat beers, its fantastic.

Taste: Sweet citrusy hops become bitter toward the finish. Lots more sweet malt flavor than I expected from the smell. An excellent beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated just shy of being fizzy-- in a good way. Crisp and clean finish makes this a refreshing beer.

Drinkability: This is probably the best beer in this style that I've had. The best ones seem to be the hop forward ones, but this one retains some wheat-beer-ish-ness, unlike a beer like Little Sumpin Sumpin, which is more like an IPA with a little wheat malt. This would be a great summertime or barbeque beer.

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

12oz, thanks fear025. Into Newport Storm tulip.

A- Bright gold, very clear, with a blinding white head that's 1-finger and sticky. Nice pour.

S- Nose is full of fruity, sweet sugarcoated hops.

T- Wow! What a hop punch on this one. Fruity flavors, orange and honeydew melon and a bit of pine almost sneaking by, amazing flavor without intense bitterness, which I can dig.

M- Great carbonation, perfect body.. damn near perfect.

D- I can see why people go nuts over this. A fantastic beer. Worth it and then some.

Photo of 321jeff
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a finger of soapy white head that quickly fades leaving little lacing.

Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit and just a hint of spicy wheat in the background.

Tastes more bitter than most of this style, but is very pleasant. I'm tasting some orange, lemon and grapefruit. Lots of underlying sweetness as well that balances nicely with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a weakpoint here. Medium in body but carbonation is low for a wheat ale. That being said, this would be a go-to beer for me if it were available locally, it's really quite enjoyable, particularly when it's fresh enough to bring out these wonderful citrus hops.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A decent 2 finger fluffy head that fizzled almost instantly to nothing more then a pin stripe. Boidy is a clear golden strae hue in direct light and more amber if not with a massive amount of visible carbonation.

S: Not much in the nose. A very faint aroma of grapefruit, malts, and wheat.

T: Instantly pick up wheat on the palate with a mild citrus hops giving it a bitter middle, and ends very dry. Very crisp flavor.

M: Fizzy carbonation with a light body and a lean texture.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Very easy to drink with a soft and crisp flavor. Definitely want more. Thanks Kruthar for this!

Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

I had heard a lot of hype surrounding gumballhead so I had to give it a try. While it is not a bad beer all the hype did not live up to my tasting. It has a very hoppy smell almost to the point of an IPA and pours a golden yellow color. The taste is smooth and mellow but doesn't have a whole lot of body and girth to it. On the plus side it is has no bad after taste. Worth a try to form your own opinion about it.

Photo of fear025
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Hops come across cleanly in the nose, grapefruit aromas.

Appearance:Light amber in color, lots of fluffy white head.

Taste:Nice hoppyness in the first taste, not overwhelmingly bitter. There's a slight refreshing fruityness in this beer. The aftertaste, even from the first sip is nicely nutty.

Mouthfeel:Easy drinking, mild body, slightly cream, good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a great sessionable IPA. There's not a huge amount of complexity in this beer, but it's got lots of drinkability.

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale golden color with a big white head the dies down, leaving sticky lace on the sides. Aroma, grapefruit and tangerine are dominant with some grainy base aroma underneath, the amarillo hops really dominate here. Flavor starts with sweet/bitter grapefruit up front and continues through to the finish. Moderate carbonation and refreshingly dry with a bit of resinous hop flavor that sticks to the tongue. This beer tastes like happy.

Photo of tewaris
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dvelcich (Dan) for this extra!

5.5% ABV
28 IBUs
12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass. I was assured of its freshness by Dan.

Appearance 3.5/5
Cloudy golden orange with tiny head that was almost a collar, and yet, left some lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Perfumy wheat malt and breadiness. A little weak, but inviting.

Taste 3/5
There's not much to taste and this one is certainly not complex at all: slightly sweet, slightly bitter, some flavor that's tough to name. Perhaps fruity and strangely enough, slightly astringent. It needs a drier finish.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Thin as it should be but not watery. I noted some astringency in taste which, frankly speaking, was not unpleasant. Very refreshing, but a drier finish will help this one.

Drinkability 4/5
Lower the alcohol by 1.5% ABV and we'll talk. Very good! Now that I am done singing praises, I have to say that 3 Floyds has done a pretty good job of making their mediocre beers look awesome. I have had Dark Lord on one occasion and that too is contributing towards my opinion.

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

Hazy, with a wonderful head and a sweet fruity nose, a much more complex and citrusy version of your standard wheat ale. It tastes like a slightly spiced, slightly grassy hoppy wheat ale with some--I would say bubblegum, even--sugary sediment sort of feeling around the edges, and a very light, airy, drinkable body.

A wonderful treat of a wheat beer.

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

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Clark Street Ale House (Chicago, IL).

A: Steely gold with frothy 1-finger white head with good sticky retention and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Heavily spruce hops nose with a flash of lemon and tart wheat snap as well.

T: Very strong hoppiness with pine/spruce and lemon as the strongest bits coupled very crisply and tart wheat in a lightweight package. It does pack a punch for the body.

M: Light-medium body with crisp feel. Aftertaste is mostly spruce hops.

D: Definitely a top-shelf American wheat ale but still doesn't hold a candle to Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin. Glad I tried it all the same. Hoppiness is aggressive without making the feel too sticky.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1 finger pure white head. Nice retention. Moderate lacing. Nice cloudy orangeish yellow color.

S. Smell is very hoppy. Hops and spice and some citrus. Very nice smell. Grapefruit and Pineapple come out from the amarillo hops. Tropical fruit salad.

T. Taste is pale malt, hops. Nice bitterness. Somewhat sweet aftertaste. Wheat flavor. Lemon and grapefruit as it warms.

M. Has a nice mouthfeel. Low body. Good carbonation.

D. Probably the best hop smell of any beer that is not an IPA. I really like Amarillo hops and this beer is a fine showcase of their potential. This is a unique and tasty brew.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Builds a nice bubbly, fizzy head of about 1/4 inch that quickly dissapates. Copper colored, bubbling body.

S: Lemon grass, hops, wheat, and gentle sweet malts in there. A nice presence of aroma for a lighter beer like this.

T: Lemon grass up front with some hop bitterness balanced out with a weizen-type flavor and a German-esque malt (makes me think of a pils or lager). Balanced well, wish the flavor lingered a bit more though.

M: Good and light as expected, yet maybe a little overcarbonated IMO. Very clean feel.

D: Session beer, and a solid one, very drinkable.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a pinch of head bubbling from the pour. The only head that is left after a a few moments reminds me of a radar image of a hurricane being fed by bubbles below.

After the pour, I was bombarded by grapefruit as I promptly took my first smell. Upon more pondering, a flowery bouquet exists alongside the grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scents.

I had a dream that I was drinking this beer the other night before I had ever had it. There is an aspect of this beer that I remember from the dream. Maybe I was just sleepwalking and drank one of the ones resting in my basement. Anyway, the taste is good as the lemon and grapefruit hop flavors upstage the wheat. They balance each other out, but I give a leg up on the hops. I also get a candy like flavor which reminds me of a jawbreaker. That is what I remember from my dream so maybe I'm making it up.

This is light in the mouth with a medium amount of carbonation. The aftertaste lingers with a mix of wheaty hops.

This is very drinkable and one of the better wheat beers I've had. I'm giving a few tenths of a point up on this category because the label is awesome.

Photo of JackieTH
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straw yellow-gold with a thin white head.

Smell: Moderate citrus hop, is there pineapple, too?, yeast and wheat. Yes, I think it does smell a little like bubblegum.

Taste: Mild citrus hop leads into a refreshing wheat backbone. Any residual hop bitterness is soaked up by fruit esters and slightly sweet bready, almost pilsner-esque malt. Finish is dry and just a bit sweet and yeasty. This is not a hoppy beer, IMO.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet crisp. Very light body.

Drinkability: Unbelievably high.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. I remember having this a year ago in Chicago and loving it. Got this bottle in a BIF from the generous Sopernicus.

A - Hazy orange at the top goes to a hazy yellow body at the bottom. Small white head rests on top.

S - Oh yeah. This is one nice smelling Wheat beer. Big tropical hop flavor, some lemon zest... This would be an amazing smelling IPA never mind wheat beer.

T - Light hoppy flavor with a nice light malt base. Not nearly the hop bomb that the aroma suggested. Real smooth balanced beer. The malts really shine through with a nice flavor but the hops provide a nice zest.

M - Nice fine carbontion, smooth, medium bodied.

D - Oh so drinkable. I wish I had easy access to this because it would be forever in my fridge. This is a must try for any beer nerd.

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

I've had this one many times, but never for review purposes.

A: Pour a straw yellow/gold color, with beautiful bubbly carbonation, and slight head.

S: FFF hop profile with wheaty earthiness. Awesome!

T: The guys at FFF sure do make it look easy. The citrus is mild and hoppiness out front. Despite what I've heard many others say, this brew is not a hophead paradise drink, but more tangy, citrusy fare. The refreshing presence of wheat is very transparent through all the tropical madness.

M: As it should be, a great session brew. No! Let me rephrase that: A PERFECT session beer. No alcohol present, but it still tastes like beer. Very wet on the finish, very little lacing on the glass. It is almost as if the wheat sucks up all the potential syrupiness.

D: I could easily drink this all day. I'm so glad FFF made this part of their standard "flagship" line-up rather than an overpriced bomber the way it used to be.

Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap and it was a cloudy pale straw yellow and golden in color with a light white head. It had a nice piny, citrusy (grapefruit?) aroma to it with light yeast and sweetness. The taste was excellent. It was very citrusy with slight hoppiness to it and had a dry, yeasty after taste. It was very light but well carbonated, crisp, and smooth. This has got to be one of the most drinkable beers around. It's excellent on tap so grab it if you can find it.

Photo of domtronzero
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a creamy, long-lasting whitish head. Minimal lacing.

S - Clean, sweet bready malts, lite fruity apple/citrus esters and spicy/earthy hops.

F/M - Light, spicy hops and sweet bready pilsner-like malts. Nice fruity citrusy esters. Medium low hop bitterness helps to finish clean and dry. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Tingly and effervescent.

D- Good. This is a refreshing, full-flavored beer that's pretty easy drinking. Very light lingering aftertaste is pleasant and calls me back for more...

Photo of thetomG
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light amber color. Nice amount of fluffy white head. Very little lacing left around the glass.

Aroma is EASILY my favorite aspect of this beer (and while its great in a bottle, the aroma really shines on draft) - MASSIVE waves of fruity floral scents dominate - it almost smells like bubblegum at times. VERY impressive.

Flavor is a bit more subdued but still wonderful. Medium sweetness, light body - nice hints of citrus and hops smoothed out well by the wheat.. Nice balance all around really.

This is the beer that got me into "good" beer and I just keep coming back to it time and time again.


Photo of brewdoc75
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangish yellow, slightly cloudy. Nice fluffy head that lasts a long time. Good lace down the sides.

S: Very nice citrusy hops. Lots of orange, tangerine and even a little grapefruit. Hints of pine. Very aromatic. Backed up by some breadiness from the wheat.

T: More of that lovely hop flavor. Very citrusy. Lots of orange and tangerine flavors. Some grapefruity/pine bitterness. Really no malty flavors other than a faint sweetness and some breadiness. The hops are really over the top for the style. Wish the malts were a wee bit stronger.

M: Light bodied. Maybe a little too much for the amount of hops. Finishes dry. Sometimes can feel a little watery.

D: A really tasty beer overall. I just wish there was a hint more malt and body. Would be a quite enjoyable, summer hop fix. I'll buy it again, but only in the summer.

Photo of geryeb624
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JoeBeerMan for this one! 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy straw color with thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S- Smells almost like a wheat IPA, with crisp wheat mingling with orange and lemon-scented hop aromas.

T- Also tastes like a wheat-based IPA. Interesting stuff. The crisp wheat malt mingles with very citrusy hops to make a well-balanced brew. Nice to see something in a wheat beer other than the typical banana and cloves.

M- Pretty thin, but nicely carbonated. Not bad.

D- Very high. Could easily put a sixer of this away. Very refreshing.

While not as earth-shattering as I was expecting, a very nice APWA. Interesting to see such a hop-forward wheat beer, and I would definitely have this more often if it were available to me.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a six pack of this from a great BA recently. Poured into a pint glass. This is pale, hazy yellow with a thin white head sitting atop a lively body. The aroma is sweet, like bananas and strawberries with a solid wheat and grain aroma in the background. Slight hop aroma with a mild sweetness make this fun to dip my nose into. Tastes like it smells, sweet fruits with solid grains. If this was local it would definitely be a go-to beer for me. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated nicely. A solid wheat beer that is easy to drink. I would take this anytime.

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,959 ratings.