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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,951
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
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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 RunForYourBeer
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours golden yellow with tiny bubbles rushing from the bottom. Has a thin white head that quickly goes away.

N: Piney/Citrusy hops. Really like the nose on this one.

T: Sweet biscuity malt with piny hops mixed in and hints of wheat. Interesting aftertaste, Maybe some pineapple in it?

M: Light and tingly.

D: High. Very refreshing for the summer while still packing good flavor.

This is a good beer. One that I'll go to again for a nice summer drink or to remind me of summer.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle not dated, poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass

Three Floyds Gumballhead poured a hazy amber orange color that produced a creamy white 1-finger head that dissipated to a small collar. The aroma is tremendous, from the citrus hops. Taste is more of the same...can you say grapefruit hops, that over power the wheat background leaving a lingering clean but bitter finish with an oily mouth feel and light prickly carbonation.

Gumballhead is the hoppiest American Pale Wheat Ale that I have consumed. Because of its higher hops, to me it is closer to an IPA [with an American Wheat base] than an American Pale Wheat Ale.

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

Appearance- golden in color a bit of haze, nice light fluffy head, good retention, crazy lacing.

Smell- citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, some wheat. grapefruit, Very effervesant. grapefruit, a hint of yeast, grapefruit.

Taste- See Aroma. The smell and the taste are the exact same (I'm pretty sure that means the brewer did a perfect job). great hopped up american wheat

Mouthfeel- crisp, refreshing, carbonation could be a tad higher

Overall- i could drink this all day every day. If i could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, without a doubt, it would be this!

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

Enjoyed with my brother-in-law in Michigan this summer.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden straw yellow into a pint glass. About a finger of white head is achieved that dissipates relatively quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Despite it being labeled as a pale wheat ale, there is a nice hop aroma, tropical citrus, and a heavy bready malt.

Taste - Similar to the nose. A bitter pale malt and hop flavor followed by the "gumball" characteristics of the brew, with some light fruity yeast, tropical fruit (banana and orange), and malt/wheat.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Damn drinkable and sessionable imo. Had this before and that is why I picked it up again. Good beer from a great brewery.

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

On tap at Mellow Mushroom, Carmel,Indiana
Had heard nothing but good about this one and I must say it holds very true!
Brilliant golden pour sightly foggy with a decent head,nice lacing.
Clean smelling with a zesty, flowery fruitiness!
Crisp taste with a firm hops presence quite flavorful with the snap of some wheatiness.
mouthfeel was quite uplifting and re-freshing,pleasant fruitiness lingering in all the right places.
Came damn close to getting a "5" in this department, paired well with all the different foods at our table ,but could have easily drank this one solo for quite some time. If ya see it,grab it! CHOICE!!!!

Photo of Patchmaster
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a little partial to this brew. Gumballhead really pushed me over the edge on craft brews. It is available on tap at most bars and is now my go to when I'm out with friends.

A - Pours a golden hue very cloudy with a nice head.

S - Lots of hops!!! Mandarin, orange zest and bouquet of happiness!

T - Big on the hops. This is definitely the amarillo hops. Personally one of my favorites. You get a wheaty influence and it once to take over, but the hops are just too much to overwhelm.

M - Pretty good body to the taste.

D - This is my summer beer! It is perfect for a hot day hanging out by the pool...

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

A-Slightly cloudy fairly clear , but had good carbonation, has a medium sized head that eventually disappeared
S-smelled somewhat fruity
T-Very hoppy taste but with a wheat taste
M-smooth mouthfeel
D-good beer wasnt to bitter but not real sweet overall i really liked the beer I'm glad its a good Indiana beer since I'm from Indiana

Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of citrus, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness. Tastes of strong citrus hops, sweet malt, yeast, hint of wheat, hint of floral hops, and an odd (candy flavor). Overall, good aroma, feel, and body.

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

got this on tap at Gambrinus in Owensboro, KY.

pours a golden yellow with nice frothy head that dissipates pretty quickly.

wow, this baby is fruity sweet on the nose. pineapple, mango with just the right touch of malty backbone lingering in the background. also has a nice amount of grassy notes coming from the wheat. very nice!

this came off the tap a little too cold so it needed to warm a bit before I noticed any good flavors. hoppy sweetness up front with a nice bitter bite on the aftertaste. halfway through the pint I noticed a warming sensation going down.

medium body with lots of carbonation.

highly drinkable, however I did notice the beer's carbonation on the throat as it went down. but for me, I always notice that with a good wheat beer. a great session beer that I could drink all day every day.

Photo of PantherLightning
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a very little head that dissipates quickly. Has a dark gold color. Smells strongly of citrus and apricot from the amarillo hops.

Very light and smooth taste that is slightly malty and fairly fruity. Not a lot of hop taste comes through, which you get a lot more on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and a bit slick.

Honestly, I could drink copious amounts of this beer. It is a pretty well balanced, yet light beer that has superb drinkability and kicks the crap out of BMC any day. Excellent for the summer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle!
Poured in to pint glass

A - Hazy dark yellow colour with hald a finger of bubbly white head.

S - The nose is a cross between a wheat beer and a pale ale. Citrus and piney hops are present along with a crisp citrus wheat beer palate. Very interesting.

T - Follows the nose. A nice crisp and bitter citrus hops taste up front with a crisp citrus wheat beer profile evident more so in the background. A good cross between the two styles.

M - Light body, lightly carbonated.

D - An excellent and unique beer and one that I would love to track down again.

Photo of backfat
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a pale, straw/orange with a frothy one finger off white head. smells of juicy orange hops that sting sweetly on the end of the nose. juicy and sweet from start to finish. mmm...amarillo by morning. the taste is orange rind sweetness that fades quickly to a bitter finish that lingers nicely. light bodied but not watery with a faint creaminess. this is my perfect summer beer. im not even going to use the "S" word. don't want a thread to start.

Photo of Mavajo
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit like a macro, but with a hazier body. Yellow body with a moderate white head. Nothing impressive, but pretty much par for the course.

Nose and taste have a surprisingly heavy dose of hops. Really a wonderfully refreshing taste. Basically, take your typical well-crafted wheat ale and throw in a ton of hops. You've now got Gumballhead.

Mouthfeel is thin and smooth - again, pretty much par for the course.

All in all, this is a delicious beer that hits all the right notes - with a crescendo of hops. Really, really enjoyed it.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a hazy golden yellow. Pours with a one-inch white head that gradually disippates to a thin ring around the edge, leaving splotchy lacing.

S: For a 'pale wheat ale' there is a strong hop aroma - plenty of citrus, tropical and floral hops. Nice. Some slight bready or wheat smells provide balance. Bright.

T: More of the same, nice citrus hops lead the taste. Some bready malt flavors provide some body. Finish is bright with a pleasant hop bitterness. Taste leans much more towards a hoppy pale than a wheat. Good, but the taste didn't quite live up to the smell.

M: Light with moderate carbonation. Lively in the mouth, refreshing.

D: Very nice. I would drink this all day if it was available. I had this once before several months ago and didn't think much of it. But Justin hooked me up with a fresh sixer from the brewery and was very impressed.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy shade of golden yellow with a thin, short-lived white head.

S: Very nice fruity hops over a strong pale malt smell. Strong banana and pear aromas.

T: Nice bitter pale malt and hop interplay mingled with wheat and some fruity yeast. The flavor starts out a little on the sweeter side and finishes with a bitter, bready snap.

M: Seems a little thin and under-carbonated, but this seems to be pretty typical of the style. Still, I can think of several with better body (esp. Oberon).

This is a good APWA and easy to drink. Still the combination of sweetness and thin body prevent me from rating it higher, despite it being one of the better options within the style.

Thanks to Drew for tossing this in!

Photo of jmich24
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Very small head. Light golden color. Bit hazy.
S: Way hoppier than any wheat im used to(In a good way). Im getting grapfuit/ citrus aroma. Some cracked wheat.
T: For an American Wheat Ale it is outstanding, but, the bitternes is a little weak in comparison to the nose. Nice semi sweet citrus vibe overall.
M: Somewhat thin, nice carbination flowing from etched glass.
D: Super drinkable on a warm summer afternoon. A touch of bitterness is a nice touch in the wheat beer.

At first glance I was very dissapointed, little to no head or lacing. The hoppy smells got me excited again. This was a very solid Wheat for me, the extra hoppiness from the amirrilo hops is outstanding.

Photo of lester619
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish cloudy golden with a thick frothy head that sticks around nicely. Very clean smell. Fresh cut grass with some pine and wheat notes. Some lemon or manderine orange is in there too. Wheat beers are usually not my favorite. I usually find them kind of bland with an aftertaste that doesn't do much for me. This beer has great flavor. There is a twang from the wheat that is blended nicely by a sweet toasty caramel flavor. Very nice pine and grapefruit bite at the finish reminded me somewhat of Seirra Nevada Pale Ale. Very nice crisp bitterness in this beer. More of thick creamy mouthfeel than you get from most wheats. I've heard about how good this stuff is for years, but this is the first time I've gotten around to try it. Good stuff. The other five bottles won't last long.

Photo of seh410
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kickinthechalice for this awesome, awesome beer... would honestly drink it everyday if I could actually get my hands on it! (So maybe it's better that I can't.... lol)

Appearance: Yellowish straw color, cloudy with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. Kind of looks like a Bud regular actually, haha...

Aroma: Smells great. Pineapple right up front , along with some tropical and citrusy hops. There are piney hops in the back, but they are much less pronounced than the fruity tropical hops in the front. I can smell a tiny bit of wheat, but the aroma is definitely dominated by that great pineappley hoppy goodness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pineapple mixed with pine, nice slightly bitter hoppy bite and some kind of toasted wheat to balance it out. This is really good, kind of reminds me of Ale Asylum Bedlam! which I absolutely love. The mouthfeel is thin and nicely carbonated - I think it fits the style well. Overall, this is a great tasting and feeling beer.

Notes: Drinkability is definitely good. I could drink several of these, I only wish that I had that many to enjoy! For everyone who can get their hands on Gumballhead on a regular basis.... I am extremely jealous of you!

Photo of pmccallum86
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with a large bubbly two finger head.

Aroma is earthy and hoppy. Lots of floral hops and a light malty aroma as well.

Taste is of wheat malts and big floral citrus hops. Lots of floral hops here give it a very earthy taste, really good tasting wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, creamy and bubbly. Medium carbonation with a lighter body. Very good.

Extremely drinkable, a world class example of the style.

Photo of woosterbill
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at the brewpub three days ago, so I assume it's fresh, into a New Glarus weizen glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale amber body with a finger of coarse white foam; average retention and minimal lace. Looks more like a macro lager than anything else. Pretty boring.

S: Well, it definitely doesn't smell like a macro! Huge hop assault right away, pretty evenly split between aromatic floral notes and deeper citrus ones - plenty of grapefruit. Very fresh and bright smelling, but far more like an IPA than a wheat beer (not that I mind that personally, but rating to style and all that). As hard as I try to think about gumballs, I keep smelling hops and hops alone - no wheat or yeast aromas at all, just big, beautiful, lovely hops. Ok, I'm sold. This is awesome.

T: Opens with hops (mainly citrus), with biscuity malt and just the faintest hint of spicy wheat showing up before the bitter finish rounds things out with more crisp hoppiness. Quite tasty, but not as impressive as the aroma.

M: Smooth light body with moderate, fine carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: Crisp and refreshing, if extremely bitter and hoppy for the style. I could certainly session it.

Notes: I'd call this a man's APWA if there ever was one. The name mislead me into expecting more of a hefe-type beer (presumably a hoppy one like New England Brewing's Alpha-Weizen), but this wheat IPA was a great treat in its own right. Too bad my wife hated it at the brewpub. I'd be more than happy to have it as a regularly available treat, though.


Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HosP for sending this one my way.

Pours an nice golden orange colour with little head, well carbonated. Smells like grapefruit and lemon very citrusy with a little hop aroma behind it all. Tastes really good lots of citrus there with a sweet hop on the palate, very refreshing. Left almost no aftertaste probably the only downside of this beer, but that might be just my personal taste. Drinks really well overall. Would love to drink this again.

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

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass. Big thanks to HosP for letting me finally try this beer.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of white head that slowly reduced into a thick film that left decent lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of light wheat, citrus and slight grassy pine. As it warms it smells a bit like the farm I volunteer at. Kind of a hay, bready, lemon mixture.
T: Light wheat taste with hints of lemon and light grapefruit hops. Other exotic fruit come through as well including mango, pineapple and mandarin orange. Hops are not bitter but fruity and sweet. Tastes like a wheat-pale ale.
M: Light bodied with creamy carbonation. Crisp with a dry finish. Creamy yet crisp mouthfeel.
D: Wheat beers are not my favorite, but this one is probably the best I've ever had. I think Anchor Summer is highly underrated, but this one is probably even better on a hot day. There is a lot more hops in this than I expected. Tastes a lot like a pale ale. Wheat is right there though to add that hay like flavor.

Photo of bristol2120
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden, with a substantial head, that leaves about an inch of foam, and significant lacing. Aroma features an intense hops presence, with grapefruit/citrus notes very prominent. Taste features more hops/grapefruity intensity. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and could benefit from more carbonation. The intensity of the hops in this beer is enjoyable, but it probably limits this beer's drinkability for those who prefer a more subtle approach.

Photo of Strix
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Strangely clear for a wheat beer, dark golden, but a nice head.

Some wheat in the smell, but hoppy citrus dominates. Smells fresh and fruity.

Clean flavors, wheat, light malt, light fruits, and citrus. Also something in this reminds me of Rogue's yeast. Big citric hop finish melds nicely with the flavor.

Mouthfeel crisp and quite carbonated.

Seemed untraditional for a wheat beer, but wow this was tasty. My glass just disappeared. I will definitely pick this up again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this beer as a surprise extra. I have been wanting to try this one for a while.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong resiny hops with some wheat mixed in. The flavor is resiny and piney with some wheat. Medium bitterness. This is basically an American India Wheat Ale and it is delicious. Slightly thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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