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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,788
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 833
Gots: 649 | FT: 29
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 beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003)
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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy bright gold with a bit of white head. It smelled like fresh peaches and persimmons, with some grassy hops and fresh wheat and wild onions. It tasted like unripe peaches, with wild onion and fresh wheat and honey. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a strange beer. It didn't taste as sugary sweet as the name suggests. It was clean and mostly enjoyable, with decent body, so it was pretty easy to drink. This beer was fun to try once, but I have no real interest in ever having it again. And I really don't understand the hype over it - this is a B+ beer at best. If you want an exceptional American Wheat Ale, try Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

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

Thanks Rhoadsrage on a awesome trade! I have been wanting to try this one for quite some time and missed it when it was in Ohio. Poured into a wheat glass pours a yellow red with a fluffy head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smell is exceptional with citrus, tangerine, pear, orange, beautiful smelling beer. Taste is very impressive with low carbonation and a smooth taste of hops that are not overpowering but sweet and done right. Malt finish on the backend and a high drinkability. Overall this was a very impressive beer and one that went higher than my expectations. I have never been dissapointed with Three Floyds, can't wait to make a trip to the brewpub.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade from tburkhart.

P- 12 ouncer poured in to a pint glass. A dark cloudy yellow color with an orange looking tint in the middle. About one finger of foamy head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer.

S- I can already tell before I even take a sip that people weren't lying when they say that Gumballhead is the hoppiest wheat beer that they have ever had. Big hop citrusy hop aroma. Lemon and grapefruit peels, pine. It also has a very sweet, candy like aroma. The wheat smell stands out, but not significantly.

T- This is a really interesting beer, that's for sure. The wheat and big hop flavors both hit the tounge at the same time. I'm trying to figure out which one stands out more, but I'm going to go with the citrusy somewhat pineapple'esque hops.

M- Medium bodied, but highly carbonated. Really refreshing.

D- For a beer with a big hop flavor, it is very drinkable. Hmm to bad this isn't available in Massachusetts, because I'd be capable of drinking these even when it's 95 degrees out.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Franziskaner Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
I believe this came to me from mjd83goblue. Thanks man!

Pours a crystal clear, light orange color with very mild golden brown tinting. Huge, frothy white head forms, then dissipates to a nice 1/8 inch surface covering after a couple of minutes. Lacing is in sticky little clumps.

Very nice presence of wheat notes here. Good bubblegum notes, though not quite as prominent as expected. Very welcoming notes of citrus hops. Loads of pineapple, some decent mango notes and a hint of ripe peach.

Serious wheat profile, as it should be. A tiny hint of caramel. Very good citrus hops profile, which is nicely balanced in this one. It's definitely hoppier than I prefer my wheats to be, but it's still quite tasty. Mild, almost hidden, hints of bubblegum flavor.

Medium body and medium to high carbonation give this an easy, smooth mouthfeel. There's a light bitterness around the edges, which is a negative, for me.

I can see how this would be enjoyed by many people and in great quantities, most likely. On a warm summer day, I could probably even drink a few of them. Maybe.

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a standard pint glass with one finger's worth of very white head. Clear amber in color.

S: Fragrance is light, but noticeable. A little fruity, a little banana, but mostly floral hops.

T: Some light, clean, crisp malt flavor with a decent bit of floral hops. Faint residual banana on the back end.

M: Clean and crisp. Light-medium in body with medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: As this is a quite refreshing beer, it is quite easy to drink, especially in the warmer months. I can say this is one of my favorite wheat beers, though that is probably because this is one of the least wheat beer-like wheat beers I've had. High in hops, low in fruity esters.

Photo of gameface23
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Wadsey for trading this to me.

A: Crystal clear golden color with an appropriate sized head. I was expecting something a little more cloudy.

S: Unmistakable smell of Amarillo hops.

T: There isn't much bitterness, but there's a lot of hop flavor and aroma. There's also an interesting candy-like sweetness, but it isn't cloying at all.

M: Creamy, silky.

D: If I lived in a state that Three Floyds was distributed to, I would buy this anytime I saw the thermometer creeping upward.

Photo of Telix
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: From the bottle it poured pale golden and extremely clear, with a nice-sized big bubbly head that quickly dissipated. A steady but moderate stream of bubbles arose from the nucleation points in the Sensory glass. I value clarity but this almost looked like a plain-jane industrial lager.

Smell: A slightly resinous and bitter hop aroma balanced by a light sweetness, not too strong but present enough to warrant a mention.

Taste: The ale is light on the tongue and very clean, with not very much sweetness. The decent amount of hop bitterness and the CO2 levels deliver a bright crispness and bitterness, and a very slight biscuit flavor is revealed in the mid- to end-palate.

Mouthfeel: The slightly high levels of carbonation and bittering hops leave the palate feeling a bit buzzy with a bit of dryness. It's decidedly un-sticky but also a bit bracing and slightly spicy.

Drinkability: It's definitely a low ABV thirst-quencher, but to call it a true wheat beer, even an American wheat, is almost a stretch of the definition. It tastes more like some saaz-hopped pilsners or APAs I've had than anything else. While an unfair comparison due to the ABV, an American wheat like Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' blows it away while having many of the same features.

Photo of Maction
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served to me in a pint glass, this was a very unassuming gold with a small frothy head. It looks very lager-ish.

S: Scents of grapefruit and orange, with some warm grain, and some grassy undertones.

T: Pine and citrus flavors, buttery orange muffin, oregano, it's complex and somewhat spicy.

M: Medium weight beer, a tingling burn, with a drying and lingering finish, slightly bitter around the edges.

D: I do get some of the alcohol, but it's a still a great summery brew.

Notes: Out of the three, I enjoy Lagunitas Sumpin' Sumpin' more, and Bell's Oberon comes in third.

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

Finally get to try this one, thanks justin for all the great three floyds beer.

Poured 12 oz bottle into a weisbeer glass. Poured straight down, which yielded 2 inches of foam cap that lasted a minute or so.

The appearance was okay, golden amber body that had some slight haziness, from the wheat.

Aroma is sweet and fruity from begining to end. Not overpowering in any way, every sniff is consistent, I detected ripe bananas the most.

The taste is good, for me the taste represented what I could smell. Mild touch of sweetness (banana, candy) followed by a good amount of bitterness for a pale ale. The sweetness and bitterness of this beer is balanced well, with good hop flavor thrown in as well.

Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, smooth, creamy, nice carbonation and just really refreshing.

The drinkability is exceptional. Perfect summer beer, I wish I could get this regularly.

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

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
Courtesy of Jason (thanks)

A: Dark, gold color, slightly hazy with thin white head, leaves quite a bit of lace.
S: Citrusy American hops, no malt character in the nose.
T: Very hoppy for a wheat beer, a nice level of bitterness with what seems to be a ton of late addition hops, slight caramel sweetness, no yeast flavors are apparent.
M: Crisp, not watery like some American Wheats, high level of carbonation.
D: Goes down very easy on a hot day. Not as heavy as some APAs, but has a lot of the same characteristics. A very good beer, I wish I could get this in KY. Thanks Jason!!

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

12oz bottle poured in a snifter. Thanks to jchampl!

Nice hazy golden color with a big 2 finger fluffy head. Taste is nice and wheaty, with a bit of breat and yeast. Taste is somewhat light a good amount of carbonation. Sweet and tame. Overall a very solid wheat beer and I would seek it out if I was in the midwest!

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

This is one of my favorite main stay beers. I love they hoppiness of Three Floyds beers and this is a great example of a well balanced array of flavors. The beer is a refreshing wheat beer with a zesty hoppy after taste. This is a beer that I can enjoy several pints without getting bored/overwhelmed with the taste or feel full and bloated.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Pullen for giving me this beer! Pouring into Czechvar glass, out of 12oz bottle. No best by date.

A: Gorgeous lemony golden hue! Pillowy head already showing great lacing, but dissipating a little quicker than I would like. Nevertheless, the beer has just the right amount of cloudiness to tell me it is a wheat beer. Not perfect, but nice.

S: Is this a wheat beer? Smells like delicious hops! Amarillos give it a nice lemony citrus nose, not very true to the style, but thats ok we're in America right! Definitely fresh cut grass made more complex by faint aromas of banana, apple, and oranges.

T: Orange peel, lemony hops, and a faint wheat/breadiness coming out on the palate. Finishes with the amarillos, crisp, fresh and just a faint hop kick. Not typical of the style, but kind of nice. Doesn't live up to the hype delivered by the nose, but that's ok, wheat beers usually don't deliver huge here.

M: Nice and refreshing medium body. Great carbonation with an underlying creaminess lending it to a soft mouthfeel. Great for summer!

D: Bring on the summer heat and the bbq's! This is the one to break out on your ipa loving friends who claim wheat beers belong in Europe. Very drinkable, crisp, wonderful wheat beer characteristics, but a nice presence of hops! Loved this one as it is 85 outside!

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

Got this in a trade earlier today and couldn't wait to crack it open. Refrigerated for a couple hours and consumed at cellar temp.

A--Golden/amber color with full two fingers of head that leaves a web of lacing as it falls.

S--Highly hopped, a very west coast IPA-like scent. Apples, oranges, grapefruit, very light hints of banana. Would never guess what style this was based on the nose! Fantastic

T--The taste can't live up to the nose unfortunately, but that is hardly a criticism. This is not style known for huge flavor, but Three Floyds makes the best of the situation. Nice orange peel flavor, very light and refreshing and a true representation of the American Pale Wheat Ale.

M--Medium bodied, maybe leaning slightly to the full side. Soft carbonation--which I am very happy about

D--This is what summer beer drinking is all about. This is a beer for everyone to enjoy, if you are looking for something to bring to a barbecue that your macro loving friends will enjoy then look no further than Gumballhead. Nice bottle art also. Three Floyds does everything right.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass,this beer is a hazy golden color with a nice head that leaves a good amount of llacing.smell is fresh cut grass and lemon with a little bit of earthiness to it.taste is floral hop bitterness with a slightly tart wheat flavor.finishes very crisp and clean.mouthfeel is slightly effervescent from the bottle conditioning i presume and light.

overall,a really nice summer beer.would make a great session beer.it sucks that i have to go to indiana to buy this.

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

Gumballhead pours a light gold or straw color with an inch of stark white head thats bubbly and thick and sticks to the inner walls of the glass with sincerity.

The aroma is very hoppy, not at all like a cat who smokes. Its a nice citrusy fresh smell and it makes it really hard to take several whiffs of this without diving in. Okay, screw it. It smells good ok!

Ahh, the first sip. Very smooth, lots of citrus from those amarillo hops and a very clean finish. Simple yet defined and delicious. Well worth the wait!

This is as good as an American wheat beer as your going to find, especially if you like a nice fresh hoppy wheat beer. I know I do. Its almost like summer is made for these beers or vice versa I guess.

Thanks to heliosphann for sending me my first bottle of Gumballhead! Cheers!

Photo of jrallen34
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this in a pint glass from a tap.

The beer is a dark gold yellow with a light white head. There is decent but minimal lacing.

There is a not a strong aroma coming from the beer but you detect slight smells of citrus and flowers.

After the smell I wasn't expecting much, but boy was I wrong.

The taste is great, its lkight but sweet with a very subtle bubblegum finish.

This is a great summer sessional beer that I could drink all night a long.

Photo of robotagogo
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich golden colour. Opaque and murky. Lots of yeast and some floaty sediment thingys. Moderate head, with nice lacing. The head stuck around for half the beer. Very hoppy aroma, high notes of citrus. Tastes of yummy hops and lemon hangings around for a little bit. Very tasty. Perfectly carbonated. Bites to the end. I could drink this all afternoon.

Photo of birchstick
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark, cloudy yellow with a pretty small head

S - for an American wheat ale this smells ridiculously good. Wheat, lemon, and some grapefruit / citrus hops. Almost smells like an IPA, not a APWA.

T - some wheat and citrus give way to piney hops on the finish. Nothing overly complex but it is delicious.

M - full and extremely smooth.

D - great summer beer. Has the lightness of a wheat ale with a hop kick to it...very delicious. I just wish I had regular access to this brew.

Photo of bfields4
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pour. tight little head gives way to a hazy golden body.

smells very citrusy not quite ipa style though. Herbal and spicy smells to boot.

hmmm the taste is very interesting. very spicy, but also a little citrusy
not bitter or bold like an IPA.

very light with a good bit of carbonation. a very good summer brew. unique, but nothing that blew me away.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally got to enjoy this beer this weekend at Murphy's outside Wrigley. A fresh keg to boot. I talked my whole group into getting one so we could "talk about it" It poured a bit more yellow then I anticipated but I'm not a stickler on color. I got a slight fruity aroma with lemon and pine needles. The head was intense and lasted for the first couple sips. The flavor was very earthy with hints of grass and plenty of lemon. Not as sweet as some wheats I've had but still nice. The carbonation was present with a nice bite on the wash down. I had a few more after my initial so I can say this beer has a great drinkabilty.

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

Draft. A darker yellow pour, some white head. Smell is quite floral, citrus, banana and pine. Good carbonation to off set the sticky nature of a wheat beer. Taste matches the aroma, a constant battle of sweet wheat malt, fruits and hops. The over hops for a wheat make this pleasant and drinkable. One of the different/better wheat brews I've had.

Photo of lucasbm
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden straw color with a nice thick off white head. Has a large 2-3 finger head that lowered to about a finger quickly and had noticeable lacing. Aroma has a nice hoppy citrus smell with a little lemon and grapefruit. The aroma is one of the most impressive qualities of this beer as it lingers the entire time it's drank. Tastes clean and balanced, not malty and has a slight bitterness. I would drink this everyday. Would love to homebrew a clone to keep around the house during the summer. If you couldn't decide between a nice moderately hoppy pale ale or a good wheat beer, this is definitely the beer for you.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ 3F

Pours a hazy straw yellow color, with a massive white head. Leaves beautiful lacing from the wispy pillowy foam that floats on top, a very nice looking beer. The smell is almost pure amarillo hops, pure, raw and delicious really. I mean, there's a bit of grassiness, a kind of skunkiness, maybe some tartness - very leafy and floral. There is also a hint of pale malt and wheat sweetness. This smells as advertised, though if you were expected a wheat beer, you would be thrown off. The taste isn't quite as floral or leafy as the smell, there's not a lot of bitterness, which is good, not too much on the resin front, but the taste is of tart cherries, oranges, grapefruit, though lacking acerbic rind taste. The malts kind of provide a kind of fruit soda taste, like berries or plums, but the balance is actually quite nice. There is just a hint of some leafy, grassy hops, which is nice in some applications, but I'm not sure I wanted here. Good mouthfeel, light and crisp, a nice bite of carbonation, and the wheat provides just enough body, when combined with the resinous hops, to make this a very pleasant delivery. This beer drinks very well, and is very enjoyable. The relatively low ABV is nice in the afternoon, and this is one I could stick with for a while. It drinks very well right through the middle, and except for the tiny bit of overdone grassiness in the finish, an excellent beer. A beer that you must try out of novelty at least.

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

Poured to about a 1 inch head. Had some nice big bubbles. Head was slightly offwhite in color. Beer was a cloudy yellow. Head didnt hand around very long, but left some lacing with every drink. Smelled of grapefruit, piney hops, very citrusy. Smelled good. Had a stong citrus grapefruit flavor. Also that pine flavor going on. Slightly sweet. Maybe a hair bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. At 4.8 alcohol, you could make this a good session beer. FFF makes some good stuff.

Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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