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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,000
Reviews: 1,469
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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Ratings: 5,000 | Reviews: 1,469
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off ive been excited to try this beer ever since i heard the name, it rocks. appearance is golden straw colored and perfect. head is nearly nonexistent to begin with and whats there disappears quickly. whats left over is the scent of the gods. it smells like candy and sweet hops, laced with lemon and fruity citrus. the remainder of enjoying this beer consists of three things...
i feel like im lucky to be drinking it
my mouth is happy as a pig in s#*t
i want more, and wish i didnt pass my second bottle onto someone else for tasting.
all in all i will re-review when i get more but as it stands right now this beer is awesome and SEEK IT OUT

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

Thanks to goodstrongbeer for this unexpected extra!

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a well constructed white foam cap.

S: Faint citrus and grass hops and a delicate malt body

T: The hops come to the forefront, minimally bitter and a touch spicy with muted citrus. The wheat provides a great fuller body to an otherwise subtle beer.

M: All I can say is this is magic on the tongue. Light, effervescent and crisp.

D: All day, all night.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Out of the bottle comes a clear straw yellow liquid with a mellow 2 cm white head. The cap slowly regresses, leaving just a thin film and a bit of lace. Large fizzy bubbles form on the bottom of the glass and rise up to sustain the head.

Smell: Very mellow wheat, some lemon and orange, and a blast of citrus and slightly herbal hops.

Taste: Three Floyd's does a great job of just obliterating the Pale Wheat Ale category. When designing it, they must have decided to make a nice, relaxed pale wheat and right at the end added a truck load of Amarillo. Awesome. Some soft honey-like sweetness with a touch of citrus seem to come from the malt, but a ton of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and herbal hops blast through and take control. Finishes clean and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: The light feel is not something I would really have an issue with for this style, except that with the huge hoppy character to this beer warrants a slightly bigger body. Overall it feels crisp on the tongue, with a bit of oily hop residue as a contrast.

Drinkability: This is a lot better than most of the boring beers in the category, and is a great light change of pace from a great Three Floyd's lineup.

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

Poured from a 22oz into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a straw yellow with a white fluffy head that sticks around for a little while.

S: Smells like soft hops and freshly harvested wheat. This is going to be another FFF hop bomb right?

T: Wrong. Taste pulls a 180 on you. First you get the hops that you expected, then they pull back to reveal a grainy cereal sweetness, then it finishes with an bubblegum that is so often associated with Belgian styles.

D: I don't care who you are or how you feel about beer; anyone could down a six pack of these without thinking twice.

Overall: A truly remarkable brew. Its not really a wheat beer, its not a PA or IPA, its doesn't really have a style, but whatever it is, its great. A real masterpiece of subtlety from a brewery that isn't know for pulling punches, and the quintessential summer beer. Recommended!

Photo of Thur123
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours without too much head and the color is a clear golden straw. Very slow carbonation.
The smell is light straw smell with a bit citrus edge. Very faint smelling, not too strong a stink.

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The overall flavor isn't bursting but the flavor itself is very good. The hops in this show up much more in the flavor than the smell. The bitter herbal resinous hops rest underneath a crisp citrus edge on top. Chewed weak bubble gum shows up along with orange and lemon. Something in the flavor reminds me of fresh hop pellets before brewing and it's a nice addition. I wish I could get more Three Floyds in GA because this is a masterpiece of subtlety. Overall very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.49 / ea.

A: Bright amber body topped with one finger of loose white head that quickly dissipates leaving heavy foam lace and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Strong pine hop presence that mask any of the typical wheat ale characteristics.

T: Primarily flavored with pine hops and a dash of citrus in the background. Comes across as a weak IPA or aggressive pale ale. Typical caramel flavors associated with IPA are missing, making this primarily a vehicle for hop flavors. Strong bitter aftertaste, but does not seem to build.

M: Light body and heavy carbonation. Crisp with just slight hop oil smoothness.

D: The flavors are good, though seemingly out of style, and the body crisp and refreshing. Good session selection, but someone looking for a wheat beer may be a bit confused.

O: Solid flavor, but not the interpretation of the style that I am looking for.

Photo of Lukafer
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with two and a half fingers ifwhite head that stays for a while, and leaves nice lacing.  Smells are citrus hips, slight piney hips and some wheat.  The citrus hop smell makes my mouth water, amazing.  The taste is citrus hops up front, followed by some wheat and a nice, slightly bitter hop finish.  Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is off the charts.  This beer is definitely the best or one of the beat in this style, and it's easily sessionable.

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

Pale golden with a thick pillowy head. Lemon zest and pinapple in the aroma. Similar flavors. Pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. The hops are wonderfully flavorful with out being over agressive. Other than the lemon there's not much that screams "wheat beer" to me. Nice light mouthfeel. The essential summer beer imo.

Photo of ahurd11085
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle obtained from Gatorbeernerd, a beer that has been on the to do list for a long time. Thanks for the hookup bud.

A: Pours absolutely crystal clear gold into my Unibroue tulip. Kind of surprising, I was expecting more haze with the wheat content of the brew. Pour puts a solid 1" pillow like head on the beer which clumps up in more traditional wheat fashion. Good looking beer.

S: Amarillo....big trademark grapefruit rind and light citrus notes I expect from the hop. Backing that I get nice toasted malts and some bready characteristics. Not much, if any wheat in the nose.

T: Not quite as much hop profile as I expected, though I think I may have been ruined by having Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf as my first offerings by FFF... with that aside, the flavors are very well balanced, medium aggressive hop profile is backed up by a nice toasted malt backing. In all honesty I would never assume this beer was wheat based if I didn't know better. I really just don't get the wheat flavors out of it. Still, really tasty stuff. I could see myself polishing of a sixer on a lazy sunday no problem.

M: Again, stepping out from the normal American Pale Wheat standards. This beer has some serious body to it, but in a very pleasant way. Good carbonation and a nice oily mouthfeel.

D: Damn good. I can see why this is six packed and not in 22oz. If this was a local offering for me it would be a staple in my fridge, and a constant order at my local watering hole.

Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear bright golden with a 1 finger head that lacing all down the glass

smells fruity lots of apricot

taste - apricot then the wheat and bready grains

mouthfeel is light and crisp

this beer is tough to classify - not a true wheat but i guess americans twist on it hoppy - a great beer anytime of the year

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

Thanks to dontcostnuthin for this one!

A: Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a one finger head that had staying power. Very nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Very citrusy with grapefruit and pineapple, also maybe some orange peel as well. Some nice floral hops. I get the wheat as almost an afterthought, very nice.

T: Wow, an amazing flavor profile here. I get a ton of the citrus fruits from the nose, grapefruit/pineapple and orange. A little bit of hop flavor, but not as much as expected based on the smell (for this style, I like this). A nice balance of hops and wheat flavor though. Very clean finish.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. Overall a great beer, moves right near the top of my list. Could easily drink this one all night long.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Durty Nellie's in Palatine, IL

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color. I'm not sure if it was just the way the bartender gave me the beer, but it had no real head on it to speak of. The aroma is decidedly hoppy and I must say I'm surprised at that for the style. However and nice and orange-piny the scent maybe I would still have liked to smells some wheat which did manage to elude my nostrils. The taste is surprisingly pleasant. I was, due to the aroma, expecting a mouth-full of juicy hops. Instead what I was awarded with was a sweet fruitiness. I believe that I was able to taste some nectarines and pineapple in the flavor. There was a hint of bitterness still which I didn't much care for, but I must admit this beer went down smooth as silk and was very easy to drink. I know most people would kill to have this on tap all the time, but as excellent as this beer is it doesn't have that "wow factor" that I look for. Still a great beer and a recommendation from me.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass - big thanks to TrebleStauter for this extra

Pours a slightly hazed dark golden yellow with a smaller, yet bubbly white head. Dissipates into a nice bubbled film, leaving some bits of lacing around the glass.

Plenty of hops in the nose with some citrus sweetness and wheat touches.

Juicy, oily hop character is right up front on this one. Hints of pleasant citrus with grapefruit and orange dash through, accompanied by some light toasted wheat flavor. A bit of juicyfruit and very light caramel malt sweetness emerge from the middle, just before the hops return. Finishes crisp with some piny hops and a touch of lingering flavor.

Lighter to medium body, fair amount of carbonation, and a bit of creaminess. Crazy drinkability on this one; lighter ABV, great flavor, refreshing, and avoids becoming too dry or bitter. This was my first FFF beer and it's living up to the hype.

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to TCgoalie for this delicious brew!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a clear, light golden color with a big-bubbled, white one-finger head that recedes pretty quickly. There is some pretty decent bubbly lacing that collects around a ring of froth in the glass. No carbonation is visible in the.

Smell: Nice citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and maybe some citrus zest as well. Some lovely floral notes and a touch of wheat are also detectable.

Taste: Nice interplay between the hops and the wheat. It feels like the hoppy bitterness may be winning out in intensity, with the wheat providing the background music to this waltz. There is some malt sweetness to the taste, but the beer finishes very cleanly and crisply and is quite refreshing. Sometimes wheat beer can have a bit of a Fruity Pebbles quality; this is not one of those beers. Very delicious!

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, with not a ton of carbonation; although, with the crisp, refreshing character of this beer, I think the amount of carbonation is just about right.

Drinkability: A great wheat beer that doesn't overwhelm you with adjunct flavor. Would definitely come back to this one.

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

A- Pours a 1 finger white head over a slightly hazed golden body. Minimal lacing is present.

S- Some peach aroma, hops, pine, grapefruit, Definitely some wheat malt aromas.

T- Starts with some wheaty twang and earthy hop notes, perhaps a bit of apricot. The finish has a mineral element with a slight yeasty fruitiness.

M- Low/medium carbonation. Nice body.

D- Very drinkable beer. Would be great in the summer months.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not enough can be said for this brew. When fresh, it is truly one of the best beers in the world.

A - Golden, radiant and translucent, with a lightly frothy head.

S - Huge Amarillo hop; orange-dank, citrus-resiny, like fruity cannabis. As the glass empties, the aromatic dominance subsides, but the flavor does not. It seems to work better that way; it keeps the hop from overwhelming.

T - The quality and level of fruity-bitter interplay is perhaps unparalleled in my beer drinking experience. The most delicious lingering hop... I really like this better than nearly any IPA, save for Jai Alai and Sculpin, for my hop fix. The pale malt is so deliciously dry and sharp, it really provides the perfect base for the exposition of humulus splendor. The Amarillo hop provides boundless orange-tangerine-dank-earthy bitterness, I really can't get enough. Nor can I adequately describe how delicious it really is.

M - Lighter-bodied and tremendously refreshing. Carbonation fades too fast, and that is probably the only flaw in this brew.

D - Beyond recommended.

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.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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