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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,690
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 817
Gots: 598 | FT: 26
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 DIM
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a mostly clear, pale yellow. There was a couple of floaties and not much haze, WTF? It poured with a thin white head that faded quickly.

s: Huge hop aromas that smell of grassy lemons leap out of the glass. Also, malty caramelized brown sugar and to a lesser extentsome wheaty banana notes. Probably not to style, but this is a damn fine smelling brew.

t: This tastes like a fantastic IPA with some mild banana flavors. Crisp sweet caramel malts and a big peppery lemon hop finish. Here again, probably off style, but who cares?

m: Not sure if this is typical, but my bottle was under carbonated.

d: Thanks to scubarex for the chance to try this uniquely awesome beer. I'd love to have this as a local.

DIM, May 20, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent honey with 3+ fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, apricot & breadyness

T: Lemons, white pepper, breadyness, fruittyness & grainyness up front. Honey malt, passion fruit & nice grapefruitty & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes bready with nice citrus hops & honey

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation & some syruppy qualities

Drinks really easy, but the complexity draws you in as well; One of the better American Pale Wheats out there!

russpowell, May 20, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. I really love the packaging on this one, very unique.

Poured a crystal clear, straw/light orange color. Nice 1/4 head with minimal lacing in my traditional pint glass.

I have had fresh Gumballhead off the tap at the FFF brewery, but I have reason to believe this bottle was older (6+ months old). I didn't get alot off the nose on this pour. Light hops and malts, but nothing too distinguishible.

Taste is light, dry and crisp with dried hops. Well balanced and very enjoyable. This is an amazing session beer for me. Goes down very easily.

Very unique and definitely worth a try (Though, preferrably very fresh).

Three Floyd's ROCK.

beachbum1975, May 17, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Geonseh for getting me this as fresh as possible, straight from the brewery.

A- clear rich golden. Thin white head doesn't stick too long after it builds up. Bottle conditioned so there are some yeast floating in there.

S- The smell is all hops, and they smell super fresh. Citrus, melon, and a bit of greenery- pine maybe come out in the nose.

T- I don't know if I can detect any wheat in here but what it comes across as to me is just like a nicely hopped pale ale. The hops come across juicy with a big taste, but don't leave much bitterness so it finishes very clean. Just feels like a standard pale malt base behind it. Apparently they use a bunch of Amarillo hops in this and it does remind me of that, which I also find in the Alpine Duet IPA.

M/D- really light, but really good. This might have just become my standard of a "summer beer." I'm probably gonna need to arrange for another couple 6'rs of this before Summer is over.

MiScusi, May 11, 2008
Photo of akogrady
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served a nice clear golden color, Looked like a good wheat beer should.

S - smelled a bit sweeter than your average wheat, but very attractive, some minor notes, maybe some citrus

T - Very tasty. In addition to the wheat flavor, it has a distinct hoppy back that is pleasantly balanced by sweet undertones of citrus (some pear flavor?). An excellent wheat beer.

M - medium carbonation, smooth body.

D - Quite drinkable. Definitely sessionable. A great beer to share with your friends (assuming you don't drink it all yourself).

akogrady, May 10, 2008
Photo of tiger88
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow gold with an attractive white head. As the head dissipated, a small amount of sticky lace dotted the glass. The smell was that of sweet citrus fruits and mild hops. I really like the way this beer tastes...and I'm not a wheat beer fan. This is nothing like a wheat beer in my opinion. It's more like a hopped up, non-filtered pale ale. Very easy to drink, very easy to like. I would love to have this as a staple in my fridge but alas, FFF doesn't get this far south.

tiger88, May 08, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy golden color with a touch of red to it. Nice carbonation. Very thin head that goes away immediately.
Great smell for a wheat beer. Slight wheat smell, but a great hop smell as well. Nice lemon citrus smell as well.
Strong taste of great hops. The amarillo hops they use are awesome. Great lemony taste at the end.
The mouthfeel is very sharp and refreshing. Great for a wheat beer.
Good drinkability in this wheat beer. Great refreshing beer in the summer heat. Because of the strong hops, it would be a little hard to drink too many of these. I would definitely like to get my hands on this one again.

BDIMike, May 07, 2008
Photo of genog
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to sample this on tap at DLD 2008. First time I've ever had the opportunity to sample it on tap.

Poured a very pale golden yellow color with some sudsy lacing resting on top. Aroma is very crisp with plenty of hopped goodness that fills my nostrils. There is some grain and maybe some slight citrus scent in the aroma. The Flavor is where this really takes off with plenty of complimenting flavors that makes this one so smooth. Mouthfeeling is crisp and refreshing.

genog, May 06, 2008
Photo of kasper
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big props to lightindarkness for throwing this in on a trade.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish gold with a single finger foamy off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a ring around the glass.

S: Oh man, what a sweet citrusy smell that consists of pink grapefruit... maybe some strawberries or other reddish/medium-dark fruits. There's some candy -- maybe bubble gum after all? Definitely some citrusy hops as well, that smells a little like Vicks when taken in a big whiff after it has had time to warm a bit.

T: Taste is sweet fruity malts, wheat, and bubblegum with a orange/lemmon zing on the semi-dry/semi-bitter finish.

M: This is light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slight bubbly sensation after each sip. Smooth baby, smooth.

D: Probably one of the most tasty session beer candidates I've had in a while. Could go through a few of these on a hot summer day. Loving the candy/sweet fruit aroma and taste on this one.

kasper, May 06, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dull gold with massive white foamy head that is mostly lasting. Aroma of hops, kind of citrusy, mostly pine. Initial flavor has the presence of a wheat plus all the hops. Balanced taste throughout, hoppiness overtakes at the end. Moderate lacing, light to medium body, moderate carbonation, without any signs of alcohol. Very drinkable, especially for hop heads or open minded fans of wheat beers.

joekfsu, May 05, 2008
Photo of thickerfreakness
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance is at first sort of off putting. It pours a fizzy filtered yellow with a white head that fades fast, but once you get to the smell you know its a whole different ballgame. It smells of strong citrus hops and a nice wheat sweetness. The taste is similar to the smell and its just perfect. A nice hop bitterness with a sweet wheat after taste. Its more like a plain pale ale but with an added wheat sweetness. This is an exceptional beer. The mouthfeel is sort of thin but its ever so drinkable. I wish I could get this all summer in Texas!

thickerfreakness, May 04, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of sativen poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a bright , slightly hazy golden with a very small white head that faded quickly but left a slight swirl of foam on top throughout. Lacing was light to moderate.

S: The smell is surprisingly dominated by hops not wheat. Major resiny pine scents and some lemony citrus aromas form an interesting mix with the sweet wheat.

T: The taste starts with a mild wheat sweetness which gives way almost immediately to a nice crisp hop bite dominated by citrus and pine. The finish is very crisp with a slight hop bitterness balanced by a hint of the wheat.

M: Very crisp and highly carbonated with an overall moderate mouthfeel, heavier than I would expect in a wheat beer.

D: This one is seriously drinkable if not easily categorized. As summer approaches here in Atlanta, this one would be a staple in the fridge if I had access to it. Very refreshing.

gford217, May 04, 2008
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this American "Wheat" while listening to Britten's "Prince of the Pagodas". I got back from DLD earlier this evening, and so in the spirit of Three Floyds, I thought I should review one of their own. I poured this wheat beer into a pint glass (they serve this beer in a pint glass at their bar). No indication of freshness on the bottle.

A: I find it hard to believe that this is a wheat beer. It pours a clear straw yellow topped by a bubbly white head which quickly dies away to nothing. There is very little carbonation visible. I think that the filtered, headless beer was unappealing, considering that it was a wheat beer. I understand that Three Floyds doesn't even want to fit into the style, but even when I try to disregard the fact that I am drinking a wheat beer, I still think it looks bad.

S: It smells strongly of citrus hops, with a sugary smell too. I do say that despite the look of the brew, it smells very promising.

T: The taste almost says "IPA here..." but the bitterness is more under control than in a IPA. The hop flavor is there though. It tastes somewhat "well-balanced" which I don't really know whether that is something one looks for in a wheat beer or not, but in this case, it creates a better beer. There is the very subtle taste of wheat too.

M: Medium bodied, smooth as can be, with very little carbonation. At times, reminded me of the texture of wheat beers.

D: The beer is drinkable. I think that it is quite refreshing, and I could definitely drink more of this.

MusicaleMike, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of amiles
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at 'The Globe' on Irving Park in Chicago... Been drinking this here for a couple weeks now, with memories from last year.

A: Clear golden yellow, with a small tan head... poured into a imperial Three Floyds label pint glass. Looks like a normal beer, nothing special.

S: Citrusy pine hops. Perhaps some orange peel and lemon zest.

T: Quite refreshing and tasty. I could drink these all night (which I did) and still feel okay. It has a unique zesty hop taste that keeps your taste buds interested. I like it, a lot.

M: Carbonation is well, the zest really spices it up.

D: These kick back like a charm. Give me more!

Great session beer with a unique spring time feel to it. If I see this on tap, It'll be my starter for sure.

amiles, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle

Poured a light amber color with a nice white 1-finger head that lingered a wee bit before slightly dissipating. Looks like a very lightly clouded Pale Ale. In fact, it's classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale!

Smells like a hop bomb oddly enough. Pretty much a citrus scent the whole way through.

Tastes great! Big hop bite coming through strongly. Nice malty flavor towards the end. Nice grapefruit like character as well

Feels quite lively on the tongue and slightly chewy. Great carbonation as it jumps around your mouth.

Very drinkable brew. It's got a great hop character with some citrus like subtle flavors coming through. Great for summer, or anytime rather. Probably a fantastic session ale.

It's got the body of a wheat and everything else screams Pale Ale.

Brewlore, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very clear light orange with a 2 finger, fizzy head which dissipates rather quickly.

S- Is this a wheat beer or an ipa? First thing to hit my nose it a massive whiff of hops followed by a wheaty, light fruit smell, possibly apricot.

T- Taste is smooth. Light fruits, earthiness, a bit of grain, followed by a distinct piney hoppiness.

M- Medium viscosity, quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is certainly an easy drinker. Glad I have 3 because now I know what i'm going to pop open on a warm summer day.

Lothore, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rich O's Public House, New Albany, Indiana.

Small head, from the slow pour. Head stayed and left good lacing. Clear light amber body. Nice enough looking, but nothing special here.

Smell is complex and full. Apple, soap, clean fruity floral hops, grass, Juicy Fruit gum.

Taste is floral hops, wheat-malt, thyme, bread dough, toast and a hint of pear.

Nice smooth, round mouthfeel.

A superbly drinkable beer. Sessionable to the max.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of ebit
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One finger white smooth head that unfortunately disippates quickly. Straw wheat golden body that is slightly hazy.

Oh boy. Resiny hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, and sweet malt. Fantastic smelling beer.

Grapefruits, spritz of lemon. Light and sweet up front. Flavoring hops appear midtaste and ramp up in bitterness before the lemon/citrus finish dries the palate with ever so slight grassiness. This is a beautifully built beer.

Carbonation is pretty prevalent throughout. Light body. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
This is about as drinkable of a beer as you can get. Light and refreshing on the palate and the flavors are so well crafted and played against each other that the glass doesn't spend much time on the table. Definitely a summer staple. Well done FFF.

ebit, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of churchillps
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't expecting this flavor from a wheat beer. What I thought would be grainy and light ended up being a nice medium bodied hoppy beer. Poured thick and golden with great retention. Smelled strongly of hops, oranges, lemon, and citrus fruits. Taste was big and bold. Huge on hops, quite bitter, with a hint of malt sweetness in the aftertaste. Crisp, medium bodied, and probably the best wheat beer I've ever had.

churchillps, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a hefeweiss glass.
Incredible head, which retained somewhat. A very slightly cloudy golden color; much closer in appearance to a lager than hefeweizen.
Not much detectible scents, other than some wheat & lemon citrus.
Taste-wise, this was a typical wheat ale; wheat, lemon, yeast with a slightly sweet kick at the end...all very subtle.
No mouth twang or anything else of note.
Drinkable in a typical wheat-ale sense, I'm not quite sure why this beer is rated so highly. I find SA Summer Ale to be more interesting.
I was disappointed, given the label & brewery's reputation. And I certainly don't know why I paid $7 for the bomber when i could've had a slew of better beers for half that amount. Will be awhile before I give Three Floyd's another try.

Natural510, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of AndySR15
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured at cellar temp from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Beautiful dark golden and crystal clear. Poured with about one finger of head and left a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Malty sweet with a lot of lemon and hops.

T: Very crisp and clean. Nice mellow sweet malt flavor with a mild hop finish.

M: Nice and creamy, perfect amoutn of carbonation.

D: This is a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day, you could easily drink a lot.

Thanks to my friend TheodorHrzl for this one. Told me it was his favorite summer beer so I decided to pop it open on the warmest day of the year so far. Great brew!

AndySR15, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of EPseja
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle at cellar temperature in my SABL glass.

A - Crystal clear gold with big-bubbled, soapy white head and lots of action in the glass. Although the bottle says it's got residual yeast in there, it's so little that even with a swish and a dribble of the bottle's remains, only a phantom wisp appears in suspension. Head retention is average. Lacing is decent and ringy (is that a word?).

S - Drippy sweet, citrusy Amarillo hops and only a tinge of malt. That's about it.

T - Sweet, citrusy maltiness with hints of lemon that lasts all the way until it hits the back of the tongue where the hops finally lend a hit of bittering -- but not much. Finish and aftertaste are all Amarillo.

M - Slick and quick on the way in, foaming up just enough with the right tingle on the tongue. Swallow is frothy and throat coating without being gas laden.

D - For a spring or summertime beer that really shows it's hops off, this beer is excellent. What it lacks in subtelty, it possesses in all out taste and refreshment -- even though this beer pushes the envelope for the style. I really believe that if this beer were Hefe (unfiltered), it would have a much better developed smell and taste profile.

If you're into Wheat Beers that smell (and taste) like APAs, then this beer will not disappoint. If you're looking for a classic wheat beer, look elsewhere.

EPseja, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy pale yellow. Fluffy white head that falls into a nice bubbly layer on top of the brew. Very spotty lacing.

S- wheat odors here also some yeast, citrus I think lemon very enjoyable and nice

T- Very nice some citrus hops, maybe a little grapefruit and lemon also.

M- Very nice and smooth. Good carbonation and goes down easy.

D- Very drinkable. Tastey, smooth and nice!!!

nrbw23, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden straw color with good (for a wheat) head, but little lacing. Excellent scent, a nice crisp wheat ale with a huge spicy (peppery) aroma. Nice taste, a good crisp wheat ale, although the pepper overpowers it a little bit. Goes down very smoothly, an excellent wheat ale.

JamesS, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of baos
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass on tap

A: Very nice to look at with a big bubbly whitish head over a pale body.

S: candy and pink bubblegum

T: tastes like it smells. pink bubble gum, banana, and the slightest hint of cloves.

M: Medium to full. Very nice feel to it.

D: Very drinkable. Kinda sweet but this beer is one of the best American wheat beer I've tried. You should try one on.

baos, Apr 05, 2008
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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