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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,889
Reviews: 1,451
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 843
Gots: 730 | FT: 28
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 callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden blonde body. Large white head. Subtle lacing.

S: Bubblegum. Lemon. Other softer citric notes. Wheat and grain. An interesting and inviting brew.

T: Light wheat and citric hops throughout. Still some gummyness to it. Nice presence of hops without overwhelming bitterness.

M: Smooth, light bodied. Refreshingly clean.

D: Solid brew indeed. I wish I could get this beer locally. Its unique and drinkable, a great combination.

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

Golden tangerine with a nice foamy offwhite head that sticks and leaves nice sticky laces.

Crazy hops. Grapefruit, Mango, Pineapple, bubble gum.

Hop heavy, bursting with tropical fruits and citrus. A candy like bubble gum taste as well. Malts barely keep it balanced. Great refreshing sour citrus bitterness, but not overwhelming.

Lighter bodied. smooth and refreshing.

This is an India Wheat Ale. Super hoppy flavors/aromas refreshing. Great for warm weather.

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

My first 3 Floyds beer. Nice label and cap. Poured into a standard pint glass. Hazy gold with a good millimeter of head.

Smell is of citrusy hops, like an IPA. Taste is very interesting, not overly hoppy, but there is an interesting tangy flavor. Perhaps some lemon? Carbonation is slightly high and maybe contributing to this. A little late for this, but could definitely have been a summer scorcher beer. Will have to be on the lookout for this if I ever head out into the distribution area. Really a unique beer to me.

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

Bottle to pint glass. Pours a light golden color with a small white head. Has ok retention which leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is wheaty and hoppy right away. I can get some lemon in there too. Overall kind of a sweet smell. The taste is good. Wheaty yet hoppy. Some lemon and citrus is in the taste, not over powering though. Goes down smooth. Don't know what to really say about this one. Wheat ales and pale wheat ales aren't really my thing, I have my favorites and regulars I pick up from time to time and usually stick by those. This is one I can easily say I'll pick up more often. Very drinkable and low ABV makes it one I could drink all night. Overall just another great beer from Three Floyds.

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

Received this from iconoklaztor! Your the man Don! Thanks again!

Poured into my Surly Tulip. Light golden body, with a two finger white head with great retention. Also has some nice lacing.

The nose is sweet with a nice lemon hop kick. Wheat definitely comes out. Sort of smells bubble gummy...not sure if my head is playing tricks on me or if this is in fact intentional. Really good smelling beer. Bready malts, wheat, citrus hops with a smooth finish.

The taste is very similar, but much smoother than the nose suggests. The wheat mellows this out, and there is a nice combination of wheat and citrus lemon hops. Excellent beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a nice carbonation bite that is pretty appropriate. Drinkability is great.

I almost wish it was warm outside drinking this, I can see how this would be a great summer session beer. It's about 30 outside, and this is still doing it's job. A great beer, no matter the weather. Thanks Don for the chance!

Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was please to share this beer with my bro tenderbranson69 since it is not something that is readily available in PA and I made a clone based on Drew Beechum's gumballhead thoughts on stoutguy.com. I poured the 12oz chilled into the tulip.

A - A lightly cloudy golden w/ amber hues. 2 fingers of thick white head w/ microfoam of off white collects and clings tenaciously

S - A crazy mango and tangelo nose w/ odors of lemony floral acccenting. The hints of wheat are mild w/ pineapple and lots of amarillo which give a mild orange blossum aspect. The mild spice adds a hint of ginger and candied grapefruit to the aroma

M - The texture is great in this beer, so clean yet has a resiny texture. the moderately high carbonation is completely spot on for an American wheat and the mild nutty textures w/ light hop acidity make this feel what I consider great. The toasted notes of malt are there with light spice in the finish

T - The taste has a mild sweet fruit flavor w/ slight grapefruit and lemony citrus notes. The hops provide a floral resinous taste which has mild acidity, but hardly any bitterness. The orange rind elements from the amarillo sink in and light spice edge as the glass continues to be drained. The very refreshing lemony and mild wheat nuttiness is there w/ gentle astringent aspect. The flavor of wheat and citrus blends well w/ an amarillo taste w/ the red wheat adding to the complexity w/ hops resinous quality noticeable in the finish

D - A fantastic wheat w/ a great amount of flavor- hoppy, yet clean w/ lemony bright citrus and just highly drinkable qualities. The beer is so easy to drink at 4.8%, with such quaffability. I could drink this year round if only it were available.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a golden yellow with a fingers worth of white sticky foam. A fair amount of lacing noticed.
The hops lead the charge in the aroma, with a sweet orange note, some spicy citrus, and a touch of pineapple. The wheat gives a sweet aroma as well.
Taste-wise, Gumballhead is delicious. It's got an initial sweetness about it, but the hops step in to make their presence known. There is a spice, a touch of oranges and lemon, and then a bitterness in the finish. The wheat is crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel and carbonation are good.
This beer drank pretty easy, and I could see me drinking it more often if it were readily available. A good beer for a quick hop fix.

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

A - hazy golden yellow with a large fluffy white head and nice lacing down the glass

S - Citric hops, mellow wheat character, cereal

T - Slightly tangy wheat with pale ale level hopping. nicely balanced.

M - Medium bodies with prickly carbonation.

D - Very refreshing wheat with a great hop kick.

Photo of Srodri10
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my very first beer review. Seeing as how I live in Chicago I have have this beer soo many times. And I must say that it is a great representation of what 3 floyds can do.

A: hazy golden yellow tinted orange

S: The aromas on the beer are of citrus and hoppy in nature

T: Fantastic! It balances complex and even somewhat sweet wheat with fabulously rich hops flavors and a hint of pine with loads of hops.

M: Carbonated with a medium.

D: Can easily put back numerous of these in one sitting...

Photo of philbe311
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of white fluffy white head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Excellent retention... Loads and loads of extremely small sized bubble race to the top... A slightly hazy medium gold color... Some traces of foam are left on the glass during the session...

S - A wonderfully delectable hop aroma... Sweet grapefruit... Pineapple... Mango... Bubblegum... Hints of wheat... Slightly floral...

T - A mix of juicy citrus hops and candied tropical fruit... A delicate wheat base with a minor spiciness... A touch of honey...

M - Light to medium bodied... Juicy... Lush and smooth... Chalky finish... A sweet bitterness on the back of the tongue lingers...

D - A stellar session beer with wonderfully complexity in all facets... A only wish this was available to me on a regular basis.... This beer lived up to the lofty expectations the BA world has bestowed upon it...

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a yellow gold with a nice white head.

S: Lots of hops atop a nice wheat background. Mild sweetness, but the big players here are all the little hops that found their way into the delectable brew.

T: Hops are ever-present--there's not so much a bitterness from them, but a tropical sweetness that's really enhanced by the wheat. By far the best-tasting wheat beer I have ever encountered.

M: Fairly light bodied with a nice creaminess to it.

D: Unsurpassed drinkability. This is one that I wouldn't mind loading up with several cases of to drink throughout the warmer months, and I plan to do just that next year.

Photo of illinijer
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It's the perfect summer beer, IMO.

A - Pours a golden color with a fair head.

S - Smells of crisp hops, with a touch of sweetness. A unique smell, for a wheat beer.

T - A nice blend of wheaty goodness and fresh hop flavor. It's got a definite malt sweetness which is hard to define, as well. Definitely a unique beer.

M - Thin, nothing special. Not as sticky as an IPA.

D - Extremely drinkable and sessionable. Could have one after another without a problem. Not overwhelmingly flavorful, which is not a bad thing, when its delicious as it is.

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

HUGE thanks to sean9689!

pours was fairly clear bright yellow orange with a light head that held its place well.

very floral and sweet, like sweet citrus in the back ground

light wheat through out with a big floral amarillo hop flavor. the draft and freshness of this trumped the usual bottle. there was a bit more bitterness and less sweetness. that really made this stand out.

nice moderate carbonation and smoothness. medium body.

this was perfect. shared this with family and it was a hit. as noted above, this had a bit more bitterness that made this much much better than the bottle version im used to.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got hooked up with this and some others by beerad666, so keep a lookout for some other mid-west reviews, thanks man.

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: A clear, pale-ish golden color with a pretty thin head that settles to a thin covering, but more substantial than a film

S: Good hop aroma with a nice floral punch to it, has a nice fruity/sweetness to the hops as well. The smell kind of took me by surprise, very nice.

T: Semi-thin flavor with that nice floral hop that also came through in the aroma, not as powerful in the taste though. There is a slight balance with some sweet breadiness. Also, towards the end some spiciness hits. A lingering bitterness is present.

M: Pretty thin and light mouthfeel, about what I was expecting from a pale wheat ale. Not really all that dry. It's smooth enough, but not as smooth as I expected.

D: Good drinkability. Nice light mouthfeel makes it easy to consume with good hops. Slight bittering finish after about half a glass takes away some, but other than that it is good.

Notes: Not my favorite pale wheat ale, but a nice beer with good hop aroma and flavor from three floyds. Definitely has their characteristics in it. The aroma may be one of my favorites for this style. Definitely worth a try and worth buying when you want a lighter flavorful beer.

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

6 pack purchased at Three Floyds Brewing Co. Pub

Perfectly clear golden hue, almost exactly 7 SRM. Nice head that dissipated quickly. Beautiful lacing.

Mostly floral citrus hops, some pineapple. Not overpowering, but pleasant and just right for a pale ale.

Plenty of flavoring hops immediately evident up front, citrus and very pleasant. Once hop flavor subsides, a hint of wheat and pale malt sweetness. Finishes with a light bitterness, not overpowering. This beer places emphasis on flavoring hop additions over malty sweetness or bittering hops.

Just right for a pale ale. Not watery, not thick. High carbonation, typical of the wheat beer style, helps to carry out the aroma.

Very drinkable. This is a great "Intro to bitter" beer for those looking to explore beyond their thin American Pilseners. Not tongue splitting or overpowering in any department, yet manages to be very flavorful, complex, and most importantly sessionable.

Photo of CBlack85
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Petersons Restaurant (Indianapolis)served in a pint glass

A-Yellow/Orange/Gold color, slightly cloudy. About one fingers worth of foamy white head with a fair amount of lacing.

S-Complex mixture of smells. The aroma is heavy with citrusy hops with some wheat malt undertones. I also detect a slight banana smell.

T-The hops are much more pronounced than I would expect from a wheat beer. Fruity, not bitter at all, in fact this beer has a sweet base. Over all not what I would expect from a wheat beer...In a good way

M-Very wet, light, medium bodied...nice

D-I could drink this all night long.

Not exactly what I would expect from a wheat beer, but very enjoyable. I will definatately put this into my regular rotation. Kudos to Three Floyds

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

This is probably the best American Wheat I've ever had. Pours golden yellow, slightly hazy with thick and creamy white head. Great retention and lacing. Smell was strong of hops, which surprised me and well as a lemon citrus with some spice. Taste is citrusy, slightly sweet and fruity and a nice grassy, bitter hops. Smooth and light, leaves a bitter aftertaste. Overall a great beer and good example of the style. Would love to try fresh on tap!

Photo of paco1029384756
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden orange color with a creamy smooth head.

Scent of bitter hops, apricot, citrus and grain. A simple and effective scent.

Taste of apricot, grain, hops and citrus. Again, there isn't much complexity, but this is one of the best Wheat Ales available.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice bite of carbonation.

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

Bought a 6 on my latest trip to Chicago. Poured to a golden orange with thin white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose was an interesting mix of hoppy citrus fruits, ilke an IPA and a cookie dough-banana wheat. Mouthfeel was slightly bitter, yet full, and the tate resembled the flavors found in the nose. Although I agree with other raters that it's hard to call this a straight wheat beer, it was nonetheless a darn good summer cooler.

Photo of jlindros
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this crazo beer thanks to AgentZero, an awesome trader btw! Poured into an Allagash Tulip glass cause I thought it would look cool, and a good compromise between pint glass and weizen glass. So let's start this exciting review shall we...

A: Pours pretty bright colored with a creamy 1 finger head and slight popping bubbles, bright golden color with slight orange tinge, and a big weizen cloudiness that almost completely disappears after a minute. I'm afraid this thing is minutes from becoming radioactive with this ominous glow.

N: WOW amarillo hops! I almost get a touch of centennial too, but they're pretty similar, some nice citrus and alcohol add a nice touch to it, its also super spicey, almost like sticking my face in a vat of fresh amarillo hops. Touch of wheat and yeast round this interesting nose off. There's also some strange musty aroma that I can't really figure out. But, I could smell this thing all day. Alas, I have to sip it too...

A: Taste starts very strange, pretty fruity and juicy, lots of hop taste, low alpha hops, and creamy fruit. Slight wheat can barely find its way through the hop fog, but after your tastes adjust to the hops a little you can find the little subtle flavors. The juicy hop explosion in my mouth makes me want to call up the Fruit Snack company and market a new Gushers Hop flavor. The creamy juice runs down the back of my tongue and sweetens the sides making my mouth water even more in excitement for the next sip (Yes I'm still talking about beer, I'm married to a woman you jerk). There's still some interesting tropical fruit flavors, a big guava earthy bite and maybe some Passion fruit or papaya... slight spice that builds, and with all the hop punch, its barely bitter. Probably all very late hops that give it a huge wallop of hops and juice flavor but not much bitter.

M: Very juicy and liquidy (that's the only way to describe it, and if you try it you'll know what I'm talking about). Good carbonation.

F: More sweet fruits and juicy flavors linger on the tongue with delicate spice and bitterness. A slight malt and wheat also dry off the tongue. It just makes you want more and more, I could see pounding back a 4 pack of this noooo problem. Drinkability is huge, especially the thirst quenching aspect.

Final thoughts: I'm about 3/4 of the way through his beer already just reviewing it and sipping, sipping, sipping. This is probably the best session beer I can think of and a wicked unique experience. ALl the interesting flavors meld together very well, I'm surprised this beer hasn't been rated higher, perhaps people are looking for a huge bitter beer, or its just too unique for them. I think this beer is completely misunderstood. I've also only had a few FFF beers so far, and I'm a big fan. Their level of experimentation and consistency on great beers seems to remind me a lot of Dogfish Head. Keep on truckin you magnificent bastards.

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

A - Pours a yellowish-gold. Very cloudy in appearance, about a two finger head on my pour, quick dissapation with mild lacing.

S - Quite a bit going on here. Bitter citrus, orange mostly, with some wheat as well. Not quite would one would expect from a wheat beer, a little IPAish.

T - Starts out like an sweeter IPA, but doesn't finish with much of a bite. Expected it to go a little sour, but didn't do that either.

M - Pretty clean, on the lighter side of medium bodied.

D - Quite drinkable, almost a session beer, but I think the citris would get to me after a few.

Photo of mwa423
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I'm shocked that I have never rated. While it's about a 30-40 minute drive to restock on three floyds products, it is always worth it.

A - Pours a hazy golden like a hefe with a finger of white head that dies down to a lacing.

S - A solid hop smell but also a smooth wheaty smell, with all the orange peel, coriander, etc. you coudl want.

T - A fantastic beer, all the hop bite of a pale ale, but the rich and smoothness of a wheat. Both the hops and the wheat share the palate equally and swirling it around the mouth gives you different tasts.

M/D - This is an exceedingly easy drinker for just about every season. The mouthfeel is rich, but it doesn't fill and coat the mouth.

Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was a fuzzy gold with a moderate head that had little retention. The aroma was lemon, but had that wheaty/naner-naner smell too. The taste was a crisp, refreshing, lemony tang. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The drinkability was very good. Love the bad-ass cat.

Photo of vishneda
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Liked: Super floral aroma mixed with the wheat malt to create an almost pineapple fruitiness. The citrus quality carries into the flavor of the beer with some mild sweetness. It's nicely carbonated and has a decent dry finish.

Disliked: The beer was pale and had some noticeable break. The essential cloudiness was light. I didn't experience enough of the wheat character, even for an American wheat beer. I know it's supposed to be hop forward, but there are plenty of IPAs out there doing this job, and New Glarus Crack'd has more balance.

Ok all around. More of a second string for me, though. I'd like to try it on tap. Mild alcohol makes it sessionable. Gumballhead seems to age pretty quickly; get if fresh if you can.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired by trade from Heliosphann

A - light golden hue with a one finger head that quickly dissapears once poured.

S - light orange with a faint wheat smell.

T - burnt orange with a slight peppery aftertaste.

M - a little burn, frothy

D - another nice brew from 3 floyds that I could easily drink a lot of.

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,889 ratings.