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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,953
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 860
Gots: 796 | FT: 32
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 urwithdave
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one as an extra from a generous trader! Drank from my CCB snifter.

A- Pours hazy gold in color. A big white head from a semi-aggressive pour. Nice retention and some moderate lacing left behind.

S- Piney hops up front with hints of citus that follows. A sweetnees is present, would almost guess honey. Very floral!!

T- MMM...nice mellow hops. Not overly aggressive or bitter! It's perfectly balanced with malts, slight citrus take, and what I'm guessing is honey. Not a big wheat presence. As in the nose, I'm def getting a strong floral presence, I believe it's lavander.

M- Nice and refreshing. A nice clean finish that leaves me wanting MORE and MORE of this beer.

D- Unlike any wheat brew I have ever tried. It's EASILY my favorite. Might not be the poster beer for the style, however, it's 10x better than any wheat I've had before. This would def be a go to brew for me! I could drink this all day!!! PERFECT 5 here!

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

Great beer! The hoppy wheat thing works perfectly here! Poured with a nice fine foamy frothy off white head and good lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malty hoppy and fruity. Flavor's similar. Body is excellent ditto carbonation. Finish is a tad sweet but very well balanced. Very drinkable. Session beer.

Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Slightly cloudy, straw to light amber appearance. Nice fluffy white head that laces beautifully and hangs around nicely.

S. Bready malt and a tropical fruitiness are dominant. There's also that indescribable signature FFF spiciness.

T. I don't get the wheat characteristics you'd expect from this beer - it tastes like a nice APA with some spiciness and lemon. Not sure why it works so well but it does.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down easily.

D. High drinkability here. Nice complexity too for its measly 4.8% ABV. If this stuff was a couple bucks cheaper a 6-pack, it would have a permanent spot in my fridge during the summer. I need to do a side-by-side comparison between this and NG's Crack'd Wheat for fun.

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

Thank to beerwolf77 (again!) for this awesome extra. Before I even pour this, I have a distinct feeling that I want at least 2.

A: Pours a transparent (but slightly cloudy) pale gold color with small chunks of yeast floating around. The head is thick, fluffy, dense and creamy in appearance. Lots of foam sticks to the glass. Retention is decent, lasting only a minute or two

S: Delicious hops greet the nose immediately. Resinous, floral, bitter, and fruity. Pineapple, apple skin, grapefruit, and peach. The wheat malt balances the hops very nicely, lending some toffee, caramel, and brown sugar notes. Almost even a little perfumey as it warms.

T: Holy smokes!The wheat malt is more prevalent than in the nose giving you some, well, wheat flavor. Grainy and wheaty. The hops have a strong citrus kick (lemon/grapefruit) as well as some peach and apricot flavors. Honey is also pretty noticeable and adds a sweet flavor to the lively, twangy hops. The brew gets a little bready/wheaty after it decants for a while. Amazingly balanced, and pretty mellow other than the citrus bite, and really delicate.

MF/D: Higher carbonation, which seems to be typical of the style, and of light beers in general to get all those flavors to your senses. Clean and refreshing finish with a lingering honey flavor.

Amazingly refreshing and clean, the ultimate session beer, along with Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss, and I can only imagine this to be the best tailgate beer. My only regret is living outside of the FFF distribution range.

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

I only had one bottle of this left in the fridge after a party...
A - Pours bright gold
S - Smells very citrus/pine forward, hint of vanilla
T - Refreshing, smooth, clean, finishes crisp with a lemony tang at the back of your tongue. It's nice.
D - This is damn drinkable... I only wish I had a second.

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

Fresh bottle shipped to me thanks to Justin. Gumballhead pours a fairly bright gold with a slight haze and a nice thick white head, though not as big as most wheat beers, it still looks real nice with lots of retention and lace. The aroma is fresh and hoppy with pine with a bit of a lemony twang and some vague caramel hops. The wheat does not come through much in the nose, but it would be hard pressed to overpower the hop aroma. The aroma is very good, though it is a dead ringer for an XPA moreso than an APWA.

The flavor pops amarillo, piney and citrusy hop notes with a background of caramel malt. The finish has floral notes, lingering bitterness (a bit out of place for a wheat, again) and somewhat dry cookielike malt finish too. This is one of those beers that in a BJCP competition would totally flunk out of the style guidelines, but I can't really hold that against it because this is a delicious beer. The mouthfeel has a bit of that milkshake thickness from the wheat with a prickly carbonation that isn't quite spritzy. The wheat adds good body for this sessionable brew. Drinkability is very high, flavorful, very hoppy, not palatewrecking, though intense for something in this category. I'll go ahead and call it a good thing though.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another traded to me by Dmahaffa.

Poured out of a 12 oz glass into my 12 oz Stone IRS snifter

A - Pours a murky orangish color with a finger width of frothy white head. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

S - Smell is sweet. Some lemony zest mixed with freshly baked bread. It's good.

T - Taste kind of follows the nose. Lemon fiavor mixed in with some sweetness from a fresh bread like taste or something like that.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Maybe a touch watery.

D - Very easy to drink. I could get used to this...if I lived where this was distributed. Great sessionable beer.

Photo of devilben02
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this one on draught with little knowledge about it other than the reputation of the brewery. I certainly enjoyed it, but I never would have guessed that this was a pale wheat due to the hop character that is much more amplified than is typical for the style.

The color is a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin cream-white head. The hops come through in the aroma with a dry citrus scent that lays on top of an underlying fruit sweetness. That same balance is evident in the flavor as well, with a lemony hop flavor contrasting with a light fruitiness. This one is fairly light bodied, which combined with the light but pleasant flavors makes this one an easy drinking selection.

Overall, the Gumballhead drinks like some kind of hybrid between a wheat ale and an American pale ale. The hop flavor and aroma don't overpower, though, but merely makes you stop and think about what you are drinking.

Photo of semibaked
2.77/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy brightish yellow color with a white head that produces a bit of lacing.

S - Light hops right away, some sugary sweetness and citrusy scents too.

T - Really light tastes of hops, lime zest, and water. Didn't know anything about this before I tried it, very light tasting beer.

M - Typical light beer mouthfeel.

D - This just doesn't have enough flavor for me, way to light tasting, it is nice and refreshing but definitely want more flavor.

Photo of Pabs311
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- fours a hazy golden color, with bits of unfiltered wheat and yest floating around. a good sized foamy white head floats atop this beer, settling to leave spotty lacing.

S- Citrusy lemon and grapefruit zest is apparent right of the bat, there's some spicniess there as well present with cloves being most noted. some sweet pale malts come through here and there as well. and i dunno if its because of the name playing mind games, but i can almost get a pink bubblegum aroma in there too.

T- Good citrus qualities right of the bat that fade to a bitter citrus before the spices and malts come to play. finishes with another burst of citrus from the hops along with a nice hop bitterness.

M/D- light bodied, good hearty carbonation make this beer one that would be great to enjoy on a nice hot summer day. one of the tastier wheat beers i've had. truely enjoyed.

Photo of portia99
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a UFO wheat beer glass.

A - Pours a nice golden color with good clarity (just the slightest of wheat haze). Two fingers of loose white foam sits on top with decent staying power that falls to a thin layer of of foam on the surface. Lots of nice effervesence rises from the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of crisp lemon up front with some orangey citrus too. Only a small whisper of wheat aroma, a touch sweet, some light clovey/spicy smells too.

T - Light and refreshing, nice crisp bitterness that is solid but not overpowering. Slightly sweet wheat and barley malt underneath. Some lemony citrus flavor too.

M - Mouthfeel is thin, just above the watery level with a medium-high carbonation level giving a nice prickly sensation.

D - This is an amazingly drinkable beer. Hops are crisp and bitter sitting on top of soft malt flavors. The nice lemony touches really round things out. Extremely smooth and easy drinking, goes down as easy as water...perfect craft beer for spring yard work. Excellent.

Photo of HeartPAC
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy golden base with a minimal bubbly white head which dissipated rather quickly leaving a foamy ring.

The citrus is the overpowering smell but some hoppy undertones creep through if you spend some time with your schnoz on the rim.

Taste is easy..pure heaven. To be specific, there is a citrusy, grapefruity-thing going on up front which fades to a mildly bitter aftertaste. Easily one of the better beers I have tasted of late.

You can definitely feel the carbonation but it isn't overpowering....certainly not inappropriate.

Drinkability is almost as easy as taste....I could drink this constantly until my stomach explodes, it's just that good.

Definitely a beer to pour cold into a cold glass on a HOT day. I dare say it is the most "refreshing" beer I have ever experienced.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

F= Pours an orange-yellow body with a thin dispercing head.

S= A rather suprising nose of citrus hops and dough yeast. Very nice.

T= This beer has much bigger flavors then I excepted going into it. It's a hopped up wheat beer, awesome! Pine and citrus that fades to a medium lived dough yeast.

F= It was not watery but was light palate

D= I rated this beer as a session beer and it would make a wonderful one at that. Citrus and yeast make this beer a wonderful beer for the summer time. Great job FFF

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

-12oz bottle served in Weizen glass.
-03/08/2010 At home, relaxed

Aroma: Light nose of (citrusy) Amarillo hops and sweet malt.

Appearance: Light, hazy gold, almost yellow; would be effervescent if not for the suspended sediment. Quick carbonation formed a thin, white head that dissipated. Light carbonation observed thereafter.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Some light citrus from the Amarillo hops with a forward wheat malt and a subdued sweetness. Floral hop flavor with moderate bitterness in the aftertaste.

Palate: Medium carbonation with a light, creamy body.

Overall: A pleasant take on an American wheat beer. God, light citrus and hop flavor plays well with the wheat malt. I really enjoy the use of Amarillo hops.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Citrusy hops and lemon

Appearance - Clear yellow with a decent size white head and plenty of carbonation from the pour.

Taste - A light sweet backbone and a light hop bitterness. This strikes me pretty much as a well hopped light beer, which I have to admit is a wonderful idea.

Notes - I wish FFF distributed here because I would consider keeping this in my fridge all the time.

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden color. Half-inch head and a thin lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- Love the smell of this beer. Citrus, pine, and IPA-ish.

T- Good, not great. Nice balance of hops and malts.

M- Very crisp.

D/O- Wheats generally aren't my favorite but I could definitely imbibe on this and only this on a summer night in the not-to-distant future. Will drink again...thanks for the beer John!

Photo of ekardz
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden/yellow color, medium carbonation, 1/2 finger head that slowly fades and leaves gentle lacing on the glass and throughout the beer.

Smell - hoppy/citrusy. Smells very sweet, some fruit as well as perfumy aromas.

Taste - WOW! So crisp and clean. What an amazing wheat beer. Great citrusy lemon taste. All ingredients blend so well. Perfect amount of hops. One of the better wheat beers I've consumed.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very smooth.

Drinkability - I love this beer, I wish it made it to New York. Thank god I travel for work and I will pick this up for then and now everytime I am in Chi Town!

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a thin foamy head and a splash of bottle-conditioned yeast that discolors the surface.

S: Amarillo hops, grain, tropical fruit and, yes, far back in the distance -- a hint of juicy gumballs.

T: Opens with citrus-based flavor and tangs of lemon before Red Wheat surfaces, moving the taste into a decidedly grainy middle. Finishes with a subtle smack of malt. Well-hopped, yet never very bitter. Nicely balanced, indeed.

M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Somewhat watery in mouthfeel.

D: Incredibly refreshing. Remarkably crisp and clean throughout. A superb Pale Wheat Ale that I look forward to diving into this summer.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Widmer hefeweizen glass. Beer was a cloudy, golden straw color with a two-finger, creamy white head. Heavy carbonation and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus, bread and light hops.

Taste was wheat, bread, citrus, light hops and sugar. Pretty unique and tasty.

Easy drinking and refreshing. Well made wheat beer.

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

Appearance: A soft pour that led to little head, basically just a mild white lacing around the wall of the glass. A golden amber color that is pretty clear for a wheat beer.

Aroma: Very sweet with citrus and lemon aromas dominate.

Taste: Citrus right at the tip of the tongue with a lemon flavor that lasts along with some wheat that manages to break through.

Mouth Feel: Light and smooth

Drinkability: I could see myself drinking a ton of these on a warm summer day. Hell I would drink this beer anytime of the year, very refreshing!

Photo of nukem5
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice straw color with light foam lacing rim of glass.

S: Aromatic and smooth nice fruity hoppiness about the nose.

T:Love the way the hops and wheat malt blend together. Perfect amount , if I could brew this at home I would never leave the house.

M: Medium body with nice tiny bubbles that cleanse the toungue.

D: Very drinkable ,Like I said would never leave but to get more grains ,hops ,yeast.3 Floyds always a quality brew.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1.5 finger coarse white head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear lemon color. Frothy thick lacing that belies the expected body of this beer. Outstanding.

S: Nose is sweet lemon, cane sugar, and citrus hops in the background. Very fruity and fresh though not overly powerful.

T: Lemon peel bitterness upfront that just gets a twinge bit more sour as it lingers on my palate, turning into the lemon pulp instead. Hoppy in the middle though still with good balance. Malt sweetness appears towards the end as the other flavors fade. Clean on the finish. This one doesn't leave much at all.

M: Light bodied, coarse, mildly carbonated, very watery in the mouth. Spicy and really dances on my tongue. Finish is very clean and easy. No lasting impression left here.

D: A very unique wheat beer that exhibits a lot of creativity in my opinion. Gumballhead succeeds because of its high drinkability and because even though, the flavors are quite experimental, they work well and are not overpowering. Worth seeking out though I'm not sure how I'm gonna get my hands on another of these.

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Hazy
H. Straw yellow
N. Citrus Hops strong almost like an IPA

Comments taken from my blog Dosbeerigos

YESS finally Three Floyds Gumballhead! This beer so many people have told me about for such a long time. "Dude this is the best beer" "Man you have to try this beer". Honestly it was good, not great. For a beer it sort-a threw a curve ball. The nose was strong Hops like an IPA, and then you take a sip of this and realize that it is a wheat beer. Sweet notes take over then the hops come back for a nice visit at the end. Good beer, and as the bottle says "its not normal." Worth a try if you can land a bottle, GREAT SUMMER BEER!

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

12oz bottle into snifter glass

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin 1 finger white head that leaves great lacing. LLAB

S- Like most FFF i've had the Strong floral hops hit you up front but i have to say the wheat was very apparent and left a great backround. Combined with a citrus/orangy almost tangerinish fruity smell as well.

T- Sweet citrusy hops and strong wheat flavor are complimented with cirtusy fruits and a great lemony finish and after taste.

M- Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation that leaves a slight bitter dryness on the tounque.

Overall this is definitely one of the best and most interesting wheat beers I've come across. The great amount of hops flavor and fruity make it a great session beer.


Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear, golden straw in appearance, with two fingers of head after the pour. The head goes down to about one finger after a few sips with some lacing.

Smell - Pine, grass, LOTS of grapefruit, rock candy, and a small amount of wheat.

Taste - Pine-like, resiny hops, Massive amounts of grapefruit, a little wheat on the back end. Lingering citrus.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light, with a crisp finish. A really easy drinker.

Drinkability - Very refreshing! Wheat ale and citrus has always been known as a dynamite combination, it only makes sense that somebody was going to make a wheat ale with loads of citrus-y hops to to really nail that flavor profile on the head.

This makes for a great warm weather beer you can drink all day and into the evening, ideally on your front porch. If you have access to this beer and love pale ales, don't deny yourself. This is another winner from Three Floyds.

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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