Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 4,799
Reviews: 1,439
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
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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 Stoneman78
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from vj2slow

Appearance is a super clear yellow-light orange hue, head is two fingers of loose foam that sustains, light lacing

Smell is subtle for this style, but I could pick out moderate yeast and bananas, some other light fruit and spices

Taste is initially dominated by biscuit pale malts leading to lemon citrus hops, some bubblegum sweetness and syrupy fruits, finishes bitter and drying

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, watery and thin texture, very high carbonation is almost distracting

Drinkability is compromised by the overly high carbonation and bitterness, otherwise this is decent example of APWA (not too many of these in SoCal) that has good balance, low alcohol presence, but lacking in complexity

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head that recedes but leaves a little lacing. Smells of bananas, pineapple and wheat. Not bad at all actually!

The taste grew on me. Fair amount of tropical fruits - banana, pineapple and the like - nicely accented by a slightly sharp wheat and hop backbone. Hops are not over the top, but are present and lend a touch of bitterness at the end. Seems to be a yeast presence that may also be playing out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is carbonated to just the right level without being too much - overall a pleasing mouthfeel. Drinkability is very good, and would be a perfect summer drink.

Highly recommended. One of the best APWAs I've had. Good flavors with some great drinkability.

Photo of zdk9
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very hazy orange with just a film of head no lacing

S- Weak smell of fruity hops- lemon, citrus, and slightly grapefruit

T- Surprisingly bitter which I like. In the taste the lemony hops are balanced out by some light biscuity malt.

M- Very carbonated and light.

D- Not complex enough to be amazing, but a decent beer.

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

Thanks kryptic and Jay23 for the opportunity to experience this one
22 oz bomber poured into a Weizen glass produced a clear golden yellow. Along with a large billowy white head that lasts a good long time

Tons of citrus, hops, wheat and yes bubblegum aroma’s fill up my head

A wonderfully clean and crisp palate

The flavors of this one are extremely well balanced for a wheat beer not to sweet not to tart Kind of like Goldilocks “just right”

Very drinkable beer made me think it was summertime even though I’m looking at snow outside my window right now

Photo of trevorwideman
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this one for me!

Pours a hazey, unfiltered golden straw colour with a massive full 2 inches of frothy head off a vigorous pour, a bit of fizzy wet lace sticks around a bit after the head recedes. Carbonation is very mellow, and unfortunately after a few sips this beer just ends up looking a bit on the flat side. Aroma is more muted than I expected, but there's some resiny hops. Pine, grapefruit overtop of more typical wheat aromas, bready with some banana, clove, and surprise, bubblegum. Oddly enough as well, a bit of mustiness.

Taste is straight up intriguing, a hearty and full flavoured mix of hops (grapefruit, pine, herbs (medicinal), pepper, and maybe some juniper?) with bready malt with some tasty yeast flavours, bubblegum sweetness with a bit of banana, apple, pear, and clove. Lighter body keeps this really drinkable though, carbonation isn't too obnoxious either, which is nice. Nice balance, full of flavour, and certainly better than most beers I've had in this style.

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

This beer has been a beer I've passed on a few times. Finally Ive decided to give it a try.
Glad I did. This beer is a great, CHEAP, brew! It reminded me of a nice Belgian or two.

Overall, I think I would like to make this brew a regular. Its mighty tasty

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

Pours a hazy gold with a good 1 inch+ of foamy head (enough to go over the pint glass rim, but not spill over) which dissipates well, leaving a small layer of cream colored head and good lacing. Smells of straw, cereal, citrus notes like lemon peel and a slight hint of sour apple. The taste of honey and sugar cereal up front follow with a good malt backbone, and the citrus and bitter hops leave this a very balanced and unique tasting wheat beer with a crisp finish. Medium in body with great fizzy carbonation throughout. One of my favorite beers from Three Floyds, good to enjoy at any time, not just in the summer.

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

A-Pours a hazy golden/yellow color with a huge soap bubble head that falls fast.Lots of bubbles in glass,decent lacing.

S-Clean,crisp citrus hop smell,lemon zest with a strong bubblegum/yeast nose.

T-Sweet lemons and hops upfront then you get the bubblegum and banana yeast then finishes with a tart wheat flavor.Stronger taste of alcohol as it warms.

M-Medium bodied beer with a nice feel and good carbonation.

D-This would make a great summer beer but I would enjoy this during any season.This is a good example of the style and another great brew from FFF's.

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

Ah, this is more like it! Three Floyds are a local Munster, Indiana brewery that takes chances with their decidedly non-mainstream specialty craft beers, and succeeds more often than not. This top-shelf wheat beer is a nicely-complex and well-balanced taste sensation that measures out the malt and hops wonderfully.

This one pours a regal golden with huge head of foam and ornate lace. Aroma is bread and lemon. Perfect!

Flavors include some crisp spicy zing and a citrus-lemon kick. Superb! With a distinctive sweet-to-bitter followthrough, this exceptional brew is a standout in a sea of American wheat beers. Plus, they score big-time cool points for the bottle's icon and namesake, the Skin Graft Records comic character, Gumballhead the cat. A winner!

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

22 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head that stays for a while.

S - Wheat and hops, a little sweet also.

T - Very citrusy with a citrus bitterness not your typical hop bitterness. Hint of grapefruit hiding in there.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. I am not too familiar with pale wheat beers but I think it fits the description based on what I would think from other wheat beers and a pale style mixed.

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

Slightly hazy straw color. Aroma of fresh hay and Pacific North-West hops. This beer tasted like a cross between an American Wheat beer and an American Pale Ale. There were some clean, light grainy flavors with some soft late addition hop character. Really nice spin on a wheat beer. Just enough extra hops to match the tartness of the wheat. Bell's Oberon meets Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A little summer in the middle of January.

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

12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a HUGE foamy white head. It soons fades down into a spotty foamy covering that left some decent lacing. Aroma is pungent with fresh hops and citrus mixed with the breadiness of a typical wheat beer.

Taste is big with several citrus notes and hop bitterness but is nicely balanced by a sweet and bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with some lively carbonation that isn't too filling.

One of my favorite offerings from Three Floyds. I love the flavor balance, crisp nature, and way easy drinkibility of this guy. A great summertime beer that is still going strong well into the winter.

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

My first 3 Floyds beer ever. Isn't trading great? :D

Having heard so much hype about it, I forgo the everyday pint, & bust out the Erdinger Weiss glass for the occasion. I begin to pour, hoping MattyB wasn't bullshitting me.

A golden hazy honey tint, crazy activity from top to bottom, but a weak quarter inch of off-white head. No head, no five point O.

A cloudy tangerine scent lifts off the top, softening the crisp hop background. Dry wheat & very little yeast. Subtlety sweet, & mild.

Sweet bread, almost like pumpernickel. A little squeeze of honey. It is outstandingly dry, practically sucking away the almost sweet bitterness from front to back & away from memory. It finishes with the prickly carbonation just adding a dab of butter on some dry wheat crust. Much cleaner then your typical wheat beer. Even on a cold winter day like this, it hits the spot amid all the stuffy heat coming off the pipes.

And just like that, it's gone. I sure could use another.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this beer.

Dispenses from the 12oz bottle into a large wheat glass a murky, dark straw color. Huge white head. Rocky and somewhat dense. Plenty of carbonation bubbles race toward the surface to keep the head a steady two fingers in size for nearly the duration of the consumption.

Aromas are yeasty and wheaty. Lemongrass also. Slight sourness in the aroma but that only adds to the distinctiveness of this beer.

Distinct lemon peel in the flavor hits the palate almost immediately. Slight sourness and tartness as well as some yeast flavors. Certainly some hops in there as well. Citrusy, lemony, anything with Vitamin C basically.

Medium mouthfeel. Hop bitterness has a nice bite at the end. Somewhat slick on the tongue and teeth. Absolutely wonderful. I was searching through my cellar, looking for something other than a DIPA or RIS or Barleywine. My palate is a bit fatigued of those at the moment so I was looking for something a little lighter. This certianly fit the bill and was delicious. I had heard good things about this beer and was glad I got to try it.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, but nothing special. It immediately reminds me of Southern Tier's HopSun as a light an relatively hoppy wheat beer. The juicy, citrus hops are quite crisp but the malt flavor simply provides a sweet background for the hops. Overall, it's not that complex, but it's a refreshing beer for hops fans.

Photo of trill
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing, hazy gold, with a two-inch head that dissipates quickly. Smell is boatloads of grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon; really fantastic in the aroma department. Taste is brisk, with a light but flavorful hop attack, refreshing wheat tartness, and perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel is perhaps a bit thin, but this beer is extremely flavorful and refreshing.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A – Poured a clear golden color with a short head that didn’t last too long.

S – A nice aroma with some sticky sweetness and a prevailing hoppiness. Slight pink grapefruit. A very wafty hint of light redwood.

T – Grapefruity hops and some light grains. Very clean and crisp feeling. Bitter and crisp with some lemon and tartness. There’s a hint of sweetness from the malt that mellows the tone just a little, but it stays a bit snappy. The bitter high end hangs around for a while and pushes off any sweetness in the middle.

M – Pretty smooth even with the crispness. Feels just a bit oily. The tight carbonation and bitter bite kind of tingle and dance on the tongue.

D – Refreshing without being light, retaining its satisfaction. Not for heavy consumption, but a very drinkable beer for refreshment with some body to it.

Photo of Onibubba
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not the wheat beer I expected. But it was not an experience I regret either. By the time the beer reached our table, there was no head present. Served in a pint glass, color was a dark gold, not quite amber. Floral hops and some citrus were the most up front smell. Hops were all over the taste. Sigh. I'm a bit tired of potent hop taste in every other beer regardless of style, but that is a rant for a forum, not a beer review. Mouthfeel was smooth and quite nice. Likewise for drinkablity. Very sessionable. Will certainly have this again.

Photo of budgood1
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a clear golden colour, with a huge frothy off white head. lots of good looking rocky lacing. huge hop aroma, mostly citric in nature...pineapple, orange, lemon with a slight vanilla note wafting in and out. flavours of more citric hoppiness, a bit of pine, wheat malt, some bazooka joe vanilla, and some clove spice in the background. this outstanding quaffer is all about the hops, and truckloads of them. more hop flavour than bitterness, but there is a nice lingering pucker that occurs that i find fabulous. since it's such a summer type drinker, the body is on the lighter side, and that's a good thing. the mouthfeel is zesty and crisp and a bit dry; again just perfect for what this beer is trying to do. drinkability is outrageous...i have one bomber and it's almost gone already. i could have a keg of this during the summer and never get sick of it, i believe.

love the smell, love the taste, and love the beer. one of the best brews to pass my lips in my time as a BA and beer lover.

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

Pours slightly golden orange and looks very tasty. it was hoppy as hell and a little bit overly carbonated. i took around a half hour to kill this guy and air bubbles were still rising at the very end. a good citrusy scent. there are some 'herbal' aspects to this beer too. its tastes like chronic. wow. quite tasty though, and the packaging was amongst the best i've ever seen on a beer.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Fairly transparent colorization with minimal white head.

Smells is full of excellent hop aroma tinged with sweetness. Taste is very well balanced. The hops are impressive but not overpowering, and the taste lasts a long time and the hops evolve and eventually leave a satisfyingly sweet aftertaste. This reminds me of Founder's Red's Rye.

Overall: excellent red beer with masterful hoppiness. Great selection especially for the price. FFF continues to impress.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head and a touch of sticky lacing/

S - Big citrus hop aroma with a touch of chewy bubblegum and freshly baked toasty wheat bread.

T - Very fruity grapefruit and citrus hops with a bready wheat background. Slight bubblegum taste.

M - Light and crisp, goes down easily with a bit of body from the wheat.

D - One of the most drinkable beers I have had. One of my go to beers.

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

Orange straw color, spotty head retention and little thin lace.

Smells very fruity. Mostly tutti-fruiti bubblegummy with quite a bit of grassy hops.

Soft and wheaty with some traditional bubblegum flavor and some light tropical or peachy notes, but loaded with spicy grassy hops throughout.

Light and drinkable, would definitely buy as a session beer if available around here. Best wheat beer I can remember drinking.

Photo of jaxon53
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kirok1999 for sending me this in the Secret Halloween BIF. Served chilled into a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a brilliant, bright, hazy golden yellow color, with some tiny white floaties. Two good fingers of dense, bubbly white head formed with a bit of a vigorous pour. Head faded pretty quickly and left some spotty lace behind. Smell is wheat, citrus, pine and HOPS! Tons of hops in the nose with a bit of spice. Never smelled a wheat beer quite like this. Wow! What a great flavor as well. A nice wheat flavor with a bit of lemon zest, some nice pine notes in the background, and a serious hop bite. Quite smooth though. The hops are pretty much king in this beer. A nice light to medium body with minimal carbonation. Very drinkable and very refreshing. Definitely not what I expected from a wheat beer.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is a hazy, turbid color that, despite the particles, has a golden brilliance. A thick head over 2 fingers in size almost overtook my East End tumbler glass. As it receded, some bubbles stuck to the sides for a mere hint of lace.

S: The nose is a run of the mill wheat aroma except for one striking exception: the hops. The hop aroma is thick and medicinal with piney undertones.

T: The hops are the heart and soul of this beer. That's par for the course for IPAs, but a wheat beer? The hops are quite bitter, medicinal with a pine flavor that really grabs hold of the tongue. The wheat body adds very little, other than getting out of the way of the hops.

M: The wheat is slow to emerge, doing so only long after a sip is gone. The hops are tight, the real showcase of the ale.

D: The low abv makes this a good quaffin' beer but the harshness of the hops will limit mass consumption.

Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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