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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,468 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,468
Hads: 5,331
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 914
Gots: 991 | FT: 35
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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Reviews: 1,468 | Hads: 5,331
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- light orange color with much carbonation. One finger head.
Smell citrus with piney hoppy smell.
T- more of a pale than wheat taste, however very crisp and clean taste with the hoppy bite.
F- piney hop throughout with definite citrus and wheat taste. This comes together quite nicely.
O- Seeing more of these types and I like it. (339 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with a small amount of cloudiness. head is no more than a finger and disappates very quickly with no visible lacing. Aroma is very hoppy and lemony. Taste is definately hop, grapefruit and a touch of well balanced sweetness. Flavor hits right up front and leaves very quickly mid swallow. Hardly any aftertaste or lingering hop bitterness. Carbonation is moderate and feels good on the palate. Expecting more but am very pleased with my first taste of FFF. (482 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a nice two finger head of pure white foam. The foam fades slowly over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a wheaty smell mixed with a rather strong grapefruit and lemon smell. Along with these aromas are some light grassy aromas and a bit of grain as well.

Taste- The taste begins very light and crisp with some wheat flavors mixed with a cracker base flavor as well as some tastes of a herbal hop upfront, which are rather light. As the taste advances a bit of a lemon and grapefruit hop flavor start developing on the tongue with them gaining strength as the taste advances further. In the end, the lighter wheat and cracker tastes grow just a bit stronger and join the hop and a little bit of grain to leave a rather crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite light with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mild flavors of the brew the thinner body creates a rather crisp brew overall, matching well the drier and lighter flavors nicely.

Overall – Definitely not really a flavor powerhouse here, but really instead, a quite crisp and refreshing tasting brew. It has just enough herbal and grassy hop to give it life, but not too much to keep it from being refreshing. (1,421 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at "The Tap" in Bloomington, IN. Here goes:

A: Good. Clear yellow with a one-inch head. Leaves some lacing, but less than normal for beers of the style. Also less carbonation than normal.

S: Amarillo hops impart a very floral smell; really, it smells like a bouquet of flowers. Citrus, mild grapefruit, peach and herbal grass. Also some wheat in the background.

T: Adequate hops, but not as complex as I would've liked - very grassy. Wheaty presence makes itself known at the back of the tongue. Overall, good but not great.

M: Nice and bready. Rather full-bodied for a wheat beer.

O: A solid beer. Was a little disappointed given the rave reviews, however. (693 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Got four of these in a trade with Remobsu. My first BA trade. Was totally psyched to try this brew, but ultimately was disappointed. Nose was less than I expected, but dug the cloudy golden yellow pour. First sip tasted quite odd. Was it the Amarillo hops? Second sip more of the same.. Really hard to describe but the taste was not familiar. Not horrible, but did not live up to the hype for me. (396 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Date: 10/07/14
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2014
Glass: Lawson's Tulip - "From The Green Mountains To Yo Head, Cuz!"

*About time I write a review for this one.

Pours a hazy golden in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that lingers and produces moderate amounts of lacing on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, a little peach flesh, and some fresh cut farm straw which I assume is the wheat. The flavor starts w/ an initial blast of malt sweetness, right into grapefruit, and closes w/ herbal hop bite. Medium bodied and oh, so lush! The wheat usage makes this small beer very chewy and creates the perfect mouthfeel bumping up the review score in my book. One could really drink the shit out of this brew!

Overall, by no means a revelation, but a real go to brew that you could drink volumes of if you were in that kind of mood. (834 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz bottle from Todd, poured into snifter.
A: pours a golden copper body, one finger white foam head n plenty of carbonation from the bottom and sides of glass, minimal spotty lacing.
S: citrus, sweet peaches, jolly rancher peach, hint of spice, some lemon rind
M: medium creamy body, carbonation is strong
T: citrus, tropical fruits, peach, lemon, some pine resin, hops, wheat
O: great brew, slight hoppy makes this wheat brew stand out, fantastic aroma (457 characters)

Photo of GoNoles
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Similar to Sweet Action, though doesn't taste as hoppy to me. I'm glad I can only seem to find it once a month as I'd probably drink it every day. Definitely my favorite in its style. (185 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

From notes.

A: Hazy orange. Finger of off white head. Stellar lacin. Moderate retention.

S: Very fruity. Lots of orange, some oj, pineapple and tropics coming off the glass.

T: Tropical fruit, soft biscuit like malt. Bit of grapefruit white coming through as well.

M: Pillowy like only a wheat beer can be. Soft, cloudlike.

O: This is a killer wheat beer. While I prefer the more aggressive Lil Sumpin Sumpin, this may be the ultimate hot weather beer. (481 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. The liquid is a bright, hazy orange with tons of bubbles rising through it, and the pour kicks up a generous off-white head with remarkable staying power, and nice lacing.

Aroma is bigtime oranges and citrus, with a noticeable bready malt presence. There's a kind of creamy note to the aroma as well that's kind of hard to pin down. Smells like a well-balanced, creamy IPA.

The taste backs up all the hops from the nose, and then some - lots of grass up front, followed by a citrus punch before the bready malt comes in mid-palate. The malt somehow takes over on the finish, leaving you with more sweetness than bitterness, and the aftertaste is a nice mixture of the two. Some spiciness from the wheat emerges as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is ultra-silky. Medium-bodied, with tons of carbonation. I think it would actually have been better with a little bit less carbonation though, to let the silkiness really come out.

Overall, really nice, non-boring wheat beer that drinks like an IPA with the silkiest mouthfeel you'll ever get in an IPA. (1,074 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- color is a slightly hazy gold, pours a half finger of thick, frothy head that retains very well.

Smell- Aroma is very citrusy and sweet, and is comprised mostly of orange and lemon zest, with only a hint of wheat.

Taste- Orange and lemon upfront, floral notes, slight bitterness from the hops, very faintly metallic, the wheat comes in at the very end.

Mouthfeel- Quite crisp, carbonation is high, just the tiniest bit of chalkiness at the end which is a bit off putting, but does not make the texture unpleasant.

Overall- This is an excellent and refreshing wheat beer, if it was available in my area it would be a consistent repurchase during the warm months for sure. (686 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a LA Teku glass. Bottles 7-18

Appearance- Clear/hazy amber/gold with quick half finger head that left lacing.

Smell- Wheat malts, lemon, apples, grass, pine, pot, green grapes. Very dank and fruity.

Taste- Much of the same earthy grassy hops with light amounts of that apple and grape flavors. Pale wheat finishes with not much lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel- Really, the perfect body. Medium carbonation with a very soft body and light bitterness. Pretty goddamn drinkable.

Overall- All the FFF hoppy beers I've had (with the exception to ZD) have powerful/beautiful noses but lack in flavor a bit. Great beer, but no Zombie dust. (664 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Only slightly hazy orange-gold body, tufts of bubbles, a good head that leaves a thin coating on the surface, a few legs of sticky lace.

S: Mostly strikingly clean hops, most citrus fruits. Faint background of wheat. Really good, but too hop-centric for the named style.

T: Again, too hoppy for the style, but it's too good for me to knock it much. Clean, clean hops showcasing a variety of citruses with minimal bitterness playing off a slightly sweet wheat base. Finish could be longer.

M: Supremely crisp. Fluid. Lively. Refreshing. This is fantastic.

O: A simple concept wonderfully executed. Exactly matches my preferences for low bitterness, restrained hopping, and mild wheat sweetness. It's between a wheat and an IPA, I guess they can't appease both camps ('this IPA is weak!' 'this wheat has too much hops!'). All said and done, a great, easily repeatable beer. (878 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy light golden color with a one and a half finger white foamy head.
Aroma is citrus, some light malt, slight melon.
Taste is honey sweetness up front, fading into this wave of balanced bitterness.
Citrus and malt are in perfect balance.
Mouthfeel is medium to full. Leaning towards full. This coats the mouth and has almost a creamy finish. Bitterness lingers just enough.
Overall I knew this was supposed to be a good beer but it exceeded any expectations I had for it. If I had this in Alabama I would drink it often. (538 characters)

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Bottled on 6/16 so this was only 11 days old!

A: Slightly cloudy, white head about 1-2 inches thick. Many bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass. Upon swishing, sparkling bubbles coated the sides of the glass. Color was a light gold. This beer is beautiful and very inviting!

S: Very pungent with big Amarillo hop aroma. Profile consists of floral notes, fruit (passion fruit, a little grapefruit), and pine.

T: Hop domination on the front. Big grapefruit flavor and pine. As this beer warmed up I picked up the wheat backbone which brings a special refreshing kick of malts to the finish.

M: Very sudsy with a medium body, almost creamy.

O: This is the ideal for a refreshing beer. Beautiful merger of a pale ale and wheat beer. Very Amarillo-centric and it makes sense with that big fruit flavor! Happy to have had this with such a fresh born on date! (906 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub, a fan-favorite according to the label. Poured from the sediment abundant bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 3 finger thick head with very decent lacing. Medium-gold, hazy body,

What a great set of smells from this brew : orange, citrus, and little pepperiness.

You've guessed it, I taste the ripest of oranges&lemons. A slight bitterness appears with the peppery taste. This does a knockout job at balancing out the real fruit sweetness. Refreshingly clean finish from Gumballhead.

By far the cleanest finish of any wheat style I've ever experienced. It just hits the spot RIGHT on target!

Overall a very well deserved 4.25 for Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub. Now I see why this became on demand for year-round supply as opposed to seasonal release. This is the best of the two dominant wheat styles I've had. I implore you to get your hands on this! I will buy this brew again, best believe it! (981 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gumballhead brewed by Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub with an ABV of 5.6% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a thick white head. This brew is an unfiltered brew it is cloudy. The smell is rich with citrus. You pick up on orange, lemon, and lime. There is also a spice to this brew. The taste is smooth and rich with a bitterness at the end . Gumballhead is a nice, balanced brew. Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub did a nice job with this brew. Mouthfeel is clean and relishing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. I would get this brew again. (570 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-gold hue, very clear with a champagne-like head that resides quickly.

Smells very faintly of sweet yeast and hop characters which are pretty subtle and play very nicely off one another. The light sweetness comes across as slightly tropical and smells just a bit like bubblegum, though mostly due to the sticky-sweet hop scents. The name suits it well.

The malt is darker than some wheat beers and offers some more well-rounded sweetness, but the beers remains more hop forward in taste, with a nice amount of yeast to balance. Crisp up front, it moves to sweet with some notes of marmalade, and finishes on wheat and slight hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smoother and a bit more oily than other wheat beers -- I might like to see a tiny bit more crispness -- but it works nicely in this brew. Not too weak in ABV either. (832 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost got-weak in the knees when I saw a local, podunk liquor store had four cases of Three Floyds' Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Alpha King, and Robert the Bruce Scottish Ale. The liquor store I work at gets one case every two weeks and we sell out in about forty-five minutes, no lie. Knowing of Three Floyds for a while, I felt it was really all hype and that people just wanted what they couldn't have. Case and point, my store had a helluva time getting a solid amount of KCCO Black Lager, for we would move our two case supply in about a day or so. Now we got a twenty-five plus KCCO surplus and nobody wants it; you couldn't give the beer away.

After trying Gumballhead, I still can't believe this is one of the highest-rated beers out now. It's damn good, don't get me wrong, complex, fruity, flavorful, and toys with your taste buds to give a remarkably clean finish, but there still is a hype element of it that I can't get over. I think if this brew was released with the ubiquity of a "mainstream craft" offering like Lagunitas DayTime Ale or something it wouldn't be half as popular.

Like I said, I love the taste of this, and will savor my six pack by drinking probably one a month, providing its elusiveness remains (knowing Three Floyds, it will), and I will slowly but surely tackle each of the other brews, even with the possibility of attending one of Three Floyds' infamous "Dark Lord Day" in later years.

Moral of the story, however - you know those seamy-looking, podunk liquor stores in down you've driven by but never stopped in, even the ones that are part gas stations and convenient stores: don't sleep on them. (1,638 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass. Bottled 5/30/14
*First GBH since lable change... flavor change too?

A- Light golden. Thin head with lacing
S- Big roasted malts, cracked wheat
T- Super light maltyness with a tiny bit of hops on the back.
M - Smooth and a bit thin, but ok for style

O- I may be going crazy, but this tastes a lot different than I remember. Gumballhead used to be a love it or hate it beer because of some big unique flavors. It seems like a watered down version of what it used to be... say it isn't always going to be like this. (543 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter; thanks Corgidad.

A: A clear golden with a white one finger head. Ample lacing.

S: Piney hops, lemons and grapefruit.

T: Wheat comes through with piney, grapefruit hops and lemons. Smooth, semi- sweet with a hoppy finish.

M: light and watery. Thin but well-carbonated.

O: Not much bang for the swallow. Someone suggested the bottle wasn't fresh. Hopefully I'll get a better bottle next time. This is the only 3 Floyds that's let me down. (466 characters)

Photo of W9820
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-This beer is bright beautiful gold, clear and has a great head.
S-I can pick up spicy hops immediately.
T-The taste starts of biscuity but spicy hops come in immediately and it ends with the hops
M-Gumball Head has perfect body
O-great beer...the hops really seem to dominate the beer at the end (299 characters)

Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful orange/honey color
N- definite citrus & grapefruit tones, noticeably fruity
M- light mouth feel
T- slight bitterness after taste, well balanced citrusy hops and malt flavor.

O- Tasty and enjoyable beer. Like many others have already said, this beer is great for a summertime/warm weather setting. Also seems like a good "bridge crossing" beer for past habitual mass marketed light beer drinkers to be introduced to the craft brew scene. (461 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gumballhead pours a clear orange/yellow (honey like) with a small creamy head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving a thin sheet on the surface of the beer. Minimal lacing.

The aroma has nice orange and grapefruit citrus, some pine, dank tropical fruit and a touch of bubblegum.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet caramel malt and citrus hops. Bread and bubblegum give in to a moderately bitter orange citrus with a touch of pine. Some mango is also detected. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering bubblegum and citrus.

A tasty well balanced beer. The aroma fades quickly and I thought there would be more hops in the flavor. The bottle I opened is 5 weeks old. Not as fresh as new, but not very old either. (807 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale orange, good clarity, with a big rush of carbonation. Oatmeal colored head, 1/2 inch high, frothy in texture and moderately retaining.

S: Fresh wet citric-orange, fresh wet pine with a bit of wet lemony-grass hoppiness of moderate strength. The finish is strong piney-grass, some straw with a hint of fruitiness (melon). The aroma shows a great staying potential, it lingers on for quite awhile when others are short lived. Some grassy-oranges.

T: The flavor is crisp, citrus-orange, lemony-grass, fresh wet hops with a sweet pale grain backing. Big wet lemony-citrus kiss of thirst quenching hops for a finish.

M: Sharp and crisp carbonation, nice bite, medium bodied.

O: Overall a crisp, wet hopped, citrusy delight. A healthy dose of wet flavorful hops highlight this perfect summer time downer that you just cant have one of. A perfect canidate for hot weather and a few six packs with friends. (914 characters)

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.