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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,481 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,481
Hads: 5,437
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 926
Gots: 1,056 | FT: 36
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: 1,481 | Hads: 5,437
Photo of Hop_God
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first beers that got me into craft. So amazing. Hoppy but not overly so. Great balance and bursts of flavor.The wheat shows but more towards an ipa. Really a fantastic representation of the style.

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Photo of eaglescout
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: less than a finger of head, golden, hazy

S: sweet, fruity, citrus

T: smooth creamy hoppyness, fruity finish, expected more fruity taste to translate from the smell.

M: well carbonated

O: Enjoyable, taste varied week to week - drink fresh

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/3 - Monk's Pub (Downtown Chicago). I had this draft beer at Monk's pub. The smell, taste and feel were very strong. Not a very strong beer by way of alcohol content, but I really enjoyed the flavor. I ordered a second and was very pleased with both beers.I highly recommend- Great Job 3 Floyds!!!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 010815 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried weizen glass
Aroma citrus, predominantly lemon-like, faint
Head enormous (>8 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 4 mm ring and frothy island
Lacing good – curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor somewhat astringent, somewhat grainy like a lager; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of Bosoxbennie
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At times is overrated around here, which is a shame..It gets built up to be just something its not. Its not earth shattering but it is a damn good beer

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Photo of HoosierCountry
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not what I was expecting but still very good. Seems more of a wheat pale ale rather than a pale wheat ale (if that makes any sense at all). An instant favorite.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of the best session beers i have ever had!! great taste a pleasent earthy wheat taste just right amount snap at the end from the hops..a very well ballanced beer. i love this brew. sampled on tap and 12oz bottles far to many times than i want to admit..

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Photo of KeithE
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried this recently in a pint glass that was poured fresh from a tap. For some reason it was significantly better than what I tried from bottles previously. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Chris585
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect. Nuff said. You can't find another beer at this level in this style. I have had a lot of different beers and none really get close to the quality of this beer. Makes sense why it is hard to find.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Picked it up expecting it to taste like most wheat beers, lacking any real sustenance. I could not have been more wrong. What a refreshing beer for me, but also for the industry that I think is lacking in experimental wheat brews. The Amarillo hops are very apparent and the after taste proves it.

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Photo of rangerred
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper with a one finger soapy white head that fades to a thin cap leaving some splotchy lacing.

Aroma really jumps out and it amazingly juicy. Great mango/tropical fruit nose with some hints of bread. Really can't get much better than this.

The flavor is just as awesome as the aroma. There is more malt than I was expecting but it perfectly compliments the juiciness from the hops. Tropical fruit backed up by darkish great with a touch of spiciness that almost reminds me of rye. Body is lacking but it just helps make this beer even more sessionable.

Overall, does it live up to the hype? I'm not sure. This is an amazing beer but Lagunitas really gives them a run for the money with their Sumpin' line. Nonetheless a very good brew that every beer geek needs to try.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really interesting beer for me as it is not what I would consider a standard wheat beer. It has the same notes as a wheat as well as a beautiful hoppy punch at the end to ramp up the flavor profile. Really nice and deliciously drinkable!

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear golden color with minimal head. Modest lacing. Hoppy aroma but not overpowering. Smooth start with pine/hop/pepper presence at back end. Crisp and light mouthfeel. Overall an excellent session beer.

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Photo of vic21234
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/29/14.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a good amount of white colored head that sticks around awhile.

S- Tons of citrus hops on the smell. I would think it's an IPA.

T- Citrus hops up front along with maybe some banana and clove. The hops really dominate to me and I think it drinks like and IPA.

M- Light bodied, high carbonation, a good food beer.

Can't say I've had any other American Pale Wheats, but GumballHead takes the cake.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited to try this based on my inability to obtain this locally, and the reviews on BA. It was my favorite hoppy wheat, but didn't live up to the hype imho.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a summer day out on your back porch. If one of these is in a glass and 3 more are in your cooler you will be a happy camper. Hoppy for a wheat ale, which i personally love, with a great 3Floyds nose. I find that my non beer guests always enjoy this so it is a great party beer.

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Photo of pagriley
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours hazy golden straw good lacing
S - hoppy with grapefruit and orange zest
T - light sweetness followed by zesty citrus hops
M - super drinkable and balanced malt profile

Solid. best wheat beer I have ever had.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All session beers should aspire to be this! Great color and aroma, taste is smooth as can be. Pairs well with food of all types, I like it with pizza a lot!

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Photo of Iratolla
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

This American Wheat is a fantastic summer beer, refreshing and easy to drink. The nose on this beer is amazing as are most Three Floyds beers...the Amarillo hops shine through both in the aroma and taste. This beer pours golden and slightly cloudy with a light fluffy white head. I don't review beers that suck and I won't start now, outstanding AW that is worth a try if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of leantom
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.