Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,461
Hads: 5,271
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 913
Gots: 960 | 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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Photo of lookitsfelias
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a beautiful golden with slight orange tinge. Thin soda like head with very minimal lacing.

S - Smells like bright, but not overpowering hops. Light pine, sweet grass, red wheat.

T - Taste is incredible. Light, sweet, perfect balance of hops and wheat while still boasting a full flavor.

M - Crisp, bubbly and refreshing. Very drinkable.

O - This is an outstanding beer and easily one of the best wheats i've ever had. Most people shy away from wheat beers because of the blue moon's and hoegaardens, which in my opinion give wheats a bad name. This is a perfect example of what the style is capable of. A go to in warm summer days or when you crave something light but packed with flavor. Very surprised at the somewhat average/low rating by the bros. (766 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date stamped 03/28/14; I am ashamed to say I've had this beer once and it was about 6 years ago and wasn't crazy over it - thought it was somewhat over-rated
L - frothy off white head caps a golden colored ale, good head retention with some lacing left on the glass
S - fresh citric hop aroma, faint biscuit and wheat
T - amarillo hops shine with juicy lemon, orange, and grapefruit; wheat, lemongrass, yeast are also present
F - lighter body, refreshing, finishes dry with some lingering lemony bitterness
O - solid hoppy wheat beer. I see the catch and draw many have toward this beer. I'll buy it more often, but it's not a regular pick-up for me. (650 characters)

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

Thanks to MC for the random bottle. I've had this before, but I guess I just never took the time to review it.

Golden-yellow color with nice clarity, with a foamy white head that retained as a ringlet, leaving patchy lacing on the glass. Grassy aroma, somewhat floral, with light notes of citrus and toasted wheat. The taste is, again, grassy, leafy, herbal, floral, very light notes of citrus pith, the malt bill bringing in toasted wheat and grain husks. Herbal finish with a nicely drying bitterness. Light-medium body with a moderate carbonation. Comes across almost like an APA, which is a good thing. Drinks nicely and pairs with pretty much whatever you're doing. (671 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4-1-14

A - Nice light orange body with clean white ~1.5" head

S - Fruity and hoppy. Citrus notes were more on the lemon and pomegranate side.

T - Hops and citrus up front. Sour and bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation provides a thick swallow.

O - Wheat and pale ale makes for an interesting and unique flavored beer. I would take a good pale ale or a good wheat beer over this combo, but it's still a good beer that is worth a try if you like either of those styles. Prost! (492 characters)

Photo of ajcuster89
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite wheat beer because it is not your typical wheat beer. Excellent smells of fruit and wheat all at once, the taste is even better. Lots of wheat flavor, but with the attitude of a pale ale. Good head and lacing for a lighter offering. Highly recommend this one to any beer drinker. (291 characters)

Photo of sid240
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first try at American Hoppy Wheat beers. Wow, what an eye opener. The appearance is a very clear pale orange/yellow color, small white head. The smell is all fruit: orange, peach and tangerine. I really like the fact that those flavors are not the only thing you get, this is a well integrated wheat beer. (317 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On-tap in a nonic pint
Served: 11 April 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear, which is somewhat weird for a wheat beer in my opinion. Good deep golden color. Small, foamy white head that leaves incredible lacing. The lacing is beautiful on this one.

Smell: Smells like fresh hops with a slight bit of lemongrass.

Taste: This one was a little weird, honestly. The front of the palate was dominated by juicy, fresh hoppiness and then there was an astringent, somewhat harsh finish. The wheat flavor added some grassy graininess to this without any of the characteristic soft banana tones usually found in this still. This made the taste mid-swallow and on the back of the tongue really unbalanced towards this strange taste note of weird bitter grassiness. The hop flavors were really most evident in the front of the palate and immediately disappeared.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, especially after sitting for a little while.

Overall: I was unimpressed with this one. The taste was very unbalanced and awkward, especially mid-swallow and after swallowing. The wheat seems to have thinned the beer and added weird astringent tastes rather than being used to build body and soft banana esters. I would like to see this one unfiltered and more like a hopped up Oberon, 312 Urban Wheat, or witbier. Disappointed. (1,315 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Bottled 02/13/14
Served in a pint glass

Nearly clear, light golden-amber appearance. Just a touch of yeast sneaked into the glass on the pour, clouding the liquid ever-so-slightly. The beer was topped by a tight, creamy and bubbly, off-white crown that slowly dropped to a clingy film. Rings of dippy lacing coated much of the glass.

The aroma was interesting. Hoppy yet somewhat subtle initially. The hops were fruity and citrusy. Good amount of tangerine and orange peel. Some white grapefruit as well. Touch of lemony tartness. Really pleasant overall, but I was hoping for a bit more punchiness. Subtle tropical fruit notes came out as the beer warmed. Mango and papaya were detectible. Some sweet malt notes appeared as well. Impressive.

The flavor profile was also very hop forward but, unlike the nose, it was much more dry and bitter. Orange peel led things off. Loads of white grapefruit. Super lemony and tart in the center. A pale malt base hardly managed to keep the hops in check. Lemony tartness and bitter grapefruit rind carried into the bone dry, resiny finish. Pithy, bitter hop notes lingered on my palate long after every sip.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a crisp, lively effervescence that turned slick, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Gumballhead definitely pushes the limits of an American pale wheat ale. Although I typically love all types of extreme beers, I wish that this one had more wheat character and was truer to the style. (1,573 characters)

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden with slight haze with a small/medium pure white head
Hops and lots of fruity notes and grapefruit. Smells “light”
Malt note stronger in the palate than the malt note in the nose. Crisp and light, mild alcohol taste. Grassy, mild bitter element. Bitter finish
Its reffered to as a wheat beer but in my opinion this isn’t your average wheat beer- its much better . In my neck of the woods this stuff sells like no other beer and my local beer suppliers can attest to this. Why? I’m not sure.. Its good don’t get me wrong but its not “Holy shit it’s here!? I’ll take 5 cases!” good. Get it if you can though, very interesting and refreshing beer. (726 characters)

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really don't care for wheat ales, but I will try any Three Floyds beer I can get my hands on. This is hands down the best wheat beer I've ever had. Nice and hoppy and it doesn't have that minty aroma/taste most wheat ales have. I would recommend this to anybody, but especially people like me who typically don't enjoy wheat ales. This one is truly a cut above the rest. (372 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY; April 2014) and from bottle (June 2014)

Clear golden body with excellent clarity; very durable, creamy white head leaves the glass well coated with sticky lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong but somehow gentle mix of hops. Hints of light bread, honeysuckle, and fruits.

Flavor: Some complexity from the hop (mix). Some bisquity malts in the background.

Feel: light bodied but not at all watery, thanks in part to the crisp, medium-high carbonation that seems just right

O: another excellent selection from FFF (549 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - poured a hazy, golden yellow with a soft white, one finger width, frothy/soft head. Carbonation bubbles are visible as well.

Aroma - smells of wheat and delicious hops. Citrus fruits stand out the most; grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

Taste - a wonderful combination of wheat and citrus fruits and it leaves a nice lingering fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - light body, thin on the tongue and goes down smooth.

Overall - a delicious and refreshing wheat pale ale. Love FFF brews!! (494 characters)

Photo of WettNutz
3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The hype, as with all 3F beers, is not warranted. People act like this is the best beer in the world, and its not. Its just another beer people, get over it and drink something else. If its not on the shelf, we don't have any, so don't ask. And, yes, everyone will always be out because all you crazies are ridiculous. Don't call either, the answer is always no. Stores reward people that actually take the time to come in and potentially buy something.

80 Acre is not a bad beer, its almost the exact same beer. Buy that instead. Some people think its better even. It's always in stock, and cheaper.

3F only makes enough GH for bars to have on tap, and if that if you're lucky enough to find it not sold out on tap. Don't waste your time driving from store to store looking for it. Or do if you want to spend the whole day doing so. That being said,

Poured a light yellow color.
No head, zero.
Had a pleasant piney wheat smell, but not unlike other beers
Could taste the citrus and wheat notes
Moderate carbonation

Overall, an above average hoppy wheat beer, yes. Deserving of the ridiculous hype, absolutely not. (1,157 characters)

Photo of superstars11
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a wheat beer fan, and was hesitant to get many of these, but I was quite surprised. 3F never disappoints. Really great beer, drinkable, and would like to try it once the weather gets a little warmer. The hop presence is there but not overwhelming. Will definitely look to get some more of these in the near future. (323 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden with a white head that thins and stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of a hop-bomb. Citrus - grapefruit, orange/nectarine, some pineapple - with pine.

The taste is of hops - citric, with some pine. Just a touch of sweet wheat cracker backs it up - just enough to hold hops together.

Full-bodied for the style. Chewy.

Purposely imbalanced, this is a super hoppy wheat ale. Drinkable despite rawness. (421 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - great yellow color with a big white head and sticky lacing
Smell - citrus hop smell
Taste - great citrus taste mildly bitter, perfect for a wheat pale session
Feel - creamy very slight fizz with a medium body
Overll - great session wheat pale ale! Perfect for summer time! (280 characters)

Photo of LovingCup
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was gifted one of these about a years ago and I remember enjoying it immensely. I've kept an eye out for it but have yet to see it on the shelf. That is, until today, when I spotted a lone sixer sitting behind a couple packs of "Pride & Joy." Without hesitation I snatched it up. It's super fresh bottled less than two weeks ago...The artwork is sick...Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of carbonation, the fizzy bubbles persist. The head, is nearly snow white. unfortunately the head is nearly non existent and I don't get any lacing.

Smell: Being called gumballhead, I anticipated a hefe type sweet banana smell, with pronounced buble gum or candy esque smells. But I don't really get anything of the sort. Taking a whiff, it smells more like a ipa/apa. Juicy, citrusy, hoppy, with maybe a touch of spice. I wanted to smell bubblegum. But for what it's worth, it smells very good! It is rather faint however, the intensity level could have been raised a few notches.

Taste: Yep, tastes like an ipa/apa. I taste hops! Boatloads of them. Now I know what Amarillo hops taste like specifically. A hop bomb of a wheat beer. Not overly bitter. It does pack a little punch up front, but is smooth and refreshing on the back-end. The initial hop bite would lead me to guess the abv a percentage point or so higher than it is (5.6%) Still, this beer is extremely drinkable and a good choice to session with. Whatever wheat profile this beer has follows the hop intensity, proving the yang to the yin, the character mellows during part two. I do feel like the taste does lack a bit of complexity, which may seem a contradiction, considering I just pointed out the changing, two part nature of the taste profile. Hoppy, slightly bitter, grassy, a bit of spice, dry, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, i guess wheat? In short, this beer tastes satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat "oily," light to medium light, crisp and refreshing with a lot of bubbly carbonation, which I really dig with this beer. I'm almost reminded of a lager in the most endearing of ways. It makes me think "summertime." Ballgames, bbq, beaches, backyards, music fests, this beer says "session-able and intense.'

Overall: I am simultaneously impressed and ever so slightly let down. I think this beer is undoubtedly better than "good." I'm surprised the bros only gave it a 83. This beer is very good; great. arguably outstanding. TBH, i am slightly put off by these beers that seemed destined to hype from incarnation. Idk if FFF just doesn't have the resources meet their demand. It just sort of irritates me where breweries produce such a low volume of product so they can artificially jack up the price and the hype. This marketing strategy is nothing new or unique to this industry. My point is, if you can brew good shit, brew that shit for all to enjoy! Stop hoarding that shit like a blood diamond yo!
Anyway Gumballhead by Three Floyds. Very good, comes highly recommended by me. If you find yourself in the situation where you are able to procure, procure that shieet! You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it! Did I mention the sick artwork? (3,159 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First off, blindpenguin needs a more refined palate (it's a joke).

A - Lemon-yellow and hazy.

S - Leaves me wanting. Not too much going on, subtle hop, light citrus.

T - Slight tartness, citric acid, lemon juice and zest, grapefruit, wheat, light hop aftertaste (not bitter).

M - Lush and easy.

O - Great beer. Glad I have access to FFF. (342 characters)

Photo of blindpenguin
2.18/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Tried to order a Budweiser at this hipster bar in downtown Chicago and was informed that "they do not carry bud products" This should have been a red flag given that bud is the most popular beer in the country. Waitress suggested gumballhead which was the featured beer. It came in some stupid ass wine glass but other than that looked fine with kind of a medium amber color. All downhill from tasted like complete shit with an almost chemical after taste
I found myself forcing it down with my meal. Super hard to drink...and don't give me any of that "refined pallet" bullshit they should serve this beer in shot glasses with a chaser and no i don't live in a trailer or watch NASCAR I'm a normal person with
pretty normal tastebuds (747 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjord23 for this one. Teku glass.

A: Pouts straw color, very good clarity, with a half finger of snow white head which recedes quickly to a persistent ring. Minimal lacing but pretty good retention.

S: Light malt, a little lemon zest. Not a whole lot going on.

T: A little wheat, and I’m really struggling to find anything else. Not a whole lot of flavor, but highly drinkable.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Overall, a solid if unexceptional wheat beer. What it lacks in flavor it makes up in sessionability. (536 characters)

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

Appearance: Crisp amber ale with a nice white snowcap head.

Smell: Beautiful. Full of hops with a sweet lingering aroma. The pine really is first on the nose followed by a plethora of fruity notes.

Taste: Good blend of malts and hops. Has a sweeter flavor than most American Wheats. Gumballhead has A LOT of fruity flavors that hit the tongue first. Very little bitterness to the bear.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated beer.

Overall: The beer is one of my favorites and hard to give an unbiased review. In the spirit of 3F's... It's not normal. It's unlike most wheat beers. Has a wonderful aroma and taste while lacking traditional bitterness. Another fantastic beer!

Serving type: Beer (689 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a murky dark yellow in color with a one-finger white head with little retention. Smell is definitely hop forward with nice fruity grapefruit, orange, SLIGHTLY piny hops that make for a nice nose. Maybe this is just so well balanced but I have a hard time smelling the sweet malts but I have a feeling some of the nice aroma is some nice sweet caramel malts. Taste is definitely slightly more malty. Really seems well balanced between the malts and the hops but the hops are a little more forward. Slightly too hoppy for a wheat beer by style but it still tastes like a nice APA. Mouthfeel is nicely thick with some nice carbonation to support the beer. Overall this is a really good beer but it tastes more like an APA than a wheat beer. I love the beer but just rating by style.

After seeing the style is AP wheat ale I am rerating the numbers because that is more like I would have thought this beer is. (916 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a FW tulip. 6 pack from brewery, $10. Bottled 4 days ago.

Pours a crisp golden color with a nice inch thick white head. Terrific lacing too. Slight grapefruit on the nose...some lemon. Smell isnt that strong. The taste is a different story though as i got a ton of Amarillo hops right away immediately followed by grapefruit and lemon zest. Finish is more lemon zest and really not any bitterness at all. Definitely not typical for the style...this is very enjoyable. Mild bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall doesnt taste anything like a traditional wheat beer. I really dig it. Obviously, the freshness helped! (629 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours up golden, no lacing, small white head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon peel, a lil peach. Taste is same as nose, grassy hops up front, white pepper, a crisp hefeweizen yeast. Doesn't taste too traditional. Clean finish, non aggressive carbo, light leaning medium body. Very tasty brew. (288 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/30/2013 Kudos to Three Floyds for starting to date!

Pours a Clear gold, half finger of white head

Smell lemon, grapefruit, grain, sweet sugar like sweetness (from the wheat possibly) Oranges, apricots

Taste is very good, lemon, grapefruit, bready malt, wheat, grassy hop, orange and orange peel, papaya, apricots, wow really good

Mouthfeel is medium, fine carbonation, wheat adds some body, finishes dry

Wow, IMO this is Three Floyds best beer, having had a bunch of them, none of them and that includes Zombie Dust an Alpha King hold a candle to this masterpiece of a beer! (590 characters)

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.