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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,348
Reviews: 1,413
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 789
Gots: 479 | FT: 26
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 Ale, Gumballhead is named in honor of the underground comic book cat created by Rob Syers. Initially a seasonal summer beer, now brewed year round due to demand. This beer helped redefine American Wheat Beers. Brewed with Amarillo Hops and a generous portion of American red wheat, Gumballhead has a complex hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, marmalade and peach. These flavors combined with low bitterness make Gumballhead a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003)
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New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

This is a quality brew! I am impressed as this is a year round brew and is of the highest quality. The beer goes down smooth and is very drinkable. You could pound these things all day long. The drinkability is amazing! highly recommended!

Bottom Line: Great beer!

02-27-2013 00:22:02 | More by themind
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

08-21-2013 20:50:36 | More by Sarge3130
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-25-2014 16:35:25 | More by HeadyTheElder
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-29-2013 00:47:47 | More by ruckus232
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South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz single picked up at Mikkeller & Friends bottleshop in Copenhagen. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

A: Golden pour, with a thumb-width of cream head; nice patchy lace and sufficient retention.

S: Wheat; light bread crust; citrus hops.

T: One of the tastiest wheat beers I've had; nice, citrus, zest hoppiness - although it seems a bit muted and not quite a bright as it could be; some wheat chalkiness on the finish.

M: Medium-light feel and higher carbonation.

O: This is a great pale wheat ale; nice hop flavor and easy drinking malt character; this might be one of the top "summer beers" I can think of - would love to have access to this in SC. For a style that's usually not too exciting, this is pretty tasty.

04-26-2013 01:04:06 | More by jpro
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-26-2013 01:32:13 | More by riemster
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

The second beer in a recent east-coast Three Floyds tasting. Another stellar brew. Haven't delved into the more high-octane stuff from FFF but so far I'm really impressed at how they are able to make such sessionable brews that are still really hoppy, and in not-so-popular styles too. This beer is a slightly hazed light golden. Zesty hops hit first and combine perfectly with tangy wheat base imparting an almost citrusy lemon flavor. Yeah, it says that right on the side of the bottle, but it's also true, it does have a lemony tang often associated with Hefes. So light and crisp, totally refreshing, plenty of hops. Interesting. My kind of beer for sure.

04-05-2009 14:54:15 | More by twelvsies
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

A- Big two-inch white head on top of a nice rich golden brew. Nice retention and lacing.

S- I get a lot of citrus hops here. Floral too. Lemon zest and a little grapefruit.

T- Tastes kind of like an IPA... big hop flavor with the sweet flavors of the wheat lingering in the background. The wheat mellows the hop bite, allowing one to focus on the flavor. Again, primarily citrus hops. This is pretty enjoyable, although I feel like I might be looking for something a little more robust.

M- Light and carbonated, but smooth. Nice for the style.

D- Great session beer here. Delicious and nothing that will kill your palate.

05-16-2009 21:37:16 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-27-2014 19:41:47 | More by gmendez1122
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

05-24-2014 03:53:18 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

A fine, fine find, thanks to one of my fave local haunt, JP O'Malley's in Allentown.

A straw-coloured brew oozed out of the bomber, albeit offering a faint head. The lace left something to be desired, not much of a tracing along the sides of the glass.

Major aromas of Amarillo hops, one of my new favourites on the hops food chain. The flavor followed suit with the piney resins of the Amarillo working pretty well with the wheat character. There could have been more wheat action though (see HopSun from Southern Tier). Did the Amarillo overpower the wheat?

Still, a great find, and one that I would not hesitate getting my hands on once again!


05-27-2005 18:20:19 | More by goindownsouth
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

Sampled near the peak of freshness; purchased a six pack from the brewery. The not-so-wheat beer rich gold body has impressive clarity considering the style. Head is modest, as is residual lacing.

The Amarillo hops add a definite hoppy attitude for a wheat beer. Citrus notes of grapefruit and peach are at the forefront, while more subtle grassy herbal tones add complexity. Darker variety wheat is not only evident in the color, but the warming wheat aromas seem more bold and rich.

This on tip-toes the line between a wheat ale and a pale ale, but the finish etches it on the wheat side. After the lemon and sweet grapefruit hop flavors subside, the grainy wheat finish resounds over everything. Lots of flavor in here; it mixes a bold wheat beer with a fresh Amarillo pale. I'm trying not to let the name influence my palette, but I do get gumballs in there.

Sharp carbonation meets the mouth instantly, and then I notice the very slick feel. The finish ends up slightly chalky as the hops add a bit of dryness. There's a good amount of body in this one. I'm on the hungry side, yet not making short work of this. It doesn't fall short of refreshing either.

One of the best wheat beers I've head. It's not for the faint of hops or one wanting an uninspiring summer chugger. This is a 'nuff said solid beer for any occasion.

02-08-2012 23:43:46 | More by climax
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

10-13-2013 18:07:11 | More by damienblack
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5%

Thanks for the bottle Paul!

Pours a slightly hazy, pale wheat with about a fingers worth of foamy white head. Light lacing.

Nice wave of green, earthy, Amarillo hops on the nose. Light citrus and sweet malts. Good fruity/floral hop aroma.

Wheat, orange zest, lemon and a light hop kick on the tongue. Very straight forward, but well done.

Mouthfeel is chewy, yet crisp on the finish. Well carbonated. High drinkability.

Overall, this is a solid Pale Wheat Ale and I can see why it's considered one of the best. An excellent beer for a hot day. Very refreshing. No flaws. Just a solid Pale Wheat all around. Worth picking up.

05-23-2011 00:37:42 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-20-2012 00:49:27 | More by ScottP
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-10-2013 19:49:08 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

02-04-2014 02:57:21 | More by bmurray10
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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