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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,678 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,678
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 817
Gots: 597 | FT: 24
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

tsauce2, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chalk up another one for FFF. Gumballhead is the shit.

Pours copper-ish with a bubbly white head that settles into some decent lacing.

Aroma is some strange and wonderful IPA/bubblegum hybrid.

It tastes like an IPA and a wheat beer had glorious sex, and it resulted in a smooth yet hoppy baby.

Mouthfeel is medium and wicked crisp with a dry finish.

Easily my favorite American-style wheat brew, surpassing Oberon.

BigJim5021, Nov 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5%

mmcnaughton, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jaminjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

AmitC, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Iamjeff6, Aug 22, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the original sumpin'... just sayin'. burnt gold with an off-white head that holds forever and leaves big lace. sweet, red wheat and fruity, fruity, citrusy amarillo rule this one in the nose and taste. to me it is a hop bomb, and all the fruity goodness and sweet wheat translate into a flavor that actually is reminiscent of the bubblegum we used to get as kids from machines. a little bit of lemon, citrus, tropical fruit and bubblegummy esters. really unique and quite hoppy, but more so in the dry-hop sense, seeing as there is minimal bitterness in the medium body that goes down slick, silky and a little chewy. very good, very unique, and masterfully balanced for such a hoppy beer. still as good as the first time i tried it.

timtim, Jan 13, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle shipped to me thanks to Justin. Gumballhead pours a fairly bright gold with a slight haze and a nice thick white head, though not as big as most wheat beers, it still looks real nice with lots of retention and lace. The aroma is fresh and hoppy with pine with a bit of a lemony twang and some vague caramel hops. The wheat does not come through much in the nose, but it would be hard pressed to overpower the hop aroma. The aroma is very good, though it is a dead ringer for an XPA moreso than an APWA.

The flavor pops amarillo, piney and citrusy hop notes with a background of caramel malt. The finish has floral notes, lingering bitterness (a bit out of place for a wheat, again) and somewhat dry cookielike malt finish too. This is one of those beers that in a BJCP competition would totally flunk out of the style guidelines, but I can't really hold that against it because this is a delicious beer. The mouthfeel has a bit of that milkshake thickness from the wheat with a prickly carbonation that isn't quite spritzy. The wheat adds good body for this sessionable brew. Drinkability is very high, flavorful, very hoppy, not palatewrecking, though intense for something in this category. I'll go ahead and call it a good thing though.

vacax, Apr 15, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mavajo for the extra -- this is one I've wanted to try for a long time.

Poured into a vase: Hazy, golden-straw with a thin, loose head that dissipates into a mist & thin collar.

Knock-out hop smell -- by knock-out I don't mean strong or overpowering, but clear, fresh, & delicious, like candied grapefruit & orange that's just lightly sugary. Maybe it's just the power of suggestion, but I get a little lemon & banana, like a fresh fruit salad or ambrosia, with a pine & woody character underlying. Just awesome.

Tastes like an APA in the mouthfull: bright, hoppy, citric, but not overwhelming. The wheat doesn't come in til the aftertaste, with mild drying tartness, light banana bubblegum. It's like two beers in one, one style tempering & complementing the other. Booze picks up lightly after a while.

Smooth, but crisp & active. Snappy in the finish but very mellow in the aftertaste. As with the taste, some restrained heat emerges after a bit.

Man, this was delicious! Fairly light, easy-drinking, refreshing. The dryness hits at the perfect time to bring me back for more. Could definitely go through multiples of this in a row. Again, much love to Mavajo for the extra, this one kicks ass!

OneDropSoup, Sep 03, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

scootercrabb, Nov 21, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. It is a light golden color with medium head. Smell is very floral and fruity with hints of peach, grapefruit, and mango. Taste is again very fruity up front with a stronger hoppy finish. Excellent drinkability and crisp mouthfeel.

This is interestingly hoppy for a wheat beer. Very solid.

webmanspidey, Jun 24, 2010
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GF's sixer from brewery, drink one.

A&S: very pungent grapefruitty hops accompanied by some light and rye-like grains along with lemons and peaches. Very lively looking light copper transparent looking beer. Fizzy head the hangs on the surface.

T&M: Let me preface this by saying I would consider myself at least for the most part a hop head. So of course I liked this beer because it extremely hopped for the style, but I also think it works well with this beer. Slice of bitterness in the middle but fades to being very mild in the finish. Similar to the smell with the fruityness and light grains. Carbonation is high maybe a bit too much but hells its a summer beer, body is I believe medium but its hard to tell.

Overall: Good for the style, another great beer from Three Floyds have only tried like 5 or so of there beers but I would say they are still one of my favorite breweries. They are like Founders in the sense that they just dont make bad beer period.

minterro, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously gifted by BA Chaney- Thanks Brandon!

Currently the #1 American pale wheat ale

Pours a golden orange/gold color with a great one finger off white head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. Looks much more substantial than most beers in the style. The nose is unsurpassed by any beer I've tried in the style. It smells like an IPA- that's how good it is. Pineapple, mango, and other fruits are in the front here, along with hops. By FAR the best in style I've ever smelled. Taste follows suit: fairly light, but great fruit, hops, and floral flavors. Some grass as well as it warms. Feel is light, with incredible carbonation/aftertaste. Overall, there's a reason this beer leads it's style. It's incredible, a great session brew. Really glad I got to try this one. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Jan 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

vicsju1991, Apr 08, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Very small head. Light golden color. Bit hazy.
S: Way hoppier than any wheat im used to(In a good way). Im getting grapfuit/ citrus aroma. Some cracked wheat.
T: For an American Wheat Ale it is outstanding, but, the bitternes is a little weak in comparison to the nose. Nice semi sweet citrus vibe overall.
M: Somewhat thin, nice carbination flowing from etched glass.
D: Super drinkable on a warm summer afternoon. A touch of bitterness is a nice touch in the wheat beer.

At first glance I was very dissapointed, little to no head or lacing. The hoppy smells got me excited again. This was a very solid Wheat for me, the extra hoppiness from the amirrilo hops is outstanding.

jmich24, Jul 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

ToadiesForCody, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

rspauldi, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

Sonofalime, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

maxcoinage, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

dataylor21, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Alpar, Jun 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

dwoolley1, Dec 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

BeerMeBrah, Dec 14, 2013
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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