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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: 5,334
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 916
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: 5,334
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times, but most recently was on-tap at Whole Foods (!) in Lakeview. This was from the bottom of the keg, as they barely managed to fill my glass before running out.

A - Looks like filtered apple juice (i.e. transparent), but with a creamy off-white two-fingered head that dissipates very, very...very slowly. Seriously, great retention and attractive lacing here. Not much visible carbonation, and significantly darker than most wheat beers I've tried.

S - Hops! Sweet citrus, apple? (Not sure if I've been subconsciously influenced by my previous comment about apple juice). The taste of wheat is further in the background - it's definitely not the typical banana/clove wheat beer combo. Not overly complex, but quite strong and refreshing

T - Again, sweet citrus with a tiny hop bite at the back of the palate - I'm getting tangerine, lemon, and pineapple. The wheat character is very subdued and mostly comes out in the lingering aftertaste.

M - This is the part of the brew that most evokes wheat rather than American Pale Ale or IPA. There's some grittiness in the quality. Otherwise it's creamy and smooth, with a strong medium bodied texture.

D - I could drink a whole bunch of this, and I probably will in the summer.

Very odd having a beer while grocery shopping, but I hope that Whole Foods adds more options to match their also-awesome wine tasting station. (1,393 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with 1 inch of white head, and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, and piney and citrus hops.

t - Taste is extremely smooth, very faint piney and citrus hops, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good wheat ale. Very easy to drink and enjoyable floral and citrus hops. Would try again. (433 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall weizen-style Oberon glass, with great anticipation.
Color's a hazy, ripe peach, head is thick, creamy cushion of meringue.
Aroma, plainly put, gorgeous! Sweet and lovely hoppiness, tingling and enticing the nose and welcoming the tongue to embrace...beautiful! I got my beak awfully wet drinking it in, and didn't want the sniffing to stop! Amarillos, they say, eh? Love my Amarillos!
Lush wheat texture greet the lips and washes over the palate, comforting and terrifically tasty. Hops continue to dance on the palate, and fruity flavors dominate. Taste gets a touch sticky and very palpable in the mouth, bringing an end to my questions about the curious appelation, sweet and gummy indeed!
(Still wonder about the crude cartoon of the smoking cat on the label, but it's never normal at the House of Floyds, is it?)
Medium bodied, persistent citric finish, inestimable drinkability...hook me up to a keg and let's see, eh?
Great beer here, but then, I've never been disappointed by the Floyds boys.
I do believe this would be my summer brew of choice, were that an option open to me...maybe it is? Who will send a case or six my way?
As it stands, I have to thank Jahred and his messenger, incongruity for their gallant work! (1,254 characters)

Photo of duceswild
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a BIF. Really like Wheat beers so that combined with this being from FFF I had high hopes for this brew.

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden yellow is color with a good bit of white head that leaves lacing throughout. Smells is of hops, citrus, and wheat. Taste was similar to how it smelled but more hoppy then a traditional wheat beer. Mouthfeel was very crisp and well balanced. Overall this was a solid beer that is refreshing. Looking to have this one again. (482 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with some good streaming carbonation. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, pine, herbal, grass, and wheat. Damn nice aromas with good strength and hop/malt balance and complexity. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice amount of hop flavor and good complexity and balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming on the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale wheat beer. Very nice hop flavor with good balance and complexity; extremely smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable sessionable offering for sure. (1,215 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 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 drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow are really hazy. Carbonation is low and it forms a moderate white head of medium to small bubbles. The head leaves lacing on the glass as it falls away. A thin head remains, i suppose supported by the mild carbonation. There are a couple of floaties in my beer, not sure if this is yeast? Didn't appear to be any yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

Not what I expected in an aroma but it smells great. Hops hops hops! Wonderful HOPS! Citrusy, sweet, hop aroma. Very good.

This beer is super smooth. I love it. The hop flavor is nice, citrus and sweet. There is some wheaty characteristics that come up at the end, the overall bitterness is rather mild but really good. Mouthfeel, medium body good palate connectivity, and drinkability is really high. (820 characters)

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

Pours a hazed golden orange. White head with a bit of lace.

Aroma: Wheat, spices, and citrus fruits. Bready malts. Orange zest and some lemon peel.

Taste: More wheat and citrus. Again, the lemon and orange show. It is kind of hoppy however. Very earthy and clean.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is an easy drinking wheat beer. Definitely something I would like to see in MN for the summers. Solid offering from FFF. A nicely hopped wheat! (513 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dontcostnuthin for this one!

A: Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a one finger head that had staying power. Very nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Very citrusy with grapefruit and pineapple, also maybe some orange peel as well. Some nice floral hops. I get the wheat as almost an afterthought, very nice.

T: Wow, an amazing flavor profile here. I get a ton of the citrus fruits from the nose, grapefruit/pineapple and orange. A little bit of hop flavor, but not as much as expected based on the smell (for this style, I like this). A nice balance of hops and wheat flavor though. Very clean finish.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. Overall a great beer, moves right near the top of my list. Could easily drink this one all night long. (788 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Clear honey amber colored body with an impressive white head that retained a nice cap and moderate lacing.

S: Pale malts, wheat and some tropical fruits - peach, mango. Touches of bittering hops dance around but never become overbearing. Faint yeast character brings some breadiness, too.

T: Peach, marmalade, wheat and a flick of bitterness from the hops. Middle of the palate washes with the pale malt and wheat base becoming more pronounced. Finishes fruity with some noticeable yeast esters.

M: Carbonation is nice without being too high or too low. Almost medium-bodied, if so it's on the low end of the spectrum. Fruit in the linger but not dry, stale or off.

Once again, Three Floyds angers me they're not available in my area. Honestly if I could get them, this is one beer that would constantly be in my fridge. (861 characters)

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

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderful hop scent that really refreshes along with a good malt aroma. It has wheat, pale, and some light crystal malts; very complex aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor with loads of hops all the way through. This is probably the most hops I've ever had in a wheat beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is best American wheat beer I've ever had. I love a hoppy wheat ale. (586 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew serveral times over the last year but only getting around to reviewing it now care of a bottle from adamb0719. Thanks Adam! Reviewed on 12/13/10.

Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color. A white head composed of large fizzy bubbles forms and fades quick hanging close to the edges of the glass. A thin patch of lace resides atop this brew and forms some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grassy hops that also includes a bit if fruited smell and citrus. Notes of orange and tropical fruits are evident. A light grainy backing of wheat sweetness fills in the back portion of the nose.

The taste is grassy, leafy hops upfront with bitter citrus rind. Mid palate includes fruit flavors before turning herbal and bitter with wheat and other grainy tastes. It finishes with a lingering grain flavor and herbal hops.

Light bodied and modestly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer that I would go to all summer long if it was regulary available. Surprisingly I found this bottled offering to be much more enjoyable then when I had it on tap back in April. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this beer as a surprise extra. I have been wanting to try this one for a while.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong resiny hops with some wheat mixed in. The flavor is resiny and piney with some wheat. Medium bitterness. This is basically an American India Wheat Ale and it is delicious. Slightly thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (411 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gumball head is an absolutely crystal clear golden hue with massive amounts of bubbles emanating from the depths of the glass in rapid ascension. There is an average sized white head that fades after a few moments, leaving a nice trail of lacing in its wake.

S: Fresh, delicious hops and wheat. This beer is really fresh, and smells like it. Very enticing.

T: If you like wheat beers and IPAs, this is a match made in heaven. This beer is very refreshing and tastes fantastic. The wheat / hop balance is perfect. There is more of a hop presence here than in most pale ales, which I find to be delightful. The wheat aspect adds that "not normal" feel to what basically tastes like a single IPA.

M: Very smooth with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Clean and fresh.

D: Chuggable. It's no mistake that this is the highest rated American Pale Wheat Ale on Beeradvocate. (877 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/08/05- Received in trade from fellow BA member Meathookjones.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no date. Possibly my favorite bottle design to date. Funky looking cat or something smoking a cigarette. Then there is a cartoon of a cat riding a motorcycle on the side. Hysterical! Poured into my Red Tail Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Almost DIPA appearance. Semi-cloudy yellow-orange color. Nice thick creamy 1 inch head and better than expected lacing.

Smell- Huh? I smell hops! Hops in a wheat beer?!?! Damn, it smells freakin good! A bit of spices and some muted fruit scent in the background. Overall it's mosty pine hops though.

Taste- Wow! Is this an IPA/Hefe? Whatever it is it's pretty darn phenomonal. A hoppy wheat beer, who'd have thought? Not a heavy hop presense, but more than enough to throw your taste buds for a loop. A nice added touch of candied sweetness also. And at the same time that typical bit of nice yeast flavor that most wheat beers are known for.

Mouthfeel- This beer keeps getting better. Because of the sweetness, it feels fairly creamy. Almost mouthwatering. The carbonation is much lower than normal wheat beers. Thus it makes it oh so easy to drain.

Drinkability- If I had easy access to this beer I would have a case on hand at all times. A true taste experience. So much flavor in this beer. Thank you so much Meathookjones for this sample. Truly an all time great one. (1,421 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this one back from his travels.

A - pours a bright, translucent yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - floral, faint wheat, a bit husky

T - husky, wheaty, floral hops, faint lemon

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a solid wheat beer. It's well hopped which gives it some character that others in this style lack. It's easily drinkable, smooth, and incredibly enjoyable. I wish I could get my hands on more of this. (469 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with very little head at all and was a clear, golden yellow in the glass. The nose was very fruity, sweet like a stick of JuicyFruit gum or a gumball (!). The sweetness carried through on the palate, although it had a light mouthfeel. The finish was citrusy, like lime or lemon, giving way to a faint taste of dill. I found it to be just a bit too sweet for my liking, even sweet for the style. (406 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy yellow gold in color with a thick creamy head. Thick lacing formed on the glass during the drink. The aroma was phenominal as huge floral tones were married with citrus and grassy wheat tones. The flavor was unique. Heavy floral hoppiness with strong citrus and spice, balanced with a subtle wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a long dry finish. Medium bodied with strong floral and citrus lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. This is a great brew. (514 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color, and it is topped by a tan head. A wonderful aroma of candied fruit rises up from my glass, the aroma definitely lives up to its name. I smell notes of apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. The taste is light bodied, and slightly sweet, and thick with pungent hop flavors. A clean crisp beer hides under the domination hop flavors of apricot and lemon. this beer is not overly bitter, like perhaps the hop flavor and aroma my suggest, it has a medium level of bitterness in the finish. I definitely know of no gumball that is quite so exquisite as this elixir. This is a damn good Summer offering, certainly not a traditional wheat beer, but the wheat lightens this beer up and makes it a great summer refresher. This is a straight forward, one-dimensional attack of Amarillo hops, if you like them then this is the beer for you. (853 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a bright golden color with a thin white covering on top. It's very mildly cloudy, a lot less then other wheat beers. It left a little lacing on the sides of the glass, but not much.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy with some notes of lemon and grapefruit. The taste has a lot of the hoppy flavors you would find in an IPA, with some citrus flavors and a moderate bitterness. It also has a wheat presence which gives it a nice twist that I haven't had before.

Mouthfeel is light and it has moderate to above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I found it to be a very tasty and easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor. Would definitely buy this again. (721 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant draft selection and an unusual one for this east coaster, at the Map Room in Chicago. It arrived clear orangy amber, with a medium tan head, that showed so so retention and leaves a thick, bold ring of foam as well as spotty lacing. Coriander, anise, pepper and flowers in the nose, fresh and tasty stuff. On the tongue, I get notes of more coriander, peppery spice, loads of fresh fruits as well as plenty of yeasty/wheaty malt goodness.
Thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing brew. A nice treat to find this so many miles from home on draft. (551 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a wheat ale style glass withe a big fat white foamy giant four finger head. Some large bubbles some minimal retention. Great perfect clear gold body with just gorgeous elevator music on it from the bottom.

Candy apple nose, and biscuit, just pure dreamy almost cotton candy like with not a fake over powering cloy sugar sweetness on the nose.

Faint bread at first then a giant sweetness finishing off with a huge wheat field rush, hops, and aromatics... WOW just flat out neat, not bitter, not weak, even a crispness... I am wildly impressed by this beer and wish I could get more. (596 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, this is summer, so I have a good feeling that this a pretty fresh bottle, have been wanting to try this for a long time, poured into a hefeweizen glass,

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow, not as cloudy as a hefe, with a medium, white head, but leaves excellent Belgian lacing.

S: Smells of fragrant, piney, grapefruity hops, with some grain notes and bubblegum.

T: The hoppiest wheat beer that I have ever had, great grapefruit and floral notes, almost tastes of wildflower honey, with some bubblegum, but the hops dominate.

M: Quite light, smooth, and refreshing, with scrubbing bubbles from the carbonation.

D: A great wheat beer, probably the best American wheat beer that I have ever had, probably not worth $10 a bomber, but would definitely seek it out again if I were in a part of the country where it is normally distributed, a great summer refresher. (926 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass

A: Chilled, crisp golden color with a giant, densely packed white head of tiny bubbles. Sticky patches of web like lacing and very retentive.
S: Big wheat beer smell underlined by an equally big hoppy aroma. Citrusy, lemon zest smell, with lingering bitter hop smell.
T: Light body with high carbonation. Immediate hop bitterness, with slight sweetness from malt trying to balance it and finishes with wheat taste and dry hop taste. Strong lemony citrus flavor in the body as well. Very crisp and refreshing, great summertime beer. (573 characters)

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