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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,315 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,315
Reviews: 1,409
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 788
Gots: 456 | 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 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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5%

06-19-2012 02:12:29 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -5%

01-19-2013 08:19:22 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

A hazy, deep amber-orange body reveals golden highlights at the base of the glass and teems with tiny effervescent bubbles. The off-white head is full and densely creamy; and displays excellent retention and leaves wide swatches of lacing about the glass. The nose is loaded with bright, fresh hops that are citrusy and lightly spicy with hints of pine over a delicately sweet, wheatish malt. The body is medium; and its lightly zesty effervescence leaves a lingering tingle on the front of the tongue as the rest of the beer fades smoothly away with a light creaminess. The hops displayed in the nose are clearly carried over into the flavor, dominating upfront but blending most exquisitely across the middle in a wash of sweetish, wheat-accented malt. The bitterness is held in check as it should be (@20 IBU's perhaps); yet the hop aromas and flavors shine! It finishes with some lingering malt sugar and piney and spicy hops that fade to a dull residual bitterness by the time you're ready for another sip. An extraordinary American wheat that's well worth seeking out.

05-03-2004 03:24:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-07-2013 06:17:58 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of lemon with some wheat and quite a bit more hops than you usually get in this style.

T: Citrus sweetness and a significant hops flavor hit you first. If the label didn’t have “wheat beer” on it, I’d swear this is an IPA. The wheat character comes out a little bit after the hops & citrus fade, but it’s not very pronounced. After-taste is lemony sweet with a little bit of hops bitterness.

M: Very crisp & very smooth, medium-to-high carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

D: Extremely tasty, not very filling, quite easy to drink, with the low ABV, this is a beer that you can just keep on drinking and drinking. As a huge Dreadnaught fan, I think the best way to describe this beer is “Dreadnaught Lite”.

10-15-2006 01:28:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

01-15-2012 20:10:57 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%

Thanks to Beerguy for the sample ...

A- Shimmering weathered golden hue, thick foamy head sticks like a champ.

S- Beautiful aromatics from the hops. Powdered aspirin, mandarin orange and lemon zest?

T- Big on hops, lots of that aspirin like bitterness from the Amarillo hops. Oily yet very sharp. Malt sweetness struggles to break through the hop barrier, enough comes by to keep things somewhat balanced. The crisp character of the wheat actually intensifies the sharpness of the bitterness which becomes a tad bothersome IMO.

M- A bit more body than I thought there was going to be, lining of crispness in the middle.

D- I could see having a pint or two if I needed a quick hop fix.

07-15-2005 20:51:06 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%

Appearance: Honey golden hue a huge massive off white cream in color big chunky mountainous texture very resilient leaves heavy streaks of random lacing. Aroma: Amazing absolutely one of the most pleasant and alluring hop profiles I've ever come across from an American wheat ale, who could have guessed that. Deep buttery pinecone scented hops as the label describes "loads of Amarillo hops" with a touch of banana ester, man this hop profile is kickin'. Taste: Heavenly, layer upon layer of this orgy of wheat, vanilla, and banana along with such a generous helping of Amarillo hops. Really hoppy flavored yet not that bitter extremely balanced, it's easy to say there's no other beer drinking experience like this out there. Mouthfeel: Creamy silky yet rediculously smooth going down, medium bodied with an even carbonation, a pure hop nectar. Drinkability: A dream come true for people who love both hoppy beers and wheat infused ales. If you don't like American wheats give this a try nothing like any other example of the style. Let me thank CRJMellor for this beauty I've been salivating to try this one.

05-23-2004 16:45:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent honey with 3+ fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, apricot & breadyness

T: Lemons, white pepper, breadyness, fruittyness & grainyness up front. Honey malt, passion fruit & nice grapefruitty & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes bready with nice citrus hops & honey

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation & some syruppy qualities

Drinks really easy, but the complexity draws you in as well; One of the better American Pale Wheats out there!

05-20-2008 00:08:40 | More by russpowell
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

01-05-2009 02:57:55 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold with a HUGE foamy white head. It soons fades down into a spotty foamy covering that left some decent lacing. Aroma is pungent with fresh hops and citrus mixed with the breadiness of a typical wheat beer.

Taste is big with several citrus notes and hop bitterness but is nicely balanced by a sweet and bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with some lively carbonation that isn't too filling.

One of my favorite offerings from Three Floyds. I love the flavor balance, crisp nature, and way easy drinkibility of this guy. A great summertime beer that is still going strong well into the winter.

01-03-2008 17:54:09 | More by Kegatron
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

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!

06-21-2004 00:18:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

12-11-2009 01:14:59 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

I was please to share this beer with my bro tenderbranson69 since it is not something that is readily available in PA and I made a clone based on Drew Beechum's gumballhead thoughts on stoutguy.com. I poured the 12oz chilled into the tulip.

A - A lightly cloudy golden w/ amber hues. 2 fingers of thick white head w/ microfoam of off white collects and clings tenaciously

S - A crazy mango and tangelo nose w/ odors of lemony floral acccenting. The hints of wheat are mild w/ pineapple and lots of amarillo which give a mild orange blossum aspect. The mild spice adds a hint of ginger and candied grapefruit to the aroma

M - The texture is great in this beer, so clean yet has a resiny texture. the moderately high carbonation is completely spot on for an American wheat and the mild nutty textures w/ light hop acidity make this feel what I consider great. The toasted notes of malt are there with light spice in the finish

T - The taste has a mild sweet fruit flavor w/ slight grapefruit and lemony citrus notes. The hops provide a floral resinous taste which has mild acidity, but hardly any bitterness. The orange rind elements from the amarillo sink in and light spice edge as the glass continues to be drained. The very refreshing lemony and mild wheat nuttiness is there w/ gentle astringent aspect. The flavor of wheat and citrus blends well w/ an amarillo taste w/ the red wheat adding to the complexity w/ hops resinous quality noticeable in the finish

D - A fantastic wheat w/ a great amount of flavor- hoppy, yet clean w/ lemony bright citrus and just highly drinkable qualities. The beer is so easy to drink at 4.8%, with such quaffability. I could drink this year round if only it were available.

10-11-2009 13:54:32 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

Got this crazo beer thanks to AgentZero, an awesome trader btw! Poured into an Allagash Tulip glass cause I thought it would look cool, and a good compromise between pint glass and weizen glass. So let's start this exciting review shall we...

A: Pours pretty bright colored with a creamy 1 finger head and slight popping bubbles, bright golden color with slight orange tinge, and a big weizen cloudiness that almost completely disappears after a minute. I'm afraid this thing is minutes from becoming radioactive with this ominous glow.

N: WOW amarillo hops! I almost get a touch of centennial too, but they're pretty similar, some nice citrus and alcohol add a nice touch to it, its also super spicey, almost like sticking my face in a vat of fresh amarillo hops. Touch of wheat and yeast round this interesting nose off. There's also some strange musty aroma that I can't really figure out. But, I could smell this thing all day. Alas, I have to sip it too...

A: Taste starts very strange, pretty fruity and juicy, lots of hop taste, low alpha hops, and creamy fruit. Slight wheat can barely find its way through the hop fog, but after your tastes adjust to the hops a little you can find the little subtle flavors. The juicy hop explosion in my mouth makes me want to call up the Fruit Snack company and market a new Gushers Hop flavor. The creamy juice runs down the back of my tongue and sweetens the sides making my mouth water even more in excitement for the next sip (Yes I'm still talking about beer, I'm married to a woman you jerk). There's still some interesting tropical fruit flavors, a big guava earthy bite and maybe some Passion fruit or papaya... slight spice that builds, and with all the hop punch, its barely bitter. Probably all very late hops that give it a huge wallop of hops and juice flavor but not much bitter.

M: Very juicy and liquidy (that's the only way to describe it, and if you try it you'll know what I'm talking about). Good carbonation.

F: More sweet fruits and juicy flavors linger on the tongue with delicate spice and bitterness. A slight malt and wheat also dry off the tongue. It just makes you want more and more, I could see pounding back a 4 pack of this noooo problem. Drinkability is huge, especially the thirst quenching aspect.

Final thoughts: I'm about 3/4 of the way through his beer already just reviewing it and sipping, sipping, sipping. This is probably the best session beer I can think of and a wicked unique experience. ALl the interesting flavors meld together very well, I'm surprised this beer hasn't been rated higher, perhaps people are looking for a huge bitter beer, or its just too unique for them. I think this beer is completely misunderstood. I've also only had a few FFF beers so far, and I'm a big fan. Their level of experimentation and consistency on great beers seems to remind me a lot of Dogfish Head. Keep on truckin you magnificent bastards.

09-09-2009 01:59:20 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5%

red wheat beer, not as common a style as it should be, and this one is executed well. thanks to claystation for this one, what a champion he is! this pours a slightly hazy sunset red color, pale, with almost two inches of off white head with lovely lacing. the nose is quite hoppy for a wheat beer, which is welcomed. citrus aroma on that, with a slightly sweet red malt base, the what makes the whole thing feel summery. flavor is interestingly hop forward. oranges and lemon zest are detectable, and the wheat malt is unique in the sense that it has some real oomph to it, really flavorful and not lost in the hoppy shuffle this beer has going. yeast is not the standard hefe stuff I expected it to be, but a mildly peppery soft flavored strain that lets the other flavors do most of the talking. finish is balanced, but bitterness does dial up a bit. excellent carbonation and a medium body that makes this much more of a beer drinkers beer than some others. three floyds gets so much hype from the beer community, sometimes I think their stuff doesn't live up to it very well, but this is a fine example of twisting a style to be something else entirely, and its outstanding. this one is worthy of the praise.

05-12-2013 17:21:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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WesWes

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

09-30-2005 01:10:02 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

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.

04-20-2014 22:30:59 | More by Rifugium
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

07-20-2010 02:30:00 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light cloudy amber with some orange and gold coming through. There is a small layer of fluffy white head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: Mildly sweet but dominated by citrus and pine hops. Not a super strong smell.

Taste: The hops don't show up here nearly as much as they did in the smell. I'm definitely picking up the wheat. There is also a very mild sweetness along with the hops. I'm also picking up a citrus fruit flavor, perhaps tangerine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation that is fairly delicate. The finish is very dry.

Drinkability: Well balanced and quite good. I will seek this out again in the future.

03-03-2011 02:16:57 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

06-05-2010 19:11:00 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5%

09-21-2013 12:03:42 | More by mendvicdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

02-26-2014 19:44:49 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-22-2011 18:26:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

09-22-2003 16:34:23 | More by Gueuzedude
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