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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,690
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 817
Gots: 598 | 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 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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4.8/5  rDev +14%

Rodmanmarc, Aug 31, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -22.1%

Bilzor, Sep 05, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -24%

BitterHopHead, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Klicky
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%

Klicky, Today at 03:12 AM
Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 45F Serving Glass: Weizen Glass

Aroma: Lots of hops in this brew. Strong floral & grassy notes with a sugary sweetness there too. I finally get that asprin like quality that some people have mentioned plague Amarillo hops. Doesn't really detract from the beer though.

Appearance: Cloudy blonde with a bone white head and great lacing. Just like a Wheat Beer should look, with the exception of what looks to be relatively low carbonation for the style.

Taste: The hops obviously hit me first and linger for a long time atferwards, too. Reminds me of several citrus fruits, most notably orange. The sweetness kicks in next and gives balance to the moderate bitterness of the beer. Sweet like sugary candy. Finally, I realize that this is indeed a Wheat Beer. A little bit of fruity yeastiness peeks through at the end and just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively carbonation is here, along with a thicker feel to it than I expected out of a Wheat Beer. Still light and refreshing, however.

Drinkability: I really could drink this brew all day, Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring.. Interesting (very hoppy) interpetation of this style.

SurgeonGeneral, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of ginemesis
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- for a wheat, it's very clear

S- apricots and lemon

T- Citrusy, taste the apricots...an interesting flavor I can't pinpoint. Slight bubblegum flavor - like a stick of Juicy Fruit

M- creamy, wet and smooth

O- An unexpected delight from a wheat category: light, refreshing and great clarity.

ginemesis, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of smm
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer while in Wisconsin for the weekend. Some of the best packaging artwork I've seen, very well done.

A- Pours a light golden yellow, very clear with a very thin head.

S- Hoppy, a bit citrusy and boozy.

T- The hops come through with a marijuana-tinge to it. Sweetness comes through on the tip of the tongue near the end of the sip. A bit of lemon as noted on the bottle.

M- Crisp carbonation, refreshing, a bit dry.

D- I could see having a few of these, maybe when it warms up a bit more. I feel like this beer changes every time I have it. The first seemed to have this delicious crush of sweetness that is mellower the more times I try it.

smm, Feb 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

blaze8, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of PCampbell
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy light gold with a good amount of head and a fair amount of lacing.

Has a big citrus smell to it, with notes of grapefruit, lemon and a little bit of wheat. Has a huge citrus hop taste to it, backed with just a little bit of malt sweetness. It tastes just as it smells of grapefruit, lemon zest and citrus hops. Has a light mouthfeel to it with a good amount of carbonation.

A very tasty wheat pale ale, worth drinking if you can get it.

PCampbell, Jul 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

TNasty1126, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Izzybone
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Izzybone, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

rfischer1210, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of RedRabbit
5/5  rDev +18.8%

RedRabbit, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Cenosillicaphobic
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Cenosillicaphobic, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of KBrady
4.25/5  rDev +1%

KBrady, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of carrson
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

carrson, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of ESkirv
4.25/5  rDev +1%

ESkirv, Mar 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

ZachDow7, Aug 12, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -23%

paulybunyan, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of belgaridub
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a solid white-ish head. There is a small amount of carbonation. The smell is foremost of hops, which reminds me of the Alpha King Pale Ale, but definitely not as powerful. Still, the citrus and hop smell is the biggest smell in this one. Taste has hops with a biscuit taste and some citrus as well. Although it seems like the hops win out overall (not surprising for 3F), there is a good balance between bitterness and biscuit character. Medium bodied mouthfeel and goes down very smoothly.

I really like the 3F interpretation of the wheat beer. Their hop additions to the standard wheat beer make this very tasty. I really like the balance between the biscuity feel and the hop/citrus goodness. Very tasty beer. I could definitely drink more than one of these in a sitting.

belgaridub, May 18, 2006
Photo of cafemondegar
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a low head that died quickly. The color is somewhere between orange and gold, but I've saw it only in artificial light so I could be off. What strikes you about the smell is the sweetness more than anything else. The smell makes you treat the beer as you would a sweet beverage and you tend to twirl it around the tip of your tongue - and you'll notice the sweetness is there all right. Reminds me of wine made from litchi fruit. Eminently drinkable for its taste, mouthfeel (it does tend to leave your mouth ever so slightly dry) and low abv. This one is another hell of a beer coming out of Three Floyds.

cafemondegar, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of amiles
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at 'The Globe' on Irving Park in Chicago... Been drinking this here for a couple weeks now, with memories from last year.

A: Clear golden yellow, with a small tan head... poured into a imperial Three Floyds label pint glass. Looks like a normal beer, nothing special.

S: Citrusy pine hops. Perhaps some orange peel and lemon zest.

T: Quite refreshing and tasty. I could drink these all night (which I did) and still feel okay. It has a unique zesty hop taste that keeps your taste buds interested. I like it, a lot.

M: Carbonation is well, the zest really spices it up.

D: These kick back like a charm. Give me more!

Great session beer with a unique spring time feel to it. If I see this on tap, It'll be my starter for sure.

amiles, Apr 26, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

queens1130, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

Orchids, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Dunkle
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear orange-yellow with a little head.
S: It smells delicious. The hops almost completely drown out the wheat smell. I'm excited to taste it.
T: I've never had a wheat beer that is this hoppy! Three Floyds sure loves to hop up their beers, which is a good thing. The taste fades with citrus in your mouth, with no bitter bite.
M: Light-bodied and smooth. Not as dry as one would expect from so many hops.
D: Very easy to drink, probably due to the low ABV. Good session beer.

Dunkle, Sep 04, 2010
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