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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,220 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 4,220
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 780
Gots: 409 | FT: 22
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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Ratings: 4,220 | Reviews: 1,404 | Display Reviews Only:
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beercouple05

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

09-28-2013 21:42:01 | More by beercouple05
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Eadsie

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-17-2014 21:08:55 | More by Eadsie
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Mwolf87

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-29-2014 00:30:11 | More by Mwolf87
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boshog77

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.8%

04-17-2014 23:10:27 | More by boshog77
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sid240

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first try at American Hoppy Wheat beers. Wow, what an eye opener. The appearance is a very clear pale orange/yellow color, small white head. The smell is all fruit: orange, peach and tangerine. I really like the fact that those flavors are not the only thing you get, this is a well integrated wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 14:07:36 | More by sid240
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vdubgeek

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

07-23-2014 21:14:38 | More by vdubgeek
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CliffG


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-02-2014 21:24:30 | More by CliffG
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Timo2l


4/5  rDev -5%

07-07-2014 02:24:21 | More by Timo2l
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beardown


4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-31-2014 00:28:24 | More by beardown
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piwodevo

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

with no further ado, gumballhead returns. This incarnation (just released today) is stripped clean, filtered a bright High Life straw color with a thin white head that still manages to lace the glass. The aroma is classic 3F. Amarillo! Malt is barely discernable in the aroma, slightly more so in the flavor. The hops carry this beer. If you're not a hop fan, steer clear, because that's what this beer is all about. The flavor is all hops, the wheat and malt have to be there SOMEWHERE, but my attention turns to that aromatic and just plain dreamy hoppiness. TASTY.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:11:13 | More by piwodevo
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trem0lo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm Gumballhead. I think I just found a new favorite "wheat" beer. I put quotes around it because it doesn't necessarily taste like any wheat beer you've ever had because of the added hops. Rather it successfully fuses the two styles into something new, different and extremely delicious.

It pours a light golden yellow, like lemonade with a splash of orange juice. Perfect summer color.

The smell immediately jumps out at you. I get a bunch of different tropical fruit flavors--kiwi, mango, banana, tangerine, and some doughiness. Reminds me of my trip to Maui.

The taste is a crazy party of fruity, citrusy hops with a strong wheat backbone. Up front you get a fairly aggressive dose of citrus flavor, finished with the sweet, slightly bready quality of the wheat. The flavors that come to mind are grapefruit, tangerine and banana. The way this beer comes together is amazing. YUM.

Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation to blend the flavors and make it refreshing.

Drinkability is fantastic. I could drink gallons of this stuff. It's not a super strong beer, but it goes down so easy it doesn't matter!

If you are a hophead, seek this out. An awesome twist on the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 05:28:03 | More by trem0lo
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bobgrave

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended to me by a co-worker and I am very glad he did.

I am a fan of wheat beers that incorporate a flavorful hop blend. This beer is an excellent example IMO.

The carbonation is light, but not like a usual wheat. The smell is very nice and I truly did not expect this nose from a wheat. Strong cannabis smells with citrus grove coming through.

The flavor is big with this one. IMO this has the taste of cannabis. At least the flavor ties to the smell from concert air.
Strong grapefruit and citrus notes creep in after the initial weed hit. A very drinkable beer.

I would also like to note that I gave one of these to an old burner friend of mine and he said the flavor of the beer really brought back the old days for him.

This is not over the top on the hops, but more than you would expect.

Try one!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 17:53:29 | More by bobgrave
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Pjhuppenthal

Indiana

4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. Amarillo Hops gives it a Grapefruit smell and Citrus taste. Perfect amount of bubbles.The Malt and Wheat makes it Warm and fuzzy in the winter but light and very refreshing in summer. I realize now I am a lucky SOB living in the the land of 3 Floyds.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 01:39:11 | More by Pjhuppenthal
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Randyweizen

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On some level, it's a waste of time to review a beer that has well over a thousand reviews already.

And yet I can't help but put this down for the record: Gumballhead has most of the attributes that I strive for as a homebrewer when I want to make a pleasantly hoppy summer beer.

The key is in the blend of different flavor and aroma elements. There's the obvious hop flavors from the Amarillo, somewhere between grapefruit and tangerine. But this is only one egg in the basket. There's also cooked sugar candy, fig, pineapple, caramel... I don't know where in the hell it's all coming from, but it's a great blend. You can taste it all, smell it all, and enjoy its kaleidoscopic transformation as the glass warms.

My only caveat is that the finish is slightly flawed, a little like old bubble gum. The FFF website claims 28 IBUs; maybe 40 or so would give a cleaner finish without being too bitter for the masses. Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about.

So, again, this is a great, great beer with tremendous personality. If I were to mix a six pack as a gift for a visiting German friend, there would be a 12oz bottle of Gumballhead, no doubt about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 21:36:44 | More by Randyweizen
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augievikings

South Dakota

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice yellow-orange with a good head. Excellent citrus aroma - reminds me of a nice grapefruit smell. Not terribly bitter and very refreshing on a warm summer day. Nice hop balance and finishes very smooth with just a hint of bitterness. I would not actually describe this as a "wheat ale" but since I am relatively new to beer tasting, perhaps I just don't understand the style as well. I would love to have this in my refrigerator year-round as it could easily be a go-to standard beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 23:12:42 | More by augievikings
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jeffrotell

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-08-2012 18:22:46 | More by jeffrotell
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dimce

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-19-2012 04:28:05 | More by dimce
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carrtank


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-03-2012 22:34:01 | More by carrtank
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HeavyHopStalker

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-20-2012 00:27:02 | More by HeavyHopStalker
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Jeremyehurst


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-01-2013 22:43:56 | More by Jeremyehurst
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tjonkman1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-18-2013 23:34:21 | More by tjonkman1
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O-Dog1998


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-14-2013 03:06:03 | More by O-Dog1998
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mckinnmd

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-06-2013 01:25:43 | More by mckinnmd
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joehd

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

06-06-2013 07:24:19 | More by joehd
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BHatfield

Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.8%

06-06-2013 01:56:01 | More by BHatfield
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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