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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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4,309 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,309
Reviews: 1,409
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 788
Gots: 455 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-09-2014 00:56:42 | More by Gator85
Photo of blsfreak


4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

This is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The taste is amazing, the smell is great, it has a amber color that looks inviting...I have nothing bad to say about this beer...Is is such a shame it is a seasonal beer, I could drink this year-round. It is nice to know there is a keg at the bar waiting for me to get off work, makes my day!

07-08-2006 20:18:22 | More by blsfreak
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4/5  rDev -5%

04-09-2013 21:00:42 | More by moshmont
Photo of GonzoPizzaBurger


4.93/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Another great beer from a local brewery 3 Floyds. The bottle displays a yellow dog with a black eye and cigarette hanging out of the right side of his mouth,

A- Golden yellow with a medium thick frothy head. Nice bubbles. Sticky lacing with good retention.

S- Hops. Hops. Hops. The floral hops dominate the nose, a true hop fans wheat style beer. Pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon zest.

T- Incredible, the hops are very apparent but not overwhelming. This brew is almost a cross between a pale and a wheat, beautifully done.

M- Kisses my tongue with delicious bitterness and floral hops.

D- Bring on some more!

04-20-2009 23:04:35 | More by GonzoPizzaBurger
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours with a very little head that dissipates quickly. Has a dark gold color. Smells strongly of citrus and apricot from the amarillo hops.

Very light and smooth taste that is slightly malty and fairly fruity. Not a lot of hop taste comes through, which you get a lot more on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and a bit slick.

Honestly, I could drink copious amounts of this beer. It is a pretty well balanced, yet light beer that has superb drinkability and kicks the crap out of BMC any day. Excellent for the summer.

08-12-2010 03:39:10 | More by PantherLightning
Photo of lookitsfelias


4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

A - Pours a beautiful golden with slight orange tinge. Thin soda like head with very minimal lacing.

S - Smells like bright, but not overpowering hops. Light pine, sweet grass, red wheat.

T - Taste is incredible. Light, sweet, perfect balance of hops and wheat while still boasting a full flavor.

M - Crisp, bubbly and refreshing. Very drinkable.

O - This is an outstanding beer and easily one of the best wheats i've ever had. Most people shy away from wheat beers because of the blue moon's and hoegaardens, which in my opinion give wheats a bad name. This is a perfect example of what the style is capable of. A go to in warm summer days or when you crave something light but packed with flavor. Very surprised at the somewhat average/low rating by the bros.

04-25-2014 01:29:29 | More by lookitsfelias
Photo of garylite


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

How many times have you said or heard someone say I am not a big fan of Wheat. I suspect those in this category have not had Gumballhead. With a solid well balanced dose of Amarillo Hops it is hard to say this is a Wheat Beer. A friend suggested I mix Bell's Two Hearted and Oberon and it tastes really good. Almost as good as Gumballhead.
A great session beer with perfect balance of Pine, Citrus, Wheat and Hops.
This is the king of Session Beers

12-07-2012 20:41:01 | More by garylite
Photo of FridayDave

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

This the best wheat I've ever had.
Poured from a bottle from a case my bro-n-law was kind enough to ship down. into a shaker pint glass it poured amber looking creamy smooth with as much head as you would want. The smell is unexpectedly hoppy grapefruit, really perks up your nose and tastebuds. The first taste washes smooth over your tongue, refreshing and light, where are those hops? The boom the back of the tongue it's a full dose of them not too bitter just enough to leave you wanting more. The second sip clears the first, the carbonation bubbling across, then boom there are those light citrous hops again.
A really great version of the wheat variety, should be duplicated in more regions especially since 3floyds is so frugal in their distribution.

01-12-2013 23:17:11 | More by FridayDave
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-09-2013 02:59:07 | More by mpmazza
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-08-2011 11:24:59 | More by BrohamidAli
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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Served into standard pint glass.

A: Hazy golden amber with 1 finger of off-white, large bubble head that simmers but stays put overall.

S: Pine and citrus hops, very potent and inviting, but not very wheat ale. Very light hint of wheat backbone as well as cloves. Nice lacing as the fluid level drops.

T: Heavy front hit of grapefruit from the hops, seems like it may be too much, but the underlying malts balance out fairly well before it nears an unpleasant bitter, well done. However, as I proceed through the pint, the malt begins to struggle to hold up its end of the bargain. Finishes up with a light lemon kick and touch of spice. Very refreshing, but missing the real character of the wheat.

M: Mild bodied overall, as appropriate, not at all watery. Carbonation is a good mid-high ground; contributes well to the crisp, semi-dry finish.

O: A very pleasant offering, once again, from FFF. I have to say, however, that the level of hops doesn't really say "wheat beer" to me but feels more like a blurring in IPA. In addition, I feel like the wheat is lost behind the potent, although balanced, hop flavors. Regardless, I did enjoy this beer and doubt it will be my last Gumballhead.

Note that my ratings are pulled down by my opinion that this blurs the line too much to be called a wheat beer.

01-26-2012 00:38:00 | More by HopZen
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4/5  rDev -5%

01-24-2012 23:10:48 | More by snowking44
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-14-2012 16:10:39 | More by Blakerooster
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

03-24-2012 14:00:49 | More by HopRod66
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

04-04-2012 22:59:02 | More by mbp2679
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

05-11-2012 18:46:09 | More by BrianD
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance - Golden orange color with a thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Strong scents of citrus. Smooth notes of grapefruit and orange.

Taste - Strong, hoppy IPA qualities mixed with a wheat ale. The punch of citrus throughout really adds to this beer and makes it unique.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Great hop finish. Easy to drink... a great summer beer.

Overall - This is one of my favorite beers, and has turned into a "daily drinker" that I try to always keep in the fridge. Yet another incredible beer from Three Floyds.

Serving Type: Bottle

09-05-2013 01:20:27 | More by ScottSwim
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

08-25-2013 16:33:43 | More by JJH79
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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%

I was gifted one of these about a years ago and I remember enjoying it immensely. I've kept an eye out for it but have yet to see it on the shelf. That is, until today, when I spotted a lone sixer sitting behind a couple packs of "Pride & Joy." Without hesitation I snatched it up. It's super fresh bottled less than two weeks ago...The artwork is sick...Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of carbonation, the fizzy bubbles persist. The head, is nearly snow white. unfortunately the head is nearly non existent and I don't get any lacing.

Smell: Being called gumballhead, I anticipated a hefe type sweet banana smell, with pronounced buble gum or candy esque smells. But I don't really get anything of the sort. Taking a whiff, it smells more like a ipa/apa. Juicy, citrusy, hoppy, with maybe a touch of spice. I wanted to smell bubblegum. But for what it's worth, it smells very good! It is rather faint however, the intensity level could have been raised a few notches.

Taste: Yep, tastes like an ipa/apa. I taste hops! Boatloads of them. Now I know what Amarillo hops taste like specifically. A hop bomb of a wheat beer. Not overly bitter. It does pack a little punch up front, but is smooth and refreshing on the back-end. The initial hop bite would lead me to guess the abv a percentage point or so higher than it is (5.6%) Still, this beer is extremely drinkable and a good choice to session with. Whatever wheat profile this beer has follows the hop intensity, proving the yang to the yin, the character mellows during part two. I do feel like the taste does lack a bit of complexity, which may seem a contradiction, considering I just pointed out the changing, two part nature of the taste profile. Hoppy, slightly bitter, grassy, a bit of spice, dry, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, i guess wheat? In short, this beer tastes satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat "oily," light to medium light, crisp and refreshing with a lot of bubbly carbonation, which I really dig with this beer. I'm almost reminded of a lager in the most endearing of ways. It makes me think "summertime." Ballgames, bbq, beaches, backyards, music fests, this beer says "session-able and intense.'

Overall: I am simultaneously impressed and ever so slightly let down. I think this beer is undoubtedly better than "good." I'm surprised the bros only gave it a 83. This beer is very good; great. arguably outstanding. TBH, i am slightly put off by these beers that seemed destined to hype from incarnation. Idk if FFF just doesn't have the resources meet their demand. It just sort of irritates me where breweries produce such a low volume of product so they can artificially jack up the price and the hype. This marketing strategy is nothing new or unique to this industry. My point is, if you can brew good shit, brew that shit for all to enjoy! Stop hoarding that shit like a blood diamond yo!
Anyway Gumballhead by Three Floyds. Very good, comes highly recommended by me. If you find yourself in the situation where you are able to procure, procure that shieet! You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it! Did I mention the sick artwork?

02-16-2014 06:27:30 | More by LovingCup
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5%

05-28-2014 23:14:29 | More by slheinlein
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-04-2014 04:58:50 | More by Hookman
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

06-13-2014 18:29:49 | More by Mkocmit
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

06-15-2014 21:42:58 | More by mours
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.8%

07-19-2014 06:27:44 | More by poonchy722
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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