Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
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4.13 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So hugely hazy dark honey that it was as opaque as any Russian Imperial stout. The ale was topped with one slim finger of foam the color of cumulus clouds that stayed at a thin film for the life of the pint. A thick blanket of lace on the opposite side of the glass added even more visual interest.

One whiff was all it took to determine that this APWA was not an attempt to recreate Three Floyds Gumballhead. The nose was bright and fresh, with loads of tangy wheat and a citric fruitiness reminiscent of oranges and lemons.

Gumballer is an updated version of Liquid Sun with Sterling (rather than Mt. Hood) and Amarillo (dry-hopped with). Either wdmrock used more little green cones this time, the Amarillo added something of value, or my tastes have changed in the past few years, because this beer was better than LS. Come to think of it, all three might be true.

The flavor profile was fairly straightforward, which is quite often the case with beer of this style. The untoasted wheat was both sweet and tangy, and the hops added the same orange peel and lemon zestiness found in the nose. A more aggressive hop bite would have been great, but every beer can't be tongue shredding. Then again...

The mouthfeel started out fine and was more than fine by the halfway point of the glass. It was soft (cask carbonation), but wasn't wimpy, and had a slight slickness that kept it from evaporating on contact.

A Gumballhead clone sounds like a wonderful idea, especially from someone with Eric's brewing talent. In the meantime, West Des Moines Rock Bottom patrons will have to console themselves with an impressively drinkable pale wheat that goes by the name Gumballer. Good stuff.

Jul 15, 2010
Gumballer from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1 ratings