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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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

Added by cretemixer on 04-17-2003

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Photo of expatsteve
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should preface this review by saying that I like this beer a lot, but I feel a little conflicted about it as a wheat beer. If it were just a little cheaper, it would probably find a more regular space in my fridge--but not as a wheat beer. Thanks to Golden2wenty1, who provided this as part of Wheat/Weiss night....

Appearance: Light golden amber, with great visibility. 1/4 inch head with heavy suds cover - pours quite nicely. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Grapefruit, lemon and orange - not a hop monster, but that's nonetheless the entirety of the nose.

Taste: This beer is really a good showcase for how well FFF understand hops - nice floral developments, with a fruity grapefruit finish. I initially wrote that the mild wheat flavor is a great canvas to bring the hops out on, but the pine finish clouds out all the interesting flavors that the wheat might bring. If the hops weren't so well done, this beer might strike me as a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Light, a little sweet, but the hops in the finish are magnificent. The dry edge to the wheat does fight its way through here.

Drinkability: A great summer beer--one that shows how great hops can be as a cleanser on a hot day. Truly refreshing, as the wheat keeps the beer light and quaffable. But I can't help feeling that this is almost a wheat APA or IPA (the hops profile is about the same as Alpha King), rather than a APWA. I can't make up my mind if this is style-defiance, too much of a hop thing, or perhaps a little cheatery. But never let that get in the way of drinking another exceptional FFF offering.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color. Aroma of fresh hay and Pacific North-West hops. This beer tasted like a cross between an American Wheat beer and an American Pale Ale. There were some clean, light grainy flavors with some soft late addition hop character. Really nice spin on a wheat beer. Just enough extra hops to match the tartness of the wheat. Bell's Oberon meets Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A little summer in the middle of January.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to beernerd81 for this one

A-Vigorous pour produced a 1/2" white head that had average retention and left just a few wisps of lacing.

S-Floral and citrus hops with a semi-sweet & bready malt backbone.

T-Light Citrus hops, subdued but present. Bready malt in the middle and finish, with a slightly bitter bite from the hops coming in on the back end. Not terribly complex, but very pleasant.

M-Light, crisp, refreshing. Slightly oily.

D-This one went down easily enough. A good session beer.

A very solid beer. Not outstanding, but very good.

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Photo of beerinator
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy Golden, with nice retention on an off-yellow head.

Aroma: Really Really really hoppy. Floral hops. Has some perfumy sweetness in the aroma.

Taste: A lot of hop is noted in the flavor, but the body of the wheat beer shows through. The hop flavor isn't as strong as the aroma suggests. Nice mouthfeel. Citrus flavors make this beer feel more like a hefe, but the hops keep the beer more in line with an American Pale Ale. Split personality beer.

Notes: Good beer. Not one I would suggest to a first time wheat beer drinker, simply because of the way it differs greatly from others in the category. Nice beer for the price.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, fellow BA Goz was kind enough to share a bottle of this with us yesterday at our BA fest meeting, and I finally got to try some. This is the least wheat beer like wheat beer I have ever tried, but the aroma seemed pretty consistent with what can be expected from Three Floyds. And I Iike that abv! Anyway clear golden when poured, no head (I didn't see any in anyone else's glass either). Heady hop aroma, full of spun sugar and cinnamon. Taste wise, it starts out as a typical hoppy 3F's (I am thinking about dreadnaught)...the one thing that reveals it's wheat moniker in my opinion is that it finishes light, as opposed to bitter or syurpy. Very enjoyable, especially if you appreciate candied hops.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh... Another solid beer from 3F - they can do no wrong.

This beer poured a deep golden color with a small white head.

The aroma was full of Amarillo hops with notes of sweet wheat malt in the background.

The flavor of the beer was much richer than other American style wheat beers I've tried. The maltiness had an interesting note of honey sweetness, perhaps from the atypical red wheat used in place of white wheat - as in most American wheat beers.

The hops were citrusy and well developed for a wheat beer, but not overpowering.

The mouthfeel was light-to-medium and reasonably dextrinous. This helped the beer to feel fuller than most summer seasonals, but not too heavy.

The carbonation was just right and added a good bite to this summer brew.

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Photo of bobgrave
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

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Photo of chiefthreebeers
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a liquor store in Chicago. Hard to find. I heard they are having trouble making enough of it, so it peaked my interest.

Poured 12oz. bottle it into my Duvel Apero glass.

A. Golden pale color, some sentiment visible. Unique appearance for a wheat beer. I was expecting a cloudy, Hefe theme, this was a refreshing change.

Aroma of hops. Lots and lots of Amarillo I imagine.

Mouth feel is soft and flavor of hops. I don't think I have ever had hoppier wheat.

Finishes smooth with some bitterness. Sweet and sour notes with hints of honey.

Overall I found this to be a very interesting beer. Original and inventive. I figure the funky package has helped with the success of the beer. Hipsters probably gravitate towards the cartoon character smoking a cigarette on the label. Nice beer, good for a session or two.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Vega406 for including it as an extra! Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a translucent yellowish, slightly brownish golden with about a half finger of white head that quickly recedes. About average carbonation.

S- Fruity aromas of lemon, apricots, strawberries, peach, marmalade, grapefruit, malts, hops, grains, etc.. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Lemons, peaches, marmalade, strawberries, blueberries, finishes with a little bit of graininess. Lightly tart berry finish that lingers for a little while.

M- Light, smooth, very drinkable, average carbonation.

O- This was very good for pale wheat ale. Nice balance of fruitiness, hops, malts, etc.. Perfect light beer for the summer, could easily session a few of these. I think I actually liked this beer better then Zombie Dust. Glad to see FFF has this as a year round offering, just wish it was distributed around here.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thick carbonated head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has some wheat in the aroma with a hint of piney hop. Light aroma. Some piney hop with a good wheat edge. Very drinkable beer. Mild astringency at the end.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY; April 2014) and from bottle (June 2014)

Clear golden body with excellent clarity; very durable, creamy white head leaves the glass well coated with sticky lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong but somehow gentle mix of hops. Hints of light bread, honeysuckle, and fruits.

Flavor: Some complexity from the hop (mix). Some bisquity malts in the background.

Feel: light bodied but not at all watery, thanks in part to the crisp, medium-high carbonation that seems just right

O: another excellent selection from FFF

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale orange with very little head. Not a lot of aroma. Crisp mouthfeel with a very nice bready, wheat flavor. Not yeasty with banana flavors--not anything like a Hefeweizen, really. The hops add to the flavor without disturbing it--without taking over. Instead, they add a nice balance to the bready wheat. This is a nicely constructed beer. It would be easy to drink at least a bomber by myself, though I am sharing it today. Cheers!

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Photo of Quaffer
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer was a glowing, hazy amber-orange color. I was quite a bit darker than I was expecting it to be. The white head rose up easily and became dense as it quickly dissipated. There was a very heavy bead that sustained a nice, thick cap of sticky foam over the beer for most of the drink. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Juicy, citrus hops dominated the aroma. Not something that I am used to smelling in a wheat beer. There were some light undertones of wheat, lemon, and roasted malts, but the hops by far overpowered these.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a bit of chewiness to it. Very smooth for the style.

Taste: It took a few drinks to get used to the idea of a hopped up wheat beer. Sour lemon and citrus hops kicked in first. The hops were present more in the flavor than in any bitterness, though they did provide some of the latter. Sweet grasses and roasted malts arose in the middle. The finish was when the wheat really kicked in. Big and chewy, it lingered well into the aftertaste where it mingled with a mild hops bitterness and the aforementioned sweet grasses.

Very nice and very different. It took some time to wrap my head around the concept of a wheat beer with this much hops presence. Not much time, though :-)

Thanks for the bottle, Rob!

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Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

There's a wheat/grain sweetness, which juxtaposes the resiny hop character. Fairly floral, as well.

Herbal hop character and wheat are prevalent. There's a hint of resiny bitterness in the aftertaste, and the malt backbone is somewhat crackery.

Carbonation has a bite, body is moderate.

Not my favorite fff beer, by far. Nothing special as far as I'm concerned. Just lacks character.

Further review shows modest grapefruit character, but the finish sneaks in too early.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty standard.

Smell: Are those amarillo? with that citrusy grapefruit/piney smell, I'd bet my left testy, wait is that the bigger one?

Taste: A hoppy wheat brew. The end.

Mouthfeel: A little thin.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, perhaps the strongest aspect of the beer. A decent beer from those Munster guys.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light cloudy straw-yellow in color, with a foamy but short lived yellow-whilte head. Smells grassy/hoppy, with hint of some good yeast. Taste is fairly complex, with wheat up front, followed quickly by lingering herbal hops, a little baking soda taste of carbonation, and some bitter lemon peel aftertaste. It is odd how the hop taste just hangs on, and then the odd soda taste chimes in. The mouthfeel is nice, and it has refreshing light carbonation.

It's good, but it has an extemely long lasting flavor, almost to the point of being cloying. It is like an odd combination of a summer brew and a winter warmer. Personaly, I would go for something either more refreshing or more potent.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6-27-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - 1 finger of foam, cloudy yellow in appearance, decent lacing ring with a fair amount of carbonation present

S - Strong aroma of wheat and hops, some lemon citrus notes as well

T /M - Lighter bodied and very smooth, wheat and hops are the big ones here, a little malt back bone but very light

D - Pretty decent brew, very drinkable and easy to have more than one in a sitting. So far I have not been happy with anything from Three Floyds. I recommend this just as much as any of their other brews!

Cheers!

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-copper pour. Fluffy white head with big bubbles that lasted just a few minutes before receding into a small thin ring.

Smells like a summer wheat with a noseful of hops. Like Oberon met Alpha King.

Taste has the characteristics of both a well-made wheat and a better pale ale, with a leaning towards the sweetness of a wheat. The idea that Gumballhead could be the offspring of Oberon and Alpha King sticks here too.

Mouthfeel is just a tick above average for the lower carbonation that doesn't seem to completely match up. Could be the smell and taste tricking my mind into thinking this should be a little bit more dry and crisp than this one offers.

Overall a very good and unique creation by the folks at FFF. Well worth trying - and having again and again if you can get it.

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Photo of devilben02
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this one on draught with little knowledge about it other than the reputation of the brewery. I certainly enjoyed it, but I never would have guessed that this was a pale wheat due to the hop character that is much more amplified than is typical for the style.

The color is a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin cream-white head. The hops come through in the aroma with a dry citrus scent that lays on top of an underlying fruit sweetness. That same balance is evident in the flavor as well, with a lemony hop flavor contrasting with a light fruitiness. This one is fairly light bodied, which combined with the light but pleasant flavors makes this one an easy drinking selection.

Overall, the Gumballhead drinks like some kind of hybrid between a wheat ale and an American pale ale. The hop flavor and aroma don't overpower, though, but merely makes you stop and think about what you are drinking.

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Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head not bad but small for a wheat ale it does lace well though. Whats up with a clear can see thru wheat beer where is the cloudiness.

Aroma is light wheat malt packed with lots of hops, throwing in loads of citrusy hops is one way to add lemon to a beer. Must save the aroma is great but again not a wheat ale aroma really read APA.

Tastes is big on hops light on wheat malt with some light bubble gum and earthy notes present with a lingering lemony finish. Again taste is great but not to style, more wheat less hops.

Mouthfeel is heavier then it looks, actually pretty nice feeling.

Drinkability is great very drinkable beer hell of a hoppy APA with some wheat hints. Would buy this again loved it actually, score is based on it being listed as a wheat ale and me being generous. Listed as a APA it would be a 4.5 Anyway thanks to gimmehead for this nice miss styled beer.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

F= Pours an orange-yellow body with a thin dispercing head.

S= A rather suprising nose of citrus hops and dough yeast. Very nice.

T= This beer has much bigger flavors then I excepted going into it. It's a hopped up wheat beer, awesome! Pine and citrus that fades to a medium lived dough yeast.

F= It was not watery but was light palate

D= I rated this beer as a session beer and it would make a wonderful one at that. Citrus and yeast make this beer a wonderful beer for the summer time. Great job FFF

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Photo of geryeb624
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JoeBeerMan for this one! 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy straw color with thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S- Smells almost like a wheat IPA, with crisp wheat mingling with orange and lemon-scented hop aromas.

T- Also tastes like a wheat-based IPA. Interesting stuff. The crisp wheat malt mingles with very citrusy hops to make a well-balanced brew. Nice to see something in a wheat beer other than the typical banana and cloves.

M- Pretty thin, but nicely carbonated. Not bad.

D- Very high. Could easily put a sixer of this away. Very refreshing.

While not as earth-shattering as I was expecting, a very nice APWA. Interesting to see such a hop-forward wheat beer, and I would definitely have this more often if it were available to me.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of big hop and yeast chunks are visible after the pour! More than in my homebrew DIPA. Sweet! It's also quite active, and eventually the sediment settles and it has pretty good clarity, especially considering how it started. The thick white foam on top hung out for a bit, then settled to film and ring. More golden than yellow in color.

Bright, citrusy, amarillo hops are balanced perfectly by the wheaty malty sweet body. Smells way bigger than it is. Inviting and intriguing.

Like the nose, but not as rich and deep. The same amarillo/malty/wheaty mix, but just good, not exceptional. Bitterness is mellow.

adequate carbonation, thin/medium body, crisp finish.

This beer has alot of the hop character, especially in the nose, of a good IPA or APA, but without the bitterness and as much booze. A great, easy drinking stepping stone toward the hoppy end of the beer spectrum.

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Photo of Goliath
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra in my first trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin bone white head sitting on top that has poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy for a wheat with a big citrus nose and a little pine complimenting the sweet wheat.

Taste is great. This is my kind of wheat beer! Big cool, crisp, refreshing hop flavor showing some nice citrus qualities with almost no bitternewss to speak of. Tangy wheat flavor finishes this great brew off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very bright punch of carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Easy to consume as it is smooth and refreshing with moderate flavors and low alcohol. Makes for a great session.

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was aged only a few months. It poured an amber color with a fluffy white head that dies off after a few minutes. The aroma was very hoppy - some kind of a grapefruit character in the hops. The flavor is quite a bit hoppy as well, with a pine feel. There is a bit of malt character, but this doesn't really fit the category that it's in. Not a bad beer, but it's not what I expected.

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