Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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 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!


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

Thanks to Schneid for the trade.

Enjoyed this wheat (although to my perhaps unrefined taste it seemed more IPAish than wheatish) beer immensely, though I doubt I will have too many opportunities in the future to sample it.

Enough hops to enliven the tongue, with a citrus flavor laced throughout. Gorgeous pour, nice head for this type of beer. Not to be missed.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden with slight haze with a small/medium pure white head
Hops and lots of fruity notes and grapefruit. Smells “light”
Malt note stronger in the palate than the malt note in the nose. Crisp and light, mild alcohol taste. Grassy, mild bitter element. Bitter finish
Its reffered to as a wheat beer but in my opinion this isn’t your average wheat beer- its much better . In my neck of the woods this stuff sells like no other beer and my local beer suppliers can attest to this. Why? I’m not sure.. Its good don’t get me wrong but its not “Holy shit it’s here!? I’ll take 5 cases!” good. Get it if you can though, very interesting and refreshing beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of hard to call this a wheat.
Pours a clear orange/yellow with a smallish white head that melted too fast for me.
Aroma is definately amarillo hops right off the bat. After you get used to that, you will notice a cracker and biscuit aroma.
Taste is sharp citrus amarillo but then spicy and peppery wheat with a cracker-like dry finish.
Aftertaste is dry crackers and light citrus hop.
This is incredibly flavorful for a wheat beer.
All wheats are supposed to be quenching....this one definately is.
But it also fills the wants and needs of the hophead.
Loved it.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ehammond1 for the bottleshare.

Crystal clear yellow lemon color. Short off white head. Low retention. Low if any lace. 

Nice nose. Smells like zombie dust but muted. Great for the style though. Mild pineapple and fresh citrus.

Citrus on the lemon rind side. Mild bitterness. Not as much character as I hoped. Mild sweetness. No wheat. 

High carbonation. Light bodied. Crisp and pretty fresh. 

Overall Very nice for the style. But don't make the mistake we made while trying FFF brews, drink this before Zombie Dust. But I do highly recommend this.

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Photo of RickS95
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like an ordinary American macro lager. I wouldn't guess it to be a wheat ale. Good thick white head with crazy lacing.

Smells great with lots of citrus, mainly peach, with some flowery notes in the background.

Has a strange taste. It's sweet and tart from the peach like a fruit beer, but piney like a pale ale in the finish.

I don't see this as a wheat ale. It's definitely a pale ale, but it's clearly not a wheat ale. Has a crisp mouthfeel throughout with some hoppy bitter in the swallow.

This ended up being a much better beer than it initially appeared. I'm glad I bought a six pack instead of a single.

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Photo of ZPB
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my brother-in-law!

Poured a beautiful golden hue with big white fluffy head.

Smell was AWESOME! Grapefruit, resin, orange, lemon. One massive citrus smell! If it tastes like it smells - WOW!

Taste was a disappointment. It was good, but the bitterness of the Amarillo hops were just over the top. There is no sweetness at all, only bitterness. I get the citrus, but it is hidden WAY in the back.

Mouthfeel is good - what I expect from an IPA, though this is technically a pale ale.

Overall I like this beer, but I would not seek out. Good not great.

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