Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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 youngleo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to about a 1 inch head. Had some nice big bubbles. Head was slightly offwhite in color. Beer was a cloudy yellow. Head didnt hand around very long, but left some lacing with every drink. Smelled of grapefruit, piney hops, very citrusy. Smelled good. Had a stong citrus grapefruit flavor. Also that pine flavor going on. Slightly sweet. Maybe a hair bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. At 4.8 alcohol, you could make this a good session beer. FFF makes some good stuff.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from the brewery thanks to my brother.

Pours a clear straw with smallish head which retains a coating for 25 minutes.

A hoppy aroma for a wheat brew. Light wheat also makes up the profile.

Taste is dry wheat and hops appropriate for the style. Some bubblegum from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is not as effervescent as most beers of this type but is sufficiently carbonated. Light body.

A better than normal example of an American wheat beer (which I usually dislike).

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Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellowish golden hue, cloudy with a nice white head that slowly dissipates.

Smell is very citrusy and bright, do catch some undertones of the wheat. Taste is pleasant, very hop forward with minimal notes of the wheat. It is a wheat ale, so I would have liked more notes of the wheat - the hops tend to dominate the taste - and I think that detracts from the beer a bit.

pretty carbonated, but I like it with the flavor - very drinkable. Overall a very tasty hoppy pale ale, just was a bit disappointed in how the hops dominated the wheat flavor. Otherwise a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Crosling
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light Orange.

Heavily aromatic, mainly passion fruits (peach, tangerine and lemon. The grains bring forth biscuits and caramel in the aroma.

An interesting, unorthodox approach to the style but I don't find this to be all that different from loads of others. It is hoppier, no doubt, but whatever the hops bring they take away equally. Notes of lemon and other citrus fruits.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What do you know, my first review. Take it easy on me...

A: Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a nice golden straw color, nearly crystal clear. The gold fades to a nice pale yellow around the edges of the glass. The color on this is very nice. About a half inch cream white head from an aggressive pour, quickly recedes to a quarter inch and lingers. Good lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer looks refreshing, indeed...

S: No big surprises here...the standard citrus notes. Obvious orange and faint traces of lemon. As it warms, I pick up a slight floral hop presence. The smell on this is fantastic, can't wait for a sip.

T: Pretty good, yet slightly disappointing. Hops make their presence known nicely, but the citrus notes are not as pleasant as the smell led me to believe. The faintest of lemon until the hops take over. Don't get me wrong, this is by no means an aggressively hopped beer, but it's definitely more pale than wheat. Expected a little fuller orange and clove presence, even for a Pale Wheat. Nevertheless, it is crisp and refreshing, exactly as it should be.

M: Well balanced. For a style that can frequently degenerate into a lowest common denominator approach, this beer is surprisingly flavorful and reasonably complex. All of this while maintaining an incredibly light balance.

O: I haven't had a lot of this style, but I have to think this is one of the better examples. It is very well balanced and nuanced for a wheat beer. Personally, the taste was a little bit of a let down from the smell, I expected more citrus notes. Nevertheless, if I lived in Indiana, this would be a staple in my fridge during the summer months. A very good beer, I'm grateful to have tried it.

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Photo of Bosoxbennie
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At times is overrated around here, which is a shame..It gets built up to be just something its not. Its not earth shattering but it is a damn good beer

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A: golden yellow, little to no head at all

S: citrus hops is really all that stands out in this one

T: starts like a wheat and finishes like an IPA, very lemony on the finish

M: mild carbonation, medium body, well balanced

D: an interesting combination, very drinkable, would definitely have another


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Photo of ElGuapo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light-colored orange brew with a small white topping of foam. Massive hops in the aroma as well as citrus notes. It definitely had the nose of a three floyds product.

Wheat? I am not so sure about that. It is a very crisp brew with nice refreshing qualities. The hops are in full order and every last sip gets a rich blast of hops. Citrus also plays a big role in this one. This is an interesting brew, and you should not miss out on it. Great for sessions IMHO. A wonderful outdoor working beer.

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Photo of doleeo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review so let's take it with a grain of salt, please?

Appearance: Clear gold with a finger width of head, dissapates with mild to minimal lacing.

Aroma: Grain, Lemon Zest, Grass, a bit of florality.

Taste: Grapefruit, that is the first thing I experience when drinking this beer. This beer was one of my first "craft beer" experiences and I still remember tasting that distinct grapefruit note. Along with the citrus fruit, I get a nice amount of grainy sweetness and a little bitterness from the hops. Just enough to keep me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel: Nice and lively. Neither too sticky or to light. I'm used to tasting coffee vs. beer, so carbonated beverages are a new territory for me.

Overall: This beer has some sentimental value for me. I first drank it when I really shouldn't have :D My taste generally gravitates towards more acidic/hop centric brews, but this is a great balance of easy drinking while having a distinct hop flavor that doesn't overwhelm the majority of drinkers.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Served in a Pint Glass
Bottled on January 21st, 2016
Reviewed on February 6th, 2016

Poured a hazy pale gold body with plenty of bubbles circulating throughout. Nice white head, well over two fingers deep. Lots of sticky lacing.

Very hop-forward. Blend of herbal and citric hops. Lemon peel. Touch of wheat. Hint of yeast.

Citrus and lemongrass hit the tongue first. Lemon peel. Pine. Lacked malts, just a hint of cracker. Semi-dry finish with a bittersweet blend of tangerine and tart grapefruit.

Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very crisp and easy to drink.

Very hoppy pale wheat ale. "It's not normal" certainly describes this brew. Delicious and dangerously drinkable. I'm what they call a "repeat customer".

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Photo of meathookjones
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle with an odd looking comic charecter on the label named gumballhead. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a rocky white head. Left a fantastic lacing on the glass as it was drank. Aroma is hoppy with citrus grapefruit notes as well as mild malts. Flavor is definatly wheat heavy with a nice hoppy kick to it with a bit of lemon detected. Very smooth and easy drinking especially for a wheatbeer. This has a great mouthfeel. I will definatly be picking some more of this up and doing some research to see what "Gumballhead" did to have such a great beer named after him.

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Photo of battlekow
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with murrayswine at his store, straight out of the fridge.

Gumballhead is a beautifully clear golden color, with an ample white head. Really nice-looking. It smells sweet when you open the bottle--"cotton candy"--but the hops quickly assert themselves in both scent and taste. I was surprised at how hoppy it was; Gumballhead is certainly the hoppiest wheat ale I've had. Despite this, it does have a tasty toasted malt finish. Pretty good, but intensely hoppy.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Erik for this as an extra!

A-pours a slightly hazed golden yellow with a dense pure white head and a great lace left behind.

S-the nose is big and quite hoppy and oily. lots of pine and citrus in the nose, lemon comes in at the finish with light notes of acetone.

T-taste follows the nose, lots of hops and notes of acetone in the back. pine, citrus, and lots of grapefruit. notes of wheat, a good bit of lemon, a touch of acetone in the back and a nice light bitterness.

M-very smooth on the palate, high carbonation, a touch of graininess on the back with a good bit of carbonation, slick on the back of the throat and oily on the palate.

D-this is a hugely drinkable wheat beer but more like an ipa. ftons of hops with a light note of wheat. the acetone in the finish is a little off putting but the hops are huge.

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Photo of farrago
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just past a finger of pure white foam, even surface except at the pour point, very good retention, the laces forms broad streaks yet they lack longlasting stick. Darkish golden amber colored liquid, silty floaties throughout adds to the haze, the bubbles are fat and randomly spread throughout. Soft wheatiness to the nose, more direct via orange peel, peppercorns, pine and apple, pear, pineapple fruit that edges towards but does not cross over to tropicality, has some underlying yeasty notes, at the end there’s more woodsy pile of cut wood or forest trail sort of not dirtiness but just not clean, overall displays good staying power in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, dry yet the general fluffy and soft mouth feel allows it to not seem parching. Again, dominated by citrus, a blend of lemon, tangerine and hint of grapefruit. Piney and peppery, retains that dead yeast cell sort of thing. The pineapple, green apple fruit leads the way, not sweet enough for mango but there’s a touch of apricot perhaps. The wheat is subdued and on the whole the bitterness is slight. The carbonation is active without being distracting. Leaves a dry residue behind. Quite drinkable, switches gears sufficiently sip to sip that you do not bore quickly of it.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A decent 2 finger fluffy head that fizzled almost instantly to nothing more then a pin stripe. Boidy is a clear golden strae hue in direct light and more amber if not with a massive amount of visible carbonation.

S: Not much in the nose. A very faint aroma of grapefruit, malts, and wheat.

T: Instantly pick up wheat on the palate with a mild citrus hops giving it a bitter middle, and ends very dry. Very crisp flavor.

M: Fizzy carbonation with a light body and a lean texture.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Very easy to drink with a soft and crisp flavor. Definitely want more. Thanks Kruthar for this!

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle picked up from the brewery a little over a month ago. Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Really nice copper color to it with about a finger of head. Fades fairly quickly but some sticks around throughout. Decent lacing.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and some mild grassy notes in the nose.

T: Grapefruit and tangerine really working together nicely up front. Tangerine keeps it nice and juicy. Moves to more of the lemon on the back end. Finishes clean with the lemon. I'd like to see more grassy notes and the back end to give it more of a dry finish, but I'll certainly take this any day.

M: Certainly has a much thicker body to it than your average wheat. Not entirely sure of what I think of this for the style. Works well though and kinda makes you forget what you're drinking.

O: This is a great beer. My main gripe with it would be that I don't think it's true to style. It's missing that dry finish that a good wheat should have. However, like I said, this is a great beer, just not necessarily to style.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is a hazy, turbid color that, despite the particles, has a golden brilliance. A thick head over 2 fingers in size almost overtook my East End tumbler glass. As it receded, some bubbles stuck to the sides for a mere hint of lace.

S: The nose is a run of the mill wheat aroma except for one striking exception: the hops. The hop aroma is thick and medicinal with piney undertones.

T: The hops are the heart and soul of this beer. That's par for the course for IPAs, but a wheat beer? The hops are quite bitter, medicinal with a pine flavor that really grabs hold of the tongue. The wheat body adds very little, other than getting out of the way of the hops.

M: The wheat is slow to emerge, doing so only long after a sip is gone. The hops are tight, the real showcase of the ale.

D: The low abv makes this a good quaffin' beer but the harshness of the hops will limit mass consumption.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours huge head in a pint glass...nose is very hoppy, floral with a bitter note that was not present in their other beers, presumably a different hop mix here.

Odd taste - bitter hops up front, with hint of sugar/sweetness. While I assume wheat accounts for the sweetness and excessive initial carbonation of the beer, the odd taste profile, while pleasant, is certainly going to be an acquired taste for repeat sessions.

fades into a bitter finish.

Excellent quality product, kind of weird. worth trying.

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Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was a fuzzy gold with a moderate head that had little retention. The aroma was lemon, but had that wheaty/naner-naner smell too. The taste was a crisp, refreshing, lemony tang. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. The drinkability was very good. Love the bad-ass cat.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bomber poured into traditional pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Rich, cloudy orange color. Not too much head when properly poured. Most of it faded quickly but a nice thin layer stayed caked on top.

S - Florals, citrus fruit (lemon, orange), hoppy spices

T - Mostly hoppy bitterness, tastes more like a pale ale than a wheat. Florals predominate, with presence of fruit, spice and a hint of bubblegum (especially in the head)

M - Full, smooth as floods your palate, then bitterness attacks and almost overpowers. Ever so lightly carbonated.

D - Nice summer session beer, but a bit too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of ahurd11085
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle obtained from Gatorbeernerd, a beer that has been on the to do list for a long time. Thanks for the hookup bud.

A: Pours absolutely crystal clear gold into my Unibroue tulip. Kind of surprising, I was expecting more haze with the wheat content of the brew. Pour puts a solid 1" pillow like head on the beer which clumps up in more traditional wheat fashion. Good looking beer.

S: Amarillo....big trademark grapefruit rind and light citrus notes I expect from the hop. Backing that I get nice toasted malts and some bready characteristics. Not much, if any wheat in the nose.

T: Not quite as much hop profile as I expected, though I think I may have been ruined by having Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf as my first offerings by FFF... with that aside, the flavors are very well balanced, medium aggressive hop profile is backed up by a nice toasted malt backing. In all honesty I would never assume this beer was wheat based if I didn't know better. I really just don't get the wheat flavors out of it. Still, really tasty stuff. I could see myself polishing of a sixer on a lazy sunday no problem.

M: Again, stepping out from the normal American Pale Wheat standards. This beer has some serious body to it, but in a very pleasant way. Good carbonation and a nice oily mouthfeel.

D: Damn good. I can see why this is six packed and not in 22oz. If this was a local offering for me it would be a staple in my fridge, and a constant order at my local watering hole.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with a bit of haze, head was fluffy white at first, but disappeared quickly, leaving a ring.

Get that wheat/bubblegummy aroma along with quite a bit of hops; very interesting.

Taste is hoppy as well, citrus and bubblegum in the background.

Felt a bit watery, but a good beer overall.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color runs between gold and light copper. High clarity, strong appearance of carbonation. Head is wispy and white, but short with decent retention. Smell of sweet malt and grapefruit-like hop aroma is very strong, much like an IPA. The taste opens with a rich grapefruit/citrus flavor, fading toward a relatively clean finish with mild alcohol and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and perhaps a bit watery, but with nice carbonation. To review this beer honestly, I believe its an average wheat beer, but the over-addition of amarillo hops gives it a strong Alpha King-like flavor to please the hop loving crowd. I just thought it could have been built better, with more balance perhaps...

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the may gems in a certifiably insane BIF haul from hero27 - I have enjoyed the Floyds' offerings on and off for almost 10 years, but this is my first encounter with their "lawnmower" beer or the closest thing to it. Into a Cab glass goes this 12 oz. offering...

Austere, hazy honey-lemon body topped by ultra-thin yeasty bubbles. Very little head and carbonation.

LOADS of grapefruit on the first whiff - wow! A bit of yeast electricity comes 'round along with a mild wheat backbone, but the citrus/grapefruit hop presence is definitely the star here with a few floral notes making a presence in the overall hop essence.

Flavor profile of this one is extremely light. The citrus and grapefruit from the nose come in well on the taste buds along with a smidge of wheat and yeast electricity. More husky wheat presence emerges with warmth but this remains a light, thirst-quenching, clean-drinking citrus-forward hop-washin'.

Very clean on the palate with a citrus kick to the back of the palate on the finish. Wheat and yeast are very subdued...Again, clean and quenching, but given the huge citrus hop profile on the aroma it's very light. Of course, that's what lawnmower beers are all about, yes?

Crystal-clear, clean drinking. Definitely what a lawnmower beer should be. Again, slight overpromise with the hugely-enjoyable citrus/floral hop aroma when considering the supreme cleanliness of this offering, as the palate feel can't quite live up to the power of the aroma. This one deserves its own canning line 'cause it would be spectacular for the beach.

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Photo of malcontent
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber, Gumballhead is a hazy orange with a moderate head that diminishes to a small, but even amount of lacing.

The smell of this beer, not surprising from 3F’s, is hitting me from a good foot away! Whoa, hops! Closer in, the pine & citrus is joined by the wheat-y whiffs I would expect from a summer beer & even a slight (but not bad) medicinal scent. Any fear arising from the aforementioned odor is offset by light strawberry notes. I’m rather excited to taste it.

It’s all there. Hops: check. Wheat: check. Even some maltiness (albeit, faint) which is not always a 3F’s strength. Of course there’s citrus peel which really develops in the aftertaste, a nice plus.

I am slightly disappointed in the lack of carbonation as the tingling on my tongue seems to be stemming entirely from the bitterness of the hops & not the bubbles. A little too smooth for the genre.

In all, I still find Gumballhead to be another pleasing offering from our boys in Munster & it’s wonderful to see a summer beer focusing on something other than the standard takes on the weizen or kölsch styles. A great change of pace, I’m just sad that summer is at an end & this is my last chance to enjoy it until next year.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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