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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Sampled in the Hospitality Suite at the 2003 AHA NHC in Chicago. Sample is a clean 10 oz sampler glass from a dual tap jockey box.

This beer is billed as an American Wheat beer. As seems to be the style with this particular brewery, American means hops in the Rogue sense of hops.

The aroma is grassy and charged with an oily grapefruit aroma that definately showcases the Amarillo hops reported in this brew. A faint fruity ester resides behind the hops floating on a sweet bready wheat character.

The flavor has just a touch of the wheat sweetness and very little malt to cut through the intense citrus hop burn. Towards the end a strong taste of bubble gum (yes.. I imagine this is part of the name) comes in to rescue the taste buds from a neverending load of hop bitterness.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light in color not as cloudy as I would expect
Smells a bit hoppy
taste is smooth with some hops and not as pulpy as German wiess beers
light and zesty with the hops
Overall it tastes more to an American pale ale, very drinkable and will be great on a hot day by the pool

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Photo of jhavs
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=Poured clearer than expected, yellow to amber, thin white head.

S=Some sweetness and bready malt, lightly scented overall.

T=Malt characteristic of a pale wheat beer, has some hop bitterness and flavor but much more malt forward.

M=Moderate level of carbonation with body on the light side of medium.

O=Good easy drinking beer, nice change of pace to typical American Wheat offerings, light and refreshing with some crisp hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head that stays for a while.

S - Wheat and hops, a little sweet also.

T - Very citrusy with a citrus bitterness not your typical hop bitterness. Hint of grapefruit hiding in there.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. I am not too familiar with pale wheat beers but I think it fits the description based on what I would think from other wheat beers and a pale style mixed.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big froathy white head leaves a scattered islands of lace as it slowly to a thin coating. Transparent straw colored beer with dozens of tiny carbonation streams rising from the bottom. Beer is at cellar temp and there is a mellow bubblegum flavor to the beer, not much else, a light malt base. Nice soft mouthfeel carries the flavor to the tongue. Resinous hop aroma. A nice tasting, simple beer that's easy drinking. I

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Only slightly hazy orange-gold body, tufts of bubbles, a good head that leaves a thin coating on the surface, a few legs of sticky lace.

S: Mostly strikingly clean hops, most citrus fruits. Faint background of wheat. Really good, but too hop-centric for the named style.

T: Again, too hoppy for the style, but it's too good for me to knock it much. Clean, clean hops showcasing a variety of citruses with minimal bitterness playing off a slightly sweet wheat base. Finish could be longer.

M: Supremely crisp. Fluid. Lively. Refreshing. This is fantastic.

O: A simple concept wonderfully executed. Exactly matches my preferences for low bitterness, restrained hopping, and mild wheat sweetness. It's between a wheat and an IPA, I guess they can't appease both camps ('this IPA is weak!' 'this wheat has too much hops!'). All said and done, a great, easily repeatable beer.

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Photo of SchaefMan
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got 2 bombers of this, just because I like the label, and I generally like wheat beer. It was not what I expected.

The appearance was sort of typical to wheat beers, except that it was not cloudy.

Smell was faint, but was sort of citrussy.

Taste was good. Some malt and citrus, with a bitter finish. More ale tasting than I expected.

Mouthfeel was sort of thick and carbonated, but smooth.

Drinkability was good, seeing as I drank both bombers, but I won't be switching over right away.

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Photo of cbros
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 ounce bottled poured into a pint glass, no freshness date.

A- Pours a pale, almost clearish straw yellow. Nice medium head with a good head retention and some carbonation activity present after the pour.

S- Hints of hops and some fruit notes. A nice combination of citrus and wheat?(I have a little bit of a cold some I am not 100% sure about that, but it would make sense)

T- Nice hoppy beginning that has hints of the tell tale citrusy flavors and finishes with a dry malty mixture. Very nice flavor that I was suprised with seeing the beer before I tasteed it. I thought it was going to be a weaker beer but thankfully it suprises you with its flavor.

Got this in a Educators BIF from bergands and am happy to have gotten this. To me this seems more like an IPA than American Pale Wheat Ale, but I diegress. Good all around beer that if available here would be on my rotating beer list.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was quite grand, you usually have to have a phenominal head to get this high of a score from me but the insane amount of carbonation presence is something I see. The head is white and a thin crown with good lacing. The liquid is a very light gold.

Scent is an interesting lemony and hoppy concoction. I noticed a bready scent when I opened the bottle but no longer pin that down.

Taste, while I can't complain that it isn't pleasant or refreshing, I struggle to detect anything as it isnpretty subdued. Same characteristics as the scent. This would be a he'll of an intro to craft.

Mouth is where of needs to be, thin/med and fizzy.

Very east to drink and I want to try more to male sure my palate isn't fooling me into thinking this is weaker than it really is.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sample of this from one of my distributors, and was eager to try it as we get so few 3ffloyds products.
Pours a light amber with a large white puffy head. Lots of carbonation and I had to be careful to pour slowly. Smell is a bit of grain and wheat followed by piney hops. Taste is at first one of a nice refreshing wheat, but the Amarillo hops then sneak in and turn the beer into a little hop monkey. Its almost like two beers in one. At first you think you are getting a wheat ale, but by the end you are thinking you might have gotten your glass switched with a pale ale. Mouthfeel is good with pretty hardy carbonation, but for this beer the effervencene works. Drinkability is nice as well as one could put down a few of these quite easily. Might be a bit overpriced and it would be nice if these came in 6 packs. Over all I nice offering.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with visible particulate, a dense, lumpy white head, and tumultuous CO2. Gumballhead imparts a bright wheat aroma and a modest tart flavor with a piquant edge. The taste is clean and bears a slight resemblance to lemon tea. For this reason I might recommend a lemon compliment.

Notable for its impressive lace and sustained head retention. Special thanks to cmaruschak.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

pours exceptionally clear, lemon yellow. reasonable head, recedes to a thin foam. reading other reviews, i'm a bit let down on the nose. some whiffs of citrus/floral hops and a bit of wheat, but a bit more would be nice.

nice smooth taste - hints again of a medley of fruits, the wheat works as a nice counter-balance. good mouthfeel, this is a great quencher.

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Photo of rrski198
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderfully bright orange color. Nice large slow rising bubbles. Decent white head that stuck around awhile.

S: Big time pine hop aroma and a minor yeast funk. There is a sweet candy like scent as well that is quite nice (cotton candy)

T: What is the most surprising thing here is that the hops are present and let themselves be known, but the wheat is not lost. I still get the sweet and funky from the wheat side of this brew. Very nice balance of flavors.

M: The hops are bitter and spicy and kick at the begining, the sweetness comes in and then goes real quickly leaving a thin finish. Wish this beer had a little bit more body but its average for the style.

O: Much hyped and not dissapointed. This beer wouldn't be in my top 10, however, it is a real bright star in a usually forgetable style of beer.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A – Poured a clear golden color with a short head that didn’t last too long.

S – A nice aroma with some sticky sweetness and a prevailing hoppiness. Slight pink grapefruit. A very wafty hint of light redwood.

T – Grapefruity hops and some light grains. Very clean and crisp feeling. Bitter and crisp with some lemon and tartness. There’s a hint of sweetness from the malt that mellows the tone just a little, but it stays a bit snappy. The bitter high end hangs around for a while and pushes off any sweetness in the middle.

M – Pretty smooth even with the crispness. Feels just a bit oily. The tight carbonation and bitter bite kind of tingle and dance on the tongue.

D – Refreshing without being light, retaining its satisfaction. Not for heavy consumption, but a very drinkable beer for refreshment with some body to it.

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Photo of kbeals
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from Nesued, a highly recommended trader by the way...

A- Gusher alert! Ended up with a glass full of foam from the initial pour. (15 minutes later...) Finally got the whole beer poured, so here is what I saw. A hazy golden colored brew topped with tons of foamy white head. Good head retention and lacing, but the over the top amount of head definitely makes it lose style points.

S- Subtle hints of lemon and grapefruit along with a bit of hops. A sweet, caramel like backbone appears as the beer warms up. Relatively balanced, but the aromas are a bit muted.

T- Pretty similar to the aroma in terms of the citrus. A bit of lemon and grapefruit along with some hops. Nothing really stands out here, but it still smells good.

M- Nice light-medium body, prickly mouthfeel due to the amount of carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable. At only 4.8% this is an easy quaffer and would make an excellent summer beer. Might have to get more of this at some point...

Thanks again Dan, I hope to trade with you again in the future!

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Photo of ChanChan
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one holds a special place in my liver as it is the first true Craft beer I had a few years ago. This one was flown to me by my brother all the way from Chi-Town! So, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Orange with a slight haze on it. The head is a couple of inches; it is short-lived and becomes minimal and soapy.

Aroma: Nice, just as I remember hoppy and fresh. Smells of peach, hops and a bit of resin.

Mouthfeel: Light with a good amount of carbonation.

Taste: Hoppy, semi fresh with a slight bitterness, the finish is not as pleasant as the aroma, mouth-feel, and initial taste!

Overall: This beer might as well be a pale ale cause the wheat beer qualities are minimal and are only detected in the finish. Most importantly though, I’ve been sitting on this one for a month so its assy and not as fresh as it should be for a wheat low ABV brew!

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a perfect pint, courtesy of RTrain12 (thanks, Ryan!)

A - Pale gold, just a little bit cloudy. Nice, towering three fingers of head that has some decent retention. Not much lacing.

S - I had a Pliny before this one, and I have to say that the aroma is not very far off. This has some outstanding notes, including grapefruit and pine. It's very reminiscent of a west coast IPA. Very nice.

T - Very much a letdown after the nose. There's a bit of the hops, but not much. Some sweetness, in the cotton-candy area, and some notes of yeast and bread. No alcohol detected at all.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth.

D - I could drink this all day, all night, and all the next day. Off the charts.

O - While it's an outstanding everyday brew, the flavor is a bit lacking and leaves me wanting. Still very good.

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