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 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium golden color, nice white head, but fleeting. The lacing sits on the top, and sticks to the glass nicely.

S: Sweet wheat smell, and hops.

T: Hops, wheat, really nice bitterness, some sweet flavors, and a bunch more I just can't put my finger on. Really, good.

M: Nice full feel, with moderate carbonation. This and the hops make my thonge tingle and mouth water.

D: Really tasty and not overpowering make this really drinkable.

I really like this beer, and it had some complex flavor, though I wish it was a bit more balanced. I will be buying this again though, no doubt.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at McMenamin’s

This beer came a simple pale copper color with a thin film of white head that left a little lace behind.

Smelled of sweet oranges, a bit of orange rind, and a brown sugar and marshmallow malt with a touch of dry pine.

The flavor began with a light dryness that crept along the edges of my tongue but then produced a red grapefruit flavor with some sweet wheat and oats and a touch of honey.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied and pleasantly smooth with a light and tingly carbonation.

This one’s light, creamy and very easy to drink.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz. bottle into xtra large pint-glass-shaped vessel
golden amber color with a modest head; some lacing. attractive couple of central carbonation columns rising lazily.
nose held honey, sugared fruits (orange, peach, and apricot - also a bit of apple and pear), faint malt and clove.
taste: sweet candied fruit medley dominated by orangey taste with minor hint of clove that rises a couple notches as simultaneously bitter and tangy huge hops aspects come forward and power thru the finish with lemon. some residual graininess too.
oily light-bodied texture starts out syrupy-smooth and gets huskier with aggressive crispness that isn't over-the-top.
delicious but puckering and big for a wheat beer, limiting consumption possibility.

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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a standout in the class. Crisp wheat malt flavors with a touch of citrus. Bold hopping that balanced nicely against the malt for a sharp, refreshing finish. Perhaps the best example of a highly hopped wheat ale I've run across. Hard to find a beer with this hopping and still a low abv.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow, ample white head, though dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Orange, lemon...typical citrus of the amarillos they put in there.

Taste: Citrus orange and lemon hits you first. The wheat comes through surprisingly well for this hop bomb. Definitely fresh hop taste, you can almost taste the hop oils.

Mouthfeel: Medium body backs up the hop bite very well. Not overly bitter. Oiliness seems to come across more on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Definitely wouldn't have issues slamming down a couple of these brews.

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Photo of BillyB
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt gold. Slight white head that quickly disipates.

Aromas of pine, citrus and vanilla.

Taste is slightly biscuity and nutty wheat with a solid citrusy hop balance.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp. Incredibly drinkable.

I think Gumballhead is almost as cool as Fritz the Cat.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Appears like an American filtered wheat with a milky white head up top. Rapidly diminishing, but still retaining a presence.

S: Smells of amarillo hops, nilla wafers with a touch of cedar. Zesty.

T: Lots of low level bitterness. Creamed wheat maltiness with a smack of lemon citrus which adds a slight sour twinge. Biscuit aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

D: Tasty beer. Bit too bitter without the high range hop flavors.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, bright apricot. Big carbonation rises to form a medium-sized white head without much retention.

Smell: Lots of hops; lemon, lime, carrot, pine, and geranium. Light floral perfume notes. A touch of sweetness shines through from underneath. Is there a such thing as a wheat IPA?

Taste: Nutty, toasty wheat with a fruity sweetness and nice resiny hops. Very well-balanced, but with a nice hoppy kick. Well-bittered and flavorful without being aggressive or acrid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light-bodied. Airy carbonation. Clean finish.

Drinkability: I wish I had more!

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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 cproioi
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Pours a yellow hazy body with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: First smell I was taken aback. What is that I smell Hops? Then I read the label where it proclaims it's made with a boat load of hops which I don't disagree with.

T: Like the smell it's a big hoppy taste. While I understand that this is not along the same lines as most wheat beers, where there is little to no hops at all. This one gives you a big smack of hops with a wheat malt sweetness to try an round it out.

M: Decently thick for a wheat style beer.

D: I would order this again easily.

Let me explain something I'm really not a fan of Wheat beers for the reason of the lack of hops, just a matter of personal taste. So while this wheat beer is not the traditional style of wheat beer it works for me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer around and noticed it mainly because of the cool label. I decided it was finally time to try it, so here goes!

Served in a weizen glass, it's dark gold with about a 3/4 inch head. The aroma is flowery, citrus and hops. It tastes like hops and citrus, with a good medium body and a light oily mouthfeel. It's very drinkable, goes down relatively easy, but with a slightly bitter floral aftertaste which lingers a little while (which isn't a bad thing). I can't taste much wheat in it, to me it's closer to a pale ale than a wheat beer, even though it's a combination of both. The lace stays on the glass for a while, too. I'm not a big pale ale/hoppy beer person, but this beer is pretty good. It's hoppy, but not overpowering. Nice and refreshing! I would drink this again, it's a quality brew. Not too bad getting a deuce deuce bomber of it for $6.99.

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Photo of belgaridub
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a solid white-ish head. There is a small amount of carbonation. The smell is foremost of hops, which reminds me of the Alpha King Pale Ale, but definitely not as powerful. Still, the citrus and hop smell is the biggest smell in this one. Taste has hops with a biscuit taste and some citrus as well. Although it seems like the hops win out overall (not surprising for 3F), there is a good balance between bitterness and biscuit character. Medium bodied mouthfeel and goes down very smoothly.

I really like the 3F interpretation of the wheat beer. Their hop additions to the standard wheat beer make this very tasty. I really like the balance between the biscuity feel and the hop/citrus goodness. Very tasty beer. I could definitely drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy darker golden color. Head was a finger of off-white light foam that faded to a cap. Lace was thick and luxurious.

Smell was piney floral hops and citrus.

The taste suprised me. I was not sure if I would like a hopped up Pale Wheat Ale. I was pleasantly suprised. The hops put a very unique spin on the style. Very interesting.

Medium-light bodied. Carbonation causes a tingle on the tongue, but it actually works with this brew. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.

I can, and have, put a hurting on a bunch of these bad boys. VERY DRINKABLE, IMO.

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Photo of trep
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from the bomber into my pint-glass a clear orange colored body below a creamy white head consisting of bubbles of all different sizes.

A pretty good balance of hops, citrus, and a biscuity malt in the nose. No noticable alcohol.

Mild hops, lemon juice up front that steps aside to a smooth malty finish. Finishes clean and smooth. Very balanced, not the typical hop-overload that many FFF beers are known for.

Not too much carbonation in this one, just right for the style. It's refreshing to say the least. If it were available here and/or not 7 dollars for a 22 oz bottle I could drink this everyday in the summer.

A solid brew no doubt, but it didn't live up to the hype in my eyes.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle.

Pours a golden, light-amber color with a huge, billowy, rocky head that lasted to some degree until the very last sip. Left amazing lacing along my glass. Aroma is fairly hoppy, sweet, fruity, a bit of citrus and bready, yeasty smell. Taste is rather light, clean, and fruity with a bit of hops in the finish. Finish is clean and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light, very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The most restrained Three Floyds beer I've had so far, but this only makes it quite drinkable. I could easily see drinking a couple of these over a summer day and would expect most people to like it.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Three Floyds bomber into a pint glass. The beer looked clear yellow clear with a big poofy head. Kind of just looked like everyday pale ale but the smell was much better. It was yeasty and a little hoppy, kind of similar to a hefeweizen.

It tasted awesome, I don't know why I waited so long to try this beer. It had the body and the yeasty fruity flavor of a hefeweizen, but tasted kind of more citrucy. I placed the drinkability at 5 because it goes down so easy and has pretty low alcohol content.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle brought to beer club meeting. Fairly clear, orangey, white foamy head. apricot, aromatic hop odor. smells fantastic. peachy apricot taste. bitterness grows over time and becomes very full and hoppy aftertaste is a nice hop flavor with some citrus grapefruitness on the finish. full and strong mouthfeel. another delicious offering from 3F.

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Photo of ej285701
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 release, 22oz bottle.

Pours out a nice golden/orange color with about a 1/3 inch off-white head. Very lively, and bubbley.

You can definitley tell that this is a Three Floyd's beer by the smell. It is extremely fruity. Mostly oranges and lemons. Maybe some pineapple too with a nice biscuity malt scent as well.

The taste is a lot like the smell. Very citrusy and fruity with a nice biscuity backround. Also a little bit more bitterness than I had anticipated. The wheat flavor becomes more noticable as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good for the style.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Great flavor, not very filling, refreashing, and low in alcohol. A great summer beer. It was great to try this beer once. However, I probably won't buy it again due to the hefty price tag. $6.99 is kind of a lot to pay for a 22oz wheat ale. At least in my opinion.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy pale orange under a thin white froth. Big Amarillo piney aroma, bits of yeast, and loads of citrus but no wheat. Tastes almost rye like, very spicy but perfectly balanced with grapefruit and other citrus. Drinkable in huge quantities. Wonderful mouthfeel has all the best qualities of an APA and a wheat beer. Does this fit the style? Does this fit any style? I don’t know but I do know that this is damn fine stuff. If it wasn’t so pricy I drink it by the barrel. As it is, I can’t justify drinking this more than once.

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

Nice golden color nearly reminiscent of an american macro but the similarities end there. Small pearl white head highly carbonated with significant lacing.

Nice citrus accents. Hard too really tell this is a wheat beer reminds me more of an IPA. Good hop aromas with a wheat malt background.

Tastes of grapefruit, nectarine, good hop content with a malt presence thats undeniable. Good complexity. Terrific smooth mouthfeel and the ability to drink these beauties all night long.

Tasted 3 Floyds brewerey pre dark lord day.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a 2 finger head that receded to surface skim. Left real nice lacing all the way down. Color was yellow-orange-coppery-amber.

Aroma - grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. Citrus hops abound, and can be detected at arm's length. Classic 3F bouquet . This is all about hops.

Taste - just like the aroma - that delicious Amarillo hop flavor of citrus -the grapefruits, oranges, and lemons. Some bready malt backbone in there doing it's counterbalancing job rather quietly, albeit effectively, a little hint of weakly brewed tea. Finishes with tea and lemony combo.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, with moderate to low carbonation. Really nice hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this goes down very easy, and is very satisfying. I could drink one after another and another anytime, and the abv of 4.8 makes it easier to do so without worry.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a murky hazy peach coloration. The head was thick at first but resolved into a ring of foam. The head was a fluffy creamed honey coloration. Thick strands of lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer is a hop explosion. There is a solid juicy grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resin assault. There is a huge spicy clove, bananna and cinnomon prescence in the beer.

Taste: This is a nearly perfect hop bomb. There is a load of juicy grapefruit, lemon zest and piney taste. The beer has a very pleasing spice component. There is a pleasing cloves and cinamon combo. This has a very nice malty bready compliment to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a full bodied beer. The balance of the beer may be slightly off but it is a treat. This is a very drinkable and sessionable beer.

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Photo of mochunk
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Some fruits and hops greet the nose with malts filling in the gaps.

A fizzy but smooth mouthful imports shades of wheaty malts, backed by slightly spicy fruity and possibly floral hops. This is one intriguing 'pale wheat' as there is nothing pale about the taste, plenty to enjoy here yet as drinkable as it gets.

I found out from the staff that this is getting bottled currently and should be in stores within a few weeks or less. I hope some make it out my way as I'll definitely keep this in stock until it's all sold out for the year. Another 3F winner.

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Photo of jj21
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber served in a Pilsner glass 2006 release
Pours a surprising clear yellow-orange. I thought there would be cloudiness to it but there was none. Nice 1 inch white head that lasted a while and left great lacing. Slightly more carbonation than your average beer. Good pop on the nose. Great grassy aromas with a touch of citrus. Flavor was outstanding. Probably the best example of the style, at least that I've had. Grass and citrus with a yeasty, hoppy finish. AMAZING. Not heavy on the pallet making this very easy to drink. This is a great beer for the warmer season coming up.

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Photo of Zorro
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 OZ Bomber provided by Thaichile.

Pours a near clear orange colored ale with a bit of a white head. This truly looks like an AIPA in the glass.

Smell is mild sweet malt with a great deal of biscuit and cracker in it. There is a mild faint hop scent here that doesn't seem to quite make it up to pale ale strength. Faint citrus and pine but nothing too noticeable.

Taste is slightly sweet with a damn good citrus hop flavor in my mouth with a faint melon and lemon and tea after taste. Definitely sweet and strong on the hops, this is like Dreadnaughts little brother in a good way. There is a biscuit malt flavor here but this is most certainly a hops beer and one that I really dig.
Yummy tasty strong hops that is what makes this beer. This gets a 5, as there isn't another American Wheat beer in the same class, Sierra Nevada should taste this and fix their wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is good without being too thick for a summer beer.

This is in my book the ultimate lawnmower beer and simply the best American Style Wheat Beer by at least a factor of two, nothing else comes close. Only real defect is that the hops hide from your nose, but that might not be what you need in a summer beer. Best wheat beer in the USA, all the other brewers could learn a lot from this beer.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,756 ratings.
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