Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 The_Epopt
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally delicious. Golden body, low malt with an awesome hop flavor. Hits your nose perfectly as you tilt the glass to your lips. I might put this above Zombie Dust

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Photo of BierRunner
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer. Nice nose with citrus and funky wheat. Mouth filling flavor, nice bitterness and a distinct wheat finish. Well carbonated and balanced

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, pristine white bubble bath head. Atop a glowing golden elixir.

Nose is orange blossom, citrus Zealand bitter hops. Hints of mango are there as well. Tree sap and pine play a mild supporting role.

Flavor profile is citrusy, bright, orangey l hop character followed by a bitter drying hop bite and finishing with a warm hug of wheat grain.

Mouth feel is slightly sticky, but drinkable and with enough balance to offset the resinous notes with drying and juicy notes.

Overall a very nice beer that I'd be happy to drinkmost days.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hits those hazy wheat strides, mild 1/4" head. Golden in color, dark gold. Aroma is so much Amarillo hop. Very well done. Just wow.

Taste, amazing, immediately leaps into 1st tier, world class hoppy wheat ale territory. All kinds of juicy fruit impact, lesser citrus than you would expect, more stone fruit impressions like peach and soft red wheat.

If this was available in my area, I would crush it all summer long, great, phenomenal stuff.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served cold into a tulip glass.

This beer has traveled from Indiana to Ohio to Oregon and finally to Colorado. Thanks to Jeff for thinking of me on his travels.

Gumballhead is a hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves some spotty lace as it settles.

Aroma is mildly hoppy and fruity. It lives up to its name with a certain juicy fruit character that seems pretty unique.

Flavor is bitter for a wheat beer but nicely balanced for an IPA. Sweetness up front with characteristic wheat beer traits. The hops bring some bitterness from middle to end but never overwhelm. They compliment the malts and yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body and perfectly carbonated. Almost creamy.

Overall a very good pale wheat that blurs the lines between styles. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now so does it live up to the hype? For me, probably not but I'm very glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dale. While not a huge fan of American wheat ales, this one could convert me. Smooth and delicious, mildly creamy. Bready, but in a good way. Soft and silky. Solid throughout.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7-15-16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a crystal-clear light gold with 1 finger just off-white head and streaming rows of carbonation. Retains a big island of foam on the middle, and a thick ring around the edge. Nice rings of lace as it goes down.

S: smells like citra. Light, crisp, citrusy and Resiny. Lemon peel and light pine sap. Smells fresh and crisp, like mineral spring water. More tropical as it warms: a little mango/kiwi, but the thrust is lemon and light pine.

T: arrives light, crisp, lightly Resiny, dry as can be. Some wheatiness on the middle, but not a bit of sweetness here, not malty either. Just super crisp and refreshing.

M: feels how it tastes. Lighter side of midweight, slightly slick, highly carbonated. A little carbonic tingle, which I like. Feels lighter than it is because of the carb. Not totally clean on the finish, but super crisp.

O: an excellent hoppy wheat ale. My ou can hardly tell it's a wheat beer though. It feels like a session IPA with wheat to smooth it out a little. Reminds me of Land Grant Glory, but that is wheatier. Reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks, but lighter and crisper. If I could get this regularly, I would in the summer.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled about 3 weeks ago and poured hard into a pint glass. Light honey color with a thick, frothy white head. Great head retention. Leaves a ton of lacing. Huge pineapple smell, mandarin, maybe mango and a little pine but VERY tropical nonetheless. Definitely taste the wheat. Nice and crisp with initial bitterness that fades. Not as much tropical fruit in the flavor. Finishes dry. Leaves a little bit to be desired as far as flavor. Low carbonation and again very dry and drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, feeding a fluffy, clingy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of grassy and peppery hops, with a follow of tropical fruit sweet notes of pineapple, melon, and mango. Flavors are very tropical sweet forward, again with pineapple, mango, and melon, with some subtle citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, with a subtle bitterness blend of grass and pine. Definitely leans to the fruit side, but fairly well balanced, on a slick, mid-body. The aftertaste is more of the tropical fruit sweetness, with some herbal and pepper spice. Smooth, slightly effervesced, slightly dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Marksbur
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic sour wheat beer with a most pleasant aftertaste. Smells as good as it tastes! A very sessionable brew. Definitely not a word but hey this is my review. Hope to have more soon.

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Photo of kinzo12
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is great. Surprised it's considered a wheat ale because it tastes like an IPA. Not as citrusy as Zombie Dust but pretty close in taste.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what you normally get in a wheat. Nice and light hoppy flavor but not overpowering. A little lemon shines through and one of the cleanest finishes I have ever had. Goes with a slickness.

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

On draft at local establishment.
Nice citrus smell.
Crisp & clean with a nice big hop bitter that endures throughout.
The really big question is always whether you'd drink it again, & yes, yes I would.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rock solid juicy smell of various tropical fruits.

Smell is similar to nose, but with more nuance. Mouthfeel is great. I feel like there are so many beers that I describe as 'good summer beer', which often feels similar to describing an NFL quarterback as a game manager. This is a great summer beer, which makes me question all the other beers I've called solid summer beers.

You heard it here first. Gumballhead is the Russel Wilson of beer.

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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 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 ScaryEd
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with literally no head whatsoever. It was like an old tan guy who lost his hair.

The aroma was incredibly faint for me. I get some light grapefruit and some hop spice. Pleasant, just wish I could smell it better.

The taste is very piney with some grapefruit notes. Also picking up some lemon and grass on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, yet smooth and easily drinkable. Lightly dry.

Overall, a good but disappointing beer given the hype. I dont pick up any wheat at all and the aroma is barely noticeable.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau wheat glass from a 12 oz bottle on numerous occasions. Look is gold with a thick foamy white head and sticky lacing. Smell is fresh cut pine, pink bubblegum, grapefruit, orange blossom, lemon, and hints of wheat. Taste is crisp pine, bubblegum, bitter citrus and some sharp wheat malt flavors. Feel is light to medium in body with a crisp feel and finish.

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

Copper colored with plenty of fine sediment suspended within the body making for a hazy complexion. Moderate lacing. There's a quarter inch of off white head resting on top. Aroma is of pale wheat and light fruity notes of banana and lemon. I taste pale wheat with just a hint of lemon and a gentle dose of citrus hops. The lemon helps give the mouth a slightly cool feel. It's very smooth and quaffable, yet offers plenty of flavor.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can see why this is considered to be perhaps the leading example of the style. It's certainly closer to an IPA than a hefeweizen or wit, with strong citrus flavours. The wheat adds a nice, light crispness. Drinks very easily. Great for a nice warm day.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good. Smells like malty beer, not picking up any specific aroma beyond good beer. Taste is a melange of sweet Carmel, ctirus. Obviously the hop bill helps to impart such a mixture of flavors and it works phenomenally well. Probably one I'd the best ambera I've ever had.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice clear golden color with big billowy white head that leaves nice lacing
S - big fruity notes, melon, honeydew, passion fruit, cantaloupe, gummy bears
T - follows the nose, same notes
M - light, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is wheat malts and fruity hops
O- great beer, best happy wheat ale I've had

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In the same session, this followed Zombie Dust.
And at half the hops (IBUs), Gumballhead was a welcome relief for my buds.
While the hops and the yeast/wheat interplay are balanced in the nose and taste, the hops come through too strong for me in the finish.
Listed in the "1001", Gumballhead deserves to be there.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first 3 floyds beer and have had several times since. It is a great example of the style and can even be considered a session ale in my book. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey color with limited head. Hints of the Amarillo hops come through along with wheat. Very light on the palate but refreshing. Slight hops on the front that falls away on backside. A nice beer but may be better with a lemon slice.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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