Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,832
Reviews:
1,559
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
Wants:
940
Gots:
1,321
For Trade:
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Ratings: 5,832 |  Reviews: 1,559
Photo of Sammy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A top 10% beer for me. An easy drink with lower than average alcohol. Just a great taste and wonderful grapefuit aroma. The wheat, some nice complementary spice and beautifully hopped. Too big a bottle to finish on my own, but I can drink this anywhere anytime. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: Single finger head with nice retention and lacing on a clear golden body.

S: musty wheat, pale malts and breads. Subtle spiciness.

T: very nice combination a wheat and maltiness. The hops are really nicely added to this one providing citrus and slightly floral notes.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and refreshIng.

Overall: very flavorful almost like a sessionabke pale ale. Very unique for the style. Certainly a memorable brew.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forrestbetts for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form randomly on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, honey, and citrus zest. Taste is of wheat crackers and different types of citrus zest (especially lemon). There is a very mild bitterness that quickly fades from the palate. There is a nice crisp level of carbonation with each sip. Overall, this is a pretty good hopped-up wheat beer but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

red wheat beer, not as common a style as it should be, and this one is executed well. thanks to claystation for this one, what a champion he is! this pours a slightly hazy sunset red color, pale, with almost two inches of off white head with lovely lacing. the nose is quite hoppy for a wheat beer, which is welcomed. citrus aroma on that, with a slightly sweet red malt base, the what makes the whole thing feel summery. flavor is interestingly hop forward. oranges and lemon zest are detectable, and the wheat malt is unique in the sense that it has some real oomph to it, really flavorful and not lost in the hoppy shuffle this beer has going. yeast is not the standard hefe stuff I expected it to be, but a mildly peppery soft flavored strain that lets the other flavors do most of the talking. finish is balanced, but bitterness does dial up a bit. excellent carbonation and a medium body that makes this much more of a beer drinkers beer than some others. three floyds gets so much hype from the beer community, sometimes I think their stuff doesn't live up to it very well, but this is a fine example of twisting a style to be something else entirely, and its outstanding. this one is worthy of the praise.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gumballhead turned out to be much nicer than I thought it'd be. The pour was a hazy yellow color with a nice looking fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer was hoppy, wasn't expecting that but I like it a lot. The soft aromas of grains and wheat are also in there. The taste of the beer has a wheat flavor upfront that is quickly kicked away by a rush of citrusy hop flavors. Kind of reminded me of HopSun from Southern Tier but on a better scale. The mouthfeel was smooth and yet had a good tingling finish. Overall this beer is a very nice release from 3 Floyd's. I'd buy this if they'd only distribute to PA again.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

It's kinda silly to call this beer a Pale Wheat Ale. It's not accurate and it's not fair. It's not accurate because this beer is certainly an IPA with an American wheat / barley malt base; whereas most IPAs have a standard barley malt base only. It's not fair because this beer is hands-down a better beer than any other Pale Wheat Ale that I have ever drank. Calling this beer a Pale Wheat is misleading and completely over-hopped for it's style. The alcohols show an interesting evaporative cooling effect without much drying. The hops, although pleasantly citrus, adds a mild dish-soap flavor that becomes distracting as the beer warms. Though I can see why so many BA's rate this beer so high, I'm not going to get carried away with the hype.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light cloudy amber with some orange and gold coming through. There is a small layer of fluffy white head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: Mildly sweet but dominated by citrus and pine hops. Not a super strong smell.

Taste: The hops don't show up here nearly as much as they did in the smell. I'm definitely picking up the wheat. There is also a very mild sweetness along with the hops. I'm also picking up a citrus fruit flavor, perhaps tangerine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation that is fairly delicate. The finish is very dry.

Drinkability: Well balanced and quite good. I will seek this out again in the future.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head that has decent persistance and drops some lacing around the glass

Smell: Dominated by the fresh hop aroma from the Amarillos; powerful stuff, that, with just a modest undertone of wheat in there

Taste: As I let this warm, the beer starts out with both a citrusy and wheaty flavor that, after the swallow, is complemented by a strong lemony blast

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A most unusual but extraordinary brew

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Map Room.
Fresh keg, 2007 batch released a week ago.

Pours a hazy amber, nice cap of foam. Tiny streams of carbonation.

Aroma of a floral and juicy citrus hop combination. Not as amped up as other 3F offerings thankfully. Sample at the brewpub seemed much more grassy and herbal in the nose.

Taste is light, big hop presence, slight bitterness. Wheaty in the middle with a nice residual sweetness. Aftertaste of mango, or apricot from the distinctive Amarillo hops. Bubblegum doesn't figure in much to me.

Very smooth and easy drinking. Can't wait for the six-packs...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy gold color beer with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is overpowering and I could not discern any wheat. Taste is also totally dominated by the hops and leave very little place for the wheat. Not bad overall, I just don’t see were the American wheat fits in because I could not detect any presence of wheat in this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've waited to try this for year and it lived up to the hype. Great cracked wheat flavor with hints of bubblegum and citrus. Just enough bitterness to balance it all out.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,832 ratings.
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