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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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Ratings: 5,884 |  Reviews: 1,566
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz., bottle-conditioned, with no freshness date - served chilled in a weizen glass. It pours an unfiltered orange/honey color with a 2 finger tan head that leaves big-bubbled lacing. The unfiltered particles look more like hop bits than a yeast cloud. It has a pleasant aroma of wheat and piney/citric hops. The first sip reveals lemon and orange rind with a wheat tang and a good hop bitterness on top of a medium body that feels like it belongs to a beer almost twice its strength. Quite a tasty beer, and even though it has a low ABV, it seems almost like a precurser to wheat wines with the very pronounced wheat and hop characters. I like it, but I wish it weren't $5 a bottle.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bomber purchased at Fire Waters in Hackensack, NJ.

Pours an orangish color with a moderate head. Needs a little swirl of the glass at times to revitalize the head. Great aroma with lots of piney, citrusy hops coming through the nose. The flavor is enjoyable as well, but is not like any other wheat beer I've previously had. This is more along the lines of a pale ale or even an IPA. Not too harsh on the palate and definitely a very drinkable beer.

I'm guessing this beer is dry hopped from the large amount of hops in the aroma. If you blindfolded me and put it in front of me to smell, I'd probably guess it was an IPA. The beer bar that I was at (Fire Waters) sold this bomber for $16. A delicious brew this definitely is, but $16 it is definitely not worth. Seek this beer out, but avoid paying too much for it.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a Three Floyds pint glass.

Pour: Nearly clear yellow orange with two fingers white head, that recedes to a film and leaves decent lacing. Some carbonation bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Grassy, floral hoppiness, mixed in with a nice citrus hoppiness. A definite wheat breadyness comes through in the backbone,

Taste: Really nice grapefruit bitterness up front, that intertwines with a honey breadyness. A nice clean sweetness.

Mouthfeel: I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I think this is the most drinkable beer of all time. Bitterness makes you savor every sip, but its so light and refreshing you immediately want more.

Overall: The first American craft beer that made me get into all of this. An amazing beer I wil always come back to.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the Comet. I do believe that I have found a new summertime favorite beer. A nice wheat with the patented Three Floyds twist. It poured a nice light golden color with a short lived small head. Smell is wheat, hops, and a hint of slight lemon. Taste is much the same, except with the presence of some well placed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, with just enough hop bitterness to it. A very crisp, well balanced beer.

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4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a good head with decent retention. Lasts most of the way down. Pale semi-amber color. Not very cloudy considering I see yeast in my glass, and this beer is obviously unfiltered.

Smell has a lemony twang and some wheat characteristics. However, it is dominated by a strong amarillo hop presence.

Taste is has an initial sweetness from caramel malts and wheat that brings a sort of lemon twang undertone. This is followed by a slightly agressive (to ratio) amarillo hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation with a slight oilyness from the hops.

This beer is very easy to drink and I wish I could get it where I lived. Thanks to DavidEddie as this was an extra in a trade and he knew I really wanted it.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,884 ratings
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