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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,884 Ratings

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
Photo of ttylicki
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
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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Photo of jasonjlewis
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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Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phillyz
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BeerMeBro720
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of breadwinner
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a deep yellow with a nice white white head, 1 finger. Dissipates quickly leaving a little lace. Little sediment floating around the glass.

S: What a smell! A grassy, fruity smell hits the nose instantly with some sweet hops as well on the backend.

T: Slight fruit taste with some good bitter hops through out, leaving a sweet taste on the tongue.

M: Very light body with a good carbonation. Goes down just as good as a light macro brew beer.

O: Great light pale ale with an amazingly smooth finish. I wish this was more readily available! Thank god for the six packs.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gumballhead pours a decent though not overly-impressive golden amber colour with a nice sized, sticky white head on top.

The smell is an overwhelmingly pleasant combination of stuff stemming from the hops: floral notes, pine, sweetness, etc. There's also a touch of citrus in the mix as well. Wheat is mildly presnet in the background.

The flavour is more of the same: the hop onslaught is non-stop, yet it is somehow subdued enough that it doesn't really move this one into IPA territory. There is a floral flavour throughout mixed in with wheat throughout. The finish is very sweet but also has a bit of a wood flavour in it as well. It starts to get juicy then goes dry. Weird and different, but good.

The body is nice and full for the style and there's a slick oily feel to it as well.

This is a damn tasty brew overall and a great summer session brew. It far and away has the most flavour of any summer brew I've ever sampled, yet remains pretty simple and thirst quenching at the same time. Yum.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Shandycan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smcel371
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Hazy golden yellow, one finger off white foam cap

Aroma of citrus, grapefruit

Taste of citrus, grapefruit, bit of pine

Dry finish

Good beer

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy gold with a dense and creamy white head that sticks around.
Aroma is sharp, lemmony, orange, resin, a hint of sweet fruit.
Tasty beer. Juicy, tart and bitter. Lemon pith, a touch of sour OJ, some bitter lemon pitch and a hint of spice and bubblegum.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and bubbly.
Really tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gumballhead pours a light gold or straw color with an inch of stark white head thats bubbly and thick and sticks to the inner walls of the glass with sincerity.

The aroma is very hoppy, not at all like a cat who smokes. Its a nice citrusy fresh smell and it makes it really hard to take several whiffs of this without diving in. Okay, screw it. It smells good ok!

Ahh, the first sip. Very smooth, lots of citrus from those amarillo hops and a very clean finish. Simple yet defined and delicious. Well worth the wait!

This is as good as an American wheat beer as your going to find, especially if you like a nice fresh hoppy wheat beer. I know I do. Its almost like summer is made for these beers or vice versa I guess.

Thanks to heliosphann for sending me my first bottle of Gumballhead! Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-29-10 - Poured into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company weizen glass - 12fl. oz. capped bottle

Appearance: Golden with a bubbly, frothy, white head with decent head retention. Patchy lacing hangs on the glass.

Smell: Smells like an IPA. An abundance of citric hops, orange, and hint of yeast completes the aroma.

Taste: Taste of hop bitterness, orange peel and some grain. The hops relegate the malt character to the background. This beer finishes with a lemony zest.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The overall feel is a bit light. The hop bite tapers off as the beer rolls over the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable and very refreshing. There seems to be an uncertain balance with this beer. The malt character never completely surfaces to provide a balance to the hop bitterness.

Comments: Thanks goes out to dvelcich! He sent this beer to me as an extra in a trade. A hoppy wheat beer, certainly not conventional. Nonetheless, an interesting experimentation within the style.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. BIG thanks to 67couple for this one.

A: Yellowish orange in color. Slightly hazy. Two finger, bright white head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: Not a huge nose on this one. Slightly fruity without being hoppy. Lots of wheat and grains. Very light malts, slight caramel and toffee. A slight sweet candy aroma.

T: Light taste. Wheat and grain. Light malts. A slight lemony bitterness. Again the ever so slight candy sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp. Slightly sticky. Low carbonation.

O: Very light in taste and aroma. Still this is a very refreshing beer. The light candy taste is very different. Could drink a 6 pack of this in about 30-45 minutes on a hot day.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear golden color with minimal head. Modest lacing. Hoppy aroma but not overpowering. Smooth start with pine/hop/pepper presence at back end. Crisp and light mouthfeel. Overall an excellent session beer.

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