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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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Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev -4.8%

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip. No date or batch number. Gifted to me by a great bartender at my local. Sampled 10/25/10.

A: Three fingers of bright white foamy head erupts on the pour and lasts for a good deal of time afterward. Complete sheets of lacing coat the glass initially but dry up quickly and leave little evidence that they were ever there. The body is clear except for a light blurry haze and is golden-orange in color.

S & T: Simply put, this nose is fantastic! The malts are practically non-existent and it allows the hops to come through withot inhibition. Juicy citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, orange and lemon mixed in with just about every glorious tropical fruit that you can think of, namely mango, pineapple and peach. A distinct bubblegum aroma comes through as well. Moderately sweet, the bitterness is kept to a minimum (thanks to the Amarillo hops) while the aroma and flavor are abundant.

M: The lack of malts hurt the mouthfeel and the endurance of flavor. I realize that APWAs are meant to be light, refreshing quaffs but Gumballhead, in my opinion, would benefit from a slightly beefier body and thicker texture. Just slightly. The amount of carbonation is average or below and leaves a little to be desired as well.

D: Despite the low mouthfeel score, Gumballhead is still an excellent brew and I would purchase cases of it during the summer months if only FFF would distribute to PA, the greedy SOBs.

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Photo of younger35
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this beer in a trade with SPLITGRIN. He was kind enough to toss one in for me to enjoy. I’ve been wanting to try this beer for quite some time. Hope it lives up the hype! Drank from my Laughing Dog pint glass.

Appearance- Pours yellow with hints of light pink with a giant foamy two finger head that recedes fairly quickly. The beer is semi hazy and it manages to leave a fantastic one finger cap almost the entire beer. Some lace try’s to stick to the glass but is unsuccessful.
Smell- Fairly fruity with hints of orange maybe a bit of pineapple. Crisp and clean. Fairly subtle but to the point and great for the style.
Taste- Starts kind of sweet leaning toward ripe fruit. Cantaloupe, orange and a very light peach are something I’ve never tasted in a beer. Fantastic! The wheat body is indeed there behind the fruit. Light bread leaves a lingering aftertaste until the bitterness kicks in. Finishes a bit zesty with lingering lemon. Perhaps one of the most flavorful, yet subtle brews I’ve ever had (make sense?).
Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp with lots of zesty carbonation. Very very refreshing brew.
Drinkability- Couldn’t be better. This is the most sessionable, drinkable taste treat I’ve ever had. It’s light and refreshing yet still full of flavor. I would do anything for a six pack of this stuff. Thanks again to SPLITGRIN for sharing the wealth!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of Spider889
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local Option in Chicago.

Crystal clear pale yellow color with a small white head. Spotty webbed lace.

Smells great (but nothing like a gumball imo). Pineapple, mango, sweet canned fruit cocktail. Incredible.

Very bitter for a pale ale, or pale wheat ale, whatever. Pine was the prominent flavor. Some fleshy orange was also there.

Mouthfeel was slick. The beer finished sweet and fruity.

I should note that I have heard people claim this beer to taste/smell like gumballs. I did not find this true at all in my case. It certainly smelled good, but nothing more than the typical tropical fruit-heavy pale/ipa. For this I was a little disappointed, and if that was the true intention of the brewery I might be compelled to dock the beer another half point for smell/taste.

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Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first off i need to thank brewmasternate for trading me a bunch of 3floyds beers.

a: golden straw color with a full finger of white head that recedes to a ring with very little lacing within a minute.

s: wheat and lemon with a ton of hops.

t: not as bitter as the nose would suggest, still you can tell it's a wheat beer.

m: a little thin and oily. very smooth.

o: very good wheat beer that is definatly sesssionable. the only downfall is it leaves a soapy taste in my mouth.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DustinSWB
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Cath
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange, with a white head. Oodles of lacing left behind. Very pleasing, just would expect a larger head. Citrus, and peach rise to the front of the aroma. Nice malt biscuit in the background. Taste is a sweet rendition of citrus, peach, and slightly spicy seasoning notes. Mouth feel is smooth, and easy to drink. A little harsh carbonation at the end, but still good. Overall, a very solid pale wheat ale. Certainly some good attributes to it. I wouldn't try to get any more after this glass, but I certainly would pick it up if it was distributed in my area.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 on my latest trip to Chicago. Poured to a golden orange with thin white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose was an interesting mix of hoppy citrus fruits, ilke an IPA and a cookie dough-banana wheat. Mouthfeel was slightly bitter, yet full, and the tate resembled the flavors found in the nose. Although I agree with other raters that it's hard to call this a straight wheat beer, it was nonetheless a darn good summer cooler.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a semi-hazy golden color with a one inch white head. Leaves some good looking lace.

Aroma is bursting with floral and citrusy juicy hops. Almost like stuffing your face into a bag of fresh dried hop cones.

The taste is hoppy from the start unlike most Pale Wheats, more of the floral citrus typical of Amarillos. Not very bitter, but the hop flavor is certainly the centerpiece. The wheat malt barely struggles to make it through. Finishes with a citrusy linger and very slight breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, good carbonation level, nice and refreshing. Very high on the drinkability scale.

This is an amazing summer beer which I am quite fond of. It has huge citrusy hop flavor, but it's really not very bitter. Definitely not a traditional APWA - it doesn't suck. The Floyds are on to something.

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3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Franziskaner Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
I believe this came to me from mjd83goblue. Thanks man!

Pours a crystal clear, light orange color with very mild golden brown tinting. Huge, frothy white head forms, then dissipates to a nice 1/8 inch surface covering after a couple of minutes. Lacing is in sticky little clumps.

Very nice presence of wheat notes here. Good bubblegum notes, though not quite as prominent as expected. Very welcoming notes of citrus hops. Loads of pineapple, some decent mango notes and a hint of ripe peach.

Serious wheat profile, as it should be. A tiny hint of caramel. Very good citrus hops profile, which is nicely balanced in this one. It's definitely hoppier than I prefer my wheats to be, but it's still quite tasty. Mild, almost hidden, hints of bubblegum flavor.

Medium body and medium to high carbonation give this an easy, smooth mouthfeel. There's a light bitterness around the edges, which is a negative, for me.

I can see how this would be enjoyed by many people and in great quantities, most likely. On a warm summer day, I could probably even drink a few of them. Maybe.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,883 ratings
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