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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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Lots of citrusy/lemony hops with a bit of wheat and estery yeast.

A: Golden color, slightly hazy with big frothy white head that slowly recedes, moderate lacing is left in the glass.

T: Citrusy/slightly piney hops upfront – pretty crisp. There is a faint amount of breadiness from the wheat, but very light. The beer has a semi-dry finish and while hoppy isn’t particularly bitter.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Super hoppy wheat, very clean and super easy to drink. While the wheat character isn’t particularly prominent the hops are pretty aromatic and tasty.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of chugalug06
3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice murky yellow/orange color. Pours a strong white soapy/foamy head. Head holds nicely too, lingers for a few minutes, and leaves very interesting lacing on glass.

S - Very "plain" not much scent at all. Slightly "grassy" and lemony. Not overly citrus or fruity.

T - Tastes like a great pale. Very light citrus flavor, with a kick of malt. A little lemon and orange flavor... Drinks like a Wheat, but tastes like a Pale.

M - Very smooth relaxed. Dry and slightly bitter. Light bodies with moderate carbonation.

D - Very easily drank. Would be outstanding in summer months under the hot sun. Or around a BBQ with great friends...

Glad I tried it, but it didn't know live up to it's reputation; at least IMO.


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Photo of cvm4
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden hue. Nice 1 finger head that doesn't waste any time disappearing. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Nice citrus smell through and through. Orange, lemon, grapefruit. I'm loving this!

T - The hops hit you first. It's not insanely hoppy but very pleasant. Next come the citrus flavors that I got while smelling the beer.

M - Pretty thin with not a lot of fizz in it. Just a clean feel on the palette.

O - A drinkable beer that goes down way too fast! Tastes more like a pale ale to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

A - pours hazy golden straw good lacing
S - hoppy with grapefruit and orange zest
T - light sweetness followed by zesty citrus hops
M - super drinkable and balanced malt profile

Solid. best wheat beer I have ever had.

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

Classic artwork on the bottle.

Pours a nice golden yellow with tons of carbonation and 2 fingers of fluffy, white head.

Very hop forward aroma on this one. Definite grapefruit, citrus notes like orange peel, some lemon zest and a touch of bready malt.

The flavor is quite hop forward for a Wheat beer too. There is a good amount of citrus, some pine, floral hop notes, but the grapefruit in the nose is a bit more subtle here. There is a bit of spice and some lemon zest. Rounded out by some bready malt.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is creamy from the wheat. Very balanced in the bitterness department.

One of the best Wheat beers I have ever tried and it's so refreshing that this would make for a great summer beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

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

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer last night thanks Alec for dropping this one off at my house. this beer pours a ligh yellow color with a slight haze to it and a nice white head that fades rather quickly. The smell is light lemony with a little wheat malt there too. I really like the flavor, there is the lemony tang to it and it's super light and refreshing. Overall a great beer

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my on-tap standby at the local daily bar on lincoln. so glad i talked them into getting this long ago.
a: clear gold with a tinge of orange, nice white head and lacing.
s: has that signature fff it the house yeast that that adds that unique extra fruity note? kinda like juicy fruit gum for lack of a better descriptor. amarillo hops are beautifully showcased here-tropical fruit and citrus explode out of the glass.
t: i'd never guess there was wheat in here, which is good for me. not missing that wheatish soury twang. this is significantly better ontap than bottle, the taste and mouthfeel are fuller and rounder. beautifully balanced between the lightly sweet bready malts and smooth, juicy hops. finish is dryish with lingering fruity lemony hops.
m: this feels much, much bigger than 4.5%...still don't know why many places (including this site) have it at 5.5%. i love the carbonation level/feel ontap.
o: thank allah i can drink this ontap on a regular basis, the only thing better is zombie dust. both are perfection.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Out of the bottle comes a clear straw yellow liquid with a mellow 2 cm white head. The cap slowly regresses, leaving just a thin film and a bit of lace. Large fizzy bubbles form on the bottom of the glass and rise up to sustain the head.

Smell: Very mellow wheat, some lemon and orange, and a blast of citrus and slightly herbal hops.

Taste: Three Floyd's does a great job of just obliterating the Pale Wheat Ale category. When designing it, they must have decided to make a nice, relaxed pale wheat and right at the end added a truck load of Amarillo. Awesome. Some soft honey-like sweetness with a touch of citrus seem to come from the malt, but a ton of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and herbal hops blast through and take control. Finishes clean and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: The light feel is not something I would really have an issue with for this style, except that with the huge hoppy character to this beer warrants a slightly bigger body. Overall it feels crisp on the tongue, with a bit of oily hop residue as a contrast.

Drinkability: This is a lot better than most of the boring beers in the category, and is a great light change of pace from a great Three Floyd's lineup.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Received in trade from Raveskdr. Poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Hazy golden straw color. Nice inch thick head with decent lacing.

S: Very citrus. Nice orange and lemon. a bit of wheat on the end. I am a fan of this style of wheat beer over the light and weak flavored wheat beers.

T: Excellent flavor. Very citrusy. The wheat is there but it is not strong.

M: Nice and crisp. Light to medium bodied. Great carbonation.

O: Great Pale Wheat Ale. I am thrilled that I was finally able to try Three Floyds. I look forward to the rest I have been able to get in trade.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Bonis
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/16

A: Light golden in color, the very slightest of haze. Nice head sustains.

S: All hops. Mostly citrus (lemon) with some grass as well as a little floral touch. A touch of dank. Each time I smell, I want to say there is a little cracker or malt going on in there, but I think that is a figment of my imagination.

T: Again, all hops. Very clean and refreshing. Not as much yeast as you traditionally see in wheat beers, but it's there. They go quite a different route with this beer, more of an IPA to me. I can't complain too much. It's almost like biting into some kind of a hybrid citrus fruit. Great flavor, but let's just say it isn't quite following the style guidelines (which is fine for me). On the aftertaste, it seems a little more bitter than the 35 IBU listing on this site. Overall, a very very very good hop forward beer.

M: Good body for being a lower ABV beer, about what you would expect. High-ish carbonation. Slick and oily hops.

O: Great beer overall, wish I could find this more often.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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