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 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 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 kingmaker
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

One of my favorite wheat ales. That nice wheat Aroma, with bubblegum mixed with citrus fruits mingling in the frothy head. Some soapyness. The flavor is where the wheat kisses a pale ale. Wheat, bubblegum and pineapple, with citrus, mango, and a tiny bit of pine. Smooth feel.

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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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Photo of doucmehu
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TonyTalon
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of Shandycan
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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

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 goodbyeohio
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yellow gathering into golden bright orange. quickly fading head with big fat bubbles left on the surface. good amount of sparkling carbonation running up through the entire body of the beer. nose is what makes it, though.. sugar-coated grapefruit (maraschino cherry optional) hits you like a sexpot's perfume. taste keeps the hops dry and intense but drops the body low grav and drinkable. toasted malt background adds a smoky lager-like finish to balance the super green hops. aftertaste is rather citrusey in its sweet bitterness and acidity. wonderfully drinkable.. one of those beers you wish was easier to find because it stands out as a world-class SESSION beer.

i've heard this described as the 'girly' 3 floyds beer.. let em call me girly, i dig it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is another one of 3 Floyds amzing IPAs. This one is great, but does not stack up against some of their other offerings. THe nose smells of strong hops and the flavor is nice, but not the most balanced.

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

It pours a hazy, bubbly, glimmering golden yellow. A prompt two fingers of head expands, then dwindles finally to a fine frothy vellum. Stacked tiers of lacing descend down the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a fruity citrus spruce perfume that, on quick whiff, denotes the beer's name, especially in atndem with the credible grain sweetness. Earthy hints of berry and banana round things out nicely.

A sip brings an artfully modulated wheat sweetness, grainy and mildy baked. the notable Amarillo signature brings a gently fruity, airy evergreen piquance, but in a decidedly mellow manner. Dry citrus, banana, and apple do-si-do about the middle. A doughy yeast character settles across the palate toward the end before a blended bittersweetness lingers coolly at the finish. Balanced, crisp and lively, everything combines to come off as bold and refreshing.

A tad shy of medium bodied, the healthy grain presence and carbonation enliven the palate and linger glowingly on the tongue.

It's got a big lotta wheat with a raft of Amarillo to match, and they balance and blend to offer up loads of sassy refreshment. Earthy and fruity and spicy, its playfulness captures the imagination, as the tidier parts pull together to deliver a big sum total, and that in turn yields some truly impressive drinkability. If the name and the label put a grin on your face, then the beer itself will turn that grin in to one full, satisfied smile.

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Photo of msondel
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,927 ratings