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 GeorgeCarroll
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of thumperskibum
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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Photo of mattcrill
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz. bottle. Cool looking smoking cat on the front. Not sure I understand why but it's kind of funny. Just read the side of the bottle...apparently, it's a comic hero.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a slightly clouding middle section. A crusty white head caps the top of this lovely looking beer.

Smell: Fresh flowery hops smell is the dominate characteristic. A little hint of alcohol is noted as the beer is agitated.

Taste: Just a flash of wheat/yeast taste before the hops start to take over. A nice, lightly hopped pine presence throughout the sip. Hints of orange and grapefruit bounce around but don't dominate. There isn't much in the way of wheat going on here which is good for me. I'm definitely enjoying the piney and citrusy aspects of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice crisp finish. A nice balance of carbonation that makes the palate dance.

Drinkability: I can see this being a nice summer beer. It's loaded with character but not so dominating that it couldn't be a session.

Notes: Not a big fan of wheat beers but I don't think this one quite fits the bill. It seems more like a straight up APA to me. That being said, it's a fabulous beer that I would recommend to anyone. Good stuff.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden tangerine color, fluffy white head, good head retention, and some spotty lace. Aroma is lemon zesty, orange candy, fruit, caramelly, and wheaty. Taste is sweet, tangy, fruity, grassy, and lemony. Soft, dry bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is juicy with some powdery grit. A very pleasant wheat beer and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of big hop and yeast chunks are visible after the pour! More than in my homebrew DIPA. Sweet! It's also quite active, and eventually the sediment settles and it has pretty good clarity, especially considering how it started. The thick white foam on top hung out for a bit, then settled to film and ring. More golden than yellow in color.

Bright, citrusy, amarillo hops are balanced perfectly by the wheaty malty sweet body. Smells way bigger than it is. Inviting and intriguing.

Like the nose, but not as rich and deep. The same amarillo/malty/wheaty mix, but just good, not exceptional. Bitterness is mellow.

adequate carbonation, thin/medium body, crisp finish.

This beer has alot of the hop character, especially in the nose, of a good IPA or APA, but without the bitterness and as much booze. A great, easy drinking stepping stone toward the hoppy end of the beer spectrum.

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Photo of zrab11
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light golden color with a thick white head that dissapates.

S- Very pleasant wheat smell with some citrus notes

T-Hits with a citus flavor then to a slight bitterness,very slight and then ends with a crisp flavor

M-Very light bodied but has a nice bubbly feel in the mouth

D-I love this beer in the summer! HECK i love this in the winter. it is my go to beer so i might be alittle biased but def. give this beer a try if you havent

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of erjaq
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gehrig
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this after a meeting at The Crane Alley in Urbana. Hazy blond body topped by two pillowy fingers of white head; nice durability and lacing. The smells are rich and lively--plenty of citrus, ample spice, definitely veering toward sweet. I get orange, tangerine, and peach with pepper and coriander--lovely.

After such a nose, anything less than an excellent taste would be a letdown. Thankfully, Gumballhead does NOT disappoint. It's very fruity yet not cloying or syrupy. Light and smooth, this is a terrific representative of the style. Its exquisite texture is reminiscent of German wheats such as Ayinger and Erdinger, though a bit fuller in flavor. Gumballhead compares quite favorably, which says a lot.

Gumballhead left me highly impressed. I figured this would be a good APWA. Not only was it great, it was also one of the very best offerings I've ever had from Three Floyds. Tremendous.

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Photo of msondel
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

I had heard a lot of hype surrounding gumballhead so I had to give it a try. While it is not a bad beer all the hype did not live up to my tasting. It has a very hoppy smell almost to the point of an IPA and pours a golden yellow color. The taste is smooth and mellow but doesn't have a whole lot of body and girth to it. On the plus side it is has no bad after taste. Worth a try to form your own opinion about it.

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Photo of snansel
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev -5%

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,814 ratings.
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