Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

5,874 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: 5,874 |  Reviews: 1,565
Photo of Buck_Jones
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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 chugalug06
3.39/5  rDev -19.3%
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 bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of fuzzcherry
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 nwhittin
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
5/5  rDev +19%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%

Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Camjmorton
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of inspektor
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of thumperskibum
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Bonis
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +1.2%

Photo of mattcrill
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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 mattboyer182
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a beautiful golden color with a smallish head but really nice lacing.

S - an amazing citrus hops. Delicious floral and grapefruit smell.

T - once again the hops are right up front with the taste. For a wheat ale it is pretty much all hops. The grapefruit so prevalent in the taste.

M - light bodied and medium to heavy carbonation.

O - probably the best wheat out there. Super good beer! One of the best things about living in indiana.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,874 ratings
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