Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

5,793 Ratings
Read the review

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,793 |  Reviews: 1,556
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of clay23
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with less than a finger wispy white head that fades quickly. Almost no visible carbonation. Little lacing observed.

The smell is full of citrus grapefruit hops; not your typical wheat beer. Medium bodied, the mouth feel from the bitter hops is the primary attraction at first. The flavor is lightly hopped and lemony. The wheat element seems to help it finish very clean. As the mix warms the beverage settles out; quite drinkable. Scores points for imagination. At 4.8 % ABV this will session well.

 528 characters

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of scootercrabb
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of PDXHops
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Pale hazy gold with a nicely dimpled foamy head and a fair amount of crackly lacing.

I'm guessing this stuff is dry-hopped; it's certainly got a ton of sweet citrus in the nose, backed up with wheat and yeast. A very tasty beer that's much hoppier than you typically see from the style. A minor complaint is that the hops somewhat overpower the wheat, but like I said, tasty stuff. Abundant carbonation and a fairly clean finish accentuate the moderate level of bitterness. The wheat pitches in there, too, no doubt. Toss in the light malt profile and crazy tropical fruit flavor combo, and this stuff is really more like a "wheat IPA" than anything. An easy recommendation for this unique brew.

 739 characters

Photo of bschinelli
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Cloudy amber-orange color with a huge creamy head that leaves a thick sticky lacing in my glass. Hoppy aroma of grapefruits and candy, flavors of pine and citrus, never had a wheat beer taste like this before. Medium body with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel, finishes bitter.

 272 characters

Photo of jeffthepony
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kerry4porters
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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 inspektor
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Josbor11
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of danwho
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of julielynndubee
3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of ScrimshawFan, into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a slightly turbid gold with about half an inch worth of head that didn't stick around at all. A few small pots of lacing are left behind. Some bubbles lazily float up from the bottom.

S: Fair amount of citrusy hops in addition to a lemon like malt profile. Has a sort of musty/grainy smell as well. Smells like a nice hoppy pale ale with a slight twist.

T: Light and crisp, lots of citrusy hops and a very simple grainy malt profile. Nice bitterness. Wheat profile adds a nice twist and amount of depth to the beer. Not too shabby.

M: Very light and very dry. Finishes just right.

O: A nice hoppy wheat beer, that is dry with a nice amount of bitterness but still has a nice citrusy hop profile as well. I like the dry finish and how refreshing this beer is.

Thanks Casey!

 848 characters

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,793 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.