Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with some good streaming carbonation. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, pine, herbal, grass, and wheat. Damn nice aromas with good strength and hop/malt balance and complexity. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice amount of hop flavor and good complexity and balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming on the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale wheat beer. Very nice hop flavor with good balance and complexity; extremely smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable sessionable offering for sure.

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

Pours a hazed golden orange. White head with a bit of lace.

Aroma: Wheat, spices, and citrus fruits. Bready malts. Orange zest and some lemon peel.

Taste: More wheat and citrus. Again, the lemon and orange show. It is kind of hoppy however. Very earthy and clean.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is an easy drinking wheat beer. Definitely something I would like to see in MN for the summers. Solid offering from FFF. A nicely hopped wheat!

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

Thanks to MC for the random bottle. I've had this before, but I guess I just never took the time to review it.

Golden-yellow color with nice clarity, with a foamy white head that retained as a ringlet, leaving patchy lacing on the glass. Grassy aroma, somewhat floral, with light notes of citrus and toasted wheat. The taste is, again, grassy, leafy, herbal, floral, very light notes of citrus pith, the malt bill bringing in toasted wheat and grain husks. Herbal finish with a nicely drying bitterness. Light-medium body with a moderate carbonation. Comes across almost like an APA, which is a good thing. Drinks nicely and pairs with pretty much whatever you're doing.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cvaypai for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade.

A: The pour on this beer is quite unassuming. A pale golden color with a small white foam that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. The lacing, however, is quite nice.

S: Things start to get much better in the aroma. A nice, bright citrus hop aroma with a fair amount of pine to go along with it. Not much malt or wheat to speak of in the nose.

T: Like the nose would indicate, a solid hop presence. The grapefruit is front and center with a mild pine on the finish. The malt and wheat provide a bit of sweetness in the middle of the tongue.

M: A light, crisp beer with fairly high carbonation.

D: This would be a nice one for the summer months. A refreshing beer, no doubt, and low alcohol would make this a staple in my fridge (could I easily attain it).

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Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was please to share this beer with my bro tenderbranson69 since it is not something that is readily available in PA and I made a clone based on Drew Beechum's gumballhead thoughts on stoutguy.com. I poured the 12oz chilled into the tulip.

A - A lightly cloudy golden w/ amber hues. 2 fingers of thick white head w/ microfoam of off white collects and clings tenaciously

S - A crazy mango and tangelo nose w/ odors of lemony floral acccenting. The hints of wheat are mild w/ pineapple and lots of amarillo which give a mild orange blossum aspect. The mild spice adds a hint of ginger and candied grapefruit to the aroma

M - The texture is great in this beer, so clean yet has a resiny texture. the moderately high carbonation is completely spot on for an American wheat and the mild nutty textures w/ light hop acidity make this feel what I consider great. The toasted notes of malt are there with light spice in the finish

T - The taste has a mild sweet fruit flavor w/ slight grapefruit and lemony citrus notes. The hops provide a floral resinous taste which has mild acidity, but hardly any bitterness. The orange rind elements from the amarillo sink in and light spice edge as the glass continues to be drained. The very refreshing lemony and mild wheat nuttiness is there w/ gentle astringent aspect. The flavor of wheat and citrus blends well w/ an amarillo taste w/ the red wheat adding to the complexity w/ hops resinous quality noticeable in the finish

D - A fantastic wheat w/ a great amount of flavor- hoppy, yet clean w/ lemony bright citrus and just highly drinkable qualities. The beer is so easy to drink at 4.8%, with such quaffability. I could drink this year round if only it were available.

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Photo of duceswild
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a BIF. Really like Wheat beers so that combined with this being from FFF I had high hopes for this brew.

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden yellow is color with a good bit of white head that leaves lacing throughout. Smells is of hops, citrus, and wheat. Taste was similar to how it smelled but more hoppy then a traditional wheat beer. Mouthfeel was very crisp and well balanced. Overall this was a solid beer that is refreshing. Looking to have this one again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent honey with 3+ fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, apricot & breadyness

T: Lemons, white pepper, breadyness, fruittyness & grainyness up front. Honey malt, passion fruit & nice grapefruitty & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes bready with nice citrus hops & honey

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation & some syruppy qualities

Drinks really easy, but the complexity draws you in as well; One of the better American Pale Wheats out there!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for bustin' out this bottle!

For whatever reason, I just don't trust that yellow guy on the label. Anyway, the beer behind him pours a clear golden sunlight-blonde topped by a nice finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, pine, orange peel, light grapefruit, light raspberry, banana, light cardamom, and some nice honey-dripped biscuit in the background. The taste doesn't really change this recipe all that much, but it does come across to me as a slightly watered-down, slightly wheated-up version of the smell, which does take away from the tastiness imbibed by my 'strils. It still tastes pretty damn good, but not as good as it could have, if that makes any sense. The body is a nice light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisply-finishing wet feel. Overall, a very nice (if sort of elusive) APWA, one of the best things regularly put out by the Floyds.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerguy for the sample ...

A- Shimmering weathered golden hue, thick foamy head sticks like a champ.

S- Beautiful aromatics from the hops. Powdered aspirin, mandarin orange and lemon zest?

T- Big on hops, lots of that aspirin like bitterness from the Amarillo hops. Oily yet very sharp. Malt sweetness struggles to break through the hop barrier, enough comes by to keep things somewhat balanced. The crisp character of the wheat actually intensifies the sharpness of the bitterness which becomes a tad bothersome IMO.

M- A bit more body than I thought there was going to be, lining of crispness in the middle.

D- I could see having a pint or two if I needed a quick hop fix.

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Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a bright golden color with a thin white covering on top. It's very mildly cloudy, a lot less then other wheat beers. It left a little lacing on the sides of the glass, but not much.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy with some notes of lemon and grapefruit. The taste has a lot of the hoppy flavors you would find in an IPA, with some citrus flavors and a moderate bitterness. It also has a wheat presence which gives it a nice twist that I haven't had before.

Mouthfeel is light and it has moderate to above average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I found it to be a very tasty and easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor. Would definitely buy this again.

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

Thanks to dontcostnuthin for this one!

A: Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a one finger head that had staying power. Very nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Very citrusy with grapefruit and pineapple, also maybe some orange peel as well. Some nice floral hops. I get the wheat as almost an afterthought, very nice.

T: Wow, an amazing flavor profile here. I get a ton of the citrus fruits from the nose, grapefruit/pineapple and orange. A little bit of hop flavor, but not as much as expected based on the smell (for this style, I like this). A nice balance of hops and wheat flavor though. Very clean finish.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. Overall a great beer, moves right near the top of my list. Could easily drink this one all night long.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with 1 inch of white head, and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, and piney and citrus hops.

t - Taste is extremely smooth, very faint piney and citrus hops, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good wheat ale. Very easy to drink and enjoyable floral and citrus hops. Would try again.

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

Appearance: Honey golden hue a huge massive off white cream in color big chunky mountainous texture very resilient leaves heavy streaks of random lacing. Aroma: Amazing absolutely one of the most pleasant and alluring hop profiles I've ever come across from an American wheat ale, who could have guessed that. Deep buttery pinecone scented hops as the label describes "loads of Amarillo hops" with a touch of banana ester, man this hop profile is kickin'. Taste: Heavenly, layer upon layer of this orgy of wheat, vanilla, and banana along with such a generous helping of Amarillo hops. Really hoppy flavored yet not that bitter extremely balanced, it's easy to say there's no other beer drinking experience like this out there. Mouthfeel: Creamy silky yet rediculously smooth going down, medium bodied with an even carbonation, a pure hop nectar. Drinkability: A dream come true for people who love both hoppy beers and wheat infused ales. If you don't like American wheats give this a try nothing like any other example of the style. Let me thank CRJMellor for this beauty I've been salivating to try this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gumball head is an absolutely crystal clear golden hue with massive amounts of bubbles emanating from the depths of the glass in rapid ascension. There is an average sized white head that fades after a few moments, leaving a nice trail of lacing in its wake.

S: Fresh, delicious hops and wheat. This beer is really fresh, and smells like it. Very enticing.

T: If you like wheat beers and IPAs, this is a match made in heaven. This beer is very refreshing and tastes fantastic. The wheat / hop balance is perfect. There is more of a hop presence here than in most pale ales, which I find to be delightful. The wheat aspect adds that "not normal" feel to what basically tastes like a single IPA.

M: Very smooth with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Clean and fresh.

D: Chuggable. It's no mistake that this is the highest rated American Pale Wheat Ale on Beeradvocate.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with very little head at all and was a clear, golden yellow in the glass. The nose was very fruity, sweet like a stick of JuicyFruit gum or a gumball (!). The sweetness carried through on the palate, although it had a light mouthfeel. The finish was citrusy, like lime or lemon, giving way to a faint taste of dill. I found it to be just a bit too sweet for my liking, even sweet for the style.

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

Had this brew serveral times over the last year but only getting around to reviewing it now care of a bottle from adamb0719. Thanks Adam! Reviewed on 12/13/10.

Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color. A white head composed of large fizzy bubbles forms and fades quick hanging close to the edges of the glass. A thin patch of lace resides atop this brew and forms some spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma is grassy hops that also includes a bit if fruited smell and citrus. Notes of orange and tropical fruits are evident. A light grainy backing of wheat sweetness fills in the back portion of the nose.

The taste is grassy, leafy hops upfront with bitter citrus rind. Mid palate includes fruit flavors before turning herbal and bitter with wheat and other grainy tastes. It finishes with a lingering grain flavor and herbal hops.

Light bodied and modestly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer that I would go to all summer long if it was regulary available. Surprisingly I found this bottled offering to be much more enjoyable then when I had it on tap back in April.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to cmsimeur for this bottle!

Appearance - Pours a hazy light orange, almost yellowish, body. Small white head with not such great retention. Not much lacing. Just a ring of foam.

Smell - Citrus hops galore. Like an IPA. Orange and grapefruit. Delicious. Maybe a hint of grain in the back, but certainly no apparent malt smell.

Taste - Hops and hops. Grapefruit and orange again. As with the smell, some grainy malt, but it's barely even a backbone to the hops. Finishes clean and slightly bitter, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel - It's almost too light. Extremely refreshing and easy to drink, but lacks the body to really retain the hop flavor in the finish. A bit dry in the end.

Overall - The quintessential lawnmower beer. Light and flavorful. Awesome. I wish I could have this in my fridge every day during the summer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden with a white head that thins and stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of a hop-bomb. Citrus - grapefruit, orange/nectarine, some pineapple - with pine.

The taste is of hops - citric, with some pine. Just a touch of sweet wheat cracker backs it up - just enough to hold hops together.

Full-bodied for the style. Chewy.

Purposely imbalanced, this is a super hoppy wheat ale. Drinkable despite rawness.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall weizen-style Oberon glass, with great anticipation.
Color's a hazy, ripe peach, head is thick, creamy cushion of meringue.
Aroma, plainly put, gorgeous! Sweet and lovely hoppiness, tingling and enticing the nose and welcoming the tongue to embrace...beautiful! I got my beak awfully wet drinking it in, and didn't want the sniffing to stop! Amarillos, they say, eh? Love my Amarillos!
Lush wheat texture greet the lips and washes over the palate, comforting and terrifically tasty. Hops continue to dance on the palate, and fruity flavors dominate. Taste gets a touch sticky and very palpable in the mouth, bringing an end to my questions about the curious appelation, sweet and gummy indeed!
(Still wonder about the crude cartoon of the smoking cat on the label, but it's never normal at the House of Floyds, is it?)
Medium bodied, persistent citric finish, inestimable drinkability...hook me up to a keg and let's see, eh?
Great beer here, but then, I've never been disappointed by the Floyds boys.
I do believe this would be my summer brew of choice, were that an option open to me...maybe it is? Who will send a case or six my way?
As it stands, I have to thank Jahred and his messenger, incongruity for their gallant work!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever. Holy hop Batman, I wasn't expecting such an aroma from this. Earthy pine and grapefruit atop a solid base of bready and spicy malts. The flavor is pine and resin atop a spicy yeasty earthy wheat base. Lingering spicy hoppy finish long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Wow, now that's a wheat beer. Mild phenols don't distract my sensitive palette and the hop flavor and aroma makes this quite interesting.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dunn for bringing this one back from his travels.

A - pours a bright, translucent yellow with a thin lacing of white head

S - floral, faint wheat, a bit husky

T - husky, wheaty, floral hops, faint lemon

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a solid wheat beer. It's well hopped which gives it some character that others in this style lack. It's easily drinkable, smooth, and incredibly enjoyable. I wish I could get my hands on more of this.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times, but most recently was on-tap at Whole Foods (!) in Lakeview. This was from the bottom of the keg, as they barely managed to fill my glass before running out.

A - Looks like filtered apple juice (i.e. transparent), but with a creamy off-white two-fingered head that dissipates very, very...very slowly. Seriously, great retention and attractive lacing here. Not much visible carbonation, and significantly darker than most wheat beers I've tried.

S - Hops! Sweet citrus, apple? (Not sure if I've been subconsciously influenced by my previous comment about apple juice). The taste of wheat is further in the background - it's definitely not the typical banana/clove wheat beer combo. Not overly complex, but quite strong and refreshing

T - Again, sweet citrus with a tiny hop bite at the back of the palate - I'm getting tangerine, lemon, and pineapple. The wheat character is very subdued and mostly comes out in the lingering aftertaste.

M - This is the part of the brew that most evokes wheat rather than American Pale Ale or IPA. There's some grittiness in the quality. Otherwise it's creamy and smooth, with a strong medium bodied texture.

D - I could drink a whole bunch of this, and I probably will in the summer.

Very odd having a beer while grocery shopping, but I hope that Whole Foods adds more options to match their also-awesome wine tasting station.

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

Poured into a wheat ale style glass withe a big fat white foamy giant four finger head. Some large bubbles some minimal retention. Great perfect clear gold body with just gorgeous elevator music on it from the bottom.

Candy apple nose, and biscuit, just pure dreamy almost cotton candy like with not a fake over powering cloy sugar sweetness on the nose.

Faint bread at first then a giant sweetness finishing off with a huge wheat field rush, hops, and aromatics... WOW just flat out neat, not bitter, not weak, even a crispness... I am wildly impressed by this beer and wish I could get more.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow are really hazy. Carbonation is low and it forms a moderate white head of medium to small bubbles. The head leaves lacing on the glass as it falls away. A thin head remains, i suppose supported by the mild carbonation. There are a couple of floaties in my beer, not sure if this is yeast? Didn't appear to be any yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

Not what I expected in an aroma but it smells great. Hops hops hops! Wonderful HOPS! Citrusy, sweet, hop aroma. Very good.

This beer is super smooth. I love it. The hop flavor is nice, citrus and sweet. There is some wheaty characteristics that come up at the end, the overall bitterness is rather mild but really good. Mouthfeel, medium body good palate connectivity, and drinkability is really high.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, feeding a fluffy, clingy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of grassy and peppery hops, with a follow of tropical fruit sweet notes of pineapple, melon, and mango. Flavors are very tropical sweet forward, again with pineapple, mango, and melon, with some subtle citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, with a subtle bitterness blend of grass and pine. Definitely leans to the fruit side, but fairly well balanced, on a slick, mid-body. The aftertaste is more of the tropical fruit sweetness, with some herbal and pepper spice. Smooth, slightly effervesced, slightly dry finish. Good beer.

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