Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,551
Ratings:
5,784
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark gold. Thick, medium, white head lasts a while with lacing.

Smells citrus, wheat, malt, pine hints.

Tastes juicy, citrus, bready malt, light wheat, light grassy, hints of pine. Finish is dry with a sharp pine bitterness. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation

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Photo of Griffin2
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours a light Amber with a frothy white head.
S - Smells of hops and light citrus.
T - Tastes of lemon and breads hops.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very tasty wheat ale.

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Photo of MFMB
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep straw yellow with a hint of orange. Nose is of ripe fruits, grass and subtle pine. Taste of grass and hay with a bit of over ripe fruits that push the beer to boarderline sweet. Light citrus also getting pick up.Getting a lot more alcohol taste than I thought I would. It's not hot but it is there. A little syrupy on the mouthfeel with a semi wet finish.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gumballhead pours a hazyish copper color with a long lasting lacing head. Hoppy aroma, with lots of floral notes. Taste is creamy, with noticeable wheat flavors, but finishes with a bitter wet hop flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, its a wheat beer and then a pale ale, nice unique flavor.

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

Have not ever been disappointed by 3 FLOYDS. This is a hoppy yet more hints of wheat and mild malty flavored tasting brew. I like some of the other of FFF stuff, Zombie Dust, Alpha King, Space Station Middle Finger a little better. But my son, a Navy pilot down at NAS Jacksonville always wants me to bring Gumballhead down when we visit from here in northern Indiana...FFF country. Heck yes!

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A spiraled blend of clear and hazy bod (i.e. ,like a cloudy twister in the center of a clear outer body); thick, sticky, foamy white head. Grassy and pine-like aroma; malt and hay. Wheat and cereal grain flavors; some old fruit sweetness; muted hop bitterness. Heavy body; syrupy with a rough edge.

An interesting beer, grainy, with a heavy yet dull sweetness. It coats the tongue and delivers a nearly honeyed grain sweetness, just enough to tickle the palate without being cloying. Enjoyable..

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Photo of Bacchic-Glee
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow a really nice beer. My girlfriend and I drank it together, and she is normally very picky about beer (likes Stella and little else) and she liked it more than I did, which is surprising because it is so different from Stella.

Very distinct taste, but is extremely well-balanced. Gumballhead is, regardless of your tastes, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of bwood06
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wife and I were returning home from Thanksgiving and 3 Floyd's was on the way and at a good time for an early dinner (finally!). I had been wanting to visit forever, but without success until this day. This one was ordered by my wife, but as always, I got a couple sips to try it out :)

This beer pours a clear, dark golden hue that has low carbonation and a white, frothy head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer with a neck. 3.75/5 The aroma is quite muted and has a light tropical fruit hop profile along with some caramel and light malt. It smells somewhat sweet, but the muted nature makes it hard to discern any true notes. 3.25/5 The flavor is much better than the aroma in terms of strength and starts of with a caramel sweetness that is back up by wheat bread and a graininess that brings both sweetness and an earthiness to the beer. Fresh cut hay and herbal hops come out on the back end with only light bitterness that does not linger after swallowing. As the beer warms the flavor profile flips one me. The hops move to the front and the malt/sweetness moves to the end. Very interesting temperature flip. 4/5 This is a medium bodied beer that has a heavy carbonation burn that quickly dissipates and becomes wet and coating. There is very little drying and no lingering dryness. This one is much more crisp than anticipated. 3.75/5 This is a very good beer that is more suited to my wife's tastes than mine, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. The malt and hops are very well balanced and make for both an interesting and tasty drinking experience. The aroma is quite muted, but the flavor is very well crafted. 3.75/5

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ChilliHeights
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice wheat ale. Nice aroma and cooler and easy to drink with a great mouth feel and finish. Love the holiness in the ale. This one is easier to get than others from 3 Floyds. Have a few left in the fridge, need to drink them soon.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good craft beer, and made in Indiana too! Smell is predominantly citrus-tasting hops (which they are in all 3F products.), taste is a clean wheat beer initial taste, with strong citrus/pine tasting hops towards the end. Finish is clean, beer is not over carbonated, and no bitter aftertaste. Imagine a good quality wheat beer crossed with an IPA-- that is what Gumballhead is most like-- which is different and great tasting. This is my favorite craft beer right now.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and surprisingly clear. Good starting head but it settles to rim bubbles. Scalloped lace.

I smell sage and no wheat. I get some barley grain.

The flavor creates a bit wheat bite but it far more like a pale ale with a good hop bite in the swallow. Richer than the style. Proper carbonation. The aftertaste is shorter than expected.

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

No one does a hoppy wheat quite like three floyds. This beer is as weird and as tasty as it gets. My buddy hit the nail on the head and explained to me as "a hot girls armpit". In the best way possible.

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Photo of PDGreenB
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with huge head, smells distinctly of citrus and hops. Has a nice, smooth hoppy taste with wheat on the nose. Easily sessionable, and has all the perks of a pale ale without going full-on with the hops.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp and juicy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, mango, melon, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine and grass. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and cracker with yeast. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and crisp hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, and melon along with some pineapple. Earthy hop taste of pine resin and grass. Background malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good hopped up Wheat Ale. Big citrus fruit flavor with a lighter body.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend of mine sent me the Gumball Head Pale Wheat Ale. I thought it might not have a lot of taste but it was really very tasty.


Look - It has a cloudy light golden hue with a thick white head.

Aroma - The aroma is citrus and some pine.

Taste - There's wheat but also pine and tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, grapefruit. Tastes like a wheat ale IPA hybrid but very well balanced, juicy, and its dank (in a good sense).

Overall - It is light/medium and easy drinking.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear golden with frothy 2 finger bone white head. Clove spiciness, wheat and bubblegum on the nose. Taste follows, more wheat and less belgian phenol notes though, tough on lemon girl scout cookies, very good. Easy drinking, great summer beer. If it was more readily available and not 12.99 a sixer this would be a wonderful everyday drinker

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Photo of BigGold
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "BOTTLED ON 4-25-16," into Pilsner glass. Certainly competitive with and possibly displacing A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' as my favorite in the style.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
2.77/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L: Hazy golden-yellow, with moderate head and lacing.
S: At times I caught a pleasant bubblegum scent. However the smell was mostly off-putting, as of rotten citrus fruit.
T: Blech! Like lemon and battery acid.
F: See below.
O: This was my first experience with a Three Floyds beer, and I was sadly disappointed. I'm normally a big fan of wheat beers, but this one had an astringent acidity that made it rather hard to finish.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend form work---Thanks Kevin!
This fine brew pours a lightly cloudy pale amber tinged straw color with a
very nice head of white foam that lingers long and finally settling to a thick
ring and nice thick layer with excellent lacing. Nose of soft wheat and zesty
citrus hop notes showcasing pineapple and lemon zest. Flavors lightly
exceed the nose by force of the strong hop character that is lightly imbued
with soft wheat notes and subtle honey malts making for a refreshing citrus
forward ale with plenty of hop bitterness that is still relatively balanced by
sweet honey malts. Solid. Good after mowing brew.

Cheers

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally delicious. Golden body, low malt with an awesome hop flavor. Hits your nose perfectly as you tilt the glass to your lips. I might put this above Zombie Dust

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Photo of BierRunner
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting beer. Nice nose with citrus and funky wheat. Mouth filling flavor, nice bitterness and a distinct wheat finish. Well carbonated and balanced

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, pristine white bubble bath head. Atop a glowing golden elixir.

Nose is orange blossom, citrus Zealand bitter hops. Hints of mango are there as well. Tree sap and pine play a mild supporting role.

Flavor profile is citrusy, bright, orangey l hop character followed by a bitter drying hop bite and finishing with a warm hug of wheat grain.

Mouth feel is slightly sticky, but drinkable and with enough balance to offset the resinous notes with drying and juicy notes.

Overall a very nice beer that I'd be happy to drinkmost days.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hits those hazy wheat strides, mild 1/4" head. Golden in color, dark gold. Aroma is so much Amarillo hop. Very well done. Just wow.

Taste, amazing, immediately leaps into 1st tier, world class hoppy wheat ale territory. All kinds of juicy fruit impact, lesser citrus than you would expect, more stone fruit impressions like peach and soft red wheat.

If this was available in my area, I would crush it all summer long, great, phenomenal stuff.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served cold into a tulip glass.

This beer has traveled from Indiana to Ohio to Oregon and finally to Colorado. Thanks to Jeff for thinking of me on his travels.

Gumballhead is a hazy straw yellow color with thick white head. It has good retention and leaves some spotty lace as it settles.

Aroma is mildly hoppy and fruity. It lives up to its name with a certain juicy fruit character that seems pretty unique.

Flavor is bitter for a wheat beer but nicely balanced for an IPA. Sweetness up front with characteristic wheat beer traits. The hops bring some bitterness from middle to end but never overwhelm. They compliment the malts and yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body and perfectly carbonated. Almost creamy.

Overall a very good pale wheat that blurs the lines between styles. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now so does it live up to the hype? For me, probably not but I'm very glad I got a chance to try it.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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