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 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.


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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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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Dale. While not a huge fan of American wheat ales, this one could convert me. Smooth and delicious, mildly creamy. Bready, but in a good way. Soft and silky. Solid throughout.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 7-15-16. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a crystal-clear light gold with 1 finger just off-white head and streaming rows of carbonation. Retains a big island of foam on the middle, and a thick ring around the edge. Nice rings of lace as it goes down.

S: smells like citra. Light, crisp, citrusy and Resiny. Lemon peel and light pine sap. Smells fresh and crisp, like mineral spring water. More tropical as it warms: a little mango/kiwi, but the thrust is lemon and light pine.

T: arrives light, crisp, lightly Resiny, dry as can be. Some wheatiness on the middle, but not a bit of sweetness here, not malty either. Just super crisp and refreshing.

M: feels how it tastes. Lighter side of midweight, slightly slick, highly carbonated. A little carbonic tingle, which I like. Feels lighter than it is because of the carb. Not totally clean on the finish, but super crisp.

O: an excellent hoppy wheat ale. My ou can hardly tell it's a wheat beer though. It feels like a session IPA with wheat to smooth it out a little. Reminds me of Land Grant Glory, but that is wheatier. Reminds me of Lagunitas Sucks, but lighter and crisper. If I could get this regularly, I would in the summer.

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Photo of Flipadelphia84
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled about 3 weeks ago and poured hard into a pint glass. Light honey color with a thick, frothy white head. Great head retention. Leaves a ton of lacing. Huge pineapple smell, mandarin, maybe mango and a little pine but VERY tropical nonetheless. Definitely taste the wheat. Nice and crisp with initial bitterness that fades. Not as much tropical fruit in the flavor. Finishes dry. Leaves a little bit to be desired as far as flavor. Low carbonation and again very dry and drinkable.

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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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Photo of Marksbur
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic sour wheat beer with a most pleasant aftertaste. Smells as good as it tastes! A very sessionable brew. Definitely not a word but hey this is my review. Hope to have more soon.

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Photo of kinzo12
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is great. Surprised it's considered a wheat ale because it tastes like an IPA. Not as citrusy as Zombie Dust but pretty close in taste.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what you normally get in a wheat. Nice and light hoppy flavor but not overpowering. A little lemon shines through and one of the cleanest finishes I have ever had. Goes with a slickness.

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

On draft at local establishment.
Nice citrus smell.
Crisp & clean with a nice big hop bitter that endures throughout.
The really big question is always whether you'd drink it again, & yes, yes I would.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rock solid juicy smell of various tropical fruits.

Smell is similar to nose, but with more nuance. Mouthfeel is great. I feel like there are so many beers that I describe as 'good summer beer', which often feels similar to describing an NFL quarterback as a game manager. This is a great summer beer, which makes me question all the other beers I've called solid summer beers.

You heard it here first. Gumballhead is the Russel Wilson of beer.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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