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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Nice amber color with a small white head...subsided to lust a bit of lacing.

Smells all pine hopness. I mean, you could use this beer as an example of the hop odor...no problem.

Tastes like hops...strongly of hops. However, unlike most hoppy beers this has zero bitterness. I've never had anything quite like it. Very tasty and refreshing.

This was an enjoyable brew through the entire pint and a nice change of pace from the typical wheat ale.

You should try it.

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

Gumballhead pours a decent though not overly-impressive golden amber colour with a nice sized, sticky white head on top.

The smell is an overwhelmingly pleasant combination of stuff stemming from the hops: floral notes, pine, sweetness, etc. There's also a touch of citrus in the mix as well. Wheat is mildly presnet in the background.

The flavour is more of the same: the hop onslaught is non-stop, yet it is somehow subdued enough that it doesn't really move this one into IPA territory. There is a floral flavour throughout mixed in with wheat throughout. The finish is very sweet but also has a bit of a wood flavour in it as well. It starts to get juicy then goes dry. Weird and different, but good.

The body is nice and full for the style and there's a slick oily feel to it as well.

This is a damn tasty brew overall and a great summer session brew. It far and away has the most flavour of any summer brew I've ever sampled, yet remains pretty simple and thirst quenching at the same time. Yum.

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

Served on tap in a standard pint glass.

The beer came with a beautiful white head that stuck around through the beer and left lacing on the side of glass. The beer was a just slightly hazy golden yellow. It smelled of citrous and and aromatically hoppy, and the beer tasted with the sort of flavor expected of its aroma. Its taste is just so well balanced, much less bitter than what I had expected because of the IBUs listed at the bar. The beer tasted of the citrous and hops with just enough malt. My girlfriend, like a few other reviews I have seen, really enjoyed this one as well, which doesn't mean it's a light or sweet beer but instead something very well made and balanced. This is a perfect beer for the hott summer months. I'll definitely be picking these up in the store when I get the chance.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber.

Poured a bubbly hazed light copper/gold with a thick, clingy froth.

Strong citrus aromas, along with an herbal note and an undertone of wheat sweetness.

Surprisingly thick in body for the style, creamy with an oily finish from the massive hops. Speaking of massive hops, this dude was loaded down with Amarillo, one of my new favorites. Like other beers brewed with Amarillo hops it had a nice citrus taste that was hard to pin down, but not your average "grapefruit and pine" flavor. Sweet wheat malts made a showing, but were clearly outdone.

What a great summer beer, hell, anytime of the year beer. I gave some buddies dough before they went on a trip to 3F's, and I was surprised with Gumballhead. I'm not generally a fan of wheat beers, (I tend to find them cloying); I would drink this any time.

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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 pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beauty in a big Weizen Glass, hazy orange yellow with a 1/2 inch head that stubbornly sticks to the glass. Nothing but champagne bubbles firing up from the depths of the glass. Smell is sweet wheat with a mild freshwater odor over the top. Taste is surprisingly sugary, with a hop bite ever present. Oily hoppy finish, then a longer finish of sugary hops. Strange, yet tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with a cohesive body. The flavors are separate and blend like rainbow colors do...distinct, but you can't see where one begins and the other ends. A nice quaff, but more than a couple might cause a bit of sensory overload for the palate.

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Photo of antzman
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How do you classify this great wheat beer. It really does not fit into any regular parameters that you judge a wheat by, but boy, was it fantastic. This poured with a thin white head that clung to the glass, with a pale yellow hue and some cloudiness. The Amarillo Hops jump out at you. The aroma is pure wheat. The first sip is all wheat, but then some subtle grapefruit is tasted. This was an awesome beer, right on par with the other fine beers out of Three 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 Gaisgeil
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ths is probably the most interesting take on the staple pale wheat ale I've come across. Lots of grassy, piney strong hops going on here. Pours a clear gold/amber in color with a thick fluffy white head with great retention, lacing abound! Nose is quite hoppy, very floral and piney, smacks of summer. Taste is powerful especially for the style, quite hoppy but very well balanced, not over the top by any means, very, very tasty. This is the most un-wheat-like wheat beer I've ever come across.

This didn't totally wow me, but this would make a spectacular session beer for certain. I wouldn't mind some more on occasion.

(Edited: 6/8/06)

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent deep golden color with a copper highlight, active carbonation visible. Tall ivory head falls but maintains a nice lacing on the glass, with solid retention.
Aroma is strongly citrus hop, woody or grassy undertones; smells like it's dry-hopped. very nice.
Flavor is refreshing; slight malt, good citrus hop flavor that's not overpowering; great balance here. the woody and grassy flavors there in the aroma present themselves in the flavor and kind of linger in the aftertaste, with a hint of the bitter on the back and sides of the tongue. Grapefruit and pine flavors hint themselves in as well.
Active carbonation persists, partnering with the crisp flavor for a tingling, refreshing mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, particularly for hot days and nights. Quintessential summer brew, in my opinion.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber.

Pours a crystal clear orangey copper with a frothy snow white head. Quite lacy. Smells of citrusy hops and lightly of sweet wheat malt.

Taste is basic but does it well. Delivers crisp what malt followed by huge amount of hops (amarillo according to the bottle) and some lemony flavor throughout. Three great tastes that taste great together. Crisp and bright mouthfeel. Tasty. I can see why this has such a following, especially for a summer beer.

With the name, I thought this beer had captured the bubblegum flavor of a true hefe and that's what they were pushing. Boy, was I wrong but still a great beer. It's almost as if they thought to themselves, "Hey, it's hard for us American brewers to make a true German style wheat so let's not try. Let's do something original." And it is a true original.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a bomber, this ale showcases a light blonde to gold color with some cloudiness. Bubbly white head on top that leaves some nice sticky patches of lacing. Hops are apparent in the nose with lots of citrous bubbling up. Also a hint of fruit, as well as a dose wheat, pale malt, and yeast. Crisp flavor showcases the "boat loads" of amarillo hops. Hops are immediately prickly on the tongue, and are complimented surprisingly well by the big wheat flavor. Lemons and orange peel jump out, assisted by some tangerine and maybe even a bit of apple. Yeast is not unnoticed in the flavor, although it is subtle. Toasty malt is also there, setting some solid ground for the hops and wheat to tread upon. Carbonation is about perfect, mouthfeel is full and unwavering. Really quite the wheat beer, especially in the summertime. Would be a seriously kick ass offering for a BBQ.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many of Three Floyds Brews state on their label 'Its Not Normal' and this Wheat Beer is no exception. It must be the 'Wheat Cousin' to some American Pale Ale.

This is a Big Hops Beer, with Crisp Clean Citrus Amarillo flavor.

Clear yellow color and creamy white head with decent staying power.

If Imitation is truely a sincere form of flattery, then I would like to clone this beer as a homebrew. I could drink 3 or 4 of these a day in the summer.

Suprizingly enough, even my wife likes this beer; and she really doesn't like hoppy beers. That is not to say, this is a 'girly beer' but rather that it has good balance and smoothness for all the hops it contains.

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy pale golden color with a 2 inch white head that lasts for a moment. Huge bits of chunky lacing with small bits of carbonation can be seen.
Smell is of rich, blended red wheat with an array of citrusy hops jumping out of the glass. There are bits of ripe pear, and melon with a touch of vanilla deep in the aroma when the last remnants of the yeasty brew are poured out.
Taste is an interesting blend of full wheat and hops with yeast, pears, and citrusy hops. Refreshing at first but a tad chewy and filling.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied of the creamy wheat and bitterness that has a strange but pleasant feel. Creaminess mixed with bitterness that seems to overlap rather than clash makes this unique brew an excellent choice to try if for nothing else.
Drinkability is good but more than one in a sitting would be more than enough for me with the heavier body and the other choices you can find.

Finger licking good.

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

Big thanks to weeare138 for this extra bonus...quite generous.
Pours a light copper color...a touch cloudy w/ a half finger of bright white head.
Smells somewhat sweet...lemons and oranges mostly, but very subtle...very enjoyable.
Taste is nice...a decent dose of hops but my no means overbearing. Wheat beers are not my first choice for beers, but I can definitely get used to this style during the warmer months.
Medium bodied w/ a bit too much carbonation for me. Fairly bitter in the finish w/ some lingering effects.
Drinkability is average...finishing this bomber is no sweat, but I would work my way to something else if given the chance.
Glad to be trying one more beer from Three Floyds...so many great offerings.

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Photo of Beervis
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bomber a deep gold with a thick white head.

Smell is hop heavy right off the bat, very flowery and grapefruity, as well as a faint sweetness.

Taste is extraordinary. Medium bodied with a huge hop bitterness and tangy sweetness. Very smooth and filling in the mouth. Malt tones aren't dominant, but are definitely there. Finishes with a bitter dry snap.

What an amazing wheat beer. This is exactly what one should expect from an American Wheat, smooth and quenching, with a bitter smack...incredible...perfect!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yellow gathering into golden bright orange. quickly fading head with big fat bubbles left on the surface. good amount of sparkling carbonation running up through the entire body of the beer. nose is what makes it, though.. sugar-coated grapefruit (maraschino cherry optional) hits you like a sexpot's perfume. taste keeps the hops dry and intense but drops the body low grav and drinkable. toasted malt background adds a smoky lager-like finish to balance the super green hops. aftertaste is rather citrusey in its sweet bitterness and acidity. wonderfully drinkable.. one of those beers you wish was easier to find because it stands out as a world-class SESSION beer.

i've heard this described as the 'girly' 3 floyds beer.. let em call me girly, i dig it.

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Photo of carln26
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color topped by a thick cream colored head. The aroma has a wonderful hop flower aroma up front followed by a light fig/date sweetness. Think Mojo. The citrus/grapefruit and hop flower taste hits the second the beer touches your mouth. Sharp, pleasant bitterness spreads through your mouth. It’s followed by a delicate sweetness, candy and fig that finishes nicely. The mouth feel has is slightly slick, but still has some fullness. Great drinakbility. This is what an American Wheat ale should be. A new favorite.

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Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with carbonation racing through it leading to 2 solid inches of creamy off white head and tons of lacing.

Smelled very much of the hops, with a floral and Juniper dominated odor.

Taste is dominated by the big piney amarillo hop flavor mixing nicely with the wheat with a zesty crisp finsh.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a touch of a dry finish.

Drinkability is great on this IPA like wheat beer, I love it.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good wheat tastes with strong hops presence is not only a great idea, but a very refreshing beer. I had this previously, but I let it sit around too long. The hops were less dominant and the fruity wheat tastes more pronounced. Frankly, it was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. This experience was very good, but not as good as that one. At least wheat-tast wise. Hops were better, which with greater freshness makes sense.

A tad hazy yellow-peach. White head, but not too much of it.

Smell is of strong pine needles. A lot of Amarillo hops. Taste has a lot of those piney notes as fruity wheat tastes. A nice combo indeed.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Exceptional? Not sure about that yet.

Drinkable? A great summer beer.

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Photo of kegerator
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

enojyable. is this really a wheat beer? didn't taste any of those flavors at all. if i was giving style points it would probably not get very good ratings but it was dam tasty.

pours a hazy yellow with hints of coppery orange and a 1/2 inch head thats fairly creamy and sticks around for a while.
smell was nothing major. smelled citrusy/floral hops and thats about it.
taste was outstanding. nice creamy mouthfeel that finishes crisp and slightly dry. taste was slightly fruity up front with hits of lemon from the hops on the finish.
nice beer but to me it was more of a pale ale then a wheat.

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

Soapy copper-orange liquid with a dense off-white 1/2" head that stays. Visible carbonation actively ascends from the bottom/sides of the pint glass. Thick lacework.

Very fresh scents of Vanilla Wafer cookies (serious) & damp leafy hops. No clove or banana notes.

Perfect combination of malty powdered sugar sweetness and a healthy handshake of fresh hops. Biscuit malt entwined with a smidgen of dryness (again) from the Amarillo hops. Beautifully balanced.

Mouthfeel is very much alive. Medium bodied, soft & fluffy, with a long sweet & faintly dry finish. Carbonation is perfect, as it doesn't interfere with the flavors.

Drinkability is superb. Truly would take center stage over my go-to summer favorite (Hoegaarden) if it were available in my area.

Overall surprisingly fantastic American wheat. VERY unconventional and masterful. I am amazed how lovely the softness and sweetness of the wheat dances with the Amarillo hops - genius. I think Jason (or maybe it was Todd) said it best...'Madness that I like'.

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Photo of karst
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

44 hrs after being filled to the brim 3F's 64 oz growler put a 3 finger head (with an easy pour!) in a Weisen glass over a light honey gold wheat that showed some impressive lace. This travels well, making the 400+ mi trip back to Mid Missouri with little loss of aroma from compared to the the Tap at 3F - some slight changes in the taste which could merely be due to the different enviornments of home and the brewery. I prefer the tap - it never runs out!

This wheat offer no clove or banna as usually expected in a wheat - correct for an American Pale wheat Ale. A little alcoholic aroma emerged about half glass as it warmed. very nice round mouth feel and those hops! The after taste offer a brief bitter send off in a very clean finish. With the taste suggesting a well hopped IPA, I am amazed that the malts balance the hop level so well. When you let this cat out of the growler your going to fight over the last highly drinkable drop.

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

This was a 22oz bomber. No date on the very interesting label. I'm reviewing this as I drink it.

Pours a fairly clear gold with a noticeable reddish tint. Big, 3/4" rocky white head with big bubbles, which drops in a few minutes to a coating. Nevertheless, lacing is evident on the glass. Fairly high level of carbonation.

This beer has a very "clean" smell. Lemons definitely present, along with other citrusy, fruity, aromas. Not much in the way of any malt or wheat.

The first flavor to hit is a very light malt/wheat taste, followed by the Amarillo hops. Amarillo seems to be a tasty hop. The beer is not very bitter, but bitterness is there. It's kind of like an APA, without the malt base. A very clean beer. Aftertaste ends with a pleasant lemony bitter taste. This beer is very well balanced, keeping in mind the style.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a nice scratch from carbonation. Some hop resins on the tongue last the longest. This would be an excellent summer slammer!

If you are looking for a great tasting "lawnmower beer", or enjoy Amarillo hops, this is your baby. I paid $11 for this bomber, which seems a little steep, but I will definitely be getting this again. A well made beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This really is the ultimate summer brew. Like no other wheat beer I've ever had before. The pour was slightly dark for a wheat, but it still had the pale colden color to it, with only a slight amber haze from the hops.

I know what you're thinking... "Hops?! Wheat beer?!" Yes, you heard right. This beer is well infused with amarillo hops, which are quite possibly my favorite ingredient in beer altogether. It may look like a slightly above average wheat beer from the pour, but from the taste it is like a mild IPA or an intense Pale. Also... a note about the head: it quickly fades to a thin moat, but it laces like no other beer I've seen.

The smell is very sweet and pungent and amarillo-y. This shit's the chronic. The taste is quite similar. It has the spicy kick from the wheat malt along with a sweet gumball taste, and of course the amarillo. If you've had the Alpha King "Pale Ale," then you might have an idea of how over-hopped 3F's brews are for the style, but this brew is not over-the-top bitter (only for a wheat beer). Like I said, the hop/malt balance is more along the lines of a hoppy pale or a mildly hoppy IPA. At the same time it is also lighter and more quenching. Perfect for the summer time.

The mouthfeel is nice and thick, but it's a bit acidic and harsh when held in the mouth for too long (my only complaint, but without those lovely alpha acids this beer just wouldn't be the same).

Drinkability is off the charts. You simply must find this stuff for yourself. Summer officially starts the 21st of this month (June), so stock up for the lawnmower season. You'll be glad you did.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.
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