Gumballhead
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #3
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,414
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Notes: An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

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

Okay, we in Columbus finally got this brew, and as is often the case with Three Floyds, I am somewhat confused, if pleasantly. This beer poured a light, clear golden color and fomred a small off white head the coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, some hint of pine and more hops. A flavor of hops, citrus, pine and more hops. The finish was bittersweet and refreshing. As you can see by my review, I was not expecting such hop influence in a supposedly wheat beer. But like so many other American craft brewers, Three Floyds continues to surprise me.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Will it never end? Why is ones of the best breweries in ths US so far away from me, with no real accounts in the tri-state area? So after the excellent dreadnaught, the awesome alpha klaus, the hoppy alpha king, and the mind-blowing dark lord, we have this brew, the latest in three floyds constantly expanding portfolio of bomber bottled insanities.

This is a slightly cloudy golden orange colour with a nice head of white foam that lasts and lasts. The aromas are of gumballs, other german yeast notes (such as bananas, cloves, grapes, etc...), fresh citrus hops, and lovely bready malts. The taste is absolutely awesome as this is a very flavorful blend of strong hopping and delicate yeast play. At 4.8% this beer is one of the most complex wheat beers I have ever had! The mouthfeel is creamy and sharp and the drinkability is stellar! FFF's does it again!

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Photo of jlh8643
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw gold with a tight white head that sits on top of a clear straw colored brew. The amarillo aroma is just wonderful. A citrisy, spicy flavor accompanies a grainy maltiness. The finish is a little dry and crisp with the amarillo featured in the end. A great warm weather drinker.

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Photo of ark57
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy orange-gold with a head that dissipates fast. The head is a dissappointment for a wheat beer, but I'll get over it. The aroma is grainy with some cirtus and pine and a wheat tinge. The crisp body does not have much malt taste, but some sweet breadiness is detectable and there is also a touch of bubblegum. The hops fesh hop flavors are excellent. There is lemon/grapefruit juiciness and some pine. It is refreshing and crisp with a clean finish.

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Photo of cokes
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brass hued under a short stack of ivory.
The nose is all 'Rillos. Piney, and resinous with uplifting citric elements.
Taste is more of the same. Much less a wheat beer and much more an APA featuring the Amarillos. Malt is largely undiscovered. Lightly wheaty and plain, if slightly spicy and almost rye-like. Though far from bitter, the showcase is certainly the hops. Bright and green. Pine cones laced with grapefruit juice and resin.
Light-medium bodied and drinkable in huge quantities.
I like it, and almost love it. But it fails to define any style. However, it does define that Amarillos kick ass, no matter how or where they are used.
If this was $6 for a 6pack, as opposed to a single bomber, I'd drink a whole shitload of it during the summer. But as is, it seems like a rather rotten deal, aside from getting to try it.

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

More crazy labels from this brewery. If their beers weren't so damn good, I'd think that the labels were marketing gimmicks meant to increase sales in the face of a lackluster product.

This label has the cartoon cat "Gumballhead" smoking a cigarette and riding a motorcycle. For some reason the cat reminds me of Buster Poindexter.

The beer pours a deep brassy amber with a little bit of haze. The head is off-white and sticks to the glass.

It does not smell like any other Hefe I've had. Hop aroma is strong and there may be a hint of bubblegum in there too (or I'm just being influenced by the name). The smell is really appealing. The label says they are using Amarillo hops.

Taste is light for a 3 floyds, but probably bigger than many other wheat beers. Again, I really can't compare this to other Hefe beers because it is so dissimilar to others I've had. The hops are definitely there along with a slight bit of citrus on the finish. No clove, no banana here. Not at all typical in my book, but your experience may differ.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and the beer goes down smooth with not much of a carbonation feeling. Smooth and creamy like a wheat is, though.

This is a great drinking beer, and at 4.8%, what a great session beer it makes.

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

Pours a solid white head, pretty much clear light golden liquid with some yeast particles floating about. Wonderful fresh, distinctly Amarillo hop nose...spicy and tempting. Light body with subtle bread notes and more Amarillos dominating the palate along with citrusy flavors. Finshes light and extremely drinkable...though kinda off-style, drinks more like a nice hoppy pale ale, but great all the same.
Thanks to jackndan/BIF 6 for the bomber!

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Photo of garthwaite
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I said god damn, god damn. What have we here? It's a wheat & it is spectacular. Poured this bad boy into a glass & it was cloudy, straw colored, & held a perfect white bubbly head. Holy crap - the aroma is a regular thing of beauty. When 3 Floyd's writes that they add "a boatload of amarillo hops" on the bottle's label - they are telling the truth. Every sip is better than the one before it. Hops are everywhere, but the wheat flavor is still there to keep this brew clean & refreshing. The hop profile is wonderful - floral & citrus fruit (lemon, orange, grapefruit). Drinkability is absurd. If possible, I would drink this for breakfast, lunch, & dinner for the months of April through August for the rest of my life. To quote andre 3000, "I think I'm in love again...".

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

American wheat beer is supposed to suck. Wheat tastes like crap -- cut out the flavorful hops, the big, fat, estery yeast, and you're left with liquid bread. Not in the good way we think of beer as nourishing and complete, but literally like a loaf of bread tossed in the blender with some water.

I don't see why we should call this a hefe, much less judge it by those standards. What's wild about this beer is that there's no yeast in suspension -- it's as clear as Miller Lite and brillantly so. Yet, the aroma and flavor profile are very hefe -- subtle notes of bubblegum and phenols. The bubblegum, however, is laced with oranges, a spot of lemon, and flowers, straight from the powdery lupulin that is the Amarillo hop. And, staying true to its name, a gentle wheat graininess at the end gives us the perception of phenols. Without more yeast, however, there's no way this could have that great creamy body of a true hefe. Unless, of course, the malt is just viscous enough to contribute body without any added sweetness. It's as if the Floyds said "Yeah, we know American yeasts make boring wheat beers -- but WE don't make boring beer."

The hops are fresh, fresh as the morning dew, yet never intrusive. But there's no denying that this is an Amarillo bomb and one that, 22 ounces later, becomes very one-dimensional. I was trying to pinpoint the flavor and recalled tasting hops fresh out of the bag when I first started brewing. These Amarillos are even fresher -- on the palette they are a combination of taste and smell -- a full sensory experience. This is all the stuff of great -- truly great -- American pale ale supplanted with wheat and made none the worse for wear.

So liquid and juicy up front like a cask IPA; so tame yet full of flavor from the Amarillo hops.

3Floyds has once again redefined a style and this time it is the American wheat: do not be afraid of hops; they, too, may be gentle. And the glory has come to us.

Relax, relax.
ng

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

Slightly hazed dark golden/ light amber appearance. Thin dirty white head leaves some ample lace. The first thing that hits my nose is that sweet, resiny, canabis-like aroma that I love so much. All about the 'Rillos. But there's also a little spiciness to the nose and a little wheat "tang." Now this is my kind of an "American Wheat." The pine sap, burnt citric tones of the hops blend with some bubblegum esters and wheat spiciness to create one enjoyable beer. The dichotomy of the lingering sweet bubblegum and bitter 'rillos makes for a nice interplay. Nicely carbonated and about medium-full in body. I'm liking 3 Floyd's more and more by the minute (now that I'm not tasting the contract brewed stuff).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, deep amber-orange body reveals golden highlights at the base of the glass and teems with tiny effervescent bubbles. The off-white head is full and densely creamy; and displays excellent retention and leaves wide swatches of lacing about the glass. The nose is loaded with bright, fresh hops that are citrusy and lightly spicy with hints of pine over a delicately sweet, wheatish malt. The body is medium; and its lightly zesty effervescence leaves a lingering tingle on the front of the tongue as the rest of the beer fades smoothly away with a light creaminess. The hops displayed in the nose are clearly carried over into the flavor, dominating upfront but blending most exquisitely across the middle in a wash of sweetish, wheat-accented malt. The bitterness is held in check as it should be (@20 IBU's perhaps); yet the hop aromas and flavors shine! It finishes with some lingering malt sugar and piney and spicy hops that fade to a dull residual bitterness by the time you're ready for another sip. An extraordinary American wheat that's well worth seeking out.

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

Pours a clear golden amber with a generous fluffy white head. Lots of retention and lacing.

Smells a bit estery and hoppy.

Starts off with some nice pale/caramel malt that immediately switches over to a almost honey like taste. Bits of bread and biscuit Moderate in body. Very clean. Finishes with a nicely piney/grassy hop finish. Not harsh in the least. Exemplary for the style.

Nice grainy semi-chewy texture to the body.

What's not to like? This is what others should be doing with their wheat beer. Goes great with pizza, but what doesn't?

Props to cretemixer for delivering this to my door.

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Photo of abents
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an golden amber with a nice white head and good lacing. Smells overwhelmingly of citrus fruits. Lemons and a sweet swide round out the smells. Taste is nice. Starts with a nice citrusy punch that comes around with a sweeter malty finish. The wheat in here is slightly masked by overwhelming hops flavors. It's a very well rounded drinkable beer and I should have assumed an overhopped Hefe from 3floyds. It's a very interesting brew to say the least. It's medium bodied a pretty good ammount of carbonation, but it just goes down so damn smooth. It's crazy. Great beer by a great brewery.

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Photo of Jables
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Lacing is leaving thick bands on my glass.

Smell is very amarillo dominated. I thought for a second that I was sticking my face in a box of Fruity Pebbles, mmmm.

And the taste, holy crap is that stuff good. It's hop heavy with just tons of sweet smooth amarillos, but the balance is there most definitely. Citrus flavors move in and out on the tongue at different times.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and that sets it head and shoulders above all the other American wheat beers.

Drinkability is insane, one bottle was not enough, it is so good I and low abv and smoothness makes me just want to drink this all afternoon on the back porch. Summer beer of the year this year for sure!

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

OK...I admit it....I bought this beer because I liked the label. After I bought it I read the label and Oh Crap it's an American Wheat which I have never had much luck with. Well it was one stupid beer choice and it is a Three Floyds which so many people like alot. I've found their beers soapy (except for the Rabid Rabbit which was fine) so time to drink.

It pours somewhat dark for a wheat. Then the smell...Amarillo hops eh? These smell just like the mystery vine growing in my backyard. I wondered what that was. The hops smell is large....really large. The thing about aroma hops and bittering hops comes to mind and this is all about aroma. A little head goes to a ring. Lace is random and somewhat slight.

Then I taste it and it's sweet like a Maibock but the nose (which is completely different) influences my taste /smell perceptastions. This beer is tense. It doesn't choose between smell and taste.

It has the mouthfeel of a Maibock. Slightly sticky and sweet but that hop thing keeps going on. It's like drinking coffee and whiskey but separately and close together (separately good). This is one thing though....
Very good and very drinkable.

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

I love this stuff! Damned, if Oberon is in the same league. Faaagett about it! This one through me for a loop for sure. I thought it would be more of a Belgium White ale, and what I found was a beer with a very unique and distinct persona! The beer pours a wonderful, deep golden, and has none of the hazey yeast I love in the style. This beer throws style out the window. The head is a clean, creamy, buttery white. Aromas are super fresh and hop focused. An orange malt aroma adds an initial summery feel, and once in the mouth the beer explodes with freshness. Ahhh, what a flavor! Spicy, citrusy, hoppy, grainy, smooth and again ohh so fresh. As the beer finishes one could swear that all the complexities of this beer combine to actually offer the taster the flavor of a gumball...I swear it!! The flavor of the sweet shell, the tang of the fruity gumball, and the bitter of the gum itself. This is a one of a kind drink! Cool stuff

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this right off the brewery tap. This is quite unlike any other beer out there. American Wheats are a little bland, unless they've been brewed with the spicy flavor of German wheats, but the Floyds never cared for following style. This has a big zesty wheat taste that I somehow guessed was North Dakota winter wheat, and Nick said I was right, but I don't know how I knew. Like with most 3F beers, there's a big smack in the face of hops, this one is all Amarillo, giving a different more orangey taste. Pleasing orange color, too. Gotta get out and find this stuff while it's around!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep gold color, and it is topped by a tan head. A wonderful aroma of candied fruit rises up from my glass, the aroma definitely lives up to its name. I smell notes of apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. The taste is light bodied, and slightly sweet, and thick with pungent hop flavors. A clean crisp beer hides under the domination hop flavors of apricot and lemon. this beer is not overly bitter, like perhaps the hop flavor and aroma my suggest, it has a medium level of bitterness in the finish. I definitely know of no gumball that is quite so exquisite as this elixir. This is a damn good Summer offering, certainly not a traditional wheat beer, but the wheat lightens this beer up and makes it a great summer refresher. This is a straight forward, one-dimensional attack of Amarillo hops, if you like them then this is the beer for you.

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

On Tap at BW3's downtown Indy. Poured a clear golden orange with a smallish head, and no lacing. I know this is suppose to be a American Wheat, and as a lover of wheat beer, I usually don't like what American wheat tastes like. But rating this as a stand alone beer, not going by style, this is one tasty beer. From the moment of the pour you get that big hop aroma, followed by the bubble gum, and some wheat beer characteristics.The taste starts out with the sweetness from the malt then the hops kick in. You can pick up a little banana in the finish. Very good. A great session beer. Too bad this is seasonal.

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

I found this beer to be fantastic! However, my rating for this one is not comparing the beer to the style, but my opinion of the beer itself as is. It is not your typical Hefe, if at all. I'd call it an Ordinary Bitter-Weizen. The smell was very nice, with good malt and hop aroma, and a touch of the classic weizen yeast esters. Taste was a blast of interesting yet delightful flavors. Starts out malty sweet with a balanced hop flavor and bitterness. Gumball flavors actually came through, which suprise me, and a hint of banana was also there. Finish was smooth with a good overall mouthfeel, nice hoppy finish and lingering sweetness. Could drink this beer all day!

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Photo of TheDM
2.98/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a small head of fine to medium sized white colored bubbles and a weak wheat yellow colored body. It had a mild malt-hop aroma. Its flavor contained the typical 3 Floyds hop bite that is strong initailly yet softens in the finish. My favorite Indiana brewer!

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in the Hospitality Suite at the 2003 AHA NHC in Chicago. Sample is a clean 10 oz sampler glass from a dual tap jockey box.

This beer is billed as an American Wheat beer. As seems to be the style with this particular brewery, American means hops in the Rogue sense of hops.

The aroma is grassy and charged with an oily grapefruit aroma that definately showcases the Amarillo hops reported in this brew. A faint fruity ester resides behind the hops floating on a sweet bready wheat character.

The flavor has just a touch of the wheat sweetness and very little malt to cut through the intense citrus hop burn. Towards the end a strong taste of bubble gum (yes.. I imagine this is part of the name) comes in to rescue the taste buds from a neverending load of hop bitterness.

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

This beer was advertised to me as a summer pale, and I really wouldn't have known it was a wheat beer unless I did some additional research. This one pours a straw color with a miniscule head from the tap. Lacing is not present. Smell is that of an American IPA, not a typical wheat beer. This alone tells you this is a Three Floyds product -- I love it! Big notes of fruity hops are present, along with a sweet, gumball aroma. Taste is a great balance between sweet and hoppy, with the hoppiness winning out. Mouthfeel is mildly carbonated and pleasant. This is an incredibly refreshing brew, and one I wish Three Floyds bottled (hopefully they will sometime soon). Going along with the typical Three Floyds mantra of "We're not normal," they pull through once again with this unique offering. Very nice, whatever it is!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light-colored orange brew with a small white topping of foam. Massive hops in the aroma as well as citrus notes. It definitely had the nose of a three floyds product.

Wheat? I am not so sure about that. It is a very crisp brew with nice refreshing qualities. The hops are in full order and every last sip gets a rich blast of hops. Citrus also plays a big role in this one. This is an interesting brew, and you should not miss out on it. Great for sessions IMHO. A wonderful outdoor working beer.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler

Three Floyds latest offering pours a clear goldenrod in color with a frothy white head that settles to a solid even layer leaving a full clingy lace.
The aroma is very hop driven, more so than most American wheat beers. There is a sweetness in there too.
The taste is also nice and hoppy (Amarillo, YUM!!) but very well balanced. There is the typical wheat beer smoothness present, but the amarillo really give it that Three Floyds "We're not normal" edge. Slightly peppery finish. A wheat beer brewed for the hophead which suits me just fine.
A light body and medium carbonation make for a very refreshing beer. A great session beer with a good deal of character, something that is often very elusive. Not only can you drink a lot, but you really want to. (at least I do anyway)

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