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 nickapalooza86
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/30/2013 Kudos to Three Floyds for starting to date!

Pours a Clear gold, half finger of white head

Smell lemon, grapefruit, grain, sweet sugar like sweetness (from the wheat possibly) Oranges, apricots

Taste is very good, lemon, grapefruit, bready malt, wheat, grassy hop, orange and orange peel, papaya, apricots, wow really good

Mouthfeel is medium, fine carbonation, wheat adds some body, finishes dry

Wow, IMO this is Three Floyds best beer, having had a bunch of them, none of them and that includes Zombie Dust an Alpha King hold a candle to this masterpiece of a beer!

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of joeseppy
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straw golden pour with decent fluffy white head that stays around. Lacing spiders down the sides.

Smells like the inside of a bubblegum coin machine : ) Hop presence with with strains of wheat. Fragrant with citrus.

Tastes of grapefruit rind and pine. Grain malt bill noted. Exceptionally balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and has been sessionable for me. Crisp and refreshing.

This was my first FFF over three years ago. I still buy it in abundance to this day. The best wheat pale produced today. At one time I couldn't find Gumball Head and a store clerk told me to try a Lil Sumpin Sumpin-absolutely not the same and pales (excuse the pun) by comparison.

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Photo of BrewClint
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of KTeamLSU
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: hazy yellow with frothy white head

S: A little fruit and sweet wheat a slight bitterness

T: Sweet wheat with a fair amount of hops bitterness, nice clean flavor

M: Highly carbonated but give the beer a good dry finish

O: Good wheat beer, very good use of hops, I enjoyed this but wouldn't go out of my way to trade for it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Beer_Sherman
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I may be a bit partial to Gumballhead, it is a top 5 beer for me. I had this on tap that they only had 22 ounce drafts (I was not complaining) It poured a pretty clear but smooth appearance, also noted a little head formed. The aroma is phenomenal, a very hop-forward yet APA scent. Obviously being three floyds the hops will definitely be prevalent and with Gumballhead they did not disappoint. Overall, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Any time any restaurant has it on draft I will be purchasing.

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Photo of Llamameister
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Bamwaterski
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden with a frothy ivory head that lingers.

There's a wheat/grain sweetness, which juxtaposes the resiny hop character. Fairly floral, as well.

Herbal hop character and wheat are prevalent. There's a hint of resiny bitterness in the aftertaste, and the malt backbone is somewhat crackery.

Carbonation has a bite, body is moderate.

Not my favorite fff beer, by far. Nothing special as far as I'm concerned. Just lacks character.

Further review shows modest grapefruit character, but the finish sneaks in too early.

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Photo of mani
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on Sun., 12/22, unknown bottling date, poured into a new (!) FFF Teku glass and drank several over a few hours.

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration; impressive clarity for an American wheat (can both see and read through); off-white frothy head settles into a one finger glass lacing; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of grapefruit and orange aroma supplied by the Amarillo; a subtle wheat and bready aroma arises as the beer warms; little alcohol or other malts

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a mild citrus bitterness that develops with some wheat flavors; in the middle of the mouth, the wheat opens up and reveals a more complex malt backbone; the aftertaste is dry and refreshing, making this eminently drinkable, especially on a warm Summer day; little alcohol flavors; no flawes detectable

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied, little alcohol, finishes dry (as noted)

O: 9/10 - an interesting hopped-up Americam wheat; this is really excellent use of Amarillo, but I wish that the hop aroma/flavors were more intense; however, it's balanced with high drinkability; recommended any time of the year but especially on a hot Summer day with BBQ.

TOTAL - 43/50

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jabo134
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,842 ratings.
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