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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Pours a golden yellow with a plump two finger head of white foam.

Citrus orange and lemon notes, gainy, and light grassy notes.

Lemongrass, orange, grapefruit, toast, and grain.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, soft.

Overall, a decent brew but not sure what the hype is about.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3 Floyds comes up with something original. this is a very citrusy beer, but not in an over bearing way. A lovely pour with a nice rich head, very nice lacing, and a carby, clear golden view to relish.

I love the smell. A malty orange that seeps into your nose instead of overpowering it. The taste is much the same but with a dry bite at the end of the sip that hangs around on your tounge, causing a saliva revival for the next sip. In fact this ale gets your mouth juices flowing. Its a sensory delight while staying on the light side. Ok there is that citrus bite on the end of my tongue. A nice dry bite that makes one salivate.

If you like something different and also take the time to enjoy the experience by all means try this brew. A buddy gave me one bottle and I dont have a second. If I did IT would go down the hatch as well. Gymball pleases all the senses.

Kudus to 3 Floyds for taking a chance and winning with it.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

A - Pours a hazy orange with a thin one-finger white head.

S - Faint pine and citrus smell. Also a small amount of sweetness.

T - Lots of lemony citrus and some light hops. Crisp clean wheat finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very easy drinking beer. Perfect for a summer afternoon.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a FFF teku glass today, 10/27/2013. Weird how I have not gotten around to trying this one, which is on the shelf all the time around me.

Review #258.

Pours a cloudy, but not THAT cloudy, straw-golden body with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates into some thin lacing and small patchy white spots of film on the surface. Lacing persists, but otherwise looks like a solid American wheat.

Smells nice and hoppy. A good bit (but not tons) of lemon, hints of grapefruit and a good bit of breadiness. This actually smells like an IPA but less of the breadiness and more of a subtle, sharp sweetness.. almost a bit spicy.

Tastes very hoppy. Three Floyds' definitely hopped the hell out of this beer. It doesn't taste as much like a hefeweizen as it does an IPA. Comes out to be quite a bit of lemon, grapefruit balanced out by a small bit of sharp floral breadiness. Not very bitter, but rather sugary sweet on the back end.

Medium bodied, smooth and decently carbonated. Aftertaste is a mixture of sweet sugar and lemon bitterness, but this is not a very bitter beer by any means. Dry finish, refreshingly bitter lemon flavour. As expected of a 5.6% beer, there is no hint at all of booze.

Solid American wheat beer. Very hoppy as befits a Three Floyds beer. The only thing that separates this from an IPA is that nice floral sweetness with some type of semi-sharp spices contributing.. not quite bubble gum or cloves that you get out of a German hefeweizen, but its more of a short, to the point, sharp floral flavour. Good shelf beer, worth buying on a fairly regular basis if you like hops.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into 16oz glass.

Pours light amber with a 1 finger off white head. Lots of citrus in the nose, also a strong brown sugar note. Very balanced aroma, more of an IPA less of a wheat. The taste is very good, lots of citrus balanced with the malt. The bitterness only slightly outweigh the sugary malt. This is one of the most balanced pale ales I've had in a long time. Pair that with the light ABV and you got a winner. If only it was more readily available.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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