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

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a clean and bubbly amber with a bubbly off-white head. Maybe not the best head retention, and the lacing was a bit underwhelming. Gotta love the label design though!

S - Lots of zesty and citric hops. Fruity notes of pineapple, peach, and mango. Mild wheat malt backbone, but quite subtle. Very much like a pale ale aroma, rather than a wheat beer. Inviting, but maybe a little unspectacular.

T - Starts off with a full feeling wheat malt, with some sweet notes of toffee and grassy sweetness as well. Finish is a nice blend of wheat and citrusy, zesty hops. There's a slight herbal quality, maybe a touch of pine and even onion (amarillo hops?) coming through. Maybe not quite as 'refreshing' or wheaty as I had hoped, but as far as APWA's go, this is top notch.

M - Carbonated and light body. Nice and lively and fitting of the style.

D - Considering this is a style that seems to consistently disappoint, this brew was pretty tasty. It certainly doesn't have the same zesty and refreshing character that most wits and hefes have, but it isn't marketed as those either. As far as APWA's go, this was a solid brew, but it begs the question, is this an APWA at all? It's a little hoppy for the style, but it's also the most enjoyable of the style I've had.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz single picked up at Mikkeller & Friends bottleshop in Copenhagen. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

A: Golden pour, with a thumb-width of cream head; nice patchy lace and sufficient retention.

S: Wheat; light bread crust; citrus hops.

T: One of the tastiest wheat beers I've had; nice, citrus, zest hoppiness - although it seems a bit muted and not quite a bright as it could be; some wheat chalkiness on the finish.

M: Medium-light feel and higher carbonation.

O: This is a great pale wheat ale; nice hop flavor and easy drinking malt character; this might be one of the top "summer beers" I can think of - would love to have access to this in SC. For a style that's usually not too exciting, this is pretty tasty.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Such a simple beer, but has to be one of my all-time favorites. I could drink this beer all day every day, and have traded for it twice already. I'm even considering brewing a clone of it.

Anyway, it's fresh, citrusy, slightly sweet (tropical fruit), piney, and not bitter at all. It's like all the best flavors of the (Amarillo) hop, with none of the bitterness. I'm thinking the wheat-backbone is what does it. I'd call this beer a gateway beer, as it could ease one into trying hops without being knocked over by acidity and bitterness.

Love love love Gumballhead. He's kinda cute too.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 5,911 ratings
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