Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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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4.21
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10.21%
 
 
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A - Light golden color. crystal clear. pencil thin head that dissipates quickly. trickle of carbonation from bottom. Just a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Citrus. specifically lemon and orange.

T - Right off, wheat flavor is almost surprising- didn't smell it at all. Tiny sweet wheat quickly turns and lets the small bit of hops jump in the party giving a light bitter taste. Grapefruit, orange and lemon.

M - Nice amount of carbonation. A wee bit frothy.

O - Real easy to drink. Feels light. Low ABVs. Both wheat and hops combine really well. Carbonation gives a nice pop on the tongue. Would rate it higher but not a whole lot of smell. Regardless- very fine brew by FFF

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From: Three Floyds brewpub
Date: None, but purchased from the brewery recently
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Three Floyds' Gumballhead is a very hop-forward American wheat ale, which focuses upon what might be the perfection of the hopburst technique by the resident brewmaster. While the malts are notable at occasion in the aroma and taste, they are clearly well in the back, as in most Three Floyds' beers, with the emphasis here on hops and tropical fruit flavors. I find this beer undeniably delicious, my only complaint being that like so many of the Three Floyds' beers, its nearly sole focus is on the hops, rendering the beer a bit one-dimensional on that flavor axis, as well as similar to many of the breweries' other offerings in its intense hoppiness.

Pours a tall, 3cm head of fairly clean white foam, made up of medium and large-sized bubbles, with average retention, fading within a minute or so to a thin ring around the glass and a fine film of foam atop the body. Lacing is good, several lines and Rorschach-like blots adorn the glass after the head recedes. The body is a golden orange color (light brings out pale yellow-gold hues), hazy, but still able to be seen through, with fairly vigorous and visible carbonation.

Aroma is enjoyable and complex, significant amarillo hop presence (a mixture of grapefruit, orange, lemon, coriander, Spanish moss, and a hint of dried onion) with mild malt sweetness and slight ammonia.

Tasting opens with a sweet, slightly grainy wheat and barley malt mixture, but I also detect some coriander and fruity hop contributions (lemon, orange, mango) making an appearance. Mid-palate picks up fairly intense amarillo hops (again, lemon, orange, pineapple, and mango) atop a grainy-tasting malt base that never quite balances out the hops. Back of palate picks up little bitterness, but plenty of continued hop flavor (lemon, orange, and mango), finishing with a grainy wheat flavor. Aftertaste of lingering citrus hops (grapefruit along with lemon and orange peel, primarily).

Body is medium-light with carbonation levels that are moderately high, leading to a mouthfeel that is at first briefly fizzy, then quickly becoming foamy and smooth. Finishes semi-dry, with little stickiness on the palate.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,794 ratings.
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