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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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a deep golden color. Slight haze from the wheat and bottle conditioning. No sediment, but still mostly clear as opposed to hazed. About a 1.5 finger, frothy head develops on this one. Great retention and pretty good lacing.

S- Moderate hops bang right up front. Nothing too big, but the hops are definitely prominent. Hops bitterness is primarily of pine aromas with maybe a hint of floral depth and sweetness. Underlying sweeter, grainy flavor from the wheat and light malts.

T- Smooth blend of hops bitterness and wheat grain smoothness preside throughout the drink. Hops take the front seat to the grain on the front half, with low to moderate bitterness that matches the scent. Wheat emerges as the drink ends. Provides a smoothness and quells the hops bitterness a little. Slight grain bite ends the drink along with a slight resurgence of hops. On the back end, a very slight lemon flavor compliments the wheat, along with a hint of sweetness.

M- Smooth and light on the palate while still being on the creamy side. High carbonation and weight of the wheat grain make it sit in the stomach a little more than other pale ales, but not more than other wheats. Easy to drink and refreshing for a hot day while still providing a hops fix.

Overall, there is a reason people living near me in the Hoosier state clamor for this beer. It lives up to expectations and is an extremely smooth and satisfying beer. The sum of the parts is definitely greater than the whole with this beer. Perfect for the beer drinker who likes wheat beers and is looking to transition to pale ales and IPA's.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a tapered pub glass.

A- light gold, slightly cloudy. White quickly dissipating head. Left no lacing.

S- medium high orange zest and white grapefruit. Sight wheat spice.

T- grapefruit and a background of tropical fruits. Sight bready malt on the back.

M- medium high carbonation. Medium body.

O- a moderately high hop session beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was first introduced to Gumballhead in the Chicago Reader. I used to love the comics of a badass cat and his feats. A short google search showed me that it was also a beer from a brewery only an hour away from my house. Gumballhead was my first craft beer and I hold it close to my heart. I thought this beer deserved a full review from me, so I had it at my local bar.

A- Transparent golden yellow, with 2 fingers worth of foam. White frothy foam that had great head retention.

S- Predominately honey and grapefruit. Some light malt and it ends with light piney hops.

T- Large amounts of honey, with limited amount of piney hops. The wheat, malt, and honey are more dominant and are complimented by the hops.

M- Extremely light and moderate amount of carbonation makes this go down really smooth.

O- I love this beer. This really has a decent complexity with not an overbearing amount of hops. I'm a malt guy and really enjoyed all that this has to offer. I don't know if this batch was better than my last one but it tasted so good.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a filtered clean golden color,1-finger head, minimal lacing.

S-Citrus hops all the way, grapefruit, lemon, and floral. No yeast or wheat in sight, or smell.
As it warms, the hops fade some to reveal a sweetness, maybe that's the wheat.

T- Citrus hop flavors, Bittersweet, like a halved grapefruit laced with sugar. I do not pick up the wheat.

M- Light and sweet, but this isn't coffee. It counters the sweetness with a hop finish. Easy drinking.

O- On its own, I enjoyed this beer. But a Pale Wheat Ale aka German-style hefe? Not IMO.
At just 28 ibu, the citrus hops dominate, which I like, although that trait doesn't marry with the style.

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