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 Pintofbrown
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had Gumballhead in a glass stein. Thank you very much Geneseohawk!

Appearance- The two-finger, white head is dense and sticky with a smooth lid. Retention is pretty decent and I am still looking at a fingers worth of foam.

The body is gold with an amber tinge, quite a bit of fast carbonation columns in the transparent beer.

Smell- This has flavor hops all over it, grassy, grapefruit, and peppery. It takes a couple of sniffs, but wheat does travel up through the hops eventually.

Taste- The hops once again play big on the palate, thankfully that transferred. However, it lacks a big time hoppy bitterness. They come across grassy and citrus-like. Some wheat and a biscuit-like malt come near the end of the drink.

This gives the finish a sweet and slightly bitter grassy / citrus flavor.

Mouth feel- I enjoy that the bitterness is not over the top and is incredibly smooth. The carbonation is well done, leaving a creamy sip that travels over the tongue.

Overall- This wheat pale ale is incredibly easy to drink, and produces flavors that change for the better as the drink warms, producing more sweet malt flavors and complex citrus notes.

The mouth feel is also outstanding, making this a session pale to be reckoned with.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of bstave
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thanks to mattboyer182 poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Straw colored with big fluffy white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly with no signs of lacing.

S- Citrus hops and some bready malt.

T- Taste follows nose. I am getting nice citrus hops up front and then goes down very smoothly with the classic wheat taste to it.

M- VERY SMOOTH! Nice carbonation for this style of beer.

O- Wish I had more than one, but thankful for the opportunity to try it. As mentioned by others, this one cries for the warm summer months. Nice work!

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Photo of AnnArborJoe
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes - had on tap and bottle.

A - straw colored clear with big white head, lots of lacing.

S - hops, slightly bready, peaches maybe, some wheat

T - hops then peach or apricot flavor, some zing from the wheat.

M - light bodied, good carbonation, refreshing and light.

O - excellent. Perfect summer beer. Can drink a lot of this. I'm not a huge fan of wheat beer but this is fantastic.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first whiff I would have sworn I had an IPA, full of citrus hops with a touch of pine, but then the floral wheat aroma broke through a bit to tell me otherwise. Wow, these two aromatic elements work nicely together.

The beer looks okay, but don't except the massive, rocky head that you get with a German weisse. This is a pale orange beer with lots of carbonation rising up to keep the thin froth layer present. Some lees play around in the bubbles.

When I approach a beer with a solid reputation I'm typically dubious. Much of DFH's stuff is overrated, for instance. I've been let down before by a beer's hype. Not so here. OMG! The amount of flavor packed into this beer is astonishing for a wheat beer. The citrus hops sparkle with brightness and other fruit and floral flavors pop up against a grain backdrop reminiscent of shredded wheat. A wee bit of esters are present as bubblegum. The aftertaste leaves a satisfying resin in your mouth.

Nice, crisp, bright, toward the lighter end on the body. If not for the flavor explosion this would be really easy to drink, but your tongue wants to enjoy itself.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

We pour a brew the color of clean goldenrod. It holds a two finger head of off-white bubbles. These are on the bigger side and leave sticky, patterned lacing around the glass, as they recede at a medium pace. There is a thin, chill haze to the liquid, with average carbonation. The aroma opens with sweet, nectary grapefruit hops. They are beautifully fresh, and somewhat tart. Floral hops also weave in and out, mixing with pale grain, and some obvious wheat with warmth. There is a sweeter clove, but it is not phenolic, and it comes with allspice and warmth of booze. As we sip, the wheat takes you by surprise. This is full, and dominates the grain bill, more so than any other type of malts. Pale malts are in there, but mild. There is a copper twang, giving some bitterness. The front also exhibits those citric, bitter hops, as well as some clean, fruity hops. These enhance towards the middle, with pineapple and apricot. At times it appears that bubblegum esters are in the mix, but these are faint and way at the back of the profile. The hops enhance further, pulling us to the end where there is a whirlwind of grass, pine, and grapefruit, with stark chalky, sour wheat, and wet lemony rind. The aftertaste breathes of salt, wheat, rye, and clean citric hops. The body is lighter, and the carbonation on the high end. The feel to each sip is actually a bit thin, appearing watery at times. There is decent slurp, and little pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the hops blending with the warmer spice in both the nose and the mouth. The hops were incredibly fresh, making for an inviting beverage. The flavor did not disappoint, and presented the wheat up front and with force, in a no-nonsense manner. With such a robust punch, however, we thought that the feel should have been fuller and creamier.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this looks like what a beer should look like, yellow/golden/copper tones with a nice foamy head

S - very aromatic with hops - citrus, floral, and bitter

T - initial bitterness is drowned out by pale malts, slight wheat taste, very light earthy taste

M - a very smooth flowing beer which makes this very mouth pleasing

O - this can be a very good beer for the summer, however it kind of sucks that i only had one - since it's so easy to drink!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of AndrewK
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jimelee108
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Jefe73
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a Three Floyds pub glass. Appearance is clear with a nice pale gold color and a big rocky white head. Nose carries soft notes of flowers, pine, sweet oranges, and peaches.

The taste follows the nose. Nice, light grainy taste in the front of the palate like breakfast flakes, then at mid-palate the hops kick in and provides a fruity accompaniment, introducing flavors of tangerines and peaches. The combination of the hops and the wheat brings a nice dry, satisfying finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium thin and is good for this style. I do wish there was a bit more carbonation.

Overall, this is a wonderful, tasty, refreshing beer. I'm not a huge fan of American wheat beers (I prefer the German variety), but 3F has taken what can be a boring style and made something really tasty out of it. This beer would definitely take the pain out of cutting the grass in the summertime. I wish I could get my hands on it more than just once or twice a year.

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