Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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 Stubbie1
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant gold in color, fluffy white head and constant bubbles racing to the top of my glass. POW the aroma is awesome. Hops hops and more hops. Picture a walk through a pine forest after a strong summer thunderstorm and tons of branches have snapped. The aroma has a clean crisp feel to it. Flavor is like chewing on hops. A pine zing with a smooth dry finish and a smooth mouthfeel.

Bottom line, Couldn’t find much of the wheat flavor. It is a monster on the hops. If you like hops and see this beer…get it.

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Photo of Ego
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint 6 oz bottle

pours a straw to yellow, pretty average looking, not much head, nothing too exciting looking at it

grapefruit ginger ale with a citrus twinge more towards the tart variety.. lemon ices hops mmmm almost smells like a sparkling soft drink... drool...

like a light american pale ale with an exceptional tart finish with a gentle hop bite. it is reminiscent of the Alpha King but not nearly as overpowering.. dare I say I prefer this ? damn, I still cant get over the gorgeous smell of this one...
it's light with just enough body to carry it, the carbonation is perfectly balanced to enjoy the bubbles and the flavor without detracting from either, each sip ends with a sprinkle of lemony flavor.

I usuaully shy away from wheat beers (I just personally dont like them too much) but damn me in the pants if I am not buying this stuff this summer. Light enough to pass off on novices to lure them to the dark side but yet definitely interesting enough to keep the beer snob sated. this is one damn fine brew.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden orange with a frothy white head and lots of streaming bubbles. The head lasts forever and coats the glass. Smells of citric Amarillo hops, very grapefruity. There is also some spicy hop character blending with the grassy and slightly biscuity wheat malts. Lots of banana yeasty notes. Taste is very hop forward. Lots of grapefruit and lemon, sort of spicy. The wheat malts have a toasted sort of flavor al onf wit the graasy notes. Lots of fruityness, but I'm not quite sure whether it's from hops or yeast. As for overall flavor, think Alpha King with wheat malts and somewhat sweeter. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. We definately need more wheat beers of this variety.

Note: On tap is even better with a smoother mouthfeel and much fresher grapefruity hop character.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear gold, with a white head that doesn't quite last long enough. The smell is wonderful. Lots of sweet malt and fruity wheat smell along with the characteristic amarillo hops smell which comes off as sweet citrusy fruit. Very pungent indeed. Taste is at first a very nice light sweetness from the malt. Then the hops take over and give this more citrus flavor than any wheat beer I've ever had, except when a server decided to cram an orange slice into my Blue Moon for some reason. A light bitterness is in the finish. Wow, this is refreshing. It could use a little bit more carbonation though, maybe I let this bottle sit for a bit too long in the fridge. I remember it being better on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from maybe my all-time favorite bottle a radiant gold color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated but didn't disappear.

Smell is strong Amarillos, almost to a ridiculous level. Pine, oranges, lemons, pineapple, sweet malt all run through the nose...the smell is big and juicy. I like!

Flavor is incredibly hopped as well, strong pine flavors, but the pineapple and orange flavors pull through and hold their own as well. The malt backbone is heavy enough to hold its own against these flavors, which is a pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel is wickedly creamy, but I don't know if my lips could take more than two of these.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine, fine find, thanks to one of my fave local haunt, JP O'Malley's in Allentown.

A straw-coloured brew oozed out of the bomber, albeit offering a faint head. The lace left something to be desired, not much of a tracing along the sides of the glass.

Major aromas of Amarillo hops, one of my new favourites on the hops food chain. The flavor followed suit with the piney resins of the Amarillo working pretty well with the wheat character. There could have been more wheat action though (see HopSun from Southern Tier). Did the Amarillo overpower the wheat?

Still, a great find, and one that I would not hesitate getting my hands on once again!


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Photo of BierManVA
2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I guess I can sum up my experience of this bier in just a few words. "I don't get it" I have had this bier a few times and find the subtlty of it's flavor a real put off. Basically, except for the hops, there is little flavor to work with. Likewise the aroma.

And as a wheat ale, I don't think this bier could stand on it's own. In other words, remove the ridiculous hopping of this bier and sell it as a wheat, and no one would buy it.

The idea is interesting and I realize I am in the minority here so try it and form your own opinion.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Comes in an eye-catching bomber with no date noted anywhere. Careful not to disturb the sediment, the beer pours golden, clear, and with a thick rocky head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Smell is wonderously hoppy---floral and piney primarily, but a little citrus as well. Taste is more of the same hops upfront, with a nice wheaty backbone and a somewhat tart citric taste in the middle giving way to a quickly fading bitter aftertaste. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel makes for very easy drinking. This is unlike any wheat beer I've ever had, in a stupendously good way. This is the absolute best summer brew for hopheads that I've yet come across.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Pale straw gold. White collar 2 fingers deep holds well & leaves a good bit of lace behind.

Lemony, grapefruit, & tree sap aromas.

Slightly tart, lemony, rustic, & very hoppy. I found the hops a bit overpowering in this particular beer. Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Wonka
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Appearance – rich, golden body with ever-rising carbonation; thick, rocky white head in the weizen glass; few particulates that resemble husks; lace is ample and sturdy – strangely, the lace formed a thick ‘S’ shape on the glass – could this be the Superman of beers?

Smell – big smack of grapefruit rind and wheat; what a pleasant nose

Taste – grapefruity and piney bitterness, nice wheat base and a light dose of orange; wheat shows more late and leads into the aftertaste, pairing with a good bitter tinge

Mouthfeel – very smooth; transitions from moderately to lightly crisp in carbonation; the feel is generally moderate throughout; a bit dry to close

Drinkability – massive drinkability (see feel)

Pour full. Don’t fear the yeast. What a refreshing brew. Gumballhead has summer written all over it. Props to FFF.

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Photo of oberon
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy peach with a thinner head than expected that was gone pretty quickly,oh man the aromas!Loads of Amarrilo hops give it a big piney aroma intermingled with some citrus and clove like wheatiness,man what a combination.The different refreshing flavors of this beer are just awesome, definent hop profile of grapefruit and pine along with a wheat beer -lemon and spice make this a one of a kind.Damn now I see why this beer is so highly regarded and Amarillo hops are a big favorite of mine.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale golden color. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles make up the frothy white head that leaves a nice lacing on the side of my pint glass. Smells fruity. Lemons, pineapple, passion fruit, pine needles, oranges, limes, all rolled into one sweet scent. Holy amarillo batman, if you've ever hombrewed with amarillo you know what I mean. Taste is very light. There is definitely the signiture three floyds sweet malt backbone, but it is subdued due to the wheat. The hops really take the forefront here. Quite the amarillo taste. Basically tastes of all the fruits I mentioned above, plus other un-nameable tropic fruits. Moutfeel is so light and fluffy, making this a perfect summer beer. Very quaffable without taking the price into account. Unique as hell, also tasty as hell

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Photo of granger10
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 3F's offering pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice sturdy medium off white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is very floral, like walking into a garden. There's also a dry grain note in there. I like it a lot. Taste is fruitier and wheatier then the aroma would suggest. Not sweet and not bitter either. Starts out with that wheat characteristic becomes more yeasty and fruitier as it goes along then finishes with an herbal dryness. Quite nice. Body is medium, thicker than most wheats, but still refreshing. Another great 3F's beer but not quite as good as the Brian Boru I had last week.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden honey of refined clarity. A finger width white head blooms forth and offers a picturesque glimpse for a fleeting moment. Speckles of lacing pepper the edges of my glass.

Smell: Luscious hop aromatics greet my nose. Wonderous and herbal tones they are. Earthy ambiance proliferates from the wheat influences as they demonstrate their compatibility with the amarillos. Smells exquisite.

Taste: Herbs and grass atop a light wheat base. Greatly refreshing citrus characters. This is a wheat beer like none other I have tried. Hop dominated, and lacking the usual mellow sweetness of a wheat ale, this brew has some energetic vigor. A well executed blend of ingredients to be sure. This beer utilizes hop aroma and flavour without getting too bitter in the finish or muddying up the wheat's flavour potential. An excellent summer delight.

Mouthfeel: Light, wet and refreshing. Nice amount of carbonation tingle.

Drinkability: The drinkability factor is strong in this one. Compelling even. Let's all have some crazy cigarette smoking cat beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean pale yellow beer . Has a big foamy white head some lace. The aroma is spicey kinda like clove mixed with hops. The flavor has more of that clove hops interplay with a hint of yeast in the background. This is one the best tasting American wheat beers I've had!

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a crystal clear body and a gentle carbonation. The head is a soapy white head with a collection of big bubbles mixed in.

S- All hops in this nose. Lots of green floral hops with some citrus and a hint of earthiness. A slight hint of pale malt is hidden in there aswell.

T- strong spicy hops with a hint of cat pee, but in a good way, if that makes sense. a bit of earthy citrus, more lemon, hops follow but are blended with a honey malt flavor. It also has a bit of softness from the wheat.

M- medium mouthfeel with just a hint of fizz from the carbonation. It has some astringency from the hops but not much.

D- This is a great beer for a summer session beer. It has the great hops coming through and a nice softness from the wheat that gives it a base to stand on. When I see this on the shelves I know summer is close.

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Photo of far333
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy apricot colored with an off-white head that rises up quickly to about a half inch, then slowly settles as it throws off a strong aroma that wafts up to my nose. As I draw the glass closer for a smell, the aroma is hoppy and pungent. Flowers and honey and tangerine all at once.

Flavor surprisingly doesn't match exactly to the nose, but it's great, probably the most flavor I've ever gotten from a summer beer. Understated biscuit malts riding beneath an assertive hop presence full of sweet citrus, more tangerine, not bitter, a pinch of yeast and butterscotch, and a subtle lemony finish. A little carbonation tingle and a peppery bite in the aftertaste.

This one is just real tasty and interesting and I could drink it all night. Yet another generous donation from BuckeyeNation. Thanks.

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Photo of Star80
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm. Where do I start? First off I must admit that I was a fan of Skin Graft records long before Gumballhead was even bottled. Rob Syers (Gumballhead the Cat) and Mark Fisher (Hot Satan) have always been some of my favorite comic book superheroes. That said, the beer itself lives up to it's name. The beer pours a clear gold color with a fluffy white head from the malted wheat. The lacing clings to the glass. The smell is quite citric with a lemony zest to it and also reminds me a little of tangerine. The taste is more balanced. Definitely has those signature Three Floyd malts which remind me of cotton candy. Mouthfeel is just right for a wheat ale. Very drinkable, though for the price I wish it had a little more a.b.v.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with visible particulate, a dense, lumpy white head, and tumultuous CO2. Gumballhead imparts a bright wheat aroma and a modest tart flavor with a piquant edge. The taste is clean and bears a slight resemblance to lemon tea. For this reason I might recommend a lemon compliment.

Notable for its impressive lace and sustained head retention. Special thanks to cmaruschak.

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Photo of Hefe
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. Bomber with no freshness date that I could discern. Poured into a weizen glass.

The beer fills the glass with hazy golden goodness topped with a pillowy 2 inch white head. Nice yeasty, wheaty aroma, with banana, papaya, and a floral hop nose. Fresh and sprightly in the mouth without sacrificing body. Wheat and tropical fruits mostly with a subtle hoppiness and a dash of lemon on the finish. Creamy and finely carbonated, excessively drinkable.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
Pours a cloudy golden straw color into a Schneider Weiss wheat beer glass. A very nice, 2 finger, dense white head tops this one. Carbonation abounds and crawls its way up the sides of the glass.
Smell is very pale malts, wheat, banana, clove, of couse some bubble gum, and hops.
Taste is very crisp. Banana, wheat, clove dominate. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of this beer I think is how hoppy it is. Hops are very nice and do their best not to dominate the other intricate flavors of the beer, which they do not.
I must admit, I don't normally like American Wheat Beers, but this is outstanding! A fine example. I would try it again if I had access.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well, this one has been buried in the cellar for a while, oops. i'm sure it's still fine.

appearance: yellow. not much of a head.

aroma; pinetrees and lemon drops, hops hops hops, and something "extra"

taste. hops again, surprise surprise. these are the ones that are really bright, acidic, and taste like tart lemons and pine trees. there is some fruity sweetness hiding behind all those hops. there is also this really weird taste. it was much more dominant in the fresher version, and seems to have subsided a bit in this one (6 months old or so). cherimoya, that is it. it tastes like cherimoya fruit. this beer has an excellent flavour balance. just flows from one end to the other, with lots goign on in between, but not overly complicated. very juicy tasting. oh yes, i like this a lot.

mouthfeel is great, yum yum, good body.

this puppy is well crafted. oh yeah, drinkability is really good. certainly a unique brew.

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

This beer is very unusual for a wheat beer and probably doesn't fit the style guidelines at all. But that being said it is probably as good if not better than most 'wheat beers' out there.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with no head and little lace. Smells of citrus and pine trees. Taste is very lemony with a hint of honey and apricots. Doesn't have any of the clove and banana taste that most wheat beers seem to have. I'd say it resembles more an american pale ale in that the aroma and bittering hops hit you in the face but the subtleties of the wheat do come through. Extremely drinkable and a definitely a great summer brew. No wonder this beer is so sought after.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium gold with very little head and almost non existant lace. Smells of aromatic hops and some slight citrus wheat malt. Taste is unique for an American wheat, that is to say it is more heavily hopped than the typical but it is wonderful. A very crisp, clean hop presence that finishes with some nice lemony overtones. It does not leave an overwhelming hop aftertaste (I am not a hop head). Very nicely balanced and huge drinkability. I will, with out a doubt pick up some more for the summertime. An excellent brew.

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Photo of stirgy
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well now. I am witnessing perfection. It is in a glass right in front of me. Not perfect in respect to beer guidelines, or style specifications. It’s just friggin’ perfect! Believe me, I know of FFFs’ propensity to over-hop anything that travels through their tanks, but this is working for me big time - The floral and piney hoppiness that comes out of this beer is so soft and matches so well with the rest of the beer. There's also touches of apricot and clover honey. This beer is very light in color – pale and golden, with a slight haziness making an appearance after the 2nd pour, due to the rousing of the yeast. The initial pour and tasting was from a perfectly lucid beer. The wheat malt lays a perfectly sweet foundation for those floral gummy hops. Not too sweet or too hoppy by any means. Any bitterness is beaten down with a sweet wheat malt stick. The finish is clean and has just the right amount of sour tang. It seems like most hefs’ have an abundance of sourness. It’s not a bad thing, but the tempered sourness in this beer, along with the hops, made drinking this beer an extremely enjoyable experience. Perfection…

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