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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 montageman
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade with McAllister (thanks, dude).

This is my first experience with Three Floyds since I haven't seen it for sale anywhere in Michigan. I'm glad I finally got to try one of their brews.

Poured into a pint glass - vibrant yellow like sunshine in a glass with a nice white & foamy head that sticks around for a while. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles are floating to surface as well. Smell is citrusy with a some floral character. Reminds me of summer - light and refreshing. Taste is crisp and refreshing - lemon and bread upfront with a hoppy kick in the back. Very complex and different from any other wheat beer I've tried. Mouthfeel is perfect and emphasizes the strong characteristics of this beer. I could drink this all night long. Perfect for a long summer day. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of jordanmills
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out gold with a little fluffy head. Smelled floral and citrusy. Tasted sweet and bitter, fairly hoppy aftertaste, a little malt. Smooth on the tounge, though the aftertaste lingers. Not bad for a Texas winter day (eg 72 and sunny out and I took down the christmas lights), but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. No date on the bottle.

A not-so-hazy copper color, with a white fluffy head that is about a finger's worth. Nice lacing left behind as it slowly fades.

Aroma is of light malt and citrusy hops. Flavor is malty with lots of citrus in the finish. The balance here between malt and hops is well done and appreciated. Impressive to say the least.

A light bodied wheat ale that is smooth and very drinkable. This bottle seems fresh and in it's prime.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this 22 oz. bottle in trade a couple months back. Poured to a standard pint. 3F's colorful label depicts an angry-looking, cigarette-smoking, motorcycle-riding cat - the comic "hero" Gumballhead.

A: Warm golden, tinted by orange, with a slight cloudy haze (bottle conditioned). About one-finger of creamy white head & decent lace.

S: A sweet and slightly yeasty smell, a notable mash-up of baked bread with ample Amarillo hops.

T: Big juicy hops burst out this wheat beer, both spicy and citrusy flavors joined together. Beneath them is a delicious layer of malty bread, with an abundance of wheat flavors. It's not terribly complex but it is superbly balanced and a really solid wallop of flavors.

M: Has a nice crispness that evolves to become more and more creamy. Medium body with some moderate carbonation. Just enough dryness in the hop bitterness to round off the finish. Lingering flavors of citrus hops and some wheat.

D: Really enjoyable beer, easy to drink. Refreshing, and with a low ABV to boot. Just a very solid choice, highly recommended.

Thanks to DavidEddie for this one.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a number of times, but have never (obviously) reviewed it. I've only had it from the 22 oz bottle and once on-draft at the Three Floyds brewpub.

The beer pours a light orange and is lightly hazy. There is a pretty plentiful amount of head, but its resiliency is limited.

Aroma is sweet and slightly citrus-y, but not too impressive.

Taste is awesome! This beer is fairly light for an APA, but very lively and citrusy. It is bitter without being overpowering. You could definitely enjoy several pints of this at a sitting and not feel like a Macy's Day parade balloon.

The mouthfeel of this beer is great. Is heavily carbonated with light, small bubbles, and is lighter than many other big-time APAs. A very good beer that is worth picking up whenever you can find it.

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Photo of Morris729
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear bright golden color with a foamy white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is fresh pine and ripe grapefruit along with a bit of wheat. The key player in the taste is the zesty citrusy hop bitterness but there is also fruity lemon, some mint, and bubblegum flavors blended in. A bit of pine resin is present in the finish. This is a very refreshing and easy drinking beer. Sure wish this was available locally.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

GBH is a great experimental beer. An over the top hoppy wheat beer? Hmmm...I like it. I don't know how but I do.

Pours a lovely orangeish amber. Head dissipates quickly and the beer leaves slight lace on the glass. Aroma is predominantly hoppy with a definite medicinal quality from the hops, and a little malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is a nice mesh of bitter and sweet. Again a medicinal quality dominates along with some spicy orange flavor and some honey sweetness in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is slick but a little thin and flat.

Drinkability is insane. I would have no problem drinking another bomber of this and I'm not yet finished with this one. FFF rolled the dice and it paid off. This is a delicious brew.

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Photo of SchaefMan
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got 2 bombers of this, just because I like the label, and I generally like wheat beer. It was not what I expected.

The appearance was sort of typical to wheat beers, except that it was not cloudy.

Smell was faint, but was sort of citrussy.

Taste was good. Some malt and citrus, with a bitter finish. More ale tasting than I expected.

Mouthfeel was sort of thick and carbonated, but smooth.

Drinkability was good, seeing as I drank both bombers, but I won't be switching over right away.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden honey with a 1/2" head that leaves rings of lacing after my sips. Smell is big on wheat cracker, bready and nutty malt, some estery fruitiness, and soft amarillo citrus. Taste is pale malted barley and wheat with a slight toastiness in tha overall malt body. I pick up some apple and pear like fruitiness in this along with the amarillos kicking in with the citrus flavors. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is not exactly light, but it manages to not be heavy either. Could use a little more bubbles. This is ridiculously drinkable and I wish this were available here in TEXAS.

I had almost written off this whole beer style, but this beer here blew me away. Bad ass.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cool bomber with a carton cat smoking a cig....he looks like he's had a rough life. Super bubbly two finger head over a hazy and sunny orange brew. Big arcs of sticky lace. Head reduces to a collar of wispy haze after a few minutes.

S - Super pungent dusty lemon scent. Big whiff of grassy and grapefruity hops. Very dirty and dusty smelling...hay and rinds. Very twangy and astringent.

T - Super hoppy grapefruit and mandarin oranges in a can. Spicey and dusty whit-like characteristics blended with the super-hops of an IPA. Some tart fruit flavors also. A very strange combination of styles that works for me! I love the taste of this one.

M - Light bodied with a very tart and dry finish. Long-lasting oily hop bitter aftertaste.

D - Excellent. Just about the most thirst quenching brew I've ever tasted. Even my belches tasted wonderful. Alas, I am not a rich man, and this is one very expensive brew that is not really worth the ticket price IMO.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color into my tall pilsner glass ... decent-sized head of white fluff. Dissipates rather quickly. Lots of lacing in the inner wall of the glassware. Nose is ... wow ... hoppy. Predominent citrus, spice and floral notes. Not your typical wheat beer scent. Palate is hoppy right up front, with subdued notes of citrus and wheat grains. Slightly sweet in the finish, but dries quickly. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat acidic. Plenty of bittering hop character throughout. This is a very unusual wheat beer. This is a wheat beer for the IPA lover. Very hoppy, crisp, and clean. Marry a Bell's Oberon with a Bell's Two Hearted ale and you'll find something very similar to this offering from Three Floyds.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on tap.

I was a little surprised by this beer, but not necessarily in a bad way. I was expecting a lighter, wheat flavor, similar to a hefe-weizen, but what arrived was a beer much more akin to a pale ale.

This beer was a light amber color, with a decent head and good lacing.

Aromas of hops and perhaps a bit of citrus.

Flavor was definitely that of a pale ale, but was nicely balanced with a light, wheat flavor and a distinct hoppiness.

Excellent mouthfeel, and extremely drinkable.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass a dark yellow, almost orange along with half an inch of white head. Minimal lacing on the glass. I literally smelled the citrus and pine from the hops the second my bottle opener cracked the seal (and the bottle was a good 12 inches from my nose), The first taste is lemon then orange followed by grapefruit and malt. I swear I caught the slightest hint of peppermint in the finish as well as a good dose of resinous pine. Medium bodied with above average carbonation and a light oily coating on the tongue. Delicious. I always have this on hand in the warmer months and reward myself with a bottle every few weeks. It is quite a unique wheat beer and one that I would love to drink on a regular basis if it were not for the price. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a light golden amber with a thin creamy head, with nice lacings. Nose is caramel, some wheat and nuttiness, with big grapefruit and piney hoppiness. The taste is one hoppy wheat beer, with more on the hops than the wheat. Good mouthfeel, well carbonated light bodied beer.

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Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very clear straw yellow to amber with a nice two fingers of white suds. Not a lot of lacing here.
Smell is citrusy and piney. Lots of pine. Grapefruit and caramel and hops are the abundant aroma here.
Taste is clean and the pine is just wonderful here. Three Floyds has the best hops I have ever tasted/smelled. Grapefruit with a sweet sugary aftertaste makes this one of the best wheat beers in the world. I had to order these beers from Sam's Wine and Spirits in Chicago. Beer cost $60 the shipping was $45.
Worth it though cause these hops are ruling me now.

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Photo of jslot38
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed two bombers of this, so it better be good. Splitting the first one with Petey Pablo.

Appearance: (hmm... cat's smoke?) Pours a tawny yellow, almost orange colour. White head quickly diminishes, shows signs of disappearing.

Smell: Overtone of yeast, citrus, lemon and orange rinds.

Taste: In a word, different. Blasts your pallet with citrus hops. Orange zest, some lemon peels. Good herbal spices. Rounded out with a touch of biscuit malts and a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel: Strong level of carbonation enhanced by the harsh level of hops. Oily slickness from the hops at the end, doesn't linger much.

Drinkability and notes: Only had half the bomber, but I could of had it all. A nice beer that probably goes better in the summer months with its low alcohol level and refreshing character.

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Photo of pbr85
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber with jslot, paired it with some refried beans cause i was hungry like that
A: Hazy yellow color with a small white head.
S: Smells alot like lemonade, with some spices in the background.
T: Spicy like a cat. Its pretty good. Lemony too.
all the other stuff is pretty good

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Photo of laintringulis
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a pub glass.

Pours a hazy golden cooper color with a thick white white head that thins quickly. Moderate carbonation with well suspended yeast.

Smells strongly of amarillo hops with a pleasant grassy and citrus smell, mostly lemon.

Taste strongly of amarillo hops. Initial, pleasant brief oiliness with caramel maltiness that progresses with a big hop bomb of amarillo hops then a brief smooth wheat taste and finishes with a pleasant, dry, bitter spicy hop and lemon finish.

Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Excellent transitions from oiliness to dry and back. Easy to drink, highly sessionable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer; however, I think is presents itself more like an IPA or double IPA than an American Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big bomber to a pint glass. The liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is a smallish 1 finger, white and leaves nice lace.

The smell is good, very piney, like grapefruit.

The taste follows, Piney, grapefruit, bready, Kinda like a wheat DIPA, but lacks the grain of a double or Imp.

The Mouthfeel is good big and full. good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, Better then good but I was expecting a little More. MK

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Photo of alexgash
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep golden, clear, with a gauze-y, persistent, glass-crawling, off-white head. Nose is hopalicious. Pungent cannabis-y resins suggest Columbus hops, buckets of them. Sweetbread malt dances in the background. Toasted malt up front soon gives way to a fruitier, wheaty base. But this is all about the hops. I’m picking up sea-air Saaz funk, raw, resinous chronic, herbal mintiness, and citrus zest hoppiness. Wow. Light malt sweetness plays its part, though, making this very drinkable. Medium-bodied, with a quaffable feel. Finish is long and hoppy. Very refreshing and appetizing. This should be available in 12 packs throughout the summer, all over the place.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle

Gumballhead was a golden orange color with a thick white head. The head had good retention and lacing. The aroma was great with lots of fruity hops. The taste was great as well with plenty of fruity hop flavor and a slightly bitter, longlasting, dry finish. The body was medium and so was the carbonation. Drinkability was excellent. This was the most hoppy and best wheat beer I have tried. A superb beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. brown bottle (this one was a twist-off), no date information.

Sparkling honey gold. Popping head of sticky, dirty white bubbles of mixed sizes. Fat stands of lace drape the sides. The head settles to a tall collar and a some random bubbles that drift across the surface. A handful of carbonation streams indifferently laze to the top. The aroma is primarily of orangey pine hops that are bright and a bit green. Nice and crisp, sappy sticky hops are clear and bright in the taste. The finish is filled with bitterness that is more dry than oily. There is a fair amount of wheatiness lurking in the background that adds just a touch of sweetness. Nice long hop finish that is a bit piney and lemony. The body is medium-light and the hops dance along the surface. Fine bubbled tingly carbonation buzzes on the tongue. Absolutely one of the hoppiest wheat beers around and it makes no pretense about what it is trying to be. This could outshine many pale ales. Drinkable for certain, and it knocks the bottom out of everything else in the category.

Note: There was no sediment in the bottle despite the label claim that it was bottle conditioned.

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Photo of Budlum
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with abundant amounts of foamy, white head that seems to last forever. Excellent head retention and lacing. The body is slightly hazy orange-ish, amber and yellow displaying loads of carbonation.

Surprisingly, this beer is very light on the nose. Some very light wheat malt aromas kick things off but it is mainly a very clean, light, hoppy smell. Very faint honey is noticeable in the background.

This beer leads off with a sweet honey flavor followed by a very smooth wheat malt presence. Tastes of clove and allspice add some complexity to the sweet flavors. The finish is delightfully and deliciously hoppy. Oddly enough, this is a wheat beer who's true character is provided by the hops. Hmmm...

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly visous and lightly carbonated. Each sip leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

Drinkability is excellent. This beer is not overly powerful in flavor but a delightful sipper. An excellent choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big “thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of lemon with some wheat and quite a bit more hops than you usually get in this style.

T: Citrus sweetness and a significant hops flavor hit you first. If the label didn’t have “wheat beer” on it, I’d swear this is an IPA. The wheat character comes out a little bit after the hops & citrus fade, but it’s not very pronounced. After-taste is lemony sweet with a little bit of hops bitterness.

M: Very crisp & very smooth, medium-to-high carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

D: Extremely tasty, not very filling, quite easy to drink, with the low ABV, this is a beer that you can just keep on drinking and drinking. As a huge Dreadnaught fan, I think the best way to describe this beer is “Dreadnaught Lite”.

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Photo of joe1510
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber

This is one of my favorite warm weather beers and I'm finally getting around to reviewing it. So here it is.

Gumballhead poured a very nice slightly hazed golden. A quarter inch white head. All kinds of carbonation bubbles along the sides of my pint glass.

This beer smells great. So refreshing. There's a tiny amount of malt but it's mostly just citrus hops. Lemon mostly. Smells like candy. My mouth is watering and I can't wait to drink this up.

I get a mouthful of citrus right up front but is quickly balanced by by a slightly sweet wheat malt. Ends with more citrus(lemon) from the hops and the smallest amout of pine. A good bitterness lingers for a few seconds and vanishes. There's enough hops to keep my mouth tingly until the next gulp though.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Just the right amount of carbonation to keep things going and move the flavors around in your mouth.

Drinkability is way up there. It's so easy going down and it keeps you wanting more with the nice hop bite.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, this is one of my favorite warm weather beers. It is a very exciting example of a pale wheat and made just to my liking. If you see this pick it up. It's a must try.


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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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