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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden straw color with a hint of orange. The head is about two fingers thick and white at pour and dissipates at a moderate rate, settling at a thin and patchy layer of lace on top of the beer. Excellent speckled head is left as you drink it down.

Smell - Has that wondeful Dreadnaught IPA-esque hop character. Quite fruity and very herbal. Some moderate sweetness. Citrus and floral also are strong scents on the nose. Very slight peppery spiciness way in the background. Very light wheaty aromas, but can't pick up on any significant malt smells. Very little alcohol presence.

Taste - Opens with the same hop character in the taste as described above. Also paired with this is a nice and quite rich wheat character, with some bready malts even behind that flavor. Fading hoppy character and a mild wheat/malt presence for the finish. Aftertaste has some strong earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium-body with good smoothness and a great level of carbonation. A little bit of bite when it first enters your mouth, but it calms down quickly. Also, as the beer warms the carbonation becomes tamer.

Drinkability - Quite refreshing, but has a strong hoppy character. The carbonation is very good and helps with the drinkability.

I do love that some of the Dreadnaught hop flavors (exclusively from the Armarillo hops?) are in here. Could improve by a little bit more action toward the finish. A very good beer though, and hoppy for the style. Recommended.

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Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle with Gumballhead himself on the labe. Strange, I always pictured him as a Schlitz old-school sort of cat. Be that as it may. Pours bright gold, slightly cloudy, chance of evening showers, white clouds on the horizon of the beer which turn cirrus quickly. Aroma of lemon/grapefruit/tangerine citrus hops and clover honey, with underlying wheat grain aromas coming through.

VERY similar in character to Southern Tier Hop Sun, but bigger in flavor. Starts with a perfectly balanced wheat/hop/sweet malt attack - citrus with a firm bitterness, that particularly Amarillo hop bite on the sides of the tongue, a tea-with-honey maltiness in the middle... nice. Finishes with a refeshing lemony-honey cleanness. Medium, appropriate mouthfeel, and VERY drinkable.

Thanks to BA NucularGeorge for the bottle. Once again, f'n george!!!

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Photo of mattgert
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 22oz bomber into a tall boy. The minute I took the first whiff I knew I was going to love this one. Nice golden haze with an inch of white head. Lacing follows all the way to the last sip. Hoppy citrus at the nose. Nice hop bittnerness rounded out with smooth citrus notes. Superb mouthfeel with a crisp, refreshing citrus finish. This is a fantastic beer. The best way to sum this up is a Corona commercial. A perfect summertime beer with all the refreshment one could ask for. No lime needed here folks. Three Floyd's does it again. For me this is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. I probably love it so much because of the APA characteristics it has. If you didn't see wheat written on the bottle you would have no idea it was one. If you are a big fan of the wheat taste you may not be too impressed here. Glad I have a nice stash of these to enjoy over the winter. Very expensive for me though. The 22oz bombers were $5.99 each. Would I buy again? Without question....yes!

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Photo of RedChrome
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nice deep golden colored body. A two inch fluffy white head retained a few minutes. Tons of small carbonation bubbling rapidly to the top. Nice lacing clumps.

A nice strong hops aroma was very welcome without being overpowering to the nose. A weak citrus aroma of light lemons was faintly noticable in the finish of the first whiff. Nothing more complex to note, but still an appealing aroma.

A nice taste of hops was dominant in the first sip. Wheat flavor was a little underplayed to the hops flavor, but very tasty. A second sip had a nice bitter lemon undertone, and no loss in the hops burst. A very nice blend of the flavors that make a nice summer beer.

Quite nice feel. A slightly thicker then normal body for the style. Despite the carbonation seen rising, there was only an average kick on the tongue.

A very nice offering. A great beer to enjoy on a summer day. Would go great with a nice chicken ceaser salad. This is a nice must try for anyone who likes hops or wheat, and even better if you are a fan of both.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mynie, thanks bro. Drank this one in a mini gathering session with fellow BAs chonyr and raider. Not much emphasis on wheat, best considered a mild wheat IPA?

This ale poured a light golden amber with a thin creamy head. Nice this lacings present.

Caramel, some wheat and some wheat nuttiness, with big grapefruit and piney hoppiness.

This is one hoppy wheat beer, emphasis definately more on the hops than the wheat. The wheat is present, as well as some sweeter caramel like maltiness, but the dominating flavours are the grapefruit and piney hops. Its unfortunate the wheat didnt take more of a role in this beer, as i really enjoy a wheaty wheat beer, perhaps growing up on a wheat farm in Saskatchewan has something to do with my opinions...

Good mouthfeel in this well carbonated light bodied beer, although balanced much more towards the hops than the wheat, with a big hop fullness.

This would make a great session brew for someone looking for big hops. It was a refreshing brew that would go great on a hot summer night. Would also be a great beer to introduce one to hoppier styles. Glad i tried this one, but wont be looking for this one to satisfy my cravings for a good wheat beer, and ill probably stick to Alpha King or IPAs when i have a hankering for hoppy beer.

For a good wheat beer thats full of wheat flavour and true wheat gumminess i will stick to Capital Island Wheat, its like chewing on wheat from a bottle.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of hard to call this a wheat.
Pours a clear orange/yellow with a smallish white head that melted too fast for me.
Aroma is definately amarillo hops right off the bat. After you get used to that, you will notice a cracker and biscuit aroma.
Taste is sharp citrus amarillo but then spicy and peppery wheat with a cracker-like dry finish.
Aftertaste is dry crackers and light citrus hop.
This is incredibly flavorful for a wheat beer.
All wheats are supposed to be quenching....this one definately is.
But it also fills the wants and needs of the hophead.
Loved it.

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

Gumballhead pours a dirty bright yellow, a very pasty thin white swirling head. The nose is an on/off combo of faint hops, fresh fruit, herbs and definitive citrus-like aromas, more noticeable towards the middle-to-end of this beverage. The initial taste could confuse some of the most experienced beer lovers--a hop-infused wheaty biscuity blend. There is a fair amount of carbonation, in fact a bit over-powering at times. Zesty, creamy and hoppy; each sip and drink develops a sort of a different blend of flavorings, am I enjoying a hop-infused-wheat beer here? Yes. Lemon peels, orange juice and table crackers noted in the body. With 3-Floyds, it's not a surprise that they've "hopped up" another brew, but this AP Wheat Ale tops em' all--this is a gem, smooth and slick and a winner in my book.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice clean, clear golden in color. Foamy head left some lacing.

Smell: At first I was picky up the aroma that reminds me of a great IPA, but then I was able to pick up the wheat a bit.

Taste: As an IPA lover, this beer made me super happy. It came with all the hops I could have wanted and finished like a wheat beer. I'm typically not a huge fan of the wheat taste in a brew but the amount of citrusy and piney hops in this brew compliment the wheat very well. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, and I'm sure easy to session.

Overall this has been a great drinking experience, much better than I had thought as a not so big fan of wheat beers. I'd buy it again for sure.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a Paulaner weisbier glass.

Appearance: Pours clear and sunshine gold with a tightly foamed 3" white head that slowly dissipates. Thick, sticky lacing lines the glass as the beer disappears. Streams of carbonated bubbles race from bottom to the top of the glass.

Smell: Wow ! Big, juicy, citrusy, pieny hops explode out of the glass. Slightly fruity with hints of golden/amber fruits, apricots or peaches come to mind. Herbal and grassy aromas are present as well.

Taste: Starts with a big hop kick, citrusy and piney hops dominate. The middle mellows out the hops with fruity sweet malt and wheat. Finishes with a bang, as the hops show their head again. Hops and wheat linger long on the tongue. Fantastic !

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy and crisp at the same time. Smooth and ever so drinkable. Ample carbonation.

Final Notes: What a fantastic beer. Extremely easy to drink with a ton of flavor to boot. Hoppy as can be with a really nice wheat profile thrown in to balance things out. A hopheads wheat. A great session beer at 4.8 % abv. Gumballhead has been a favorite of mine for sometime. Don't know why it took me so long to review. I wish 3 Floyds would make this a year long offering. I highly recommend Gumballhead. What a true session beer is all about. Seek and thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of malcontent
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber, Gumballhead is a hazy orange with a moderate head that diminishes to a small, but even amount of lacing.

The smell of this beer, not surprising from 3F’s, is hitting me from a good foot away! Whoa, hops! Closer in, the pine & citrus is joined by the wheat-y whiffs I would expect from a summer beer & even a slight (but not bad) medicinal scent. Any fear arising from the aforementioned odor is offset by light strawberry notes. I’m rather excited to taste it.

It’s all there. Hops: check. Wheat: check. Even some maltiness (albeit, faint) which is not always a 3F’s strength. Of course there’s citrus peel which really develops in the aftertaste, a nice plus.

I am slightly disappointed in the lack of carbonation as the tingling on my tongue seems to be stemming entirely from the bitterness of the hops & not the bubbles. A little too smooth for the genre.

In all, I still find Gumballhead to be another pleasing offering from our boys in Munster & it’s wonderful to see a summer beer focusing on something other than the standard takes on the weizen or kölsch styles. A great change of pace, I’m just sad that summer is at an end & this is my last chance to enjoy it until next year.

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Photo of Drew966
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gumballhead pours a straw color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma has a citrus note. The flavor is really nice, citrus is dominant. Wheat definitely gives its flavor to this beer as well. Excellent American wheat beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a tall weizen glass, pours a bubbly and slightly hazy bright gold, with a big ole starting head that shrink to a thin head, stringing lacing, quite lovely. Aroma is noticably hoppy, very floral and light. If I didn't know better I"d mistake it for an IPA. Oh, and oops there is some wheatness up in there too. I really like it, a whole lot, but doesn't get top notch marks for being too un-wheat like.

Taste is much like the nose, only even better. The hops are floral, a bit fruity and a little citric and clearly take center stage over the nicely wheaty malt blend, and while it seems at first overly hoppy, this is a very nicely balanced wheat.

This might be the most drinkable beer I've ever laid my hands on. High scores across the board, nice warm feeling and yet not even slightly buzzing after a 22oz'er.... Is it possible to get this in the keg? I want one, for my wedding. Not even kidding. Not in the slightest, this is so drinkable I'm almost wishing I live in Indiana. Almost.

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Photo of
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle. Poured a clear light gold color, with a moderate white head. Aroma was citrus and flowers, faint honey, and a grape/wine note near the end? Flavor was quite mild, mainly hops, but balanced with citrus and wheat very well. Body was light and effervescent, highly carbonated and very easy to drink. A very enjoyable beer, probably my favorite wheat beer out there. I hope 3F continues to distribute in MD.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nlmartin for the beer!!!

This pours with a crisp golden color that is tantalizing to look at. Head is about an inch thick. Nice bit of lacing.

Nose is a strange version of grapefruit. One that is more mild than what we find in most IPA's. I also get a bit of grain and pine. The nose rocks.

I usually dont find IPA's refreshing and even though this Wheat Ale shares many characteristics with IPA's I find it very refreshing. There's some pine, grapefruit, maltiness and other citrus flavors. This is really a winner.

Mouth is immense. Thick and creamy.

I would buy this again and again if I could. If I wanted a refreshing beer this would fit the bill. If I wanted a hoppy beer this would do the job.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,786 ratings.
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