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 Flipadelphia84
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled about 3 weeks ago and poured hard into a pint glass. Light honey color with a thick, frothy white head. Great head retention. Leaves a ton of lacing. Huge pineapple smell, mandarin, maybe mango and a little pine but VERY tropical nonetheless. Definitely taste the wheat. Nice and crisp with initial bitterness that fades. Not as much tropical fruit in the flavor. Finishes dry. Leaves a little bit to be desired as far as flavor. Low carbonation and again very dry and drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, feeding a fluffy, clingy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of grassy and peppery hops, with a follow of tropical fruit sweet notes of pineapple, melon, and mango. Flavors are very tropical sweet forward, again with pineapple, mango, and melon, with some subtle citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, with a subtle bitterness blend of grass and pine. Definitely leans to the fruit side, but fairly well balanced, on a slick, mid-body. The aftertaste is more of the tropical fruit sweetness, with some herbal and pepper spice. Smooth, slightly effervesced, slightly dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Marksbur
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic sour wheat beer with a most pleasant aftertaste. Smells as good as it tastes! A very sessionable brew. Definitely not a word but hey this is my review. Hope to have more soon.

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Photo of kinzo12
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is great. Surprised it's considered a wheat ale because it tastes like an IPA. Not as citrusy as Zombie Dust but pretty close in taste.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what you normally get in a wheat. Nice and light hoppy flavor but not overpowering. A little lemon shines through and one of the cleanest finishes I have ever had. Goes with a slickness.

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

On draft at local establishment.
Nice citrus smell.
Crisp & clean with a nice big hop bitter that endures throughout.
The really big question is always whether you'd drink it again, & yes, yes I would.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rock solid juicy smell of various tropical fruits.

Smell is similar to nose, but with more nuance. Mouthfeel is great. I feel like there are so many beers that I describe as 'good summer beer', which often feels similar to describing an NFL quarterback as a game manager. This is a great summer beer, which makes me question all the other beers I've called solid summer beers.

You heard it here first. Gumballhead is the Russel Wilson of beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just past a finger of pure white foam, even surface except at the pour point, very good retention, the laces forms broad streaks yet they lack longlasting stick. Darkish golden amber colored liquid, silty floaties throughout adds to the haze, the bubbles are fat and randomly spread throughout. Soft wheatiness to the nose, more direct via orange peel, peppercorns, pine and apple, pear, pineapple fruit that edges towards but does not cross over to tropicality, has some underlying yeasty notes, at the end there’s more woodsy pile of cut wood or forest trail sort of not dirtiness but just not clean, overall displays good staying power in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, dry yet the general fluffy and soft mouth feel allows it to not seem parching. Again, dominated by citrus, a blend of lemon, tangerine and hint of grapefruit. Piney and peppery, retains that dead yeast cell sort of thing. The pineapple, green apple fruit leads the way, not sweet enough for mango but there’s a touch of apricot perhaps. The wheat is subdued and on the whole the bitterness is slight. The carbonation is active without being distracting. Leaves a dry residue behind. Quite drinkable, switches gears sufficiently sip to sip that you do not bore quickly of it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thick carbonated head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has some wheat in the aroma with a hint of piney hop. Light aroma. Some piney hop with a good wheat edge. Very drinkable beer. Mild astringency at the end.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with literally no head whatsoever. It was like an old tan guy who lost his hair.

The aroma was incredibly faint for me. I get some light grapefruit and some hop spice. Pleasant, just wish I could smell it better.

The taste is very piney with some grapefruit notes. Also picking up some lemon and grass on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp, yet smooth and easily drinkable. Lightly dry.

Overall, a good but disappointing beer given the hype. I dont pick up any wheat at all and the aroma is barely noticeable.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau wheat glass from a 12 oz bottle on numerous occasions. Look is gold with a thick foamy white head and sticky lacing. Smell is fresh cut pine, pink bubblegum, grapefruit, orange blossom, lemon, and hints of wheat. Taste is crisp pine, bubblegum, bitter citrus and some sharp wheat malt flavors. Feel is light to medium in body with a crisp feel and finish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper colored with plenty of fine sediment suspended within the body making for a hazy complexion. Moderate lacing. There's a quarter inch of off white head resting on top. Aroma is of pale wheat and light fruity notes of banana and lemon. I taste pale wheat with just a hint of lemon and a gentle dose of citrus hops. The lemon helps give the mouth a slightly cool feel. It's very smooth and quaffable, yet offers plenty of flavor.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can see why this is considered to be perhaps the leading example of the style. It's certainly closer to an IPA than a hefeweizen or wit, with strong citrus flavours. The wheat adds a nice, light crispness. Drinks very easily. Great for a nice warm day.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good. Smells like malty beer, not picking up any specific aroma beyond good beer. Taste is a melange of sweet Carmel, ctirus. Obviously the hop bill helps to impart such a mixture of flavors and it works phenomenally well. Probably one I'd the best ambera I've ever had.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice clear golden color with big billowy white head that leaves nice lacing
S - big fruity notes, melon, honeydew, passion fruit, cantaloupe, gummy bears
T - follows the nose, same notes
M - light, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is wheat malts and fruity hops
O- great beer, best happy wheat ale I've had

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Photo of Beginner2
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In the same session, this followed Zombie Dust.
And at half the hops (IBUs), Gumballhead was a welcome relief for my buds.
While the hops and the yeast/wheat interplay are balanced in the nose and taste, the hops come through too strong for me in the finish.
Listed in the "1001", Gumballhead deserves to be there.

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

My first 3 floyds beer and have had several times since. It is a great example of the style and can even be considered a session ale in my book. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey color with limited head. Hints of the Amarillo hops come through along with wheat. Very light on the palate but refreshing. Slight hops on the front that falls away on backside. A nice beer but may be better with a lemon slice.

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Photo of Buck89
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy golden straw color with a frothy and puffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Nice fruity aromatics with dough and wheat. Big taste: orange, berry, wheat, cracker, and dough. Really well-balanced. Clean finish.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, small head, lots of lacing, lots of bubbly activity.

Smells of fresh grass, wheat, citrus. Taste follows suit. Citrus, honey, bit sour. Lemon drop meets bit o honey. Light backbone, refreshing, smooth transition to lingering sweet finish.

Nice refreshing wheat, what it lacks in complexity in makes up for in balance.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once again another beer I have had the pleasure of enjoying many times, but never took the to do a proper review, so it's about time. Three fingers of foamy beige colored head sits atop a rich honey gold body. The nose has tones of piney woodsy hops as well as distinct overly ripe fruit characteristics and rustic cracker based mu and rustic cracker based malts. As you drink this beer you get a wonderful battle of vibrant hops and woodsy wheat notes. It really is a strange but wonderful thing they have going on with the hot profile in this wee as you drink this beer you get a wonderful battle of vibrant hops and woodsy wheat notes. It really is a strange but wonderful thing they have going on with the hop profile in this wheat beer. It is truly unique flavor and in a class all its own for the style. I'm reminded once again why I really should drink this beer more often.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Go to 3 Floyd in warmer weather for me. Temperature on this beer is more important than originally thought. Tried it first when it was 38 degrees or so and didn't think it was all that great. Had another one at about 45 to 50 degrees and flavor comes out. Tastes a little of citrus and wheat. Aftertaste at correct higher temperature is a little like a gumball or slightly sweet aftertaste. If I were to drink a lot of expensive beer this would be my choice. Not overly filling, easy to drink, great summer beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellowish golden hue, cloudy with a nice white head that slowly dissipates.

Smell is very citrusy and bright, do catch some undertones of the wheat. Taste is pleasant, very hop forward with minimal notes of the wheat. It is a wheat ale, so I would have liked more notes of the wheat - the hops tend to dominate the taste - and I think that detracts from the beer a bit.

pretty carbonated, but I like it with the flavor - very drinkable. Overall a very tasty hoppy pale ale, just was a bit disappointed in how the hops dominated the wheat flavor. Otherwise a very tasty beer.

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Photo of dazedman
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The very best American wheat beer I've ever had. I wish 3 Floyds had a bigger distribution than they do. Well worth ordering a six pack just to see what we're missing.
Think a hoppy Oberon and you'd be close.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Lots of citrusy/lemony hops with a bit of wheat and estery yeast.

A: Golden color, slightly hazy with big frothy white head that slowly recedes, moderate lacing is left in the glass.

T: Citrusy/slightly piney hops upfront – pretty crisp. There is a faint amount of breadiness from the wheat, but very light. The beer has a semi-dry finish and while hoppy isn’t particularly bitter.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Super hoppy wheat, very clean and super easy to drink. While the wheat character isn’t particularly prominent the hops are pretty aromatic and tasty.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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