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Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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

BEER STATS
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Ratings:
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Avg:
4.21
pDev:
19.48%
 
 
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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty orange color, one finger of head dissipates quickly. Smell is strong, hoppy, but taste doesn't deliver what the smell promises, a little thin. Lots of citrus. Feel also seems thin. Pleasant, but maybe not a style that I favor.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice lil wheat beer. Cool haze color to it, hoppy on the nose. Taste is a bit more mellow in terms of hops vs yumyum. Interesting little session beer...wouldn't turn it down if had the chance but not exactly would be seeking it out either

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Photo of pwlong19
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sessions are not my thing. This is the only one I thoroughly enjoy and can drink any time. A good balance of fruit and hops. Hoppyness helps balance the session character.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this and off for a while, review relates to the 2/2/2016 batch. In general I am not a big fan of wheat beers, but the hops of this make it very good. Like the general description there are lots of lemon flavors, but they are more natural than say a Summer Shandy. Overall, just a really big fan of this beer, on a hot summer day after working outside would be easy to pound several in a row with no real effort.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Served in a Pint Glass
Bottled on January 21st, 2016
Reviewed on February 6th, 2016

Eyes
Poured a hazy pale gold body with plenty of bubbles circulating throughout. Nice white head, well over two fingers deep. Lots of sticky lacing.

Nose
Very hop-forward. Blend of herbal and citric hops. Lemon peel. Touch of wheat. Hint of yeast.

Tongue
Citrus and lemongrass hit the tongue first. Lemon peel. Pine. Lacked malts, just a hint of cracker. Semi-dry finish with a bittersweet blend of tangerine and tart grapefruit.

Mouthfeel
Light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very crisp and easy to drink.

Notes
Very hoppy pale wheat ale. "It's not normal" certainly describes this brew. Delicious and dangerously drinkable. I'm what they call a "repeat customer".

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big shout out to my friend Bill F. who brought me back one of these from a trip through Indiana. Thanks, Bill!

Appearance 4.25: Pours out a pale golden color. Great looking, 1/2" head. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.5: Excellent bouquet. Very hoppy with accent on piney hops. Promising!

Taste 4.0: Front is dry and that's about it. Middle is dry also, but features a very nice wave of hop blends that fades into a silky smooth, citrusy Finish. Surprisingly little else going on with this beer, but what is here is darn good.

Mouthfeel 4.0: A bit watery in the mouth, but satisfying and smooth.

Overall 4.25: A great wheat. Would be perfect for sessioning and I imagine they would go great with food. The taste is actually like a light IPA, what with the hop-forward taste, but -as an IPA lover-- that is not a bad thing. Definitely worth tracking this one down.

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Photo of zeff80
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've waited to try this for year and it lived up to the hype. Great cracked wheat flavor with hints of bubblegum and citrus. Just enough bitterness to balance it all out.

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Photo of Myotus
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 02Nov15) into a Weizen glass. Consumed on 02Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 1 minute and 15 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are high in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is large in quantity and mostly thick with a few areas being very thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges entangle with mild aromas of wheat, floral hops, and lemony zest. This smells like a wheat IPA instead of an American Pale Wheat Ale.
TASTE: Strong grapefruit, tangerine, and orange flavors enter at first and are immediately followed by strong wheat flavors. Mild lemony zest and floral hop flavors along with hints of bitter hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: For the amount of hop flavors that was in this, the bitter hop flavors that followed were very slight, and I loved it. A definite great in this style. FFF continues to impress me.

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

Nice clear golden color, thick 2 finger head, lots of carb streaming up. Fruity aroma, skittles, kind of astringent end to the aroma. Bitter taste up front, bitter taste in the middle, you guessed it, bitter at the end. Very pleasant though. More of a green, grassy, type of hop bitterness in the taste rather than the fruity hop presence on the nose. Very nice. Has that house malt backbone three floyds pales and IPAs all seem to carry. Another nice one here.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a nice hazy orange with a nice amount of head with lacing present.

Smell: This beer smells more like an IPA or pale ale than a pale wheat ale. Tons of hints of citrus, grapefruit, hops, and some wheat coming thru.

Taste: Less hops come thru in the taste than on the nose but they are still present. Some wheat pokes its way thru along with some lemon/citrus. Very tasty brew!

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is probably the best pale wheat ale I have had to date. This would be a great summer beer that I could sip on all day long. Crisp and refreshing and would be great on a hot summery day. I will definately revisit if I can get my buddy to bring more of this back to PA the next time he comes home!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear yellow gold with a large, pearl white head of tiny bubbles.

Smell is wheat, grass, and some kind of indescribable attribute that the amarillo hops provide that I've still yet to experience in any other beer. Lemon is prominent as well. The wheat and the lemon push back against each other, ensuring neither dominates the beer.

Flavor comes through much the same, downright dominated by that indescribable, maybe walnutty?, wheatgrassy attribute that at first may be off-putting, but with each new sip pulls you in more and more. Wheaties, crisp light lemon, grass. Very light, yet very substantial and satisfying all at once.

This is certainly weird, but in a good way. I can't believe they can consistently recreate this flavor profile every year.

When 3 Floyds says their beers are not normal, this year-round beer is the embodiment of that motto. I really don't know how they can call Alpha King their flagship when this beer is so damn unique, and also more available, at least in Ohio.

This beer is so damn weird, but one of the best wheat beers in existence.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Light bodied beer with light lemon/lime notes, and big hoppy profile without being bitter. Sharp, crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable and awesome beer.

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Photo of timc100
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great go-to crisp refreshing beer. Bright gold in color, slightly hazy, bright white head. Vibrant aroma of fresh cut grass, bright lemon zest, orange peel, wheat, and some dankness. Very crisp on the palate, incredibly refreshing and drinkable. Identifiably as a wheat beer paired with the hopping of a pale ale. Amarillo well represented here. Great beer, though overpriced if not purchased at the brewery.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a honey orange color with a white head, lots of lacing, some carbonation, clear, not much head retention.

A: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, mango, guava, picking up sweet malts, no alcohol on the nose, smells more like an IPA than a pale wheat ale.

T: Like the nose, but subdued, hints of grapefruit, mango, guava, slight bitterness in the middle, finishes smooth with semi grassy, hay characteristic coming through, picking up some lemon notes as well, very easy drinking.

M: Light body, semi dry finish.

O: This is definitely easy to drink, love the aroma but the flavor is nothing compared to all the citrus that comes through on the aroma, very sessionable, I could see myself drinking a lot of this during the summer.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what to expect here. Is it gonna be really hoppy, or just an easy summer sipper? Let's find out. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - A beautiful, clear, bright yellow orange. Head is pretty thick with tiny bubbles - off white. Looks very inviting.

N - Not much on the nose. Slight hops with a bit of wheat.

T - A little bit of both. I definitely get some hop bitterness, but it's very light, as is the wheat. A very pleasant lawnmower beer.

M - Actually more interesting than I expected. Lots of froth and coating, which is nice. Dry on the finish.

O - Yep, very pleasant and easy drinking. Could drink this all afternoon and/or evening.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great summer beer. This is really a wheat, but I've heard it called an IPA and a pale. Huge wheat, citrus, lemon, solid hop profile. Great after cutting the grass!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy gold with a dense and creamy white head that sticks around.
Aroma is sharp, lemmony, orange, resin, a hint of sweet fruit.
Tasty beer. Juicy, tart and bitter. Lemon pith, a touch of sour OJ, some bitter lemon pitch and a hint of spice and bubblegum.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and bubbly.
Really tasty.

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. I first had it when it was about a month or two old, but was blown away when I had it fresh. Hops all over the place that weren't that present the first time. Like the other reviews say, wheat, citrus, spiciness, and whoa hops. Drink it fresh for the best experience.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from bottle into boulevard wheat glass.

Pours a translucent gold with mild carbonation visible. 1-finger/white head.

The nose contained lots of citrus, specifically lemon zestiness. I can pick up on the wheat as well. As some have said, I noticed some spiciness.

flavor goes along pretty well with the nose. Lots of lemon zest and the wheat comes through to balance. Its a pretty good, refreshing flavor, but not quite on par with the other FFF beers I have had.

Light bodied, with medium carbonation. Little spicy burn.

Above average beer. I would buy another 6-pack.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great pale wheat ale. The wheat adds some body and texture and a great hazy color, while the hops and their magic entice my taste buds, and scream for another sip. Thank you FFF.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden color, clear in appearance
Smell - Tropical, citrus, lemons, bubblegum
Taste - TONS of lemon, lemongrass, wheat, hints of pineapple, awesome hop presence for a wheat

Overall - Think I just found my new favorite wheat beer!

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass. The citrus Amarillo hops really shine, and this beer is outstanding for American pale wheat ale. Easy drinker all day.

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

Another overrated 3F brew. Nothing special, just blah. I'm so done trading for 3F stuff, everything I've had has been ridiculously overrated. Don't believe the hype.

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Photo of djuhnk
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an IPA glass

White head, very good head retention. The beer is a super clear straw color, which threw me off because the bottle said it would be hazy.

aroma isn't what I thought of Amarillo. Its very lemony and zesty, almost spicy. maybe a tiny bit of pickle juice or cat piss coming through. Very pleasant, but I previously thought of Amarillo to be more berry-like

Flavor is a lot of the same, zesty and lemon lime. Theres a dry herbal component there that's easy to get with low abv hoppy beers. overall a very dry beer. Not really any doughy wheat coming across. mostly just hops and a slight indescript malt sweetness.

enjoyed the beer, but I feel like it is far over hyped.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and a finger of lacing is left.

4.5 S: This smells amazing. Fresh, resiny hoppiness smashes your senses. It really does smell like there are actual hops in the glass. Big citrus featuring lemon and lime. Neutral wheat and maybe the slightest touch of cat piss. Dank and stanky the way it should be. The only things missing are the wheat ale flavors. There's nothing in terms of spiciness, banana, or bubblegum. Well, maybe there is, but it's impossible to detect through the hops.

3.5 T: The taste is markedly less hoppy than the nose, but there's still quite a bit in there. Mild to moderate bitterness, citrusy lemon and grassy hoppiness. Neutral wheat with perhaps a touch peachy fruitiness. It's good, but neither the malts or hops are really impressive.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking some of the creamy chewiness that tends to come with wheat brews. The filtering of this brew may not have done it any favors.

3.5 D: Very strong start, but ultimately came up short where it counts. It's still a fine brew and the nose is amazing enough to revisit again and again.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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