Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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 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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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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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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