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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a deep yellow with a nice white white head, 1 finger. Dissipates quickly leaving a little lace. Little sediment floating around the glass.

S: What a smell! A grassy, fruity smell hits the nose instantly with some sweet hops as well on the backend.

T: Slight fruit taste with some good bitter hops through out, leaving a sweet taste on the tongue.

M: Very light body with a good carbonation. Goes down just as good as a light macro brew beer.

O: Great light pale ale with an amazingly smooth finish. I wish this was more readily available! Thank god for the six packs.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gumballhead pours a decent though not overly-impressive golden amber colour with a nice sized, sticky white head on top.

The smell is an overwhelmingly pleasant combination of stuff stemming from the hops: floral notes, pine, sweetness, etc. There's also a touch of citrus in the mix as well. Wheat is mildly presnet in the background.

The flavour is more of the same: the hop onslaught is non-stop, yet it is somehow subdued enough that it doesn't really move this one into IPA territory. There is a floral flavour throughout mixed in with wheat throughout. The finish is very sweet but also has a bit of a wood flavour in it as well. It starts to get juicy then goes dry. Weird and different, but good.

The body is nice and full for the style and there's a slick oily feel to it as well.

This is a damn tasty brew overall and a great summer session brew. It far and away has the most flavour of any summer brew I've ever sampled, yet remains pretty simple and thirst quenching at the same time. Yum.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying I have made ten gallons of a quasi clone of this beer with additional malts and hops. To say I am biased towards this on account of those ten gallons would be an understatement, but I still thought this was a great beer.

Poured a clear copper yellow with a tiny white head.

Smelled very strongly of amarillo hops - pineapple, grapefruit, pine and citrus. Also a banana which I was not expecting.

Taste of pine most prominently, followed by grapefruit almost equally, citrus and a bitter bite.

Mouthfeel may have been less than I was originally expecting, but my "clones" were a higher abv. The watery thinness adds to drinkability and I my friends would drink more of these.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Gumballhead pours a light gold or straw color with an inch of stark white head thats bubbly and thick and sticks to the inner walls of the glass with sincerity.

The aroma is very hoppy, not at all like a cat who smokes. Its a nice citrusy fresh smell and it makes it really hard to take several whiffs of this without diving in. Okay, screw it. It smells good ok!

Ahh, the first sip. Very smooth, lots of citrus from those amarillo hops and a very clean finish. Simple yet defined and delicious. Well worth the wait!

This is as good as an American wheat beer as your going to find, especially if you like a nice fresh hoppy wheat beer. I know I do. Its almost like summer is made for these beers or vice versa I guess.

Thanks to heliosphann for sending me my first bottle of Gumballhead! Cheers!

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-29-10 - Poured into a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company weizen glass - 12fl. oz. capped bottle

Appearance: Golden with a bubbly, frothy, white head with decent head retention. Patchy lacing hangs on the glass.

Smell: Smells like an IPA. An abundance of citric hops, orange, and hint of yeast completes the aroma.

Taste: Taste of hop bitterness, orange peel and some grain. The hops relegate the malt character to the background. This beer finishes with a lemony zest.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The overall feel is a bit light. The hop bite tapers off as the beer rolls over the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable and very refreshing. There seems to be an uncertain balance with this beer. The malt character never completely surfaces to provide a balance to the hop bitterness.

Comments: Thanks goes out to dvelcich! He sent this beer to me as an extra in a trade. A hoppy wheat beer, certainly not conventional. Nonetheless, an interesting experimentation within the style.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. BIG thanks to 67couple for this one.

A: Yellowish orange in color. Slightly hazy. Two finger, bright white head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: Not a huge nose on this one. Slightly fruity without being hoppy. Lots of wheat and grains. Very light malts, slight caramel and toffee. A slight sweet candy aroma.

T: Light taste. Wheat and grain. Light malts. A slight lemony bitterness. Again the ever so slight candy sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp. Slightly sticky. Low carbonation.

O: Very light in taste and aroma. Still this is a very refreshing beer. The light candy taste is very different. Could drink a 6 pack of this in about 30-45 minutes on a hot day.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

yellow gathering into golden bright orange. quickly fading head with big fat bubbles left on the surface. good amount of sparkling carbonation running up through the entire body of the beer. nose is what makes it, though.. sugar-coated grapefruit (maraschino cherry optional) hits you like a sexpot's perfume. taste keeps the hops dry and intense but drops the body low grav and drinkable. toasted malt background adds a smoky lager-like finish to balance the super green hops. aftertaste is rather citrusey in its sweet bitterness and acidity. wonderfully drinkable.. one of those beers you wish was easier to find because it stands out as a world-class SESSION beer.

i've heard this described as the 'girly' 3 floyds beer.. let em call me girly, i dig it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is another one of 3 Floyds amzing IPAs. This one is great, but does not stack up against some of their other offerings. THe nose smells of strong hops and the flavor is nice, but not the most balanced.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.22/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

It pours a hazy, bubbly, glimmering golden yellow. A prompt two fingers of head expands, then dwindles finally to a fine frothy vellum. Stacked tiers of lacing descend down the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a fruity citrus spruce perfume that, on quick whiff, denotes the beer's name, especially in atndem with the credible grain sweetness. Earthy hints of berry and banana round things out nicely.

A sip brings an artfully modulated wheat sweetness, grainy and mildy baked. the notable Amarillo signature brings a gently fruity, airy evergreen piquance, but in a decidedly mellow manner. Dry citrus, banana, and apple do-si-do about the middle. A doughy yeast character settles across the palate toward the end before a blended bittersweetness lingers coolly at the finish. Balanced, crisp and lively, everything combines to come off as bold and refreshing.

A tad shy of medium bodied, the healthy grain presence and carbonation enliven the palate and linger glowingly on the tongue.

It's got a big lotta wheat with a raft of Amarillo to match, and they balance and blend to offer up loads of sassy refreshment. Earthy and fruity and spicy, its playfulness captures the imagination, as the tidier parts pull together to deliver a big sum total, and that in turn yields some truly impressive drinkability. If the name and the label put a grin on your face, then the beer itself will turn that grin in to one full, satisfied smile.

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

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip. No date or batch number. Gifted to me by a great bartender at my local. Sampled 10/25/10.

A: Three fingers of bright white foamy head erupts on the pour and lasts for a good deal of time afterward. Complete sheets of lacing coat the glass initially but dry up quickly and leave little evidence that they were ever there. The body is clear except for a light blurry haze and is golden-orange in color.

S & T: Simply put, this nose is fantastic! The malts are practically non-existent and it allows the hops to come through withot inhibition. Juicy citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, orange and lemon mixed in with just about every glorious tropical fruit that you can think of, namely mango, pineapple and peach. A distinct bubblegum aroma comes through as well. Moderately sweet, the bitterness is kept to a minimum (thanks to the Amarillo hops) while the aroma and flavor are abundant.

M: The lack of malts hurt the mouthfeel and the endurance of flavor. I realize that APWAs are meant to be light, refreshing quaffs but Gumballhead, in my opinion, would benefit from a slightly beefier body and thicker texture. Just slightly. The amount of carbonation is average or below and leaves a little to be desired as well.

D: Despite the low mouthfeel score, Gumballhead is still an excellent brew and I would purchase cases of it during the summer months if only FFF would distribute to PA, the greedy SOBs.

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Photo of younger35
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this beer in a trade with SPLITGRIN. He was kind enough to toss one in for me to enjoy. I’ve been wanting to try this beer for quite some time. Hope it lives up the hype! Drank from my Laughing Dog pint glass.

Appearance- Pours yellow with hints of light pink with a giant foamy two finger head that recedes fairly quickly. The beer is semi hazy and it manages to leave a fantastic one finger cap almost the entire beer. Some lace try’s to stick to the glass but is unsuccessful.
Smell- Fairly fruity with hints of orange maybe a bit of pineapple. Crisp and clean. Fairly subtle but to the point and great for the style.
Taste- Starts kind of sweet leaning toward ripe fruit. Cantaloupe, orange and a very light peach are something I’ve never tasted in a beer. Fantastic! The wheat body is indeed there behind the fruit. Light bread leaves a lingering aftertaste until the bitterness kicks in. Finishes a bit zesty with lingering lemon. Perhaps one of the most flavorful, yet subtle brews I’ve ever had (make sense?).
Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp with lots of zesty carbonation. Very very refreshing brew.
Drinkability- Couldn’t be better. This is the most sessionable, drinkable taste treat I’ve ever had. It’s light and refreshing yet still full of flavor. I would do anything for a six pack of this stuff. Thanks again to SPLITGRIN for sharing the wealth!

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 5,843 ratings.
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