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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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Gritsak
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head

S- strong hop bitterness and grainy aroma with pine being the dominate scent

T- fruity/citrus flavor, spices, hops, sweet finish

M- medium mouthfeel, very smooth and creamy. carbonation is low

D- nice smooth and even flavor makes it extremely easy to drink.

overall- very different from any other wheat beer ive tried. besides the stronger hop presence there just something about the flavor that makes it very unique. $6.00 for a bomer is a bit steep, but its definitely worth it.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Hazy
H. Straw yellow
N. Citrus Hops strong almost like an IPA

Comments taken from my blog Dosbeerigos

YESS finally Three Floyds Gumballhead! This beer so many people have told me about for such a long time. "Dude this is the best beer" "Man you have to try this beer". Honestly it was good, not great. For a beer it sort-a threw a curve ball. The nose was strong Hops like an IPA, and then you take a sip of this and realize that it is a wheat beer. Sweet notes take over then the hops come back for a nice visit at the end. Good beer, and as the bottle says "its not normal." Worth a try if you can land a bottle, GREAT SUMMER BEER!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

GBH is a great experimental beer. An over the top hoppy wheat beer? Hmmm...I like it. I don't know how but I do.

Pours a lovely orangeish amber. Head dissipates quickly and the beer leaves slight lace on the glass. Aroma is predominantly hoppy with a definite medicinal quality from the hops, and a little malt sweetness in the background.

Flavor is a nice mesh of bitter and sweet. Again a medicinal quality dominates along with some spicy orange flavor and some honey sweetness in the dry finish. Mouthfeel is slick but a little thin and flat.

Drinkability is insane. I would have no problem drinking another bomber of this and I'm not yet finished with this one. FFF rolled the dice and it paid off. This is a delicious brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber: hazy golden delicious apple color topped with a bright white creamy layer of foam. head dissipates rather rapidly to nothing. sugary sweet citric hop aroma and not much else. light to medium bodied with a nice crisp level of carbonation. soft bubblegum and sugar-coated hop cone flavor. like dreadnaught in the juicy hop flavor department, minus all the bitterness. seems wheat beer like in texture only, finsishes rather crisp and amazingly somewhat dry. certainly unique...i tend to like originals, and i tend to like originals done well even more. this is a fantastic beer that isn't constrained to a specific style. great summertime drinking...i only wish it were cheaper. $8 for 22oz....ouch.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite wheats ever.
A - Pours a beautiful gold with a great white head towering over the brew. Lacing pursues the beer down the glass.
S - Nice hop presence, some grass, mixes nicely with the fresh wheat smell coming off this. Get a bit of lemon peel also.
T -Very very crisp here. The wheat clarifies the hop oils even more than in the nose. Very strong grass with citric bits coming through. Very clean.
M - Nice body here. Leaves mouth slightly dry, but still satisfied. Floats gently over the tongue.
D - This is one to kick back all day.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

OK...I admit it....I bought this beer because I liked the label. After I bought it I read the label and Oh Crap it's an American Wheat which I have never had much luck with. Well it was one stupid beer choice and it is a Three Floyds which so many people like alot. I've found their beers soapy (except for the Rabid Rabbit which was fine) so time to drink.

It pours somewhat dark for a wheat. Then the smell...Amarillo hops eh? These smell just like the mystery vine growing in my backyard. I wondered what that was. The hops smell is large....really large. The thing about aroma hops and bittering hops comes to mind and this is all about aroma. A little head goes to a ring. Lace is random and somewhat slight.

Then I taste it and it's sweet like a Maibock but the nose (which is completely different) influences my taste /smell perceptastions. This beer is tense. It doesn't choose between smell and taste.

It has the mouthfeel of a Maibock. Slightly sticky and sweet but that hop thing keeps going on. It's like drinking coffee and whiskey but separately and close together (separately good). This is one thing though....
Very good and very drinkable.

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