Gumballhead | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91.3%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 5,857 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#1,020
Reviews:
1,562
Ratings:
5,857
Liked:
5,346
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
10.24%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
940
Gots:
1,334
Trade:
42
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Ratings: 5,857 |  Reviews: 1,562
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent honey with 3+ fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Average head retention & good lacing

S: Lemons, white pepper, apricot & breadyness

T: Lemons, white pepper, breadyness, fruittyness & grainyness up front. Honey malt, passion fruit & nice grapefruitty & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes bready with nice citrus hops & honey

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation & some syruppy qualities

Drinks really easy, but the complexity draws you in as well; One of the better American Pale Wheats out there!

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and surprisingly clear. Good starting head but it settles to rim bubbles. Scalloped lace.

I smell sage and no wheat. I get some barley grain.

The flavor creates a bit wheat bite but it far more like a pale ale with a good hop bite in the swallow. Richer than the style. Proper carbonation. The aftertaste is shorter than expected.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of duceswild
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a BIF. Really like Wheat beers so that combined with this being from FFF I had high hopes for this brew.

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden yellow is color with a good bit of white head that leaves lacing throughout. Smells is of hops, citrus, and wheat. Taste was similar to how it smelled but more hoppy then a traditional wheat beer. Mouthfeel was very crisp and well balanced. Overall this was a solid beer that is refreshing. Looking to have this one again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to dontcostnuthin for this one!

A: Pours a cloudy amber/copper color with a one finger head that had staying power. Very nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Very citrusy with grapefruit and pineapple, also maybe some orange peel as well. Some nice floral hops. I get the wheat as almost an afterthought, very nice.

T: Wow, an amazing flavor profile here. I get a ton of the citrus fruits from the nose, grapefruit/pineapple and orange. A little bit of hop flavor, but not as much as expected based on the smell (for this style, I like this). A nice balance of hops and wheat flavor though. Very clean finish.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. Overall a great beer, moves right near the top of my list. Could easily drink this one all night long.

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4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazed peachy amber with a hint of tangerine. The rich cream-colored head is creamyfirm, stays humped in the center as it falls and throws up a fair amount of delicate, intricate lace.

Tremendous nose, like a tropical fruit punchbowl. Pineapple is far and away the dominant aroma; it smells like I just cracked open one of Hawaii's sweetest and juiciest. Other fruit is present as well, mango especially, giving Gumballhead the most enticing non-IPA nose that I've ever experienced.

Delicious is the only word that I can use to describe the flavor. I'm surprised by the light body, but then this is a summer wheat beer. Despite the superficial similarities in bottle and label, it isn't meant to be Dreadnaught. There's more than enough flavor to go around; especially Amarillo hoptropical fruitiness and, yes, gumballs.

It isn't an overly hoppy beer in terms of bitterness. Even though it's slightly more bitter on the finish, it doesn't have that hop 'bite' that all hop lovers love. What is does have is hop flavor. Lots of hop flavor. There isn't much malt on board, just enough to hang the hops on and no more. The breezily light mouthfeel and the low ABV make me think I could drink several of these bombers very easily.

Three Floyds has hit another home run. This is a superb wheat beer; the best, by far, that I've ever had. I can't imagine a more delicious, more easy drinking, more flat-out enjoyable summer seasonal. The bomber is almost gone and it hasn't taken me all that long to write this review. Have the boys at 3F sold their souls to Old Scratch? Gumballhead met my high expectations and then some.

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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with very little head at all and was a clear, golden yellow in the glass. The nose was very fruity, sweet like a stick of JuicyFruit gum or a gumball (!). The sweetness carried through on the palate, although it had a light mouthfeel. The finish was citrusy, like lime or lemon, giving way to a faint taste of dill. I found it to be just a bit too sweet for my liking, even sweet for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerguy for the sample ...

A- Shimmering weathered golden hue, thick foamy head sticks like a champ.

S- Beautiful aromatics from the hops. Powdered aspirin, mandarin orange and lemon zest?

T- Big on hops, lots of that aspirin like bitterness from the Amarillo hops. Oily yet very sharp. Malt sweetness struggles to break through the hop barrier, enough comes by to keep things somewhat balanced. The crisp character of the wheat actually intensifies the sharpness of the bitterness which becomes a tad bothersome IMO.

M- A bit more body than I thought there was going to be, lining of crispness in the middle.

D- I could see having a pint or two if I needed a quick hop fix.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I finally was able to get a hold of a Gumball head, not only did I find one, but I managed to score 4! So needless to say this one had better be good. Poured a nice bright golden amber with lots of haze and cloudiness and some sediment gathering on the bottom. A very fluffy large head of white formed on the top and this gradually gave way to copious side glass lace. A great aroma hear, very light with lots of floral light hop[s in the back a really nice grassy and yeast like front to it. This translated over very well to the flavor. A very light floral and bright flavor dominated by grass like flavors, punctuated with peaches, and orange hop flavors. Very light bodied with ample carbonation made this one that was not too filling, and this almost qualified as a water substitute it was so good. I thoroughly enjoyed every last drop of this. It has to be hands down the best I have ever had in the style and one of the best session ales I have ever tried. I would buy a case if they sold it here and have one for dinner every night. This was definitely a very very fine brew and I look forward to the rest of them, get your hands on this if you can!

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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was please to share this beer with my bro tenderbranson69 since it is not something that is readily available in PA and I made a clone based on Drew Beechum's gumballhead thoughts on stoutguy.com. I poured the 12oz chilled into the tulip.

A - A lightly cloudy golden w/ amber hues. 2 fingers of thick white head w/ microfoam of off white collects and clings tenaciously

S - A crazy mango and tangelo nose w/ odors of lemony floral acccenting. The hints of wheat are mild w/ pineapple and lots of amarillo which give a mild orange blossum aspect. The mild spice adds a hint of ginger and candied grapefruit to the aroma

M - The texture is great in this beer, so clean yet has a resiny texture. the moderately high carbonation is completely spot on for an American wheat and the mild nutty textures w/ light hop acidity make this feel what I consider great. The toasted notes of malt are there with light spice in the finish

T - The taste has a mild sweet fruit flavor w/ slight grapefruit and lemony citrus notes. The hops provide a floral resinous taste which has mild acidity, but hardly any bitterness. The orange rind elements from the amarillo sink in and light spice edge as the glass continues to be drained. The very refreshing lemony and mild wheat nuttiness is there w/ gentle astringent aspect. The flavor of wheat and citrus blends well w/ an amarillo taste w/ the red wheat adding to the complexity w/ hops resinous quality noticeable in the finish

D - A fantastic wheat w/ a great amount of flavor- hoppy, yet clean w/ lemony bright citrus and just highly drinkable qualities. The beer is so easy to drink at 4.8%, with such quaffability. I could drink this year round if only it were available.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 6/2/10 notes. Had at a Three Floyds tasting at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with 1 inch of white head, and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, and piney and citrus hops.

t - Taste is extremely smooth, very faint piney and citrus hops, and floral hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A pretty good wheat ale. Very easy to drink and enjoyable floral and citrus hops. Would try again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to cmsimeur for this bottle!

Appearance - Pours a hazy light orange, almost yellowish, body. Small white head with not such great retention. Not much lacing. Just a ring of foam.

Smell - Citrus hops galore. Like an IPA. Orange and grapefruit. Delicious. Maybe a hint of grain in the back, but certainly no apparent malt smell.

Taste - Hops and hops. Grapefruit and orange again. As with the smell, some grainy malt, but it's barely even a backbone to the hops. Finishes clean and slightly bitter, but not a lot.

Mouthfeel - It's almost too light. Extremely refreshing and easy to drink, but lacks the body to really retain the hop flavor in the finish. A bit dry in the end.

Overall - The quintessential lawnmower beer. Light and flavorful. Awesome. I wish I could have this in my fridge every day during the summer.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cvaypai for sending me a bottle of this in a recent trade.

A: The pour on this beer is quite unassuming. A pale golden color with a small white foam that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. The lacing, however, is quite nice.

S: Things start to get much better in the aroma. A nice, bright citrus hop aroma with a fair amount of pine to go along with it. Not much malt or wheat to speak of in the nose.

T: Like the nose would indicate, a solid hop presence. The grapefruit is front and center with a mild pine on the finish. The malt and wheat provide a bit of sweetness in the middle of the tongue.

M: A light, crisp beer with fairly high carbonation.

D: This would be a nice one for the summer months. A refreshing beer, no doubt, and low alcohol would make this a staple in my fridge (could I easily attain it).

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for bustin' out this bottle!

For whatever reason, I just don't trust that yellow guy on the label. Anyway, the beer behind him pours a clear golden sunlight-blonde topped by a nice finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, pine, orange peel, light grapefruit, light raspberry, banana, light cardamom, and some nice honey-dripped biscuit in the background. The taste doesn't really change this recipe all that much, but it does come across to me as a slightly watered-down, slightly wheated-up version of the smell, which does take away from the tastiness imbibed by my 'strils. It still tastes pretty damn good, but not as good as it could have, if that makes any sense. The body is a nice light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisply-finishing wet feel. Overall, a very nice (if sort of elusive) APWA, one of the best things regularly put out by the Floyds.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91.3% out of 100 with 5,857 ratings
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