786: Gumballhead

786 - GumballheadName: Gumballhead
Brewery: Three Floyds
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Munster, Indiana
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.60%
First Brewed: 2003
Price: $1.99

Tasting Notes
A citrusy billow of aroma rising from a hazy golden body suggests a classic German wheat beer, but one sip of its grapefruitlike hops reveals its American roots. Smooth and medium bodied, it finished with a light, tart kiss of lemon.

Ricky’s Thoughts

We landed this beer in a trade. Thanks to my boy Scott for living close to the brewery! If I miss anything from Indiana, it’s the brewing companies we had access to. From Upland in the Indianapolis area, to Three Floyds near Chicago, Indiana is filled with some great breweries. This is our last beer from Three Floyds… sad. I do have two more bottles in the fridge thanks to Scott. I hope he is reading… this blog post pretty much makes him famous!

This beer is one of their more popular offerings, and is on tap pretty much everywhere in the Hoosier state. It is a good example of the style the way the style was supposed to be enjoyed. It’s loaded with fruit and has a nice spicy finish. This is a great beer. I say that and I pretty much hate wheat beers. If you are ever in the Circle City, order a Gumballhead. You’re welcome!

In the Glass: This looks like a typical wheat beer. It does have more carbonation than I remember. Oh, and the head was REALLY thick on this. I blame the travel this bottle had from Indiana. Beer trading has become so fun for us, I sometimes can’t control myself. I will take a thick head over a spilt beer. Not much lace here, but the head, as it dwindles, remains thick and somewhat sticky. I could smell this as I was pouring it… let’s drink!

Nose: Well, we will smell this first. It does smell like a wheat beer, but there is a subtle spiciness toward the finish. Spice if what I remember about this beer. The last time I had this beer was at Scotty’s Brewhouse in Indianapolis. I miss their wings. Man they had good wings. The BBQ are the BOMB! Anyway, back to the beer.

Flavor: I don’t like wheat beers, but I would drink this in a heartbeat. It has a nice fruity flavor with a drying finish leading to an almost cracked pepper finish. This does get better as it heats up, but nothing worth waiting for. The low ABV also helps this beer as I could drink a ton of this before I even realized it. Another great lawnmower beer.

Mouthfeel: I do think this beer was affected by travel, but not a bad thing. There are WAY too many bubbles going on here, but as it heats up and as it sits in the glass, the bubbles are backing down. Not much in terms of mouthfeel. Just a nice, cold, wet wheat beer. I would call this more pale than wheat, though. The hops are obvious. I would like to see a Stone Brewing Company take on this beer. They sure do love their hops in California.

Aftertaste: The hops really come out in the finish. They use Amarillo hops in this beer, but that doesn’t mean much to me. I should take a class on hops so I know the main differences. I am sure that would help me in my journey to becoming a Certified Cicerone. Anyway, the beer is easy to drink and leaves a much better finish than most wheat beers. Bless you, hops!

I am going to miss you, Three Floyds. Or is it 3 Floyds? If you are ever in Chicago, the brewing company is only 20 minutes outside of the city. It is WELL worth your time. The brewery is small, located in an industrial park, and you would never know a place like this could produce such great beer… but they are worth it. Oh, and Dark Lord. The beer is good, but Dark Lord Day is HUGE. We haven’t been, but ask anyone that knows craft beer. I am sure he or she has heard of Dark Lord and/or Dark Lord Day.

Cheers, people!

Gumballhead – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Well, today’s beer is a very familiar one. Three Floyds’ Gumballhead is easily available in Indiana, where we are both from, so we’ve had it plenty of times. I’ve never really given it much thought, though, and I haven’t had it in a while, so it will be interesting to actually review it for the blog. Here we go!

The color of the beer is kind of a dark golden shade. It’s actually lighter than I remember. Honestly, I don’t even remember what style Gumballhead is. It kind of looks like Blue Moon, only a bit darker, maybe. It had a lot of foamy head when Ricky poured out, which has mostly dissipated now. It actually smells citrusy, more citrusy than I remember. It also has a little bit of spice smell to it. Time to find out how it tastes!

Well, the taste follows through with the smell, just like the last beer that we tried. This one does taste citrusy, although not quite as much as Blue Moon. And it definitely does taste spicy. This is a good beer, a different beer. It’s not quite like a wheat beer, but has some similarities. What I like about this beer is that it’s tasty and not too heavy. Gumballhead is a good session beer, in my opinion. And if I lived in Indiana still, I’d probably buy it more often.

Rating: 3.5/5

785 bottles of beer on the wall…

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