Beer of the Week: Three Floyds Gumballhead
This week’s featured beer is one of my all-time favorites, Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing – which incidentally is also one of my all-time favorite breweries. They produce some very high quality brews.
Gumballhead is an American Wheat Ale and is actually named in honor of an underground comic book cat character called Gumballhead that was created by Rob Syers. Initially a seasonal summer beer, it is now brewed year round due to demand. It’s brewed with Amarillo Hops and a lot of American red wheat, which gives it a complex hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, marmalade and peach. According to Three Floyds – “These flavors combined with low bitterness make Gumballhead a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck.”
Tasty Mug Review
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, light amber with a nice frothy head that retains around the glass and leaves a lot of nice lacing.
Smell: Hoppy-smelling for a wheat beer with definite notes of pine and citrus and some nice, malty undertones.
Taste: Excellent brew; awesome mixture of flavors, very well-balanced and smooth. There are strong but balanced hops upfront that transition to more of the citrus, grapefruit sweetness that then finishes on a slightly dry, hoppy note.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth and creamy; makes you lick your lips after you drink. The carbonation is very balanced with the body of the beer.
Overall: I typically don’t like the general category of wheat beers but this one is definitely special. I could easily drink more than one of these without thinking twice. I’ve been fortunate enough to have it on a few separate occasions and each every time it just proves to me how good it really is. One of the best beers in this category I’ve had and it would take something pretty special to change my opinion on that.
Tasty Mug Rating: 4.00 / 5
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Original Gravity: Unknown
Malts: American Red Wheat
Special Ingredients: Not listed
Food Pairings: Latin American or German dishes; Cheese (earthy; Camembert, Fontina) General (Salad) Meat (Poultry)
Glassware: Pint Glass (or Becker, Nonic, Tumbler), Mug (or Seidel, Stein), Weizen Glass
Aging: Definitely drink this one soon after acquiring for optimal freshness.
Where to get it:
You pretty much have to go the Three Floyds brewpub to pick up bottles of this beer; you won’t find bottles of it distributed in Ohio. It does, however, pop up on draft randomly from time to time. The best way to hear about it when it does is to follow most of local bars and restaurants on Facebook that are known to carry good draft beer selections.