can8ianben (1423) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great. Well crafted, makes me feel like a nice smooth IPA. Great hoppy touches, good malt backbone, not to ballsy. Somewhat thin foamy head that is gone in a jiffy, amber colour, great smooth finishing pine/citrus flavour, money well spent.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great citrus aroma just like standing next to a citrus tree and taking a good whiff. Light amber color body with a decent head that left some lacing to it. Flavor had a hoppy citrus aroma and a nice taste of lemons on the palate the was acidic. Good brew and again I had to drink the bommer by myself because the others didnít want to try something new or just like that common swill. I shouldnít complain and I donít.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As other raters have noted, this wheat beer may remind you of an IPA or an APA because of a clear hop presence. Still, Gumballhead seems sweeter than most IPAs and APAs nor is it as bitter. The aroma is citrusy, malty and floral. The flavor is dominated by caramel sweetness with fruit notes, oranges and peaches. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body with crisp carbonation. And then there are the hops that Three Floyds seems to skillfully blend into all of its brews. Nicely done.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking gold-pushing-amber body, sticky white head. Big lemony citric hoppy aroma, great light malt flavors to balance. If this was reasonably priced, Iíd keep it around. As it is, Iíll probably never buy it again ($6/bomber = almost $20/six pack!).
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alrighty. I poured slowly to avoid the dregs and got a flat, golden pour with light head. Some seltzer in the aroma with a dose of perfume and tangerines. Nutty flavor balancesnicely with the citric nature of the amarillos, though not as juiced as other IPAs. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Delivers as a light and refrishing summertime quaffer. Thanks TAR.
jhliesen (786) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 22oz-Wow, not what I expected at all. Wonderful aroma of hops and fruit. Poured a lovely cloudy gold with a froathy head that reduced to small. I have to go with the other reviewers that say this is more a Pale Ale than a wheat beer, whatever style it is, itís great!
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with bkelley68, thanks Brian!) First off, an important point: I obtained this in a trade, and let it age for 13 months. Not only has this beer held up well, it’s absolutely delicious! A wheat beer, huh? Uhm, okay, whatever you crazy dudes at Three Floyds say. Technically, it may be a wheat beer, but it tastes much more like a lightly hoppy and very fruity American Pale Ale to me, with wheat being the underlying malt base. Very fruity (apricot and pear), sweet, lemony, mildly hoppy tasting, moderately bitter, did I say fruity yet? Wow, extremely fruity. It was probably hoppier when fresh, but frankly, I wouldn’t want this to be any hoppier, so I think aging has helped that aspect for me. Certain elements of this beer, mostly the fruits, are reminding me of a dessert wine (specifically, Raymond Eloquence), but obviously with considerably less sweetness and viscosity. The nose is also very fruity, again reminding me of a fine dessert wine. Body is medium, with a balanced and long-lasting palate. Very easy to drink, but don’t confuse that with being light on flavor. Very hazy, dark golden color, with a medium size white head that settles to a broken film. However, lacing is solid, with large patches of foam covering the glass. I’m no Three Floyds shill, but goddamn, this is really a delicious beer. But to call this an American Wheat is rather misleading. Or, I guess there’s a different perspective -- perhaps brewers of American Wheats should use this as their benchmark.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Wow. The aroma really sticks out. So much great hoppyness with the amarillo, citrusy, lemony. Taste is first and foremost, of hops. The lightness of the wheat follows, and then a citrus/lemony aftertaste leaving the palate light. A good american wheat, though not a "hefferwhyzen" like my buddy referred to it as :)
fmbrewing (12) - Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This hoppy beer is one of the best fully hopped beers I have ever tasted! I am not a huge fan of really hoppy beers but I could drink this one all nite!
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
American Wheat? Either this is the benchmark of the style or it isnít an American Wheat at all. Bronze with a white head. Aroma is highly piney and citrus(grapefruit/lemon). Very smooth, but still a good malt body. Flavor is citrus and malty...grapefruit and lemon. Just phenomenal.