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5.5% ABV. American pale wheat ale from Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana. Acquired through trade. Gumballhead is named in honor of the underground comic book cat created by Rob Syers. Initially a seasonal summer beer, now brewed year round due to demand. This beer supposedly helped redefine American wheat beers. Poured from 12oz bottle (no date, but label shows 2007 copyright which makes me wonder how old this was) into tulip glass. Pours hazy yellow-golden with a small, rocky white head and a few small particles of sediment. The head fades quickly to a minimal cover but leaves some lace as it goes. The aroma has prominent, but bitter notes of citrus along with some floral and lemon notes from Amarillo hops. There is also a touch of yeast and grass, with some wheat. The flavor starts with a restrained sweetness up front and develops a tangy acidity through the middle. Hops are present all the way through and these grow towards the finish. The finish is long with hops and lemony lingering on the palate. Palate is light-medium in body with a watery texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very unconventional example of a wheat ale, but it is good. It is more assertive than most wheat beers and much more complex for the style. This is a sessionable beer indeed even more so over the Pride & Joy which I didn’t like (but did have a beautiful head).
Beeradvocate: A-; Ratebeer: 98pts; theBeerAuthority: B.
Pride & Joy Mild Ale
5% ABV. American Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana. Acquired through trade. This beer is 3 Floyd’s American “Mild” Ale. 3F indicates this is a more assertive hop profile with British Milds and a relatively low alcohol content thus claiming this to be a great session beer that still has the Pale Ale characteristics. Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Pours a nice dark golden color with a big fluffy white head that doesn’t stick around for too long, but leaves some very nice lacing on the glass throughout the session. The aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy with some pine, caramel, and citrus notes coming through. Flavor is a bit more mild, but less pleasant when compared with the aroma with some slight bitterness throughout. There are dark particles at the bottom sitting of my glass (the darkest sediments I ever seen). Fizzy light mouthfeel, due to the moderation carbonation. This is a tasty brew, but my not quite as delicious as my favorite APA from Three Floyds – Alpha King. Beeradvocate: B+; Ratebeer: 93pts; theBeerAuthority: C+. Both beers are not locally available in the Metro DC area.