I’m not normally the biggest fan of wheat/witbiers/hefeweizens, but the word on the interwebz was this was a good beer. And when has the internet been wrong? Not this time.
An American Wheat Ale, 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 helped redefine American Wheat Beers. Brewed with Amarillo Hops and a generous portion of American red wheat, Gumballhead has a complex hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, marmalade and peach. These flavors combined with low bitterness make Gumballhead a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck.
Gumballhead pours a light orange/yellowish color with a pillowy white head. Even though the beer is murky you can still see the cascading carbonation. Lacing is moderate.
The nose is wheat, lemon cleaner, and orange rind. A twinge of sourness and lemon zest pops up in the backend gives it a little oomph.
Here’s where this beer really starts to stand out from the crowd. It begins with wheat (which isn’t surprising) before an herbal hop spiciness appears. Thankfully this hoppiness is overpowering or abrasive, but instead adds a counter to the traditional wheat sweetness. The middle is where the orange rind and lemon zest notes return and add that previously mentioned sweetness. It finishes with a lager-like briskness/bite.
Mouthfeel is light-to-medium with a surprising amount of drying for the style.
Let me preface this by saying I think I may have sat on this beer for too long (shocker, I know). Even though I enjoyed the flavor I feel that it might be a little drier and less drinkable than its fresh counterpart. I’ll give it another try later on to compare.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As an AMERICAN PALE WHEAT ALE: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Lagunitas A LITTLE SUMPIN’ SUMPIN’ ALE, Half Acre AKARI SHOGUN, Tallgrass HALCYON