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Review of Three Floyds Gumballhead

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying Gumballhead brewed by the Three Floyds Brewing Company located in Munster, Indiana.

Three Floyds really needs no introduction and most that have followed this blog for a while know how much I love ’em.  How can a person not actually?  They make some great brews.

So, let’s get to the website, 3floyds.com, and read the commercial description shall we?

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.

Time for the pour.

This brew came in a 12 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 5.6%.

It poured a somewhat hazy, orangish/yellow color.  The white crown was sized well, soft, fluffy, kind of soapy and just a touch rocky.  The retention time was more than adequate and the lacing looked pretty nice too.

The bouquet had a suitable and sturdy odor of peach and grapefruit citrus with a very slight wheaty/grainy connotation.  It was very fresh and clean smelling and, truth be told, it smelled a lot like a standard Pale Ale to me…..  and that’s not a bad thing.

The flavor put forth more of the grapefruit and peach citrus with a decent bitter bite.  I thought that a little bit more of the wheat characteristic came through in the taste than it did in the aroma.  I also discovered some grassy hop tones as well.  It was mostly juicy and, again, rather fresh and clean.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin bodied.  Just a touch water, but quite smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was good and lively and a solid amount of flavor was left behind after each drink.

Well, one thing is for sure.  This would make for a great Summer beer.  It may become my “go-to” for yard work when the sun is blazing down.  It was nothing overly complex, however it still had a great profile and was very good.  I believe I could down several of these during one session without even thinking about it.  As always, Three Floyds does not disappoint.  Is Gumballhead the best Three Floyds beer I’ve ever had? No, but it’s easily worth a try if you can obtain some.  I’m sure I’ll pick it up again soon.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+  

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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Country: USA, Three Floyds

 

Review of Three Floyds Gorch Fock

Hello everyone.  Thanks for checking back in on another review.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Three Floyds Gorch Fock produced by the Three Floyds Brewing Company located in Munster, Indiana.

This is one Three Floyds brew that I’ve never tried, so when I saw it on the shelf I had to pick it up because I’m such a huge fan of everything else they produce.

Let’s see if we can find out a bit about this beer from the website, 3floyds.com.

A light golden colored Franconian style Helles Lager.  With a slightly sweet malt body, a noble hop profile and a crisp finish this beer is as traditional as we’ll ever get.  

Let’s get it poured.

The Gorch Fock has an ABV of 5.0% and it comes in a 22 oz. bottle.

It poured a clear, orangish/yellow color with a white, soapy, fizzy head.  It was quite small and the retention time left a little to be desired.  The lacing was somewhat subpar as well.  Unusual for a Three Floyds beer I thought.

The nose brought forth a clean, crisp, bready nose.  Hints of crackers with some lightly fruity undertones.  Orange maybe?  A significant grassy and grainy hop profile.  It wasn’t overly complicated or “deep” with the aroma, however it was balanced fairly well.

The taste was, again, very grassy and grainy.  Precise bready malts.  A decent hop profile from some earthy characteristics.  A little bit of sweetness from the light fruit savor was found to offset some of the dry biscuit and bread base.  Very solid for the style I must say.  It tasted very nice.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/light.  Clean, crisp, fairly dry, snappy, thirst quenching and refreshing.  The carbonation was good, but only a so-so amount of flavor was left behind after the sip.  

Well, I thought this beer was definitely solid and sturdy.  Especially considering the style.  It’s not an overly complicated or robust beer, however it’s a very easy drink and when I had this back in the Summer it really sat well with the heat.  I think this beer would really be great at a Summer BBQ or a friendly get-together.  I’m not usually a huge fan of Helles Lagers, but I doubt that I would ever turn this down if it were offered.  I’d suggest you guys give it a test run next Summer when it hits the bottle shops again.  If you’ve had the Three Floyds Gorch Fock before let me know what you thought of it.  Did you like it?  Feel free to leave a comment if you want.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+   

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Country: USA, Three Floyds

 

Review of Three Floyds Black Sun Stout

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Three Floyds Black Sun Stout produced by the Three Floyds Brewing Company located in Munster, Indiana.

If you have read any of my reviews of Three Floyds before you are well aware of my affection for the brewery, so let’s just go ahead and jump to the website, 3floyds.com, and see what kind of info we can find out about this particular brew.   

Black Sun has a nose of coffee, roasted malts and piney hops. This medium bodied stout has a broad depth of maltiness and a clean dry finish.

Let’s pour. 

This brew comes in a 22 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 6.5%.

It poured black with a khaki colored head that was very creamy, fluffy and soft.  It formed to a great size and the retention time was outstanding.  It had excellent lacing as well.  It looked like the top of a chocolate milk shake.  Very enticing.  I can’t wait to take a sip.

The bouquet presented a very nice waft of roasted malts.  Milky, light coffee and maybe just a touch of chocolate as well.  I definitely picked up a good dose of piny hops too.  Very well balanced and pleasing to the nose I thought.

The taste let the roasted malts take the lead.  Grains and breads.  Splashes of coffee, touches of chocolate and even a bit of woodiness.  The piny/earthy hops were found, but they didn’t seem to be as prominent as they were in the aroma.  The bitterness from the hops and the chocolate was really manageable and balanced the malts very well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, smooth, chewy, slick and creamy.  The carbonation was very nice and a solid dose of flavor was left behind after each and every sip.

You know.  I don’t typically favor Stouts that are overloaded with hops, but this one was an exception.  It was balanced exceptionally well I thought.  The hops never got in the way of the malts and the sweetness.  They were only a complimentary additive.  The drinkability was very good and I think this is a Stout that could be enjoyed at anytime throughout the year.  Have you guys ever tried the Three Floyds Black Sun Stout?  If not, you should give it a try.  Be sure to let me know your opinion too.  I really enjoy the interaction.   

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.2 out of 5
Grade:  A-  

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Country: USA, Three Floyds

 
 
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