Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 42
Gots: 116 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a clear rich burnt orange infused golden with a great looking large fluffy white crown that settled slowly leaving alot of broken lace behind.Aromas were yeasty with overripe citrus fruits and a bit toasted bread,a hint of sweet booze as well.Flavors of somewhat sweet doughy bread with a big shot the overripe citrusy hops,again the yeast plays a big role.I really liked this hopped lager,it actually seems bigger than what it is.

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is crisp sweet doughy malt with some fruit and resiny metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and some fruit with some peppery grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent hoppy lager.

Photo of magictrokini
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Hamilton's. This is not the first IPL I've had, but its definitely the best. Pours clear gold with a one-finger white head. Moderate lacing. Sweet, floral hop aroma. Lots of pine and lemongrass, less of the grapefruit/citrus. Sharp, crisp resin bite up front. Mellows a little into a grapefruit-lemon-orange peel sweetness. The lager back enhances the West Coast IPA feel, giving it a sweet finish. I could drink this all night its so smooth. Very well done.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color with a white, 2-finger head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds with a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Predominant mango aroma, along with touches of orange and pine.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and mango dominate upfront, but there's a distinct pine resin undertone throughout. Malt bill is clean and adds sweetness, but without a truly defining flavor. Finish is a nice orange zest character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair, tingly carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - One of the better IPL's I've had to date. For the price I paid, it's well worth a few more trips "into the Fathom".

Photo of MisterGone
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into pint. This is as advertised. The aroma and citrus-pine elements found in a well made IPA, but with the crisper, biscuity malt tones and mouthfeel found in a lager. My first hoppy lager, so I have little to go on. Did indeed enjoy it and will purchase again as my hop addiction has me having a difficult time making a true foray into lagers just yet.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Ballast Point Linda Vista 11/11/09. Part of the "Hoppy Hump Day" event during San Diego Beer Week.

Pours a clear copper, with a 1/2 finger of slightly off-white head. Nice richness to the retention and lacing. The aroma is fresh floral hops and some bright smelling citrus flavors, with a tight bready layer of malt underneath it. The hops really overall control this nose nicely though.

The Lager attributes are bit more assertive in the taste, with a firm and crisp snap to the malts, being more than up to the task of propping up that same fresh tasting hop character from the aroma. No shortage of sweet citrus, which splashes the tongue before a steady bitterness, full of spice and pine, creeps in the finish. Fairly clean feel here in the backend, with too much lingering hops being kept in check. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with a pleasant mellow firmness to carbonation. This gives the body some crispness but also keeps it very smooth, allowing for that almost 7% ABV to go down like a champ. Dangerous stuff!

Very nicely done version of this style, that packed a ton of juicy hop flavor into a firm, crisp, (and most of all) extremely easy drinking package. I literall could have just stood around and drank this all day but other beers beckoned.

Photo of larryarms847
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber orange with a nice frothy off-white two finger head of foam.

Bread-like malts, caramel, pine, citrus, and some hop resin.

Much more citrus and pine in the swallow. Sweet pilsner malts are overpowered by a blast of citrusy hops.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, bitter, dry finish.

Overall, not bad, but I was expecting Dissenter, so I was a little let down.

Photo of cxr1037
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from Ballast Point. I've probably had Fathom more than any of their other brews.

From a 22 into a Bruery tulip.

APPEARANCE: Clear, glowing bronze. About a half inch of head.

AROMA: Right away, it smells like an IPA. Grapefruit and orange stand out, a little bit of pine, and faint cereal grain.

TASTE: I can really taste the Ahtanum hops, which are used in the dry-hopping of this beer. They're well-balanced with modest, sweet malts. Faintly grassy.

MOUTHFEEL: Low-medium body - lighter than anticipated given the ABV. Perfectly carbonated.

FINISH: Refreshing hints of bitter citrus and floral hops, and sweet malts.

OVERALL: This is my favorite IPL, and I think it's the best example of the style I've ever had (though I've only ever had one other IPL - The Bruery's Humulus Lager). Fathom is a great, refreshing beer that I highly recommend to anyone.


Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing smells fantastic. Clear deep golden color with about 3 fingers of super sticky white head. Perfect marriage of fruity citric and piney hop with clean herbal, earthy, and grainy scents on the nose.

Really really good. Bitterness isn't that of an IPA but hop flavors is. Beautiful ipa hop flavors with incredibly clean attributes, a crisp, solid and grainy malt bill. Sweet dry cereal grains up front followed by the faintest note of underlying fruitiness, big tropical fruit hop punch, citrus and grapefruit, touch of pineapple with a bit of pine. Finishes super clean with a resinous and drying bitterness. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation. This beer should be the epitome of this newly popular style. Delicious, clean, solid malt, bright hop, and balanced with lingering bitterness.

Photo of ANIMOUL
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to this style and wasn't expecting to like this...

Slight hoppiness with no maltiness; admittedly, I'm not a fan of overly strong / present malts. Prefer the hops... and Fathom doesn't disappoint. Slight sweetness that continued throughout the 22 oz (drank from a bomber).

Again, not sure if the IPL style is a common offering; however, highly recommend those who like IPAs / Pale Ales seek this out. Ballast Point doesn't disappoint (disclaimer: biased towards SD beers)

Photo of BergBeer
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz poured in a Ballast Point pint glass

A: Crisp straw gold with an aggressive foam white head

S: Citrus, pine needles, mangos, and lemon zest! Smells like Big Eye IPA just a little lighter!

T: Nice citrus hoppy rush, with lemon, orange, and hints of honey! With that nice bready yeast lager finish!

M: Beautiful dry crisp mouthfeel with great carbonation! Hides the 7% very very well! Dangerously drinkable!

O: Great brew from Ballast Point! Crisp and refreshing! Perfect for a summer day. More ale like but still has that lager finish. Excellent version of the style!

Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 23, 2015.

It pours a bright, clear orange-copper-amber with a modest foamy cream colored head.

It smells very nice and inviting with those citrus and pine hop aromas mingling delicately with the roasted malts underneath.

Medium body that is also very smooth and chewy.

There is a hop to malt ratio of about 60-40 if I was to take a guess. The citrus and pine hops lead the way but the underlying roasted malt/bread character can also be found. Lingering bitterness at the end. Nicely done.

Photo of Catracho5
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a Ballast Point tulip glass

A: Clear, orange, slightly amber color, poured a thick creamy bright white head that dissipated after a few minutes, lots of lacing, nice steady stream of carbonation coming off the bottom, looks more like an IPA than it does a lager.

A: Citrus, grapefruit, pine, slight sweet malt comes through, for being a lager this smells just like an IPA with lots of citrus notes.

T: Citrus, grapefruit bitterness up front, some pine bitterness, finishes like a lager, it doesn't have that lingering bitterness of an IPA, but it finishes crisp, slightly dry, there is a biscuit, bread not finish to the beer, taste really good.

M: Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry finish, average carbonation.

O: My first time with an IPA style lager, definitely different, smells like an IPA, starts like an IPA, however, it finishes crisp and short, there is not a bitter aftertaste like an IPA, which I like, but a cleaner, easier drinking finish. A good beer but if I want citrus and pine bitterness in a beer with a strong finish I will reach for an IPA/IIPA, not an IPA style lager. If IPAs are too bitter for you, you might want to give Fathom a try as it finishes cleaner than IPA yet still has IPA citrus and pine notes.

Photo of docoman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Really liked this blend of IPA and Lager to create the IPL. Liked better than then plain lager or IPA, worth a try for sure.

Photo of matjack85
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Roommate brought these home so I have no idea about the price and could not find any kind of freshness date on the bottle. 22oz bomber bottle with the words "Lager meets IPA" on the label. Interesting. BA lists it as a Double Imperial Pilsner, so I guess that officially makes it a cold fermented lager.

The beer poured a slightly hazed gold color with a 2-finger white head that lasted over 2 minutes and produced some decent lacing.

The beer smelled like a ton of citrusy hops.

Munich and Vienna malts provide a slightly sweet flavor that helps tame the citrus and piny hops. At 70 IBUs it has the bitterness score of an IPA, but its definitely not an overly bitter beer. I liked the overall taste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I felt it could have used a little more spritz.

This is an easy drinker despite its 7.0% abv. I would say they generally achieved their goal of making a bottom fermented IPA. I would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of hutchins_justin
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Would definitely buy it again!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow. Full white head on the pour.
Smell: not a lot happening in the nose. Some piney, citrus notes but dulled at that. Pleasant enough.
Taste: more going here. A nice hoppy bite and an interesting "cleaner than an IPA" thing that I guess is attributable to the lagering? I guess this what an IPL is spose to taste like. Nice.
Overall: all in all an interesting and nicely done brew.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't get Raul wrong, he trips over the "hot" stuff. Once he started seeing an abundance of Hoponius Union pictures, he had to have it. And he eventually did. And it was good. But why should Raul trip so hard when he has The Bruery's Humulus Lager and Ballast Point's Fathom IPL at his beckoning?

And yeeep! Fathom has done it like A-Roid on a syringe filled with HGH - straight popped it hard! Thang is crisp, clean (unlike A-Roid) and just straight drinkable.

Can Raul get a "yeah buddy!"?

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some amber hues. It poured with a finger and a half high frothy off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—lemons and oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of bready malts and pine resin hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops along with a light amount of associated bitterness. There's no pine resin in the taste but hints of floral hops are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this lager because it showcased the citrusy flavors of the hops but wasn't that bitter and didn't have the bite or crispness you get from ales. As such, it has good drinkability.

Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a lot frothy off white head that settles and laces fairly well.

S: Citrus and pine hops, maybe a touch of fruitiness, and a little light malt.

T: Lots of pine and citrus hops up front, some grapefruit and tangerine, with a nice light malt backbone. Tangerine and malt sweetness come out more as it warms.

M: On the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Didn't really have high expectations for this one given the style and that this bottle is less than fresh, but I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Kaiser81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a half-pint on 2/18 @ the Old Grove location

A - Clear gold color, less than a finger width of head. It settles quickly to a nice ring. There is minimal lacing. but it is a lager, so I won't deduct too many points.

S - Wow! Very hop forward, than lots of sweetness on the back end. This is just like an IPA. There is that splendid pine scent followed by tropical fruit. Hmm...dare I say these people know how to get a good aroma? Of course they do...they brew Sculpin!

T - Piney hops with no real sweetness present from the matls. It's complex, and not at the same time. Hops provide the flavor, tropical fruit provides the aftertaste. I don't know that I know what this means either, it's just what I had on my tasting notes. ::shrugs::

M - Medium body (odd for a lager) with plenty of carbonation.

D - I wish I could get more taste, but it's definitely drinkable. It might be a good beer to try and switch people from BMC to ales.

Photo of StormKing47
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap at my local establishment, reviewed from my napkin notes once again, seems to be a trend here. I only use my book for tastings, so deal with it and let's get to it...

A- A very nice pour yields an interesting clear amber/copper color that appears clean and clear as day. Spectacular looking clean, is this a pils? Has an off-white head that appears sticky and looks tempting. Let's go for it.

S- I am picking up a faint citrus, grapefruit aroma that is tempting, but not very interesting especially from a beer that is from the same plant as sculpin. In the back I pick up a subtle and faint burnt crust or biscuit malt sweetness. Smells well balanced, but not overwhelming a little let down from this one.

T- What a surprise I guess the lagering hides the smell, but the taste reveals a different monster. Quite a pungent hop bite that is citrusy and delicious. Although it is finished by the familiar lager finish a faintly sweet breadiness that is not too appealing for me. Definitely not what I was expecting a nice rendition of two styles blended together.

M- A very nice clean finish after a nice and crispy tingling in the mouth. Two styles conflicting, but trying to work together would have like to see more hop bite and less malt finish.

D- An odd attempt at what seems like a blend or combining of two styles, would have liked to see more from this one, but it's a decent, sessionable beer.

A nice try at an emerging style, but a let down especially with everything else they brew. If you can find it try it!

Photo of milwaukee512
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best IPL I've tried; that said, I just think there's something in the feel of IPLs that is inferior to their ale counterpart. As usual, Ballast Point brings flavor, balance, and quality that's tough to match. If you dig IPLs, this is probably as good as it gets.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me with a 1.5 finger white head. Golden body with an average clarity.

Aroma is like sticking your nose in a fresh bag of columbus/cascade hop mixture. Really bright and citrusy with a little bit of grassiness.

Taste was a west coast hop bomb. Totally mangled my tasted buds. The beer opened up with pure hop flavor. Grassy, lemony, dank, and citrusy. Then came on a bitterness that could please any seasoned hop head. Crisp finish with some very slight toasty/bready malt. It's not really sweet at all, or at least I can't tell from the hop bite.

I can't believe the overall rating for this beer. I would take this any day over Sculpin. Maybe I just had a good batch. This beer is incredible. IPLs might be the next new craze.

Photo of jneiswender
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had as part of a tasting at the Ballast Point Brewing Company. Served on tap in a tasting glass.

A-dark yellow body with an off white head

S-fruity and some faint smokiness

T-juicy flavor overall nice grain finish


D-Not a bad brew. Not sure I get a pils feel to it.

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Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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