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Fathom India Pale Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Fathom India Pale LagerFathom India Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 09-29-2007

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Fathom for $5.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a hoppy Lager tonight, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is night, it goes with the name and it's eye catching. It pouted a pretty clear amber color and it didn't really change color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of spicy, lightly soapy, floral and citrus rind aromas with the spicy hops seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a clean lager yeast aroma with a little bit of a grainy, pale malt and sweet malt aroma showing up right at the end. This beer has a nice aroma, it seems to be pretty standard for the style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, this time no single hoppy aspect seems to stick out the most and it's followed by some of that clean Lager yeast. Up next comes some pale, grainy and sweet malts flavors. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, it's pretty standard for the style.

M- Fairly smooth, fairly crisp, clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall i thought this was a nice beer and a pretty solid and standard example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I expected and it was true to style, but it didn't have anything that really set it apart as being a really good example of the style. This beer had nice drinkability, one glass is the perfect amount for me, but I should have no problem drinking the full bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's good and I had no complaints. What I like the least about this beer was the hop profile, I wish it was a little more fruity and brighter. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with some work on the hop profile this could be a pretty good beer. It's not favorite from Ballast Point and it's just a little above average for the style. Nice job guys this is a solid IPA, but it has potential to be even better.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours slightly hazey Amber colour with a small white head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma grapefruit, citrus, pine, tropical fruit. Taste grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit. Not to bad.

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Photo of do_ob
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass (blasphemy, I know). Light gold in color with outstanding clarity. About a finger of bubbly white foam on top that fizzed down to a thin lacing after a few minutes. This beer looks like your standard, filtered lager - not a bad thing. Interesting nose on this guy. I get tons of lemon & orange peel, along with light spice, citrus, grapefruit, mango, bready malt and hops. The aroma isn't necessarily assertive, but it's pleasant and balanced nicely. On the taste, the first thing I pick up is the fruit (orange, lemon, grapefruit) followed immediately by a crushing wave of citrus and pine. Not a huge hop presence until you get to the finish, which is a good mixture of modest hops and bready malt. There are some final touches of zest lemon and orange spread around in there as well. Bittersweet aftertaste that's more reminiscent of an IPA than anything. In terms of the feel, this beer is what you'd expect out of a Ballast Point IPL, that is, light (but dense enough to carry that 7%), smooth, and inherently drinkable. It doesn't have the body of a good 7% IPA, but it's not supposed to.

Overall, a very good beer. I could sit at a bar and drink this while eating wings and fries all day long.

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Photo of Lobina
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at A & R Grill in Yuma. Light in color but nice aroma and a very floral citrus flavor. Smooth and drinkable. Would definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours not quite amber but more of a deep orange color. Interesting. I can see the football game upside down in the snifter so very clear as well.

Smells of pine first and foremost, almost just like pine needles. orange peel/zest and pineapple. Great smell. I like.

Wow. I expected more of a bite due to the high abv but its not there. It tastes much like it smells. Pineapple, orange zest, pine notes. No bitterness but it's nice though.It's not flooring me however I absolutely enjoy this.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin on the front, probably due to the high carbonation but it finishes fuller probably due to the abv. Different... but not terrible. I'd dial down the carbonation but I'm assuming that is to hide the alcohol.

Overall, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine, earthiness, tropical fruit;

T: orange and pineapple through the middle; finish is orange with mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: each sip makes you want to come back for more;

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Photo of fitzy84
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Served in a pilsner glass and poured from a can. The beer pours with a clear copper appearance and a rather frothy, large head and patchy lacing. Aromas are jammed packed with interesting flavors. I could smell really spiced pine hops mixed with tropical fruits like grapefruit, orange, and mango. Taste was not as spectacular as the aromas, but it still followed with some fruity flavors mixed with malts. Its generally bittersweet overall. The beer is generally light with a a decent carbonation. Overall, the aromas really grabbed me, but everything else was ok.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Date stamp of 15197 06:49 FA64 on bottom of can.

Appearance: Slightly hazy (chill haze - went away as beer warmed up) gold color. 1/16" persistent white foam across the top. Some small strands of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. Some pine and citrus that became a bit more apparent as the beer warmed up to room temperature.

Taste: A well blended flavor from start to finish. Grapefruit citrus and pine hop flavor at the start, blending into a lager/bready malt with a hint of honey, and then a pine/citrus rind finish that lingers a bit. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation. Some stickiness on the teeth. NIce thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite pleasant and I would not have minded having a 16oz can of this or another 12oz can over the course of a meal. A well blended combination of a lager malt flavor and a IPA hop flavor. The only place it falls short is in aroma, but otherwise quite a good beer and something to have again sometime.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, light gold color. Solid and lasting head of two fingers. I pick up three rings of laces from the first three sips; some chunky spots in between.

I can smell the raw hop immediately upon opening the can. I'm shocked to get mostly caramel malt and cream on the initial smell from the glass. A third whiff brings a nice balance between the two, but it still leans to the malt.

Smooth round start of crystal and caramel (pils?) malts. The hop is mostly bitter and is light in the swallow but lingers well in the aftertaste. This is a very easy beer to drink with full flavors and nothing extreme. The body is rich, particularly for what I'd expect from a lager. This is exaggerated by the low carbonation level.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color pour, 3/4" of head on it, white. Smell was really absent of the hops. Ballast point makes some damn aromatic beers across the board, this one fell flat for me. Nothing bad smelling, just I dunno, I wanted a hop blast!

Taste, decent but again, lacking the requisite hops I was hoping for. Its real clean. Had the bitterness of an IPA, but not the hopping. Can't pay this type of $/oz in the bomber format. A rare miss from BP.

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden body; thick, creamy, bone-white head. Fruity, berry-like aroma; mild grain note. Low-key, biscuit malt flavor; crackers; grassy and herbal tastes; nice hop bitterness at the finish. Medium-heavy body; smooth; crisp and dry; clean finish.

A nice lager/ale hybrid that delivers an interesting depth and breadth of flavors along with other sensory delights.

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Photo of mchegash
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Orange-gold, several fingers of off-white head. Fairly clear. No carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: Pine citrus hops. Not as strong as in an IPA but still very present. Cannot really detect any lager aspects in the aroma.

T: Complex blend of fruit-pine-citrus-resin, with a small lagery aspect. The taste is slightly sweet. Decently tasty.

F: Quick thicker and heavier than I would expect. Medium-full body. The taste has a slight sweet stickiness to it. Light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a decent IPL. The hops and lager aspects work well together creating a single united and complex beer. Good job BP.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, form this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, lemons, some malts. Taste is crisp, lemons, hops, malts, balanced and very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost clear with a thick cap of white head. The head has great retention and leaves small amounts of sticky white lacing. The aroma is mostly hoppy, with some tropical fruits but there is also a little bit of lager grain sneaking in. The taste is much the same. The body is a little lighter but not thin and has a steady stream of carbonation.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is incredibly clear with thick frothy head.

Smell is dank hops with a malt bite at the end.

Taste matches aroma. Malt backbone with wonderfully dank hops.

I'm gonna be honest I bought these cans for a party to only discover that they were pretty beat up. Cracked one open and am happy to say it tastes pretty good.

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Photo of argock
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Freshness date stamped on bottom of can. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey-gold with short 1/2-finger gap of ivory head with decent retention and spare lacing.

S: Mostly tropical and citrus fruit aromas such as mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, and lime, but all of them are subdued by a decent dose of alcohol sharpness

T: Flavor is also hampered by too much alcohol presence. The hop characters are all there with lime, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. BUt it is cut with a boozy edge that overshadows any malt character and dampens the hops.

M: Easily the worst part of the beer -- really seems flabby and boozy with no crispness. Not sure if that is due to high amounts of hop oils or a less than stellar fermentation.

O: A mixed bag with this beer -- I'm probably underrating it a little but the feel and aroma are off and this beer really feels and drinks like an ale rather than an IPL.

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Photo of lhenschke
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, light amber colour with a moderate head. Little to no head retention.

Smell: Not a strong smell whatsoever. Very mild hoppiness, much less than I'd expect for an "India Pale ____".

Taste: Disclaimer - this was the first IPL that I've tried, so I'm not completely sure if I dislike the entire style, or just this beer. I found the imbalance between the initial (lack of) maltiness and the finishing strong hop flavouring to be unpleasant. Overall, I found it to be very watery, and the hops couldn't make up for it.

Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated and very light, not much else to say here.

Overall: I didn't enjoy this beer very much. I found it largely flavourless (aside from the heavy hops), and too carbonated. I think if it had a more pronounced breadiness/maltiness it could balance much better with the hops, while still staying much distinct from any IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Bert's
Mostly clear deep golden color bubbly white head. Lemony citrus with a sweet crisp bready pilsner maltiness. Lingering mild earthy citrus bitterness. Quaffable brew.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is copper color, a small off-white head with some nice lacing. Subtle hop aroma - not much going on in the nose. Flavor is bigger - piney hop presence, some citrus fruit, a touch of candy sweetness. Lots of bitterness at the back of the mouth. Body is medium, appropriate to the style. Really liked this one. One of my new favorite styles, and a great example.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. 15197 is the code on the bottom.

Pours clear amber with a medium head that fades fairly quick. Smell is fruity hops with a slight yeasty funk.

Taste is hoppy and fruity, strong yeasty funk. A little lemon. Not much like any pilsner I've ever known.

Mouthfeel is abrasively carbonated. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with nice clarity; white head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are bready with hints of lemon and lime. Solid amount of citrus along with a touch of caramel. The flavors are hop forward. Lots of lemon and lime zest. Hints of pine. The lager characteristics are pretty subtle and hard to notice. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and refreshing.

Nothing too crazy, but it's still a pretty solid brew. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can from TW Arrowhead in mid-July for $2.99. Canned on May 22, 2015.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose has hints of grapefruit.

Taste has a nice base pale and caramel malt with the finish being bitter grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel has a nice lager smoothness.

Overall a pretty solid beer but a tad bit pricey in a hyper competitive Phoenix market. Give it a shot if you find it refrigerated.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fizzy half finger white head that dissipates to a thin ring very quickly, leaving slight lacing. Aroma of bready malt, citrus hops, light tropical fruit; lightly floral. Flavor is bready malt with light biscuit and a hint of caramel, appropriate for a lager; tropical fruit, citrus and lightly grassy hops developing through the taste to finish with a nice citrus rind, lightly piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. The imperial pilsner style is really growing on me. I tend towards malty IPAs, so the resident malty body of a rich lager is welcome support to hops. Ballast Point has a deft hand with hopping and it shows here. The hops start light and get stronger throughout the taste and finish as well as a quality IPA. I really liked this and will return to it in the near future. Well done.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a pure-white head. The head bubbles away quickly and leaves very little lacing around the glass.

The aroma is a bit odd on this one. I get a lot of pine and melon and what I can only describe as "wheat bread". Not a bad aroma but certainly not a pleasant one either.

The taste is very crisp and floral, with notes of tangerine and grape, as well as faint hint of mango. The bitter pine is noticeable on the back end. The malt is rather bready but overall maintains a good balance.

The feel is medium-bodied and very creamy. The alcohol is almost non-existent on the palate.

Overall, a very solid, easy-drinking beer. A great beer for a hot summer day. Nothing special, but nothing to turn your nose up at either.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A dull amber-gold color. Smells of Apple's, sweet caramel and alcohol. More of a cakey malt character than I'm used too. The hop is well put together with notes of fruit, earth and spice. Aftertaste is rather hollow, yet mouth-coating.

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