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Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Fathom India Pale LagerFathom India Pale Lager

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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%

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

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007)
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4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Clear golden in a pint glass.

S - Hop aromas are present. The smell is not strong or overpowering. It's really like an IPA light.

T - Again the IPA light theme is what I'm going with. The flavor of the beer is hop forward with citrus and floral notes, but the finish is very clean and refreshing with little to no bitter.

M - Very light and refreshing. Drinks very easy and the alcohol presence is not there. Perfect for a hot day.

O - While I personally love hops I hate overly bitter beers. This gives me the best of both worlds. It's a hoppy beer for sure and I really enjoy it. The cost point is outstanding at $4.99 a bomber. It's not the easiest beer to find. I've had it both on tap and in the bottle and have never been disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 19:14:47 | More by ICMTM
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great twist! Pours from the tapas nice golden amber with a lacy head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Smells floral and citrusy with pine notes. Tastes of grapefruit, pith, a bit of salt, and some bell pepper. Finishes cleaner than most IPAs, with only a little stickiness and a creamy citrus aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 12:16:29 | More by kindacold
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fathom IPL. It has good clarity through an amber-y red-ochre color. Head is soppy and short on collection. Laces pretty nice, though.

Strange bitter hoppiness like bitter orange and Campari. Really smells of Campari. Some nectarine notes, also. Lightly earthy. Malts are small and quite separate. No toastiness that I can perceive. I like the smell, but the intensity is low.

Not as extreme as the nose, but the Campari flavor is still spot-on. The hoppiness is, in turn, weak for a hoppy Ballast Point beer. Notes of nectarine, ruby red grapefruit, baked earth, semi-toasted malts, and mild salinity are noticed.

Low carbonation, medium body. Uneventful. Distracted by the low carbonation.

A little disappointed with this one. The aroma is the best factor, mostly, because it reminds me of Campari.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 14:21:49 | More by thecheapies
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hoppy lager? Sign me up!

This pours a straw tan color.

The beer has a light almost-floral aroma. The hop profile has an orange-blossom character to it.

It’s pleasing, with a gentle crispness. Nice and easy going. I’d have another.

Another pleasing brew from Ballast Point.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 06:57:27 | More by elNopalero
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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at deep ellum
Nice creamy almost 3 finger creamy head, doesn't fade, nice big lacing, bubbles streaming up, fairly clear orange slight toasty brown color.

Nose sweet candy malts, candied orange peel, zest, citrus and juicy hop, light floral and grassy hop, caramel malt.

Taste sweet candy malts, caramel, toasty, semi sweet, grainy heavy malt base. Then citrus hops, orange peel, light floral grassy earthy, med bitterness that's overpowered by the malts. Finish is drier but little sticky, sweet malt flavor, caramel, fair bitter earthy citrus hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok but do much for me, pretty much no lager character either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 19:10:02 | More by jlindros
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3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy medium honey-gold color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and low lacing.

The aroma had some nicely light grain malts and a bit of floral hops. On the tongue, The malts had the front, then blended with the floral hops in the middle. At the back was a blast of citrus hops that was unexpected.

The body was medium and had a bitter finish that lingered for a bit. Drinkability was OK, the beer went down easily enough, but didn't really have a noticeable personality. Overall, a pleasant enough little brew, probably worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 17:30:13 | More by beertunes
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2.3/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

On tap at King's Table

Hazy honey/amber color. Lasting layer of retention and great lace.

Orange, grapefruit and grassy hops hold most of the aroma aside from some toasty grain. Yeah, mostly hops though. In another example of WTF, the taste is vegetal all while suggesting the taste of perfume fragrances if one could taste the fragrence and not the purfume itself. Soft body and carbonation.

Overall: Gorgeous lace. Terrible beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 22:42:55 | More by Ryan011235
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2.69/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This beer is pretty boring. I give is credit for being refreshing in the summer, but just not a lot of character all the way around from nose, taste, mouth. Not to impressed. Ballast Point is a great Brewery so I am glad they don't bottle this one. I have been pouring it at the shop on tap for drinkers that come in looking for something generic like Blue Moon or Bud light. It seems to go good for them. For a heavy beer guy I would really stay away.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 18:26:39 | More by vinny21bal
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4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beautiful golden color, very clear with a nice white head and great lacing!
Smell - decent aroma of citrus and fruit hops. I do wish it was a bit stronger.
Taste - very clean and light to medium body, I love it. Great citrusy hop flavor with a balanced malt and bitterness that doesn't linger. All around just good!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 22:25:54 | More by Boardshort_Brewer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I tend to really enjoy well done Imperial Pilsners so I got excited when I saw this on the tap list at Reservoir in Waterbury. Seemed to miss the point of the style for me though. From notes.

A - Poured golden to dark golden with a half finger white head. Bright. Good ring of lace and film of retention.

S - Citrus. Orange. Not much going on.

T - Noble hop, orange, honey.

M - Good carbonation, light body, medium bitterness.

O/D - Weaker for the style. Missing that strong, delicious noble hop profile. Tastes good, but just didn't want more of this interpretation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 16:08:50 | More by tbeckett
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4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC. Pours a nice deep orange; looks nothing like a lager on first blush.

Smell: Aromatic of a floral/citrusy IPA, with a very small trace of lager coming through on the nose.

Taste: Tastes like an exceptionally hopped-up lager. Incredibly delicious and refreshing. Drinks quite crisply despite near-7% ABV. The only other beers I've had that tasted similar are Hoponius Union and Tired Hands' California Uber Helles.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium-carbonation.

Overall: This is what lagers/imperial pilsners should taste like. Not sure I've ever had an imperial pilsner that balanced the enjoyable characteristics of a lager with an india pale ale this successfully. Just a delicious, refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 14:07:53 | More by LarryK
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the public house in san Francisco while at the giants game. This beer saw the first pitch. Really cool. Tastes slightly hoppy but it's pretty balanced overall. Definitely has a pilsner/lager finish to it. Pilsners and lagers are styles I have stayed away from with craft beer,but this wasn't too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 16:46:04 | More by WeedKing4
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a clear orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of herbal and citrus zest hops up front with a nice malt backbone. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp an clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 06:55:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color, a little paler than an IPA, had a nice strong head. The nose is a lot of floral hops with no to little malt. The taste is great, it is a little lighter in maltiness than an IPA, very slight buttery. Has a great smoothness in the mouthfeel that I thought complimented the hops very well. I was glad I ordered this, I drank it while watching an evening football game, I can see doing this a lot, and ordering numerous of these in an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 18:58:15 | More by nanobrew
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 03:36:09 | More by BearsOnAcid
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the main brewery's tasting room.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades fast but still leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops

T - Like the smell grapefruit hops are the dominate flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Overall I liked this beer while its a style I don't quite see why its around its a good beer like an IPA except different woth trying if you see it ever

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 00:10:45 | More by armock
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Homebrewmart trip on 07/14/11
*On tap at the brewery

A: Fathom pours a nice light copper pale hue that is very clear in appearance. Big frothy white head formed and retained for a bit with some light waves of lace upon the glass.

S: Very clean aromas of tropical fruit notes come through on the nose.

T: A nice sugary caramel malt base delivers a very clean tropical hop profile here. Some danky herbs and pine notes. Nice balance. ABV's come through with a little chest warmth. Somewhat like a cleaner version of Big Eye.

M: Sticky-icky mouthfeel with a light creamy body overall

D: A really nice hop fix. Not overly sweet. Little alcohol presence. Not as good as I remembered but still very pleasurable.

Gotta say it has been a while since I have had this brew and it did seem different to me this go around but it is always a favorite of mine. I personally just really like the idea of India Pale Lager's. The Lager yeast allows for a much cleaner hop profile delivery IMO. I wish more breweries would take on this style. Definitely need to make a point of seeking out more IPL's!

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 19:58:23 | More by Nugganooch
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I knew I'd come back one day to review this. On-tap most recently at Churchill's Pub, on to the beer:

Has the color of pale orange which provides little excitement for the eyes. The head is small and leaves a few spots of lace around. The nose features some vague citrus and pine zest.

It could taste better given the craftsmanship behind Ballast Point. This pilsner (notice that I'm not refering to this as an "India Pale Lager") features a bite of pine in the begining and throughout. A late surge of grapefruit keeps this from being resemblant to Pine Sol. Aftertaste is a little soapy and fairly bitter.

Nice enough. I recall liking this a little more when I first tasted it though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 00:10:05 | More by DoubleJ
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Good normal lighter IPA kinda look, some head and lacing.

S - Smells like a ipa, but a little more lager'ish.

T - Taste was very similar to an IPA but kinda different and toned down.

M - Good aftertaste but I need more bitterness.

O - Great style compared to an ipa, hard to get close to an ipa and be different.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 00:43:51 | More by SDtastentune
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice medium amber in the Pilsener glass. Slight lacing in the glass. Some flowery hops in the nose. Not much mouthfeel. Tastes really rich, which is something of a novelty for anything with the word "lager" in its name. But a big, robust malty flavor immediately followed by a whole lot of hops. The hops are just short of overpowering, and whatever variety they are, it's a clean and intense taste.

I like a beer that creates some head-scratching as to style. Good to remember that the creative urge challenges the artificial boundaries. Call it a low-voltage DIPA. But for hopheads I think it would be worth tasting as a highly drinkable novelty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 05:24:43 | More by mactrail
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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 08/19/2009 at Ballast Point Homebrew Mart. The beer appears golden and translucent with a frothy white head. Lacing is left clinging to the glass after the recession.

The nose is radical, with notes of resiny pine, succulent bitter grapefruit, orange pith, and tropical fruit. The hops also impart floral and grassy notes. The malt is very light, reminiscent of caramel and somewhat crackery. Hell of a nose. I would guess this is an IPA if I didn't know better.

The flavor is clean bitterness up front and throughout. My palate is overwhelmed with pine and grapefruit. Bitterness is at a medium level, with grassy notes. The light body and clean profile yeast serves as a sort of fantastic vehicle for the hop medley. I love it. The finish is dry with some tropical fruit.

The beer is light bodied with medium draft carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky. This is a hell of a beer, and I'd like to see more of this unique style.


Fresh batch tapped yesterday and enjoyed today at Old Grove. Outstanding beer and really nice batch. +.5 to mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 02:17:12 | More by HopHead84
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3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign IL.

A: Pours a dull, murky yellow color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to a ring in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Floral, grassy, and citrus hops in the nose. Some dry biscuit and bread aromas as well. Very nice balance and nuance.
T: What ever the balance and nuance that was in the nose is gone here. Bitter grapefruit and resiny pine. Nothing else that i can come up with.
M/D: A medium to full body. Soapy, oily, and resiny. Kind of sticky as well. Some alcohol is noticeable, but the bitterness make this hard to drink a bunch of.

I don't understand why breweries continue to make "Imperial Pilsners." It is just an oxymoron IMO. This is really not bad. Though, just a bit of overkill. Tone it down a bit and this is a really good lager. As is, not something I really enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 03:44:03 | More by champ103
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 03:44:31 | More by StormKing47
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Bright, brilliant clear copper with a medium off-white head that held on strong and left spotty lace.

S-Rather light overall with just enough spicy citrus hops and sweet biscuit malt to keep your interest.

T-Fairly aggressive spicy citrus hop bite up front that quickly fades away to mildly sweet biscuit malt. This one has the Pale Ale hop bite up front and the clean lager finish.

M-Medium-light bodied with that typical crisp and clean finish.

D-An interesting and well made brew from Ballast Point for sure. I like and appreciate the effort of this rather rarely done hybrid style but I didn't love it. An easy to drink and enjoyable beer but not overly memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 12:49:00 | More by Deuane
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brilliant Blind Pig in Champaign. Clear, straw-golden body topped by a finger of durable white froth that leaves dense rings of lacing on the pint glass; excellent looking beer. Good smell--grassy, piney, well-hopped, like a ramped-up lager; fragrant.

Good taste, nicely hopped, somewhat bitter bite, tasty and easy to consume. It's not very complex, but is tasty and a Imperial Pilsner. Nice hop grit, good texture. This was all-too easy to consume and, was I not interested in sampling a few other beers, I would have easily enjoyed a couple more of these.

Another very good beer from Ballast Point. It isn't on the same level as Big Eye, which is much bigger and fuller an Imperial. However, this is quite good, and well worth a go.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 01:42:41 | More by Gehrig
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Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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