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Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 26
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Sammy, Jan 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

t0rin0, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ballast Point in August 2009.

Poured a nice golden color at the lighter end of the spectrum, but well within a lager's range. A nice white head on it. Smell is strong with hops--lots of pine and a bit of backing citrus and floral. Taste was nice and resiny with little malt backing. We had a few IPL's on the trip, and this one was right up there with Humulus from The Bruery. Nice mouthfeel and fantastic drinkability. This is an emerging style I'd like to see more of, and Ballast Point has absolutely nailed it.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

acurtis, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

nmann08, Apr 21, 2013
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.

metter98, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Texasfan549, Mar 11, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a couple of inches of foam on top; the head grows rocky as it leaves strips of lace along the side of the glass

Smell: Kumquat and lychee

Taste: Bready, up front, but the hops take over from there; tropical fruit flavors but not the usual citrus or pine - these have a kumquat sour/tart character along with the clean refreshing taste of lychee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: I have been spoiled by Jack's Abby and while this is good, it is nowhere close

brentk56, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kjkinsey, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jaydoc, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Knapp85, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

oberon, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SocalKicks, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

WVbeergeek, Nov 20, 2013
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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.

Kegatron, Dec 04, 2009
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

jlindros, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

drabmuh, Mar 28, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

mactrail, May 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mendvicdog, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

7.0% ABV according the bottle. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired for $6.00 USD at The Growler Room here in Austin earlier tonight and served into an Avery stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery. Reviewed as an India Pale Lager because the label clearly identifies it as such. The name of the beer is "Fathom IPL" not "Fathom India Pale Lager."

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Good thickness. Decent creaminess and frothiness. Head retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a good looking beer and boasts one of the better appearances I've seen in this emergent style. That said, it's not unique or special. But I'm looking forward to the first sip and I don't notice any overt flaws.

Sm: Has some lovely dank resinous hop oils, with plenty of herbal and floral character as well as some nectary character. I pick up on some cannabis and evergreen notes. Also some lovely citrus - bits of grapefruit and orange zest.

The malty base seems ideal - pale malts, clean barley, and a hint of caramalt.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

It's a great aroma for the style, and has surprising strength. Clean and pleasant. I can't wait to try it. The resins are a definite highlight.

T/Mf: The clean feel of the hops isn't quite maintained here in the taste; untamed hoppy bitterness invades along with some dragging pine needles and grassy notes. It's still oily, but overall I wish it were more smooth and wet, with better balance of the hop bitterness. As is, it's slightly coarse and dry (especially in the second act), which really holds it back from being the refreshing lager it should be.

I get a bit of grapefruit and orange along with some citrusy twang. Those cannabis and evergreen hop notes do stay present in the flavour profile, and really work here. Hop character is primarily floral/herbal, but there's surprising depth and diversity of hop profile here - especially considering it's a lager of lesser ABV than most IPAs. Juicy and crisp.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours come through.

Overcarbonated. Has way too much bite and weight for the style and flavour profile, but overall I'd say the texture suits the taste pretty well and it has a nice presence on the palate in spite of its shortcomings. Clearly, brewers are still trying to figure out how much body and thickness to give India Pale Lagers; I think this is a bit too IPA-imitative for its own good. Clean and enjoyable nonetheless. Could be softer. It's overbearing for a lager.

The core of the beer is a pale malt/light caramalt build which works well for it. Overall, this is a cohesive approachable build but it's not quite gestalt. Decently balanced with impressive complexity for a lager. Not the most subtle or intricate beer out there. Above average duration and intensity of flavour.

I'm liking this quite a bit for what it is, and it's better than I remember Humulus Lager being.

Dr: A very drinkable sessionable India Pale Lager which I consider amongst the best of these early examples of the style. Ballast Point has a delivered an inspired lager with an impressive amount of flavour that will please IPA fans. With its kinks worked out, this could be a great beer in its style. I love the price point and would recommend friends give this a shot. I'll easily kill this bottle, and could probably go for another. Hides its ABV well.

B-

kojevergas, Mar 04, 2014
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Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.