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Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | 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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4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

ICMTM, Mar 21, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head.

Aroma is of sweet malts and aromatic hops.

Taste is clean with a big aromatic hoppy beginning that finishes with some malty sweetness and little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky with malt. Carb is good.

This is a my second "IPL" and this has changed my view of what the style can be. Great offering by Ballast Point.

grammodesguapote, Mar 16, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-13-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: Single from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL

A: The beer is a hazy honey color, topped with a large, rocky white head. The head retention is very good and leaves a clingy remnant of lace behind.

S: Aromas are sharp and have a pleasing mix of grassy, floral and fruity hops. There's also some bread-like malt base in the smell.

T: First taste has some fruitiness to it, followed soon by bitterness of the hops. The bitterness has a citrus (grapefruit) flavor.

M: Mouthfeel presents a medium body with high carbonation for a crisp experience. The finish is fairly bitter with the same citrus fruitiness noted before.

O: Overall a delightful beer. Very much like an IPA

sommersb, Mar 14, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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.


kojevergas, Mar 04, 2014
Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.