Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.29/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
03-04-2014 04:16:44 | More by kojevergas
4.15/5 rDev +7%
Pours a gorges straw colored body beneath the rocky, pure white head which slowly dissolves leaving a scattered sticky lacing in its wake.
Awesome aroma, featuring intense citrus hops including apricot, orange, and possibly peach with pine notes as well and pale malts to close.
Delicious flavors resembling the nose. Apricot and citrus orange as well as pine needle hops. Again, I believe the malt to be pale or crystal, more towards the pilsner style thAn German Lager. Incredible flavor.
Unreal mouthfeel. So much flavor in such a crisp, clean beer, all the mouthfeel aspects of an Imperial Pilsner, medium to light in body with generous carbonation, yet the flavors of an Anerican IPA.
I like this beer way more than the avg rating. I'm blown away by the Abu dant, clean hop profiles accompanied by the pilsner like body. Nailed it.
02-24-2014 00:22:40 | More by CHADMC3
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
a: hazy golden yellow, with some darker amber hues in the middle of the glass. large 3 finger marshmallowy white head
s: bready right at the front of the nose. like toasted french bread, sweet orange and lemon, grapefruit rinds. the lager qualities add some nice sweet grassy aromas in here as well. finishes with a nice mix of sweet malt and that slight grapefruit bitter
t: toasted bread right at the front of the tongue. it then pops with some tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. middle of the mouth you meet some sweet malt, earthy graininess, and lemongrass. finish is tropical fruit, cream soda, and fresh bread. the earthy/sweetness of the lager really balances out the bitterness nicely. every time it wants to tip to being real bitter, those nice lager qualities help to cut it and you're only hit with that fruity sweetness from the hops
m: medium mouthfeel (lighter than your used to something like this feeling) with nice fizzy carbonation helping to pop the flavors
o: this is my first IPL. after drinking, i can understand why this style is on the rise. the lager qualities harmonize with the hops to cut some bitterness and provide an extremely refreshing, clean, crisp, and juicy beer. definitely would recommend
02-22-2014 05:45:25 | More by hopsputin
3.49/5 rDev -10.1%
A: golden orange translucent color with big white fluffy persistent head which leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.
S: hops and more hops with some dry alcohol notes on the background.
T: it's pretty smooth and drinkable, probably too smooth, missing that hop bitterness kick. It has an alcoholic presence that's not overwhelming, but definitely present, that takes a little away from the experience. Lagers are usually pretty clear in terms of flavor profile, which is why this one at 7% shows it's abv.
M: light bodied, not overly dry or sticky, easy drinking.
O: more of a lager than an IPA, would have liked to see the hops being more present and pronounced. Maybe a wet-hopped variant?
02-22-2014 03:12:10 | More by Uanof
Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.