Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Yellow / amber color with a very good sized off white head that recedes away. Steady streams of carbonation and thin lacing on the glass. Awesome smell to this beer! Very hop forward aroma sweet delicious citrus and pine resin. Just the slightest bit of pale malt coming through as it warmed but I am comfortable saying this brew basically smells of nothing but sweet delicious hops. Hell yeah! The taste of this beer is also very hoppy. Piney and grassy characteristics with a good amount of hop bitterness. This is quite a tasty brew but it is not particularly balanced. There is not enough malt backbone to support the intense hop presence in this beer. That being said, that is kind of the point of this beer; to showcase the hops on a clean base that you don't really notice. In this sense they succeeded but the whole idea is fundamentally flawed. However, I personally prefer beers that are overly hoppy as opposed to overly malty so i dont really mind that this beer is unbalanced and this is a flaw that is in someways appealing and it sets this beer apart. Overall this is not a Ballast Point masterpiece but it is damn good. Absolutely something to check out if you like hops and like IPAs that aren't too malty. I will buy this brew again.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2013 04:18:44 | More by CA_brewster
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
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
3.86/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle in hotel room, last night in SD, making room for bottle shippers in plane. Straight from the brewery.
A- Pours with a fairly clear body from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Small white head to about one finger with decent retention. Head cascades down to a small, fizzy ring. Lacing is left behind on the glass in spotty sheets.
S- Not the most intense of aromas but super clean and crisp hops up front. Tropical fruits and orange citrus peel come to mind. Some pale grains and lager yeast hints backing it.
T- Hops are the focus but not at a pungent modern IPA level. Notes of tropical fruits, citrus zest, grapefruit, pine and floral are laid upon a very clean lager yeast backbone. Slight hints of malts with cracked cereal grain, biscuit and light caramel.
MF- Creamy overall texture with a light to moderately thick body. Carbonation on the high end and smooth, provides a nice push for the hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness and hops longer on the palate.
I like it more with each sip and am surprised it is even close to 7%, it drinks so smoothly and is very crisp. Delivers nice hops but doesn't try too hard, very clean base.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2013 08:01:35 | More by cbutova
4.4/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Color is a cross of gold and blonde with a frothy head. I had read about this beer but this is my first time trying it.
Grapefruit and pine aromas spring forth followed by a clean malt base that compliments them. Smells much stronger than 7%.
The first sip brings forth those same grapefruit and pine hop flavors but after that, is nothing but a blank slate of clean, crisp malt. It differs from a few other offerings I've had and to be quite honest, I like this effort more.
The mouthfeel is clean and crisp as well. It's not muddled or full of alcohol heat like a few other offerings.
THE cleanest, tastiest example I've had of this stuff thus far.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2013 02:35:06 | More by Brad007
Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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