Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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88
very good

112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 703
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 43
Gots: 128 | FT: 1
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very nice golden hue with a clear body and a strong effervescence. A nice layer of creamy ivory foam leaving a good lace on the glass. Great!

Smell: malty aroma with slightly dank, very earthy hops. A bit sweet, but I like it.

Taste: sticky and sweet, as one might expect from the style. It's got the same blend of malty, sweet, syrupy flavor and earthy hops as the aroma. Bitterness is quite good, though, and stands up to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: plenty of body with a moderate carbonation but a very good creaminess. Very good.

Overall: not bad at all, but it drinks like a hi-test beer; sweet and a bit alcoholey, as the style tends to be. (715 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber orange with a nice frothy off-white two finger head of foam.

Bread-like malts, caramel, pine, citrus, and some hop resin.

Much more citrus and pine in the swallow. Sweet pilsner malts are overpowered by a blast of citrusy hops.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, bitter, dry finish.

Overall, not bad, but I was expecting Dissenter, so I was a little let down. (395 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a lot frothy off white head that settles and laces fairly well.

S: Citrus and pine hops, maybe a touch of fruitiness, and a little light malt.

T: Lots of pine and citrus hops up front, some grapefruit and tangerine, with a nice light malt backbone. Tangerine and malt sweetness come out more as it warms.

M: On the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Didn't really have high expectations for this one given the style and that this bottle is less than fresh, but I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised. (632 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber orange color with a thick head with good retention and leaving good laces.
Nice aroma for a Lager, notes of herbal and citrusy hops with hints of grapefruit, lager yeast, oranges, mango and mild pine.
Citrusy hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, grassy hops, Lager yeast, pine resin, dough, soap, tangerine, some spices and mango. Very dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness. Its 70 IBUs are definitely there.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% abv is very well hidden.
Excellent IPL. They made a Lager to be much more fun and it does feel cleaner than an IPA. I wonder of what type of yeast they used. This is superbly well balanced and surprisingly citrusy; they really managed well its hop profile. Worth it trying and sure I wouldn’t mind to seek it again. (807 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Not my favorite beer. I liked Samuel Adams IPL, but this missed big time. The malt character truly beat the hops. This was a true resin filled IPA/IPL, and not in a good way. Overall this was disappointing. (206 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow. Full white head on the pour.
Smell: not a lot happening in the nose. Some piney, citrus notes but dulled at that. Pleasant enough.
Taste: more going here. A nice hoppy bite and an interesting "cleaner than an IPA" thing that I guess is attributable to the lagering? I guess this what an IPL is spose to taste like. Nice.
Overall: all in all an interesting and nicely done brew. (411 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color with a white, 2-finger head. Fair retention gives way to a broken layer of suds with a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Predominant mango aroma, along with touches of orange and pine.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and mango dominate upfront, but there's a distinct pine resin undertone throughout. Malt bill is clean and adds sweetness, but without a truly defining flavor. Finish is a nice orange zest character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair, tingly carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Overall - One of the better IPL's I've had to date. For the price I paid, it's well worth a few more trips "into the Fathom". (706 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a crisp beer. Definitely a lager or pilsner style beer. Color is light copper color, very similar to Yuengling really. Not a malt bomb but not really hoppy either. It was labeled as a IPA style lager. I don't detect that much hop in the flavors. Maybe I have had too many true IPA's but this one is not hoppy at all. It is very much a lager. I won't go through a full review. I will say that its a decent beer but like so many craft breweries that make stuff that is away from a good IPA or Stout that they are known for it just is not worth the price difference. When you can get a 12 pack of adjunct lager 12 oz cans for maybe a couple of bucks more. Like I said this beer reminds me a lot of Yeungling and was only two dollars less than the local grocery chain has a 12 pack on sale for this week. (808 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint, this is a medium amber colored beer with a modest head. The nose offers plenty of hops, as expected, but also a nice clean malt aroma. The flavor mirrors this, with a great balance of toasty malt and sharp, bitter hoppiness. Very drinkable hoppy malty lager, like a hoppy octoberfest! (313 characters)

Photo of thomda11
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased this at BEVMO in a 22oz bomber and am anxious to try it. Poured a straw gold with a decent head. The aroma is a combo of resinous hops and sweet malt. The taste is a replica of the nose, but the flavors are a bit more intense than the aroma would suggest--the piney hops flavor was most prominent. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a good malt character to the brew. The finish, as typical with lagers, was very clean. Overall, it was a flavorful, well-balanced brew. I wish I could find a six-pack! (517 characters)

Photo of ANIMOUL
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to this style and wasn't expecting to like this...

Slight hoppiness with no maltiness; admittedly, I'm not a fan of overly strong / present malts. Prefer the hops... and Fathom doesn't disappoint. Slight sweetness that continued throughout the 22 oz (drank from a bomber).

Again, not sure if the IPL style is a common offering; however, highly recommend those who like IPAs / Pale Ales seek this out. Ballast Point doesn't disappoint (disclaimer: biased towards SD beers) (477 characters)

Photo of lazy8
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22 oz bottle poured to a pint glass

A: Goldenrod/dark yellow with 3/4" white foamy head. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles
S: Light hop aroma with slight biscuit smell
T: Hops produce bitter taste and aftertaste, but not too bitter. Notes of citrus - mainly grapefruit and pine
M: Crisp and clean as is typical with a lager
O: A really good beer. A lager with a west coast IPA taste. Nicely hopped but not overpowering. I'll have another... (452 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a moderate fluffy off white head.

Moderately malty and smooth. Slight hop aroma.

Resinous hop character with light malt. Quite sharp but in a good way.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A crisp, clean strong lager. Nicely hoppy. (273 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Draft in Petco Park.

Brassy and very clear, the small soapy head is a half finger in height and refuses to vanish until halfway through the glass. Leaves some loose rings of lace.

Aroma profile is very similar to Ballast Point's Big Eye, clean pilsner malt is cracker-like and crisp but with caramel sweetness and a bit of bready dough for balance. Hops are quite strong 50/50 blend of orange citrus and a raw and green pine resin. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Pale and pilsner malt are tight and clean with added caramel sweetness from some darker grain. The flavor of hops are still a combination of orange citrus and resin but it swings more towards the pine end of the spectrum with a cleansing and grassy finish. Alcohol is prevalent but is swept up in the medium bitterness and drying of the lager that releases a resiny aftertaste.

Medium bodied, very much like a DIPA with adequate carbonation. Cleansing bitterness and drying is very efficient for a high abv brew. The alcohol is tasted but not really felt so strongly if that makes any sense.

A very tasty beer that is all IPA except using slightly cleaner lager yeast that imparts less fruit esters and complexities. Still very doughy and sweet, the hops completely carry this beer on its shoulders into a good level. (1,293 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures on 4/14/14

A-Clear deep golden liquid with small to medium white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma of citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, biscuit, mango and bread.

T-Taste is very light sweet and light bitter with notes of grapefruit, citrus, mango and bread.

M-Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O-Overall an idea to have a clean version of IPA that makes you have more. (401 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a translucent orange with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of orange and mango, as well as peach and tangerine in the nose.

T: Tons of pine, nectary tangerine and mango.

M: Medium bodied and a bit flat.

O: I guess I prefer IPAs. If this were top fermented, I think it would have been an A- or an A. Overall, though, it was decent. I can kind of see why the style is growing in popularity, but Im not into it just yet. (426 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: golden pils like color but a little murky, beautiful head from a gentle pour that holds nicely and lasting. Laces out,

S: balanced scent of sweet honeydew and hops, very dry and clean on the nose. Very enjoyable here

T/M: very close to the nose and that's a real good thing! Almost pilsner like on the tongue and a dry and light hop finish that gives a hint of melon fruit. The mouthfeel is lush a full. Very nice beer, enjoyable even though its not my favorite type. Enough body to satisfy, but I'll still take 2 :)

Would buy again and serve to friends (560 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden yellow with an awesome sizable white head. Lacing as well!

S: Aroma is pilsener malts, hops definitely, and some honey.

T: Same as the nose: pilsener malts, big strong hardy hops, honey bread, clove, and some orange peel. The after taste is amazingly refreshing!

M: Light to medium. It's got an almost perfect mouth feel. This is my second IPL as well as the best one I've ever had.

O: Was expecting something boring, but this is an excellent beer and I will be buying it again. (496 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, off white head, with good lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity orange peel hop character comes through.

Flavor: Sweet orange, touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, too much residual sweetness for a lager IMO. (252 characters)

Photo of ICMTM
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of grammodesguapote
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 (792 characters)

Photo of kindacold
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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- (3,846 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (840 characters)

Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.