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Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Fathom India Pale LagerFathom India Pale Lager

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very good

129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 787
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 26.22%
Wants: 50
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007

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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 787
Photo of milwaukee512
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best IPL I've tried; that said, I just think there's something in the feel of IPLs that is inferior to their ale counterpart. As usual, Ballast Point brings flavor, balance, and quality that's tough to match. If you dig IPLs, this is probably as good as it gets.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 2/2/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange zest, pine, honey, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Super clean lagering with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPL style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer kicks ass, and while its a little heavy in the belly for a lager, it tastes awfully good. its that perfect mix of citrus and pine, more lemon and spruce to be specific, but it really works, and the hop profile is amazing on the whole. the body is really big for a lager, but you get the lager yeast and dryness in the finish, very unique that way to still be a hoppy blast. real drinkable for how big it is, but it does sit in the belly a little strange after awhile. abv is high for a lager, and limits the number i can have, but its so clean i want to have a ton of it, a real nice problem to have. complex maybe, simple maybe too at the same time, its one of those beers that moves the lager style as a whole forward pretty far. evolutionary, but maybe just sort of revolutionary in that its similar to a few others with the hop content. nice beer, well made and yummy. so be savored and remembered. ballast point keeps doing it up in style, especially on the hoppy stuff. reconsider lager here!!!

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Photo of franklioni
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First impression was a more than subtle odour of geranium which is unfortunate as I happen to hate that smell.

Happily though, once I got past that smell, the taste was very smooth and easy for a 7%er that broke later into dogged nice fruitiness.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with one finger head and minor lace on top of an aroma that was dirty, earthy, hops with that "lagery" aroma. The beer is smooth and has a dry hopped taste that is balanced by bread and sweet malts. Beer is easy drinking and finishes dry. Pretty simple beer but the hop flavor is pleasant and the malt base is just enough.

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Photo of bark
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is gold (7 EBC), the liquid is clear. The airy three finger head is white, it sinks slowly leaving lots of thick lacing. It looks very inviting.

The smell is semi-sweet and hoppy. Notes of grapefruit peel, honey, exotic fruit jam, green plands and a smooth bitterness.

The taste is sweeter than expected. Clean malty sweetness, smooth bitterness. Notes of orange juice, green plants, honey and plums. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got growing clean alcohol and bitterness, exotic fruits and bread-like malt. The finish is smooth and sweet with some floral bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is a bit sticky.

Way too sweet, but apart from that, I liked it.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is crisp sweet doughy malt with some fruit and resiny metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and some fruit with some peppery grassy hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent hoppy lager.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer a lot - the hops were much stronger than I expected. I enjoyed the subtle, fleeting sweetness in the aftertaste. Pretty dry and bitter finish but it worked very well in my opinion. The smell was a tad thin, but I would prefer this beer over most lagers.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2/1/15:
Pours a lovely yellow-gold. Head froths nicely with a slightly vigorous pour, sustaining and lace-inducing. Nucleated glass helps the look. Nose is light tropical notes with a hint of bubble gum.

Taste is fruit-sweet, melon-like again-sweetness with an indistinct fruity nature. For some odd reason, this sits quite well with me. I've had session-IPA-like IPLs before that I've enjoyed. This beer has me enjoying it for having a lager light bread to biscuit feel/taste and sweetness. The understated fruitiness adds to that. Countering that is the feel, which seems too oily for the style, and not very crisp.

An interesting take on a style I have had limited exposure to where all previous versions have had somewhat similar profiles. I didn't love everything about this brew, but the grand total has it as one to have again.

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Photo of matjack85
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Roommate brought these home so I have no idea about the price and could not find any kind of freshness date on the bottle. 22oz bomber bottle with the words "Lager meets IPA" on the label. Interesting. BA lists it as a Double Imperial Pilsner, so I guess that officially makes it a cold fermented lager.

The beer poured a slightly hazed gold color with a 2-finger white head that lasted over 2 minutes and produced some decent lacing.

The beer smelled like a ton of citrusy hops.

Munich and Vienna malts provide a slightly sweet flavor that helps tame the citrus and piny hops. At 70 IBUs it has the bitterness score of an IPA, but its definitely not an overly bitter beer. I liked the overall taste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I felt it could have used a little more spritz.

This is an easy drinker despite its 7.0% abv. I would say they generally achieved their goal of making a bottom fermented IPA. I would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 23, 2015.

It pours a bright, clear orange-copper-amber with a modest foamy cream colored head.

It smells very nice and inviting with those citrus and pine hop aromas mingling delicately with the roasted malts underneath.

Medium body that is also very smooth and chewy.

There is a hop to malt ratio of about 60-40 if I was to take a guess. The citrus and pine hops lead the way but the underlying roasted malt/bread character can also be found. Lingering bitterness at the end. Nicely done.

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Photo of CASK1
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An unexpected gift from a brewing friend visiting from CA. Thanks, Mike P.!

A - Spicy, fruity hops up front, with a subtle sweet, honey-like malt aroma.

A - Medium gold, a touch hazy, thick, long-lasting white head.

F - Like an over hopped Maibock.

M - Clean and crisp. Moderate body and high carbonation. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

O - Sneaky. Seem like a beer you could drink all day, but I doubt that would be a good idea!

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like what Ballast Point makes and this is just another great to add to the list. Not too heavy, not too light. I could host a BBQ and drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather quickly, leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is a rather interesting blend of tropical fruit aromas of tangerine, mango and pineapple mixed with a rather decent showing of a bready aroma. Some melon smells as well as a bit of a more herbal, citrus, and pine hop blend are in the nose as well, creating a rather interesting but inviting hopped brew aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a bready taste mixed with some tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and pineapple as depicted in the nose. The tropical fruits fade however as the taste advances, being replaced by just a hint of a more melon like taste. All the while, the bready taste crisps up with it taking on a lightly more cracker like flavor. While light upfront, some hop flavors of a citrus, pine, and earthy nature grow stronger and stronger throughout the taste. The flavors that are left on the tongue at the end are joined by a little e bit of an herbal hop flavor, leaving a moderately hopped, but somewhat drier fruit taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body and moderate carbonation are actually quite appropriate for the lager style of the brew, but slightly low in thickness for the hopped flavors of the brew. Overall, the feel was pretty nice.

Overall – A rather nice and tasty IPL with a nice mix of tropical fruits, bready tastes and a decent hop blend. A rather nice drinking IPL overall.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Bomber into a tulip. Beautiful golden orange beer with a wonderful fluffy white head that sticks around with great lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit and thin trace of crackers. Citrusy.

Taste - Nice grapefruit hoppiness with a very thin biscuity malt. Resiny. I wish I could get a lot more of the lager breadiness. I found it thinner than I'd like and wishing it was a Lagunitas IPA.

Feel - Smooth and creamy with a nice crisp finish. Great mouthfeel.

Overall - I wish it contained a bit more of a flavor transition toward the finish, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear golden color with a good white head

Smell: Caramel, bread, pine, resin, citrus

Taste: Citrus and pine up front, then some caramel and bread malts. Good malt sweetness to balance the bitterness

Feel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Fairly good, though it is probably not something I would search out.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into pint. This is as advertised. The aroma and citrus-pine elements found in a well made IPA, but with the crisper, biscuity malt tones and mouthfeel found in a lager. My first hoppy lager, so I have little to go on. Did indeed enjoy it and will purchase again as my hop addiction has me having a difficult time making a true foray into lagers just yet.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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".

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Photo of humuloner22
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.