Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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87
very good

547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin white head that doesn't last very long. Average levels of visible carbonation.

S: Overall seems a little muted. Grassy and floral hops over light pilsner malts. Minimal sulfuric notes in the nose though.

T: Follows the nose - grassy and citrus hops, a bit of melon and flower, and a clean malt finish. Only mild bitterness in the hang.

M: The body is light, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence. The mouthfeel seems a bit watery to me, but not to the point of distraction.

O: Not bad, but inferior to several other so-called IPLs I've had lately. It's lacking a big enough hop punch, and the body seems thin. Still, nothing I'd council someone to avoid particularly. Rather, one to check off the list and move on.

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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.

Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.