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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

569 Ratings
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
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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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Druss157
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of pod
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of SudsSurfer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't get Raul wrong, he trips over the "hot" stuff. Once he started seeing an abundance of Hoponius Union pictures, he had to have it. And he eventually did. And it was good. But why should Raul trip so hard when he has The Bruery's Humulus Lager and Ballast Point's Fathom IPL at his beckoning?

And yeeep! Fathom has done it like A-Roid on a syringe filled with HGH - straight popped it hard! Thang is crisp, clean (unlike A-Roid) and just straight drinkable.

Can Raul get a "yeah buddy!"?

Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.