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Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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very good

471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 09-29-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

eulerthegrape, Aug 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

rosschive, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kristougher, Aug 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

captainbearcat, Aug 18, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: 0.5L mug
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.49
Purchased: Aug. 16, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 16, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange clear color with 5-to-6 fingers of frothy white head that spilled over the top of the mug. Foam looked rather light on top. A good deal amount of uneven sporadic lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention all the way down.

Lots of different flavors in the nose. Got some hops (sweet floral, citrus, pine, tangerine and orange), and malts (caramel, honey, sourdough bread and corn). Also some bitter peppery spices. Definitely a mix of an IPA and a pilsner.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got a smooth taste of citrus hops to start, followed by caramel and honey malts and ending with bitter spicy notes. Those spices kept lingering after. Some faint notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit. For a pilsner? Pretty good. For an IPA, average or below average.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. Somewhat refreshing. The 7.0% ABV is well-hidden.

Was back and forth between a 3.50 and 3.75 overall, but I guess I was feeling gracious. Decent.

BucannonXC5, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Ajlvt, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

hnandez, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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baklo, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

PsilohsaiBiN, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Boone757, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Lugenbeast, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

sjones5045, Aug 07, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

A: Clear copper-tan in appearance, forms a quickly receding wispy head that leaves scant lacing.

S: Hop-forward bouquet as expected. Lemongrass joins a bit a honey-sweetness. If you've had their Big Eye IPA, imagine that with a more crackery backdrop. Although strangely subdued, you really have to inhale to get the full bouquet.

T/M: Again, hop-citrus forward, notes of lemon and orange at the front of the palate. A touch of buttery sweetness mid-sip while a yeasty, crackery tone dries toward the finish. Heavier bodied than expected, much more ale-like than lager.

Drinkable, but unremarkable. When I heard they were bottling this I was expecting more, but I may have had too high of expectations. I'm assuming they accomplished the flavor profile they were looking for, there's nothing off-putting in this pint, but I think I need more IPL's before I can be as objectively critical as I should. Categories aside, the beer in itself is OK, better than average but nothing I would chase down.

rand, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

tarheels4life23, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

dwagner003, Aug 04, 2013
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2.69/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This beer is pretty boring. I give is credit for being refreshing in the summer, but just not a lot of character all the way around from nose, taste, mouth. Not to impressed. Ballast Point is a great Brewery so I am glad they don't bottle this one. I have been pouring it at the shop on tap for drinkers that come in looking for something generic like Blue Moon or Bud light. It seems to go good for them. For a heavy beer guy I would really stay away.

vinny21bal, Jul 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.