Fathom India Pale Lager - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Fathom India Pale LagerFathom India Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 42
Gots: 117 | 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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Ratings: 676 | Reviews: 115
Photo of kindacold
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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-

Photo of CHADMC3
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of hopsputin
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy golden yellow, with some darker amber hues in the middle of the glass. large 3 finger marshmallowy white head

s: bready right at the front of the nose. like toasted french bread, sweet orange and lemon, grapefruit rinds. the lager qualities add some nice sweet grassy aromas in here as well. finishes with a nice mix of sweet malt and that slight grapefruit bitter

t: toasted bread right at the front of the tongue. it then pops with some tropical fruit - mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. middle of the mouth you meet some sweet malt, earthy graininess, and lemongrass. finish is tropical fruit, cream soda, and fresh bread. the earthy/sweetness of the lager really balances out the bitterness nicely. every time it wants to tip to being real bitter, those nice lager qualities help to cut it and you're only hit with that fruity sweetness from the hops

m: medium mouthfeel (lighter than your used to something like this feeling) with nice fizzy carbonation helping to pop the flavors

o: this is my first IPL. after drinking, i can understand why this style is on the rise. the lager qualities harmonize with the hops to cut some bitterness and provide an extremely refreshing, clean, crisp, and juicy beer. definitely would recommend

Photo of Uanof
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden orange translucent color with big white fluffy persistent head which leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: hops and more hops with some dry alcohol notes on the background.

T: it's pretty smooth and drinkable, probably too smooth, missing that hop bitterness kick. It has an alcoholic presence that's not overwhelming, but definitely present, that takes a little away from the experience. Lagers are usually pretty clear in terms of flavor profile, which is why this one at 7% shows it's abv.

M: light bodied, not overly dry or sticky, easy drinking.

O: more of a lager than an IPA, would have liked to see the hops being more present and pronounced. Maybe a wet-hopped variant?

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, orange golden with a large white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: floral with a sweet grain smell mixed in

T: sweet and malty up front followed by a big hop kick, finish is dry and pine, almost two distinct beer tastes as you drink

M: lighter with higher carbonation, no alcohol taste present

O: malt character is very sweet, crisp, and clean, hops are very aggressive and quite bitter

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber picked up in the 1st shipment of BP to GA

A - Golden yellow with some clarity, lots of carbonation bubbles, and 1 full finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. It's a Beaut Clark.

S - Nice hoppy aroma of grapefruit and citrus. Smells like an IPA..

T - A hoppy lager is the perfect description. Very tasty, smooth, with a hopped up character. Lager/Pilsner it is for sure, but the dry hopping makes it so much better

M - Well carbonated, oily and slick.

O - A great IPL. Never had one of this style, but enjoy it. Great summer brew I would imagine, though its January and its still great.

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a couple of inches of foam on top; the head grows rocky as it leaves strips of lace along the side of the glass

Smell: Kumquat and lychee

Taste: Bready, up front, but the hops take over from there; tropical fruit flavors but not the usual citrus or pine - these have a kumquat sour/tart character along with the clean refreshing taste of lychee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: I have been spoiled by Jack's Abby and while this is good, it is nowhere close

Photo of cxr1037
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from Ballast Point. I've probably had Fathom more than any of their other brews.

From a 22 into a Bruery tulip.

APPEARANCE: Clear, glowing bronze. About a half inch of head.

AROMA: Right away, it smells like an IPA. Grapefruit and orange stand out, a little bit of pine, and faint cereal grain.

TASTE: I can really taste the Ahtanum hops, which are used in the dry-hopping of this beer. They're well-balanced with modest, sweet malts. Faintly grassy.

MOUTHFEEL: Low-medium body - lighter than anticipated given the ABV. Perfectly carbonated.

FINISH: Refreshing hints of bitter citrus and floral hops, and sweet malts.

OVERALL: This is my favorite IPL, and I think it's the best example of the style I've ever had (though I've only ever had one other IPL - The Bruery's Humulus Lager). Fathom is a great, refreshing beer that I highly recommend to anyone.

90/100

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some amber hues. It poured with a finger and a half high frothy off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—lemons and oranges seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of bready malts and pine resin hops.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops along with a light amount of associated bitterness. There's no pine resin in the taste but hints of floral hops are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean and slightly smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this lager because it showcased the citrusy flavors of the hops but wasn't that bitter and didn't have the bite or crispness you get from ales. As such, it has good drinkability.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of CA_brewster
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
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 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.

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.

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!"?

Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale golden yellow with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Bready pilsner malts, sweet pale malts, tangerine, grapefruit, and citrus.

Taste: Citrus and bitterness is s little more noticeable. Chewy and sweet malts with lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, refreshing, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and some lingering bitterness.

Overall: A nice and hoppy lager with some bitterness in the end. IPL are becoming more popular with myself more and more.

Photo of McStagger
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No dating available. Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, slightly amber hue. Carbonation is moderate. Two and some change fingers of white head. Large bubbles. Moderate retention.

S: Has that clean lager snap to it. Otherwise, it carries a lot of tropical notes. Tangerine, mango, pineapple. Underneath that is some mint/herbal characteristics.

T: Mid palate of big tropical notes. Middle is tropical fruit, sugared citrus rind and candied ginger. End is drying, with some slighlty biscuit notes popping through. Aftertaste is mostly clean, with some residually dry grapefruit peel and soapiness.

M: Mildly carbonated. Medium bodied, or even a bit heavy. Dry in the finish, but lacks the crispness associated with a light lager.

O: I wonder what the hop bill on this bad boy is. It reminds me a lot of Stone 17th Anniversary. Like, a lot. Still, this one could use some "cleaning out". Reminds me too much of an ale, and misses on the clean/refreshing side.

Photo of JG-90
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fathom IPL has a clear straw colored body with a dense moderate/large dirty tan head, has good retention and moderate/heavy lacing. Smells mostly of grass and floral hops, also has some straw/earthiness and citric hops, most noticably orange.

Taste starts with crisp bitter floral hops and grass, then bread orange and pine. Has a very floral earthy piney and minty finish with a bit of orange and straw. Has average body with a bit of chewiness, above average carbonation, very creamy and bready.

Photo of BergBeer
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz poured in a Ballast Point pint glass

A: Crisp straw gold with an aggressive foam white head

S: Citrus, pine needles, mangos, and lemon zest! Smells like Big Eye IPA just a little lighter!

T: Nice citrus hoppy rush, with lemon, orange, and hints of honey! With that nice bready yeast lager finish!

M: Beautiful dry crisp mouthfeel with great carbonation! Hides the 7% very very well! Dangerously drinkable!

O: Great brew from Ballast Point! Crisp and refreshing! Perfect for a summer day. More ale like but still has that lager finish. Excellent version of the style!

Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hoppy lager? Sign me up!

This pours a straw tan color.

The beer has a light almost-floral aroma. The hop profile has an orange-blossom character to it.

It’s pleasing, with a gentle crispness. Nice and easy going. I’d have another.

Another pleasing brew from Ballast Point.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This thing smells fantastic. Clear deep golden color with about 3 fingers of super sticky white head. Perfect marriage of fruity citric and piney hop with clean herbal, earthy, and grainy scents on the nose.

Really really good. Bitterness isn't that of an IPA but hop flavors is. Beautiful ipa hop flavors with incredibly clean attributes, a crisp, solid and grainy malt bill. Sweet dry cereal grains up front followed by the faintest note of underlying fruitiness, big tropical fruit hop punch, citrus and grapefruit, touch of pineapple with a bit of pine. Finishes super clean with a resinous and drying bitterness. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation. This beer should be the epitome of this newly popular style. Delicious, clean, solid malt, bright hop, and balanced with lingering bitterness.

Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at deep ellum
Nice creamy almost 3 finger creamy head, doesn't fade, nice big lacing, bubbles streaming up, fairly clear orange slight toasty brown color.

Nose sweet candy malts, candied orange peel, zest, citrus and juicy hop, light floral and grassy hop, caramel malt.

Taste sweet candy malts, caramel, toasty, semi sweet, grainy heavy malt base. Then citrus hops, orange peel, light floral grassy earthy, med bitterness that's overpowered by the malts. Finish is drier but little sticky, sweet malt flavor, caramel, fair bitter earthy citrus hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok but do much for me, pretty much no lager character either.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean light copper/golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of white bright head, nice retention and lots of lacing. aromas of piney hops, caramel, tropical fruits, bready. at first, this tastes just like an ipa.. nice piney hop flavor, grapefruit rind, citrusy.. the you get a decent amount of caramel/barley, and finishes dry with a bready flavor. a really nice beer overall, the lager yeast akes it more refreshing than an ipa, but i do miss the lingering bitterness of the style.
medium in body with high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, clear, golden blonde coloring with a filmy, clingy, white surface coat of head. Aromas of toasted grains, floral hops highlights with a bitter, resiny undertone, and some grassy highlights. Flavors of toasted grains, peppery dry hops characters, and some buttery highlights. Light, crisp body, with a dry endfeel. Toasty and bitter resiny hops in the aftertase. Very drinkable and very refreshing.

Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.