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Fathom India Pale Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Fathom India Pale LagerFathom India Pale Lager

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 09-29-2007

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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 841
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 ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow. Full white head on the pour. Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- this beer had not much that could be identified by the aroma, maybe some basic hops? Appearance- a clear nice golden yellow with about a 1.5 inch white head Taste- Fairly good flavor, I could really taste the hops Overall- A fairly good beer, it is not my favorite Ballast Point beer but it was not a disappointment.

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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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Photo of allengarvin
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint, this is a medium amber colored beer with a modest head. The nose offers plenty of hops, as expected, but also a nice clean malt aroma. The flavor mirrors this, with a great balance of toasty malt and sharp, bitter hoppiness. Very drinkable hoppy malty lager, like a hoppy octoberfest!

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Photo of thomda11
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased this at BEVMO in a 22oz bomber and am anxious to try it. Poured a straw gold with a decent head. The aroma is a combo of resinous hops and sweet malt. The taste is a replica of the nose, but the flavors are a bit more intense than the aroma would suggest--the piney hops flavor was most prominent. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a good malt character to the brew. The finish, as typical with lagers, was very clean. Overall, it was a flavorful, well-balanced brew. I wish I could find a six-pack!

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

New to this style and wasn't expecting to like this...

Slight hoppiness with no maltiness; admittedly, I'm not a fan of overly strong / present malts. Prefer the hops... and Fathom doesn't disappoint. Slight sweetness that continued throughout the 22 oz (drank from a bomber).

Again, not sure if the IPL style is a common offering; however, highly recommend those who like IPAs / Pale Ales seek this out. Ballast Point doesn't disappoint (disclaimer: biased towards SD beers)

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Photo of lazy8
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 22 oz bottle poured to a pint glass

A: Goldenrod/dark yellow with 3/4" white foamy head. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles
S: Light hop aroma with slight biscuit smell
T: Hops produce bitter taste and aftertaste, but not too bitter. Notes of citrus - mainly grapefruit and pine
M: Crisp and clean as is typical with a lager
O: A really good beer. A lager with a west coast IPA taste. Nicely hopped but not overpowering. I'll have another...

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Photo of dgilks
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with a moderate fluffy off white head.

Moderately malty and smooth. Slight hop aroma.

Resinous hop character with light malt. Quite sharp but in a good way.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A crisp, clean strong lager. Nicely hoppy.

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

On-tap at The Draft in Petco Park.

Brassy and very clear, the small soapy head is a half finger in height and refuses to vanish until halfway through the glass. Leaves some loose rings of lace.

Aroma profile is very similar to Ballast Point's Big Eye, clean pilsner malt is cracker-like and crisp but with caramel sweetness and a bit of bready dough for balance. Hops are quite strong 50/50 blend of orange citrus and a raw and green pine resin. Slight whiff of alcohol.

Pale and pilsner malt are tight and clean with added caramel sweetness from some darker grain. The flavor of hops are still a combination of orange citrus and resin but it swings more towards the pine end of the spectrum with a cleansing and grassy finish. Alcohol is prevalent but is swept up in the medium bitterness and drying of the lager that releases a resiny aftertaste.

Medium bodied, very much like a DIPA with adequate carbonation. Cleansing bitterness and drying is very efficient for a high abv brew. The alcohol is tasted but not really felt so strongly if that makes any sense.

A very tasty beer that is all IPA except using slightly cleaner lager yeast that imparts less fruit esters and complexities. Still very doughy and sweet, the hops completely carry this beer on its shoulders into a good level.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures on 4/14/14

A-Clear deep golden liquid with small to medium white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma of citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, biscuit, mango and bread.

T-Taste is very light sweet and light bitter with notes of grapefruit, citrus, mango and bread.

M-Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O-Overall an idea to have a clean version of IPA that makes you have more.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a translucent orange with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of orange and mango, as well as peach and tangerine in the nose.

T: Tons of pine, nectary tangerine and mango.

M: Medium bodied and a bit flat.

O: I guess I prefer IPAs. If this were top fermented, I think it would have been an A- or an A. Overall, though, it was decent. I can kind of see why the style is growing in popularity, but Im not into it just yet.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: golden pils like color but a little murky, beautiful head from a gentle pour that holds nicely and lasting. Laces out,

S: balanced scent of sweet honeydew and hops, very dry and clean on the nose. Very enjoyable here

T/M: very close to the nose and that's a real good thing! Almost pilsner like on the tongue and a dry and light hop finish that gives a hint of melon fruit. The mouthfeel is lush a full. Very nice beer, enjoyable even though its not my favorite type. Enough body to satisfy, but I'll still take 2 :)

Would buy again and serve to friends

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden yellow with an awesome sizable white head. Lacing as well!

S: Aroma is pilsener malts, hops definitely, and some honey.

T: Same as the nose: pilsener malts, big strong hardy hops, honey bread, clove, and some orange peel. The after taste is amazingly refreshing!

M: Light to medium. It's got an almost perfect mouth feel. This is my second IPL as well as the best one I've ever had.

O: Was expecting something boring, but this is an excellent beer and I will be buying it again.

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Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, off white head, with good lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity orange peel hop character comes through.

Flavor: Sweet orange, touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, too much residual sweetness for a lager IMO.

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Photo of ICMTM
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Clear golden in a pint glass.

S - Hop aromas are present. The smell is not strong or overpowering. It's really like an IPA light.

T - Again the IPA light theme is what I'm going with. The flavor of the beer is hop forward with citrus and floral notes, but the finish is very clean and refreshing with little to no bitter.

M - Very light and refreshing. Drinks very easy and the alcohol presence is not there. Perfect for a hot day.

O - While I personally love hops I hate overly bitter beers. This gives me the best of both worlds. It's a hoppy beer for sure and I really enjoy it. The cost point is outstanding at $4.99 a bomber. It's not the easiest beer to find. I've had it both on tap and in the bottle and have never been disappointed.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head.

Aroma is of sweet malts and aromatic hops.

Taste is clean with a big aromatic hoppy beginning that finishes with some malty sweetness and little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and sticky with malt. Carb is good.

This is a my second "IPL" and this has changed my view of what the style can be. Great offering by Ballast Point.

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Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.