Fathom - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Fathom is a two year project aged in our oak foudres. It is golden in color with a clean, refreshing sour finish. It is full of complex flavor notes including oak, fruit, brettanomyces. Opus for sour lovers!
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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden orange, thin layer of white foam that leave flacks of white foam around the edges. Clarity is sharp, lazy trails of rising carb occasionally.

Aroma is a little one dimensional, apple cider and slightly funky Brett yeast.

Apple juice taste, grainy with a slight creamed corn note in the aftertaste that isn't good. Mild tartness, seems like it needs more time to develop. Body is light and crisp. Brett is not very expressive yet. Seems like it has potential, but falls a little flat.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no bottled on date present. Another new sour to me from Two Brothers. 6.50% abv not listed anywhere on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice golden orange colored body with just over a finger of bubbly frothy off-white head that leaves some nice thick scattered lacing as it recedes.

S - Ah yes, the smell is very nicely done. Oak wood, some minor alcohol fumes, tart grapes, brettanomyces / lactobacillus. Notes of white wine.

T - The taste follows the nose. This thing is pretty much everything I was hoping it would be. Very tart and lip-puckering sour on the initial few sips, but it calms down. Earthy yeast / brett character very dominant. Woodsy oak barrel, notes of grain, and some fruity grapes / white wine presence.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and tart. Smooth and creamy. Very easy drinking. Finishes semi-dry, but this thing is pretty moderately sour. Medium-light bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a very nice effort at a sour from Two Brothers, definitely much better than Two Brothers Tangent was. Super drinkable and delicious; I could drink a ton of this stuff.

Two Brothers Fathom ---4/5.

Photo of joe1510
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Two Brother's Roundhouse

A pop and gunsmoke. An easy pour produces foam as white as the driven snow, tightly bubbled, and a finger in height. Slowly crackling down to a wide ring and skimming it sits atop a polished copper body with exceptional clarity. When held to the light it shines like a freshly minted penny. Drink lines stick briefly before lazily sliding back into the body.

The nose is interesting....and acidic. Very vinous notes play a major role, white wine grapes mostly. Soft cherry notes add the sensation of sweetness while cider vinegar adds the tart, a nice interplay of sweet and sour that gets me salivating. Damp oak surrounds the whole bunch. The complexity isn't staggering but it smells damn good.

It's strange but the flavor comes across quite a bit different than the nose led me to believe. The previously mentioned cherry looms large and leans toward the sour side. Cider vinegar brings up the middle again, maybe even a drizzle of balsamic, while the vinous qualities flash through here and there without a concrete foothold. The oak is soft and enveloping, gently surrounding every aspect but in no way overdone. A few stone fruits pop up here and there. Again, it's not the most complex but the flavors play well together.

The sour intensity is moderate and digs at the side of the tongue a bit. My only gripe with the mouthfeel that the carbonation is a little on the low side and as a result makes the body feel less vivid than it should. The body never quite reaches moderate in weight and with a little pick me up, carbonation wise, I feel would work near perfectly.

Fathom is a damn good beer. It want blow your hair back but I'm enjoying the hell out of this bottle. The complexity is lacking but the sweet and sour make up for it in my book and there are a couple unique flavors in there that morph as it warms. I will pick more of these up if I come across anymore.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Light vinegar. Caramel. Sour cherry?

Taste - Sourness builds quickly. Light grain and some caramel without any sweetness. Spikes in sourness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Quite sour. Almost too intense, but it's for a brief moment. Medium cabonation.

Overall - Simple beer. One or two flavors. And they aren't all that great, either.

Photo of errantnight
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very solid, above average American sour/wild ale / whatever. I don't mean to damn with faint praise when I say that it exhibits many of the typical characteristics of American sours, tartness that leans towards acetic character, slightly fuller bodied and sweeter and more balanced than their European brethren, lacking in depth, funk and complexity. But it also doesn't have any off-putting characteristics, either. I'm not sure it's necessarily a great value, but it's certainly a fine stab at the style and worth picking a bottle up to try.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a white ring of foam. Swirling the beer reveals its sea legs , and they're walking. Has a musty, oaky sour aroma.

Tart, very oaky on the palate, and a white wine element ala Pinot Grigio. One two punch of sourness and oak. The mouthfeel hits all around the bitter and sour glands quite nicely. Pretty dry in the finish.

Overall this is a very good sour ale. It's not as busy as some but that's not a bad thing, what's there is nice.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4/5  rDev -0.5%

great sour-- complex and delicious!

Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with white head that retains fairly well for a sour. Nice lacing left behind. The nose is heavy with white grapes, tannins, French oak, and lactobacillus. Taste is super tart up front and gives way to a somewhat sweet white grape presence and tons of fruit on the back. Some Chardonnay like notes in there. Full bodied and well carbonated. This is a nice sour from two brothers, definitely more exciting than pretty much all of their other beers (with the exception of askew). Worth a try!

Photo of sully11277
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- It is a crystal clear light orange color very light had that sticks around and also you can see the carbonation coming up pretty good.

S- It has a very sweet, tart, and funk to it. You get a apple cider smell from it too.

T/M- You get a nice apple cider taste that hits you off the bat. A very light barrel flavor comes through. Then you get a nice tart/sour taste that sticks with you for awhile. It has a great carbonation to sour combo.

O- It is pretty tasty with a nice sour and sweet combo. I am going to go pick more up and put them in the cellar.

Fathom from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.