Orange Vanilla Fathom
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Orange Vanilla FathomOrange Vanilla Fathom
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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #106
ABV:
7%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,478
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
164
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Orange Vanilla FathomOrange Vanilla Fathom
Notes: A sweeter take on an award-winning IPL
Our Orange Vanilla Fathom India-Style Pale Lager continues our quest for exploration. The piney and citrus hop aromas of our India-Style Pale Lager combine with sweet orange and creamy vanilla - while staying true to classic lagering techniques. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it may remind you of a childhood treat, but this one is just for adults.
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RobVee from Arizona

5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was worried it would be too sweet but was extremely surprised that it wasn't. Very smooth and all too easy to drink more than one. Exceeded my expectations.

Jun 09, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle.

Pours orange gold, impressive head of foam, lacing is also good.

I smell orange blossoms, vanilla, overall, a nose that suggests some bitterness.

Cream soda and orange blossoms taste, pretty bitter, finishes with more orange than vanilla, which is good for me.

Good mouthfeel, good different Lager.

May 23, 2018
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good look and smell
Feel is dry yet smooth with smooth vanilla texture
Taste has orange zest and mild malt sweetness with vanilla in finish
Overall a pretty good cream without a ton of adjunct to mess with the base

May 15, 2018
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi clear orange gold with a small white head. Smells of orange vanilla creamsicle, booze, light hops, and malt. Tastes initially of strong orange vanilla creamsicle, then the hops hit and it finishes with very strong alcohol for a 7%. Medium in body and medium light carbonation. Overall it was good for the first few sips but then got tedious to drink. The alcohol is also far too apparent for only a 7% beer.

Sep 26, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Half Day Brewing Company on August 27, 2017. This has a very appealing look and smell. However, it is just a little to sweet for my tastes.

Aug 28, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: A decent aroma of orange, hops, vanilla, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of hops (more than you expect in a lager), a lot of orange, some vanilla (not as much as expected), lots of malt, and a hint of pine as well. An interesting flavor for a lager, that's for sure. The orange and vanilla make for a good addition.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the more fascinating lagers I've ever tried. Not for everyone, but worth a try if you want something different.

Aug 19, 2017
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Nosquatch from Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's ok, and I'm not downplaying it because I don't think orange or vanilla should be in a lager. There's just a subtle taste of orange and almost no vanilla. Look, I wanted to love this beer. My wife told our kids they could each invite 5 friends...for a sleepover. Plus, the neighbor kids who are staying with us for a week. 14 kids under 12 yrs old... This should've been the best beer in the history of beer. But, it was just ok. I like many of Ballast Point's offerings, just didn't love this. I'll try it again when nobody is crying about the inequities of a water balloon fight.

Jun 25, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - I loved Creamsicles as a kid, and this seems to be playing right up to that. We shall see.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered bleeding paint swath lace around the glass as it quickly goes down to Davey Jones' locker.

It smells of sugary orange, well, Creamsicles, grainy and bready pale malt, and some plain leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bitter orange peel, vanilla vodka, crackery and biscuity caramel malt, a lesser bready graininess, and more tame leafy, earthy, and wet pinecone verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the hops battle with the lactic creaminess here to a veritable Mexican standoff. It finishes off-dry, the boozy orange and vanilla thing really showing some lingering legs.

Overall, this is one tasty and engaging simulacrum of that bygone childhood favourite of mine, one with a 14-proof Daddy-sauce quotient that barely shows its hand throughout the course of this offering. Not everybody's cup of tea, I might surmise, but it surely is working for me right now.

Jun 23, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the bottle: "FA 890V 17131 16:33"

Appearance: The body of the beer is an amber color. It has very good clarity and it looks good in the glass. The head is thick and white with a cloud-like texture. It has very good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma: It smells like blood oranges and grapefruit.

Taste: It starts out with a touch of sweetness, similar to biting into an orange, with a tiny bit of a biscuit flavor. The middle of the palate is full of citrus rind and pithy bitterness. Immediately following is a fairly strong alcohol flavor. The aftertaste has a lingering orange flavor. There is a lot of good orange flavor to the beer but it tends to be a one-trick-pony in that regard. The beer advertises itself as an "INDIA-STYLE PALE LAGER WITH NATURAL ORANGE AND VANILLA FLAVORS." While there is a nice bitterness to the beer there isn't any hop flavor and the advertised vanilla is also absent.

Mouthfeel: It has great bitterness and the carbonation seems to be right where it should be. The body is in the middle of light and medium and it has just a touch of a slick texture and a wet finish.

Overall: It is a good orange beer and I would recommend to a person only as that. The lager character, hop flavors, and vanilla just aren't there. Other than that it is a great tasting orange beer with a nice bitter kick to it. I probably wouldn't drink it again unless the circumstance called for it. For example this is definitely the kind of beer that would work as a replacement for a mimosa or a breakfast beer in general.

Jun 15, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear medium golden orange pour. 2 fingers of off-white head. Great lacing.

S: Orange and tangerine. Very strong citrus... like house cleaning product citrus.

T/F: Light lager malts and grain. Sweet and citrusy... follows the nose, with strong orange, tangerine, and juice character. A little spice that jars with the citrus. Some pine and resin... but mostly tropical. Very faint vanilla... wouldn't have noticed it if not in the name. Relatively light in body. Finish is sticky, bittersweet, and herbal.

O: Not really my thing. Ballast point does a lot of great beers, but this isn't one of them. They took the orange and spice too far, and they drown out the actual beer/lager character. It's drinkable, but I wouldn't get another.

Jun 03, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with lots of visible carbonation. Had a slight white head that quickly dissapeared into just a white film.

The smell is very strongly of orange peel with a bit of dankness popping out.

The taste is like biting into an orange, peel and all. Has kind of a peppery up front that tickles the tongue. Has some malty sweetness towards the back of the taste. Just not finding the vanilla even as it warms.

Mouth is medium with a very wet finish.

The peppery bite on the front of the tongue was fun when it was followed by all of that orange. The bitterness from the hops is there but not overpowering at all. The vanilla seems lost to me. The dating, if that is what it is, on the bottom of the bottle appears to be in some foreign code. I tried plugging in the Julian method with no luck. Why can a brewery that has invested in a stamping machine not just put a regular goddamn date on the frigging bottle! Seriously folks pull that crap together!

Jun 01, 2017
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The orange vanilla go together really well, definitely well blended. And fathom is a solid beer, but the happiness of an IPL and these flavors were not meant to be together. Probably the least favorite beer I've had from them

May 26, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Some friends of my wife and myself were over just a few nights ago and decided to pick this bottle up from a local bottle shop since the NFL games were not going our way. We figured spending our time catching up and talking was more worthwhile than watching two NFL games that were not incredibly fun to watch.

This beer pours a light amber color with very light carbonation, along with a white, frothy head that dissipates slowly to a rocky layer with a neck. 4.25/5 The aroma is almost like smelling an orange creamsicle candy. It is sugary sweet with a bit of pine that acts as an undertone. Orange peel and tangering flesh really come out strongly along with a bit of light vanilla. 4.25/5 The creamsicle really comes through in the flavor with tangerine, orange peel, light vanilla, and candi sugar all coming through at once, creating a very sweet, but overpowering or cloying, flavor. There is a bit of pine and a light breadiness from the malt that both comes through as undertones, providing a layered feel to the beer. Bitterness is light to medium and lingers lightly after swallowing. 4.25/5 This beer has a light to medium body with a light carbonation tickle on the front end that leads into a creaminess that slowly transitions to a light dryness that lingers lightly after swallowing. 4.5/5 This is a very well layered beer that really does drink like a creamsicle. I'm generally not a sugary, candy, dessert beer type of guy but this beer is just amazing as such, especially as a lager which keeps the heaviness to a minimum. 4.25/5

Jan 24, 2017
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98green from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. The BP flavor variants are hit or miss. This one is pretty good. Nice light orange and vanilla flavor but not cloying. Plenty of zesty hop punch too. Overall exceeds expectations

Oct 31, 2016
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TBoneJones from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this buried in the back of the beer fridge. Forgot I got it.
Clear light-copper pour, decent foam head.
Smells nicely of candied orange peel and vanilla.
Taste is orange and vanilla, somewhat sweet malts. The orange/ vanilla combo lingers with bitterness. This is pretty good for such a different take on this BP lager, even though the vanilla-citrus profile borders on abrasive. Still solid for what the label indicates it is.
Feels nicely creamy and medium-light.
At least it's safe to say this beer is as close to an orange creamsicle I've had in a beer.
It's a bitter-finishing orange-pine-vanilla brew that has a nice window of fresh flavor up front. I could see where it's hit or miss with some, but if you like citrus and vanilla AND beer, it's hard to go wrong here.

Sep 15, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Sweet orange and vanilla, citrus, a little pine, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange zest, lemon, grapefruit, perfume-y floral notes, a little pine, grainy malt, caramel sweetness, and a kinda odd vanilla taste on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: The idea is interesting in theory, but it didn't really come together that well. I think if they gave the orange and vanilla treatment to a less hoppy beer there wouldn't be as much clashing of flavors and it might have worked.

Aug 30, 2016
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Koral from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: light orange, very translucent.
Smell: intense orange, not so much vanilla for me, citrus hop aroma is prevalent
Taste: again intense citrus and orange notes, and just a hint of vanilla on the backside of the swallow, intense hop flavor on the front side with the orange and citrus
Feel: smooth, but for a beer this rich, could have been thicker

Wish there was more vanilla, but overall a very refreshing beer.

Aug 29, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium golden copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of orange citrus with lighter aromas of bready malts, vanilla, and grassy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready + grainy malts with minimal amounts of bitterness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of vanilla and moderate flavors of orange citrus (though a slightly artificial orange, like Fanta in the US). Finally there are moderate flavors of grassy, herbal, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a light to moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Not bad but not anything special either, the orange flavors are slightly artificial and the orange + vanilla are a little more subtle than I was wanting/expecting. Wouldn't go out of my way to find this one again but wouldn't refuse one either.

Aug 19, 2016
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jhartley from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No bottling or best by date, not even on the label where they usually hide them.

This one pours with a beautiful crystal clear golden orange body and a frothy-foamy white head.

Smells as close to an orange creamsicle as you are going to get! A soft pine needle aroma peeks through, but this one is all about the orange and vanilla! There's no hiding that at all.

First sip...ORANGE! Just like sipping on some fresh squeezed orange juice. Then the vanilla sweetness shows up giving you the sensation of that orange creamsicle. The hops add a nice bitter bite and is a perfect contrast to the orange and vanilla sweetness that this beer definitely has in spades.

Mouth feel is medium and really has a nice amount of carbonation, there is a nice juiciness to this beer that is reminiscent of biting into an orange. This is easy to drink and has a dry finish to it as well. Drinks like a much lower abv sessionable style beer.

Overall, I was afraid this one was going to be a sweet, cavity forming mess...I was wrong! Even after the pour and getting all of those sweet smells from it I was worried. However, there's a nice balance to this beer that is commendable. Easy to drink, refreshing and a really tasty body makes this beer a real winner for what they were trying to accomplish.

Aug 14, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pours a clear amber with a mid-sized and fizzy light tan head.

S: Well, definitely orange with some vanilla sweetness. Grapefruit and citrus hoppiness as well. Like someone dumped a creamsicle into an IPA.

T: Yup. More of the same. Orange up front but quickly turns into the citrusy and herbal, piney hoppiness. Light vanilla in the backgrounds sweetens it up some but there is plenty and I mean PLENTY of hoppy bitterness - especially in the finish. Long lingering herbal and spicy pine.

M: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Not bad but the flavor additions are subtle at best. Otherwise it's just a big piney and citrusy IPA. Not bad but not amazing.

Aug 14, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Copper, with 1 finger of head and tons of sticky lace left all over the glass

S - orange/vanilla popsicle

T - Vanilla cream-sicle. Huge orange flavor, lots of vanilla.

F - Well carbonated, medium body

O - Interesting beer. Doesn't taste a whole like its predecessor, more like an orange popsicle.

Aug 12, 2016
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0_0 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got a $5 bomber. Please Ballast Point, I know you are a homerun or a miss, do not forsake my wallet
L - Brownish Gold
S - Citrus wheat, my wallet murmurs in approval
T + F - IPA Hops and citrus with a faint after taste of vanilla, low carbonation and thin mouth feel. My wallet is conflicted by this news
O - Middle range beer, not bad but nothing exceptional from BP today.

Aug 10, 2016
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dankspank420 from Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Smell reminds me of Fred Flintstone push pops from my childhood. Love the smell. A little "fake" but it's a smell I love. VERY carbonated with big, lacy bubbles. Big splotches of lace. Taste is more subdued. Over a nice novelty beer.

Aug 05, 2016
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Perfectly clear light copper body, almost an orange tint about it. A very soapy white head sits on top and recedes to a chunky film. Thick bands of soapy lacing remain.

Aroma: Bright pine up front, but when you really inhale and dig deeper, orange zest and subtle vanilla blend to give off a very acute and brief orange creme aroma.

Taste: Bitter and hoppy up front merging into more orange peel. Vanilla is very faint and the finish cleans any notion of vanilla with more sharp pine and some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in weight, dry, sticky.

Overall: At the end of the day, it's a piny and bitter beer with citrus flavor but the vanilla adds just enough creaminess and flavor to make you take notice briefly.

Jul 31, 2016
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beergoot from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bright and clear, golden body with lots of lively carbonation; thick, creamy, white head; clumps of foam along the glass. Solid, vibrant orange smell. Strong presence of vanilla and orangeflavors with an almost over-the-top blast of bitterness. Medium body with a prickly, biting quality; sweet overall yet with a dry edge in the background.

You get the advertised flavors, yet things seem a bit ham fisted overall with a nearly brutish bitterness. There is little lager smoothness. What you get is complexity without balance. In a general sense, it almost tastes like an orange cream soda. The real downer is the rough, almost metallic, bitterness. Glad I tried it but wouldn't care to go back to it.

Jul 31, 2016
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