Orange Vanilla Fathom | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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3.71/5
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144 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Keananmichael5 on 02-28-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,650
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
144
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
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4.98/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Toynk
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ICTguy21
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpd026
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobbyLong
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjd722
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nosquatch
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

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3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Orange Vanilla Fathom from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 144 ratings
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