Fathom IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Fathom IPAFathom IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fathom IPA highlights our favorite characteristics of the west-coast IPA style. This crisp and clean brew features a touch of malt on the surface with an ocean of zesty orange and piney hops below. The result is a refreshing, easy drinking IPA with just the right amount of depth.

Added by dannydetox on 10-05-2017

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden with nice foam and great lacing.
N: Hops, pine/resin, grapefruit, and floral.
T: Follows the nose, west coast bite with rich hops and citrus/floral on the back side.
M: Medium
O: Solid west coast IPA, all the bite and hoppy goodness with a little citrus burst to even things out.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loganburgh
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glf60
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: bright amber permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 2" ecru cap with fair retention.

S: spicy pine and citrus aroma with traces of forest floor on a warm day and just enough bread crumb to hold it all together

T: Citrus, especially orange, leads the palate with light caramel malt, biscuit, tropical fruit, spice, and pine providing support.

F: The body is just shy of medium and the carbonation is medium plus

O: a flavorful and very drinkable IPA

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Photo of ZAP
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L-Dark oak colored.

S-Toffee maltiness..pine hops...

T-Balanced IPA with a caramel maltiness on the taste rather than toffee. Hops lend a piney, orange peel like impression.

F-Medium bodied. Balanced.

O-Good old school IPA with just a bit too much malt for my tastes..

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of craigbelly
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost clear medium orange with light tan head. Pine, citrus, grass, and caramel on the nose. Lots of citrus and pine resin with caramel. A little sweet, perhaps too much, but a dry finish helps calm it. Otherwise quite an average west coast IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got this off the single shelf at my local Giant Eagle. It poured a clear copper with no head and no lace. The scent had faint pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

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Photo of rolltide
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Toynk
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

The clear deep golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” ivory head that slowly recedes to a thin layer and irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid while leaving a ring and sheets of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches of lacing.

The aromas showcase the hops with some citrus, orange zest, and pine resin all backed up by some bready malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the orange zest, some grapefruit, and some pine resin riding on a malt backbone that has a bit of caramel sweetness. The bitterness is moderate and balances well with the light sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some crispness from the moderate, persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the malt sweetness and most of the hop flavors begin to fade while, dry, resin tinged bitterness wraps up the ending.

On the whole this beer is full flavored and easily drinkable. The various hop flavors play nicely together and they are all backed up by that bready caramel malt sweetness that softens things a bit but does not cover up the hop flavors or the bitterness. I’d have this one again. Seems a good solid IPA that is a good example of the style but not one that stands out from the pack in any way.

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Photo of rkowna
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattS63
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light copper with a small head

Aroma is piney with citrus and hint of apricot

Crisp and easy drinking with late bitterness that is not overpowering. A good, drinkable beer from one of my favorite breweries. I won't be buying a lot of it, however, when you have the series of sculpins available.

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Photo of MikeFischer04
4.89/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Top of the line IPA. Crisp, clean, light and full of flavor. Has a session like bitterness. Juicy hit with a dry finish. The balance is just awesome. Extremely drinkable and an immediate all time favorite.

looking forward to trying Sculpin sometime soon.

Final thought as I finish this glass, "fock"... excellent

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adam36
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive deeper shade of gold color with white cap and lacing.

The scent strikes me as more citrus than pine with some sweet orange tones in an uplifting sort of way. There's a definite resin presence but orange blossoms abound.

Taste on entry displays malt that I didn't catch in the scent but glad I found it. Citrus diminishes as pine ascends toward the finish ending on a refreshing hoppy note.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This isn't a standard sharp, piney, West Coast sort of IPA. I mean it is hoppy, we're talking Ballast Point after all, yet it has a softer, more citrus oriented approach that actually broadens it's appeal in my view.

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Photo of jkermitj
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grupatre
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of icemanls4
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For those coming late to the show, welcome to The CANQuest (tm), my ongoing attempt to drink, review & rate EVERY CANned beer in existence! If that is a new CANcept to you, then you CAN also be let in on a poorly-kept secret - Ballast Point B.C.'s Vice President is none other than my first (Westie) cousin, Colby ChANdler, son of my (late) Uncle Rick who was the younger brother of my (late) Pops. Well, now you are up to date, so strap in, hang on & enjoy the ride!

From the CAN: "Dedicated to the Craft"; "Since '96". Art clearly by Paul Elder.

Let's get Crack!ing. To clarify, I am NOT a Ticker since CANs do not Tick, they only Crack! & Glug. Once the vent was Crack!ed open, I began a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. An in-glass swirl raised just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention, leaving behind nice lacing when it fell. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was redolent with pine. Sticky, resinous pine like my westie cuz had just finished a logging expedition to visit his sister in the PNW! Warming, I beCAN to get the orange citrusiness mentioned in the Notes, but it was pine leading the way. Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for an AIPA. It is SO important to remember to review & rate to style & NOT to taste, for fear of recrimination by the BA Police. As to the taste, I CAN see what my learned CANleague, @NeroFiddled, was referring to about it being only one Fathom deep. For those not in the nautical know, 1 Fathom = 6 Feet. Hmm. It was powerfully piney, but not much beyond that. But, fair dinkum since it was also dank and bitter, which are the hallmarks of this style, not tropical fruitiness. How CAN I justify dunning AIPAs that rely on Southern Hemisphere hops for being too sweet & then dun this one for simply being bitter, piney, dank & resinous?

I CAN't, but then, where does rating to style leave off & rating to taste pick up? I don't know & so I CAN't tell you that, either. What I CAN tell you is that I agree with @CaveDave in that a rating without a review to justify the scores is almost irrelevant. He uses the analogy of " Hads are not reviews, they are ticks in the ticking game, and worthless to others. Prove this to yourself. Try telling your wife on her Valentines Day card you love her 4.5. Perhaps you can tell her afterwards that the number means just as much as a detailed description of why you love her, because you gave it a lot of thought. I'm sure she'll agree with you." Ha! I may wrestle with the numbers end of it & I have a reputation of rating higher than the average, but at least you CAN see how I derived my answer.

This beer was both well within spec for the style & right up my alley as a result. I like hops that give me a sense of bitterness and leave me breathtaken. This beer finished dry, bitter, very piney & very tasty. Well done! YMMV.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fathom IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 220 ratings