Fathom IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company

Fathom IPAFathom IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,299
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,694
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
385
From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Fathom IPAFathom IPA
Notes: 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.
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RJLarse from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Pale gold color with a thick head. A well balanced beer with sweet bread and citrus flavors. Crisp with a clean finish. A very drinkable IPA.

Apr 12, 2021
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VicCooper from Ireland

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

Top: Forms an inch of off-white head, lasts a few minutes, average.

Colour: pours golden/light amber, with a hint of haziness.

Smell: malts, floral and pine tones. Not heavy on the nose, although after decanting and warmed up a bit it has more depth, a nice orange tone comes up.

Taste: orange peels and some light other citrus notes, sweet malts, moderated, but well defined bitterness. Hints of pine tones too. Very smooth and drinkable, it doesn’t show its 6% ABV. Medium body and carbonation. No dry finish.

Summary: an easily digestible beer, no downsides really. Not a harsh character, but a good, standard IPA. Would drink again.

Sep 11, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. light amber in color, one-finger head and some lacing.
Smell - largely pine and citrus, though not as pungent as the Sculpin.
Taste - pine flavor comes through initially, followed by a nice bit of malts. beer finishes very clean.
Feel - light to medium bodied, average-high carbonation, and on par with other beers of the style at 6% ABV.
Overall - this one doesn't blow me away, but its a solid west coast style IPA. It's got a lot less flavor than the Sculpin, but still packs a nice punch of hop flavor and is an easy drinking brew.

Jun 06, 2020
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WilliamGustin from Nevada

3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straight forward west-coast IPA. Drinkable taste and easy flowing mouthfeel. I get more of a grassy taste than pine or orange, but a good mix of flavor, malt, hops. Nothing
blowing my mind on this one, but a good restaurant pick when out and about.

May 01, 2020
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timon from California

3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. The smell and taste are hard for me to classify. Both come off as a bit muddled to be honest. I don't know what to make of this beer. The taste and mouthfeel are pretty good, but there are better beers for the same price.

Mar 06, 2020
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GormBrewhouse from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had. A can at restaurant. It was a great relief to tast a wes coast ipa again. Sharp taking, God bittering, nice not over done c hops.
Highly recommended as a everyday brew

Feb 21, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can:

Dark copper color, slightly hazy. Thick off-white head that dissipates to a thin lining but does retain. A bit of lacing. Truthfully not super impressive for a west-coast IPA.

Aroma: a bit grassy, a bit hoppy, a bit citrusy. Not very impressive or powerful.

Taste is very piney and grassy with some hops and citrus and a little bit of malt. Aftertaste is fairly pleasant but doesn’t last long, but is mostly grass and citrus.

Feel is medium bodied with a decent amount (but not overpowering amount) of carbonation. It’s clean and refreshing, not to mention easy on the stomach.

Overall: a decent showing and a pretty easily drinkable beer. I would be interested to try some other beers from this brewery, since this is the first one from them that I have tasted.

Jan 21, 2020
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. PKG23SEPT 19 printed on bottom of can. So it's 2 months old. Should still be plenty fresh.

Appearance - Very slightly hazy medium to deep gold body with a large offwhite head with decent retention and low stick. 4

Smell - Faint grass. Slight honey roundness to it. Notably weak for the style. 3.25

Taste - Grass with rounded citrus and honey sweetness. Great balance between the components. 4

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Just astringent enough to keep it clean and fresh. 4

Overall - Incredibly drinkable while not being boring or too unchallenging. Great balance. Near perfect for a session IPA. 4.5

Nov 10, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fairly clear and initial decent head on pour that dissipates to thin base. Very in the Ballast Point spirit with pine resin representing the hop character in aroma. Could be some tropics in there too but not the most impressive nose on an IPA.
The malt side if this beer is as apparent in the flavor profile to the hop side. Toasty bread meets some citrus pine. Quite a puckering finish. BP never really does it for me though I keep hoping.

Sep 02, 2019
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HenryPorter7777 from Oklahoma

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper orange with a solid 1/2”-3/4” head that dissipates quickly enough; leaves a nice lacing to finish.
Everything is balanced in this all-day IPA.
Although there might not be anything “special” in this IPA, it is solid in every way; nothing light, and nothing overpowering. Hops and bitterness are balanced, and no aftertaste. Would be a nice all-day, warm-weather beer with hamburgers, brauts, bbq. 6.0% ABV.

Sep 02, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orange copper color with a very, spot-on, white head. SRM of 10. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange citrus. Some grapefruit and light pineapple behind that. Then a strong amount of tropical quality too that I didn't expect. A little guava and mango sweetness. Rich roasty malts underneath. (4.00)

Flavor: I get strong flavors of orange, grapefruit, and pine. Very dank. Strong roasted sweetness underneath. Finishes dark and dank. A dank bitterness, but mixed with dark, sweet, malts. Finishes slightly on the bitter end. As others have said, less bitter than other Ballast Point beers. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied as expected. Light carbonation. But dank and resiny. Some dark bitter resin lingers on the tongue. (3.75)

Overall: A pretty good IPA. It definitely has the bitter profile of the west-coast. But it's darker, danker, with a slight tropical twist. A little lighter on the body and bitterness. Great complex flavors, and a great west-coast IPA that isn't a palate wrecker. (Final Rating: 3.83)

Aug 18, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - light amber color with a large foam head. Lots of glass lacing
Smell - not a whole lot, mainly the malt sweetness
Taste - One of the sweeter IPA's out there. Lots of sugar cubes and sweet grass. Some wood in the finish. Not very fruity but there is some tangerine rind. Carbonation is average. Body is medium as well, it's only 180 calories per serving, which makes it obviously less filling than double IPA's. Bitterness isn't very apparent immediately but lingers on palate.

Overall, it's smooth and tasty. It doesn't surprise or excite in any way, a simple, sweet IPA that lingers with bitter grain. For what it is, it's middle of the pack. Grade is a B+

Aug 02, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found a new beer place on Rockville Pike and checked it out for the first time and got this. Big head and light amber color. Nose is floral and grassy hops with a pine background.

This is a solidly drinkable IPA in a more traditional pine and citrus with straight caramel malt balance vein. Maybe a little depth of malt base or touch of spiciness but mostly this is what you think it is, which is fine and tasty, just not overly imaginative.

Aug 02, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my second Ballast Point and I’m afraid I’m not drinking them in their historical order... but anyway.
This one is quite different from the Sculpin although it’s funny that this is also related to their usual “sea” topic. The forst thing that hit me was that it has a quite sweet smell, almost like caramellized hops if such things exist. The taste is quite similar to this as well, it is mildly sweet but unlike your sweet IPAs with caramel malts, this has a fairly light body with less of a malt feel than you would expect. At the first sip it felt so smooth that I thought there might be some lactose added to it - which I am still wondering upon, halfway through the beer. Smooth, mildly sweet and bitter - an interesting combination. Actually it is a bit too smooth for my taste, I would prefer something a little bit more harsh, because the (lactose) mildness makes the whole experience a kind of numb... at least the hops, for sure. (By the end of the glass it sort of came to an equilibrium and it became a “normal” IPA.)
Was not too overwhelmed overall with the beer but my general impression was fairly good - looking forward to the next one from Ballast Point.

Jul 20, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty straightforward West Coast piney IPA. Not up to the level of Ballast Point's Sculpin series, but pleasant, goes down like a session ale. Ballast Point has deeper tasting varieties--deeper than a fathom, I presume.

Jul 17, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 19.2 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of peaches, mango. Taste is nothing like the aroma. It's mild, some citrus, malts, very little bitterness for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not bad, but it is lacking any punch whatsoever.

Jun 17, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light caramel color, small bubbly head. Mild on the nose, largely lime notes. This beer has a satisfying texture for sure, with a solidly balanced, albeit underwhelming, flavor. Not sure what I was expecting, but I always appreciate bolder malt and wheat notes in IPAs.

Jun 08, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a tall, soapy, off-white foam with excellent retention. Mellow over-ripe pineapple and bready malt aromas with biscuit notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a light smoothness. Flavors are similar to aromas with medium hop bitterness through the middle. Malty and mild piney hop flavors on the back end. Finished cleanly with light piney bitterness. This was on the meltier side with mellow supporting hop character and unusually clean finish. Pretty easy drinking – not bad.

Jun 07, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Sprouts clearance rack 12-27-18 for $.99. Canned on 5-31-18; consumed on 3-21-19. Cold stored since purchase and likely most of the time at Sprouts too.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose has hints of orange behind the malt base.

Taste is orange and mango over a lighter malt base with a touch of rind bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a nice refreshing beer that i would like to try a fresher version in the near future!

Mar 21, 2019
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argock from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PKG 12FEB 19. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: barely darker than straw yellow with 1-finger foamy off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: aroma overall is light and subdued. Orange, grapefruit, floral, and pine in that order with some grassy notes. Pale maltiness with verynlight caramel malt note, C-10 or C-20 maybe.

T: nondescript hoppy with pine, grapefruit, orange, and floral notes but less than in the aroma. Pale malt character with very light caramel signature and light toastiness. Medium bitterness. Some leafy, tea-like tannin character on the finish. Medium bitterness.

M: light bodied overall with low-medium carbonation and easy drinkability.

O: I don’t like the tannin finish but otherwise nothing wrong but just generic.

Mar 09, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big billowy white foam head. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a pine smell mixed with a good showing of an herbal hop as well as a bit of a cracker malt. Along with these smells comes a little bit citrus and a light caramel sweetness.
Taste – The taste begins with a huge pine flavor that is rather dry with a nice cracker malt taste. The pine and cracker are the backbone flavors of the brew and persist throughout the taste. As the taste moves forward, some light caramel flavors and well as a little bit of citrus hop develop on the tongue. The caramel sweetness fades toward the end, with other hop flavors joining in the taste. Some herbal and floral hop tastes are detected at the end of the taste, and with the rest leave a nice, dry, and rather dank taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is crisp and light with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the dank and light malt tastes of the brew the feel is awesome and makes one dank and crisp sipper.
Overall – This is a nice danker and crisper brew. Rather clean and easy drinking.

Feb 27, 2019
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DonnieHops from New York

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Brewer has jumped the shark after the acclaimed Sculpin IPA.

Fathom IPA is unfathomable....

A malty IPA? Why? This beer needs a prozac......and a new recipe....

Feb 20, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy egg shell white that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Floral, pine, citrus, biscuity bready malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, floral, citrus, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange, herbal notes, slightly toasty biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: The more I drink this one the more "meh" it gets. It's a straight forward west coast IPA, but kinda boring.

Feb 18, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a thick white head that recedes slowly leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma is citrusy. Flavor is malt forward with some citrusy and piney hops in the finish. Feel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall not one I'll seek out again, although if someone handed me one, I'd drink it.

Feb 15, 2019
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markallmon from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Look- Gentle to moderate pour into the glass produces a creamy white head that sticks around for a while and leaves awesome lacing on the sides. Color is light amber.

Smell- Smell is mostly malt with a slight hint of hops. Maybe a touch of citrus under the malt sweetness.

Taste- A very smooth but definitely not bland brew. A decent hop backbone the wasn't given away by the smell for sure. A nice surprise! Very drinkable and flavorful.

Feel- Mouthfeel was nice, light bodied but not watery and moderate carbonation let the hops shine through.

Dec 24, 2018
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