Fathom IPL
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #34
Ranked #18,167
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Sigmund from Norway

3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml can, from the Norwegian importer. ABV is 7,0%. Golden colour, huge white head. Aroma of piney and citrussy American hops, some spicy hints. Medium sweet and dull flavour, not as crisp as I expected it. Bordering on "bland", the hops are not nearly as dominant as expected.

Dec 12, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One notch better than Fathom IPA. Also good approachable everyday IPA.
Love the brewer. Nicely made - this creamy IPL at 7% ABV. Would love to blind test in a series of hoppy IPLs as it's always a crisp on the hop theme. Will try again if I can find it
a) Pours bright golden clear body with... 1 finger white head with ample density, last, and lace as with all brews from BP.
s) Solid aroma of light malt first then piney hops, lemon, citrus, then a long, malty, dry bread shop aroma.
t) Very grounded in the malt and bread with layers of tropical fruit: Lemon marmalade, citrus, piney hops, all balanced and drinkable.
f) Well-carbonated sporting crisp, mid weight, good feel, but a creamy finish.
o) Clearly a power IPL. And I'm coming back for more, could be a regular. Drinkable, balanced, good with food and friends.

Jul 08, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep sea diving is kind of what this beer will remind me of, but not really. This is just a pale IPA or pale lager that has the distinction on the flavor profile being a bit bitter and like a fancier rolling rock.

Oct 08, 2018
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin head that laces when coaxed. Clear golden. Aroma is floral hops. Flavor is spicy hops and clean nondescript malt sugar. MF is light med. It's alright.

Feb 28, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aromas of pine and citrus that became a bit more apparent after a few sips as the beer warms. Taste is kind of a mess. Very uneven. More dry than bitter. Nothing really stands out here.

Dec 02, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of the Fathom at the beer store just around the corner from the house. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had bitterness. The taste was not evenly balanced and was not overly smooth to drink. There was bitterness and booz present throughout. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok and certainly worth a try. Just wasn't awesome for me.

Oct 23, 2016
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a keg glass (long story). Golden amber color with one or two finger foam head. Very inviting. Get the hops on the nose with a hint of the malt character underneath. Taste is strong hops at first but then gives way to bready malts at the end. Interesting and wouldn't turn this one down in the future.

Aug 07, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Fathom for $5.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a hoppy Lager tonight, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is night, it goes with the name and it's eye catching. It pouted a pretty clear amber color and it didn't really change color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of spicy, lightly soapy, floral and citrus rind aromas with the spicy hops seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a clean lager yeast aroma with a little bit of a grainy, pale malt and sweet malt aroma showing up right at the end. This beer has a nice aroma, it seems to be pretty standard for the style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, this time no single hoppy aspect seems to stick out the most and it's followed by some of that clean Lager yeast. Up next comes some pale, grainy and sweet malts flavors. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, it's pretty standard for the style.

M- Fairly smooth, fairly crisp, clean, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall i thought this was a nice beer and a pretty solid and standard example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I expected and it was true to style, but it didn't have anything that really set it apart as being a really good example of the style. This beer had nice drinkability, one glass is the perfect amount for me, but I should have no problem drinking the full bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's good and I had no complaints. What I like the least about this beer was the hop profile, I wish it was a little more fruity and brighter. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with some work on the hop profile this could be a pretty good beer. It's not favorite from Ballast Point and it's just a little above average for the style. Nice job guys this is a solid IPA, but it has potential to be even better.

May 08, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours slightly hazey Amber colour with a small white head that disapates to a small layer. Aroma grapefruit, citrus, pine, tropical fruit. Taste grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit. Not to bad.

Apr 10, 2016
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass (blasphemy, I know). Light gold in color with outstanding clarity. About a finger of bubbly white foam on top that fizzed down to a thin lacing after a few minutes. This beer looks like your standard, filtered lager - not a bad thing. Interesting nose on this guy. I get tons of lemon & orange peel, along with light spice, citrus, grapefruit, mango, bready malt and hops. The aroma isn't necessarily assertive, but it's pleasant and balanced nicely. On the taste, the first thing I pick up is the fruit (orange, lemon, grapefruit) followed immediately by a crushing wave of citrus and pine. Not a huge hop presence until you get to the finish, which is a good mixture of modest hops and bready malt. There are some final touches of zest lemon and orange spread around in there as well. Bittersweet aftertaste that's more reminiscent of an IPA than anything. In terms of the feel, this beer is what you'd expect out of a Ballast Point IPL, that is, light (but dense enough to carry that 7%), smooth, and inherently drinkable. It doesn't have the body of a good 7% IPA, but it's not supposed to.

Overall, a very good beer. I could sit at a bar and drink this while eating wings and fries all day long.

Feb 14, 2016
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Lobina from Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at A & R Grill in Yuma. Light in color but nice aroma and a very floral citrus flavor. Smooth and drinkable. Would definitely drink this one again.

Jan 27, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/14/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and a little citrus come in. The hops presence is mild for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Jan 16, 2016
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beantown_hopster from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours not quite amber but more of a deep orange color. Interesting. I can see the football game upside down in the snifter so very clear as well.

Smells of pine first and foremost, almost just like pine needles. orange peel/zest and pineapple. Great smell. I like.

Wow. I expected more of a bite due to the high abv but its not there. It tastes much like it smells. Pineapple, orange zest, pine notes. No bitterness but it's nice though.It's not flooring me however I absolutely enjoy this.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin on the front, probably due to the high carbonation but it finishes fuller probably due to the abv. Different... but not terrible. I'd dial down the carbonation but I'm assuming that is to hide the alcohol.

Overall, enjoyable brew.

Jan 10, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine, earthiness, tropical fruit;

T: orange and pineapple through the middle; finish is orange with mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: each sip makes you want to come back for more;

Dec 29, 2015
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Served in a pilsner glass and poured from a can. The beer pours with a clear copper appearance and a rather frothy, large head and patchy lacing. Aromas are jammed packed with interesting flavors. I could smell really spiced pine hops mixed with tropical fruits like grapefruit, orange, and mango. Taste was not as spectacular as the aromas, but it still followed with some fruity flavors mixed with malts. Its generally bittersweet overall. The beer is generally light with a a decent carbonation. Overall, the aromas really grabbed me, but everything else was ok.

Dec 24, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Date stamp of 15197 06:49 FA64 on bottom of can.

Appearance: Slightly hazy (chill haze - went away as beer warmed up) gold color. 1/16" persistent white foam across the top. Some small strands of lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. Some pine and citrus that became a bit more apparent as the beer warmed up to room temperature.

Taste: A well blended flavor from start to finish. Grapefruit citrus and pine hop flavor at the start, blending into a lager/bready malt with a hint of honey, and then a pine/citrus rind finish that lingers a bit. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation. Some stickiness on the teeth. NIce thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite pleasant and I would not have minded having a 16oz can of this or another 12oz can over the course of a meal. A well blended combination of a lager malt flavor and a IPA hop flavor. The only place it falls short is in aroma, but otherwise quite a good beer and something to have again sometime.

Dec 13, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear, light gold color. Solid and lasting head of two fingers. I pick up three rings of laces from the first three sips; some chunky spots in between.

I can smell the raw hop immediately upon opening the can. I'm shocked to get mostly caramel malt and cream on the initial smell from the glass. A third whiff brings a nice balance between the two, but it still leans to the malt.

Smooth round start of crystal and caramel (pils?) malts. The hop is mostly bitter and is light in the swallow but lingers well in the aftertaste. This is a very easy beer to drink with full flavors and nothing extreme. The body is rich, particularly for what I'd expect from a lager. This is exaggerated by the low carbonation level.

Dec 12, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color pour, 3/4" of head on it, white. Smell was really absent of the hops. Ballast point makes some damn aromatic beers across the board, this one fell flat for me. Nothing bad smelling, just I dunno, I wanted a hop blast!

Taste, decent but again, lacking the requisite hops I was hoping for. Its real clean. Had the bitterness of an IPA, but not the hopping. Can't pay this type of $/oz in the bomber format. A rare miss from BP.

Dec 10, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, golden body; thick, creamy, bone-white head. Fruity, berry-like aroma; mild grain note. Low-key, biscuit malt flavor; crackers; grassy and herbal tastes; nice hop bitterness at the finish. Medium-heavy body; smooth; crisp and dry; clean finish.

A nice lager/ale hybrid that delivers an interesting depth and breadth of flavors along with other sensory delights.

Dec 10, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Orange-gold, several fingers of off-white head. Fairly clear. No carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: Pine citrus hops. Not as strong as in an IPA but still very present. Cannot really detect any lager aspects in the aroma.

T: Complex blend of fruit-pine-citrus-resin, with a small lagery aspect. The taste is slightly sweet. Decently tasty.

F: Quick thicker and heavier than I would expect. Medium-full body. The taste has a slight sweet stickiness to it. Light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a decent IPL. The hops and lager aspects work well together creating a single united and complex beer. Good job BP.

Nov 17, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, form this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, lemons, some malts. Taste is crisp, lemons, hops, malts, balanced and very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Nov 05, 2015
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delta490 from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost clear with a thick cap of white head. The head has great retention and leaves small amounts of sticky white lacing. The aroma is mostly hoppy, with some tropical fruits but there is also a little bit of lager grain sneaking in. The taste is much the same. The body is a little lighter but not thin and has a steady stream of carbonation.

Nov 02, 2015
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is incredibly clear with thick frothy head.

Smell is dank hops with a malt bite at the end.

Taste matches aroma. Malt backbone with wonderfully dank hops.

I'm gonna be honest I bought these cans for a party to only discover that they were pretty beat up. Cracked one open and am happy to say it tastes pretty good.

Oct 10, 2015
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argock from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Freshness date stamped on bottom of can. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey-gold with short 1/2-finger gap of ivory head with decent retention and spare lacing.

S: Mostly tropical and citrus fruit aromas such as mango, grapefruit, passionfruit, and lime, but all of them are subdued by a decent dose of alcohol sharpness

T: Flavor is also hampered by too much alcohol presence. The hop characters are all there with lime, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. BUt it is cut with a boozy edge that overshadows any malt character and dampens the hops.

M: Easily the worst part of the beer -- really seems flabby and boozy with no crispness. Not sure if that is due to high amounts of hop oils or a less than stellar fermentation.

O: A mixed bag with this beer -- I'm probably underrating it a little but the feel and aroma are off and this beer really feels and drinks like an ale rather than an IPL.

Sep 30, 2015
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lhenschke from Canada (BC)

2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, light amber colour with a moderate head. Little to no head retention.

Smell: Not a strong smell whatsoever. Very mild hoppiness, much less than I'd expect for an "India Pale ____".

Taste: Disclaimer - this was the first IPL that I've tried, so I'm not completely sure if I dislike the entire style, or just this beer. I found the imbalance between the initial (lack of) maltiness and the finishing strong hop flavouring to be unpleasant. Overall, I found it to be very watery, and the hops couldn't make up for it.

Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated and very light, not much else to say here.

Overall: I didn't enjoy this beer very much. I found it largely flavourless (aside from the heavy hops), and too carbonated. I think if it had a more pronounced breadiness/maltiness it could balance much better with the hops, while still staying much distinct from any IPA.

Sep 26, 2015
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