Fathom IPL | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 09-29-2007

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1.25/5  rDev -67.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

On tap at King's Table

Hazy honey/amber color. Lasting layer of retention and great lace.

Orange, grapefruit and grassy hops hold most of the aroma aside from some toasty grain. Yeah, mostly hops though. In another example of WTF, the taste is vegetal all while suggesting the taste of perfume fragrances if one could taste the fragrence and not the purfume itself. Soft body and carbonation.

Overall: Gorgeous lace. Terrible beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of vinny21bal
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This beer is pretty boring. I give is credit for being refreshing in the summer, but just not a lot of character all the way around from nose, taste, mouth. Not to impressed. Ballast Point is a great Brewery so I am glad they don't bottle this one. I have been pouring it at the shop on tap for drinkers that come in looking for something generic like Blue Moon or Bud light. It seems to go good for them. For a heavy beer guy I would really stay away.

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Photo of lhenschke
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of squaremile
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Ballast Point taproom in San Diego. This is my first IPL. Pours a golden yellow with a moderate white head. Smell is strange. The hops are there as well as a funky yeast. Taste is challenging for me. Some mild hop bitterness up front then a wash of diacetyl and buttery yeast flavors. Aftertaste is pretty dry but something sticks around longer than is welcome. Mouthfeel is medium. Not into it.

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2.88/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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Fathom IPL from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 891 ratings