Fathom India Pale Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Fathom India Pale LagerFathom India Pale Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Floydster on 09-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
855
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
185
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 855 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jribeiro025
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's so different. I can't compare it to a lager and I can't compare it to an ipa. Leaving me confused.

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Photo of whatname
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a somewhat soap-bubble type head. Good lace on this beer. Nice piney hop aroma. Somewhat crisp sip, good and balanced. Overall, not a bad try.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

The color is a clear yellow/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy with some green grass aroma coming out. A floral aroma is the first thing I smell but then some touches of fruit start to appear in the nose. A tease of grape and some light tangerine come out then a sweetness that has slight crisp aroma comes forth mixed with a slight acetone aroma.

The taste is has slight thump of bitterness then unleashes a fruity collage of tropical goodness. There is some melon, touches of pineapple, some slight papaya, and nice tangerine there as well. There is a slight bready flavor here that peaks out for a moment before some bitterness hits at the end and finishes things off.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth feel that goes down pretty easy. There is a crisp feel and flavor that is different and surprising when sipping a beer that has a good amount of hops. This is a well-sculptured beer that has great flavor as well as a great feel.

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Photo of gwiedman1
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BKotch
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveHack
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dur921
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Booty
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace around the glass

S: Floral and citrusy hops up front with a solid malt background. A touch grainy

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice floral hoppiness that also includes some citrus notes. Maltiness balances nicely with hints of sweetness. Finishes with lingering floral notes and some graininess

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: A nice hoppy IPL with the floral hoppiness standing out the most. Very easy to drink. Definitely roams into the IPA category while remaining rooted in the lager base. Definitely give this a shot if you're into hoppy lagers

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Photo of Userme59
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A bit heavy for a pils, that's my main complaint, as well as a palate that seems to mingle spicy hops with a touch of spicy booze, and I'm rarely a fan of the latter. Decent but not a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaysauras
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Enjoyed in a standard pint glass. Pours a cloudy, golden color with a fairly thick, cream colored head. Nice carbonation action and tons of lace. A really superb looking beer.

S: The scent was a bit underwhelming. Nothing stood out as outstanding but it was delicate and refreshing. Bready character, hops, and a hint of citrus and honey. The citrus smells a touch like tangerine and/or grapefruit. Slight piney floral scent as well, which is to be expected of an India Pale style.

T: What a blend. When I read India Pale LAGER this is almost exactly what I had in mind. There was the bitter, piney, and floral hop flavor of an IPA that is blended nicely with a simple sweet flavor of a lager. Plenty of complexity as well. Hints of grapefruit and citrus are mixed with a honey, straw and biscuit flavor. It starts slightly bitter and dry, smooths out in the middle, and then hits you with another bit of dry hoppy flavor on the aftertaste. A good taste all the way through. Feels and drinks like a lager in the beginning but finishes like an IPA. Sweet, bitter, smooth, and dry. All combine for quite a nice sip.

F: Usually I'm not big on feel, but this one stood out in a good way. It is crisp and refreshing, but also dry, prickly and strong. Finishes cleaner than a regular IPA but still gives a bit of a bite only recognizable from IPAs. Plenty to like with this. The creamy head also gives a nice foamy feel on the sip. Head lasted throughout the entire drink and never dissipated. Very satisfying.

O: Solid. Simply put. A great combo of flavors, a good mixture of styles, and overall a very solid beer. Not necessarily an easy drinking sessionable beer, but definitely one worth grabbing a pint of on a summer day. Never been a huge fan of pilsners but this puppy was solid. Balance between flavors and feels was perfectly executed. Only complaint was the lack of aroma, but that was really nothing in comparison to what else it brought to the table.

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Photo of BEER88
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mackeyse
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChristinaLynn
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've tried. Wonderfully balanced with the lager and IPA. PERFECT!

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Photo of MrMeerbill
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mm mm amazing new favorite sippin beer

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Photo of ncarter5889
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very underrated beer. Just got done 2 fathom and 2 grapefruit sculpin cans. Very refreshing after a hot day of work.

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Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 855 ratings.
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