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Fathom India Pale Lager | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Fathom India Pale LagerFathom India Pale Lager
BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
863 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,888
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
863
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of IceAce
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Corey_Graven
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cold_1
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of denver10
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Omnium
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rollando
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silenz
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of do_ob
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of MtOrion
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BryantForestry
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of amalburg
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of lochef81
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fathom India Pale Lager from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 863 ratings
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