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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Lager meets IPA in a winning combination.

Our Fathom India Pale Lager combines time-honored lagering techniques with the hop profiles of a West Coast IPA recipe. The cold-fermenting lager yeast provides a clean base that allows the citrus and pine aromas from the hops to really shine. The result is a gold medal beer with a refreshing, easy drinking character and just the right amount of depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2011
tap at homebrew location-pours real bright orange clear with a rocky soapy white head. nose is piney citric and lightly spicy. flavors are piney spicy lightly flral with some nice earthy tones on the finish. A very well put together IPL, which is not very common. Some lite tropical notes with a touch of grains long into the finish. a pretty cool offering from this always solid brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1144) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Yum...very balanced and nice nuances right in between the Big Eye and Sculpin. What to go to after (or before?) the Sculpin if youíre having a few.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2011 pint at urge gastropub in RB. was a little apprehensive about buying this beer because i am a pretty big hop head and am usually anti-lager. small finger off-white head. look of golden color. smells like a sweet citrus ipa. tastes like a sweet very citrus ipa. honestly doesnít taste like a lager besides the sweet body. truly a beautiful beer and great idea for a beer. i hope to see more of these IPLís in the future. overall 8 of 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1365) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Tap at the brewery, an aggressively hopped West Coast IPA mixed with a lager yeast, pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
on tap at ballast point old grove a couple months back. again, sorry for the limited notes on this one. pours a pale gold with almost no head and just a touch of lace. aroma is surprisingly great with notes of fresh peaches, apricots, orange peel and oddly, peach ice cream with a touch of pineapple and crackery malts. flavor is damn nice as well with big tropical hops, pine esters, and a touch of toasted malts with light floral esters on the finish. palate is light bodied and definitely sessionable. overall, a pleasant surprise for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
On tap at Ballast Point in August 2009. Poured a nice golden color at the lighter end of the spectrum, but well within a lagerís range. A nice white head on it. Smell is strong with hops--lots of pine and a bit of backing citrus and floral. Taste was nice and resiny with little malt backing. We had a few IPLís on the trip, and this one was right up there with Humulus from The Bruery. Nice mouthfeel and fantastic drinkability. This is an emerging style Iíd like to see more of, and Ballast Point has absolutely nailed it. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 02-17-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2010
An IPL, why hasnít anyone thought of this before? This has a considerable amount of berry hop flavor which kind of defeats the point of a lager as these flavors were mistaken for ale yeast characteristics. Pale, balanced, but the idea just didnít taste as original as it sounds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 9, 2010
11/10/10 notes: My first thought is skepticism. Is this gimmicky? Ballast Point removes all doubt upon first sip. Pour is orange-blond in color, crystal clear with long lacing. Hop character is minty, tropical, and leafy, very vibrant overall. Clean body, crisper finish than most IPAs. I like how the flavors seem to jump out of glass. Great beer thatís hard to discount or disparage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
A hop head delight. A beer to seperate the men from the boys. Real beer, Great stuff. Another winner from Ballast Point

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (900) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Draft at Stone Bistro. Pours a clean orange-amber with nice white head. Aroma is green hops (citrus lemon and lighter notes of pine and grass) and a grainy maltiness. Flavor is full of bright hops and includes notes of bitter citrus (grapefruit and citrus peel), lemongrass, and lesser hints of tropical fruit. There is a decent level of maltiness for balance, too. The finish is really nice -- the crisp and dry-ish finish is one of the few things that reminds me this is a lager. Very well done, Ballast Point. (44, 412)

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