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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2015
Big white head quickly shrinks into coarse lacing. Clear amber body. Resiny floral plastic aroma with raisin notes. Dry-sweet resiny spicy floral taste with plastic notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry resiny floral herbal aftertaste with minty fruity saffron notes. Partly excellent, but the plastic does it no favours. (0.355l can, from Systembolaget, Visby.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhclem (400) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Wasn’t sure about this at first, but I’m sure glad I took a chance on it. Subtle citrus and floral aroma. Taste added a hint of sweetness that morphed into a long-lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Forgy (9) - - AUG 3, 2015 does not count
Yeah it's really good. This and the Sierra Nevada Hoppy Lager are the two best IPLs out there right now. The review just before mine gives a perfect deScription of Fathom! Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (4015) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
On can from Systembolaget Strømstad. Clear golden color, good foam. Medium aroma intensity ; hops, caramel & some fruitiness . Medium/ full body & complexity . Some immediate sweetness- good balancing bitterness. Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dodskenta (113) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2015
Pours a clear golden color with a big and sticky head. Aroma is very citrus forward, some pine, some spices, fresh grass and a dry hay. Flavour goes the same pretty much, very hop forward but not so much that is overpowers the beer too much, piney, citrus, some sweet malts, grassy notes. The body is not as thin as one would think, light to medium I would say. Quite bitter with a nice tickling carbonation. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (3788) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2015
22 oz bottle from Molly’s Spirits. Clear orange appearance with a white head and sticky lacing. Aroma of citrus fruits, pine, hop resin and light toasted grain. Similar flavor, fresh and hoppy with moderate bitterness and minimal sweetness. Average body. Nicely done IPL overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1471) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Ballast Point is becoming one of my favorite and most-respected breweries since they’re willing to try anything and they’re really good at what they do. Fathom is their newest brew (at least around here): yet another IPL, but it’s one of the most well-rounded and thorough IPLs I’ve had.

I poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 5/22/15 and cost $3.80 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: Deep golden color with a mostly clear body; carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, beige, soapy head which mostly dissipates but leaves some lacing.

Smell: Intense piney/resin scent. Earthy with a touch of spice as well as a minor citrus note.

Taste: If I were drinking this blind I’d probably assume it’s an East Coast-style IPA since it has all the makings of a traditional entry of the style. The hops are prominent here (obviously), but in the way Atlantic breweries traditionally made them with an earthy/sticky/resiny/dank pine flavor. There’s a strong bitterness here, but it’s balanced out well by a surprisingly sweet malt presence. Notes of caramel and a bit of butterscotch or lollipop are noticeable. A bit of a dry spicy sensation at the apex with a quick bite hoppy bite as it finishes. Perhaps there’s features to this reminiscent of a strong doppelbock, though I appreciate the San Diego devotion to hops.

Drinkability: Ballast Point Fathom tastes and drinks like an ale despite being a lager. The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied with a fairly calm, slightly viscous texture. The hops linger on the tongue and leave a resiny aftertaste. At 7% ABV there’s actually a noticeable alcohol presence in the form of flavor and warmth, though it’s easily tolerable.

RATING: 8/10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpursJerry (2) - - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
Nice foam and a golden color. The aroma is very suttle and almoast alcohol notes, but not bad in any way. The typical Ipa flavors are there and a nice ibu level. Balanced nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (673) - Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2015
I don’t know if I’d have guessed that this was a lager if you’d served it to me blind. The hops are huge and up front in the aroma and flavor, the lager yeast that shows up on the tongue is very reserved. This beer pours a clear, golden color with a lot of suds. The aroma is slightly sweet, but mostly grassy/pine hops. That’s the flavor, too, but if you know to reach for it, you might pick up on a sweet, caramel lager character. Not bad, but not the best thing I’ve had from the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jyrsa (255) - - JUL 23, 2015
Can from Systembolaget. Clear bronze with strong white head. Sweet, citrusy and fruity. Caramel grapefruit and herbs with some lager yeast. Bitter with medium body and a long, IPAish after taste.

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