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Beer – #386 – Ballast Point – Fathom India Pale Lager

It’s a Sunday, I wanted a quiet beer to get me to the end of a nice weekend, so here it is Ballast Point Fathom India Pale Lager. 

Brewed by Ballast Point Brewing Company in the style that is  Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils and they are in San DiegoCalifornia USA

This is a 650ml bottle,  it is @ 7% ABV, which would be 210 a serve  (385 for the bottle) calories and 70 IBU things on the scale if things, which is more bitter than an ESB, Stout or your average IPA. Oh and about 3.6 standard drink units in NZ.

Lager meets IPA in a winning combination.

why no have a Selfster

why no have a Selfster

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.

So a weird mash up on the face of it, but it does seem to resonate with people

Certainly bitter like a bitter on opening, light grassy.

Ballast Point Fathom India Pale LagerI find this to have very little discernible aroma, which is a bit odd. Wonder if it’s too cold?

Bright orange pour with a fluffiness of head, it looks lightly carbonated.

Ah the aroma does begin to pick up a bit.

Thats a full 70 bitterness things is that, and there is a swag of orange and fruit sweetness to go with it, it’s a very interesting combination.

When I say “interesting” I’m not sure if I mean that in a good way or a not.

There is an underlying happiness to this that forms the base. But there is the noisy and welcome sweetness in this too.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. I am conflicted by this as it’s one of those things where the sum isn’t bigger than the parts and in some way might be less.  It has a hoppiness but it is muted, and then the flavour layer is a bit average. I didn’t get a lot of length with this, it’s all front of tongue.

I may have this before on draft in a pub, where I may have thought it was better than this the bottle version, and that would be the second time this weekend that’s happened to me, it might be that I have a different experience at the pub than I do in the peace and quiet of my home with time and no distractions apart from writing my immediate thoughts instead of making talk and watching the things go by.  Ot it may have been on Christmas day 2013 and I shared it with some friends at home that time, again a different scenario. This is why I write things down 🙂

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes it’s a nice beer to drink.
  2. Would I have another? I’m not sure, I’m conflicted.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Possibly it’s a bit of this and a bit of that.  Possibly appeals to that awkward thing where they like lager you like IPA?

So two things new –  this a new album and music for me –  Seeker Lover Keeper –  this is the track “Even Though I’m A Woman” (they have a totally out of date website)

This isn’t lyrically brilliant, or musically challenging, but it very melodic and it’s on it’s second time around, I’m sure that it’ll get another airing. MrsPdubyah hasn’t mentioned it yet, that means nothing except that she’s not talking to me. (I joke, hopefully)

Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils

Most commonly found in Poland, but also in other European countries as well, especially the East. These are essentially stronger versions of pilsners, though the increased malt and alcohol will noticeably reduce the hop accent. Because these are usually all-malt, and comfortably hopped, they are easily distinguishable from malt liquors. Without the malt character of bocks, these are worthy of a style all their own. In the US, a similar idea has been derived and is usually called Imperial Pilsner.

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