Ballast Point Fathom IPL
Ballast Point Fathom IPL is an American Double/Imperial Pilsner. The Imperial Pale Lager is a style that I’ve noticed being brewed a lot more these days. Not sure if this will end up being a short lived trend in craft beer, but it sure can’t hurt to try a few now can it! Each one seems a bit different, but Ballast Point says this is Lager meets IPA… combining time-honored lagering techniques with the hop profiles of a West Coast IPA recipe.
This starts sweet and malty, along with some classic lager like grain flavor as well. Lots and lots of hops. The IPA aspect of this really comes through with a ton of pine, some citrus and a good bit of hop bitterness. The 7% ABV is all over this.
For me this was a little too boozy tasting to be great, but it was an enjoyable beer.