Ballast Point was founded in 1996 by Jack White, a home brewer who opened Home Brew Mart just 4 years earlier. 20 years later, Ballast Point has 6 locations in California and one in Virginia with tasting rooms where beer lovers can take a tour of the facility, have a few pints or take a growler to go. Over the years they have won countless medals at numerous beer competitions and were named “Small Brewery Champion” at the World Beer Cup.
Fathom IPA is brewed to showcase what a west-coast style IPA has to offer, made to be a clean easy drinking IPA.
ABV: 6% IBU’s: 50
Pour: A rich golden color with plenty or carbonation. The head is white and frothy, fades slowly sticking to the side of the glass.
Nose: Classic west-coast nose, lots of pine needles with some orange peel in the background.
Palate: Light-bodied with good amount of citrus. Really nice hop presence that has almost resin like feel but isn’t sticky, just stays for a minute before a clean finish with moderate acidity.
Overall: A really good brew, highlights a lot of the characteristics you would expect in a west-coast IPA but super sessionable. Great to take along on your weekend trips or to enjoy with a nice burger and fries.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints
Ballast Point was founded in 1996 by Jack White, who was a home brewer. Almost 30 years later, staying true to its roots, Ballast Point launched a new line of beers dubbed “Homework Series.” These beers are selected recipes entered by home brewers. The most recent winner and the 6th installment of the series is a robust porter.
The beer pours a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights when viewed against the light. The one finger mocha colored head dissipates somewhat quickly. Once the head has completely dissipated a light lacing remains atop the beer.
Aromas of roasted coffee and cocoa nibs highlighted by roasted malt notes. Sweet caramel and toffee notes intertwine seamlessly with a creamy marshmallow note. A smoky char aroma is also discernable. Some dark fruit notes can also be detected.
On the palate you’ll find charred malts, roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Sweet caramel and toffee are melded with a creamy lactose character. The dark fruit notes from the bouquet are also present on the palate. The deep roastiness of the malts and the coffee add a slight bitterness that aids in balancing the beer’s sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied.
This robust porter was rightfully chosen for batch 6 of the Homework Series line. It is well balanced and well brewed! This homebrewer should be proud! Try pairing this one with Colby, smoked brisket or brownie a la mode.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5