Indra Kunindra | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Indra Kunindra is a burst of madras curry, cumin, cayenne, coconut, and kaffir lime leaf. Enjoy!

Our India-style Export Stout is a unique collaboration with award-winning home brewer Alex Tweet. Released in limited quantities, this explosion of South Asian flavors is reason enough to kneel down and thank the heavens. And further proof of San Diego's status as a brewer's playground, and a beer lover's utopia.

Added by HopHead84 on 06-06-2011

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Photo of BanjoStew
4.87/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer last night. One of the most complex beers I've had. This is definitely a sipper. Very well balanced. Would recommend for anyone to try it

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

4-11-16 - On tap at the Ballast Point Tasting Room in the Little Italy section of San Diego. 8 oz. pour into a tall tulip glass. Spectacular cumin and curry aromas! Dark brown color with no head. No residue cling. Clean fresh mouthfeel. Cayenne pepper spice is just the right amount. Very interesting "curry stout". Glad I had this one.

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Photo of jzlyo
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is complex Indian spices and Jasmin/cumin. The flavor is complex Indian spices, dark malts, fruit and a mix of acidity and spicy heat in the finish.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was better than I thought it would be. The aroma and taste shocked me. Everything was over powering, but for me it worked, I got all the key flavors explained by Ballast Point.

"Curry, cumin, cayenne, coconut, and kaffir lime leaf. "

I got that, and cinnamon, and so many other aromas and tastes. WOW

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Photo of gman1602
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep black with a nice tan head. Smell is of curry spices upfront and a bit of roasted malt on the back. The taste starts off with a nice sweeter stout taste but immediately turns into curry spice. As you breath it in, the curry becomes dominant and makes for one of the more interesting spiced stouts I've ever had. Feel is very good but just a tiny bit thin for me - a tiny bit only though.
Overall, a fantastic CURRY stout (you must like curry) and one to definitely try on its own or with some Indian food.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with limited brown head... looks more like a coffee than a beer. Smells of mollases and cumin

Immediate hit of molases followed by indian spice, and a super dry, slightly spicy finish. Some hints of coconut milk, some nutiness, and a bready quality.

Like the taste more than the mouthful, which is dry and tacky, It retains enough beer-like quality and has some interesting flavors to explore, to make it worth a try. Probably would mix well with some spicy thai or indian fare, but probably too much over the top to return to on a frequent basis.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ohp -- forgot to review this beer from the other night! On-tap at One Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan. I was given a free pour of this. Thanks a lot for the free poor, Mr. Hudson. Awesome -- who doesn't love free beer?

This was just one hell of an interesting beer... I can see why this is very love it or hate it. Basically, curry. Curry all over the place. You smell it, you taste it. That's that. Curry overload, so you'd better enjoy it. To some, curry smells like B.O. -- I thought it did initially, but quickly got over it and related it to a more desirable thing, like, you know ... food. This beer is flooded in curry with a very modest roasted malt character, surprisingly. The curry is actually pretty overpowering, and it's most definitely the most prominent aroma and flavor. The aftertaste is warming due to the curry, which had me going back for another sip. The feel is middle-of-the-road and quite nice for the style.

Totally bizarre. I knew about this beer but didn't know the specifics, and now I know the specific: CURRY. If you don't like Indian food, don't bother. This is a pretty nice beer, but one that I can see a lot of people not liking at all. For the style/as a beer, I'm not too fond of it just because, if you couldn't guess, I got almost all and only currycurrycurry all the way through. Definitely try this one, but if you have a bomber of it, be prepared to share it.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
1.17/5  rDev -69%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Maybe this just wasn't for me, but I hated it. Worst taste ive ever had in my mouth. I tried it on tap on the brewery one night and hated it, so I assumed something was wrong with the tap. Had a bottle the next week, and it was just as bad as I remembered it. Smells like a dirty diaper wrapped in indian food, tastes even worse.

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Photo of Myotus
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on 31Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a line after 1 minute and 20 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. Rising bubbles are scarce and very small in size. Lacing is thin and practically non-existent.
SMELL: Strong Indian spice aromas are quite evident up front. I know there is cumin, cayenne, and curry, but they all blend into one mouth-watering spicy aroma. Mild aromas of sweet chocolate and coconut along with subtle sweet coffee and vanilla flavors and hints of lime back up the spice.
TASTE: Very strong Indian spice flavors bombard the palate upon first sip and are immediately followed by mild vanilla and coconut flavors. Mild flavors of sweet chocolate continue the taste theatrical as coconut flavors grow stronger. Mild lime and sweet coffee flavors along with subtle bitter roasted malt flavors, which weren't even in the smell, enter lastly as all previous flavors push on.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes very dry. The spices add a strong, but pleasant (at least to me) burn to the mouth.

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Photo of KevCan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Christmas gift from my wife. 22 oz. bomber. She bought it at Bevmo in Glendale, CA. No date on bottle. Poured into tulip glass. Paired with cheddar, pepper jack, and tomato grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

Look: Dark reddish brown with dark brown head.

Smell: Predominant scent is curry powder, very powerful and overwhelms pretty much anything else that's in there.

Taste: Follows the smell: hard to discern anything but curry. It's actually hot! The heat slowly intensifies in the aftertaste. Not getting any coconut or lime.

Feel: Medium carbonation, medium viscosity. Nothing sticks out.

Overall: This is a curry bomb. This is definitely the most unusual beer I've ever tasted. I think I would enjoy it more if the curry flavor were less pronounced. It actually gets pretty hard to keep drinking this after the first 12 oz. or so.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Not much head retention lacing

S: Coconut, cumin & curry

T: Follows the nose, slight cocoa notes as well, peppery heat as well up front. Cumin, heat, & coconut lead the charge as this warms, a little roastyness lurks in the background as well, along with some dryness. Finishes with heat, a little curry & coconut

MF: Medium body, fairly soft carbonation

I really liked this, might have to buy another & pair it with some Indian or Thai food

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brewery - Linda Vista
8oz pour into a BP Tulip glass – 06/26/2015

A: The pour is a dark ruddy brown that consists of a near black core with some russet color taking effect towards the edges. A dense lather of oatmeal colored cream forms over top with some good longevity. Very creamy only leaving behind a few small curvy lines of lace behind.

S: The nose reveals up front dark roast malts, cocoa, toasted coconut and lightly charred grains with some brown sugar/molasses type sweetness. Quickly shifts into the add-in spice mixture which comes together like taco seasonings if you will. Picking up lots of Cumin influence here with a bit of that warming Cayenne pepper spice. There is definitely a lot going on and especially as the brew warms up but am still on the fence with it. Not really getting the lime here either.

T: Flavors are definitely heavy handed with the spices as others have noted. It’s a bit overwhelming at times and again getting the Cumin most dominantly which sets the pace for more of a Taco style mix rather than Curry per say. The base stout seems pleasant enough with a good dose of blackened grains there, molasses and umami notes, and a bit of chalky cocoa powder. There are some fruity elements to this but not exactly stand out with the lime or coconut. They seem to get lost in the sauce if you will. Has a good moderate amount of earthy hop bitterness hitting midway as it rolls into a spicy warm chili pepper finish. Cayenne lingers a bit in the aftertaste and offers up a smoky quality. Again quite a bit going on here albeit fairly well executed in the end.

M: The body is semi full and moderately thick with an upper moderate amount of prickly carbonation on the tongue. There is a bit of chalkiness to the feel and some bitterness towards the finish. Warm and lingering with all the spices.

D: This brew is a fun experiment to try out but can be somewhat polarizing with the heavy spice additions. I really don’t get the love for this one. Just not something I could drink much of in one sitting.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice dark brown opaque beer with a mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves okay lacing
S - curry, cumin, black pepper, creamy coconut, little bit of roasted malt in there, little smokiness
T - curry, black pepper, umami, definitely some creamy coconut in there, spicy
M - for a 7% stout this has a heavy, complex mouthfeel, alcohol is completely covered, aftertaste is spicy curry
O - This beer is a million times better than drinking another boring 7% stout/porter, it's very complex, and for me puts itself in a realm of beers that are 10-12% abv. I don't know if i'd necessarily buy it again, but it's good.

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Photo of Viperonetwoone
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I saw this beer on my local shelf I was immediately excited. I Love curry! I put it on my pbjs! This beer packs that punch, yes. But what it doesn't have is that balance of flavors.

Look: dark dark brown. Mahogany with light but barely. Enticing.

Smell: garam Masada through and through. Cumin and smoked Paprika m in particular. The subtly sweet creamy aroma of coconut provided excellent balance to the spice.

Taste: this is where I feel the beer is missing a few vital things. Most if not all of that coconut subtle flavor is nonexistent. There is no roast chocolate, which I think would eccentuate the spices. A few minutes into the glass there is zero head and zero lacing. The last flavor sticking around is that of masalapowder. Truthfully, despite it's fault I very much enjoyed this beer. With a bowl full of coconut rice I wouldn't be able to walk away from it.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.19/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I came into this with an open mind, intrigued by the concept. I love curry, whether cooking simple carrots or sharing a large round table full of vibrant dishes with others.

However, if this is any indication, curry does not belong in beer. It clashes with Indian food, and kills anything else you eat with it. It's just downright offputting in a beer. Describing the actual aspects of it is pointless, as the label says it all.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Moderately deep brown, tan head.

Smell is wild - absolutely wild. Curried sweet potatoes. What? Yeah. This is just from outer space. But, good outer space.

Flavor is bitter, malty, cayenne spice. Not as crazy as the smell. Not bad. Would go with Indian food, barbecue, and probably lots of other foods, especially meat-based. This savory.

Moderate mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind a bit more richness. Not overcarbonated.

This is weird stuff. Singular. But I think there's a place for it. Bonus points for making something so weird that remains, weirdly, drinkable.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Getting started just before sunset with this exceedingly unique brew, Ballast Point Indra Kunindra. The style is a foreign export stout, with an emphasis on the 'foreign' flavors; an explosion of Indian spices, most prominently cumin and curry, with hints of coconut and roasted malt on the back end. Finishes with a decent amount of heat from the hot red pepper but it isn't assaulting the palate like some chile beers do. Overall a worthwhile experiment and a super unique experience but I would recommend it only for fans of spicy Indian cuisine. Paired beautifully with spicy-sweet molasses cookies.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to review this beer since I'm guessing it is a love it or hate it kind of beer.

Pours an opaque black with a finger of tan head.

Smell is straight up curry. I get a lot of cumin from the smell. I love cumin so I love the smell of this beer. I'm thinking a lot of folks won't like the scent for a beer.

Taste is straight up curry with a heavy presence of cumin. This is a very unique beer but I'm not sure everyone will like it. While I do enjoy it I think I can only take a small amount of this beer. It has a little pepper heat on the finish. If you hate this beer I can see it being a great marinade for meat.

Mouth feel is nice and smooth.

Overall, this beer is not for everyone and even for people who like it, I'm not sure how much you can drink. I'd think eight or ten ounces may be the limit. After having half a glass the heat does start to build. Nothing painful but it does add up.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard beer to drink because of how much is going on; not sure if I'd call this a stout, but a very elaborate pale ale. Spices disguise any semblance of lime and coconut, and this is a clear sipper if nothing else.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know what to expect from this. Can't even begin to explain the smell and taste of this beer but I loved it. This is so unique. My only complaint is how hot this was at first but as I got near the end my palate adjusted to the heat and really enjoyed this. Such a strange but wonderful brew. Would drink again. This is very underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color without much head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, curry, and faint lime. The flavor brings out the same as the aroma, with the addition of cayenne, which gives it a light warmth but nothing very notable.

All in all, the label states: Curry, Cumin, Cayenne, Coconut & Lime. This was a nice beer, but I would be racing out to buy it again if only it had about 200% more of these flavors present.

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Photo of JFear
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Such an interesting beer. The lime aroma that slices through the roasty stout aroma is a bit shocking, but sets the stage for an odd, but very well-crafted beer. Perfect amount of spice, sweetness, acidity, and creaminess.

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Photo of StevieJoe
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer recommended to me by my son.
Poured this into a glass and was amazed by the scents rolling out of the glass. Cumin and curry are right up front and strong. The cayenne pepper hits with a nice secondary flavor and leaves some lingering heat. Coconut, lime and there has to be other flavors too, all combine to complete to the overall appeal.
To repeat a few a few of the other reviews posted on this beer the flavors work together. It is not that often you can refer to a beer experiences as exciting. Still working on the rating scale but this one deserves to be at or near the top of any list.

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Photo of pat61
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours dark chestnut with light ruby highlights. Produces a ½” foam collar that drops to a thick film fairly quick.

S: Big curry, coconut and spice gives it the smell of a curry house and shove caramel and dark malt aromas to the background.

T: Rich malt, coconut, curry, cayenne heat, caramel malt sweetness. The cayenne heat is medium hot but grows a little bit as you drink. The curry, coconut, lime and spice flavors are just in front of the malt. Traces of chocolate malt. Hop bitterness and hop flavors are barely noticeable if there at all.

F: Medium full body and medium carbonation with a pleasant warming from the alcohol and the cayenne.

O: This starts as a very interesting beer as you try to sort out all the flavors but it gets cloying pretty quick. It is hard to drink more than a small glass at a time. I give it points for creativity.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has to be one of the most unique stouts I have ever had, and the flavors oddly work well the stout flavor profile. I have tried other "curry" beers, and they were just disgusting, but this stout actually tastes good, in an interesting way. But if you're not a fan of curry or Indian food, then this beer is definitely not for you.

The curry and cumin flavors are quite prominent, but meld well with nuttiness of the stout. I also get quite a bit of heat from the cayenne. The coconut flavor is subtle.

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