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Indra Kunindra | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
1,205
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
40.11%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
258
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Reviews: 288 | Ratings: 1,205
Photo of JakerLou
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -21.9%
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 +17.7%
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 -4%
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 +13.2%
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%
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 +3.2%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of bobstockwell
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Strange beer. Ordered at Peppercorns on a whim. As a stout it had a pretty lightweight texture and mouthfeel. But speaking of mouth, this beer has some heat. Peppers, Cumin, Curried heat mixed up with Coconut,Mango sweetness, Not a great beer, not a bad beer.....tastes like it said..an Indian meal, but hard to imagine without trying

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown body, nut-brown dense head that fades to a thin ring, and, to my amazement, what looks like pieces of orange gelatin. I quite like it, but present it to me when I'm in a worse mood and I might say it's disgusting. They lucked out. A+

S: Whoa! First thing is sweet mango/coconut, closely followed by an Indian man's sweat, followed by cumin and other exotic spices.

T: WHOA. The mango is joined by substantial (for a beer) spice, like cayenne or red pepper. Cumin follows, curry is present, the coconut rides in with the meek roasted malt on the finish, still under the shadow of the peppers which provide a pleasant burn on the finish.

F: Medium body, prickly carbonation, slick.

O: This is a very wild ride. Lures the drinker in with sweet fruit, then assaults them with cumin and curry. I find it delicious, if extravagant. It seems silly to get this picky with such an over the top beer, but I honestly found the cumin to be overdone. Otherwise, brilliant. Drastically warped from its base style, but for the better. Adventurous souls will be greatly rewarded!

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Photo of dcotom
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22-ounce bomber into TeKu. Dark coffee color with deep brown highlights, substantial fluffy light tan head that hangs around for a couple of minutes. The label description perfectly describes the aroma and taste. Coconut and curry predominate on the nose as well as the palate, with a hint of kaffir lime and a little heat from the cayenne pepper and some hop bitterness on the finish. Although there is nothing subtle about the spiciness, which tends to overshadow the character of the beer itself, it delivers on its promise. If you like Indian and Thai cuisine, give this one a try.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 3/30/2015 enjoyed 10/31/2015 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

Look - Black thick body. Cold first pour yielded a finger of fine bubbled head. Warm pour not as much head. Settles to a ring. Blotchy lacing.

Smell - Chocolate. Pepper. Spice. Coffee.

Taste - Cummin. Curry. Pepper. Chocolate. Coffee. Coconut. Complex but not my taste.

Feel - Burns with spice, not alcohol. Thick.

Overall - Different. I like spice but not Indian spice. Won't buy again. I even gave it 7 months to mellow.

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Photo of Ssmith999
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting. Not something I'd get often, but would get again. Many flavors that complement each other well. If you don't love curry, prolly not a wise choice.

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Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like sticky molasses and sweet coffee and cream, with some Indian spices and peppers and chocolate.
T: It tasted like mocha and cream, with some peppers and Indian spices and sweet molasses. It had a clean sweet and spicy aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a really unique brew, something like I would expect from DFH. The scent and taste were really complex and well balanced, although not the most delicious. The body was ok, and the finish was smooth enough, so it was pretty easy to drink. Probably not for aging. Fun to try once.

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thick and sweet and full of a wild range of flavorful tastes. Deep dark chocolate malt juniper with cinnamon and vanilla coconut. All blended into a pleasant pepper heat. This could be a neat Christmas brew. I really like this although it's no session brew. One at a time should do. There was little to no head and carbonation was equally weak but there was a nice satiny feel.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on September 13, 2015.

The pour is dark brown with a long lasting foamy tan head.

This has some spice! Coconut and roasted malts are there briefly but the Curry, Cumin, and Cayenne express themselves more in the aroma.

The body is in the medium range.

The heated spicy characters of the cumin, curry, and cayenne paper are explosive on the palate. I like spicy foods but the amount of heat on this stout made it a sipper. Actually, I bet it would be a great beer to cook with.

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Photo of jwc215
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours black with a thin head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of curry and cumin - hint of lime. Wouldn't really know that coconut was there if it weren't in the description.

The taste is heavy on the spices. There is some chocolate that peeks through in the middle to give it some balance and smoothness. Finishes overly spiced.

Alcohol not hidden so well, here. It certainly has a spicy, boozy bite.

An "interesting" brew. If you really like spices such as curry, cumin and cayenne, try it. For me, it was too overpowering. One and done.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a thin layer of head and some retention. Nose is loaded with burnt toast, chocolate, cumin and some earthy greens. I can actually get hints of everything, mild curry and cumin spice, hints of coconut sweetness and lime, with the cayenne heat on the finish. A solid malt backbone with burnt toast, cocoa and earthy hops on the finish. Solid brew and definitely worthy to any fan of East Indian flavour.

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Photo of Zraly
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice jet black appearance with a minimal head. Smells like curry powder and coconut milk.

Nice curry flavors enveloped by a medium-to-full bodied stout. Coconut comes out toward mid palate. After the upfront curry and coconut, a slight burn emerges, enhancing the curry flavor and providing nice balance. There is a slight twang in the finish which could come from the lime. It's not too heavy which actually works in favor of all of the flavors going on. If this was too thick and rich, the spices would overwhelm.

Would make an interesting dessert beer with vanilla ice cream. Or even just a piece of good chocolate cake.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Indra Kunindra pours a black color with a small lacing tan head. There is a slight curry aroma, with hints of coconuts. The taste is a creamy curry flavor, with mixtures of coconut, and finish with just a little heat and the cayenne pepper comes through. Great body, great flavors. Overall, very complex, the curry and coconut blend together great, and the warm aftertaste and pepper flavors are even better.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
2.24/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Are you bored with all the great beer on the market today? Do you want to drink a spicy sludge? Here you go. Love the Ballast Point Sculpin and it's grapefruit offspring but this is not something for me. It's definitely different and interesting but I like beer.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours slick black with a quarter inch medium khaki head looks delish until I look at the bottom of the glass unfortunately there are some kind chunks that have sunk to the bottom, not sure if it's lime rind or some of the spices clumped together but it's not appealing.
S: wow....amazing!! every ingredient listed is definitely apparent in the aroma, the lime is most pronounced as you pour it but after its warmed a bit the curry and cumin come out quit a bit follow by the cayenne finally the coconut being the most minimum
T: Again, wow! spot on! all flavors blend together gloriously, the cayenne hits in the end of the after taste along side the lime, the spices of the curry and cumin hit mid-palate with a hint of lime, the coconut is lacking unfortunately. Also looking for a little roasted malt to balance and bring it all together, if this had been given more time to mellow it'd be even more amazing.
F: could definitely be less carbonated, I'd say it's a medium to medium high carbonated stout. I'm sure time would help this too.
O.A. amazing stout, unlike anything I've ever seen before. Needs more time in the bottle been in my fridge for 2 months, should have waited 2 to 3 more, but as always curiousity got the best of me!

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Photo of Robomunky
4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is so bizarre. I absolutely love it. Indian spices mostly overwhelm the smell and flavor. It's simple: if you like Indian food and you like stouts, you will almost certainly like this. If this beer sounds gross to you, save your money, it's probably not going to change your mind.

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Photo of pstam87
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark muddy dirty color with no head. Smells of dark roasted malts, curry, cumin and lime. Taste is very curry heavy with a hint of lime. It also has a slightly sweet taste. Very strong cayenne pepper in the aftertaste that hits you in the back of the throat and the more you drink the stronger it gets. There is also a hint of dark chocolate in the aftertaste. Very light body with high carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer, it has a strong cumin, cayenne pepper and lime taste, but i wished it had more of a coconut presence and less cayenne pepper.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a decent enough stout when I poured it, smells like roasted dark malts, chocolate... and Curry. Lots and lots of curry. When I tasted it, the curry was so overwhelming my brain couldn't process many other flavors. I got chocolate and dark malts up front, but then the curry spice completely took over. Seemed like a lighter body with higher carbonation than an average stout, but the spices in this one were just too much for me. Seems like I was drinking an Indian dish, very strange...

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Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.