Indra Kunindra - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Reviews: 249
Hads: 1,039
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 38.79%
Wants: 52
Gots: 202 | FT: 10
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-06-2011

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Reviews: 249 | Hads: 1,039
Photo of egrapplesberg
1.17/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've never had a beer I couldn't finish. Smell and taste are awful.. very over powering..however I still think ballast point is one of the best breweries in the nation in terms of quality

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Since I liked Stone Spicy Chai, it wasn't a surprise that the flavor combination really worked for me. The smooth flavor of the coconut nicely balanced out the latter sharp taste of cayenne, curry, and cumin. When tasting the coconut, the base stout flavors really come out. Ballast Point does make outstanding porters and stouts.

I started with a taster at Ballast Point Miramar, ordered a pint, and ended up purchasing a bottle!

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Photo of Mikus
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As noted in the reviews below, this could be a very polarizing beer. I happened to wind up on the 'like' side of things. Deep brownish/black hue (especially in the light), and barely any discernible head by the time the pours arrived. Curry and spice notes were dominant, and I did not get much of a coconut presence at all. This was very interesting in that the spiciness, etc. of the brew made for a very interesting tingle in the already coating and viscous mouthfeel. I would definitely suggest a sampler pour (I had a 4oz) as opposed to a bomber if you get the chance. While I thought it was very good (and again, what it was advertised to be), I am not sure that I would go for an entire bottle. I feel as though this would be a great beer to pair with various spicy dishes as well (as I am beginning to learn a bit more of that in the updated BA magazine!).

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Photo of tedvr
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with a thick caramel head. Smells are curry, coconut and lots of other spices. Taste was very disappointing, they are trying to do too much and the curry overpowers everything. Very strong aftertaste. Overall not what I would expect from Ballast Point, they are usually one of my go to brewers.

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Photo of Lucular
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I did not expect to like this very much, but surprisingly enough the flavor combination really worked for me. The sweetness of the coconut nicely balanced out the heat of the cayenne (and curry, to a lesser extent). The cumin and lime didn't come through as much. Definitely a love-it-or-hate-it beer. I should also mention - I had this at a bar, started by getting a taster and liked it enough to get a 5 oz pour as part of a sampler paddle. Getting through a full 22 oz bomber would no doubt be a challenge by myself.

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Photo of mick303
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into tulip glass. Dark brown in colour with some slight lace.

S - pungent spice, kefir lime, curry spice.

T - coconut, cumin, really rich spice with a growing cayenne kick, some mild roast barley but really it is hard to pick up, it is more like liquid curry.

M - aggressive spiciness to it, maybe balanced a little by the creaminess of the stout and coconut, long lingering aftertaste.

This is probably THE most different and unique beer I have ever had. Truly this a very representative experience of the curry spices contained within this beer. Rich robust aroma and a spicy hearty curried taste, after some of the spice edges off it becomes quite an interesting interplay of the spice, lime and coconut, with the dark malt. Quite a satisfying curry beer. Really strongly flavoured though, getting through 22 oz by myself was a real challenge.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It might just be the chef in me but I thought the curry balance was spot in with everything. As a taster this is great, but 12 oz of this would be tough.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. Love the spices and dig the idea for this brew. Definitely a beer you need to research before buying since its very different than any foreign extra stout I've ever had. Share with a friend also because it's STRONG flavored.


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Photo of shigg85
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You get exactly what they promote with this beer -- India spices, curry, and tons of flavor packed into a nice export stout. Don't hate because you aren't as much of a curry fan as you thought. No false advertising here.

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Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Decent starting head that settles quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Good initial ring lace, spots thereafter. The color is dark, dark brown where no light passes even along the edge.

Notes of black cherry, a hot spice (cayenne?), and ginger. I also detect in small amounts some dark cocoa and chalk. Smells like an unsweetened ginger snap with hot peppers.

The flavor starts normally for an Export Stout. The swallow has a touch of berry sweetness, but the aftertaste is jalapeño pepper with a touch of chocolate. Overall, very complex and interesting. The body is neutral and the carbonation is a bit high for the style.

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1.22/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I truly enjoy stouts. That being said, I would recommend finding something else to try. Ordinarily I wouldn't even take the time of day to write a review about any consumer goods. However, I felt that it was my duty as a human being to warn my fellow man about this god awful abomination. DON'T FUCKING BUY THIS BEER. It is without a doubt the worst purchase I have made in regards to an alcoholic beverage. Curry is not a flavor you want in beer. I don't care how much you like Indian food. You would be better off licking the ball sack of a homeless man from Deli. I drank less than 3 Oz. of this brew and am still burping up an awful tasting blend of cinnamon, cumin and curry even as I type this review. WASTE OF MONEY

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Photo of fuberwil
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan of spiced beers, took a sip and ended up pouring the rest down the drain. It does have a complex flavor of spices but it is almost too much to handle when drinking. It felt like I was drinking Indian food. I am sure that was something they were trying to emulate, but it just didn't taste right to me.

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Photo of Hayden34
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was really expecting to hate this beer considering the combination of flavors involved. I was VERY wrong! I actually really really liked this beer. The coconut and lime flavor hit up front and it gradually fades to the cayenne heat on the end. Such a strange flavor combination that actually works. My only complaint is that it pretty much smells like straight chilli powder. Other than that, it's great.

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Photo of Nunya
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty bad as expected. Curry is one of the worst tastes on earth. The coconut makes it almost tolerable but doesn't work for me. Worth a try once then never again.

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Photo of stickydankhop
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow! tried 2015 bottle. i will have to get another bottle. love the lime and coconut at the beginning then fades to cinnamon, curry, and lastly the cayenne than creeps in at the end then stout malt. this is truly exotic. I thought this was well executed.

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Photo of egoo33
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The flavors of lime coconut curry spice don't sound like they would work but everything goes over so well really nice change of pace will seek these out

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Photo of squidjoustin
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an experimental beer that deviates entirely from Stout conventions. Serve this in an 19th century London Pub and you'd get shot with a mousegun.

Ballast Point blends traditional South Asian spices with malty and chocolate flavors to build a hybrid has a broad spectrum of flavor and a nice spicy kick at its end.

S: The madras curry and cumin dominate the aroma. After tasting the beer the coconut and malt notes pop a little bolder. Strangely, there's very little here that suggests the kind of polarizing flavors the taste blends together... Really, the Indra puts all of its aesthetic joy into the taste-- which, hey, is where it should be.

T: Unique, experimental blend of a spicy curry and a sweet stout. The curry, kaffir lime and cumin dominate the head of the beer but fade into the sugary coconut and malt. The beer finishes with a cayenne kick that lingers through to the next sip and bundles the flavor across swallows. The spiciness is enough to get your attention but it also washes out the bitterness in the kaffir lime and the cumin, drawing the natural sugar notes out of the fruits and the malt.

I can understand why this brew has such diametric reviews on this site. It's not only eschewing the traditional balance and flavor of a stout, but its also stepping outside of the South Asian palate that we're used to from take-out (or the food carts in Bangkok).

Indra uses the natural lactose from the malt to balance out the spice and citrus instead of the cloves or coriander that's traditional to the South Asian dishes we all know. It's a hybrid taste, albeit on the Asian side of the palate. But the spicy and sweet notes it hits are very vibrant and Ballast Point succeeds in bringing these difficult, often discordant, flavors together into one robust stout. At the end of each sip is the sweetness of the lime, the milkiness of the coconut and the steady burn of the cayenne. Very nice indeed.

O: this beer should be served with food to help balance out its weaknesses-- namely it dominates the entire palate, pushing its range of spices to the extreme. But since it manages to blend together an entire spectrum of flavors, slowing down, sipping and enjoying the Indra is one of the most rewarding culinary experiences I've had this year.

Pairing with South Asian or South-East Asian food is a no-brainer. I wouldn't match it up with any mild food, like scallops in butter sauce, because the cayenne and curry would overwhelm the main dish. I'd really love to try this beer with something equally as sweet and spicy-- like a really good mango chutney or pork chops with an apple-jalapeno sauce. Since the beer intentionally skipped on the cloves, I bet any red meat with a good clove note would mesh up with this beer.

4.5 out of 5.0

PROs: Experimental beer that's put South Asia into a stout-- wide range of disparate flavors held together by a harmony of malt and cayenne. Complex taste and doesn't fade after a few sips. Every swallow has the whole flavor range in it and even though it bulges towards its limits, the spicy bitterness is checked by a subtle, but powerful malt and coconut sweet finish. Very well built and keeps the drinker engaged. Meshes up with South Asian food perfectly.

CONS: Certainly an oddball. Can imagine it tasting engineered. Very potent beer-- it's not going to be ignored or blend into the background; demands your full attention with each sip which can overpower other flavors, especially foods. The extremes of its ingredients can bury some of the more subtle flavors it is striving for, making it feel like a tug of war between spicy and malt, or worse curry and cumin.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new bomber to me from Ballast Point, listed here as a Foreign / Export Stout.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a silky obsidian black, nearly opaque with some hues of red showing when held to the light. A finger of khaki head that thins to a fat ring. Appears well built and well carbonated.

S - The aroma is strange. I've never eaten curry, but you can definitely smell it in abundance in this one. Well done, Ballast Point, because this thing literally smells like madras curry. There are a bit of unpleasant armpit notes and cayenne pepper spice is very noticeable. Not really getting any of the coconut or kaffir lime leaf, but I don't doubt that they're in there. Chocolate malt roast is buried underneath.

T - The taste is very unique: lots of roasty chocolate malts, and lots of curry / cayenne pepper spice linger long and hot on the palate. It's a slow burning type of heat, and it is almost a bit much at times.

M - The feel is smooth, silky, & creamy, but the linger and mounting heat from the cayenne could stand to be toned down a bit. I guess they achieved what they were going for, which is good.

Overall, I'm glad to have tried it, but it's not something I'd want again. Lovers of chile beers will more than likely enjoy this one. Well-made, and recommended to those who are fans of hot stouts.

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra -----3.5/5

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Photo of larryarms847
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours rather thin and oily, dark brown with a solid finger and a half of light khaki foam.

Nutmeg, some pepper heat, cinnamon, clove, and subtle vanilla. A little too much spice and peppery heat.

A vanilla and coconut flavor becomes much more pronounced, the mix of spices is still very overpowering though.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, roasty bitterness, spiced and peppery.

Overall, this was an interesting and unique brew to say the least, but seems like a jumbled mess to be honest.

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Photo of paxcameleon
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a fantastic beer. When poured this beer came out a dark brown with slight reddish tints. The head was not terrifically stiff but fizzled down with a bit of time. The first smell was a strange sensation that can only be described as a bus filled with sweaty people meets a barnyard. Totally unappealing at first.
Then the taste, my god the taste. The structure of the beer was balanced, it's density analogous to the german dopplebocks or a mid weight brown ale, it's sweet notes did not hang on as syrupy, they simply washed across the palate like a tide across a beach. Biscuits, slight dried fruit notes, mixed in an indian spice of cumin, cardamom, curry . The initially off putting smell came back into the brew and pared into the flavors accentuating and bringing forward different notes within the medley of flavors. The warming of the glass brought forward different tastes, while usually the bitter qualities tend to come forward with this brew instead the malt qualities integrated into the spice better resulting in a mid-body well composed brew.
This beer, whether you like it or not, is true artistry and owning to it's uniqueness truly peerless.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cola brown with a tan, finger width head. Sub-par retention, fizzing away to a near barren surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Milk chocolate, light earth and a serious spicy undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet chocolate notes upfront, followed quickly by a hot, spicy and earthy flavor. Finish is much the same, with a mix of sweet and spice.

Mouthfeel - Full in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture before the dry, burning finish.

Overall - Nice heat with the sweet combining for an odd, unique and mostly pleasant drinking experience. Everything the Rogue Sriracha hot stout should have been, but wasn't.

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Photo of Ducksnbucks
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

It is what is advertised. Curry up front, coconut after taste. And cayenne just burning the back of your tongue. It delivers as advertised and is respectable but not what i enjoy out of a stout.

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Photo of Jaskeller
1.81/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

As someone recently returning from a trip to Mumbai, I was definitely intrigued by this brew and not one afraid of Indian spices. The concept of this beer is actually quite brilliant, but the execution falls horribly short.

On the first sip the kaffir lime is extremely overwhelming and remains so throughout. Cayenne is the second flavor present. I want to stop there for a second... in cuisine, it these two flavors are leading the pack in a dish, would you eat it? Cumin arrives third on the palette, but the sourness and spice of the lime have already ruined the party by that point.

Because of the above, this beer is literally unpalatable. At around ten bucks, that hurts more than your typical new brew gone bad.

If they ever do it again, I hope they ditch the lime, the cayenne, and stick to more classical indian spices like coriander, cumin, and clove (especially clove... really really missing in this brew). There was also no sweetness to offset the bitterness of the lime and the heat of the cayenne... if they searched for a more umami flavor from by bringing in cinnamon and maybe cardamom this beer could have really worked.

I like this idea of a masala spiced beer, but this one is not it. Ballast Point, usually a huge fan but you owe me a Seamonster after this one...

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

I LOVE Indian food. This is aVERY underrated beer from an Indian food lover perspective. Bring that dish level 10 spicy ALL DAY...with this to pair it.

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Photo of BeerTick
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was a pretty awesome beer, but judging by the other reviews I'm in the minority. To me, this tastes like what all those Christmas stouts brewed with 'spices' are supposed to taste like, with the uniqueness of the Indian spices really making it stand out above the other spice brewed stouts.

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Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.