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Indra KunindraIndra Kunindra

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Basin Pub in Bushnell's Basin, NY.

Holy shit, what a weird beer.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a small quarter inch tan head, and a good amount of lacing.

The aroma on this one? Wow. It really does smell like spicy curry. Somehow in my mind I thought they were lying or something and this would just be a nice regular stout. Nope. There's curry powder, cayenne pepper, and chocolate, all miraculously working together.

The taste is also pretty good, surprisingly. This is far from something I could drink a ton of, 4 oz is just enough. There's a distinct and delicious curry powder flavor, and cumin, as well, up front, buried by chocolate and hot peppers. The pepper flavor lingers for a while, and is actually quite spicy. I get a little bit of coconut on some sips too, but not on all of them. Against all odds, this tastes good. I'm really impressed with the beer's ability to make put flavors together in a beer that should never be there, and actually make the flavors work.

This one is medium bodied, with a dry, spicy mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation. It's a slow sipper, due to the intensity of the unusual flavors.

This really worked. I'm quite impressed with Ballast Point. Is it something I could drink all day? No, not at all. Should everybody try at least a little bit? Definitely.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased at Carolina Blue in Pitman, NJ. Thank you, Karl.
Karl gifted my friends and I with this on xmas eve, where I gifted my friends with tickets to Mumford and Sons. I purchased 5-6 bottles for future consumption after having this.
Poured into a standard pint glass.

AP: Not much of a head upon pouring this one, which means little carbonation, the way I prefer my Stouts. Black colour with some sediment suspended in the liquid.
AR: Coconut, lime, curry spice, , chocolate, roasted grains/malts. Very intriguing and inviting.
T: You wouldn't think the combination of curry, coconut, Kaffir lime, cayenne and cumin would work in a Stout but it does. Don't know how Ballast Point does it, but am so glad they do. You can taste each individual flavour in this brew, with the addition of chocolate and black bread. Very tasty and enticing. A nice spicy warmth to this beer that makes it the perfect Winter night sipper, or any cool (rainy) night for that matter.
M: TBH, a bit light for a Stout with some bubbly carbonation up front, but a decent creamy mouth feel and a tongue-coating sticky finish of the spicy flavours.
OV: Very very enjoyable. One of my favourites to drink either by itself or to pair with food. Again, don't know how Ballast Point managed to get all these flavours to blend and work together, but they did. So much flavour here if you're a both a beer geek and foodie who appreciates things 'outside the box'. Seems a couple reviewers didn't get the aspect BP was going for.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A CURRY stout??? As a Indian curry lover, I cant wait.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a inky black; not a mote of light shining through this bad boy. One finger light brown head. Both head and lacing fade to nearly nothing over time.

S - Whoa. Pugent aroma of curry spice, chile pepper, cumin, and lime. Intense.

T - Taste matches the nose exactly, with a very rich curry flavor (cumin, coconut, ginger, tumeric, and lime) Spice hits like a freight train, and the heat slowly builds to powerful intensity. Not for the faint of heart! Slightest hint of milk stout sweetness comes out in the aftertaste as it warms, but really it's barely a beer....it's curry in a glass.

M - Both medium low body and carbonation. Compliments the taste well.

O - Intense, flavorful, and unique. Somehow it all comes together. If I had a complaint it would be that there's very little of the base beer here, and certainly not many characteristics of a stout. Definitely a sipper due to the spice, and a beer you really have to be in the mood for. That said, it is masterfully done, and a must try for fans of hot Indian or Thai curries.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. Half finger light brown head dissipated slowly to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Interesting aroma of sweet dark malt, coconut and pepper with hints of curry and cocoa. Flavor is also unusual; coconut is instantly obvious on the start, with sweet and roasted malt, chocolate, immediately covered with peppery spices. Finishes peppery and spicy with the heat clearly from hot pepper and not from hops. The spices definitely dominate most of the taste of this stout, but the body, while not intense, supports the spicy flavors. Medium bodied with a bit of creaminess. I like this quite a bit and enjoyed the whole bomber in one evening. Not for the hot pepper and/or coconut adverse. I would pick this up again if it was available. (Please come to Washington, Ballast Point!).

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Scripps Ranch location

A: Black with a very thin dark brown head.

S: Good lord. Huge aromatic curry notes. To me it smelled like a Thai yellow curry. Coconut milk, cumin and spices. Amazing.

T: Lots of curry upfront with some coconut following. The finish brings a bit of roasted malts and powdered chocolate. I didn't think this beer was going to work, but somehow they pulled it off. Not sure I would want a full pint of this, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with curry powder, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, kaffir lime, coconut, and a touch of cinnamon.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some curry powder, coconut, and kaffir lime. Through the middle, the cayenne and cumin come through with some cinnamon and other spices. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, cayenne, cumin, curry powder, and kaffir lime.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very interesting blend of curry spices in the export stout. Good overall balance with great complexity.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is listed as Foreign/Export Stout. It could also fall into a spiced category or even as a chile beer. Indira is so different/original that the flavor is very memorable. I feel that this could be the most polarizing beer out there. Almost everyone that tries this beer will love it or hate it. Per my scores, I loved it.

I had this beer out of an english pint glass. You can really smell the cumin, cayene, and the lime off the top. This is an odd, but really good, smell. The smell is really strong and surprisingly balanced.

After the first sips I got a lot of warming heat in the back of my throat. There is tons of spice in each taste. I got more of the spices and the lime. There is also some coffee there, and I think I get some chicory in there (its a good thing). I was surprised by the level of balance going on here, and I couldn't understand why. My buddy (Naugros on BA) pointed out that there was coconut in there to provide that balance. Once it was pointed out, I really taste the coconut.

Naugros also pointed out that this is like the 'curry' of beers. I liked the insight, so I felt it was appropriate to include.

Indira is unlike any beer I've ever had. I really enjoyed sharing this bottle.

Side note: this beer is tough on many stomachs. The chile and spices can really work it over. I wish I'd had it earlier in the evening to digest it through more easily.

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Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a short-lived, off white head

S - curry, cumin

T - curry, cumin, lime, faint toasted coconut, light cayenne bite in the finish, light acidity

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

A+ for uniqueness. Overall A. Really a solid beer with a tremendous flavor profile. This isn't a beer I could drink a lot of due to fatigue, but it is very enjoyable in small (bomber sized) quantites. This is very well balanced and very drinkable. This would be great with a meal or as a meal. You should definitely check it out.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the aroma of this one. It helps that I love Indian food, I suppose. Curry and cocunut in the nose, both prominent in the taste, with the right amount of lingering heat from the cayenne.

Wish this was available in six packs, I would buy it often.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a beautiful khaki tan head, some sediment fallen and collected at the bottom of my glass, a water goblet. The nose was molasses and booze, with an extra unexpected scent, a smell of sweet coconut curry. I loved the taste of this! Vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, and sweet coconut curry immediately followed by a spicy chile burn at the back of the palate that lingers through the finish. As the beer warmed the flavors became even more intense and accessible. The chile spice gave me a bit of heartburn to be honest. The mouthfeel was very pleasing, well carbonated with a medium thick mouthfeel that coated the palate without being oily. I highly recommend this to every craft beer lover as this is a truly unique brew, and done well.

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Photo of jayhead000
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. To this day, this is the only beer I have drank, and threw up as the first beer of the night because I drank it too fast like an idiot. Be forewarned, this is a true sipping beer, to be drank with food. It is spicy, and complex. Keep that in mind, and you will get along great with this one-of-a-kind brew!

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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 Beerlover
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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 MrVonzipper
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ehammond1 for this bottleshare.

Black with a 1cm light brown head. Medium retention and light lacing.

Straight earthy cumin, faints kaffir lime leaf and mildly spicy curry. Which I love.   

Wow. Crazy different flavor. Alot going on Vanilla, kaffir lime, curry, cumin. Mild spice linger. The dark malt with the cumin creates a Kind of minty character as well. Very cool flavor.

Medium bodied. Mildly Spicy. Earthy with high carb. 

Overall this is a very Cool amazing different kind of beer very well executed. Don't drink this if you Don't like Curry, Cumin, Thai and or Indian food because you won't like this. Its a great, fun beer. A must try if you like these kind of flavors!

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Photo of BeerTv
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra Curry Foreign/Export Stout
(ABV: 7%) (IBU: 50)

This might just be the strangest beer you will try in your life. First brewed in 2011 by homebrewer Alex Tweet who concocted a twisted curry-stout recipe. Alex is also responsible for "Victory at Cereal" where he utilized Cap'n Crunch cereal in the brewing process. I think it's safe to say Alex Tweet makes some oddly unique brews.

Indra Kunindra uses coconut, kaffir lime leaf, cayenne, cumin, and Madras curry spice to the beer. And yes... you read that correctly; in fact, the octopus on the artwork design is wiedling a few of these ingredients. Get ready for a South Asian flared foreign/export stout flavor explosion.

AROMA - heavy curry spice where you wonder what Indian Restaurant you wandered into, dark roasted malt, lime zest with undertones of toasted coconut, milk chocolate, and roasted coffee

APPEARANCE – pours an opaque jet black or better yet, an octopus ink hue! Foamy tan head with rocky micro-bubbles, great head retention which dissipates into a thin film atop the beer, streaks of lacing form on the edges of the glass similar to octopus tentacles

FLAVOR – explosion of curry as expected with a powerful coconut sweetness as a counter, citrus zest hoppiness, chili cumin spice, tart lime zest, cayenne pepper finish

MOUTHFEEL – light-medium bodied with a unique warmth from the cayenne peppers and 7% ABV, oddly smooth and creamy for the amount of ingredients, dry sticky/syrupy finish

OVERALL – say what you'd like, this beer might resemble Frankenstein, but you have to agree, it is well constructed. It seems the coconut and dark malt may be the only remnants left echoing the category of a stout. I wonder how many brewing sessions it took for Alex Tweet to perfect this madness. A must try to satisfy the curiosity flavor profile!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy tan head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coconut, curry spice, and lemongrass. Taste is very much the same with a spicy finish after each sip. Very tasty stuff. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some awesome Indian food elements added into it. A real surprise for me.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bottle (2012)

Appearance - Not quite black, but the deepest brown possible. Thin, light khaki head recedes to a thin ring. Not much lacing at all. (but there is some)

Aroma - Curry, saltiness, and a hint of chocolate. This reminds me of my favorite candies of all time: Coconut curry cashews.

Taste - Curry and cayenne heat dominate. It finishes with a hint of lime, and milk chocolate. Lingering curry / cayenne heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Low to average level of carbonation. The heat makes it feel like there's a bit of alcohol present. I don't believe that to be the case.

Overall - If you don't like curry, or heat, steer clear. This is one of my favorite "specialty beers" out there. If you have one, and would like to trade, let me know!

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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 jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark brown with a medium head that vanishes. nose; dry curry and cumin, burnt toast & baker's chocolate. taste; dark malt, earthy hops, cumin, cocoa, lime & light cayenne. aftertaste is light cayenne heat and very faint coconut. the spice set certainly is prominent in the nose and taste. medium+ carbonation and slightly heavy mouthfeel. i wish the coconut was more pronounced, but even so, this is a very interesting "one & done" indian spice stout.

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Photo of BeerTick
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of Johnct
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drink this beer between a few friends and you'll enjoy it. On the nose, coconut. Coconut and normal stout notes. Taste is straight coconut with lots of curry. Cayenne provides a bite, it's a chile beer. Aftertaste of chile lingers (but not too much). What a strange creation

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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 WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ballast Point's Old Grove location. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with a finger of brown head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Aroma is incredible. Lots of very vibrant spices, picking up on cumin, cayenne pepper, also sweet curry and coconut. Excellent blend of spice, coconut/curry sweetness and chocolate.

T- Flavor follows pretty closely, but doesn't maintain the same level of curry and coconut awesomeness, although the cumin, cayenne and curry do come through pretty well. Has some nice chocolate flavor and lingering heat, not overly spicy though.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, mild spicy burn but nothing severe.

O- An absolutely awesome chili/curry stout, I've had chili beers before, but nothing that a) also incorporated curry and coconut and b) did it very well. It was also very drinkable, I polished off an 8 oz pour with no problem at all. This beer is a real treat to drink.

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Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,230 ratings.
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