Indra Kunindra | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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
Ratings:
1,252
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
19.84%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
278
For Trade:
10
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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 WCKDVBZ
1.7/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of aratcliffe
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 dradair
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of webmanspidey
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of radius129
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of detroitpat
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of myuncle
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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 skrabbenhoft
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 BellsFan
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dreizhen
4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of A-Sox
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Indra Kunindra from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,252 ratings.
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