Beer of the Week: Ballast Point's Spicy Indra Kunindra

Categories: Beer

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Jason Henry
We're not gonna sugarcoat this -- you might not like this brew. On the other hand, this might be one of the most unique, exciting beers you've ever tasted. Interested in a beverage that unmistakably smacks of Indian and Thai curries? If so, read on. If not, then get outside your comfort zone and read on anyway.

Ballast Point is one of Southern California's most celebrated breweries. What started off as a homebrew shop has become an award-winning, internationally respected operation. The Indra Kunindra beer gets back to the brewery's roots.

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The brew was originally conceived as a collaboration with a local homebrewer, then debuted as a Pro-Am entry at the Great American Beer Festival and the National Homebrewer's Conference. After a slew of positive reviews, the beer was bottled and released as an anniversary beer for one of San Diego county's best beer shops, Holiday Wine Cellar. As demand increased, Ballast Point brewed a larger batch for limited distribution.

This stout beer is brewed with...wait for it...Madras curry spices, cayenne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaves. Foodies, this should be at the top of your shopping list this week. Upon first pour, the beer looks like any other inky stout. The aroma, however, can assault unsuspecting victims from many feet away. The nose is a seamless blend of Indian curry, sweet coconut, zesty lime, and roasty dark chocolate. The flavor follows suit, with the initial curry spice blast giving way to notes of tangy Tom Kha soup and finishing with a delicate roast and slight heat in the throat from the cayenne pepper.

We recommend sampling this beer alongside your favorite Indian or Thai takeout. Be sure to have a friend around, as 22oz. of this brew might be a bit much to tackle alone. Before taking your liquid journey through the ancient spice routes, call for availability at better beer shops such as Healthy Spirits and City Beer Store.

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