Beer Review: BALLAST POINT INDRA KUNINDRA

Beer Review: BALLAST POINT INDRA KUNINDRA

Ballast Point’s Indra Kunindra, a collaborative creation with homebrewer Alex Tweet, boasts a daring combination of madras curry, cayenne pepper, cumin, toasted coconut, and kaffir lime leaf, resulting in a 9% ABV stout. Crafted specifically for the Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th Anniversary Homebrewers Competition, this unconventional brew beckons scrutiny in its various dimensions.

Appearance

The liquid presents itself as an inky black, adorned with a modest ring of tan around its periphery. This stark visual contrast sets the stage for an intriguing tasting experience.

Aroma

Upon nosing, a medley of curry powder, fresh-squeezed lime, and lime essence tantalizes the olfactory senses. Subtly concealed beneath is a hint of roast, adding an element of depth to the aromatic profile.

Taste

The palate unfolds with a trio of dominant flavors—curry, lime, and dark chocolate. As each sip progresses, the cayenne emerges, asserting its presence and leaving a lingering heat that extends down the throat.

Mouthfeel

In terms of mouthfeel, the brew offers a spicy sensation, complemented by a full-bodied texture that delivers an exceptionally creamy experience. This interplay of sensations adds a layer of complexity to the overall drinking experience.

Overall

While opinions may differ, this audacious creation undeniably leaves an impression. Described as “amazing” by some, the divisive nature of Indra Kunindra is exemplified by the contrast between enthusiasts and detractors. For one taster, Jonny Fullpint, the experience was less than stellar, while another reveled in the brew, doing metaphorical backflips in appreciation. Whether this unconventional stout becomes a recurring release is a matter of personal taste, but its boldness is undeniable and worthy of consideration.