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Ballast Point Indra Kunindra

December 10, 2012

Ballast Point is one of those breweries that I definitely don’t talk about enough. They’re a brewery with a simple history: boy meets beer, boy falls in love with beer, boy makes great craft beer that makes boys and girls fall in love with beer. There never was a more classic craft brewery tale. Yet, for some reason the only other beer of there’s I’ve spoken about is their Sculpin. A beer, which I will state was good enough to end up on the small tap list of my own restaurant this past summer.

Very recently I got to try their Indra Kunindra, which had the tasting note of, “this is a weird beer, prepare your expectations accordingly.” Is there a better tasting note? I submit to you there is not. Needless to say, the first words out of my mouth were, “There is a taste explosion in my mouth.”

The Indra Kunindra is pitch black in color with a fluffy head that dissipates relatively quickly, eventually leaving a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The first thing that struck my nose was a strong coconut scent, followed by a mixture of lime and chocolate. Already an interesting mixture from the get go, but definitely pleasant and delicious smelling.

This beer was thick and velvety. Truly the best description for it would be rich, a beer that just glides across your tongue, coating it in a wonderful roller coaster of flavor. I’m reminded of the old Cocoa Puffs commercial where there’s a roller coaster that materializes out of chocolate. Now imagine that instead of chocolate, it was beer, and you might get a sense of the intensity of this brew.

Now, like I said previously, this beer is a positive taste explosion. The first thing that struck me was an intense lime flavor but with low acidity. This lime flavor then gave way to some nice spice, which was then cooled down by coconut and chocolate. The chocolate note rolls directly into a curry and cumin mixture that gives a sort of spiced chocolate feel to the beer. Finally, the beer ends on a bitter roasted malt finish, with a strong lingering back heat.

This beer might be weird, but it is fantastic. Utterly fantastic. I would highly suggest trying it, even if you get only 1% of the flavors present you’re going to have a great time. Seriously, are you still reading this? Why? Why would you still be at your computer when this beer is not in your hand?

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