#666 Ballast Point’s Indra Kunindra & #667 Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Tropical IPA

For the last day and a half we have been snowed in Ryan’s house in Vienna, VA due to Blizzardageddon 2016. While hanging out with Ryan and her family last night (1/23/2016), I tried a few beers we picked up before the blizzard hit from the Whole Foods Market (Vienna, Virginia, USA) down the street from her house.

The first beer I tried was Ballast Point’s Indra Kunindra, a 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) India-Style Export Stout brewed with madras curry, cumin, cayenne, coconut, and kaffir lime leaf from the Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California, USA). This beer came in a 1 pint 6 fl oz (22 fl oz) bottle with an angry looking, orange octopus holding the special brewing ingredients in its tentacles on the front label.

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Ballast Point’s Indra Kunindra is a collaboration with award winning homebrewer Alex Tweet. According to Ballast Point’s website, Indra Kunindra exhibits 50 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and is available year-round in 22 oz bottles and on draft. Ballast Point also suggest food pairings on their website including white rice, kalbi ribs, and coconut macaroons.

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Below is the commercial description and brewer’s notes for Ballast Point’s Indra Kunindra:

“Our India-style Export Stout is a unique collaboration with award-winning homebrewer Alex Tweet. Released in limited quantities, this explosion of South Asian flavors is reason enough to kneel down and thank the heavens. It’s further proof of San Diego’s status as a brewer’s playground, and a beer lover’s utopia.” – Ballast Point Brewing Company

“With polarizing ingredients packed into a very roasty Export Stout, beer drinkers seem to love it or hate it. Ingredients added post-fermentation, really keep all those volatile aromas locked in the beer. Please take your time with this beer and allow it to warm up. Initial hits of Madras Curry and Cumin start to get balanced out by the Kaffir lime leaf and toasted coconut once the beer warms. Cayenne will always be a lingering tickle in the back of your throat.” – Brewer’s notes, Ballast Point Brewing Company

My next beer was Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Tropical IPA, a 6.7% alcohol by volume (ABV) beer from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, California, USA & Mills River, North Carolina, USA). Beer Camp is an opportunity for beer fans to bring their own recipes into the brewery and help design their own beers. Each spring, the brewery will feature one of their favorite collaborations from the previous year.

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Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Tropical IPA came in a 12 fl oz bottle with “Beer Camp” written in large, green pea soup colored letters across the front label. According to Sierra Nevada’s website, Beer Camp Tropical IPA was brewed using Two-row Pale, Munich, and Honey malts; Mosaic, Citra, Comet, and El Dorado hops for finishing; Amarillo hops for bittering; and an ale yeast. This beer exhibits 55 IBUs (International Bitterness Units), a starting gravity of 16 °plato, and a finishing gravity of 3 °plato.

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Sierra Nevada’s website also provides customers with food pairings including spicy Szechuan beef, jerk chicken, Thai green tofu curry, aged Monterey jack and asiago cheeses, key lime pie, and kiwi trifle. Below I’ve added the commercial description of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Tropical IPA as well:

“Beer Camp is the ultimate brewing experience. We invite beer fans into our brewery nearly every week to design their own beer and then we bring it to life. Each spring, we’ll feature one of our favorite collaborations from the previous year. This year’s selection features intensely aromatic hop varietals rich with the flavors of the tropics. We use Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops to create bright fruit-forward flavors of mango, papaya and bitter orange.” – Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Information about beer found at:
www.ballastpoint.com/beer/indra-kunindra/
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/199/69792/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/ballast-point-indra-kunindra/150262/
www.untappd.com/b/ballast-point-brewing-spirits-indra-kunindra/55807
www.sierranevada.com/beer/seasonal/beer-camp-tropical-ipa
www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/182256/
www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-beer-camp-tropical-ipa/386585/
www.untappd.com/b/sierra-nevada-brewing-co-beer-camp-tropical-ipa-2016/1370712

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