The Cultivator readies the soil for new beginnings. Tilled land becomes the incubator of Asheville’s bold new hop harvest. Throughout the year, we make this beer with NW hops, but our Fresh Hop version is released at the end of Summer – made entirely with Asheville-grown hops. We add local Riverbend 6 row pale, Midnight Wheat, and a healthy dose of malted rye to craft a rich black ale without the bitterness of your typical darker beer. We add an abundance of NW “C” hops to this beer to give it its fruity flavor. A profoundly sharp and resinous quality is found within the subtle dark chocolate flavor of this Black IPA.
woodychevy (361) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a generous 7 oz "tasting" at the taproom. One chance at a first impression and these guys nailed it. Solid, solid beer. Pours dark black with almost no head. "c" hops and dark malts come through on the nose. Taste is really well balanced- nice sweet from roasted malts balanced by the typical IPA hops. Mouthfeel is perfect for a dark IPA- nicely middle of the road without being too light. Bit of rye hiding in there as well. Great black IPA.
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