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Shiva IPA - Asheville Brewing Company

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Shiva IPAShiva IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBierBand on 06-19-2007)
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Reviews by GFish:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

GFish, Oct 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have sampled the beer in the past and it seemed that has been dumbed down a little,hmm maybe not.Poured from the tap a mix of ;ighter maber and deep orange,a thinner white head atop.Mainly citric hop in the nose,a mild toasted grain note as well.Pretty run of the mill citric hop quality on the palate,some grapefruit and lemon pith,a biscuit dough malt base is noticed.I used to think this was a great IPA now just above average really.

oberon, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of sicilian
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

sicilian, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Light hazy golden, impressive meringue-like head

SMELL: Fresh oranges, rinds, floral

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, smack of citric hops, grapefruit, tangerines, floral, grassy, herbal, leafy, bready, hay, dry, aspirin-like edge

What we have here is an American IPA that delivers its hop-centric payload to the palate somewhat aggressively while retaining drinkability. The citric aromas and flavors are the highlight, along with its dry backbone. It’s a much lighter IPA—in color, body and malt flavor—which should switch things up for many hopheads.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a mostly clear, pale honey amber body with a small offwhite head that leaves wispy lace on the glass.

Aroma is muted, with hints of florals, pine, grass, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is light medium to medium bodied with zesty carbonation and a mild hops bite.

Taste is on the bitter side, with earthy and grassy hops, grapefruit and pine notes, and some toasted caramel. Finishes bitter and dry.

Very sessionable.

merlin48, May 25, 2009
Photo of cbradio
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

cbradio, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of mondegreen
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass. No date on the bottle.

I picked this up on a recent trip to Asheville. I thought it only right to support the local breweries by trying some of their interpretations of my favorite styles. Asheville Brewing's Shiva IPA is one of the ones that I decided to roll the dice on.

A: Pours a hazy light copper. Very little head, even with the laser etching on the DFH glass. Moderate lacing.

S: Weak nose. Not much of a hop aroma. Not much malt sweetness either. Smells a little salty.

T: Tastes of soda water and a touch of salty "hops." Very much bland; borderline watery. A moderate bitter bite on the back end lingers slightly. Maybe this is an old bottle. Typically I wouldn't have gambled on an undated IPA, and I regret doing so on this one.

M: Extra thin. Moderate carbonation can't even beef this one up. This beer dosen't seem to get anything right.

D: Well, at least this beer is inoffensive, I guess. Actually, its blandness is offensive.

There are much better beers to be had in Asheville. Sisters of the Moon IPA or anything by Pisgah, for example. As for this one , I wouldn't buy it again.

mondegreen, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

williamjbauer, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a snifter

A: Amber/orange body with some visible carbonation. Very nice and fluffy yellow-tinged, off-white head that reduces to a patchy but lasting film and leaves lacy lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus fruit, vague herbs and grasses over a light toasted bread. A mild bit of alcohol appeared after warming, as does a bit of dank/metaliic tint. 3.25

T: The hops produce a juicy citrus mix with lemon, orange and grapefruit notes, plus hints of pine. Subtle but good malt backbone tempers the bitterness, although it finishes with a mild hop bitterness. 3.75

M: Medium bodied; slightly sticky; low (probably too low) carbonation; smooth. The finish is slightly dry. 3.75

O: An excellent, full flavored PA. As an American IPA, it's a bit under-hopped. Still, Shiva has a tasty, well-balanced mix of citrus hops and medium-to-light roast malt that should satisfy folks who aren't hellbent on a strong hop hit.

chinchill, May 15, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, courtesy of Sachin of Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a pale copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of herbal and raw hops with hints of citrus backed by pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The hops taste like they belong in a Belgian IPA, and what I mean by that is that they're more suited for nuance than an IPA. The pale malts offer a nice backbone and it has decent balance. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber and could see myself drinking a few of these in one sitting.

Overall this was by no means a bad IPA, but there are too many others with more flavor that I would choose instead.

glid02, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head just sorts sits above a clear bronze highlighted colored golden beer.

A citrus and piney hops aroma is quite light with a added light soapiness and even lighter malts.

A lighter taste of citrus and piney hops with some light malts and even a very light yeast in the taste of the IPA.

A dry aftertaste with some bitterness and hops tastes remaining on this medium bodied beer.

Pretty good west coast hops taste considering this is an east coast beer, although it pales in comparison to a lot of west coast IPA's but it's nice to know the west coast IPA style's influence extends and continues to gain notice and popularity within the beer world.

LXIXME, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Tuccing
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Tuccing, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of tastybeer
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange, semi hazy brew with a milky white, soap bubbly, thin head. Lace is a bit too slick to stick. Smells lightly grainy with a little bit of caramel mixed with diacetyl, topped with a sprinkling of floral, orange and pine. Basic but nice aroma. I'd like it to be bigger. Taste is alright. Bitter hops, and bready caramel malt. Could use more malt and aroma hops, as well as a better arrangement. Body is on the line between light and medium (more on the light side) with a somewhat resiny texture. Easy going down.

Not bad, OK.

tastybeer, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours orange with a big, thick, white head that has great retention

S - big citrus notes, a bit floral, underlying spicy hops

T - faint bready malt, heavy citrusy notes, faint pine, earthy, a bit spicy

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really solid and refreshing beer. It has great flavor and great drinkability. This is definitely an IPA that's worth checking out. It comes in cans too which is a plus for the hot summer pool or ball game days.

tdm168, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Al_Garrison, Apr 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

dailyminefield, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

woodchip, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of KMcG
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%

KMcG, Nov 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Kegatron, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Renegawam
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Renegawam, Yesterday at 09:32 PM
Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap at the brewpub into an Asheville Brewing Company shaker. Poured hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and pine hops. The flavor was of malt and pine hops that showed up in a nice crisp followthrough. It had a medium feel on tha palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was not a bad IPA. It was very simple in nature which could have been its downfall though. It just needed more complexity to it to be memorable. But overall this a nice refreshing IPA.

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of tweezer159
4/5  rDev +10.5%

tweezer159, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SFNC, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

kjc111, Aug 08, 2014
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Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.