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Shiva IPA - Asheville Brewing Company

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Shiva IPAShiva IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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 Ryan011235:
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/25/12

The color is caramel and amber with a haziness cast forth. One and a half finger head of white foam dissipates, leaving a layer of bubbles on top and thin rings of lace.

The hop profile isn't the most common, but I find the aromas of peach jam, tangerine and herbal hops and lemon overtones to work together in a quite appealing fashion. Cracker-like malts and hints of toasted bread.

The hops take more of an herbal turn in terms of flavor, especially at the onset. Bitter orange peel and lemon zest move in next, making for a mid-section kick. Malts are very much downplayed here; just some bread mid-sip. The finish has lingerings of dry tea leaves and a touch of bitterness.

The feel is a lively, fully carbonated medium body with prickliness and hop resin to spare.

Overall, this one is pretty darn good. It's certainly not the most common of IPAs, but this has grown on me quite a bit over several cans.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 06:18:10 | More by Ryan011235
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 6/9/14 and reviewed on 6/25. Poured into a tulip. The pour is slightly hazy and light apricot in color. It sports about a finger of coarse white foam. Retention is average. Very little lacing. The nose is quite pungent and piney. Leafy and hemp-like. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. The can says it has Columbus hops. It has that white pepper and rye smell of Amarillo.

Medium body and firm feel. Very little malt sweetness present, just enough to support an aggressive salvo of hops. The bitterness is not what I would call "citrusy'' (as advertised on the can). It's more acrid and resin-like with lots of herbal, flowery notes. Sharp bitterness lingers long after swallowing.

Overall, a nice IPA. Although I found it a bit unbalanced, it did grow on my over the course of a 6-pack. It reminds me of SN Torpedo, but with a bit less malt and a bit more bitterness.

Serving type: can

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blordo1685

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1.24/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I really don't want to get into the whole semantics of this beer. I will say this, that I had Shiva in a can, and it was not drinkable .

So I came to the brewery on Coxe and tried the Perfect Day IPA and their flagship IPA, which is the Shiva.

Both had skunky, off flavor aromas you'd expect from typical adjunct lagers. So, I had to quickly choose my poison, literally.

Well, I decided on a pizza and the Shiva.

Shiva, now on tap after having had it in the can, confirmed my suspicions. Pure battery acid taste. I must say this is the worst beer I have ever had in my life!- even worse than Busch Light.

I'm so glad the gal served me some bad tap water first. After two sips of the Shiva, I almost threw up. I drank the bad tap water with the average pizza, pushed the Shiva aside.

I now know this wasn't a fluke. They actually brew this vile tasting beer, and apparently the people like it?

Shame on them for this, even a first time home brewer shouldn't make anything this bad.The pizza wasn't very good either, no surprise.

I don't like to denigrate local breweries, but this is unacceptable and offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2014 04:09:03 | More by blordo1685
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A: Copper with a very light haze, a little fine bubbled carbonation, 4 fingers of foamy white, brown tinged head. Chunky lacing.

S: Pine, caramel, toffee, light orange candy, light onion and garlic. Malt and a hint of battery acid.

T: Floral and fruity, light sweetness, smooth with a final bitterness that comes in as an aftertaste. Orange candy, roses, toffee.

M: Medium thick syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable and smooth.

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humuloner22

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4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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I have had this at the brewery. I have had it in cans, its better on draft, but I love the fact they are canning it now, so I can bring some home with me to store easily for when I want one. Overall this is probably my favorite NC IPA. It is always made and if you are in the Asheville area you can easily obtain a sixpack or two or three to bring home with you. Its not outrageously expensive for what it is and its really tasty.

Smell: Floral, great IPA aroma.

Taste: Floral, hop forward, not bitter but well balanced, especially when served on the colder side which is what I prefer.

Overall: One of my favorite go to beers and its the best year around NC IPA that I have had. While others may be better they are limited releases or seasonal. So, if you find yourself in the Asheville area pick up a six pack and/or go to the Brewery they have two locations and damn good beer and pizza to boot!

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Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.