Shiva IPA - Asheville Brewing Company

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Shiva IPAShiva IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

241 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: TheBierBand on 06-19-2007

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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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer can gushing out of the can, settling down with a caramel color and a 2 inch head. Smell is mild, kind of on the malty side. Taste has some hops, grapefruit, a good bit of malts, bitterness is very light. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not as hoppy as most beers of this style, it is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a half of rocky, yet fluffy off-white head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Impressive retention gives way to a thick creamy lacing... An extremely pale orange amber color... An ever so faint haziness permeates... Loads and loads of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... Loads of foam clings to the glass and remains throughout the session...

S - Sweet pineapple... Mandarin oranges... Corn... Overall rather subdued by American IPA standards... Not bland, just uninspired...

T - Clean and crisp piney hops dominate the palette... Minor grassy notes... Some bready malts... Hints of pepper on the finish... Simple, but rather effective... Really close and flirting with a "4," but just a little bit short...

M - Medium bodied... A little bit of pringly carbonation bites the tip of the tongue... Creamy... Incredibly smooth... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent...

D - While not the hopbomb that most BAs seem to crave, this is an above average American IPA that proves brewers don't have to go overboard on hops to be successful... An all around well crafted creation that I would gladly welcome in my glass again...

Photo of jonB
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of cans after visiting the brew pub. It is a nice beer, but does not have the hoppiness we've come to expect from IPAs. The smell is very inviting and has some sweetness and citrus hops. The mouthfeel is not too heavy and the taste is a little less hoppy than I was expecting. Overall it is a delicious sessionable IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned 4? 23rd 2015.

Golden tangerine copper amber body, and very crystal clear. Thick and soapy off white head, realy tall at four fingers with control. Huge staying power, doesn't even want to budge. Plentiful slow rising carbonation keeps flowing, and making this look real good.

There's really not much going on here on the aroma. A faint floral to herbal note of hop it seems but very distant, not even much malt sense of sweetness or depth either. Wouldn't even call it subtle, but very closed.

Palate seems to get a little into more juiced territory, but really plays it safe. Tropical notes and juice mid palate but also some good pine and lime astringency on the finish. Easy malt bill, not sweet but also not very thick either, manages to let the hops take control, but doesn't give much support.

A pretty easy drinking IPA with some almost sessionable feeling character, which sort of takes away from the pleasure.

Photo of wedge
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed orange color, clearly bottle conditioned. Thin, soapy pure-white head. Aromas of mild orange pulp, slight bubblegum, and soap. Some fruity yeast...very light overall. Orange hop bitterness...herbal. Earthy grain takes over in the finish. Watery, yet it has a strong lingering bitterness. Fairly light bodied.

Lots of bitterness, not a whole lot of hoppy flavor. Very mild for an IPA.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bele Chere today, saw it for the first time and figured I would give it a shot. Poured a nice amber with a smallish off white head that faded rather quickly, left behind a small amount of lace, but nothing to write home about. Smell was lighter then I would have liked. Hoppy for sure, with citrus notes and a bitter aroma, just not that overly strong. Needed to be more pronounced. The taste was a tad bit watered down for me. I would have liked to see more punch. It was basically a hoppy pale ale, not really much more. Some nice notes of pine and some caramel in the finish, but just too light. Decent feel, but again nothing really grand. This was a bit of a forgettable IPA for me. Just seemed to be a bit too light for my tastes. It was quite drinkable and is better then a macro anyday, however just needs a bit more work to be good.

Photo of blackie
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: fluffy white head falls back to a decent layer, the beer is a light copper-amber in color

s: smells a bit "dirty" or rustic - soggy, husky cereal grains dominant, caramel, it's an enjoyable aroma from time to time but certainly not optimal, hops also water-soaked and earthy while showing some pine and light citrus

m: carbonation on the light side of medium, medium body

t: similar to the aroma...steeped husk-on cereal grains with a mild dose of caramel, bready, earthy hops with a dose of pine in the finish, moderate bitterness

d: fine, not a great IPA but at $4 a bomber there will be no complaint from me...hell, I'd probably buy again if this were readily available

bomber from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a very attractive, translucent amber. Nice, 1/4" head quickly faded into swirls of foam on top. Lots of CO2 bubbles popping up all over the place.

Smell 4.0: Nice bouquet on this beer. A deep maltiness and some very restrained hop aromas. Subdued, however.

-Taste 4.5: Front is slightly sweet and is otherwise unremarkable. Middle is very nice and balanced: big malt flavors and citrusy hops along with a pronounced and nuanced alkaline hop bite. Finish is in the middle of the palate and features more alkaline hop goodness and a refreshing hit of caramel malts. Aftertaste is dry and is all alkaline hoppiness. These flavors are restrained and well-balanced, unlike some IPAs.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Good creaminess to this beer; accentuates the enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent IPA. This would be a wonderful session beer, but is also sophisticated enough to be an excellent accompaniment to exotic and domestic foods alike. The hoppiness of this brew is in the middle of the palate and is balanced and very well crafted. Highly recommended.

Photo of Cresant
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. can in a Sam Adams glass. No date. Palate is misspelled on the can. The body was pale yellow/white gold and lightly hazy. The thin white head left minimal lacing.

The smell was weak, difficult to discern. Citrus and general fruitiness was mild.

The taste was also citrus. Minor sweetness and pithy drying grapefruit character. Perhaps an older can has muted the smell and flavors. I wouldn't seek it out again unless I knew it was fresh. No bad but a bit dulled.

The mouthfeel was medium in carbonation and density.

Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy gold-amber, with a minimal soapy head.

Has a mild hoppy smell, mild citrus and caramel. Not much going on, however.

Mild citrus, some astringency, and mild bitterness around the tongue and back of the mouth. Faint sweet grape and orange across the top of the mouth. Not very complex, and not very bitter, especially for an IPA.

Medium bodied, if not slightly thin.

Decent enough, but I find this to be a timid IPA.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a can at Edison Craft Beer & Kitchen in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot highlights. The beer has a finger thick sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a small thin patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is quickly overtaken by the slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange hops which contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: Pairs really nicely with food - in my case with an asian inspired chicken and sweet potato waffles. Nice hop aromas and flavors without too much corresponding bitterness. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. One that I will grab again.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden-orange color color with a large off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops up front, grapefruit, a touch of pine, and a bit of caramel malts for balance. Flavor is more citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange, and a little bit buttery. Mouthfeel is bitter, but not harsh. Good beer overall, very drinkable.

Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Some friends, who shall both remain nameless and who know how much I like it in the CAN brought me a buncha North Carolina CANs to try on their last visit. The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues on its merry way!

From the CAN: "The destroyer, the creator, the benefactor. Shiva is all these things. A crisp, citrusy India Pale Ale with a light color, Shiva will destroy your perceptions of an I.P.A. Transcendentally simple malt bill accents a generous helping of Columbus hops lending an intense floral aroma with hints of grapefruit and a pleasant bittering quality. One taste, and your palette [sic] will be lifted to higher planes of consciousness."

Ooh, naughty Shiva! She was another squirter, letting loose on my fingers during the Crack! I do not mind a good squirt, but a heads up might be nice. It was a brimful craft CAN, so I went with an inverted Glug to see of what Shiva was made. Hearty stuff, apparently, as I got a little overflow before creating three dense fingers of tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and lo and behold, my gold-obsessed drinking partners, Croesus, Mammon and King Midas all showed up, fighting for a taste. Nose was both citrusy with grapefruit, but I also got a tropical whiff, like coconut. Wild, man! Shiva danced across my tongue, a willing participant in my little tete-a-tete, with a smooth taste and flavor that many AIPAs seem to be lacking. It may have been "a simple malt bill", but it was just right as far as I was concerned. My tongue has been taking a hops beating lately and for Shiva to come by and not destroy me was a welcome event. Finish was only semi-dry, so the hops were not as intense as advertised, but it was still a fine beer. I hope to win the Shiva Bowl this year.

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Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
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