Shiva IPA - Asheville Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +25.1%
22oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with some moderate carbonation action. A 2" light head head develops and sticks around, literally. The thick foam that sticks to the glass looks like swiss cheese. Awesome.
Smell: A soapy hop aroma is sticky with floral and citrus tones. Rose, grapefruit, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and perhaps some pine, way in the back. A lingering lemon scent.
Taste: A mouthful of IBUs is strong and lingering. Flavors of grapefruit, pale malt and pine sol. The bitterness stays with me and actually gets a little stronger. A well balanced IPA.
Mouthfeel: Bitter the whole way through the experience. This is a quality that some IPAs can't nail. It isn't too bitter, but stays around in the mouth the whole time. Medium body, some carbonation, a little alcohol burn at the end.
Drinkability: This is a great IPA. I would love to get my hands on it again. Very spot on for the style, with great balance. Try it!
10-15-2009 18:42:15 | More by Risser09
4.47/5 rDev +23.5%
22oz. bomber into snifter on 8/5/09.
A - Slightly hazy amber/orange body with sparse carbonation and half a finger of off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and deposited some sticky lace around the glass. Head flared up to a creamy cap with each swirl of the glass.
S - Citrus fruit and leafy, green tea-like notes comprise the hop profile for this pretty pungent IPA. Sweet caramel and grainy malts offer a nice complement to the hops here. Some mild syrupy pine notes emerge, as well as a distinct orange rind/pulp character, which was quite pleasant, especially as the liquid warmed up. A mild waft of alcohol also appeared after a while.
T - Juicy citrus akin to fresh squeezed orange juice with pulp and rind dominates the flavor of this IPA. Some spicy notes and mild pine also emerge in the middle. Finishes with a toasted grainy malt character, offsetting some of the hop bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with a sticky, syrupy texture and fairly mild carbonation, yet this still retains a creamy mouthfeel with minimal bristle. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness that hangs out on the back of the tongue for a bit.
D - I was surprised to see so many lackluster ratings for this fine IPA. I found this to be an excellent IPA, especially for a $4 bomber! Shiva packs a really tasty citrus character, and I found myself enjoying this brew more and more with each passing sip. This is simply a great IPA with plenty of flavor and hop bite.
08-31-2009 23:07:12 | More by ffejherb
4.4/5 rDev +21.5%
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!
06-17-2014 18:11:08 | More by humuloner22
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
A big thanks to JMurray999 for putting together a great split in Philly and getting this brew to be a part of it. Cheers!
Appearance: A rough pour gives me a cloudy, light amber colored beer with only about a half inch of head. The retention isn't so great, but the lacing is phenomenal. Lots of soapy rings all down my DFH glass.
Smell: A surprisingly subdued nose for an IPA. Some bitter, citrusy hops with some pine scattered about, but nothing really that really stands out.
Taste: Wow, a huge improvement over the smell! A big burst of bitter grapefruit followed by some pine hits immediately, followed by the slightest bit of sweetness. I was not expected this.
Mouthfeel: Full body, good crisp carbonation, yet smooth and easy drinking. Good stuff.
Drinkability: As far as IPA's go, this one is very good. The nose could be better (perhaps I'm just stuffed up), but everything else really shines for this brew. Good and hoppy without being overwhelming, and a slight bit of sweetness just to bring in a bit of balance. Very nice.
10-16-2009 23:27:45 | More by krisandajt
4.23/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
01-02-2013 04:53:52 | More by BeerDocT
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
This IPA has wonderful grapefruit esters and the IBU'S are not too over powering
I encourage this beer with pizza. It is especially nice on hit summer days and night.
I couldn't get over the nice foam rings that came after each swallow. Nice beer. Totally a great example of an American India Pale.
12-03-2013 01:37:38 | More by Tink_Lawing
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
05-28-2012 22:05:18 | More by tdm168
Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.