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Shiva IPA - Asheville Brewing Company

Shiva IPAShiva IPA

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142 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%

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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Photo of Fcolle2


3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale in color with a bigg frothy 2 finger white head that has great retention. There is also some nice lacing all over the glass.

Smell has big notes of citrus, primarily grapefruit and grapefruit rind along with some light cgrainy and straw like malt.

Hops are forward and have a very herbal flavor along with a heafty amount of bitterness that is not overdone. Some more citrus rind come in at the end of this beer and has a lasting bitter oily taste. I like what's going on however the flavor are a little on the light side.

Mouthfeel is good, light crisp, bitter and slightly dry finish. A little thin.

Overall this was a pretty good ipa. Nothing mind blowing but I think it does deserve a better rating then it has

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:37:13 | More by Fcolle2
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 16:36:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of kylehay2004


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: two finger head with nice lacing on a slightly hazy golden with a minimal amber hue body.

S: smells exactly like fresh cut/freshly juiced oranges. I get little else from this one.

T: more orange in the flavor with a very musty and earthy hop character. Little provided from the malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: fairly simple. not a big fan of how dry this one is. Not sure if this would be one I would want on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:38:39 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:55:16 | More by chinchill
Photo of Dope


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bottle uncaps very loudly and immediately starts gushing all over my computer desk. A cloudy straw pour with a ridiculous head as you might imagine. A full glass of foam with maybe 1" of liquid in it. Fades surprisingly quickly leaving the thickest foam lacing I've seen.

S: Sweet grapefruit and orange. Some toast and caramel.

T: Some sweet citrus up front. Turns quite bitter in the middle but a little but of caramel sweetness helps balance it out. Long lingering astringent hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Overcarbonated, very light.

O: Meh, besides the geyser-ish carbonation it's not too bad. Odd flavorless bitterness lingers for a long time. Otherwise a fairly simple decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 04:44:44 | More by Dope
Photo of busterwhite


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with a 1 finger head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus, a little floral and grassy-earthy aroma. Some sweet malt as well.

Tastes of citrus, grass with a solid malt backbone. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, medium and slightly oily. A little overcarbonated for me.

Overall a decent IPA, not one I'll go back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:39:04 | More by busterwhite
Photo of aubuc1


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle with no visible date code.

Pours a clear golden orange with a thick white head.

Smell is a muted orange, pine and biscuit. Not too fresh smelling.

Taste is a faded, biscuity, somewhat bitter beer.
Wish it was fresh.

Mouthfeel is good but overall this is either not good or not fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 00:09:01 | More by aubuc1
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure if this is the correct Shiva since there are 2 listings with the same picture, but this one was reviewed more recently and with bottles (and the bottle says brewed by Asheville Brewing Company), so here it goes. Big thanks to brstls4drmrs for the cool extra...hopefully will go nice with some pizza!

a - popped the bottle and filled a pirat tulip. color was a light transparent almost yellow orange with a TON of carbonation and a nice frothy IPA-ish head. I don't think I've seen a beer with this much bubbling in a while. Lacing was decent and the head hung around for a while.

s - little bit different. earthy and grassy in an almost saison way. citric hops are there, but there is a strong malt presence which gives it a nice sweetness that is counter-balanced by some bitterness. my nose keeps searching for a bit more a hop punch to this one, but not bad by any means.

t - much like the nose, the flavor lacks the hopping taste, but the bitter hops are there for the finish, but not overly so. earthy and somewhat lacking the IPA luster that I am craving at the moment.

m - pretty watery for all that carbonation but does have some substance to the body. finishes a touch bitter.

o - overall a pretty average IPA (except for the missing hops). if the flavor were the radio, I'd ask you to turn it up since it seems like there might be something good in there, but it is just so mellow. I'd also like a bit more of a hop bite on this one (and I rarely look for more hops). Not bad though, I'll have no problems polishing off this bomber...but not something that I'll be hitting the trade forums looking for and not necessarily something I'll try to find when visiting family in NC. Very glad I got to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:44:54 | More by cosmicevan
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 03:00:53 | More by TheHoppiest
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:15:43 | More by mondegreen
Photo of jera1350


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this.

Pours a golden orange color with huge tight head of fluff and lots of lacing around the glass.

Faint smelling of lager with a small amount of hops and some yeast.

I guess I would call this a balanced IPA. It's almost a hopped up lager. Pretty light roasted malt. The hops are lightly bitter, mostly grapefruit. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste that lingers.

About medium bodied and overly carbonated. The carbonation has a slight sting, but is pretty foamy in the mouth.

Nice drinkability for an IPA, but the carbonation knocks it down a few points. I feel like I'm going to have release a few huge belches after drinking this one. A nice attempt at an IPA, but needs some refining.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 01:18:46 | More by jera1350
Photo of JayQue


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good solid IPA. Poured into my Weeping Radish brewery pint glass. A hazy orange color, medium size white head, better than average thick lacing.

Smell is a bit mild for a good IPA, citrus hops is the primary aroma.

Taste is good, primarily grapefruit/citrus hops but not head-shrinking bitter. The flavor is full but not a total hop bomb, there is some balance here to keep the bitterness reasonable.

Initial mouthfeel was a bit watery, corrected itself as I kept sipping. Beer was crisp and not overly bitter.

Drinkability is good. The flavor, balance and the 6% abv make this something I could have a whole lot of.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 00:46:51 | More by JayQue
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:39:47 | More by philbe311
Photo of krisandajt


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 23:27:45 | More by krisandajt
Photo of Risser09


4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 18:42:15 | More by Risser09
Photo of RustyDiamond


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased recently from Bruisin Ales. 22oz bomber going into nonic print glass. Very pale orange-yellow with a solid finger of white froth. Aroma of grapefruit with very little malt detected. Crisp, grassy hop flavor with noticeable cirtus. Dry, white grapefruit juice, slightly acidic. Bitter in the middle, dry acidic in the back. All hops on this one and somewhat astringent making this one not too easy to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 21:44:46 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of ffejherb


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:07:12 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Norfawkers


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light but servicable IPA, one of the stronger offerings from Asheville Brewing

Appearance: Golden, cloudy, little head

Smell: Faint hops; barely there

Taste: Bitter and hoppy kick with a malty/wheat finish

Mouthfeel: Bitter lingering finish

Drinkability: Drinkable with a meal; not very powerful

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:23:56 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 01:59:06 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pineapple gold with a sprinkling of miniscule bubbles trickling up to a cloud white crown of bubbly foam. Yeast particles in the bottom of the bomber mean haziness is only one more pour away. A great deal of attractive lace finds its way to the glass, classifying Shiva as a looker.

Although it could be bolder, the nose hits all of its style marks. It smells like nothing darker than pale malt was used. It also smells like one or more of the C-hops is in the house. Each sniff brings grapefruit, orange and a whiff of spliff. Cascade perhaps.

Other than the fact that it falls short on the hop flavor meter, Shiva IPA is pretty good beer. The outlines of a pale-malted, citrusy American IPA are present, but they haven't been filled in with the bold strokes of color that I expect beer of this style to have. More malt is needed in a minor way and more lupulins are needed in a major way.

The beer is actually fairly bitter. That probably has more to do with a lack of malt sugars than an abundance of alpha acids. The flavor profile includes vanilla wafers, grapefruit juice and lemon zest. This is a pleasant enough drinker, but I keep wanting to give the flavor intensity knob a huge twist.

The finish is semi-crisp and impressively drying. Diabetics need not worry. In terms of heft, the mouthfeel is closer to APA than IPA. The light prickliness of the carbonation works well in concert with the increasingly pithy bitterness.

Shiva IPA is pretty close to being right where I like beer of this style to be. The Asheville brewers should add a bit more malt and should figure out how to unlock more hop flavor, keeping bitterness right where it is. Mash House Hoppy Hour is still North Carolina's best IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 14:56:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of blackie


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 04:33:31 | More by blackie
Photo of GatorBeerNerd


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Greenlife in Asheville when I was killing time waiting for Bruisin Ales to open. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

A: Not really a lot to look at here. A very light color for an IPA. It looks more like a pale ale. Almost no head at all at the pour. The etching in the glass keeps a small spot of bubbles in the middle of the glass. There is only a little bit of lacing.

S: Kind of a musty grassy aroma. Its not really pleasing at all.

T: It seems like each category is going downhill with this one. It almost has a funky twinge similar to some saisons. The grassy hop flavors are still around, but are very weak and do not mix well with the other flavors.

M: Very thin and watery.

D: The funkiness is a little bit of a struggle for me, but outside of that it could be considered easier to drink than many IPAs.

I hope that I am not reviewing a bad bottle, but this one definitely didn't do it for me. I wish now I would have gone with the Porter instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:34:23 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 21:01:39 | More by merlin48
Photo of n00tz


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange with light carbonation and a fairly thin white head.

S - Nicely bitter with a grassy yet slightly citrus hops. Slight malty sweetness hides below the bitterness.

T - Bitter citrusy hops with a surprisingly butterscotch sweetness that rears up and finishes off the presentation. Aftertaste is all hops - gotta be cascade.

M - Medium bodied and refreshing carbonation - under carbonated by most standards, perfect for me. Burps sweet, which is unexpected due to the aftertaste.

D - Fantastically balanced IPA, still has the hops kick but provides an uncommonly sweet character. I'm looking forward to other Asheville Brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 01:20:11 | More by n00tz
Photo of tpd975


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Enola for sending this one my way.

A: Pours a nice light orange with amber highlights. Very weak cream colored head shows no retention. Lots of bubbles rise to the top but for some reason fail to build a head. Two or three spots of lace.

S: Rather mild. Faint grainy malt with hints of citrus.

T: Mild in flavor as well. Nice sweet malt up front with notes of zesty citrus. The finish shows a bit of grassy bitterness.

M: Sort of on the thinner side for the style. Medium to light in carbonation.

D: It's not a bad beer, and is rather sessionable if it is one you enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 15:19:21 | More by tpd975
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Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.