Shiva IPA - Asheville Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
06-26-2009 14:56:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.23/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
07-29-2007 03:56:39 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Certainly a stand-out among all the beers tried while at the brew-pub. An intense pine-ey, citrus, grassy hop character dominated a light pilsner-like malty, bready base. The beer doesn't really try to balance out much, just allow a modest sweetness to keep the hop character from becomming harsh or overly drying. Lightly colored (pale to golden) with a nice head retention and lacing. Finishes very clean and crisp (as with all of their beers), with a light lemony flavor and lingering bitterness. The boldest beer at this brewery.
09-10-2007 21:52:45 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance: Served a lightly hazed, middling copper-hued body with a slender, white head.
Smell: Humble aroma of basic pale malts with hop notes of grapefruit, lemon, spice, and pressed flowers.
Taste: Rather simplistic maltiness, only hinting at pale malts with a modest toastiness. Light sweetness. Citrusy, resinous floral hop character with a resolute bitterness from the calculated 69.3 IBUs. Citrus character grows a bit more pithy on the back half. Finishes drying and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: While not bad, it's merely an okay IPA eliciting from me a shrug and polite nod before moving on.
10-19-2010 18:54:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-01-2012 03:38:39 | More by kylehay2004
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
04-21-2010 12:28:09 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.
S - Sweet malt and fruity hops with an emphasis on orange.
T - Thick malt and fruity hops up front. Notes of orange, pineapple, and toffee in the middle. Finishes with orange hops, moderate bitterness and thick malt.
M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - Not a great hop profile, there is a lot of fruit character but is is more orange juice than hops for some reasons. The malt is also too sweet and this leaves the beer feeling flabby and dull.
11-01-2012 03:38:53 | More by nickfl
3.81/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-31-2013 00:59:23 | More by woodychandler
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
My first can of this beer from Asheville Brewing, although I've had it on tap a number of times. I have to say, it tastes fresh and luscious in the can. A nice snap of piney hops and long bitterness make this beer very appetizing. There are some floral notes, and a bit of graininess underneath, but this is not at all a sweet IPA, rather you get some lean, dry, bitter flavors and a slightly thick mouthfeel without sweetness, and a somewhat watery finish. The clean, bitter hops are the clear star here. Nice.
12-31-2011 03:25:49 | More by Georgiabeer
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-06-2013 12:50:48 | More by dbrauneis
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-19-2013 02:58:04 | More by LXIXME
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
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
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
05-15-2012 00:55:16 | More by chinchill
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-24-2009 03:09:13 | More by glid02
3.74/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright, copper-orange coloring with a thin, low profile, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of tangerine, orange peel, subtle caramel highlights, and a biscuit backbone. Flavors are richly sweet forward, with a caramel backbone supporting a heavy tangerine and citrus component. Floral highlights throughout, with some grassy and woody notes, too. A bit on the rustic side, with a smooth, slightly dry body. The aftertaste is more of the citrus notes, with bits of grass and spice. The finish is slightly bitter, subtly dry, and with a grassy, citrus linger. Tasty and refreshing.
04-03-2014 03:01:30 | More by GarthDanielson
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
10-18-2010 17:26:20 | More by thagr81us
Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.