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Shiva IPA - Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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Shiva IPAShiva IPA

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very good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-22-2005)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 67couple:
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

67couple, Jun 04, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a hint of orange. Small white nicely dense foam head, grabbed the glass well leaving some spotty lacing on the way down.

The smell seemed light to me, which goes against many of the other reviews here. My sample seemed to be predominately grass and straw with maybe only a little bit of citrus.

Citrus and floral hops dominate the flavor and leave a nice strong bitter finish that really lingers on. The taste was good but seemed to lack malt to balance it out.

Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Overall I thought it was really refreshing but at the same time fairly filling. Good drinkability though. I'd be glad to sip this one again some summer afternoon.

blitz134, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of Duster72
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Merimon location.

Poured a very cloudy deep amber. Aroma is a mild citrus hops with hints of sweetness and grassiness. Taste is predominantly hoppy with slightly more bitterness than I prefer. Slightly out of balance, IMO. Overall a good IPA, not the best but very respectable. They said it's their best selling beer, which I can certainly believe.

Duster72, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1-liter swingtop courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

The pour is gorgeous. Somewhat hazy golden-(just-a-hint-of)-amber in color with an uber-thick and creamy white head that not only hung around forever, but damn near completely covered the entire glass with thick lace. Aromas are riddled with grapefruit...a lovely inidicator of things to come. Flavor is strongly dominated by citrusy and a dash of earthy-grassy hop bitterness. There's only token sweetness from the miniscule malt support here, but for a hophead like me, that's just fine. Finishes with a long-lasting, burp-inducing, gritty bitterness (not sweet...more of the grassy hoppy flavor) that reminds you of what's going on. Drinkable? The 1-liter was gone in about 90 mintues. Not a palate-shattering beer but certainly a fix for the hophead. I'd love to try this again.

Cheers to AKSP for providing me with a chance to try this bad boy.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 24, 2005
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

juicebox, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

williamjbauer, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

KingEdward, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

twizzard, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my NC beer pick ups. review based on notes, tasted in early July:

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Perfumy hops & lemons

T: Lemons, grapefruit & grassy hops, slight pear & apricot fruittyness up front. Grapefruit & dryness dominate as this warms, along with pear fruittyness. Finishes crisp with leafy hops, & some honey malt

MF: Medium bodied, semi-chewy, okay balance

Drinks alright, just a bit one dimensional; too much grapefruit to really make me happy

russpowell, Aug 14, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

thagr81us, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | 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.

mikesgroove, Jul 29, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes a copper color with a very nice 2 finger lasting creamy head.
Smell is of citrus fruits. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime.
Taste: This beer is a hop bomb. Not much balance here as the hops dominate in the best of ways. Again the citrus flavors are dominate, with a nice bready finish. I had the beer yesterday and I can still taste the hops.
Feels very nice in the mouth. The hops attack your palate.
I could drink these over and over.
A very nice beer from Asheville Brewing. This place is worth a visit for this beer alone.

wcudwight, Feb 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

NastyNate11, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

genogirl, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

freduardo, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light gold with a chill haze to it. Thin white head.

S: A big citrus hop aroma with some toasted malt and a slight herbal hop aroma in the background.

T: The toasted malt really provides a nice base for the beer. The citrus fruit flavors and citrus hop blend really well together. A little citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

M: Light and drinkable with less than average carbonation levels. Slight bitterness in the finish.

O: This is a very drinkable and refreshing IPA. Tailored more to the citrus side but with a nice toasted malt to add depth.

Kromes, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DrMindbender, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

derekfilcoff, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mendonjoebeer, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Shiloh
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA was a pale golden colour, a little murky with a light carbonation and tiny crown.
Glass cling and ring with a nice island lace.

Aroma was primarily a light citrus and yeast.

The taste was exellent, well balanced to the hops, unusual to find an IPA this well balanced.
Minor after taste.

The mouthfeel is that of a medium body with energy, the carbonation at work.

I could consume this beveridge on a daily basis if it was available to me....exellent.

Shiloh, Jun 11, 2008
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5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion a very unique IPA. A very pungent citrusy smell mixed in with grapefruit aromas. On the first sip you taste the hops right away tingling the tip of your tongue and giving way to that very nice tongue puckering citrus mixing in with the grapefruit tongue puckering bitterness all really well. Somewhere in between all that you get the cake like malt.

At first in comparison to a lot of the similar tasting high rated IPA's I had my thoughts about this beer but then I opened up to it a lot more since I have a 12 pack from the brewery and can really say its like Ashville's Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA. Easily rivaling that beer in my opinion. I was able to acquire this beer from family that vacationed there. Hopefully some more beer from Asheville including this brewery comes to NJ soon..

thebrood1987, Sep 10, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really suprised at this beer. What a hoppy brew!! The growler was filled yesterday and today there was still a good sized head. The color is a nice amber. The smell is citrusy. The taste is outstanding. For an IPA, this one is one of the best I have had. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice lasting hop bitterness. I could drink these all night. This beer may be NC's best kept secret.

Enola, May 10, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

baklo, Sep 28, 2013
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Shiva IPA from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.