Shiva IPA - Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
Strong, hoppy aroma has an overtone of somewhat sweet grapefruit and a touch of orange. It pours an attractive amber with a nice white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor has a strong grapefruit overtone that is more sour than sweet. Core of the flavor is hoppy with some malt and a floral hint. Though the sour and bitter flavors are strong and the sweetness is subtle, they complement each other nicely. Grapefruit finish has hoppy, malty and floral notes. Firm texture has quite a bit of fizz and leaves a fairly persistent tingle on the tongue and lips. And you gotta see the kewl art on the bottle!
01-27-2012 03:29:22 | More by Cyberkedi
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Bought a 12 FL OZ can of this from the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC for $3 (special) and enjoying it in Salt Lake City, UT before bar hopping. Poured from the awesome black background w/ tie die & a goddess in the middle into a 12oz Clear cup. No freshness date to be found.
Aroma- Starts with medium hops and some citrus. Very light overall and really have to search for even these only two attributes.
Appearance- Pours a 4 finger head that lasts for a crazy amount of time (great retention). Has a copper colored body that is easy going and clear. Leaves thick lacing behind.
Flavor- Strong fruits, especially grapefruit, hit the mouth firstly and then sweet malts come into the picture. Finishes with a light bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has an average citrus/fruity hop finish.
Overall Impression- Above average for an IPA but not my favorite from Asheville. Its tough to compare breweries in a town that has so many awesome ones! I would recommend trying if you have a chance but wouldn't shout this one from a rooftop or anything.
01-26-2012 21:20:04 | More by DCon
3.15/5 rDev -17.1%
A: This poured clear light gold with thin and bubbly white head.
S: It smelled like bitter resin and grapefruit zest, with some sour lager yeast and a bit of sweet honey.
T: It tasted like stale bready yeast and very bitter resin, with a little copper and citrus and honey. It had a very bitter and somewhat clean aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was not a very good IPA...maybe my can was old? It was very bitter but not flavorful otherwise, so it wasn't that easy to drink. I don't see any redeeming quality to this beer, honestly. Not recommended.
01-01-2012 22:44:00 | More by Pencible
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
On tap in a shaker pint at the brewpub. The presence of wheat in Shiva is evident right away, lending a haziness to the gold body. Modest bright white head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing at the top of the glass.
Nose is a pleasant, somewhat mild blend of baking bread, citrus and floral hops. Nice level of bitterness, though, and it seems to be enhanced by the bite of the wheat. Some juicy citrus midswallow, but in the end it's a long finish of toasty grains and wheat. Shiva could perhaps could just as easily be classified as a hoppy American wheat. Regardless, it's tasty and worth a try.
08-13-2011 12:11:16 | More by PDXHops
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
12-05-2010 04:16:49 | More by thagr81us
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/21/09
A - pours a hazy copper color with a bit of soapy foam
S - slight hint of citrus hops, not much else
T - lemon & orange citrus with a slight malt backbone, finishing with a nice citrus hop bite
M - good carbonation, smooth mouthfeel
D - good flavor, average IPA that is easy to drink but not necessarily one to come back to again and again
01-07-2010 17:30:41 | More by mikereaser
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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
08-14-2009 03:37:57 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours gold with very little head. Nothing to retain. Faint, thin lacing.
Weak nose. Slightly more pine than citrus, but not much going on.
Slightly sweet on the hit with hints of apricot. Grapfruit kicks in at the finish with a nice hoppy bite. The hops are decently balanced against the malt, but the beer could be a bit thicker.
Very easy to drink if hops don't bother you.
07-26-2009 01:58:11 | More by beer2day
3.13/5 rDev -17.6%
A - Poured out a bubbly, clear, golden orange color with a nice head of tan, bubble foam.
S - It smelled like plastic. There were slight caramel notes and hints of citrus.
T - It tasted a like a weak IPA. It had some nice caramel flavor with a faint grassy bitterness.
M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light to medium bodied ale.
D - It tasted okay. The aroma left a lot to be desired.
05-18-2009 00:09:21 | More by zeff80
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
06-11-2008 22:34:44 | More by Shiloh
3.2/5 rDev -15.8%
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 03:58:23 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-02-2007 11:56:26 | More by Duster72
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Quite a refreshing IPA, but one with some nice hop qualities as well. I had this one super fresh, which I think is key for an ipa. Pours golden with some light orange highlights with an ok head and some decent lacing. The smell is fruity cherry and some lightly citrusy hops. I get the yeast esters in the smell more than the hops. The flavor is delicious bitter citrusy hops witth more of those yummy fruity esters. Very refreshing and somewhat light bodied but enough to hold up the hops. An excellent summertime ipa.
06-27-2007 17:35:39 | More by Georgiabeer
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a decent head that leaves some dainty lacing around the glass
Smell: Citrusy hop aroma
Taste: Grapefruit pith up front with a nice bitter finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice and refreshing IPA that balances citrus fruit and hoppy bitterness
10-08-2006 20:45:33 | More by brentk56
Shiva IPA from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.