Shiva IPA | Asheville Brewing Company

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Shiva IPAShiva IPA

Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Gavage
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: very soft orange citrus tones is all you can detect here.

Taste: caramel, mild orange, a bit of pine, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Overall: an easy drinking IPA that won't overly excite the tastebuds.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiva pours to a medium-large pebbly head the color of ancient ivory; it looms atop a crystal-clear, finely effervescent deep gold beer leaving sticky, perforated bands of lacing. Head retention is slight but lacing quality and quantity are good. The aroma is light-medium in intensity: a nice blend of spicy/sweet florals and grapefruit with hints of perfume and modest alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate is a medium-bitter, quite tart citrus flavor with a hint of caramel. Mid-palate the bitterness recedes to a lighter level as the caramel character becomes more assertive; the tartness grows until it is almost acrid, but it is offset somewhat by the caramel and the very visible sweetish bready malt foundation. The finish is a modest hit of tart citrus, followed by the onset of a medium piney bitterness that shows a bit of grassy character and lasts for quite awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is yeasty/piney. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light-medium body, and is slightly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy and very peppery from the over-assertive carbonation. (12 oz can, 35 days after pkg)

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange gold pour with a nice citrus pine aroma. The taste is quite nice with a fruity base and a nice mild bitterness. The finish is a very balanced pine bitterness. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can poured into an ale glass. L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a very clingy, persistent off-white 3” foam collar that takes over 3 minutes to recede to 1/3 its original size.

S: Spicy, minty nose with a little earthiness and fresh cut grass.

T: Starts with light bread crumb sweet malt with traces of caramel followed up by big hop flavors: citrus, grassy, melon. Malt and hop flavors are medium. Hop bitterness is medium high.

F: Very creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Flavorful very easy to drink American IPA.

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Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant and drinkable American IPA. Nothing wild or new, but a nice spicy citrus character and dry grapefruit finish. I'd like a little stronger aroma, but also enjoy the apricot that comes out of it. Medium bodied, it's a fine example of the style. I'd have a couple with pizza or a burger.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: After a nice bubble show, the liquid clears to amber and the head squats two fingers above; decent retention and lacing

Smell: Bready malt tones capped by herbal hops

Taste: Bread forward, with a touch of caramel, in the base; the hops take over, mid-palate, bringing a pithy, herbal character; rather bitter, in the finish, with an aspirin tone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit more malty than I like my IPAs and am not a huge fan of the hop profile here

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned 4? 23rd 2015.

Golden tangerine copper amber body, and very crystal clear. Thick and soapy off white head, realy tall at four fingers with control. Huge staying power, doesn't even want to budge. Plentiful slow rising carbonation keeps flowing, and making this look real good.

There's really not much going on here on the aroma. A faint floral to herbal note of hop it seems but very distant, not even much malt sense of sweetness or depth either. Wouldn't even call it subtle, but very closed.

Palate seems to get a little into more juiced territory, but really plays it safe. Tropical notes and juice mid palate but also some good pine and lime astringency on the finish. Easy malt bill, not sweet but also not very thick either, manages to let the hops take control, but doesn't give much support.

A pretty easy drinking IPA with some almost sessionable feeling character, which sort of takes away from the pleasure.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer can gushing out of the can, settling down with a caramel color and a 2 inch head. Smell is mild, kind of on the malty side. Taste has some hops, grapefruit, a good bit of malts, bitterness is very light. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not as hoppy as most beers of this style, it is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 6/9/14 and reviewed on 6/25. Poured into a tulip. The pour is slightly hazy and light apricot in color. It sports about a finger of coarse white foam. Retention is average. Very little lacing. The nose is quite pungent and piney. Leafy and hemp-like. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon. The can says it has Columbus hops. It has that white pepper and rye smell of Amarillo.

Medium body and firm feel. Very little malt sweetness present, just enough to support an aggressive salvo of hops. The bitterness is not what I would call "citrusy'' (as advertised on the can). It's more acrid and resin-like with lots of herbal, flowery notes. Sharp bitterness lingers long after swallowing.

Overall, a nice IPA. Although I found it a bit unbalanced, it did grow on my over the course of a 6-pack. It reminds me of SN Torpedo, but with a bit less malt and a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of blordo1685
1.25/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

I really don't want to get into the whole semantics of this beer. I will say this, that I had Shiva in a can, and it was not drinkable .

So I came to the brewery on Coxe and tried the Perfect Day IPA and their flagship IPA, which is the Shiva.

Both had skunky, off flavor aromas you'd expect from typical adjunct lagers. So, I had to quickly choose my poison, literally.

Well, I decided on a pizza and the Shiva.

Shiva, now on tap after having had it in the can, confirmed my suspicions. Pure battery acid taste. I must say this is the worst beer I have ever had in my life!- even worse than Busch Light.

I'm so glad the gal served me some bad tap water first. After two sips of the Shiva, I almost threw up. I drank the bad tap water with the average pizza, pushed the Shiva aside.

I now know this wasn't a fluke. They actually brew this vile tasting beer, and apparently the people like it?

Shame on them for this, even a first time home brewer shouldn't make anything this bad.The pizza wasn't very good either, no surprise.

I don't like to denigrate local breweries, but this is unacceptable and offensive.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper with a very light haze, a little fine bubbled carbonation, 4 fingers of foamy white, brown tinged head. Chunky lacing.

S: Pine, caramel, toffee, light orange candy, light onion and garlic. Malt and a hint of battery acid.

T: Floral and fruity, light sweetness, smooth with a final bitterness that comes in as an aftertaste. Orange candy, roses, toffee.

M: Medium thick syrupy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable and smooth.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SAmpling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a snifter. Beer is a courtesy of my cousin Joe in NC. thanks bro!

The beer pours a clear bright copper hue with fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up and fading slowly to a surface layer leaving some tightly packed lattice after each sip.
Aroma is some grassy and rindy hop notes. There is a bit of biscuit malt buried in the background of the nose.
First sip reveals crisp textured body with very fine and slightly spacious carbonation.
Flavor is some sweet grainy malt which rolls to a crisp hop bite featuring grapefruit rind and a general herbal astringency on the finish.
I dont get any alcohol heat or presence and find this to be a smooth drinking IPA that could be sessionable but would sneak up on you after a few.
certainly a well crafted beer with interesting qualities to make quaffing more than one a worthwhile endeavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tink_Lawing
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear yellow straw color, 1 finger of sudsy head, minimal lacing.
S - Caramel malt, some dried fruit, a little overly ripe fruit mix, some dank hop resin
T - Really bready and caramel type malt opens up with some tropical fruit in the background, then big sticky hop resin.
M - Bitter, and slightly chewy, sticks to your palate.
O - Ok IPA, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tulip at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 3-finger bubbly, frothy, white head. Pretty nice retention and some patches of lacing. Crystal clear with a decent amount of bubbles.

S – Bready and mild caramel malt with orange, lemongrass, and mildly floral hops. Smells like this is going to be on the lighter side of the IPA spectrum.

T – Starts off sweet with bready and grainy malt with a touch of caramel. Hops come through later on with orange, lemon, some grapefruit, floral, and grassy notes. Again, on the lighter side.

S – Light-to-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a smooth and slightly chewy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and dry finish. Grapefruit hop flavors linger for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a decent IPA. It’s on the lighter side, making it a bit like a hopped-up pale ale, but it’s tasty and drinkable nonetheless. The fact that this beer comes in a can ups the overall score a bit for me – I love everything about cans. Despite that little personal preference, this is a nice beer that is worth a try if you’re in the area.

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Photo of Mojo
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> Dogfish Head glass

A - Hazy medium gold with an initial enormous head great retention, and lots of lacing.

S - floral, pine, and orange peel.

T - kind of the usual taste profile of an IPA but a little less hop forward than a lot of IPAs.

M - Decent carbonation with a rye type aftertaste

O - decent enough, but sort of on the mild side.

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Photo of JReites
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Received as a trade extra.

Look: Hazy yellow-orange, good head retention.

Smell: Not picking up too much smell on this one. Mild floral hops and orange ring.

Taste: Light hit of citrus flavored hops. Not too much flavor picked up. Very smooth drinking flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, and easy-drinking.

Overall: Seems to be a very light IPA. Not too much aroma or flavor picked up with this one. Definitely happy to have tried this as it is a light, easy-drinking IPA. With that said, I would stick with my Jai Alai when going for an IPA.

Serving type: Can

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean white head of two fingers, mixes in enough larger bubbles that it craters and dissolves off fairly swiftly, very airy, the lacing is wispy but does circle around most of the glass. Fairly deep golden to amber colored liquid, very slight gauziness to it, few beads but what bubbles are there remain big and slow to move. Lots of pine in the nose, more grassy than floral, dry pith character to the white grapefruit, orange citrus, salt, pretzel dough, a touch of quinine or iron flecks too, hint of apricot or pear fruit but really there’s few scents which suggest sweetness or sugariness but it does have a muscular freshness to it. Medium-bodied, dry yet that carbonation gives it a decently creamy texture. Dry enough still that the pine gets reined in, more thrust in that sour white citrus. Keeps that metallic edge, more unprocessed, raw grains than dough or bread. Black tea or tar accents. Here there is a tiny bit of mocha or cocoa as a malty calling card. The apricot, peach, apple fruit lacks heft. Not overly smooth nor fluid, have to assume this is the intention so it’s a matter of whether you like this style of drier IPA or not. Not finding it especially refreshing.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent slightly cloudy amber with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops, oranges and slightly sweet.

The taste is bitter, slightly watery, there's slight citrus and piney flavour.

The mouthfeel is very light with medium carbonation.

Overall a very average ipa, doubt I'll get it again. The flavours aren't quite where I'd hope for a citrus hop flavoured ipa.

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