Shiva IPA | Asheville Brewing Company

76 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheBierBand on 06-19-2007

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 281
Photo of Risser09
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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!

 1,008 characters

Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

 1,463 characters

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.

 382 characters

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!

 903 characters

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.

 547 characters

Photo of krisandajt
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

 1,042 characters

Photo of BeerDocT
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a very attractive, translucent amber. Nice, 1/4" head quickly faded into swirls of foam on top. Lots of CO2 bubbles popping up all over the place.

Smell 4.0: Nice bouquet on this beer. A deep maltiness and some very restrained hop aromas. Subdued, however.

-Taste 4.5: Front is slightly sweet and is otherwise unremarkable. Middle is very nice and balanced: big malt flavors and citrusy hops along with a pronounced and nuanced alkaline hop bite. Finish is in the middle of the palate and features more alkaline hop goodness and a refreshing hit of caramel malts. Aftertaste is dry and is all alkaline hoppiness. These flavors are restrained and well-balanced, unlike some IPAs.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Good creaminess to this beer; accentuates the enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent IPA. This would be a wonderful session beer, but is also sophisticated enough to be an excellent accompaniment to exotic and domestic foods alike. The hoppiness of this brew is in the middle of the palate and is balanced and very well crafted. Highly recommended.

 1,116 characters

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.

 298 characters

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.

 202 characters

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 473 characters

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy light tan head into a tulip glass that left nice lacing throughout. the body was a slightly hazy light amber color.
s - big orange aroma, nothing else but it is really pleasant.
t - again big citrus hop flavors.
m - medium and creamy.
o - really good AIPA and one i would go to again.

 324 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

 511 characters

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.

 451 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

 429 characters

Photo of n00tz
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

 651 characters

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this beer from wilwfu - an excellent trader. Thanks for this great IPA my friend.

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel glass. This beer pours a very clear straw yellow to light orange color. The head is an off-white and has a rought texture; this dissapates to literally nothing in about 2 minutes.

The aroma is so close to Duvel it's scary. If this beer had a massive head then I'd swear they jacked Duvel's stash.

The taste is a lightly bitter and malty at first then finishes very bitter and rough. I like this beer. I'm not sure how much alcohol is in this one but it seems like quite a lot after the first 8 oz or so - feeling it already.

The mouthfeel is soapy and fairly grainy - much like Duvel. I can't believe how much these two beers have in common. Not the perfect texture for an IPA but it would be right in line with a belgian strong ale.

Drinkability is high. Eventhough the alcohol is a factor this beer slides down quickly. I find myself reaching for the second pour rather quickly. Not a bad beer by any means. I really enjoyed this one.

 1,075 characters

Photo of JayQue
3.83/5  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.

 620 characters

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.

 1,803 characters

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.

 889 characters

Photo of TheBierBand
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at "Broo-er's Village" at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. This festival occurs every year in Mid June.... 4 days....100 bands... 11 stages... 80,000 people....GREAT TIME! Each year, they have a tent set up with various microbrews to sample. The 2007 "Broo-er's Village" had offerings from Rogue Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Asheville Brewery, Magic Hat, Flying Dog Brewery, and a few others.

This was my second beer from Ashville Brewing Co. (First was the Ninja Porter). Again the beer was served in a plastic cup. It was served with a 1/2" of creamy off-white head. The appearance was average for an IPA... pale amber in color from what I could see through the plastic cup.

Smell was typical for an American IPA. Notes of Piney Hops and a flicker of malt to balance it out.

The taste was good. The hoppy bitterness was not overpowering, but just enough to let you know this was a good IPA that didn't pull any punches. The slight malt profile gave a sweetness that balanced the hops out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation... this beer is a nice rich American IPA.

Drinkability: I don't think the ABV on this beer is too high.... although, I don't know what it is. It wasn't apparent in the taste. I would say that one could enjoy several of these in a session with no adverse effects. Recommended.

 1,361 characters

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.

 608 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 533 characters

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

 730 characters

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

 507 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 934 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Shiva IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.