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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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Added by TheBierBand on 06-19-2007

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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 mondegreen
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass. No date on the bottle.

I picked this up on a recent trip to Asheville. I thought it only right to support the local breweries by trying some of their interpretations of my favorite styles. Asheville Brewing's Shiva IPA is one of the ones that I decided to roll the dice on.

A: Pours a hazy light copper. Very little head, even with the laser etching on the DFH glass. Moderate lacing.

S: Weak nose. Not much of a hop aroma. Not much malt sweetness either. Smells a little salty.

T: Tastes of soda water and a touch of salty "hops." Very much bland; borderline watery. A moderate bitter bite on the back end lingers slightly. Maybe this is an old bottle. Typically I wouldn't have gambled on an undated IPA, and I regret doing so on this one.

M: Extra thin. Moderate carbonation can't even beef this one up. This beer dosen't seem to get anything right.

D: Well, at least this beer is inoffensive, I guess. Actually, its blandness is offensive.

There are much better beers to be had in Asheville. Sisters of the Moon IPA or anything by Pisgah, for example. As for this one , I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Greenlife in Asheville when I was killing time waiting for Bruisin Ales to open. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

A: Not really a lot to look at here. A very light color for an IPA. It looks more like a pale ale. Almost no head at all at the pour. The etching in the glass keeps a small spot of bubbles in the middle of the glass. There is only a little bit of lacing.

S: Kind of a musty grassy aroma. Its not really pleasing at all.

T: It seems like each category is going downhill with this one. It almost has a funky twinge similar to some saisons. The grassy hop flavors are still around, but are very weak and do not mix well with the other flavors.

M: Very thin and watery.

D: The funkiness is a little bit of a struggle for me, but outside of that it could be considered easier to drink than many IPAs.

I hope that I am not reviewing a bad bottle, but this one definitely didn't do it for me. I wish now I would have gone with the Porter instead.

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Photo of Cresant
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. can in a Sam Adams glass. No date. Palate is misspelled on the can. The body was pale yellow/white gold and lightly hazy. The thin white head left minimal lacing.

The smell was weak, difficult to discern. Citrus and general fruitiness was mild.

The taste was also citrus. Minor sweetness and pithy drying grapefruit character. Perhaps an older can has muted the smell and flavors. I wouldn't seek it out again unless I knew it was fresh. No bad but a bit dulled.

The mouthfeel was medium in carbonation and density.

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Photo of wedge
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed orange color, clearly bottle conditioned. Thin, soapy pure-white head. Aromas of mild orange pulp, slight bubblegum, and soap. Some fruity yeast...very light overall. Orange hop bitterness...herbal. Earthy grain takes over in the finish. Watery, yet it has a strong lingering bitterness. Fairly light bodied.

Lots of bitterness, not a whole lot of hoppy flavor. Very mild for an IPA.

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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 aubuc1
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle with no visible date code.

Pours a clear golden orange with a thick white head.

Smell is a muted orange, pine and biscuit. Not too fresh smelling.

Taste is a faded, biscuity, somewhat bitter beer.
Wish it was fresh.

Mouthfeel is good but overall this is either not good or not fresh.

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Photo of busterwhite
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with a 1 finger head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus, a little floral and grassy-earthy aroma. Some sweet malt as well.

Tastes of citrus, grass with a solid malt backbone. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, medium and slightly oily. A little overcarbonated for me.

Overall a decent IPA, not one I'll go back to.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure if this is the correct Shiva since there are 2 listings with the same picture, but this one was reviewed more recently and with bottles (and the bottle says brewed by Asheville Brewing Company), so here it goes. Big thanks to brstls4drmrs for the cool extra...hopefully will go nice with some pizza!

a - popped the bottle and filled a pirat tulip. color was a light transparent almost yellow orange with a TON of carbonation and a nice frothy IPA-ish head. I don't think I've seen a beer with this much bubbling in a while. Lacing was decent and the head hung around for a while.

s - little bit different. earthy and grassy in an almost saison way. citric hops are there, but there is a strong malt presence which gives it a nice sweetness that is counter-balanced by some bitterness. my nose keeps searching for a bit more a hop punch to this one, but not bad by any means.

t - much like the nose, the flavor lacks the hopping taste, but the bitter hops are there for the finish, but not overly so. earthy and somewhat lacking the IPA luster that I am craving at the moment.

m - pretty watery for all that carbonation but does have some substance to the body. finishes a touch bitter.

o - overall a pretty average IPA (except for the missing hops). if the flavor were the radio, I'd ask you to turn it up since it seems like there might be something good in there, but it is just so mellow. I'd also like a bit more of a hop bite on this one (and I rarely look for more hops). Not bad though, I'll have no problems polishing off this bomber...but not something that I'll be hitting the trade forums looking for and not necessarily something I'll try to find when visiting family in NC. Very glad I got to try it though.

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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 bboven
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Minimal head with a bit of lacing very slightly cloudy golden body.

Very hoppy, earthy hops with little malt to balance it out.

Very sharp hop flavor, noticeable alcohol, huge bitter finish. Malt is too weak to even notice.

Mouthfeel is fine, fully carbonated ad a bit sticky from the hops.

A hop bomb that you're not expecting. The big alcohol taste with little malt to back anything up makes this one miss the mark.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Asheville (Pizza and) Brewing's Coxe location. In a shaker pint (what else...ugh). Cloudy dull orange with thin white head leaving equally thin rings down the glass. Smell: orange citrus, leafy, semi sweet from the munich. Taste: leafy, orange, herbal, sweet caramel backdrop. Hop oils on the tongue... raw flavors are way underdeveloped / refined. Body is on the thinnish side. Thoroughly unimpressed, though not bad with pizza.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can to bring home while in Asheville a few weeks back

A - Copper with a slight haze. 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the sides of the glass. Looks like a tasty IPA

S - Very malty and grainy. First signs of weakness in this brew, as it does not smell like an IPA

T - A malty IPA, with a slight aftertaste of grapefruit. Lots of grain

M - Well carbonated, nice mouthfeel

O - An interesting IPA, but not one that I will seek out again. Too malty, not enough hop kick

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Photo of jera1350
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this.

Pours a golden orange color with huge tight head of fluff and lots of lacing around the glass.

Faint smelling of lager with a small amount of hops and some yeast.

I guess I would call this a balanced IPA. It's almost a hopped up lager. Pretty light roasted malt. The hops are lightly bitter, mostly grapefruit. Bitter grapefruit aftertaste that lingers.

About medium bodied and overly carbonated. The carbonation has a slight sting, but is pretty foamy in the mouth.

Nice drinkability for an IPA, but the carbonation knocks it down a few points. I feel like I'm going to have release a few huge belches after drinking this one. A nice attempt at an IPA, but needs some refining.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange, semi hazy brew with a milky white, soap bubbly, thin head. Lace is a bit too slick to stick. Smells lightly grainy with a little bit of caramel mixed with diacetyl, topped with a sprinkling of floral, orange and pine. Basic but nice aroma. I'd like it to be bigger. Taste is alright. Bitter hops, and bready caramel malt. Could use more malt and aroma hops, as well as a better arrangement. Body is on the line between light and medium (more on the light side) with a somewhat resiny texture. Easy going down.

Not bad, OK.

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Photo of blackie
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: fluffy white head falls back to a decent layer, the beer is a light copper-amber in color

s: smells a bit "dirty" or rustic - soggy, husky cereal grains dominant, caramel, it's an enjoyable aroma from time to time but certainly not optimal, hops also water-soaked and earthy while showing some pine and light citrus

m: carbonation on the light side of medium, medium body

t: similar to the aroma...steeped husk-on cereal grains with a mild dose of caramel, bready, earthy hops with a dose of pine in the finish, moderate bitterness

d: fine, not a great IPA but at $4 a bomber there will be no complaint from me...hell, I'd probably buy again if this were readily available

bomber from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville, NC

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This one looked really nice. A hazy golden color with a thin white head. There was really great lacing, leaving white cascades all down the glass, though not amazing head retention. The smell wasn't incredible. Not quite an IPA smell, more like an English IPA or an APA smell or even less. The nose is filled with fairly sweet malts, with a bit of fruity, leafy hops, though not a huge hop presence. The taste was very nice. It almost tastes like a strong APA. There are lightly sweet malts, with a nice shot of bitterness. The flavor is filled with fruity, resinous hops, a bit of orange zest, I can really taste Nugget hops in this beer. Very nice and well-balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation level is very nice, just a bit prickly. There is also a feeling of leafy hops in the mouth, which is interesting. This one provides a nice drinking experience, well balanced, a nice bit of flavor. Nothing that will make you stop and say wow, but it really provides a good example of an IPA.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy gold-amber, with a minimal soapy head.

Has a mild hoppy smell, mild citrus and caramel. Not much going on, however.

Mild citrus, some astringency, and mild bitterness around the tongue and back of the mouth. Faint sweet grape and orange across the top of the mouth. Not very complex, and not very bitter, especially for an IPA.

Medium bodied, if not slightly thin.

Decent enough, but I find this to be a timid IPA.

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Photo of Gish
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a small head. Smells of citrusy hops. Big bitterness with slight herbal undertones. Definitely too astringent. The beer is moderately carbonated and has a fairly light body. However the mouth-puckering bitterness brings its drinkability way down. Not a bad beer, I've just had much better in the style.

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Photo of scifan
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very translucent its so clear. It pours a a golden straw like color with a nice head that fades rather quickly leaving nice lacing along the glass.
Smells of sweet grainy malts with some hops in the background. Not really getting many hops in this not for an IPA at least. Not much flavor in this one just fairly average. Some sweet malts and some bittering hops on the back end. I remember this being better the first time I had it maybe its just a bad bottle. Not much complexity to it. Goes down nice and easy though. Not bad.

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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 kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jonB
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of cans after visiting the brew pub. It is a nice beer, but does not have the hoppiness we've come to expect from IPAs. The smell is very inviting and has some sweetness and citrus hops. The mouthfeel is not too heavy and the taste is a little less hoppy than I was expecting. Overall it is a delicious sessionable IPA.

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