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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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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 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.

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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 LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head just sorts sits above a clear bronze highlighted colored golden beer.

A citrus and piney hops aroma is quite light with a added light soapiness and even lighter malts.

A lighter taste of citrus and piney hops with some light malts and even a very light yeast in the taste of the IPA.

A dry aftertaste with some bitterness and hops tastes remaining on this medium bodied beer.

Pretty good west coast hops taste considering this is an east coast beer, although it pales in comparison to a lot of west coast IPA's but it's nice to know the west coast IPA style's influence extends and continues to gain notice and popularity within the beer world.

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Sweet malt and fruity hops with an emphasis on orange.

T - Thick malt and fruity hops up front. Notes of orange, pineapple, and toffee in the middle. Finishes with orange hops, moderate bitterness and thick malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not a great hop profile, there is a lot of fruit character but is is more orange juice than hops for some reasons. The malt is also too sweet and this leaves the beer feeling flabby and dull.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have sampled the beer in the past and it seemed that has been dumbed down a little,hmm maybe not.Poured from the tap a mix of ;ighter maber and deep orange,a thinner white head atop.Mainly citric hop in the nose,a mild toasted grain note as well.Pretty run of the mill citric hop quality on the palate,some grapefruit and lemon pith,a biscuit dough malt base is noticed.I used to think this was a great IPA now just above average really.

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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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pineapple gold with a sprinkling of miniscule bubbles trickling up to a cloud white crown of bubbly foam. Yeast particles in the bottom of the bomber mean haziness is only one more pour away. A great deal of attractive lace finds its way to the glass, classifying Shiva as a looker.

Although it could be bolder, the nose hits all of its style marks. It smells like nothing darker than pale malt was used. It also smells like one or more of the C-hops is in the house. Each sniff brings grapefruit, orange and a whiff of spliff. Cascade perhaps.

Other than the fact that it falls short on the hop flavor meter, Shiva IPA is pretty good beer. The outlines of a pale-malted, citrusy American IPA are present, but they haven't been filled in with the bold strokes of color that I expect beer of this style to have. More malt is needed in a minor way and more lupulins are needed in a major way.

The beer is actually fairly bitter. That probably has more to do with a lack of malt sugars than an abundance of alpha acids. The flavor profile includes vanilla wafers, grapefruit juice and lemon zest. This is a pleasant enough drinker, but I keep wanting to give the flavor intensity knob a huge twist.

The finish is semi-crisp and impressively drying. Diabetics need not worry. In terms of heft, the mouthfeel is closer to APA than IPA. The light prickliness of the carbonation works well in concert with the increasingly pithy bitterness.

Shiva IPA is pretty close to being right where I like beer of this style to be. The Asheville brewers should add a bit more malt and should figure out how to unlock more hop flavor, keeping bitterness right where it is. Mash House Hoppy Hour is still North Carolina's best IPA.

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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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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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 glid02
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, courtesy of Sachin of Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a pale copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of herbal and raw hops with hints of citrus backed by pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The hops taste like they belong in a Belgian IPA, and what I mean by that is that they're more suited for nuance than an IPA. The pale malts offer a nice backbone and it has decent balance. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber and could see myself drinking a few of these in one sitting.

Overall this was by no means a bad IPA, but there are too many others with more flavor that I would choose instead.

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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 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 thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bottle uncaps very loudly and immediately starts gushing all over my computer desk. A cloudy straw pour with a ridiculous head as you might imagine. A full glass of foam with maybe 1" of liquid in it. Fades surprisingly quickly leaving the thickest foam lacing I've seen.

S: Sweet grapefruit and orange. Some toast and caramel.

T: Some sweet citrus up front. Turns quite bitter in the middle but a little but of caramel sweetness helps balance it out. Long lingering astringent hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Overcarbonated, very light.

O: Meh, besides the geyser-ish carbonation it's not too bad. Odd flavorless bitterness lingers for a long time. Otherwise a fairly simple decent IPA.

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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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