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 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.

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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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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 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 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 Ryan011235
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/25/12

The color is caramel and amber with a haziness cast forth. One and a half finger head of white foam dissipates, leaving a layer of bubbles on top and thin rings of lace.

The hop profile isn't the most common, but I find the aromas of peach jam, tangerine and herbal hops and lemon overtones to work together in a quite appealing fashion. Cracker-like malts and hints of toasted bread.

The hops take more of an herbal turn in terms of flavor, especially at the onset. Bitter orange peel and lemon zest move in next, making for a mid-section kick. Malts are very much downplayed here; just some bread mid-sip. The finish has lingerings of dry tea leaves and a touch of bitterness.

The feel is a lively, fully carbonated medium body with prickliness and hop resin to spare.

Overall, this one is pretty darn good. It's certainly not the most common of IPAs, but this has grown on me quite a bit over several cans.

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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.

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

A: nice amber color with good head and retention.

S: smells of floral hops, bitterness, and malt

T: tastes same as smell, with a pronounced crisp bitterness. This is definitely on the bitter side of the IPA continuum.

M: also on the crisp side of the continuum, with a medium body.

O: solid brew, not fantastic but good. Still, with so many excellent IPAs out there, I'm not buying any bottles. On tap was good.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewpub the other night. Came out a murky dark gold with a small off-white head. Retention was fair; left some sip rings and lace. Scents of spicy hops, some light pine, and orange zest.

Crisp refreshing mouth on this beer. Light bubbles tickle the tongue. Good sharp bitterness right away, nothing that lingers too long though. Some mild citrus flavors; spicy nature on the back end. This was another good offering, from a great brewery. I really am impressed with these guys.

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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 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.

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