Shiva IPA | Asheville Brewing Company

75 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

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a half of rocky, yet fluffy off-white head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Impressive retention gives way to a thick creamy lacing... An extremely pale orange amber color... An ever so faint haziness permeates... Loads and loads of moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... Loads of foam clings to the glass and remains throughout the session...

S - Sweet pineapple... Mandarin oranges... Corn... Overall rather subdued by American IPA standards... Not bland, just uninspired...

T - Clean and crisp piney hops dominate the palette... Minor grassy notes... Some bready malts... Hints of pepper on the finish... Simple, but rather effective... Really close and flirting with a "4," but just a little bit short...

M - Medium bodied... A little bit of pringly carbonation bites the tip of the tongue... Creamy... Incredibly smooth... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent...

D - While not the hopbomb that most BAs seem to crave, this is an above average American IPA that proves brewers don't have to go overboard on hops to be successful... An all around well crafted creation that I would gladly welcome in my glass again...

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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.

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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!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased recently from Bruisin Ales. 22oz bomber going into nonic print glass. Very pale orange-yellow with a solid finger of white froth. Aroma of grapefruit with very little malt detected. Crisp, grassy hop flavor with noticeable cirtus. Dry, white grapefruit juice, slightly acidic. Bitter in the middle, dry acidic in the back. All hops on this one and somewhat astringent making this one not too easy to drink for a long time.

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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.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light but servicable IPA, one of the stronger offerings from Asheville Brewing

Appearance: Golden, cloudy, little head

Smell: Faint hops; barely there

Taste: Bitter and hoppy kick with a malty/wheat finish

Mouthfeel: Bitter lingering finish

Drinkability: Drinkable with a meal; not very powerful

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden-orange color color with a large off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is citrusy hops up front, grapefruit, a touch of pine, and a bit of caramel malts for balance. Flavor is more citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange, and a little bit buttery. Mouthfeel is bitter, but not harsh. Good beer overall, very drinkable.

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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 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 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Enola for sending this one my way.

A: Pours a nice light orange with amber highlights. Very weak cream colored head shows no retention. Lots of bubbles rise to the top but for some reason fail to build a head. Two or three spots of lace.

S: Rather mild. Faint grainy malt with hints of citrus.

T: Mild in flavor as well. Nice sweet malt up front with notes of zesty citrus. The finish shows a bit of grassy bitterness.

M: Sort of on the thinner side for the style. Medium to light in carbonation.

D: It's not a bad beer, and is rather sessionable if it is one you enjoy.

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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 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 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.

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

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter pours a hazy orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a mild amount of citrus and sweet malts. The taste is a decent amount of citrus with sweet malt right backing it up, but giving way to a nice bitter finish. The beer is fairly light bodied with a slight dryness that combines with the bitterness to leave you wanting the next sip each time. While a bit on the bland side, this is still a decent IPA to say the least.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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