Darwin Brewing Reef Revival Session IPA

Happy Sunday Funday and happy Easter ya’ll! While perusing the aisles of Winn-Dixie, I saw a Florida brewery’s session IPA that was aptly named for this weekend’s holiday “Reef Revival.”

Our one week of spring in Florida is in full swing, so I wanted something lighter but that still has (hopefully) plenty of flavor. After cracking the first one, I realized it said it is only available at Winn-Dixie, so I’ll be curious to see how this actually shakes out!

Appearance: This poured a darker, hazy brown color that looked a lot like a Yuengling. I was expecting a lighter, more golden color as that is what every other session IPA I’ve had has looked like. I don’t see a “best by” date on the can, so let’s hope it isn’t old!

Aroma: For an IPA, there are a lot a bready malts and a hint of hops on the end.

Flavor: This is definitely a more malty IPA. Honestly the more I try it, it reminds me of a slightly more hoppy Yuengling. At 5% ABV, it’s also right on the line for “session” IPAs. However, there is a nice blend of caramel and roasted malts with a touch of bittering hops at the end that make it super drinkable.

Mouthfeel: This is obviously lighter on the palate but also thinner. There isn’t much carbonation and it is bordering on watery.

Value: As much as I don’t like paying $11 for a sixer of “light” beer, this is a good session IPA.

Overall: While I think this misses the mark on hoppiness, it still has a great flavor profile, so I’d give it a 7/10. This is definitely the most flavorful session IPA I’ve had so far, but I’d be curious to see the calorie content as I couldn’t find it online. If anyone knows, leave a comment below!

Next weekend, hopefully I’ll get back out on the water and get on some fish! But until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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