Frye's Leap IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnnyP on 09-02-2002

Frye's Leap IPA is an intense experience. It is a hoppy medium-bodied ale and is full of character. From the caramel malt which gives our IPA its golden color to the distinct fruity hoppiness, this beer is every bit as exciting as its namesake, the popular cliffs on Sebago Lake. Enjoy this refreshing beer with seafood, spicy foods and all things grilled. Take the Leap!

55 IBU
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Reviews by bjoyce12:
Photo of bjoyce12
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Try to drink local while on the road, and tried this on a recent trip through Maine. Quite a surprise. Pours a dark golden. Nice floral aroma, slightly citrus. Excellent taste; deep flavored hops with a nice hoppy kick. A touch of sugars as well. When in Maine I would rank this up there with Allagash as a must try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter bronze color a nice fluffy 1 1/2 finger white head leaving streaks of broken lace behind as it settled rather slowly,first thing that jumped out was fresh leafy,grapefruit hop it really stuck a light but noticeable biscuit malt base was detected as well.The hop flavors dont hit home like the aromas might suggest though a lighter citric and leafy presence is there intermingled with a lightly sweet malt base but it never really rams home the big fresh boldness the aromas do.Not a bad IPA it was promising to begin with but like I said didnt ram it home.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light but rich orange in color with a brownish hue. The head came up white as the driven snow and showed good retention. It left some nice Belgian-style lacing on the inside of my mug. This is a good-looking ale.

Smell - This nose smells like a nice PacNW IPA. It's not one of those super pine bombs but in fact is balanced while staying big. I can get almost even amounts of pine, orange, and greens. The malt base is big as well, filling the nose with a rich caramel sweetness. I swear this smells like a big DIPA.

Taste - Balance again is the key here. The malty sweets do in fact play second fiddle to the hops but not so much that it seems off-kilter. The hop profile again is very even-handed and professionally done.

Mouthfeel - This is big for an IPA. It's medium-bodied with just enough bitterness to keep things interesting. The carbonation is of course mild but you never get the feeling that you are drinking a flat beer.

Drinkability - This is a work of art. It is incredibly smooth and balanced yet big enough to command respect from the most seasoned drinkers. I had this while vacationing in Maine, and sadly probably won't be able to ever buy it on the West Coast.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy dark gold with a bit of head. Good lacing. Decent aroma of English hops and malts. Flavour is pretty nice - the hops taste English but certainly stronger than a typical English bitter.

Well balanced maltiness. Great lingering hoppy aftertaste. Reading the beer description now, I am a bit surprised to find that this uses American hops, but I suppose it helps explain the stronger profile than a typical British... Enjoyable stuff, and better than I expected. It's providing me with something a bit different than most American IPAs.

Photo of MadScientist
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My coworker was kind enough to share bottle from this bottle from his beer of the month club.

This pours a medium gold with an off-white head with lots of staying power.

The nose is pretty nice with lots hops aroma, mostly of lemon and pineapple, some pine with a little herbaceous note. There is a light malt sweetness and a very faint alcohol note in there.

Lemon dominates the flavor much like in the nose, the pineapple also shows itself. This is a buch more balance bitterness against the malt sweetness, bother are at moderate levels. It seems as if more of the citrusy hops flavor with some bitterness linger into the finish.

This has a medium-light body with a moderately-light carbonation.

There is a lot citrus hops flavor and aroma going on in this beer. There is a touch too lemon and not enough bitterness for my taste but it's still a solid American IPA.

Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper, moderate carbonation, white head that fades to a covering and leaves some lacing.

S - Mostly pale malts with a touch of hops, overall good but a bit subdued.

T - Lots of citrus hops, good balance of malt with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Ends with a good bit of bitterness. Good, but could be a little more complex, perhaps some different late addition hops.

M - There is some body here, would say it is moderate which is a little more than most American IPAs, but it is nice.

O - This is a good session IPA. It is not outstanding, but good and not over the top. Especially good while lakeside in Maine.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple bottles of this at Flight Deck restaurant in Naples, ME. Pretty good beer. A slightly cloudy gold color with a 1 inch head. A nice floral, outdoorsy aroma. Crisp, well-hopped, felt good. A beer to have some more of. The label's kind of neat also.

Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium chalice

The beer pours a golden amber color with a dense head. The head forms a sticky lace on the glasses edge.

The nose is full of hops. The hops are citrus, with a slight pine earthiness. In the back is a malt backing and hints of melon. Very well balanced.

The taste is great, full of hops. The mouth starts with a slight carbonation and mellows out. The initial taste is a balance of malt and hops. The sweetness quickly gives way to a piny hops. The taste of the hops takes over and reveals a earthy bitterness.

This is a great overall IPA and my go to for local beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Sebago's Maine Mall location. In the glass, it has a light, amber body, with a small, offwhite head that retains reasonably well. Rings of patchy lace are left all around the glass.

Aroma is dominated by grapefruity hops that seem to be Cascades.

Mouthfeel is smooth, adequately carbonated, and is light to medium bodied.

The taste has a nice, hoppiness that begins with grapefruit, but evolves into some pear and apple notes, as well. Nice, soft, pale ale maltiness evens into a well balanced, pale ale.

A pretty decent pale ale, but the malt is somewhat restrained. I liked this one, and would, most certainly, have another.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, dark gold, small carbonation

Smell: hops, grass, and some spiciness

Taste: biscuity malt, hops, citrus fruit, and pine

Mouthfeel: sweetish start, medium body, bitter end, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: This one is a little malty for the style but still a decent beer. Smooth and drinkable, but not overly distinguished. I will finish my six, but probably not look for this again

Photo of caddybuyer
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-Veiled orange amber with a nice rocky, cratery white head that laces beautifully.

S-Tangerine grapefruit citrus hops offset the sweet sugary caramel backbone.

T-Nose carries over to the palate with some lip smacking puckery hops well balanced by the sweet malts. By Maine standards, this is a very hoppy beer, by west coast standards, not so much.

M-well balanced carbonation and mouthfeel

D-Very drinkable. I spend my summers in Maine and enjoy the local beer but often tire from the ringwood yeast and the english styles. When it is hot, I need a nice pungent IPA to even things out. This, by far, was the best local IPA I have tried to date, and it is even better on tap, as would be expected. Shaw's Wharf in New Harbor put this on tap for the first time this year and the bartender said it was much more popular than the favored local brews of Shipyard export and Pemaquid Ale. Maybe it is time that hops invaded the northeast....

Photo of Amgarnier
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick foamy two finger head That sticks to the glass and is persistent. Grapefruit aroma with some oranges and a hint of pine, very clean. Hop forward citrus taste, some lemons, and pines, background of cracker malts. Medium carbonation as well as mouthfeel. Great ipa ill definitely drink it again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sebago- Frye's Leap IPA

A- Light golden copper brown with a small foamy sticky head. Good lacing.
S- Nice crisp grapfruit rind with a touch of caramel malt. Big pine hops really come through in the tail end.
T- Very clean sweet caramel malt evenly balanced with an oily pine hop and grapefruit rind hop flavor.
M- Sweet, chewy, and flavorful. Malt and hops nicely balanced and this just has a clean crisp flavor and feel.

Overall- A sessionable IPA. Nothing extreme here but thats what makes it a solid ale.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the lable with the folks jumping off the mountain and into the lake.

AP: Pours a hazy, yellow golden color, mild activity created a frothy, white-lace looking head. Dissipated to a thin, scattered cover with some minor lacing left behind.

Smell: Herbal, citrus and mildly fruity hop dominated nose with a hearty and earthy malted effect way down.

Taste: This is a very classic IPA that features a very fruity,with banana up-front and a citrus edge and a gentle spiciness and herbal hop flavor.

MF: Medium body that's crisp and clean going down. Rather hefty feeling for the style though.

DA: Til' the cows come home!

Photo of jmz62565
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark coppery color with a great three finger head that lasts. This beer has a ton of carbonation.The aroma is citrus and pine hops.The taste is very dry and very hoppy,very good.This is one of the better IPA's around. The hops have both a pine and bitter flavor. A nice medium feel that's not too heavy for an everyday beer.A very good job by Sebago. The head is still three fingers!! A crazy beer from a brewery that's very underrated.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this more than once, they dry hop it, serve it on cask,(see different review) I like the dry hopped version the best, but the on-tap version I had at The Thirsty Moose was funky yeasty aroma and not getting hops,however it is hoppy, lacey,and was fine.

Photo of ElGordo
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright coppery color with a nice bright, creamy one-finger head that has some staying power. Aroma of sweet malt, fruity hops, and a touch of musty yeastiness. Palate is overall rather malty - slightly sweet caramel malt blended with lightly bitter hops, becoming increasingly bitter towards the finish. Finish is actually almost unpleasant - bitter, dry, yet not much in the lupulin department, just a different kind of bitterness. Body is kind of buttery, with a medium build that is quite pleasant. Would be a good beer if not for the aftertaste.

Photo of Ezone024
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange color thin non aromatic head with lots of carbonation.

smells of faint hops and sweet candy

medium balanced taste with a sweet front, hops kick in just a little bitterness at the end while the middle has a nice even ratio of hops and malt.

not much "I" in the p.a so it is very drinkable.

this could be a regular for me.. pretty...., pretty...., pretty good

Photo of willabys
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this mighty nice brew while touring the NorthEast. Being a hop head I jumped at the India Pale Ale identification. Observing the color I find this a rich golden color with a bit of cloudiness. This head poured med thick and lasted well with some lacing.
The smell is certainly hoppy and sweet. The taste has an nice sweetness from the malt, nice presence there. Projects some nice hope notes, not such that it makes me scream Pine and Citrus, b ut ever present and a nice harmony with the sweet aspects. Nice low-key bubblienss.
Over all this is a very nice, very drinkable IPA and I would buy it again and drink it happily.

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or bottling/expiration date listed. The pour is pale-yellow to copper with a lot of hoppy cloudiness. Little to no head. Whoa! Floral hops abound to the point that you think you are standing inside a florist shop. I couldn't help wanting to swat away the honey bees that might have come to look for their nectar. Medium texture mouthfeel. It has a very tart, citrus taste to it and it is very lip puckering pungent. Hop lovers may go for this but I thought it was overkill.

Photo of sloambbr
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Didn't have a glass so I drank it straight out of the bottle.

S: Smells like hops, piney hops. Nothing else really. Probably cascade.

T: Tasted exactly like it smelled. Not a weak IPA by any means, but really not much going on here besides the hop taste.

M: Exactly what you expect from an IPA. Medium body, mid level carbonation.

Really wish this beer had more to offer, there is no originality here whatsoever.

Photo of u2carew
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Strawberry blond in color. Has a slight haze, thus not completely transparent. Good active carbonation.
(S) Floral tones with peach and earthy notes.
(T) Crisp hop bitterness upfront. Slight earthy flavor coupled with malt sweetness. The taste I am having is hard to describe. There seems a slight sourness to the brew, but I can place it. Is it the Nugget hops? Or is it the dry hop?
(M) Clean and crisp. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation.
(D) The drinkability is just above average for this beer drinker. The slight sourness makes it difficult to get through the beer, yet leaves me curious of it's cause.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white head off the pour of three fingers, with a golden slightly cloudy body. Several carbonated bubbles that are of uniform size and spacing. Good retention on the head as well.

Smell is of a solid grapefruit, giving way to a sweet orange with some hop. No chew or bread like smells however.

Upon tasting you get big grapefruit and a faint malt chew finish with a nice pleasant hop bitterness. No carbonation and good afterfinish aromatics of orange juice. This feels very soft in the palate and on the mouth with good IPA characteristics but missing that bready chew and biscuit tendencies you can find in others. It is still very good.

Drinkability is VERY solid... would have again easily.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another nice new England IPA that I was lucky enough to get a hold of recently. I decided to crack this one open with dinner the other night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/28/2009.
The pour was very nicely done, rich amber in color with a medium haziness to it that cleared up quickly. Nice head of white that now sat on top reached a height of around an inch and a half before backing off slightly and dropping a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass. Really nicely done I have to admit. Aroma is very full, rich hop notes punching through right away with loads of citrus notes. Orange and sticky pine notes becoming the most prevalent here. Warming brings out a touch of bready malts, a lightness to it that was really welcomed. As I take the first sip the body of it comes across much fuller then I was expecting. Nice carbonation kept it from feeling too heavy, but I have to admit it really did have quite the full, satisfying feel to it. Nice bite of pine right up front gave way to some hints of grapefruit and a touch of light biscuit notes mid palate. Light, dry finish left a touch of almost lemon like flavor on the tongue And a taste akin to tea leaves in the back of the palate.
Overall a very solid and very session able IPA. Nothing huge that rally made it stand out from the crowd, but it was very serviceable and well received. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with orange hues, decent head, some particles floating around that makes it seem like it's partially unfiltered.

Smell is predominately hoppy, has that citrus edge, minimal malt presence.

Taste is mostly piney hops with a bitter and dry finish, could use some more balance, seriously controlled by the hops and bitterness, awfully unbalanced but for Maine this has got to be the hoppiest beer made here.

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Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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