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Frye's Leap IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 133
Reviews by klkatz:
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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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 OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 SunDevilBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -18%

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 Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sinnian
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MattButler
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beer21
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

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