Frye's Leap IPA - Sebago Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +26.5%
I am excited to review this beer, this was the brew that got me into IPAs, and made me realize I am a hop head. Haven't actually had one for a while so I wonder how it stands up to some of the great IPAs I have enjoyed in the last few years.
A - poured a brilliant clear golden with orange highlights. 1.5 finger thick white head. Great retention, took a while to subside but remained a nice fluffy cap that lasted to the end. Ample lacing making this look fresh and lively.
S - I could smell the hops as I opened the bottle, very aromatic... Piney, resinous and floral. Slight caramel malt character in the background.
T - the highlight of the taste is the very intense hop forward flavor, piney and floral. Mild malt taste and sweetness exists in the background along with a nice bite of hop bitterness. There is no freshness date I can find, but from the taste, this is certainly a fresh example and the taste is on par, if not better than some of the more hyped IPAs I have had recently.
M - medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation, fits the style well. Only negative is a slight watery character.
O - Overall, this remains one of my favorite IPAs. Amazing hop centric flavor, more in the style of a west coast IPA, definitely a departure from most Maine IPAs.
05-22-2013 17:33:09 | More by MaineBrewing
4.5/5 rDev +23%
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.
06-14-2009 00:06:00 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +23%
A light golden tonic with a nice 1/4" head of white frothy foam on top. Big bubbled carbonation as well. Aromas are fruity and ringwood-tastic with tons of UK aromas abounding. The fruity yeast and fresh fruity hops blend well over the smooth, slightly bready malt base that this brew is balancing on. The taste is fruitier still with tons of lovely yeast complexities, and a nice hop bite on the dry-ish finish. Reminiscent of Blind Faith by Magic Hat, but a bit better, as this is just so incredibly fresh. I believe they just tapped this keg a few minutes ago, and it shows. One of my favorite Maine IPA's. Maybe even my favorite Maine beer. I definately drank enough of this one throughout my days in New England. Good stuff.
04-14-2005 20:01:23 | More by francisweizen
4.47/5 rDev +22.1%
For all you whiny asses who say that Maine beers have some weird butter flavors, try this. Pours a bit on the pale side (duh) smells like hops. Tastes quite hoppy, citrusy and grassy, sweet malt in the background that blends in really nice. Good mouthfeel. Damn good beer, I may have had this before but never remembered it, now I will for a long time and as long as our local Hannaford keeps it in stock this is going to be a regular.
09-25-2006 01:36:38 | More by Manosbeeroffate
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
This is a Very good American IPA! At 5.20 certainly a sessional beer. Also very well balanced although the hops certainly shines through. Once again pleased with the offerings from Sebago brewing. I just bought a barrel of it, will update once finished!
Great beer.. I will say the lacing of the foam is sticky and plentiful. A very frothing head regardless of the pour!
10-27-2007 12:50:07 | More by hippityhop86
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
Pours a nice golden color with lots of foam. Ever been to a malfunctioning car wash?
That foam wasn't for naught because this is one hell of a hoppy mother. Nice, refreshing balance of citrus and pine upfront.
Ditto on flavor. Very balanced as far as bitterness goes. You get a bread and butter feel from the malt as well.
Lingering bitterness shares equal billing with buttery malt. Loving it!
I really like Sebago's IPA offering. Very much satisfied with the variety pack I bought so far!
04-09-2012 03:19:52 | More by Brad007
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
Found this on tap at the Bog Tavern, Waldoboro.
Poured clear golden, with a small, coarse-bubbled, lumpy head. Aroma was not strong but inviting, lets you know you're in for some good hoppy flavor.
Taste is predominantly hoppy, citrus and piney notes. Cascade hops I'm thinking? A bitter (but good!) resinous finish.
This is a medium-bodied IPA, well carbonated with pleasant mouthfeel. I found it a highly drinkable beer, coulda had lots more. This IPA reminds me of Avery IPA. Highly recommended.
08-12-2006 15:44:42 | More by dickroop
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
Hazy tangerine-amber with honey colored edges. There are seemingly thousands of fine particulates in suspended animation that give the beer a wonderfully 'dirty' look. Who could possibly prefer a crystal clear, filtered IPA when they can have something like this? The cap is on the small side, but makes up for it by being a lovely shade of alabaster and by being incredibly sticky. Thick, cheese grater-like lace is plastered all over the upper portion of the glass.
The nose gets it done as well. No surprise since the hop bill consists of Cascade, Centennial and Nugget; and is dry-hopped with Cascade and Centennial. Grapefruit and orange lead the way with a vanilla-laced sugar cookie sweetness that tells me pale malt is holding up its end of the bargain.
Frye's Leap is a wonderful IPA that is full of good, juicy hop flavor. I never know whether to believe breweries when they say things like 'highly hopped' and 'strong hop flavor', but in this case Sebago was right on the money. They also say this is 'one of the hoppiest beers in Maine at 55 IBUs'. I can believe it.
There's just enough pale malt (with a smidgen of noticeable caramel malt) to keep the hops from being too buzzsaw harsh. I love the impressively bitter bite that is giving my tongue a workout with each mouthful. White grapefruit pith is now king of the jungle and announces its presence with a mighty roar. This is delicious beer.
The mouthfeel favors the lighter end of the IPA spectrum without coming anywhere close to light in a general sense. It's amazingly smooth and creamy with an absolutely perfect amount (restrained) of carbonation. I'm ecstatic to see that the brewers have paid attention to the mouthfeel as well as to the flavor profile. Well done.
Frye's Leap IPA is the best beer in the 'never heard of it prior to today' category that I've had in a very long time. It's more hoppy and more bitter than 55 IBUs would suggest, which only goes to show the ridiculousness of measuring beer by that scale. If it wasn't for Allagash, this would probably be my favorite beer brewed in Maine. Thanks to jrdegriselles for a sleeper IPA that can stand toe to toe with some of America's best.
01-28-2007 20:28:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.43/5 rDev +21%
Had this on tap in the Beer Garden in Plainfield, CT this past weekend.
A: Poured a nice dark amber in color, with a good 2-3 finger off white/tan head.
Smell - A burst of hops as I go in for this beers beautiful fragrance. Piney, with some citrus.
Taste - This one follows through on the nose, what wonderful flavors come off of this one. The bitterness is spot on, with wonderful, earthy hops, malts back things up quite well. Jaw tingling flavor.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, goes very well for the style.
Overall - This has become a new favorite. I haven't purchased sebago just because of the labeling but I'm glad I got to try this offering of theirs. I'll be coming back for more.
08-10-2011 17:25:30 | More by Genuine
4.43/5 rDev +21%
Pouring this from a bottle bought at The Good Food Store in Bethel, into a Sebago tulip glass.
A - Two fingers of loose morang-like foam tops a hazy light-amber IPA. The head subsides after a minute, sticky lacing clings to the glass in minimal amounts.
S - Pungent, oily hop nose. Very nice
T - Very bitter up front, and lingers on the back of the tongue. Lots of bitterness present. Citrus hop flavor and toasted malt. Lots of oily leafy flavor. More hoppy and bitter than I remember, although I drink this beer often.
M - Sticky, syrupy, palette coating IPA. Medium carbonation, and lighter than it sounds.
D - Excessively drinkable. Bitterness aside, once you are broken in, you could stick with these all night.
01-25-2011 00:36:28 | More by ggilman
4.38/5 rDev +19.7%
So this is like a chain or something? Like if Granite City started to bottle their beers?
Smells like Cascade and Centennial hops--big grapefruit and generic citrus nodes against light, biscuity malt. Maybe a little hop heavy, but the hop profile seems really well done so we'll just see how it tastes..
Very good. Green hops, dripping with resin, backed up by just enough bready malt sweetness to keep things from getting too uneven. Aftertaste stands out, too: dry hop resin and sweet carmel malt.
This all comes together really well, partially because the body is so nice and lightly carbonated, partially because the hops take such great care of themselves, and partially because there are absolutely no off nodes.
02-04-2012 03:34:51 | More by mynie
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
Surprisingly, this beer finished 2nd in our IPA blind tate test of 12 New England and Mid-Atlantic beers, even beating out Magic Hat, which finished 3rd. Smuttynose was the unanimous favorite. But we all enjoyed this beer. Everyone gave it high marks.
What stood out the most was the hops aroma, and the tasty blend of malt and hops. It had a fruity aroma and an almost Columbus/Cascade hop taste to it, reminding us of our California beers. But it did have that certain New England style. It tasted fresh and very unique compared to the other beers in the field.
08-12-2005 15:49:54 | More by ChappyCubsFan
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
This is outstanding! Very fresh tasting beer.
This poured a deep golden yellow with a slight haze and streaming but not excessive carb. Nice sheets of off white lacing all around and a firm cap of foam that hung in to near the bottom.
Aroma is sweet rich malt with honey notes along with floral and citrus hop in the background - not forward as in a left coast style - very nice!
Flavors is a good blend of firm but soft malt and mild citrusy hop. Bittering kicks in on the finish in a very British IPA way - solid and satisfying but not harsh biting.
Mouth feel is light for style but makes this very session able IPA. Closer to what called a Pale Ale these days ( this reminds me of Capt Lawrence Pale) but a near great beer in either category.
01-16-2012 23:44:53 | More by Shiredave
4.3/5 rDev +17.5%
I got this on tap at a local pub and had to go pick up a six pack the next day.
A-Nothing spectacular to behold. Looks like a pretty run-of-the-mill pale ale. Thin head lingers but not too long
S-Floral notes. Smells sweet and crisp. Yes, it smells like beer, but it smells like good beer.
T-Pretty much just how it smells. The hops come through, but they're well balanced and the alcohol taste is minimal.
M- A touch too carbonated, but otherwise quite smooth.
O-A very respectable IPA, especially for the price.
11-20-2012 03:04:23 | More by MSR129
Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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