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Frye's Leap IPA | Sebago Brewing Company

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Frye's Leap IPAFrye's Leap IPA

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JohnnyP on 09-02-2002

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A beautiful light amber with a foamy head and moderate lacing.
Smell: Full citrusy scent over light maltiness.
Taste: Juicy, citrusy hops balanced with sweet malt background, not overly bitter.
Feel: Good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.
Overall: Perhaps on the lighter side of IPA, but beautifully juicy and drinkable.

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Photo of EthanthePratt
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Nice thick lingering head, very frothy. Yellowish amber color. Fresh, wintery, almost minty smell. Cool, herbal flavor to match. Strong resiny hop flavor but only mild bitterness. No maltiness to speak of but still well-balanced. Lingering hop flavor on tongue. Very drinkable with no boozy flavor. Refreshing but not warming or fortifying, so certainly a spring or summer beer. Relatively thin feel in the mouth. Somewhat more interesting than the average IPA without any flavor gimmicks or excessive hops. Middling 6.0 ABV and tastes like it, a pretty good level for a (short) session IPA.

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Photo of cfalls
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tulip.

L - somewhat hazy orange, head fades fast

S - floral, apricot, buttery malts

T - mild hoppy apricot, into butter, some sweetness, bitter finish

F - nice light body, medium carbonation

O - actually pretty good if you feel like an IPA with slightly lower bitterness and ABV

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Photo of chefdave37
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can to a pint glass. Has a mirky deep golden color. Has a hop smell but not oover powering. It has a nice balance of hops where not over powering and getting some citrus notes with some sweetness. Nice medium body to it. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: floral; soapy;

T: floral up front; mixes with earthiness at mid-palate; moderate bitterness at the finish with a light floral character;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy to drink; nothing special;

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden draft pour with a thin but lingering head and excellent lacing. Fresh hoppy scent. Citrus and some lemon, a bit of spice, and pine. A bit of bitterness. Overall a nice well balanced IPA.

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Photo of illpass78
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color with a huge white head. Fairly heavy carbonation. Tons and tons of lacing.

Aroma: This beer has a lot of lemony, citrusy aromas going on. Also some lemongrass and biscuit.

Taste: Flavor profile follows the nose pretty closely. It's a hoppy, lemony beer with a somewhat malty finish. There's some orange, apricot and grapefruit, too.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light. Not in unappealing way, just not a big, thick beer

Overall: Solid IPA. Could see myself having this again. Good IPA to have with spicy food or something with an aggressive flavor or tons of heat; the citrusy, light quality of this beer would pair well.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

A - Murkey golden body with thin bubbly head. Not a lot of retention but nice lacing.

S - Huge punch of bite rye with some bitter hop

T - Floral hops and rye start out strong, spicy, and bitter. But flavors fall off quickly resulting in a weak bicuity aftertaste.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat chewy at the start but thinning out quickly.

O - This was ok but the flavors and body fall flat through out the swig for me.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Sebago brewhouse in Portland ME.

A: deep, clear golden yellow with minimal lacing and 1 mm ring of head. No legs.

S: some lemongrass, citrus zest and light malt all blending well.

T: tropical citrus and lemongrass, with caramel lightly playing about.

M: light-medium, not filling at all. slightly creamy finish with slick finish, minor bitterness playing about.

O: If you can try it....well...try it. Pretty solid offering for a local chain brewery.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. darker golden color, clear with 1 finger head. Head disappears quickly. Some lacing on glass.

s. Hops, spice (pepper?), Citrus, tropical (passion fruit).

t. Watery - some hops on the back, but light. Some spice but I cannot pick it out.

m. Carbonation seemed light.

o. Debated between 3.25 and 3.5. Refreshing enough for a hot summery day, but flavor is not the best. Will not be purchasing again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty happy to see this around in bottles now at a good price. I always visit Portland in January and stay in the hotel right above the brewpub. We always get a pitcher of this and now I get to review this fresh bottle.

A- Golden bodied pour from the 12oz bottle to my pint glass with basically no haziness. A standard pour reveals a small white cap that peaks at about one finger tall. The foamy cap has fairly poor retention as it falls to a ring. This frothy ring leaves a few webs and large sheets of lace.

S- Pungent hoppyness in the aroma that I remember that is led by stone fruit notes with citrus big as well. Grapefruit, orange zest, apricot, pale caramel malts and some yeast fruitiness.

T- Basically mimics the aroma but the sweetness comes into play a bit more here for obvious reasons. Grapefruits and stone fruits from the hops with pine, floral, herbal and general fruitiness. Pale caramel malts lend a decent amount of sweetness and grain flavor but do not hurt what the hops are doing.

MF- Light overall consistency but a creamy texture lends a bit of chewiness. Carbonation level is moderately high but silky smooth. Finishes with a medium bitterness lingering on the palate.

Citrus and fruit forward hops lead the way in this IPA that has some maltiness and sweetness that does not totally throw off the crisp hops. Underated New England IPA IMO.

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Photo of Amgarnier
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Sensory Pils glass

A - Clear gold with 1.5 finger white fizzy head, really small lacing.
S - Decent aroma, some light tropical notes, lemongrass, a touch of spice.
T - Very strong grassy flavor, you dont get any of the tropical notes from the aroma in the taste. Mild biscuit malt, and a medium bitterness.
M - Extremely dry.
O - I have notes on this from having it on tap at the brewery, but I find this version better. I'll have to compare later.

Reviewing my notes from when I had this at the brewery, the only differences I noted were the aroma, some floral notes and dank pine, and the feel was watery.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of VTMatt
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a light head, 1 finger. Slightly hazy, golden color.

S - Aroma is somewhat hoppy and floral, with strong resin and pine notes. Pleasant, though not a standard IPA aroma.

T - Similar to the smell, the resin/pine notes are the primary tastes. Not as hoppy or bitter as might be expected from an IPA, but that's not necessarily a bad thing;

M - Smooth, round medium body, slightly syrupy.

O - Overall an interesting beer. Some nice attributes (mouthfeel and appearance primarily). It's less hoppy and bitter than a typical IPA. The aroma is strong and resiny, but has a tendency to overwhelm the taste, resulting in a more muted hoppyness than I'd expect from an IPA. I'll definitely drink this beer again, but if I'm in the mood for a hoppy, bold IPA, I'll look elsewhere.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a bright orange body with a nice white head.

S: Pleasant notes of apricot, mild citrus, and cracker malt meet the nose.

T: Moderate grassy bitterness, grapefruit, dry malt character, a bit resinous and oily.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Overall, a pretty nice IPA. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with a little haziness, but good view of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and it drinks very easily.

Overall: A nice session IPA compared to others.

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Photo of MSR129
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

received in trade from valdieu2. bottled 2/29/12, review from notes.

a - pours a hazy, golden shade with a thin cap of off white head. retention is good and leaves thick chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - faint citrus, toasty malt, faint grass, faint cooked vegetable.

t - bready malt character with faint grapefruit notes. has an herbal or earthy bitterness that totally dominates the palate.

m - medium body, medium co2 profile, adequate carbonation. slightly oily.

o - just average as far as ipas go. the cooked vegetable smell gets really prominent as the beer warms, making it harder to drink. maybe its past its prime or just not a good beer. will pass in the future.

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light orange. Large fluffy white head. Fades slowly, leaving a nice patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple and caramel.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, resin and some bready malt. Finishes quite resinous with a hint of pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit drying on the back end.

O: Not a bad IPA. Bitterness is a bit high given the milder hop and malt flavors.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle today at Portland Pie. Pours a solid golden yellow color with a thinnish off white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of citrus hops mostly, its an old school aroma of bitter hops with a hint of caramel and bready backbone. The flavor follows the aroma quite well, citrus and a hint of pine flavor and bitterness with just enough malt to keep it form being astringent. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA, not great but much better than some of the other options at the Shipyard pie company.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB globe from 12oz bottle. Pours a deep brownish-orange, thick looking. Not much head, but looks promising.
Smells of malt, rye, and hops. Taste is of malty hops, a bit floral or flower garden kind of taste. Slightly herbal maybe..I cant put my finger on it. Anyway, to me its kinda floral/herby.
Its a bit over bitter for my palate. Nothing is really jumping out at me here. Kinda blah and slightly too bitter for me to have again. Way better choices out there...especially in Maine!

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Photo of MadScientist
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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