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Frye's Leap IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Frye's Leap IPAFrye's Leap IPA

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: JohnnyP on 09-02-2002)
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1.24/5  rDev -66.1%

crawlhome, Sep 28, 2014
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1.8/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear orangey copper with a frothy and lacy off-white head. Smells of light herbal hops (Fuggles? not sure).

Taste is really bitter, unpleasantly so. Buttery, lots of Ringwood yeast here. Medicinal hops, astringent and abrasive. Not much malt taste to speak of and the hops just taste unpleasant. Mouth is thin with a long lingering, unpleasant bitterness. A toughie to drink. Hmm..let me consult my notes...ah, here it is: "Ick!" That about sums it up.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 13, 2005
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a five-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Strong hoppy/floral nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with some sweetness, the hops kick in and finishes hoppy with a bitter after taste. Not as intense as some IPAs. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jun 29, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

ScotNH, Oct 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

ncstephen, Aug 26, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

sloambbr, Sep 02, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

d_brommer_nh, Jan 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

klkatz, Feb 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

VTHopddicted, May 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

IPA Night Continues.

A: Fairly dark copper color with some white head. Good lacing.

S: Smells more like an APA than an IPA. Doesn't quite hit the hop nose I am looking for.

T: Too sweet and adjuncty. The hops are there but all bittering. Not balanced and not pleasant to drink

M: Medium body. Nothing good or bad either way.

D: Second drain poor of the night. Not terrible but there are better beers in the fridge.

aerozeppl, Jan 24, 2009
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2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured cloudy golden, almost amber, with minimal head. Minimal lacing on first example, much more on the second. Cloudy, but not completely opaque. Some light suspension.

Smell: A strong sweet hoppy smell, almost like berries or juice. Not much else up front.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is nowhere near as strong as the smell, almost absent. Tastes of a lightly hopped IPA, fruity but not very hoppy "intense"; still bitter though. The taste stays in the front of the mouth and subsides slowly. The carbonation bite is good, but nothing special. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: This IPA is only okay. I thought it would be better tasting after seeing and smelling it, but it let me down. One to possibly try, but not an IPA for me.

jonziefle, Dec 09, 2008
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2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - poor clarity, not sure if this is an unfiltered ale, but there are tons of little white specs in my beer and the beer itself is quite hazy. Head poors thick and has good retention though

S - Nice hoppy aroma

T - strong hop flavor, but I find it unbalanced, I like a good hoppy beer, but the best in my opinion have a good malt balance

M - The only aspect of this beer that I truly consider high quality is the mouthfeel; it is smooth and dry, very good.

D - the mouthfeel makes it somewhat drinkable, but the lack of balance kills it for me.

Overall, I would like to see a better balance between the hops and malt. I like that they seem to have used a lot of hops, but would like it to be more balanced... use more malt, then again, I'm no professional brewer

robhunta, Oct 29, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

O.K., I am replacing my previous review since that beer was clearly infected. Kudos to the folks at Sebago for replacing my six pack.

This beer is fresh from the brewery and was mailed to me as a replacement.

I poured the beer and a 1 finger head formed that was foamy and white in color. This head receded quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass immediately. The color of the beer was a light amber, cloudy with orange/yellow highlights.

The aroma was a bit of a disappointment and almost non-existent. I smelled a little graininess and a slight touch of fruit. Not standard for an IPA that's for sure. No chance of an old bottle here.... They sent it to me.

Flavor was muted and I'm not sure very well balanced. I really taste a doughy, biscuit flavor that really takes over vs. the subtle hop presence. A real graininess comes through as well. In the end I am left with a bitterness, but different than the fresh hop bite that accompanies many great IPA's.

Mouth feel is really dry and almost astringent. Slightly buttery on the tongue and almost a mineral flavor.

My previous score on the infected beer was D+ (2.35) This score will be better, but not by a far cry. I fear this is just not a very good IPA.

Plenty more high quality fish in the sea.

Don't stop at this exit!!

Reagan1984, Jun 12, 2008
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2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

divineaudio, Aug 18, 2012
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2.92/5  rDev -20.2%

Reindogg, Aug 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

TTripp725, Jul 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

Dougwillhike, Jun 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Shawnspl, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

amart80, Jul 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

July2Nov, Jun 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

gwilikers6, Oct 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

PeteRiz, Feb 22, 2012
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Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.