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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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Reviews: 134
Hads: 378
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 8
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color, faint hop aroma. Taste is medium bodied, great smooth mouthfeel. Hops are definitely prominent in this one, maybe too much.. I felt this one was a bit out of balance, could have used a bigger malt backbone. A pretty solid IPA though from a new brewery in my area, I recommend trying out their sampler 12 pack, I'd put this one a notch below their brown ale. Above average IPA for the true hop head.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good blend of fruity citrus, hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a sharp bite of hops bitterness, that is quickly followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and light gold color. Quite white head that leaves nice ring lace on the glass.

Floral hop aroma--very much like a dry hop plug.

Very hoppy, almost astringent. Long, long aftertaste of very bitter hop. Very dry malt. The body is as expected.

More bitter than most IPA's, which I enjoy. A lack of malt distracts.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin white frothy head that lasts, leaving some rings of lacing.

The smell is of some citrus, some mustiness, some caramel and a touch of butterscotch.

The taste is of some citrus and caramel. Very buttery. Balanced between maltiness and hoppiness until the finish, where the bitterness pulls through.

Medium-bodied. Dry.

The buttery aspect is a bit too much for me, personally. All-in-all, though it's a nice IPA with a good bitter kick in the finish.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear burnt orange in color with a nice 2" head. Some mild lacing developed. Decent carbonation levels. Aroma was of a piney bitterness. The flavor followed the nose as the pine tones were slightly overpowering, as the malt and grapefruit citrus tones lagged well behind.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The finish had a long aftertaste of the piney bitterness. The drinkability is down a bit as the flavor didn't excite my tastebuds.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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 GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a golden-copper coloring that is vibrant, bright, and crystal clear. The beer has no head to top, giving a clear path to the aromas of green, fresh hops. Signs of increased carbonation in the glass throughout while you drink. The beer's flavors are hoppy first and foremost, with a good caramel malt background to balance everything. The high carbonation and watery body give the beer an almost astringent feel to it, with metallic characteristics. The aftertaste is minimal, with slight hops and citrus highlights, and the watery body leads to a quick, non-descript finish. Limps around at the end. Not an IPA I would go looking for again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine. Poured a light amber with a decent head and great lacing. Smells slightly grainy with some grain sourness and earthy/piney hops. The taste has big hop flavor with lots of pine and some light malt to give it a base. Nice surprise, this one. The mouthfeel is big and firm and overall this beer is delcious. I was certainly glad I tried this and here is to hoping the brewery's other offerings are as good.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with lots of sticky bubbly lacing. Aroma is wet grains and light citrus. Taste melds nicely together, moderate pale malts combined with balancing (and a bit more) hops character. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. This one could require more research.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold/orange colour with a short, bright white cap of fine bubbles. Lots of sticky lace, decent head retention. Citrusy hop aroma, more tangerine than grapefruit, oranges, light notes of sweet malt. Sturdy, citrusy bitterness that lingered in the finish. Sweetness was a combination of fruity and grainy malt with light caramel character. Lots of orange and tangerine up front. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture with a bit of dryness. Solid all around. Easily the best offering from Sebago that I've had so far. I'm glad I have a few more of these in the fridge.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours amber with a lighter head that leaves small amounts of lacing.

S-I get a big whiff of spiciness nutmeg/cinnamon which is a very different take on the style. You get the standard hoppy aromas as well with a well balanced malt flavor as well.

T-Decently hopped with some nice flavor. Quite an easy drinker. I am a fan of the autumn-spice flavors found in this beer, it adds a new dimension.

M-On the lighter side. Good carbonation.

D-Easy to imbibe. %6.2 is undetectable.

Nothing spectacular but if I was from Maine this would probably be in my fridge a good amount.

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Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap at the brewpub in downtown Portland, ME this one poured a nice clear copper color with a thin white cover and very nice lacing. The aroma is sweet citrus bitterness. The taste is mild wheat and citrus hops that bite the tongue at the front a bit. Sweet orange and lemon. Not highly carbonated, almost a bit flat. Smooth and mid bodied. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of mltobin
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.

Appearance is nice light copper tone with one-finger head.

The smell is slightly spicy, fair amount of hops, and a dash of sweetness thrown in.

The taste is smooth and quenching, goes very well with a basket of hot wings.

Mouthfeel is near robust, a great IPA that pops different flavors across the sides of your mouth.

Great drinkability, a very solid IPA.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this bottle warm a bit first. Pretty good brew. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that lasts a while and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a little funk. Flavor is the same with bitterness standing out and very little sweetness. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has long duration. Could be a session if I were in the mood for this kind of beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.