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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: 307
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of 4theluvofbrew
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This, along w/ Smuttynose, are my two favorite IPAs at the moment. I have had this a few times before, but don't see it in the store too often, but picked some up today.

A - It appeared to be in a a brown bottle

S - It didn't smell like a small black animal, with a white stripe, so I took a sip

T - Quite yummy

M - Feels good in both the mouth and tummy

D - I wouldn't go too far past 6 of these bad boys

4theluvofbrew, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
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
Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Strawberry blond in color. Has a slight haze, thus not completely transparent. Good active carbonation.
(S) Floral tones with peach and earthy notes.
(T) Crisp hop bitterness upfront. Slight earthy flavor coupled with malt sweetness. The taste I am having is hard to describe. There seems a slight sourness to the brew, but I can place it. Is it the Nugget hops? Or is it the dry hop?
(M) Clean and crisp. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation.
(D) The drinkability is just above average for this beer drinker. The slight sourness makes it difficult to get through the beer, yet leaves me curious of it's cause.

u2carew, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap and it was quite good. It pours a nice orangy amber color with a nice creamy off white head. Most notable was the lacing. It ringed around the glass, identifying each sip, almost like a tree ring marking its age. Very impressive! The nose was modest, some leafy hop, some piney notes as well.

The taste was very respectable. This isn't a complex IPA by any stretch, but it has a nice bittering, piney and grapefruity bitterness throughout that was quite good. There is just a slight malty backbone with the beer heavily tilted towards the hop. The consistency was a tad watery and uniform. The beer is light to medium bodied, nothing fancy, not creamy, quite refreshing. A solid offering.

albern, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle into wine glass.

It was dark in the restaurant, so the color was hard to determine, but I'm going with orange-ish golden. Slightly hazy, but with never ending foamy top, and lacing that persisted throughout. Very attractive. Unfortunately, this was the highlight. The nose was sweet, malty, and hops were apparent but as a sidekick, not the driver. The taste was way more like an APA than an IPA. The hop flavor was subdued at best, though there was a harsh bitterness in the finish and lingering well after. Some grainy and malty sweet flavors up front, but they the hop flavor didn't really cut through, and it was out of balance. Mouthfeel was decent with good carbonation, but a bit thin and dry with bitter finish. Plenty drinkable enough if you find the flavor pleasant. I didn't, but surely some of you will. Again, I think it is an error to label this an IPA. Many APA's have more hop character than this one.

sprucetip, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
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
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

smcolw, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you Reagan1984 for this extra!

Appearance: Hazy yellowish copper with tight, rocky, eggshell-colored head. So far (2-3 minutes after pour), head has dropped from two fingers to about one and left thick cobweb-like lacing in its wake. A good smattering of bubbles can be seen rising through the haze. Midway through, the lacing is tremendous; a cloudy time-line of session thus far.

Smell: Lots of bready yeast and toasted malts with a mild citric-hop character.

Taste: Much hoppier than foreshadowed by the smell, but overall flavor isn't much to speak of. Big bread / grain flavor (sourdough) with a touch of citrus and a bitter, somewhat grassy, aftertaste. Flavors seem very disjointed. Meh :-/

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy for an IPA with medium carbonation and body.

Drinkability: A decent IPA, but not anything I would (or could) buy again. This was an extra in a trade. My biggest beef with this one was the aftertaste. The flavors didn't seem to meld well and the aftertaste was bitter hops and that's it. No pine. No citrus. No nothing. Too bad, because this beer looked AWESOME! Guess it was all show...

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Durge, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of kevinglin
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a fluted glass. Copper, somewhat hazy, two-finger off-white head, very tight bubbles. Head stuck around throughout the drink.

Aroma - fruity, citrus, spicy. No real malt presence in the aroma.

Flavor - some breadiness, toasty, definitely bitter, but not overpowering so. Nice hop bite, decent malt supports the bitterness, but this does showcase the American hops. Classic citrus flavors balanced with some malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is lively and carbonated - I'd call it light-medium. Doesn't feel heavy on the tongue.

Overall - pleasant, enjoyable. I found it to be well-balanced, whilst showcasing hops as an IPA should. Not extreme or overpowering, well made. Recommend, and could have a couple in a session without much problem.

kevinglin, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of bjoyce12
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Try to drink local while on the road, and tried this on a recent trip through Maine. Quite a surprise. Pours a dark golden. Nice floral aroma, slightly citrus. Excellent taste; deep flavored hops with a nice hoppy kick. A touch of sugars as well. When in Maine I would rank this up there with Allagash as a must try.

bjoyce12, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle purchased from Charles St Liquors in Boston. No freshness date on the bottle, and some bottles are of suspect age from that store. 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 (although I'm not qualified to specifically name a type, but I do enjoy saying the word "Fuggles") 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. But without knowing the age of this bottle, it's tough to say if age has an effect.

sstackho, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

jwc215, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/orange color, smallish tan head fades quickly, but settles into a nice film over the beer and leaves lots of lacing. Smell is super heavy on malt, lots of nice caramel aroma, not too sweet, some floral/herbal hops in the mix too. Taste is really big, bold, and malt-tastic, tons of caramel malt flavor, and some citrus/bitter grapefruit. Chewy mouthfeel, sticky hop bitterness. Like the low ABV on this....tasty brew!

corey0212, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of msolar
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest IPA fan so I'm sure some people might rate this beer higher. As far as IPA's go, I liked it more than Harpoon's and less than Dogfish Head's.

Pours nice with a nice 1/2" head, good flavor, a slight alcohol flavor lingers on the palette.

I'll definitely buy it as a 6-pack in the future but wouldn't put it on tap again.

msolar, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
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
Photo of hopheadsal
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle and was surprised at how golden this beer was for an IPA. The body wasn't too heavy, lots of hops (which can me detected on the nose). The hops are defintly in balace with the malt...slight hints of caramel on the finish. Overall, very good beer for the price, its hard to find a good IPA under $9 these days.

hopheadsal, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

mltobin, May 15, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with very little head and only a small amount of carbonation. Beer itself is an amber-yellow color.

Smell- Sweet smelling with hops evident.

Taste- Moderate hops in this one, nothing overpowering, some spiciness in the aftertaste, not too bad.

Mouthfeel- Good palate coverage, chompy.

Drinkability- A very drinkable brew.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with orange hues, decent head, some particles floating around that makes it seem like it's partially unfiltered.

Smell is predominately hoppy, has that citrus edge, minimal malt presence.

Taste is mostly piney hops with a bitter and dry finish, could use some more balance, seriously controlled by the hops and bitterness, awfully unbalanced but for Maine this has got to be the hoppiest beer made here.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sebago- Frye's Leap IPA

A- Light golden copper brown with a small foamy sticky head. Good lacing.
S- Nice crisp grapfruit rind with a touch of caramel malt. Big pine hops really come through in the tail end.
T- Very clean sweet caramel malt evenly balanced with an oily pine hop and grapefruit rind hop flavor.
M- Sweet, chewy, and flavorful. Malt and hops nicely balanced and this just has a clean crisp flavor and feel.

Overall- A sessionable IPA. Nothing extreme here but thats what makes it a solid ale.

NJpadreFan, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of hippityhop86
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

hippityhop86, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

oberon, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Tomas77
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love IPA's and Frye's Leap is right up there with the best of them.

Orange/golden color. Very clear. Small bubbles of white foam lie on the surface looking up at lace stuck to the sides of the glass.

Very hoppy aroma. Citrusy/floral. Some piney notes as well. Little malt aroma.

Hops dominate the palate with grapefruit/lemon coming through after an initial malty sweetness on the lips and front of the tongue. Malts are there just enough to keep the hops in check. Good balance for an IPA. Hops are not overpowering at all.

Good drinkability. A little bitter at the very end that lingers a tad, otherwise a very refreshing beer. Fine job at this particular style.

Medium body and mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with an oily slickness on the lips and tongue.

Tomas77, Aug 27, 2007
Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.