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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: 326
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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 DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Scarborough location 4/27

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger of rocky white head. Head recedes at a moderate rate leaving sheets of lacing behind.

S: Nose is all about the floral hops. It's really quite one dimensional.

T: Taste starts with a major floral hop burst and then quite of piney hops. Pale malts even out the middle before some citrusy, grapefruit notes finish this brew out.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy, slicky body.

D: Goes down easily, tastes pretty good, this is a beer that I could have a few pints of.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty clear off-amber gold, with white head, but nice lacing. Looks can be deceiving.

S: Kind of adjunct at first whiff, but soon you get the pine notes, and a little booze.

T: Much more hoppy than it looks and smells, and very refreshing. Has a touch of booze in it that makes for a solid offering. Fresh and hoppy, can't complain.

M: Nice carbonation to make for a fairly rich IPA.

D: Very easy to drink, because it's so tasty. Pick up a sixer and support these guys.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to for TheManiacalOne the chance to try this brew! 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Body is a very cloudy translucent burnt orange hue. Pours with a sticky, foamy 1-2 finger off white head. Head has perfect retention at 1/2 finger and tons of lacing is left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is very mild and somewhat dull. Its hard for me to discern anything but herbal and earthy hops.

T- Earthy hops are the highlight of the flavor upfront with a mild pale malt backbone. The finish is slightly herbal and a hint of pine resin sneaks in as well before a mild, but long-lasting hop bitterness kick in.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and a medium weight body that is rich, smooth, slightly oily, and creamy.

D-I'm sure this has faded somewhat from what it was fresh...this brew is one of the best looking IPAs I have seen in awhile and the mouthfeel is excellent. Flavor is above average-but nothing exceptional. Its certainly smooth and very drinkable but only somewhat enjoyable. Great to try a NE local IPA

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes. Served at the Old Port Sebago location in a logo glass. The beer has a translucent, tarnished orange color. There is a thin head made of white soap bubbles. I can see lots of carbonation rising within. It's aroma is earthy and has scents of grassy hops. It is not an overpowering smell. The beer tastes like a mouthful of hops. There is sweetness, citrus and lots of bitterness. The bitter flavor stay on long after I've swallowed. It's body is lighter and feels slightly watery. It does have a good mouthcoating--a fine layer of sweet and bitter flavors/feelings. The carbonation compliments the bitter flavors. I find this to be a pretty drinkable beer, especially for a bitter IPA. The bitterness may prove to be too strong after a while, but this single pint drinks very well. A solid, reliable, local IPA that is worth revisiting.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Frye's Leap pours a hazy, copper color. It's topped by a meringue-like, off-white, two-finger head that retains well, leaving plentiful lace. The aroma is predominantly hoppy with floral notes, and mild hints of resin. There's also a mild undertone of toasty malts.

The initial toastiness gives way to a mild, bready sweetness with mild hints of caramel. This mild maltiness persists through the center. A prickly spiciness precedes the finish, which has herbal and resiny hop flavors, and a strong hop bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. I thought the malt backing was a bit weak, and could be increased just a bit. Despite a good dose of carbonation, I thought this beer felt a bit watery on the palate.

Overall I thought this was an average IPA. There were things to like (strong dose of hops), and things to dislike (weak malts, and thinness).

Photo of willabys
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this mighty nice brew while touring the NorthEast. Being a hop head I jumped at the India Pale Ale identification. Observing the color I find this a rich golden color with a bit of cloudiness. This head poured med thick and lasted well with some lacing.
The smell is certainly hoppy and sweet. The taste has an nice sweetness from the malt, nice presence there. Projects some nice hope notes, not such that it makes me scream Pine and Citrus, b ut ever present and a nice harmony with the sweet aspects. Nice low-key bubblienss.
Over all this is a very nice, very drinkable IPA and I would buy it again and drink it happily.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of jnezda
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try a beer from Maine on my way up and this was available in the dining car. Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup thi beer poured a dark amber for an IPA. It had a half inch head that had good staying power and left a decent lacing. The beer had good flavor with a sharp hoppiness and a full body. Smell had some nuttiness and slight yeast providing a good precusor to the pugnacy of the beer. Pleasing with a good full mouthfeel. For IPA drinkers I would recommend this beer for its tart appeal. Would pair well with foods with some tart like a sour fruit salad or a pugnant meat dish.

Photo of snowranger05
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend brought home a sixer of this for me. What a girl! Apparently Frye's Leap refers to a cliff jump on Sebago Lake, Maine.

Anyhow, the bottle poured a cloudy light-copper colored brew with a thin white head. The aroma was notably heavy on caramel with some hops. The taste is where the beer shines. It's got a relatively low bitterness for the style , but is heavy on fresh hop flavor. A touch of the caramel lingers after the hops pass. Carbonation is good, with a medium body. Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, and won't hesitate to drink it again. It's clean, crisp, and hoppy without overdoing the bitterness.

Photo of berley31
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with an average-sized, white head... this sucker sticks around at one finger-size for the entire duration! Excellent, clumpy white lacing... looks like a Belgian ale in this regard. Body is mostly clear, with a slight haze, and a nice, deep copper color.

S: Smells quite hoppy... think there may be some citrus in there as well.

T: Slightly watery at the beginning, but that quickly makes way for the hops. Quite a bitter finish, with a long-lasting flavor. I can feel the 55 IBUs coming through.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, average carbonation... quite nice.

D: Nice and hoppy, but not overpowering. The look of this beer is its best feature, but everything else is up to par as well. A nice entry from Sebago.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local pizzeria, La Fiesta.

Poured from the tap into a medium sized mug. The color was bright orange to amber with a small, foamy, white head. There was floral, hoppy aromacoming from this beer, but in moderation. The taste was extremely clean. Solid hop flavor, not overpowering. The hop notes are presented mostly in grapefruit notes, with a slight pine note in there too. Almost no malt backbone. A clean finish considering there is some bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability is above average for an IPA thanks to moderate ABV and the clean finish.

Overall, a good IPA with nice clean flavors and decent balance. Nothing exceptional, but well executed.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tmitch75
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up and shipped home on a recent business trip to Boston. Honestly I'd never even heard of Sebago so I'm excited to give this one a go.

Nice orangey amber color, cloudy, with ample foamy head and sticky lacing. Nice piney spicy hop aroma with decent sweet malt base. Good balance.

Flavor is similar, good hoppy flavor with enough malt to balance it out. Not spectacular, but good balance and fitting of the style. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than expected, but that just makes it all the more drinkable.

Overall a pretty good example of the style, not an overpowering hop bomb but a good balanced IPA. I hope to get out to that part of the country again to try a few more offerings from Sebago.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Great Lost Bear, Portland.

A-Clear pale amber with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S-Very nice sweet malt followed by pine hops.

T-Follows the nose, with sweet malt to start, dissolving into a solid pine hop bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Very pleasant and sessionable, flavorful with moderate ABV.


Photo of thekevlarkid
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was an amber color on the lighter side of the spectrum with a moderate head of khaki foam that retained well and left nice lacing. Lots of sediment floating in the liquid. The aroma was of floral and citrus hops with some pale malt in there too. The flavors were well balanced as well, grapefruit notes from the citrusy hops along with floral hints all built on a solid malt backbone. The bitterness was pleasant and the aftertaste lingered. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation the same. A very good example of the style, impressive!

Photo of 4theluvofbrew
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Photo of aerozeppl
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of jonziefle
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.