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Frye's Leap IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 Tomas77


4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

08-27-2007 00:12:35 | More by Tomas77
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a clear gold olour with a small white head. Settling to a lacey ring.

Aroma: Grapefruit and other citrus, florals, sweet with a tiny bit of vanilla.

Taste: Quite citrusy, nice grapefruit bitterness and a bit of bread in finish. Hoppy for sure, but still very much balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, high drinkability.

Final Statment: Balanced IPA, not too hoppy, but hoppy enough. Very sessionable. Good brew to drink if available.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

08-12-2007 19:59:48 | More by MMansfield
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy amber color with a 1/2 inch cream colored head. Decant the beer as there is lots of yeast sediment in suspension. Good looking lace.
S- Very sweet and fruity nose(apricot glaze and canned peaches). Lots of buttery caramel toffee.
T- Bittersweet fruitiness with the toffee, apricot and peach flavors. Some orange marmalade. Hops are bittering and not aromatic and floral as IPA brewing style dictates. A slight citrus if anything.
M- Good ale medium smootheness.
D- Not brewed to style but still fairly tasty. A hoppy sweet and fruity amber ale.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

08-03-2007 19:58:00 | More by mshallah
Photo of WanderingFool


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Frye's Leap IPA Pours a dark hazy copper color with lots of yeast particles suspended in the beer. On top, a creamy slightly off white foam forms, which dissolves slowly back down to the beer leaving behind clumps and nets of lace on the glass. I found the aroma to be more malty than hoppy. It's mainly toasted and caramel malt with some orange and grapefruit citrus mixed in.

This medium bodied beer is slightly chewy with a soft carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is well balanced and not over hopped. Notes of toasted malt and biscuit help balance the orange citrus and grass flavors from the hops. Once gone a mildly bitter hoppy citrus flavor lingers on the palate.

Other than all the junk floating in the beer this IPA is quite good. It's well balanced, has nice lacing on the glass and will not intimidate the non-hopheads out there.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

04-06-2007 18:19:36 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the lable with the folks jumping off the mountain and into the lake.

AP: Pours a hazy, yellow golden color, mild activity created a frothy, white-lace looking head. Dissipated to a thin, scattered cover with some minor lacing left behind.

Smell: Herbal, citrus and mildly fruity hop dominated nose with a hearty and earthy malted effect way down.

Taste: This is a very classic IPA that features a very fruity,with banana up-front and a citrus edge and a gentle spiciness and herbal hop flavor.

MF: Medium body that's crisp and clean going down. Rather hefty feeling for the style though.

DA: Til' the cows come home!

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

02-23-2007 20:10:03 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky but somewhat translucent amber-orange body with over a half an inch off off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing. Smells strong piney and citrusy. Piney and citrusy hop overwealmingly dominate this beer, with only just enough malt to support it and very little other apparent flavor atributes. Flavor lingers afterward, as it's just a bit sticky. Medium-bodied. A surprisingly hoppy IPA, very good. Also, this is a rare beer that I think might just be better bottled than it is on tap.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

01-30-2007 00:35:57 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

01-28-2007 20:28:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of jeffboo


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a big puffy yellow head, with a herbal hop aroma...and a hint of caramel/butterscotch. Body is light with herbal hop flavors...Basil and Mint...reminds me of Liberty Ale. Good balance between toasted/bisquit malt and drying hops...finishes very dry with good bitterness. A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

10-17-2006 02:43:29 | More by jeffboo
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all you whiny asses who say that Maine beers have some weird butter flavors, try this. Pours a bit on the pale side (duh) smells like hops. Tastes quite hoppy, citrusy and grassy, sweet malt in the background that blends in really nice. Good mouthfeel. Damn good beer, I may have had this before but never remembered it, now I will for a long time and as long as our local Hannaford keeps it in stock this is going to be a regular.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

09-25-2006 01:36:38 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of dickroop


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Bog Tavern, Waldoboro.

Poured clear golden, with a small, coarse-bubbled, lumpy head. Aroma was not strong but inviting, lets you know you're in for some good hoppy flavor.

Taste is predominantly hoppy, citrus and piney notes. Cascade hops I'm thinking? A bitter (but good!) resinous finish.

This is a medium-bodied IPA, well carbonated with pleasant mouthfeel. I found it a highly drinkable beer, coulda had lots more. This IPA reminds me of Avery IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

08-12-2006 15:44:42 | More by dickroop
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

08-08-2006 11:37:17 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a true golden amber color, with a quarter finger of white head, plenty of swift carbonation

S - hops dominate the aroma, but also some fruity hints, i pick out a strawberry aroma, very unusual and unexpected

T - hoppier than i expected, quite hoppy for a regular IPA, very tasty, plus there is a smooth fruity essence to it as well, not as distinctively strawberry as in the aroma but are present

M&D - well balanced between the powerful hoppiness and the subtler softer characterisitics, very good, a high quality IPA, highly drinkable for hopheads

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

07-30-2006 00:10:33 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of LarryV


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, copperish color with minor head. Lots of lacing despite the lack of a head. Aroma is citrus hoppiness. Hops come on quick in the flavor with a pungent grapefruit flavor.
Malt is noticeable, but could be a bit more pronounced to balance out the brew. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate for quite sometime. Not one of the best I've had, but an enjoyable brew. I could easily drink 2 or 3 of these before moving on to something else.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

06-23-2006 20:40:54 | More by LarryV
Photo of ppoitras


4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

05-31-2006 16:17:42 | More by ppoitras
Photo of bjohnson


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an amber color with a one to one and a half finger white fizzy head that dissipates quickly in the middle but has nice retention on the edges.

S: Aromas of grapefruit hops and buttery malt. Malts are more noticeable on the second sniff after a swirl.

T: Tastes of grapefruit hops with a nice malt presence. Initial hops and malt tastes are masked by a rush of carbonation. Bitter and dry afteraste.

M & D: Mouthfeel is just ok. Creamy and buttery at first but then a dry and bitter finish leaves you thinking you missed the flavor train. Drinkability is also just alright. The carbonation rush takes away from the hop and malt flavors. I would have one, maybe two of these.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

03-24-2006 01:29:47 | More by bjohnson
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid enough IPA--which is really nice on occasion. Poured a solid and clear brown. Extremely heavy carbonation. Huge ass white and faomy head. I was also amazed by the sheer numbers of carbonation bubbles rising from around the glass. Nose was hoppy but in a way that smelled of old pine tar.

Flavor was a bit off balance and leaning towards the hops. Just a bit of biscuits and unfortunately a touch of butter. Not bad as other beers but still present. Slight wood sticks around the edges of this beer too. Medium body with a relatively dry finish. Still a nice solid IPA that kept me interested while I worked on the six-pack.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

01-27-2006 16:26:23 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of ElGordo


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright coppery color with a nice bright, creamy one-finger head that has some staying power. Aroma of sweet malt, fruity hops, and a touch of musty yeastiness. Palate is overall rather malty - slightly sweet caramel malt blended with lightly bitter hops, becoming increasingly bitter towards the finish. Finish is actually almost unpleasant - bitter, dry, yet not much in the lupulin department, just a different kind of bitterness. Body is kind of buttery, with a medium build that is quite pleasant. Would be a good beer if not for the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

10-16-2005 02:41:04 | More by ElGordo
Photo of jmz62565


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark coppery color with a great three finger head that lasts. This beer has a ton of carbonation.The aroma is citrus and pine hops.The taste is very dry and very hoppy,very good.This is one of the better IPA's around. The hops have both a pine and bitter flavor. A nice medium feel that's not too heavy for an everyday beer.A very good job by Sebago. The head is still three fingers!! A crazy beer from a brewery that's very underrated.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

10-12-2005 03:21:59 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Hibernator


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sebago Frye's Leap IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

This beer pours a hazy, light orange color. Decent head on top with nice sticky lacings.

Whiffs of hops and hand lotion.

Toasted grain, caramel sweetness at first with a bitter hop finish. The hops taste like pines and evergreen. On some sips, I am tasting off flavors that leave a funny taste on my palate.

This is a run of the mill IPA. Usually with IPA's, once they warm up the flavors become more intense, but this was the opposite case. An average IPA in all honesty. There are much better IPA's on the market, don't settle for this one.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

09-30-2005 22:13:50 | More by Hibernator
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


1.8/5  rDev -51%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

08-13-2005 02:15:00 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of ChappyCubsFan


4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, this beer finished 2nd in our IPA blind tate test of 12 New England and Mid-Atlantic beers, even beating out Magic Hat, which finished 3rd. Smuttynose was the unanimous favorite. But we all enjoyed this beer. Everyone gave it high marks.

What stood out the most was the hops aroma, and the tasty blend of malt and hops. It had a fruity aroma and an almost Columbus/Cascade hop taste to it, reminding us of our California beers. But it did have that certain New England style. It tasted fresh and very unique compared to the other beers in the field.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

08-12-2005 15:49:54 | More by ChappyCubsFan
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

06-29-2005 22:51:18 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

06-28-2005 12:03:31 | More by Gavage
Photo of jmstod


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours with a nice, thick staying head. The head leaves some lace as the beer is drank. The color is a nice golden orange with a bit of chill haze.

The aroma is great. I'm guessing centennial in the nose, a nice citrusy hop aroma. I don't sense any malt or yeast aroma characteristics.

The flavor is hop forward which is what you'd expect. As the bitterness starts to subside you can notice some faint malty sweetness. The bitterness is more harsh than smooth though not too over the top. Nice balance over all.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation levels.

I would and will drink another.

Serving type: bottle
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

05-20-2005 00:44:01 | More by jmstod
Photo of francisweizen


4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden tonic with a nice 1/4" head of white frothy foam on top. Big bubbled carbonation as well. Aromas are fruity and ringwood-tastic with tons of UK aromas abounding. The fruity yeast and fresh fruity hops blend well over the smooth, slightly bready malt base that this brew is balancing on. The taste is fruitier still with tons of lovely yeast complexities, and a nice hop bite on the dry-ish finish. Reminiscent of Blind Faith by Magic Hat, but a bit better, as this is just so incredibly fresh. I believe they just tapped this keg a few minutes ago, and it shows. One of my favorite Maine IPA's. Maybe even my favorite Maine beer. I definately drank enough of this one throughout my days in New England. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Sebago Brewing Company, 211 Fore St, Portland

04-14-2005 20:01:23 | More by francisweizen
Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.