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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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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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 Georgiabeer


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

08-08-2008 23:13:23 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of jwc215


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

08-07-2008 15:54:05 | More by jwc215
Photo of corey0212


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

07-10-2008 21:04:11 | More by corey0212
Photo of msolar


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

06-20-2008 00:08:50 | More by msolar
Photo of Reagan1984


2.9/5  rDev -21%

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!!

06-12-2008 02:22:32 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of hopheadsal


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

06-04-2008 23:33:04 | More by hopheadsal
Photo of mltobin


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

05-15-2008 00:06:42 | More by mltobin
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

01-31-2008 20:18:07 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

01-26-2008 04:26:04 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

12-31-2007 19:47:39 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of hippityhop86


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%

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!

10-27-2007 12:50:07 | More by hippityhop86
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

10-10-2007 23:22:08 | More by oberon
Photo of Tomas77


4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

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


4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

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

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


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-23-2006 20:40:54 | More by LarryV
Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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