Frye's Leap IPA
Sebago Brewing Company

Frye's Leap IPAFrye's Leap IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,471
ABV:
6%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,573
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
460
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Sebago Brewing Company
 
United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
Frye's Leap IPAFrye's Leap IPA
Notes: 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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Gajo74 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can it pours a clear brassy golden color. A thumbnail length foam head retains well. It yields lacing and frothy patches of film.

The nose is fruity and citrusy with bright notes of orange and grapefruit. Herbal aromas of pine along with a perceived bitterness.

West coast style bitterness all throughout with sweet and mouth coating of sturdy and biscuity malt. Piney and resiny spices along with pithy flavors of grapefruit rind and orange juice. Medium body with a moderate to lively carbonation. The mouthfeel is prickly with hops flavors. The finish is dry and citrusy with a resinous bitterness.

This was a nice West Coast IPA I would definitely revisit. It deserves better ratings in my opinion.

Oct 02, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled very malty and earthy. Some pine in the nose. Very malty taste with pine and caramel. Not enough bitter or sweet to balance the malt.

Jul 06, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a can while returning to Camden, ME from a water tour aboard the Lively Lady of Isleboro and the surrounding ocean on the afternoon of 9-1-19.

Beer was drank out of the can directly so no option to see it.

Nose was of light floral and lightly fruited hops.

Taste was slightly off with a smaller malt base, floral and slightly grapefruit and pine. Finish was a tad off being sweet yet having a bitterness that did not fit; 6/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and not overly smooth nor refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but nothing to seek out in this day and age of the modern ipa.

Taste was a little off

Sep 02, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

medium orange gold color. Slightly hazy. Weak aroma. Taste is clean but light citrus hops over a pale malt. There is a nice mild sweetness behind it that works well. Feel is a little smooth and lightly bitter.

I was expecting sub quality but was pleasantly surprised. Theres a little off flavor in the finish but overall not bad at all.

Feb 21, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was clear and golden in color. The head was moderately sized, slightly bubbly, and off-white. It left just a bit of lacing. The smell had some herbs to it, but mainly orange and just a bit of pine as well. The taste was mildly sweet and floral, the orange comes back ever so slightly. The palate was medium also with a medium carbonation with a decently strong body. Overall, it is a very drinkable beer that I would come back to.

Jun 11, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pine, citrus, caramel, bitter. This IPA is right up my alley; hit's all the notes I look for in an IPA. Had a couple of cold glasses on tap whilst in ME. Golden/clear amber-ish body with a moderate, tightly packed head. Aroma is pine, fresh cut grass, orange peel, grapefruit pith and toasted bread. Sets my mouth to watering. Taste of orange peel, pine, grapefruit, resin with a slightly sweet caramel-malt backboard. Drinks crisp and ends with a sharp pop with a slight lingering bitterness. Awesome balance of citrus and pine; would stock the fridge with this as my go-to brew.

May 01, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the older can, it pours a slightly hazy amber with a modest head. Lacing as you enjoy it. Some pine and citrus in the nose. Balanced flavor of the east coast ipa style. Drinkable!

Feb 19, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass mug. Canned on 080916 on bottom of can.

A: Clear amber with not quite 1-finger of off-white head with short retention but decent sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Pretty light aroma with some pine and grapefruit blended with light caramel malt notes.

T: Flavor is a nice east coast IPA with a fair amount of caramel presence which is not sweet but nicely balanced with medium bitterness from pine resin, grapefruit, lemon, and tea-like hop character. No alcohol or yeast notes.

M: Light-to-medium body with moderate carbonation with good mix of sticky hop oil with light caramel body.

O: Great example of an east coast IPA which stays relatively light and drinkable despite the stronger caramel presence. Avoid cloying although I think it drinks a bit more like an imperial APA.

Aug 16, 2016
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so_dank from Maine

4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber color, mild haze.

S- Citrus, lemongrass, subtle grapefruit.

T- Citrus, pine, resinous, balanced with light bitterness.

M- Medium/light

O- Really enjoyed this beer, on the lighter side for an IPA and very easy to drink.

Aug 07, 2016
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Billolick from New York

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

canned on 4-27-16 (bottom of da can)

Pours hazed, medium almond, typical lite khaki cap, leaving a fine film and low sheeting.

Light n hoppy nose.

Grainy/resiny hops carry the weight here. Decent but not particulary interesting IPA...

Jun 25, 2016
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Hoppy_Time from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A beautiful light amber with a foamy head and moderate lacing.
Smell: Full citrusy scent over light maltiness.
Taste: Juicy, citrusy hops balanced with sweet malt background, not overly bitter.
Feel: Good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.
Overall: Perhaps on the lighter side of IPA, but beautifully juicy and drinkable.

Jan 26, 2016
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EthanthePratt from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Nice thick lingering head, very frothy. Yellowish amber color. Fresh, wintery, almost minty smell. Cool, herbal flavor to match. Strong resiny hop flavor but only mild bitterness. No maltiness to speak of but still well-balanced. Lingering hop flavor on tongue. Very drinkable with no boozy flavor. Refreshing but not warming or fortifying, so certainly a spring or summer beer. Relatively thin feel in the mouth. Somewhat more interesting than the average IPA without any flavor gimmicks or excessive hops. Middling 6.0 ABV and tastes like it, a pretty good level for a (short) session IPA.

Nov 12, 2015
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cfalls from New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tulip.

L - somewhat hazy orange, head fades fast

S - floral, apricot, buttery malts

T - mild hoppy apricot, into butter, some sweetness, bitter finish

F - nice light body, medium carbonation

O - actually pretty good if you feel like an IPA with slightly lower bitterness and ABV

Oct 10, 2015
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chefdave37 from Massachusetts

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

Poured from a can to a pint glass. Has a mirky deep golden color. Has a hop smell but not oover powering. It has a nice balance of hops where not over powering and getting some citrus notes with some sweetness. Nice medium body to it. Very drinkable.

Aug 01, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; nice lacing;

S: floral; soapy;

T: floral up front; mixes with earthiness at mid-palate; moderate bitterness at the finish with a light floral character;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy to drink; nothing special;

Jan 08, 2015
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theIPAman from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden draft pour with a thin but lingering head and excellent lacing. Fresh hoppy scent. Citrus and some lemon, a bit of spice, and pine. A bit of bitterness. Overall a nice well balanced IPA.

Jan 03, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libby craft glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color with a huge white head. Fairly heavy carbonation. Tons and tons of lacing.

Aroma: This beer has a lot of lemony, citrusy aromas going on. Also some lemongrass and biscuit.

Taste: Flavor profile follows the nose pretty closely. It's a hoppy, lemony beer with a somewhat malty finish. There's some orange, apricot and grapefruit, too.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light. Not in unappealing way, just not a big, thick beer

Overall: Solid IPA. Could see myself having this again. Good IPA to have with spicy food or something with an aggressive flavor or tons of heat; the citrusy, light quality of this beer would pair well.

Nov 30, 2014
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Murkey golden body with thin bubbly head. Not a lot of retention but nice lacing.

S - Huge punch of bite rye with some bitter hop

T - Floral hops and rye start out strong, spicy, and bitter. But flavors fall off quickly resulting in a weak bicuity aftertaste.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat chewy at the start but thinning out quickly.

O - This was ok but the flavors and body fall flat through out the swig for me.

Nov 11, 2014
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Sebago brewhouse in Portland ME.

A: deep, clear golden yellow with minimal lacing and 1 mm ring of head. No legs.

S: some lemongrass, citrus zest and light malt all blending well.

T: tropical citrus and lemongrass, with caramel lightly playing about.

M: light-medium, not filling at all. slightly creamy finish with slick finish, minor bitterness playing about.

O: If you can try it....well...try it. Pretty solid offering for a local chain brewery.

Jul 09, 2014
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. darker golden color, clear with 1 finger head. Head disappears quickly. Some lacing on glass.

s. Hops, spice (pepper?), Citrus, tropical (passion fruit).

t. Watery - some hops on the back, but light. Some spice but I cannot pick it out.

m. Carbonation seemed light.

o. Debated between 3.25 and 3.5. Refreshing enough for a hot summery day, but flavor is not the best. Will not be purchasing again.

Jun 07, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Apr 17, 2014
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Amgarnier from Maine

3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick foamy two finger head That sticks to the glass and is persistent. Grapefruit aroma with some oranges and a hint of pine, very clean. Hop forward citrus taste, some lemons, and pines, background of cracker malts. Medium carbonation as well as mouthfeel. Great ipa ill definitely drink it again.

Jan 14, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Sensory Pils glass

A - Clear gold with 1.5 finger white fizzy head, really small lacing.
S - Decent aroma, some light tropical notes, lemongrass, a touch of spice.
T - Very strong grassy flavor, you dont get any of the tropical notes from the aroma in the taste. Mild biscuit malt, and a medium bitterness.
M - Extremely dry.
O - I have notes on this from having it on tap at the brewery, but I find this version better. I'll have to compare later.

Reviewing my notes from when I had this at the brewery, the only differences I noted were the aroma, some floral notes and dank pine, and the feel was watery.

Nov 23, 2013
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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.

Sep 03, 2013
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VTMatt from Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a light head, 1 finger. Slightly hazy, golden color.

S - Aroma is somewhat hoppy and floral, with strong resin and pine notes. Pleasant, though not a standard IPA aroma.

T - Similar to the smell, the resin/pine notes are the primary tastes. Not as hoppy or bitter as might be expected from an IPA, but that's not necessarily a bad thing;

M - Smooth, round medium body, slightly syrupy.

O - Overall an interesting beer. Some nice attributes (mouthfeel and appearance primarily). It's less hoppy and bitter than a typical IPA. The aroma is strong and resiny, but has a tendency to overwhelm the taste, resulting in a more muted hoppyness than I'd expect from an IPA. I'll definitely drink this beer again, but if I'm in the mood for a hoppy, bold IPA, I'll look elsewhere.

Aug 01, 2013
Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 460 ratings