Frye's Leap IPA | Sebago Brewing Company

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Frye's Leap IPAFrye's Leap IPA

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by JohnnyP on 09-02-2002

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 423
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am excited to review this beer, this was the brew that got me into IPAs, and made me realize I am a hop head. Haven't actually had one for a while so I wonder how it stands up to some of the great IPAs I have enjoyed in the last few years.

A - poured a brilliant clear golden with orange highlights. 1.5 finger thick white head. Great retention, took a while to subside but remained a nice fluffy cap that lasted to the end. Ample lacing making this look fresh and lively.

S - I could smell the hops as I opened the bottle, very aromatic... Piney, resinous and floral. Slight caramel malt character in the background.

T - the highlight of the taste is the very intense hop forward flavor, piney and floral. Mild malt taste and sweetness exists in the background along with a nice bite of hop bitterness. There is no freshness date I can find, but from the taste, this is certainly a fresh example and the taste is on par, if not better than some of the more hyped IPAs I have had recently.

M - medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation, fits the style well. Only negative is a slight watery character.

O - Overall, this remains one of my favorite IPAs. Amazing hop centric flavor, more in the style of a west coast IPA, definitely a departure from most Maine IPAs.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with lots of foam. Ever been to a malfunctioning car wash?

That foam wasn't for naught because this is one hell of a hoppy mother. Nice, refreshing balance of citrus and pine upfront.

Ditto on flavor. Very balanced as far as bitterness goes. You get a bread and butter feel from the malt as well.

Lingering bitterness shares equal billing with buttery malt. Loving it!

I really like Sebago's IPA offering. Very much satisfied with the variety pack I bought so far!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of hippityhop86
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

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Photo of Genuine
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in the Beer Garden in Plainfield, CT this past weekend.

A: Poured a nice dark amber in color, with a good 2-3 finger off white/tan head.

Smell - A burst of hops as I go in for this beers beautiful fragrance. Piney, with some citrus.

Taste - This one follows through on the nose, what wonderful flavors come off of this one. The bitterness is spot on, with wonderful, earthy hops, malts back things up quite well. Jaw tingling flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, goes very well for the style.

Overall - This has become a new favorite. I haven't purchased sebago just because of the labeling but I'm glad I got to try this offering of theirs. I'll be coming back for more.

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Photo of ggilman
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pouring this from a bottle bought at The Good Food Store in Bethel, into a Sebago tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of loose morang-like foam tops a hazy light-amber IPA. The head subsides after a minute, sticky lacing clings to the glass in minimal amounts.

S - Pungent, oily hop nose. Very nice

T - Very bitter up front, and lingers on the back of the tongue. Lots of bitterness present. Citrus hop flavor and toasted malt. Lots of oily leafy flavor. More hoppy and bitter than I remember, although I drink this beer often.

M - Sticky, syrupy, palette coating IPA. Medium carbonation, and lighter than it sounds.

D - Excessively drinkable. Bitterness aside, once you are broken in, you could stick with these all night.

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Photo of dickroop
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this is like a chain or something? Like if Granite City started to bottle their beers?

Smells like Cascade and Centennial hops--big grapefruit and generic citrus nodes against light, biscuity malt. Maybe a little hop heavy, but the hop profile seems really well done so we'll just see how it tastes..

Very good. Green hops, dripping with resin, backed up by just enough bready malt sweetness to keep things from getting too uneven. Aftertaste stands out, too: dry hop resin and sweet carmel malt.

This all comes together really well, partially because the body is so nice and lightly carbonated, partially because the hops take such great care of themselves, and partially because there are absolutely no off nodes.

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Photo of so_dank
4.34/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is outstanding! Very fresh tasting beer.

This poured a deep golden yellow with a slight haze and streaming but not excessive carb. Nice sheets of off white lacing all around and a firm cap of foam that hung in to near the bottom.

Aroma is sweet rich malt with honey notes along with floral and citrus hop in the background - not forward as in a left coast style - very nice!

Flavors is a good blend of firm but soft malt and mild citrusy hop. Bittering kicks in on the finish in a very British IPA way - solid and satisfying but not harsh biting.

Mouth feel is light for style but makes this very session able IPA. Closer to what called a Pale Ale these days ( this reminds me of Capt Lawrence Pale) but a near great beer in either category.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of MSR129
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on tap at a local pub and had to go pick up a six pack the next day.

A-Nothing spectacular to behold. Looks like a pretty run-of-the-mill pale ale. Thin head lingers but not too long

S-Floral notes. Smells sweet and crisp. Yes, it smells like beer, but it smells like good beer.

T-Pretty much just how it smells. The hops come through, but they're well balanced and the alcohol taste is minimal.

M- A touch too carbonated, but otherwise quite smooth.

O-A very respectable IPA, especially for the price.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of 4theluvofbrew
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.


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Photo of Bendurgin
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beverage into a tulip. Gives a nice golden honey color with about a fingers worth of pretty white head that becomes a nice cover of lacing. As I look downward onto this beer I smell piney hops and faint citrus undertones. The hops are pretty subtle. As soon as this hits the tongue it bursts with piney hops. Smooth malts follow with a bit of citrus on the finish. The level carbonation and smoothness gives a pleasant mouth feel and this medium bodied beer goes down nice and easy. Could easily enjoy a couple of these on the hot summer days that are sure to come.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of dciBA
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with "bottled on 12-15-10" stamped on the neck. I love when IPA's have easily identified bottle dates on them. I'm way more likely to buy an IPA that I can verify freshness, then one that I can't. This one pours an attractive orange-amber with no head, just a thin skimming of foam. A little lacing as it goes down.

Smell is fairly muted with a noticeable amount of citrusy hops. A little malt sweetness is present but not too much.

The hops in the smell are much more present in the taste. Plenty of hop flavor with just enough malt to balance it out. Hop flavor is dominated by grapefruit, not really any piny or herbal qualities. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness with each sip and my mouth is coated with hop resins. These are the exact qualities I want in an IPA. Finishes on the sweeter side with a malt flavor that brings everything together.

Like I said with the taste, hop resin coats your palate so mouthfeel is spot on as far I am concerned. A light body and pleasant flavor make this very drinkable. All around a very well executed IPA. I've had fresher versions of this beer that were more hoppy but this bottle is probably a better shot at the style with a nearly perfect balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of MMansfield
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this bottle warm a bit first. Pretty good brew. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream-colored head that lasts a while and lots of clingy lace. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a little funk. Flavor is the same with bitterness standing out and very little sweetness. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and has long duration. Could be a session if I were in the mood for this kind of beer.

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