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: 422
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
1.88/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of sloambbr
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Didn't have a glass so I drank it straight out of the bottle.

S: Smells like hops, piney hops. Nothing else really. Probably cascade.

T: Tasted exactly like it smelled. Not a weak IPA by any means, but really not much going on here besides the hop taste.

M: Exactly what you expect from an IPA. Medium body, mid level carbonation.

Really wish this beer had more to offer, there is no originality here whatsoever.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of robhunta
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - poor clarity, not sure if this is an unfiltered ale, but there are tons of little white specs in my beer and the beer itself is quite hazy. Head poors thick and has good retention though

S - Nice hoppy aroma

T - strong hop flavor, but I find it unbalanced, I like a good hoppy beer, but the best in my opinion have a good malt balance

M - The only aspect of this beer that I truly consider high quality is the mouthfeel; it is smooth and dry, very good.

D - the mouthfeel makes it somewhat drinkable, but the lack of balance kills it for me.

Overall, I would like to see a better balance between the hops and malt. I like that they seem to have used a lot of hops, but would like it to be more balanced... use more malt, then again, I'm no professional brewer

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!!

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Photo of divineaudio
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

received in trade from valdieu2. bottled 2/29/12, review from notes.

a - pours a hazy, golden shade with a thin cap of off white head. retention is good and leaves thick chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - faint citrus, toasty malt, faint grass, faint cooked vegetable.

t - bready malt character with faint grapefruit notes. has an herbal or earthy bitterness that totally dominates the palate.

m - medium body, medium co2 profile, adequate carbonation. slightly oily.

o - just average as far as ipas go. the cooked vegetable smell gets really prominent as the beer warms, making it harder to drink. maybe its past its prime or just not a good beer. will pass in the future.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a golden amber, slightly lighter than the Hu Ke Brau octoberfest. A thin mist of head tops the beer, with a few streamers of carbonation rapidly making their way to the top.
The aroma is dominated by a resiny pinelike hoppiness. Mild toasty malt comes through, with a bit of fruity apple/pear aroma. Some grapefruity aroma, with a touch of lime. Excellent clean aroma
The flavor starts out with some toasted and pale malt, with some mild apple esteriness coming through into the middle. Big citric hoppiness breaks through in the middle, finishing the beer with a huge bitter citric/pine hoppiness. A touch soapy in the end. Medium bodied, with moderate, gruff carbonation. Rough hewn bitterness, with a bit of an earthy bite. A bit of orange peel in the aftertaste, with a lingering piney hop taste.
A pretty good IPA. A little thin, in my opinion, as far as malt is concerned. I wouldn't mind a bit more body, with a little something to balance out the hops. Tasty and robust, but a little unbalanced.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you Reagan1984 for this extra!

Appearance: Hazy yellowish copper with tight, rocky, eggshell-colored head. So far (2-3 minutes after pour), head has dropped from two fingers to about one and left thick cobweb-like lacing in its wake. A good smattering of bubbles can be seen rising through the haze. Midway through, the lacing is tremendous; a cloudy time-line of session thus far.

Smell: Lots of bready yeast and toasted malts with a mild citric-hop character.

Taste: Much hoppier than foreshadowed by the smell, but overall flavor isn't much to speak of. Big bread / grain flavor (sourdough) with a touch of citrus and a bitter, somewhat grassy, aftertaste. Flavors seem very disjointed. Meh :-/

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy for an IPA with medium carbonation and body.

Drinkability: A decent IPA, but not anything I would (or could) buy again. This was an extra in a trade. My biggest beef with this one was the aftertaste. The flavors didn't seem to meld well and the aftertaste was bitter hops and that's it. No pine. No citrus. No nothing. Too bad, because this beer looked AWESOME! Guess it was all show...

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Photo of bruachan
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice looking head: not billowy but sensible. hazy light amber

biscuity malt aroma. good fresh hops scent, too. a good level of diacetyl

robust bitterness with good citrus and pine flavors from the hops. some toasty sweetness (this could prob be an ESB hops aside). this is a tasty IPA but it's so difficult for an example of the style to differentiate itself i end up giving 3s and 3.5s to good beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a golden-copper coloring that is vibrant, bright, and crystal clear. The beer has no head to top, giving a clear path to the aromas of green, fresh hops. Signs of increased carbonation in the glass throughout while you drink. The beer's flavors are hoppy first and foremost, with a good caramel malt background to balance everything. The high carbonation and watery body give the beer an almost astringent feel to it, with metallic characteristics. The aftertaste is minimal, with slight hops and citrus highlights, and the watery body leads to a quick, non-descript finish. Limps around at the end. Not an IPA I would go looking for again.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.34/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden color, slightly hazy. The head is really strange on this beer. It holds up all right. But it seems soda-like with huge bubbles. Certainly not a creamy head, kind of unappealing.

It has the bitterness and flavor of hops of a good American IPA. Powerful citrousy notes. But the malt is really watery and unsatisfying. Nothing special, but nice to have the option at a bar rather than the usually mega-schwill beers.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of msolar
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mshallah
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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).

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