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 Dope
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light orange. Large fluffy white head. Fades slowly, leaving a nice patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple and caramel.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, resin and some bready malt. Finishes quite resinous with a hint of pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit drying on the back end.

O: Not a bad IPA. Bitterness is a bit high given the milder hop and malt flavors.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle today at Portland Pie. Pours a solid golden yellow color with a thinnish off white head that slowly dissipates. Smells of citrus hops mostly, its an old school aroma of bitter hops with a hint of caramel and bready backbone. The flavor follows the aroma quite well, citrus and a hint of pine flavor and bitterness with just enough malt to keep it form being astringent. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA, not great but much better than some of the other options at the Shipyard pie company.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB globe from 12oz bottle. Pours a deep brownish-orange, thick looking. Not much head, but looks promising.
Smells of malt, rye, and hops. Taste is of malty hops, a bit floral or flower garden kind of taste. Slightly herbal maybe..I cant put my finger on it. Anyway, to me its kinda floral/herby.
Its a bit over bitter for my palate. Nothing is really jumping out at me here. Kinda blah and slightly too bitter for me to have again. Way better choices out there...especially in Maine!

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Photo of MadScientist
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My coworker was kind enough to share bottle from this bottle from his beer of the month club.

This pours a medium gold with an off-white head with lots of staying power.

The nose is pretty nice with lots hops aroma, mostly of lemon and pineapple, some pine with a little herbaceous note. There is a light malt sweetness and a very faint alcohol note in there.

Lemon dominates the flavor much like in the nose, the pineapple also shows itself. This is a buch more balance bitterness against the malt sweetness, bother are at moderate levels. It seems as if more of the citrusy hops flavor with some bitterness linger into the finish.

This has a medium-light body with a moderately-light carbonation.

There is a lot citrus hops flavor and aroma going on in this beer. There is a touch too lemon and not enough bitterness for my taste but it's still a solid American IPA.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04/05/12

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color with a fingers worth of bubbly head that retains well

S: Very well balanced between hops and malts, citrusy hops stand out the most along with the malts

T: Follows the nose, with citrusy hops, some slight peppery spice, malts, and a hint of alcohol. Again, very well balanced, although the bitterness lasts for a while

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick

O: A good IPA for those who aren't looking to get blown away by hops but want a solid bitterness while still being balanced. Solid year-round offering in general

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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 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 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 BeerKangaroo
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden colored body, slight bubbly off-white head, left just a bit of lacing

S: herbal, orange, some pine and hops

T: mildly sweet, floral, orange coming back once it warms

M: light to medium, crisp, sessionable, no aftertaste, bitter finish

O: good for the style and good for me

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the opportunity johnnnie!

Pours a hazy orange color with a thick quarter inch head.

The main thing that stand out in the smell is the biscuit malt. I think I kind of like it. It smells more balanced than usual. Fresh orange peel and lemon zest from the hops.

Balance is the key here. The powdery biscuit malt is key. Theres a ton of it. It feels like they loaded it with biscuit flour. Citric hops are there in moderation. It really feels like an APA. I dont think its past it freshness date, but thats the only thing I can think of that would explain the utter lack of hops. But I mean, maybe its just different in its own way. Its still a really good beer, just not the upfront hops im used to from American IPAs. Bittering hops are definitely there.

The chewy malt leaves a clean finish that is actually really nice instead of having my mouth ripped apart.

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark gold in color. Forms a moderate sized, bubbly, off-white head. Leaves some minimal lacing.

S: Strong herbaceous aroma. Some pine and a little grapefruit. A little alcohol on the back end as well.

T: Mildly sweet and floral with a borderline soapiness. Some grapefruit. Persistent bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium in weight with medium carbonation, though the beer starts off with a good strong firm body, but finishes quickly and watery.

O: Decent. Drinkable. Soapy hops are certainly a flaw and can be somewhat distracting.

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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 steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper, moderate carbonation, white head that fades to a covering and leaves some lacing.

S - Mostly pale malts with a touch of hops, overall good but a bit subdued.

T - Lots of citrus hops, good balance of malt with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Ends with a good bit of bitterness. Good, but could be a little more complex, perhaps some different late addition hops.

M - There is some body here, would say it is moderate which is a little more than most American IPAs, but it is nice.

O - This is a good session IPA. It is not outstanding, but good and not over the top. Especially good while lakeside in Maine.

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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 Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber colour with a two-finger creamy white foam head, that recedes rather quickly to a thin blanket and ring. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Strong pine hops, grapefruit, a slight lemony sourness, and bready malts that are faintly in the background.

T: Pine tasting hops are present but share the palate with a sweet bready maltyness- something I wasn't expecting from the aroma but still pleasant. Grapefruit present, along with a lingering bitterness, but can't pick up a whole lot else. I feel as if something is missing in this.

M: About average thickness for the style and ABV, with about average carbonation as well.

D: A decent IPA at a good pricepoint. Looking forward to trying Sebagos other offerings. A little too balanced hop/malt-wise for my tastes, and detracts from the drinkability a bit, but still a decent IPA.

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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 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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Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium chalice

The beer pours a golden amber color with a dense head. The head forms a sticky lace on the glasses edge.

The nose is full of hops. The hops are citrus, with a slight pine earthiness. In the back is a malt backing and hints of melon. Very well balanced.

The taste is great, full of hops. The mouth starts with a slight carbonation and mellows out. The initial taste is a balance of malt and hops. The sweetness quickly gives way to a piny hops. The taste of the hops takes over and reveals a earthy bitterness.

This is a great overall IPA and my go to for local beer.

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Photo of mnrider
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle

A: Pours a cloudy amber color which kind of looks like dirty water. Forms a foamy white head. Pretty good retention and lacing also.

S: Funky for sure. Sweet and a little hopy.

T/M: Hops are strong and bitter. More hop heavy than anything else. Aftertaste is very bitter with an interesting taste going on in the background which I can't figure out.

D: Good, even though the bitterness is a little intense at times. After awhile I got used to it and started to really enjoy this brew.


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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 Casey10
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this beer both on tap and in the bottle this review is for the bottled verison.

Bottled on 12/28/2010 so this was quite freshly bottled. I have on many occasion I have passed this up for other IPAs as that is my favorite style. I then retried this about 5 months ago and really got to liking this (also if you have a chance to try it on tap do it)

A - Nice 1 and 1/2 finger head orange color with plenty of carbination.

S - slight pine and and some faint citrus.

T - Some malt and definate hops give that nice ipa taste to the beer more leaning to the american style then a lot of other Maine breweries "english style"

M - Good leaves a lasting feel behind after drinking.

D - I really this not only for the difference in style from other Maine IPAs but the price and availability make it a nice one to have.

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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 smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white head off the pour of three fingers, with a golden slightly cloudy body. Several carbonated bubbles that are of uniform size and spacing. Good retention on the head as well.

Smell is of a solid grapefruit, giving way to a sweet orange with some hop. No chew or bread like smells however.

Upon tasting you get big grapefruit and a faint malt chew finish with a nice pleasant hop bitterness. No carbonation and good afterfinish aromatics of orange juice. This feels very soft in the palate and on the mouth with good IPA characteristics but missing that bready chew and biscuit tendencies you can find in others. It is still very good.

Drinkability is VERY solid... would have again easily.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours amber with a lighter head that leaves small amounts of lacing.

S-I get a big whiff of spiciness nutmeg/cinnamon which is a very different take on the style. You get the standard hoppy aromas as well with a well balanced malt flavor as well.

T-Decently hopped with some nice flavor. Quite an easy drinker. I am a fan of the autumn-spice flavors found in this beer, it adds a new dimension.

M-On the lighter side. Good carbonation.

D-Easy to imbibe. %6.2 is undetectable.

Nothing spectacular but if I was from Maine this would probably be in my fridge a good amount.

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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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Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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