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: 425
Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, golden amber--more golden than many IPAs--with good head retention. An attractive glass.

S: Overall, smell is quite faint, slightly muddled and initially buttery, though this dissipates upon warming. Still, the malts dominate with little hint of hops. Not a bad smell, but it's not very clean either; this is definitely the beer's weakest aspect.

T: Moderately hoppy, piney, but almost no citrus notes. The faintest hint of buttery malts makes be suspect ringwood, but it doesn't adversely affect the taste. The hops are definitely stronger than the malts here, but they're balanced more by the malt sweetness than many other IPAs. The taste is clean without being crisp; overall a very enjoyable IPA and something of a departure from many others.

M: Full, but not much carbonation, almost chewy, but not very clean.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA; it's hoppy, but not overly so or super dry. Unlike many IPAs, I would enjoy drinking two of these in a row without a glass of water or a less hoppy beer in between.

This is a solid beer that I return to regularly, and is one of my favorite Maine offerings available out-of-state.

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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 321jeff
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/28/10, reviewed a month later. Much thanks to brees6221 for this one.

Pours a pleasant golden amber color with a good finger's worth of head that dissipated to a thin film but never did disappear.

Aroma is overall pretty light and dominated by piney hops but I can detect some faint citrus in the background.

Taste is dominated by the piney hop bitterness with some light malts in the background. Finishes a little on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is medium which is a little thicker than I expected making this one surprisingly drinkable despite it's heavy bitterness.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy amber color with an off white head.
Smells of citrus with a touch of sweetness.
Very citrus taste with a strong prescence of hops.
Mouth was medium.
Very drinkable American IPA. Good mix of malts and hops. So far, the only Sebago brew I would try again.

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

Smooth pour from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pleasant apricot/orange opaque glow. Fine, modest head of about 1-2cm which quickly dissapates. Modestly bittered first bite with a modest alcohol/barley linger on tongue. One or two of these on a hot day by the pond is ok by me.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A-Veiled orange amber with a nice rocky, cratery white head that laces beautifully.

S-Tangerine grapefruit citrus hops offset the sweet sugary caramel backbone.

T-Nose carries over to the palate with some lip smacking puckery hops well balanced by the sweet malts. By Maine standards, this is a very hoppy beer, by west coast standards, not so much.

M-well balanced carbonation and mouthfeel

D-Very drinkable. I spend my summers in Maine and enjoy the local beer but often tire from the ringwood yeast and the english styles. When it is hot, I need a nice pungent IPA to even things out. This, by far, was the best local IPA I have tried to date, and it is even better on tap, as would be expected. Shaw's Wharf in New Harbor put this on tap for the first time this year and the bartender said it was much more popular than the favored local brews of Shipyard export and Pemaquid Ale. Maybe it is time that hops invaded the northeast....

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Photo of thespaceman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Smokin' With Chris in Southington CT

Appearance: Beautiful lighter amber in color, nice size rocky head sits atop this nicely colored beer. Great retention here with sticky lacing that streamlines down the glass.

Smell: I get a ton of citrus fruit, orange, peach and some mango. The hops are pleasant to the nose, giving off some fruity aromas and a touch of malt spice.

Taste: This is an IPA that means hoppy business. Malt is small and barely detectable, alot of citrus and hop oil flavors here, I get some grapefruit, orange and some peach with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Maltiness can't stand up to the hop profile which isn't a horrible thing but a good malt base wouldn't hurt.

Mouthfeel: Soft and bitter, this one sits nice on the tongue without getting wet, carbonation is a bit small for a IPA but the firmness of the overall beer sets the tone paired with the bitterness to make the mouthfeel just right.

Drinkabilty: A go to IPA if you want your hop fix and don't want to sacrafice flavor. The awesome aromas and citrus flavors make this a keeper in my fridge. I'm liking what Sebago is doing and I'll be looking forward to more beers from these guys in the future.

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Photo of GJ40
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

They were out of my first choice so I pretty much just pulled this one out of the IPA list. It has a golden color with some haze and a small head. The aroma and flavor is citrusy hops with a moderate level of grapefruit. There's enough toasted malt to support the hops but not so much as to take away from them. It's got a definite west coast influence though the flavors are a bit on the tame side. The consistency and carbonation were moderate. It leaves some nice lacing on the glass as it empties.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It's a nice, sessionable IPA with just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, orange-tinted, golden amber color with a fluffy, two-finger head of billowy white foam which settled rather quickly and left some decent, but weak, sheets of lace. Suspended particles seen floating amongst the sparse carbonation through muddled clarity.

S: Smells of lightly buttered crackers and a bouquet of floral and cirtus hops. Slight mustiness and fruity aromas linger as well.

T: Flavor is sweet, lightly toasted cereal malt at first, followed by a steady, fruity ale and biscuit taste. The malts seem a bit watery, though. Then the hops arrive. Pretty nice, assertive, bitter cirtusy hops which thicken the taste with an oily resin and lingers for a bit in the syrupy aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied between those suspended particulates and slick, oily hop resins.

D: Not a bad American IPA, but sort of a one-trick pony. Makes a good attempt at the "big, East-coast IPA" flavor, but the malts fall down sort of flat to make it truly enjoyable enough to repeat a 6-pack purchase. Probably good enough to wash down a dish at their brewpub, but not enough to keep around the house.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange color thin non aromatic head with lots of carbonation.

smells of faint hops and sweet candy

medium balanced taste with a sweet front, hops kick in just a little bitterness at the end while the middle has a nice even ratio of hops and malt.

not much "I" in the p.a so it is very drinkable.

this could be a regular for me.. pretty...., pretty...., pretty good

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color, faint hop aroma. Taste is medium bodied, great smooth mouthfeel. Hops are definitely prominent in this one, maybe too much.. I felt this one was a bit out of balance, could have used a bigger malt backbone. A pretty solid IPA though from a new brewery in my area, I recommend trying out their sampler 12 pack, I'd put this one a notch below their brown ale. Above average IPA for the true hop head.

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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 DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold/orange colour with a short, bright white cap of fine bubbles. Lots of sticky lace, decent head retention. Citrusy hop aroma, more tangerine than grapefruit, oranges, light notes of sweet malt. Sturdy, citrusy bitterness that lingered in the finish. Sweetness was a combination of fruity and grainy malt with light caramel character. Lots of orange and tangerine up front. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture with a bit of dryness. Solid all around. Easily the best offering from Sebago that I've had so far. I'm glad I have a few more of these in the fridge.

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Photo of Jayli
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Scarborough location 4/27

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger of rocky white head. Head recedes at a moderate rate leaving sheets of lacing behind.

S: Nose is all about the floral hops. It's really quite one dimensional.

T: Taste starts with a major floral hop burst and then quite of piney hops. Pale malts even out the middle before some citrusy, grapefruit notes finish this brew out.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy, slicky body.

D: Goes down easily, tastes pretty good, this is a beer that I could have a few pints of.

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

A: Pours a pretty clear off-amber gold, with white head, but nice lacing. Looks can be deceiving.

S: Kind of adjunct at first whiff, but soon you get the pine notes, and a little booze.

T: Much more hoppy than it looks and smells, and very refreshing. Has a touch of booze in it that makes for a solid offering. Fresh and hoppy, can't complain.

M: Nice carbonation to make for a fairly rich IPA.

D: Very easy to drink, because it's so tasty. Pick up a sixer and support these guys.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to for TheManiacalOne the chance to try this brew! 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Body is a very cloudy translucent burnt orange hue. Pours with a sticky, foamy 1-2 finger off white head. Head has perfect retention at 1/2 finger and tons of lacing is left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is very mild and somewhat dull. Its hard for me to discern anything but herbal and earthy hops.

T- Earthy hops are the highlight of the flavor upfront with a mild pale malt backbone. The finish is slightly herbal and a hint of pine resin sneaks in as well before a mild, but long-lasting hop bitterness kick in.

M-Medium tingly carbonation and a medium weight body that is rich, smooth, slightly oily, and creamy.

D-I'm sure this has faded somewhat from what it was fresh...this brew is one of the best looking IPAs I have seen in awhile and the mouthfeel is excellent. Flavor is above average-but nothing exceptional. Its certainly smooth and very drinkable but only somewhat enjoyable. Great to try a NE local IPA

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Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or bottling/expiration date listed. The pour is pale-yellow to copper with a lot of hoppy cloudiness. Little to no head. Whoa! Floral hops abound to the point that you think you are standing inside a florist shop. I couldn't help wanting to swat away the honey bees that might have come to look for their nectar. Medium texture mouthfeel. It has a very tart, citrus taste to it and it is very lip puckering pungent. Hop lovers may go for this but I thought it was overkill.

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

Reviewed from my tasting notes. Served at the Old Port Sebago location in a logo glass. The beer has a translucent, tarnished orange color. There is a thin head made of white soap bubbles. I can see lots of carbonation rising within. It's aroma is earthy and has scents of grassy hops. It is not an overpowering smell. The beer tastes like a mouthful of hops. There is sweetness, citrus and lots of bitterness. The bitter flavor stay on long after I've swallowed. It's body is lighter and feels slightly watery. It does have a good mouthcoating--a fine layer of sweet and bitter flavors/feelings. The carbonation compliments the bitter flavors. I find this to be a pretty drinkable beer, especially for a bitter IPA. The bitterness may prove to be too strong after a while, but this single pint drinks very well. A solid, reliable, local IPA that is worth revisiting.

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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 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 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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Photo of willabys
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this mighty nice brew while touring the NorthEast. Being a hop head I jumped at the India Pale Ale identification. Observing the color I find this a rich golden color with a bit of cloudiness. This head poured med thick and lasted well with some lacing.
The smell is certainly hoppy and sweet. The taste has an nice sweetness from the malt, nice presence there. Projects some nice hope notes, not such that it makes me scream Pine and Citrus, b ut ever present and a nice harmony with the sweet aspects. Nice low-key bubblienss.
Over all this is a very nice, very drinkable IPA and I would buy it again and drink it happily.

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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 jnezda
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try a beer from Maine on my way up and this was available in the dining car. Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup thi beer poured a dark amber for an IPA. It had a half inch head that had good staying power and left a decent lacing. The beer had good flavor with a sharp hoppiness and a full body. Smell had some nuttiness and slight yeast providing a good precusor to the pugnacy of the beer. Pleasing with a good full mouthfeel. For IPA drinkers I would recommend this beer for its tart appeal. Would pair well with foods with some tart like a sour fruit salad or a pugnant meat dish.

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Frye's Leap IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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