In this blog, we are going to get into another brew that I got out of my Beer of the Mouth. The beer is called Sebago Brewery Frye’s Leap India Pale Ale. If you read my earlier blog on their stout then I will not have to go over the history of this brewery, let us get into the beer.
This beer is a dark yellow to a light copper as far as the color with a white head. The smell is very earthly with a little piney in it. The taste is sweet carbonation with a little grapefruit kick in it. The aftertaste is dry hoppy that will keep you drinking this beer. To me it kills the beer experience. It is too much for the aftertaste.
Here is a description from their website (www.sebagobrewing.com):
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!
Style: India Pale Ale
History: First Brewed in 1998
Orig. Gravity: 15 °P
Color: Light Copper 12 SRM
Pairing Suggestions: Spicy foods, vinaigrettes, & grilled vegetables
During the British rule of India in the late 1700’s breweries would send their beer to the troops. Unfortunately, the long, warm journey would ruin the delicate pale ales. To solve this problem, brewers created India Pale Ale, a stronger ale with high levels of hops and alcohol for preservation. We have followed the British tradition and created Frye’s Leap IPA with hops and malt grown in the United States.
Frye’s Leap IPA gets its name from the popular cliffs on Sebago Lake in Southern Maine. Locals and tourists alike pull up in their boats to watch daredevils scale and jump from cliffs.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, this beer name has an interesting local history. This is a tasty India Pale Ale. It is not one of my favorite but if I am on the east coast. I will be drinking this beer when I am there. It is a drinkable beer but that after taste which I know most beer drinkers like but it just killed it for me. I would hunt this beer down and please let me know what you think. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser