Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sebago Frye's Leap IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Gorham, ME
Price: $9/6-pack (beer club)
ABV: 6.2%
NSP: 14.67 (unscaled)

Another beer club offering from the folks at Sebago. Per the website, this one's named for a popular cliffjumping spot near the brewery. I wondered why the label showed some dude falling off a huge rock. I should've guessed by the swim trunks he's wearing that he did it intentionally.

Anyway, when I opened this I was heartened by a pretty powerful waft of hops that shoved its way out of the bottle. It's not quite as strong once it's in the glass. Actually, it's almost completely gone, replaced mostly by a musty malt smell. Uh oh, do I have another malt-bomb IPA on my hands? Indeed I do.

This actually tastes like a scaled-down version of the Lompoc C-Note IPA that ended the BeerPlow. It's really malty but very dry, again almost to the point of saltiness. The hop flavors aren't super complex, but they're not one-note bitterness either; there's a little bit of citrus flailing around in there, but the malt's too strong to let it be much more than an afterthought. I'm impressed that the hops hang around as long as they do against the malt- they actually prevail, as they should in an IPA. I don't know that I'd buy this, but at least it doesn't suck completely.

1 comment:

  1. Neener neener Chris. Welcome to the world of east coast IPA. As you've discovered, the old school move is all about a subtle lick of hops as opposed to the hop focus we've cultivated into a regional flavor in San Diego. The closest to a west coasty flavor I've found so far is the Smuttynose Star Island Session Ale and the Yards Pale ale (labelled a 'non-traditional' pale ale).