Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sebago Brewing Company - Frye's Leap India Pale Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

Frye's Leap pours a slick pale amber with a mild brown tint. While mostly clear, the beer has a slight murkiness. The creamy light tan initially fades quickly, but keeps a fine layer of foam for most of the life of the beer. Clean hops define the nose with slight vanilla hints. There's a slight perfume that mixes earthy tones with a floral bouquet.

The hops are very fruity and work well with a huge malt caramel sweetness. The texture is smooth and creamy with a slight carbonated crispness. Without the extra tinge of carbonation, the beer might have seemed a bit watery. The beer has an almost spicy character to it. It's not quite a cinnamon, but the same slightly powdery texture is apparent in the beer. The finish is big with leafy vegetation, graininess, and a mild mineral water flavor.

Final Verdict: A-

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