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Harlem Sugar Hill Ale - Harlem Brewing Company

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Harlem Sugar Hill AleHarlem Sugar Hill Ale

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harlem Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.09% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

KevieJames, Sep 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

smithj4, Sep 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Artjsantos, Sep 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

stonewild, Aug 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

spw109, Jul 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

jameyp, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
2.54/5  rDev -22.6%

First had: bottle at Iridium Jazz Club, NYC, NY

I cringed at the $8 price tag on this as my buddy got it, and sadly it was the best beer Iridium had to offer. I sampled it, but ultimately decided if I needed to reach a $15 minimum, I might as well get a martini.

But anyway, this was a slightly hazy, light amber beer, with a fizzy white head that receded to nearly nothing; bubbly carbonation and no real lacing noted. Aroma of toasted grains and corn sugar. More of the same in the taste, pale malty sweetness, toasted grains, light grassiness, slightly metallic edge in the finish. Light body, and not too pleasant overall. Shame on Iridium for gouging these suckers. A crappy club that I hope never to return to, though it was worth it to see Paul Gilbert play "Man on the Silver Mountain" with the Les Paul Trio.

Rifugium, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

rhhjr, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Noelito76, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Eeroomnhoj, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%

A: The beer is clear deep golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a small head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and cracker malts in the nose along with some faint hints of berbal hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste some flavors of sweet malts along with hints of herbal hops, the latter of which contributes a light amount of bitterness that persists into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and flavorful compared to some of the other beers in the style.

metter98, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev 0%

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a golden-amber color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet corn, wheat, grains, bready malts, and light floral hops. Not great, and not much going on here. Pretty average nose.

t - Tastes of lightly sweet honey and light fruits, corn, wheat, bready malts, grains, floral hops, and earthy malts. Nice sweetness from the honey and fruit, much better than the nose.

m - Light body and low carbonation. A bit undercarbonated and has a watery feel to it.

o - Overall a decent beer, though nothing amazing. Easy to drink and some nice honey in the taste, though the nose is uneventful. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

mdfb79, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22%

demogorgon, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22%

shockrocker65, Jul 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

bonbini26, May 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

DonFrap, Apr 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

M27, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Appearance - Pours a dark amber/golden color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is very nice.

Smell - Sweet with bread, grains, honey, and floral hops.

Taste - Light hint of honey with a few spices I can't point out. It's very sweet with pale and toasted malts, citrus, floral hops, and bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body with mild carbonation.

Overall - The taste of this beer is a lot different than any other blonde ale I've tried.. It's not exactly a good thing, but not bad either.

jsisko01, Mar 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev 0%

Grabbed a bottle at Euro Market. It poured a clear amber with a little yeast on the bottom of the bottle. By color and taste I'd say this is an amber ale, though it is light in character. The beer comes off like a lighter version of Dundee's Honey Brown, there's just a simple, mild caramel barley character that dries out in the finish. There's nothing exceptional here, but it is a clean, drinkable ale.

tempest, Oct 23, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +15.2%

This brew from Harlem Brewery was a good buy. The golden color was dark golden color just had me wondering at first if this was a hybrid beer between an amber and an adjunct lager.

The aroma of this brew was malty with just a hint of hoppiness. Tasting this beer I found it quite smooth and refreshing not too heavy on the pallet.

Overall I would recommend this beer for parties and having a few while watching the game.

mummbearsfan, Sep 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

I had to pick up some bottles recently and in getting a discount on a mixed-six, I decided to give this one a whirl.

From the bottle: "Legend has it that during the Harlem Renaissance, a special beer was being brewed Uptown in Harlem that was the rave! It was the brew of choice for musicians, artists and locals alike. Named for that swinging neighborhood made famous by this period, Sugar Hill Golden Ale sings with flavor!"; "Taste the Music".

My pour netted a finger of bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite biscuity, very reminiscent of Fat Tire, actually. Mouthfeel was medium with a big biscuit malt presence on the tongue. Finish gave way to a grassy hops taste that was nice. It was pretty standard for the style. A nice break from the IPAs of the last two days, but nothing truly remarkable.

woodychandler, Aug 28, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, biscuts. Taste is refreshing, malty, some hops are present as well as a biscut flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer on a hot summer night.

tone77, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of hopsgirl35
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

When I poured it into my beer glass the apperence
was deep golden with a small amount of lace on
the side of the glass and a small head on top.

The aroma is a fruity hopness with a breaded malt
smell that over powers the hops.

The taste is a medium bitterness with a spicy
dryness. More of a malt finish.

The mouthfeel is more creamy with a hint of zest
going down.

Overall I like how it's not over powering in the
taste buds. A beer I break to when I'm not in an
IPA mood. One of the best american blond ales I've had this summer!

hopsgirl35, Jul 23, 2011
Harlem Sugar Hill Ale from Harlem Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.