Harlem Sugar Hill Ale | Harlem Brewing Company

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Harlem Sugar Hill AleHarlem Sugar Hill Ale

Brewed by:
Harlem Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.09%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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Photo of AlaskanYoung
1.5/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Says review is optional. It is not.

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Photo of CHickman
1.6/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours cloudy orange amber with a 1 finger tan head that faded quickly; pretty weak lacing that slid down fast.

Smells of honey, sweet malt, light caramel, coriander, light brown sugar, cotton candy, yeast and almost like mead or a bready smell - kind of strange smell like a sweet piece of old wheat bread; not the light blonde ale odor I was expecting, in fact it was the opposite.

Tastes like it smells, which is not a good thing; the combo of honey, sweet malt, caramel, coriander, light brown sugar, funky yeast and wet bread just don't work well together. This beer is too sweet with basically has no hop presence, and to make it worse it left a funky yeast metallic taste with no good taste reward beforehand. The aftertaste was almost like rotten fruit.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with little to no carbonation and a silky feel on the tongue. Goes down physically easy, too bad it tastes like ass. This was a drain pour; my two friends that were with me tried some of my beer (this bottle) and both agreed that this beer just tastes bad; perhaps it was a bad bottle, otherwise it's just awful.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of MrMojo
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of darcange
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of Gints316
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of lccrunchy
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of PopnLoads
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Chsyhkr
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fruit Cocktail?

A very sweet beer, a cross between Helles and Blond Ale which the sweetness of Helles and the fruitiness of an ale.

Pours a dark straw color into a glass with a wispy white head that does linger a while.

A sweet fruity aroma, see my first comment, follows into a sugary flavor with indistinguishable hop flavor.

Not a bad beer but not good either...

Someone sent it down to NC where we met the brewer, a nice but not very knowledgable person of brewing. Marketing perhaps.

Contract brewed somewhere for some market, black jazz clubs in NYC, perhaps...maybe rap clubs, "hotel, motel, Holiday Inn, SAY WHAT!"

Save your money...

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Photo of Rifugium
2.54/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Gavage
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a wispy head. No lace develops.

Smell: sugary sweetness is all that is detected.

Taste: mild malt profile with a super sugary and ripe pear / apple sweetness. Very little bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish.

Drinkability: this beer is not balanced nor is it refreshing as the style usually is. Way too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ehhhh... I don't know what I was expecting, but i guess the whole Harlem/Sugar Hill thing gave me some higher expectations. I immediately thought of the Sugar Hill Gang and their timeless classic "Rappers Delight" when i saw this beer. In fact, i got it for my old school rap loving friend. I didn't get to give it to him quick enough and i drank it.
Beer is a pale, slightly hazy amber gold, with a clean pure white head. I have to say this was an attractive looking beer.
Things started to go wrong with the nose, which smelled almost exactly like a lager, something in the Helles style. I was kind of expecting something a little more estery, I guess.
Flavor is almost identical to a Helles, with a characteristic lagery flavor and aroma. Maybe it's the hops they used. Who knows. There's a touch of light fruitiness, but altogether, i didn't really enjoy this. My general feeling is that it's a regular american lager, with perhaps a little more body and a touch more hops. Not bad at all, but not what i was expecting or come to associate with a golden ale. Just kind of weak and uninspired. Definitely something to try for a gateway beer.

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Photo of JoeMans
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Scherring
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Mahogany color almost red, opaque with a half fingers width of off white head with an OK lacing.

S- Very aromatic with a very noticeable honey tone and under tones of sweetness and alcohol.

T- Off the bat, just like the first whiff, a taste of honey. There is a very brief taste of alcohol but not as noticeable as the smell of alcohol i had. It is very well hidden behind the sweetness of this beer.

M- This beer coats your mouth in a syrupy layer and finishes off smooth. The taste lingers on your tongue, but only for a moment

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3



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Photo of Mosstrooper
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a good sized off-white, slightly orange, head that leaves a little bit of lace behind.

Smell: An almost overpowering sugary sweetness that has some fruit hints with a bit of a floral background.

Taste: Sweet fruits in the beginning (grape, apple) with a biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a syrupy finish.

Drinkability: This beer seemed a little off, so isn't something I'd be rushing to get again. Not necessarily bad, but unremarkable and a bit strange.

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Photo of Blumstein
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this at Artisinal Cheese Restaurant in New York City. Not the best blond ale i've had. Had a deep orange color with a smallish head. Not a great or distinct aroma. Really a very run of the mill beer. I guess this is a new brewery so i'll keep an eye on them and see what else they come up with in the future.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jpro
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into a mug...

A: Rusty, straw gold; white head; about a finger of foam leaves no lace; OK look.

S: wheat malt; toast; light estery-ness; OK aroma.

T: light caramel malt; bread crust; candy sweetness and chalky hop bitterness; OK taste.

M: what you'd expect - it's OK.

O: an OK beer.

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Photo of Artjsantos
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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