Harlem Sugar Hill Ale

Every time I go to Half Time, I try to pick up beers featured from breweries local to them. They have been hit or miss (mostly miss, actually). I know next to nothing about this brewery, so I figured it was worth a shot. The label didn’t tell me much on this beer either.


ABV: 6.09%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Celeste founded Harlem Brewing in the year 2000 after trying first to build a brewery in Harlem during the 90s and then taking a detour to launch Mojo Highway Brewing Company in 1998. Prior to that, she worked with a local Ben & Jerry’s Partnershop which inspired her social venture. Along the winding road, she fell completely head over hops in love with hand crafted beers (which reminded her of Mom’s amazing homemade soups, sort of).

Random: The website did not give much information about their beers, which was disappointing.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It was thick and took awhile to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky orange with light carbonation visible. The nose had some wheat and lemon to it. It had some biscuit as well. The taste was a bit more sweet with honey notes and floral. It also had some grain, but the lemon and wheat that I picked up in the nose got lost. The body was thicker than I have come to expect for the style with light carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish. For $1.99 a bottle ($.17 per ounce), which is quite reasonable. Despite that, I just wasn’t feeling this beer. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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