What You Need to Know
Freedom Tower is named after Miami’s most recognizable landmark that’s also known as the “Ellis Island of the South” for its historical association with the local Cuban-American population. A perfect theme for an American Amber Ale, the brew features a pair of American hops balanced with a trio of malts, and fermented with a house yeast strain.
The ale pours a crystal clear deep copper hue that is topped by an inch-thick cap of cream-colored foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.
The aroma is bright with a scent of floral hops. As the beer warms, there are notes of caramel, biscuit, and stone fruit that emerge from the background.
The palate is led by a taste of baked bread and mild dose of floral hops that transitions to a more pronounced bite of floral and citrus hops before mellowing out with sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and orange marmalade.
The feel has a smooth draw with a touch of grain on the back end. The body is medium with matching carbonation and the astringency is moderate. The finish is relatively dry.
The presentation of the Freedom Tower could be better but that’s nitpicking. The aroma is predominantly hoppy but it’s quite pleasant. The palate offers a delightful balance of hop and malt flavors. And the feel is right in line with expectations. Overall, the Freedom Tower is an exceptionally well made and thoroughly enjoyable Amber.