Conductor's Craft Ale - Junction Craft Brewing

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Junction Craft Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Conductor’s Craft Ale fits broadly into the pale ale category, though we think of it more as a hybrid of traditional British, German, and American brewing techniques used to arrive at a hop complexity that constantly changes in the glass as it warms up and a drinker drinks more. With Conductor’s we wanted to tip our hats to ‘pioneer’ craft beers like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Anchor Liberty Ale, but at the same time the beer had to be balanced and drinkable to allow a drinker to enjoy more than one.

We used 5 different malts from Germany, France, Britain and Canada to give Conductor’s a biscuity, toasted, caramel base, and a combination of 5 different hops from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Pacific Northwest of the USA. To finish the beer we designed and built in-house a ‘hopback’ mechanism that infuses the hop aromas into the beer in line from the kettle as the beer goes into the fermenter. We use whole leaf hops of Cascade and spicy German Tetnanger in the hopback to provide a unique and intense hop aroma that is familiar but uniquely presented.

Sometimes a lot of thought goes into making something simple and enjoyable. The way we look at it, we do the thinking so you can relax and enjoy the drinking.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 09-25-2011)
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A: Copper with a light haze, no carbonation, 4 fingers of light beige head, leaving a lacing of a woven like pattern.


S: Honey comb, light fruity orange, caramel, little red pepper.


T: Light honey quality, a dry tea like quality, little metallic finish on the first sip. Didn't get it afterwards though.


M: Medium light body with little carbonation. Relatively drying and tannic.


O: Not a bad brew. Bought and drank in Ontario, Aug 26th 2014.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Junction Craft Brewing has designed, built and installed a custom brewing system at 90 Cawthra Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. Its signature brew is Conductor’s Craft Ale (“CCA”), a hybrid ale utilizing British, German and American brewing techniques, and this beer is the latest subject of a Bucky review.

CCA is made with 5 different malts from Germany, France, Britain and Canada and a combination of 5 different hops from Germany, the Czech Republic and the Pacific Northwest of the USA. To finish the beer Junction Craft designed and built in-house a ‘hopback’ mechanism that infuses the hop aromas into the beer in line from the kettle as the beer goes into the fermenter. Bucky sampled CCA in a 473 ml can with a ‘best before’ date that was illegible because it was printed black on dark blue. The beer was 5.3% alcohol by volume.

CCA poured a clear dark orange colour with about 1” of orange tinged off-white head and very little visible carbonation. The head lasted for several minutes before fading to a thin ring and patchy film of foam, which left a surprising amount of attractive lacing down the top half of the glass. Its aroma was of light caramel malts, grapefruit and maybe a touch of pine. The beer’s taste was sweet caramel malts up front, almost immediately overwhelmed by a grapefruit and lemon hop bitterness which lingered long as an aftertaste. There is also a flash of fruitiness to the beer’s flavour that I can’t pin down. CCA was a medium bodied beer, with an appropriate level of carbonation and a creamy mouthful for as long as the head endures. Overall, a brew superior to any mass produced North American beer, my only real complaint being that its bitterness lingers well after the beer is gone. Selling for $2.85 per 473 ml can in Ontario.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the slightly cloudy coppery amber brew. Head deflates slowly, with sporadic lace. Aroma is lightly of biscuits and citrus.

Taste begins with light to moderate sweetness, a peek of citrus in the middle, and moderately botter through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Comes together well.

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3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473ml tallboy can picked from LCBO for $2.85 CDN. Served cold into a pint glass. Grabbed a can of this as it was one of the few craft brew cans I hadn't yet tried and was looking for something clean and crisp and hoped I picked something good out.

Appearance - Clear copper / red color with a nice 2 finger creamy off-white head. The frothy cap lasts a long while essentially until the bottom of the glass. Some effervescent bubbles are present and a sparkling line of lacing is left behind.

Smell - Fairly big but yet restrained hop presence with some solid malts too. Has a citrusy, grapefruit and lemon undertone and subdued caramel aromas. While not earth shattering it is fragrant, full of pleasant aromas and not overdone.

Taste - Big bitter flavor up front transitions to a piney / spruce flavor with earthy undertone and throughout this process some sweet caramel will come and cut through the astringency of of the hops. Bitter aftertaste as well, but again done well in moderation.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation and quite refreshing.

Overall - Really impressed one of the best one's I've had from this area and a definite repurchase.

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Can: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrus hoppy notes with some light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus hoppy notes with some well-balanced dry Noble hops backed with a solid caramelized malt profile with limited residual sugar. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I must admit I didn’t have high expectation but was pleasantly surprised by this mix of West Coast and Noble hops.

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Conductor's Craft Ale from Junction Craft Brewing
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