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Conductor's Craft Ale - Junction Craft Brewing

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Conductor's Craft AleConductor's Craft Ale

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.6%
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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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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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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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Deep copper with two fingers worth of creamy eggshell white head. Good retention and faint lacing.

(3.5) S: Barley, floral qualities, light citrus, toffee, and slight honey. Barley is the most dominant aroma with a nice compliment of floral and citrus.

(3.75) T: Identical to aroma with barley and floral qualities upfront and a subdued caramel-toffee undertone. Also detecting some subtle spices, in fact subtle is a great way to describe all the flavours here. Moderate bitterness with more of placid malt sweetness. Well balanced, easy drinking, with a clean and fresh taste.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slight gritty texture with a pleasant oily sheen.

(3.75) D: This is a very good and easy-drinking ale. Certainly not a hop-bomb, but for what it is (more of a British styled ale) it's quite good.

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Jeffo

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2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at the LCBO. Cool looking can for sure.

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, slightly looser, off-white head with decent retention. Burnt orange in color, clear, with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a thin film. Only a ring remains until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, some light citrus aromas, but slightly mute, unfortunately.

TASTE: Better than the nose. Pale malts, some caramel sweetness up front, then some hop bitterness at the swallow. Light caramel, bread notes and decent floral hops linger on the palate. Good bitterness as well, despite the lower IBU.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Okay. Better than some of the generic pale ales on the market, but still nothing really worth writing home about. It had enough character to make me want to finish the can, but not enough to make me want to go back.

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Conductor's Craft Ale from Junction Craft Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.