Conductor’s Craft Ale from Junction Craft Brewing in Toronto, Ontario is a light amber colour with golden streaks. Its moderate off-white head leaves cascading lace that is met by a small collar that appears to climb your glass. This English and American-influenced pale ale with a German twist has thick toffee, berry and raisin aromas with warm floral and lemon juice accents.
The taste of Conductor’s Craft Ale is anchored by a distinct chocolate flavour, a strong, prune-like fruit tone and a very grainy base. A hint of light red berries and a nectarous floral note lead to an earthy finish with moderate bitterness and a light, lemony citrus flavour that lingers in the aftertaste. This ale has a full body and low carbonation that lead to a mouthfeel that is equal parts creamy, grainy and oily.
The mainly white can that Conductor’s Craft Ale comes in features the image of its namesake train conductor yelling, which is printed in blue and stylized in a mid-20th century design. A cityscape representing the junction area of Toronto wraps the can in silver. You will find a brief description of the beer’s inspiration, hop, malt and IBU information and contact information on the side and a best before date is stamped in black on the shoulder.
Conductor’s Craft Ale is quite good in my opinion and very satisfying with a light meal. German hop flavours differentiate this beer enough from its peers and meld well with a decidedly English malt base. I found it went well with a plate of charcuterie, smoked meat sandwiches and it would also be at home alongside pub fare like pot pies or roast beef.
You can find Conductor’s Craft Ale listed at about 100 LCBO stores and the brewery on Cawthra Avenue welcomes visitors for tasting and retail purchases Thursday through Saturday.
Type: English Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Junction Craft Brewing
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.3%