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Junction Craft Brewing

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Junction 7.50

 

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.

Rating 7.50/10

 

 

 

 

 

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