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Chinook Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Chinook Single Hop IPAChinook Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010

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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 76
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Haven't had one of these single-hop dealios from Mikkeller in a while, though it is admittedly hard to keep track of them, oh, wait, right.

This beer pours a glassy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually a tad creamy tan head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crackery caramel malt, butterscotch, pine resin, bitter orange rind, a muddled berry fruitiness, and further floral, mildly perfumed hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, toasty toffee, pleasant citrus flesh notes, lesser piney, leafy wet forest astringencies, more semi-sweet dark berries, and herbal, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is quite subtle and enjoyably frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and plainly smooth, the alcohol inching in, bit by bit. It finishes well off-dry, the various caramel malt incarnations doing well to persist, alongside the more fruity, rather than bitter, side of the Chinook hop varietal.

Another decently rendered single-hop affair, where the hop in question seems more than capable of carrying the day, and the beer as a whole. Citrusy, and with enough flora backup singers to effect the sense of complexity that I'm grokking here. Good stuff - I guess my takeaway here is that I like Chinook hops!

Photo of dfillius
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger off-white rocky head with great retention. Hazy orange-crimson liquid. I retained the last little bit in the bottle due to sediment.
S: Slight cardboard under it all. Fruit esters, pine, citrus hops highlighted. Too much alcohol, not enough hops.
T: Caramelly sweetness opens well with flat cardboard/sherry. Slight raisin. Bitterness soon rushes in with citrus dominating the profile - both grapefruit and tangerine. Slight sulfurous allium flavor at the end, almost garlic-y. Tasty but not world class.
M: bitter and a tad astringent, maybe numbing even. Almost chewy, full.
O: Fairly solid, nicely very bitter IPA. A tad old unfortunately, but tasty for the most part. I'd have another pint, but i won't buy another bottle.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours the standard redish/orange amber that almost all of these single hop beers look like. There is about a half finger of off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing along the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet, earthy, and tropical. I get some nice mango and light citrus from this brew. It's also a bit musty.

T: It starts out sweet, but not too malty. There is a decent fruit presence, but nothing specific. The fruity sweetness carries through until the finish, where is has a bitter kick.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and fruity from the start, and those flavors shine through until the beer is off the palate. The finish is bitter, but not overbearing, and it's not particularly drying.

O: Decent enough. I'd drink this one again. I like how the slight tropical notes mellow out the malty sweetness without making it crazy drying in the finish.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber. Nice thick off-white head and heavy lacing. Hop and sweet malt aroma. Flavor follows with a sharp hop bite, malt and grapefruit flavors. Bitter hoppy finish, but nice progression. I like the Chinook hops. Sharp and piney with a bit of earthy flavor. I'm going to have to compare these all single hops at the some time.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The liquid portion itself is an amber/red color with a glowing light orange when held up to the light. Very good clarity, you can completely see through it. White frothy head with some pretty good lacing to it.

Smell is really good. Hops will jump right out at you without being overly agressive. Citrusy, herbal,floral, and a sweet piney. Pale caramel malts provide a gentle sweetness to the nose.

Taste is also very good, on par with the smell maybe just a little bit unde. Pale malts present again that provide sweetness. NOt as hoppy as I expected based on the smell, but hoppy enough. CItrus is the dominant flavor of the chinook hop in this beer, followed by some zest and pine.

Mouthfeel is good. Lighter bodied with a very clean feel, smooth and a good carbonation level. Has a clean bitter finish, very nice. This is a very drinkable IPA, well balanced and can hold up with any of the other Mikkeller sinble hop brews which is saying a lot.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of pine, biscuits, cream, and citrus are present on the nose. I'm expecting this one to be bitter...

T: Notes of pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, biscuits, cream, herbs, and perhaps caramel are quick to develop on the palate. The finish is earthy, herbal, and bitter with notes of tart citrus mingling with a minty, herbal bitterness. More complex than I was expecting.

M: Medium bodied, firm, smooth, and gently carbonated. Very drinkable despite the high hop bitterness.

O: I think this is an excellent IPA. There are some flavors in here that I do not normally associate with Chinook. A very good demonstration of this hop's qualities.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Still working my way through the whole set o' these. This one pours a clear sienna-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises rich, buttery toffee, spicy orange zest, light honeydew, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus now being directly followed by a strong twang of slightly piney bitterness. This bit seems at odds with the still-powerful toffee surrounding it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, but the hops can't compete well enough with the sweet malts. It seems like a nice bit o' balance, but the clash between the pine and the toffee shows it's more of a stalemated fight than a balancing act.

Photo of divineaudio
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tulip glass - best by date 12/22/11

a - pours a deep hazy copper color and forma a thick two finger, tan head. the foam dies down slowly and leaves a few puffs of sticky lace in the glass.

s - toasty malt with notes of berry and a bit of citrus.

t - more of the nose, with a little extra sweetness and a strong bitterness on the sides of the tongue that doesn't linger any longer than it should.

m - lighter side of medium with higher carbonation. seems just right for this beer.

o - a well crafted beer and quite enjoyable. i guess i know now exactly which hop varieties i like. really wish this wasn't $6 a bottle because i want more of it.

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Pours a hazy copper colour.

Sm: Light caramel, moderate bittering hops, and light caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt and moderate bittering hops on the climax. Some light cream underlies. Simple build but excellent balance. A good flavour all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour.

Dr: A high price for a mundane IPA from me favourite brewery. I'm a bit disappointed, but it's not a bad beer; it's just simple.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to rtepiak for these two bottles. Reviewed side by side, Chinook and Warrior.

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Cap dated 22/12/11. Gushed a little upon opening...old? Don't know if that's a production or expiration date.

Pours a murky tawny brown with thin off-white head. Nose is mostly about the malt, with some candied mixed citrus notes milling about.

Palate is aggressively bitter, but it's clear this is past it's prime. The malt dominates the flavor with some caramel chocolates flavor. The finish is astringent and drying with some bitter citrus rind flavors.

Notes: Both bottles are showing bad signs of age. Will re-rate if fresher bottles present themselves.

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Date on the cap is 22/12/2011, so I'm thinking we're still good.

Appearance: a tawny light-amber hue with a touch of haze to the body. Head is a finger of frothy light-tan foam with not much retention. Middle-of-the-road IPA.

Smell: sweet, fruity, citrusy, cidery aroma. Reminds me a lot of Cascade hops. Not bad, but it's not my favorite -- it also reminds me of a lot of uninspired homebrews, including my own.

Taste: good malt flavor with some interesting biscuitiness up front and a relatively dry finish. Flavor is a lot more subdued in the hop department than the aroma, which is a good thing. Good, strong bitterness is present, which works well here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of carbonation. Big creaminess on the mouthfeel here -- quite good indeed.

Overall: as homebrewey as I find the smell, the rest of the beer is actually pretty good. I'd have this again if it weren't so damn pricey.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produces an exceptionally large, off-white head. Retention is excellent, as it lasts for several minutes and really never dissipates completely (always a thin head present). Lacing is plentiful and complex across the entire glass.

Scent is definitely spicy, mildly peppery, obviously from the Chinook hops. After this fades from notice, I also get slightly earthy, dirt-like tones. Still, the nose is fairly undeveloped on this.

Tastes full of spicy, bitter chinook hop flavor. Satisfyingly sharp with a bit of malt pokes through. Some smokiness near the very end. Finish is with a bit of alcohol bite.

Carbonation is fairly high and aggressive, but the malt backbone is enough to sustain this. Pleasant. Finish is expectedly dry.

Overall, a satisfying and pleasant IPA. I would like a bit more aggressive nose, but wouldn't change anything else.

Photo of b3shine
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to frosty pint glass. Very deep in color. Smells of (you guessed it!) Chinook hops - and not much else. The taste was disappointing, especially when it's $6 a 12 oz. bottle! I appreciate what they're doing with the series, but that doesn't warrant the price. And neither does the fact that it's from Belgium. However, it would be worth a try at a (all-inclusive) beer tasting.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Platinum Liquor at Bellevue Hill. I believe this is the last of the Single Hop series that I have yet to try.

Pours like the rest in the series, a deep reddish orange colour, with a spectacular head of creamy ywllo-white foam. Lacing is good as always, leaving very intricate and tight patterns down the inside of the glass. Looks wonderful.

Nose is spicy with classic Chinook grapefruit citrus characters. Sharp and pungent, but balanced enough with the sweet malt characters to give a piquancy like sherbet. Very American in style (indeed, Chinook is probably one of the "most American" hops to my mind), so much so that it almost overwhelms me in a sense of nostalgia for the US West Coast. Nice.

Taste is quite intense, but still well-balanced. I was expecting a lot of astringency from a Chinook-only bittering schedule, but it seems that everything has been balanced out nicely for the extra alpha acids. Still that pleasant nutty Mikkeller character, with a biting, but not overwhelming bitterness through the centre. Clean and clear and green, but with enough malt backing to give it a basis.

Feel is smooth and clean, but with lots of body.

A very nice drop indeed, and probably one of the best of the series. I have to say that the increased intensity of the hops make this one a more exciting experience.

Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for the continued Mikkeller wealth!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a minimal tan head with lacing.

(S)- Very dry. Lots of caramel malts and orange/peach citrus.

(T)- Almost has an earthy clay to this with caramel malts and piney citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. Malty and hoppy with the right amount of bitterness.

(D)- A decent IPA. More flavor and complexity compared to the other single hopped beers. Enjoyable.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last Mikkeller Single Hop I had was the East Kent Goldings. So to contrast I'm throwing myself in the deep end of the pond - so to speak. Wrong coast, I know, but anyway.

Pours a bronze-amber colour; good amount of red in that spectrum. Head is quite enormous, 3.5 fingers thick and tightly packed, dense bubbles with only minimal sinkage on the top. Lace is beautiful and there is a small stream of carbonation. Damned fine-lookin' beer.

Smells very much of hops. Pleasant West Coast character with dominant citrus - lemon with a touch of sherbet. Some banana leaf aroma and a herbal tinge at the back, mint, thyme and lemongrass. Not as aromatic as some I've had, but nicely complex, and pleasant.

Taste does indeed grab you by the balls, as I'd have expected. A tight, savoury bitterness starts very early, almost before the caramel malt is able even to announce itself. Lots of mint grapefruit rind on there that allows for some tangy flavours to show through on the mid and again at the very end. Very much dominated by earthy bitterness; after the early mint spike, characters of tobacco and a whole heap of pepper in the bag. Decent body but it's able to dry out your mouth in one sip. Enough flavour and interest to keep me going though.

An agressive hop but used as sparingly as possible by Mikkel and, as a result, a palatable beer. But Chinook is a potent little explosive and let that be a lesson to you all: use sparingly!

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: The hops contribute citrusy aromas to the nose--smells of grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has some initial malty sweetness. There is only a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink because the hop bitterness is well balanced by the underlying malts and the taste of alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of ms11781
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a semi-cloudy, copper color with a 1 finger white head that gives way to a foamy cap. Decent lacing on the glass.

Nose is a resiny, piny aroma with a hint of citrus and rounded out by some sweet malt scents.

Taste is similar although a bit more of the fruity flavors come through. Pine taste up front followed by the citrusy flavors and a nice caramel malt going in the background.

Medium carbonation but overall the beer seems to be a bit heavier than that. Dry, bitter finish.

As with the last one of these single hop series beers I had (Nugget), one in a sitting is enough as the point seems to be (obviously) showing off each different hop by itself. Still highly drinkable, but switching another in the series might be a better idea.

Photo of DPFRD
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Foamy head, golden, mild carbonation.

S- Dry, biscuity and piney with a little citrus.

T- Bitter and dry up front, followed by the hops stinging the back of your palette. Well balanced.

D- Very enjoyable, my favorite of the Mikkeller single malt ipas. If it wasn't so expensive, I would frequent this beer as is, I can get a Trappist beer or a bomber of some incredible American IPA for the same price.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thick and hazy. Orangish cider color. Nice lacing on glass. Medium hop aroma. Citrus with a big floralness. Nice touch of malt in aroma, well blended. Very smooth grassy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Dry bitterness on end with an orange peel. Moderate carbonation. Very bright and refreshing. Crisp. Warmth brings a little more malt and fullness to end. Aftertaste is slightly long. Amazed by the drinkability for the fullness of the flavor.

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a hazed copper hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh pine flavored hops. Grapefruit citrus. Very fresh and earthy. I like it.

Taste: Grapefruit and pineapple citrus right up front. Floral/earthy hops. Some honey sweetness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with a bit of hoppy stickiness.

Overall, an awesome single hopped IPA. This one is very drinkable. I really like the Chinook hops. Awesome beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cap date: 22/12/11. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger rather slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapefruit hop, and slight citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good IPA. Had an excellent aroma going on with a nicely balanced flavor. However the hops were a little more prominent over the malt, but still quite a nice IPA. A must try if you are a big fan of the chinook variety.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chinook single hop. Color looks a little darker than the other single hop I had earlier, though I could be wrong. Cloudy and hazy in appearance, with a nice head that should leave some quality lacing as I drink it. Aroma is different than the last one that I had. I get peaches and apricots. Similar story with the taste profile, which has a fruit sweetness that I wasn't expecting. Oddly enough, the finish to this beer is ... minty, which completely blows my mind. I've never had a beer with any type of mint characteristics, at least not this pronounced. So this kind of breaks now ground in that regard, at least for me. Flavor profile moves from fruit sweetness with hints of grapefruit in the middle leading into this eucalyptus herbal finish with hints of wintergreen. It's odd, but I like it. Highly complex yet simple malt profile lends to easy drinking. I've had several of these in the past and this one might be the most unique one I've had. If you can find it check it out.

Photo of ratedz
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber brown color with a fluffy, off-white head. My first sniff of this beer gave me hints of yeast and bread, but a second whiff revealed more of the citrus and piney hops. The citrus hits first when I took a sip, but it quickly turned to a more piney flavor before it goes down. Smooth and creamy mouth feel and very drinkable, yet nothing too special.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. 22/12/11 on cap. had this side by side with the cascade single hop.

pours out a orange almost bordering on brown, pretty cloudy. big beautiful frothy off white head. great retention and some really nice lace.

dank, resinous pine with some nice mintiness and hints of citrus. malts provide a nice balance, sweet caramel with some alcohol.

i really love this hop! lots of nice bitterness, loads of resiny pine and citrus, bits of mint. again very nicely balanced by caramel, slighltly biscuity malts and some alcohol heat. reminds me just a little of 90 minute.

medium to almost heavy in body, lots of resins and oils attacking the palate after each sip. perfect amount of carbonation.

i wish these came in six packs and werent so expensive, because these are some great tasting, highly drinkable ipas.

a great learning expierience this was, a great idea to try as many as you can side by side. ill be searching for more. out of the 2 i had, the chinook was better IMHO, but they were both delicious! try em if you can!

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Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.