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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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87
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010)
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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Orange liquid with a red hue. Huge head with lacing galore.

S. Massive resiny hop with orange citrus notes and a subtle malty sweetness. Pleasant, but not overly interesting.

T. Sweet up front with light prickling bitterness. Orange citrus hoppy bitterness with light pine resin. Taste seems to wrap around your tongue. More only problem is the designation as an IPA; this seems to fit more aptly into the APA category.

M. Perfect. Nice thick body with enough carbonation to lift the beer off your tongue as you swallow. As I said, this beer wraps around your tongue hitting all the right spots.

D. A simple beer that just works.

While the style might not be accurate, this beer is astounding. Highly recommend if you can find it.

After reviewing each beer individually, I decided to compare each three of the single hop IPA beers in one session, which I'm sure is the intent.

Tasted next to the Simcoe and Amarillo, the tropical fruit flavors come out in this - mostly pineapple. This ended up being my favorite hop with Simcoe second and Amarillo third.

Photo of TheResidentialOP
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a full on leafy and herbal hop. A soft sweetness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an excellent spicy hop forward IPA.

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a red-orange color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a big, long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, sweet smell of citrus, resiny hops, possibly a little pine.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, pineapple, resiny hops, a tinge of malt, and pine. Nicely balanced and not quite as bitter as you might expect.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable IPA from Mikkeller.

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store as part of Mikkeller Mayhem.

Not much different than the other IPAs - light hazy amber with a small cream-colored head that recedes slowly. It's starting to sound repetitive but there was not a lot of variation in the appearance as far as I could tell.

The aroma is spicy and herbal but with a bit of pine resin thrown in. There was a light citrus presence in the nose but the spiciness was the most distinctive characteristic.

The taste surprised me a bit as it was probably the most complex of the single hops for me. There is a light citrus bitterness up front before the caramel malts take over in the middle. But, again, the big Chinook spiciness is still the dominant presence, with a bitter, herbal finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky with herbal and floral resinous hops and is fuller than most of the others.

This was my second favorite of the IPA series (Nelson #1) with a nice sticky complexity despite the use of only one hop. Very nice.

Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange/borderline amber colour with a 3cm slightly off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Piney and herbal hops dominate with a sweetish malt background.
T - Much like the smell.
M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pretty full on bitterness.
D - Quite a simple beer yet quite a tasty beer. Thats if you like your hops, which I do. Would drink again for sure.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks to Abrand for this great brew.!!!!

A- Pours a cloudy golden reddish orange with a serious 2 finger head that just don't quit haha. Leaves insane lacing. LLAB!!!

S- Citrusy fruity hops with a sweet pine background.

T- Strong citrus up front along with the malts. Got some strong lemon and orange that are followed by the bitter pine and earth hops. Very interesting to say the least, also getting some spice notes in there.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of eclaycamp
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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 dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper/maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus (grapefruit), slight sweet malt, and an apple bacon aroma. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, very slight smoke, and slight sweet malt. Overall, I love the smoke in the aroma and this beer is definitely worth a try.

Photo of coryking
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Big, awesome, citrus aroma! Big creamy juicy tropical fruit rind in the flavor. More citrus, lemons and limes. Grapefruits again, but in their nice, sweet, sugary, form. I like! Almost no piney, earthly bitterness. Just fruit rind bitterness!

Excited to use in some homebrews!

Photo of mrfrancis
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of leafy and pine hops with sweet malts backing everything up. Also present, and more intense as the beer warms, are light amounts of hop spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Unobtrusive malt flavors quickly yield to large hop flavors - mostly pine but as with the aroma some earthy and spicy flavors work their way in as well. All these carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was one of the harsher beers from the series but it also had a lot going on. A solid hop and worth trying.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 JoePat
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hop hazy amber with an off white to light kaki head that pours thick and slowely dissipates.

The smell is of some orange juice and possibly some grape fruit. Great citrus note on this beers aroma.

The flavor is a little flowery and some citrus notes but it was all very smooth. The bitterness just rolls off your tognue. It definately makes for a very palletable cigar. After taste is is more citrusy.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean. The beer coats your tognue instead of scrubbing it.

Very drinkable IPA. I love Chinook hops even more now that I have had this beer. Aroma is great, flavor is clean, and bittering is amazingly clean.

Photo of divineaudio
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 CMW
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky copper color with a small white head with slightly retention.

S - Pine hops with an almost syrupy smell. There is some malt floating around in the background but this is almost all hops.

T - Similar to nose, in that pine flavors dominate. Malt flavors provide some backbone but are definitely muted. Finishes very clean with minimal bitterness.

M - Medium carbonation with a sticky, almost syrupy taste.

D - At 6%, these go down very easy. The taste is not too strong or obtrusive.

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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 GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 22/12/11

A: Pours a gorgeously cloudy, peachy/burnt orange color with a two finger cap of light orange/khaki colored head that retained forever and left a sticky mess of lace in the glass. Retention was fantastic.

S: Initial impressions were that this was very leafy and herbal. As it warmed, I noticed aromas of vanilla, caramel, orange-cream, pine, and grapefruit. Also, maybe a hint of cherry and/or plum.

T: Pretty much as above but I did notice an interesting spearmint hop flavor that, although it lurked, it made its' presence known.

M: Typical dry and spicy Chinook qualities. Astringent, but at the same time sticky. Sticky dryness, pretty cool.

D: Super fresh and so easy to drink. I think the dryness of this one acted as a palate refresher. Excellent!

Photo of djbreezy
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a belgian stemmed glass

appearance - pours a reddish amber with a 3 finger head that begins to dissipate immediately

smell - resinous and earthy hop notes, pine, malt and spice, citrus

taste - bitter, resinous hops, caramel malts, some citrus, alcohol lingers a bit, pine

mouthfeel - medium bodied with good carbonation

drinkability - excellent hop taste, good flavor, not exactly session-able due to the bitterness but a tasty and hoppy beer

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Xul
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber, capped by a two finger off-white head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Lots of tropical fruit up front, pineapple is very strong along with some mango and a bit of citrus, followed by lighter herbal hops. Malt base is barely evident on the occassional whiff.

T: Hops are more pine forward on the tongue, with some earthy and floral notes, before opening up into the tropical and citrus fruits from the nose. The pineapple comes in big again and sticks around through the finish, along with a hint of caramel to balance a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, some light creaminess but with a good deal of prickling on the tongue.

D: Very easy to drink, the bitterness is at a good level and there's no sign of the alcohol.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.