Chinook Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Chinook Single Hop IPAChinook Single Hop IPA

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

thanks to HombreWing for sharing this, poured chilled from the 12oz into a sampler glass.

A - I found this to be a light amber like cider with good clarity and off white cap with good rentention and lace

S - The smell is of citrus, mainly grapefruit with some tropical elements like pineapple and other tangy juicy aromas like tangerine with a light pine accent

M -The feel is more bitter than the smell, high carbonation and almost sharp texture with dry finish w/ spice edge

T - I was pleasantly surprised by the fruit flavor -really juicy and citrus, but midway the pine needle and sharp grapefruit acidity seems to take over and the light malt is usurped by the dry spiced finish

D- overal a middle of the road single hop, since it is easier to compare this to the others in the single hop series than any other blended hopped IPA's. I enjoyed it and it is drinkable, but not the best of the bunch by far.

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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am really enjoying these Single Hop beers. Such a great exercise in distinctive hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness.

The Chinook imparts a very resiny and sharp aroma reminescent of pine, fresh cut grasses, and the rinds of citrus fruits.

Intense flavors of lemon and grapefruit rinds to the part where the subtle oils and acids of fruits are desolved completely in the resiny, sappy bitterness. These are a great display of bitterness and departs from the caramel malt sweetness

The sharp bitterness lingers long into the finish and aftertaste and completely dominate the medium bodied base malts.

Where the Chinooks specialize in bitterness, it gives up the more aromatic and smooth flavors of more refined hops. The bitterness reminds me of the bitterness found in Arrogant Bastard Ale.

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 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 DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The nose is great. Floral, citrus, grapefruit and mild pine and urea are noticeable. The palate opens with a big bitterness with orange peel, a mild astringency and not enough hop flavor. Lingering citrus pith bitterness on the finish, I quite like it. Solid stuff

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

Lots of hearbal, earthy, pine and leafy flavors in this one. Joy starts with a good pour, slight hazy orangey-amber with generous light tan head. Nose has fruit rinds and some grassy herbal stuff going on. Finish is dry, somewhat chalky, and lots of herbal pine remains on the palate.

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 ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a reddish amber hue with a nice frothy three finger head that settles down to a nice one finger head of creamy froth,it has pretty sudued aroma of lychee,malts and some melon,it has a really nice and sessionable mouthfeel which is alot lighter than other single hop IPA's ive tried and the taste is pretty light too with feint tastes of bubblegum,malts and some lychee but to be honest im really suprised the aroma and taste is very sudued and there really is no bitterness to this IPA at all its almost a nice APA instead of an IPA thats why drinkability for me is high and i dont even get any taste of its 6.9%ABV at all,overall if your after a nice example of an IPA then this is not you but more of a nice APA.

Photo of berebrando
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 22-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Biscuit, citrus and pine finish.
Brandon: caramel, lots of pine and pretty strong bitterness.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit more orange than brown; darker than I expected for an IPA. Nice fluffy head, but almost looks like a double.

Caramel hits me first in the aroma. Citrus follows close behind with a bit of a herbal/medicine influence.

A nicely balanced IPA, or perhaps the hops just aren't all that strong here. Caramel and lightly toasted biscuit serve as a nice foundation. Oh, yes...there are the hops. A bit spicy on the grapefruit side, herbal or licorice in the background.

In the end, this beer is nice. A quick bite on the finish provides more proof that hops were used here. The caramel is big, at least relative to others in the series...that I've had. Hmmm..

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 scottyb88
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date in 2011. Poured into pint glass

A-pours a cloudy copper/brown/orange type color with a great 2 finger head and decent lacing

S-i get some pine and citrus notes but also a little sap or syrup sweetness in the background; kind of like the smell on your hands after handling a Christmas tree, but not as strong of a smell

T-definitely on the maltier side of things when compared to other IPAs, it has a nice earthiness about it, like victory hopdevil, but a slightly juicy and bitter aftertaste; more East Coast style

M-it felt really nice; smooth and creamy and a little on the thicker side

D-its expensive so its not a regular purchase, but definitely nice to try. they offer a whole line up of single hop ipas that I'm looking forward to trying. It's a pretty good beer but by no means did it blow me away; for the price I was hoping for something a bit nicer.

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 hoppymcgee
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Gate in Brooklyn, NYC. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Brown with a 2-finger head that flattens out into an appealing top coat.

S: I fear this may have been on the line a little too long. Malty, not much hop aroma, ut oh.

T: Honey, and thank God, some hops. A slight spiciness that leads well into a bitter finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation with a medium body as I'd expect.

D: Pretty standard for an IPA.

Overall, I thought I'd get a better chance at freshness versus buying the (expensive) bottle in stores, but maybe I was wrong. Not bad by any means, but lacking depth, maybe that's what a single hop IPA is all about?

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 mithrascruor
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-apricot color with a big rocky off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Very mild aroma with some vague hints of citrus and florals.

Taste: Light flavor too - some mild spiciness and pine-like bitterness, balanced with some caramel malts. Caramel and bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and mostly smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Not my favorite flavor, but still quite a drinkable beer, with a good ABV, and no taste of alcohol.

Quite similar to some of the other Mikkeller single hop IPAs (taste buds are still in training on the different hops - but I do notice differences). This one is quite mellow.

Photo of bruachan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

big frothy head with big suds. slightly amber color and good lacing

smells like chinook! piney and sweet. some nuttiness and caramel from the malts, but i'd like to see a little more depth. hops predominate (perhaps as they should)

citrus hop flavors with an underlying resiny pine sap character. i must say that the hops have been used reasonably. this truly is a simple and balanced american IPA

kinda flat, though. good brew but needs refinement

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with an inch or two foam head.

Smells faintly of orange and citrus. Not as robust an aroma as I'd anticipated.

Tastes like acrid orange rind, a splash of juicier sweet citrus, and an interesting ... pungent bitterness ... background. Interesting.

With this series, I'm starting to see why breweries combine hops as a general rule. A bit one-note ... there really isn't much going on. The acrid, almost burnt orange aftertaste is a bit distracting.

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 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 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 dgilks
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Muted hop aroma with a few notes of grapefruit. Actually very dull and disappointing.

Fair clarity. Amber colour with a small, khaki coloured head.

Again the hop character is a little muted. There is plenty of bitterness and a good firm but laid back malt backbone. The little hop flavour that there is is slightly citrussy and a bit piney.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

Unfortunately, this beer is lacking the hop character that it needs. Perhaps it is a little old (but it only just came into the country).

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