1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Chinook Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Chinook Single Hop IPAChinook Single Hop IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%


Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
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)
View: Beers (237) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 75 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of bigfnjoe
bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a lovely orange/amber shade with a 2 finger, very bubbly and foamy head. Lacing is OK, nothing amazing

S- sicky sweet hops...mostly tropical fruits. Getting a good bit of mango out of it. May be too much.

T- oh yeah, way too sickly sweet. So overwhelming...mangoes, and other tropical fruits complete dominate. There almost seems to be a little smokiness to it too...its way too much.

M- the feel is dominated by the flavor, and I can't get much of a body out of it. What I do get is decent.

D- no. not drinkable at all. The flavors are just so strong...this is the definition of an ultimate sipper. Completely overbearing

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 18:39:06 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of dgilks
dgilks

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 05:56:55 | More by dgilks
Photo of SFLpunk
SFLpunk

Vermont

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:47:44 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 05:29:25 | More by kojevergas
Photo of sweemzander
sweemzander

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:11:28 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Overlord
Overlord

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 17:41:05 | More by Overlord
Photo of bruachan
bruachan

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:18:27 | More by bruachan
Photo of mithrascruor
mithrascruor

California

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:03:23 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 04:12:06 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of hoppymcgee
hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 21:18:57 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of ms11781
ms11781

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:41:53 | More by ms11781
Photo of laituegonflable
laituegonflable

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 22:13:37 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of scottyb88
scottyb88

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 03:05:54 | More by scottyb88
Photo of ADZA
ADZA

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 11:16:41 | More by ADZA
Photo of berebrando
berebrando

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 20:54:13 | More by berebrando
Photo of b3shine
b3shine

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 19:37:48 | More by b3shine
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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..

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 04:09:53 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of ratedz
ratedz

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:38:17 | More by ratedz
Photo of DefenCorps
DefenCorps

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 03:43:54 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of yemenmocha
yemenmocha

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 00:50:23 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of flagmantho
flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 05:19:58 | More by flagmantho
Photo of billshmeinke
billshmeinke

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Spider Man pint glass.

2 1/2 finger off white head. Tight rocky head that goes above the top of the glass. Murky and orange/amber in color. Really nice looking.

Heavy pineapple and tropical fruits. Then some pine hops in there.

The taste balances the two hop flavors better. Lots of spearmint and pine. Then tons of pineapple and tropical fruits.

Well carbonated, medium bodied and a mild bite.

Good drinkability. This seems like a pretty crucial hop for west coast IPAs. Very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 07:26:03 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of peabody
peabody

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip with two fingers of off-white suds. Very cloudy and very effervescent.
Very sweet and floral hop aroma eminates from the suds and a slight malty yeast comes into play.
Taste is very watery at first then all the magic happens. You have the sweetness first, then a hop bitterness then a very clear palate. Afterwards you get the slightest hint of the bitter and sugar. No alcohol in the nose or the palate.
Mouthfeel is cool here. This one goes through many changes.
drinkability would be better if you could get these in a cheap 6'er.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 22:44:38 | More by peabody
Photo of dfillius
dfillius

Michigan

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:35:55 | More by dfillius
Photo of Phelps
Phelps

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought several of Mikkeler's Single Hop beers in an attempt to teach myself to differentiate between the different species of hops. This is the first in my series.

Pours a chill-hazed golden ochre. Tons of minuscule bubbles rocket upwards to become part of the massive, dense head the color of beach sand. It recedes ever so slowly, leaving spotted trails of lacing in its wake. This is a beautiful beer.

So this is Chinook. Citrusy like lemons and sweet oranges, yet spicy and piney at the same time. Backed by a caramel sweetness, this is a pretty straightforward aroma.

Surprisingly mild in the taste, but that's the character of this hop. Bitter pine grips the back of the tongue, and a very subtle grapefruit character makes an appearance as well. Again, uncomplicated and solid.

Body is just one notch behind medium, yet is satisfyingly full and slides over the tongue in the most wonderful way. Medium carbonation. Lovely.

Not the most complex of IPAs, but with the application of just one hop, it's to be expected. Still, it's good, drinkable, and a fantastic introduction to individual hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 05:41:17 | More by Phelps
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.