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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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76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 106
Photo of PhxHorn
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark yellow with 3/4 inch of white head. Smells of citrus, and tastes of sharp, tart grapefruit with a touch of lemon in there. The sharpest-tasting of the single hop IPAs that I've had so far, and also the best. It actually tastes like an IPA, instead of a pale ale. I also learned that chinook hops add a lot of the flavor that I like in an IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of neorunner
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer on draft with an almost full line-up of the Single Hop series (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, East Kent, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Tomohawk, Warrior. No Centennial.) at Max's Taproom in Baltimore on 4/24/10.

A lot going on with this hop. Tons of citrusesque bitterness. At first I didn't enjoy this one in the series as much, but that seemed to change as I was about half way through. Possibly as my senses got muted to the more delicate flavors this became more enjoyable. I was surprised to notice that what I liked at first was not always a favorite at the end. I blended this with the nugget single hop for a tasty beer to finish the series with.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Chinook exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Chinook, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a comparatively faint hop aroma. This seemingly neutral nose MAY have to do with the serving temperature. Very balanced nose overall.

T- On the palate, it's nice and balanced. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across pleasantly earthy and herbal. The finish is very dry, and the hop bitterness lingers earthy and herbal.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- Balanced. Approachable. Almost quaffable. Definitely my favorite out of the Single Hop Series.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. After the previous Mikkeller IPA's (amarillo and cascade), this is just wild on the nose. The beer has a very pronounced orange citrus flavor, and is almost sweet smelling. Flavors replicate the nose, though the considerable bitter finish seems almost odd after the up front, sweet orange flavor. The beer dries out considerable on the finish, and is almost mouthpuckeringly bitter. Just lovely really. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though this beer is not at all heavy or tiring. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is very good.

Fascinating to try these single hop mikkeller beers side by side.

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Photo of brendan13
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cap expire looks like 22/02/11

A - Raw apple cider/ murky amber. Small off white head at first, leaves quickly. Only ring remains. Not much lace.

S - The usual suspects. Malt and citrus with a twang of pine.

T - Hops come first with a blast of carbonation, sweet malt in the center, then bittered at finish. Nice.

M - Maybe too carb, would be medium body, but the turbity like feeling in the mouth breaks up the smoothness. Balance is good but real coating is also affected by carbonation.

D - Nice beer, pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new part of the single hop series, eh? On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's somewhat hazy, color leaning towards iced tea orange, with long lasting head, and lots of thin marks of lacing sticking to the glass. This is quite a bitter beer (certainly more bitter than the Simcoe version I consumed a few days before), but not over the top. There are notes of lychee, pine, and bitter grapefruit in this IPA. Towards the end of my pint, I was getting some of that bready malt base. You'd think this beer was brewed in San Diego and not in Europe, there's so much power in this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light amber with a soft white head, good retention.

S: Pine, cedar, pink grapefruit.

T: Has a classic northwest flavour, heavy on the pine and citrus with some cedar and herbs. Nice balance with the biscuity malt, an easy to like IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, resiny but not over the top.

D: Another very good single hop beer from Mikkeller. I like this series, it's enjoyable and educational.

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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!

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Photo of CMW
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Tasted as one of three samples of Mikkeller single hop IPAs. This is a pretty beer. It's translucent with a deep copper color. There is a big foam head that settles slowly, leaving behind lots of coating. It smells sweet and slightly bitter. It reminds me of cookies. The taste begins with orange citrus and a hint of sweet malt. Bitterness moves in and lingers until the finish. It's crisp and tasty. It's body is a bit lighter than medium. There isn't much coating, but some sweetness is left behind. Like other beers in this series, the Chinook is very drinkable. The bitterness isn't too strong and should be manageable for a few rounds.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

This beer had a slight pine aroma to it but overall it was weak. The bitterness and pine flavors were fine and I think more than the others, the carbonation aided in the palate connectivity. Maybe this one seems slightly sweeter than the others and that's what made this one better.

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Photo of Tone
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the Chinook hop,I have never had a beer where it is used exclusively till today.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with a large fluffy white head that left globs of lace behind as it settled slowly.The Chinook spiciness came through in the nose as well as some pine and lighter citric notes,a sweetish caramel base holds true as well.Flavors are somewhat like an old school left coast IPA,spicey,piney,hop,along with underlying citrus notes mixed with a firm sweeter caramel malt base.A solid IPA,old school in my book.

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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.

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Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.