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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

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010)
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Photo of ratedz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

ratedz, Oct 29, 2010
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!

dogfishandi, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of berebrando
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

berebrando, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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..

Mebuzzard, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

mithrascruor, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a thick fluffy 2" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, some bitterness, soft citrus, and a hint of earthiness.

Taste: follows the aroma as caramel, orange, soft earthiness, green grapes, and a moderate bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lingers in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: easy quaffing beer and the hop presence is not overpowering here but still packs a punch.

Gavage, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

david18, Sep 06, 2010
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.

JoePat, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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?

hoppymcgee, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of LukeD23
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy burnt desart orange. Small none white head.

juicy fruit. Orange. Tangerine and grapefruit. Complex for a single hop beEr. Really enjoyable aroma. Smooth

Flavor is solid. Rather sweet with a firm bitterness. Lots of hop flavore. Orange zest. Honey.

Overall very nice ipa. I like it. I really like the idea of single hop beers

LukeD23, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bittersweet orange with bright tangerine borders and a lovely looking crown of pale khaki colored foam. The escape of CO2 sounded just right, the pour was a whispered rush, and head formation and persistence are right on the money. Extensive lace is nice as well.

It's about damn time this under-utilized hop got its own beer. Chinook has always struck me as citrusy, spicy and herbaceous. It's also impressively bitter and resinous, though that isn't apparent in the aroma (obviously). Hints of caramel add olfactory interest.

Chinook Single Hop IPA is as solid as the rest of the Mikkeller Single Hop Series. It's great the way they vary nothing but the hops, which allows us geeks to discern the differences between the various varieties. Too bad these 11.2 oz bottles are so expensive.

The beer, although impressively 'green' and bitter, is still on the balanced side for those who love large lupulins. Specifics include caramel-dipped white grapefruit sections, bites of toast, assorted leafy herbs (ganja), and warming spice (black pepper). Chinook has always struck me as the most aggressively flavored of the C-hops.

Ignore the 'best by' date on the cap (12-22-11 on mine). No way this hoppy treat will last that long. The mouthfeel has no faults. It's at least medium for the style and the bubbles are spot-on.

Even though Chinook is my least favorite of the four C-hops, it's still in my top-10 hops of all-time. Mikkeller has a great thing going with this series. If you're a hophead who loves to try to guess the hop bill when you review, this is an easy recommendation.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-honey body with much sweet white head.Lots of lace. Above average mouthfeel A good focussed tasty IPA.Good drinkability.Orange citrussy,piney, juicy mango-lemon, fruity. Caramel. One of the best of the single hop series.I could drink this as a regular staple.

Sammy, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of bruachan
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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

bruachan, Aug 06, 2010
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!

Arenbeer, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep orange color woth a tannosh head and good carbonation

S: Sweetness and some tropical citrus fruits.

T: Really sweet up front but the hops, booze and everything kind of kick in and tame ot leaving a nice lighter citrus taste

M: Well carbonated and good

D: Ok but not worth the price.

barleywinefiend, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of wnh
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Unique aromas of cedar and spice (nutmeg?), and something of a spice satchet or potpourri.

On the palate this beer shows wood, cinnamon, nutmeg. Generally woodsy and spicy. Something of a holiday IPA.

wnh, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
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

bigfnjoe, Jul 04, 2010
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.

Xul, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

yemenmocha, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

peabody, Jun 20, 2010
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.

avalon07, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jkwalking05 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is grapefruit hops with some pine mixed in. The flavor is pretty bitter with a lot of resiny and pine notes. I don't get much grapefruit or other citrus in the flavor, which is surprising since it was pretty strong in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

billshmeinke, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
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).

dgilks, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 01, 2010
Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.