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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

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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Mikkeller ApS
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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 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 trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 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 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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Haven't had one of these single-hop dealios from Mikkeller in a while, though it is admittedly hard to keep track of them, oh, wait, right.

This beer pours a glassy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually a tad creamy tan head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crackery caramel malt, butterscotch, pine resin, bitter orange rind, a muddled berry fruitiness, and further floral, mildly perfumed hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, toasty toffee, pleasant citrus flesh notes, lesser piney, leafy wet forest astringencies, more semi-sweet dark berries, and herbal, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is quite subtle and enjoyably frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and plainly smooth, the alcohol inching in, bit by bit. It finishes well off-dry, the various caramel malt incarnations doing well to persist, alongside the more fruity, rather than bitter, side of the Chinook hop varietal.

Another decently rendered single-hop affair, where the hop in question seems more than capable of carrying the day, and the beer as a whole. Citrusy, and with enough flora backup singers to effect the sense of complexity that I'm grokking here. Good stuff - I guess my takeaway here is that I like Chinook hops!

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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 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 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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 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 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 DPFRD
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Foamy head, golden, mild carbonation.

S- Dry, biscuity and piney with a little citrus.

T- Bitter and dry up front, followed by the hops stinging the back of your palette. Well balanced.

D- Very enjoyable, my favorite of the Mikkeller single malt ipas. If it wasn't so expensive, I would frequent this beer as is, I can get a Trappist beer or a bomber of some incredible American IPA for the same price.

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Photo of Nickls
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

Pours with a great fluffy slightly off-white head that held pretty well, and provided some chunky/spotty lacing down the glass. Orangey-amber hue that's only a little hazy.

Aroma is a little woody and piney, light sweet malts; hops are out there, but not as prominent as I would have expected. Hops show more in the flavor with a good pine burst and a hoppiness that sticks (in a good way) to the palate; malts are there just for the hop delivery. Straightforward, but very good. Medium to thinner MF; good carbonation. Nice drinking IPA, and I am a fan of this particular hop, so it was a nice treat for me. Well done IPA.

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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 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.

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

A - Pours a moderately hazy, reddish-orange color with a big, off-white head. Head drops down slowly and leaves some pretty solid lacing behind.

S - Herbal, slightly grassy hop aroma with maybe just a touch of piney character. A bit of sweet malt noticeable in the background.

T - Hops are definitely up front, lending and herbal/piney/slightly spicy character. There are also some citrus tones a bit of fresh cut grass. Malt lends a slightly toasty sweetness that balances it out. Finishes fairly dry and bitter, leaving some nice herbal flavors lingering into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Has a silky feel to it.

D - Another tasty selection from this series. The chinook has a fairly complex character on its own, and I enjoyed tasting its unique characteristics. I probably wouldn't buy it again based on the price level, but it was an interesting drink nonetheless.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: The hops contribute citrusy aromas to the nose--smells of grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has some initial malty sweetness. There is only a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink because the hop bitterness is well balanced by the underlying malts and the taste of alcohol is well hidden.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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