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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

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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)
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GarrisWH

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 07:32:18 | More by GarrisWH
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:43:54 | More by metter98
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-16-2011 04:34:30 | More by oline73
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 17:15:45 | More by david18
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-17-2011 01:54:58 | More by TasteTester
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wnh

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:17:05 | More by wnh
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Swampworks

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-20-2011 01:05:35 | More by Swampworks
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DPFRD

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:08:43 | More by DPFRD
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2013 02:14:05 | More by artoolemomo
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-10-2013 23:33:40 | More by rogerdandy
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 10:39:17 | More by Nickls
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-28-2011 04:07:08 | More by jenray
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 18:12:54 | More by drabmuh
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-10-2012 01:52:55 | More by PEIhop
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 03:56:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-21-2011 19:11:52 | More by Rochefort10nh
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-21-2014 03:34:17 | More by afsdan
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-02-2011 04:32:57 | More by rab53
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 11:50:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cap date: 22/12/11. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger rather slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapefruit hop, and slight citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and subtle fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good IPA. Had an excellent aroma going on with a nicely balanced flavor. However the hops were a little more prominent over the malt, but still quite a nice IPA. A must try if you are a big fan of the chinook variety.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 12:00:06 | More by thagr81us
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 11:19:43 | More by Gavage
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 14:28:09 | More by ToasterChef
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Xul

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 01:36:50 | More by Xul
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Platinum Liquor at Bellevue Hill. I believe this is the last of the Single Hop series that I have yet to try.

Pours like the rest in the series, a deep reddish orange colour, with a spectacular head of creamy ywllo-white foam. Lacing is good as always, leaving very intricate and tight patterns down the inside of the glass. Looks wonderful.

Nose is spicy with classic Chinook grapefruit citrus characters. Sharp and pungent, but balanced enough with the sweet malt characters to give a piquancy like sherbet. Very American in style (indeed, Chinook is probably one of the "most American" hops to my mind), so much so that it almost overwhelms me in a sense of nostalgia for the US West Coast. Nice.

Taste is quite intense, but still well-balanced. I was expecting a lot of astringency from a Chinook-only bittering schedule, but it seems that everything has been balanced out nicely for the extra alpha acids. Still that pleasant nutty Mikkeller character, with a biting, but not overwhelming bitterness through the centre. Clean and clear and green, but with enough malt backing to give it a basis.

Feel is smooth and clean, but with lots of body.

A very nice drop indeed, and probably one of the best of the series. I have to say that the increased intensity of the hops make this one a more exciting experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 06:31:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thick and hazy. Orangish cider color. Nice lacing on glass. Medium hop aroma. Citrus with a big floralness. Nice touch of malt in aroma, well blended. Very smooth grassy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Dry bitterness on end with an orange peel. Moderate carbonation. Very bright and refreshing. Crisp. Warmth brings a little more malt and fullness to end. Aftertaste is slightly long. Amazed by the drinkability for the fullness of the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 17:40:31 | More by despainmakesbeer
Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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