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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
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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..

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 04:09:53 | More by Mebuzzard
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mithrascruor

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:03:23 | More by mithrascruor
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 11:19:43 | More by Gavage
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:41:03 | More by JoePat
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

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?

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 21:18:57 | More by hoppymcgee
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LukeD23

Delaware

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 20:26:04 | More by LukeD23
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 04:23:29 | More by Sammy
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bruachan

District of Columbia

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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:18:27 | More by bruachan
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 19:38:00 | More by Arenbeer
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 18:39:06 | More by bigfnjoe
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Xul

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 00:50:23 | More by yemenmocha
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peabody

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 22:44:38 | More by peabody
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 13:17:35 | More by avalon07
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 23:44:17 | More by Mora2000
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billshmeinke

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 07:26:03 | More by billshmeinke
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dgilks

Australia

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).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 05:56:55 | More by dgilks
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 23:05:22 | More by BEERchitect
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GarrisWH

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Big, awesome, citrus aroma! Big creamy juicy tropical fruit rind in the flavor. More citrus, lemons and limes. Grapefruits again, but in their nice, sweet, sugary, form. I like! Almost no piney, earthly bitterness. Just fruit rind bitterness!

Excited to use in some homebrews!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 15:18:31 | More by coryking
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PhxHorn

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 21:51:07 | More by PhxHorn
Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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