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Chinook Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Chinook Single Hop IPAChinook Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%


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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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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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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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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
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 +4.6%
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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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +13.6%
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 +2.6%
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 -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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 -1.3%
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 +2.6%
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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PhxHorn

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 16:57:39 | More by Slatetank
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Phelps

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 05:41:17 | More by Phelps
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scottyb88

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 03:05:54 | More by scottyb88
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 04:02:53 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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brendan13

Australia

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 12:11:53 | More by brendan13
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ADZA

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 11:16:41 | More by ADZA
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djbreezy

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:46:06 | More by djbreezy
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srandycarter

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 05:46:36 | More by srandycarter
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 12:38:12 | More by GbVDave
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CMW

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:48:27 | More by CMW
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:45:47 | More by oberon
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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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Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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