Chinook Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Chinook Single Hop IPAChinook Single Hop IPA

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87
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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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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..

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a full on leafy and herbal hop. A soft sweetness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an excellent spicy hop forward IPA.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Tone
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper/maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus (grapefruit), slight sweet malt, and an apple bacon aroma. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, very slight smoke, and slight sweet malt. Overall, I love the smoke in the aroma and this beer is definitely worth a try.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber. Nice thick off-white head and heavy lacing. Hop and sweet malt aroma. Flavor follows with a sharp hop bite, malt and grapefruit flavors. Bitter hoppy finish, but nice progression. I like the Chinook hops. Sharp and piney with a bit of earthy flavor. I'm going to have to compare these all single hops at the some time.

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Date on the cap is 22/12/2011, so I'm thinking we're still good.

Appearance: a tawny light-amber hue with a touch of haze to the body. Head is a finger of frothy light-tan foam with not much retention. Middle-of-the-road IPA.

Smell: sweet, fruity, citrusy, cidery aroma. Reminds me a lot of Cascade hops. Not bad, but it's not my favorite -- it also reminds me of a lot of uninspired homebrews, including my own.

Taste: good malt flavor with some interesting biscuitiness up front and a relatively dry finish. Flavor is a lot more subdued in the hop department than the aroma, which is a good thing. Good, strong bitterness is present, which works well here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of carbonation. Big creaminess on the mouthfeel here -- quite good indeed.

Overall: as homebrewey as I find the smell, the rest of the beer is actually pretty good. I'd have this again if it weren't so damn pricey.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of leafy and pine hops with sweet malts backing everything up. Also present, and more intense as the beer warms, are light amounts of hop spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Unobtrusive malt flavors quickly yield to large hop flavors - mostly pine but as with the aroma some earthy and spicy flavors work their way in as well. All these carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was one of the harsher beers from the series but it also had a lot going on. A solid hop and worth trying.

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The nose is great. Floral, citrus, grapefruit and mild pine and urea are noticeable. The palate opens with a big bitterness with orange peel, a mild astringency and not enough hop flavor. Lingering citrus pith bitterness on the finish, I quite like it. Solid stuff

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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).

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store as part of Mikkeller Mayhem.

Not much different than the other IPAs - light hazy amber with a small cream-colored head that recedes slowly. It's starting to sound repetitive but there was not a lot of variation in the appearance as far as I could tell.

The aroma is spicy and herbal but with a bit of pine resin thrown in. There was a light citrus presence in the nose but the spiciness was the most distinctive characteristic.

The taste surprised me a bit as it was probably the most complex of the single hops for me. There is a light citrus bitterness up front before the caramel malts take over in the middle. But, again, the big Chinook spiciness is still the dominant presence, with a bitter, herbal finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky with herbal and floral resinous hops and is fuller than most of the others.

This was my second favorite of the IPA series (Nelson #1) with a nice sticky complexity despite the use of only one hop. Very nice.

Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for the continued Mikkeller wealth!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a minimal tan head with lacing.

(S)- Very dry. Lots of caramel malts and orange/peach citrus.

(T)- Almost has an earthy clay to this with caramel malts and piney citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. Malty and hoppy with the right amount of bitterness.

(D)- A decent IPA. More flavor and complexity compared to the other single hopped beers. Enjoyable.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last Mikkeller Single Hop I had was the East Kent Goldings. So to contrast I'm throwing myself in the deep end of the pond - so to speak. Wrong coast, I know, but anyway.

Pours a bronze-amber colour; good amount of red in that spectrum. Head is quite enormous, 3.5 fingers thick and tightly packed, dense bubbles with only minimal sinkage on the top. Lace is beautiful and there is a small stream of carbonation. Damned fine-lookin' beer.

Smells very much of hops. Pleasant West Coast character with dominant citrus - lemon with a touch of sherbet. Some banana leaf aroma and a herbal tinge at the back, mint, thyme and lemongrass. Not as aromatic as some I've had, but nicely complex, and pleasant.

Taste does indeed grab you by the balls, as I'd have expected. A tight, savoury bitterness starts very early, almost before the caramel malt is able even to announce itself. Lots of mint grapefruit rind on there that allows for some tangy flavours to show through on the mid and again at the very end. Very much dominated by earthy bitterness; after the early mint spike, characters of tobacco and a whole heap of pepper in the bag. Decent body but it's able to dry out your mouth in one sip. Enough flavour and interest to keep me going though.

An agressive hop but used as sparingly as possible by Mikkel and, as a result, a palatable beer. But Chinook is a potent little explosive and let that be a lesson to you all: use sparingly!

Photo of mrfrancis
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of pine, biscuits, cream, and citrus are present on the nose. I'm expecting this one to be bitter...

T: Notes of pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, biscuits, cream, herbs, and perhaps caramel are quick to develop on the palate. The finish is earthy, herbal, and bitter with notes of tart citrus mingling with a minty, herbal bitterness. More complex than I was expecting.

M: Medium bodied, firm, smooth, and gently carbonated. Very drinkable despite the high hop bitterness.

O: I think this is an excellent IPA. There are some flavors in here that I do not normally associate with Chinook. A very good demonstration of this hop's qualities.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  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.

Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.