Chinook Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Chinook Single Hop IPAChinook Single Hop IPA

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87
very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 3
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 dgilks
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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 DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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
4.02/5  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 sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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 mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 gford217
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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 laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.88/5  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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with an inch or two foam head.

Smells faintly of orange and citrus. Not as robust an aroma as I'd anticipated.

Tastes like acrid orange rind, a splash of juicier sweet citrus, and an interesting ... pungent bitterness ... background. Interesting.

With this series, I'm starting to see why breweries combine hops as a general rule. A bit one-note ... there really isn't much going on. The acrid, almost burnt orange aftertaste is a bit distracting.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.61/5  rDev -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?

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
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

Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. 22/12/11 on cap. had this side by side with the cascade single hop.

pours out a orange almost bordering on brown, pretty cloudy. big beautiful frothy off white head. great retention and some really nice lace.

dank, resinous pine with some nice mintiness and hints of citrus. malts provide a nice balance, sweet caramel with some alcohol.

i really love this hop! lots of nice bitterness, loads of resiny pine and citrus, bits of mint. again very nicely balanced by caramel, slighltly biscuity malts and some alcohol heat. reminds me just a little of 90 minute.

medium to almost heavy in body, lots of resins and oils attacking the palate after each sip. perfect amount of carbonation.

i wish these came in six packs and werent so expensive, because these are some great tasting, highly drinkable ipas.

a great learning expierience this was, a great idea to try as many as you can side by side. ill be searching for more. out of the 2 i had, the chinook was better IMHO, but they were both delicious! try em if you can!

Photo of ms11781
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a semi-cloudy, copper color with a 1 finger white head that gives way to a foamy cap. Decent lacing on the glass.

Nose is a resiny, piny aroma with a hint of citrus and rounded out by some sweet malt scents.

Taste is similar although a bit more of the fruity flavors come through. Pine taste up front followed by the citrusy flavors and a nice caramel malt going in the background.

Medium carbonation but overall the beer seems to be a bit heavier than that. Dry, bitter finish.

As with the last one of these single hop series beers I had (Nugget), one in a sitting is enough as the point seems to be (obviously) showing off each different hop by itself. Still highly drinkable, but switching another in the series might be a better idea.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour produces an exceptionally large, off-white head. Retention is excellent, as it lasts for several minutes and really never dissipates completely (always a thin head present). Lacing is plentiful and complex across the entire glass.

Scent is definitely spicy, mildly peppery, obviously from the Chinook hops. After this fades from notice, I also get slightly earthy, dirt-like tones. Still, the nose is fairly undeveloped on this.

Tastes full of spicy, bitter chinook hop flavor. Satisfyingly sharp with a bit of malt pokes through. Some smokiness near the very end. Finish is with a bit of alcohol bite.

Carbonation is fairly high and aggressive, but the malt backbone is enough to sustain this. Pleasant. Finish is expectedly dry.

Overall, a satisfying and pleasant IPA. I would like a bit more aggressive nose, but wouldn't change anything else.

Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of brendan13
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of dfillius
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger off-white rocky head with great retention. Hazy orange-crimson liquid. I retained the last little bit in the bottle due to sediment.
S: Slight cardboard under it all. Fruit esters, pine, citrus hops highlighted. Too much alcohol, not enough hops.
T: Caramelly sweetness opens well with flat cardboard/sherry. Slight raisin. Bitterness soon rushes in with citrus dominating the profile - both grapefruit and tangerine. Slight sulfurous allium flavor at the end, almost garlic-y. Tasty but not world class.
M: bitter and a tad astringent, maybe numbing even. Almost chewy, full.
O: Fairly solid, nicely very bitter IPA. A tad old unfortunately, but tasty for the most part. I'd have another pint, but i won't buy another bottle.

Photo of bruachan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Photo of SFLpunk
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to rtepiak for these two bottles. Reviewed side by side, Chinook and Warrior.

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Cap dated 22/12/11. Gushed a little upon opening...old? Don't know if that's a production or expiration date.

Pours a murky tawny brown with thin off-white head. Nose is mostly about the malt, with some candied mixed citrus notes milling about.

Palate is aggressively bitter, but it's clear this is past it's prime. The malt dominates the flavor with some caramel chocolates flavor. The finish is astringent and drying with some bitter citrus rind flavors.

Notes: Both bottles are showing bad signs of age. Will re-rate if fresher bottles present themselves.

Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.