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 mithrascruor
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The liquid portion itself is an amber/red color with a glowing light orange when held up to the light. Very good clarity, you can completely see through it. White frothy head with some pretty good lacing to it.

Smell is really good. Hops will jump right out at you without being overly agressive. Citrusy, herbal,floral, and a sweet piney. Pale caramel malts provide a gentle sweetness to the nose.

Taste is also very good, on par with the smell maybe just a little bit unde. Pale malts present again that provide sweetness. NOt as hoppy as I expected based on the smell, but hoppy enough. CItrus is the dominant flavor of the chinook hop in this beer, followed by some zest and pine.

Mouthfeel is good. Lighter bodied with a very clean feel, smooth and a good carbonation level. Has a clean bitter finish, very nice. This is a very drinkable IPA, well balanced and can hold up with any of the other Mikkeller sinble hop brews which is saying a lot.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Nickls
3.98/5  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.

Photo of djbreezy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of jgasparine
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Chinook exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Chinook, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a comparatively faint hop aroma. This seemingly neutral nose MAY have to do with the serving temperature. Very balanced nose overall.

T- On the palate, it's nice and balanced. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across pleasantly earthy and herbal. The finish is very dry, and the hop bitterness lingers earthy and herbal.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- Balanced. Approachable. Almost quaffable. Definitely my favorite out of the Single Hop Series.

Photo of divineaudio
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tulip glass - best by date 12/22/11

a - pours a deep hazy copper color and forma a thick two finger, tan head. the foam dies down slowly and leaves a few puffs of sticky lace in the glass.

s - toasty malt with notes of berry and a bit of citrus.

t - more of the nose, with a little extra sweetness and a strong bitterness on the sides of the tongue that doesn't linger any longer than it should.

m - lighter side of medium with higher carbonation. seems just right for this beer.

o - a well crafted beer and quite enjoyable. i guess i know now exactly which hop varieties i like. really wish this wasn't $6 a bottle because i want more of it.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of neorunner
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer on draft with an almost full line-up of the Single Hop series (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, East Kent, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Tomohawk, Warrior. No Centennial.) at Max's Taproom in Baltimore on 4/24/10.

A lot going on with this hop. Tons of citrusesque bitterness. At first I didn't enjoy this one in the series as much, but that seemed to change as I was about half way through. Possibly as my senses got muted to the more delicate flavors this became more enjoyable. I was surprised to notice that what I liked at first was not always a favorite at the end. I blended this with the nugget single hop for a tasty beer to finish the series with.

Photo of wnh
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of CMW
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Xul
4.07/5  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.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chinook single hop. Color looks a little darker than the other single hop I had earlier, though I could be wrong. Cloudy and hazy in appearance, with a nice head that should leave some quality lacing as I drink it. Aroma is different than the last one that I had. I get peaches and apricots. Similar story with the taste profile, which has a fruit sweetness that I wasn't expecting. Oddly enough, the finish to this beer is ... minty, which completely blows my mind. I've never had a beer with any type of mint characteristics, at least not this pronounced. So this kind of breaks now ground in that regard, at least for me. Flavor profile moves from fruit sweetness with hints of grapefruit in the middle leading into this eucalyptus herbal finish with hints of wintergreen. It's odd, but I like it. Highly complex yet simple malt profile lends to easy drinking. I've had several of these in the past and this one might be the most unique one I've had. If you can find it check it out.

Photo of GarrisWH
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of JoePat
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of b3shine
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to frosty pint glass. Very deep in color. Smells of (you guessed it!) Chinook hops - and not much else. The taste was disappointing, especially when it's $6 a 12 oz. bottle! I appreciate what they're doing with the series, but that doesn't warrant the price. And neither does the fact that it's from Belgium. However, it would be worth a try at a (all-inclusive) beer tasting.

Photo of scottyb88
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of ratedz
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber brown color with a fluffy, off-white head. My first sniff of this beer gave me hints of yeast and bread, but a second whiff revealed more of the citrus and piney hops. The citrus hits first when I took a sip, but it quickly turned to a more piney flavor before it goes down. Smooth and creamy mouth feel and very drinkable, yet nothing too special.

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of DPFRD
3.98/5  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.

Photo of LukeD23
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of berebrando
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 22-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Biscuit, citrus and pine finish.
Brandon: caramel, lots of pine and pretty strong bitterness.

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