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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010)
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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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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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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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dogfishandi

New York

4.3/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:06:38 | More by dogfishandi
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:09:53 | More by trxxpaxxs
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:21:40 | More by falloutsnow
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:41:53 | More by ms11781
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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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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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artoolemomo

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2013 02:14:05 | More by artoolemomo
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-17-2011 01:54:58 | More by TasteTester
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

09-12-2013 17:41:19 | More by CityofBals
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dfillius

Michigan

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:35:55 | More by dfillius
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:47:44 | More by SFLpunk
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mithrascruor

California

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 14:28:09 | More by ToasterChef
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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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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:58:26 | More by AndyAvalanche
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

07-04-2012 20:58:58 | More by bluesplit63
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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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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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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

05-29-2014 12:41:25 | More by cbnz
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2010 20:39:15 | More by jgasparine
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divineaudio

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:42:12 | More by divineaudio
Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.