Chinook Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Chinook Single Hop IPAChinook Single Hop IPA
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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Nickls on 03-16-2010

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106
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75
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
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Photo of Nickls
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-honey body with much sweet white head.Lots of lace. Above average mouthfeel A good focussed tasty IPA.Good drinkability.Orange citrussy,piney, juicy mango-lemon, fruity. Caramel. One of the best of the single hop series.I could drink this as a regular staple.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light amber with a soft white head, good retention.

S: Pine, cedar, pink grapefruit.

T: Has a classic northwest flavour, heavy on the pine and citrus with some cedar and herbs. Nice balance with the biscuity malt, an easy to like IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, resiny but not over the top.

D: Another very good single hop beer from Mikkeller. I like this series, it's enjoyable and educational.

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Photo of neorunner
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Haven't had one of these single-hop dealios from Mikkeller in a while, though it is admittedly hard to keep track of them, oh, wait, right.

This beer pours a glassy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually a tad creamy tan head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crackery caramel malt, butterscotch, pine resin, bitter orange rind, a muddled berry fruitiness, and further floral, mildly perfumed hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, toasty toffee, pleasant citrus flesh notes, lesser piney, leafy wet forest astringencies, more semi-sweet dark berries, and herbal, leafy, and floral hops.

The carbonation is quite subtle and enjoyably frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and plainly smooth, the alcohol inching in, bit by bit. It finishes well off-dry, the various caramel malt incarnations doing well to persist, alongside the more fruity, rather than bitter, side of the Chinook hop varietal.

Another decently rendered single-hop affair, where the hop in question seems more than capable of carrying the day, and the beer as a whole. Citrusy, and with enough flora backup singers to effect the sense of complexity that I'm grokking here. Good stuff - I guess my takeaway here is that I like Chinook hops!

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new part of the single hop series, eh? On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's somewhat hazy, color leaning towards iced tea orange, with long lasting head, and lots of thin marks of lacing sticking to the glass. This is quite a bitter beer (certainly more bitter than the Simcoe version I consumed a few days before), but not over the top. There are notes of lychee, pine, and bitter grapefruit in this IPA. Towards the end of my pint, I was getting some of that bready malt base. You'd think this beer was brewed in San Diego and not in Europe, there's so much power in this beer.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of ratedz
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of b3shine
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.89 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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