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 | website

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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Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 106
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 metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: The hops contribute citrusy aromas to the nose--smells of grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite citrusy and has some initial malty sweetness. There is only a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink because the hop bitterness is well balanced by the underlying malts and the taste of alcohol is well hidden.

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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 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 kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic pilsner glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Pours a hazy copper colour.

Sm: Light caramel, moderate bittering hops, and light caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Caramelized malt and moderate bittering hops on the climax. Some light cream underlies. Simple build but excellent balance. A good flavour all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour.

Dr: A high price for a mundane IPA from me favourite brewery. I'm a bit disappointed, but it's not a bad beer; it's just simple.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the Chinook hop,I have never had a beer where it is used exclusively till today.Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with a large fluffy white head that left globs of lace behind as it settled slowly.The Chinook spiciness came through in the nose as well as some pine and lighter citric notes,a sweetish caramel base holds true as well.Flavors are somewhat like an old school left coast IPA,spicey,piney,hop,along with underlying citrus notes mixed with a firm sweeter caramel malt base.A solid IPA,old school in my book.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bittersweet orange with bright tangerine borders and a lovely looking crown of pale khaki colored foam. The escape of CO2 sounded just right, the pour was a whispered rush, and head formation and persistence are right on the money. Extensive lace is nice as well.

It's about damn time this under-utilized hop got its own beer. Chinook has always struck me as citrusy, spicy and herbaceous. It's also impressively bitter and resinous, though that isn't apparent in the aroma (obviously). Hints of caramel add olfactory interest.

Chinook Single Hop IPA is as solid as the rest of the Mikkeller Single Hop Series. It's great the way they vary nothing but the hops, which allows us geeks to discern the differences between the various varieties. Too bad these 11.2 oz bottles are so expensive.

The beer, although impressively 'green' and bitter, is still on the balanced side for those who love large lupulins. Specifics include caramel-dipped white grapefruit sections, bites of toast, assorted leafy herbs (ganja), and warming spice (black pepper). Chinook has always struck me as the most aggressively flavored of the C-hops.

Ignore the 'best by' date on the cap (12-22-11 on mine). No way this hoppy treat will last that long. The mouthfeel has no faults. It's at least medium for the style and the bubbles are spot-on.

Even though Chinook is my least favorite of the four C-hops, it's still in my top-10 hops of all-time. Mikkeller has a great thing going with this series. If you're a hophead who loves to try to guess the hop bill when you review, this is an easy recommendation.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a hazed copper hued orange.

Aroma: Fresh pine flavored hops. Grapefruit citrus. Very fresh and earthy. I like it.

Taste: Grapefruit and pineapple citrus right up front. Floral/earthy hops. Some honey sweetness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with a bit of hoppy stickiness.

Overall, an awesome single hopped IPA. This one is very drinkable. I really like the Chinook hops. Awesome beer.

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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 TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Still working my way through the whole set o' these. This one pours a clear sienna-amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises rich, buttery toffee, spicy orange zest, light honeydew, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus now being directly followed by a strong twang of slightly piney bitterness. This bit seems at odds with the still-powerful toffee surrounding it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, but the hops can't compete well enough with the sweet malts. It seems like a nice bit o' balance, but the clash between the pine and the toffee shows it's more of a stalemated fight than a balancing act.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

This beer had a slight pine aroma to it but overall it was weak. The bitterness and pine flavors were fine and I think more than the others, the carbonation aided in the palate connectivity. Maybe this one seems slightly sweeter than the others and that's what made this one better.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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..

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Photo of Tone
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a thick fluffy 2" head that lasts a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, some bitterness, soft citrus, and a hint of earthiness.

Taste: follows the aroma as caramel, orange, soft earthiness, green grapes, and a moderate bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lingers in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: easy quaffing beer and the hop presence is not overpowering here but still packs a punch.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jkwalking05 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is grapefruit hops with some pine mixed in. The flavor is pretty bitter with a lot of resiny and pine notes. I don't get much grapefruit or other citrus in the flavor, which is surprising since it was pretty strong in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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.

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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 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 flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Platinum Liquor at Bellevue Hill. I believe this is the last of the Single Hop series that I have yet to try.

Pours like the rest in the series, a deep reddish orange colour, with a spectacular head of creamy ywllo-white foam. Lacing is good as always, leaving very intricate and tight patterns down the inside of the glass. Looks wonderful.

Nose is spicy with classic Chinook grapefruit citrus characters. Sharp and pungent, but balanced enough with the sweet malt characters to give a piquancy like sherbet. Very American in style (indeed, Chinook is probably one of the "most American" hops to my mind), so much so that it almost overwhelms me in a sense of nostalgia for the US West Coast. Nice.

Taste is quite intense, but still well-balanced. I was expecting a lot of astringency from a Chinook-only bittering schedule, but it seems that everything has been balanced out nicely for the extra alpha acids. Still that pleasant nutty Mikkeller character, with a biting, but not overwhelming bitterness through the centre. Clean and clear and green, but with enough malt backing to give it a basis.

Feel is smooth and clean, but with lots of body.

A very nice drop indeed, and probably one of the best of the series. I have to say that the increased intensity of the hops make this one a more exciting experience.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep orange color woth a tannosh head and good carbonation

S: Sweetness and some tropical citrus fruits.

T: Really sweet up front but the hops, booze and everything kind of kick in and tame ot leaving a nice lighter citrus taste

M: Well carbonated and good

D: Ok but not worth the price.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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