Chinookie | Sun King Brewing Company

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4.35 w/ 6 ratings

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by salvo on 08-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chinookie pours crystal clear yellow with a one inch head of fluffy foam that dissipated to islands that lasted through the glass from the growler into a standard pint. The smell is pine forest fresh redolent of the overwhelming use of Chinook hops, the only hops used in this beer.

Again, one-notes are not usually my thing, but Sun King has been playing a serious hoppy game recently; this is an amazingly crisp, refreshing hop-bomb that delivers a lot of flavor with few ingredients. There is enough malt to carry the hops, but you cannot call this balanced, and yet that's perfectly okay with me. Slight alcohol burn unmasked by malt sweetness; very dry.

At 8% this is both a flavorful and potentially session-able IPA. Okay, probably not exactly session-worthy, but it's also not a monster. Thin mouthfeel is okay because of the dryness, which also makes it very drinkable.

From their website: "Chinookie IPA is our Pro-Am entry for the Great American Beer Festival this year. It is a scaled up version of homebrewer and friend of the brewery, Michael Pearson. Michael won a couple medals with Chinookie on the AHA/NHC circuit this year, so we decided to scale it up from 5 gallons to 500 gallons!" Let's hope they get some recognition so Chinookie gets a spot in the rotation!

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with half inch off white head. Smell is mostly pine with hint of citrus.

Taste is heavy tannin/bitter up front followed by biscuity malt. This is very reminiscent of Surly's Furious (which I've only had once so give me a break if you disagree).

Very impressed, alcohol is a little too noticeable in the finish, but otherwise a Very solid IPA. If you like IPAs, this one will certainly remind you why.

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Photo of HosP
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attended the HBG4 party at Sun King. Spent almost all my larger pour tickets on this beer once I sampled it.

A- Poured nice golden orange color. Slightly hazy with a nice 1 finger white head on it. Left good amounts of lacing on the glass.

S- Strong notes of pine hops. You can tell all chinookie hops were used.

T- Great hoppy flavors come through from start to finish. Thought it was a DIPA for most the night. 8% abv wasn't noticeable at all. Especially after a few of these. Very little malt flavor came through, but was a little present towards the end of the drink.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Very smooth drink.

D- Great beer. Can't wait to be able to hopefully buy this beer locally. Drank more of this than anything that night by far. Would love to have some more!

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Photo of forummember
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of robwestcott
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an interesting beer. uber hoppy, major heat to the roof of the mouth. bitter forward.

poured from the tap to a generic pint glass a translucent near amber (though it's a little dark in here, so it may not actually appear amber in the light of day), with a 1/2 finger head leaving nice lace.

extremely subtle aroma, nearly not there... pine and a bit of citrus perhaps.

super spicy hot bitter forward, fading nicely to a sweet caramel malt in the wayback.

highly carbonated, bitter all over the mouth, there's no escaping it.

drinkable - uh, well, not really.

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Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Chinookie from Sun King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 0 out of 100 with 6 ratings
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