Chinookie IPA | Full Pint Brewing Company

very good
125 Reviews
Chinookie IPAChinookie IPA

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I did a for the "nookie." This beer has been "nookied" 4 times during the brewing process and then "dry nookied." It says so on the bottle. it also states that it has 103 IBU.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bright blazing orange color with minimal head and lots of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. Strong scents of hops. Chinock hops were mostly used, but 3 other varieties were used also. Full body of flavors lots of grapefruit and strong pine. This beer is certainly over the top. Mouthfeel is slightly oily. Very drinkable. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of SeanLav
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I loved this beer!!! Could not tell the appearance inside the brown bottle but other reviews might help you there. Smell, nice pinny/citrus aroma. Taste was vary appeasing, very grapfruity, compareable to a DFH 90min. As for the drinkability, I could drink this all day long. Full Pint has done a excelent job in crafting this IPA.

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Photo of Zormac
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy this beer from start to finish I am currently on number two for the night. this beer has everything I like about an IPA it smells like grapefruit zest with a very shallow hint of pine. taste like grapefruit peel extremely bitter (but that's what I like) with very small hint of sweet the mouth feel of this beer is wonderful and coats the entire mouth the after taste lingers with grapefruit and a sappy pine. I love this style of beer. sorry I don't use proper terms but I say how it feels. again I enjoy this beer

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours an opaque copper color with a tan colored one finger head, remnants of which stay on the top of the beer until the end. Good lacing and carbonation.

The smell is strong with grapefruit and pine hops. There is a little orange and floral hops smell as well. There is also a roasted malt and caramel smell. If you let the brew warm up for a few minuets you will detect a smoky smell.

The taste, happily follows the nose with grapefruit, pine, orange, melon and caramel all hitting the tongue in quick succession, one right after the other; very well balanced.

The mouth feel is thick and chewy then oily on the back end. Oily, piney hops sit on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is another winner from full pint in Pittsburg, PA. This is a very well balanced IPA and deserves to be near the top of any hophead's "go to" list. If you like a well balanced IPA, and who doesn't, give it a try.

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Photo of motherofalldogs
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite IPA.

Appearance is a bit dark for an IPA, with some cloudiness.

Smell gives me grapefruit, pine, and several other notes of citrus.

Taste is hoppy enough, but not so hoppy that my tongue goes numb. While many super-hoppy IPAs please my palate, I usually need to drink them with food. Chinookie is drinkable on its own, no food required.

Taste includes pine, some citrus, and a slight hop wallop.

Mouthfeel is good -- stiff, but not enough to leave me with cottonmouth.

Overall, I'm loving Chinookie.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another new one for me i decided to try this one out late night style and cracked it while enjoying some fine tunes.

great pour with a hazy, light amber color and a smooth and even creamy head of white that capped the top nearly perfectly. aroma is deep citrus, grapefruit with touches of bright lemon and a hint of an earthy grain that pops up mid palate. smooth, dry finish with a crisp and clean lingering hop flavor on tongue/

overall really a very solid beer with a great profile and a smooth and easy drinking feel. i could throw this down all night

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good local offering.

Lots of fresh grassy floral spicy hop notes in the nose. Slightly cloudy color, reddish copper pigment. Oily mouthfeel with a full presence on tongue. Plenty of malt here for a full body. Lingering finish. Quite good and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow another PA brewery that looks promising. Picked up a bottle at D's for 2.50 with the takeout discount.

A - Wow amazingly hazy for an IPA and sort of dark brown too. Nice fluffy white head that sicks with moderate lacing. mmm...

S - Slight grassy yet mild mango or citrus hops, grapefruit? Not sure but it smells dry hopped yet malty with a balance.

T - With four great hops it have a very fine citrus/grapefruit type flavors. It really is interesting to see such a dry hopped beer taste smooth. I can suspect that it must be one of the three types of malt that balances the bitter and retains the sweet. Complex...

M - very succession able at 6.2% Bitter and tasty

D - Overall I picked up a case this afternoon since I loved it. A great staple beer for my fridge. yummy!

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Floral hop up front. Pine, sweet pale/crystal malts. Bready. Mild grapefruit/citrus.

Appearance: Deep gold, cloudy. Lots of small particulates, some larger particulates floating about. Two finger white head. Good retention, never less than a nice creamy layer. Average lacing.

Flavor: Sweet malts at first, quickly mixing with the bitter hop flavor. Lighter hop flavor than expected, I expected very bitter with the heavy dose of Chinook hops. The label indicates that it was also brewed with Warrior, Centennial, and Magnum hops.

Medium body. Creamy. On the oily side. Little carbonation.

Overall Impression: Both the malts and hops are prevalent here. Nice complexity, with nothing being overdone. The hops almost taste bitter and sweet at the same time. Flawless blending with the malts. Very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head; plenty of lace left behind, however

Smell: Pithy orange and biscuity malt

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, but it doesn't take long for the bitter, pithy and orangey hops to make the presence felt; after the swallow, the hops settle down and a stone fruit and graham cracker character arrives out of the blue to provide a complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Had this on cask the other night and now in the bottle; Pittsburgh can be proud of its newest brewery - they are making some very nice beers

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes on 8/28/10*

Fairly aggressive pour into my pint glass, nice golden orange body with atleast an inch of white head leaving lots of lacing. Lots of Chinook hops in the nose, great floral smell along with some bitter citrus notes. I'm getting nothing but hops upfront, mainly grapefruit, some pine - much more citrusy than the floral aromas led me to believe. This IPA tastes extremely fresh, a great balance of bitter sweetness. Medium bodied and nice carbonation in the mouth. I hope to see more of this beer make it into my neck of the woods, a great in-state IPA I'd love to have again!

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Photo of admccabe
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from growler (got on tap at bottle shop) into pint glass. Mid to Light amber color
S- Smelled lightly of citrus and pine
T- Very hoppy, immediately. Tasted some bitterness similar to that of a grapefruit, delicious!
M- Very crisp, had a fruity aftertaste. I loved how aggressive the hops were in the beginning and it had a nice finish, no lingering of any unwanted flavors (IMO)

Definitely love this IPA, I think its from around the Pittsburgh area, so I'm lucky that my local Philly bottle shop had it on tap. Definitely an IPA I would pick up again. (Modest price: $17 for a 64 oz growler)

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Photo of largecar73
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Windber Hotel about a month ago. Picked up a case in Somerset last week and my review is based on the bottled version poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange in color with a one finger head that faded in a few minutes. Left spotty lacing from top to bottom.

S: Spices and citrus on the nose up front. Also picked up some caramel and a touch of alcohol. Hops are the main thing happening here.

T: Very tasty! Bitter and hoppy up front with a slight malt backbone. Finishes bitter, peppery, dry and crisp. The bottle says 103.1 IBUs but I really don't think its quite that high. Seems to be more like in the 90-95 range.

M: Fairly thick and chewy mouthfeel with some tingling from the carbonation. Feels almost like a DIPA.

D: I could drink a lot of these. This is a very solid IPA that satisfies with every sip.

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Photo of BRLockwood
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this one on Nitro at Boxers in Huntingdon, PA. Haven't had it any other way so this is the only way I can review it. I found it rather tasty, smooth, and creamy! I would drink this again!

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Photo of buzzedup
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a friend of mine droped off a few of these,

A. not much here no head but some decent lacing
S. a little skunkey but not in a bad way i think its the hops
T. very hoppey would love to know the IBU on this one i was a bit surprized how bitter and dry it was. again in a good way
M perfect for a IPA
O. i was pleasently surprised. was a very good beer . i would try again and would love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Wexford Ale House.

A: Pours a hazy orangish brown color with a small off white foam head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Lots of bitter floral hops are present. There is a slight scent of bready malt, but the hops is up front.

T: Very bitter and very hoppy. The floral hops dominate at first taste but the oh so slight bready malt character shows up and takes a little of the edge off. Still quite hoppy.

M: Slightly slick and bitter.

D: I really enjoy the taste of this beer, could easily drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a hazy medium to deep amber with a half finger off white head. Spotted lacing.

S: Light floral and grassy hops. Light sweet malts also present. I'm also picking up some subtle spice - cinnamon like almost.

T: You would never expect such a bold taste from the smell. Floral, grassy, and all things earthy bring a very nice bitterness level. Some pine and grapefruit flavors as well. Little to no malt backbone - which is not a bad thing at all in my book - reminds me Smuttynose's Finest Kind. Solid IPA.

M: Resinous hops. Medium bodied and moderate to high carbonation.

D: Great beer here. Makes me want to seek out some other beers with similar hop profiles. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL OZ bottle into a pint glass. BEST BY MAY2013. LOT 281.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Beer is very "thick" looking.

Smell: Citrusy hop aroma. Somewhat sweet in the nose.

Taste: VERY HOPPY. Bordering on Stone Ruination territory. The bottle label talks about this beer being hopped four times during the brewing process and then dry hopped, all of which is very evident. Grapefruit, tropical fruits and a pine finish. This is actually delicious.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and leaves quite an aftertaste.

Overall: I tend to prefer hoppy ales with light bodies, but at the same time will knock beers I perceive as too "watery". This has a fairly light body (as evident in the 6.2 ABV), but has a ton of hop flavor. My taste buds want to shout Stone Ruination clone, but it is not quite as refined.

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Photo of IronLover
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orange in color with a deep haze. Generally has a raw unfiltered appearance. Poured with a dense, rocky, off-white foam that reduces to a healthy cap that leaves lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Piney and grapefruit hop aromas with sweet caramel malt beneath. The pine hop aroma is dominant. Smooth but resinous feel. On the heavier side of full-bodied with nice carbonation. Pine and citrus grapefruit hop flavors from beginning to end with pine hop flavors being dominant. A sweet malty caramel malty backbone throughout. Finishes with a a pine hoppy bitterness. Thoroughtly enjoyed this IPA. Would have it time and agian.

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Photo of nhindian
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

When I was at my local distributor in Pittsburgh after a few months away, my friend working there told me to stick around if I could as they were having a little tasting of Full Pint brews. I had to eat dinner, but was able to catch the tail end on the way home. Chatted for a while with their distributor and he even gave me a few bottles to take home! Before the tasting, I've actually never heard of this brewery. It is relatively close to Pittsburgh, located in North Versailles, however it is just getting on its feet. Here's to new microbreweries! The beers we had included this one, the White Lightning Wit, and the All-In Amber.

A - Even after an aggressive pour, I was only able to muster about a finger's worth of head out of this murky, burnt amber colored beer. Cloudy enough to obscure any appearance of carbonation. Moderate lacing from where the head was.

S - The nose of this beer is almost all citrus fruits and slight traces of flowers. Not much pine presence at first, but as it warms up it does seem to round out the nose. Lots of grapefruit and orange in particular.

T - Upon first tasting, this beer really hits you with full rush of bitterness. I haven't had such a hop-forward beer since my first run-in with Pliny. As it flows through the mouth, the bitterness makes way for the grapefruit and more floral tones. I would like to see more of a pine presence than what is currently offered, however. Malt presence is subtle at the end to help smooth out the bitterness a bit, but it's effort is a bit futile.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Even a few minutes after sipping, there is a noticeable citric bitterness throughout the mouth. Could be a bit smoother.

D - Drinkability is moderate to high. It smells great and the flavor is spot-on, but the lingering bitterness is a bit of a deterrent. Not sure of the ABV of this one or why it's not printed on the label when things such as which malts and hops were used, the original gravity, and IBU are mentioned, but if I would guess on it, I'd put it at around the high-6's to mid 7's.

Overall a pretty solid offering for this up-start brewery. After a few more months I could definitely see this brewer competing with some great beers.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 1L growler of this to share whilst watching the Penn State game outside at shertz's house. Poured chilled from the growler into a tumbler

A - A dark amber the color of peach nectar w/ thick bone white cap, lace clings adequetly

S -The smell is moderate bitterness a little under bitter actually with a more herbal and slightly lemony hop odor, slight floral aspect with a light pine tinge

M - The feel has moderate asrtingency and bitterness, however the resinous hop oils are present and carbonation is medium with a semi-dry finish, and medium body overall

T - The flavor is very good with a citrus hop note that has some pine aspsects, but generally comes off as A c-hopped IPA without an overly aggressive bitter taste, more focused on citrus and herbal flavor hops which is nice and the malt seems to anchor the flavor well

D - Theis is very tasty and well brewed I hope to enjoy more from this brewery based on this beer -a nice amount of hop flavor and it doesn't overextend and give a lot of astringency which to me makes for a highly drinkable IPA

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Photo of hosehead83
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clever name and nice informative label.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Big blast of piney Chinook hops and then some. White grapefruit juicy bitterness. Great hop flavor and mouthfeel. Nice match for a hunk of strong blue cheese or spicy fare. Recommended.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is great stuff!! I'm quite a hophead, and this beer stands out. The nose is fresh hops, and the taste doesn't disappoint. Bitter, grapefruit, grass, and sweaty IPA goodness. Extremely drinkable and yet it can go head to head with bigger IPAs. I'll be buying this by the case. Full Pint does it again!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Provided by nhindian. Happy Thanksgiving!

A: Hazy copper pour with a huge white head. Very fluffy, the head towers over the top of the glass without overflowing, and laces really well down the side of my pint glass. Retention is very nice as well.

S: Grapefruit and pine coming through on the hops, which would be expected from Chinook hops. Wish the smell was a bit more powerful, but I do find it quite enjoyable.

T: The taste follows the smell nicely. Light grapefruit hops with a bigger bitterness. The balance is nice in my opinion. I like the bitterness taking over with a clean fruit taste like the grapefruit here.

MF: Crisp and very drinkable. Light body and carbonated very well.

O: I very much liked this. Balanced, drinkable, great taste, would certainly buy this again, especially at the cheap price point it sells for in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy apricort like clouded orange with a nice thicket of white head, speckled scattered lacing. Aroma has a nice deep tropical/citrus fruit note with hints of earthy pine. Flavor nice assertive bitterness with citrus/pine vying for attention. Strong full frontal onslaught of bitterness, sticks around between sips. No cloying booze or sweetness, a bit unbalanced toward the hops (I'm pretty sure that's the intent here with the label stating they "nookied" the beer four times during the boil and "dry nookied" it as well. Tropical fruit/apricot fruitiness is found in here as well, tha works with the big hop additions. Mouthfeel is a bit resinous, medium bodied easy going carbonation. The last bottle I tried to review had some definite carbonation issues so I chose not to pen a review. Since then it looks like they worked out the kinks with their bottling line. Drinkability overall is for the true hop head, but this will make most newbies turn and run. Pittsburgh has a couple solid IPAs including East End's Big Hop, Fathead's Headhunter, and Rivertowne's Old Wylie.

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