Chinookie IPA | Full Pint Brewing Company

very good
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Chinookie IPAChinookie IPA

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.11/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Founders snifter on 3/11/13

Best by Aug 2013
Lot 304

Dark honey and copper hues with some mild haziness. It didn't pour much of a head; only about a 1/8th inch. Thin, soapy retention with some drip of tightly speckled lace.

The hop aroma is fairly different; usual suspects with a bit of uniqueness. Pine and oily grapefruit with candied notions and a hints of lemon soap and herbs. Sugar beet sweetness and biscuit.

Tasting the beer for the first time makes the aroma become displeasing thereafter.

Speaking of first tastes, how about a weird mash up of pine/herbal hops, bready malt and something akin to grapefruit cough syrup (if there is such a thing; if there isn't, it needs to stay that way because this beverage is all the world needs of such a peculiarly bad flavor). It's harsh, almost fusel-like.

The body is medium with a rolling, highly granular and gritty feel underneath the oily slickness. Moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and littered with bitter aspirin.

The bitterness is so bad the finish exhibits characteristics of oxidation and burnt charcoal although neither are an actual concern with this beer.

The saddest thing about this is that is seemly like a well-constructed bad beer. Get rid of the damn aspirin bitterness. What a waste of good hops.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into hand washed and dried shaker
Aroma of citrus and pine, very weak
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 5 mm ring and irregular frothy layer
Lacing fair – partial rings and archipelagoes of froth
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor slightly sweet, flowery, no distinct citrus or pine; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.75

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Photo of weeare138
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appears a glowing orange with a 2 finger head of foam that slowly fades away into a thick collar. Lots of scattered bit of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is great. Lots of citrus, and pine sap that makes me want to jump right in.
This is where it takes a nosedive. Taste is bitter overkill to the point that the tastebuds are numb from the bitterness not allowing any of the malt to shine through. It's a sheer abrasive coating of alpha acids along the tongue.
Mouthfeel is astringent, and tough to swallow due to the bitterness. Says its only 103 IBUs(I've had em higher with less of an effect) but the perceived bitterness is way over the top. I'd like it more if the water treatment was changed to lower that perceived bitterness, and the bittering hops were toned down considerably. Love the dry hopping aroma, guys. I'm just not a fan of actually drinking the beer due to the bitters.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orangish amber color. This off-white head does not stay long, but rings up nicely.

This beer smells a bit sour. There is a malt presence and maybe some cheesy hops. Not really extremely pleasant in the nose. Tastes has some more sweetness and some spicy citrus hops. It's got a bitter finish.

It's got a nice body and mouthfeel, but just comes across as being off.

Not recommended.

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Photo of Bone53
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Hard Rock Cafe (The Aristocrats)

Appearance: Clear copper color with a two finger egg shell colored head

Smell: Cat piss, grassy, slight citrus

Taste: Grassy and catpiss is all i get

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a substantial bitterness throughout; Dry and gritty

Overall: This is one mess of an IPA. I strive to seek high quality beers, and this is far from one of them. Way too much dirty cat piss qualities. It literally reminds me of low quality weed. I wouldnt get this again, even as a local beer. Thats how uninspiring it is. For comparison, i much prefer East Ends Big Hop to this

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Photo of vande
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ~ Murky, cloudy, thickish looking bronze....

S ~ Either my nose isn't working, or the fragrances escaped my pint rather quickly... I got hints of hops, but everything was very light... older bottle maybe? no code, so I'm not sure...

T ~ bitter, somewhat flat tasting IPA... distant grapefruit mixed with some pine..

M ~ slightly thicker IPA, but terribly too heavy... but decent..

O ~ didn't leave a lasting impression...Its been a pretty good week of IPAs and this one, for whatever reason, would not find its way towards the top...Maybe try one more in the future, a fresh bottle?

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Photo of justintcoons
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This is really not how I want an IPA to look. Pours a murky copper tinged amber. There's all types of black sediment swimming around. The head retention is great and piles over 3 fingers with excellent lacing smothering the side.

N: Grapefruit, papaya, mango and caramel.

T: Red grapefruit, caramel and some mango upfront. Mid-palate brings in some balancing caramel and some papaya. Finishes smooth with loads of grapefruit along with some pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, sticky and moderately bitter.

O: This isn't very complex but the flavors work nicely together. It's balanced and not too astringent. Not bad at all but might be better categorized as a hoppy American Amber/Red Ale.

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Photo of whiterabbit
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - copper amber hazy appearance. Nothing noteworthy, not offsetting, just not inviting. No head, and no lacing.

S - earthy, some pine, fairly pungent, yet one dimensional

T - bitterness comes first and foremost, and lingers. Missing any layers. Malt tries to balance, but this is again, a one dimesional bitter beer.

M - I take this as light to monderate. Thin best describes it. Lingering bitterness

O - overall, I am disappointed, chinook hops definitely present, maybe over done. I like bitter finish to my ipa's, but this was just bitter throughout. I did not get any fruit, if its there, it's the pith, not the peel. This one missed for me, and is a one and done.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer poured amber and hazy with a thin yellow head that pretty much fades unless you agitate the beer for aroma and the lacing is nice.

Aromas are of very piney hops grapefruit and sweet amber malt with a bit of bready yeast to it.

Bitterness starts off this fare with hints of pine and very strong grapefruit. About mid-way malt sweetness shows up and then is pushed back by even more piney bitter from the hops. There are strong hints of tropical fruit as well and as this warms they show up better.

The mouthfeel is creamy, full bodied, and dry with moderate or above carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer! I get a strange fruity smell in the aroma that I can't quite put my finger on and it does detract from the beer. It's an IPA so it's hoppy as hell! I'd like to get a taste of this on tap and see how it compares. I would recommend this beer with some good spicy foods. I'm going to score this beer about 3.5 out of 5. It didn't really wow me, but I'm not a huge bitter fan either.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

pours a mostly clear dark golden color, bright white head, decent lacing. aroma of pine, floral, grass. taste is too bitter, and odd herbal aftertaste. I don't think the chinook hops work well as flavor hops here, or it's a bad combination with the other hop varieties. medium bodied.

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Photo of d5001986
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours very cloudy amber, with minimal off-white head.

S: Very floral with orange and tropical fruit.

T: Bitter grapefruit and orange, floral with slight pine. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M: Clean, almost watery light body.

O: Nothing impressive here. Too bitter in my opinion, it's just 'okay'.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours dirty red/copper with lots of haze. Frothy, tan head that's starting to recede. Left a ton of great lacing and still retained a nice cap, even at the bottom of the glass.

S - Slightly metallic. Not much of a hop aroma makes me think not a lot of dry hopping went on. Slightly herbal hops with some light pine. A fair share of dirty/earthy malt character that I have always associated with Marris Otter, but it might just be the crystal.

T - Follows the nose almost spot on. The same malt character is nicely done, but it just doesn't have the hop flavor to match. It has plenty of bitterness, but the hop flavors just aren't there. They start to come through in the finish with some pine/light citrus flavor, but it's there and gone.

MF - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky.

D - About average for the style. Honestly, the flavor is much more akin to an APA than IPA, with the only difference being the amount of bitterness, not hop flavor.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium golden color with white head. Some citrus, grapefruit definitely, and a little pine and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little resinous hop flavor.

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Photo of claytri
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a nice cloudy gold a bit on the dark side. For a hefe about perfect but a bit under for an ipa. The aroma was nice floral hops. Floral citrusy bitte, decent for an aipa. The feel is medium amd wet with a dry finish. Overall this is a very average ipa. Nothing distasyeful and nothing that says wow.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark gold with some frothy white head. Bits of lacing.

Smells like a one hop, one malt pale ale. Light citrus fruit and crackers with herbal hop character. Refreshing aroma.

Taste is similar to a single hop pale ale. Mild citrus and pungent bitterness dominate. Some black pepper and coriander spiciness surround the hops. Cracker and bready malt in the back. Pretty straightforward.

Pretty light with crisp carbonation. Refreshing and totally sessionable. Probably going to session away the rest of this sixer just to move on.

Pretty average..could pass for a decent pale ale. Good for throwing back on a hot day.

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Photo of Beejay
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks mf1462!

A: A very Murky amber brown. Massive white head on this.

S: Has a very fall like smell, almost like wet leaves and grass. Sweet smelling. Very hard to peg down the aroma, perhaps some peach in there as well. Odd.

T: Pretty big hop flavor right up front. Loads of grapefruit. Some malt as well, a bit of tannin flavor and a lingering bitterness. Fairly yeasty.

M: Medium in body, fairly high carbonation.

D: Decent, but not amazing. Still, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: off white head that settles to 1/4 inch thick then dissipates quickly, color is dark copper with lots of suspended yeast, very dense looking.

At first pour the smell is mild malt sweetness with very feint fruity hop notes. As it warms the flavors come through, with hints at sweet apricot.

Taste is pale malt and caramel malt sweetess with grapefruity hop flavors, hints of pine, somewhat dry finish.

Strong flavors on the tongue, and sweet front is quenched by the dry, bitter finish.

Overall, a very solid IPA, nicely bitter, decent hop notes and decent malt backbone. I like the unrefined look of the yeasty, dense copper color.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is orangish amber in color with golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of off-white to beige head.

S - It has a citrus aroma that is grapefruit-centric. I also detect some caramel malt.

T - I get a hint of the caramel malt, then it gets bitter. There is just a lot of bitterness throughout the beer. I get a little citrus, but it is just bitter.

M - Medium with some chalkiness.

O - This is not my favorite flavor profile for an IPA. I prefer some more citrus and less straight up bitterness.

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Photo of Mikus
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looked forward to finding a really fresh bottle of this, and think that 07/21/15 is about as good as I am going to get. Full Pint is fairly local, and I have really enjoyed a couple of their dark beers. Poured amber with a finger of white head that left as quickly as it came. Slight haze and almost rosy hue in the light. Big, clean aromas of orange juice, ripe melon, and some subtle underlying pine. Flavors follow the nose, however, they get muddled together rather quickly and sadly. Crisp, but not overpowering bitterness on the end. Malt stands up to hop, yet I feel as though a bit more on the hop front may have been a benefit. Hint of residual sweetness on the finish. Good beer, not great beer. If you like more balanced IPAs, then this might be all right for you, if you like a hop bomb... look elsewhere.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by my local joint thinking I'd go for a taste of every tap, but settled just on this one... I guess you could say I did it all for the Chinookie

Alright, that was weak and mailed-in, but when I passed up 120 Minute on draught to try this, kitch humor has been earned.

A - Dark gold, very faint Pale Ale. Not much for head-retention. Decent clarity.

A - Some grapefruit... funny, because I recognize Chinook as Piney. Perhaps it has to do with volume and duration. Compared to most IPAs this ain't shit. But most IPA's set a precedent that anything short of is a mile off.

T - Thoroughly enjoyable. Not a mind-blowing blast of hop grenades, just a well-balanced hop-forward beer. Chinook is a like the slutty chicks from college... it leaves for a very tenuous oscillating relationship when it surprises you with what you're craving, but many times it brings heartache or disgust.
Our friends at Full Pint have restrained their use of Chinook enough that is gives off all the pleasant C-Hop qualities without stumbling into zones of crass harshness.

The malt leaves does its job. There's enough caramel to add some complimenting sweetness. Beyond that we're tasting a pedestrian flavor profile.

M - This drinks much like a Pale Ale, though I've been on a Doppel Bock binge, lately. It finishes dry, but it's certainly not substantial. I'm satisfied, but have no reason to be impressed.

O - Out of a random line-up I'd call this one a Pale Ale. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, I'm glad it was so session-able. There's nothing worse than an abuse of Chinook in beer... call it skanky Chinookie (sorry, couldn't resist another). Nothing worse, except an overly malty IPA.
This beer avoids both by playing in safe territory. Something too many craft brewers have forgotten how to do.
A nice change of pace.

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Photo of HopsMathias
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Very light head that did not linger long.
I love the coppery color but just a bit hazy .
The initial flowery/hoppy smell is nice but it is quickly overtaken by a sour smell that is not so good.
The initial taste is light almost sweet followed by the hops bitterness. A second slightly different hops supplies the finish typical of a hoppy brew. I get a slight alcohol taste at the end.
The mouthfeel is light with carbonation that is more evident on the sides and back of the tongue. The carbonation seems more evident once it hits my stomach.
Overall a pretty good representation of an IPA, plus you gotta love the name Chinookie.

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Photo of hersh500
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light amber hazy color

Wonderfuly bright, citrus, grapefruit aroma....begs the first sip

Will appeal to "hopheads"....heavy on IBU's...puckering...lingering "aspirin" aftertaste

Pretty good mouthfeel and head retention....nice legs

Pretty nice most IPA's, balance this one out against some spicy wings

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


A- hazy pale copper color with poor head and no lacing.

S- pungent tropical citrus fruits. smells like apple, grapefruit and pineapple.

F- strong on the grapefuit and citrus.

M- dry and citrus...just like an IPA should be. simple yet tasty.

O- Not a bad IPA. The flavor and mouthfeel saved it though. It is a nice fail safe if you are out somewhere.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. A bit of floaties in it. Smell is of hops, some tropical fruits. Taste is bitter, hoppy, a bit of tropical fruits, somewhat unbalanced for my liking. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Deeply hazed orange brownish color. One and a half fingers of off-white, creamy/frothy head. Retention is a touch above average and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pine and grapefruit hoppiness is the strongest aroma. A touch of earthy and herbalness as well. Bready malts and yeast with a slight caramel undertone. Clean overall, especially given the yeastiness.

3.5 T: Mild bitterness. Lots of pine hop flavor. Grapefruit, earth, and herbs to follow. Orange citrus after that. Bready yeastiness. Caramel to round things off.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is moderate in amount and slightly biting. Lacking creaminess for the most part.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but as far as IPAs go, this isn't too special.

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Chinookie IPA from Full Pint Brewing Company
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