Chinookie IPA | Full Pint Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a darker orange/tangerine with a solid two fingers of head that sticks around for the ride. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose has solid citrus and pine notes backed up by the caramel malts.

Taste follows suit: citrus, pine, grapefruit, and a lingering maltiness. Solid.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the brew. Medium bodied with active carbonation that lifts the hop profiles off of the palate.

Overall an enjoyable IPA. Nothing outstanding going on here but definitely a solid brew that I would enjoy again given the chance.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -medium amber color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-citrus with hints of pine and some slight bitterness

T-citrus and pine with some caramel malt and moderate hop flavor

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent IPA for every day drinking

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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 RonfromJersey
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cloudy dark orange body, topped by four fingers of white bubbles of all sizes and shapes. Head decays rapidly. Good lacing.

Aroma is subdued pine up front backed by citrus. Good but I'd prefer a little more agressive.

Strong caramel foundation. Then pine mixed with citrus. Finally a bitter abrasive finish and afterglow, which is not a bad thing.

Semi-smooth mouthfeel with a bit of pricklyness.

A solid drinkable ipa and a good first impression from Full Pint.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Sam Adams glass. Copper hazy orange color with about one finger of off white head leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma of citrus fruits, grapefruit, maybe some orange.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. There is some slight bitterness.

This is very drinkable for 6.2% ABV

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the growler into a Middle Ages nonic pint glass. Forms about a finger's worth of creamy off-white head. Decent retention and some light lacing. Beer itself is a slightly hazy darker amber in color.

S: What I can smell, smells pretty good, but the aroma is quite faint. Mostly grapefruit, some pine and a little caramel malts.

T: This one comes off quite different than most IPAs and I'm not sure I care for it. Starts with an intense, but fleeting, caramel malt sweetness. It quickly dissipates to mild citrus hops, but they fade rather quickly as well. Then the beer goes watery before a piney bitterness comes around on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Having brewed with Chinook in the past, this beer is surprisingly unfamiliar to me. Would've expected something a little bit more intense and with a lot more pine. A bit on the sweet side for my taste as well. But, overall, this is still a good, quite drinkable beer.

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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 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 burnstar
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a small head. Great resiny piney hop smell. Strong bitterness from start to finish. Pine. Strong herbal hops. Bitter grapefruit. Background sweetness. Crisp lingering bitterness. Pleasant. Medium bodied and well carbonated. I like chinook hops and brewed an IPA myself that was primarily hopped with Chinook. This is pretty much what I expected. Easily drinkable. Overall a very nice IPA.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Deli in State College, PA

A - Light to medium orange with a yellow glow and a small amount of white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine, some orange zest. Slight sweetness.

T - Follows the nose. A good bitterness up front. Citrus, pine, some herbal notes and a slight caramel sweetness.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved the label with the little Chinookie guys. I was pleased to see this was from PA as I always like to try local. Poured into my Geordie Schooner. Brilliant copper color and decent one finger head. Smell was of a bit of grapefruit and some pine. Taste was the same with hops dominating the malt only slightly. This was a good basic IPA. Not as over the top or complex as some, just a solid easy drinker. Would like to try on tap.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this from a local beer store for $33 with four selections of beer. I could have bought Sly Fox 113 IPA, but I thought I'd try these. Let's just say, I'll go for the Sly Fox next time.

A: Cloudy, darker brown , tiny particulate floating. Small head and lace. Good start.

S: Grapefruit and straw. Perhaps a raisin note.

M: Mildly bitter aftertaste, light foaming, sweet middle.

T: Abundant fruitiness and sweet comes out right away with an alcoholic backbone. Slight grapefruit hops, but more resembles candy in taste.

O: The best of the four in the sampler. Really just OK but better than some pales/IPAs I've had. Still, when SN's Torpedo is cheaper and a better example, it's a hard standard.

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Photo of kkipple
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed at "One for the Road" in Wexford. Weird, possibly Jersey Shore inspiried name and artwork. Two hop cones in a hottub... hmm... pours into a pint.

A. Darker then most make 'em these days, this is an unfiltered, deep yellow / light copper that, sitting in my nonic pint and with a fine looking inch tall off white head, looks quite English. Some ringing lace on the sides of the glass and little strings of bubbles cap it off.

S. Grapefruit hops, mild sweetness, green, reserved, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale comes to mind. Nothing out of the ordinary, but clean and pretty good.

T. SNPA again with more body. Refreshingly bitter, doesn't try to be too much. Solid hop-bitter finish, some malt to back up. Drinks well for a 6.2%, very well. I like that the ingredients are listed on the side; now all we need is a freshness date.

M. Quite nice, almost creamy, full. Pleasing finish.

Chinookie is bit better than your average local IPA. Recommended if this is in your neck of the woods and you want something easy to put back.

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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 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 bigdeuce
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice sticky head with plenty of lacing. Pours a nice amber color. Nice looking beer. Scents of roasted malts and a very bitter and piney nose. Wow, tastes nothing like the scent. Exploding hops. Not sure about the 103.1 i.b.u. it claims, however. It is quite hoppy, however, like an american IPA should be. For the hopheads, without a doubt. A bit unbalanced, like a true IPA. Quite a bitter finish. This is a pretty good beer, locally brewed and I will purchase this one again, without a doubt.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange with lote of off white head. Smells a bit skunky and off... Sme slight hops bit not particularly potent. Motley just sweet and dry. Fairly bland taste. Overall a decent mouthfeel and well carbonated. Not something i would recommend to anyone.

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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 WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batting third on my evening out at Tulune's Southside Saloon in Johnstown, PA!!! is the Full Pint Chinookie IPA. This beer poured a cloudy golden with simple white head that wasn't real thick. The scent gave birth to pine and citrus....quite nice. The taste was powered by grapefruit to start....with a subtle pine to follow. The grapsfruit hung on the pallet. The mouthfeel was hinder by the over powering grapefruit, ehich left an acidic type feel. At the end of the day I could hang in on a session of this beer.

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

Pours a cloudy copper orange. Smells of hops. Nice floral op aroma with pine and grapefruit in the background. Just a hint of citrus too.

Tastes just like the aroma. All hops. Slight sweetness gets passed up by the bitterness. Bitterness is right on track for the style.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. Too often these breweries try to hard to overdo the style. But Full Pint does a good job of making a good representation of the style.

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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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Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy amber gold with a thin white head.

Smells of mild wet hops and a bit of citrus and malt grain.

Tastes very floral hoppy, but not too bitter, with hints of clover and honey.

Body is medium with a mild tingly carbonation over the tongue.

Really good tasty IPA that will appease hop heads while also not turning off fans of maltier beers. Brings a lot to the table while remaining refreshingly light and sessionable. Full Pint is going to be a really good brewery if it keeps producing beers like this.

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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 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 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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Chinookie IPA from Full Pint Brewing Company
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