Hop Profile: Chinook Hops

Hop Profile: Chinook Hops

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Chinook hops, like many other varieties was developed by the USDA hop breeding program in Washington State, making its debut in 1985. Chinook have a very high alpha acid content, which gives beers brewed with this hop a smooth, light bitterness that is far from harsh and usually very easy to drink.


Because of this, American Pale Ales commonly use Chinook hops, especially higher gravity versions. Chinook hops are great for standard boil additions as well as dry hopping, adding an earthy, piney aroma in this case.



The Low Down

Source – USDA breeding program in Washington State – A cross of Petham Golding with the USDA 63012 male
Brewing Usage – dual-purpose aroma and taste
Aroma – piney, spicy
Flavor – piney, herbal, almost smokey
Alpha Acids – 12.0 – 14.0%
Beta Acids – 3.0 – 4.0%
Possible Substitutions – Nugget, CTZ, Galena
Beer Styles – Pale Ale, Porter
Commercial Examples

Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter
Brew Dog Punk IPA
Green Flash Brewing Extra Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest Ale
Full Pint Chinookie




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