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