Aroma Profile: Chinook has a very distinctive aroma of pineapple, grapefruit and pine.
Alpha Acids 11-15%
Beta Acids 3-4%
Total Oils 1.5-2.5 mL/100g
Chinook is a child of the ’80s. It was crafted by crossing USDA 63102 (fancy name, we know) with the good old English Petham Golding. The USDA stumbled across a firm favourite of craft brewers, and it has been used the world over to create some stunning craft beer since. We’re excited to be growing Chinook in the UK now. It is a reasonably hardy hop, perfect for the British weather and is in short supply due to its popularity. In fact, we sell out of this hop a lot, so if you are considering this hop for your next creation, we urge you to get it as quickly as you can to avoid disappointment!
The reason for this popularity is simple. Chinook is a dual purpose hop that is good for the beginning of the boil but really shines in the middle. This hop is excellent for American-style craft beers including pale ales and IPAs too, all of which are very popular right now. However, this lovely little hop also lends itself to some seasonal ales, stouts, porters and barley wines. It does have a hefty and distinctive aroma with a lovely spicy bouquet that many craft brew fans can recognise instantly. There are also some beautiful tones of herbs and pine in a fresh batch.
All of this adds up to a craft brewer’s dream hop! It is wonderfully versatile and creates some stunning beers. It is also a joy to brew with too. The fact that it can be added into any part of the boil and bring a fresh and exciting taste to the brew is a lovely, lovely thing. Craft brewers continue to use Chinook because they can craft loads of fantastic tasting beers from one hop just by changing their timings.
Due to Chinook’s popularity, we do sell out of it quickly, particularly as we are one of the only growers of Chinook in the UK. So, if you fancy giving this incredibly fresh hop a try in your next beer, grab it while you can.