Chinook is a bittering hop, although it has been used successfully as a dual purpose hop and is grown in the USA. It has an Alpha Acid of 11-15% and a Beta Acid of 3-4%.
It has aromas of Smoky, Herbal, Mild to Medium-Heavy Spicy, Piney, Grapefruit, and Resin which can add a harsh bitterness and therefore Chinook should be used sparingly in the boil. The name comes from a Native American Tribe indigenous to the region around Washington State.
Chinook Hops can be slightly spicy and have a smoky earthiness quality but it is really known for its impressive pine and resin character with distinctive spice and grapefruit notes. In its raw state it is unmistakeably herbal and almost smoky with notes of tarragon, juniper, basil and lavender but all of this comes together with well balanced citrus and sweet fruit of grapefruit, orange, kiwi and passionfruit.
It's a great choice for American Pale Ales, IPAs, Lagers, Winter Ales, Stouts, and Porters.
If you are looking for a substitute we suggest Columbus (US), Columbus (BC), Northern Brewer (US), Northern Brewer (GR), Nugget (US), Nugget (BC), Tomahawk, Zeus, CTZ, Chinook (BC), Galena and the UK Version of Target.
Chinook is available in Lupulin Powder/Pellets under Cryo-Hops and LUPOMax brands. It is frequently available as a hop oil/extract and is also frequently available as whole leaf hops.
Chinook plays very well with other hops and is frequently combined with Centennial (US), Centennial (BC), Cascade (US), Cascade (BC), Simcoe®, Columbus (US), Columbus (BC), Citra®, Amarillo® (US) and Amarillo® (GR).
Co-Humulone as % of Alpha Acids: 27-35%
Total Oils (mL/100g): 1.0-2.7
All Others (including β-pinene, linalool, geraniol, & selinene): 34-53%
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