Categorized as a high alpha variety with an aroma of spicy, piney and a distinct grapefruit. This alluring aroma and a high bittering value has gained this hop full respect from craft and major brewers. The variety has a good resistance to disease but it’s susceptible to powdery mildew. Cross between Petham Golding and a high alpha USDA male.
Developed by the USDA breeding program in Washington State and released in 1985 as a high alpha bittering variety, Chinook is a cross between Petham Golding and a USDA male. In recent years, it has found favor as a dual purpose hop in the craft brewing community as a result of its spice and pine aroma characteristics.
Chinook hops are suitable for any stage of the boil. They’re not only a natural for American-style Pale Ales and IPAs, but they also find their way into seasonal ales, barley wine and some porters and stouts. The variety is a cross between Petham Golding and a USDA male and features a pine-like, spicy bouquet with robust flavors of grapefruit.
Released in 1985, Chinook has recently grown in popularity, particularly among craft breweries. Currently, they’re commercially featured alone in Stone’s Arrogant Bastard and in addition to Cascade and Centennial in Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale – a brew famous for its piney, citrusy character.
|Characteristics||Bouquet of pine and spice|
|Purpose||Bittering & Aroma|
|Alpha Acid Composition||12%-14%|
|Beta Acid Composition||3%-4%|
|Seasonal Maturity||Mid to late|
|Yield Amount||1700-2230 kg/hectare (1520-2000 lbs/acre)|
|Growth Rate||Moderate to high|
|Storability||Retains 68%-70% alpha acid after 6 months storage at 20ºC (68ºF)|
|Ease of Harvest||Difficult|
|Total Oil Composition||1.5-2.7 mL/100g|
|Myrcene Oil Composition||35%-40%|
|Humulene Oil Composition||18%-25%|
|Substitutes||Galena, Eroica, Nugget, Bullion, Columbus, Northern Brewer, Target|
|Style Guide||Winter Ale, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Porter, Stout, Lager, Barley Wine, American Lager, American Ale|