Chinook is a child of the ’80s. It was crafted by crossing USDA ‘63102’ 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 on our farms. It is a reasonably hardy hop, perfect for the British weather and is in short supply due to its popularity due to its mix of spicy, grapefruit, pine and pineapple aromas. 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!
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, however, this lovely little hop also lends itself to 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. The fact that it can be added into any part of the boil and bring a fresh and exciting taste is a thing of much amazement. Craft brewers continue to use Chinook because they can craft many fantastic tasting beers from one hop just by changing their timings.
Aroma Profile: Pineapple, Grapefruit, Pine, Spicy
Style Guide: Pale Ale, IPA, Ales, Stouts, Porter
If you’re new to choosing and using hops we have a handy Hop Substitution chart to help you find the right flavours or alternatives to what your recipe requires.
We also have lots of information in our Brew With Us help section of the website, here you can find lots of free information about brewing, how to use hops, and so much more.
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