Thanks to its high alpha content (11-14%), this American dual purpose hop delivers potent, smooth bitterness. The flavor and aroma are pungent, with suggestions of mountain pine and resin (especially as a dry hop) and notes of citrus and fragrant dried herb in the background. Useful in styles such as pale ales, IPAs, and lagers. Similar varieties include Galena, Nugget, CTZ, and Citra®.
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.
Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include grapefruit, spice, and pine.
Alpha Acid: 11.5 - 15%
Beta Acid: 3 - 4%
Total Oil: 1 - 2.5 mL/100g
All Chinook leaf hop packages are repacked in house and are nitrogen flushed to preserve freshness.