Origin and Description

Chinook Hops was a child of the 1980's, introduced the same year as Rocky IV (Rocky vs. Ivan Drago)....ie 1985. The USDA crossed Petham Golding with USDA 63102 variety and out came this craft brewer's delight.

Chinook Hops will add 12%-14% alpha acid content to your hops schedule. It is a dual purpose alpha variety, and is good for the beginning of the boil, or mid-additions in brewing. Chinook is popular in American style beers such as Pale Ale and India Pale ale, but extends itself well to Seasonal Ales, and darker beers including Porter, Stout, and Barley Wines. It has a heavy aroma, and somewhat spicy bouquet. Some piney and herbal notes will be evident in a fresh batch.

Chinook is middle of the road for its harvest yields, and produces medium compact cones. It features some resistance to common diseases, however is susceptible to Powdery Mildew. Chinook is more widely used in the US and is a part of some very compelling commercial beers.

Chinook Hops Usage

Chinook hops has aromatic and bittering qualities.
Chinook hops is commonly used for both its aromatic qualities as well as its bittering qualities.

Chinook Hops Characteristics

Below is a list of characteristics for chinook hops that impact farming, chemistry, transport & trade, beer production, as well as the final character of the finished product.

Chinook Hops Acid Composition

Alpha Acid Composition 12%-14%Chinook Hops Alpha Acid Composition - 12 To 14 Percent
Beta Acid Composition 3%-4%Chinook Hops Beta Acid Composition - 3 To 4 Percent
Co-Humulone Composition 29%-34%Chinook Hops Co-Humulone Acid Composition - 29 To 34 Percent

Chinook Hops Cone Physical Characteristics

Chinook Lupulin ColorYellow to Dark YelloYellow to Dark Yellow Lupulin Color for Chinook Hops
Chinook Cone SizeMediumChinook Hop - Medium Cone Size
Chinook Cone DensityCompactChinook Hops - Compact Cone Density

Chinook Hops Growth, Harvest, and Storage Details

MaturityMid to Late SeasonChinook Hops - Mid to Late Season Maturity
YieldYield for Chinook Hops is Low to Moderate at 1700 - 2230 kg/hectare
Chinook Hops - Low to Moderate Crop Yields
Growth RateModerate to Vigorous
Chinook Hops - Moderate to Vigorous Growth Rate
Susceptibility to Disease and PestsChinook Hops Resistance to Disease & Pests is Moderate
StorabilityChinook Hops maintains 68%-70% alpha acid comtents after 6 months storage at 20 degrees CChinook Hops Storability - Moderate
Ease of HarvestGoodChinook Hops - Good Pickability

Chinook Hops Oil Composition

Total Oil Composition1.5-2.7 mls/100 gramsChinook Hops - Total Oil Compensation 1.5-2.7 mls
Myrcene Oil Composition35%-40%Chinook Hops - Myrcene Oil Compensation 35-40 Percent
Humulene Oil Composition18%-25%Chinook Hops - Humulene Oil Compensation 18-25 Percent
Caryophyllene Oil Composition9%-11%Chinook Hops - Caryophyllene Oil Compensation 9-11 Percent.jpg
Farnesene Oil Composition0%-1%Chinook Hops -Farnesene Oil Compensation 0-1 Percent

Chinook Hops Substitutes

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Common Beer Styles for Chinook Hops

    Beer Style
    Winter Ale
    Pale Ale
    India Pale Ale
    Barley Wine

    Chinook Hops Use in Commercial Beers

    WebsiteBrewing Company & Beer or Product
    Boulevard Brewing Company
    Nutcracker Ale
    Stone Brewing Company
    Thriteenth Anniversary Ale
    Port Brewing Company
    High Tide Fresh Hop IPA
    Troegs Brewing Company
    Dead Reckoning Porter
    Prescott Brewing Company
    Prescott Pale Ale
    Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
    Chico Estate Harvest Ale
    Brew Dog Brewing Company
    Punk IPA
    The Blue Ridge Brewing Company
    The Ball & Chain IPA
    Bristol Brewing Company
    Compass IPA
    Silverton Brewery
    Ice Pick Ale
    Portsmouth Brewery
    Black Cat Stout
    Karl Strauss Brewing Company
    Tower 10 IPA
    Brau Brothers Brewing Company
    Pale Ale
    Green Flash Brewing Company
    Extra Pale Ale
    Hopback Brewery