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Chinook Hop United States of America Hop

Chinook Hop

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Country:United States of America (USA)
International Code:CHI

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Purchase Chinook Hops

This hop can be purchased at Yakima Valley Hops.

Origin and Geneology of the Chinook Hop

The Chinook hop is a cross between a Petham Golding and a USDA-selected male with high alpha-acids and good storage properties.

US hops begin to be harvested in mid-to-late August for most aroma varieties.

Flavor & Aroma Profile of Chinook Hops

Chinook is a dual-purpose hop that can be used in all hop additions throughout the brewing process.

Chinook can be slightly spicy and have a smoky earthiness quality. It has an impressive pine and resin character, with distinct spice and grapefruit. Use sparingly in the boil as it can add a harsh bitterness if overused.

Tags: #pine  #resin  #grapefruit  #spicy  #dank  #cannabis 

Read More: The Most Common Hops Used in IPAs

Brewing Values for Chinook Hops

These are the common ranges that we've seen with Chinook hops over the years. Each year's crop can yield hops that have slightly different qualities, so these number ranges are based on history.

Alpha Acid % (AA)
Alpha acids are the main source of bitterness in beer. Longer boil times will result in isomerization of more alpha acids leading to increased bitterness. Learn more »
13.3% avg
Beta Acid %Beta acids are a component of hop resins responsible for contributing volatile aromatic and flavor properties. Beta acids contribute no bitterness.3.0-4.0%
3.5% avg
Alpha-Beta RatioThe ratio of alpha to beta acids dictates the degree to which bitterness fades during aging. 1:1 ratios are common in aroma varieties.3:1 - 5:1
4:1 avg
Hop Storage Index (HSI)The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C). The freshest hops will always be the best.29% (Good)
Co-Humulone as % of AlphaLow cohumulone hops may impart a smoother bitterness when added to the boil as opposed to higher ones that add a sharper bitterness to the final beer. Learn more »27-35%
31% avg
Total Oils (mL/100g)These highly volatile, not very soluble oils are easily boiled off, but add flavor and aroma to the finished beer when added very late in the boil or during fermentation. Learn more »1-2.7 mL
1.9mL avg
Total Oil Breakdown:
›  MyrceneFlavors: resinous, citrus, fruity (β-myrcene) 20-30%
25% avg
›  HumuleneFlavors: woody, noble, spicy (α-caryophyllene) 18-24%
21% avg
›  CaryophylleneFlavors: pepper, woody, herbal (β-caryophyllene) 9-11%
10% avg.
›  FarneseneFlavors: fresh, green, floral (β-farnesene) 0-1%
0.5% avg
›  All OthersIncluding β-pinene, linalool, geranoil & selinene 34-53%

Hop Pairings with Chinook Hops

Some hops just taste better together. We recently analyzed [1] hundreds of the most popular beers to find which hops are commonly paired together. We found that Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe, Columbus, Citra & Amarillo hops are commonly used alongside the Chinook hop. This is not a complete list, but should give you a good idea of what hops are commonly used together.

Here is the relative frequency of the top 6 hops that are used with Chinook:

Beer Styles using Chinook Hops

Some popular beer styles that make use of the Chinook hop include American Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Porter, Lager & Winter Ale.

Chinook Hop Substitutions

If the Chinook hop is hard to find or if you are simply out of it on brew day, you can try to substitute it with a similar hop. The old way of choosing replacement hops was done by experience and "feel". There is nothing wrong with that way. However, we wanted to build a data-driven tool to find your Chinook substitutions.

Experienced brewers have chosen the following hop varieties as substitutions of Chinook:

Is Chinook available in lupulin powder?

Unfortunately, there is no lupulin powder version of the Chinook hop. Neither Yakima Chief Hops (Cryo/LupuLN2), Haas (Lupomax) or Hopsteiner have created versions of this hop in lupulin powder form yet. Too bad too - it is pure hop lupulin powder, which leads to huge, concentrated flavor when used in the whirlpool or dry hop additions.

Chinook Hop Statistics

We love statistics. We've analyzed hundreds of IPAs, dug into the Hop Growers of America's annual reports[2] and researched the history behind some of the most popular beer ingredients. Here are a few of the things we've found interesting about the Chinook hop:

  • In 2019, Chinook was the 8th most harvested hop in the US.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, Chinook's production (in pounds) grew by 46%.

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