Chinook (pronounced shin-ook) hops are a high-alpha variety of around 13% AA. Chinook hops has a strong and distinctive pine-like aroma and flavor that is not common among other varieties. They are also somewhat spicy with a mild fruitiness similar to that of other Northwest hops (Cascade, Columbus, Centennial), though definitely not as strong. Al Korzonas, author of “Homebrewing: Volume I”, describes Chinook hops as “a cross between Saaz and a pine forest.” The distinctive aroma and flavor make these hops best suited for hoppy American ales, but may be used as bittering hops for English or European beers.


    • Typical Use : All-Purpose
    • Alpha Acid : 12 – 14%
    • Beta Acid : 3 – 4%
    • Cohumulone : 29 – 34%
    • Origination : Northwest USA
    • Commercial Examples : Mikkeller Nelson Chinook Single Hop IPA
    • Characteristics : Pine, Resiny, spicy, mild citrus
    • Styles : American Pale/Brown Ale, American IPA
    • Similar Hops : Southern Cross, Sticklebracht, Nugget