Chinook Hops

Chinook hops are a variety that I would like to use in other American ales.  Before I used them, I decided to do some research and put together this profile post.

Origin: America – Developed by a USDA breeding program and released to the public in 1985.   It’s a cross between Petham Golding and a USDA-selected male.  Grows primarily in the Yakima area of Washington State.

Aroma:  Herbal, Smoky, Piney, Floral  Some sources said similar to Cascade. 

Alpha Acid: 12.5 to 14.0%

Typical Usage: Bittering!  Use as an aroma hop is gaining popularity.  There were some warning of harsh bitterness with overuse.  “Catty” was used to described when it was used too much.

Beer Styles: Sources suggested 60 minutes boil for low bitterness beers.  Apparently this variety is used in Arrogant Bastard Ale.  I think it would be good in American style ales…as a bittering hop for pales, ambers, and browns.  Probably would work well in stouts and porters.