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.