Origin: Washington, USA. Developed by the USDA breeding program and released in 1985 as a high-alpha variety, Chinook eventually found traction among craft brewers as a unique aroma and flavor hop. Its ancestry includes
Petham Golding and USDA 63012.
Usage: Dual purpose. Thanks to its high alpha content and moderate cohumulone, Chinook delivers potent, smooth bitterness but also contributes specific pine notes highly desirable in an IPA dry hop.
Aroma & Flavor Characteristics: Strong notes of grapefruit define this hop. Pungent suggestions of mountain pine and resin (especially as a dry hop) with citrus and fragrant dried herb in the background.
Alpha Acid Range: 11.0 – 14.0%
Beta Acid Range: 3.0 – 4.0%
Co-Humulone as % of alpha: 29 – 35
Total oils mL/100 gr.: 1.7 – 2.7