Chinook is a very distinctive dual-purpose hop used in Ales for both bittering and flavor/aroma. Used a lot in IPA's. Distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit. Some consider the bittering quality of this hop is a bit rough because it lingers in your mouth after swallowing. However, some brewers can't get enough. The flavor/aroma is spicy and unique, with a huge following of loyal fans.
Whole cone hops are typically the preffered format for dry hopping as they maintain contact with the beer by floating, they are easier to remove than pellets and they add a unique character to the beer. Adding whole cone hops directly to the mash tun is also a great way to add some extra hop flavor and to clarify your wort as it filters through the flowers.
Alpha Acids: 12.0 – 14.0%
Beta Acids: 3.0 – 4.0%
Alpha-Beta Ratio: 3.0 - 4.67
Cohumulone: (% of alpha acids): 29 – 34%
Total Oils in mls per 100 grams dried: 1.5 – 2.5
Storage(% alpha acids remaining after 6 months storage at 68° F): 65 - 70%
Similar Hop Varieties: Northern Brewer, Columbus, Nugget