Content of Alpha acids: 11% – 15%
Content of Beta acids: 3% – 4%
Aroma: GRAPEFRUIT, SPICE, PINE
Typical beer styles: IPA, PALE ALE, STOUT, PORTER
Chinook hops are a cross between the Petham Golding and USDA-selected male (#63012, if you want to be specific), and were first released from the breeding program in 1985. Primarily grown in the Yakima region of Washington State, this hop is ideal for use in various American style ales from pales to porters.
Chinook is primarily used for its high alpha acid content as a bittering hop. These days, however, late additions and even dry-hopping with Chinook is becoming more popular. This hop can contribute herbal, piney, and smoky aromatic qualities to a beer. But be sure to measure well, as there have been reports that when overused, Chinook can impart a harsh bitterness and cat litter flavor.