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Old 05-03-2010, 10:54 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone had any experience with using Chinook as an aroma hop near flameout?

Just wanting to know what kind of flavor/aroma characteristics it imparted specifically. I've checked out a few sites so I sort of know what to expect, but I'd much rather like to know from someone's personal experience.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:07 PM   #2
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I brewed a All chinook ipa from northern brewer and it tuned out really well. I actuallly ended up buying a pound of chinook leaf hops so I plan on brewing the recipe again in the next couple of weeks.

The recipe was a hit with some friends that tried it.

Forgot to mention the arrogant bastard clone I brew also uses all chinook hops and it's great

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:10 PM   #3
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Arrogant Bastard is rumored to be 100% Chinook. So that should give you an idea.

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:21 PM   #4
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If you enjoy the combination of Pinesol and used kitty litter then Chinook would be an excellent choice.

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:30 PM   #5
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I've used chinook for flavor, dry hop and hop tea. It's great for an aggressive, in your face flavor that I love in an IPA
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:37 AM   #6
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If you're a teeth-clenching hophead, you'll love it. Spicy, piney, grapefruit; in abundance.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:00 AM   #7
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It's been suggested to me that late chinook additions can leave a harsh agressive bitterness. I recently made an APA with centennial and amarillo early, some flavour additions of chinook flowers at 45, 30, 25 and 20, hopbursted from 25 to 0 with amarillo (slow, small additions every 5 minutes) then aroma at 0 with all three and dry hopped in secondary for 5 days with amarillo and more chinook flowers.

Came out lovely - fruity, a touch of pine and crystal sweetness with a smooth bitterness.

I've also previously made an American Brown with cascade and chinook, dry hopped with chinook. Seemed to be well received.

In summary - I think it can be fine although, like all things, I think it needs to be balanced out with other ingredients. It is very piney and resinous,

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:07 AM   #8
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Try dry hopping with Chinook it will surprise you.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:01 PM   #9
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Bigfoot is dry hopped with Chinook (and Cascade and Centennial)

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Old 05-04-2010, 11:35 PM   #10
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Try to find a beer that is dry hopped with it and try it. I hate chinook, to me I get a minty flavor from it.

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