Chinook hops are a high-alpha variety. They have a strong and distinctive pine-like aroma and flavor that is not common among other varieties. They are also somewhat spicy with a mild fruitiness similar to that of other Northwest hops (Cascade, Columbus, Centennial), though definitely not as strong. Great for bittering American or English pale ales and IPAs.
A common commercial example of this hop in use is by Stone Brewing in their now infamous Arrogant Bastard.
NET WEIGHT 1/2 OUNCE (14 GRAMS) | ALPHA ACID 12-14%
These hops are added at the beginning of the boil. Typically, this is a 60 minute boil, but since our kits already have bittering hops added, any supplemental bittering hops will be boiled for no longer than 20 minutes.
The higher the alpha acid % and the longer the hops are boiled, the more bitterness the hops will impart. When boiling hops with our kits, it is highly recommended that you add a Liquid or Dry Malt Extract Softpack to the boil, or the hops won’t leave behind any bitterness. Do NOT boil the Brewing Extract.