Chinook Hops


A pine forest washed with exotic spice infused with grapefruit.

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Hop Qualities

Chinook Hops Flavor

This green bine cultivar (W-421-38) was released in May 1985 in Washington State and Idaho from a cross between a Petham Golding and a USDA-selected male (63012M). Slightly spicy and very piney. Its alpha acid content ranges from 12 to 14%. (Reference)

Hop Growers of America Information

Chinook was developed by the U.S.D.A. breeding program in Washington State and released in 1985 as a high alpha variety. It has a highly acceptable beer aroma profile with smooth bitterness and full flavor.
Commercial Examples:
Most beer styles, from Pale Ales to Lagers
Acid Range (Alpha %)
12–14% 12–14%
Beta Range
29–35% of alpha acids
Total Oils
1.7–2.7 Mls. per 100 grams dried hops
35–40% of total oils
9–11% of total oils
18–23% of total oils
Possible Substitutions

USDA Chinook Hops Information

SELECTION: Seedling selection from a cross made at Prosser, Wa, in 1974.
GENUS: Humulus
SPECIES: lupulus
PEDIGREE: Petham Golding x Brewer's Gold - Utah 526-4
68052 x 63012M
PRIMARY SITE: USDA World Hop Variety Collection, OSU East Farm
ORIGIN: Cross made by C. E. Zimmermann at Prosser, WA, in 1974
Selection tested as W421-38 and permanent USDA Accession No. assigned
in 1980.
DATE RECEIVED: Spring 1980
AVAILABILITY: Commercial cultivar, no restrictions
REFERENCES: Kenny, S. T., and C. E. Zimmermann. Registration of Chinook hop (Registration No. 15). Crop Sci. 26:196-197. 1986.
Romanko, R. R. In: Steiner's Guide to American Hops, 2nd. ed. 1986.
MATURITY: Medium to medium late
LEAF COLOR: Medium green
SEX: Female
DISEASES: Downy Mildew: moderately resistant
Verticillium wilt: resistant
Viruses: susceptible to hop mosaic virus
VIGOR: Very good
YIELD: 1800-2400 1bs/acre
moderately resistant
Verticillium wilt: resistant
Viruses: susceptible to hop mosaic virus
VIGOR: Very good
YIELD: 1800-2400 1bs/acre
SIDE ARM LENGTH: 24-40 inches
ALPHA ACIDS: 13.6 (5 year average: 13.9-15.3%)
BETA ACIDS: 3.9% (5-year average 3.6 to 4.5)
OIL: 1.83 ml/100 g (5-year range 1.24 to 2.63)
MAJOR TRAITS: High alpha-acids content, low beta, pleasant aroma
OTHER INFORMATION Hop is being used by a major brewer as a high-alpha/aroma hop primarily for bitterness addition. Adapted to Oregon, Washington and Idaho but grown now mostly in Washington. 1997 production: 3.69 million lbs..Considered to be a super-alpha hop by the trade."


A pine forest washed with exotic spice infused with grapefruit. The alluring aroma and high bittering value has gained this hop the full respect of all brewers.

Additional information

Weight 1.1 oz
Dimensions 1 × 2.5 × 2.5 in


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