Technical Data

HPLC & Oil Composition (Measured within 6 months of harvest, stored at 0C)

Alpha Acids12.1-12.2%
Beta Acids7.6%
Cohumulone29-34% of Alpha Acids
Total Oil0.9 ml oil per 100gm cone weight
Concentration0 uL Oil/gram Alpha
Citrus-Piney Fraction7.5%
Floral Estery Fraction4%
H/C Ratio2.3

Grower Comments

Maturity Mid Season
Yield Medium
Growth Habit Vigorous, columnar frame
Cone Structure Medium, compact cones
Disease Resistance New Zealand is hop disease free
Storage Stability Good (New Zealand Grown)
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New Zealand grown dual purpose US cultivar with pine “grapefruit/spice” characters (12-15 %AA)


NZ Chinook was bred from a cross between Petham Golding and a high alpha USDA male. This US variety grown here in New Zealand shares many of the same characteristics as its northern hemisphere counterpart. Released in 1985 and becoming increasingly more popular, Chinook has a very strong grapefruit character in both the rub of the hop and in the beer. 


Chinook hops 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  not as strong. A high alpha acid hop with a very unusual aroma profile.


Chinook Hops will add 12%-15% alpha acid content to your hops schedule and is good for the beginning of the boil, or mid-additions in brewing. It has a heavy aroma, and somewhat spicy bouquet. Some piney and herbal notes will be evident in a fresh batch.

Similar Hops : Southern Cross, Sticklebract, Nugget, Northern Brewer

"a gutsy high alpha hop"


Chinook is popular in American style beers such as Pale Ale and India Pale ale, but extends itself well to Seasonal Ales, and darker beers including Porter, Stout, and Barley Wines. Its distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit make it a wonderful addition to many beer styles.