Chinook was developed by the U.S.D.A. breeding program in Washington State and released in 1985 as a high alpha acids variety. This cultivar takes its name from a Native American tribe indigenous to the region around Washington state. The female parent is one of the English Goldings. The variety has a robust spicy, citrus aroma and grows vigorously in all areas.

Flavour profile

Spicy apricot


Cross of Petham Golding and USDA select male

Recommended beer styles

Analytical data

Cultivation Area



Cross of Petham Golding and USDA select male

Alpha Acids (%)

12.0 – 14.0%

Beta Acids (%)

3.0 – 4.0 %

Alpha/Beta Ratio

Cuhomulone (% of alpha acids)

29-35% of alpha acids

Total Oils (ml/100g)

1.7 – 2.7ml/100g

Oil Concentration (microlitres of oil/g alpha)

Myrcene (% of whole oil)

35-40% of total oil

Linalool (% of whole oil)

Caryophyllene (% of whole oil)

9-11% of total oil

Farnesene (% of whole oil)

<1% of total oil

Humulene (% of whole oil)

18-23% of total oil

Selinene (% of whole oil)

Humulene/Caryophllene Ratio