Flying Dog Brewery recently sent over a sample bottle of the latest addition to their Single Hop Series of beers. The Chinook hops version is the fourth beer in the series that's been reviewed in these Musings. I think it's one of my favorites so far.
Flying Dog Single Hop Chinook IPA pours a dark amber color with a moderate, but short lived, off white head. The aroma is earthy and sweet. The flavor is rich with bitter pine resin balanced with sweet malt. The beer has a thick, malty character that leaves behind a coating of sweet malt in the mouth. The 10% ABV reveals itself in the finish with a lingering warmth. It's a bold beer, but without being overbearing or burning out the tastebuds. If you're a fan of big beers, you'll likely enjoy this.
The previous Single Hop beers reviewed were El Dorado, Centennial and Simcoe. As an unabashed hop head I've enjoyed the opportunity to try them out. I think it would be an interesting exercise to try them all in a side-by-side comparison in order to compare the various hops against one another.
Flying Dog sent me an unsolicited bottle of this beer. It is through my own free will that I consumed and reviewed it. No compensation was received for this review.