New Zealand grown USA bittering cultivar.
Developed by the USDA breeding program in Washington State and released in 1985 as a high alpha bittering variety, NZ Chinook is a cross between Petham Golding and a USDA male. In recent years, it has found favor as a dual purpose hop in the craft brewing community as a result of its spice and pine aroma characteristics.
"We love NZ Chinook. It is featured in our most popular beer, The Wellingtonian NZIPA and packs plenty of punch. Big grapefruit character with a pinch of pine. Can be an all purpose hop but we try to maximise the flavours by using them at the whirlpool and dry hopping stages. It's a great all round hop with some distinct differences to it's US grown sibling. Great for most hop forward styles."
– Dale Cooper, Head Brewer, Fortune Favours, NZ
NZ Chinook hops are noted for their higher Geraniol content, which is biotransformed by yeast into Citronellol a highly-sought-after aroma compound in fruit-forward IPAs. A distinctive alpha variety that has morphed into a dual-purpose hop commonly used in classic West Coast style IPAs.