Origin – Scotland
ABV- 4.5%
Size- 330mL
Style- Indian Pale Ale

Although on take-off there’s a kick in the tail, this sessional IPA is not named after the twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter, but perhaps it should be. This Chinook, from the Scotland based boys at Brewdog who started out selling craft beer from the back of their van at the local farmers market, is low in strength but has an ace in the hole – a devastating hoppy aroma and flavour that has more kick than Eric Cantona. Truth be told it’s actually named after the single hop used in the brew. Don’t however let that confuse you, there was more than a single grain of the Chinook hop added to give that deliciously bitter flavour. I’d suggest that there was 243 of them per stubby, one for each of the hearts on the label!  But it’s not all bitterness. On the palate there’s a sweet grapefruit citrus hit, a little cut grass, a touch of pine and mango, all balance well on the complex toasty malt base. This fine Indian pale ale is right at home with an Indian somosa, whether that be cooked in streets of Mumbai or pick up takeaway from your local curry house. As Arnie would say, ‘to the chopper’…


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