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IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Billolick on 01-27-2013

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 520
Photo of dougfur
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt-straw color, clear and decent head. Smell is malt and yeast, almost no hop character. Taste is about the same, though there is just a hint of bittering hops. Overall, this is a very mediocre beer and I would not pay money for it again. This is beer brewed for folks who don't really care...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as part of a 6 pack at Whole Foods in the Bowery (NYC). Expectations are average; this is my first Captain Lawrence beer. Served cold into a kitchen glass.

BOTTLE: Bottled 10/28/2014. Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Generally appealing label art. 12 fl oz.

Reviewed live as an IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Decent frothiness. Above average creaminess. Could be softer, fuller, and thicker. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy nontransparent translucent copper with yellow hues. No yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Decent looking for an IPA, with no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Has a weak uninteresting hop profile - generic citrus, floral hop notes, pale malts, stale orange juice. Has a predictable pale malt base. Balance is decent but a bit uneven. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

A decent aroma of average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Floral and fruity, with prominent tangerine, a bit of grapefruit, and a kiss of pine over a simple pale malt base. Takes on some mango as it comes to temperature. That's pretty much all there is to it. Has a middling balance and not much going on. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Don't expect much intricacy or nuance here, but the fruit has fair subtlety to it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, crisp, medium-bodied, and unrefreshing. Moderate thickness. It's decently executed, but fails to elevate the beer. It doesn't specifically accentuate any constituent notes, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste either. Meh.

OVERALL: A drinkable forgettable IPA. Fair quality for a grocery store beer, but there're far better brews available in New York City. If I lived in the city, I might purchase this again, and I'll enjoy polishing off the six pack, but this doesn't make me eager to try more Captain Lawrence offerings. Likable for what it is.

Low C+

Second impressions from another bottle: Drinkable but wanting.


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Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of creamy, white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Pine, grapefruit, florals, and caramel. Light aroma.

Yellow grapefruit, pine, and honeydew. Caramel and honey malts. Finishes with florals and pine.

Medium bodied, crisp, and oily with a medium bitterness.

Goes down smooth but it's not overly impressive. Very standard IPA.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a frothy, foamy 2 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and layered with decent stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet citrus, grapefruit, and mango with just a hint of cane sugar and hop bitterness in the back. Not the most aromatic.

Opens sappy. Notes of citrus, ethanol, and corn adjunct. Some sap and pine resin hop bitterness towards the middle. End is more piney hop bitterness with a slightly sweet citrus aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Bubbly and biting in the mouth and goes down spritzy and quenching. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Solid.

A decent beer but all things considered, this is very middle-of-the-road. You can do better in this loaded beer style.

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Photo of JonAdams
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a clean and crisp IPA, was served too cold and the room was cold, so was hard to pull the scent from it. However, it was drinkable but not brassy. The color was amber, like golden wheat. There was a nice bitterness but not like I'd find in a Stone or even a Goose Island. however, I'd have it again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No sign of freshness info on this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Fresh pine, orange zest and cut grass with a prominent caramel malt sweetness.

T - A good bitterness up front with grassy, herbal ad musky flavours and just a touch of citrus. A good caramel malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body with some hop oils present. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Bauzen
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I would rather drink this beer than an off-the-shelf brand... But that's about as much credit as it gets. Outside of it's aroma upon first opening the bottle, nothing about this IPA had any enthusiasm in the flavor profile. It's dry, flat, and boring for a 'craft' beer. It's probably best suited for those who prefer a light, conservative approach to the pale ale genre.

It's an IPA from a company that generally shines with other style brews.
Going forward, I'm sticking to Captain Lawrence's 'Liquid Gold'.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rob S, thanks for the opportunity. Bottled 07/18/2013
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Huge lemony grapefruit hop aroma with hints of pine and resin. Light bready and caramel maltiness. The flavor is odd. Earthy almost bitter citrus flavor with bits of caramel and sweet bread. Light astringency, light sulfur. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly resinous mouthfeel. Decent beer but the odd sulfurous component kept this from being great.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, unknown date but I believe this is a brand-new beer so it should be fresh. Served at around 40F.

Pours clear golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a nice ring of drippy lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is a mix of orange/lemon citrus hops, herbal earthy hops, some pine, hint of apricot and pineapple, bit of caramel malt and bread. As it warms the caramel really starts coming to the forefront. Good strength.

Flavor is citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, lemon, some pine, bready, caramel malt on the back end, bit of alcohol on the finish, mild sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Solid IPA. Nothing groundbreaking, but a nice hop fix and good bitterness for the style.

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Photo of Gmann
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy toasted straw color with honey highlights. The head is short, off-white, and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is bready with notes of honey. The hop aroma is a tad light. I get some apricot, pineapple and a whiff of grass.

The beer has a solid pale malt base which provides a bready base and again a hint of honey. The hops are grassy, some light pine and perhaps a touch herbal. It is fairly clean though, nothing lingers too much.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes with a hoppy bitterness, has good balance. Drinks quite well.

Its an average IPA, the hop profile is just ok, not too flavorful.

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Photo of mverity
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share at Proof. Pale gold with some white head and a good collar. Faint aroma of lemon, a touch of malty sweetness too. Light malt and some clean/spicy hop presence. Medium body and carbonation. Enjoyable but nothing I'd give another shot; sad because some Captain Lawrence brews are among my favorite.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Very very malty (no date) some grass and old decayed citrus hops.

T-Very malty. Some grass and citrus but slight. No bitterness. Just a bad IPA. No date whatsoever.

M-Lighter some carbonation.

O-Maybe this is a good beer, maybe it is bad. But there was no date on the bottle.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fair clarity, with a sparkly, soapy, white head that breaks into pieces, but stays put in the glass. The color is a orange-tinted medium gold.

Smell: A mild aroma of classic American hops, with citrus, pine resin, and a bit of mint. Pale, yeasty malt can be detected in the background.

Taste: Very mild bitterness for an IPA, although the hop flavor is extremely prominent. Orange slices, herbs, and sweet tea leaves are present. A bit of pale malt adds some balance, but the lack of bitterness definitely detracts.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, with mild carbonation. A bit more carbonation could give this beer more bite. And yet, a smooth quality adds to the enjoyability of the texture.

Overall: A very tasty, drinkable beer, but one that lacks the bitterness of a classic IPA. For me, it was more reminiscent of a very good pale ale.

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Photo of Treebs
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to cosmicevan for the brew. 12 oz bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick cap that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Pretty grassy with some light piney notes. There's a floral sweetness about it with a nice sweet bread malt backbone.

T: Grassy upfront with some mild grapefruit. Light piney bitterness with some light flowery notes. There's an odd paper-like flavor in the background like a mix of booze and oxidation. The malt flavor is rather stale as well. I know cosmicevan wouldn't send me an old bottle so I wonder if there was some issues with the cap.

M: Medium light carbonation with a light body. Bland finish.

O: Not sure if I had a bad bottle or not, but the booze and paper like qualities really showed through on this one.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly sweet pale malt with an herbal hop.

The taste offered a balanced pale malt and herbal spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent but non-eventful IPA.

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date evident. Single purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Nearly clear golden-light amber with short 1/2-1 finger off-white head with decent retention and decorative lacing down the glass.

S: Aroma is as much malty as hoppy which is odd for an American IPA, although Capt Lawrence's beers frequently straddle the English-American line with more heavy caramel malt use more in line with English ales and American hop bills. There is a decided caramel note morst prominent in the nose, with floral and pine along with some melon and pineapple flavors. No yeast esters.

T: The flavor is a bit less hefty on malt than the nose although the caramel note in the aroma is there, but it works well with the hops with are fairly resinous, piney, and floral with some grapefruit, lime, and orange character. No yeast esters and bitterness is medium.

M: Slick and dry with a nice crispness and medium body with average to above average carbonation level.

O: A pretty good IPA although I would rather than use less caramel malk and go with lower lovibond crystal or Munich or Vienna malt instead for some more malt complexity. A pretty nice beer though and enjoyable with its crisp finish.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Light citrus and herbal hops followed by toasted, bready, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Simple and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, light bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Was expecting more from these guys considering I like some of their other brews. More of a pale ale than IPA too.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer. Picked up while in Mt. Kisco, opened within three weeks of bottling. More of an imbalanced malt/hop offering that tastes of light citrus and heavy, bready malt. Smooth with an earthy aftertaste.

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Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A rather fresh IPA from a reputed brewer? Sign me up please.

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow with a finger thick head and medium retention. Some lacing but not much. Glows nicely in the light.

S: Lots of west coast hop aroma - the kinds I really enjoy. Citrus, pineapple, mild grassiness. There is a small bit of malt, but not enough to balance the hops.

T: Same as the smell, except that the taste lacks backbone. There are loads of nice hop flavors but because of a lack of malt balance, the taste felt incomplete. Bitterness is there but is slight and more of an afterthought.

M: Medium carbonation, crisp and dry. However, the mouthfeel is thin and, honestly, a bit wanting.

Overall, a decent west coast styled IPA. I don't think I would buy it again even though I'm really into the hop flavor profile. It just lacks a bit of the malt balance needed to make it something memorable. I much prefer some of the other IPA offerings like the flower power or union jack...

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No bottle date.
The smell of this beer was pretty light and not overpowering. I could pull out faint hints of citrusy hops but that's stretching it.
The appearance has an orange amber glow with a clarity that's hazy clear. The tall head maintains it's size for a long while before fading off and leaves a light lace around the glass.
This is quite an easy drinking beer. There is basically no bitterness in the taste and drinks smooth on the palate.
The taste itself is rather lean. The hops flavor is almost non existent and a sweet malt bill is only strong enough to balance the weak hops. I detect some low levels of diaceyl but is not an issue.
A rather bland and ordinary brew, probably better at the brewery pub.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a clear orange with a very thin head. Some light chill haze. Decent amounts of lacing too.

S-Sweet clementiney citrus hops. A bit spicy in its hoppiness too. Piney to a certain extent. Lighter graininess with a breaded malty core. I don't love the nose but it is fairly decent.

T-It has an add tangyness to it. Kinda medicinal and earthy. Bitter flower stems. The hop profile is unique but I don't think I am too enamored with it. It does grow on you, though. Sweetness is noticeable and it blends with the hoppiness to create a unified flavor.

M-Moderate bitterness with a medium body. Good carbonation. A bit sticky or chewy.

O/D-A bit disappointing. Their DIPA is a stud; while this isn't a dud, I know Captain Lawrence could do considerably better work.

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Photo of mick303
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip glass, poured clear and honey golden colour, fair bit of carbonation with a generous white fluffy head, immediate whiffs of hops. Shows good retention and lacing. Bottles (11/15/2013) so about 3 months old.

S - lots of strong citrus notes, ruby grapefruit, lemon and orange, floral tones, slightly sweet with all the springtime aromas but has some bready malt also to back it up and its quite enticing.

T - fruity. Lots of grapefruit! orange marmalade, strawberries, concentrated fruit though, like a jam or jelly. Has some citrus rind, pleasant bitterness, bready malts with just a slightest hint of caramel. Subtle sweet toastiness. Finish is fruity and floral, not very dry until the very end where there is a bit of hoppy bitterness. All round pretty good, but a little too reliant on the grapefruit and florals for me.

M - pleasant, moderate body, sessionable, lots of creamy scrubbing carbonation, easily quenching with a coating citrus hoppiness. Body doesn't have a bit alcohol heat, but is a more hefty beer that holds its own with a good balance. It comes across thin initially when it is just the lighter fruity/floral hops and the real 'meat' of the beer takes time to develop on the palate.

A good IPA that is worth a try. See the caveat in the mouthfeel section, there are some improvements to be made that would make this a more rounded and complex IPA, it struck me as overly reliant on Cascade but the overall flavour and feel of the beer and quite solid.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of glowing sunset orange. It holds a creamy two finger head of tight egg white colored bubbles. Ridges and spots of lacing are left around the glass as it dissipates at a slower pace. A chill haze cuts clarity, and tiny flecks of sediment are found to be suspended from bottom to top. Carbonation appears to be mild. The aroma is curious, with a strong aloe vera greenness coming from the start. This is met by heavily bittered grassy, soapy, and resiny hops, brassy metallics, hard mineral water, spicy vegetal pepper flesh, sweaty saltiness, light honeys, rhubarb rootiness, crisp pale malts, coconut oiliness, faint oaky woodiness, and a distant red grapefruit sweetness that comes out a bit more with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring carries that same intriguing plant-like freshness as in the nose, but we’re not quite sure if it works completely with the base. As we sip, the taste opens up with aloe vera, suntan lotion chemical creaminess, big soapy hop bitters, soured lemon citrus, spicy pale malts, light wheaty toast, chalky oat, and fusel booziness. The middle comes to a peak with sweeter honeysuckle, peppery booze, toasty pale malt bite, mineral, musk and dust, lighter floral hoppiness, and plastic foaminess. The end comes with a quelling of the bitterness and greenness, with white sugar sweetness, more pervasive pale and lightly oaty maltiness, sweaty salts, softer plastics, black pepper, fumy booze, moscato wine cloy, oily hop resins, nectary florals, and orange and lemon citric flesh. The aftertaste breathes of chalky pale malts, metallic yeast, fishy oils, more of that aloe vera greenness, herbal, soapy, and citric hops, fusel alcohols, vegetal grassiness, and earthy barnyard pseduofunk. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives soft slurp, cream, smack, and froth, with clean finishing pop, and light foam to the lip. The mouth is lightly coated and cooled, feeling initially syrupy, and then more astringently dried and partially puckered. The abv is getting up there for a “single” IPA, and the beer drinks better as it warms.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its curious vegetals through both the aroma and the flavoring, and the interplay between those components and the frank hoppiness. These “odd” flavors smelled and tasted much like aloe vera, with a fine chemically component juxtaposed over bittered, resiny, and earthy tones. This was also the brew’s downfall, as they don’t quite meld with the final blend of the malts and the hops, but rather just stand out as additional bite. The feel is soft and creamy, and helps ease the drinker through it all. While the flavoring did significantly improve with warmth, this might be hard to tackle more than one of at a time. For those familiar with the brewery this is not just a smaller version of the Captain’s Reserve, as the flavor profile is vastly different. We realize it isn’t advertised as such, but regardless, if that’s what you’re seeking, look elsewhere.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass. 3 weeks 'old'.

A- Dulled brass color with some red-orange hues. The pure white colored head rises just more than a finger. the head never quite goes away thanks to abundant tiny bubble carbonation. Just a bit of lacing. Not beautiful, but fresh looking.

S- Lots of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit to me. I get some green onion and dry cracker malts.

T- Citrus hops like red grapefruit. There's more malt flavor here than in the aroma.

M- Despite the bubbles, the carbonation is lacking. Not much hop bite, more of a long dry hop finish after a short tang.

O- This is a unique IPA, clearly different. I like the name "IPA".

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours bright gold in color, very clear, and very thin lacing.

S - Balanced aroma with crackery malt and a citrus/pine blend.

T - Nice bright citrus zing from start to finish and a moderate bitter pine finish.

M - Medium body with lots of carbonation pricklies and finishes with a mild creamy finish.

O - A solid IPA and would like to review a fresh(er) bottle next time.

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IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.