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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,106 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 70
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
7 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-Row, Munich and C15.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

20º PLATO
60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond

(Beer added by: mnapier on 02-17-2008)
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy auburn body with two fingers of long-lasting off-white foam. The presentation, combined with the ample rings of decorative lacing, give this full marks on the appearance scale. Good aromas, much more hopped than any other dopplebocks I've enjoyed in both smell and taste. With the hops comes plenty of fruit--apricot, berry, apple. It should only be a bit bolder, though the balance is impressive.

The taste is a melange of bold and smooth, hops and malt, sweet and bitter. It's much more hopped than, say, Samuel Adams Double Bock. Yet it's very smooth, very fruity, and although densely hopped, malt carries the day with DDGA. Very delicious, and it packs a punch.

Where Double Dead Guy Ale had me was with the mouthfeel. The impressive malt-hop balance is fully realized in the texture. It's honestly easy to forget that this is a dopplebock and not, say, a well-hopped IPA in taste and especially texture. The oily hops provide ample viscosity, while the malt encases everything in a smooth blanket. Tremendous.

It's certainly easy and pleasurable enough to drink, but the alcohol catches up quickly with DDGA. But goodness, what a great beer, one of the very best dopplebocks I've ever enjoyed and probably the most unique in taste and definitely mouthfeel. I enjoyed it with, and after, bacon-wrapped meat loaf made with ground beef and ground pork, with mashed potatoes and gravy on the side. Double Dead Guy Ale certainly held its own with that terrific meal.

Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 02:15:42 | More by Gehrig
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jayfarley3

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy copper amber color with a thin tan head on it. Smells of malt, caramel with mild hops. Tastes of malt, sweet caramel, and a nice balance of hops. This beer was surprisingly smooth for being a 9% beer, it is almost too drinkable for such a high abv.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 20:13:28 | More by jayfarley3
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this menacing-looking red 26 oz. bottle at Helga's Pub in Augusta, GA, for $15.99 (dropped from $19.99). Split three ways, poured into a (sadly, frosted) pint glass.

Pours bright amber with a fair amount of haze, and a full off-white meringue of foam that settles slowly and shows good retention.

Smells fruity and sweet, with a dose of piney and citrus hop notes apparent as well. Rather inviting.

Medium-bodied with a nice level of carbonation and somewhat light mouthfeel. A touch of sweet caramel up front mixes with a nice sweet, fruity, herbal profile very similar to tea. This one is strange, and absolutely delicious. Some citrusy hop flavors appear in the middle and lead to a mildly dry finish, but the name of the game for this beer seems to be that tea-like character, which is very intriguing and unexpected.

This one goes down like water, despite the elevated level of alcohol. Alcohol presence is well-hidden on the palate, or perhaps it is just unnoticed as the previous two beers were also heavy-hitters, Chimay White and Flying Dog Wild Dog Weizenbock. Either way, this one is quite enjoyable; the bar charged far too much, but definitely worth a go.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:00:07 | More by superdedooperboy
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galante27

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A nice darker amber color with a good head. As you drink t he head remains ans gives a lacing down the glass. Its also slightly.

S: Excellent taste, the normal dead guy is one of my favorites but this "hopped" up, dobblebock version is just as good.

T: A smooth malt taste with a bitter hop finish.

M: good carbonation, smooth finish.

D: This is a very good release from Rogue, and woth a try, but for "extended" drinking the normal dead guy is better, this warms your insides very quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 22:56:17 | More by galante27
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This is honestly one of the coolest bottles I've ever seen. The tattoo worthy double Jolly Roger logo is really badass, and the red painted bottle really stands out... and looks like blood, which compliments the skulls quite well. This pours a clear apricot color with an enormous three finger fluffy yellowish head. Thick sheets of foam slide down the glass and leave nice arcs of lace behind. When held to the light, this one glows like the amber cube that held the giant mosquito in Jurassic Park.

S - From afar, I can smell butterscotch and scotch notes that give me an idea of how malty this one might be. Up close, fruity apricot, peach, sweet caramel, and sugary candy come out, along with a gentle floral and fruity hop note. This is more malty and less hoppy than the standard Dead Guy (which is one of my all time favorite brews, just so ya know).

T - Rich caramel and toffee malt with loads of maple syrup, brown sugar, and fruity overripe apricot and peach hop notes. A hint of fresh mint is there at the finish. Some bourbon -esque alcohol and BBQ flavor is there as it warms to room temp (started at cellar temp).

M - Full bodied and sugary, this has a minimal level of carbonation and a fresh menthol minty note that tastes and feels like I just chewed a piece of wintergreen gum. This sensation feels like it's cooling the air that I breath with toothpaste-like freshness. Personally, I find this minty flavor annoying and out of place.

D - I fully expected to be blown away by this one since I'm one of the world's biggest Dead Guy fans. This has very little in common with that brew other than the balanced fruity hops and solid malts. This is also far off base for the doppelbock style (which I don't think Rogue was shooting for anyhow). Maybe this should be listed as an American Strong Ale since this is more akin to Arrogant Bastard than it is to chocolate-malt loaded doppelbocks.

Note: This beer was really expensive. It's a damn good beer, but at more than three times the cost of regular old Dead Guy, it's really not worth buying again. Definitely worth trying once, or more than once if you a man of means (ie, a baller).

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 16:31:01 | More by pmcadamis
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper/dark amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with fair retention. Thin lacing washed down the sides.

S: Spicy hops, citrus and grapefruit.

T: Sweet caramel malts and bitter hop finish. some hot alcohol lingering maltiness in the finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation in good balance.

D: Good beer in the style. I like pretty big malty beers and thought it to be smooth, but maybe a bit to warming.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:37:56 | More by Haybeerman
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red-tinted brown into a Weeping Radish pint glass. Moderate head with big bubbles, very cola-esque. Negligible lacing.

Sweet malt aroma. Toffee notes.

Big caramel/toffee malt flavor with just enough bitterness to keep it from becoming a malt-bomb. Smooth drinking with nice, round mouthfeel. It would be way to easy to drink several of these and get into trouble.

I'm not a big fan of the standard Dead Guy but this was quite nice. More drinkable and flavorful than the standard, this one is well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 17:39:59 | More by rabsten
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fostwal

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rogue cooked up a winner with this one. I had the 2008 edition of the Double Dead Guy. It has a clear, dark, red appearance. The scent is very light. The carbonation is low. The taste is where its at. It has a slight caramel and a slight bitter taste. And you would never notice that its 9% alcohol. Its just smooth. Its an excellent beer to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 23:57:00 | More by fostwal
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joerodiii

New York

3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 mL Bomber poured into Sam Adams glass.

The beer pours with a small white head and has a lovely light amber hue, much like a typical Oktoberfest. It looks nothing like a Doppelbock.

The aroma is dominated by a combination of crystal an munich malts with a noticeable (but not overwhelming) hop presence.

This is where the beer loses me. It doesn't taste bad, just nothing like a doppelbock. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, and any malty sweetness (of which there isn't much) is totally overpowered by the hops. If I work at moving the bee around in my mouth I can just make out a bit of caramel flavor. Way too much work.

This beer should be marketed as a strong American Pale Ale or IPA. I might pick up another one just because the bottle is awesome, but not for the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 22:57:49 | More by joerodiii
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Spidey13

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Dead Guy comes in one kick-ass bottle, and pours a slightly hazy, deep honey color with hints of pink when held to the light. It has a nice, fluffy off-white head.

The nose has a lot of nice, citrussy hops with underlying caramel and toffee with a bit of alcohol. Lots of hops also show up in the taste; nice and citrussy. The malt is also there, but not as much of a presence. Bitterness pops up a second after swallowing but doesn't linger too long. Mouthfeel is full and slick, with a bit of oiliness on the back.

Overall, this seems like a subdued double IPA. A different beer and fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 03:21:17 | More by Spidey13
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - this ale pours a dark amber/orange, with a good sized head, two fingers, that is rather rocky fed by plenty of swift carbonation

S - nice poignant hop profile, subtle but strong with plenty of presence, grapefruit, floral, and piney, all supported by a mellow brown sugary sweetness

T - malty sweetness, molasses and brown sugar, envelops a cloying hop bomb that wants to go overboard but remains subdued and complimentary, a supremely balanced brew

M&D - very easily drinkable, and superiorly unoffeensive, two Bud Light drinkers with me fully enjoyed it. well done, one of the best Rogue beers i have ever tried

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 03:56:01 | More by sinstaineddemon
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benclimbs

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden with champagne bubbles. the smell was kind of weak, but i detected a lot of wood...is this oak aged? It was similar in the taste, some good hops, and still some of the wood...thought it was really solid, very different than the regular dead guy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 01:47:27 | More by benclimbs
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dead guy with extra alcohol and hops added in to the mix. It works in the most part as it bring a new hoppier dimension to a fairly malty beer. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and the finish is a little on the sweet side but it tastes like a typical Rogue beer. Not their best but a worthy beer to try and savour

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 17:26:34 | More by canucklehead
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is being written from notes as I drank this beer at least a month ago now. Poured out of a bomber into my mug. This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber color. The white head is about 1/3 inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface layer with good lacing. Sweet, slightly toasted caramel malt, along with a bit of maple or homey, perhaps some dark fruit and a noticeable amount of hops. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet toasted caramel malt goodness immediately hit my palate along with a bit of spice and dark fruit before giving way to the hop flavor. Good balance of flavors here. The taste of alcohol does burn a bit. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 06:57:46 | More by neenerzig
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark amber color with produced a nicely sized, fluffy white head that retained that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a huge maltiness with citrus hops, I guess they are not following the Dead Guy and making this in the Bock style

T - The taste of this beer further enforces that this is not Dead Guy x2, a sweet malty start that is followed by a mix of citrus hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was surprisingly light, and a moderate amount of carbonation, but this brew is smooth

D - This beer is a good example of American craftsmanship in beer, just don't expect Dead Guy +, and you'll be fine with this one

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 02:11:33 | More by cvfish
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/8/08. Cool bottle! Pours a clear dirty orange with a thick light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of doughy bread and soda. Flavor of sweet malt, bread, light fruits (apple). Doesn't taste very hoppy like I would expect from an ASA, mostly it's just lots of malt. Alright though.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 15:37:39 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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FSUmac

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass....

Appearance:

Pours out a copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice lacing forms as well.

Smell:

Very malty with some floral hops in the background. Sweetness on the nose.

Taste:

Sweet maltiness, but not too sweet. Also some bready and caramel notes. The hops come in at the back and balance it out nicely. You can taste the alcohol, but it is hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel:

Slightly sticky, but still goes down quite smooth for a high gravity beer.

Overall, I like this beer. If you like Dead Guy Ale, you should definitely give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:44:01 | More by FSUmac
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Bagman007

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Clear copper coloring with a finger length head that lasts a couple minutes.

S- You can definitely smell some hops in this beer, but it is not an overpowering smell. Also smells a little sweet.

T- Hoppy, but not too hoppy. Kind of sweet. Definitely a very good taste, but nothing amazing.

M- Has a somewhat dry finish, but it is not too bad. Fairly smooth.

D- Very drinkable. Definitely can have several of these in one sitting.

Overall a very good beer. Nothing spectacular, but still a solid brew. Would definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2008 04:37:16 | More by Bagman007
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The double dead guy is a dark copper ale topped by a finger and half of almost white head. The aroma is massive malt richness with bread and toast and a hint of melanoidin. The taste is similat but with a large dose of floral hops to temper the malt. Huge bodied doppelbock that is truly delicious, even more than the other dead guy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2008 02:57:01 | More by BWH3
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking beer. Perfect sized two finger off white head forms and remains atop this beer. The beer itself is an orange/amber color with good clarity. Only the slightest of a haze exists. There is a light amount of visible carbonation.

The aroma was a little hoppier than I had expected. Some floral and citrus notes. A sense of sweetness as well.

Flavor is quite interesting. Some initial bitterness followed by some alcohol flavors. Then you get a moment of maltiness. After this onto some hop bitterness. Not too much. The aftertaste is laced with the remnants of the alcohol again. I hope this opens up a bit as it warms. Some nice malt flavors are starting to emerge as it warms, but the alcohol remains. ( a good 25 minutes has gone by and I still get a strong sense for the alcohol.. If this was too cold before, it's not now)

The mouth feel is quite full. Some fairly thick body here. The carbonation is slight and just right.

The drinkability is definitely effected by the presence of the alcohol. Obviously, you expect a bit of this at 9% abv, but I think the alcohol takes up too much of the flavor profile to make this wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 23:47:29 | More by Reagan1984
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark orange/amber with a decent head that settles to a swirl. Sweet and malty up front followed by a beautiful citrusy hoppiness featuring grapefruit peel as the predominant aroma. The taste is even better. The malty beginning transitions to a beautiful orange and grapefruit bitterness that really lasts. The mouthfeel is full, rich, and smooth. This is a very hearty and satisfying beer, especially on tap where it picks up a bit more smoothness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 22:21:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some honey & dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front from the yeast and a hearty malt character. Then there are some sweet flavors of caramel, honey, spice and some fruit. The hops presence is on the strong side for the style and provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time. As the name implies, it's an amped up version of the regular Dead Guy Ale, even though I don't think it's quite as good as the original.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 03:14:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong pour gets nearly four fingers of light tan head that receeds in a couple of minutes leaving just a hint of consistant lace. Body is a glowing orange amber in color. Nose has hints of citrus based hops, sweet malt and some softly phelonic alchol spice. With first sip you get a even dose of richly balanced mineral based bitter hops. Malt joins in and gives just the right amount of balance without overtaking the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth rich and crisp with a bit of thickness. Hop bitterness does flash nicely at the end. Alchol is super well hidden for 9%. Very nicely drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 19:48:15 | More by SPLITGRIN
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml red bottle shared with a friend. Poured into pint glasses.

The Rogue website calls this a "Strong Ale," while it's called a dopplebock here (assuming it's the big brother of Dead Guy, this makes sense). I'll rate it based on a mix of the two.

A-Rather clear dark amber brew. Would have liked more clarity from the lagering. Tan head forms a finger or two with a vigorous pour, slowly reduces.

S-Some spiciness, but overwhelmingly the aroma is dank hops. Fresh and resiny, pungent. Under the hoppiness, some tones of brown bready maltiness are present, but subtle. More of an ale than a DB aroma profile.

T-Quite bitter, no? As with the aroma, a little bit of spicy, but a lot a bit of resiny and piney hoppiness. Really, it's almost grainy with hoppiness, both flavors and bitter characters. There are some malts in there, but they seemed to get lost in the commotion of the hops. Again, as a dopplebock, the flavor is out of character, but as a type of ale, the flavor seems more acceptable.

M-Medium carbonation, rough/grainy mouthfeel and a moderate body.

D-It's a higher alcohol brew, but it doesn't taste like it. It goes down pretty easily, though the hoppiness does get in the way of the smooth maltiness a dopplebock should have. Nonetheless, I think it's pretty enjoyable, surprisingly hoppy and bitter, and an enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 16:52:34 | More by CHSLBrew
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magictrokini

California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the Dead Guy Ale, and this one is even better. Pours clear ruby red with an off-white head. Delicious Munich and crystal malt in the aroma with a healthy helping of hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Resin and pink grapefruit hops in the taste, with the tang of the crystal malt. It truly is an Imperial version of the Dead Guy.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 16:26:04 | More by magictrokini
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.