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Hopalicious - Ale Asylum

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very good

661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-24-2006)
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DeeMented

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Ale Asylum.

The beer was a hazy, golden yellow, with a thick, creamy head. The head faded quickly, and left only a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma was very citrusy and tangy, with a hint of sweetness. A very summery aroma.

The mouthfeel was well carbonated, and creamy.

The hops were present throughout the whole experience, but the taste actually started with a grapefruit flavor, and had some very mild malt that didn't really start to come through until it warmed up a bit. It finished with a hops bite that wasn't overly bitter, but very pleasing.

This wasn't an in-your-face hops bomb, like some other pale ales, but a very enjoyable beer that wasn't overwhelmingly bitter.

This is Ale Asylum's most popular brew for a reason.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 21:38:21 | More by DeeMented
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden amber in color with an average cap of white carbonation

s: pale malt body with a citrusy, somewhat tropical hop nose that reaches towards resinous and pulpy

m: moderate carbonation and a light-medium body

t: moderately sweet pale malt base carries flavors of citrus hops, great balance, a big bitterness move in for the finish

d: just fine, shared in a few pitchers

standard pint at Dotty's followed by pitchers at the Terrace

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 16:25:53 | More by blackie
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my pint glass this beer is a light gold color. almost light enough to be yellow. Moderate head that leaves little bits of sticky lace around my glass. The aroma is hoppy but not bitter. A bit sweet with piney and orange peel tones. The flavor is grapefruit and pine with a nice sweet malt backbone. This beer has a nice bite but not so much that you pucker up. It just sort of goes over the taste buds nice and smooth. Medium body very crisp and refreshing. A great beer to sit back and enjoy all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 23:58:48 | More by beerwolf77
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kgs

California

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a yummy, very food-friendly IPA with a lovely marigold color. It is assertively hoppy but well-balanced, with subdued grapefruit and orange flavors that complement strong food flavors such as blue cheese and bacon. The mouthfeel is crisp but not thin, which again plays into this beer's food-friendliness -- the optimal texture for sipping between bites of food. It was particularly good after ten minutes or so, when it was not quite so cold and the malt flavor came forward. The carbonation is just enough to scrub the palate between bites without distracting the mouth with too much effervescence.

I had this on tap with a bacon cheeseburger (medium-rare, Maytag blue cheese) and will think of it often after leaving Madison this week.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 15:22:06 | More by kgs
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eallured

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich gold, a great color example of pale ale. A little hazy and moderate head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is wonderfully citrusy and floral Cascdes. A hint of carmel might be there too. Pleasant bittrness is light enough to let the lighter malt sweetness to come through. Taste is citrusy with a little grassyness. Very appropriate carbonation level and good finish, maybe a bit of residual sweetness and lots of residual hops. A nice and hoppy pale APA but lacking a bit in the malt backing. Overall quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 03:24:16 | More by eallured
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

on tap @ the Ale Asylum

A light straw color, very clear, moving towards copper in the very center and thanks to a moderate haze on this one. A 1-2 cm head forms on top, leaving some sticky lacing. This one looks nice at the start. The smell is kind of normal, just a moderate citrus hop presence comes to the nose, mixed in with a light powdery maltiness. The taste comes out first with a light lemon-lime flavor. There's also sort of a hop tea flavor, kind of herbal, leafy, floral - but actually hop tea light might be better. The idea sort of comes because of the lack of malt presence here (but to be honest, the hop presence isn't impressive or overwhelming either). This one is very, very dry - which may also detract from the maltiness I desire, at best I can taste a bit of milled/crushed barley, but without the sweetness. No bread, no caramel. This one really tastes like the average American Pale Ale if I had to say so. The mouthfeel was really thin, very watery. The hoppiness is really the only thing in the body that would help me distinguish this from water - in terms of body alone. This one is very easy to drink - thanks to the wateriness. But it really is not that enjoyable I guess. Actually, the best way to describe it is that it is stuck somewhere bteween what I expect. If you have time, I have a little side note I'd like to go into: with APAs, there seem to be two schools of thought: (i) make the beer malty, kind of bready - a bit more body, but still light in color compared to other styles, add some hops, enough that you notice the flavor and aroma, not a lot of bitterness, but a good citrus presence - not too resinous though, (ii) make it light in color and light in body and light in alcohol, pump it up with hops, especially dry hops, to really show off one particular variety, you let the hoppy flavors carry the mouthfeel and the flavor and everything. Now back to the beer - this one is stuck between the two of these, it had the hop profile of type i but the body of type ii, which is not exactly the best combination to my taste buds.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 01:28:53 | More by taylorhamrick
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Tone

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells strongly of hops, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. There is a good bitterness level. Tastes of strong hops up front and throughout, slight hint of fruit, sweet malt, toffee, sand slight pine. Overall, a really good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 05:00:24 | More by Tone
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from the fine man Maximum12. Poured into a Dogfish shaped pint glass and enjoyed on a night earlier this week.
Bottle Graphics: 4/10.

A: Pretty run of the mill, shiny orange color with a thin lacing and mid level head.

S: Sure, you can smell the hops but not as much as name would lead you to believe. For some reason, I get something of a rye scent out of the nose.

T: Pretty standard pale ale with no real rye but some aspect of malted breadiness. It may be the expectation from the name, but I was pretty much not blown away as I was thinking I would or may be.

M: Fairly thick body for an APA that had a solid bready texture. If this makes sense, it has the mouthfeel of a homebrew or a small brewpub.

D: The hops are not one of those that will leave you wanting more, seems to be more of an APA that has bittering late stage hops than anything else. Not a bad pale ale by any means, just not unique or anything that sets it apart.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 18:19:34 | More by marcpal
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured In: Tulip Glass

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with a finger of head. Not much, but a little lacing going from the top to the middle of the glass.

Smell: A noticeable caramel malt, but a little bit of citrus here as well.

Taste: Initial flavor is bitter with the caramel malts making their appearance. Following the initial flavor of malt is a very pleasant mixture of grapefruit and orange peel. I need a six pack of this in my fridge at all times.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and well carbonated. Goes down quite easily. A little hop oil coats itself throughout my mouth. A nice crisp beer.

Drinkability: I think this could fall into the IPA category instead of an APA, but regardless I find this very enjoyable. Most of the APA's I have had have not had this much hop flavor to them, but I find it very pleasant. One of my favorite beers, and it's nice living only a few miles away from the brewery. The ABV is hidden quite well, and this could definitely be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 02:35:32 | More by Ek0nomik
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my nonic tumbler, the ale appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of creamy off white head. Tastes and aromas are of resinous pine, grapefruit pith, grassy, bitter, caramelized malt, a touch of orange. About medium bodied with ample carbonation. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 23:43:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
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HopHead84

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra received in a trade, I think it was from DRINKNDRIVE.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is very light golden, straw colored. It's effervescent with a signature gigantic foamy Saison head. It recedes slowly leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is peppery phenols with some light citrus in the form of apples, lemons, and oranges. A low level of floral hops is evident. The malt is pretty light beneath the other aromas and the alcohol is hidden.

The flavor is peppery with orange and lemon. The malt character is soft beneath the fruit. The hops are low but noticeable, imparting earthiness to the flavor. There's a hint of tartness. The finish is spicy, fruity, and dry. The alcohol is well masked throughout.

The beer is light bodied with high carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 05:20:38 | More by HopHead84
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spointon

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured an orange gold color with a 1.5" off-white foamy head. The head retained for a very long time and eventually settled to a dense cap. Huge amounts of sticky sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Lots of Cascade hops here - grapefruit with a hint of pine all day long. Some mild malty sweetness in there too.

T= Similar to the aroma, the flavor of this hoppy pale ale was full of a solid grapefruity and piney freshness. Pale and caramel malts took a backseat to the hops but hung in there enough to provide a nice balance.

MF= Medium bodied with a nice carbonation crispness.

D= A damn drinkable and very enjoyable APA here. Would drink this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 03:00:29 | More by spointon
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Lothore

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, foggy, orange hue with a nice, creamy 2 finger head after a vigorous pour.

S- Smells grassy with some generic wheaty tones.

T- Tastes starts off a little harsh, maybe a bit mettalic but moves into a nice strong wave of grassy hops and a long bitter finish for an APA. I know it's not too descriptive but it's very homebrewesque.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- This is a nice little APA which reminds me a lot of my homebrewed apa. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:31:06 | More by Lothore
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A--Light copper color with about 1 finger of head using a standard pour into a pint glass. The head recedes quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S--Biscuity malts, citrus and floral hops. Orange peels, white grapes, grapefruit. Smells yummy!

T--I was almost sure that the hop taste of this was going to be too subdued, I don't know why I pre-judged it but I'm glad I proved myself wrong. This is about perfect as far as APA's go, IMO. Its not a style that I usually praise because I prefer huge DIPA hop bombs, but Ale Asylum got it right here. VERY well balanced with a noticeable malt sweetness that is pleasantly overshadowed by a crisp citrus hop flavor that is damn good.

M--Medium bodied with a soft pillow of carbonation and not much aftertaste

D--Great session beer here, perfectly drinkable and this would be good during any season and with any meal.

Overall, I have to say I love this beer. Its tough for me to rate beers like this because it becomes a struggle between rating it on its own merit vs. rating it versus the style. I would say that as far as the style goes this is an A+, but I must also take into account that it is not a style known for huge flavor (which I love), and therefore does not stack up against the other beers I consider to be the best. In the end, I will settle with the score I gave it and give Ale Asylum themselves an A+ for doing a great job with this beer

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 22:22:01 | More by alcstradamus
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this in an anonymous little Wisconsin town. Glad to find some Ale Asylum within driving distance, I picked up both varietals they carried. Poured into my stylin' Lost Abbey chalice, provided by the incomparable Cloudskipper.

Off the road we go. Looks suspiciously like an APA with a persistent head. Smell is pretty hoppy.

Taste is a little less so, almost a mix of a hefe & an IPA. There's a definite hop presence, but not nearly as aggressive as your typical IPA. Along for the gallop is a wheaty, grassy taste (how many of those who've used this word have actually eaten grass, I wonder?). This is something you could have a six of with buddies, beer geeks or not. Very accessible.

Not a fantastic beeer, but above average in all respects. A very nice pale.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:19:43 | More by maximum12
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gford217

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of maximum12 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright hazy orange with a big, fluffy white head that really hangs on stubbornly and leaves some spotty lacing.

The smell is almost that of an IPA, with lots of light fruity hops, especially pineapple and lemon. It smells a lot like some of the dry-hopped IPAs I've had. A bit of a bready malt backbone as well.

The taste dials it back toward a typical APA with less hop presence and a little more of the biscuity malts than the aroma suggested.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and not quite as full as I would have liked.

This is a decent APA that has a pretty hopped up aroma and a more balanced malt-forward taste where the hops offer more of a supporting role.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 23:58:11 | More by gford217
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was apricot in color and a little hazy. The head was eggshell white and moderate in size. It left thin sheets of lace and a cap of foam.

Smell was a bit detergent-like. Earthy, piney. Wheat bread dough. Nice.

Taste was of light bitterness and lots of fruity/citrus flavors. Enough sweetness to counterbalance but never overshadow the star -- hops.

Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected but adequate.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 02:39:07 | More by Cresant
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice to try something from the midwest,I dont get enought midwestern wares anymore.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed medium golden with a bit of dark orange tintAromas a a little light mainly a mix of caramel/biscuit malt and citric hop.Well rounded flavors with the hops winning out by a nudge,starting out with a pretty firm lightly sweet caramel base,melding nicely into a nice prsh citrus/hop finish that lingers.A solid APA borderline IPA,quaffable and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 18:48:56 | More by oberon
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The APA has a golden orange glow that is dulled by a general haziness. The haziness adds a darker color. A small head, barely worth mentioning, didn't do anything.

S: The ale, even when cold, has a crisp cascade hop aroma. A toasted caramel grain dryness matches the hops.

T: The ale is malt-centric at first, grainy with toasted bread flavors. The hop bitterness is stronger than I would have thought, covering up the malts with a pleasant bitterness. Citrus flavors, slightly medicinal, are vibrant, well-balanced against the malts. A nice pale ale.

M: The breadiness of the malt sets the stage for the abundant hop profile. An APA that doesn't bore the palate.

D: With a name like Hopalicious, I was expecting a lupulin bomb. Instead I got a well-balanced pale ale with an assertive hop profile. A welcome surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 01:49:04 | More by akorsak
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce shorty into a pint.

Pours a nice dark honwy with a rocky two finger head that has staying power and leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is of medicinal, but slightly floral hops with a little malt backbone, but not huge.

Flavor is fresh hops with a nice malty roll. Unfortunately the hops take on a more bitter piney, earthy character than the fresh grapefruit flavors I remember from the tap version. I think this bottle may have some months on it unfortunately. The malt is more pronounced here, which further leads me to believe that this beer mellows quite a bit in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium but lush, the carbonation is spot on.

Of course like every beer I like the fresh, draft version better, but this is still a good ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 00:23:04 | More by wheatyweiss
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abents

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a great cloudy golden amber with nice bright white head. Smells like a spring prairie, flowers, spiciness, with a hint of orange. Cascade all the way baby, this is one nice smelling brew. Taste is very refreshing, and hoppy. Big lemon, grapefruit, and orange being thrown in your face, with a nice bittnerness in the middle that follows into a pretty sweet finish that leaves you wanting more. A hoppy pale ale for sure, but still a very nice drinking fallback beer anytime I can find it on tap. Good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:08:07 | More by abents
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zeff80

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with a small, tan head that left no lace.

S - It smelled very floral with notes of orange peel and some roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted of sharp, burnt toast malt with a sweet citrus zip.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty tasty APA. The Cascade hops really give it a floral touch.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:13:25 | More by zeff80
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Nov 2008.

Tried in 0.5 L Adambrau glass. Small very tight off white head. Cloudy golden caramel color. Aroma almost bursts from bottle but then quickly fades. Aroma of sweet fresh hops, almost buttery, citrus, caramel. Flavor is lighter than the smell, starts sweet and caramel becoming citrusy and slightly bitter. Finishes with a somewhat stale popcorn flavor. Medium body.

Expected more of a hop bite from this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:58:29 | More by htomsirveaux
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off it should be pointed out this is an APA although it has the hop flavor of a good IPA...sure the body is a little thin when you think IPA but for an APA it is fine...perhaps a little on the light side but in the right area...

Hops are fantastic....awesome aroma and taste of pineapples, mandarin oranges, and tangelos...milder notes of pine trees,lemons, limes, and a fresh bouquet of flowers...pale malt is the backbone but it has some mild toasty qualities.

This is the type of beer I could drink every day...literally...if I had a kegerator this would be a great call....rivals the Mpls Rock Bottom Simcoe hopped pale ale I love so much (Itasca) but with a different hop featured...

The bottle says it all...a lot of great hop without crazy bitterness....totally on the mark...this is what good hop usage is all about.

Top notch brew!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 01:40:53 | More by ZAP
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Bright golden honey with a touch of copper in the back. Head is soft and fluffy, 3/4" and super sticky. Beer pours nice and clear.

S. Very citrusy like peeled oranges and also a slight pine scent adding to the freshness of this one.

T. Pleasantly bitter and a little bit perfumy in the mouth. Very dry and sharp. Could be a little more balanced with the malt.

M. Light and lacking a little bit in the texture due to the lack of malt backing. Carbonation is nice.

D. Its OK. Not my favorite of the style but I could drink this while brewing or working outside. I like hops, so it does the trick.

Special thanks to asmokingoat for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 13:44:05 | More by MMAJYK
Hopalicious from Ale Asylum
89 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.