British Beer Company

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British Beer CompanyBritish Beer Company
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

21 Reviews
Reviews: 21
Visits: 32
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 44
Bottles: 225
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

85 Providence Hwy
East Walpole, Massachusetts, 02032-1513
United States
phone: (508) 668-9909

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bbcwalpole

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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 32
Photo of brureview
4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first visit to the BBC in Walpole was on a Sunday after 5. There were a lot of people there- mostly under 30- but families fit right in.
It's an excellent place to have a drink. Laid back, friendly service.

I tried the vegetable and home-made hummus which was a good appetizer to chase the beer. The vegetables were fresh, and the hummus was first rate- far better than store bought.

It's not expensive- on tap beers seemed very reasonably priced.
They also have a good selection of craft beers- I saw Traquair Scotch Ale on the menu.

The service was fine, but a bit slow and not well organized. Otherwise, it's a great place to have a drink and eat.

I was there when there was no live music. So I can't comment on the noise level and crowds which will be different on weekend nights.

They have a Facebook page, and the manager answers email. (852 characters)

Photo of Fluke828
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped in here for a late lunch, largely because of the pretty good reviews I found here on BA and also because I found out that they had Tramp Stamp on Cask and Burton Baton on tap. Bar was pretty much dead, which is understandable for an early Wednesday afternoon with a few tables around the perimeter being occupied.
I was really excited to try Tramp Stamp on cask and for the most part, it didn't disappoint. However, when I went to order another beer after I had finished my cask offering, I ordered a Burton Baton and the bartender goes "Ugh, Oh Boy....that's an expensive beer....Like $10" Don't get me wrong here, I don't mind forking over some dough for a good brew, particularly on draught but she had effectively scared me off of it. (I was thinking to myself, well that was dumb of her cause there would have been more tip in the end for her obviously with the more I spend but I digress....) So I decide to do a little comparison and have just a regular tramp stamp out of a bomber I can see in one of the coolers behind the bar. When I went to order this, she says they don't have it "regular" they only have it on cask. I said "I can see it" and she starts reading off the names of other CS beers and then "Oh!, We do have it!" Halfway through this bomber we are joking around a bit and I come to find out that this is beer is also going to cost me $10...When it was on cask for $6.50...oh well....not really that outrageous but they are getting quite the markup on those bombers, shame on me really for not asking the price initially and just getting the DFH BB instead.
Food was OK, nothing great, nothing overly awful, just average. Great selection and great service when I first got there. But lost some service score because once I was done with both beer and food, she was nowhere to be found and I had to have one of the waitresses from another part of the restaurant cash me out and bring me my check. (1,928 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I revisited the BBC in Walpole for the first time in several years last week and pleasantly discovered it has not changed much. This version is like all the other BBC's I have been to with a better beer list. The atmosphere is of an old English pub with a huge square bar in the middle. Ample tvs and all things British decorate the walls. There is space for casual and formal dining.

The food is above average. The food tends to be British. Highlights include the pizza, veggie burgers, and flat iron steak on top of traditional British pasties.

What differentiates this BBC is the huge beer list. I believe there were over 30 taps with mostly micro beers. I was happy to find Stone and Delirium Tremins on tap. There is an extensive bottle offering as well that go from sours to British ales. Most of the bottles are slightly more expensive than you would find elsewhere but the variety is very good.

The service I had that night was a bit rough with two mistakes on food and beer, but management was apologetic. I will chalk it up to a bad night. The waitress was knowledgable and friendly. Overall, I wish every BBC had this variety of beer offerings. (1,159 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I started coming here at the outset when the beer mgr was actively selecting good brews; the selection has progressively gone downhill since his departure.

This is one of those "faux" brit pubs that was made abroad and transplanted here...not a bad thing but fwiw.

Food menu is ordinary (sysco) and is OK but in case you happen here on a weekend and the wait is incredible....not the best with a party of little ones!

Beer menu is mediocre....Stone AB and mainstream New England brews but not much else. A nice Fullers Porter is the best bet.

A rather ordinary night out all in all. (587 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Alewife and I stopped in here last Saturday (18JUL09) for some grub and grog prior to hitting the Elton John/Billy Joel concert at Gillette. The outside of the place is quite cheesy, with a color scheme combo of mustard and dark green.

In through the heavy wooden doors with fogged/etched glass, and it gets nice and comfy right off. It's dimly lit, like a good pub should be, and has loads of dark wood all over. The ceiling looks to be a light colored pressed tin, with long wooden beams criss-crossing. Upon the beams are painted humorous sayings, like "Here's to our wives and girlfriends! May they never meet!". The place is basically rectangular, with the long axis front-to-back. Immediately left are 8 to 12 tables, and then straight ahead, past a low divider, is the bar area. It's an island unto itself in the middle of the room, with about 6 or 8 tap towers spaced about. The bar-back/center has assorted liquors, and large TV screens are placed in numerous locations above the bars and on the walls. Trays of condiments are placed all over the bar, for those in need of ketchup, mustard, malt vinegar and/or hot sauce. Around the perimeter were tables and booths, with a small side-room off to the right hosting another half-dozen tables and a pseudo fireplace. The walls were adorned with posters and pics of British related "shtuff". A solid selection of classic rock was filling the air, too.

Service was quite good, with our bartender, Heather, being quick, attentive, friendly and helpful. What seemed like numerous regulars made their way in, and the staff was held highly by most of them.

Their draft selection was, naturally, heavy on UK biers, with lots of pale ales and bitters, but they did have some nice US touches, like Arrogant Bastard and 60 Minute IPA, plus a couple of Belgians and Germans. Prices were decent here, with pints averaging about $5. You had the option of ordering in 12, 16 or 20oz sizes. Bottled biers were more varied, and also quite pricier, with Stone 22oz bombers running about $10-12 or so, for example.

A plate of Macho Nachos was huge, and very filling. This left little room for our entrees, a wrap filled with shaved steak and bleu cheese for me, a pot-roast Pogwich for the lady. All well-made and satisfying. Prices for food were quite reasonable; I only rated BBC pricy due to the bottle offerings.

Alewife said she'd return any time, which simply echoes my feelings. It was a very pleasant start to the day, which ended with a top-shelf concert.

Cheers!

4.1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 - $$$

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Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

For better of worse, not the same as the Hyannis site. Naively expected same specials etc, not to be. Anyways, on the review...

I visited on a Thursday evening with my wife, and our daughter of 5 years old. We were seated promptly on the raised dining area adjacent/part of the bar area, no cool booths like Hyannis has. It was LOUD with the after-work crowd. Daughter was blocking ears and complaining.

Waiter was somewhat slow in arriving, soft-spoken and mumbly, and did not know what an Amaretto Sour was. Took 2 returns and askings for him to get it done.

Beer menu was provided with food menu, along iwth prices for all sizes available. <thumbs up> Wide selection of brews, obviously beer mgr is well informed, and both brews I had were in great shape. Food was excellent, as expected, and plentiful enough for leftovers the next day.

Overall, we did not enjoy this location as much as Hyannis, but still a good place to keep in mind when travelling in the Rte 1 area, esp for beer options. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Pondfish
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Although a chain, this place is unique. Homey feel to it even though TV's are ubiquitous. Great rectangular central bar seats maybe 50, dozens of taps and the food is slightly above average for a pub. They give you a beer list with the menu. Most recent visit, I had Stone Ruination, Arrogant Bastard and Old Speckled Hen. I like the way you can order 3 sizes, 12 oz, pint or 20 oz Imperial. The heavy Belgians are in the smaller glasses and all beer service is glassware appropriate. The bartenders, mostly female, make this place appealing. They are most knowledgeable about the beers and tastes are never a problem. Lots of regulars, who are greeted by first name...just a nice place to relax and have some great beers. (722 characters)

Photo of splunge52
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited here for lunch on the way to bottle beer I brewed at a BOP in Natick.I like the British pub look they are going for.The tap selection is very good. First time I ever saw Stone Ruination on tap, so they gained points from me from the get go. They also try to serve their beer with the proper glassware. The food was very good.

The bartender impressed me because she had knowledge of the beer that she was serving and gave samples of others I may want try. It is a pet peeve of mine to go into what is suppose to be a beer bar and the server has no knowledge of the product.

I felt the price was resonable. I would recommend this place. (644 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally visited the British Beer Company in Walpole after living in the area for a number of years. I know, shame on me! The atmosphere is very laid back and the bar and restaurant is spacious. The decor was of wood and dim lighting. There is a night fireplace near the bar that adds to the feel. For a Saturday afternoon, there was a decent crowd there. There was a great beer selection. About 40 taps with a nice mixture of British brews and some locals. The bottle selection was fantastic - a two page beer menu, who doesn't love that? Beers are served in either 12 oz, 16 oz or 20 oz based on your preference. All beers are served in appropriate glassware too. I ended up trying London's Porter and ESB from tap, and true St. Peter's Cream Stout out of the bottle. Service was great. Our bartender was attentive and sparked conversation on what we've tried... additionally, sought feedback on a beer she'd been meaning to try. Food was good - I got their Bourboun and Stout Steak tips which were served with cheddar mashed (best I've had) and panko encrusted green beans.
Overall this was a great experience. Although a bit pricey, it was worth the trip and I hope to go again soon! (1,187 characters)

Photo of Gunnz
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Overall it was a very nice dinner. They had a good deal of beers on tap, however most of them I had never heard of. Most of the beers I had wanted to try were only served in bottles most of which came in 750 mL bottles instead of 12 oz.

As for the food, it was rather traditional pub fare, although there were a few things that you wouldn't see in a pub in England.

I had their signiture Fish and Chips dinner with sweet potato fries, the substitution of sweet potato fries over the steak fries was 1.25 extra. Paired with that I started with an Old Speckled Hen which was a nice mild flavor but didn't do much to compliment the food. Before finishing my meal I ordered a Fuller's ESB, which I believe complimented the fish much better. Not only was it my first time ever trying an English Bitter, but I hope it will not be my last.

Like I stated my person preferences of beers were not on tap like I had preferred, but looking at the beer menu with an unbiased eye it is a rather impressive list of beer ranging from the average moderately priced american style lager for around $4.00 or so to rather higher priced Belgian tripels and strong ales in the $15.00 range, excluding the Dogfish Head Double Magnum bottle for $73.00. (1,232 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I went here with a large group on a saturday night. We took over half of the upstairs dining area. Wow, what a cool place, wood paneling everywhere, copper in the tradition of british pubs I've been to at the bars and strategic locations through the restaurant.

Our servers did a good job handling such a large group. We ordered a fair amount of obscure beers so it did take a while for our beers to be brought up. As my usual in a place like this, I found 4 items on their beer menu that were out of stock. It became a running joke at our table.

The food was exceptional!

Prices for the food were reasonable, the beer list was exhaustive and a bit pricey but all in all worth it considering what you could get for beer selections most anywhere else.

I would gladly go back again. (786 characters)

Photo of Will46andbrew
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

A - The atmoshpere was pretty good, nice large bar and seating area. I was there on a Saturday night and there was a band playing. Very clean inside.

S - The service was really good in the beginning, but towards the end of the night, the waitress was not able to be found.

S - The selection here was extensive, especially for British imports. I was very happy to see Meantime which I've only seen at one other bar and of course that's Track 84 in Warwick. I was very pleased to see Stone products on tap, I can't get these in RI, I had both that were available, Stone IPA & Arrogant Bastard.

F - I didn't have any, but my friends had a couple of the pizzas, they said they were good.

V - The prices were pretty good, but I'm used to much cheaper prices, but I'm spoiled...

Overall I would definately visit this establishment again. Very good selection with a nice atmosphere. Can't wait for my next visit. (920 characters)

Photo of atozymurgy
2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a Friday evening, to find a band playing Pearl Jam covers loudly and badly. They sat my wife and me in a side room, so at least we didn't have to shout too loudly to talk to each other. The beer list was impressive, with about 20 British beers on tap, including some fairly hard to find (in the US) items, such as Fuller's Porter, and a vintage 2002 Gale's Old Ale. Plus about 20 more US, German, and Belgian taps (Chimay tripel!), most of which were excellent beers. Then, roughly 100 bottles, which I won't go into in detail, but suffice it to say that all the world's major beer traditions are well represented.

My wife ordered a Ridgeway bitter, which was served, predictably, much too cold, but was otherwise quite good. I went with a Fuller's Porter since I'd never had it on draft, and here's my first complaint about the place - the Porter was served with a nitro faucet, like Guinness. I realize that some people enjoy beers served this way, but I and many others do not (won't go into all the reasons for that here). They really should note on the menu which beers have nitro. Oh, well, I drank the Fuller's and enjoyed it anyway. For my next beer I ordered the Old Speckled Hen on cask, their one cask-conditioned offering. First the waitress said, "Do you know that it's warm?" Not a very good sign, but I pressed on. When the beer came my nose was immediately assaulted by sourness and green apples. Clearly the beer was off, and I'm guessing it had been for a while. The next time the waitress came back (about 10 minutes later) I told her the beer was sour and that I'd like another. She said, "It's a cask, it's supposed to be like that." I didn't want to get into a whole thing with her, so I didn't mention that I've traveled in Britain as well as worked 5 days at the NERAX cask festival two weeks ago, so I know very well what cask-conditioned ale should taste like. To replace it I got Old Speckled Hen from a keg this time, and once again, it was from a nitro tap. Needless to say, I found the beer experience at this place disappointing, at best.

For food, we had baked brie as an appetizer, my wife had pot roast (pretty good), and I had fried clams (good).

So, I suppose I'd stop here again if driving by, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. And I'd be very careful about the beer I ordered, which wouldn't be too hard with such a vast selection. (2,398 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised and quite impressed after a recent visit to British Brewing Company in Walpole. The atmosphere is comfortable and very spacious. There is a huge bar in the center with tables all around. The décor has that typical chain restaurant feel, but I thought the fireplace added a great vibe. The place was packed on the night I went and people looked like they were having a great time.

The beer selection is incredible. There are about 40 taps with a strong nod to British beers like Bitter & Twisted, Newcastle, Hobgoblin and Mackeson. Other imports such as Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA, Chimay & Erdinger Weissbier are available. The domestic offerings included gems like Leatherlips IPA, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Stone Old Guardian & Arrogant Bastard.

The bottle selection is absolutely unreal, probably around 170 or so bottles with a two-sided beer menu to provide details. I noticed serious offerings from Berkshire Brewing, Stone, Rogue, Dogfish Head (including the 120 Minute IPA!) & Samuel Smith’s. There was one cask offering on tap during my visit and it was Berkshire Brewing Cabin Fever Ale. Beers are served in either 12 oz, 16 oz or 20 oz based on your preference. All beers are served in appropriate glassware too.

Service was solid. Food was good for what I tried which was limited to appetizers. Overall, I gotta give this place some serious credit and acknowledgment. It’s a major beer destination with an unassuming reputation. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and hope to be back soon. (1,545 characters)

Photo of albern
4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is a very nice, friendly place with a very good and extensive assortment of draughts and bottles. They do stock some obscure British ales and bitters, and they do have a decent selection of micros, Belgians, and assorted others. The food is pretty good, better than your typical pub fare. The prices are decent, but not a bargain. I paid $5 for a pint of Fuller's Porter and about $4 for a Hobgoblin and a Guinness. That should give you some indication. A typical dinner entree is about $9 -13, with sandwiches, salads, sides a little cheaper. This is probably the best place all around in Walpole. (603 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Most recent visit was on 2/24/07. The bar area was quite large and the entire restaurant area was open and spacious. There was a nice relaxed atmosphere, although it seemed a bit up-scale. Service was excellent. They were knowledgeable and offered me plenty of samples due to me indecision while looking at the expansive beer menu. I didn’t count but I estimate about 30 taps with one beer on cask (Berkshire Traditional Pale Ale when I was there) and huge list of bottled beer. As the name implies their selection is mostly British brews but there are plenty of top-notch German, Belgian & US beers to go along with them. It’s the closest place that I know of that has Stone on-tap and they had Arrogant Bastard, Smoked Porter & Old Gaurdian. For food, I just had a chicken quesadilla, which was decent but nothing spectacular. However, the burgers looked really good, maybe next time. Overall, the prices were a little steep, but I found the prices of the beers on-tap to be reasonable. I liked this place a lot and can’t wait to go back. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Burt
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Liked the way it was set up, nice big bar, big screen tv's.

All the beers I had where from the draft and they were all good and fresh.

Our waitress was on the young side but she knew about the beers we were ordering.

Selection was good they had a nice list of beers on draft and bottled. Best of all the had Arrogant Bastard and 60 Minute IPA on draft.

Food was average had fish and chips.

Prices were a little high but the brews I was drinking were worth the price.

Overall I liked the place, stopped in on the way back from Boston and found it on Rt 1 was surprised at the size of their beer list, would recommend it to anyone. (651 characters)

Photo of nicefix
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in with a co-worker on a Friday afternoon. The place was packed. It's pretty big, with a good sized wrap around bar. Apparently the owners worked hard to make an authentic British style pub. I have no experience in British pubs, but it is a cool looking and unique place.

We sat at the bar and I asked for a beer menu. The selection is pretty big with most of the focus on English beers which I'm not too familiar with. There were some Belgians on tap, Chimay Tripel, McChouffe and a couple others. As well as some American micros, Stone, DFH and others. The service was good, although the bartender could have had more knowledge about the beers.

Deffinitely a cool place to hang, good vibe and good beers. Next time I'll try the food. (751 characters)

Photo of n0rmann
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Loved this place. They had the best selection of British beers on draught and in bottles I've seen at a pub. They also have a good selection of Belgium and non-British beers on tap, including Arrogant Bastard and Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA. The food was OK, but it was a nice place to just hang out.

My only complaint was the price on some of the bottles. $18 for a Fullers 2005 Vintage, was the most expensive, but many crossed over the $10 threshhold.

But, even with that, I'm still looking forward to going back. (522 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I had previously visited the Hyannis location and was excited to have a location closer to home. The place was absolutely PACKED and we had to create our own little parking space. We were told the wait was going to be 30 minutes, but we gladly hit the bar.

The restaurant/bar area are nicely woo-panneled with the ba in the center of the building. Tpas on all four sides of the rectangle presented with British favorites such as a nice showing from Greene King, Fuller's, several Belgian Varieties like Chimay and American micros such as Dogfish Head and Stone. The bartenders were knowledgeable and very personable as well as quick with both the standard and nitro pours. The bottled beer was all fresh and well-cellared and the draught was impecable.

We were seated in the wide-open bar high-tables. As I said the place was packed, but the spacing of the table didn't make one feel closed in. The waitress was extremely attentive and friendly quick with recommendations for various brews and menu choices. The appetizers were great, and the entrees were largely portioned at a fairly reasonable price.

Between the three of us there we ran up a tab of $80 in beers and $40 in food for 2 large appetizers adn 3 entrees. The price on the beer ran from a $3.75 'Gansett to a $18 bottle of Fuller's Special, with an average of about $6 for a 20oz. glass, all worth it. My friends and I have claimed this place as our new weekly spot and hope to see it do well for a very long time. (1,489 characters)

Photo of Estarrio
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Edit: After several subsequent trips, I have decided to raise the service score. The only poor service experience was right after the grand opening. Service has been mostly stellar since. I am also increasing the selection score. I've watched the dynamic changes in the menu with great enthusiasm. They have a nice selection across the board, large enough to wow you and small enough to maintain freshness. Some nice rare and seasonal goodies as well. In fact, the beer manager was talking about making a dedicated beer book to showcase the increasing selection. The beer dinners are extremely well done and staff is personable and passionate.

Original Review:
I stopped in for Sunday lunch about a week after the grand opening. I was anxious to get my hands on the fresh beer!

The atmosphere was nice. I have to admit that I don't have a lot of experience in British pubs, so I can't vouch for the authenticity. There is a very nice wooden bar, with gold lettering above. The ceilings are faux old style-tile, while the fakeness becomes apparent with the air ducts. It’s still a nice try at ambience. The rest of the building was nicely decorated, mostly wooden surfaces. Booths might have been nice in the dining sections but are they authentic?

Service left much to be desired. The wait staff was young and very slow. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, since the place was only a week old when we went.

I had chips with spinach/artichoke dip and a steak tip dinner. I loved every bit of it. My wife had a buffalo chicken pizza and was less than impressed. There is a nice selection of pub food, with some British offerings on the menu and I look forward to trying more.

Now the good part...the beer! The hostess gives you a daily beer menu upon being seated. There were about twenty British beers on tap (Old speckled hen, Tetley’s, Wychwood, etc.). There were another twenty non-British beers including, New England locals, American micros, German, Irish and French beers. A very nice selection and all well priced! They had an additional four or five Belgians on tap but they were relatively expensive.

On bottle, they had a full selection of Samuel Smith brews, several other British beers, along with another worldly assortment. Of course, a few Macros were present as well.

I was fortunate to enjoy an Arrogant Bastard on tap, Dogfish 60 minute IPA on tap, Wychwood Hobgoblin Ale on tap and a bomber of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Prices were very reasonable around the board.

I look forward to going back and actually focusing more on the British selection next time! Hopefully, the service kinks have been worked out!! (2,666 characters)

British Beer Company in East Walpole, MA
92 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.