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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPAStone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

753 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 753 | Reviews: 574
Photo of BMoney575
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 9-28-10
Bottled in June 2010

Pours a cloudy bright golden color, with a thin white head and thick rings of lacing. Very inviting.

Smell is all strong hops, tons of citrus, with a great slightly sour malt and booze to back it up. Heavy and hoppy but very good.

Taste is huge lemon hops. Sour and sweet, with just the right amount of malt to thicken it up. The finish is sharply bitter and very dry, leaving a tart, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy and right for the style.

Drinkability is very good, hoppy but very balanced and well made.

Overall, one of the best I've had, and that's saying a lot.

Photo of Kadonny
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass. Very cool write up on the back of the bottle, love the Emperial instead of Imperial.

A: A hazy golden color with a half finger white head on an aggressive pour. Nice full sticky glass lacing.

S: Blast of herbal floral notes with a decent amount of citrus smells like orange and tangerine. Some slight pepper and caramel come in. Lots going on here.

T: First taste is very herbal and floral with grassy hints and some orange and tangerine citrus. As the beer warms these up front flavors turn more spicy and earthy with some pepper flavors. Body holds caramel malt that gets trounced by the bitter ending hops. Clean an crisp. Real different with the English hops, but very good and super complex. Wonderful.

M: Medium, prickly, peppery, no alcohol and bitterness lingers.

D: High, damn this is a good beer.

You notice right away that the hops they use in this beer are not your average variety. Great use of the Kent and Golding hops as they obviously put a ton of hops in this beer. This beer is so different, but so damn good that it's mind blowing. How Stone keeps doing it is beyond me, but this is a real winner. Way different from the rest, this is another one that needs to go along the route of the 11th and become a regular rotation beer. Stunning.

Photo of Baraka
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather light color for an IPA, very straw-ish with a solid frothy head that sticks around. Hop heavy nose with hints of grapefruit and other citrusy fruits. A very different style of IIPA. There is a considerable amount of bitterness but the hop flavors taste more earthy and have a different kind of fruity flavor. There is a slight hint of malt, but it is pretty much nonexistent. An interesting, well done take on the IIPA (with all English Ingredients) that, while perhaps not up to par with Ruination, is still a solid beer.

Photo of goofyfootrr
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving: Bottle

Appearance: 1/8" head, yellow and cloudy.

Smell: Hints of fruit. Either lemon or grapefruit stood out.

Taste: Very good but it tasted like Dogfish Head 60 min. I was expecting a bit more because of the description and inspiration on the back of the bottle. Nevertheless is continues in the Stone Brewery fashion of excellence.

Mouthfull: Medium with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Very good. Above 8% this beer could be dangerous. It hides the alcohol very well. Enjoy.

Photo of aasher
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd been waiting to open this since it was released. It poured a lot like a Saison or Farmhouse ale, with less foaming. It pours a very murky golden, straw yellow with a slight cream colored head. The smell is an intricate mix of floral aromas, hoppiness, and even marijuana. It drinks very well. It's a dry hoppiness in the after taste and it is intensely hoppy. It's definitely a "lighter" take on the IPA, both in color and body. I'd even say it's more impressive than the Ruination. It drinks very crisp and fresh. Moderate carbonation leaves this one feeling perfect. This is an excellent beer. And as the bottle says, either drink fresh or drink just after a year.

Here is my review a full five months later:

I had this beer fresh and loved it so I wanted to try it again, some six months later. It still looks great. It's a fluorescent orange in color, very cloudy, and had a soapy half finger head to it with a good amount of sediment floating around. It kind of looks like FFF Apocalypse Cow, which I'm also a big fan of. The aromas are still floral but the sweetness has definitely inserted itself. It smells sticky sweet. The flavor is full of pine and citrus and seems dry hopped. After more and more I get some orange out of it along with the floral hops. It's leaving me with cotton mouth. Perhaps this was Stone's plan...force you to come back for more. Regardless, it works. It isn't as carbonated as it once was but still drinks moderately crisp and pretty smoothly. I still like this but it was much better fresh. I recommend this one. Drink it as soon as you can.

Photo of klikger
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served in a standard pint glass

A - Beautiful hue of apricot-orange. It's cloudy, but I can still see through it. Features good lacing and a small white head.

S - Lemon, lemongrass, and yeast

T - Floral and citrus hops right away, with honeysuckle, clover, and freshly cut grass showing up soon thereafter. There are traces of pepper in the back half. All of the above blend with the hops for an earthy, herbal bitter end.

M - Medium bodied; a little chewy at points. The carbonation is spot on, and the complex flavors make this a joy to swish back and forth over the different regions of the tongue.

D - If money weren't an object, I'd be drink another bomber right away.

Very impressive despite high expectations. Stone rarely disappoints and certainly not here. Highly recommended.

Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed, slightly orange golden color, with two inches of bone white head. It keeps a thick, full lace, rocky and messy all over the sides all the way to the bottom.

Smell is initially very citrusy...wait I thought this had English ingredients? Smells like a west coast DIPA to me. Lots of orange and grapefruit, with some caramel sweetness. Ah now here we go, some earthy and spicy aromas, quite spicy actually, are also here.

Taste also starts out very citrusy, with some juicy grapefruit, slightly sweet but with some more bitter pithy flavor too. It's substantially bitter right from the start; don't have to wait for the finish to get slapped in the face with it. It's very spicy, with earthy and peppery spicing that goes really nicely with the big hop bitterness in the finish. This beer just comes together so well; the flavors are different than your typical DIPA but pack just as much hoppy punch and work really well.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, pretty crisply carbonated and is very dry in the finish. The spicy, earthy hop bitterness dries the heck out of this thing. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Man I don't understand why this beer is getting trashed by so many people. This is freakin outstanding, and after two years of merely good (such a bad thing, right?) anniversary beers, this takes Stone back to the levels of 10 and 11. It does what a DIPA is supposed to do but in a different way, and I think it's excellent. It's intensely bitter but super flavorful, and English only in terms of ingredients; this is a west coast DIPA all the way. Give this beer some love!

Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another encore for Stone. Poured with a nice sized foamy, frothy, cream colored head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is mainly hops plus malt, citrus, and fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor is like nose and hops stand way out with some butter flavor too. Excellent body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Very little aparent alcohol. Maybe a session if you're in the mood for major hops.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Fireworks Pizza in VA. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours slightly hazy glowing orange with a beautiful and foamy white head. Aroma is super citrusy hops, hints of mango, tangerine, grapefruit, very resiny and juicy with a touch of wood and floral notes. Flavor is again citrusy, juicy fruits with mango and orange, some caramel candies with a little bit of a booziness with the citric and fresh hop oils. Sticky sweet medium full body and a moderate carbonation. Very nice Imperial IPA, balanced and freshly hoppy!

Photo of JamisonM
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in Stone IPA glass

A: cloudy golden color nice bright white head with good lace and head retention

S: Orange peach tangerine and apricot tangy citrus no grapefruit in here however.

T: Peach apricot tangerine a juicy hop flavor

M: I am shocked but this has a light Mouth

D: very tasty and drinkable

overall: as usual stone hit this one out of the park all English hop and malt beer that is damn good, Incredible!

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours slightly cloudy and particulated, with a mellow orange color. White head with very good retention, as always per Stone. Smell is bold and sweet grapefruit (read: mild orange) with some spirits. Taste is very citrusy; definitely balanced on that side, but quite good. Very good, in fact. A bit of alcohol tinge actually works with the orange-like quality. A bit of toasty malts creeps in at the end. Feel is solid, no overload on the finishing hops, imo, leads to an almost creamy finish. Drinkability is high - the only thing keeping me from downing this is that alcohol taste.. Overall, a fine beer that I will absolutely buy more of.

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light-gold color with a thick, frothy head into my tulip. Good presentation here and knowing Stone, they always get it right.

The aroma has some grassy hops with just a slight hint of buttery malt. Not quite what I expected but a pleasant change from the usual.

The taste? Full of grassy hops with a slight edge of grapefruit. Alcohol warmth is present along with buttery/toffee flavors. Interesting dynamic at play.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering butter/toffee and grassy hops. Alcohol warmth fades, ensuring a clean finish.

A decent take on the style that nearly imperializes it. Usually, modern British IPAs don't reach this strength. Worth a try and if you want the malt to shine through, nothing wrong with laying it down for a few months or perhaps years (if that's your thing).

Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I finally get around to drinking one of the most polarizing beers of our times, the Stone 14th Anniversary. I picked this up for $6.49 at the Village Pump today.

In my Duvel tulip, this beer is a brilliant golden orange with great clarity, a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. A gentle but steady stream of carbonation rises from the laser-etched D. With chunky lace, this really does look good. What's more impressive is that this beer was able to travel as far as it did (and made a short stop at the gym on campus) and was able to retain clarity despite being bottle-conditioned. Well done, Stone!

What a wonderfully hoppy nose! I recently had the Mikkeller Single Hop: EKG and that made me wonder if that hop is a wash when it comes to IPAs (I love it in a good bitter or ESB). Spicy, minty and rather pungent, this smells great. I can see where complaints of it being soapy come from, it does smell really green and herbal like some soap is. I can't really discern much malt character on the nose, and there's just a touch of fruitiness, probably from the yeast? As it warms up, a slight mineral character comes in, probably the water profile?

The palate opens intensely hoppy with plenty of earthy, herbal, minty, twig like hop bitterness, just absurdly strong. Bitterness is quite high, but the hop bouquet is excellent. Very herbal, I could almost see some dried rosemary in there, but for the most part, it's minty. Malt character is light, with a little toast, a little biscuit like. Drying on the finish with plenty of hop bitterness, there's a coating of resin on my palate. Moderate mineral character is present, and coupled with the rather huge hop character, it does maje this beer quite singularly unique. While light, this does have a very nice body, never feeling watery or too light. Alcohol also does appear on the finish. Carbonation is medium-light and quite appropriate. Very, very enjoyable stuff.

Stone had lost me with a lot of their experimental beers. The 12th and 13th Anniversary beers were decent, but not quite at the level that I felt compelled to drink them often (IIRC, I drank the 13th once, maybe twice). A lot of their collaborations were disappointing, but with this beer, they've won me back. I will pick up another bottle or two to drink soon, I can't see the point in aging this, on a ship or otherwise.

Photo of cdbooth219
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pilsner glass

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing

S: Tons of floral, piney, earthy, grassy and citrusy hops up front. Hints of tropical fruit. A bit of caramel and toffee from the malts, and a bit of booziness at the end.

T: More of the hops, starting floral, piney and grassy, then finishing with grapefruit and lime. A bit of pineapple and mango show up in there too. Then comes the caramel, toffee and breadiness, with the booze as well. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Very smooth and creamy, very different from the typical DIPA

D: I could definitely drink this again and again. This is one of the best DIPA's I've had.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. I hope Stone will produce more of this.

Photo of dasenebler
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy gold with a nice, but thin white head. Very good lacing.

Aroma is pungent, with lots of earthy hops and a distinctively ripe, fruity note. There's something pugnacious and in-your-face about this aroma.

There is a ton of flavor packed into this IPA. At first, I notice the awesomely resinous mouthfeel and smooth carbonation. Man, is this thing bitter! Gives Ruination a run for its money! There's a lot of earthy, vegetal hoppiness going on, combined with a malt profile that is surprisingly sweet, contrasting the incredibly dry and bitter finish of this beer. It's just a big, bold beer not for the faint of heart.

I really like what Stone did here, that is, make a double IPA that tastes like nothing else on the market. The most enjoyable of Stone's special releases in recent memory.

Photo of Duttonic
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a dogfish head pint glass.

A- Hazy, cloudy, honey/burnt yellow, four fingers of white head that slowly dissipates to 1cm, lots of lacing, medium bubbling.

S- Floral, hoppy, lemon, pepper, grapefruit, some faint pine.

T/M- Pepper, lemon, hops, creamy, airy like whip cream, smooth, bitter.

D- I love IPAs and this is the first Empirial/English I have had. I am sold and I wish that Stone would make this regularly. If you can get your hands on it, do so in large enough supply to keep a couple around to age. I know I will.

Photo of sitarist
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 7-25-10, reviewing from notes.

Looks like honey...cloudy and golden it has lots of bubbles rising up to an inch of loose white head...the head falls to a cap that leaves spots of lacing.

Sweet/candy-like, fruity, and spicy...it smells like a bag of sunshine and grape pop-cycles...I smell tropical fruits, orange, grape bubble yum, all covered in powdered sugar.

I taste ginger, pepper, lime, lemon, and grapefruit rinds...this is a bitter pill to swallow...just a faint sweet malt presence balances this out on a tight rope.

A bit astringent...it is dry and has a medium body.

Its all fun and games till you have to walk...Big and bold Id like to have more of these. Awesome Beer!

Photo of dwilson01
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber obtained TODAY (6/22) into an eastern sierra lager pint glass. Perfect 2 fingers of snow white frothy head dissipates evenly leaving nice thick lacing on the glass. The body is the color of gold (Empire reference? could be). It's completely clear on the initial pour with nice consistent carbonation bubbles rising up.

The smell is extremely earthy and bitter hop aromas, nothing floral about this one. Very intense and concentrated on the pine and some back door spices included.

The flavor follows directly from the nose. Initially I get the earthy hop bittering, very refreshing. combines with a hot spicing, literally spicy like black pepper freshly ground. This is backed by a straw-like malty flavor, not sweet at all. Where this one shines through is on the aftertaste and its endurance. Bitter and spice flavors combine in this, pine hops and pepper hotness. No trace of alcohol flavor because of the strongness of this. Very flavor forward in your face stone type brew with a great spiciness to lighten the flavor.

The mouthfeel on this one is great, For how light is feels the spiciness leaves your mouth with a nice little smack just the way stone does it. The bitterness sticks around for as long as you care to wait until your next sip which makes this one of the most endurance flavored brews I've ever had.

For how much flavor it has is it actually very smooth, the backround malting imparts barely any flavor to the beer, but it has to be present in significant amounts to keep the flavor profile as solid as it is. A tad dry for my taste but hey, it's pretty damn good. I wish I had a seafaring vessel to age it but I guess my basement will have to do.

Overall, my favorite aspects of this brew are the endurance of the flavor profile after you swallow as well as the literal spicy feeling your mouth gets during and after the taste. Honestly it's like I'm eating a meal that was made with fresh jalapenos sauteed in olive oil with some black pepper to lighten the flavor, I think this one definitely needs to be experimented with in the food pairing world, curry for sure and even just some roasted vegetables spiced up with some lemon and red pepper.

Photo of Jeriba
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange juice color. Thick, long-lasting head with the consistency of bath bubbles. Beautiful lacing.

S: Citrus and pine, followed by dry hoppiness. Malt presence is very faint.

T: Equal parts dry hops and roasted malt.

M: Crisp and light, with heavy carbonation.

D: This bomber disappeared way too quickly. This is my first Stone anniversary ale, and I will definitely be stocking up before it's gone.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Stone Anniversary brew 22oz bomber poured into tulip glass. a yellow hazy orange with a puffy 2 finger head, nice layered lacing. I found myself really enjoying the appearance and thought this is going to be a great beer.
The aroma of pine, citrus, lemon, faint caramel malt
Taste is citrus hops, some orange, pepper, layered nicely with earthy hops at the end ties everything up together
Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation with nice dry finish.
Drinkability is great, I really enjoyed this beer and will go get some more while its available.

Photo of BrewIndy
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is definitely not clear. It's a muddy orangish color with a nice white head on it that stayed throughout. Nice lacing comes with it.

S: There are hops present but not nearly what you'd think you'd smell with an IPA that is 100 IBU's. Actually it's absolutely not at all what you would expect from this beer. If anything I pick up a little malty sweetness over a hint of earthy hops. It's quite pleasant.

T: Up front there is an awesome malty goodness to this beer that lingers to the point of asking yourself if there are any hops at all. Then it hits you. A bit of dryness starts to creep in and you can taste the hops. Your mouth gets more and more bitter until you find yourself taking another drink. All I can say is this is amazing. I spent some time in England and although I had some really tasty beers over there I don't remember having one as good as hits. I welcome any of you Brits to send me an IPA you think can beat this one out :) The more I hold on to this beer the less I get of the malt and the bitter hops shine through. This one feels very complex if not for any other reason but that I'm just not used to the hops in here. You owe it to yourself to pick this one up, it won't last long.

Photo of kgrober
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll apologize in advance for this thin review, but this was the final beer I had at a Stone tasting and while I remember citrus notes, particularly grapefruit and lemon, the hops were the star of this brew...as you might imagine.

In a word, it was a MF'er. Huge nose, Huge taste, and Huge (but not overpowering) alcohol. Finished dry...almost tart.

I don't know if I could many of these, but I sure enjoyed what I had.

Photo of magnj
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange body with a white frothy head that subsides quickly but still hangs around enough to leave some lacing on my snifter.

S - Awesome. IPA but not American (not that they are bad). Hops are very aggressive but not the typical "C" hops that give off pine and tropical fruits. These are more grassy and herbal, still some citrus but that may also be attributed to the English yeast a bit. Aside from the hops which are the main show you get a sugary sweet character.

T - Just like it smells this thing is all business with a ton of hops up front, grassy but pungent. There is a mildly fruity thing in there, not sure again if it's yeast driven or hops or both. Malts really don't come through much except towards the end and even then it seems to be a simple recipe, clean but nothing fancy. Overall really enjoyable and I'm just starting the bomber. ABV so far is not an issue though I suspect as it warms it will pop up.

M/D - Full body but backed up by the huge hops additions and strong ABV it seems appropriate. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of GregoryVII
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this straight down the center of my snifter and it produced a pleasantly frothy off white head a good inch thick. The color was a yawning straw gold, and there was a decent parade of bubbles swirling about.

The aroma was spicy hops, but also damp and earthy, like a morning forest floor mixed with some pleasant herbal notes.

Taste is a good hop rush that is spicy, sharp and crackling. Lemon pepper, bits of earth and leafy/grassy goodness. The malt is sweet and powerful as well. I can detect a bit of that hard water character associated with Burton Ales. These hops linger with you; spicy, earthy, musky and grassy green all at the same time.

The carbonation is lively and very spritzy. The body is medium.

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just spent 5 minutes reading the bottle. Those cats over at Stone are a trip.

Poured into my trusty Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, yet bright orange, with about 1/4 inch head and lots of carbonation.

S: This is not just your average Stone: IPA, Arrogant Bastard, or Ruination fare .... this one is just straight up orange .... the hull, meat, peel .... the whole friggin' 9 yards!

T: Surprisingly, this one is not nearly as hoppy as most of their other IPAs. It doesn't bite you and is very much like carbonated orange juice. Very strong malt backbone, as opposed to the Ruination (which I still kind of like in a sadistic way). Emperial doesn't wage war on your taste buds like Ruination.

M: Even though I had this in the fridge for several days, it stayed surprisingly warm. After a while, the bitterness starts to hit, but the [orange] citrus (and also maybe honey?) mutes that bitterness. Very pleasant.

D: I'm halfway through the bottle and I'm not having any problems.

Overall: To be honest, I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world. I get tired of the same type of beers over and over again. But this one is different.... and it may actually be my favorite.

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Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.