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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPADark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA

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2,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
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Gots: 366 | FT: 18
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: putnam on 03-05-2005

98 IBU
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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the Fresh Hopped Randallized version I had at Stub and Herbs.

Served in a pint glass with a finger of creamy beige white head. Very thick head. Leaves some thick lace walls. Color is a dark orange hued copper. A hazed beer.

Aroma: Tons of floral hops up front with an orange, grapefruit and tangerine citrus mix. Some caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Very floral and a mildly aggressive citrus blend up front. Low alcohol flavor for the 12% abv. Caramel malts balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and bitter. Medium to full bodied for the style. God carbonation. Ends slightly dry. Well done.

Overall, this beer is awesome and drinkable. My pint went way to fast and I wanted more (but had to drive). This beer was well done. Tons of hop flavor done right. Worth a try if you can ever get a chance at it!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cpetrone84 for sharing this!

A- Body is a pretty dark, nearly transparent amber hue. Pours with a very small <1/2 finger fizzy white head which fades quickly to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind in the glass. Amber hue is beautiful.

S-Nose boasts of big caramel malt, molasses, and grapefruit/citrus hops are less prominent but still detectable.

T-The flavor is uniform throughout and is mostly citrus and herbal hop flavors with a big caramel malt backbone and the slightest hint of alcohol.

M-Mouthfeel is great-moderate to heavy body with low to medium carbonation, smooth and creamy with no alcohol consistency. Hop oils really come through here.

D- This is a very good beer-would have never guessed that this is a 13% monster. The flavor is big, sweet, and balanced. This actually reminds me of Burton Baton. Well put together.

Photo of Popkas
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish orange with nice sized cream colored head that receeds quickly but leaves a nice bit of lacing. Smell is of citrusy hops and sweet malts. Also seem to be catching piney hops. The taste is very well balanced with an oily snap of hops being balanced with a malty/caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is oily (maybe a little much), and medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. 13.6% = wow. I did not realize it until I was looking at the bottle half way through the review.

Photo of boralyl
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an inch off-white head into a large tulip glass. For how strong the beer is, I wasn't expecting lacing, but there is a little bit of a ring of lace when it all settles. The beer itself looks thick and is somewhat opaque. It is dark copper in color with a good bit of red mixed in.

S - The nose is pretty well balanced when it comes to malts and hops. There is some citrus, plum, and caramel present. A nice aroma.

M - Full in body, but not quite as syrupy as I expected from the appearance. Light-medium carbonation.

T - The most noticeable thing when taking a sip is the lack of alcohol in the taste. At almost 14% I was expecting a pretty big alcohol sting, but it's hidden incredibly well. A tiny burst of ctruus up front followed by some dark fruit and caramel malts. It finishes with a pretty mild grape fruit flavor.

A pretty atypical DIPA, but I love it! Not a hop bomb in the sens of bitterness, it's got a lot of hops, it's just balanced by the large amounts of malt. I bought a 4 pack and plan on aging 2 of them for future consumption.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark almond skin brown with almost no visibility. Very little head and no visible carbonation.

The smell is full of green organic material on the front, the mild yet oily citric hops are overwhelmed by a strong firm malt bill. Heavy caramel and toffee work to hold down the booziness that lurks underneath.

Subdued citrus notes kick off the taste. Oily, resinous, fruity hops fight to be noticed under the crushing toffee flavors that weigh down any bitterness. Amazingly the alcohol is hidden extremely well in this almost 14% behemoth.

The mouthfeel is heavy and sticky. Very low carbonation and an oily feel make this one rough on the mouth.

Overall I give it to Dark Horse, they made a very high ABV brew that doesn't burn on the way down. As for a representation of the style... meh. I think were leaning into the strong ale category here. Good beer, but as a DIPA maniac I'm not thrilled.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Allagash large snifter glass. Pours a super cloudy/hazy reddish brown color. Gigantic frothy off-white head that has pretty good retention. Leaves a wonderful sticky and full creamy lacing. After a little time, the lacing starts to slide a little faster.

Huge DIPA aroma. Lots of bitter hops and sweet fruit scents battling each other. The piny hops take over the majority of the smell. Booze is also a big characteristic of the nose.

Flavor is very good! Incredible that this beer is almost 14% ABV! Extremely smooth mouthfeel, not nearly the dry finish that most IPA's tend to have. To date...my new favorite IPA/DIPA. Booze is extremely well hidden, hoppy introductory flavor, followed by a semi-sweet full fruit taste. After taste is sweet and pleasant. Another surprise, that the IBU's are so close to 100; seems closer to 70 or so. Overall, very, very good DIPA...super impressed!

Photo of kylehayworth
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It has a dark copper/orange color to it, with a good head. The color reminds me of a beat up old penny.

S: Smells pretty good, citrus hops with some caramelly malts.

T: I'm all about bitter, and this delivers. It has a good balance with the caramel to keep the bitterness in check until the finish.

M/D: This is very well balanced for a 13.6% beer. It was very hard to come by around these parts, thank you josh for the bottle.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-extremely hazy dark sunset orange with a creamy, slightly off white colored head. Very little retention and lace left on the glass

S-the nose is fair in strength and brings lots of hops. Tons of apricot with grapefruit right behind it. A caramel malt lies underneath with more oily hops

T-the taste is quite big, this beer is huge. Caramel and carmelized brown sugar blend together with toasted malts and hints of bread. Hops explode, oily resignous pine is strong only to be somehow outdone by a sharp grapefruit bitterness at the finish

M-medium body with a rough syrupy texture. It is highly carbonated giving it a somewhat harsh crisp finish

D-this beer is huge with great flavors and tons of hops. It has a strong balance and the malts are huge as well. It is a little hot slightly showing signs of the high abv but with around 14% still pretty well hidden.

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 3/25/10. Served in a 10oz. snifter.

A - Appearance is reminiscent of a cloudy ball of haze with a finger's width of creamy tan froth on top that reduced to a bubbly patch and some spotty lacing.

S - Like the regular Crooked Tree, this double version has a predominantly citrusy character, although there is more of a piney, leafy hop presence here. Nose is very well-balanced with a hefty amount of caramel malt and toffee, which does a fine job at masking the alcohol presence. This is no small feat, as the ABV of this puppy is 12%. I literally did a double-take when I saw 12% on the board!

T - Amazing balance of malt and hops here. While the malt base is quite thick and prominent, the citrus and pine hop attributes still manage to shine without becoming too overbearing. Finishes with a grainy malt character amid caramel sweetness. The alcohol only rears its ugly head toward the very end of the snifter, after the liquid had ample time to warm up.

M - Pretty hefty, robust mouthfeel that's close to full-bodied with a syrupy base and plenty of hop oils. Carbonation is moderate yet the beer maintains a pretty creamy texture overall. Finishes with moderate hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Double Crooked Tree drinks exceptionally well for a 12% DIPA. I had two snifters in one sitting. However, the alcohol does creep up on you, so be warned! With that said, this is an extremely well-balanced brew that is not ridiculously bitter like some other examples of the style. Very enjoyable on tap.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail.

A: The DIPA is a darker copper color, worn and used copper not the shiny kind, that sits densely in my snifter. The ale has lost its translucence, taking on a ruddy depth. No head blanketed this one.

S: The aromas coming out of the ale are well-balanced, showing off ample citrusy hops but more than enough caramel malts to balance them out. The citrus has peppery sharpness and is mouthwatering.

T: Each sip reveals more depth. More intriguing is a resiny pine taste that is oily, sliding quickly through my mouth. The bitterness is in check, paired with the abundant caramel malts, as is any booziness. A bit of peppery flourish matches the bitterness, as do sweet citrus peels. A nice double IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is oily, resiny with and excess of bitterness and breadiness. Not a chore to drink, I like this much more when fresh.

D: I stayed with one glass but could have had two. Any more and the strength would leave an indelible mark on me.

Photo of gibby
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Pinnochios in Media, PA. Had this about a year ago through trade and I am glad its available in PA now. Pours a very dark amber with big fluffy head. Smells of big hop aroma, orange, cotton candy and lots o' malt. Taste is packed with a lot of hops with a very large malt presence that keeps the hops somewhat in check. Thicker mouth feel but its not bad at all. Dangerously drinkable for the 13.6%. One 12oz brew and you'll be feeling no pain. Great night cap and a well done beer from DH.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a really murky deep orange pour

scents ooze with sugared pineapple, orange, and sweet pine cone with some caramel

taste dead on with the beak with a lingering, though tempered boozy bite on the back with hops fighting a raging malt blanket

thick and chewy body reminiscent or another Barleywine in DIPA clothing - Dankenstein

alcohol is present and pushes at the edges, but this beer is quite accessible at nearly 14%, which is saying something

Photo of organicbrewer
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Full ruby with a two finger tan head. Darker than I'm used to with a IIPA but this looks nice. Brilliantly clear.

S-could smell the hops immediately after opening the bottle. Citrus and malt dominate. Dark bread and marmalade. Some alcohol. The malt aroma lets you know this is a big beer.

T-Firmly bitter. Like really bitter, but the caramel malt keeps things in check. Nice hop flavor. citrus and spice.

M-Medium bodied bordering on thick. medium carbonation. a bit of alcohol but not as much as I'd expect from 13.6%. I usually like my IIPAs dryer but this is still nice.

D-I'm not having more than one of these. Tasty beer with a firm bitterness and nice malt backbone. I guess the only problem I have with this beer is that they call it an IIPA. It is an American Barleywine. But whatever its their beer and it tastes good.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Also scored a couple bottles on the same weekend. On tap, it pours a insanely dark red, can't see through the glass at all. The taste is very smooth and bitter, with a strong fruit/malt/hop taste to it. No hint of the alc% at all. This doesn't drink like a over 13% beer.

The bottle pours a dark red as well, but its a little lighter compared to the draft. Similiar tastes of a fruity hop bite with a very bitter finish. Quite tasty. Alc % is so well hidden. Very drinkable beer. Glad I got to try this one finally.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Capone's into a snifter very quickly as I've been waiting for this for a bit now..

Double Crooked Tree is a dark ass DIPA, if that's what you want to call it. A kinda thick liquid coats the glass with a copperish/amber with some slight brown spots and a red hue when up towards light. A steady 1/2 finga of off white/khaki colored foam rose up then retreated leaving small globs of spider web lace patterns.

It's really hard to place this beer as it resembles many styles. In the nose i'm mostly thinking B-wine mixed with a little old ale. The hops just quite make it through the sea of ingredients doubled. Str8 up, there is some booze in this monster, you can't get around it, but it does not fill up the whole nose. The dark fruit remind me of Fulller's vintages, the alcohol mixed with hops and malts make me think barley wine. The bitterness mixed with booze tell me the IBU's must be approaching 100.

13.60% is no laughing matter, I came into this thinking DFH (120minute) mixed with Avery,(Adam makes big ass beers for the hell of it) in other words, i was expecting a booze bomb, which it is, but expertly. First off, malts win out giving off caramel and some sugars which I was expecting. A bit sweet with bubblegum than the hops come in with pine, tropic flavors and a bitter middle. Afterwards, dark fruits mixed in with brandy and a boozy finish.

Crooked is a bit to thick and chewy to be in DIPA world, the feel keeps me from gulping this down. Above medium bodied and very coating. When cold I could sense a DIPA but as it warmed it went into old ale, B-wine country, which I enjoyed. The carb is quite low and sheltered. The heat is tamed but the booze remains. Bitterness is trying to break through the doubled malt but just can't.

I confess, I fell asleep about half way through this one, it's a doozy. It's flavorful in a good way, has characteristics of at least three styles, but is not very drinkable. I chilled with mine for over two hours. I liked how this evolved over time, but it does not remind me of a DIPA at all, just my opinion.

Photo of kjyost
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with no brewing date. Courtesy of Viggo through a trade.

Pours a deep malty brownish orange with a minimal head and no lacing. Smells very nice. An initially hit of hop aroma and citrus then the sweet malt and then the alcohol hit you one after the other. The aroma finishes with an almost peppery hit. Later in the session, it becomes a mixture of aromas that are solely sweet malt and alcohol together, much like a barley wine.

The beer has a taste that I find difficult to describe. Initially it was a fruitiness that I could not pinpoint. At times, there was some bitterness. Later on the malt and alcohol begin to dominate. By the end of the session if you had given me this sample blind I would have said "Barley Wine". I am beginning to see why people would say that some IIPAs age like a barley wine.

Finally the beer coated the mouth and lingered in it nicely. The drinkability of this beer is lower though due to the strong alcohol, which you felt at times, though not always.

Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Blood red-brown body. Nice off-white head that quickly receded... what lacing would have formed quickly slides down with the high alcohol content. Not the most inviting looking double IPA out there.

S: Well... there is lots of alcohol in here... it permeates each inhalation of the aroma. Large caramel malt presence is balanced nicely by a thorough citric bitterness composed of orange rind and pine cones.

T: In many ways this reminded me of Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine. Massive alcohol content, huge bitterness, lots of citric notes and more than a handful of roasted and toasted caramel-like malts. The citric notes are quite potent and bright, with orange rind and earthy pine cones come through. Almost woody, barrel-like notes.

M: Smooth and oily with a slight resinous lingering feel. Nice bitter bite in the back end. Overall dryness.

D: Given the alcohol, and the amplitude and intensity of flavor, this was remarkable easy to consume. It held up well to a habanero cheddar cheese I was eating with crackers. Well worth a try. A good price and nice to see it in 12oz bottles... a better consumption size than bombers.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark and cloudy amber tone with a slick off white head. Smells like hops and hops mixed with caramel sweets and toffee treats. Tastes malty up front then hops throughout. A delicious blend of ingredients. Potent and delicious. The feel is exceptionally smooth and tantalizing. A magnificent beer!

Photo of RJay
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love their crooked tree IPA so I was excited to see their Double show up at my local beer store!

A - Deep hazy amber color poured with half inch of head. It leaves a nice lacing all the way down the sides of the glass and little carbonation bubbles.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, the aroma of the malts seem to overwhelm the hop aroma. Very light hop aroma, kind of earthy.

T - I thought I would be overwhelmed by the alcohol content but that is not the case. The sweet malts and bittering hops are very well balanced.

M - Very smooth with a creamy likeness. Not a lot of carbonation.

D - For packing such a wallop of well hidden alcohol it sure is easy to drink!

I will be tucking one or two away for a while to taste again as it ages. This is an excellent beer!

Photo of THORN
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Served 50-55 F.
A: Very cloudy reddish brown. Retains half an inch of tan colored frothy head. Stringy lace left behind.
S: Hops and caramel. Alcohol is noticeable.
T: Bright fruity resiny hops. Sweet caramel and donuts. Bitter linger with spiced rum.
M: Medium on tongue and syrupy. Warmth sweeps across mouth and into throat.
D: Big hop kick. Body matches and so does the alcohol.

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to run into a firkin of this at the brewpub on the way to DLD April 2009.

A-Hazy, deep copper with a wisp of a light tan ring that dissipated to a veil and left spotty lace.

S-Deep, rich, caramel malt, a pleasant orange tang and astringent woody notes.

T-A totally different beast gravity fed than when on CO2. Sweet, biting woody (pithy) orange bitterness overlying a big caramel malt base. Finish comes of dry and slightly phenolic.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth and just a touch on the sticky side. Good lingering bitterness with a building dry finish.

D-Very smooth, incredibly nice stuff. Somewhat bourbon like at times with an ever present woody dryness. Glad to have had the chance to score an offering of this on cask!

Photo of claminat420
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a murky amber color with a off white yellowish head. medium lacing.

S- just a attack of pine and citrus hops. i love it!

T- pine and citrus hops try to cover the high abv but they do it in a managable way. caramel malt shows up just a tad which i like.

M- as medium as it comes bodied. a solid imperial ipa

D- too drinkable for the 13.6abv.

Overall- this ipa is one tough imperial. i love the hop attack with the mellow malt hanging peacefully with the alcohol. i will state YOU CAN DETECT THE ALCOHOL but with the 13.60 i wanna see you try to do it better. any beer where you can drink 3 of them and feel like a billion bucks i tip my hat to. if you're a hop head pick up the brew asap!

Photo of marvin213
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky as mud, this fantastic extra (one of several) from ThomasHardy reflects light while allowing zero of it to pass. The thin layer of white foam is solid, and it makes its mark as it sheds down my glass. The bubbles are all really small--encouraging signs of a classy IIPA. Not to mention waxed tops always aiding a brew's appearance....

Allowed to age, there's a maltiness than I'd expect from the hops dealing with time. Still, there's a fresh spruce pine on the nose reminiscent of evergreen needles. Some of these big Doubles end up aging into barleywines, but there's a hop element still very much a part of this one.

Wow smooth, I feel it before I taste it! There's little complexity, as a massive hop bomb is delivered on a tree trunk backbone. Enough malt balance for a beer this big, coupled with hop oils that have withstood the test of time, leaves me with an impressive, creamy hopshake. I wonder unknowingly what this beer's like fresh. It's like an Imperial Hop Stoopid with its piney presence, malted like a Scotch-style to handle 13.6%. Neat and big, it's cultured enough for any occasion. The Renaissance DIPA, for if you like big beers, you're bound to like this one.

I opted to go "5" for feel and "4" for taste (rather than maybe "4.5" for each) because it's the feel of this feline that is so remarkable. It's velvety smooth like a quality RIS. While I'd ordinarily reserve top-score status for IPAs that threaten my tooth enamel, this beverage is really unique with its silkiness. Like I said: not complicated, but simply elegant.

Drinkability is fairly fantastic. Eerily strong to feel so good, it's got an ability to cross boundaries: I could enjoy this from a Solo cup in a beach chair, or from a goblet in a throne. Neither overly hoppy nor sweetly overmalted, it's a simply delicious concoction.

Photo of jjanega08
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= pours a nice solid brown color with a thick half finger head. The head is really thick with really nice retention on it and super sticky lacing running all down the glass.

S= A lot less pungent than I was hoping it would be. Despite that there is a ton of citruy piney hops in it as well as some really deep caramel malts. Spicy hops too sort of peppery.

T= Again not as intense as I anticipated. There is a great hop bite to it just like I would expect from a DIPA. The hops are really clean and citruy. Nice pine in it as well. The delicious caramel malts are still present. It tastes just like a more intense crooked tree which is what I heard it is. Really smooth and no alcohol presence.

M= Smooth and Creamy. Super slick in the mouth.

D= Nice brew. The ABV is super well hidden and this beer is really creamy. Aside from all of this I can really feel it hitting me hard with each sip. This beer is dangerous! Beware and enjoy

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm drinking an '09 and '10 next to each other. Rather than complicate things, I'll focus my ratings in this review on the '09 and contrast appropriately.

A - Both pour a bright amber into tulip glasses - the '09 has no head, while the '10 maintains an inch head for 5 minutes or so. '09 is visibly less cloudy.

S - Two totally different beers here - the '09 is all fruity malts with a small hint of flowery hops and warm booze. '10 is all sharp booze and bright hops. The '09 smells great.

T&M - '09 is divine. Rates right up there with the best barleywines I've ever tried - fruity, well hidden warm alcohol, and just a bit of residual hoppiness that gives it a great finish. In contrast, the '10 has mouth-numbing hops, stronger punch, and surprisingly a bit more watery mouthfeel.

D - 6.0 for drinkability. I had a '10 by itself recently and was shocked at how well hidden the ABV is. The '09 takes it to a whole new level. I am glad my wife likes these, as two could be dangerous...

I definitely prefer this with age, although both are delicious.

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Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.