Mayflower Spring Hop - Mayflower Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 268
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 38
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Mayflower Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Reagan1984 on 03-12-2011

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber red color with a nice frothy head. Aroma is big and hoppy with nice malty notes as well. Nice flavor of hop oil and citrus flavors. Malt also works in to give a little balance and toasty notes to the party. A great balance to this beer. Although there are a lot of hops to love, you still get that malt finish to relax your tastebuds. This is one of the best Spring beers out there. Also its one of the best ambers you will have. Probably the best beer from Mayflower I have had. Wish they had it year round.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasant tangerine amber color.
Half finger of off white head, quick to fade.

Pleasant ripe pine nose with some floral hoppiness.

Taste is also lots of pine, dry hop with subtle floral notes. Maybe a hint of orange citrus. Bigger malt than I would have expected. Really rich and full flavored.

Feel is dry but robust. Medium bodied. Lingering dry hop on the finish.

Overall, seems to fit the bill well, but not a spectacular option. Well balanced, but nothing super complex. Just very likeable and straightforward. Makes a good pairing for the spring thaw while the sun goes down. Was hoping for a bit more hop though given the name. Great to have Mayflower available in CT now though.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a perfect amber, just as expected. The head, while thin, laces well and is somehow creamy around the edges.

Aroma here matches the flavor exactly. It is fairly potent and very clean.

The flavors here are unique, quite unlike anything I've tasted before. The Mayflower IPA is clearly the base here, as the malt profile is quite similar. And this flavor is Mayflower copyrighted- woody, slightly spicy, with a touch of mild fruitiness. The Spring Hop twist is a slightly cleaner, yet slightly more malty take on their IPA.

Mouthfeel is dense; perhaps a little too dense for a spring brew. But the flavors are crisp, so it is palatable.

Overall, this one delivers. I suspect Mayflower will become a love-it-or-hate-it brewery because their base flavors are usually predictable. If you like it, you'll like their brews. I am personally sold, but others may differ.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color, pretty translucent with nice sized head that sticks nicely to the glass and has great retention.

S - Glorious springtime aroma. Flowers. Purely. Roses and grass and delicious fresh malts.

T - Flowers, clean hops, nice subtle malt backbone that is just enough to keep this beer in really great balance.. Really nice East Coast pale ale.

M - Smooth. Clean, dry.

D - Drinkable. Very much so. A solid offering from a brewery that deserves more attention. I've never had even a mediocre beer from these guys.

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Photo of nas5755
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark red aurburn with a big fluffy head and good retention, lots of lacing. A bit darker than I was expecting for a red, but the color is fantastic.

S- lots of navel orange with big citrus notes; lemony being a big player. The malts are present with a nice graham cracker, or a molases biscuit.

T- Awesome beer. The navel orange flavor is huge and dominates the complex array of citrus in the beginning. Very floral upfront before the malt sweetness begins to balance out the beer before the bitter pine finish.

M- good carbonation level, nice pine resin but not over the top

D- This is fantastic, I think the abv is close to 5-5.5 abv. I could drink this all night and never get bored. Love the use of citra and sorchi ace and I love how you werent afraid to add a nice bitterness on the finish. Great job to Ryan over at Mayflower for creating an awesome beer, can't wait to see what you do next.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maple syrup color into a pint glass with a nice finger or two of big bubble head with sticky lacing.

I can smell this guy without bringing it to my nose, when I do, there's big bright floral/light pine hops and a little grass, very nice indeed. Definitely spring.

Prickly carbonation upfront and then sweet malts followed immediately by medium bodied crisp hoppy bitterness that lingers in a very pleasant manner from the earlier malt balance.

I'm not really clear why they tout it as brewed for aroma...I prefer to drink my beer rather than snort it (yes, I know most of taste is smell), but this is a great departure from the pale spring ales I typically see and a good outdoor drinker.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Wachusett Brewing pint glass.

A: Poured with a pinky of off-white head. Crystal clear brown with slight ochre highlights.

S: Hoppy. Not overpoweringly so, but the piney hop qualities are all I could really notice.

T: And again, as the name might already have you expecting, this one comes out hoppy. Pine needles and a little pale malts with some bitterness throughout and a touch of toastiness on the end.

M: Light and sticky and foamy. Like drinking a rabbit.

O: I need to stop trying very highly rated brews where hops are playing the main stage. Not that I can't enjoy them, or didn't enjoy this, but I feel like I'm not getting as much out of it as others are. An enjoyable clean brew that tastes a little like a coniferous forest. Good if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this fine beer on draft at the local British Beer Company

A: Dark amber color with a cake batter colored head that slowly dissipates on the edges of the glass. Very nice appearance to this beer

S: Citrus and grapefruit floral hop aroma with a balance of some sweet caramelized malt in the mix

T: A moderate Pale Ale like hop profile with moderate bitter tangy taste that transitions into a citrus sweet nutty candy malt finish. Nice balance on both sides of this beer with a nice hoppy finish.

M: Smooth and clean body that carries a light to moderate carbonation. The finish is a bit tangy and sticky.

D: Great complex set of flavors in this easy drinking beer. The beer is pretty light on body and alcohol so this makes for a perfect spring session beer. Really like this beer!

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Photo of tkelley
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle packaged on 3-22-11 into a SA Perfect Pint.

A - Dark copper color, really nice looking. Good whitish head and nice lacing. The head stays as a thin layer on top for a good while.

S - Big hops and still smells spring fresh even after a couple of weeks in the fridge. Citrusy too, which I find really pleasant. The grapefruit scent is quite refreshing.

T - The hops are really there in a strong way, but it doesn't punch you in the mouth like some other really hoppy beers out there. The citrus taste is there too, although not as strong as in the smell. There's a malt presence for balance, but the hops are the star.

M - Spicy, in the sense that it tingles your tongue in a good way. The carbonation and hops, I think, work together to give it that tingling feeling at the front of the mouth, but after that its smooth.

D - Really good. I could drink these all day long. One of the freshest smelling beers I've had, with a great taste to match. Hope they bring it back next year.


Spring Hop just wants to be your friend and welcome you to the new season, like a fresh warm rain or a breeze with the sun in your face.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had a couple of beers from this company before, but this is the first official review.

A: Beer pours a deep, dark amber color with not much of a head on it, thins out pretty fast but leaves some bubbles on the top.

S: Initial aroma is of grassy, floral notes and hops. Not too much else but the hops definitely dominate the smell.

T: Not much bite, do get more of a pine flavor as opposed to citrus or grapefruit. Hop flavor is sweet and satisfying and finishes with a dry yeast.

M: Very light and drinkable, not over powering in any aspect. Carbonation definitely brings out the hop flavor.

O: Very delicious, but also very tame hop type beer. Have had their IPA and that was pretty strong, dont think thats what they were going for here. Kind of reminds me of what Samuel Adams did with their Alpine Spring.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having been unimpressed with some of Mayflower's other beers, I was taken aback by this fresh springtime treat. Great little body and light, refreshing texture and finish. Beautiful blend of grassy and floral aromas and flavors. Soft-spoken medium roasted/amber malt makes way for the hops to herald the season. I'll be drinking this for a few weeks. :)

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This amber provides a nice clean, crisp drink with light floral and citrus notes that eventually gives way to the caramel malt flavor. I'm not too familiar with the amber ale style to provide too much detail but it certainly is a very drinkable balanced ale.

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Photo of dippy
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that I had to work for this beer. I went tot the brewery to get a growler filled, no luck. They ran out. I went to my local purveyor, out. I went to the next packie, nothing. I had to go to a wine shop that I knew carried a few 6-packs to pick this gem up. I am sorry to those who have missed out.

It poured a beautiful amber with a nice tightly knit head.

Smelled slightly citrus/grassy. The sweet malt sneaking through, slightly like cereal, nice.

The taste is springtime in a bottle. Now the first time I heard this expression was when an effeminate man was commenting on a particular brand of lavender lotion, I am sure that he would agree that this spring hop takes the cake. It is fresh cut grass meets mister pine cone. so good.

Great lacing on the glass.

Overall great beer. I hope that they can recreate this gem. this would really put them on the map. they really knocked it out of the park. this is by far the best beer they have made.

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Photo of danmcg62
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-A real nice looking ale with a solid head that stays around for a bit. Deep red color. Almost looks like a red delicious apple.

S-A real hoppy, floral smell. Creamy smell as well. Very nice.

T-Creamy taste with a mild hop kick. Mild spice notes as well. Very tasty.

M-Creamy feel within the mouth. Very pleasing on the palate.

O-I heard about this beer online and couldn't wait to try it and it totally did not disappoint. This is a hell of a beer and possibly the best offering from Mayflower. Well done.

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Photo of jujigatame
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into nonic pint

Got about three fingers of light colored head with an aggressive pour. A little pillowy on top. Color is a nice deep, dark amber red/brown. There’s a bit of chill haze but it is short lived. Some lacing but not much.

Smell is very piney and resiny. It’s a sharp smell and you could probably pick up the hops off this one from 7-8 feet away. Some citrus comes through as well but it’s more pith than fruit.

The taste has a lot more of the pine at first. That fades out some to let malt come through towards the end of the taste. Bitterness hits pretty well at and I think it could use more balancing out. Maybe the hop high point doesn’t have to be so high. Any fruit I get in the taste is not sweet but tending towards bitter, much like how the smell was. The sharpness of the pine lessens somewhat as the beer warms up a little but it is still the dominant flavor. This also makes the beer feel a little smoother overall with the malt coming forward some more.

Mouthfeel is good overall. The carbonation is somewhat prickly on the tongue. Aftertaste feels neither wet nor dry to me. Comes off fairly neutral. The bitter citrus lingers but not that strongly.

I like a hoppy amber. Zoe from Maine Beer Co. was great for me. However, Spring Hop feels like it needs some evening out. The malt didn’t present enough overall for my taste and I kept feeling more like I was having an IPA at points than an amber. This is not to say the beer was bad in any way. It was fresh and very tasty but just not quite what I’d had in mind going in. The total is not equal the sum of the parts when I work out the scoring. I’d be happy to try Spring Hop again and perhaps I’d enjoy it more while not thinking in terms of a review.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Drank on 5/22/11. Many thanks to scottfrie for sharing.

A: Pours a DEEP red with a medium head (~one finger). I can't figure out why, but the color is entrancing.

S: Hoppier than I was expecting, but not overwhelmingly so. Definitely a hint of malt, but not as robust as I thought it would be. Very simple, without much depth.

T: Here is where the beer starts to distinguish itself. Hops and malt are nicely balanced, with the slightly citrus flavor countered well by the lightly spiced malt. Definitely not the taste that's suggested by the nose.

M: Not as heavy as I'd like, almost to the detriment of the balanced nature of the flavor. I like the finish as it's nice and dry, not cloying in the least.

O: A very solid amber, but not quite the fantastic brew I was hoping for. I would definitely drink again, and would even pay for it, but it just missed blowing me away.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark copper/red. Usual UBH head but lace clings nicely. A lot of red beers on the bar this afternoon. This looks the same as SA Brick.

S - is very nice. This ranks up there with Flower Power for big noses. Smells like a pine forest after a spring rain.

T - Surprisingly thin at first. Takes a few seconds for the hops to kick in on the sides of the tongue. Slightly bitter aftertaste but expected with IBU level. Haven't checked yet but I expect this is dry hopped to account for the finish.

MF - As I said, a bit watery up front but it fills up the mouth and taste lingers.

D - still not doing overall, sorry. I think drinkability is better metric. This is good but not until Boston breaks out of the cold. This would be good with BBQ chicken with spicy butter/lemon sauce PR Lobster & drawn butter.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into my Opa-Opa Pint Glass
A - deep orange, very foamy. Settles down quickly, with some nice lacing. Not cloudy.
S- sweet resiny hops smell. Not overpowering.
T - crisp hops bitterness out front, a little sweetneess and vanilla malt follows.
M - tingly bubbles, a little bit of stickiness, but not as full as some others. Fairly light going down actually.
O - drinkable, nice beer. Not an extreme hoppy beer, compared to some I've been drinking recently, just nice balance. Extra point for local.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Murphy's Imperial Pint Glass (tulip-esque, not sure what else to call this)
Bottle dated: "PKG 4/07/11"

A-> Pours a beautiful reddish/copper/amber hue with a beefy 2 fingers worth of creamy white head. As it recedes, it leaves a nice coat of sticky lacing behind. Some widespread yet sparse nucleation in the glass.

S-> Smells fruity and hoppy right off the bat. Getting that "amber-ish" aroma after a bit as well. Further sniffing reveals a citrus and pine hop aroma that is probably the most prevalent in the nose. Some nice floral scents emerge as well.

T-> First few gulps hit with a mild bitterness that coats the tongue with an almost spicy taste and leaves a faint hint of cinnamon lingering on the immediate aftertaste. Almost get a creamy mint flavor on the next few sips initially which fades into an earthy and woody flavor that is both mild and refreshing. (Invokes thoughts of Winter transitioning to Spring for the beer connoisseur as in the transition from bold stouts and porters, to lighter spring ambers and the like.) Still get a bit of faint cinnamon mint on the aftertaste as this beer warms, but it not a detraction, just an observation. Getting more of the herbal and floral notes as this warms as well. Citrus too. Delicious and mild.

M-> Carbonation is so wonderfully perfect. Right amount of bubbly bite with a mild and creamy smoothness at the same time. Leaves a pleasant coating on the tongue and top of the throat that just begs for another sip. Crisp, light, and refreshing.

O-> Really love this brew. Not usually a big amber fan per se, but this is one that I really enjoyed. After having it several times it was time for a thorough review. The bitterness did get too be a bit much for the style towards the end, however that is hardly a fault in an otherwise stellar concoction.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I do not drink the same beer twice very often. The first time I had this on draft(Union Brew House), I ordered it twice. An excellent amber! Even better that it comes in at 5.2%. The nose has a lot of floral hop notes that are balanced by sweet malt notes. Spice comes across. like rye. This is a delicate easy drinking beer with few to no flaws. I have been begging for it to become a year round offering but do not see that happening. I have three current favorite ambers. This is number one, with White Birch's Hop Session and Maine Beer Co.'s Zoe close seconds.

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Photo of JordanPhraczek
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/17/13 Bought at Quality Liquors in Salem.

A - Dark amber color, was not expecting it to be so dark and my fears were later confirmed that this was a much more malt balanced beer than the title indicated. Nice bubbly head but it didn't last very long at all.

S - Best part of the beer. Fresh hop aroma, citrus-grapefruit and malt together great combination.

T - Has a nice hop taste up front, but there was a whole lot of malt taste in this beer considering how fresh I bought it, and because the beer didn't have much carbonation which lead to a light english style flavor.

M - Although the head was well formed, the beer was sort of flat and didn't carry the malt over as well. This could be a potentially delicious cask ale.

O - Nice ale to warm up with while the spring is coming on. Darker than most other spring style or session ales. Quality choice for the value in a six pack, especially if you're a fan of mayflowers other beers.

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Photo of LukeK1231
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from cask at the Birtish Beer Company in Framingham, MA.

A- Amber with 1 finger head

S- Hoppy and floral, but also caramel malt tones

T- Medium taste of bitter hops combined with a medium caramel taste made for a refreshing and tasty beer.

O- A lucky find at the BBC in MA and I will be searching this one out again in the future.

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Photo of jakorpi
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first impression after evaluating the appearance and aroma was that this is a well-made beer that was going to deliver a lot interesting flavor. The color is medium amber, and the nose is very fragrant with dark and heavy aromas that are consistent with the color.

However, it doesn't follow through on the palate. It's light at the beginning with citrus and spice and finishes with a pleasant amount of hops accented my some malt. The problem is it does develop as much intensity as its nose leads you to expect. Maybe if the nose wasn't as powerful, the overall impression would be better since there wouldn't be such a disconnect between the nose and palate.

Since the beer was tasted on the day it was bottled, it was definitely as good as it gets. As a final thought, if you consider the price of $10 for a 12oz six pack, it is a good value. Anything better would definitely cost more.

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Photo of boomboom
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark amber; darker than I was expecting for a spring hop beer, but nice color and decent lacing.

Smell is almost more like light orange or tangerine to me, with a hint of the typical grapefruit.

Taste is grassy with a hint of caramel on the side and the malt comes in as well. Not too flowery but that's OK for this one.

Mouthfeel is great and the taste stays with you.

Very drinkable and I think the ABV is manageable for being a session beer. Overall, a great beer from Mayflower; up there with their IPA, which I think is one of the best IPA's in the Boston area.

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Photo of A_Casual_Fan
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Review on BA.

Serving Type -- Two 12oz bottles, in a big "20 oz" beer mug that actually fits 23.90 oz. Not quite a maskrug, but a worthy vessel in any case. (for $1 @ Dollar Store, by the way. Check the endcaps.)

Appearance -- Color is surprising for such a hoppy ale, would expect far more malty tones based on presence of red. Before pouring, I had assumed it was closer to the IPA-ish end of the spectrum, based on what I had heard about hoppiness levels. Once poured, no longer sure what to expect. Color is dark, a brown-with-heavy-red overtones, but is misleading relative to taste.

Smell - Despite owning a "power nose", tough to discern anything unique. Similar to an IPA, as best i can make out.

Taste - First, immediate, taste on a clean palate is truly redolent, in a big way, of copper or other metal (Amstel Light or Strohs, almost "rusty"), but almost ****<b><u>immediately</b></u>**** (within seconds) is superseded by the big big big big big big big big "Big Pine Tree" hops tones. Afterwards, some malty aftertastes, mixed with bitter hops.

Mouth Feel -- I am not sophisticated enough to put a fine point on things related to mouth feel, but my impression is that this is lighter/smoother than a stout or porter or even a heavy nut brown. Feels about as heavy as a IPA or lager. Liquid, not creamy in any way. Crisp.

Overall -- Wow. Talk about crazy good hop combo. Pine trees. Big pine trees. Very unique, intense combination of flavors. Color adds to overall surprise/wow factor. Me likey.


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Mayflower Spring Hop from Mayflower Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.