Capitol City Brewing

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Place Score: 83
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2700 S. Quincy St.
Arlington, Virginia, 22206
United States
phone: (703) 578-3888

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 26
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Photo of harpus
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

This brewpub is located on a neat little street with a few other restaurants and shops.

This brewpub had more of a prepy feel then most of the brewpubs I have been to. I ordered the sampler. The waiter told me what the beers were but did not tell me any thing about the beers or the styles. The beers were pretty good. The best beers in my opinion were the Pumpkinator, Capital Kolsch, Prohibition Porter. The Porter was the last beer I teried and the head had not diminished.

If in the area worth the stop to try the beer, I dont think you will be disapointed or Amazed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthemark
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Good but noisy indoors with beer making equipment well displayed at this brewpub. Also outdoors tables in lovely Shirlington. I have experienced great service especially at bicycle group happy hour events. Food is less memorable but decent. Beer is solid - I ave tried Fuel stout and Amber Waves ale.

Photo of Seneca
4.56/5  rDev +27%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

The service the food the atmosphere were great. The food was perfect. It came out quickly

Photo of ksolekjr
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Great Happy Hour, decent beers

Photo of mta00007272
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

To me the beers tend to taste the same... Many have what I call the microbrew aftertaste which has gotten old...

Good atmosphere and the food is above average with a good selection.

Never had bad service - most of the staff know about the beers so it is not a guessing game.

Photo of mcellis
3.59/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

I visited Capitol City Brewing Company on a family vacation to D.C. for the 4th. I had the Capitol Kloch with a Rueben sandwich. I was impressed with my beer and pleased, if not impressed, with my sandwich. The food is standard bar fare with a D.C. price tag, but the beers were worth the trip. We did have to wait a good while for service, but keep in mind that this was July 4th in D.C. I'm sure the service would have been better on a normal day. Overall, it was good enough for 2 trips in the same day - one for beer and sandwiches and the next for mojitos and dessert.

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Located in ultra trendy Shirlington village, there's no way I would have ever visited this place but for a work related judicial conference.

The CCB shelington edition looks very much like a TGIF meets brewpub location, with a number of brewing kettles along the window as you walk by, and then a moderately sized dining area and wrap around bar area as you walk in from Campbell street. There are a couple of decent size flat screen TV's overhead, and the place has fairly high ceilings, which adds to the minimalist vibe. Atmosphere is otherwise pretty low key, and this is a pretty relaxed spot to hang with a beer or three.

As for the selection, I believe they have 4 or so core beers, and then a couple of seasonals or limited release beers (which this day consisted of a hefe and the fuel). I went with the pale ale, which was surprisingly tasty and well crafted. Service was OK, with the bartender friendly, though a bit hard to understand (sort of a lispy Italian accent). I didn't get the impression he knew a whole lot about beer or the selection, but he was pleasant enough.

Shrug. Nothing wrong with this place, but there was nothing about it that stood out either. I'd stop by here again any time I'm in Shirlington, but as I tend to doubt that will happen again any time soon, I'm not sure when I'll ever be back again.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere is pretty good, w/ a big open area for seating. It can get pretty crazy on the weekends, as this seems to be a 'pre-going out' hang for a lot of younger adults. The quality of brews ranges from passable to pretty good. Nothing world class here, but nothing horrible either. The service has been hit or miss with me. Sometimes it's been great, other times horrible- depends on who you get I guess. The selection of beers is usually pretty good- 5-8 beers on tap at any given time, with some standards always on draft. Food is usually pretty good, and standard bar food. Nothing outstanding. Cap City used to be a good place for me, but as my tastes evolved, this is a fairly mediocre beer place now. Still, if you're looking for a place to hang, and you're in the neighborhood... It's probably worth a trip.

Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: This totally used to be my go to place before the Dogfish Head Alehouses opened. For my taste, the atmosphere is my favorite part about this place: Very clean, and the tables are well spaced, creating an intimate atmosphere which is perfect for a date night.

Q: The beer ranges from average to pretty good... and I think that is what they're going for anyway. My experience with the food has always been very good. I especially like the pre-meal pretzels that the wait staff brings to your table to munch on until your main dish(es) arrive.

Ser: The night we went, the waiter didn't give us the time of day.... not much conversation, no info or opinion on the beers.... nada! However, perhaps he was new and didn't know much?

Sel: Standard bar fare for sure, but done in a slight upscale way. For example, the hummus is not just your average run of the mill, mashed chickpeas. They actually coat it with tomatoes, cucumber, and diced olives. Additionally, the make their own pita bread. As for the beer, they seem to always have about 7-8 different styles available which cover all the most popular ones (ex. Pale Ale, Lager, Porter, Stout, etc.)

F: I think I've ordered about everything on the menu now, and tend to gravitate towards their sandwiches, rather than the entrees. I've always though their food was tasty.

V: Very reasonably priced considering the upscale location.

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The DC metro area is in dire need of brewpubs and local breweries, until this happens we have three Cap City brewpubs. This is a big place with a big bar on the inside decorated with serving tanks. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, it looks about like any middle class feedbag of a restaurant. Slightly nicer than an Applebee's.

The beer is decent, a nice wide selection with quick tap rotation and growler fills, not very pissed about that. Overall its a nice experience.

Our waiter was nice and attentive. Brought us our food quickly and with a smile. Inquired about our experience at the right frequency.

Food is OK, nothing great. The dishes are big so when my wife and I go we end up splitting something. It is an overeating and drinking establishment. Becareful when its not happy hour, it can get more expensive than you think.

Photo of mobud
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped in to have lunch while visiting friends in Alexandria. Place is pretty slick, but for the most part, it looks like a millon other brewpubs. The reserve tanks are in the center, with a brew area off to the left; they were cleaning when I was there for lunch. The service was so/so; I noticed 5 servers moving around covering 10-15 tables but it took about 10 minutes before our approached. My friend asked for the pretzels that they offer gratis, but the server said they were "working" and after the third inquiry near the end of the meal, they appeared. The beers were fine, but a little pricey. I had a Pale Rider Ale and the Prohibition Porter. Nothing to seek out, but hundreds time better than most restaurant offerings. They appeared to have 8-10 different beers available. Hard to tell from the menu on the table and some of the chalk boards they had hanging up.

The food was overpriced. I had the BBQ Pulled Pork sammy and the roll was the size of a slider (Could of had 2-3 and been full) for 10 dollars. Not cool!

I have been to several other Capital City pubs and this fell inline with the others. Nothing overwhelming, good beers, fair food, and a little pricey. It looked like the best choice for me in the neighborhood, so they got my money that day.

Photo of sarahspat
3.34/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The vibe of Capitol City Brewing more closely resembles an upscale restaurant than a brewpub. The brewing equipment is in plain sight. Almost everywhere you look, you are reminded that you are at a location where beer is brewed. However, to me it seems that for this particular establishment, brewing is more of a gimmick to attract patrons than a passion that drives them.

I just wanted to stop in for one beer to check this place out. They did not list beer prices anywhere on the menu or on any of the numerous chalk board tap lists around the restaurant. I didn't ask the waiter because I wanted to just get a beer anyway. I was a little shocked when our check came to see that my pint cost $5.55. To me that just seems like an exorbitant amount of money for an average quality beer, but maybe it's normal for the DC area. All I know is, I have a bit of a problem paying that much for a beer unless it's something I really like.

However, this place did have some great features. They gave us free soft pretzels with horseradish dip (my favorite thing ever to eat with pretzels). How awesome is that?? I asked for a sample (the waiter called it a "taste"), which was free.

My "taste" was of the Organic Saison. I don't pretend to know anything about this style, but this beer tasted like a clone of Hoegaarden White to me. I ordered a pint of their rye beer, Rye Baby. I love rye beers, so I was excited to see they had one on tap... and disappointed at the first sip. It was just okay.

They had 8 beers: Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Organic Saison, Pale Rider, Rye Baby, Amber Waves, Porter, and on cask: Nut Brown.

The waiter seemed like he was reciting a speech from memory. It was actually kind of weird. He prattled off basic descriptions of the flavors of the beers, but I didn't get the impression that he could have provided any information beyond his speech.

This is not my favorite brewpub, but I would consider going back during happy hour if they have good deals.

Photo of droomyster
4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited this branch of Cap-City last Thursday night. Four of their styles (Kolsh, Pale, Amber, and Porter) were only $2 bucks per pint on this particular night. I got there around 10 pm and the bar was almost completely full of patrons (as were most of the dining tables) and everyone was clearly enjoying themselves. There crowd was very diverse which I liked because several DC-area bars have reputations for attracting only one type of client (e.g. a college bar, a yuppie bar, etc). The bartender was very attentive but not intrusive, and happily answered several of my questions about the beer and the brewery. I didn't have any food but if I'm willing to bet that it's the same menu as the DC branch, all of which is good. Their selection seemed to be restricted to their own brews, but there seemed to be at least 9 or 10 styles on tap that night, which is more than than DC branch at Union Station. I heartily recommend Cap-City to any craft brew lovers in the DC area or to anyone passing by.

Photo of organicbrewer
2.98/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Typical openair/industrial brewpub atmosphere. Quickly seated and attended to by the waiter. He was probably the best thing about our visit. Friendly and attentive, all you can ask for.

The food was less then adequate. I had the fish and chips and my partner had the mushroom pasta. My fish seemed frozen and tasted lifeless and her pasta was just plain not good.

Nice amount of beers on the list with 8 on tap at the time of my visit. The beer itself was average (would review them but didn't take notes when I was drinking) the inaugerale was a bit sweet and unbalanced. The fuel imperial stout was an alcoholic cup of coffee. Good but not great.

I probably won't be making the trip back with so many other beer spots in and around DC.

Photo of Applesauce1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I came here with my girlfriend after a long day of driving. She suggested it. Anyhow, we came in, and were greeted and taken to our table. Nice looking bar here and you can see the fermenters and other brewing equipment throughout the restaurant. This place is a little more formal than I was imagining. Nonetheless, it seemed nice. I got the Amber Waves and Pale Rider. She got the Amber Waves and the Kolsch. The Amber Waves and Pale Rider were very good, but the Kolsch wasn't. The atmosphere is a lot more dressy than Rock Bottom. It didn't really seem like this is a place to get slammed (which is good). It's a good place to get some quality beers. They were advertising $2 pint thursdays also...which seemed pretty cool. I had the burger and it was good also. Overall, a fairly impressive place and I plan to come back.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

atmosphere: a short walk from the comfort inn in which a friend and I stayed while scouting out apartments after landing a job in Reston, located in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington and a touch trendy, a large oval bar rings the shiny copper brewing equipment, tables fill the rest of the inside but spaced enough to keep an open feeling, outside seating is available but we chose to escape the heat

quality: I had remembered being very impressed by the Amber Waves and Fuel at the Raleigh World Beer Festival 2006, and was not let down this time...about 5 or 6 of the beers - amber, hefe, porter and pale that I recall - were on $2 special for Thursday (can't beat that in this area), all were at least good, I really enjoyed the pale, porter, and the heavy chalice of Fuel I finished the night with

service: okay, the bartendress was nice but not the most prompt I've run across

selection: quality selection, off the top of my head - pale, amber waves, boysenberry belgian, triple, Fuel, porter, hefe - and there are certainly a few more I'm leaving out

food: nice selection of $5 appetizers given the late hour of our visit, the keg rolls were excellent, and though the shells were fried weren't too greasy, the teriyaki wings were the best I've ever had...just can't give a 4.5 based on 2 appetizers

value: after 3 hours, about 5 beers on special and one premium-priced Fuel, and 2 appetizers, each of us finished with a tab of $20 excluding tip

Photo of dedrinker
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

They have this great late night half-price appetizer menu. That's the best thing. The beers are so-so - a step above corporate brew-pub, but just one little step. They do have some winners though, but depending on who is the current brew-master - I miss those Bill Madden days for sure. Service is OK, nothing to write home about. Sometimes they can leave you hanging. The atmosphere and crowd are basically, uh, whatever. Arlington County is fast becoming the realm of the upwardly mobile young professional with mediocre intellect and not much worth saying, so the bar patrons make uninspiring impromptu conversationalists. I often find myself frequenting bars of lesser stature and selection just to find more original and authentic people to commune with.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in the Shirlington Village shopping district of Arlington. I immediately liked the atmosphere of this place, as everything is spread out in one large spacious smoke free room. Tons of room at the gigantic circular bar that dominates the middle of the room. The serving tanks are conveniently located down the middle of the bar and are a nice touch. The dining areas are off to the sides. They also have a fairly large outdoor patio area for when the weather gets nice. We sat right up at the bar and got prompt and courteous service from our bartender.

We didn’t try any food, instead opting for a late liquid lunch. Good selection on tap, including their four staple beers (Capitol Kolsch, Amber Waves, Pale Rider, and Prohibition Porter) and three seasonals (Pumkinator, Oatmilk Stout, and a Dunkelweizen). I've allready had their staple stuff so I opted to have a pint each of the Pumkinator and Oatmilk. Both were very tasty and went down well. Special bonus points for Saturday happy hour. $3 pints. Nice!

We really enjoyed our time spent visiting this Cap City location and look forward to returning, especially since we want to check out some more of the shops in the Shirlington Village sometime.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I must say, this is the best bar in the Shirlington district of Arlington. The atmosphere was very nice, obviously being in Shirlington Village. Nice outside patio, plenty of bar tables. As large as the bar was though, it seemed as if they were slightly understaffed considering it took a while to get a beer and the place wasn't exactly packed. However, it is great place and I am looking forward to going again.

Recommended Brews you can find at Capitol City in Shirlington:

Kolsch (their lightest)
Oakmilk Stout
Double D

Photo of Lambstrong
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I live up the street from this brew pub so I visit it quite frequently. My latest visit was yesterday. Capitol City Brewing - Arlington sits on the corner of 31th and South Quincy Street, in Shirlington off of 395. The decor is that open industrial kind with high exposed ceilings. In the center is a large oval shaped copper bar. The service is average. Some of the bar tenders have been there for years but still don't know much about their beer which I find astonishing. However, I've never had a bad meal here and this last visit was no exception.

On this ocassion I sat in a booth. I tried three beers (the Alt on cask, the Triple-Double and the Porter). I really enjoyed the Alt. It kept a nice head all the way down to the end and was really well balanced. The Triple-Double, like their Fuel beer, is served in a golbet due to the hight ABV. It was sweet but didn't have too much of a bite to it.

I must say, the beers at Capitol City have improved dramatically within the past year and seem to have become more reliable since the departure of their last brew master. I used to say that their beers were hit or miss, however, this appears to be changing for the better.

Photo of alysmith4
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Overall, I was not impressed with this place. I was expecting more, and I think I may have set my expectations too high. I tought that there would be more on tap to choose from, and I thought that the menu and the service woule be geared towards the beer selection. Was surprised that the menu didn't offer pairings of food and beer, and the server didn't recommend any either. I tried the two " different" pale ales, and couldn't tell much difference at all. My friend had the hefeweizen, and didn't like it either. I agreed. I think blue moon puts out a better wheat beer than this. Too many other good choices in the area to go with this one.

Photo of TheSarge
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This branch of Capitol City Brewing turned out to be much better than the location within Washington, DC. The scenery was not nearly as empty as my previous Capitol City visit. This was warm and inviting.

The service was much better than I previously experienced. This portion of the franchise offered Friday night specials. Several of us split appetizers, which were two for one. That was enough to fill our three stomachs.

This night, I tried out their Amber, Pale Ale, and ESB. They were all great. There will be more to follow separately on these brews later.

Overall, this is a fun place to hang out and enjoy some homemade brews. I was told by some of the locals that this location is the main producer of beer for the several establishments within the local area. They’re likely to have the most variety.

Go for this location of “Cap City”, you likely won’t be disappointed.


Photo of hopsaplenty
3.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Part of a local group of brewpubs, this Capital City Brewpub is located in the heart of Shirlington Village and anchors the corner of 28th and Quincy Streets.

Their space feels like that of their Mass. Ave., DC location, being large and open with a centrally located bar circling the copper-clad serving tanks. There are plenty of seats at the copper clad bar and ample room for groups to congregate.

There is a pool table in the back, near the mash tun as another diversion. Booths ring the bar and there is also a wonderful outside seating area to enjoy some "people watching" in addition to your beer.

We were there with our 16mo daughter and they were accommodating with a high chair, crayons, coloring book as well as the covered cups. This made it easy for us to enjoy our lunch.

Their beer includes several standards: Prohibition Porter (mild roastiness), Pale Rider Ale (nice hop bite, but not spectacular), Amber Waves (well balanced), and Capitol Kolsch (crisp and light, perfect for warm, sticky summer days), in addition to rotating seasonals. They typically have 5-7 beers on draft.

The beers are fairly standard, not knockouts, but serviceable and distinct from each other. The brewmaster typically puts up a variety of specials, when we were there the Saison was fantastic. Occasionally there will be a cask offered as well. They have been know to make a DIPA available.

The menu is fairly diverse and offers a wide selection for all tastes. Fresh, hot, soft pretzels are brought to your table right away. Burgers are big and tasty and served with decent crispy fries. The Seared Sesame Tuna salad is huge and the tuna perfect. Vegetarians will not be disappointed with the number of menu options. Prices are not out of line for the area.

The service is prompt and attentive, but not intrusive. Food is prepared quickly and it sometimes seems as though they read your mind because it feels like the order just went in and your meal is being delivered.

This Cap City location is a great destination if you are in the neighborhood or looking for a before or after the movie drink.

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well, LNCBC, this ain't. To parphrase Papa Hemingway (for the umpteenth time), this is a clean, well-lighted place for beer. It is located right on the corner of South Quincy and 28th Street South, and there are no secrets. The brewhouse sits in a window overlooking 28th St S and the copper-jacketed serving tanks are in the middle of an island created by the oval bar, which is directly inside of the entrance. It just all seemed very bright and shiny, and as we all know by now, I am not going to a bar to get a suntan.

The bar top is highly polished copper, in addition to the serving tanks which I mentioned earlier. I have to give them props for exposed ducting, pipes, I-beams, and support pillars, which always suggest that they're not taking themselves TOO seriously. This location uses a very warm color scheme, with red and yellow dominating, offset by stark flat black.

Off to the left of the bar is an extensive seting area with both tables and chairs as well as booths. I should mention that I visited during the summer and al fresco dining is also available, by request. Beyond the seating is the kitchen, although it is not easily visible from the bar.

Making a tour of the place, circling the bar in a counter-clockwise direction, I saw more seating and on the walls, large prints of their logos.

I feel compelled to explain that if you have never seen the logos that they have come up with for their flagship beers, then you should check their website. They are highly cartoonish, but it works. One of my two favorites is Amber Waves Ale - "Full Bodied", which depicts a buxom redhead fluffing her hair. My late Uncle Rick once remarked that the logo put him in mind of his wife, my Aunt Carol, who sets the gold standard for redheads. Ha ha. Cheers to you, Rick! En Peice Resquiat. The other is Prohibition Porter, with a gangster who looks as though he is from Chester Gould-era Dick Tracy.

As you continue around, there is a board on the back wall, labelled, "Brewmasters' Production Schedule", which gives the pertinent information on their beers. The restrooms are through a doorway just off to the left of the bar, on the opposite side of the entryway, just in case you are looking upon arrival, as I am sometimes wont to do.

They have a long happy hour, from 4 to 7 pm Monday through Friday with appetizers half-off when seated at the bar (and why would you be anywhere else?). Not a bad place and with an art house movie theatre just down the street, you can bet I'll be back.

Photo of nomad
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Arguably the best part of this brewpub is its location, the ever-increasingly chintzy two blocks of South Quincy in South Arlington called Shirlington. I'm a born and raised Arlingtonian, and this yuppy enclave never ceases to erupt a chuckle or more because the surrounding neighborhood (Bull Run) is economically and socially, well, quite different from what Shirlington is trying to be. I grew up playing ball and escaping the cops in the nearby neighborhood, so to see an upscale, glossy brewpub around the block is nothing short of strange to me.

As for the beer, I haven't been to other Capitol City outposts but the entire operation here strikes me as quite normal. Over one meal and two quick visits over the last three years I've never been entirely impressed. The outside is nice, wrapping around the exterior which shows off its wide, two-story glass facade, allowing you to see all the equipment, patrons, and partying from the sidewalk. I've actually never sat inside, but its spacious with a generally modern restaurant style going on - nothing impressive. Food was decent - burgers were nice but a bit modest with toppings. My father also enjoys their German and other European style dishes, but then again he'll eat anything and call it good.

Service was attentive but once said some flat-out erroneous things about beer styles but on another occasion was nothing less than thorough - so its a toss-up. For the fall I spotted a Oktoberfest/Marzen (modest), a Bock (pretty good), a hoppy Pale Ale, and some sort of Belgian. On my most recent visit was a Saison, Belgian Pale Ale, Kolsch, and Hefe - apparently they never carry too many beers.

Its a nice stop for a beer if you catch a movie down the block, and like a fellow reviewer said highly amenable to families and the like, something some beer joints just do not do. A brewpub I'd have to call modest in all categories and I'll admit a place that I turn my brain off while visiting.

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Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.