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Odyssey Imperial IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Odyssey Imperial IPAOdyssey Imperial IPA

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maybrick on 12-11-2004

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Photo of linkmon
1.14/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This "Brewery" should be closed!! ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!! Tastes like absolute crap!! Stay FAR FAR FAR FAR AWAY!!

I am not sure what they were going for, but this is BY FAR, the WORST IPA of any kind, I have ever had, and I have drank over 100 of them now!! GROSS!!!

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Photo of stakem
2.02/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

12oz can into a tulip. Big thanks to Kegatron for hooking a brother up with all these canned offerings. The brew appears a mildly hazed copper color with 2.5 fingers of yellowish stained froth that collapses slowly to some big bubble formation and full patches of thick lace sticking to the glass. Before too long, a huge uneven cratered surface appears atop the liquid.

The aroma is dirty and almost chemical filled but not in a terribly disgusting way. It is somewhat mineral to metallic in character with such a strange aspect that seems chlorinated with some sulfur, cheese and fruity hops. As I smell this brew more, it has a bit of toasted toffee grain character blended into the backend as well.

The flavor is rindy, pitty and bitter with a flavor of grapefruit zest and pulp. A bit of catty quality mixed with bitter orange rinds and toffee to caramel sweetness mixed with biscuit to toasty grain. Somewhat buttery even a hint of grass, minerals and chlorine just like the aroma suggested.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is somewhat integrated well within the confines of a bunch of strange character going on in this brew. I appreciate the chance to try this but could not finish my glass. Heath, I greatly appreciate the chance to try this but I am glad you liked this brew as little as I did. I would have felt like a jerk saying how terrible I felt this brew was without seeing you thought the same.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.11/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can. Copper with a thick and foamy off-white head and general rich look to it. Smells medicinal and even a little metallic with a combo of tropical citrus and malt twang across the back. This isn’t pleasant. Taste is even less appealing with a raw vegetal bitterness that clashes with the herbal and tropical fruit feel on the edges. More raw bitterness on the finish. The feel is medium bodied with a crisp softness to the carbonation but this showing too much of that 8%+ ABV. Yikes. I’ve never been a big fan of this beer but this can presentation was pretty atrocious. I’m not sure if it was compromised in some way but the metallic, medicinal and all around raw feel of the flavors was pretty off-putting. Cool looking packaging but that’s about it.

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Photo of prg1976
2.27/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber colored, white head. Some lacing and head retention.

Smell is malty, some pine hops in the background.

Taste is a sweet malty mess with dry hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel and drinkability....yeah, it doesn't really matter, there's got to be something wrong with this bottle. It's dated 12/8/11 (best by, I assume) so it can't be that old. Last year's version was a lot better than this. I'm not impressed.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can to a tulip, well within best by date on can.

Pours a rich copper with gnarly cream colored head which is persistent. Great lacing. Looking forward to smelling and tasting this one.

Smell is a letdown. Somewhat biscuity, bland malts, severely lacking in any definitive hop aromas. Mildly astringent. Not entirely unpleasant though.

Taste is like the nose, but worse. None of the bready malts shine through for me, just nondescript cat pissy hops. I doubt it's intentional though. Blah.

Mouthfeel is fault-free. Not overly sticky for an IIPA

Overall, this beer was a letdown. Had some good traits, hut many more bad traits in my opinion.

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Photo of cyprest
2.72/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with clean filtering. Slight lacing on pint glass.

High presence of citrus and pine hops with a bit of dinginess.

Hop flavor only somewhat higher than that you would expect from a standard IPA, but unfocused. Prob from the mixing of various "leftover" hops from their IPA- project.

Nice mouthfeel and easy drinkability. The alcohol is masked appropriately for it's imperial status.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Molly's Irish pub & sports bar in Bethlehem, PA.

A- pours an orange/amber color with a light, white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing around the glass upon drinking further.

S- not very much on the nose. Some earthy hop aromas and a heavy malt forward profile. Very lacking in this category

T- tastes of bitter hops, biscuit malt, and a slight carbonation. The hops overpower the malt on the front and finish, malt flavor is prevalent just after the initial sip where some sweetness is detected.

M- prickly on the tongue but not overly carbonated. Slick on the tongue.

O- at 8 plus percent abv, there are better imperial IPAs out there that will deliver more flavor and much satisfaction than this brew. Although this brew is not bad, it's not fantastic.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Golden orange with a WAY to massive head, even after a gentle pour. A mushroom cloud of white bubbles took up more than 2/3 of the glass. Just the head alone is enough to knock it down a a couple pegs.

Smell - Smell is extremely creamy and sweet, almost hefe-weizen like. Hops are very faint if at all.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Bitter hops mix with an almost earthy taste. Very sharp and carbonated taste that is medium bodied. Maybe some orange lends to a citrus fruit taste. Somewhat mettalic flavor lingers as well.

Drinkability - Not what I was hoping for at all. Hope it was just a bad bottle, but not worth wasting the time and money on unless you live in the area, and can pick up a bottle without much effort.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a fluffy white two finger head into my tulip glass. Tons of sticky lacing drips down the rim.

S- Lots of fresh cut grass and bitter citrusy hops with just a hint of malt. Really not much going on here. Pretty unimpressive for an Imperial IPA!

T- Bitter grassiness, grapefruit pith and some earthiness hit you just before the subtle sweetness from the malt takes over. The bitterness has neither the citrus punch, or pure piney flavor that alot of IIPA's have. Not horrible, but I thought this would be much better.

M- Nice carbonation, but really bitter without any real citrus bomb flavor! The mouthfeel mirrors the smell.

O- I know this was fresh because my store just got this yesterday when I bought it. Not the worst IIPA i've ever had, but It's not likely I'll buy this again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blind bomber #8 from the Blind Bombers BIF.
Poured into a snifter (explanation to follow).
This beer is consumed and reviewed without any knowledge of the beer, brewer, or even style.

Upon cracking open the bottle, I honestly thought this was a saison... A citrus and spice aroma wafted from the bottle... I realized it could be an ipa, so, I went with a snifter. After pouring it, seeing it, smelling the full beer, and tasting it, I think a snifter was in fact a good choice-- this seems to be another DIPA from this BIF!

Pours a coppery amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Derby retention and lacing. I prefer a lighter color-- and there are some dark yeast sediments in my glass that remind me of dark sand.

The smell is lemony and citrus notes with. Lot of spices-- saison like spices. A peppery note is very pronounced here-- and it seems odd.

Very little sweetness... Leads to a surprisingly little hop kick. This beer comes across as bland-- almost watered down. Nothing really pops on the flavor: actually the spicy notes seem to be the most influential... Not how I like my IPAs-- The spices kick in on the finish and in the aftertaste... Very differnt, but not necessarily in a good way.

The aftertaste lingers with a sweet and bitter note that leaves me feeling thirty-- like I need some water. Some grapefruit flavors sneak past the spicy hops and permeate the aftertaste.

The body is more than medium with a good carbonation level. No complaints here.

As far as drinkabilty goes-- this isn't bad. This isn't great either. This seems to me to be a standard offering from a small local brewery.... Nothing that people trade for or seek out, but one all the locals try when they put it on tap.

Rip open the envelope...
And this is Slyfox's Odyssey DIPA.
Hmmm... I really like their Pils-- but not their 113 IPA. Their DIPA isn't very impressive either it seems...

I will give these guys another shot though-- I really liked their Pils- and I love the fact they can their beer!

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Photo of Ego
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

full 2 fingers of off white head, retention is good and carbonation is quite evident replacing the head that burps out into my workspace, this is golden brown with amber highlights, nothing too exciting but not bad at all.

"brown" smelling hops, almost a caramel malt tone also, that's about it, pretty mundane and for a DIPA does not take hops and pimp slap you ass with a cone-iferous cacophony... disappointing.

taste etc...
a lot more bitter than I would have thought considering the odor, but it doesn't linger in the aftertaste too much, the malts are there but the bitterness is king, mouth feel is medium and this is not oily (perhaps why the taste doesn't linger too much). Oddly enough the lack of linger adds to the drinkability of this. This drinks like many a "regular" IPA of these days, not that that is a bad thing perse BUT when you come through my hood wearing the colors of the DIPAs you better represent. dig ?

for a DIPA this is like the baby brother of the bunch. not bad, tasty in fact, maybe just a more bitter regular IPA. This is quite enjoyable but don't expect a hop-hiroshima.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From TJs on 1/5. Reviewed from notes.

Deep amber in color, Odyssey has a sticky and fluffy marshmallow-like head. It produces thick and sticky spiderweb lacing. This is a good looking beer.

The aroma is odd...grassy and earthy hops with bready and caramel malt presence, along with a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is similar, as the bready and caramel malts pretty much crush everything out but the alcohol. Some caramel and sugars are also evident.

The feel is thick but lacks that sticky hop character that I really think makes some of the best DIPAs what they are. A little bit disappointed by this one. I was expecting better.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A crystal clear light amber colored beer. A quarter inch pure white head became a slick after a minute. Extreme amount of rapidly rising bubbles. A web of lace spots is left behind.

An initial fruity smell included pineapple, grapefruit, and peach. A subtle aroma of bready malt helped to mellow out the fruit. Not an overly bitter beer on the nose.

A gritty yeast flavor in the mouth. Extremely poor balance of flavors has a plastic taste coating the other flavors. Light grapefruit and pineapple are not strong enough to compensate.

Feeling is average. A tingle helps move the flavors around, which isn't a benefit in this case.

This has an overall average combination. Unfortunately, it lacks in the taste, where it counts the most. I can't recommend any food to match with this. Try it if you must, but I would steer clear in exchange of other choices in the style.

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Photo of Hoppington
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice coppery bronze color, but the smell of this offering is mild to my nose. Taste comes across as bitter, astringent hops with a touch of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is above average, but overall this beer is too bitter and not fragrant enough for my taste. I don't mind astringency in a brew, but I feel it works best with floral and citrus notes. Just not enough balance in this beer. I don't think I would do a repeat tasting on this beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. I really love the dense, thick texture, not to mention its softness. Retention isn't balls-out amazing, but when it does fade, a lot of lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: It's definitely bringing more maltiness than hop goodness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth comes through, mainly. The hops that do appear take on tones of pineapple, grapefruit, and some grass. If someone drew up on a board what the average DIPA would smell like, this would be it. No more, no less. (3)

Taste: Starts off malty. Plenty of caramel and toffee give way to a faint kiss of tropical fruits (mainly pineapple) appearing past the middle, lingering into the aftertaste. I will say, I am enjoying some of the fruity esters that appear near the back end (peach and apricot, primarily) quite a bit. After a few sips, the finish becomes almost weed-like. After a few more sips, I'm reminded of those little Welch's fruit snacks. This features good complexity in general (which really isn't that common in a DIPA), but none of the notes really come together to excite my palate. (3)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as sweet finishing or heavy as some DIPAs, but it isn't a bastion of crisp dryness, either. No wait, after drinking about half of it...it is pretty damn sweet finishing and heavy. Still, drinkability is on par with many DIPAs. The carbonation does a half-hearted attempt to poke through the wall of sweetness. (3)

Overall: This ain't half bad - it just isn't impressive. Its flavor profile reminds me of some triple IPAs I've had (boozy tropical fruits, overt sweetness, minimal bitterness), which isn't what I really want from a double. Worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again. (3)

3.05/5: More Honda Odyssey than Homer's Odyssey

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Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger thinner looking off-white / tan head with good retention with medium carbonation evident. Color is somewhere between clear burnt umber and sienna brown. Head slowly fades to a thin film. A wisp and ring remains 'til the end and leaves some good lacing down the side. Average for the style.

SMELL: Toasted and pale malt for sure with hints of caramel malt as well. Some hints of grapefruit and some earthiness as well. Not as powerful a grapefruit / pine punch as some other DIPA's. Some nice floral notes show through too. Mild but fine, and a more malty than average nose for the style.

TASTE: Toasted and pale malt again with lots of citrus and grapefruit hops. Floral through the middle and finishes with pine notes and spiciness at the end. More flavor than the nose had indicated, especially on the hop end. Strong bitterness at the end and a stronger and longer lasting bitter piney and floral aftertaste just keeps lingering and lingering. Maybe a bit too much of an aftertaste, but I certainly enjoyed it.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, not quite as creamy as hoped, and only somewhat smooth on the palate. Goes down fine with no bite, alcohol well hidden, and finishes drier on the palate. A bit of an astringent ending on this one. Certainly below par for the style.

OVERALL: Pretty decent. Enjoyed it, though the palate was a little weak and the head a little unimpressive. A decent beer with an interesting taste profile non-the-less; one I could drink a few of.

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Photo of flexabull
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear copper color, with a small white head.

Aromas are bitter, dusty, sour, and grapefruit like. This just doesn't smell that great, it's not bad, but the dusty and sour aromas just dominate too much.

Taste is sour, tart, and bitter on the tongue. Malt flavors are lacking, and there really isn't much balance here. All that I notice is a mineral aspirin like bitterness, and a bit of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Pretty full feeling, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. This is a decent DIPA, but it lacks balance and falls well behind other beers in the same style.

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Photo of bobsy
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Coles.

Pretty deep gold colour with a creamy off white head. Some lace spots and decent retention. Aroma is honey and mild leafy hops. Certainly not a punch in the face and seeming all about malts and not about hops. A bit disappointing for an imperial IPA. The hops seem completely dialled back, and the malt is far too prominent. If this was a bottle then I'd just figure I'd gotten hold of an old one, but this is on tap at a bar. With minimal hops we're left with a low bitterness and a honey / beet aspect to the flavour. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Drinkable, but not what you'd look for in the style.

Either something went screwy with this one, or this is a mediocre attempt at the style.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light orange with an overly massive head. Patchy lacing left on the glass but that much head is just obnoxious.

S - Malty and earthy with some slight piney notes. Faint citrus scents as well. For an Imperial IPA I would have expected much more of a potent nose.

T - Bitter earthy and piney hops are very prevelant. THere is a nice matly backbone to this which is a bit much for an impreial IPA. There is a certain taste of cut grass to a degree. It's a very odd combination to say the least.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. I can even sense a slight alcohol burn.

D - I would think this would be easy to drink but I just didnt really care for this all that much. It was a very big let down for a beer I brought home from my trip to NYC. This made the one case i shipped home over others, and I'm pretty disappointed with it.

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Photo of Trombone69
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess every brewery has to have an IPA, and an imperial IPA. I am burned out on them. Mehh. I fail to see how it distinguishes itself from 100 other American IPAs that I've had. Is that what we are going for? Now I can get 100 IPA's that are all pretty close, I used to only be able to say that about Lagers.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sly Fox- Odyssey Imperial IPA

Appearance- Dark chestnut brown with a thick billowy head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Strong green unripe hops (casade perhaps)
Taste- Immediate earthy green hops, slight cannibis flavor but quickly dissapating to a milder oily pine flavor.
Mouthfeel- Moderate sharp hop bite up front but the dry bitterness fizzles out midway and ends up sweet with a mild citric finish.

Overall- An overacheiver here. A nice tasting IPA but its billed as a DIPA. Just not up to par with the Imperials. Worthy of a pint regardless!

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Photo of jwc215
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a thick head that slowly descends to a lasting, creamy cover. Broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The taste is of citric and spicy notes.

The taste is bitter and resiny. Citric with a touch of pine. Some peppery notes, although alcohol is well-controlled and mellow for abv. Bitterness is rather puckering. Some plastic fruitiness. I can enjoy an "imbalanced" beer - as I love the hops, but only if "done right" - not enough malt to keep up - here it is balanced by some raw sugar. Very dry finish.

Somewhat chewy in a medium body.

I like hoppy beers - believe me - and this isn't bad - certainly a "sipper" - and that's okay too - but, it doesn't really stand above others of this style I've had.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Imperial IPA pours out as a golden color with a white soapy head that doesn't stick around that much. The aromas are hoppy not too much else coming through. The taste is surprisingly bland I thought for an imperial IPA. Rather disappointing brew in my opinion. The mouthfeel could have been a little thicker I think, some more hop oil would have been nice.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -.25 inch head, bright but murky orange color.

S - Major citrus hops surrounding small malt profile.

T - Not much malt, but tons of citrus hop. Malt makes a sneaky appearance towards the end of the sip. Not balanced for me.

M - Average.

D - Too one dimensional and bitter for all night interest.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Odyssey has a clear, copper-colored body and a massive off-white head. The head has pretty solid retention, and it decorates my glass with some nice lacing.

The aroma has a good hop kick to it that is both bitter and fruity with a biscuity malt aroma as an underpinning.

The hops in the flavor are mostly bittering with a big resin flavor and only a touch of citurs. The yeast is adds a slight fruitiness. The malt bill is pretty big, providing a dry, biscuit-like sweetness. The finish is warm and a bit boozy. I think the malt bill is my favorite part of Odyssey, but it is overshadowed by bitterness and booze.

The mouthfeel is a little puckering with a pretty dry finish. The body is big and almost chewy while the carbonation is adequate.

Odyssey is a solid IIPA, but there are better options on the shelves.

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Odyssey Imperial IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.