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Terrapin Hopsecutioner - Terrapin Beer Company

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2,286 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,286
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 72
Gots: 197 | FT: 6
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Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Anthony1 on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of pwoods


3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kels for the beer :)

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light amber... almost peachy. Decent sized head on the pour with only a little retention but decent lacing.

S: Smells more like English style hops... grassy, floral. Malts come in to balance things a bit too much.

T/M: Bitterness is on the lower side for an IPA, almost APA. Hops, again, are more floral and grassy than citrusy and piney. Malts, again, come in too strong and wipe pretty much all of the bitterness. Lightly cereal with a bit of light caramel. Body is medium with good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but boring for an IPA and over 7% hurts drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 06:09:13 | More by pwoods
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the one and only beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a golden orange that is relatively clear but with a small amount of haze to it. A finger worth of head that is slow to recede and leaves some lacing and a little head around the edges.

S- A nice bit of citrus hops to go along with a good malt presence and a little bit of grapefruit. There is a small amount of sweetness and a tad bit of yeast.

T- This is one balanced IPA. A mellow blend of citrus hops and sweet malt. A sweet caramel lingers on the tongue.

M- Medium bodied that is pretty crisp and with good carbonation without the hop bite from some other IPA's.

D- The overall balance and lack of in your face hop bite makes this beer really drinkable. You can tell this is an east coast IPA because of the big malt presence and balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:16:59 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of Hoops4life511

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into standard pint glass on 5/23/10, best enjoyed by September Week 3 punched into the label.

Appearance: Pours light copper to amber with great clarity. Constant up-flow of carbonation leading to a persistent half inch creamy off-white head. Pretty impressive lacing to begin the session, ends with the occasional sticky patch.

Smell: Big hop aroma right away, citrus and grass with a hint of pineapple. Very pleasant and what I expect from an IPA.

Taste: Similar to the nose, hops right up front. Light flavor, not overbearing bitter. Citrus and pine with an earthy finish. Sessionable and a good candidate for a beer to introduce to non craft drinkers, but not as bold as I would have expected from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation as apparent from the look. Medium to thin body with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Fantastic drinkability. It would be no problem to put a few of these back. Alcohol is all but non existant, which could be dangerous with how easy these go down.

Overall, good but not fantastic. Light flavor that isn't as hop forward as I would have hoped. Is one I will have again, great value, but not the most impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:37:02 | More by Hoops4life511
Photo of prototypic


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kkipple for this one. Always glad to try out a Terrapin.

Hopsecutioner pours a light copper color. It's fairly clear, and looks slightly orange with light behind it. It's topped with an off-white head that's about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly and leaves a light, sticky lacing in its wake.

The nose is alright, but isn't great. It smells pretty well balanced. There's a nice fruity scent from the hops up front. It's mostly orange and pineapple. There's a malty presence, as well. It smells like a mix of toasted and caramel malts. Not bad, but not my favorite thing either. Overall, it does smell balanced. Alcohol is masked well and isn't noticeable.

The flavor is a little better than the nose, but not by much. Not enough to warrant a score bump. Hops are apparent from the first sip and have a fruity flavor. Orange and pineapple are the strongest. The hop flavor is nice, but there's not much bitterness. I suspect that's countered by the mix of toasted and caramel malts. Overall, it is balanced. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes a little malty and fruity.

Hopsecutioner has a medium body that is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. Drinkability is good. The flavor's pretty good and it goes down relatively easy. It's not my ideal for an IPA, but I'm in for a bottle or two.

I'm always excited to try new to me beer from Terrapin Brewing. Hopsecutioner's a pretty IPA, but it's a little too balanced for my personal preference. I like it alright, but I do believe it needs more hops and less balance. That recipe would be right up my alley. Just sayin'. If you're into balanced, well-mannered IPAs, then this one might just be for you. It's definitely worth checking out...whatever your preference may be.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 02:00:25 | More by prototypic
Photo of Bitterbill


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

It pours a slightly haz orange red with about an inch of foam.

The smell is loaded with hops, grapefruit and pine, some grass as well, a faint hint of malt. Big hoppy nose that says drink me.

The taste reflects the hop character of the nose nicely. Bitter but done less brashly than some IPAs I've tried so the results please me. And the not big but definitely there taste of some malt, yeah in the background, helps. Good stuff.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation fits this well.

Drinkability? It goes down pretty darn quick. Excellent quaffability.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:05:25 | More by Bitterbill
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of mntlover. Pours a hazy amber hued body with a small offwhite head. Good retention and plenty of scattered lace around the glass. Aroma features citrusy grapefruit with pine and grassy hops. Just a hint of toasty caramel underneath. Medium body with lively carbonation. Taste is deinitely of an IPA. Assertive bitterness has some pungent grapefruit, pine, and an earthy grassiness. Barely a hint of caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and earthy. A solid IPA, but I would prefer something with just a hint more sweetness, like a Sweetwater IPA from the same state.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 11:45:21 | More by merlin48
Photo of mullenite


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish/amber in color with almost no head and what little head there was fell very quickly.

Lots of American hops in the nose, citrus, pineapple and mango notes being the most pronounced. There is a very slight malt backbone to provide some balance but not too much.

Taste is similar to the smell with a lot of rich American hops. Citrus, pine and fresh fruit dominate. There is a little more malt flavor but not really a lot. The bitterness is smooth.

Medium body with lower carbonation, which I really like. The carbonation is made up of thinner bubbles too.

Overall this is a decent IPA. I really like the color of it and the citrus dominant taste. A little harsher bitterness would not hurt but it's good the way it is as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:11:34 | More by mullenite
Photo of n00tz


4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber Orange body, thin white head, and a perfectly distributed wave of carbonation.

S - Wonderfully appropriate piney hops, without anything else to compete with.

T - Pine hops take the lead followed by a sweet woody flavor that I can't really pin to anything in particular. Slight citrus and spice hops can be detected after it sits on my palate for a bit.

M - Medium-light body without the stickiness of most piney IPAs, very well done in my opinion.

D - Is this offered year-round? I've only seen it in the 12-pack sampler locally, but if I can find it again I'd be curious to compare it side by side, one after another against Sweetwater's IPA. This is a very close contender for my favorite craft IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 22:41:35 | More by n00tz
Photo of towersfall

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a delicious looking amber with an orange hue. Has a thick creamy biege-ish head that sticks around for a good while and leaves thick rings of lacing. Like a spiral staircase in some sick twisted Italian horror film.

Smell: A piney hop aroma quickly followed by a grapefuit/citrus 1-2 punch. Senses are engulfed by a truly beautiful smelling brew.

Taste: Hop bite is a plenty with a smooth citrus taste lead by grapefruit and orange. A nice blend of flavors akin to that of a Two-Hearted or 90-Minute with a true onslaught of hops. Terrapin used 6 different types of hops and it really shows.

Mouthfeel: The piney taste provided a bit of discomfort after awhile, but this is a truly great tasting beer. Medium body with the appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: One trait I truly love about the Terrapin Brewery is that they really know the hop amounts appropriate for each style incredibly well. With that being said, I would have to say this is the year-rounder I'm gonna be reaching for more than their other brews. Delicious, well-rounded but could be difficult to finish a 6 pack. Leave some in the fridge for tomorrow, it'll be alright.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 21:01:11 | More by towersfall
Photo of Thur123


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deeper richer orange than some IPAs, a little browner if you will. The head was one small finger in height and didn't stick around long. The smell is a bitter herbal hop nose with a slight citrus edge over a robust malt smell. The malt smell liked toasted bread and grains, not really getting any caramel or toffee.

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This is a balanced IPA for sure and the hop taste is a bit more complex in as much that the hops are not as one sided as in the nose. Sweet and floral mix nicely to deliver both hop sweetness AND bitterness. The malt comes at you with different flavors ranging from grainy, to grassy, and also with a sharp kind of rye spice. Overall not an in your face IPA but definitely a well made and interesting blend of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:55:19 | More by Thur123
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent amber/gold color with a big, rocky, and creamy looking head. Retention is pretty good, lots of foam sticks to the pint glass. From the pour, I can see that this brew will have a good deal of carbonation.

S: Very excellent nose on this...Lots of tropical fruit- pineapple, mango, also citrusy with orange and grapefruit. Malts give off some caramel and a slight breadiness.

T: The flavor is pretty one dimensional, which is quite a letdown considering how great the nose is. You still get some pineapple, orange, and grapefruit, but the flavor is general is a little bland. There is only a mild lingering bitterness. This beer may be too balanced...the malts are bready/biscuity and add some light caramel and toffee to the flavor. There is a touch of sweetness to balance the bitterness. Definitely enjoyable, but nothing amazing.

MF/D: Lighter in body, carbonation is a little prickly but still OK. The finish is lingering bitter pineapple. Alcohol is pretty well hidden throughout, giving that warming feeling in the chest.

Notes: Pretty good beer, although the flavor is a little bland. Easy to drink, alcohol is well concealed.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 21:38:50 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appetizing dark translucent amber with a nice fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, somewhat evergreen, and just a little fruity. Nice hoppy flavor is only slightly bitter and has hints of grapefruit and just a touch of sweetness. Smooth, fairly fizzy texture leaves a nice tingle behind.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 01:40:30 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of thain709


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A darker shade of amber with some clarity...a thin white head formed and quickly faded away to a tiny ring...some lacing

s - The hops were apparent...pine and citrus varieties...a dose of sweet, caramel malts as well

T - There wasn't anything special in the flavor...it was pretty standard...the hops started off sweet and citrusy...some orange and grapefruit...the hop sweetness carried over to the malt sweetness where a nice does of caramel become evident...the hops, however, did make a nice, bitter ending to the beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth with a nice bitter finish

D - I guess I was expecting more from all the hype this one was bringing but then again their "hoppy beers" (Rye Squared and Pale Ale) haven't wowed me much...a decent IPA that I'd drink if it was laying around

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 17:57:23 | More by thain709
Photo of Gooball201

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Pin is an up and coming brewery in my area in terms of distribution. This IPA was a great selection for a picnic. The subtle sweetness offset the Hoppiness perfectly. Will definitely be buying more for the Summer months ahead. The only problem (if you don't like high ABV) is the over 7.0 ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 11:37:10 | More by Gooball201
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoppy! Tastes like a bag of earth farts. Weak after taste that dissapates but the initial taste is awesome, green, fresh, a bit sweet yet not wet, with a werthers origin--no werthers chocola--werthers original dropped in the bottom for malts. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 02:54:29 | More by Jbonzee
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best enjoyed by Week 4 of June.

Appearance: Deep orange body, sort of clear with huge, frothy head (3 fingers easy) that sticks around for a while and leaves it's trace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Orange, tangerine, damp hops with grassy overtones. Not bitter at all but rather has a fruit-like sweetness.

Taste: Well, bitterness is present. Big grapefruit taste with some tangerine tucked away in there. Hops have faded a bit but it's still good. Has an overripe taste a little with a certain dryness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with average carbonation but something about it doesn't make it entirely comfortable though it's not unpleasant. Quite astringent in the finish.

Drinkability: Drinkable and ABV not immediately perceptible. I would have it again though maybe a little fresher.

Overall: A good IPA with some strong points (aroma & looks mostly) and a taste that keeps me engaged. I'd pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 18:23:32 | More by papat444
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into standard pint. The appearance of this brew was a pale orange with a white two-finger head that lingered. This brew also had very nice lacing throughout. The aroma was dominated by hops but not overpowering. The flavor was pretty hoppy (as you would expect) with a slight malty note with a crisp hop finish. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall, this brew is hard to beat for the price and it's availability (around here that is). It also has just the right amount of hoppiness to satisfy a hop-head but not too overpowering to scare off newcomers to this style of beer. This is my personal favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 12:11:31 | More by thagr81us
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, pretty color. Could stand to have more head and lacing as far as the style goes but it's a perfectly clear copper color.
Scent is seductive. Bright, hoppy character, and whenst warmed, offers bright fruity flavors. Can't quite pin down specific fruit at the moment but it's in the realm of nectarines, peaches and apricots.
Flavors are well within that realm. Enjoyable hop type things going on with a depth that reminds me of smoke and/or rich, fermented fruits. Clean flavors.
Happy to have this about. Quality ingredients and brewing. This doesn't quite make my top ten list of IPAs but that's a highly competitive list. Tasty times.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 07:04:22 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of StonyB

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's 11:59 pm. Death Row. The Governor hasn't called. Prepare to be hopsecuted...

Oh, we've heard about the Hopsecutioner. He's that 7.2% American IPA from those mad scientists, er, brewers, down in Athens. What do you expect from a city that gave us R.E.M. and The B-52's?

The door opens with a loud creak, and he strides in. Beneath his mask, we see the fluffy (yet menacing) head of foam that doesn't want to go away. The body is a deep brassy bronze, muscular, a little darker than usual for the style. Being a hopsecutioner can do that to a beer...

He closes in. That's not the smell of fear, but it is the smell of piny hops, with a little bit of citrus and floral ones thrown in for kicks. It's not quite the frontal assault one might expect, but is actually somewhat nuanced. Perhaps the hopsecutioner isn't quite what he seems...

Time for the kill shot. It's a tasty demise. A well-balanced combination of bitter pine, tangy citrus and sweet malt. Some hints of bubblegum and black pepper, maybe a touch of lemon. The hopsecutioner knows his job, and he does it well...

Drifting into the abyss, we hope that beervana exists, and that we're headed there for eternity. We also notice the crisp carbonation, the medium body, and the present but not overwhelming hop acidity. So this is what being hopsecuted feels like...

His work completed, the hopsecutioner exits, making his way toward his next victim. If death by beer is my fate, there are some other IPA's I may prefer to slay me. But the hopsecutioner can stand proudly as someone I'll invite over again. He may not be all smiles, but he's good company, in his own way...

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 20:54:32 | More by StonyB
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer from a six pack purchased at Capones outside of Philly. "Best if enjoyed by" dating notched onto the side of the label. Pours lighter amber, with a subtle light golden orange hue. Leaves fine scattered lacing on the glass. The head is tight and solid, with retentive powers in evidence. Light fruity sweet, and mildly hoppy nose. More tropical fruit infused hops picked up, nice flowery and r. Flavorful and quite enjoyable IPA. Picking up further notes of biscuity malts, some quite drying graininess late. I like. Solid AIPA. Robust and heady sessioner

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:07:05 | More by Billolick
Photo of Lukafer


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber with a couple of fingers worth of head. Smell slight citrus hops. Tastes hoppy but balanced, very delicious. Good carbonation, but seems a bit thin. Very drinkable beer, not overly hoppy or bitter for this style, but balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 22:04:55 | More by Lukafer
Photo of JayQue


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer! Pours a clear yellowish amber color with a nice size delicate white head with lots of tiny bubbles - like a Belgian. Good ladder-like lacing and decent head retention. Smell is disappointing for an IPA, some hops bitterness but mostly grassiness like a lager.

Taste is fairly average. Nice balance between hoppiness and malt but nothing exciting.

Mouthfeel is richn enough for an IPA and fairly crisp.

Drinkability is average/slightly better than average. Definitely some flavor here, nicely balanced but not enough to warrant downing a lot of this 7.2% beer

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 20:16:51 | More by JayQue
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: This pours a semi-clear beautiful amber with a big white head that fades and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of tons of awesome citrusy/tropical fruit hops. The fruity aromas are mango and apricot...excellent. One of the better smelling regular IPAs I've had in a while.

T: The taste is a big blast of citrusy/fruity hops and a slight bitterness on the finish. I'm deducting 1/2 a point because it loses a bit of the flavor you'd expect from the nose. Still very balanced and tons of flavor...great stuff.

M: The feel is creamy and oily with alot of nice carbonation. Coats the mouth in hop flavor and lets the finish last for a good amount of time.

D: I would buy this all the time for my hoppy beer fix. The ABV is slightly higher than most IPAs but I would drink a few of these at a time.

This is how I like my IPAs...balanced and yet super flavorful. I can't believe this one is not higher on the hype list. I so wish Terrapin would distribute to TX.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:04:18 | More by GregSVT
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amazing name and label: Terrapin's turtle mascot in executioner hood, brandishing a sparging racket in place of an axe, looking menacingly on as hop buds await their death in the guillotine. Nice!

Burnt orange in color, with an inch-thick head that ends up as a skim-and-crown rather quickly.

Hops are primarily fruity, citrus and otherwise. They dominate the nose, and somehow remind me of various Magic Hat beers. Hmm.

Good balance of citrus fruit and grassy bitterness on the tongue. Malt seems on the weak side, yielding entirely to the hops, although it's not an unforgiving tongue-wrecker either. There's a resinous quality that's nice, and a lavender element too, so you get to taste hops from a few different angles here. Slight fruity sourness dominates the finish. A bit dry.

A little over-fizzy in the mouth, and even kind of thin. Not a lot of presence, texturally, probably the biggest failing of this beer.

Although the label and the name of this beer totally rule, this is one of those fantastic "hop+" puns that goes a little overboard in name but not flavor (like the even more misleading Hop-Ocalypse). Still, it's a very tasty little IPA that quenches and satisfies, and I can see drinking this one often if I had it available to me regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:23:47 | More by Metalmonk
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, best by fourth week of December

Pours a light brown color with a half inch head that fades fast and leaves some lacing.

Aromas consist of citrus, pine, brown sugar, tropical fruit, and malt.

The tasting experience is not as exciting as the aroma would lead you to believe. Flat malt flavors that give way to a standard level of bitterness in the middle/finish. Watery feel and very little carbonation add to the lackluster drinking experience.

In a craft market that is choked with IPAs, I don't see myself reaching for this one ever again. There's better ones out there. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:55:36 | More by pvsob
Terrapin Hopsecutioner from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,286 ratings.