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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Apricot AleCascade Apricot Ale

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Reviews: 269
Hads: 1,610
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 449
Gots: 375 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008

This NW style sour blond ale was barrel aged for up to nine months, then aged on fresh apricot for an additional six months. Aromas of sweet apricot blossoms and tart fruit are present as you draw the glass near. Deep, rich apricot flesh, then tart apricot notes dance on the palate and lead to a sweet apricot flesh finish with a lingering fruit tartness.
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Photo of lordofstarside
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 project- 750 ml to a goblet, celebrating my graduation

Pours a cloudy pale gold with about 25% transparency. A finger and a half of foam has died down pretty quick to a frothy half finger. Highly carbonated, good lacing- not much to complain about here

Smells of sour apricot, oak, some other floral citrus, funk, a hint of leather, and some sweet malt. Enough to make my face twist and nose tingle a bit, well done

Taste is with the nose, upfront sour apricot and citrus, some vinegar, oak, and a subtle sweet malt bringing up the back. Pretty balanced, sour upfront sweet lingering after taste

Feel is medium body, with a moderate/high sourness- enough to twist my face but not as far around as possible. High carbonation leaves a bite, alcohol is well hidden. Pretty drinkable man

Overall this stuff is really good. Cascade really and for good reason is dominating the American sour scene, with this being another cornerstone in that foundation

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small light white head not much lacing. Nose is phenomenal, it's fruity, tart and crisp.

Taste is apricots, it's earthy, mellow, very tart and sour, but still drinkable - there's an earthy quality that's unique and tasty. Mouthfeel is light and smooth crisp and delicious.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt one of the (if not THE) best beers Cascade produces. This was a 2010 barrel tasted in July 2011.

Pours a good orange hue with light head fading to a nice lace. Good carbonation despite being cask conditioned.

Amazingly aromatic with super sour apricot right off the bat with a hefty dose of sour funk. Amazingly rich nose, though rather simple and straightforward (not a bad thing).

Palate is super tart apricot with a sweet mango or peach kind of thing balancing out. Amazing flavors, just pure and expressive.

Lovely medium body with great intensity of flavors, mild alcohol presence, despite the 8.5%. Really nice balance.

Overall a stunning beer. Not the most crazy thing they make but consistent and very, very high quality.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottling

A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with a thin cream colored head on top and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: The nose is highly lactic and acidic with plenty of fruity apricot notes as well. There is a light oak character and a hint of sweetness.

T: The apricots in the flavor are a bit sweeter, but there's still a nice acidity to it. The oak and fruit provide a fair amount of tannins which dry out the beer quite a bit.

M: The carbonation is quite high and the beer is very dry, especially on the finish, which I like. There's also a bit of alcohol warmth, which was surprising.

D: The Cascade sours are delicious as a rule, and this one is no exception. A fantastic beer and I'm glad I have some more at home.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This smells precisely like dried apricot. Huge points for authenticity.

It tastes like fuzzy apricots. It's good. It's like...fruit juice with lactic acid.

Overall, really naturally fruity and delicious.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper orange pour with a huge plume of fluffy white head that laces thickly. There isn't any distinct sediment and the head retention is quite fair. The nose is distinctly apricoty with an underlying tartness and subtle sweetness. The taste is very well balanced as sweetness from the malt and fruit play nicely with the souring bacteria on my palate. There is a residual acetic dryness, but it doesn't feel as if microbial cultures are growing on my palate. The beer tastes/feels a tad watered down. It's refreshingly fruity, drinkable, and sour as expected without any noticeable alcohol (considering this beer's abv is nearly 2x a fou'foune). I definitely enjoyed this beer and it's reasonable to acquire (including cost and availability in my area - shipped direct from the brewery). I will purchase it again at next year's release.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle thanks to apocalypsezombie. Cheers Tom!

It pours a hazy orange..apricot colour with a huge head of billowy foam. The tip of the foam looked so inviting so I tongued it. Hehe...sour apricot. Who'd have thunk. Oh, and there's some good lacing left behind as the foam shrinks slowly.

The smell: fruity tartness, big, oakiness medium, vanilla, hints. I can't wait to take my first "official" sip.

Ahh...sour apricot is so delicious up front and in the finish. Just the right amount of oak and light vanilla notes rounding off this most excellent brew.

The second pour done and it's a more than hazy. The foam was also easier to deal with, about a finger's worth. The sourness never goes over the top so this, I think, would be a great beer to share with someone newish to the style. I also like how the abv is approachable; some slight warming but it doesn't hurt the drinkability at all.

I wish this came in smaller packages so I wouldn't have to finish it in one go. I'll be sad when it's gone.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, excellent mouthfeel.

Clearly, another great offering from the gang at Cascade!

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptionally good sour that I need a lot more of.

The appearance is a nice golden color with a slight shade of peach color that makes this beautiful. A great clarity and with a vigorous pour that produces a nice fluffy white head. Great carbonation bubbles struggling to rise through the thick gravity of the beer, beautiful.

The smell was of apricots, peaches, funky must, bread, fruit juice.

The taste was awesome. This was a 2008 bottling of this, so if you do the math, this thing is about two years old. The fruit flavor in this is perfect, and would easily rival Fou Foune in juiciness. It owns a perfect amount of sourness with the sweet fruit flavors. Not as sour as others, but the fresh fruit flavor is like this beer grows from a tree and it was just picked.

The mouthfeel is great, high carbonation that does it right. Great tart flavor with a fruity sweetness that I cannot say enough about. Just amazing.

Highly recommended beer. This thing really kicked ass and took some names. Everyone that tried it loved it and wanted more.


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Photo of jbaker67
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Amazing floral apricot, candy sugar, and caramel aroma with vanilla and oak notes. Creamy very bright and yet lively palate. Tastes of orange, apricot, lemon, caramel, green apple, vanilla, and oak with a tart, lightly acidic, crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bright, clean, apricot tartness, medium oak, ripe apricots

L: Hazy, burnt yellow, carbonated white head with amazing retention. Solid lacing.

T: Clean tartness with a rich, malty backbone. Medium apricot flavor throughout, predominately in the middle. Has a very sour candy like finish, semi-sweet.

M: Medium-full body, high, effervescent carbonation. Tart, but quenching.

A fantastic, clean, sour beer. Love the subtle apricots with the sweet candy tartness. Surprisingly amount of malt that really works with the sour.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright dark yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of sour notes with light acidic notes with some light tart apricot notes. Taste is also a very nice mix between some light acidic notes with some tart and sour notes with lightly sweet notes of apricot. No notes of oak and apricot notes are very subtle. Very nice beer and drinkability is quite high with alcohol being well hidden.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich orange and amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it, enough that you could barely see through to the other side. Nice light puff of white on top that faded leaving only a little bit of lace on top.

The aroma was beautiful. Rich sour funkiness with huge touches of apricot mixed in. Light peppery and spice notes come through as it warms, but the sour funk was so hardcore. The flavor was puckeringly good. Rich apricot and apple vinegar sour notes are all over this one. As it warms like barrel notes, lots of spice and a long drawn out and very dry. Super drinkable and very refreshing, this was one of the best sours I have had.

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

2012 vintage

Well executed stone fruit sour. Huge notes of apricot and lemon on the nose and mouth puckering fruit forward taste, minimal funk, quite acidic and dry finish. Cheers Cascade.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project

A: poured into a tulip to a light orange that is a little cloudy with a small white head that is quick to fade to a good sized collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sourness, apricots and some oak
T: taste is lactic sourness with a lot of apricot flavor that mixes with some oak and a hint of funk. swallow is more sourness and apricot flavor with a bit of vanilla
M: lighter side of medium in the mouth with effervescent carbonation that bristles on the tongue. The beer has a drying finish.
O: Delicious and fantastic. It's a very good beer with a lot of sourness and a huge fruit flavor. Very well done.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2011 Project 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a Cascade Brewing Barrel House branded short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a hazy gold with amber accents. A big fluffy two and half finger bright white head adorns the glass, fantastic retention and gobs of lacing are left clinging to the sides. Floral and grassy notes, apricot, bready, slightly funky yeast, vinegar, and hints of oak on the nose. Oak, juicy apricot, Juicy Fruit bubblegum notes, yeasty esters, light barnyard funk, that finishes with lactic acid and white wine vinegar sour and tartness. Light medium bodied, moderate effervescent carbonation. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with syrupy accents. One deliciously complex American sour. Definitely one that shouldn't be missed.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my ccb snifter.

A- pours a golden orange color. A inch worth of frothy white head. Decent retention and tons of lacing.

A- Apricots and tangerines. A bunch of fresh citus. It is just awesome, as soon as I popped the cork it hit me.

T- Again, tons of fresh fruit. Apricot and tangerines dominate. There is a nice tartness that I absolutely loved. A touch of sweetness is present but the tartness dominates. Some biscuity notes are also in the mix.
M- highly carbonated. Light in body. A tart finish that is semi-puckering.

D- I would have no issues drinking this all day!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours out of the bottle cloudy yellow that is orange at its deepest points. The head isn't great, but the bubbles race up through the beer vigorously. 4

S: The oak and sour characters start the aroma out well. The apricots come next and are strong, but definitely hide underneath the sour. I'm really loving the blend of sweetness from the fruit, tripel and blond ales with the acidity of the sour notes. 4

T: The taste blows me away. In your face acidity that really rips the enamel off of your teeth. The apricots try to balance it out, and while they do a great job they just can't cut it completely. This is exactly how I like my American Wild Ales to be. 5

MF: Light body that is a bit overcarbonated. The tartness makes my mouth water and makes me continue to come back for more. This is very drinkable. 4

O: Home run. Really great first run at Cascade's sours. If you like apricots you will love this. 4.5

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one. The guy is a beer god among beer men.

A: 1" cream coloured fizzy head that dissipated quickly over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Sour funk, yeast, and a hint of apricot.

T: Funky sourness, wheat, biscuity malt all finished off with the taste of sour apricots.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of fine fizzy carbonation.

O: Quite drinkable, quite tasty, couldn't ask for much more.

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Photo of everetends
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle sent to me by the great Reino. Been looking forward to trying some Cascade stuff and he told me to get on this as quickly as possible. So here we are. Served up in my large Free the Hops tulip.

A: Caged and corked bottle. Cage was incredibly tight, but that was probably due to shipping reasons now that I think about it. Smart move. HUGE pop off the cork with a foggy gun smoke on the open. Pours a light, golden brown. Held to the light, the color doesn't change much. Just lightens a bit. The body is a bit murky. Not clear, but not crazy cloudy either. The head that built off this was a good two fingers for sho, falls in due time to a solid finger. The head is a really nice and brilliant white and has some really nice stick to it. Nice and creamy, it sits on the glass nicely with a good sticky lace. Lazy carbonation activity. Doesn't get much better in the appearance category.

S: Nice aroma. Getting some fresh and dried apricot aromas kickin around in here. The apricot aroma is so clear and clean, just blatant apricot and I am lovin on it. It has that flanders sour and tart aroma, very tannic at times. Any malt is taking a back seat to the sour and yeasty quality. Fruit reigns here. The great thing is that the aromas are all fruit, but they still have subtlty. It may not sound complex, but it is great.

T: One word: delightful. The first thing that hits you is that flanders sour and tartness. Probably a bit more tart than sour. As you swallow, the apricot flavor is perfect. Seriously. It is perfectly clean, ripe apricot meat. Just so easily found and enjoyed. Fruity and floral at times. Lightly sweet but sour and tart are the main profile. Slight touch of wood on the back end, that may be where the sweetness is coming from. Little bit of Belgian yeast hanging around in the background. Lingering tannins give a touch of bite.

M: Light side of medium in body. has some weight to it, but still nice and light. Almost fluffy. Just has a nice pillowy texture that then is replaced by a little bit of carbonation bite and tartness. Slightly puckering but not out of hand. ABV is . . . does this have alcohol in it? Not getting any heat at all from this. Aftertaste is apricot meat and tannins.

D: This is going to be no problem to kill. If you like Apricots, this is your beer. So . . . it is my beer. The apricot is just so well translated in aroma and flavor. Its crazy. ABV and feel doesn't hurt at all. Just so easy to drink and just fantastic. You can tell a lot of love went into this beer and it is much appreciated to this Alabama beer lover. Lives up to the Cascade hype and then some. Awesome. Simply awesome.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark golden color with two fingers of off white head that leave very nice lacing.

Smell is barnyard sour with a slight acidic citrus note.

Flavor is complex funky horse blanket. The apricot comes through in the finish but is slightly muddled by complex sour acidity. Apricot adds a nice touch as an after thought to a dry caramel malt background.

Substantial thickness and on point for a "Flanders Style Ale" noted on the bottle. Moderate to high carbonation.

Nicely drinkable and strong but well harmonized flavors. Need more of this beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - cork and cage - split into a New Belgium globe.
9.0% ABV, 2009 Bottling, Serve at 45°-50°F

Beerwolf77 constantly scratches my sour itch and nailed this big time want of mine so it's high-time I unveiled my massive "thank-you" to him: http://www.beerfm.com/2011/05/an-ace-of-base-ode-to-beerwolf/

A - Pretty clear, the golden apricot orange beer is loaded with strong carbonation. A tall pour lets loose a three-finger off-white head with great retention and lace despite the acidic level.

S - Minimal lactic acid comes through but tons of fruity apricot and funky barnyard wild yeast notes! Goaty, horse blanket, wet straw, fantastic fruit lambic aroma with an oaky finish.

T - The apricots don't come through as much as I had hoped but that definitely doesn't hinder my enjoyment of this awesome brew! Fruity, funky barnyard wild yeast blends perfectly.

M - Super sour and tart with great lactic tartness and a ball-twisting sour finish. Medium-bodied and highly carbonated

O - Fantastic. Not a hint of alcohol. Full acidic sourness and apricot fruitiness. This is a brilliant brew! Thanks Todd!

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4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to oversized wine glass.

Maybe the brewing proess is different each year, but I find it funny how each account of the process is wildly different. The biggest differences are the number of months spent in lactic fermentation (8,16), the number of months aged on apricots (3,4), even the ABV (9.0,8.35). In each case, the bottle I'm reviewing speaks to the first numbers listed. My bottle is from 2009. $23 for the experience.

A: Pours with a large foamy, snow white head with excellent retention. The body is light-medium orange with red tints illuminating through the hazy body. 85% opaque. A small amount of dark particulate collects at the bottom of the glass. Spare lacing.

S & T: Faint notes of hay and straw are buried by the dominant lactobacillus yeast strain. Hops are more or less indistinguishable. The base beer is a tripel which I find to be a perfect match for the apricots, the lacto and the oak barrels. The apricot aromas and flavors are surprisingly restrained. In fact, I pick up on peach, mandarin orange and other similar summer fruits more than the apricot.

M: The mouthfeel is a wild yeast-lover's dream. Medium body with a minerally texture. The carbonation is big: biting, fizzy and lively all at the same time. The effervescence, I suspect, keeps this brew far from being overwhelmingly sweet. Above average flavor duration and heavily acidic.

D: Highly palatable and highly drinkable. The Apricot Ale is almost too easy to drink.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange (apricot) color with a moderate white head. I've heard stories about this gushing, but mine was fine.

Loads of fresh apricot on the nose. Lacto and apples are also present.

The apricot is phenomenal on this one. Among the better fruited beers I've had. A little bit of that apple comes through in the flavor along with the normal Cascade lacto, but just the right amount. It's sour and a little funky, but not lip puckering.

Creamy mouthfeel, but still fairly light bodied with perfect carbonation levels.

I usually like Cascade, but nevertheless was still pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of blackie
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seven-fifty into a Tired Hands wine-style glass, about 7 months after purchase of the 2012 bottle. Paired with some inspirational Wolfpack film.

The pour produces a finger of bone-white head atop a hazy, sunset golden ale. The nose packs a big, lemon-lime and passionfruit acid punch with a good deal of apricot, green apple, tangerine, pineapple, white grape, and honeysuckle. Lighter and refreshing with a full carbonation. Oaked, crisp white wine all over this one. Flavors of apricot, tangerine, and green apple with a big crabapple sour that sticks to the roof of your mouth. Aged hops. Dry oaky, vinegar-sour finish. Sour may have moved in a little more than in my August sample. The bacteria is complex, the fruits enticing, and the oak perfect. Fantastic.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice beer from a company I'm starting to get hip to. 2009 bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with active carbonation and a ring of head. No lacing, though I didnt expect it. Looks good.

Smell is a great tart bright fruit smell, really nice that you'd hope for from a lambic like this. I can literally sense easily the apricot fruit and seeds in the beer. Lactic acid, oak notes, and a great sweet and tart ratio round out the fruit.

The taste follows the smell, tart fruit and oak in great harmony. Awesome apricot flavor with definite acidic notes and vanilla, and of course some barnyard funk added in.

The feel is exceptional for me, sweet and tart, great carbonation and very effervescent. top 5% in the style in this category.

Nice sour. Straight great stuff.

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Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.