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Evil Twin Hipster Ale - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 612
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 26.5%
Wants: 19
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 09-13-2012

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with a date on the bottom of the can 09/28/2012. Not nearly as fresh as I'd hoped, especially at the ridiculous price, but I'm still keeping an open mind. Expectations are still moderately high based on how well I liked the Evil Twin Istedgade Hipster Ale.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a bright light straw / golden orange colored body with a decent amount of sediment floating around the glass. Three fingers of tall fluffy creamy white foam. Looks pretty nice to me.

S - Smell is faintly subdued underneath the giant head, but smells of dusty malt, lemongrass, creamy caramel malt, and earthiness come out.

T - Taste follows the nose: lemongrass, caramel malt, dirty herbal earthiness, tea leaf sweetness, and faded grapefruit hop bitterness.

M - Feel is smooth and clean with mild earthy bitterness lingering on the palate. Dry and grassy.

Overall, a decent pale ale, although I would much rather try it again fresh. The flavors and the beer itself have held up just fine though, I would say, but turned out to be rather ordinary and anti-climactic, especially for damn near $18 for a six pack.

Evil Twin Hipster Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange color with a decent sized head. Head is creamy and quickly deflating but it laces consistently.

S-Relatively mild. Some candied citrus and tangerine. A bit of grassy hops. Some buttery bread malty tones. Really quite dull and balanced.

T-The flavor brings out more citrus and grass with a breaded malt and a soft sweetness. I enjoy it more than the nose. The malt actually is more appealing than the hoppiness.

M-Drinks very easy. Soft bitterness. Inviting carbonation.

O/D-This sixer goes for around $14 per. Laughable price for a standard pale ale. Great looking can but damn, I'm happy I only copped a single.

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Photo of JayQue
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice light Pale Ale, with the portability of a can. Lower abv, good strong bitterness and flavor. ideal for when you are in the outdoors, as a lawnmower beer or a session beer.

Pours somewhere between a light orange and a pale, straw gold. Big frothy white head, good retention and lots of spotty lacing on the pint glass.

Good strong aroma (piney and citrus hops) and flavor. The flavor is more balanced. The piney hops/citrus hops are balance by some bready/biscuity dry malts. It is definitely hop forward but the balance is real as well.

Mouthfeel may be the best part. Crisp and surprisingly rich for a 5.5% beer. There is a touch of piney hops oiliness that goves over real well too.

A very good APA.

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Photo of SnacksForMax
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Evil Twin's Hipster Ale was a difficult purchase. After all, it comes in a ridiculous can that immediately calls you a hipster just for buying it. But it's a pretty can. And it's made by a company I respect. So I went for it.

A- Pouring Hipster into a tulip, I love the color. It's what beer should look like. Kind of golden, kind of orange and just dark enough that it compares to other APA's that I'm used to. (I have been serving Hill Farmstead's Edward for the last couple of years, it looks similar). It has a nice white head that stays throughout the consumption.

S- A bit of pine, grass and touches of citrus. The more I drink it, the more I smell fruity flavors within.

T- At first, I'm met with a coppery bitterness. It's a bit sharp but fades nicely to show off a mix of bread and sweeter flavors. Again, fruit develops late. Mostly juicy citrus.

M- To me, this is where the beer shines. The mouthfeel is fantastic. It coats the tongue nicely and while the bitterness of the hops stays with you, so does the sweetness. The more I drink, the more I get at the heart of this beer and I like it. I find it difficult to drink just one.

O- Overall, this is one of my favorite current APA's. It's not as bitter and intense as some of the "hip" beers (Again, think Edward) but also not a wimpy pale ale trying to please everyone. Evil Twin has pushed the hops a bit, but still allows the malty side to shine.

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Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hipster is orange-gold with deeper hues in the middle and lots of carbonation rising slowly from the bottom. It helps to keep up a barely off-white head that reaches a finger after it's dropped as much as it will and leaves chunks of lacing all over the place.
There's lots of grass and citrus in the nose. Malts provide a biscuity balance with just a little caramel. While zesty, there's just a light touch of lemon so that it's not extremely zesty, and the strongest note is the grass. It could use more strength.
The flavor translates very differently, to such a degree that it's surprising. It's got a sort of chalky and aspirin opening before leading into a leafy and very herbal middle while some metallic notes come out underneath. There's lots of bread still from malts, but the caramel sweetness seems to have been canceled out. Orange peel adds some pith, and a stemmy, raw flavor lingers in the finish. It's also a little sharp. It's forunate that there's enough going on to tide the harsher elements, but they are there.
It flows nicely in a medium body, carbonation even. A nice crispness is provided in each and every sip, and it's pleasantly smooth. It's dry the whole way, that stemmy aspect very much a part of the feel.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The initial taste has flavors of citrusy hops, which slowly transitions towards notes of pine resin towards the aftertaste and linger through the finish. Slight hints of caramel malts are detectable. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present throughout the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and delivers a lot of crispness and bitterness for a beer with a low alcohol content.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours an amber color with over an inch of frothy, thick head. Some lacing. The aroma is floral and perfume-esk, with some melon, cut grass, pine and malts. The taste is more of the flowery hops at first followed by some hints of pine and breadiness. Lightly bitter floral finish with notes of melon. Lots of carbonation and easy to drink. Lends itself to the can well. Overall, its a decent Pale Ale but there are a bunch out there that is as good/better and at a cheaper price. That being said, I'd still buy it again.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I head that all hipsters love this, so of course I do too. It is pretty in the glass - golden with a nice head and decent lace. The aroma is very good but has a bit of a funk.

The taste is a very nice American off balance bitter. The rest of the malt and yeast is far down but not missing. Well balanced. The aftertaste similarly works quite well. It sets very nicely.

The only other issue with this brew is the value - it is a poor value. I hope the more expensive Evil Twins I bought are more extraordinary.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Real soapy looking beer. Head forms three fingers with giant soapy bubbles and white foam. Body color is textbook pale amber, and a bit hazy as well.

Big hint of earth and stinky mud on the nose. Good hint of biscuity malts to match also. Not bad but let's see where this is going. Some more examination displays perhaps a little grapefruit and hiding subdued citrus like orange.

Palate comes with a very easy drinking feel, nearly juicy body for a pale ale. Hop angle is highly emphasized with a hint of bitter pine at first. Finishes larger hop angled with earth and pine bitterness to match. Malt angle is hardly present. Good earthy and just a hint of sweet malts come out in the end, and a bit of orange juice tasting quality.

Overall it's a real easy drinking pale, and a good bitter pine and earth blast of hops that linger towards the end. Perhaps not the most exciting beer but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz can with a packaging date of August 7, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“PKG 08/07/2013 17:02”), making this can just under three weeks old. Poured into a medium-sized snifter.

Appearance (4.0): Pours with about two fingers of bubbling, frothy head made up of a mix of fat bubbles and fine-ish whipped stuff. The body is a glowing orange-amber, moderately hazy, and just gorgeous. The lacing is interesting—it leaves a few wide, round swaths of very pretty lace here and there as the beer recedes. Moderate retention, just a thin film on the surface of the beer after a while.

Smell (4.0): Very nice mix of slightly sweet, juicy, American-style hops aroma and slightly nutty, toasted pale grain notes, like toasted white bread, a hint of toffee, and some more nice, floral hop character.

Taste (4.0): The bitterness is surprisingly high here, with an herbal, nearly astringent grapefruit peel kind of bitterness that complements the toastiness of the pale, bready malt body. It almost comes off as soapy at times, actually, though it evens out and blends into the toasted, nutty character of the malt as the beer warms. Definitely better after it’s warmed up a bit and not ice-cold. It goes from almost soapy to floral, crisp, herbal, toasted, and nutty. Very nice—very much to the style, if you ask me. The finish holds a bitterness that lingers for a good long while, boosted by the way the herbal bitterness blurs the line with the toasted character of the malt body.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Nice feel: light- side of medium-weight, snappy carbonation with a solid tingle and an easy foam on the way down, and a dry, crisp finish. This shit is poundable.

Overall (4.0): This, for me, is a really, really tasty, accessible American Pale Ale. Really tasty, solid for those with a craft-oriented palate, not too far out there for those open to craft, and generally just easy to drink. Say what you will abou Evil Twin, but this is a good beer and worth picking up at least once (though I would like to see it priced at under $12/sixer, personally—paid $13.50 for it, and while I might pay $12 I think $8-10 is the right range for this beer).

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden-amber in color with a mild haze. The foamy, bone white head retains very well. Lacing etches the glass with small, foamy clumps.

S: Floral and perfumey hop scents pour out of the glass. Orange zest and pineapple juice as well. Dry grainy malt base. The nose is one dimensional, but I find it to be quite pleasing anyway.

T: Floral, pithy tropical fruits, pineapple. Citrus zest and citrus rind. Lemon and orange, to be exact. Broken pine needles. Modest push of bitterness. Grainy malt base, caramel. Butterscotch pushes through more as it warms. Peppery, herbal hop bitterness takes over and dominates the finish.

M: Medium bodied, full. There's an almost syrupy texture at play that gets lifted away by the aggressive, scrubbing carbonation.

O: Not a bad drink, but it's a beer with a little bit of an identity crisis. Slightly buttery and beefier in the malt department like an English pale, hopped like an American IPA; it never feels cohesive. Good marketing though.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit fruits, some hops. Taste is some hops, a bit of citrus, malts, well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of beertunes
2.82/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

$3.50 + tax for a 12oz can. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with less that 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and lacing. There was a lot of particulate matter floating around this thing, which really hurt it in this department.

The aroma was mostly citrus and floral hops, with a very light malt presence. The taste started out very bitter (and not the enjoyable kind of bitter), then had citrus and pine hops take over. There was no real malt presence on the tongue.

The body was medium-full, smooth, and had a dry finish. The drinkability suffered greatly that bad bitterness. Overall, this is not a good beer, you can safely spend your beer budget on other things.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with an off white thick head with good retention and some lacing. Some brown particles at the bottom.
Nice citrusy aroma of grapefruit , pine and sweet malt.
Bitter taste of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon and slightly toasted malts with a mild buttery mango finish. Hints of pine, salt and peppery yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with a low carbonation.
Good APA, at the level of the American ones.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hipster Ale is a nice, hazy amber color, if you decide to pour it into a glass. A top blanket of off-white froth hangs as it clings to the glass. The aroma is super inviting, with hints of granny smith apple and other fruit esters, as well as graham cracker crust. After a sip, it's revealed to be much hoppier than the aroma suggests, a bit more than your typical APA. It does have a good toasty malt backbone too though... Ultimately I found this to be one of the better, more enjoyable APA's I've had in a while, and would definitely recommend it and buy it again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows orange marmalade, bready malt, sweet caramel. Pretty malty stuff.
Very hoppy flavours, but there's a lot of malt to back it up. Orange marmalade, pine, resinous notes, clean sweet malt.
Needs more carbonation.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with good head and lacing.

Smell is grainy, some caramel, pineapple tarte tatin. Big rich malt backdrop on the nose. Has almost a nice aged-Barleywine complexity.

Taste is a nice candied pineapple/butterscotch. Fruity. Strongly and initially almost harsh bitterness, but cuts out nicely before it gets chemical-y.

Mouthfeel again has that harsh bitterness, but a bit sweet and highly carbed.

Overall I definitely enjoyed this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a moustache pint glass while wearing plaid and listening to Bon Iver. Bottom of can says 11/07/12.

A- Pours an orangeish amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Slippery, semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass. There are tiny specs of sediment suspended in the body.

S- Pleasant hoppy aroma with notes of pine and citrus and a bit of sweet malt. Slightly musty.

T- Quite bitter for a pale ale with more citrusy hops bringing a brightness to the profile. There is a sturdy buttery malt backbone but it's definitely light in contrast to the hops. Note of cracker, hint of grapefruit.

M- A bit dry with a lingering hop bite. Medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- A very nice hoppy pale ale that's still easygoing and not too intense. While it was a bit lacking in carbonation, I would definitely pick up a six-pack of this if the price wasn't so outrageous.

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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy Redgum honey hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is pineapple,piney hops,floral hops and grapefruit very enticing indeed,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of grapefruit,pineapple,boiled candy,piney bitter hops and finished with a floral hippiness and overall it's a great pale ale and with these guys nothing surprises me as they constantly impress me cheers.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy, burnt orange color. There is a small, off-white head which fades quickly to almost nothing. No lacing.

S: Very light tropical aroma. Pineapple, mango and pear. There is a bit of grass as well.

T: The mango and pineapple from the aroma start off the flavor. A potent floral flavor provides a bitter counterpoint. There is also a bit of a medicinal taste. The finish is biscuity malt, mild alcohol and medicine/floral notes.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: On the edge of being a good beer. I like the tropical flavors the hops provide, but not the medicinal flavors. The finish lingers with a not entirely pleasant bitter flavor.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thick, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates in to a wispy lace leaving a good trail down the side of the glass.

S: Malty caramel aroma up front followed a nice hoppy scent.

T: Equal mix of sweet caramel malt and hoppy bitterness. Finishes crisp and sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a solid pale ale – would pick this up again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange, khaki head is creamy but flimsy and quick to dissipate. Good strong sense of carbonation and visible floaties. Lacing is modest.

S: Aroma of pine and caramel, grapefruit grind, with some underlying notes of leafy herbaceoucs scents. Grapey, viney notes with an all told fair and average offering for a pale.

T: Scotchy grapefruit and pine with some dry speciality grains. Decent level of dry hoppiness, though flavor spectrum is limited. Lemony-buttery caramel fade.

M: Good deal of malt depth, creamy, medium-full body, dry.

O: Overall not bad, slightly above average offering, dry, sweet with an alkaline finish. Decent with a high C rating feels about right. wouldnt go out of my way for.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single 12 ounce can on my way home from work. Lets see how this matches up. Quite interesting can design.

Appearance: pours a light brown, amber, copper orange body. Not much in bubbles to the surface. Leaves behind a one inch head that is quite inviting and a good lacing that follows down until about half way down the glass. The golden, brown hue is almost virtually opaque. Not too bad.

Smell: creates a great, orange zest, with a slight hint of grapefruit peel. Almost a butter-like toffee that is mild at first, but virtually unnoticeable towards the end. Mild hop character is also noticeable. Quite balanced to be perfectly honest.

Taste: malt flavors are the first to be noticed. Not exactly complex, but a character of yeast and bread-like starch can be noticed. Great citrus peel and caramel help balance out the flavors. White grape is also mixed in but has some deep grassy flavors to bring out the hops. Rounds out with a very slight hint of honey to the undertone. Not too bad. Fits well.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with medium carbonation. Finishes semi-dry and went down quite nice.

Overall: the can is what really grabbed my attention at first. I always feel like I'm a sucker for innovative or creative labeling. This time, it was not a bad find. The first sips were not bad. Typical pale ale, but provided something more. Sort of heavy on the palate from the rush of hops. Kind of bitter on towards the end. I would tr again and would recommend to a friend, considering the nice flavor and unique can design. Marketing got me again I guess. Cheers!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. It's got a thick malt body with a nice level of hop influence that isn't overdone at all. I mean, sure, it could be more pronounced and louder with the hops, but this still works and is a pleasant drinker. Smooth feel. If only this were cheaper, they'd be selling a lot more of it, I'd wager. Heck, I'd buy a sixer of it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.42/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into an Olympia tulip on 4/5/13

11/08/12 on the bottom of the can; this should be a treat.

The appearance is somewhere between honey and pineapple juice. Short head with good staying power. Nice amount of sticky lace.

Smells of caramel, bread, floral hops, and dead and dying citric hops. Candied overtones. Not great, but whatever.

The taste is bad. Astoundingly bad. I've not had a beer taste so uniquely bad in some time. Not nearly enough caramel compared to the aroma and shaken with contained bitterness. The caramel that there is tastes like it was spat out on the ground and run over by a rubber tire situated on a Deep-V rim directly under a straight bar and no hand brake. What is with this bitterness? Fully realized, but contained within a manageable satchel. Dirty roots and herbs.

The feel is bristly like a mustache.

This is utterly ridiculous.

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Evil Twin Hipster Ale from Evil Twin Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.