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White Rajah - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Reviews: 376
Hads: 2,109
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 482
Gots: 348 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jampics2 on 10-18-2010

A West Coast style IPA full of citrus-like and tropical fruit like hop flavor and aroma with an assertive yet smooth bitter finish....malt, take a back seat please
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Photo of TWStandley
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appeared a perfectly clear, beautiful golden color with a 3 finger perfectly white head that left some nice lacing on my glass.

Smelled of citrus fruits including blood oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, and kiwi - mixed with some piney hops. Nice maltiness in the background.

Taste is phenomenal. First you are hit with some nice citrus sweetness, followed by a hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is good for the style.

Overall this is a very nice IPA. Yummmm.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured from a growler into a tulip.

White Rajah pours a clear caramel brown color. There is a frothy white head that fades to a thin cap before my glass is done.

The hoppy aroma has a some spicy pine and grapefruit but is fairly mild overall.

Each sip starts slightly sweet before a long, mild, lingering bitterness sets in. Smooth pine has a little bit of spice, and the grapefruit bitterness is more pithy than juicy.

The body is pretty much right in the middle of the spectrum. It feels heavier due to a lack of depth or variation to the flavor. Instead, it just sits on the tongue. The carbonation is on the light side, which only compounds this effect.

This was a drinkable IPA, but there are more robust options out there.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the Brew Kettle

A- Clear golden amber color with one finger head.

S- Very strong grapefruit citrus aroma and tangerine

T- Grapefruit citrus is most prominent, some tangerine flavor, and a very assertive hop finish. Lots of sweet fruit flavor, but very prominent hop bitterness.

M- Very highly carbonated, this beer is dancing on my tongue, so refreshing and clean

O- This is a fantastic beer, great IPA, highly drinkable and flavorful with a nice bite.

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Photo of zac16125
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White Rajah IPA
12oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

Thanks to BMart for sending this want over as an extra!

A: Pours a golden yellow that fades to a paler straw yellow in the part of the glass that narrows. Its bizarre, there is a distinct separation in the color as the glass changes shape. Ive never noticed that in a beer before and Ive used this glass probably 100 times. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass throughout the duration of the drink. 1 fingers width of slightly offwhite color head quickly dissipates to a thin film, but that film hangs around for a long time and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits are the first notes I get. Lots of pineapple and mango, along with some orange and grapefruit. Subtler notes of pine and sweet malts balance it all out. Very nice.

T: Combination of sweet malts, piney bitter, and citrus are the initial flavors I get. The tropical fruit notes are present, but to a less degree than the nose implied, and the piney hop bitterness is certainly stronger. I also get some citrus rind, like orange peel and lemon zest, and the sweet malts notes are more prominent than I anticipated too, theres almost a sugary or syrupy sweetness that balances out the hops very well. Really good palate profile.

M/D: Carbonation definitely on the heavy side of the spectrum, but even with that it remains fairly smooth. Medium body, with very good drinkability.

O: Really good IPA here no doubt. Definitely worth seeking out if you are a lover of the style. Glad I was able to try this. If it were available locally it would most likely be joining my IPA rotation. Thanks again BMart!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Powdery lemon zest, oranges, and floral hop notes pop out of the glass. Powerful and aggressive American hop aromatics that continue to remind me of candied oranges. Minimal sweet caramel malt aroma blends with the citrusy hop aromatics. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber pour with straw highlights. Low bone white head that retains well.

Flavor: Aggressive leafy and resiny citrus hop punch with notes of lemon, orange, and orange rind. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is bone dry and aftertaste is clean but bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, and medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: West coast, easy drinking, back loaded hop blast IPA. Really good beer that is easy drinking and continues to demonstrate that the Midwest can crank out some good hoppy beers.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this is one of the best around ! Looks great, aromas are fantastic, assertive hop profile and to top it off it has a solid feel as well. An ipa lover's ipa.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes, sampled 1/14/12.

White Rajah, FRESH 12oz bottle straight from Ohio. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a coppery golden color with a nice bright white head. Other than chill haze it looks clear...decent lacing.

S: Unbelievable and close to perfect...tons of grapefruit. There is a flowery hop sweetness...tropical fruit, citrus rind, slightly piney and resinous. Light toasted caramel malt sweetness as well, light breadyness.

T: Good bitterness upfront. Great notes of grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, caramel, lightly toasted grain, pithy pine. Good drying bitterness without being over the top...definitely hop-forward though.

MF: Slightly sticky medium body, full of hop oils and bitterness and a good amount of dryness.

O: Good grief Brew Kettle delivers here. White Rajah is really great, lots of vibrant flavors and smells really jump out at you. Thanks for this one Steve!

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Photo of M1A2
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Opened the bottle and it poured a deep orange with a white head...about a finger worth. some visible carbonation.

S - Citra hop blast with grapefruit, mango, tropical fruit and just dank fresh hops, It smells so good. The malts clearly take a backseat on this.

T - SCORE! exactly the nose, but a little more bitterness and bite. really nice citric blast in your mouth, a great ipa.

M - Tingly and medium bodied. nice carbonation..

O - Overall, a great ipa! really nice balance of everything i love about the style...a really great beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle and the DFH snifter taking its maiden voyage with White Rajah. Hazy golden amber with just about a finger of off-white foam. OK retention with a bit of scattered lacing.

The nose is unquestionably the highlight of this brew. It's incredibly fruity, practically exploding with tangerine, mango, pineapple and grapfruit, plus unexpected but intriguing notes of peach and melon. Unfortunately the rest of the experience can't measure up to the lofty standards the bouquet sets. The fruity hop flavors and bitterness are solid, but an odd funky/mineral combo and a completely distracting level of booziness pretty much cancel them out. The booze in particular is just strange; not warming, just straight boozy. Fairly thickish and malty, but thankfully more pale than crystal malts.

A strange experience here. Based on the awesome nose, it seems like White Rajah could be just a few tweaks away from being pretty special. In its current state, the wonderful aromatics are the only memorable things about this brew.

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Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Prohibition Pig snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice copper color, clear with a slight chill haze, a few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. A nice, thick, soapy white head rises out of the beer, 2 fingers high that has nice retention with a lot of soapy lace left behind. The aroma is pleasant, lots of tropical and citrusy hop fruits, a touch of wildflower, hop spice with lots of sweet, caramel malt. It's balanced, but with more malt than I'd prefer, although the hop profile comes across nicely. The flavors are right in line, grapefruit, passionfruit, tangerine, pineapple with wildflower, crisp spice and a very, sweet rich finish, laden with caramel malt. The body is nice, high carbonation than I'd expect, but fairly smooth and juicy, lightly dry, but mostly sweet and rich.

Verdict: Not a bad IPA, but relies too much on the malt bill and lacks a truly diverse hop profile. I appreciate the fruitiness and citrus flavor, but it lacks bitterness, tang and brightness.

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Photo of lochef81
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my goal beers on my Ohio buying trip, can't wait to try it. The pour is a pale reddish copper color with a slightly off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is super hoppy, tons of notes of citrus and tropical fruit; as well as pine and grass. This is definitely a hop forward west coast style ipa. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and resinously coating on the palate. The flavor is all hops, I'm not sure there are any malts in this ale at all. There's a ton of pine, citrus, and mango flavors in this beer. It is quite the tongue tingler. It is a one note wonder but that note is done damn well. This rivals the best west coast ipas from brewers like Stone, Lagunitas, and Green Flash.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really excited to finally get a chance to try this. A buddy of mine brought it back from his recent trip to Cleveland. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The appearance is a clear orange-gold color with a nice white head, but quick dissipation. The nose is outstanding. Lots of ripe tropical fruit notes like pineapples, oranges, and peaches. There's also a slightly sweet, breadiness to it also. Very nice!

The beer has a medium body and a nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor is primarily sweet in the front of the palate (wasn't expecting that) with notes of fresh bread and marmalade. The hops are very well-balanced and creep in quite quickly, but never really completely overtake the sweetness as they assault the palate. That sweetness is always there. The flavors contributed by the hops run the gamut from apricots and grapefruits to pine-like notes. The finish is nice and dry, but not as strong or lingering as some other beers. Still, a really nice beer.

Glad I was finally able to try this. I can buy Brew Kettle beers near where I live, but this one is NEVER there. I'm sure they get it from time to time, but just sell it too fast. This is a really good IPA, but I have to say that Fat Head's Head Hunter (also from Ohio) is notably better. I must point out that this bottle may be a bit old. My buddy's friend said that the current batch seems a bit ``off'', so he insisted I try one from the previous batch. I still need to try this beer fresh.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. 12oz bottle poured into a Riedel beer glass. Didn't see the date but the person who brought these to the tasting said they had just arrived on the shelves.

Appearance: Mostly clear amber colored beer (a hint towards the golden range of the spectrum, but still some orange present) with just a hint of haze. Very impressive thick white head with lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, some papaya, and a hint of pine. Quite hoppy - not detecting much underneath all those aromatic hops.

Taste: Everything one would expect from an AIPA. Hop flavor up front, with pine and citrus, a solid malt middle, and then quickly going into a hoppy bitter finish. The bitter finish does not linger long on the palate though. Bitterness was grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation and thickness. Not as much hop oils sticking to the teeth as I would have expected.

Overall: It could be that by this point in the tasting my palate is getting tired even with good swigs of water in between beers, but this one I view as nicely balanced and drinkable, but not really "wow" outstanding in taste and flavor. Still, enjoyable and well done, just not as high as many others have rated to my taste buds and nose.

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Photo of sommersb
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-13-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a clear, orange/golden colored beer capped with a finger's worth of white head. Very good lacing and good head retention.

Aromas feature a big citrus and tropical fruit character, with some floral notes as well.

Taste is similar to the nose, with strong west-coast hop bitterness and just a hint of supporting malt flavors.

Crisp and highly carbonated in the mouthfeel, medium bodied and a finish of hop bitterness.

Overall an excellent IPA in the West coast tradition. Very pronounced bitterness, but still has some balance.

Thanks to buschbeer for the try!

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Photo of ATPete
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks Mark

Surprised to see this on the top 100 list actually. Pours a yellow/orange color with a large fluffy white head. Big time aromas of resinous, citrusy hops, grapefruit, and cannabis. The rounder creamier end of light to medium bodied and very drinkable. This beer doesn't ever try to be anything its not, this is hop forward with balance on the back burner. Not bad.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Scott for this bottle

A: Lighter brown (almost yellow) body with two finger head with good amount of lacing.

S: Some grain (???), some bittering hops, some malt... that's about it really. Very mediocre

T: okay - so this beer tastes great. In fact, it's quite awesome. IPA with nice tropical and citrous hops but also with good amount of malt. There is this... slightly off-grain-y taste. Not sure what it is but it didn't botter me as much in the taste than it did on the nose. Quite refreshing.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body for APA.

O: Definitely recommended. I just had Head Hunter before this and I can't decide which one I prefer over the other. They're both just okay for me.

As far as the the IPAs go, I would say VT > So CAL > OH for now.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden light amber color. Not too much head and it dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Smells is very citrus forward. Lots of grapefruit. Some piney notes, with a slight malt presence.

Grapefruit and resinous hops right up front. Good malt backbone, but reamains very crisp and citrusy. Mellows into a more piney hop mid-palate and has a big lingering grapefruit juice flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel isn't crisp, but isn't creamy.

Overall a very good IPA, definitely one of the best that I've had.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle listed at 6.8% ABV picked up at the brewpub.

A - solid gold with zero haze. Very nice white foamy head with good retention. Not much in the way of lacing

S - blast of pine and resin. I got a little hint of grapefruit but thus beer smelled nothing like the previous reviews of other people. May be an off day for my nostrils but thus thing was a forest in a glass

T - just a hint of sweetness in this dry dry IPA with a pleasant 70 IBUs balancing it very well. A hint of astringency on the knish but otherwise this was great.

M - clean and crisp with just about the right amount of carbonation. No complaints here.

O - a very very well made IPA that I had fresh and enjoyed. I'm a bit biased against a really piney and resinous aroma, which was the only thing I could really knock this beer for, but it is a solid beer that I plan on drinking more of for sure.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this brew!

Pours a pale golden honey with 2 fingers of some of the creamiest head I have ever seen. Excellent lacing to boot.

The nose is an explosion of tropical fruits and citrus hops. A little sweet but very inviting.

The taste follows the nose. Great tropical fruits, mainly pineapple, and an excellent amount of citrus hops.

This beer is light to medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking, great sting on the tongue with the carbonation/hop combo and finishes with a drying citrus hop coating on my tongue.

Overall, this was a fantastic IPA. I love me some tropical hop bombs!!! Will be looking for more of these for sure.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Definitely not a favorite from the Brew Kettle.

It poured a clear orange, not hazy like some IPAs with a little amount of head.

The aroma had a strong amount of hops and grapefruit and pineapple.

The taste is where I became disappointed. There was almost no taste of the fruit from the smell, but there was some hop flavor, not a lot and a ton of bitterness. There are notes of grapefruit and citrus, but doesn't compare to the tropical fruit smells in the aroma.

I have heard so many good things about this, but it tasted watered down so it really surprises me. Maybe it was a bad batch.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works - White Rajah - 12fl oz bottle

Snagged one of these courtesy of Hendry.

Look - Pours a hazy amber brown with a small foamy head, nice sticky lacing. Not the best looking brew but I never judge a book by its cover, at least it looked fresh.

Smell - Deep caramel malts with a nice pine and citrus hop overlay. Nothing phenomenal here, pretty malty but have seen brews of this style that are.

Taste - Snappy malt quickly tamed by a hop blast, but this is then overridden by a second malt wave with a bit of sweetness to it that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and malty with a hop bitter on the palate. Good drinkability. Slightly boozy, a bit of a throat heater. Not quite as smooth as I expect from an AIPA and the hops get pushed down by the malt profile.

Overall - Not a bad beer, but much too malt forward, the smooth blending I expect in an AIPA simply was not there. I have noticed a trend towards not being particularly fond of the darker malts in these kinds of brews, so it is more personal taste than anything.

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Photo of patm1986
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, misterhops for this long-wanted extra.

Frothy, creamy head. Hole-y like swiss cheese, the head leaves lace like a soapy brush.
Body is light amber, golden to the edges, and nearly transparent.

First aroma is like cream soda. Weirdly, sweet cream is present, then pine, grass, copper, wheat, calendula.

Taste is really, really balanced. For every inch of bitter, there is an immediate tug back to malt. This tug ranges from citrus, floral, earthy, to sweet, grainy, and milky. It really reminds me of cream soda.

The feel is very smooth, very rich. Not too much of a tinge either. It's just pretty darn balanced.

The name of the game is balance. This baby isn't a one dimensional player. I can see the beginnings or endings of a five tool guy. But enough with the baseball references. This is a game day beer. I could drink several of these without blowing out the palette. It's so darn creamy.

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Photo of beveritt
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Thanks to my drinking buddy DoctorDog for providing a six pack of this. Managed to keep my wife from drinking this one. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is predominantly green, yellow and white and has a British jack center with the words White Rajah superimposed and a starburst pattern around. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 finger of nearly pure white head. This settles slowly to a still complete cap and leaving behind compete lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow and clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong notes of grapefruit and pine. Really an amazingly intense aroma.

Taste: Creamy upfront with a strong, but not enamel eating, hop spiciness; resiny pine with grapefruit and floral flavors. Strong malt backbone with sweet caramel taste. Fairly strong bitterness lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and mouth-filling body. Average carbonation level.

Drinkability: An intense yet well balanced IPA. I could handle having a few of these!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep gold with a tight thin white head. The smell has lots of powdery sweet malt and even more grapefruit. Very faint pine needles and lemons. Hm its bitter. Almost unexpectedly. I want more of the underlying notes of bitter pine, bitter grapefruit, and tart lemon rind to come to the front, but its not. Im not sure about this one. The bitterness is drinkable, but not the best.

Man I wish this had more fruit. This bottle seems to be dominated by more of the pine than the citrus.

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Photo of yamar68
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to brew33 for this glorious extra!

Beautiful honey gold body stuffed with small gauge beads, topped with a finger of paper white, classic west coast style IPA head.

Juicy tropical fruit presence, subtle pine qualities, just insanely dense hops... swimming in hops... smells like Jesus.

Mmmm... great citrus with caramel apple and pineapple, reminds me of Columbus IPA in how it delivers a tremendous hop profile without burning the palate, which makes for an exceedingly drinkable beer.


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White Rajah from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
95 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.