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Shed IPA - The Shed Brewery

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Shed IPAShed IPA

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59 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 401
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 32.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-07-2012

Named after one of the famous ’front four’ trails on Mt. Mansfield, this I.P.A. is brewed in the English tradition of pale ales shipped from Britain, around Africa, to India. Those ales contained extra hops and a higher alcohol percentage, which both served as natural preservatives. This ale holds true to those original, defining characteristics. Formerly known as "National IPA" at The Shed Restaurant & Brewery.
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Photo of jmasher85
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of sediment in here but still pours a golden orange color with little haze and good lacing. So it looks okay, but that smell blew me away! It's all I want from an IPA - plenty of pine resin, a grapefruity citrus that's a hint sweet and a good toasted/ashy malt underbelly to support the whole thing. Taste is similar - medium sweetness, minimal bitterness, a bit bready, very smooth, compulsively drinkable. Less of a hop-bob than their Profanity, which was just bitter and one-dimensional. Not overly complex, but hits all the right notes right over the head and proves that there's more to delicious Vermont IPAs than Alchemist and Lawsons.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Shed Brewery India Pale Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, ink-jet coded "032714"... the rest is illegible.
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Clearly an unfiltered IPA, the body is a cloudy golden-orange beneath a frothy head of rocky, off-white foam. Kudos must be given as the head drops slowly but remains completely intact, leaving walls of lace along the glass in the space it once occupied.

The aroma displays softly sweet and gently caramelish malt backed by delicately, piney, almost minty, citrusy, and floral hops. It's fresh, bright, and enticing.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated, leaving it smooth and supple across the palate.

The flavor delivers a wide maltiness that's delicately sweet, bready/toasty/biscuity, and drizzled with golden caramel. The gently spicy/piney/minty, grassy, and citrusy hops are well integrated, and except for the first few sips where you can easily distinguish the nuances of the malts and the hops readily, it pulls together to become one solid wall of flavor very quickly. The bitterness of an IPA is present, but it's not overtly aggressive; despite the use of citrusy hops, this is more of an English IPA than an American, where the malt is really just as important, and with that said, so is the yeast - there's a remarkably pleasant fruitiness that in combination with the hops delivers notes of juicy apple, soft plum, papaya, mango, and subtle ripe and sweet red berries. The hops rally in the finish, however, combining their raspy flavors and bitterness to drive off any residual sweetness, leaving only dusty dryness behind.

Overall I'm quite impressed. Today's beer drinker (in general) seeks gusto, but I seek refinement. The depth of character found here; and the freshness that it displays are impeccable. The roundness of it running across wide swaths of malt, various hops, and a solid yeast character are rarely found anymore; and in combination with it's spot-on balance of sweet malt and raspy hop flavor and bitterness, it's an exceptionally drinkable English+American hybrid IPA. Brilliant!

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice look, somewhat pleasant aroma of citrus and pine. Tastes better than it smells with a grapefruit/citrus flavor. Solid feel and a really good IPA that I enjoyed.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a SURPRISINGLY good beer. It pours hazy and delivers just what you hope for in hazy beers: super good complexity. The smell is just clean, mild, which is totally reassuring. So far, by looks and smell alone this has SMALL BATCH GOODNESS written all over it. The taste is super solid balance of stiff maltiness, stiff/refreshing hoppiness, sweet malts that clear out quick for a good lingering bitter with mild warming of alcohol. That's gold coming from a 6%. The mouthfeel is thick, lucious for this beer. Very complimentary. Overall, I love it. I think I found a new go to brewery. A really good VT beer sold in MA.

I don't remember Shed being this good. They might have switched up their game. VT beers are just getting better.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Large solid forming off white three finger head when poured, with a big retention cap not going anywhere. Body is a bit cloudy and unfiltered with a nice orange amber to dirty brown color. Some minor floaties but not too chunky.

Great hop noes on this, of soft orange and wonderful herbal floral like aromatics. Creamy sensing caramel malts, and maybe some like pine action to match. Very nice, the first inhale is particularly memorable.

First sip brings a standard bitter mellow pine common hop blast, quickly sharp in the mid palate. Fruity and herbal finish with a light dryness. Solid mouthfeel with just enough coating, but not quite large and filling and quite low to moderate carbonation. Hop angle sensed from the nose seems to hint of a larger fuller and tastier beer than the palate seems to give.

Overall though for an IPA this one is a good one to know about.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2012.

This looks like a typical IPA with its medium amber pour and moderate off-white head. It is slightly cloudy and the head lingers.

On the nose the aroma is vibrant with floral hops to the point that I feel like I am standing over a Vermont flower garden in June. Pale malts are secondary.

The body is smooth and about medium.

The taste has a quick burst of pale malts but then the floral hoppy character takes command and leaves a moderate bitterness on the tail end. People who love their hops will find this to be a delight.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky copper hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light piney hop with a grainy pale malt aroma.

The taste consisted of moderately toasted malts with herbal and piney hops.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a tasty and well balanced ale with a fresh hop bite.

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Hazy Carmel Gold Color, Almost has an Apple Cider Look, Small Amounts of Sediment Floating about, !/2 inch White Foam Head that Dissipates Quickly, Moderate Amounts of Lacing Coat the Glass.

SMELL: Mild Citrus Hops and Malty Grains are Noted

TASTE: Creamy and Refreshing Medium Bodied IPA with Mild Hoppy Bitterness after the Swallow

FEEL: Very Smooth Sip Balanced Perfectly with Medium Carbonation, Pallet Remains Dry and Bitter for Several Seconds after the Swallow.

OVERALL: Very Good Tasting IPA, Made with Quality Ingredients. I will Recommend and Purchase this Ale Again!

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is intended to be an English-style IPA, and I'm more of a west coast/floral/citrus IPA kind of person (at least at the moment), so I've tried to adjust accordingly.

Considering the genre of the beer, it is excellent in terms of engaging the American palate. It definitely has the sharp bitterness required of an English-style IPA, but it has just enough citrusy hops in the smell and flavor to make it a crossover of sorts. This also, however, puts it dangerously in no-man's land. If I want a citrusy IPA, I would not buy this; I would buy Rebel IPA, Jack's Abby's Hoponius Union, or something else in that domain. I guess if I was looking for something more on the English side I might be inclined to this as a compromise.

The bitter is very tasty, though it may coat the mouth, almost with an oily feel, a little too much. There is also a large amount of carbonation, though it is more notable in the appearance than the mouth-feel.

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with some sediment. The nose is nicely hoppy. The flavor profile is well balanced between malt and hops. This is a solid example of an classic English IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, golden yellow color. Decent start to the head, good lasting time. Leaves some spotty/ring lace.

Plenty of floral hop and alcohol warmth to the nose. Decent malt presence.

There's an apricot like element to the flavor. The hop is like black pepper on the tongue and is strongest in the swallow. Good body with an elevated carbonation. For the style, short aftertaste.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up some Shed in an Easter beer swap. Beer and Jesus go together like cocaine and waffles.

Dark gold, hazy with lots of floaties. Perhaps one of the floaty-est beers I've ever laid eyes on. Heady with lots and lots of rings.

Grapefruit and caramel with a "neutral" leafy, bag o' hops hoppiness. Smells "bright" according to common consensus.

Grapefruit over caramel soaked bready malt. Full and a little juicy.

A solid IPA. I could never see myself seeking it out but wouldn't kick it out of my cooler either.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

The second installment of the resuscitated brand. Bold and very drinkable, a good quaff all around. Seek it out if you are looking at a good example of an English IPA which over the years has been overshadowed by the creation and growth of the American IPA.

STYLE: English IPA
ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: Pale golden, opaque, decent lacing

SMELL: Citrus, herbal, leafy, evergreen, fresh tea, grassy, doughy biscuits

TASTE: Dryish moderate bodied, citrus zest, creamy, smooth, herbal, spearmint, shortbread, spicy, grainy, fresh cut hay, mildly estery, exotic fruit, vegtal, semi-dry hoppy finish

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Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours a dull, tangerine hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a dense, creamy, three inch, cream-colored head - this beer looks great in the glass. Nose expresses citrus rind and an earthy character. Taste follows nose; however, there is a pleasant, toasted malt character. Citric acid is interspersed throughout the flavor profile and finishes with a slightly earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body (but closer to light) with a lively, almost prickly carbonation. Acidity lightly stimulates the palate and sides of the cheeks. Overall, a pretty drinkable English IPA. Looking forward to trying more offerings from these guys. I'd love to see this on-cask.

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Photo of DrJay
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick beige cap, really sticky and thick with great head retention. The beer was mostly clear, orange in colour. Aromas of oranges and grapefruits, mild malt and sweetness, a bit of sharp citrus rind. Hoppy backbone with mild malt sweetness, solid bitterness, citrus (grapefruit and orange again). Grassy/spicy character with lingering bitterness. Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation, faint warmth, drying on the palate. A straight ahead and nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, floral, herbal tea, grassy, pungent, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice citrus and tea hop flavor, tingly bitterness, pale, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little bitterness.

Overall: A nice take on an EIPA with an American twist. I'll definitely revisit this one again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with little to no head. Aromas of grapefruit, light toffee, and floral hops. Very smooth and well balanced nose. Flavors of roast toffee initially, immediately followed up by floral and bitter hops that completely take over the palate. Cedar, cut grass, and sap all blend to represent the hopping in this brew, and the citrus tones shine through at the end of the palate to add some tartness to the bitter aftertaste. The malt profile literally disappears by the aftertaste. Light, crisp mouthfeel, with a bitter, slightly drying finish. Solid brew, with flavors stronger than the looks and ABV would lead you to believe.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this in bottles recently at my local, scratched my head for a second wondering how a now closed brewpub was releasing a bottled version of their IPA. A kind shop owner informed me that it was now being brewed at Otter Creek and it was more of an English style IPA.
Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized white head that quickly drops to a cap. Smells of citrus and earthy hops with some bread and caramel maltiness to provide balance. A hint of mineral water and a touch of orange and lemon round out the nose nicely. The flavor is a bit more focused on the malt than the aroma lead me to believe. Sweet bread, cracker, and caramel malts countered with earthy and citrus hops. Long lingering hop bite at the end of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter slick mouthfeel. I'm pretty impressed with this bottled version, its been years since I enjoyed any of the beer I've had at the brewpub. This is actually a pretty good gateway IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange color with two fingers of a light tan head, medium lacing.
S - Big rich toffee malt, some floral hops, pine, a big of sweet orange marmalade.
T - Toffee and biscuit malts are the base here, some dry bitter grapefruit and floral hop bite.
M - Just bitter enough, not overly dry.
O - Good English IPA, leads a little more American, but very drinkable. It was best when it was right out of the fridge.

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

DL Likes this, JK not so keen on. Tastes like Basement beer to her- complete w/ non-filtering, it is that strong pungent IPA flavor - DL Likes this, JK not so keen on.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color…not overly transparent, I can see a bunch of sediment and a few bubbles floating about…just off white head formed and remains at about a pinky finger thick…stays fairly frothy throughout…(4/5)

Smell: Light, fresh hops, mouthwatering really…orange, lemon, grapefruit and some mild piney bite up front…though very hops heavy, it’s a light, crisp smell, dominated more by airy citrus aromas rather than earthy or woodsiness…malts are sweet and pale with a touch of caramel, very much in a supporting role…I have to say, the more I smell this thing (and as it warms), the more I get that piney resinous bite…very nice…(3.75/5)

Taste: Hmmm…very balanced flavor, not what I was expecting…toasted/caramel malts mixed with earthy/piney hops up front…there’s the noticeable piney bite, but there’s not an extreme citrus bitterness that I was expecting from the nose…I do get some orange, lemon and grapefruit, but they are definitely complimentary…the bitterness that does come is very dank pine and that doesn’t come until late…it’s a fairly straight forward flavor, finishes basically as it begins…as it warms, more and more piney bite hits the tongue…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation…it fluffs up bringing light flavors of caramel malt and piney/earthy bitterness to the palate…brew really comes in and out without leaving much trace on my tongue, though there is some piney bitterness lingering in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a solid brew…the flavor has a fantastic bite and is surprisingly balanced…super drinkable with light enough body, I could enjoy a couple in one sitting without feeling heavy…while it’s not mind blowing, Shed’s IPA is worth seeking out and scooping up…thanks to my boy Chaco Taco for hooking me up with this one…if it were sold around me, I’d buy it again…(3.75/5)


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Photo of BMFR1811
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single 12oz bottle while on a heady topper hunt in Stowe, VT.

Appearance- amber, great finger width head,

Smell- I get all citrus, American hops

Taste-citrus fruit, a pleasant lingering hop bitterness, tastes more like a clean American yeast strain that accentuates the hops, I don't taste esters or bread from an English strain

Mouthfeel- great body, crisp, perfect carbonation

Overall- a solid ipa, it's what I have come to expect from today's ipa, very tasty and I would drink one again but probably nothing I would seek out, not because it's not good, only because it doesn't stand out but I really did enjoy it.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

first brew from shed, a decent American English hybrid, with some of the best features of both. the nose is heavy citrus hops, but its balanced well by a sturdy dose of sweeter caramel colored English malt that's a bit sweet. the beer drinks on the heavy side, which is unfortunate this summer season. the malt just gives a lot of body, while the hops don't get to be fully bitter as a result. this is a heartier ipa, a mans beer in some sense. I do get some bitter in the finish, centennial or cascade style, with that oil component. Vermont makes some of the best india pale ales on the planet, but this isn't one of them, it is suited better for fall though, like most English styles I think, but maybe that's just me. I am still looking forward to trying the mountain ale, as the craftsmanship of this beer is solid, and perhaps another beer might be a better platform for it to work. a good widely available and affordable sixer though, and im sure ill be drinking this again while I am back east.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like the other Shed beer that I had recently, I picked this up in Totowa last week having never tried this before. As others have alluded to on here, Vermont brews some great IPA's but this fell just a bit short. The appearance was great but there wasn't a lot of aroma here and the taste felt just a bit too artificial to be considered great. What this turned out to be was a beer that was just filling and hoppy enough to be satisfying without having any memorable qualities to it.

No doubt that the appearance was the best aspect to it, as the fluffy heat, wonderful lacing, and sediment that moved up and down like a lava lamp all combined for a pleasing aspect to the appearance of this beer. The hue was a dull apricot and quite opaque, with just a bit of light seeping in around the edges. What did I get out of the aroma? Hardly anything, to my surprise! Just a medicinal and herbal undertone that didn't stand out much and I struggled to find the hops underneath it once I gave this a sip. There were some earthy and citrus notes but no burning or bitterness was easily discernible and this went down relatively easily for a beer that looked so pleasing when I poured it out. There was lots of carbonation but without anything to cleanse or scrub, it actually detracted from the flavor profile of this beer.

To be fair, it wasn't weak and there was enough alcohol in here to be felt well before I finished this off. A slight mint aftertaste kept things clean and neat but this needed to be a bit more edgy and groundbreaking to stand out. What resulted was an IPA that was easily drinkable and easily forgotten, which is not how I remember my beers from the Green Mountain State, Magic Hat notwithstanding. Only worth a go if you're a hophead that needs a fix and wants a relatively light take on this style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I am continuing to empty my refrigerator of bottles from various sources. It is my intent to get back to The CANQuest (TM) soonest.

From the bottle: "A deep Stowe, Vermont heritage, this small batch classic now makes its home in Middlebury, Vermont."; "Brimming with citrus hop aroma, this IPA inherits its complex flavor from ample hop additions throughout the entire brew."; "Born in Stowe, Vermont, at the legendary Shed Restaurant & Brewery. Moved to Middlebury to raise up a family of Vermont ales."; "Brewed since 1995 Established in Stowe, Vermont"; "a hoppy good ale".

The label also read "Unfiltered" so I went with a medium-handed pour, not aggro but not gentle, either. This resulted in at least two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with grapefruit-citrus hops and my mouth was watering as a result. Mouthfeel was very soft, allowing the citrus hops to really shine. Finish was definitely dry, but not so dry as to leave me gasping for air. I did an agitation for my second pour and released the lees as a result. I guess that it depends on what you like. Personally, I do not mind the lees and like them as a separate/final pour. No problem there. One final thought - I am unsure that this is an EIPA. It tastes more like and AIPA.

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Shed IPA from The Shed Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.