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Ale To The Chief - Avery Brewing Company

Ale To The ChiefAle To The Chief

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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed occasionally during election years.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 07-22-2008)
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Orange-yellow-amber color with an intially rock head. Beautiful lace along the sides.

S: Sweet malts intially with citrus/piney hop aroma. I get a few esters as well. Finishes sweet at the end.

T: Really solid hoppy flavors. Strong, but not too abrasive bitterness at first. The sweet malts hit the palate next. The beer finishes with grapefruit and piney flavors. Very well balanced.

M: Smooth, but crisp. Not too heavy and not too light. Reasonable carbonation.

D: A damn good DIPA. Not epic, but not run of the mill. Definitely worth a try. A good example of the cascade hop.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 23:40:48 | More by brewdoc75
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a thick 2" head that sticks around for a while. Some lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits leap from the glass, but little else is detectable.

Taste: big caramel profile with a sharp biting bitterness. Tart green grapes, pine, and loads of grapefruits round it out. Alcohol is noticable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Bitterness glues itself to the tongue making a super long aftertaste.

Drinkability: for the style this one is pretty easy to drink despite the big flavors. Really enjoyable beer but this will catch up to you quickly with the high alcohol levels.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 13:32:32 | More by Gavage
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Fnord

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly translucent gold color, with a dense, white, lasting head.

Smell - Grass, flowery pine, and citrus.

Taste - Much like the nose, but also with sweet malts for balance. Some alcohol in the finish. Got very sweet as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, which is aided by the thick head. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability - One is good, but I wouldn't want more than that in one night.

Notes - The dry hopping really brings out the juiciness of the hops; this was the juiciest beer I've had in a while.

I have mixed feelings about this one. It's clearly a well-crafted beer, with a lot of hoppy complexities. It's just not my cup of tea, as I prefer drier malts to the sweet stuff balancing this ale. I'm not going to buy it again, but I'm glad I tried it, as it's quite a bit different from other IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 07:05:21 | More by Fnord
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erikm25

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a radiant reddish orange with crimson and tangerine highlights. The head is a rocky off white which balances nicely on the fire coppered body. Spotty lacing holds well around the glass.

S: Mandarin orange peels, leaves covered in dew, and bready caramel malts. Pine needle resin and apricots drizzled with brown sugar. Grapefruits smoked over pineapple juice. Melted candy on top of sourdough bread. Hints of toated lemon meringue pie.

T: This definitely has a massive amount of toffee and caramel malts. Solid peach, pineapple, and hop pressings. The first sip threw me off a little but still has both a sweetness and citrus hops taste. After a few more sips the balance evens out with a sugary pine and a bitter finish. Butterscotch soaked in red grapefruit juice. Spices help to numb the taste buds like rye bread topped with oranges and mangoes.

M: Solid medium and syrupy body. Slight carbonation with a heavy amount of booze goodness that clings to the mouth.

D: This was an interesting treat and a little different from most other DIPA's. Well worth the try. I'm pretty much apolitical or anti-political but I don't like or trust anyone so don't listen to me. However, I dig the Constitution and can can still appreciate the name and the idea behind the beer. In the end it was probably just a little too sweet for my tastes. Indian's "The Unquiet Sky" and Iron Maiden were and (should be) played loud.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 06:44:12 | More by erikm25
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thisisbigrob

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sadly, I was unable to drink this on Inauguration Day and had to settle for the following weekend.

A: Dark orange-red with a small offwhite head that dissolved quickly leaving a slighty oily film.
S: Very hoppy and very rich.
T: Slightly bitter and very full. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine.
M: Very light carbonation, perfect for a beer this size.
D: Tastes great but too strong for prolonged sessions.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:33:48 | More by thisisbigrob
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ballewblake

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

Two finger off-white head that drops leaving thick lacing on the glass. Light bubbles linger on an amber body. Lacing persists through out the drink. Sweet grapefruit hops on the nose, sweetly bitter on the tongue. Good overall balance for a double ipa, perfect carbonation, great mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:19:38 | More by ballewblake
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A two finger thick head, cream in color, lacing slowly down the glass. It does show strong sustainabilty for sometime. A strong citrus fragrance of grapefruit and pineapple. It then blends to strong hearty malty aroma at the end. The malt is right out front on the palate and stays there with each taste. Then the hops begin to balance it all out, with citrus and grassy flaovrs, the hoppiness never becomes overbearing. A medium bodied feel with a bit of chewiness, it finishes with an evenly dry feeling on the palate. This is a strong beer, with a great fragrance and tremendous taste, make this a great tribute to the highest office in the land.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 17:51:40 | More by cameraman
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popery

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay DIPA. It's not my favorite DIPA, a bit bitter, a bit harsh, a bit metallic. The beer looks very nice, big orange-amber body with a an off-white head. The aroma is also very nice. There's some good citric hoppiness and a yeasty note. The flavor is very hoppy, but there isn't enough supporting malt. I dearly love Avery's Maharaja, and this beer lacks the lush, rich depth of flavor that the great DIPAs possess. The feel is also a tad off. The alcohol comes through more than expected. It's not bad, otherwise, but DIPA is a competitive category.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 07:38:03 | More by popery
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Beerenauslese

California

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well forget the Presidential marketing brew-ha-ha. What's this beer really like?

It pours a clear coppery amber, with a nice head.

Smells grassy--haylike--with some sweet butterscotch and dried fruits; I taste figs, and some tropical notes.

Tastes malty, fruity, with some serious hop bitters, like a Stone Ruination. Ruin Nation--now that would have been a beer for the past 8 years, and hopefully not the next 8 years!!!

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a good thickness and carbonation,
yielding a creamy ale, with a nice lingering grassy bitterness.

I think this is a good ale, a well balanced presentation, and quite enjoyable. However, if the Administration drinks this too regularly, nothing will get done at 8.75% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:42:58 | More by Beerenauslese
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kkosmoski

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Missed out on having this for the occasion it was intended it for. Oh well, here it goes anyway. Bomber poured into a Duvel glass. Luxurious dense, cream colored head that has all kinds of sticking power. Hazed orange in color. Smell includes pine, naval orange, pineapple, toffee, bit of earth, and light caramel. Great intense, balanced aroma. Flavor starts out with a bitter and sweet tangerine combo. Floral bitterness follows with sugar coated orange peel and lemon. Finished with a stern, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-full, sweet and thick with a nice, modest level of carbonation. Bit of warmth on the way down. Intense flavors on both sides, bitter and sweet, in addition to high alcohol, don't make this a very easy drinking ale.

This beer was better than I expected it to be. The aroma was outstanding, still holding on to some of its pleasant hop character. There was also good balance between an intense bitterness and solid citrusy sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 01:42:03 | More by kkosmoski
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 1.20.09 - the night Barak Obama was inagurated. Was in a hotel in White Plains NY. I brough this bottle with me so I could be sure to have it on the proper night. The only glassware I was able to use were the 8 oz water glasses in the room. I don't think I ever drank a beer by myself in a hotel before, but I couldn't drink the special beer on a different day. It all worked out OK.

The policitally charged beer poured a good hazy amber color. good frothy head which stuck around for quite some time. There were some significantly big bubbles on the edges of the glass. Before I could even smell it, I could smell it. Which only goes to indicate this one must have a pretty decent aroma to it. Without waiting any longer I went in for the smell. A slight piney but mostly citrusy smell. Predominate scents the popped out to me were oranges and grapefruits.

The taste was pretty darn good. It was quite creamy, in a good way. There wasn't as much hop in the flavor as there was in the aroma, but that ended up being a good thing. It was relatively light on the palate, but was bitterly smooth. I think any more hops in this beer and it would have thrown it off balance. Definitely a nice beer, and will have some of this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 18:32:48 | More by Hophead101
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on election night, watching the numbers come in. Orange, hazy. Orangish creme head. Wet hop aroma reminiscent of maharajah. Sweet tea flavor, grassy. Hoptastic. Subdued bite. Alcohol warming. Pretty smooth drinker. Good, but to boozy and sweet to be highly drinable. Tasty, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 20:53:32 | More by AChamberlain
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange color to the hazy body. Inch and a half of white head had a soapy consistency and faded slowly. A few steady streams of tiny rising bubbles. Thick lace webs.

A good mic of pine hops scents and malted barley backing hit the nose first. A citric note of tangerines and clementines follows in other nose fulls.

Hops are a bit stronger on the tongue then they were in the nose. The malt get overwhelmed behind citric oils. A bit of a girt to the taste.

Nice thickness and a good cling to the liquid. Carbonation burst is sharp but not overwhelming.

A very good brew. Would work well with a thick sauced chicken dish. Was a bit surprised it held up the well since brewing. If you can find one that was stored well, try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 05:42:44 | More by RedChrome
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selecter70

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed one of these in November, awaiting Inauguration Day, as the bottle cellared awaiting me! The excitment & anticipation was I think, the best element to this no so exceptional IPA style ale. The pour was a vibrant & bright pale orange with 2 finger head that snuck away soon, leaving white lace & a floral-grass hoppy aroma. The mouth was smooth and the flavor a strong but not bitter hops, with heathery grass & lemon tones. Nice IPA but sadly not everything I hoped the Inauguration would bring!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 00:05:48 | More by selecter70
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So long, Bush. Hello change!

A - Appearance was by far the high point of this beer... very beautiful! Wonderful deep red color with dark yellow highlights. Very clean/clear as well. Has a frothy white head that sticks well. Perfect in this respect.

S - Spicy hop character with citrus and wet grass notes. Malt aroma is present but doesn't make much of an impact.

T - Hop character is dominant and ranges from citrus to grassy. Bitterness is high and there is no real malty sweetness to counter balance, but some biscuit maltiness is detectable. Not too much residual sweetness either. Nice, but not incredible, by any means.

M/D - Very 'sticky' in the mouth, but the amount of carbonation makes it incredibly drinkable.

An enjoyable beer, though I may have scored it lower than I would have normally if it wasn't Obama's Inauguration. Hail to the Chief!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 05:18:11 | More by SirSketch
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer before the election and it sat in my fridge ever since. It wasn't quite the outcome I was expecting. Well, Obama has been inaugurated, so I guess it is time to pop this one open and give it a try.

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear orange golden color with about a half-inch of tannish bubbles after a pretty gentle pour. The head was every bit of half its original height a minute after the pour, so the appearance is definitely worthy.

Aroma: Lots of hops in the aroma are the most obvious thing to notice first. Plenty of citrus with lemons, tangerines, and grapefruit all playing a part. There is definitely some malt in here that comes across as a subtle caramel and toasty sweetness. Even though the hops are really assertive in the aroma, the malt is there, so I doubt that this beer is going to be too out of balance. Let's give it a taste...

Taste: The flavor is quite pleasant, and I am not a hop-head by any means. There is a whole bunch of hops, but they come across more like a melon in the flavor. The malt is definitely there, and it doesn't let the hops completely run the show. There is some sweetness that hits the back of the throat about the same time as the hops, so it ends up finishing pretty balanced. The hops edge out the malt a touch, but it isn't a complete slaughter.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer...for an IPA. I normally stick to the Bocks and other malty German beers...but this is quite the tasty American brew. I wouldn't want more than the one bottle that I have...at least for tonight. I wouldn't mind sharing this beer with some friends, but I probably won't be buying any more just for myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 10:15:53 | More by SkeeterHawk
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BMoney575

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-24-09

Pours a hazy orange/gold, with a filmy head that lasts awhile. Lacing is huge, and covers the entire glass.

Smell is huge hops, very fruity and earthy. Very complex, with a malt sweetness to back it up. The alcohol adds a distinct quality I can't quite place.

Taste is all big, fresh hops, sweet at first and finishing with a huge vegetable/earthy character. Bitter and a little thin at the end.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, not bad, but less than I was hoping for.

Drinkability is good, but the abv is there.

Overall, this is a good beer that lacks the sweetness and complexity to be great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 23:35:49 | More by BMoney575
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Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 1-20-09. Bush's last day, Obama's first.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is golden-honey amber with a foamy 1-finger light khaki head. Some lace slowly recedes.

S: Grapefruity, citrusy & piney hops over sweet malt: honey and caramel malt. Very pleasant nose.

T: Grapefruit & citrus in general and tropical fruit. Also some caramel malt and brown sugar, providing nice balance. Finishes with slight bite of heat and pepper. Lingering dry pine and grassy bitterness.

M: Medium weight. Some slight resiny grittiness.

D: Excellent. Went down very easily for an almost-9% ABV DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 21:33:44 | More by Kendo
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jhu1995

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color, somewhat cloudy, with a nice head and lacing throughout. Smell is both sweet and tart fruits; some lemony citrus aromas, but faint and not overpowering. Some minor alcohol notes as well. Nice balance of sweetness with bitterness, well-rounded. Medium-bodied and refreshing. Overall a very good beer and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 12:42:25 | More by jhu1995
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babaracas

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber a slightly hazy amber with white head which fades to a few clumps with thick lacing. Smell: pine, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, sweet malt and grassy/floral notes. Taste: interesting progression: pine, grainy+caramel, pink grapefruit and sweet orange, earthy and caramel. Some astringent and citrus rind flavors at the end of the sip. This is a fairly sweet, malt forward dipa, but then again it's a democratic pale ale, so it's ok that it brings the change.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 05:13:10 | More by babaracas
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: hazy golden brown

Smell: very hoppy/piney. hint of pineapple and malty/sugary sweetness. wonderful aroma

Taste: great balance of strong hop presence and malt. character carries over from aroma. little bit of yeast in the finish

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. medium body

Notes: a centerfold of an imperial IPA. hops and alcohol tingles all the way through. gives Ruination a run with a little more fruit in the nose and on the tongue

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:30:10 | More by Frosty80
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fightingirishcmk

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange in color, with a decent two finger white head with good lacing. A beautiful beer.
S: To be honest, I'm not usually big on IPAs or an imbalance of hops. But this smelled great! Citrusy grapefruit, orange, and and overall fruity smell tickled my nostrils. The piney smell of the hops was small, and the malt smelled sweet.
T: So much hop smell, but I found it to be a perfect balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness. The bitterness wasn't cloying like in some other IPAs, but balanced the malt perfectly. I was pleasantly surprised.
M: Perfect amount of carbonation and medium body. Very good feel in your mouth.
D: Highly drinkable. This was the first IPA of any sort that my girlfriend actually drank with me. I was very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:11:28 | More by fightingirishcmk
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= darker orange color hinting on brown. Decent lacing and a respectable head that falls quickly to a ring.
S= resiny pine and citrus hops. Grassy with a little malt sweetness coming through.
T= just like the smell with the tasty hops. Some alcohol is detected late.
M= Good. Less creamy than most doubles however.
D= pretty high. This beer was ok... Not totally impressed with it but I suppose it was worth trying. This is my first from Avery and prolly not my last. I won't buy this one again but I can see myself exploring more of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 05:35:29 | More by jjanega08
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ruckzuck

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meant to drink this yesterday, but I completely forgot!

A - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a white head that subsided to a film pretty fast

S - hoppy all up in my nostrils. Tons of sweet pineapple with some nice floral notes. Actually fairly malty as well now that I sniff again

T - this is nice. It really isn't as hoppy as I thought it would be upon first smell out of the bottle. I mean there is some bitterness, but the sweet and fruity aspects of the hops are really the star of the show, especially that pineapple. Malt provides a nice backbone for an all around enjoyable experience

M - medium bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth going down

D - this is good. Then again, it's from Avery, so big shocker. Would drink again, and I love the concept! Will finish bomber no questions asked

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:57:12 | More by ruckzuck
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thekanna

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted during inauguration weekend in D.C. to celebrate the swearing in of President Barack Obama.

A: Clear radiant orange with decent head.

S: Orange, grapefruit, pomelos, fresh cut flowers... yep, this one's definitely an IPA.

T: Multi-layered: the citrus interchanges with the hops in an almost playful manner. First a citrusy-orange hits the tongue, followed by the first hop bite. Then, interestingly enough, it becomes mellower again and devolves to citrus-flavored caramel candy before hitting the second, more pronounced, hop bite.

M: As concurrent with the taste, creamy/bitter/creamy/bitter.

D: If you like the feel of hop bitterness and tartness in your mouth, then by God you've found the right beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:08:02 | More by thekanna
Ale To The Chief from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.