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Cohoho Imperial IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Cohoho Imperial IPACohoho Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
CoHoHo begins with generous measures of pale two-row and specialty malts along with spirit-boosters like brown sugar and honey. Hefty doses of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops beautifully balance that outrageous malt bill while juniper berries heighten the festive character of this exuberant beer.

85 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-28-2002)
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Top Hops. Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a 1/2 inch of head. Tons of lacing. Nice aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. Very juicy. Pineapple, mango, orange and maybe even a hint of lime. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Sweet tropical fruits with some bitter orange peel. Hints of pine. Some caramel malt flavor towards the finish. Pretty boozey. Oily mouthfeel. This one smelled great and the taste let me down slightly, but its still very good. Overall, worth grabbing again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 19:27:49 | More by PicoPapa
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GRG1313

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear brown, copper tints with a short, thin white head.

Nose is lovely hop pine that goes to rich sweet pear and back to pine-great layers of flavors in the nose; complex and nice.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy, full and rich.

The nose, mouth and flavors of this beer improved significantly when got to about room temperature. Strongly suggest letting Midnight Sun beers warm up a bit before trying. This beer acts very much like a wine in that it improves greatly with warmer temps and a bit of oxygen. Might even want to open and simply leave open for a while before drinking, such is the nature of the improvement.

Flavors become bold, rich and delicious with a bit of time in the glass. Rich bold bitter malt, carmel and toffee. Rich, bold and delicious burnt toast and biscuits with sweet carmel undertones and front palate that go to a rich and assertive grapefruit/pine bright bitter finish.

Excellent giving it some time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:02:10 | More by GRG1313
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper with active carbonation and a single finger of pillowy foam that lingers and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Piney hops, bringing to mind the great woods of northern Alaska.

T: Big piney hops, lots of bitterness, and not much else. A slight malty backbone is present, but not enough to balance out the assault of hoppiness. While it isn't as balanced as I'd like, it's not an out and out hop bomb. It's still damn tasty.

M: A bit grainy, with solid carbonation.

D: This is a solid double IPA, and another fine offering from Midnight Sun. If it had a bit more of a stronger maltiness, it would err closer to being an imperial red. All in all, it's solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 02:19:42 | More by YonderWanderer
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Wasatch

Utah

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, very slight citrus, pines, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, piney, and some caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. The finish is dry with some slight bitterness. Medium body, a well balance brew, with malts/hops. Very drinkable, this is an very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 21:05:15 | More by Wasatch
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unclederby

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer by Midnight Sun that i've tried. Bottle says it's 8% abv. Darker than most DIPA's you'll come across, it appears an amber color with a plum-like tint. A smallish, one-finger head formed but quickly disappeared and there is some spotty lacing. Smell is big on citrusy hops with a faint caramel and crystal malt presence. Do i detect the use of simcoe?

Anyway, the taste leans toward the hoppy side too, but overall it's a fairly well-balanced brew. Nicely malty up front with a citrusy, piney middle and a little extra kick of hops near the finish... flavors linger with only a mild bitterness.

I like this ale but if i had to point to a flaw it would be the mouthfeel.
The ample carbonation is nice, but i find i like a little more grainy chewiness in a DIPA. Minor detraction, though.

I'll give it high marks on drinkibilty too, as i'm putting it down at a pretty good pace... it just tastes that good.

ahem.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 06:26:44 | More by unclederby
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koopa

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from LIquid Solutions

Appearances: Quite dark for an IPA...close to the color of iced tea. Nice off white 3 finger foam head that retains and laces.

Smell: Floral hop, grassy, juniper berries,...does this beer have rye in it?

Taste: Honey, juniper berries, grass, etc. Hops up front, then a fruity middle and a slightly bitter finish. I like it.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin

Drinkability: just fine for an 8% abv although a better mouthfeel would make it more drinkable for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 22:38:03 | More by koopa
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snaotheus

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz beer poured into a large mug

Pours surprisingly dark, cloudy brown, beige head, big, fades leaving a thick sheet of lacing. Smell is hoppy and molassesy.

Taste is a little muted, it might be too cold, but it seems a little spicy, fairly hoppy, definitely some detectable brown sugar

Mouthfeel is rather rough and acidic. Overall, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:52:32 | More by snaotheus
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kbub6f

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Four fingers of creamy, beige, foamy head. A deep red-brown, clear beer. Clumps of lacing. Sweet, fruity, piney, hoppy nose. A little cheese. Intense. Major bitter front. Huge, tangy tobacco hops. Dark flowery. Dark, dark malt through the middle. It's almost a bitter chocolate. But quite sweet when warm. Mondo bitterness in the finish, with an odd, sweet wrapper. Astringent. Alcoholic. This is a very intense beer. Citrus, floral, piney, tobacco hops. They could probably have added some oomph to the malt without detracting from the desired effect. Good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 22:09:05 | More by kbub6f
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, with "month and week bottled" information notched onto the side of the label, nice.

Purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, $10.99

Pours dark amber, near clear, medium dark tan head, good retentive proclivities, and leaves quality low sheeting and ample bits of lacing.

Hopped up nose.

Again, quite hopped focused on the palate, with a load of maltyness riding alongside. Densly flavorful, with caramel, some tea, and pervasive hopping.

Quality DIPA, with better then average complexity and interest.

Looking forward to trying the other Midnight Sun brews that have seen fit to add my neck of the woods to their distrabution area.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:27:13 | More by Billolick
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jcalabre

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 23 January 2003. Although this is labelled as an Imperial IPA, it was closer to a lot of regular IPA's, in my opinion. Pours golden brown w/ a long lasting head. Starts out hoppy & finishes nicely on the palate. A very well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 20:12:55 | More by jcalabre
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces to a thin layer (approximately 1/8 finger) covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderately strong aromas of citrus hops with some fairly strong amounts of juniper that contribute an herbal spiciness.

T: The beer is slightly sweet with the flavor of honey and a light underlying maltiness. The overall flavor is dominated by the citrus hops and juniper. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Feels thick with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Too intense to be an easy drinking beer but an enjoyable sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:11:52 | More by dbrauneis
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mulder1010

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes Poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a dark golden brown.Medium pour resulted in a two finger light brown head. Very fluffy head, left all sorts of lacing through drinking. Light on carbonation.

S-- Honey and juniper berries jump right out. Get a bit of brown sugar candied grapefruit. Very holiday smelling beer.

T-- Not a huge taste but get juniper, Carmel and a bit of grapefruit.

M-- Get a lot of pine in the mouth, feels very spice like as well. Finishes dry and crisp due to the honey with a little pine finish as well. There is a little bit of brown sugar sweetness in the front.

D-- Quite different I thought with the junpier and honey but it worked well. Like the spice feel to it. ABV was quite well hidden. This was a year old and it held up quite well. Had more of a barleywine quality to this than a DIPA with that much age on it. More malty and spicy than hop driven due to age. Probably really good fresh. Still enjoyed it a lot. Smell was my only real complaint as it was pretty average/ thin.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 20:52:29 | More by mulder1010
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KevinBrewer

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date is 5 months prior to tasting. I have to say, this beer is very good with some age. I would love to try it fresh and again with even more aging.

A- Clear deep mahogany with reddish hues. Rocky tan head that lasts, leaving plenty of lacing.

N- Tangy bitter grapefruit, brown sugar, and nutty roasted malt with a subtle undertone of honey.

T- Deep nutty malt with perfectly balanced, clean grassy hop bitterness.The juniper berries are expertly balanced as well. They provide a refreshing accent that blends nicely with the overall flavor of the beer. There is a metallic character that shows up in the middle, which is a little distracting, but not overwhelming. The aftertaste is a balance of sweet grain and grassy hops. The alcohol imparts a pleasant warming quality that becomes noticeable after about half a glass and remains to the finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly slick and sticky with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

D- Has the drinkability of a winter warmer. Very full flavored and warming; meant to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:58:36 | More by KevinBrewer
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swimsum whipped this one out for a tasting we had yesterday. Thanks Brent! Following review written from notes.

Bottled November 2008. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Damn, that is one dark I2PA! Clear, but deep reddish brown. No carbonation. A small, frothy, tan head sits on top and drags tons of lace. Nice retention.

Smell: Toasted malt, honey, brown sugar, and soemthing that's herbal, earthy, and dry - could be juniper berries, but I don't know what juniper berries smell like. Not much of hop presence.

Taste: Oily and woody. Brown sugar plays a big role but doesn't overpower the other flavors. Peppery hops emerge on the back end and add some light bitterness. I really wish I could try this fresh. Honey and juniper are also there, but they're kind of mild.

Mouthfeel: Cool and malty. Light carbonation. Good mouth-coating. Comforting. Not too heavy, bitter, or dry. Thus far, this beer has been more of a winter warmer than an imperial IPA, especially here with the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not at all like most imperial IPAs, but I like the winter warmer-like influence. I'd love to try this beer fresh, but it was still very tasty with one year of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 23:19:58 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at humpy's. Pours a deep dark red with decent head for an imperial of any kind. The nose is hoppy of course and even a bit grainy. The first taste is fruity and floral, reminiscent of the cascade hops in mirror pond but with more intensity and more fruit less floral. Great hop flavor through the middle, tastes like multiple hop flavors in succesion. The finish is hoppy and less bitter than one would think for an imperial IPA which i suspect is probably 80 to 100 IBUs. rather smooth for an IPA, but kind of strange to release this in the winter, i would have made it a fall seasonal, but then again alaskan fall is like winter in most of the lower 48 so maybe their right on. Good brew, I like the sockeye red as well, and its easier to pound, but this has a very nice kick not present in the sockeye. Get this one on tap if you can, but its still a good buy in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 01:42:51 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Docer

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle to trade and try..

- Pours a red dark clear with creamy scattered foamy head.. leaves a nice thin blanket and some lace...

- Lots of sweet grain, roasty character, brown sugars.. zesty citrus..

- Sweet red ale-like grains, brown sugar, and honey are present, but are light and blended well with the grain. Hard to say this is an IPA.. to me it's a perfect example of a strong ale, or amber imperial.. balanced it is.. bitter hops, grassy.. some citrus flare.. juniper berries are a bit harder to find w/ my tongue.

- Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly creamy smooth, and bitter chewy..

- Overall a very solid and balanced beer, the drinkability is great because all the flavors meld together excellently as almost all of Midnight Suns beers do.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 07:12:35 | More by Docer
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ejyoung

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-red color with a fairly thin head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a light foam over the whole glass. Smell is of strong pine and sweet malt. The brown sugar/honey give this a pretty sweet taste that the citrus/pine from the hops and the juniper go well with. I'd like a little more hop flavor though. Nice carbonation/mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good, but it gets a little cloying. A pretty good DIPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:09:05 | More by ejyoung
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber with a bubbly body, head is an off-white slightly thick frame coming off 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Smells really f'n good, strong hops with hints of pine and floral.

Taste: It is good but not impressing to the point where you will say "this is a keeper". Little hoppy and floral like i stated above but inmho, "bland".

Mouth: Medium carbonation with a well above average stickiness to it.

Overall: This is good beer but so much better out there in the Imperial IPA category. Buy it if you're curious but I would take a better looks at your usual if you know what I mean, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 05:25:31 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 11 Apr 2010.

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large light brown creamy head. Well carbonated. Clear brown color with reddish highlights. Aroma is of resin with a touch of juniper and brown sugar. Starts with a taste of brown sugar, becoming resiny bitter through the middle. Herbal, fruity finish. Lingering bitter aftetaste. Warm ethanol throughout. Heavy body, creamy mouthfeel.

Good but unlikely to get again at this pricepoint ($12.50).

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 18:09:06 | More by htomsirveaux
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Durge

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark but transluscent mahogany color with a decent white cover and plenty of broken sheets of lacing. The bouquet is funky swamp pineapple-citrus. Pretty odd but not that it’s bad at all, just a bit odd and hard to figure what to expect. The flavor happily comes out with neat swamp malt and lots of herbal hops. Can’t really say that I pick up a decided juniper ingredient but it comes through a little on the edge of this funkified hop brew. Body is medium and feel is pretty sprite with brisk but tasteful carbonation. Caramel comes pouring through once you adjust to those swampy qualities. But the hops do hold up and overall this is a good beer. I really don’t see the holiday beer theme, but this is worthwhile at anytime and that’s all that matters.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 02:39:17 | More by Durge
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flannelman808

California

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear burnt copper brown and has poor retention, and decent lacing.

S: Brown sugared burnt orange peel, dark coco, faint ripe red fruit and juniper.

T: Brown fallen pine needle, citrus peel, brown sugared honey, and caramel/toffee lead the way. Nice balance between sweet and dry flavors. The Juniper is pretty hidden and I think sort of intertwines with the more usual flavors associated with hops. This could be the starting point for a good idea...

M: Pretty sticky with a good finish.

O: I like this but it is a work in progress. Ever so subtle solvent flavors take away plusses. The sort of idea of a spiced holiday IPA, however, is an intriguing one.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:37:05 | More by flannelman808
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CooperEllis

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from travisd13 (I think....90% sure). Either way, thanks for many great trades Travis.

This is more than a year old, but it's been properly stored and didn't suffer too much given that there was still a solid hops profile, though the nose was dominated by the winter-y aromas.

Have to say was expecting more citrus in the taste given other reviews and this is where the age may have caught up with it. But the other flavors (juniper, brown sugar) are present along with a more barleywine flavor with the stronger malt mixed with brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth, a touch oily but still a crisp finish.

It's not really an IPA - or wasn't at this stage in the game - but was a very tasty brew that I'd seek out and might choose to age again depending on how it was fresh.

(140th)

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:40:38 | More by CooperEllis
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a 22 oz bomber of this and it is lightly chilled. I pour some into my pint glass. It pours reddish amber color and is very clear. An off white head foams up nicely and fades slowly to a thin layer on the surface.
Aroma is hoppy! I get piney and grapefruity scents dominating.
The first sip reveals very smooth, mild carbonation and a slightly syrupy texture. Medium bodied.
Flavor is bity up front with the hops going piney on the front a mild mild malt hint in the middle. The finish is bitey and very dry. THe hops dominate this brew. The lingering hoppiness and general dryness in my mouth urges me to take another sip.
This brew is very drinkable even though I am not a 'hophead". It is very enjoyable and smooth.
Go and look for this brew it will make you smile!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 01:14:08 | More by sulldaddy
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep amber/ orange-ish color, with a tannish head. In the aroma, big piney hops and just a small hint of citrus. In the taste, big piney hops and a small sweet maltiness. Mainly smooth, yet a small bite in the mouthfeel. Also, a lighter body for a I2PA. Pine hop dryness in the aftertaste. Big hops, light malt, very good, yet somewhat unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:29:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep bronze color and thin head has the look of a good old ale. Pretty scant on the head. Certainly appears filtered.

Smells of those metallic biscuit daffodil spruce that you see growing around these parts.

This is basically a large hop forward ipa flavor profile. Spicy, peppery and prickly. The honey and juniper...i wouldn't have found them if i weren't looking for them to begin with. Slight gun holster flavor to scent mental trigger in the finish as well as a nod to butter popcorn.

Hard to get to riled up about a good mouthfeel in an IIPA but this one fits it just right for what that's worth.

Overall...it's decently drinkable as an IIPA. I had this back in 2008 though and i remember something a heck of a lot more lively and citrusy and that's more my thing I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 06:31:24 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Cohoho Imperial IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.