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Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

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Reviews: 490
Hads: 2,031
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 356
Gots: 153 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003

Racer X is an uncommon Double India Pale Ale which puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone. Like its little brother Racer 5, Racer X is balance in a bottle.

2009 California State Fair – BRONZE
2009 San Diego International Beer Competition – 2nd
2009 West Coast Beer Fest - GOLD
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Photo of gibby
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from capones for 6/2 phish show. Been looking fwd to trying this beer for a while now. Poured into a standard pint glass in the parking lot. Darker color than I expected, very amber, reddish. Thick soapy 2 finger head after the pour. Smelled very hoppy, citrus, toffee, orange, sugary, really nice aroma. Semi thick mouthfeel, seemed a little syrupy and boozy at times. Carbonation was very nice for being in a growler for a few hours, I had no complaints. Had 3 pints and I was feeling good, which was my plan. Not sure what the abv % is but it packs a punch after a few. As it warmed I could taste the alcohol more and more. Overall it was a very good offering. I am a big fan of the racer 5 so I was glad to try the double. Looking fwd to having this again at the TJ's ballast point vs bear republic face off. the racer X is a nice find for the hopheads out there, recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to my boy spacecoyote. Reviewed as a growler.

Pours a clear reddish orange, very bright, thick off white head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring leaving a ton of lace on the glass, looks real nice. Smell is great, very hoppy, some yeast, grapefruit, floral, toasty malt, caramel, orange peel, pine, very hoppy but balanced. Taste is similar, caramel sweetness and toast, grapefruit and orange, pine, floral, some light fruit, pineapple, lightly sugary, big bitterness but perfectly balance and complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Damn do BR make balanced DIPAs! This reminds me a bit of Apex in that its super complex but perfectly balanced, very good stuff. I could certainly put down quite a few pints. Thanks Carl!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to tpd975 who shared this at a tasting I randomly showed up at in Tampa. I have always wanted to try this beer. Pours a deep burnt orange color with a decent with head resting atop. Heads sticks around a while, and has the requisite lacing from a well made beer. A very strong earthy/pine hops aroma, and not sure if this was due to its journey, but a bit of a sour aroma too. What the beer lacked in hop aroma was made up in the taste, strong hops here. Well made in that the hops are balance with a strong malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel, but none of that dry hop aftertaste makes this very drinkable for a style that can many times not be.

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Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW347 for this gem.

A: Pours a nice copperish orange hue with a nice foamy head from a growler pour. Nice retention and a good smattering of lace.

S: Nice pine hops right from the start, hints of rotten fruit, and a big dose of floral hops.

T: Loaded with nice sweet caramel malt up front. On the back end is a huge dose of citrus hops with a healthy dose of floral hops. It's a big beer.

M: On the fuller side of medium, fairly full bodied for the style. Good carbonation with a nice bitter finish.

D: Pretty good, the hops bitterness dies a bit as it warms.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a sierra nevada pint glass.

A- Racer X is a amber color with some orange spots within. Last year when I had this the head was gigantic and expanding and the best i've seen on a DIPA. This year there was only a mere skim of foam on the top, leaving minimal lace.

S- Big citrus up front with nice grsapefruit and a bit of orange. A big hoppy nose with the malt keeping up. Getting some pine as well with a bitter smell.

T- Great stuff. The hops literally take charge and give off a huge citrus blast on the tounge. This includes grapefruit. Pines are up front as well but to a lesser extent. Big malts to give off a balance but dont reaslly come through in the taste. This is bitter all around.

M- A step above medium in feel with a nice crisp carb addition. After a while the bitterness reallly got to me though. This also has somewhat of an oily feel. I probably would have got blasted away if I took large gulps, so I sipped it.

D- A nice ABV not to high but one pint of this is enough for me. This is a hop bomb and a bit off balanced, a bit more malt would have helped. I will drink this again though, just have to be in the mood.

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Photo of duncan9idaho
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first glance this impressive beer has a great orange, amber hue with great clarity. Lacing is tight and the head is frothy. Nose is a combo of orange blossom, pine, baked bread and malty sweetness that is not overpowering but balanced. From the first sip to the lasting finish it is a big beer that is amazingly balanced.


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Photo of bwd110
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA 05/28/09.

A: Pours a hazy orange copper with a 1 inch white head. Sharp shards of lacing throughout.

S: Grapefruit at first, punctuated heavily by pine notes. Big whiff of sweet caramel malt as well.

T: A little backwards from what I'm used to, but it works here. Initial taste is big and sweeping malt flavor - adds a real heaviness to the taste. Malt thick sweetness up front. Big malt bill here. Next comes a big wallop of piney bittering hops. Big bitter flavor that lasts midway through, right to the finish. Grapefruit profile doesn't come out until the finish, but lingers nicely - especially in your beer burps!

M: Big body, oily, and smooth. Can't complain about much here.

D: Goes down pretty easy, leaving you wanting for more.

Bear Republic kicks some ass again!

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the Falling Rock Tap House while visiting Denver, CO.

Presentation: Poured from tap into a pint glass.

A: This beer looks amazing. Super fluffy/oily cream white 1 finger head that seems to sit atop the beer like a thick blanket. It never goes away the whole time I drink it. The beer is a beautiful medium orange/rust color and laces the glass pretty well.

S: Smell is strong of hops, specifically I smell flavors of mangoes pineapples in this one. Extremely nice, and complex to boot.

T: Taste follows the nose especially in the pineapple on the back side. I don't like that it is more bitter than I'd care for though. Unfortunate because I simply can't knock ANYTHING else about this beer. It just finishes a little bitter for me. Maybe slightly colder I would have preferred it more, but it was served to me around 50 degrees.

M: Absolutely world class. Creamy, oily, perfect weight. No complaints whatsoever. One of the best in this category I've ever had.

D: Hurt by the bitterness, but don't get me wrong. I really loved it. An outstanding DIPA.

Don't miss this if you have a chance to get it. Truly one of the best DIPA's I've had or beers I've had for that matter in many categories.

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Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another stellar beer that Viggo shared with me. thanks eric!

22oz hand-bottle from biercraft, reviewed as a growler as that's likely more accurate. sampled may 23/09.

pours deep orangey amber with a big dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of pine. light alcohol. big biscuit and wheat bread. orange. cracker. it smells chewy even before taking a taste.

taste is great. grapefruit. orange peel. tangerine. light alcohol. big crisp lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light grain. white bread. biscuit. bit of earthy and woody character too, but mostly citrus and pine and a huge malt profile. orange marmalade. medium-high bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance with a great malt and hop profile. tons of depth. great stuff.

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Photo of jdense
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass.

After hearing some of the worst words in beerdom, 'you're 15 minutes late for Pliny', the world-class barkeep suggested Racer X. Nice call, Cory. Minimal one finger head (no short pours here, Brother) with ebony body. Very prominent malt aroma with resiny hops pushed to the background. Sweet brown bread with caramel notes and complex hops on the taste buds, minimal pine character. Smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. At this ABV more of a sipper than a session beer, but it does taste good. To be honest, while it may sound sacrilegious, this reminded me a bit of HOTD Fred (!). Another fine Bear Republic brew, highly recommended for DIPAheads.

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Photo of Ummagum
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer today at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. I had 2- 16 oz pints. This is a great beer and I will definitly go back and drink it again. Great mouth feel, great smell and very drinkable. Even though it is 9%, you are not overwhelmed by the alcohol. Racer X is great from start to finish.

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber orange colored with an off white fluffy thick highly retentive head.

Fabulous nose. Fresh piney hops with a big citrus burst, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine. Some caramel malty aromas waft up with a bit of grassy ester on the finish.

Very balanced. Backbone is of thick caramel malt with an awesome thick creamy mouthfeel. Great mouth!! Resiny hops with hints of alcohol. Really can't get past the mouthfeel. Hops are gritty on the finish with nice fruity resiny middle. Lemon rind, tangerine, ctirusy grapefruit, grassy and pine. A elegan style IPA.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a golden-amber color with a nice light-tan head. Good head retention that leaves a couple streaks of lacing down the glass.

S- Smells very hoppy, with a full, complex hop profile. A full boquet of citrus and piney hops come through, backed by a slight malty, caramel-like sweetness.

T- Again, very hoppy. The hops hit hard with notes of grapefruit, pine, resin, tangerine, and orange rind. A caramel sweetness brings out the fruityness, but there's a nice clean, bitter finish.

M- Medium body and very thirst-quenching

D- Really smooth. I actually drank this one a lot faster than I meant too because it was just so refreshing and delicious. Didn't even notice the alcohol until my pint was gone.

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Photo of vasdef42
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks Ed and Aaron for the free pints of this rare treat!
dark copper transparent pour, healthy light tan head, lacing all over the place.
the smell, super piney, with a toffee, caramel backbone. hella hoppy nose! sniffed this one for a minute before diving in.
chewy as hell toffee on the taste, followed by pine resin bite. tastes a bit boozey, surprised to hear this is only 9 percent, would've guessed around 11 from the taste. sticky icky! coats the tongue with hoppy goodness that just wont let go. definitely top notch DIPA, over the top (turned my hat backwards) hops and malty chewiness!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Occasionally, there comes a gent kind enough to send you a wanted beer for nothing. Carl is one of them. Thanks, man!

A: Deep copper with amber highlights. A thick, off-white head caps this beer, leaving lace as it slowly subsides.

S: Holy hops, batman! A riot of juicy pine and citrus, with just immaculate aroma. Mild maltiness is perceived on the nose, this one's very very hoppy, though

T: Opens up with plenty of juicy hops, pine in nature with a LOT of flavor before a comparatively mild bitterness kicks in, along with flavors of candied orange and tangerine. Sweet caramel malts meld beautifully with the pine hops mid palate, before a dry and resiny finish takes over.

M: On the heavier side of light-bodied, the carbonation in this week+ old growler's held up very well. The resin character on the finish is gorgeous!

D: With all of 22oz in this one, I'm going to be sad when it's gone. The low ABV really enhances the drinkability, too

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Photo of Nickls
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Darker orange/copper color; poured with a thinner slightly tan, solid looking head. Good retention and lacing

S - Great hoppiness; a bit cedary; some sweetness comes along as well

T - Wow, wonderful stuff here. Pretty aggressive hops that are actually tempered really nicely with the malt presence. Not as sweet as I was expecting from the nose (which was great IMO).

M - Medium MF, lightly carbonated, and well enough to carry the flavors over the entire palate.

D - Perhaps one of the most drinkable DIPAs that I've sampled. Alcohol is completely masked, and the deliciousness of the brew makes for a blissful drink.

Overall, this is an utterly fantastic brew and DIPA. Truly enjoyable in every respect, and highly recommended.

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Photo of joepais
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for sending this my way. Counter pressure bottle filled from Bierkraft was poured into my Sam Adams glass. It produced a gorgeous white fluffy head that settled to a thick lace. The lace follows the clear golden copper body down the glass.

It has a wonderfully sweet hoppy fragrance coming from this glass. I must say the obligatory grapefruit, grassy comparison comes to mind but that may not be doing the fragrance justice.

It is a nice bitter DIPA the flavors follows the nose. The caramel sweetness from the malts and the hops blend extremely well. It really is a well balanced West cost DIPA WOW
Something I would not expect. The slight alcohol heat is an extra dimension added to this brew. Carbonation is great and the feel is somewhat light which make this the ideal feel in my mouth.

This brew could be dangerous if I could get my hands on more than just this bottle I could easily drink mass quantities of it. A surprisingly great balanced DIPA from the west cost. Keep it up Bear Republic another great brew from you guys

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Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice brown-amber color. Much darker than I expected it to be for the style.

Smell: Straight fresh hops, smell is _almost_ as good as pliny the younger. Lots of grapefruit and lychee. Very fresh, although it is a very fresh growler. Fun growler to bury your nose in.

Taste: Good taste, fresh hops, grapefruit, pine resins, citrus, etc. It is good, but is more bitter and less hop when compared with the two plinys. Nice caramel malt, but not quite enough.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel; surprisingly not oily.

Drinkability: Good, but no like pliny, the increased bitterness is a limiting reagent.

This is a good beer, maybe even a great beer - but it doesn't top pliny the younger (or elder), extremely bitter.

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Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Craft Ale House.

A-Pours a beautiful clear golden peach with a fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

S-A hop explosion, mostly grapefruit and pine. Also some orange rind.

T-Bitter, delicious hoppiness right from the front of the tongue. A huge grapefruit bite, then strong pine hops, a peppery hop note and then a surprisingly nice sweet finish.

M-Medium bodied and a bit oily.

D-It's been a long wait for this one, which I last had almost three years ago at the brewpub. This beer lives up to the memory; can't wait to have it again.


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Photo of callmemickey
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich amber body, nice sized fluffy white head. Good retention and super lacing.

S: Blasts of pine and grapefruit. Some booze shining through toward the end.

T: More pine and grapefruit. Unfortunately, much more booze than the nose. Strong bitter finish.

M: Moderate body. Strong bitter finish. Booze is kind of astringent.

The flavor and nose are enough to make up for the slightly disappointing feel and strong booze presence.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bierkraft 'growler'. Pours a hazy coppery orange in color with a good sized cream colored head, laces nicely as consumed. Aroma is some nice piney and peppery hoppiness along with some citrusy hop aromas of orange rind, tangerine, grapefruit. Taste shows a nice caramel malty body that blends well with some orange and tangerine, before a crisp turn to pepperiness and bitterness mixed with a piney flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding, medium in body, nice malty body is perfectly proportionate in that it never takes the front seat but is big enough to balance the beer without becoming too sweet or syrupy. Some tingling pepperiness on the tongue is followed by a very nice rush of drying and puckery bitterness. abv is well hidden. Overall a very good beer, this particular examples mouthfeel stood out most for me and is what helped to make it a highly drinkable dipa. Thanks to one of my favorite traders for this sample, thanks G!

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Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Red in Santa Cruz. Clear brown. Bursting hop aroma with flowers, orange and grapefruit. The flavor is pretty sweet; a little more so than the hops can rightly dominate. Bitter and flavorful hops play with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty nice stuff, but not the target dipa for me. (3.7) Rerate: Draught at the red. Orange/amber color with a sticky head. Oily, citrus and sap aroma that screams fresh, juicy hops. The flavor has a moderate malt sweetness that is pretty pale, with some light caramel and toasted malt. The hops are very green and oily, with a strong Orange/grapefruit and light tropical flavor. Bitterness is pretty modest in balance with the malt sweetness, just enough to win out in the end. Medium-full body with tight carbonation. Nice oily and citrucy DIPA. The balance makes this pretty drinkable as well.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Flying Saucer KC

Sat in the globe glass as a pretty orange/amber with a sizable off-white head. Super-spidery lacing was impressive.

All sorts of piny, earthy scents mingling in the nose of this beer. Lots of pollen-like, flowery notes on the finish. It certainly entices the senses in the way that you expect an IIPA to. It smells a lot like Bell's Two Hearted Ale, actually.

Yup. Goldmine of tasty goodness. Pine dominates at first, but subsequent quaffing yields a good deal of mustiness. This is loaded with earthy hop flavors, so much so that the citrus seems relatively subdued. The toasted malt isn't overshadowed, somehow, leading to a (sort of) balanced finish. Superb.

Not too thick or thin as far as mouthfeel; I guess that if you don't notice it, then its doing its job. I only had one of these, but I wish I had more. I could have enjoyed them, as this is one tasty and smoooth IIPA.

What Bell's HopSlam is to citrus in IIPAs, Bear Republic Racer X is to earthiness. Its pretty fantastic, and I'm very glad that the guys at Flying Saucer brought this in to KC.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Saucer.

This beer was presented in a 10oz globe glass. It is a dark, burnt orange amber with a massive, white rocky head that leaves some of the craziest lacing I have ever seen. The aroma is pine, caramel, toffee, a bit of vanilla, grapefruit and fresh pine needles. This could very well be the most piny IPA I've ever had but the hop varieties still show through. its not just pine. The flavor is crazy hoppy. Huge pine notes coat the palate, then the malt backbone hits with caramel and vanilla, the bitter rinds of grapefruit show itself. This is really a phenomenal DIPA. Hoppy yet balanced. The mouthfeel is full and coats your mouth with a bitter resin. I know understand why this is such a highly touted beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Props to the BA who supplied this growler at the May tasting (I think it was thickerfreakness; if so then thanks Charles)! Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a beautiful, deep golden-copper hue with interspersed trails of carbonation. A pillowy cap of custard foam crescendos at 2" in height and slowly recedes to a thick cap, leaving sexy webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. Aroma reeks of resinous, piny, sticky hop cones, with a superb balance of toffee, caramel malt, and Sugar Daddy candies.

The flavor surpasses my expectations; IIPA's really don't get much better than this. A perfectly balance of pine-laden hops and toffee malt coats the palate, while the greenery leaves a lasting bitterness along the finish. Body is medium-thick, but not overbearing in the slightest. Perfect carbonation and a chewy, creamy body that never turns syrupy. All in all, Racer X is a fantastic beer...I rave about Bear Republic's Racer 5, but Racer X just takes it to another level. More please!

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.