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120 Minute IPA - Dogfish Head Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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7,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,028
Reviews: 2,096
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 1,157
Gots: 2,700 | FT: 170
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: frank4sail on 03-24-2003

Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.
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Photo of davey101
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage into a DFH signature glass. Reviewed on 7/24/2011.

A - Dark copper/amber body, off-white head that really sticks around. Some nice lacing and retention. 4.0/5

S - Super bitter hops, alcohol. Really strong and intense. 3.0/5

T - Pungent, bitter hop flavor. Lots of sweet malts. Alcoholic twang at the end, but it somehow manages to be drinkable. Syrupy and meaty mouth feel. 4.0/5

O - I equate this to drinking a hop liquer. Very strong and intense, yet smooth and drinkable. It does start to become a bit of a chore to drink this towards the end of the glass though. Definitley worth the experience and high price tag. 3.5/5

2008 vintage into a DFH signature glass. Bottling date of 11/06/08 and reviewed on 7/30/2011.

A - Murky copper/brown body. A slight bit of sludge towards the end of the pour. A tiny khaki head that recedes to some light edging and eventually just legs after a swirl. 3.5/5

S - Sweet malts, raisins, brown sugar and alcohol. The hops have faded and whats left is something that reminds of a toned down version of raison d'extra. 4.5/5

T - The flavor starts off with sweet figs and raisins and a healthy dose of super sweet DFH malt. A bit of spice and alcohol bite rounds it all out. Meaty mouth feel with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinks a lot better than fresh. 4.5/5

O - This beer makes a real 180 with age on it. It transforms from a massively hopped up booze bomb into a mellow yet intense barley wine. Its not overtly complex, but is a really nice sipping beer. A real treat if you enjoy sweeter beers. 4.5/5

I averaged together the two scores to achieve my actual rating.

Photo of MightyCasey
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep copper with a reasonable head, especially given the abv.
S: Initial aromas of crystal malts, hops, and alcohol come through in the nose.
T: I got flavors of something resemblling ethyl alcohol, a pretty sizable level of malt complexity, hop resins, and hop flavor as I let it slowly expand across my palate in very small and controlled sips.
M: The finish was relatively sweet, but certainly not cloying; a feat in a beer with a starting gravity as high as this one must have had.
Overall, this was unlike nearly every other beer I’ve ever had. High alcohol but drinkable... Be careful.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
-2008 vintage

A- Dark burnt orange color, cloudy, ½ finger beige head dissipates to nothing, minimal lacing, and hardly any carbonation which I was expecting being 3 years old and high abv.
S- The aroma is very unappealing, really boozy, big sugary smell, slight malt; the hop presence has completely faded, really unique, I hope the taste is much different.
T- The taste is pretty surprising, still really sweet, candy, syrupy, but in an enjoyable way, really easy drinkability which is dangerous for how high the abv is, really warming as it goes down, slight malt presence.
M- Medium mouth feel, smooth, coats the mouth.
O- Interesting beer, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and Im glad to have tried it, would love to try this one fresh to compare, really surprised by how easy drinking this is. I actually enjoyed it somewhat.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

08 vintage, poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a real nice looking cherry red with a one finger tan head that fades to about half a finger, then sticks around for awhile. No lacing.

S- smells like booze...intensely sweet brown sugar...molasses. Oh god, please don't let this kill me

T- this is super, super boozy. Very sweet, as well. Getting a finish that has a lot of toffee type flavors.

M- syrupy. Thick. Boozy. Ugh

O- I've been drinking one 12 oz for about...two hours now. Still not done. This is such an absolute sipper that it's a turnoff. Even three years of age didn't kill the booze

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Semi-cloudy orange, one finger head.

S-Great deal of hops, some citrus notes and slight earthy tones.

T-Very sweet and sugary. Citrus comes through as well. Not as bitterness as one would expect. When I hear "holy grail" of hop heads I'm thinking extremely bitter (Hoptimum comes to mind as far as just extremely bitter is concerned) There is some slight alcohol notes in there as well.

M-Heavy, semi-smooth, alcohol is notices. Decent level of carbonation for such a high abv beer though.

O-I'm glad I got to try it once. I'll most likely never have it again fresh in my life. Come November if the beer is released again, I'll buy some up to age and see how that works out. At the end of the day it is true what the reviews say, 90 Minute is better.
Although I will never adjust an overall score based on price, I will through this out there that at 10 bucks for a 10oz this is one of the worse Rating/Price beers out there. Black Ops is expensive but great, GI Rare was EXPENSIVE but a top beer in my book.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

Appearance - Light amber, dark gold body with a little bit of a head. Very clear and a tiny bit of lacing, which is stunning considering the ABV. Swirling it around coats the glass. It doesn't look nice in the traditional sense, but it still looks classy.

Smell - Interesting nose. At first, I didn't get alcohol. The second smell was all alcohol. It smells like apple juice and raisins. Maybe cherries, too. It's all malt. Some floral hops, but it's tough behind all that malt.

Taste - Like drinking honey. Extremely sweet. I get almost no hops from the flavor. A lot of apple and other fruits in the malt. A little bit of a hop bitterness in the finish, along with loads of booze.

Mouthfeel - Not as syrupy as I'd expect, but still thick. A lot of booze and low carbonation. It is what it is so it's tough to hold that against it, but it's still tough to drink.

Overall - This one's fresh and I have one to age. We'll see how it develops, but I'm not in a rush to drink any more of these fresh.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. Thanks Carl.

Pours a hazy orange. No real head. Not particularly appealing looking

Smells boozy and malty. Sme nice raisiny hints with a subtle hoppiness n the nose that is clearly faded compared to fresh.

Tastes incredibly boozy with lots of malts. Sweet and overwhemingly hoppy.

Vry interesting...

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at the Rehoboth Brewpub.
2008 Vintage

A - murky orange, minimal white head thins quickly to a ring

S - sweet, citrus, caramel malts, nice citrus.

T - Strong citrus. Not very hoppy. Nice malt situation. Strong, but for 18% (or whatever it is) it's not too boozy (but still pretty boozy). Nicely balanced.

M - Thick, and dense.

O (D) - It's hot. It's big. A crazy beer that could still use more time. But I like it.

Photo of dancingnancie
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got really lucky. Got the last bottle at the local binnys. They got 8 total, and I happened to be next on the call list. 2011 106 1 on bottle.

A: Beautiful dark amber. Gorgeous looking. Nice lacing.

S: I get tropical citrus fruits on the nose. Smells amazing. Hardly any alcohol in the smell.

T: Very surprised at how different this tastes. Very balanced for how high the ABV is. I really like this. Nice fruit flavor, with a nice hop bite. Awesome malt finish. Really a special brew.

M: Thickest ipa I've ever had. Similar mouthfeel to a WWS.

A great brew, if you are lucky enough to find one. Bravo DFH!!

Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle dated 2011 poured into a snifter

A- A bright orange/copper color with a small one finger head that faded quickly, nice lacing.

S- Citrus/tropical hops and alcohol, there is a nice sweetness to the hops.

T- Hops, tropical and citrus fruits, a candy/molasses sweetness, alcohol is noticeable and adds to the complexity, but doesn't taste like it is around 18% ABV. This has some really nice bitterness to it.

M- Medium to full body, surprisingly smooth.

O- I am truly surprised how good this is fresh, I really thought it would be too boozy and a little bit of a mess. I have had it before with some age on it, and it is great aged. I am really glad that I was able to get ahold of a few bottles. I can't wait to have this again with some age on it.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My previous review of this seems to have disappeared. Good thing I kept my notes. Poured from the bottle into a DFH Snifter. Enjoyed at The Local in Coral Gables, FL.

A--Poured a vibrant orange with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. Left oily streaks down the side of the glass throughout the drink.

S--Hop blast up front. Very oily, wet hop smell. Lots of alcohol on the nose. Get a bit of grapefruit, apricot, and lemon peel on the finish.

T--Malty hops. There is a large amount of hop oil on the palate. The dry hop taste that most IPAs have is replaced with an oily malt taste.

M--Very heavy and sticky in the mouth. The alcohol does not go down easily.

O--I'm glad I got the chance to try this. Since I have gotten into craft, this beer has not been available. Luckily, I snagged the last bottle of this before it was gone. Not something I will actively seek out and drop all the money on in the future--especially since DFH makes a lot more wallet-friendly, wonderful tasting IPAs.

Photo of nukem5
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a truly awesome orange/amber color with thin cap of foam, tiny bubbles flit their way to the top slowly very beautiful.

S: The smell is out of this world and unlike any other beer I've ever tasted ,smelled or saw.

T: The first sip says all, this is a truly magical beer fruity spicy deep in flavors and rich warm, captivating, inviting. After about 3 years of searching this one out finally found it and it was very much well worth it the destination is always a goal but not it calls out to me drink me again. Complex taste float all over the tongue.

M: Rich and full highly alcoholic flavor which increases as it warms.

O: Overall a truly awesome beer and I could never say enough to do it justice.

:-) Thanks Bocktown beer and grill for having this one.

Photo of kstoltz
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at DFH Alehouse in Fairfax, VA. Finally! It's been a long time a-waitin!

A: Nice, warm copperish-orange-reddish color. No head or lacing on this. Looks very much like a fruit beer.

S: Most of the hops come up here with fruit smells - peach, apricots

T: Ohhh, so good. Hops are there but subdued. This has a very sweet taste but without being cloying. Hops and Honey is probably the best way I'd describe it. Worked very well with the buffalo wings that I had. However, I was surprised that it wasn't boozy given the 18% ABV. This had a very smooth taste.

M: Just a faint hint of carbonation, but this here's a sipping beer.

O: More please. Alongside DFH's Olde School Barleywine, this is one great beer. Something to have on a special occasion or for during a equally great dinner.

Photo of Yagman3000
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally having the 2011 at Rattle and Hum in NYC at their DFH event.

Poured from a bottle into a wide tulip. Appears an orange and gold with a tiny outside rim of thin bubbles and acsmall oil slick in the middle.

Smells of sweet tropical fruits: mango, apricot, pineapple. Sweet sweet hops with a touch of booziness.

Tastes of apricot. Not as sweet as in years past and not quite as boozy. The difference between 18% and 21% is noticeable. This is my favorite for a reason: a sweet hop bomber!

Mouthfeel is thick and filling but just short of cloying in terms of its sweetness. It truly goes back and forth between tropical and hop bitterness due to it's complexity.

I can't deny this. It's my #1 and I'd cross the dessert for it. It's amazing and my heart grew fonder due to not having one for about 18 months. All hail 120!!!

Photo of slash196
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep, deep ruby red, with some lingering lace that stuck around until the bottom. Served in a 12-ounce snifter, but it struck me as perfectly suitable for an old-fashioned pint glass.

Smell: Hoppy and sweet, but not as much nose as one might expect out of an ale this strong. Some of that is probably the relative lack of carbonation; the 120 minute is definitely less foamy and "beery" than, say the Festina Peche. This beer is all business.

Taste: Like all great beers, this beer packs multiple flavor profiles. Off the tip of the tongue it's sweet, fruity, and complex, with an absolutely uncanny smoothness.
Make sure you also get it in back of your throat (sort of a gargling motion), because that's a whole different ball game. Almost brutally bitter, with a massive shock of hop oil enough to challenge any hop-head (but it's well worth the challenge).

F – Full bodied and sweet, fairly light but with a solid amount of the hop oil; let's face it, this beer is basically all hops. Knock-your-teeth-out strength; per-volume it's about two-and-a-half times stronger than a gin and tonic.

D – Unlike a very strong belgian, this brew stays true to its roots; this is unmistakably an Imperial IPA with the hops turned up to Plaid. I paid ten dollars for a glass of this and it was worth every thin dime (for the record, it took me about 45 minutes to finish it, such was the power).

Fun story: I went to the Dogfish Head Alehouse for my birthday, and halfway through my dinner they tapped a new keg of this. People actually cheered.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy Birthday to me!

This is from the June 2011 batch. Pours a deep clear copper with a a slightly off-white rich head. For lack of better glassware this was poured into a nice white wine glass.

I have let it sit for about 15-20 minutes to develop. The nose hits me with alcohol unlike many other beers. Rich fruits, citrus maybe tangerine and grapefruit.

Tastes like candied citrus drops. Tropical fruits and burnt sugars. There is a richness to it and a sharpness of alcohol. I can tell this is going to be better in a couple years after it rounds out more and mellows. To be honest, the alcohol is overtaking a lot of the nuances in it and the warmth in the end lasts quite a while.

The mouthfeel is very rich and coating. Not thick, but just right.

This is an experience... and I reserve the right to re-review it on the next bottle.

Photo of schwaeh
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared with inebriatedjoker. Bottled 11/05/08

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color. No head. It coats the glass like fresh motor oil.

S: The smell is full of hops still, old hops, but its still there. Fusel alcohol and caramel are very big. There is a citrusy smell that might papaya fruit.

T: Big alcohol but nicely mellowed due to the age. There is a nice tropical fruitiness and caramel. This beer is super sweet, almost too sweet but I can handle the 6 oz no problem; trying to drink this yourself might be a chore. The fading floral hops are on their way out at this point in the beer's life. Its easy drinking considering the ABV and the inflated ingredient use.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation feels very low. The high alcohol is pleasant at this point, nothing absurd, just warming and enjoyable.

O: I really thought this beer was going to be too much. It was a surprise that it drank so well. The sweetness was a little overwhelming for us both but I can see past that to all the good this has to offer. I'm very interested to try this both fresh and much older now to see the drastic changes it can go through. This is a must-try.

Photo of HoopTime
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 7-ounce tasting glass (shared the bottle)

A- Slightly cloudy, goldenrod in color. head was surprisingly small, just a very thin layer that quickly dissipated with little to no lacing

S – Hops dominate, as expected. More apricot than citrus.

T – Sweet start, with hints of caramel, then the hops kick in for a smooth, bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden

F – Full bodied, heavy, with medium carbonation. You don't notice the high alcohol until the finish, when you get a mild burn on the back of the throat. This is thick, even sticky, with that coat the tongue quality.

D – At $8.50 retail per 12-oz bottle, this is not a session beer. And even if it were less expensive, between the high ABV and the general heaviness of the beer, it would be tough to drink more than 2, 3 max, in a sitting

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/17/08 enjoyed 7/12/11. This bottle clocks in at 20% abv.

A - no head, no lacing, murky orange/apple cider.

S - Alcohol and jelly donuts!

T - Alcohol, sweet, sugary, jelly donuts, hops are subdued over 3 years, aftertaste of apples.

M - Sticky, dry, clinges to every part of your mouth and warms you.

O - Strong, warming, sipper, great vintage!

Photo of adam42381
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium caramel color with golden-orange highlights and a 1 finger off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin film at the top of the beer. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops, grassy notes and much less alcohol than I expected. Smells quite sweet.

Taste: Sweet caramel and citrus up front followed by a touch of molasses in the middle before ending with mild hoppy bitterness at the finish. The taste is almost cloyingly sweet, but not quite. The alcohol is masked in the flavor. You really only detect it after you swallow. The aftertaste is mostly oranges and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy and much thicker than I'm used to with DIPAs (of course this isn't your average DIPA). The hops are oily and quite sticky.

Drinkability: High drinkability for a beer with 18% ABV. It goes down very smooth. I had to remind myself that this was a sipper as I was drinking it a little too rapidly.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is far from your standard Double IPA, but that shouldn't be a deterrent. Dogfish Head is known for pushing boundaries and this one definitely meets that objective. I plan on aging the other bottle for a while. I recommend picking up at least one bottle if you've never tried it before.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a very nice slightly amber gold that is perfectly clear with a slight amount of head that dissipates, leaves no lacing
S: Very nice citrus hop scent very little alcohol tinge which makes it that much more inviting
T: Very nice strong initial hop citrusness followed by a kind of slow drawn out alcohol bite that starts nice and builds to a warming
M: Smooth on the palate, alcohol burn hits the back of the tongue, medium to slight carbonation
O: Found it to be a wonderful interpretation, alcohol was not nearly as perceptive as I have seen in others with similar ABV, really loved the hopiness and how it wasn't pushed aside by the alcohol

Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a DFH snifter

A: Bright copper with a very thin head. Little to no carbonation noted in the pour. Very thin ring present from the beginning and lasting for the session. Small island of tinny bubbles present. Swirling produces some foaming but it dissipates very quickly. No lacing present.

S: At first the hops were the dominant aroma when sniffing this beer. Quickly that was replaced by a very sweet alcohol aroma. There are some spicy notes noted in the background along with some malt and traces of burnt sugar.

T: Sweet malt with an alcohol bite. Hops are hard to detect at first but appear midway then dissipate quickly leaving a lingering bitterness and residual sweetness.

M: Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Very sticky and slightly cloying. Seems to leave more of a film than the 90 minute.

D: Couldn't drink more than one in an evening. One that really should be savored and allowed to open to fully enjoy. I can really only recommend this to those looking for something completely unique or those that are die hard DFH fans. It will be interesting to see how this beer develops over time as Sam works on reigning this beast of a brew in.

Photo of tomfneph
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was given this 2011 version by Tom Behr. He obtained it thru his son's establishment The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY.
I poured this "beer" into a frosted mug. I was surprised by the orange amber color and one half inch mocha head. Very good start.
The nose is what you would expect from an American double IPA. Powerful citrusy hops followed by the alcohol burn.
I put "beer" in quotations because this is really a mead. I believe Dogfish mixed honey and hop oil, malted the alcohol up to 18% and called it an IPA. Come on, American IPA's are not this sweet!! It was way too sweet for me to just sip. I recommend you drink this beer with food. It went well with bleu cheese wedge salad and beef.
The mouthfeel is what you would expect from a mead, cloyingly thick and oily. You have to wait for the hoppy bitters to shine thru the honey and ?watermelon? But the bitter is very short-lived.
I don't really like sweet beer. This one goes way beyond Belgian sweetness. This is supposed to be a fantastic beer but I cut it to 3.0 overall. It's ok with food but tough to drink by itself.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a thin trace of whitish head, just tracing over the surface.

Smells like plenty of hops, but not sharp.

Tastes like... Hop candy! Hops, peaches, plenty of smooth caramelly malt to balance the hops and get that gravity. Also plenty of honey.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, not much to say here.

Well, completely different from the 60 and the 90. Much more similar to the World Wide Stout, just, y'know... not stout.

EDIT: Tried an '08 at DFH Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth Beach in Dec 2011. It was astringent, slightly herbal with hops that give way to honey, but not particularly sweet. Nose had mostly ethanol.

Photo of Sensaray
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is clear dark orange amber with full orangy white head. Dissipates slowly. Thin head stick around. Side by side, this was almost the exact same color as 90 minute.

Smells like sweet and tangy oranges. Sense of alcohol, caramel, darker malts, dark citrus like grapefruit. Hoppy. Malts smell good.

Spice note then a dark ctirus and dark resiny fruit overtake. Very sweet, some caramel. Then the bitter starts up. Not as much hoppiness as expected, but big malts and good bitter close. It's balanced, but it's a larger maltiness.

Theres a thicker feel thats got some stickiness to it, but ok carbonation still. Medium heavy body.

Overall somewhat different than I expected. Very sweet. It's good but not one of my favorites. Like a super malted 90 minute.

120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 7,028 ratings.