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Dark Vine - Ithaca Beer Company

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 282
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 22.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MisSigsFan on 10-17-2013

A hoppy black IPA bursting with so much flavor that you might think you’re tasting double. Intensely floral nose, surprisingly light body, and strong bitter finish.
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Photo of dacrza1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 30, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: celebrating Shan's new holiday--New Year's Eve Eve... APPEARANCE: jet black body with gray uneven head that simmers to a marshy top; post-trailing is tangible... AROMA: extremely floral with vanilla, citrus and bubblegum; complex... PALATE: immediately effervescent, with bubbles coalescing on the tongue; warming, stoking at the throat; at 9.5% ABV, devilishly subtle...TASTE: intense hops blunt slightly sweet, almost milky hints; malts lend a smoky appeal to the chunky dark body; coffee is secondary, but smoothly infused... OVERALL: a BIG beer that requires sipping for appreciation; in the Box o' Hops, a third to the Creeker and Flower Power, but that is not an insult, but that's the company it keeps...

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two fingers wort of late to develop light brown colored batter like densely packed frothiness... Rock solid retention... The color is a translucent dark brown... A limited bit of carbonation can be seen meandering around... The nose is fairly subdued but far from impotent... There is a bright citrus at the forefront... Pineapple... Oranges... Next comes a rock solid malt base... Biscuit... Light caramel... This all sits a top a faint roasted malt character... The palate starts exactly as expected with a pleasant mix of hops and malt base... The finish has a surprising presence of vanilla which lingers a bit... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Smooth an rather quaffable... Limited carbonation... The finish has a very slight charred texture and turns slightly chalky... Not a bad brew by any means, but a few notches below best in class American Black Ales... The slightly cloying vanilla presence, while not off putting, detracts slightly from the other charming qualities of this brew... Having now worked my way through the 2nd Box of Hops offering, I can safely say the Flower Power is still the best of the bunch...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of citrus, coffee and chocolate. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, herbal, pine, caramel, chocolate, nutty, toasted, and roasted malts.

Taste: Still little alcohol detected. So smooth and balanced. Lighter bodied than expected for a higher ABV dark beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, slight slight bitterness, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: It's hard to think this beer is 9.5%. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer drinks do smooth. Will Revisit this one again.

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Photo of gr0g
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Black as night, capped with tan foam. Impressive head retention and lacing. Aroma is of intense C-hops, very citrusy and pungent. In the background is a faint whiff of roasted malt character, a bit of char.

Big flavor, hops at the forefront. As the brewer's description states, it's got a "surprisingly light body." In a truly blind tasting, you might not notice this is a black IPA. There's some malty sweetness appropriate for a 9.5% ABV beer, but the roasted malt character is hidden by the intense hoppyness.

This a big, bold, and intense IPA, and the alcohol is well-hidden. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—only faint traces of dark red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose. Notes of dark malts and hints of pine also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of dark and roasted malts along with some slight hints of pine. The roasted malts linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts leaves your mouth a little dry in the finish.
O: This beer doesn't seem nearly as heavy compared to other beers in the style but still packs in lots of roasted malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a thin thick beige head with medium retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of sweet red grapes, mild spices, mint undertone, some citrusy, licorice and caramels.
Hoppy flavor with notes of pine, black fruits, tea bags, roasted malts, coffee beans, resin, licorice, spices and oatmeal. Dry and increasingly bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is incredibly well hidden.
Flavorful, complex and robust Black IPA. Piney grapes, in two words if you will.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a deep dark mahogany with some ruby high lights when held to the light. It has a thick, clumpy, caramel colored head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of bright citrus and floral with earthy undertones. It also has some roasted malt - caramel - and plumb in the nose.

It is a sweet hoppy meld in my mouth. I get bitter grapefruit and lemon along with sweet orange. It rounds out into a malt mouth with caramel notes and plumb in the background. The myriad of flavors is complex and smooth keeping it interesting and delicious. It also goes back and forth between bitter and sweet so as it not to be off putting or cloying. This is an excellent brew.

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Photo of cavedave
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thin ring of light tan is all that remains of a thin layer of foam. Crazy ass lace wallpaper clings.

Light/med.aroma features burnt sugar and roast against a backdrop of citrus and herbal hops. Even lighter caramel sweet shows through.

Taste is medium strength, with the roast showing the way for some nicely complimentary hops. It is very bright for a beer that is basically a showcase for the more bitter aspects of malt and hops, surprisingly delicious and interesting. The sip ends with the roast going up to, and not exceeding, the line between bitter and acrid. Dry.

Light in the mouth, low carb. medium viscosity, and a finish that could be a bit cleaner, but is nice.

A decent take on the style, will definitely appeal to those who like BIPA to feature bitter and roast.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is black, solid; head is tan, presents a little more than 1/4 inch thick, then dissipates to larger bubbles and froth, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little subdued, moderate roast, some caramel, some toast; hops are subtle, light pine and grass.

Taste is quite good considering this brews abv, heavier roasted malt upfront, some toast follows then the hops clean it up, good pine and grass.

Mouthfeel was a bit dry, but seems about right for the abv strength.

Overall, a very good brew, nice flavors and cover the strength well. Nice roast presence and good hop flavor.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New release from Ithaca? Fine by me. This is 9.5% abv? Never would've guessed that.

But to the beer: nice fruity edge, in a black ale kind of way. Seems like there is some tasty hop oils on there too. Earthy, yet balanced and bright. Not blowing me away, but a very pleasant drinker.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears nearly black and opaque in the glass with dark mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with very little hop character. Smells more like a porter at this point with robust, slightly smoked malt notes countered by a sweeter dessert-like character. Subtle grassy pine presence with a touch of floral buds and resinous oils but these hop/IPA characteristics are overpowered by the complex malt bill. Decent blend of roast and sweeter malts with hints of liquid smoke, burnt toast, coffee bean, oatmeal, dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. Smells decent but I would have preferred a stronger hop presence in the nose.

On the lighter end of medium body with a strong earthy hop presence giving off some dry, piney bitterness that lingers over the dark malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Resinous oils, dank buds, pine needle and spruce tip followed by hints of burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate, used coffee grounds, oatmeal, ash, caramel and toffee. Pretty robust but never approaches being acrid, harsh or overly roasted. Complex, well balanced and very easy to drink with a well masked ABV. No heat with very little alcohol sweetness in the finish. I'm not a big fan of black IPAs but this is one if the better interpretations of the style that I've had.

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Photo of zimm421
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Appears a full black color with a thin, light brown head. A little bit of lacing is left behind, but nothing great.

The nose is full of pine and floral, with a good amount of toasted malt and sweetness coming through as well. Nothing is overwhelming, but it is balanced, and on-point. The taste begins with a good amount of pine, quickly over-powered by dark toasted malts, with hints of dark fruits. Those dark malts are really the feature of this. The finish is a little bitter, but doesn't stick around forever.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a thick, sticky finish. Overall, this is a good black IPA, but isn't anything that will blow you away. That being said, the combination of the dark toasted malts and the pine and floral hops is very interesting, and worth a try.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a FW tulip

pours a dark black with a big 2 inch beige head. smell is a mixture of hops and burnt malts.. taste is much smokier than i would have anticipated..the hops are on the back end but the smoky malts are very prevalent and lingering. not too easy drinking because of the smokiness. higher side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall too smoky/malty for me. but drinkable.

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

"Dark Vine"

Part of the Box of Hops sampler.

Pours a clear, dark amber brown that borders on opaque. Off white head forms and leaves a good amount of lace on the fluted pint.

Aroma of strong piney hops, grass, and faint citrus, mixing with a dark, sticky, tobacco like malt note with some char on the end.

In the taste, bitter hops and roasted malts, no surprises. Char comes out a lot more than in the aroma, which is also true about a grapefruit tinged citrus edge. A bit of coffee and faint vanilla are present in the finish, which does not exclude hop bitterness and flavor. There is little to no alcohol heat, which is quite an accomplishment for a black ale clocking in at nearly 10% abv.

The body of this beer is medium, well carbonated and smooth. Not sure what they did here with such flavor and potency being overly heavy. Hop flavors stick to the palate, as does a small residual malty sweetness.

Overall, this is essentially a hoppy stout. Dark Vine has a strong hop flavor and a good supporting cast of dark malts and resilient yeast. A perfect beer to drink when there's snow, freezing rain, and sleet outside.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this as part of the box of hops mix case, enjoyed chilled in a pint.

The color is very dark brown with crimson shade at the base of the glass with thick rocky ecru head with average bead and very good lacing/retention. The smell is a mix of citrus hop scents and slight burnt malt with mild hints of pine and light alcohol. The feel has a nice bitterness level with mild sweetness up front and moderate carbonation with a slight burnt/malt bitterness in the background mild dry graininess and roasted textures linger with a slight bitter linger.

The taste of Dark Vine has a mild pine hop flavor with some dark roasted keeping up and slight brown sugar element of crystal malt toward the middle. There is a mild citrus tinge from the hops which have good flavor and dominate the malt, however there is enough to soften the flavor and give a more balanced flavor of burnt malt with the juicy hops trailing toward the end. Overall I enjoyed this a lot more than most of the style even though it is a bit more malty than I expected considering the bitterness level of some of the other hoppy beers in the repertoire however the alcohol is pretty well hidden making for a drinkable hoppy black ale

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Such a deep dark brown with just a 1/4 inch of mocha head that fizzes out to just a mild mocha ring.
S - Smells piney and roasty with not much bitterness to the nose. It smells mild at this point not sure when bottled.
T - Ah there it is the touch of acidic hops I expected. Mild with not too much overwhelming bite but constant with every sip. Malty edge of burn hops and coffee roasts with just a bit of bitterness on the back palate. Its quite good.
M - Wow where is the ABV? It does hit you pretty hard but doesn't drink like it. God I love when that happens.

Overall I was quite impressed with this beer not too bitter or roasty very balanced reminded me of the 15th stone Black IPA but less bitter. Worth picking up paid 3 bucks for the single.

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

Looks very dark brown with super thick lacing from what was a nearly two-fingered head that fell and left all sorts of appealing designs in its wake.

Zesty citrus peel, pine, hearty roast, punchy dryness; all in the nose. Has the freshness of a young and good black ale. Definitely 'IPA' with that thinner crispness, never letting the maltiness get a grip. Earthy and citrusy hoppiness that falls into a nice balance.

Very hoppy with a spry citrus note that goes wild with pithy orange and grapefruit. Wet and round, yet roasty, but hop leaf is big and primary. Almost vegetal. The crackery malts do have an unsweet chocolate flavor. Some strange tinny orange flavor that carries through to the finish and beyond with some mild astringency.

The feel is okay, but light. Dark Vine is a little heady, too. The body has some swish to it, and the carbonation doesn't let down at all, if not, it's brushy and rough.

Dark Vine is a good black IPA. It's not a bad pick.

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Photo of Omnium
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Extremely dark brown in color a finger of off white head, little lacing.
S - Decent to the nose, mild roasted malt, alcohol, baking chocolate, licorice, some papaya, grapefruit, pine.
T - Too extreme. First off its way too boozy, bad job at hiding the alcohol, very astringent and soapy. Some darker fruit flavors, fig, a little papaya. There is so much abrasive bitterness here its overwhelming when paired with the booze. Almost imparts a spicy quality.
M - Too much bitterness, burn, and soapy texture.
O - One of the worst Black IPA's I've ever had. Its too extreme and unbalanced, there's so many undeveloped flavors here too. What a shame, considering how amazing The Creeker turned out to be.

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Photo of stjjoseph87
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love the black ipa style. This is by far the strongest black ipa I've had and may be the reason for the distinctive flavor profile. Poured into a Left Hand glass, smells like an ipa, tastes like a dark, smokey ipa with a hint of alcohol bite. First sip was very disappointing, however the warmer the beer gets, the better it becomes. I suggest drinking it five minutes after pouring and don't judge it till you're half way through.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a stella artois chalice from the 12 oz. bottle

A: nice dark roasted appearance. Opaque with cherry-coke looking edges. 1 finger head that drops to a 1 mm thin ring. Minimal lacing. still. Not hazy as far as I can tell. Has minor legs on vigorous swirl.

S: Bitter citrus. resiny. sour citrus. Minor fruity astringency. pungent! Malt is muted and slightly masked.

T: I am getting diacetyl,smooth butter popcorn notes. Sharp pine punch. Rich malt backbone of lightly roasted coffee and toasted biscuit. Is that brewer's licorice hiding in there?

M: creamy. very pleasant creaminess. Side of the tongue puckers a little,
strange sensation. Piney outbreath. Not any discernible heat. Milk-malt ball ultimate breath.

O: very nice brew. Not offensive, but it has some pronounced notes. It's is like porter meets APA over buttered popcorn. Pleasant.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to JayORear for sharing this one.

Best before 1/2014.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and pine aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for the style.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a balloon glass. Beer is a dark, black color with a good foamy head, which subsides down to a nice shallow ring of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S: A very surprising presence of citrusy and floral hop aroma. This is mingled with a solid toasty malt smell with the dark malts used.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a mingled flavor of the hops, including a good level of bitterness, with the dark roasted malt flavors.

Overall: I would like to preface by saying that in my opinion, this beer is very well executed in terms of the development of the flavors, aroma, etc. However, the combination of the aromatic, citrusy and floral hop aromas with the dark malts that establish the black IPA classification are a strange combination to me, and not to my liking. The least desirable part of the beer to me is the taste, where the hop flavors are overpowered by the maltiness, but the hop flavor does not pair well with the malts.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with brownish tint. Nice foamy 1 inch head with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Very floral and herbal, plums, raisins, grapes, pine, some smokey malts, added sugars.

Taste - This brew starts out with some piney hops mixed in with some smokey malts, and a little coffee and chocolate flavor. Has a nice bitter fruit kick in each sip. Loads of plum, raisin and grapefruit. Some added sugars provide a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Dark bitter fruits coat the tongue along with some malts. Palate gets more fruits, along with some added sugars and a little coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is bittered, malty and dry.

Overall - What a great, tasty beer. Has a lot of flavors, balanced well, and is rather easy to drink for being near 10% alcohol. Another winner, hope they package this in 6 packs, will drink again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown color and creates a pinky thick layer of roasted toffee colored head that sticks to the side of the glass. Very sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt, vinous herbal, and some citrus in the background (but not much).

T - Follows the nose with dark roasted malt leading the charge but then mellows and allows the bitterness to take the front seat midway through with nice bitterness with a floral,citrus pine character and finishes by leaving a coating of resiny pine and citrus in the mouth (not what I expected)...the hops totally wash away any chocolate malt presence that may have been left behind.

M - Medium body, somewhat sticky on the lips.

O - The ABV is incredibly well hidden and I had no idea this beer was sitting in the 9% range which makes it dangerously drinkable. Speaking of which, I'm not a fan of the style and I didn't enjoy this at all in the beginning but several sips in it started to grow on me with some really tasty hop resin which I never expected. I purposely avoided this one in the Box of Hops and it turned out to be way better than I anticipated - don't care for the aroma but the taste makes up for it.

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Dark Vine from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.