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Hibernator - Long Trail Brewing Co.


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639 Ratings

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This robust, malty brew will take the bite from a cold winter night.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-06-2001)
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Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Dark orange amber pour, with little head, and not much lacing.

Not much in the aroma. Maybe some caramel.

The flavor is better, but not by much. Caramel, butterscotch, some peat, and oak, but all very muted.

The body is too thin and watery for a "rich winter brew." Medium carbonation, goes down easy.

Overall a miss from Long Trail. Too many flaws.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 17:16:17 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of Carolvs


3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Phat Tuesday celebration prior to sacrificing beer for Lent.

A - Light brown with a great head and lacing trailing all the way down the glass.

S - Subtle malty sweet.

T - Effervescent malt: Not overwhelming, but not disappointing - just right.

Overall: I love this beer. Hibernator might be a slight exaggeration in the sense that this really isn't a "heavy" beer, but, it is most satisfying. Strong enough for winter but light enough for spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 23:02:14 | More by Carolvs
Photo of scotorum


3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/25/13. Cute graphic of a bear sitting at a fireside smoking a pipe and reading a newspaper.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a plastic cup.

a: Clear copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Nothing other than a single hint of vinegar.

t: Rather medicinal malt. Grassy and a bit spicy later. Some bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Medium.

o: Fortunately neither the initial hints of vinegar nor the medicinal tinge lasted. However, this "Scottish Ale" did not offer much other flavor..

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 05:17:09 | More by scotorum
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New York

2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, reddish-copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malt, slight dish rag/lemon cleaner, mild spice, some earthy hops.

Taste: Caramel malt up front, then thinning a bit with floral hop notes and some yeast, then flattening out to a more dull bitterness on the back end with some nuttiness and a slightly astringent dried spice note.

The Rest: This one doesn't do a whole lot for me. Body is medium and carbonation is fine, but the aroma is slightly off-putting and the taste didn't really make up any ground. Drinkable but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:42:39 | More by curasowa
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a deep amber/orange color in morning sunlight. Hazy, with ample visible carbonation and a creamy head that retained rather well. Thick, creamy lacing persists all the way down the glass. Regrettably for me, this is the best part of the beer.

S - Predominately roasted malt aromas. I expected to smell something a little sweeter.

T - Not really what I expected. This may be my first Scotch Ale, so that could be a big part of it. The roasty aroma that I smelled is there, but it plays a lesser role. The dominant flavor is some kind of bitter coffee type flavor. It's the kind of bitterness from coffee, but without the coffee flavor, if that makes sense. Seems to be some smoke present. Not really a strong combination for my palate.

M - Medium bodied, but it a little more watery than I expected given all the visible carbonation. Not a fan of the aftertaste.

O - I bought a 12-pack for my wife and I'm glad that she likes it, because I wouldn't really jump at the chance to have another one. Not a terrible beer, but just doesn't suit my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 14:30:28 | More by Andrew041180
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New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a stein.

Appearance is medium-brown. There is little foam on pour and it does not retain. Malty and some roasted aromas. Taste is similar, with mainly bitter dark-chocolate or coffee type malts and some roasted taste and scent. Feels a bit inconsistent in the mouth - sometimes creamy, sometimes poignant, sometimes just watery.

Advertises as a good beer for a winter night. I agree, especially since better dark beers are a lot more expensive. Overall not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:57:19 | More by Tingle
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber to deep amber. Decent clarity. Laces nicely after a fluffy head settled.

Cereal grains with a whole-grain Wheaties vibe. Subtle cherry nuances and hints of vanilla. Seeming notes of cinnamon and light roast. Dry and a little musty.

Sweeter grains with dark fruity esters, roasty bitterness, hemp, pomme, maraschino, husks, and light booze. Some tea notes in the mix.

Medium body with an early bumrush of carbonation. Works for drinkability. Booze never oversteps its boundary.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 15:11:57 | More by thecheapies
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another good beer from Long Trail. This is a good company. Beer pours a massive 3 finger head with a sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Scents of peat and grassiness on the nose. Taste is medium bodied with a bit of unbalance, only drawback. It is an easy to drink beer and good enough to session. Not sure why it's classified as a winter beer, but Hibernator is a nice alt style beer, although classified as a scottish ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:12:58 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Givemebeer


3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The cloudiness and color of apple cider. Not sure how I feel about that. Some head retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel and toasted malts. Faint floral hop present on the smell.

T: Interesting - Some spiciness and the toastiness and caramel is there. A bit of toffee.

M: A little too light bodied for my taste. Tad watered down.

O: Nice for a winters night for sure. Not great but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:13:48 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of Altrurian

New York

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drawn into a pint tumbler at Long Trail's brewery pub in Bridgewater Corners, the beer is a fetching dark amber, topped with a short off-white head that leaves a dense web of cling.

The aroma, of toffee, is mild, complementing a lightly sweet flavor that is rather hoppy for a Scottish ale. The taste and mouthfeel bespeak not so much deep autumn as Indian summer. Pleasant. Sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 15:45:34 | More by Altrurian
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long Trail Hibernator
12 oz. bottle

Long Trail's Hibernator is an unfiltered Scottish-style ale. It pours a hazy orange-chestnut body beneath a creamy cap of light tan. The head holds well and leaves some very nice rings of thin, craggy lace throughout the glass.

In the nose it's both malty and hoppy, which is unusual for a Scottish ale, but it's pleasant enough, and clean. The malt is gently caramelish, and there's also a hint of what leans towards being roasty but actually isn't - basically meaning that there's some dark malt to it, but it doesn't come off as coffee-like or chocolate, or anything particularly distinct.

The flavor follows suit, and although I feel there's a little bit too much hop flavor to it given the Scottish designation, it's not really that far overdone. Or maybe it's just the hops that they've chosen that I find odd. They're brighter, and perhaps more piney, spicy, and herbal than what I'd normally expect, which would be more English in character. The malt comes through nicely though, and it's got a perfect balance to it. Moderate bitterness focuses it, and it finishes dry and spicy with a light note of caramel and a dusting of dark chocolate powder.

Overall it's a really well-brewed ale, and one that satisfies. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 16:27:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for providing the bottle so I didn't have to buy one.

Appearance: A slight haze on a relatively straight up copper color. Small, off-white head drops to a spotty cap and tiny collar almost immediately. Moderate carbonation on the pour. A bit of clarity at the edges.

Smell: Lightly caramelized malts. A big white bread aroma. A bit phenolic. Some apple and raw grain. Biscuits and caramel. Slight roasted character. Even some vague toasted notes. Moderate malt backbone. Minimal hopping pushes hints of herbal and leafy hops. Some pale and amber malts. Pretty mild overall.

Taste: Herbal hop notes over the top of some pale malts. Bread crust with a hint of citrus. Some amber malts. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Minor roasted malt profile. Some toasted edges. Same mildly phenolic kick as the nose. Apple. Legit toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: A medium body with a moderate to low carbonation. A bit of creamy smoothness. Lingering dry finish.

Overall: You couldn't last the winter on this beer alone.

Drinkable en masse, despite terrible style claim. It's a mild bock type thing. Drinkable and not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 20:04:43 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an orange-amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded very rapidly leaving a great level of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a bready aromas mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness and some oak and nut smells as well. Overall the aroma is quite light.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a more breaded and lightly roasted malt flavor. Up front there are hints of a caramel sweetness. The sweetness begins to fade more toward the middle as flavors of a bit more roasted malt and more bready flavors come to the tongue joined by a lighter citrus hop of a grapefruit flavor. Other flavors of a woody and spiced nature then come to the tongue. In the end, with a increase in the caramel sweetness once again, a moderately sweetened spiced and bready taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The thickness of the beer was on the medium to slightly above medium side with a little bit of chewiness and a lower level of carbonation. The slightly thicker body was quite nice for the bready and spiced flavors of the brew. A bit more carbonation may have been nicer for the lighter grapefruit citrus hop flavors of the brew, but overall it was pretty well done.

Overall – Not bad. While the combination of flavors upfront was not too appealing, with somewhat off transitions, as the brew warmed more it took on a bit more sweetness allowing for a bridging of the flavors in a smoother transition.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 01:37:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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Rhode Island

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/1/13

Appearance: Deep amber with some light brown - mostly cloudy, with some clarity around the edges - small, off-white head, fades quickly - low carbonation - leaves a wispy cap, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Moderately malty - lightly toasted, bready, and decidedly grainy - caramel, amber, and pale malts - lightly roasty and earthy - some malty sweetness - mild overall, doesn't smell like a Scottish Ale

Taste: Follows the aroma - lightly roasty, lightly toasted - earthy, with some grass - some yeasty flavors - dry and roasty, but also sweet - bready, with some amber and caramel malts - some sweetness, some bitterness in the finish - flavor gets a lot more interesting as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, low carbonation

Overall: A decent beer, regardless of the style (or lack thereof)

This is not a Scottish Ale, regardless of what Long Trail claims on the website. But I don't know what I would call it. Long Trail describes it vaguely as a malty, winter ale on the bottle, and this makes more sense. This is definitely quaffable, but it's not exceptional in any way. I don't regret buying a 6-pack that was on clearance for $6. Win.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 06:03:18 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light earthy caramel.

The taste was obviously malty with tones of earth and peat. Balancing bitterness detected.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty malty treat.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 18:50:17 | More by plaid75
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 10/15/12 (bottled on date?), and poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Hibernator pours a slightly hazy burnt orange. Maybe a finger of bone colored foam crowns the beer, and fades cleanly after a minute or two. The nose, while muted, has a nice complexity. Toffee, biscuits, and a tobacco aroma all make themselves known. The flavor profile leads off with malts that definitely lean more towards biscuit and bread than caramel and toffee. There's a sharp bitterness next that's entirely out of place. A subtle tobacco and herbs blend delivers the finish. The mouthfeel just lacks the fullness of body that I'd expect for a malty winter beer, though the carbonation is appropriately subdued. I don't often reach for Long Trail beers when I'm browsing at my local bottle shop, and this HIbernator isn't going to change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 05:08:41 | More by axeman9182
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an eggshell head that recedes to leave some moderate lacing.

Aromas of light sweet caramel and roasted malts and some earthy/woody hops in the background.

Tastes follow the nose but improve as you get to your 3rd or 4th sip. Starts with a sweet caramel, toffee and lightly roasted malt flavor which is balanced somewhat by a bit of an earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this was a solid brew and I enjoyed a few of them just to make sure. While not very complex or robust, this beer knows and serves its purpose well. Extremely approachable, sessionable and easy to drink, this is a definite safe option brew in macro-havens. Not a must-try by any means, but a solid choice when options are limited.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 16:51:35 | More by claspada
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New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazey orange hue looks as if there is a lot of yeast still in the mix. Bottle says unfiltered so I assume this is the reason. Almost homebrewish in appearance. smell is dominated by hop aroma. Can't taste sweetness. More crisp hoppy flavor that also has a bite of hops at the tail. I'm not really getting any spice either so for me this is not a preferred winter beer offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:15:49 | More by jjchristiano
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, vibrant, ruby coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy surface coating of head. Aromas of rich caramel, both sweet and smooth, a touch of hops bitterness, and some floral jasmine highlights. Very smooth and balanced aromas. Flavors are rich and roasty, with a scotch and caramel backbone that is sweet, but balanced. Malt profiles expound as the beer covers the palate, giving rise to some bready and molasses characteristics. Light bodied despite the rich flavors, and when combined with the lower ABV this beer becomes very drinkable. Sweet, slightly tart aftertaste with the hops presence resurfacing for a touch of bitter and spice to clean the palate. Crisp, clean finish with a touch of spice linger. Tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:20:02 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A sessionable Scottish Ale? Hardly seems likely, but we have an excellent candidate for that title right here. With a 5.6% ABV, this offering certainly qualifies on the light end of Scottish ales. However, there is still some delicious malty flavor present in spite of the low ABV.

To start, this beer pours copper with a tinge of red to it. There is a finger of head that dissipates quickly. The nose is malty, but not terribly strong at all. The upfront flavors are from caramel malt for sure and the malt profile gets bolder on the finish.

Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 06:41:15 | More by 57md
Photo of Cylinsier


3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a reddish honey gold, slightly hazy, off-white head dissipates from a half inch to a lacing.

Smells of dry barley malt, slight caramel and scotch, and a light woodiness.

Mildly sweet like honey and molasses followed by a dry woodiness with a barley character. Whisper of a hop bitterness. Bready in the end.

Medium body with tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A so-so ale and a descent Scottish, a bit bland ultimately. Interesting and worth a try as it goes down easy but presents a good body and a stronger flavor, but probably not something I'll return to in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 00:40:16 | More by Cylinsier
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3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To say it quickly, this beer is good. It looks by the label to be more of a 'winter' beer. But it isn't at all. It's not dark, or heavy, or has a distinct taste. But it is good, and I can see it being relatively easy to drink several of these. It's pretty neutral, so I can see IPA and Ale fans enjoying this...while those that like a darker and heavier fare try a few of those for a lighter alternative. Long Trail is a fine brewery that makes some great beers...this one probably ranks slightly above the median of its offerings. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 17:43:01 | More by JTBacon
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3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear, dark copper tone yielding a big 2-finger beige colored head. nice retention and lacing... great presentation.

nose is somewhat tame, noteworthy in its caramel, bready maltiness, but not a whole lot else going on. flavor follows the aroma closely, which is to say, meh... bready, with sweet, caramel malts, a bit of a metallic edge to it. OK - nothing more, nothing less; a decent if uninspiring quaff.

medium bodied, medium carbed mouthfeel. goes down easy enough, just seems to me there are far better offerings to be had.

originally reviewed: 01-05-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 21:33:02 | More by BostonHops
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Rich malts. Mostly crystal, with some very mild chocolate and black malts. Moderately roasty, just a hint of smokiness. Grains, wheat and barley. Bold aroma overall.

Appearance: Depp copper, slightly hazy. Expecting more haze since this is unfiltered. Pours a moderate light brown head. Good retention and some lacing. Some sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle after the pour.

Taste: Dark and roasty. Crystal malt with some darker varieties, mild black malt which adds some of the roastiness. Some peat, and mild pine brought on by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body. Mild carbonation, but what's there stings a bit. Not overly dry, must have gone a bit light on the unmalted roasted barley. The finish is mildly dry nonetheless.

Overall: Nice bold yet relaxing brew. On the sweet side, but nicely balanced. It's fitting that it is released as a winter seasonal.

Notes: Drank on 5/7/2012. 10/25/2011 stamped on the bottle, I assume this was the brewed-on date.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:56:42 | More by soulfly1492
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3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a house pint glass and glowed a golden brown color, with amber hues to the light. It held a half finger tall tan head, which showed poor retention. This left chunky bubbles atop the liquid, with surrounding sheets of lacing. No sediment or haze was noticed, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma opened with mild, steely malts. With warmth these took on great complexity, showing chocolate and deeper toffee components. Otherwise the nose met light earthy hops, with minerals, honey, and nectary floral sweetness. Our first impression was that this beer was not bad, and had a curious bitterness. The flavoring opened up with a strong synthetic cherry vibe. The malts here were coffee-esque, with a surprisingly strong roastiness. The middle peaked with bitterness of floral hops and booze. This gave a metallic and medicinal feel to this stage of the tasting. The malts deepened, becoming more chocolatey and chalky here, and only slightly sweeter. The finish showed even grassiness to take over all else. This washed the palate, leaving room for a final twinge of brown sugar sweetness in the final drops. The aftertaste breathed of bready grain, cherry cough syrup, metals, grassy hops, booze, raw honey bomb, and raw bananas. The body was medium and the carbonation was average. There was a light metallic coating around the mouth, with a final dryness, but this never approached astringency. At times the feel was a little watery, with only decent froth and pop. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank somewhere in the middle.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the malty inclusion, and the eventual complexity to the flavoring. While not all the flavors were necessarily well blended, that malty complexity of toffee, caramel, chocolate, and coffee all coming together was nice. We felt the nose to be a bit mild, and ultimately the beer need a bit more sweetness to fit the classic stylistic guidelines.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 15:14:20 | More by TheBrewo
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Hibernator from Long Trail Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.