India Pale Ale
Climax Brewing Company

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IPA - American
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3.55 | pDev: 20.56%
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

O: This beer is unusual and deep, although the tasting notes are somewhat unrefined. This is especially noticeable next to a cleaner, standard American IPA. This beer pushes style definitions, although it could use some refinement. I'd buy it again, and would love to try it fresh as opposed to slightly old. Are we sure this isn't a Belgian IPA?

A: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Belgian goblet glass - the beer pours a murky brown not typical of your average IPA, with only the slightest hint of red or orange in the hue. Large effervescent bubbles are apparent in the haze, and there is a thin, turbid head of foam that clings to the glass well, but does not rise high or linger long. A noticeable and surprising amount of yeast particulate can be found in the beer, which reveals itself after the bubbles fade.

S: the smells are unimpressively typical of your average IPA - neither good nor bad. No distinct fruit aromas are apparent, but there is a moderate hop character intermingled with the strong malt, biscuit aromas. The smell of this beer has a surprisingly deep caramel character, which seems to explain the deeper color of the beer, suggesting more roasted malt than a typical IPA.

T: this beer tastes like the cross between a Belgian Pale Ale and an American IPA, with a surprisingly pleasant spice character (this beer is pretty spicy!). It is also very complex, with clashing fruity notes vying for attention. Is this an American IPA? It's a lot closer to a Belgian IPA, made with very tropically flavored hops. Good hop character balances well with the sweet, caramel body of the beer.

M: great level of carbonation on this atypical IPA. The medium body on this brew compliments the caramel backbone nicely

Apr 19, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a hazy copper in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation (mostly large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass) and some light amber highlights. The beer has a quarter to half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of bready malts with some hints of caramel sweetness along with some light aromas of citrus/orange zest hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some light notes of caramel sweetness. That is followed by some light flavors of citrus/orange zest hops that impart a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Doesn't really seem like an IPA as it is so much more malty than other examples of the style. The smooth body makes this one pretty easy to drink but I don't think I would get it again as the hops are barely present in this one.

Aug 19, 2013
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich deep red colour with a white foamy head.

The smell is citrus hops quite faint.

The taste is roasted malts and bitter hops.

The mouth is medium with low carbonation.

Overall more malty than most ipa's with a bitter after taste without any real hop flavours.

Jun 06, 2012
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hops, floral, a touch of malts. Taste is piney hops, bitter, malts seemed to have disappeared, a bit unbalanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Apr 30, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down and left spider web lacing covering the surface and a ring of big bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has light aromas of bready and caramel malts along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of bready, caramel and nutty malts stand out in the initial taste. These transition to a moderate amount of hop bitterness, which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The malty and smooth nature of this beer sets it apart from other India Pale Ales and makes it interesting to drink.

Mar 02, 2012
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HopHeadRyan from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Climax IPA - - climax brewing - -

A - hazy orange…small 1/2 inch head…a thin layer remains after it dissipates…some decent lacing… (3.5)

S - Fresh squeezed orange juice mixed with Orange Zest…wow this is one orangey IPA! Not sure if thats a good thing. Sweet malts, grassy, honeysuckle, underlying yeasty-bready-grains, and noticeable caramel malts. The malts and the orange hop notes come together to make an almost Orange-Aid aroma…very different…kinda weird…but I'll keep going… (2.5) (as it warms the bready malts really come threw and smell better to me than the initial hop aromas…a little dank and estery…old world smelling…really nice actually)

T - The grains and hops struggle to blend and almost duke-it-out on my tongue…the bottle says "belgian malts" not sure which they are using but that may account for the strangeness of this IPA. Some definite off-flavors…vegetables…grassy…but still I find it oddly tasty…(2.5)

M - Mouthfeel is good…nice carbonation…good weight…not overly heavy or syrupy…good feel (3.0)

Ovearll - - A good brew…but an IPA…I think not…If I crafted this delicious ale I would not label it as such and maybe that would help…Maybe a double-cream ale…Golden or Amber Ale…or just Pale Ale would probably work…its not quite hoppy or bitter enough for an IPA…but I enjoyed this one overall and would certainly be okay with having another in the future. However, Climax is going to be hard pressed to sell this as an IPA with so many world-class IPAs out there.

Give it a try and decide for yourself! (2.5)


Feb 18, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking copper color with a cream colored head on top. The head is very large and needed time to settle down. The lacing is sticky and the retention is pretty strong also. The smell of the beer has a nice fresh hoppy aroma, very little malt on the nose. The taste of the beer has a nice soft hoppy bitterness to it, There are earthy flavors in there too. The mouthfeel is a little on the oily side which is fine by me. There is a moderate carbonation and is pretty slick feeling. Overall it's a pretty solid Eastern style IPA.

Jan 21, 2012
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-somewhat cloudy amber color with a huge off-white head and extensive lacing

S-citrus and light malt aroma

T-pine and citrus flavors with caramel malt and decent hop finish

F-medium body with medium carbonation

O- a decent IPA with nice flavor, very drinkable

Dec 24, 2011
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with an off-white, thick, long lasting head. Aroma is of citrus hops and grain. Full, crisp body. Citrus hops, grain and bready malt fill the mouth. Long, hoppy finish. Many of Climax beers have this grainy taste. And if it is proper in their Helles, and somewhat proper in their Oktoberfest there is too much of the taste in this brew.

Nov 22, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from NJ. Surprisingly very drinkable and a nice orange citrus taste. Pleasant mildly hoppy aroma. Pours a light orange with a little retained head, and good lacing down the glass. Medium bodied with above average carbonation. vegetable is in residual of the bottle.

Nov 09, 2011
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Stew Leonard's in Clifton since this was the first offering that I've seen from Climax available for retail. I'll always support the Jersey brewers, even if it's a total crapshoot and I'm not sure about what's actually inside of the bottle. While the packaging and presentation were top-notch, the beer left me scratching my head a bit at what exactly the brewers were going for.

The pour to this immediately let me know that this wasn't like anything else I've had before as the head overflowed over the side of my pint glass well before I emptied the bottle. After settling, the deep copper hue of the beer, that leaned toward a rust color, was unlike anything I had seen for this style and to boot, there was quite a bit of sediment floating around. If that was an indication of the age or just the way that this looks was something that I still have yet to determine! As for the taste, there was some pine and grapefruit here, partially balanced out by a biscuit maltiness. Unfortunately, that couldn't completely take away from the sharpness of the taste or the boozy mouthfeel that lingered long after each sip.

I'm not sure why this beer felt so much stronger than it really was or why the appearance was so different from anything I had ever seen before. This wasn't bad but there's a lot of potential in this beer to be one of the better IPA's out there. For now, I wish I could find this on tap, if for no other reason than to give it another go and see if my bottle was an anomaly from this beer's norm.

Sep 02, 2011
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JizackFH from New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this earlier today at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room.

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lacing behind on the glass.

S - I am getting some nice biscuity and caramel malts right off the bat. There is also a nice citrusy hop presence. I am getting some nice fruit smells here as well.

T - There is a nice bready malt backbone, and a bitter citrusy hop bite to it. There are some nice orange and lemon zest flavors. This has a very balanced and easy going flavor. The finish has some lingering citrus and hop bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a super smooth creamy feel to it. It just goes down so easy and has a really nice balanced flavor. There is some moderate hop bitterness that lingers briefly on the palate.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily drink quite a few pints of this in an evening. It has a nice balanced flavor, and it goes down nice and smoothly. Overall, I think it is a good IPA and I would drink it again.

Aug 31, 2011
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aficionado from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pumpkin orange body with a one finger white head and a lot of residual lacing.

Smells of caramel and citrus with some grassiness and herbaceousness in there on the tail end.

Taste is more of the same from the smell, but even better. Roasty, slightly sweet caramel and honey dipped baked bread somehow works well with the vibrant citrus notes, mostly tangerine and orange. It reminds me of Ipswich IPA, but way smoother and with less malt presence. The bitterness is there, but it's certainly smoothed out. A strangely drinkable IPA and definitely East Coast style for sure.

Mouthfeel is moderate and . This is not meant to be a big, bold IPA. It's more of a session IPA.

Jul 26, 2011
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CHickman from New York

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a massive 2 finger foamy beige head, which leaves very good foamy lacing clinging to the sides; lacing leaves rings and a creamy layer on top of the beer.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, sweet malt, piney hops, biscuit and caramel; a very well balanced nose that is stronger in the citrus hops to remain consistent with an IPA aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with of grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, light lemon, sweet malt, piney hops, biscuit, wheat bread, caramel, light floral hops, faint toasted grains and faint spices; this is well balance and not a hop bomb, but more of a session IPA that leans more towards English IPA than American IPA. Definitely not a West Coast over hopped IPA, and one that got better after each pour of the growler.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body, light carbonation and a light chewy feel that slid down easy. High drinkability, this beer went down too fast and too easy; if you are in NJ then you should treat yourself to this very good beer.

Jul 25, 2011
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BeerdedEric from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pick this prepackaged Growler up from Oak Tree Discount Wine and Spirits for $9.99. I always wanted to try Climax Brewery and when I saw a Growler of it I couldn't pass it up.

Off white almost light tan head. Copper body with tiny bubbles. Leaves some very nice lacing on the glass.

Interesting smelling IPA. Sweet bready aroma poking through with some hop character.

Toasted sweet breadiness with caramel malt, slight toffee and yeast right away; then some bitterness comes in at the end. Simple, yet not but I like it.

Light body, medium carbonation, insanely easy to drink, it just goes right down. Doesn't leave the mouth dry at all.

Overall, an above average IPA from Climax Brewing. This is a session beer all the way. Not overly bitter as I like my IPA's but the malt does a fine job balancing it out. Tasty and worth a shot, especially, for $9.99.

Jun 28, 2011
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Seanibus from California

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very clear amber with a fluffy head. The aroma is malty and toffeeish with some light floral hops. The flavor is easy and toffee-like, with a pleasant earthy bitterness on the finish and some light citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is sprightly and clean. Refreshing if not terribly deep. The finish is long and toasty, with chickory, wood, and a little light cherrywood smoke. Very pleasant, light beer.

Jul 31, 2010
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Soonami from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16oz pint glass at SPTR, chilled but not cold

A- Burnt orange, cloudy with great cling and excellent lacing

S- Bready malt and fresh cut pine needles

T- Sweet with pine resin bitterness balanced with a tropical fruit--pineapples and apple

M- amply carbonated with a medium, chewy mouth that was pleasantly thick.

D- this is a repeater!

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer that I have never heard of or seen before. I always enjoy an East coast-style IPA that knows how to pack a hop punch

Dec 30, 2009
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Squatchito from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A vendor brought this in for me to try and I enjoyed so much that I not only decided to bring it in to the store, but to buy one for those most coveted of sessions, the official start of fall, NHL opening night.

I think session is important terminology to be used here. I further have to emphasize the importance of the terminology of American IPA vs. English IPA. I think that yes, this is from the US and is an IPA, but I think this is English at heart and whilst I have the utmost respect for BA, I think this should be graded as such.

A - Hazy amber to rust with a nice one inch head and decent retention.

S - Some nice citrusy hop aroma, toasty malt comes through noticeably as well.

T - Some nice citrusy hop character out of the gate, but little bitterness. I think the maltyness is where this one shines as it comes through to balance out the the hop character with some really nice sweet biscuity malt and earthy qualities. Finishes smooth and balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter.

M - Right down the middle. Not overly carbonated, but not dead on the tongue. Not puckering bitter, not sacchariny sweet. Just really well balanced, and not over doing it in any department.

D - I think this is where this beer really shines. I got mine in a 1/2 gallon jug, and with good reason. It took me about an hour and a half to kill this thing, and I wasn't in any sort of rush by any means. I got thirsty, took a swig and was refreshed. It's lack of bitterness makes it a fine accompaniment to an array of foods. In my case it was a club sammitch with pepper jack. Really nice complement to the sweetness of the ham, the toasted malt worked well with the smoked turkey and the hops cut the heat of the pepper jack. This versatility and sessionability of a 6% ABV go a long way for this beer.

Put frankly, if you have a day of TV planned, or some friends coming over and you see this sitting in your local beer providers case, do yourself a favor and give it a go. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Oct 02, 2009
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased online from Oaktree Discount Wine & Liquors...a big ol' 64oz Growler bottle that is properly sealed and taped.

It pours a slightly hazy amber red with easily a 2 finger head of foam. Holding my glass to the light, I'm sitting here admiring the lok of this beer. Very nice.

The smell is a beautiful mix of caramel and bready malt with some nice citrus tones of grapefruit that aren't by any means overpowering. A very balanced nose.

The first sip and the balanced nose translates to a balanced taste and I'm loving it! Caramel malt, bready malt, some light fruitiness brings the sweet. Citrus hop bitterness and some light grass brings the bitter but again, the bitter does not dominate. If anything, I'd say this is more of a malt dominated IPA and one that I'd think of as an English style IPA. And....that's absolutely no complaint on my part. It's a damn compliment! If you get some, please don't expect a hop bomb. Expect smooth and tasty and very balanced flavours.

On the light side of medium bodied, it has a nice low level of carbonation that, in my mind, resembles what you can expect in an ale served on cask. Silky silky smooth.

Drinkability? I checked Climax Brewing's website and they say this is 6.0%abv. It certainly doesn't feel any stronger and is that a bonus or what? This is one of the easiest drinking IPAs that I've had the pleasure of drinking and I can't recommend it enough. Yeah, it's a big bottle and all; +5 12oz servings and all but what a treat! Oh and to polish off my glowing review of this exceptional IPA, the head retention and lacing are superb. This beer is on the edge of perfection for me.

Sep 16, 2009
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timtim from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice. very fresh. super happy to see this brewery outside of the nyc area. orangey amberish with an eggshell head that holds well and leaves proper lace. almost like it was fresh from the tap. nose and taste consist of slightly sweet bready malt with a touch of caramel followed by very floral hops that also carry citrus, grass and tropical fruit. nice, medium body that is fairly creamy with just the right amount of bitter in the finish. very sessionable and i found it to be very food friendly as well. i think these guys beers are a must try if you're in the northeast. cheers!

Sep 08, 2009
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tempest from New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at Tap and Table in Emmaus PA. Very tasty and relatively maltly IPA. I'll let the extra malts slide since the beer's on cask and the beer is pretty red in color for the style. Meh, it's hoppy and tasty - that's what matters. The hops are a floral fruity punch with spicy finish. The malts are a balance a caramel malts with note of cocoa that pop up as the hops start to kick in.

Jul 30, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2004 Kennett Square BF.

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged size head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (oranges). A little grassy and floral too. Light bitter finish. The bitterness factor was on the lower side.

Notes from: 10/11/04

Feb 03, 2009
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Nickls from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured with a nice finger length of slightly off-white head. Decent lacing, but not great. Orangey-copper color, and pretty clear

S - Citrusy hop bitterness, and biscuity maltiness with some yeasty aromas as well

T - Good hop bitterness, but more in the English tradition rather than the more hopped up American styles. Really nice maltiness, and had some earthy tones

M - Slightly creamy MF, and a touch of delicate carbonation. Nearing a bit slick...

D - Really drinkable given the balance of flavors, and quality of the brew

Overall, this was definitely more like a traditional English IPA, and not overly aggressive in the hop profile. Bearing that in mind, I thought this was way more than a solid brew. Very good, and I would recommend as a intro brew to beginners.

Jan 10, 2009
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Gavage from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange in color with a nice 2" head that slowly falls. Some nice lacing develops druing the session.

Smell: caramel and a soft floral hop bitterness are up front, with some hints of citrus in the background.

Taste: very bready malt profile here. Caramel, floral hop bitterness, some softer lemon zest tones make up a tasty IPA that doesn't overload the tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. A bit dry at the end too. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: superb IPA that you can drink all day long. If you are looking for a flavorful beer that will not tire the tastebuds, this is for you.

Dec 17, 2008
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rgirl from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased the growler at World Of Liquors in Roselle Park, NJ.

Poured a great honey/orange color with a nice cotton beige head and incredible lacing that lasted the whole way down my pils glass.

Wonderful bready nose with a floral hops and malt fragrance.

Taste was a nice malty, nutty, bready hops without the typical grapefruit peel quality found in most west coast IPA's. Much more of a floral hops presence without ever overwhelming the great balance of the beer. A nice almost nut brown ale quality to the flavor balance. The flavor became much more pronounced as the beer warmed to almost "room" temperature.

This is among my favorite East Coast IPA's as it is a true pleasure to enjoy from the growler. I am really looking forward to enjoying this one again.

Hats off to Dave at Climax for brewing a great IPA.

Jan 05, 2008
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 76 ratings