Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What impresses me about this Wet Hop Ale is the balance...sure the hops are there...they are juicy and very noticeable with a fresh floral almost weedy aroma and flavor...but what strikes me most with this beer is the use of the is nothing incredible by itself but blended with the hops in this beer it is fantastic...a little bready....jsut a little toastiness....perfect fit for the fresh floral hop notes.

This is a highly enjoyable beer to drink...not as bitter as some of the other Sierra beers like Torpedo or Celebration but just as good if not better. I definitely recommend this one..

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Photo of bosox941827
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured cold but tasted over a period of time which allowed it to warm.

A - Beautiful reddish amber color, head doesn't hang around too long, but may not have poured it roughly enough...
S - Hops, but I get a bit of something else...thought it might be toasted malts, but it is probably the earthiness of the wet hops...interesting.
T - Hops through and through, very tasty but never overwhelming. To me this is more subtle than Celebration (which I love) and later on there is a typical bit of SN malty sweetness that comes on, helping to balance everything off. SN are masters at this IMO. Hoppiness hangs around for quite a while, pleasantly. Alcohol (6.7%) never imposes itself into the proceedings....
M - Just slightest bit of carbonation, and very smooth.
D - Quite drinkable, but not quite so much as a Celebration for instance. Could see wanting to move on after a couple of these....

Overall, another strong effort from SN, that allows the house-style to come through while giving the drinker something new to try. Pretty cool....

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Photo of danman83
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazey red copper with a thick foamy head that retains itself impressively.

Smell - Dank wet citrussy hops

Taste - Sloppy wet, there's no toying around here this is seriously wet hopped up front immediately dominating the palate. There's some caramel malt hinting through towards the end with a dry hop bite just before finishing with more wet hopped flavor.

Mouthfeel - Extremely mild bite upfront but smooth in the middle and goes down easily.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, has a nice flavor profile without being overpowering, probably a good beer to offer to some one starting to branch out of the big box brewers while offering enough character and flavor for a more experienced pallate to enjoy.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13th release, 2009. Poured from 24oz bottle into Sierra Nevada Hop glass.

A: Deep golden amber with silky two finger white head with a golden tinge. Head reduced into a thick heavy film which lasted forever. Very good lacing.
S: Floral hops, some citrus, sugary sweet malt, slight buttery notes. Mostly a sticky hop resin/oil smell with hints of grapefruit and sugary notes.
T: Malt and sweet upfront with slight butter slickness and flavor, then piney hops with slight floral flavor hit palate but are balanced by the malt. Bready doughy notes as well. Some orange peel bitter. Definitley has a fresh cut hop taste.
M: Smooth in the mouth with a slightly oily aftertaste. Crisp flavor from the hops with a bit of a bitter bite at the end but not rough. Flavor is not overpowering and the hops are balanced by the sweet malt. Decent carbonation, medium body.
D: As easy to drink as any other hoppy SN release. Very good brew, worth a try.

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a perfectly clear dark coppery orange, almost amber color with a head that resides at about one finger. The head is very frothy and has a light tan hue. The retention is great and lacing about a millimeter thick starts to be left as the head dies down. The lacing does start to let off as I get further down the glass. Certainly a good looking beer. The first thing I have to say is the hops are less aggressive than I thought they would be. In the nose I get a huge malty, grain smell that reminds me exactly of the smell of the kettle when boiling up some homebrew. I get a tiny bit of hops in there too. The nose has a good strength but is a bit bland for me. The pale malt extract nose makes me want more out of this, especially the wet hops they mentioned. The taste improves a bit on the nose. The same pale malt/homebrew grain notes are found in the taste along with some nice hops. The hops are rather weak though and seem to only be used for bittering. I get a nice bitter finish on this one and some earthy hop flavor. Once again, I want more of the hops. The mouthfeel is fairly appropriate for an IPA. I would like it to have a little more body but it is not overly watery as it is. There is some creaminess to it and no alcohol warming or taste whatsoever. The carbonation is also a bit low for this style. The DB of this one is the best thing next to the appearance. This one definitely drinks well and goes down nice and smoothly. I want more out of the nose and taste but at $4 a 24oz bottle I am drinking something that was worth the money. Sierra Nevada is good at making session beers.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for about a year now, and I like that better normally from this brewery as it lets the hops soften up some. The beer that I have is a 11th Edition Harvest "Fresh Hop Ale"...but it doesn't say southern hemisphere, so I assume that this is the right place to put the review. Regardless, let's go ahead and review this puppy.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy burnt orange color with a small off white head that is made up of very dense bubbles. After a minute or so, the head was still there, but was just a bit thicker than the top of the beer. Quite a few minutes after the pour (about half the beer) there is still a standing amount of creamy foam setting on top of the beer with some rather thick lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Of course my first impression was of the hops, but the beer has a more refined and almost noble hops profile rather than your typical "C" hops. The malt is present in this beer too and comes out as a sweet and slightly toasty presence with a touch of honey. As the beer sits some, I am getting even more fruit aromatics, and now it is getting a defined apricot aroma.

Taste: The beer has obviously softened up from the flavor. The hops are getting the mild chalky flavor and mouthfeel that they get when aged in the beer for a while. The malt is present in the flavor, but plays a supporting role to the hops even up until the finish. There is a little bit of alcohol noticeable in this beer as some spice (to compliment the hop spiciness) and as some evident warming on the back of the throat.

Opinion: If anyone has read any of my previous reviews, I always mention that I am not a hop-head. This beer is still REALLY hoppy for my taste, but it is not a bad beer overall. I like that it has some age on it and that the hops have softened up some. I will certainly drink all of this beer, but this is not one that I will be seeking out in the future.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was deep copper with an inch of fluffy head. incredible lacing although SN never lets down in this dept.

lots of pine, little bit of bitter citrus

the draft varied from the bottle although its been around a few months now. i did not detect any earthy resins, just strong pine bitterness and a nice light biscuit malty backbone.

fairly thick. good full body

this was delicious and complimented my white sauce pasta. the hops were dead on perfect and really came out.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always happy to try Sierra Nevada beers. This one was poured from the bomber into a pint glass.

A: A clear copper color, with a towering, foamy cream colored head. The head sticks around, and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Pine hops dominate the nose. There's definitely some white bread in the smell, too.

T: A big rush of pine hops up front, with a more subdued citrus hop compliment. The pine really lingers on the tongue and in the throat, the way I like it. Not much malt balance to speak of. A little peppery as it warms. Very nice.

M: Coats the mouth like a hoppy IPA should. Medium to low carbonation.

D: Eminently drinkable. Somewhere between their flagship Pale Ale and their Torpedo in quality. In other words, another damn good beer. Could session it easily.

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Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a fluffy white head. The foam settled out pretty quickly but left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has citrus and pine with a little malty sweetness. The hops are present but not as present as some other wet hop releases. Taste also has the citrusness and some pine from the hops but also a moderate caramely sweetness present as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, the flavors aren't overpowering making this a good drinking beer.

Overall for a beer that cost under $5 this was very good. Probably not my favorite wet hop beer but a great value.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into the Chimay goblet.. ( reviewed from quick notes taken)

Poured 2 finger dense thick rocky creme colored head the died to a half finger. Good retention

Smells pretty great slight citrus aromatic hoppiness somewhat sweet.

Taste very slight cirtus not really too much bite or bitterness good hoppy

Mouthfeel smooth and slick, nice carbonation

Really high drinkability. Ill probably grab this and every other release of this. Not to mention any other releases that I can find from SN. Really loved every beer Ive had from Sierra Nevada. This is no exception. Its up there, probably at the top.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 24 fl. oz bottle. No lot code or expiration date listed but this was the 2009 13th release edition. Sampled on December 17, 2009. It pours a decent looking amber tone but quite cloudy. A thin but frothy beige head caps off the top of the brew with a little beige lacing on the side of the glass. While the aroma is clearly well-hopped, there is also something kind of soapy about it. I found that to be odd, which is why my 'smell' rating is the lowest one on the BA rating scale. The mouthfeel runs about medium in texture. A bitterly hopped taste greets the taste buds. This makes me think of a dessert beer. It had this kind of pie-like quality to it as well. Good for afters. A nice beer in the end.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice and fresh IPA. A bit short of the outstanding promise but worth it in any case.

Presentation: 24 oz bottle. Iconic special release Sierra Nevada bomber, big and chubby. A lot of mannerism in the design without the best of visual legibility. Includes a solid narrative in the front label putting the brewing effort in context with a good description of the ale. Date of bottling or freshness shown as 2009, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. (6.7%) Poured into a tall tulip glass.

A - Clear golden/coppery color. Tremendous foamy head with great retention and lacing. Persistent foamy cap throughout.

S - Nice if a bit subdued hoppy nose, not very floral or aromatic. It's a crisp smell with some malty notes.

T - Fairly fresh taste, with a smaller start and a large bitter finish, and malty notes.

M - Straight and abundant bitterness, a bit of a light body. It's not quite watery but it does not have the malt base of other IPAs.

D - The light malty base with such a bitterness makes it nicely drinkable.

Notes: Nice brew, in line with some of these Sierra Nevada big bottle offerings,i.e. nice but not too remarkable. Rather similar to those reviews. In fact, it might be a bit of a let down if one follows its own hype. I could have had this one a bit late off the shelve compromising the freshness, but the place is typically legit and I´m getting this vibe from their production on this range. For a web hop ale I sure had a better feel with others.

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Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD (12/14/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a deep crystal clear golden amber capped with a one finger off-white creamy head with good retention leaving excellent rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops containing a slight bitterness of pine. A hint of sweet malt is in there as well.

T: Grapefruit hops hit the palate first with other citrus tones and a piney bitterness followed by a subtle sweet malt with a slight biscuity note.

M: light to medium-bodied and with moderate creamy carbonation and just a mild bitter finish.

D: Very drinkable, but the flavors at times are a bit too subtle leaving the palate looking for more.

Overall this was a nice wet hop American IPA that contained balanced yet subtle flavor, but I would like a bit more of a flavor profile for this to really compete in this segment. Worth a Try.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out beautiful, one of the nicest looking beers. Crystal clear deep amber with lots of consistent carbonation with a cream colored frothy head.

smells of pine and hints of fresh citrus.

taste is earthy and full flavored
i'm getting mostly pine and root with a complex malt characteristic underneath.

it's nice to be able to drink the sierra releases when they come around. 100% quality

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: transluscent ruby-gold in appearance, with fine tan head...

s: nice grapefruit citrus up front on the nose along with hops and just a slight bit of yeast...

t: the citrus continues into the taste, a strong peppery sweetness with a fair hop bite...

m: rich (thicker than what i expected), well carbonated...

d: i'm not a huge expert on the Sierra Nevada product line, but I can give them some credit with this brew and would be interested in trying some more of their offerings after this...


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Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pick up this beer while on vacation over turkey day. I have always wondered how a wet hop brew vs a dry hop taste. I know that Sierra Nevada has always gone big and never went home. I poured into a pint glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A monster ivory two finger head that has some retention to it. As the head slowly dissipates it leaves lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is medium amber color with orange hues. There are a lot of carbonation bubbles in the beer and the clarity is clear to brilliant.

Nose: Grapefruit, pine and floral ester hit your nose first. The malt in the beer has notes of bread with a subtle sweetness.

Taste: A very ripe grapefruit, pine, and floral esters. The malt is very sturdy with phenol notes.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, clean, and rich. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is full. I am a bit disappointment in this beer, thier pale ale is really a up in your face; although, this beer is a very good IPA.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle.

A: Ruddy copper, rich, beautifully carmelly. A true tan head, a yellowish tint. Amazing lacing. Bourbon-like coloring. A good cap of head for the whole glass.

S: Fresh leafy piney hops. You pick up the malt carmel that makes it look so good. Grapefruit peel. It sends your olfactory sense into a bit of shock with the intensity, some of the bitterness seems to be imparted to the nose.

T: A perfect grapefruit based bitterness journeys up the tongue. Pine needles freshly pulled from a bough and thrust onto the back of your tongue and throat. In the mouth the malt is present in layers that keep things in check, just.

M: Good and substantial. Subtle carbonation.

D: All night, for the rest of my life. I'll buy at least two of these bombers every year.

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Photo of atsprings
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Oct. 27 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is loads of crisp sharp hops in front of sweet malts. The beer was light, crisp, and quite smooth. This is a very enjoyable beer, it's too bad its only this good once a year.

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Photo of endincolorado
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber with nice cream white head good lace.

Aroma is of crisp cereal crackery malt, balanced by a slight woodiness and a fragrant, earthy hop oil.

Taste is of a flavorful pale malt with a dry graininess and a fresh hop-oil grassiness.

Body is medium and pretty satisfying. Good carbonation.

Well-balanced refreshing and clean, focused flavors.

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Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange with creamy white head, big globs of thick lacing. Smell: slightly grainy and sweet, floral, orange extract. Fresh cut grass and... sour apple? Taste: lightly toasty / bready, pine, tangerine, grassy, oily. Medium bodied and phenomenally smooth and creamy. Nose is a bit disappointing compared to other fresh hop ipas, but still tasty.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bouth this prior to thanksgiving 2009, but held onto it till early December.

A poured from the 24 oz bomber into my goblet.
nice healthy 2 finger head colored just barely off-white. orange, coppery color - while not cloudy, this is with very little clarity sort of an even opaqueness. the head settles quickly and leaves one of the thickest lacings that I've seen.

S: the piney hops come thru , IMHO overpowering all else.

T: nice bitter smack of hoppiness. Nice AIPA appeal here.

M: full body, medium/low carbonation.

D: this is really great, but not a session beer, between the super hopiness and the 6.7 ABV. lovin this

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is an orange/rust color that is surprising clear with an off-white cap of foam sitting on top of it great. The head is fluffy and it has some good retention and leaves some great lacing also.

The aroma is great. Some pale and caramel malts peek through, and there are plenty of slightly bitter, grapefruity hops in there. However, the star of the aroma is big, leafy, grassy, fresh hops. I love the smell of fresh hops in beer, so this one pleases me.

The flavor doesn't disappoint; it is rather similar to the nose. Once again, the pale malts and a touch of caramel malt are there, but they merely provide a little bit of balancing sweetness that works to support the hops. The hop profile features a bunch of resiny pine and grapefruit flavors, which are unmistakably the work of cascade and other hops. Once again, the fresh hop grassy flavor is there, making this a bit less bitter than I would expect considering the loads of hops packed in here.

The mouthfeel doesn't really stand out, but it works extremely well with the beer, so I have no complaints.

Sierra Nevada's wet Hop Harvest Ale is one of many Sierra Nevada beers that is great to drink. That does twice for their hoppy brews.

(I originally wrote this review in October, but it got deleted during site difficulties. I reposted it now when I realized it was missing).

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep amber, kinda of reddish, nice head retention

smell: loaded citrus from this beer

taste: a nicely hopped ale, loads of grapefruit and citrus flavor from the hops

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: another solid IPA, and probably my favorite speciatly ale that they do.

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads 12th release 2008.

Appearance: The head builds up tall, thick and firm from the slow pour. . It is light tan in color and has excellent retention. A nice small cap of foam hangs on until the last sip and as it slowly slides its way down the glass it makes lots of cool lacing that sticks to the glass. Under the head lies a beautiful deep amber colored body with just the slightest protein or chill haze.

Smell: The aroma has a piney resin like hop character with some citrus notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of estery/yeasty red apple skin notes as well as a touch of raw grain.

Taste/Palate: Like the Southern Hemisphere Harvest, this Harvest has a good sturdy base of bready malt sweetness with a touch raw grain. Hop flavor is also quit firm and assertive. The hop character is that of tasty piney hops with some resiny and juicy lemony/grapefruit citrus notes. The bitterness from the hops is more than equal to the malt sweetness and lasts well into the finish. The palate has a nice solid medium feel with plenty of lively carbonation.

Notes: Another outstanding selection from Sierra Nevada with big bold hop flavor and nice supporting malt.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with a slightly yellowish stained head of foam that is more than 2 fingers of big bubbles. Head retension is stellar, almost a full finger of fluff remains down to the last sip. Tons of lacing all over the glass. Nose is an awesome mixture of hops that reak of pine, flowers, citrus and spice. Little bit of malt coming through the hop aroma as well. Taste is an awesome blend of hops with a malt and grain base. Hops play the leading role and have a finish that is bitter but not a lingering oil-like resiny finish, it is quite crisp considering the extent of the hop bitterness. Carb level is medium on this and the feel is quite light. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes a little more pronounced but the hops are the real star here and rightfully so. Very good beer, I will snag another one of these if I get the chance.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,690 ratings