Hoppy Feet 1.5
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American Black Ale
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoppy Feet 1.5Hoppy Feet 1.5
Notes: Double Black IPA. First Anniversary Ale.
Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 648
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a pitch black liquid that isn't too viscous. There is a midl cream colored head that is about half an inch tall and quite dense. It recedes quite quickly though.

Aroma starts off with some nice piney notes. Delicious resinous notes with some nice herbal and grassy notes. Then comes some nice roasted notes, burnt notes as well as some slight coffee. The resinous pine really take center stage. Nice job.

Flavor is delicious. Notes of resinous and hoppy pine with herbal and grassy notes to boast. There is also a nice slight citrus note to it. The roasted malts shine so well. Notes of chocolate and some nice slight dark fruit sweetness all wrapped in delicious coffee and slightly smokey flavor. These roasted notes play so well with the nice hoppy pine notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice silky finish and then a good dry hoppy bitterness.

Overall, this is a great ABA. This style has been pretty popular lately and this is a good take on it. The roasted notes are extremely well balanced with the piney hop notes.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Deep, dark, woody brown, but not quite deep enough to elude all color and be deemed truly black. Ruby highlights are revealed when held up to the light. The head fades quick and has a hue somewhere between khaki and tan. The collar that's left behind leaves a few spots of generous lacing as it makes its decent atop the beer.

Robust aroma, no doubt; the initial whiff opens up a roasted malt and cocoa powder canvas with citric hops thrown about. Mildly herbal, ashy, and with a bitter hint of white pepper covered grapefruit peels. I'm getting just a touch of black licorice in the end, as well, though the malt bill still leans more towards a roasty and chocolatey aroma profile - good news for me.

The first sip is pretty ashy and nearly charred, both from a one-two combo of the deeply roasted malts and the mildly abrasive hop bitterness. Leaves, citrus peel, ash, roast, cocoa, and even the faintest hint of fresh coffee beans starts nibbling the tongue in the tail end. There's a lot going on, but unfortunately the intensity of the ash and bitterness kind of masks much of it.

I was digging it at first, but this is a beer that really wears down the palate quickly. Quite a bit of astringent roast and ashy char that picks away at your taste buds until there's nothing left. Bitter finish with a medium body, resinous and sticky mouth feel that seems a bit oily, too. Strange brew overall, with surprisingly well hidden alcohol... I had no idea this was in the double digits.

The black ale is decent enough, though for me, black IPA's are a very touchy style. Easily hit or miss, though this is one of the few that falls in between. It's far from bad, but the palate wrecking that happens sooner than halfway through the glass is enough to bog down the drinkability like a two ton weight. This would be perfect in 4-6 oz. serving sizes. Anything more is tough.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite black ale ever, now with more everything; can’t say I’m not excited.

Brewed less than three months before the date of this tasting, on 03/29/2013.

A: Thick black body with a wisp of tan head. The center of the glass is raised with a bump of bubbly retention, but there’s little lacing to be found.

S: A nose brimming with brisk coffee and dark chocolate, with undertones of oak and smoke. The aromatic tone of piney hops sits in the background, along with the earthy, natural scent of oats and toasted grain husk.

T: Essentially a hoppy, grainy imperial stout – the warm bourbon-vanilla sweetness at first sip says so, at least. Otherwise, it’s a starkly bitter beer, coming in bursts of astringent pine, green tea, and crisp roasts. Chocolate and berry sweetness on the end, with an aftertaste of fusel alcohol.

M: Smooth, full, and very subtly carbonated. Drinkable to the extreme.

O: I imagined a beer like Hoppy Feet, but I got a completely different animal – I love it. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of ChanChan
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark with a light one finger kahki head.

Aroma: Roast, citrusy, specifically this beer smells like fresh cut blood oranges. Nice!!!

Taste: Very roasty, closer to an imperial stout in taste.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body.

Overall: A very unique beer! This is more citrusy than their clementine beer!! The only black IPA that can beat this would, perhaps, be fresh escondidian IPA.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Raul picked this up on axy-dent. He saw "Double India Pale Ale," but blocked out the "black." Raul don't usually do black IPA's, but today, like the creation of the French Dip, it was a good accident.

Darker than my baba mama soul, but sweet like my baby mama after I take her to Tiffany. (That necklace looks good, ma.)

Raul actually likes this, Raul actually likes this well and good. Get on your pogo sticks and chase it, my children. Chase it well and good.

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Photo of Philousa
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an inky black, coffee brown around the edges against the light, with a thin off white head that stays around, though wispy thin. Aroma starts with lots of chocolate followed by cream. Also get slight citrus and yeasty tang if looking hard enough. The flavor is dominated by dark chocolate with a little coffee, a healthy bit of burnt toast, with some creaminess coming after. The bitterness sets in and remains barky in the back of the tongue. The hop flavor really isn't there for me, even in the burp. Feel is slightly caustic, but no noticeable alcohol burn. Finish is dry.

This is more like a really alcoholic roasty porter than an IPA of any sort. I still like it OK, but it could come down a notch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/29/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that packs a bit more of an alcohol kick but otherwise is almost indistinguishable from regular Hoppy Feet in my opinion.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown color with a pretty nice light tan colored head.

Aromas are nice. Nice floral and resiny hops and cocoa and chocolate malt notes.

Taste is roasty up front. Bitter bakers chocolate, with some slightly sweet and creamy malt flavors. Finish is bitter, resiny, and floral, with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a very nice Cascadian Black Ale from Clown Shoes. Tasty and well crafted.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: It has a dark brown body with a two finger off white head.

S: I could smell this hoppy beer the second I open the bottle. It is a mixture of dark roasted chocolaty malts combined with citrusy bitterness.

T: The taste is amazing. One of the best black IPAs, I've had. It has a toasty almost smoked backbone. Subtle chocolate tones make it into this beer. The potent hops come in next. There is citrus, pine, and floral flavors that play well with the malts.

M: A little thin for my liking but the carbonation saves the mouthfeel.

O: Great Black IPA. I will be seeking out more by Clown Shoes after this beer.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with thick tan head. Very nice lacing.

Roasted malts, cumquat and chocolate dominate the front of the smell. Lemon, coffee and dark fruit make up the end.

Chocolate, slight coffee, citrus, roasted malts, pine, a hint of booze and a bit of anise. Goes down smooth as silk.

Great brew by Clown Shoes. As a true hophead, this was a great mix of styles.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in March 2013

A: Pours a dark brown/black with 3 finger dark khaki fluffy head. Lacing on the glass.

S: Getting some sweet chocolate notes with a HINT of pine. Fresh earth aroma as well.Roastyness coming through as well.

T: Chocolate, slight coffee, hop finish. Bit of bready feel in this as well.

M: Full bodied, sticky sweetness coats the mouth. Bitter dry finish. Chocolate on the breath following.

O: If someone had told me this is a belgian stout I would have believed them. Not as hoppy as reg hoppy feet, more body, more roasty. Pretty interesting beer, heavy on the chocolate.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Fresh from the brewery, bottled in 8/2012 (is that really fresh?). 22oz bottle pours into an IPA pint glass a nearly opaque black color with chocolate highlights. Topped with a nice looking, mocha colored head of about one finger in size. Looks like a nice stout.

Aroma is hoppy, with the roastiness kept to a minimum. Reminds me of Dubhe from Uinta; piney hops, slight roastiness, sweet alcohol (almost solvent like), strong esters.

I like the flavor profile. The piney hops smack me in the face first off. The bitterness is kept under control, and I assume that is attributed to the age of this one. The bitterness is a nice accompaniment to the alcoholic bite. There is a little more roasty flavor than indicated in the aroma. Still, the alcohol kind of absorbs this one. Hot.

Due to the alcohol, a sipper for sure. Not bad, but probably a little better when fresh: the bitterness may counteract some of the sweet alcoholic flavors. Not sure if I would have another.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased on a trip to CT in late 1/13, bottling 8/28/12, poured into a 3 Stars snifter, drank 4/3/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - bitch black, solid one finger head dissipates into attractive glass lacing, undetectable bubbles --> beautiful appearing black ale/CDA

S: 4.5 - really interesting aroma with beautiful admixture of grapefruit and chocolate/coffee

T: 4.75 - subtle bitterness that resolves into admixture of grapefruit, booze and coffee roast; there are a lots of subtle flavors going on here, and, dare I say, one of the best tasting CDAs this side of Wookey Jack; I cannot taste the high ABV in here at all

M: 4.75 - medium body, medium carbonation, dry mouthfeel

O: 4.75 - I dig everything going on here, especially in a style that I don't particular like; I tend to prefer roastier dark beers like RIS and porters, and, I wonder, if the age on this beer with the high ABV is increasing the appeal for me; regardless, I'd be curious to try this one fresh but it has definitely piqued my interest in v1.0 as well

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Photo of wil19b85
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber purchased at the beverage warehouse in Winooski, VT. As far as I know this is the first double black IPA I've had. I'm always looking forward to something new.

A - As dark as they come. Allows no light to pass through.
S - Very malty smell. Also has some notes of coffee.
T - Definitely pretty mallty. It doesn't really have that boozy taste that one would expect with a beer at 10%. Its actually really smooth. Very roasty. Delicious. Decently bitter but nothing over the top.
M - Not much carbonation which is fine by me. Makes it more drinkable.

Overall I've enjoyed it. It wasn't anything I'll be going out of my way to get in the future but that being said it was certainly above average and a great way to end a long day.

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on 08/28/12 printed on bottle neck. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $7.49.

A: Very dark brown to black with toweing 3 finger, malted milk ball center colored head with good retention and reasonable amount of lacing. An amazing appearance for a 10.5% ABV beer.

S: The aroma is kind of nondescript but mostly dark malt with some roast and a dash of pine hops.

T: The flavor is good but seems like it should be more. The flavor that is there is not too complex and a bit heavy-handed with lightly acrid dark malt and roast, a little bit of raisin and date dark fruitiness, and with just a hint of pine and light herbal woodiness. The alcohol is not boozy but lends a steely edge to the flavor, making the bitter roast flavors a little more bitter and sharp. Long roasty aftertaste is pleasant and a plus though.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is really great -- it drinks like a 6.5% beer (fortunately or unfortunately). It is very smooth with medium carbonation and enough sharp acrid character to bolster the roasty imprint of this beer's main statement.

O: I liked this beer but I think Hoppy Feet regular is a little more subtle and thus complex -- the big roast of 1.5 masks and/or blunts a lot of the nuances that I like in Hoppy Feet original. Not a bad beer and worth a try.

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Photo of Durge
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pitch black brew with a big foamy light brown head and unfailing blankets of lacing. The aroma delivers some nutty malt along with a bit of alcohol that makes for a little dishwater edge, so the aroma sort of cancels into a "wash", pardon the pun. The flavor surprises with a fruity malt combo that offers a very interesting hop brew with nutty edges, grass and pine hops and even some bubblegum. This is a medium bodied brew with tiny carbonation that winds up in a mellow, smooth feeling delivery that is overall an enjoyable concoction to celebrate their first anniversary of delicious brewing.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to black with little to no light showing through the glass. One to two fingers of head at pour persists nicely with some lacing present. Smell is hoppy yet malty - sweet with chocolate and a hint of smoke. Good flavoring - dark & chocolate malts are present up front giving way to a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Clown Shoes beer has an onyx appearance, topped with a sticky froth, appearing biscuit-y in color, not unlike cafe-au-lait. As I draw in the aroma, the bouquet of citrus flavors that springs forth is astounding. Extended contemplation of the nose finds a notable presence of figs, raisins, coffee beans, and cherries...all interwoven in the mix. The taste teases my palate with an initial, syrupy molasses, only to overwhelm it an instant later with a sharp, yet floral bitterness reminiscent of pine. The mouth feel is moderate, and surprisingly, the beer does not seem to coat the inside of my mouth excessively. The alcohol heat is minimal, but the sensation once swallowed is filling. The finish is quite dry, and hints at having a dash of licorice within, accompanied by a pleasurable tingling. Overall, this beer is very gratifying, honing in on many of my preferred craft beer flavors. This experience mirrors my others with Clown Shoes- great job once again!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double black india pale ale bottled 8/12. consumed 1/13.

A: Cola coloring with burnt auburn highlights glisten upon the exit. An opaque coloring, tall rocky foam pecan head sits steadily. Visible micro carbonation beads quickly make thier way upwards. Lacing is 50% coverage.

S: Fresh hoppy pine, sweet chocolate with some burnt earthy soil.

T: Flavor of big coffee roast, burnt chocolate and dried hoppy pine. The chocolate backing is big, with light burnt wood and burnt pine cones. A bit of earthy soil comes on the swallow.

M: Malty roasty and bitter mouthful has a alcohol laced portion of burnt pine and a lingering sense of burnt roastiness behind.

O: Overall a burnt bitterness of pine and chocolate with a 10%abv that is well played and hidden. Hoppy and bitter though flavor is somewhat shallow in hop complexity and wished it showed more variance.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours near pitch black with a full finger of fluffy mocha foam. Nice lacing. Aroma has a kick of citrus hoppy flavor with faint roasted notes. First sip is very viscous and sweet with a strong hop flavor and moderate bitter finish. Very complex with an abundance of hop flavor and nice roast bitter notes.

I am very pleased with this beer. Insanely complex and the flavors mesh well together. Happy new year!

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was pretty good but not a good representation of the style due to it's highly roasted malt taste. Looks desent sitting in my glass with a smaller dense head.
Aroma is not bad either but it's mosrly malts. There is very little to no hop notes that I can detect. It's malt with a chocolate milkshake aroma and that smells pretty good.
Taste is good and robust with rich roasted malts but thats it. It mind as well be a porter or stout. The hop flavor is absent and the only thing I can detect with the hops is the fair amount of bitterness around the edges.
A fair beer thats pretty decent all in all but misses the mark a bit.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and faint dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine and floral hops over the top of slightly lighter roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts that is followed by strong flavors fo pine, citrus, and floral hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness are observed.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth and creamy.

O: A very solid Black IPA and a beer that I really enjoyed - rich roasted malt flavors combined with fresh hops. Definitely one to grab if you come across it. Easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden in it - I could not believe that it was a 10% beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comparisons to Hoppy Feet 1.0 will be inevitable, as I had experienced that version only a few days ago.

Pours out nigh-black with three fingers of tan fluffy foam that lasts for three minutes, but leaves behind only minimal lacing patterns on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes very much floral and citrus focused when the first version focused on charred malt and minty pine. Overall it also plays out a lot sweeter than the first version as well. The flavor has an herbal tea edge that almost sinks below the char but rises up as the glass warms for a while. I'm digging this one a lot more than the first version because it essentially fixed most of the issues I criticized in my review of it, one by one. By which I mean that the body is slightly thicker, the char is reigned in to allow more citrus juiciness to shine through in better balance with the pine resins. The bits of herbal nuance serve well as a garnishing element to the basic ABA flavor combo.

Well worth checking out at least once for a better than average ABA IMO.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bodied beer. Chocolate brown head with good retention. Aroma is quite nice and typical of a well done Black IPA. Chocolate and roast mix with juicy hops. Nice. Flavor foundation is layed down quite nicely with the chocolate/caramel malts. Hop notes of pine and citrus accent nicely. Moderately carbonated and medium to medium-full bodied. For 10%, the alcohol is well hidden. Quite solid.

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Photo of hoody711
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm, Clown Shoes. Remember when a lot of their stuff was new in Chicago, and it was fun to try bomber after bomber. Unfortunately, it's so widely available now, I don't ever buy it. I remember Hoppy Feet being good, so had to pick this one up. Unfortunately bottled 4 months ago, so this will be a different beer I assume.

A - sacrilegiously poured into a hefeweizen glass because nothing else is available, and I'll be damned if I pull out of the bottle. Pours an extremely dark brown just short of black. Head is nice and fluffy, tan, and settles to half a finger with great lacing.

S - wow there's a lot here. Sweet malts, some dark chocolate, something else very sweet that I can't put my finger on, a little earthiness. A very little hop in there but it definitely takes a backseat to everything else. Definitely can smell the booze on this big 10%er. Would have loved to get this fresh - wonder how it's changed.

T - Seems to follow the nose a lot. Sweet raisin and bready malt backbone leads to a little oakiness (?) followed by the expected bitterness that lingers around on the back of the tongue. The alcohol burn is certainly present and sticks around as well, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Again, missing the fresh hops, but still good.

M - lighter and silkier than it looks, although still medium and full, if that makes any sense whatsoever. The burn at the tail end is warming and nice for a December night.

O - a great-looking beer that is complex in both nose and taste. Definitely a nice sipper for a winter night. Would love to get a fresh bottle.

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Hoppy Feet 1.5 from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 648 ratings