Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Saint Of Circumstance India Pale AleSaint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale
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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale AleSaint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by portia99 on 04-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served at 49 degrees in my BBC Pint. No dating evident on the bottle. Pours a translucent amber with a rocky, two inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a creamy, 1/8th inch skim. A thick, textured band of lacing encircles the glass. Nose expresses faint citrus esters, a trace of grass and perhaps a hint of rind. Taste is a bit maltier than I anticipated - not overly prominent by any means, but there's definitely a light, toasted malt presence along the backbone with a bit of sweetness. The light citrus and grassy character present in the nose intermingles nicely with the malt and there's a slight mineral quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slightly oily texture and a lively, almost prickly carbonation. Overall, a really nice brew - not your typical English IPA in my opinion in that I don't get a lot of the biscuit or noble hops flavors I've come to associate with the style, but I did quite enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

A: A lot of suspended particulates make the color a dull orange. Maybe it's unfiltered and supposed to be this way, but it doesn't make it look all that appealing. Nice head and lacing.

S: Has a funky malt nose similar to a maibock. Slightly floral hops are faint overall.

T: Definitely a traditional IPA as opposed to the hop catastrophes we're used to. My only problem is not with the lack of hops, I can appreciate that, it's with the weird malt flavor. Started off as grainy and bready, which wasn't bad, but worked its way to tangy and somewhat offputting.

M: The unfiltered quality makes it pretty good in this department.

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Photo of Aberration
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Nice hazy appearance, amber/golden color with a head that lasts a little bit and leaves a slight lace on the glass.

Smells like a malty IPA, very inviting!

Tastes great, even with a little age on it!
The hops have faded a bit, but the smokiness of the malt comes in and gives it a unique taste.

Mouthfeel is good, a solid beer, good amount of substance to it especially for an IPA

Overall: Very good offering from BBC, I enjoy their beers and have never been disappointed by their offerings...especially at the price point! A very interesting take on the English IPA that I will certainly buy again if given the chance.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint of Circumstance IPA pours a hazy copper color with a big, rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of toasted pale malt and some flowery (rose) hop aroma mixed in. Hints of grass and citrus are also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, creamy with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is sweet with a nice balance of bitterness. Notes of caramel, toffee, a touch of smoke and toasted malt are followed by a mild bitterness with flavors of grass and flowers. The malt carries through each sip and lingers once the beer is gone.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Not your typical IPA.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper-orange color with a medium sized and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass a lot as it fades slowly.
S: Smells of big earthy, floral, and citrus hops with some sweet malt aromas and some caramelized malt aromas mixed in.
T: Tastes of sweet caramelized malts mixed with a large amount of citrus, floral, and earthy hops for a very nice tasting IPA. Slightly grassy tasting at the end, but overall a nice mix of flavors.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall a good take on the style and all the flavors mixed well for a pretty drinkable IPA.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy burnished copper brew. Dense head lasts well, with slow-falling coating lace. Aroma is is a sedate mix of sweet, florals, and citrus.

Taste is sweet upfront, earthy in the middle, and closes with lightly bitter citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Fits into what I would expect for the style.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my snifter

A- Large two finger head that's foamy white and has monster retention. A minute later and the head is still sticking around and has lacing along the sides. The body is clear orange copper with some smaller carbonation bubbles going to the top. Looks great.

S- Floral hops, green grass and earthy notes are the majority of the nose. Some sweet malt is in there as well.

T- Solid malt backbone here that brings a caramel like sweetness. Stays somewhat sweet untill the middle where medium bitterness takes the forefront. Grassy and toffee caramel come to mind.

M- Light mouthfeel is accompanied by higher carbonation. Very bubbly on the tongue.

O- I like the grassy earth notes but would love some more bitterness to accompany this one. Enjoyable but not on the top of my list.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear golden pour with a thick white head that leaves a thick lace down the entire glass right until the end

S: great smell, a light sweetness and wonderful floral hop aroma with a little citrus

T: Amazing! light sweetness, smooth, great hop taste and lingering finish with a slight bitterness

M: great carbonation and medium body

O: great beer, if I could find more I would buy many, many more bottles!

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Photo of Thads324
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a clear and bright amber with a thick and small bubbled white head. A bit of lacing. color looks great
S : sweet biscuit and a small amount of sweet caramel. Only a little bit of earthy hops towards the end.
T : starts watery and then the malt waves in. Sweet and easy going, with honey and bread flavors. The malt takes the back seat to a nice hop flavor that isn't bitter at all. A finish with a little bit of hop bitterness and more sweet malt. the ending hop is a bit piney and a bit lemongrass flavored.
M : bubbly carbonation, but no worries. Easy drinking and finishes very clean and crisp. Nice hop linger afterwards.

A really really great beer. Easy to drink and would probably be a great intro ipa for a first timer. I might like this more than the lost sailor.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, golden honey beneath a rocky, three-finger head of off-white carbonation. Head retention is good and leaves a few traces of weby lace on the glass.

S: Bits of sweet roasted malts, light spices and earthy, grassy hops that meld with the fair fruity and floral aromas.

T: Bittersweet malts with a hint of caramel and toffee sweep the palate first, leaving a bit of smoky, spicy sweetness in its wake. A rush of herbal, slightly citrusy and earthy hops balance and dry the flavor before finishing with a hard, mineral twang and lingering, earthy bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied, smooth, balanced and creamy. Great choices of ingredients and nice craftsmanship.

O: I like BBC's English IPA quite a bit. The 5.7% ABV and somewhat more assertive hop profile, even for an English version, earmark it as an Americanized version of an 1800s IPA, perhaps. The smoky, sweet malt flavors do work nicely off the fruity, bitter and earthy spices of the hops chosen.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper, almost orange. Off white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Bready malt, grass. Fresh, quite green.

T: Sweet malt, lots of smoke, spicy herbal hops. Suggestion of honey mid sip. Interesting flavor profile.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation.

O: An interesting take on a historical IPA. I like the smoke (wherever it came from), and the hop bill seems complimentary to this aspect. And, as usual from BBC, a good value at $3.88 for a 22oz.

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Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a shaped pint glass. Ahhhh, a one off IPA from BBC. The result of a botched version of lost sailor with some new "mystery" hop. As always it was at a bargain price of $3 and change.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with an impressive white fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Tons of carbonation and bubbles.

S - Sweet malts, citrus hops, and some grassiness. Very balanced smell that doesn't really hint at the smokiness I'm about to dig into.

T - Woah. Who let the smoke in? Theres the balance between the caramel sweetness of the malts and the light citrus from the hops. And then theres this amazing smokiness that comes and goes rather quickly. Its not too intense, but it really compliments these flavors. Bitterness is pretty low making this very drinkable.

O - I wish I had a lost sailor to compare this to since I haven't had one in a few months. This is definitely a unique take on the IPA. I'm used to the American IPA with the blistering bitterness and grapefruit, but I gotta admit that I really dig this brew and style. I'll be sure to grab another bomber before they're all gone.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Pours a somewhat translucent burnt amber with an inch of thick, frothy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is grassy and earthy. Faint citrus to aroma to it. Slight sweet aroma with some hops in the background. Flavor is of cut grass and floral hops. Fair amount of malt flavor as well. Biscuity with some bitterness towards the end with a tiny bit of citrus. Very drinkable. Decent amount of hop flavor from a brewery that doesn't put out many hoppy offerings. The price, smoothness, and good amount of flavor make this a nice summer IPA. Overall, worth grabbing again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, with a two full finger widths of thick white head- and that is with a semi-restrained pour.

Smell is fairly sweet and malty, a little biscuity. Notes of honey are present as well. Smells very "fresh", reminiscent of a rural outdoor setting. Perhaps this is what they mean by an "earthy, grassy" character.

Taste is pleasant, but not remarkable. The malty taste is right up front, just like the nose, with a caramel or toffee flavour. Finish is mildly bitter. The 'earthiness' of the nose are present as well- again, very 'fresh' tasting. Nice, but not thrilling.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A little too much carbonation for my liking. but otherwise pleasantly medium to light bodied.

Overall, definitely an enjoyable beer, and one I would be happy to have again. Was not aware that it was a one-off when I picked it up while in the Berkshires for a weekend. Definitely glad I had a chance to try it out.

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Photo of Sam21
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $3.75. No bottling date. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance – A hard pour yields a beautiful hazy amber body with a fluffy cream colored head. Frothy and sticky.

Smell – Juicy caramel malt with a healthy helping of grassy and slightly citric hops. Mineral twang in the nose with earthy undertones.

Taste – Smoky caramel hits up front. Malt is thick and sweet with toffee, notes of oranges, and smoky edges. Finish has a nice herbal bitterness with citrus undertones. Tea-like hop character at times. Dry and quick.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium body. Slick at times. Carbonation adds a nice fluffy feel.

Drinkability – This is a unique beer. It feels unrefined and a bit rustic with the smoky edges and slight mineral twang. Hops add notes of mint, citrus fruit, and a crisp bitterness. A wonderful beer. If only Berkshire could replicate this mystery hop order, because I would love to have this as a year round.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange-brown, tiny bit of haze. Thick off-white head that dissipates slowly into a foamy, quarter sized island. A lot of heavy lacing, like holes in a bed sheet.

S: Candied tangerine, citrus hops, a caramel sweetness. A lot of natural notes, "rocky."

T: Quite sweet up front. Probably not the freshest bottle, but nice notes of caramel and toffee, as far as malt goes. The hops are almost secondary, having orange and floral characteristics. There is a definite mineral-like taste going on in the aftertaste.

M: Very nice carbonation, though a bit rough around the edges for my liking.

O/D: This is one of BBC's better offerings, and one of the better English IPA's I've had in a long time. Shame they're only brewing it once, it's better than 90% of their usual lineup.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops, tea and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out a bit smoky with some breadiness from a hearty malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and a bit of citrus. The hops presence is subdued but creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks good: a long lasting head that leaves ample lace after each sip. The color is a cloudy orange-amber.

Raw, peppery hop smell. Light yeast. Slightly sour with no other malt notes.

A well-balanced IPA...might be closer to an ESB in flavor. The malt has a touch sweetness that shows up with the swallow. There's a sourness which I associate with a stale mash--appealing in its own way. Quite effervescent without a correspondingly full nosy. The hop is muted but present.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with heady retention. Lacey splinters everywhere. On my second pour I must have disturbed the yeast because I got an opaque pumpkin colored mess.

Aroma is grass, apple juice, black pepper and lemon rind. Grainy.

Historic yes, hoppy no. Vanilla/toffee flavored mineral-y malt, steely mint, and a peppery reclusive bitter. When I accidentally dumped the yeast into my glass I got a apricot flavored yeast.

This beer reminds me a lot of another historical IPA - Brooklyn's IPA...which I detest. It's like a better, more nuanced version for that.

I'm puzzled by this beer. Out of all the beers that Berkshire has on their docket they chose an English IPA as a new offering...when they already have a far superior English IPA (Lost Sailor) in their portfolio.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear orange with some brown hues. A strong pour results in a large white head that does not quit. Big globs of uneven lacing cling to the glass.

S: Pine, mango puree, oranges, and a dash of pineapple and grapefruit. Floral. Tobacco leaf. Bready and caramel malts underneath. Some gritty yeast. Good.

T: Juicy hop tastes up front. Orange, some melon. Faint pine. Hop oils create some of that enamel-stripping feeling on the teeth, though the overall bitterness is pretty tame. This is a well-balanced IPA, and bready and caramel-like malt tastes are also prevalent. The gritty, earthy yeast taste that we've all come to expect from BBC is there too, and it works. Mineral tastes come out just before the finish. Finishes with bready malts, faint hop tastes, mineral water, and a bit of an herbal spicy taste.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied, full, and just a bit slick.

O: Pretty good. Not your standard IPA. Pleasant hop profile, but well balanced with a minerally hard water taste. Very much like a British style IPA.

Notes: The description on the label did not make this beer sound appetizing. Smoke and mineral tastes are not normally something I want in an IPA. It all works though. I like it better than their original IPA, Lost Sailor. Certainly not for the hardcore hop-head though. It is a very balanced Old-world style IPA.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip. Reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a clear, golden orange with fluffy whitish head. Good retention and nice lacing left around glass.

S: Smells of sweet caramel malts and toffee with some herbal and grassy hops coming in behind the malt.

T: Really sweet and earthy for an IPA. I taste honey, lots of malt, toffee with only slight hop character and bitterness.

M: Pretty thick and resinous for an IPA, medium body with moderate carbonation, finishes sweet.

O: Interesting beer, not the crisp hoppy IPA that I was anticipating, it tastes more like a watered down barleywine or a sweet pale ale. It is a tasty brew none the less, just not what I would grab when I crave a refreshing and dry american IPA on a hot summer day.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

body is a slightly cloudy, dull amber shade; fairly aggressive pour yields a big 2" off-white head which demonstrates great retention and a lot of lacing.

nose isn't as aromatic as i typically look for in my IPAs, but there is a distinct floral hoppiness to it. for the style i'd put the nose as about average, maybe slightly above.

flavor is interesting. definitely a unique take on the style, the question is 'good unique' or 'bad unique'... seems like i vacillate with each sip. very earthy and florally with some caramel and i do get a hint of smoke. ok, i guess i can dig this.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i guess you could call this one a nice change of pace, a departure from the citric, piney IPAs i tend to gravitate toward. not something i'd seek out on a regular basis but i will be definitely open to more in the future.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a flute glass.

A - Darker golden, almost amber hue with tons and tons of off-white frothy head. Fantastic retention that lasts the session and plenty of lacing.

S - Floral aromas with some hop bitterness. Some woody notes as well with slight malty wisps.

T - The hops are definitely there, but they lack in comparison to other IPAs. Similar to a pilsner in taste with a dominant floral characteristic.

M - Not much to note here...the hop bitterness lingers slightly in the aftertaste, but again, weak overall for hopheads.

O - Overall a decent IPA, but more of a pale ale or pilsner in taste. I like the Lost Sailor IPA better, but I would recommend trying this beer because it probably won't be available anymore due to the fact that it was a mistake to begin with. BBC was shipped the wrong type of hop (they were originally brewing a large batch of Lost Sailor), but they didn't notice until they had brewed a ton of the beer, so they decided to call it something different rather than just dump all the beer...good call!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks goes to SneezyAchew for sending me this one.

A: Pours a deep caramel color with a billowing, oily, off-white head that took forever to settle into a massive film that left rings of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of fruity hops and clean crisp grains. Not super potent but what's there is good.
T: Sweet, light, bready and grainy with just a touch of balancing earthy, fruity hops. It's sweet overall with pretty much no hop bitterness. Instead there is a ton of fruit juice and dry roasted grains. The aftertaste is smooth and fruity.
M: Slick medium body with a viscous (but not oily) mouthfeel and medium, tingly carbonation.
O: I've only had a few English IPA's as I tend to prefer the bolder more hop forward versions from this county, but this is definitely the best one I've had yet. It's also a damn good beer and one that I would definitely recommend and drink again. Thanks Michael!

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Photo of ZEROorDIE
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brief review

poured from 22oz into pint glass.

poured a nice amber/burnt orange, with a nice tan head that stuck around for a while. nice earthy hops aromas as said. low IBU and for an IPA in my opinion. also doesnt seem to hold up with other EIPAs ive tried. not nearly as dry or bitter. still a good banace betweent he malt and hops. the hops stand out but still dont over power the malt. more standard hop flavor nothing exotic adn citrusy about this one. the mouthfeel on this beer is what really impressed me. its exactly what i look for in an american IPA, medium/thick bodied (for an IPA) with a nice creamy texture. this really accentuates the subtle undertones of the various hop flavors. defnitely leaves a sweet buttery taste on the toungue.

i let the bottle sit for two weeks prior to opening,and poured the first glass and a half without the yeast, then swirled and combined the yeast with the last few sips of the second glass. brought out some interesting characterisitics.

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Saint Of Circumstance India Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 55.4% out of 100 with 65 ratings
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