Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

Added by sholland119 on 12-06-2008

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A large pour at TMac, brownish red with a light tan head some lacing don the sides as I drank.

Smell was really understated, couldn't detect much. The pine hop taste hits you hard and then the malt sweetness kicks in.

It hits the tongue light with the harsh bitterness of the hops and then feels heaveier by the aftertaste. Drinkability is OK, but more than one would be a bit too much IMHO.

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Photo of oceanman
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very rich reddish hue, almost like cranberry juice. Healthy head with good retention.

Hop aromas lean towards grass/pine, clearly underscored by bready malt notes. Faintly earthy. Somewhat yeasty, perhaps chalky.

Unusual palate. Fairly nutty. Full bitterness without being harsh. Interesting earthy flavors. Quite unique.

Perfect mouthfeel - enough creaminess and carbonation to soften the bitterness and create a warm, rich feel.

8.7% abv doesn't even make an impression. Also gets bonus points for character and personality. Not a typical hop bomb.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, light tan head, good retention. The aroma is all about hops, plenty of pine and citrus, grapefruit in particular. The flavor is where this beer really comes into its own. The darker malt provides a flavor a cocoa powder and caramel front, though hops promptly sweep in. Grapefruit and pine again here. The hop flavor is intense, like I tore open a bag of hop pellets and started gnawing down on them. Plenty of bitterness, some astringency too. These black IPAs sure are trendy. Between Stone, BrewDog, Victory, Odell and Beer Here plus upcoming offerings from Alaskan and others, I expect Dark IPAs will make there mark all across the craft beer industry. Power to them.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-ruby colored with a small white head the fell quickly to a nice cap...carbonation it there in the presence of nice bubbles spinning through the glass

s-citrus hops and a little pine...malt is there to hold it together...brief splashes of grass and earthy notes....a little bitter on the nose

t-malt heads this one up..the nose would not have lead me to believe this..then the grapefruit citrus hops rush in..the pine settles toward the middle then the grass comes to play and it finishes a bit sweet with some caramel

m-oily and resiny..clings to the mouth like slick oil...carbonation holds this one together well...

d-a little harsh from the piney hops but the malt makes this a smooth sipper..could consume as many as my body would let me in a night..

overall a hit for victory...i do not like all of their beers but every once in a while the knock one out and this is it..

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge creamy head with good lacing. The color is a deep amber brown. It has a good roasted malt aroma with a bit of chocolate. The bitter hops kick in early but the sweet malt is also there around the edges of the tongue. Lots of roasted flavors throughout. Under it is a bit of floral notes and a hint of grapefruit. The alcohol (8.7%) kicks in mid-tongue through the back. It leaves an oily coating in the mouth with residual flavors of the roasted malt and hops. Lots of flavor and very well crafted. An excellent big beer.

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Photo of stangski83
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours dark, almost maple syrup in color. Good head that retains and laces nicely. The smell is reminiscent of Christmas trees. Might be the same smell/taste experienced by Clark Griswald in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as he opens the family tree. Lots of sap in here! Anyhow, aftertaste is a little harsh at first but smoothes out nicely as it goes down. I like this better than many of the hoppy pale ales out there since the dark malts help to smooth it out a bit. Recommended if you want a hoppy adventure from Victory.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped at brawleys in charlotte - consumed on xmas eve

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, dark garnet-mahogany body

smell: stong hop presence, festive christmas tree, sap, bitter grapefruit peel

taste: hoppy - sappy pine, bitter grapefruit, boozy caramel and brown sugar. nice beer, but we've seen it before

mouthfeel: strong hop bitterness, chewy caramel, booze comes through

drinkability: fine

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Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by Nov 5 2010 on front label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.35.

A: Very dark brown with orange-ruby highlights. Trenmendous 3-4 finger, off-white head with good retention and crusts of lace all over the glass.

S: Juicy, fruity, spicy hops aroma is first to greet with a rough, dirty, grainy, rye-like malt presencce

T: Not as seamless as the best strong ales but unique and interesting with spicy, rough dark malt presence with floral, fruity, citrus hops taking over. The overall flavor is raw and rough but enjoyable. The spicy nature of this brew sneaks up on you but the hops maintain the upper hand.

M: The feel is a let-down as the body is only medium at best and has mild coating quality. Aftertaste is very spicy and floral.

D: A good brew overall but comes off as a bit harsh. Still, it's good to see Victory trying some new stuff as their lineup prior to 2009 was pretty traditional. Wih their Wild Ale and now Yakima Twilight, they are plowing new ground with their brews which will be a good thing. Yakima Twilight isn't a home run but is at least a double and signals a more exploratory nature to Victory's future endeavors.

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Photo of Emarble17
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this on cask at Victory at the end of November. Bought a case upon arriving home for Winter break between semesters, and poured a beer for my dad and me. Color is a dark ruby red when held up to a light source. The head bubbly and forms quickly into a rather robust topping. Smell is of fresh, clean cascade hops with a subtle hint of malt -- I suppose this is to be expected. Very drinkable if you like IPA's.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a brownish color, maybe a deep red, with bright ruby highlights. The beer is crystal clear, and the head pours to be enormous, I was barely able to fit a 12 oz bottle into a 20oz glass because of the head. The bubbles are clingy, but still a little loose, and they are quite cavernous as the head starts to fall back. Really, a brilliant looking beer. Smells like citrusy hops, with some grapefruit and orange notes, but with more sweetness and less rindy smells than an IPA, but similar hop profile. There's a nutty, raisiny note in the background, with a hint of caramel/cola. Nice balance, overall, good smells. The bitterness really comes through in the flavor, resinous bitterness. Really polleny and leafy, which I kind of expected - but it's not quite what I was wanting to taste. Raisins and toffee come through in the taste, with some esters, and a hint of peachy alcohol. It comes across as a sharp, almost astringent, tea. I'm somewhat interested in the taste, but it just isn't doing it for me overall. The carbonation is moderate, not sharp, there's no sting, but it's present. The body is kind of medium, maybe thinned out by the alcohol. Still, I could be happy with this. But the drinkability is not incredible. I think the alcohol is a little too much at this point, though I would guess that the somewhat interesting hoppiness would fade as well as the peachy alcohol faded. I think this is a decent beer, but probably not one I would go to again.

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Photo of beertooth
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass.

This beer is a deep ruby red borderline dark amber color. There's a lofty two fingers of off white and egg shell colored head sitting on top.

The nose is mostly soapy spent (cascade?) hops. It's a little cheesy and herbal and I'm catching a lot of rainins, and bubble gum esters and some green bananas as well. It reminds me of a homebrewed imperial red ale.

The taste follows the nose. Cheesy, soapy spent hops and some sweeter malt backing. It's herbal and very estery. The alcohol isn't sticking out, but I could see how this could be a bit warming.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonated.

I've been on the fence about buying this because I've never really been impressed with anything from Victory except for fresh Hop Wallop. This beer isn't bad, but it's not really tipping my interest. With that in mind I will have a few more tonight because I have nothing else I want to crack open.

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Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wine glass

A - big head off a moderately aggressive pour, over three fingers of loose but bubbly light tan foam. falling at a decent pace and leaving a complicated web down the glass. the beer is a clear but dark burnt amber.

S - huge nose of both bitter and earthy hops with a swift kick of a load of a semi-sweet molasses and toasted doughyness through the first part of the delivery. really crisp scents that leaves as soon as you pull the glass away. bit of soapiness from the hops that doesnt have much balance to it.

T - huge earthy hops right off the bat, the bitterness seems to grow and grow even after you've swallowed. biscuity and very slight sweet malts at the bottom aid in the delivery of this earthy hop showcase. tad bit of alcohol bite adds some character.

M - adequate but sharp carbonation (think lots of tiny bubbles) take the bittering to a new level. nice oily mouthfeel that is sticky near the end.

D - i really love the taste of this, but its certainly not subtle at all and is actually a bit hindering to the drinkability.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywoodish blood red color with a mostly smeared glow to its body. Capped with a dense, nearly tan, mostly yellowed foam of medium stacked height. Keeps its immenseness for quite a bit to leave an ever present amount of skim and laces the glass well with an intricate sheeting and lots of holey globs.

Mega wafting hopped up aroma of fresh crisp green hops, earthy, deep, dense, dark, and weedy(both the garden variety and its brother left hemp) with a big toasted malt backing. Nice!

The flavors don't disappoint here as that aroma encapsulates what the taste delivers as its vast display of fresh green hops works its dark magic across the palate. However, I find this has alot more complexity to it. The hops are doing all sorts of wonderful things here, dark, greasy, dirty, earthy, toasty, green, fresh, herbal, and intense. All that with a crunchy toasted malt backing and some easy going dryness of late grassyness and some slight bitterings of greasy, oily pine and dark grapefruit oil. A hop monster of yummy complexity!

Body is about medium with a soild tone the whole way thru of hoppy goodness thats crisp, crunched, toasted, and bold. Hop oiled warmth breathes up thru the finish as it drys with herbal grasses and earthy dark oils dashed with a grace of toasted bitterness. It drinks down pretty damn easy too.

Victory for Victory! A wonderment of scrumptious hops and a wet dream for hopheads. Yum!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a reddish-brown amber with a fluffy, ecru cap that rose to fill the snifter and settle to a thin collar. Some spider web lacing hangs to the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and bitter. Candied grapefruit and pine needles with some sticky caramel. This guy smells like a welcome addition to the victory lineup.

Sweet, sticky caramel, candied grapefruit, pineapple, and pine resin. Bitter in the finish, sweet and sticky up front. A sturdy beer with a heavy handed dose of bitter. The sweetness up front really take away from how bitter this is. A more balanced interpretation.

Medium bodied, chewy. Big, sticky resinous mouthfeel.

Scary how hidden the alcohol is in this guy. I really liked this beer and therefore found it very easy to drink.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's kind of like Hop Devil's bigger brother: more malt & hop character, darker, stronger, etc. I've had this quite a number of times on draft and in a take-home six-pack. While this is a really good beer, the more I try it I seem to find that it greatly resembles the Victory IPA family (Hop Devil, Wild Devil). I guess I wished it had a little more character of its own, but it's still a completely satisfying beer I would seek out more often than not.

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Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge three finger head that can easily our over if you don't watch it, very delicate tan foam, airy and dissipates at a steady clip, plenty of sticky lacing left behind above the dimpled surface. Clear brownish amber color, very consistent until a slight fade to orange at the rims, transparent with a flurry of bubbles visible within. Extremely hoppy nose of grains, unprocessed wheat and meadow grasses, not much citrus or pine, any softness comes from molasses brittle, cocoa powder and a touch of apricot, peach, pear fruit, this as much pit and skin as pulp. Medium-bodied, the carbonation very strong and churns inside your mouth like a commercial grade fan. Borderline bitter, here you get mandarin orange and white grapefruit through the attack, some pine and lots of herbaceousness and cereal grains. At the same time, the molasses, honey and caramel recede in the face of the relentless hoppiness. By the finish a pepperiness comes through and, at times, it feels hot. For all of this, it doesn't seem unbalanced per se, more so an expression of a tightly focused concept. If you're down with the message, impressive.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, translucent reddish-brown color. The tan head is very tall, with a foamy, frothy texture. Retention is very persistent, with attractive lacing trailing along the glass.

S: A spicy, citric hop aroma that recalls bitter grapefruit pith. Some resiny pine notes are also available. The hop load is accompanied by a muted caramel/pale malt backbone that remains hesitant in the background.

T: A modest caramel malt backbone provides somewhere from which the hops can blast off. There's an aggressively bitter citric hop flavor, accompanied by some piney and spicy hop notes. A big dose of young alcohol into the finish - if this weren't so hoppy, I'd recommend letting it mellow out a little.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is mild. A flash of dry, hoppy, alcoholic bitterness into the finish. A long, lingering, somewhat boozy aftertaste.

D: This is an aggressively hoppy strong ale from Victory. Like many of their other offerings, this comes across as unbalanced/unrestrained, which I suppose is kind of what they're aiming for. Still, a beer this hoppy and evidently alcoholic could use a more complementary malt presence. This has good potential, but the combination of the booze and the unbalanced hoppiness leaves its potential somewhat untapped.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a big 'hell yea" to fellow BA Swillbilly for the gift of this beer.
Beautiful reddish brass glow. Clear, highly carbonated. Big tan head that lasts and lasts. Thick lacing sticks to the glass. Foam..foam.
Brassy hops dominate the nose.
Wow. Taste. BIG!!!
Very hop dominated. Bitter bitter bitter.
Very heavy malts trying to push through, but the hops are king here. Hops are more floral than citric...
If you are not a total hop lover, this one may not beer your cup of tea.
But I love hops!!!

Edit:As I sip and enjoy I am really picking some flavors. possibly Munich malt? The hops are coming alive as this warms as well.
Give it time to rest and really enjoy.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $3.50 at Liberty St. Tavern. On one hand, this is a well-balanced DIPA. I don't mean there's a balancing share of malts, but rather that's it's a nice, dry DIPA that let's the hops standout. That said, I wanted more complexity from the hops. It tasted like an over-hopped cascade beer. The flavor is just too much and subtler flavors are lost behind huge, catty grapefruit and pine notes.

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Photo of righthereisay
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm. Smelled a little, um, powerful. This one could hurt.

I bought the single bottle, and I'm happy I only bought one. This just isn't my mug of beer.

Poured into a clear beer mug (nothing fancy, I know), it was a dark brown, with some head, not too much, not too little.

The taste was OK, nothing great. Very bitter aftertaste. I'm not a huge fan of bitterness, but somebody recommended this one to me. Maybe they just wanted me to get drunk. It had some citrus rind, maybe some raisin, pretty complex.There was plenty of carbonation, maybe an 8 out of 10 for carbonation.

Drinkability, nah. Maybe if you had a few of these you could keep drinking them. But at some point (at 8.7%), you would pass out. I would only recommend somebody having 1 of these. That is more than enough. I guess I would have one of these if I was late for a tailgate and needed to get liquored up quick.

These hoppy/bitter beers just aren't my thing. I like stouts. Keep that in mind when reading this review. Peace in the hood.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a huge foamy tan head. The head is gigantic with great lacing. The smell is pretty strong with roasted malt,citrus hops,cinnamon,and bread yeast. The taste is strong with bitter hops,bread yeast,roasted malt,and alcohol. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. All in all this is a good quality beer with a great bitter hop bite.

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Photo of KeefD
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to SpeedwayJim for this extra! Pours a dark amber, nearly brown color with a large tan head in the tulip glass that fell very slowly leaving some very nice lacing. Can't get much better looking than this! Oh yeah, delicious hop aroma on this one, lots of pine and citrus, with lightly bready and caramel malt background. Flavor starts out bitter, plenty of pine flavors coming through, backed up with a decent amount of caramel malt, and light chocolate in there somewhere. Definitely a big, hoppy brew, but would have liked to have seen just a touch more balance. They must have used and an enormous amouont of hops in this thing, because the mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, slick and coating. With this body, I would expect more malt to be at play, but the bitter, citrus hops outweigh all else. Nice beer to be sure. It really tastes like a mishmash of DIPA and Old Ale, so I can't complain about that. Thanks again, Jim!

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best by Nov. 2010 indicated on the bottle. Poured with a vigorous, creamy and cascading, 4 inch, tan-colored head (almost looks like a nitro pour) - excellent retention. Appearance was just shy of mahogany and semi-translucent. Some, textured fluffs of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose reveals citrusy hops and perhaps a light, roasted quality. Taste follows nose; however, there is clearly some dark malt action and some piny bitterness that comes out in the mix - interesting complexity and character that changes slightly as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive background carbonation (not prickly), and a touch of oiliness on the tongue. This is a really interesting beer. Had the opportunity to try this one at Beervana Providence, and I was really impressed. Abv is well-hidden at 8.9%. Even though American Strong is a catch-all style, I would say that this is closer to a DIPA/Strong hyrbid. Really interesting and tasty; however, at $10.69 a sixer, I won't be picking it up too often.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at Goodbar in Buffalo, ended up being free as well! Hard to beat that. Arrives a dark brown, not quite black, not much head on it and even with a swirl not much is raised.

This is an interesting beer that is hard to categorize. The pine resin and hints of citrus hopping that are so prominent in the nose and flavor hint of an IPA. The hint of roast, chocolate and coffee which feature in the taste hint of a porter. The big robust body, hint of biscuit and slightly boozy finish perhaps more of a strong ale. Not sure what it is but it's kinda tasty. A slight odd astringency and the boozy burn hold the drinkability back though.

Neat beer, couldn't drink too much of it though, seems a little disjointed especially when following it with something like Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (which I did) which was much more in sync. Big and slightly brutish, it's worth a try though,

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Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger tan head that fades to a nice layer of lace, crystal clear deep dark amber with highlights of burgandy, very attractive brew.

s- mmm, clean malt, not alof of roast, nice earthy hops, pine resin, some fig, grapefruit, very interesting.

t- wow, very tasty, grapefruit rind, great hops blend with dark biscuity, bready flavors, no trace of the 8.7% abv (as the beer warms it becomes ever so slightly noticeable), the finish here is nicely dry with great bitterness that lingers.

m- medium body with a good bit of hop slickness topped off with a prickly tangy hit.

d- great drinkability here, i wonder why they catagorize this as an american strong ale - victory calls it a dark ipa, none the less this is a killer beer, it's got all the highlights of a great ipa (bordering on dipa) and malty brown ale, i could knock back several easily, i only got a single to try this but will definately be picking up at least a sixer more before this disappears for the rest of the year.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,661 ratings