Tequila Barrel Lime Gose | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tequila Barrel Lime GoseTequila Barrel Lime Gose

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lively, crisp and clean, this German-style sour ale is infused with sea salt, coriander and lime for a refreshing journey south of the border. Notes of oak, vanilla and caramelized banana are balanced by hints of tart lime and tequila, tapering to a slightly salty finish.

11 IBU

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 83
Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This looks fun. A complex array of smells that settles down to a nice fruit based sour with notes of lime, seems like a little wood and I actually do think I get the caramelized banana in there too. Interesting and basically pleasing. More going on than in most goses.
Quick lived head of white. Golden yellow with some cloudiness. Typical.
I get the banana again but not caramelized. Smooth fruity tart with some lime. Dryness of wood on the tongue. An earthy and malt character. Again an interesting mix of flavors and still holding the soft tart bite and a smooth backing finish.
I like this. I can see hitting a few of these this summer. It will work well.

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Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4” cap of foam that soon starts to recede visibly to a cap and then a a thin irregular island of foam while leaving an open web of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of slender arches and lots of small patches of foam on the side of the glass.

The aromas are mostly about the lime and it’s tartness. The tequila, some salt, some oak and a bit of vanilla are in the background.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose with some citric tartness and lime up front. The light sweetness of some bready malt is in the background along with the touch of salt, oak, vanilla and tequila.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, clean and crisp from the carbonation and slightly puckered from the tartness. The finish beings as the lime, tartness and sweetness begin to fade and the tequila, salt, vanilla and oak move forward a bit before they too begin to fade as the ending becomes lightly sweet, salty and tart.

I’m finding this an enjoyable drinkable beer and overall this is a refreshing summer beer that would be worth having on hand for a summer party on the porch. I’ll probably have a few more.

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Photo of maximum12
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12 oz. can! Hide your wives! Mine is well hidden. Halfway across the world. Sigh.

Looks almost as light & golden yellow as a Bud Light – it would be fun to slip a glass of this to one of ‘them’ & see the reaction. Wait, they don’t use glasses, do they? Never mind. Nose of lime, tekillya, salt. Not a bad combo.

Tequila Barrel Lime Gose makes me wonder why this style is so rare. Tart, not sour, this is closer to my alley than my old alley (I grew up on an alley – no street frontage – no, really, a real house & everything). Nice tartness melds with the saltiness & an added touch that might be lime, or might be air freshener. Barrel light enough to border on undetectable. Light & easy drinker for sure.

I had high hopes for this & it fell short, the additives just didn’t pop, & it turned into a routine gose experience. Still a good brew.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the lot number and "best by" date printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The two finger head stay around for a while and leaves some lacing in sheets all over the glass. It's a clear, pale yellow color.

Smell: There's some fresh notes of lime peel, coriander and agave nectar followed by mustier smells of dried coconut, vanilla and oak. As the beer warms it develops a strong, funky scent of yogurt and lactic acid.

Taste: The puckering, sour lime and zesty lime peel hit the palate first. Then it opens up into some earthier coriander and oak notes but those are more subtle and hidden behind the strong sourness.

Mouthfeel: It's creamy and medium bodied but still refreshing with medium high carbonation.

Overall: The complexity and diversity from the nose doesn't exactly translate unto the palate, but maybe that's a good thing. The taste is sour and refreshing but without being watery or bland.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with tons of happy carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of crackling white head that drops into the beer.

Smells a bit like key lime pie. Has a lime note with a malty biscut like background. Even picking up something like sweet graham crackers.

Tastes like a lot of the smells. Getting strong lime with some graham cracker up front. Getting salt mid tongue and a tart crisp pucker in the back.

Mouth feel is light and bubbly. With that tart crisp snap of a finish. With that salt and tart snap another sip becomes almost a given.

Very nice balance of all that. The citrus from the lime with a bit of sweet than that bit of salty followed by the tart bite of lime at the back end. I really like this beer! Seems like that salty lime at the back lingers for a bit as well. When I think of a good food pairing I think this will work just fine. In the meantime I will just enjoy a few of these refreshing beers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure where they are getting 5.9% most Gose style beers are around 4% and my can says it's 4.2% so please fix.

A - Nice bountiful head on this one a full inch that pulls back to an exceptional lace ring. Beer not so crazy more of a bright yellow.
S - Well it certainly smells like a barrel aged gose plenty of lime sourness, salt, and what I assume it Agave tequila smell.
T - wow thats interesting the Agave really balances with the beer well almost making for a wheat beer kind of grainy finish. Plenty sour though with ton of lime and just a salt bae touch.
M - Drinks pretty good I slammed the pint down quicker than I expected.

Overall well worth the price an interesting take on the style and fairly cheap as well!

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass; canned on 1/17/2019, best before 8/15/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tart/sour limes, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, agave, and white bread; with lighter notes of tequila, oak, peppercorn, vanilla, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of limes, fruity/acidic yeast, moderate pale/wheat malts, and light-moderate tequila barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour limes, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, agave, and white bread; with lighter notes of tequila, oak, peppercorn, vanilla, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light coriander/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour limes, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, agave, white bread, tequila, oak, peppercorn, vanilla, lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of limes, fruity/acidic yeast, moderate pale/wheat malts, and light-moderate tequila barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic/saline mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an excellent gose. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of limes, fruity/acidic yeast, moderate pale/wheat malts, and light-moderate tequila barrel flavors; extremely smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish; not overly lactic/salty. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of limes, Lacto complexity, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Not that much tequila barrel, but was already expected for the price. Still has a nice solid/pleasant presence, as to not get overpowering. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice head production; OK retention for the style. Brew is light blond, almost perfectly transparent, with a ton of activity.

Nose is salty, sour, and lightly funky, featuring citrus, milk, cheese, and a slight syrupy sweetness that could be described as tequila - but only knowing ahead of time that's something to look for.

Flavor follows: this is a strongly sour gose, with a decent amount of saltiness (it grows on the second half), and clear lime and citrus tones. The tequila aging is not over the top, and blends exceptionally well with the overall profile. It's less funky on the palate than the nose, and overall smoother.

Lively, puckeringly tart, and refreshing. It may be labeled as a sour, but it's fully within the Gose spectrum of sourness.

This is a really nice beer! Refreshing, light, but full flavored.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pale golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention and lacing

S- smells of lime zest, toasted wheat, yogurt & lactic tartness

T- slightly tart lime up front with some yogurt/lacto notes, mid-palate gives some toasted wheat, the finish drops off, leaving just a hint of tartness and lime on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and dry finish

O- if this was aged in tequila barrels, I couldn't tell. Still a good easy drinking gose

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Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of tequila, lime, hint of salt, slight pale malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable tartness and slight dryness. Tastes of a hint of tequila, lime, hint of salt, slight pale malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dang! I just recently completed another of my (in)famous Coup de Boule(vard) horizontals when this one showed up amongst the backlog. It's a bottle, so I don't feel as bad for having overlooked it.

From the bottle: "Sour Ale"; "4.2% Alc/Vol 11 IBUs".

The other thing that I liked about it, other than its assuaging any guilt feelings that I may have had was the fact that, at its base, it was a Wheat Ale. Why is this exciting?, you might ask. Because it gives me a reason to do some in-bottle agitation to take out my irritation at its being in a bottle. Once I Pop!ped the cap, there was no reason to hold back, so I really let loose with a hard, aggro pour. This caused the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention which left some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a lightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like a shot of tequila - salt, tequila & lime, but "Sour" was the wrong term. It should have been "Tart" instead as my lips began to pucker uncontrollably. The taste was great - reminiscent of liberty in Tijuana, drinking shooters of tequila while watching the donkey show or betting on jai alai! First, the salt, then the shooter, followed by a wedge of lime & then a kiss from the honeyhoney wriggling around on my lap, trying desperately to discern where I secreted my wallet. Dang, this was a really good interpretation of the style. Tarts & sours generally are not my bag, but since salt is integral to the style, it seems like a natural, albeit genius, move to add tequila and lime to the mix! Finish was dry, salty, tart, just like TJ liberty!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Tequila Barrel Lime Gose "
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY... 19NOV2018" and sampled on 15JUN2018

Notes via stream of consciousness: There's a nice head on it, foamy and off-white over a hazy golden body. Usually the head drops in a sour beer but this is holding quite well. I'll have to wait for it to drop. ... ... ... That took quite some time, so very good head retention there. The aroma suggests lime very clearly along with some oak and what I believe is Tequila. That's pretty impressive as well. If they can pull off the flavor this will be a winner, so let's see... it's tart, very tart, lemony-limey, and just a touch sweet from the malt. That's a nice balance, and it ends dry but not too acidic, and just a touch of residual sweet malt lingers. What's missing is the Tequila and oak. There's some, mainly showing in the aftertaste, but not nearly as much as you might expect given the aroma. Still, I can live with that given the overall flavor. It's very refreshing, and I'm going to have to grab some of these for summer parties. In the mouth it's acidic, light-medium in body, and gently crisp. The lingering lime note is very nice. What it lacks, perhaps, is a bit of depth. Had the tequila and oak come through more in the flavor it might work, but as it is I think it's a one and done beer. I wouldn't want two of these in a row despite really enjoying the first one. Finally, despite some very good head retention the lacing wasn't that great, but I'll still score it well as lacing is almost always limited in sour beers. Overall I'm quite impressed. A lot of brewers have attempted a lime gose but I've never had one this good. Certainly worth trying.
Review# 6,067

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Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Craft Beer Factory in Marietta, GA.
Clear pale golden with a decent white head. Spotty lacing.
Medium-light body with lively carbonation.
Well balanced flavor with more lime by the finish than up front. The tequila barrel treatment is present but more subtle than overpowering.

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Photo of dcotom
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seriously good stuff here! Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a proper stange. Pours a pale golden color with a hint of a greenish tinge and an orange-ish highlight here and there. Nice soapy white head that settled rapidly leaving only a trace of lacing. Tart apple, a hint of cider vinegar, a touch of yeast funk, and just the right amount of salinity and lime to make this lip-smackingly delicious. Light bodied as expected, fairly dry finish with a touch of lingering tartness. Very refreshing, and all-day drinkable at 4.2% ABV and 11 IBU. I was tempted to salt the rim of the glass and drop in a lime wedge, but that would have upset the almost-perfect balance of the elements in this beer. Great summertime quaff that would pair well with lighter fare. Well done, well executed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

thanks to pops for bringing this beer back from his recent vacation. Pours a light and hazy yellow color with 1/3" white head. Aroma popped for the tequila aspect of the beer, lime, wood, salt, its all here, smells just like margaritaville, although perhaps not wasting away in the aforementioned location per the song.

Taste still drops a hefty, almost singular expression towards achieving margarita status. Is it enjoyable? Sure. Would have preferred more of a gose dry finish instead of being continually inundated by wet lime, but ok, that's this beer's bag baby. Wheat usage seems evident. Good body despite the lack of a dry finish in the mouth feel.

I would say pass for hardcore gose fans and must buy for tequila and margarita fans. For everyone else like me in between, its not a beer that will piss you off or change your world view.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Margarita meets beer as the brewers of Boulevard prepare for Cinco de Mayo. A sour German-styled wheat ale has natural affinities for lime and lend a nearly margarita flavor on its own. A nudge in that direction has the beer aging in tequila barrels for extra measure.

Hazy golden and topped with a white sheet of foam, Tequila Barrel Lime Gose leads with a sharp, tangy and suprisingly savory scent that revolves around the lime character. Hints of burlap, oak and cashew follow behind just as the taste opens with a bready sweet taste of sourdough with nuances of saltwater taffy and key lime pastry.

As the ale opens up on the middle palate, the margarita flavor becomes more paramount. Sweetness fades and the sourness builds with impressions of lime, lemon, crabapple, gooseberry, sour white grape and kiwi. Sharp lactic acids provide a clean sourness while a late palate of oak shows a slight toasted caramelization in taste that's redolent of butter pecan.

Medium light in body, the beer never sees complete dryness or peak sourness because of the lingering wheaten support that the gose hold true for historic sake. A bold aftertaste of whole wheat resurfaces even as the acids strip the thirst and refresh the palate with a briny sourness that balanced down to the very end.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic optics. Aroma isn’t very impactful, though few goses’ are in that sense - thin cracker, salt, hint of lime. Taste is good - the lime is present & bright, and contrasts nicely with the tequila note, which isn’t overwhelming. Solid gose backbone, could maybe be a little crisper. All in all a nice twist on the style

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with a sliver of cream colored head. No real head retention or lacing

S: Tartness, a little Tequila. fades as it warms

T: Follows the nose, lime & dryness too up front, saltyness as well. Lime, salt & a little bready sweetness mix with a little dryness & just a little Tequila. Finishes tart with salt& lime

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Superb Drinkability. Boulevard makes a few Goses I really like

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this isnt bad, but it should be better than it is, i know what boulevard is capable of and this seems well short of their very best. that said, i think the tequila and the lime and the saltiness and pucker of the gose all go together super well, and this still has a lot of value. its refreshing and sort of minimalist in its complexity, if that makes sense, everything goes together so well and its all very natural and unforced. i smell a lot of lime, and a pretty robust tequila element as well, not much wood from it but the spirit for sure. i dig the brine aspect too, it brings out the tequila well and makes this quite a bit more interesting than many. my critique here really is of the souring. the lacto profile smells kind of cheesy and even tastes a little dirty to me, backyard buckety, amateurish. i like the sourness thats achieved, the acidity is right for the flavors, but the flavor of it is off a bit. stinky and weird. the lime is fresh and clean though, the tequila is appropriately worked in, and the salt is higher than most and really exceptional. this is close to being a home run, if they can clean up the souring aspect, this will be absolutely dynamite. drinks like a malty margarita!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale straw with a large head. The aroma features a strong burst of lime juice, kombucha sourness, pineapple, clay, and a definite hint of tequila. The flavor starts with sour lime juice and a hint of lime peel, followed by a floral sweetness, cracker malts, and a mineral hint on the finish. The mouthfeel is light with bold, spritzy carbonation. Overall this is a really nice sour - drinkable, not too sour, and plenty complex. The minerally and fruity qualities of tequila come through more strongly than I would have thought - maybe not through the barrel but a confluence of other flavors.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip glass. Pours a semi-hazy straw color with a fingernail, white head that doesn't linger. Nose of lime, salt, and tequila barrel. Taste is tart lime and complimentary amount of salt before the tequila barrel lands a solid footing in the finish. Light body and medium-high carbonation with a touch of the tequila barrel lingering.
The tequila barrel came through surprisingly well without overwhelming the lime or salt. The barrel aging improved the beer and enhanced the gose. A good edition of the style from Boulevard.

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Photo of EMV
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Cincinnati. Poured into a goblet.

L: Clear golden copper pour. 2 fingers of white head. Falls fast with thin lacing.

S: Oak and lime.... citrus and tequila.

T/F: Light malts... mildly tart without being sour. Strong barrel character with oak and tequila. Lime and sea salt.... mild funk. Vanilla.... medium to light in body. Low carbonation.

O: A tasty margarita style beer. Great lime and tequila character. Not really a sour.... only mildly tart. Still flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head. It smelled like tequila and a lot of lime. The lime flavor is strong with tequila, wood and hints of vanilla.

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Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Look is more orange than typical gose, due to the barrel. Smell is light salt and barrel wood. Taste brings a lot of barrel giving a sweet Carmel finish to the tart gose. The base beer isn't very bright in taste, moderate citric tartness. Very light carb. Overall a fun effort, but it got less interesting as I worked through the pour.

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Tequila Barrel Lime Gose from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 83 ratings