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Caldera IPA - Caldera Brewing Company

Caldera IPACaldera IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

897 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%


Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-21-2005)
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cerveza5150

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/reddish with a soapy, foamy head. Lots of bubbles of small carbonation.

S: Pine, citrus, and grapefruit all the way, almost to the point of smelling like a Fresca! (how's that for an obscure reference). The malt is also noticeable in the form of a little fruitness.

T: Wow! The hops pack a whallop both in the nose and in the finish of the taste, but the sweet malt coats the tongue and the throat and balances out nicely. The aftertaste of so many hops does take down the mouthfeel a bit, but the taste is definitely...tasty!!!

M: The hops sting a bit, even in the mouthfeel, but the malt is moderately thick, which helps wash everything down. The only drawback I can see is that the hops stick around so much in the aftertaste. It wants me to drink more, but it still is a little surprising.

D: This is a good IPA. Almost like a Firestone Pale Ale supercharged; the hops are front and center, and the malt does its job to try and balance it, but the overall impression is HOPS. I like this, and like the idea of cans, but this is NOT for folks who don't like it bitter!!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 02:13:41 | More by cerveza5150
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beerswamie

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked up a six-pack because I have been hearing good things about this beer.

A- dont know much since I drank it out of the can.
T- Wow this stuff is great! the pine taste and citrus just explode in your mouth at the first drink.

Unfortunately only one store carries this in my area and it is a bit of a trip but well worth it for one of the best beers out of a can you ever had.

Serving type: can

08-12-2009 17:13:31 | More by beerswamie
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The hops-adorned label just called to me...and it's in a can, which I fully support. So it pours into the glass a lovely toasty bronze-rust color, with a crazy-fluffy head that looks like the top of a root-beer float. Lasts a long while too.

Nose is ultra-hoppy...very much veering into the fresh fabric-softener breeziness area. Not much else behind it, but gotta love it.

Flavor is delightful hoppiness all the way. Bright, breezy, a bit intense but not overwhelming. The malts carefully and successfully offer backup, or maybe more of a foundation than anything, as the prickly, colorful hops continue to be the magical ingredient with each sip. A little green, a little leafy, and very, very nice unless you're not into hops. A slight twist of graininess that reminds of rye carries through, especially into the finish. Also some candy-like sweetness, especially with a little warming.

Mouthfeel is neither here nor there. Not much to say about it, but it's fine. It's a medium-bodied beer with some prickly carbonation and a bit of stickiness.

A very solid IPA, and a very drinkable west-coast version of the style. It's not over-the-top while still exuding the character of its region, and the ABV makes it completely manageable if you're wanting several in a row.

Serving type: can

08-10-2009 21:35:04 | More by Metalmonk
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured Cooper colored with withe 3 finger head.
S= sweet Carmel, citrus, piney, with nice hop aroma.
T=sweet Carmel, with big hop flavor and nice hop bite, sweet finsih with a long lingering bitterness, but not an overpower kind of bitter, it's pretty tame, it just there. Also some grapefruit flavor in there as well.
M=nice big full body, maybe even a little too much for an IPA, but I like it personally.

Overall, great IPA in my opinion, easily one of the top 5 IPAs that we get I'n the state, although, I'm not sure I'd that's exactly a complent to he beer, or a knock on my state....at any rate, I will be buying this like nobody business.

Thanks caldera for coming to oklahoma!

Serving type: can

08-10-2009 02:04:19 | More by webbcreative
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Tdizzle

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack at BevMo! Cypress.

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear light-copper color with a sticky head of foam that reduces to a thin layer over the beer. Each sip leaves some web-like lacing along the inside of the glass.

S- Piney, oily hop aromas with a malt backing that has a slight element of fruity sweetness but mostly smells of rich crakerish grain. There's a corse, almost metallic note to the smell, much like most of Sierra Nevada's beers. In fact, Caldera's IPA smells very much like a Sierra Nevada beer. Celebration Ale comes to mind.

T- Lots of bitter grapefruit flavor. Grainy, bready malts provide minimal balance. Pithy flavors of melon rind lead the way to a dry finish that leaves a hoppy and slightly metallic bitterness lingering on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is very full-bodied with some nice fizzy carbonation that complements the thick and somewhat oily texture.

D- The 6.1% ABV makes it easy to have a few of these in a row, but I would have liked a little more fruity sweetness in the flavor to balance out the big bitterness.

A very tasty IPA. Bring on the canned beers!

Serving type: can

08-08-2009 04:52:56 | More by Tdizzle
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d0ggnate

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from can to my Brooklyn imperial pint glass. Singlt layer of tight laced off-white head fades to barely covering the brew within a few minutes.
S: Sharp citrus and pineapple hop aroma. A tiny bit of hop astringency. Characteristic hop sweetness is appealing.
T: The same sweet and sharp hop flavors are found here. Very similar to HotD Blue Dot. Almost a piney flavor.
M: Smooth and a tad away from creamy. Very delicious flavors last on your palate.
D: Great beer. I would love to open up a few cans of this brew on a hot day. I'll have to grab a few more. Wish it was readily available here.

Serving type: can

08-07-2009 03:36:12 | More by d0ggnate
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velosuds

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at local health food store for $1.49. My first craft beer from a can.

A-Clear amber-orange with 1 1/2 finger, off-white head with average retention and moderate lacing. Very pleasing appearance.

S-Piney hops with some citrus aroma present. Very inviting.

T-Somewhat disappointing since the flavor does not match well with expected smell and is dominated by earthy bitterness that is ultimately unbalanced. I couldn't discern any malt backbone. Very bitter, persistent after taste. Not very pleasant. Unsure about freshness, but this has not been a concern from the seller/distributors. I like hoppy IPAs, but prefer balance too. Balance was absent.

M-Begins well but ends up being harsh because of the after taste. Low to medium carbonation gives is it a smoothness that is unfortunately emasculated by the bitterness.

D-An average West Coast IPA. Okay, but I won't buy again. The bitter aftertaste nearly gave me heartburn.

If offered one to drink I would drink it but only after concluding nothing better is available. A bit pricey compared to better Oregon brewed IPAs. I bought this today because I wanted to try some different IPAs on hot day in the Willamette Valley. Overall, I was nonplussed.

Serving type: can

07-26-2009 00:30:37 | More by velosuds
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argock

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. SIngle purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Clear amber-orange with 1-2 finger, off-white head with average retention but lots of lacing.

S: Complex and sumptuous aromas of pine, citrus, sweet caramel and pale malt, tropical fruit, and leaf all come through to present a most appetizing brew.

T: the flavor does not deliver fully on the promising smell and it is dominated by earthy, leafy bitterness that leaves all complexity behind. The malt flavors peek through to a minor extent with some balancing sweetness. This is a great beer for hopsheads who like pure raw bitterness hitting them in the mouth.

M: Pretty slick and coating with low-medium carbonation and a spicy-bitter aftertaste.

D: A not bad, not great IPA that won't win any awards for value. It will win for rawness and unrestrained bitterness, which, even though I like hoppy IPAs, is not my favorite combination.

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 02:11:22 | More by argock
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Docer

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a can of this at my local Vancouver, WA By the Bottle...

- Crystal clear new copper penny color... bit of fluffy white head, down to a little bit of white lacing... some big bubbles in the head....

- Rich caramel malts.. sweet, brown sugar..Some bittering hops, and a bit of a pee smell... or mildew... something of the sort.

- Sweet caramel malt, dirty water, mildew, earth, and some light bitter hop notes, little bit of pine, and roasted and/or burnt malt.

- Bit watery feel, dry, roasty aftertaste... and some dirt.

- Ok as far as drinkability... but really not that great of an IPA... especially just having this after a Green Flash West Coast IPA....

Serving type: can

07-23-2009 23:11:18 | More by Docer
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden copper color, nearly clear. Bright, stark white head with decent retention and good lace.

Great pine and grapefruit hop aroma. Some caramel and biscuit malts come in, in the middle.

Great pine and grapefruit hop flavor hits right up front. Slightly sweet caramel malt in the middle. This is followed up by a nive tropical fruit hop flavor, pineapple, papaya and mango. The finish is a long bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit zest with a touch of pith.

Medium body, nice carbonation, tingly and slightly creamy at the same time.

I could drink several of these. It is a very fine IPA.

Thanks For Reading

Serving type: can

07-18-2009 01:10:45 | More by jackorain
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer struck me as a very malt-forward IPA; lots of caramel was evident from start to finish in both its aroma and flavor. Even it's color, in a different sense, could be described as caramel. It was a pretty good beer, but I prefer my IPAs to be a little more hop dominant, and a little less malty. I enjoyed it, but I didn't think it was anything to write home about.

Color was a dark rich amber color, with a good amount of head. Aroma was malt first, with lots of caramel notes and some hoppiness. Flavor was exceedingly balanced, more like an amber ale than an IPA, with the hops just barely peeking out from behind more caramel flavor. Mouthfeel was light, crisp, and pleasant. Quite a satisfying beer, but it didn't really scratch my itch for hops.

A huge thank you to JaBier for gifting me a can of this beer; otherwise I probably never would have tried it.

Serving type: can

07-15-2009 23:57:31 | More by BeerBelcher
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of hop aroma. Mostly citrus but I get some woody variety too. There's a caramel malt underneath with a hint of esters but it's pretty much hops.

Nice orange color and very clear. Started out with a big off-white head that fades immediately to a little layer of wispy foam over the top of my glass.

Very pleasant right off. It started out very bitter with citrus hop oils but there's a solid caramel malt flavor that fights through. Each sip has a great bitter/sweet interplay of hops and malt. I get a hint of roast malt in the aftertaste but then there's a lingering hop bitterness.

Nice full body with a creamy carbonation level.

Good stuff in a can. A nice well balanced IPA.

Serving type: can

07-14-2009 05:07:51 | More by czechsaaz
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger, thick, white head that leaves moderate, splotchy lacing.
The smell is both fruity and malty, malt dominates.
Taste is fruity, citrus hops up front then overtaken by a strong malt flavor and finishes with bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, well-carbonated at first but low later.
Drinkability is fine. I like it and many of those who like IPAs will also.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:43:50 | More by meatyard
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, poured into a tulip.

Body is a bright see-thru amber orange with a finger of pretty fluffy off-white head. Visible stream of constant carbonation up the middle of the tulip. Retention and lacing are good

Smells tasty. Fresh squeezed OJ and grapefruit juice up front with pine in the background. Some caramel maltiness, but not enough to obscure the hops.

Really nice flavor profile. The fresh orange and grapefruity from the nose carries over and is joined by a bit of pineapple. The sweet malt backbone is fairly substantial up front, yet there's a toasty element to it as well. Steadily dries out, and pine creeps back in for a puckery and spicy finish.

Nice juicy mouthfeel. Medium yet fluffy body, moderate carbonation.

Overall impression: Excellent brew, another winner from Caldera.

Serving type: can

07-05-2009 23:44:14 | More by PDXHops
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a big tan head. Smells of citrus. Taste is very citrusy up front, with a nice caramel malt middle, and an herbal, smoky hop finish. Nice bitterness that clings to your tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is great, several of these in a row wouldnt be difficult. A super choice for an IPA which conveniently comes in a can.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 00:14:42 | More by tronester
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a robust head and moderate lacing. The aroma is strong, immediately apparent from several feet away - malty and fairly conventional IPA aroma, perhaps a bit of Amarillo hops or something similar. The flavor is pleasant and grainy, with a sharp hop bitterness and a nutty, toasty edge. Again, this seems seems strongly suggestive of Amarillo, with a sharp orangy character, particularly of the bitterness, which seems like that dry, bitter character from Orange zest. The mouthfeel is smooth and clingy, leaving that citric bitterness firmly planted on teh tongue.

A good beer.

Serving type: can

06-30-2009 20:03:24 | More by Seanibus
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Big rocky batter like light tan head... Rich caramel color... Faint traces of slow to moderate paced carbonation... Loads of stickiness on the sides of the glass...

S - Full and rich piney hop aroma up front... Sweet caramel and butter toffee... Quite inviting....

T - The hops are upfront and potent, but far from over powering... Mostly piney with trace amounts of grapefuit and sweet citrus... A dense malt backbone permeates throughout... Caramel... Toffee... Biscuit... A tad of honey...

M - Medium bodied and fluffy... A lush creaminess... Just the slightest bit of carbonation on the tongue... A faint bitterness lingers throughout...

D - Terrifically complexities and flavor, especially for the 6.1% ABV... A very underrated IPA...

Serving type: can

06-30-2009 01:52:21 | More by philbe311
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macktbone

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice bright red color with a pretty foamy head. Lace is allready showing off and trying to get me to take a sip before finishing the sentance.

S- Heavy citrus blend with a sweet finish. Smells like a much hoppier beer than an IPA.

T- Much maltier than the nose lets on, sweeter too. I taste a lot of grain and oils. Slightly buttery.

M- Truely a medium bodied sample. Not watery but definatley not full either.

D- Good pick up from the store as something new. Not something I would recommend to a friend as a must try, but a maybe try for those looking to try new IPAs.

Thanks Caldera...another decent brew from Oregon.

Serving type: can

06-29-2009 06:38:19 | More by macktbone
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ckeegan04

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, bright orangish-brown in color. Thick, foamy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Strong, citrusy hop aroma domainates the nose. The malts do provide ample balance with a very bready and caramel laced sweetness. Primarily grapefruit with just a hint of tangerine in the nose.

T - Strong citrusy bitterness right off with lots of grapefruit especially. There is a strong sweetness as well mid-drink with a big caramel taste. Some candied fruit notes come in late before the drink finishes with a dominan citrusy bitterness. Another well crafted IPA from Oregon.

M/D - Medium bodied, a little sticky. Bitterness sticks with you long after the beer is gone. Good carbonation.

Serving type: can

06-28-2009 20:04:21 | More by ckeegan04
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks goes out to the awesome BA from the NW who sent me this as a kick ass extra. I had been wanting to try this for a while now. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/26/2009.

The pour was very nice. Deep amber in color with a nice clarity to it. A big head of white coming up and over the top and settling down with a good amount of side glass lacing. Big aroma of fresh hops on this one. Just a huge nose of grapefruit, pineapple and hints of orange peel. Deep and resionous, almost sticky just in the aroma. As the first sip hits, not as sharp and pungent as the aroma, but seriously this was a good IPA. Nice and tight with the fresh hops letting your lips stick to your teeth. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit leading the way but fading into a nice mid palate of buttery malts. Nice medium feel and an easy, very smooth sessionability.

Overall this was excellent. A very easy to drink, very nice and very hoppy west coast IPA. I would go for this one again any day!

Serving type: can

06-28-2009 02:37:57 | More by mikesgroove
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washburnkid

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brew...and what a goodie!

Over a finger of off-white head lingers over a translucent amber. The head lives a good amount of sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas of floral and herbal hops with a sweet but bready maltiness as a distance backbone. Earthy notes in both the aroma and taste. Tons of bitter residuals linger on the palate, thanks in part to a medium mouthfeel. This is a delicious IPA, and I look forward to grabbing more cans from this brewery!

Serving type: can

06-23-2009 04:32:58 | More by washburnkid
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Arbitrator

California

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled can into a glass. An extra courtesy of bvc. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear amber body with active carbonation up the glass. Has an inch off-white head with good retention, and it leaves some spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops, with a slight resiny and earthy/dirt/grass undercurrent to it that is a bit of a turnoff.

T: As the nose suggests, the taste is dominated by citrus hops, with pine coming second. Caramel malt fleshes out the mid-taste, but toward the end, an earthy and grassy blend takes over and pulls throught into the aftertaste. There is a lingering resiny bitterness as a result.

M: Sticky, with bitter resin coating the mouth. Sometimes I like this, but here it's too grassy and earthy to enjoy.

D: I really wanted to try this, and I'm glad I did -- because I'm satisfied that I don't need to have it again. It's apparently pretty pricey, and there's nothing in here that justifies that to me.

Serving type: can

06-23-2009 03:47:05 | More by Arbitrator
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at State Line in Maryland. Poured a golden amber with a good white head. This beer reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale, and not because of the can. There's a big punch of citrus and pine hops that's met (more so here than with Dale's) by a hit of caramel malt. Very drinkable and a tasty, more balanced IPA.

Serving type: can

06-23-2009 01:43:35 | More by tempest
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skrib09

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

copper or amber in color. pretty clear with an off-white hop head forming on top.

smells of pine up front and a hit of citrus zest toward the back.

taste is refreshingly hopped. malty sweetness amongst the pine, resins, and citrus.

mouthfeel is crispy with a slight bite. definetly drinkable.

Serving type: can

06-16-2009 02:10:09 | More by skrib09
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mcsquint

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into pint mug:
A - Dark golden amber in color. Clear, with nice 2 finger, off-white head. Excellent lacing on glass.
S - Citrus,pine, grassy, malty.
T - Golden malt at first; quickly followed by citrus and pine. Finishes fairly dry but leaves slight metallic aftertaste.
M - Medium. Carbonation is very fine in character.
D - As big as this is on flavor, I would have thought the ABV would be more than 6.1%. It's very drinkable; but at @ $14.006 pack it will have to be an occasional treat.

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 21:27:13 | More by mcsquint
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