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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 541
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 07-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole-cone hop "flowers" with aromatic natural rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors.
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Photo of AdamBear
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-amber with a nice cream colored head

S-ah, yes. This smells like a good SN ipa. It's comes in with weedy hops first then floral hops later. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of grassy hops, decent grains, and an awesome floral flavor! It's pretty good! I'm impressed actually with this flavor. Has an awesome matching after-taste. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy after-taste

O-I'm impressed with this! It's awesome, I could drink a case of this in no time. Kudos to whoever brewed this one. It didn't last long!

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to have a bad beer from SN. This beer has complexity with particularly great floral notes coming through. Great Balance, drinkability and great effervescence in the glass. Solid solid offering from of craft's masters. Most enjoyable beer of the English Ipa style that I have had. Underrated in my mind.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16, served (inexplicably) in a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear medium amber body; not much of a head, but what’s there leaves plenty of fine off-white lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Pure, intense, raw hoppiness. Leafy, floral, earthy, vegetal, and generally dank. This genuinely smells like a glass full of hop cones, not beer. Crazy.

T: Opens with huge floral hoppiness, followed by a hint of citrus and some distant bready malts before closing out with dry, slightly astringent bitterness. Not the best finish, but still an extremely tasty hop bomb.

M: Lively, spritzy light-to-medium body. A tad over-carbonated, but not unpleasant.

O: Awesome IPA. I love how single-mindedly hoppy it is – possibly the most purely hoppy aroma I’ve experienced. They should totally can this.

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Photo of Freshlikeugh
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tend to buy variety packs because many of them contain a hidden gem. This week I bought the Sierra Nevada "Best of Beer Camp" variety pack and was most suprised to find that this Floral IPA was not only the stand-out, but better than their popular Torpedo IPA.
I poured it into a frosted mug and noticed it had a deep amber color with an average IPA head. As soon as it left the bottle, I could easily pick up on its flowery scents that dominate it overall smell.
Simply, the taste followed its aroma. It was not as bitter and hoppy as some of the stronger IPA's I've had in the past, but I was pleased that the kick I typically seek from an IPA was replaced by the pleasant flowery and nectary undertones. This beer certainly lives up to its name.
Personally, I enjoy the style for a beer or two, but this beer is balanced and refreshing enough to put back 5 or 6 without getting bored of it.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into one of my pint glasses out of the bottle. This beer pours a clear medium gold color with a white head about 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some spotty foam dotting the surface. Decent lacing on the inside of the glass. Herbal, earthy, spicey, citrus hop aroma upfront followed my a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Nice, herbal earthy, spicey, citrus hop flavor upfront. The bitterness is somewhat subdued, which allowed me to take time to really enjoy the other aspects of the different hop flavors going on here. Nicely done! Certainly less straight up hop bitterness than a lot of other beers I've bad from Sierra Nevada. Taste is rounded out with nice hints of caramel malt sweetness on the back of the palate. Has a very smooth, slightly crisp, oily/sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. This one really coats the inside of your mouth nicely and the aftertaste lingers for awhile. Very easy to drink in the way good beer should be. A very enjoyable beer that is certainly worth a try!


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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head that holds up. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/herbal with rose petals and citrus with an underlying SN house character.

The taste of sweet pale malt interweaves with floral and citric notes. Rose petals interweave nicely in a subtle way, giving it a unique complexity. The light sweetness gives way to a bitter dryness in the finish. The brewery's house character shows in the aftertaste.

It is medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Smooth with a soft bite.

A floral, but balanced, easy-to-drink, fairly unique, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating
Bottle stamped 2171220:45

A= Pours a deep amber color with a thick off white head on it that holds steady retention and some really nice lacing.

S= Bright floral hop aroma to this. Floral IPA is a well adapted name. Not too many IPAs are "floral" as much as this one is. There is a little pine and citrus bitterness to follow it.

T= The taste is a nice floral hop bite. A decent amount of pine and citrus to back it but mostly bright floral notes.

M= Well carbonated and lasting flavor.

O= This is a solid beer. Well made and floral.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.9% ABV, string of numbers on shoulder.

A - This Beer Camp's IPA pours with a billowing ivory head that slowly lowers, caking the pint in sticky webbing before stopping at a lumpy pile of suds. Carbonation streams through the beer, gently mixing up the small floating particles which haze the golden amber color.

S - Floral notes are certainly present in this beer's aroma, but what's abundantly open and aromatic are the hops' bold citrus characteristics. Plenty of lemon citrus zest with grapefruit overlaps a layer of herbal aromatics, further add complexity. But there's also an odd onion-like smell that doesn't quite sit well for me. The toasted malt kicks in afterwards, toning everything down with some toast, biscuit, and earthy woodiness.

T - While somewhat absent in aroma, the rose hips really explode in the flavor, imparting a majorly floral, pedal-like attribute which works well in conjunction with the rest of the hop overtones. Again, plenty of lemony citrus and grapefruit rind notes with pine resin and herbal characteristics. A near perfect level of malt balances the hops with toast and biscuit flavors and an earthy finish.

M - Bitter pine resin sticks to the palate and tongue though this medium-bodied beer's existence in the mouth. A nice malt level finishes the beer out with moderate balance and a smooth presence. Dry and bitter closing, it begs for another exploratory sip.

O - Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Floral IPA carefully prods into uniqueness, employing rose hips to aid in the floral aspect of the hops. While they call this a "unique take on the traditional IPA style" I'd liken it more to an American IPA with it's bold hoppiness and bitter finish; balanced but certainly leaning towards the hops. Either way, it remains fairly safe, staying away from the fringes of extremism.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: beige head covers the beer all the way through; there are lots of particles in suspension, possibly from the rose hips but hard to identify, definitely not yeast that was kicked up.

S: piney and floral, smells like spring.

T: light bittneress, mostly flavor and aroma hops, some balancing in a traditional english IPA.

M: creamy, then dry; relatively low carbonation throughout the beer after the head is formed.

O: a classic English IPA except for what was in suspension.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another great beer camp brew. I love this beer and hope to get some more, but unlike some of the other beer camps, this is one that is in a very crowed field. It's still good.

This ale has a great floral aroma and taste, as advertised. It looks great in the glass. It's fairly sessionable. This, like the other beer camps is highly recommended - go out and get a bunch!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole cone hop "flowers" with aromatic natural rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors."

I purchased this beer as a single taken from the Beer Camp twelve camp. Used the ol' asthma inhaler to pop the top off this baby and was greeted with hops. Listed on this site as an English Pale Ale, this is about as English as the Yora Tribe of the Amazon. Although this one is called "Floral" IPA, I smell a lilttle more of a citrusy style of hops with the floral "rose hips" in the background. The beer is a deep orange amber in color and is topped with a massive white head. My serving temperature is not super cold so I think some of the carbonation is expressing its displeasure because this one is topped with a three finger sized, light and frothy head typical of warmer serving temperatures.

As mentioned, aroma is citrusy and floral with a good bit of caramel notes.

Quite bitter on the palatte, which I love. A lot of IPA's say they are IPA's but are APA's doppelganging (yes, I made that up) as IPA's. This one is bitter and fruity and floral and delicious. There is some balance but the hop bitterness steals the show. I really dig it.

I refuse to acknowledge this as an English Pale Ale; all of these style are dubious at best these days anyway. As far as pale ales and India pale ales go, Sierra Nevada knows what the hell they are doing. I will just about drink any of their pale ale styles without question, and I will almost always be greeted with quality, flavor, and affordability. One of my favorite breweries and this is a nice beer.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #220
Served On: 09/12/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.9%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD. From the 2012 Best of Beer Camp mixed 12 pack.

Look: A gentle pour proved a thin beige 1/2-finger head. Color was a hazy medium orange with some yellow around the edges. Some carbonation bubbles were powering through all the thick particles in this beer. Some thin lacing formed on the glass.

Smell: Pungent floral bouquet with some grapefruit mixed with some slight pine.

Taste: First up was a nice hop bouquet with a hint of pine needles forming a very complex hop profile. Then a tart grapefruit bitterness set in towards the middle. The end was more of the grapefruit character with the bitterness lasting long into the finish.

This was a terrific IPA with some serious complexity for only a 5.9% ABV. Dinkability still seemed very solid – even with the robust palate.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with floral, pine, grassy, and a bit of tropical hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some floral and light grapefruit hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, more floral hops come through with some pine and grassy hops with some more bitterness and some biscuity and bready malts. The finish is a mix of floral and piney hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice floral IPA profile with good bitterness and balance throughout.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 217 of 12. Pours a hazy orange, with a one inch sticky white head that leaves nice lace. Smell is spicy citrus tangerine and grapefruit, pine, grass, and mango. Taste is really well balanced, with some bitter grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, not overly dry, and very drinkable. This very nice, not earth shattering, but well made. Love the beer camp series, some of the best beers ever put in a mix 12.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is half-way between straw and golden. The color is nice and clear. There is a half-inch white head on top.

The aroma has some nice pine and zesty hoppiness in the aroma. The hops remind me a little like what one might find in a hoppy pilsner.

This is tasty. There is a lot of great zesty hops intertwined with light malt flavor. This has a nice crisp, slightly bitter finish. This is really good!

This has a nice light to medium mouthfeel. This is very drinkable, I wouldn't mind having another!

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Photo of dfillius
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger off-white head with good retention. Cloudy with floaties. Orange-gold liquid. Why the floaties?
S: Herbal, piney, orange, sulfurous allium. Rich hop aroma. Very nice. Sulfurous smell increases with warmth. Not floral per se. Pleasant, well blended.
T: Bitter pine up front with grapefruit pucker at the end. Some sweet onion, some tangerine. Hop dominant with slight malt. Bready in a whole wheat kind of way. A tad soapy in the finish. On the hoppier side of IPAs.
M: Drying but slightly expectorant. Quite bitter, especially in the finish. Full finish is even a bit chewy! Slight warmth is pleasant.
O: Very good. I'd order another. I wish there was more than 1 left from the mix 12. I might buy again. A bit too dry, but nicely hoppy.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a fat, chewy head on top. Classic Sierra Nevada crop o’ foam, with rings of sticky lace left down the glass.

Really nice aroma here—lemon, salt, pine, citrus—just lots of good stuff going on. And it reminds me of another Sierra Nevada beer; I can’t quite place it for sure, but I’m thinking Celebration Ale.

Flavor kicks off like a big American IPA with lots of big hops but then it really mellows out to a smooth, malty and balanced finished. It’s a pretty subdued, harmonious, and elegant finish. Body is full but pillowy soft, with ample carbonation but not overly so. Finish does have a drying herbal bite, but there’s also a hint of that rose hips and petals which makes it really interesting. That touch is light and deftly employed. I really like it.

Floral IPA is its most interesting in the finish when everything comes together and just sort of lingers there on my tongue. It really goes from another solid American IPA to something more than that and unique. I found it to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a copper color with a half finger head with lacing that lasts on the glass throughout.

The smell is of strong floral hops, bread and biscuts; some grapefruit as well

The taste is strong on the hops but not overpowering. There is a taste of bread. There is also a mild grapefruit taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and bready, mild hop oils linger on the tongue.

This is a solid IPA, The hops are mostly of the floral type, some citrus with a strong bready malt backbone.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect light amber/red/golden color with a creamy off white substantial head that lasts.
Bouquet is of hops, citrus, grapefruit and a splash off a wild cottage garden flower bed.

The initial taste was very crisp, not very full bodied, so the hops come out a little strong and a tad bitter. The mouthful was somewhat thin. I think if it was a little bigger in body, then the mouthful would have been fine and the hops and body would have balanced one another.

Still another enjoyable brew from Sierra....

Good job in this year's Beer Camp #53... I will be tasting and reviewing the rest shortly

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, with a thick and full head. Stunning and delicate lace-work.

Nose is fruity, floral, and citrusy. Awesome and unique.

Taste is like a bitter grapefruit up front, followed by a softening mellow rush of soft herbal notes. Finishes with a mild citrus hops touch. A highly enjoyable and subtle IPA, and one I'd like to re-visit.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at Bier Thirty on Sunday... enjoyed tonight from my slip tulip..

Short lasting white head leaves behind a nice drape of lacing... the brew is an oddly hazed golden... there are thousands of tiny particulate spots in the brew... a colloidal suspension.. they are not going anywhere..

Then nose shows a lot of very floral hoppiness.. Not getting much from the roses, but I probably don't know what I am looking for.

Flavor is a very nice standard floral IPA... crisp hoppiness that leaves no room for question.. very floral and lingers forever.. nicely dry and what little residual malt allows the hops to flourish.

Body is a little light for an IPA... but that adds to the drinkability.. If this one was a year rounder, I would buy it WAY more than Torpedo or SNPA..


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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thought this was lovely, maybe the best of all beer camps. although i was hoping the greatful dead/dogfish collaboration would be a rose beer... the pour is darker than expected, tan to medium bronze, with lots of bubbles and a big white lace head. the nose is great, slightly polleny from the rose additions, and extra bitter from the aggressive hopping. some ameican barley malt in there on a pretty light toast, but the bitter hops are king here. flavor is much more nuanced than the nose, with soem extra springtime pop frmo the rosehips and petals, not as floral as i thought it would be, as these ingredients seem to contribute even more bitter to the alreasy assertive hop profile. they compliment the hops beautifully, but dont necessarily taste like roses smell, if you know what i mean. finish is pretty quick and sharp just a touch fruity. carbonation is lively and the body is perfectly drinkably medium. big bold flavors, great feel, this was a total winner.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. From the 2012 Beer Camp pack.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A lively aroma that is hop forward with solid bready malt undertones. Solid scent of citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Very floral with a nice mix of herbal and grassy hops. Quite a bit of pine resin spice. A pretty good malt balance with good hints of caramel, toffee, lightly toasted bread, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty solid mix of hop esters and malts.

Taste: Like smell suggests, hop forward with solid citrus esters and big on the floral elements. Starts with some ripe citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big floral taste from the hips and petals. Lots of spice from some resinous hops. Fairly grassy. Solid malt backbone with notes of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers. The earthy/floral notes and pine spice stand out the most here. Nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy with a lingering spice from the resin. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a IPA. Not a big citrus bomb like most West Coast styles. Big spice and floral taste. Interesting and good tasting.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy 2 finger slightly yellowed head. Head becomes rocky as it dissipates, leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Some small floating particles in the body.

S: As the name implies, a nice floral hoppy aroma. Malts add some dark fruits but they take a back seat. Very fresh smelling.

T: Starts with some great floral, resiny piney and bitter hops. Great focus on this aspect of the hop, malts and other flavors are present but hidden in the background.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Doesn't leave any unwanted stickiness in your mouth.

Overall another great IPA from Sierra Nevada. They certainly know how to kick some ass in this style. Glad I was able to pick this one up fresh. Would recommend to any IPA fan.

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Photo of hdofu
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt my brothers favorite out of this seasons best of beer camp (I didn't even get a bottle out of the last case I picked up). The smell is strong of hopps, pine cones and citrus. This beer has a very interesting taste, floral description isn't just a name, it tastes floraly, which goes very well with the hoppy character of the beer. Its crispy, maybe almost a bit thick. It is a very drinkable ipa.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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